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But the white nationalist problem at Tucker Carlsons Daily Caller, a conservative political outlet launched in 2010 as a response to the Huffington Post, is bigger than just Kessler. Throughout the 2016 election and since, the DailyCaller has not only published the work of white nationalists, but some of its writers have routinely whitewashed the Alt-Right, while one editor there is an associate of key Alt-Right figures. Two Daily Caller contributors, including a senior investigative reporter, were recently announced as speakers at the upcoming white nationalist H.L. Mencken Clubconference organized by Paul Gottfried, a godfather of the Alt-Right.

As for recent Daily Caller contributors, take Peter Brimelow; the English white nationalist is the founder of the website VDARE, named after Virginia Dare, the supposed first white child born in the new world. VDARE is a major hub for white nationalists and anti-Semites. Brimelow is a leading figure on the Alt-Right and has been published three times in the Daily Caller in recent months, with his firstpiece coming in March defending Rep. Steve King, a hero to white nationalists, who recently tweeted, Geert Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We cant restore our civilization with somebody elses babies.

A few years ago, the DailyCaller publishing the work of an established white nationalist would be unthinkable. Take the response from Washington, D.C., senior contributor Matt K. Lewis following the firing of white nationalist John Derbyshire from National Review in 2012 for writing a racist screed regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting titled, The Talk: Nonblack Version. The article, presented as conversation between a white parent and their child included lines like, A small cohort of blacks in my experience, around five percent is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. It also included tips like, If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date. Lewis response in the Daily Caller to Derbyshires 2012 firing was, Some people arent worth the [sic] fighting for. Some things are indefensible. This is one of those cases.

Following his firing, Derbyshire joined VDARE as a regular contributor, and now his boss, Brimelow, is contributing articles to the Daily Caller.

But Brimelow is only a contributor. Despite his attempts to hide it, Daily Caller deputy editor Scott Greer has questionable ties to many younger members of the white nationalist movement. The activist website OverthrowDotCom published multiple photographs of Greer in late 2016 documenting his extensive relationships with other white nationalists. In the expose, mostly taken from Facebook, Greer is photographed with hardcore white nationalists such as Devin Saucier, a man who works as an assistant to Jared Taylor of American Renaissance. One of the most prominent white nationalists of the past quarter century, Taylor once wrote, Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization any kind of civilization disappears.

Saucier is a regular attendee at white nationalist gatherings, including Alt-Right leader Richard Spencers National Policy Institute (NPI) conferences. Greer is also pictured with another white nationalist, Marcus Epstein, another friend of Spencers who pled guilty in 2009 to drunkenly assaulting an African American woman in Washington, D.C., which occurred two years prior.

In these photos, Greer is seen wearing a Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) t-shirt. YWC is a now defunct white nationalist student group founded by Epstein and another white nationalist, Kevin DeAnna. DeAnna has been involved with the neo-volkischcollective called the Wolves of Vinland, and Greer has been photographed at a Wolves gathering with Saucier and others.

An active member of the Wolves is Maurice Michaely, a man who was sent to prison for burning down the black historical Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Haymarket, Virginia. According to the Fools of Vinland blog, Greer liked a picture of Michaely that was posted on Facebook in 2014, showing him in prison with the letters 666 scrawled onto his hand.

While Greer has scrubbed his Facebook page, his Twitter account still shows that he follows a number of white nationalists, including Tim Dionisopoulos of YWC who Greer is sometimes photographed with, as well as Richard Spencer and Steve Sailer of VDARE.

Greers writings also indicate his white nationalist views, though calibrated for a more mainstream conservative audience. He recently published a book, No Campus for White Men an attack piece focused on the evergreen right-wing grievance of political correctness on college campuses which received glowing reviews from white nationalist websites including VDARE, American Renaissance and Counter Currents. Greer, originally from Tennessee, published a staunch defense of the Confederate battle flag for the Daily Caller in July of 2016, writing that a National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples leaders call to remove Confederate soldiers from a carving on Stone Mountain in Georgia was remarkably similar to the tactics of jihadis like ISIS and the Taliban. Other stories written by Greer for the Daily Caller include tropes that are often peddled by white nationalists including black-on-white crime, and that immigrants are bringing disease to the country.

In a 2014 piece, Greer dismissed an article in Time magazine on the threat right wing anti-government groups and individuals pose to law enforcement. A thorough search of Times archive produced no stories about the threat that communists, black nationalists or prison gangs pose to police, he claimed. In a May 2015 opinion piece, Greer heaped praise on St. Louis County district attorney Bob McCulloch for his handling of the Michael Brown case, despite McCullochs history of bias and the widespread criticism he received for his actions during the aftermath of the shooting.

One of Greers fixations is on downplaying the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. In a July 2015 opinion piece, Greer defended then-candidate Donald Trump who called Mexicans criminals and rapists, writing, Except that its still Hispanic men who are raping these women, and the countries where illegal immigrants primarily come from countries [sic] have sexual assault rates that dwarf the phony numbers for American universities. The eight-in-ten figure for migrant women proves that there is a very real rape culture among illegal immigrants, contrary to what some fact checkers might want you to believe.

In a June 2015 piece, Greer again whitewashed sexual assault on campuses, writing, [I]ts the perverse fantasy that thousands of women will be raped at some point during their college years, before making a statement that is often heard from Alt-Right misogynists. On top of that, Greer opines, more innocent men will find themselves accused of these crimes and see their lives ruined by a culture that nurses and refuses to punish false rape accusations.

The day after the 2016 election, Greer tweeted, Now as a white man, I can finally feel safe in America. Richard Spencer is clearly a fan of Greers, retweeting him a number of times.

Unite the Rights Jason Kessler is another white nationalist who contributed to the Daily Caller in 2017. His three pieces just happen to span some of the recent causes common to both white nationalists and some mainstream conservatives: The preservation of Confederate monuments, the hyping of grisly crimes committed by the M-13 gang as a frame to attack immigration, and themanufacturing of campus free speech martyrs, in this caseAnn Coulter.

Kessler is a fresh face on the scene, coming to prominence in late 2016 when he launched a vendetta campaign against Charlottesville, Virginia, Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, following Bellamys call for the removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Kessler started a petition to oust Bellamy and also founded an anti-immigrant/white nationalist organization, Unity and Security for America, and used it to vocally support Corey Stewart, pro-Confederate Virginia gubernatorial candidate. Kessler was arrested in January for punching a man while he was gathering signatures for his anti-Bellamy petition. After video evidence showed Kessler punching the man unprovoked, he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and was later sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

His petition campaign failed in March of 2017, but Kessler continued attacking Bellamy, sharing a number of racist articles on social media, including one that referred to Bellamy as a pavement ape and Councilman Dindu, a reference to a racist meme. At the same time he was writing for Daily Caller, Kessler also wrote for VDARE.

On May 14, the dispute over the Confederate statues galvanized white nationalists who convened in Charlottesville to protest, with Richard Spencer leading a torch-lit march. Kessler was arrested for a second time in four months for not obeying an officers orders.

Nevertheless, the next day Kessler published a glowing account of the protest on the Daily Caller, complete with photos from his own Twitter account (#SaveLeeandJackson). He noted that though not all of the speakers were Southerners, they, sympathized with the fight to preserve a history which they say is increasingly under attack by Left-wing ideologues who want to tear down statues, change the names of buildings and rewrite history books to place white people in an unsympathetic and even hostile light.

ProPublica pointed out glaring omissions from Kesslers report, writing, It didnt disclose that its author, Jason Kessler, is supportive of white supremacist groups, and on the day of the march had himself made a speech to the protesters in which he praised fascist and racist organizations, thanked a prominent Holocaust denier, and declared the beginnings of a cultural civil war. The Daily Caller ended its freelance relationship with Kessler only after ProPublica contacted the organization for comment. Kesslers LinkedIn page still lists him as a DailyCaller contributor.

White nationalist Paul Gottfried, who many credit with coining the phrase Alternative Right alongside Richard Spencer, recently announced the lineup for his annual H.L. Mencken Club conference, a white nationalist event that takes place in Baltimore each November and was co-founded by Spencer. One Daily Caller contributor Ilana Mercer and senior investigative reporter Richard Pollock are slated as speakers for this years event. Mercer and Pollok will be joined by Peter Brimelow. Mercer has written over 30 articles for the DailyCaller in the past year.

Mercers pieces contain racially charged rhetoric commonly found on white nationalist websites. Mercers own website contains praise from white nationalist John Derbyshire, who in 2007 called her, ravishing, brilliant, and eloquent. Writing for the DailyCaller just after the first Charlottesville rally, Mercer penned a piece titled, Sanctuary City Mayor Trashes American Hero Robert E. Lee, where she called Lee a great American. In another piece decrying black-on-white crime in her native South Africa, Mercer wrote, Let not the swirl of statistics conceal the flesh-and-blood casualties of this black-on-white offensive. South Africas farmers, undeniably, are the focus of ethnocide. Contrary to the Syrians and Somalis streaming into the United States, they would make fabulous refugees, President Trump. The article was reposted on Jared Taylors American Renaissance website the same day it appeared in the Daily Caller, and no wonder. Decrying and embellishing black on white crime is a key white nationalist trope, as is claiming to there is a systematic white genocide taking place in South Africa.

In one of her many anti-Muslim screeds written on the Daily Caller, Mercer wrote in May, Policy makers and power brokers in the West have invited Muslim immigrants to live among us in the idiotic belief that, underneath the nose-bags (the burqa, the abaya and full-body swaddle), they were just like us. Mercer, whose personal website carries the banner Verbal Swordplay For Civilization, is especially proud of the nose-bag line, using it in multiple columns and her bookThe Trump Revolution.

In March of 2017, Mercer wrote another racist piece for the Daily Caller fit for the pages of American Renaissance. Her concluding paragraph of an article titled, Africa: Before and After Colonialism, Mercer wrote, When all is said and done, the West is what it is due to human capital people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy. Human action is the ultimate adjudicator of a human beings worth; the aggregate action of many human beings acting in concert makes or breaks a society. Overall, American society is superior to assorted African and Arab societies because America is still inhabited by the kind of individuals who make possible a thriving civil society.

There is a long history of white nationalists contributing to mainstream conservative publications, such as the National Review. But the Daily Callers embrace of white nationalists reflects the resurgence of the nationalist right, ethno and otherwise, represented by President Trump. Trumps campaign and Electoral College victory electrified the radical right and pulled the Overton Window further in their direction. Stephen K. Bannons elevation into the West Wing after running what he described as the platform for the Alt-Right in Breitbart was part of the jackpot shared by a rogues gallery of extremist political operators. This is also apparent in the administrations immigration policy, which is almost perfectly aligned with the white nationalist movement, and was originally drafted in part by Ann Coulter. Theres no other way to understand why Daily Caller would hire Peter Brimelow as a contributor if not for Trumps victory.

In his founding editors note Carlson wrote:

We see our core job as straightforward: Find out whats happening and tell you about it. We plan to be accurate, both in the facts we assert and in the conclusions we imply. If were not, tell us

Were telling you, Tucker. Yourflagship website has a white nationalist problem.

An emailto the Daily Callers executive editor Paul Conner seeking comment went unanswered.

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Commentary: Trump’s dangerous dismissal of right-wing militants – Reuters

In the wake of the bloody havoc in Charlottesville last weekend, and with more white nationalist protests planned for other cities in the weeks ahead, Donald Trump is being widely lambasted for equivocating about who is responsible for the violence. But his penchant for minimizing the threat of domestic far-right and white supremacist militants isn’t new. Like other conservatives, Trump has avoided confronting this threat, or even acknowledging its reality. And he’s turning that denial into policy.

The far-right danger was no secret. Following Barack Obamas election in 2008, experts on radical movements warned that membership in white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups was growing dramatically. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of extreme right-wing groups in the U.S. grew by 40 percent in 2008 and 2009 and by another 22 percent in 2010.

The Ku Klux Klan experienced some of that growth. But there was also a new generation of white nationalists whose goal was to go mainstream. They wore preppy clothes and claimed they were simply trying to save European culture from an ascendant multi-cultural left. They adopted some of the rhetoric of the civil rights movement, insisting that white lives matter. And they expressly targeted young people for recruitment. Mainstream conservatives, like College Republican chapters, sometimes welcomed them with open arms, even hosting alt-right speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos.

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Meanwhile, Trump, his party, and major conservative media figures minimized the threat of these homegrown radicals. According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report to Congress, the U.S. Extremist Crime Database recorded a total of 62 fatal far right extremist-motivated attacks between September 12, 2001 and December 31, 2016. In contrast, there were 23 fatal assaults by militant Islamists over the same period.

Long before Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville on many sides, he had established a clear pattern of condemning Islamist militants including an attack that never happened while ignoring violence by white supremacists. And he enshrined this myopia in policy. In February, Reuters reported that under Trump, a government program to counter violent extremism would focus only on Muslims and no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

On Saturday, hours before he allegedly killed a local Charlottesville activist and wounded 19 others, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. marched with a white supremacist group called American Vanguard. The group, which disavowed any connection to Fields, was one of three along with Identity Evropa and American Renaissance that were singled out in April by the Anti-Defamation League for their unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses. Last month, Jason Wilson reported for the Guardian that many attendees at American Renaissances annual convention were millennials who lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute think tank. Jared Taylor, the founder of American Renaissance, told Wilson that his group was being flooded by hopping mad young white guys who have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history.

The rioting and vehicular homicide of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville wasnt the first time these hopping mad young white guys have turned violent. Fields allegedly perpetrated the fifth attack by white supremacists in the past 26 months. In total, these lone wolves were responsible for killing 13 people and wounding 28 others. Dylan Roof was 21 and heavily steeped in online racism when he killed nine black church-goers in Charleston in 2015. Allen Scarsella was 22 when, in 2015, he shot and wounded five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota. Scarsella claimed self-defense, but a judge found that he was deeply racist as evidenced by months of racist messages he had sent to friends leading up to the shooting, according to CBS. Prosecutors couldnt prove that 22-year-old Sean Christopher Urbanski committed a hate crime when he stabbed a young black man named Richard Collins to death in an unprovoked attack earlier this year, but he did belong to a neo-Nazi Facebook group that prosecutors described as despicable. A week later, shortly after bringing a baseball bat to a free speech rally in Portland, Oregon, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, described as a known white supremacist, stabbed three men who attempted to intervene as he berated two women wearing hijabs on a local bus, killing two of them.

We can expect more attacks like these in the future. Todd Blodget spent two years working undercover in the white supremacist movement for the FBI. Asked by the Washington Post what kind of person is attracted to these groups, he said, as a general rule, losers. It’s often a kid — usually a male, but sometimes a female — who cannot make it in school.He blames all of his problems on someone else, and when they log onto a Web sitelike this or they go to a meeting like this or they pop inAmerican Resistancerecords (the leading label for neo-Nazi and white supremacist bands) and it blames other people they already don’t like for their problems, they think, There you go. That’s why I’m a dropout. That’s why I’m smoking crystal methThat’s why I can’t get a job and hold it. It’s all because of black people.”

Take out the crystal meth, and it sounds a lot like the pattern of radicalization that weve heard so much about in Muslim communities in France, Belgium and the UK. And in Europe, theyre treating it as such. In June, the Independent reported that referrals of non-Muslim extremists to the UKs anti-radicalization program increased 30 percent in the past year, and now just under a third of all people being monitored by the British government believe in extreme right-wing ideologies and are vulnerable to radicalization.

But in the U.S., its a different story. Mainstream conservatives have consistently balked at any effort to even acknowledge the problem, much less counter it. In 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report on right-wing domestic terrorism, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)berated DHS director Janet Napolitano for using the term (terrorist) to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation.

DHS and the FBI have continued to warn of the danger these extremists pose, and conservatives have continued to push back none with more zeal than Donald Trump. In June, Trumps DHS rescinded a grant for a group called Life After Hate thats dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, according to Politico. The grant was yanked despite the fact that the group has seen a twenty-fold increase in requests for help disengaging from extremist groups since Election Day.And alt-right activists have openly celebrated the fact that law enforcement has largely given them space since the election.

The white nationalist movement is feeling energized and empowered. There will be more violence. More disaffected kids will be seduced into these violent ideologies. And so long as Republicans refuse to see the threat clearly, the governments going to do too little to counter their radicalization.

(Joshua Holland is a New York-based writer and the host of Politics and Reality Radio @JoshuaHol)

(Editor’s note: This column has been updated to correct a typographical error in paragraph 5)

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Let’s Fight the Alt-Right, But Let’s Be Smart About How We Do It – AlterNet

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This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate therally from its original location around a statueof Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people.

To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, asBob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy.

By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening.

As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore.

As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of theSouthern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away.

This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said.I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets.

Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time.

When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said.

Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating.

Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis?

One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community.

So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them.

This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public,cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties.

Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. AsBen Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects.

If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them.

Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. She’s on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte.

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It’s time to fight the alt-right but not by actually fighting in the street – Salon

This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate the rally from its original location around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people.

To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, as Bob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy.

By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening.

As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore.

As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away.

This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said. I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets.

Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time.

When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said.

Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating.

Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis?

One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community.

So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them.

This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public, cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties.

Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. As Ben Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects.

If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them.

Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it.

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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT To Release ‘To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond’ Compilation Later In August – Metal Forces (blog)

BLACKMORES NIGHT To Release To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond Compilation Later In August August 8th, 2017

English-American Renaissance folk rock group Blackmores Night issue compilation album To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond on August 18th, 2017 through Minstral Hall.

To The Moon And Back includes three new tracks; Ghost Of John which introduces the vocals of Autumn Blackmore (the six-year-old daughter of Blackmore and Night) at the conclusion of the song, Blackmores Land Of Hope And Glory (a reworking of British patriotic anthem Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1, written n 1902 by Edward Elgar), and a cover of the Rainbow composition I Surrender with Night providing vocals.

In addition, featured are re-recorded versions of the tracks Moonlight Shadow, Somewhere Over The Sea, Coming Home, and Writing On The Wall.

The track listing is as follows;

CD1

01. Shadow Of The Moon 02. Spirit Of The Sea 03. Renaissance Faire 04. Play Minstrel Play 05. Under A Violet Moon 06. Spanish Nights 07. Fires At Midnight 08. Ghost Of A Rose 09. Cartouche 10. Village Lanterne 11. The Circle 12. 25 Years 13. Dandelion Wine 14. Home Again (live)

CD2

01. I Surrender (bonus track) 02. Moonlight Shadow (2017 version) 03. Somewhere Over The Sea (2017 version) 04. Writing On The Wall (2017 version) 05. Coming Home (2017 version) 06. Ghost Of John (bonus track) 07. Minstrel Hall 08. Possum Goes To Prague 09. Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus 10. Nur eine Minute 11. Village Dance 12. Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 single version) 13. Bonus Video

Blackmores Nights current line-up is as follows;

Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello, and hurdy gurdy) Candice Night (vocals, bagpipe, chanters, shawms, and pennywhistles, among others) Earl Grey (bass and rhythm guitar) Troubadour Of Aberdeen (percussion) Bard David (keyboards and backing vocals) Scarlet Fiddler (violins) Lady Lynn (shawms and backing vocals)

Tenth studio record All Our Yesterdays was released in September 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl.

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Building a better walker – Seacoastonline.com

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So far in the past three weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snow is expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house.

So far, I have gotten many requests from people who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments who would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoint as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. One female reader wrote to say her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside.

We discussed three solutions back four weeks ago at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of the three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the Americans with Disabilities Act defines certain specifications in its guidelines. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with a one foot setback. If your front entrance stair has four 7 risers (4 steps), the ramp must be a minimum of 28 feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house.

Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate, according to experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28 ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is a rather significant expense for a fixed income person aging in place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp.

As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, Jud Pitman an inventor from Portsmouth called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stairs, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening.

On June 20, Jud Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the brick office building entrance next door. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker.

FIG 1 shows an ordinary walker costing around $60-$80 at Walmart, Target and many other places selling devices for the handicapped. This one is equipped with a wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential.FIG 2 is the crux of the invention. The front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). FIG 3 shows the balance impaired person climbing the stairs. Further on, FIG 4 shows the rear legs folding while the front legs extending. This is to prepare for descending the stair. FIG 5 shows a man descending the stair using the modified walker.

This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as a Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen.

In May, we discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building a ramp to ADA standards. Go to Google and type Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices range somewhere around $1,500 upward. Installation may cost you an additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired persons. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift much cheaper than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with the walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes a power failure, you are better off staying inside.

This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use a walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman as shown in the photos. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive.

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Im sure Im heavily biased because of the fact that this is only my second real-world appearance in association with the movement after reporting on Gilad Atzmons appearance with Stanley Cohen, Norton Mezvinsky, and Michael Lesher in New York City.

But the American Renaissance conference of 2017 felt downright historic.

The contrast for me between slipping past a lineup of Jews calling to shut it down! on the streets in front of Theatre 80 so I could slip inside and sit among a haggard audience screeching out interruptions before a panel of Jews who were also aggressively interrupting and trying to shut each other down and my first real-world experience with a large gathering of /ourguys/ couldnt have been more graphic and intense.

The spirit of unity was so palpable in the atmosphere that everyone present could feel it, despite whatever underlying differences (personal, religious, or political) any of us might otherwise have had. The reaction to the beginning of my recent series introducing a critical reconstruction of the origins of Christianityamong Christians involved polite, good faith conversations and even book donations. There was an implicit level of trust, as several times I noticed expensive items confidently left out in plain view, or had people hand me cash when the representatives manning other book stands werent around, trusting without any apprehension whatsoever that I would deliver them the cash when they returned.

The Guardians coverageclaims that:

It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference.

Its safe to say that this is absolutely nothing more than the projection of an author who couldnt decide if he was more fearful or angry about us. Because the dominant emotion of the conference was, without any question, one of shared connection and energized unity of purpose of being prepared to strive forward and take our rightful place at the forefront of addressing the problems our people face, and of holding each other in mutual esteem as we all develop our various approaches towards achieving this end.

When our speakers addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up, the underlying spirit wasnt one of resentment that our points arent accepted in the mainstream. And these points certainly were not presented in a bitter tone of passive anticipation of acceptance by those who are hostile to our message and purpose. The underlying spirit was an inspired recognition that we are in fact moving past the mainstream, a confident awareness that we will continue to do so whether we attain mainstream recognition or not, and a drive to continue developing ourselves and become worthy of where we know we are headed, as doubt fades that we will be the ones leading the effort to address these issues.

As far as the condescending use of the word supposed in The Guardians article goes, maybe it was too early for such a dense speech because the reporters coffee hadnt kicked in yet, but he clearly missed the depth in which Helmuth Nyborg addressed the genetic and demographic decline of the West in the first talk of the second morning. During the Q&A after the conclusion of his talk, questioners didnt let Nyborg off easy, but he proved himself up to the task of handling the audience. One member asked why the otherwise universal correlation between latitude and IQ fails to apply, for example, to the Inuit.

This highly observant attendee wasnt afraid to present what he considered to be a serious problem for Nyborgs thesis. If cold climates create strong selective pressures for high IQ, why arent the Inuit one of the smartest peoples on Earth? Nyborg responded that in certain areas, the local ecosystem is limited by the amount of solar energy reaching that location year-round, which in turn limits the extent to which the population can grow, which in turn leads to inbreeding depressionas people in small populations will end up reproducing with others from whom they arent very genetically distant.

It might not have been only the Guardian reporter who was waiting for coffee to kick in when Nyborgs highly detailed and cerebral presentation opened the morning. But by the time Martin Lichtmesz took the stage to provide an insiders view of the success of nationalist movements in Austria and Germany, the audience was fully engaged. The second half of his speech included an incredible series of slides showing us how Generation Identitaire and other movements have grown more adept at capturing the attention of the media to propagate their message.

Here, we see members of the group staging a counter-protest of a counter-protest according to Martin, they only needed to show up for a few minutes for the photo op to result in headlines and newspaper covers detailing the stunt.

The audience broke into laughter as he showed us a photograph of a demonstration in which participants held refugees welcome signs while others who stood behind them wrapped in keffiyehs and carrying the Islamic State flagseized scimitars around their necks. Lichtmesz paused and added dryly, This one doesnt need very much explanation.

On the last night, our very own Julian Langnesswas the keynote speaker following dinner. In an audience where up to three-fourths of the audience were at their very first AmRen conference ever, and roughly half of the audience was younger than 35, his speech discussed the trend of millennials growing desire to exchange porn for procreation, student debt for meme warfare, video games for the shooting range, and Vicodin for the red pill. Conversation afterwards generally focused on the details of his transition into the alt-right from being the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention to vote for Obama in 2008.

Personally, as a member of the under-35 half of the audience, these were the three presentations that most stand out in my memory now. For coverage of the full range of speakers, including Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Jared Taylor, and Sam Dickson (as well as Nathan Damigo, Richard Spencer, Daniel Friberg, Simon Roche, all of whom took to the stage to update us on the current state of their respective movements and organizations), see AmRens own post-conference report.

Id like to recommend a few of my own resources to the author of The Guardians article and those who were brought here because of it, as Ive addressed a few of these topics myself. If you want to read well-documented discussions of anti-white propaganda [and] academic conspiracies that have worked to cover [it] up, I recommend my article on the Trayvon Martin case, my demolition of the pretenses to scholarship of the celebrated antiracist activist Tim Wise, and my breakdown of academic studies which claimed to reveal baseless anti-black discrimination in employmentand of other studies which were touted in a popular press that (falsely) claimed to show that right-wing extremists constitute a greater domestic threat than Islamic terrorism. My work in this area will eventually be compiled into a full-length book which will comprehensively analyze examples like these in rigorous detail.

In fact, I made the resolution to commit to this endeavor precisely because I was so inspired by my experience here at AmRen. I now feel far more driven than I ever was before to become an active part of this effort. I came away from the experience thinking: Wow this must be what passionate Christians feel like when they attend Revival. Which is an experience Ive witnessed, but never actually felt for myself in this way in my adult life until now.

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Last weekends 2017 American Renaissance conference was a triumph. There was a capacity crowd of 300 people, and many more had to be turned away. More than half the people present were attending their first AmRen conference. The average age of the crowd was significantly younger than at the last AmRenconference I attended in 2008.

Counter-Currents had a book table, which I manned along with Aedon Cassiel and George from Toronto. I also want to thank Sally and Jaenelle for filling in as well. I arrived with 5-and-a-half boxes of books and sold close to 80% of them, which is very good for conferences of this type. I also autographed books that I authored or edited and very much enjoyed meeting and talking with Counter-Currents readers and supporters as well as friends new and old.

Because of interviews, meetings, and networking, I could not attend all the sessions, but for me the high points were the talks by Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow as well as two new speakers, Martin Lichtmesz from Austria who writes for Sezession and Julian Langness who editsEuropean Civil War and writes forCounter-Currents. (Aedon Cassiel will have a complete report on the speeches and other events.)

Despite the best efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center and those who share their agenda, as far as I could see, the conference was unmarred by movement drama and infighting.

The Tennessee State Police were out in force to contain the contingent of communist, anarchist, and Christian protesters, which was much larger and more obnoxious this year because of the election of Donald Trump, who has apparently slashed government funding for psychiatric medications and turned the patients of mental hospitals out on the streets. (The police could not be everywhere, however, and one attendee who broke protocol and engaged the protesters was assaulted by thugs.)

It is a shame that the AmRen conference has outgrown the facilities at Montgomery Bell State Park, because the setting is beautiful and the staff were unfailingly friendly and efficient. I made a point of thanking the police for their presence and tipping generously at meals, which should be our practice at all real-world meetups.

I want to thank Counter-Currents readers and donors for making this trip possible and everyone who stopped by our table to buy books and say hello. I also want to thank Jared Taylor and his staff and supporters for putting on another superb conference.Not only was the majority of the audience attending their first AmRen conference, some of the people I spoke to were attending their first real world White Nationalist gathering of any kind. AmRen 2017 could not have been a better introduction to our movement. I will definitely be back in 2018.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/1/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ): Maricopa Countys notorious ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt.

The Guardian: At American Renaissance gathering, race realism and calls for white ethnostate dominate.

The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): Unite the Right rally tests the limits of First Amendment free-speech protections.

Salon: The rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims has a lot to do with the way politicians talk about them.

Mother Jones: Nativist politico Lou Barletta, Trumps political godfather, plans to run for the Senate.

The Atlantic: The U.S. governments fight against violent extremism loses its leader, signaling an unhealthy shift.

Think Progress: The new civil-rights chief at the Justice Department has spent his career undermining civil rights.

Right Wing Watch: Tony Perkins boasts about FRCs influence over policy in the Trump White House.

Huffington Post: John Oliver slams Alex Jones for the shady way he funds his show with health cures.

Raw Story: California Latino lawmakers endure steady racist threats This is Trump country.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota militia group targets of months-long domestic terrorism investigation.

WTVD-TC (Wilmington, NC): Body of man kidnapped by white supremacist found; suspects father arrested.

The Forward: Beware the far-right Jewish Republicans who embrace the bigotry of the extremist right.

Death and Taxes: D.C. cop under investigation for allegedly wearing shirt with whitesupremacist imagery to court.

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The Daily Caller has a white nationalist problem – Salon.com – Salon

But the white nationalist problem at Tucker Carlsons Daily Caller, a conservative political outlet launched in 2010 as a response to the Huffington Post, is bigger than just Kessler. Throughout the 2016 election and since, the DailyCaller has not only published the work of white nationalists, but some of its writers have routinely whitewashed the Alt-Right, while one editor there is an associate of key Alt-Right figures. Two Daily Caller contributors, including a senior investigative reporter, were recently announced as speakers at the upcoming white nationalist H.L. Mencken Clubconference organized by Paul Gottfried, a godfather of the Alt-Right. As for recent Daily Caller contributors, take Peter Brimelow; the English white nationalist is the founder of the website VDARE, named after Virginia Dare, the supposed first white child born in the new world. VDARE is a major hub for white nationalists and anti-Semites. Brimelow is a leading figure on the Alt-Right and has been published three times in the Daily Caller in recent months, with his firstpiece coming in March defending Rep. Steve King, a hero to white nationalists, who recently tweeted, Geert Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We cant restore our civilization with somebody elses babies. A few years ago, the DailyCaller publishing the work of an established white nationalist would be unthinkable. Take the response from Washington, D.C., senior contributor Matt K. Lewis following the firing of white nationalist John Derbyshire from National Review in 2012 for writing a racist screed regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting titled, The Talk: Nonblack Version. The article, presented as conversation between a white parent and their child included lines like, A small cohort of blacks in my experience, around five percent is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. It also included tips like, If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date. Lewis response in the Daily Caller to Derbyshires 2012 firing was, Some people arent worth the [sic] fighting for. Some things are indefensible. This is one of those cases. Following his firing, Derbyshire joined VDARE as a regular contributor, and now his boss, Brimelow, is contributing articles to the Daily Caller. But Brimelow is only a contributor. Despite his attempts to hide it, Daily Caller deputy editor Scott Greer has questionable ties to many younger members of the white nationalist movement. The activist website OverthrowDotCom published multiple photographs of Greer in late 2016 documenting his extensive relationships with other white nationalists. In the expose, mostly taken from Facebook, Greer is photographed with hardcore white nationalists such as Devin Saucier, a man who works as an assistant to Jared Taylor of American Renaissance. One of the most prominent white nationalists of the past quarter century, Taylor once wrote, Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization any kind of civilization disappears. Saucier is a regular attendee at white nationalist gatherings, including Alt-Right leader Richard Spencers National Policy Institute (NPI) conferences. Greer is also pictured with another white nationalist, Marcus Epstein, another friend of Spencers who pled guilty in 2009 to drunkenly assaulting an African American woman in Washington, D.C., which occurred two years prior. In these photos, Greer is seen wearing a Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) t-shirt. YWC is a now defunct white nationalist student group founded by Epstein and another white nationalist, Kevin DeAnna. DeAnna has been involved with the neo-volkischcollective called the Wolves of Vinland, and Greer has been photographed at a Wolves gathering with Saucier and others. An active member of the Wolves is Maurice Michaely, a man who was sent to prison for burning down the black historical Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Haymarket, Virginia. According to the Fools of Vinland blog, Greer liked a picture of Michaely that was posted on Facebook in 2014, showing him in prison with the letters 666 scrawled onto his hand. While Greer has scrubbed his Facebook page, his Twitter account still shows that he follows a number of white nationalists, including Tim Dionisopoulos of YWC who Greer is sometimes photographed with, as well as Richard Spencer and Steve Sailer of VDARE. Greers writings also indicate his white nationalist views, though calibrated for a more mainstream conservative audience. He recently published a book, No Campus for White Men an attack piece focused on the evergreen right-wing grievance of political correctness on college campuses which received glowing reviews from white nationalist websites including VDARE, American Renaissance and Counter Currents. Greer, originally from Tennessee, published a staunch defense of the Confederate battle flag for the Daily Caller in July of 2016, writing that a National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples leaders call to remove Confederate soldiers from a carving on Stone Mountain in Georgia was remarkably similar to the tactics of jihadis like ISIS and the Taliban. Other stories written by Greer for the Daily Caller include tropes that are often peddled by white nationalists including black-on-white crime, and that immigrants are bringing disease to the country. In a 2014 piece, Greer dismissed an article in Time magazine on the threat right wing anti-government groups and individuals pose to law enforcement. A thorough search of Times archive produced no stories about the threat that communists, black nationalists or prison gangs pose to police, he claimed. In a May 2015 opinion piece, Greer heaped praise on St. Louis County district attorney Bob McCulloch for his handling of the Michael Brown case, despite McCullochs history of bias and the widespread criticism he received for his actions during the aftermath of the shooting. One of Greers fixations is on downplaying the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. In a July 2015 opinion piece, Greer defended then-candidate Donald Trump who called Mexicans criminals and rapists, writing, Except that its still Hispanic men who are raping these women, and the countries where illegal immigrants primarily come from countries [sic] have sexual assault rates that dwarf the phony numbers for American universities. The eight-in-ten figure for migrant women proves that there is a very real rape culture among illegal immigrants, contrary to what some fact checkers might want you to believe. In a June 2015 piece, Greer again whitewashed sexual assault on campuses, writing, [I]ts the perverse fantasy that thousands of women will be raped at some point during their college years, before making a statement that is often heard from Alt-Right misogynists. On top of that, Greer opines, more innocent men will find themselves accused of these crimes and see their lives ruined by a culture that nurses and refuses to punish false rape accusations. The day after the 2016 election, Greer tweeted, Now as a white man, I can finally feel safe in America. Richard Spencer is clearly a fan of Greers, retweeting him a number of times. Unite the Rights Jason Kessler is another white nationalist who contributed to the Daily Caller in 2017. His three pieces just happen to span some of the recent causes common to both white nationalists and some mainstream conservatives: The preservation of Confederate monuments, the hyping of grisly crimes committed by the M-13 gang as a frame to attack immigration, and themanufacturing of campus free speech martyrs, in this caseAnn Coulter. Kessler is a fresh face on the scene, coming to prominence in late 2016 when he launched a vendetta campaign against Charlottesville, Virginia, Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, following Bellamys call for the removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Kessler started a petition to oust Bellamy and also founded an anti-immigrant/white nationalist organization, Unity and Security for America, and used it to vocally support Corey Stewart, pro-Confederate Virginia gubernatorial candidate. Kessler was arrested in January for punching a man while he was gathering signatures for his anti-Bellamy petition. After video evidence showed Kessler punching the man unprovoked, he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and was later sentenced to 50 hours of community service. His petition campaign failed in March of 2017, but Kessler continued attacking Bellamy, sharing a number of racist articles on social media, including one that referred to Bellamy as a pavement ape and Councilman Dindu, a reference to a racist meme. At the same time he was writing for Daily Caller, Kessler also wrote for VDARE. On May 14, the dispute over the Confederate statues galvanized white nationalists who convened in Charlottesville to protest, with Richard Spencer leading a torch-lit march. Kessler was arrested for a second time in four months for not obeying an officers orders. Nevertheless, the next day Kessler published a glowing account of the protest on the Daily Caller, complete with photos from his own Twitter account (#SaveLeeandJackson). He noted that though not all of the speakers were Southerners, they, sympathized with the fight to preserve a history which they say is increasingly under attack by Left-wing ideologues who want to tear down statues, change the names of buildings and rewrite history books to place white people in an unsympathetic and even hostile light. ProPublica pointed out glaring omissions from Kesslers report, writing, It didnt disclose that its author, Jason Kessler, is supportive of white supremacist groups, and on the day of the march had himself made a speech to the protesters in which he praised fascist and racist organizations, thanked a prominent Holocaust denier, and declared the beginnings of a cultural civil war. The Daily Caller ended its freelance relationship with Kessler only after ProPublica contacted the organization for comment. Kesslers LinkedIn page still lists him as a DailyCaller contributor. White nationalist Paul Gottfried, who many credit with coining the phrase Alternative Right alongside Richard Spencer, recently announced the lineup for his annual H.L. Mencken Club conference, a white nationalist event that takes place in Baltimore each November and was co-founded by Spencer. One Daily Caller contributor Ilana Mercer and senior investigative reporter Richard Pollock are slated as speakers for this years event. Mercer and Pollok will be joined by Peter Brimelow. Mercer has written over 30 articles for the DailyCaller in the past year. Mercers pieces contain racially charged rhetoric commonly found on white nationalist websites. Mercers own website contains praise from white nationalist John Derbyshire, who in 2007 called her, ravishing, brilliant, and eloquent. Writing for the DailyCaller just after the first Charlottesville rally, Mercer penned a piece titled, Sanctuary City Mayor Trashes American Hero Robert E. Lee, where she called Lee a great American. In another piece decrying black-on-white crime in her native South Africa, Mercer wrote, Let not the swirl of statistics conceal the flesh-and-blood casualties of this black-on-white offensive. South Africas farmers, undeniably, are the focus of ethnocide. Contrary to the Syrians and Somalis streaming into the United States, they would make fabulous refugees, President Trump. The article was reposted on Jared Taylors American Renaissance website the same day it appeared in the Daily Caller, and no wonder. Decrying and embellishing black on white crime is a key white nationalist trope, as is claiming to there is a systematic white genocide taking place in South Africa. In one of her many anti-Muslim screeds written on the Daily Caller, Mercer wrote in May, Policy makers and power brokers in the West have invited Muslim immigrants to live among us in the idiotic belief that, underneath the nose-bags (the burqa, the abaya and full-body swaddle), they were just like us. Mercer, whose personal website carries the banner Verbal Swordplay For Civilization, is especially proud of the nose-bag line, using it in multiple columns and her bookThe Trump Revolution. In March of 2017, Mercer wrote another racist piece for the Daily Caller fit for the pages of American Renaissance. Her concluding paragraph of an article titled, Africa: Before and After Colonialism, Mercer wrote, When all is said and done, the West is what it is due to human capital people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy. Human action is the ultimate adjudicator of a human beings worth; the aggregate action of many human beings acting in concert makes or breaks a society. Overall, American society is superior to assorted African and Arab societies because America is still inhabited by the kind of individuals who make possible a thriving civil society. There is a long history of white nationalists contributing to mainstream conservative publications, such as the National Review. But the Daily Callers embrace of white nationalists reflects the resurgence of the nationalist right, ethno and otherwise, represented by President Trump. Trumps campaign and Electoral College victory electrified the radical right and pulled the Overton Window further in their direction. Stephen K. Bannons elevation into the West Wing after running what he described as the platform for the Alt-Right in Breitbart was part of the jackpot shared by a rogues gallery of extremist political operators. This is also apparent in the administrations immigration policy, which is almost perfectly aligned with the white nationalist movement, and was originally drafted in part by Ann Coulter. Theres no other way to understand why Daily Caller would hire Peter Brimelow as a contributor if not for Trumps victory. In his founding editors note Carlson wrote: We see our core job as straightforward: Find out whats happening and tell you about it. We plan to be accurate, both in the facts we assert and in the conclusions we imply. If were not, tell us Were telling you, Tucker. Yourflagship website has a white nationalist problem. An emailto the Daily Callers executive editor Paul Conner seeking comment went unanswered.

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Commentary: Trump’s dangerous dismissal of right-wing militants – Reuters

In the wake of the bloody havoc in Charlottesville last weekend, and with more white nationalist protests planned for other cities in the weeks ahead, Donald Trump is being widely lambasted for equivocating about who is responsible for the violence. But his penchant for minimizing the threat of domestic far-right and white supremacist militants isn’t new. Like other conservatives, Trump has avoided confronting this threat, or even acknowledging its reality. And he’s turning that denial into policy. The far-right danger was no secret. Following Barack Obamas election in 2008, experts on radical movements warned that membership in white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups was growing dramatically. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of extreme right-wing groups in the U.S. grew by 40 percent in 2008 and 2009 and by another 22 percent in 2010. The Ku Klux Klan experienced some of that growth. But there was also a new generation of white nationalists whose goal was to go mainstream. They wore preppy clothes and claimed they were simply trying to save European culture from an ascendant multi-cultural left. They adopted some of the rhetoric of the civil rights movement, insisting that white lives matter. And they expressly targeted young people for recruitment. Mainstream conservatives, like College Republican chapters, sometimes welcomed them with open arms, even hosting alt-right speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos. MORE REUTERS COMMENTARY Alex Lazar: Aung San Suu Kyi’s free press dilemma Peter Apps: Understanding Kim Jong Un’s nuclear game plan Meanwhile, Trump, his party, and major conservative media figures minimized the threat of these homegrown radicals. According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report to Congress, the U.S. Extremist Crime Database recorded a total of 62 fatal far right extremist-motivated attacks between September 12, 2001 and December 31, 2016. In contrast, there were 23 fatal assaults by militant Islamists over the same period. Long before Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville on many sides, he had established a clear pattern of condemning Islamist militants including an attack that never happened while ignoring violence by white supremacists. And he enshrined this myopia in policy. In February, Reuters reported that under Trump, a government program to counter violent extremism would focus only on Muslims and no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States. On Saturday, hours before he allegedly killed a local Charlottesville activist and wounded 19 others, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. marched with a white supremacist group called American Vanguard. The group, which disavowed any connection to Fields, was one of three along with Identity Evropa and American Renaissance that were singled out in April by the Anti-Defamation League for their unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses. Last month, Jason Wilson reported for the Guardian that many attendees at American Renaissances annual convention were millennials who lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute think tank. Jared Taylor, the founder of American Renaissance, told Wilson that his group was being flooded by hopping mad young white guys who have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. The rioting and vehicular homicide of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville wasnt the first time these hopping mad young white guys have turned violent. Fields allegedly perpetrated the fifth attack by white supremacists in the past 26 months. In total, these lone wolves were responsible for killing 13 people and wounding 28 others. Dylan Roof was 21 and heavily steeped in online racism when he killed nine black church-goers in Charleston in 2015. Allen Scarsella was 22 when, in 2015, he shot and wounded five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota. Scarsella claimed self-defense, but a judge found that he was deeply racist as evidenced by months of racist messages he had sent to friends leading up to the shooting, according to CBS. Prosecutors couldnt prove that 22-year-old Sean Christopher Urbanski committed a hate crime when he stabbed a young black man named Richard Collins to death in an unprovoked attack earlier this year, but he did belong to a neo-Nazi Facebook group that prosecutors described as despicable. A week later, shortly after bringing a baseball bat to a free speech rally in Portland, Oregon, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, described as a known white supremacist, stabbed three men who attempted to intervene as he berated two women wearing hijabs on a local bus, killing two of them. We can expect more attacks like these in the future. Todd Blodget spent two years working undercover in the white supremacist movement for the FBI. Asked by the Washington Post what kind of person is attracted to these groups, he said, as a general rule, losers. It’s often a kid — usually a male, but sometimes a female — who cannot make it in school.He blames all of his problems on someone else, and when they log onto a Web sitelike this or they go to a meeting like this or they pop inAmerican Resistancerecords (the leading label for neo-Nazi and white supremacist bands) and it blames other people they already don’t like for their problems, they think, There you go. That’s why I’m a dropout. That’s why I’m smoking crystal methThat’s why I can’t get a job and hold it. It’s all because of black people.” Take out the crystal meth, and it sounds a lot like the pattern of radicalization that weve heard so much about in Muslim communities in France, Belgium and the UK. And in Europe, theyre treating it as such. In June, the Independent reported that referrals of non-Muslim extremists to the UKs anti-radicalization program increased 30 percent in the past year, and now just under a third of all people being monitored by the British government believe in extreme right-wing ideologies and are vulnerable to radicalization. But in the U.S., its a different story. Mainstream conservatives have consistently balked at any effort to even acknowledge the problem, much less counter it. In 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report on right-wing domestic terrorism, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)berated DHS director Janet Napolitano for using the term (terrorist) to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation. DHS and the FBI have continued to warn of the danger these extremists pose, and conservatives have continued to push back none with more zeal than Donald Trump. In June, Trumps DHS rescinded a grant for a group called Life After Hate thats dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, according to Politico. The grant was yanked despite the fact that the group has seen a twenty-fold increase in requests for help disengaging from extremist groups since Election Day.And alt-right activists have openly celebrated the fact that law enforcement has largely given them space since the election. The white nationalist movement is feeling energized and empowered. There will be more violence. More disaffected kids will be seduced into these violent ideologies. And so long as Republicans refuse to see the threat clearly, the governments going to do too little to counter their radicalization. (Joshua Holland is a New York-based writer and the host of Politics and Reality Radio @JoshuaHol) (Editor’s note: This column has been updated to correct a typographical error in paragraph 5) The views expressed in this article are not those of Reuters News.

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Let’s Fight the Alt-Right, But Let’s Be Smart About How We Do It – AlterNet

Photo Credit: Fibonacci Blue / Flickr This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate therally from its original location around a statueof Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people. To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, asBob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy. By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening. As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore. As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of theSouthern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away. This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said.I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets. Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time. When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said. Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating. Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis? One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community. So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them. This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public,cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties. Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. AsBen Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects. If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them. Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it. Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. She’s on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte.

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It’s time to fight the alt-right but not by actually fighting in the street – Salon

This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate the rally from its original location around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people. To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, as Bob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy. By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening. As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore. As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away. This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said. I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets. Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time. When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said. Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating. Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis? One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community. So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them. This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public, cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties. Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. As Ben Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects. If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them. Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it.

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BLACKMORE’S NIGHT To Release ‘To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond’ Compilation Later In August – Metal Forces (blog)

BLACKMORES NIGHT To Release To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond Compilation Later In August August 8th, 2017 English-American Renaissance folk rock group Blackmores Night issue compilation album To The Moon And Back 20 Years And Beyond on August 18th, 2017 through Minstral Hall. To The Moon And Back includes three new tracks; Ghost Of John which introduces the vocals of Autumn Blackmore (the six-year-old daughter of Blackmore and Night) at the conclusion of the song, Blackmores Land Of Hope And Glory (a reworking of British patriotic anthem Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1, written n 1902 by Edward Elgar), and a cover of the Rainbow composition I Surrender with Night providing vocals. In addition, featured are re-recorded versions of the tracks Moonlight Shadow, Somewhere Over The Sea, Coming Home, and Writing On The Wall. The track listing is as follows; CD1 01. Shadow Of The Moon 02. Spirit Of The Sea 03. Renaissance Faire 04. Play Minstrel Play 05. Under A Violet Moon 06. Spanish Nights 07. Fires At Midnight 08. Ghost Of A Rose 09. Cartouche 10. Village Lanterne 11. The Circle 12. 25 Years 13. Dandelion Wine 14. Home Again (live) CD2 01. I Surrender (bonus track) 02. Moonlight Shadow (2017 version) 03. Somewhere Over The Sea (2017 version) 04. Writing On The Wall (2017 version) 05. Coming Home (2017 version) 06. Ghost Of John (bonus track) 07. Minstrel Hall 08. Possum Goes To Prague 09. Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus 10. Nur eine Minute 11. Village Dance 12. Land Of Hope And Glory (2017 single version) 13. Bonus Video Blackmores Nights current line-up is as follows; Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, cello, and hurdy gurdy) Candice Night (vocals, bagpipe, chanters, shawms, and pennywhistles, among others) Earl Grey (bass and rhythm guitar) Troubadour Of Aberdeen (percussion) Bard David (keyboards and backing vocals) Scarlet Fiddler (violins) Lady Lynn (shawms and backing vocals) Tenth studio record All Our Yesterdays was released in September 2015 via Frontiers Music Srl.

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Building a better walker – Seacoastonline.com

Sam Asano So far in the past three weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snow is expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house. So far, I have gotten many requests from people who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments who would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoint as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. One female reader wrote to say her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside. We discussed three solutions back four weeks ago at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of the three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the Americans with Disabilities Act defines certain specifications in its guidelines. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with a one foot setback. If your front entrance stair has four 7 risers (4 steps), the ramp must be a minimum of 28 feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house. Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate, according to experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28 ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is a rather significant expense for a fixed income person aging in place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp. As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, Jud Pitman an inventor from Portsmouth called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stairs, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening. On June 20, Jud Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the brick office building entrance next door. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker. FIG 1 shows an ordinary walker costing around $60-$80 at Walmart, Target and many other places selling devices for the handicapped. This one is equipped with a wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential.FIG 2 is the crux of the invention. The front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). FIG 3 shows the balance impaired person climbing the stairs. Further on, FIG 4 shows the rear legs folding while the front legs extending. This is to prepare for descending the stair. FIG 5 shows a man descending the stair using the modified walker. This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as a Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen. In May, we discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building a ramp to ADA standards. Go to Google and type Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices range somewhere around $1,500 upward. Installation may cost you an additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired persons. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift much cheaper than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with the walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes a power failure, you are better off staying inside. This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use a walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman as shown in the photos. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive. We welcome Victorville Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American’s belief that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing achievements.

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The 2017 American Renaissance Conference | Counter-Currents …

1,291 words Im sure Im heavily biased because of the fact that this is only my second real-world appearance in association with the movement after reporting on Gilad Atzmons appearance with Stanley Cohen, Norton Mezvinsky, and Michael Lesher in New York City. But the American Renaissance conference of 2017 felt downright historic. The contrast for me between slipping past a lineup of Jews calling to shut it down! on the streets in front of Theatre 80 so I could slip inside and sit among a haggard audience screeching out interruptions before a panel of Jews who were also aggressively interrupting and trying to shut each other down and my first real-world experience with a large gathering of /ourguys/ couldnt have been more graphic and intense. The spirit of unity was so palpable in the atmosphere that everyone present could feel it, despite whatever underlying differences (personal, religious, or political) any of us might otherwise have had. The reaction to the beginning of my recent series introducing a critical reconstruction of the origins of Christianityamong Christians involved polite, good faith conversations and even book donations. There was an implicit level of trust, as several times I noticed expensive items confidently left out in plain view, or had people hand me cash when the representatives manning other book stands werent around, trusting without any apprehension whatsoever that I would deliver them the cash when they returned. The Guardians coverageclaims that: It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference. Its safe to say that this is absolutely nothing more than the projection of an author who couldnt decide if he was more fearful or angry about us. Because the dominant emotion of the conference was, without any question, one of shared connection and energized unity of purpose of being prepared to strive forward and take our rightful place at the forefront of addressing the problems our people face, and of holding each other in mutual esteem as we all develop our various approaches towards achieving this end. When our speakers addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up, the underlying spirit wasnt one of resentment that our points arent accepted in the mainstream. And these points certainly were not presented in a bitter tone of passive anticipation of acceptance by those who are hostile to our message and purpose. The underlying spirit was an inspired recognition that we are in fact moving past the mainstream, a confident awareness that we will continue to do so whether we attain mainstream recognition or not, and a drive to continue developing ourselves and become worthy of where we know we are headed, as doubt fades that we will be the ones leading the effort to address these issues. As far as the condescending use of the word supposed in The Guardians article goes, maybe it was too early for such a dense speech because the reporters coffee hadnt kicked in yet, but he clearly missed the depth in which Helmuth Nyborg addressed the genetic and demographic decline of the West in the first talk of the second morning. During the Q&A after the conclusion of his talk, questioners didnt let Nyborg off easy, but he proved himself up to the task of handling the audience. One member asked why the otherwise universal correlation between latitude and IQ fails to apply, for example, to the Inuit. This highly observant attendee wasnt afraid to present what he considered to be a serious problem for Nyborgs thesis. If cold climates create strong selective pressures for high IQ, why arent the Inuit one of the smartest peoples on Earth? Nyborg responded that in certain areas, the local ecosystem is limited by the amount of solar energy reaching that location year-round, which in turn limits the extent to which the population can grow, which in turn leads to inbreeding depressionas people in small populations will end up reproducing with others from whom they arent very genetically distant. It might not have been only the Guardian reporter who was waiting for coffee to kick in when Nyborgs highly detailed and cerebral presentation opened the morning. But by the time Martin Lichtmesz took the stage to provide an insiders view of the success of nationalist movements in Austria and Germany, the audience was fully engaged. The second half of his speech included an incredible series of slides showing us how Generation Identitaire and other movements have grown more adept at capturing the attention of the media to propagate their message. Here, we see members of the group staging a counter-protest of a counter-protest according to Martin, they only needed to show up for a few minutes for the photo op to result in headlines and newspaper covers detailing the stunt. The audience broke into laughter as he showed us a photograph of a demonstration in which participants held refugees welcome signs while others who stood behind them wrapped in keffiyehs and carrying the Islamic State flagseized scimitars around their necks. Lichtmesz paused and added dryly, This one doesnt need very much explanation. On the last night, our very own Julian Langnesswas the keynote speaker following dinner. In an audience where up to three-fourths of the audience were at their very first AmRen conference ever, and roughly half of the audience was younger than 35, his speech discussed the trend of millennials growing desire to exchange porn for procreation, student debt for meme warfare, video games for the shooting range, and Vicodin for the red pill. Conversation afterwards generally focused on the details of his transition into the alt-right from being the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention to vote for Obama in 2008. Personally, as a member of the under-35 half of the audience, these were the three presentations that most stand out in my memory now. For coverage of the full range of speakers, including Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Jared Taylor, and Sam Dickson (as well as Nathan Damigo, Richard Spencer, Daniel Friberg, Simon Roche, all of whom took to the stage to update us on the current state of their respective movements and organizations), see AmRens own post-conference report. Id like to recommend a few of my own resources to the author of The Guardians article and those who were brought here because of it, as Ive addressed a few of these topics myself. If you want to read well-documented discussions of anti-white propaganda [and] academic conspiracies that have worked to cover [it] up, I recommend my article on the Trayvon Martin case, my demolition of the pretenses to scholarship of the celebrated antiracist activist Tim Wise, and my breakdown of academic studies which claimed to reveal baseless anti-black discrimination in employmentand of other studies which were touted in a popular press that (falsely) claimed to show that right-wing extremists constitute a greater domestic threat than Islamic terrorism. My work in this area will eventually be compiled into a full-length book which will comprehensively analyze examples like these in rigorous detail. In fact, I made the resolution to commit to this endeavor precisely because I was so inspired by my experience here at AmRen. I now feel far more driven than I ever was before to become an active part of this effort. I came away from the experience thinking: Wow this must be what passionate Christians feel like when they attend Revival. Which is an experience Ive witnessed, but never actually felt for myself in this way in my adult life until now.

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American Renaissance 2017 a Triumph – counter-currents.com

454 words Last weekends 2017 American Renaissance conference was a triumph. There was a capacity crowd of 300 people, and many more had to be turned away. More than half the people present were attending their first AmRen conference. The average age of the crowd was significantly younger than at the last AmRenconference I attended in 2008. Counter-Currents had a book table, which I manned along with Aedon Cassiel and George from Toronto. I also want to thank Sally and Jaenelle for filling in as well. I arrived with 5-and-a-half boxes of books and sold close to 80% of them, which is very good for conferences of this type. I also autographed books that I authored or edited and very much enjoyed meeting and talking with Counter-Currents readers and supporters as well as friends new and old. Because of interviews, meetings, and networking, I could not attend all the sessions, but for me the high points were the talks by Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow as well as two new speakers, Martin Lichtmesz from Austria who writes for Sezession and Julian Langness who editsEuropean Civil War and writes forCounter-Currents. (Aedon Cassiel will have a complete report on the speeches and other events.) Despite the best efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center and those who share their agenda, as far as I could see, the conference was unmarred by movement drama and infighting. The Tennessee State Police were out in force to contain the contingent of communist, anarchist, and Christian protesters, which was much larger and more obnoxious this year because of the election of Donald Trump, who has apparently slashed government funding for psychiatric medications and turned the patients of mental hospitals out on the streets. (The police could not be everywhere, however, and one attendee who broke protocol and engaged the protesters was assaulted by thugs.) It is a shame that the AmRen conference has outgrown the facilities at Montgomery Bell State Park, because the setting is beautiful and the staff were unfailingly friendly and efficient. I made a point of thanking the police for their presence and tipping generously at meals, which should be our practice at all real-world meetups. I want to thank Counter-Currents readers and donors for making this trip possible and everyone who stopped by our table to buy books and say hello. I also want to thank Jared Taylor and his staff and supporters for putting on another superb conference.Not only was the majority of the audience attending their first AmRen conference, some of the people I spoke to were attending their first real world White Nationalist gathering of any kind. AmRen 2017 could not have been a better introduction to our movement. I will definitely be back in 2018.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/1/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ): Maricopa Countys notorious ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt. The Guardian: At American Renaissance gathering, race realism and calls for white ethnostate dominate. The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): Unite the Right rally tests the limits of First Amendment free-speech protections. Salon: The rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims has a lot to do with the way politicians talk about them. Mother Jones: Nativist politico Lou Barletta, Trumps political godfather, plans to run for the Senate. The Atlantic: The U.S. governments fight against violent extremism loses its leader, signaling an unhealthy shift. Think Progress: The new civil-rights chief at the Justice Department has spent his career undermining civil rights. Right Wing Watch: Tony Perkins boasts about FRCs influence over policy in the Trump White House. Huffington Post: John Oliver slams Alex Jones for the shady way he funds his show with health cures. Raw Story: California Latino lawmakers endure steady racist threats This is Trump country. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota militia group targets of months-long domestic terrorism investigation. WTVD-TC (Wilmington, NC): Body of man kidnapped by white supremacist found; suspects father arrested. The Forward: Beware the far-right Jewish Republicans who embrace the bigotry of the extremist right. Death and Taxes: D.C. cop under investigation for allegedly wearing shirt with whitesupremacist imagery to court.

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