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Legalizing Cannabis Has Done What A Trillion Dollars and the 40 Year Drug War Couldn’t

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The Mexican drug cartels are finally meeting their match as a wave of cannabis legalization efforts drastically reshapes the drug trafficking landscape in the United States. It turns out that as states legalize cannabis use and cultivation,the volume of weed brought across the border by Mexican drug cartels dramatically decreases — and is putting a dent in their cash flow.


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A newly-released statistical report from the U.S. Border Patrol shows a sharp drop-off in cannabis captured at the border between the United States and Mexico. The reduction in weed trafficking coincides with dozens of statesembracing cannabis use for both medical and recreational purposes.



In fact, as the Washington Post reports, cannabis confiscations at the southern border have stumbled to the lowest point in over a decade — to only 1.5 million pounds. That’s down from a peak of four million pounds in 2009.

Speaking to Anti-Media, Amir Zendehnam, host of the popular show, “In the Clear with Amir” on cannabis-oriented network Z420.tv, told us what he thinks of these new statistics:

“The economics of the cannabis industry show us that with healthy competition in the market, prices drop, quality rises, violence diminishes, and peaceful transactions increase. As constant new research emerges detailing the plant’s benefits, the negative stigma of using cannabis, both medicinally and recreationally, is diminishing, raising the demand for high quality product.




“Colorado, for example, is experiencing an economic boom that has never been seen in the state. The biggest issue in Colorado today is what to do with the huge amounts of revenue and economic success the state is gaining as a result of legalization. The Colorado model has proven that legalization reduces crime rates, cuts prices, pushes unfavorable competition out of the market, provides cleaner products with heightened transparency, and increases the standard of living for society as a whole.

“The only people hurt by continued societal acceptance and legalization of cannabis are the cartels and their friends, who have flourished for decades as a result of drug prohibition.

“As legalization spreads across the U.S. and the rest of the world like wildfire, I predict the industry will soon become one of the most dominant and beneficial industries humanity has ever seen.”

The Man Who Shot Crossroads Mall Terrorist Is USPSA Competitor, 3-Gun Shooter

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Send this to the next person who tells you “the second amendment is outdated.”

(BA) USPSA Shooter,  3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.



The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall.

Falconer is the president and owner of Tactical Advantage LLC, a shooting range and tactical training facility with a strong focus on arming concealed carriers. He’s also a former chief of the Albany (MN) police department, and he remains a part-time officer.

But Falconer has consistently been identified in the mainstream media only as as a “former police chief” and  “off-duty police officer.”



A knife-wielding suspect who was dressed in a private security uniform and made references to Allah while attacking at least nine people during a mass stabbing incident at the Crossroads Center shopping mall was shot dead by an off-duty police officer from Avon, authorities said.

Jason Falconer, former police chief of Albany, Minn., was shopping when he confronted the suspect.

At a press conference at the police department just after noon on Sunday, St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis said he believes Falconer prevented additional injuries and loss of life.

“Clearly he is a hero. Officer Falconer was there at the right time and the right place.”

Kleis said the end of the attack and the final confrontation could be seen on video from the Macy’s store. Describing the video, which did not have audio, Kleis said the suspect clearly had a knife in hand, and lunged at Falconer, who fired at him. The suspect fell, then got back up three times before the fatal shot.

“None of us ever want to have to do that,” said St. Cloud Police Chief Wm. Blair Anderson, “but that’s what we’re here for, and Officer Falconer’s actions were swift and direct, and in my opinion appropriate.”

Eight people were treated at St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following the attack first reported about 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the mall. Three people were admitted, according to Chris Nelson, spokesperson for St. Cloud Hospital. By early Sunday evening, all three had been released. A ninth victim went to the Long Prairie Hospital.

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It’s almost as if the media is attempting to cover up the fact that creating and training armed citizens is a major part of the man who took out the terrorist in a MN mall this weekend.



Here’s Falconer’s bio at Tactical Advantage, LLC:

Jason Falconer is the President and Owner of Tactical Advantage and has also been operating Tactical Advantage Firearms Training, Inc., since 2003. Tactical Advantage currently concentrates on firearms training for individuals in a group or private setting, including permit to carry training classes in Minnesota. Jason has also created advanced and customized classes for individuals who desire more advanced safety training. As a consulting member of SMEAC, Jason specializes in reality-based firearms, law enforcement and personal security training. His business has grown primarily through student referrals, and he takes great pride in providing the best training options available in Central MN.

Jason believes everyone can always learn something new, no matter what their expertise or discipline. That is why continued education and training has been a strong personal interest of his. As a result, he has attended some of the best firearms training schools in the United States. His goal is to teach individuals the mindset, knowledge and skills needed to be successful with firearms in order to secure their personal safety or that of their family; at home or in public. As a firearm training professional, he continuously researches and develops new curriculum and training methods to make the experience for his students the best they can get.

Since 2008, Jason has been assisting Ted Boran with St. Cloud State University Law Enforcement Skills Training in the disciplines of decision shooting and dynamic entry. He intends to use this experience to further develop the curriculum to help instruct law enforcement professionals and responsible citizens the benefits of reality-based training. Jason believes that although civilian and law enforcement students can obtain great firearms training from various sources, they are missing a key component in their personal safety training if that training is not reality-based.

Jason has a law enforcement background and is the former Police Chief of the Albany Police Department where he continues to serve as a part-time officer. Jason also serves as the department’s firearms instructor, and has created POST Board approved firearms training curriculum.

Jason has been a member of the United States Practical Shooters Association (USPSA) as well as a local club, St. Cloud Area Practical Shooters Association (SCAPSA) for many years. He competes at the SCAPSA outdoor range in matches and league competitions year-round, and has attained several league championships in various divisions. Jason is an avid three-gun competitor and has been privileged to participate on shooting squads at various 3-gun and tactical shotgun matches with professional shooters such as James Casanova, Rob Romero, Mark Harnish, Janson Jensen, Mark Miller, and Dave Neth. In June 2012, St. Cloud hosted the CAN-AM Games for Law Enforcement and Firefighters from around the world. Jason was fortunate to compete in various Can-Am events including two of his passions, shooting sports and ice hockey.For his efforts, as well as his team members, Jason earned six Can-Am medals, five for shooting events, and one for hockey. This was a tremendous experience to be treasured.

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Jason Falconer isn’t some marginally-trained big-city patrol officer with just a basic grasp of using his department-issued firearm.

He’s a firearms instructor passionate about training concealed carriers and developing the best-possible, most-realistic training for his clients. He’s part of the reason why concealed carry continues to surge in popularity, with more than 14 million Americans now choosing to carry some or part of the time.

While Mr. Falconer happened to be the armed citizen who stopped the wannabe mass killer before he could take a life, it just as easily could have been one of his students.

It just as easily could have been one of you.

Children Will Teach Themselves to Read When They’re Ready

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We must rethink the way children think, play, learn, and interact with the world. The following is an essay by .





Late last week, The Washington Post highlighted a bit of a rant titled “What the modern world has forgotten about children and learning,” by author Carol Black.

In essence, Black’s article takes issue with the modern education system’s insistence that every child fit into its timetable of learning. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in the area of reading.

When people really want a skill, it goes viral. You couldn’t stop it if you tried.”

According to Black, Americans during the time of the Founding Fathers were regularly reading difficult material, and learned to do so from many sources, only one of which was the education system of the time. “They could read,” she notes, “because, in a literate population, it is really not that difficult to transmit literacy from one person to the next. When people really want a skill, it goes viral. You couldn’t stop it if you tried.”

Black goes on to note that this is the same motivation behind the way the current society has learned to operate computers: “We don’t know how to use computers because we learned it in school, but because we wanted to learn it and we were free to learn it in whatever way worked best for us.”

Yet despite seeing this natural learning take place with computer usage, we’re still reluctant to put it to practice in the realm of reading:




“In the modern world, unless you learn to read by age 4, you are no longer free to learn in this way. Now your learning process will be scientifically planned, controlled, monitored and measured by highly trained ‘experts’ operating according to the best available ‘data.’ If your learning style doesn’t fit this year’s theory, you will be humiliated, remediated, scrutinized, stigmatized, tested, and ultimately diagnosed and labelled as having a mild defect in your brain.”

Black’s comments remind me of a concept long promoted by Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Moore. As they explain in their book Better Late than Early, the Moores have “analyzed over 8000 studies of children’s senses, brain, cognition, socialization, etc., and are certain that no replicable evidence exists for rushing children into formal study at home or school before 8 to 10.

Such a suggestion is shocking, particularly in an age in which we’re trying to get students reading by the time they leave kindergarten. Won’t such a practice damage children and set them on a course of functional illiteracy for life?




Not necessarily. In fact, the Moores have found that giving children time and space to explore and learn to read on their own timetable may actually set them on a path to greater understanding and maturity:

“Read, sing and play with your children from birth. Read to them several times a day, and they will learn to read in their own time – as early as 3 or 4, but usually later, some as late as 14. Late readers are no more likely to be retarded or disabled than early ones. They often become the best readers of all – with undamaged vision and acute hearing, more adult-like reasoning (cognition) levels, mature brain structure[,] less blocking of creative interests.”

If what the Moore’s research says is true, then is it possible that the educational decline America is experiencing is partly due to the push to get students into formal education environments at earlier ages? Would we get better results if we relaxed compulsory education laws and let learning take a more natural course until children reach age 8 or so?

Schwarzenegger: Put Gary Johnson in the Debates

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld belong in the debates.




(THE HILL) “The American people want to hear the voices of Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld in the debates this fall — in a recent USA Today poll, 76 percent of voters said they deserve a spot on the stage. I completely agree,” the former California governor wrote on his Facebook page Friday.

“Our political system benefits when we open the conversation instead of closing it — which is why I fought for and the voters passed open primaries in California and why I hope the Commission on Presidential Debates will listen to the people and include the governors.”




Pressure is mounting on Johnson to secure a place in the first presidential debate scheduled for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

The Commission on Presidential Debatesrequires third-party candidates to reach 15 percent in an average of five polls it has selected to qualify.

The Libertarian presidential ticket has just 15 days to improve its polling, which currently stands at about 9 percent nationwide.

Republican nominee Donald Trump on Thursdaysaid he would prefer Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein to stay off the stage.




“I’d rather it be Hillary and myself. We’re the only two with a chance at winning,” he said on RT America Thursday night.

2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, a vocal opponent of Trump, has also called for the Libertarian ticket to be included in the debates.

 

TX Judge Sanctions CPS for Illegally Removing Child and then Lying about it in Court

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“Child Protective Services is a domestic terrorist organization which is destroying the lives of families across the country”

      • Carlos Morales, Child Protective Services Whistleblower

HOUSTON – Two years ago CPS removed this 3-year-old girl from her father.
The father apparently did everything CPS wanted and associate family court Judge Paula Vlahakos thought the child would be returned home.

But after the judge noticed the foster parents had filed a custody intervention she began investigating the case.









That prompted the judge to appoint Dennis Slate to represent the girl’s father.

“It was very clear early on CPS had taken this child without a court order and had done so in a way that wasn’t even following the law that allows them to do that,” Slate said.

That prompted Slate to file a motion for sanctions against Child Protective Services.

“They were looking for any reason to avoid those sanctions,” said Slate.

CPS even tried to dismiss the suit but Judge Vlahakos found the state agency had acted in bad faith when they removed the little girl.

“There wasn’t a reason at all for them to come and do a removal without a court order on a Friday night when this little girl was asleep,” Slate said.

When the judge grilled CPS for a reason behind the child’s removal Slate says all the judge got from CPS were lies.

“Various witnesses for CPS testified to various stories,” Slate said. “But the court didn’t believe any of the different stories that everybody told because there were so many of them.”



In a rare move, Judge Vlahakos ordered CPS to pay Slates 27 thousand 500 dollar legal fees.

Then she did something that should leave CPS workers involved in this case red-faced for some time.

“And Judge Vlahakos ordered them to read the Texas Constitution and the Bill of Rights that the citizens of Texas have against illegal governmental intrusion into their life,” Slate said.

“At this time CPS has no comment.”

That’s all CPS had to say to us when we asked about the sanctions.

In her court order, Judge Vlahkos also suggests that all CPS caseworkers supervisors and program directors in Harris County read the United States Constitution the Texas Constitution and the family code that deals with the removal of children.

 

For more information on Child Protecitive Services, check out Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services 

Vermont Man Uses Tractor To Flatten 8 Police Cars After Weed Arrest

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Police report that a man drove a tractor over eight police vehicles on Thursday. They estimate the damage at about $250,000.




(BIENTS)The man was allegedly driving a farm tractor that he used to run over eight vehicles in the parking lot of a Vermont police station. Police officials claim that this was in an apparent revenge scheme.

Police have pinned the vandalism on Roger Pion, 34, of Newport.

The incident took place at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department in Derby, around 12:40 p.m.

“We came out and sure enough there was someone who had run over our cruisers with a tractor,” Chief Dep. Philip Brooks of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Dept. said in an interview with local WCAX.




Officers claim that “the radios are ruined, the radar detectors, the cages in the cars… We’re going to have to get the jaws of life up here to pry the trunks open and see about the rifles and shotguns,” Sheriff Kirk Martin stated to the Associated Press.

How did he get away with it – at least for a little while?

Police claim that because he crushed all of their vehicles, they were unable to pursue Pion after he drove away in the tractor.

Some of its newest vehicles were only four months old, according to cops. They say that this constituted the destruction of the majority of their vehicles.

“It felt like I was in a Monster Jam rally or something,” one eye-witness, Rene Morris told local WCAX. “I just couldn’t believe it. He’s backing up, going over it, turns around, makes his way to the other vehicles smashes those up, did his business and headed right down Route 5.”

Pion had recently been arrested and charged for possession of marijuana.




The damage is said to be around $250,000, according to police, but no one was injured.

“We have other county sheriff’s departments who are offering cruisers to us,” Brooks explained. “We’ve already had one county that’s dropped one off to us and we’ve got two others that are on the way.”

Arrest Warrant Issued for Green Party Candidate Jill Stein

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A North Dakota judge issued a warrant Wednesday for the arrest of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is accused of spray-painting construction equipment during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.




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In this photo provided by LaDonna Allard, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, second from right, participates in an oil pipeline protest, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in Morton County, N.D. North Dakota authorities plan to pursue charges against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein for spray-painting construction equipment at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said Tuesday that the charges would be for trespassing and vandalism. LaDonna Allard via AP

(McClatchy DC)A North Dakota judge issued a warrant Wednesday for the arrest of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is accused of spray-painting construction equipment during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.




Court records show Stein was charged Wednesday in Morton County with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and criminal mischief. The same charges have been filed against her running mate, Ajamu Baraka.

Stein campaign spokeswoman Meleiza Figueroa could not immediately comment on whether Stein plans to turn herself in.

Activists invited Stein to leave a message at the protest site near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation on Tuesday, Figueroa said, and Stein sprayed “I approve this message” in red paint on the blade of a bulldozer. A court document shows Baraka painted the word “decolonization” on a piece of construction equipment.




Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rob Keller said the warrant has been filed and if authorities were to come across Stein, “they would arrest her.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is trying to stop construction of a section of the $3.8 billion four-state pipeline that tribal leaders say would violate sacred and culturally sensitive grounds and possibly pollute water.

Before the charges were filed, Stein said in a statement said she hoped North Dakota authorities “press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs.”

ISIS to Yazidi Girls: ‘Once We Rape You, You Will Be Muslim’

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(CNS) The Islamic State wants to torture and destroy the Yazidi people, wipe “them off the face of the Earth,” said lawyer and humanitarian Jacqueline Isaac, who added that the jihadists try to force Yazidi girls to convert to Islam and, if they refuse, tell them this is pointless because once they rape them, which they do, they become Muslim.



Nihad Alawsi, 16, a Yazidi teenager who was kidnapped and sold into sex-slavery by the Islamic State. She escaped after 15 months in captivity. (Screenshot, NRT News)
Nihad Alawsi, 16, a Yazidi teenager
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“[I]t is a philosophy to destroy them and to torture them,” said Isaac in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in May 2015 — testimony that was not covered by the major U.S. news networks ABC, CBS and NBC, according to a search of the Nexis news database.

“With the girls particularly that I met, they in one night – because they felt safe in Sinjar town [in Iraq] – one night ISIS came and took all of these girls,” said Isaac. “They told them first, they gave them an option: Will you become a Muslim? Will you convert to Islam? Many of them said ‘no.’”




“And they told them, ‘You are going to be Muslim regardless because we are going to sleep with you,'” said Isaac. “‘And the moment we do that, once we rape you, you will be Muslim.’”

Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success, traveled to Iraq and Syria and met with many of the victims of the Islamic State, particularly Yazidi women and girls who had been sold into sex-slavery by the Islamists and who later managed to escape.

At the hearing, Chariman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) asked Isaac, “How extensively has ISIS been involved in what we here call sex trafficking, or slavery frankly, particularly the kidnapping and sale of women and girls from these overrun communities? Has it been an outcome of lawlessness or is it part of a more deliberate ISIS policy to destroy and to subjugate those who do not share their fanaticism?”

Isaac said, “Looking at the ISIS philosophy, they believe that the Yazidi people in particular are not only to be tortured but they are to be destroyed in every single way possible. They want them off the face of this Earth.”

“So, it is a philosophy to destroy them and to torture them,” she said. “With the girls particularly that I met, they in one night – because they felt safe in Sinjar town – one night ISIS came and took all of these girls. They told them first, they gave them an option: Will you become a Muslim? Will you convert to Islam? Many of them said ‘no.’ And they told them, ‘You are going to be Muslim regardless because we are going to sleep with you. And the moment we do that, once we rape you, you will be Muslim.’ Many of these girls who chose not to be, still were raped and came back believing that they were forced into this religion. This is barbaric. It is systematic.”

“Today, it starts with the Yazidis,” Isaac continued. “Tomorrow, it’s going to be not only the Christians but every woman that doesn’t fit into their philosophy. We need to stop the menace that’s going on there. We need to stop it at its route. This is the nerve center. Right now, all the crazies from all over the world are coming to this center point, to this nerve center. If we can cut the snake at its head, we can defuse them.”

“Their sex trafficking is systematic and it will continue,” she said.

THE ENTIRE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS TEAM WILL PROTEST THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT OPENING GAME

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The Seattle Seahawks will become the first NFL team to join Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest during the national anthem this Sunday.




(USUNCUT) In the Sea Hawks home opener against the Miami Dolphins, they planned a “big surprise” during the national anthem, according to their linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner stated that the entire roster will take part in the protest, though he didn’t say if the team would sit or kneel.




“Anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual. It’s going to be a team thing. That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals,” Wagner told the Seattle Times.

The team has the support of their head coach Pete Carroll, who recently stood up for cornerback Jeremy Lane when he sat during the national anthem in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last Thursday before Seattle’s final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

“[Lane]’s pretty clear on what he did and what he was trying to express and I think it is very simple and so we’ll leave that up to him,” Carroll told the Times.




In addition to Lane and Wagner, their wide receiver Doug Baldwin has publicly expressed support for Kaepernick on social media. After Kaepernick started receiving blowback for refusing to stand up for the national anthem, Baldwin then defended the protest and cast Kaepernick’s critics as ignorant of what free speech entails.

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Kaepernick’s silent protest has also been recently joined by U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player Megan Rapinoe, and several members of the West Virginia Tech volleyball team. Kaepernick, who said he refuses to “stand to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people,” has said he’ll continue his protest until police brutality is no longer an issue.

And it begins – Cal State University offers black-only housing

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What follows is the natural byproduct of the overly offended, mixed with the not-so-subtle racism of “privilege checking” and “cultural appropriation.”




WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – “California State University, Los Angeles started offering segregated housing for black students in a new program called Halisi Scholars.

CBS Los Angeles reported the campus set aside 20 spots in its 192-unit dorm complex for black students and “anyone who shares similar concerns.”

The dorm comes after the university’s Black Student Union issued a list of demands as a response to claims of racial discrimination on campus.




In the letter addressed to university President William Covino, the union demanded “the creation and financial support of a CSLA housing space delegated for black students and a full-time resident director who can cater to the needs of black students.”

Many students who spoke to CBS Los Angeles off-camera shared concerns about separating students by race. Though most seemed to agree that Halisi Scholars posed no real threat to campus life.

Among other things in the letter, the union demanded $20,000 per quarter allocated to the Black Student Union, black scholarships geared toward black students who are both athletes and non-athletes and more black students hired for on-campus, student assistant, work positions.

University of Connecticut, University of California, Davis, and University of California, Berkeleyalso offer segregated housing dedicated to black students.”




Though the University is claiming it’s not completely preventing non-blacks from entering the dorms, the insinuation and results of the action will be segregation either way. Though snopes like to claim this isn’t an issue, much like in many other points, they have no idea what the hell they’re talking about.

When you classify people into privileged groups based on race or sex, the end result is hatred towards the other. If you believe that the issues in your life are merely a result of evil actions done by privileged races and sexes, you then feel entitled to use government agencies to steal from and discriminate against those people to “balance the playing field.”
This leads to discrimination and inevitable segregation.

Stealing from people for being successful to give it to non-successful people is discrimination against the productive. Discrimination based on the idea that someone may be successful in the future due to their race or sex, is even more pernicious. There are problems with racism in this country, but the government and institutions which find it admirable to use violence and hate to fix problems, are not the groups which will prevent further violence and hate in the future.