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Re: “A Durham Crowdfunding Campaign Still Needs $50,000 to Pay Down Student Lunch Debt

Why in the world would you post something like this, with that headline, and NOT give the link for contributions?

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Posted by irene_krys on 12/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “The Durham County Commission Asks the NCGA to Hold Off on Class-Size Reductions

Ha! The schools cry for smaller classes but its all a fraud. When they are told by the legislature to set up smaller classes , they rebel.

Then they side with the affluent parents for whom music and art is more important than learning to read. They ignore the needs of poor students and families completely.

Wouldn't you like to see for once the School Board or the BOCC act for needy students and not side with the unions and affluent parents.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/13/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past

Once again I must take exception to being labelled as "slow-growth." I ran on a platform of responsible growth, smart growth, or planned growth -- growth that is compatible with surroundings, respects the environment, and has appropriate infrastructure in place.

Nicole Stewart's platform, if you check her campaign web site, also talked about growth in Raleigh "straining our natural resources." So having me serve on the Growth & Natural Resources Committee is not necessarily going to have "ramifications down the line."

I'd also like to know what is considered the opposite of "slow-growth" -- is it "fast growth" -- and what does that imply?

Admittedly I am new to politics, but I am confounded and disappointed that both the N&O and the IndyWeek continue to advance this "slow-growth" narrative, seemingly in the interests of stirring up controversy and dissension.

The current Council was sworn in just over a week ago. How about giving us some time to coalesce as a governing body under the leadership of Mayor McFarlane? And how about giving us the benefit of the doubt on "slow growth" versus "fast growth" until you see some results. At our first council meeting we actually approved a number of zoning requests that certainly belie a "slow growth" label.

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Posted by Stefanie Mendell on 12/13/2017 at 9:33 AM
Posted by terryboo on 12/13/2017 at 8:34 AM

Re: “The Republican Power Plays at the Heart of N.C. Politics

Fine work, Mr. Billman. Your readers are probably aware that most of the NC conservative shenanigans can be laid at Art Pope's feet. Jane Mayer referenced Indy in her excellent 2011 New Yorker article "State For Sale".

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Posted by growlybear on 12/12/2017 at 6:38 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

I have very little patience for the empty-headed Pro-poison crowd, which is begging the government to take everyones rights away (including their own...and theyre too stupid to know it). For the record, vaccines are a medical procedure, and no, medical procedures should never be mandated, dummy. And for immune-compromised kids who doctors often vaccinate anyway, maybe theyre the ones who should stay home from school and out of public places if communicable illnesses could severely harm or kill them...because there are way more viruses and bacteria that we dont vaccinate against than those we do (and many vaccines arent even designed to prevent infection or transmission of illnesses, so the immune-compromised are not being protected by others who are vaccinated). To be blunt, force vaccinating kids on the basis of corporate Scientism is medically sanctioned child abuse and shouldnt be allowed.

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Posted by DoritoReiss on 12/12/2017 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Durham Attorney Scott Holmes Challenges N.C. Court Fees as Unconstitutional

About time some one fixed this.

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Posted by Bob Schroeck on 12/12/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

And I'm just getting started- What do you think of a society that ritualizes placing its babies -their most vulnerable, new lives- on a table to be stabbed and injected with multiple needles containing myriad highly toxic ingredients never studied in totality? I dare any of you to receive the amount per body-weight that babies receive.
Please think outside the hypnotic story that billions of dollars have woven around you. If you don't wake up now, you won't have a choice later. Mark my words.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:14 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Feel free to put your faith in pharmaceutical products if you want to live like that. I prefer not to, and no one will be forcing them on me, thanks.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Genetics do not cause autism. Humans have genetic differences that react to viruses and vaccines at different rates. Somali populations have babies expressing ASD at a rate of 1 in 26. African-Americans have babies expressing ASD at 1 in 48. An caucasian babies express autistic spectrum disorder at a rate of 1 in 68.
Vaccine damage is an alarming epidemic with higher rates of damage than any virus in the US. Autistic children have an average lifespan of 54years. With ASD with cognitive difficulties that age drops to 40. Autism is not the only health problem associated with vaccine damage.

Researchers in their infinite wisdom have yet to do a single double blind study with a true placebo control group with all of the ingredients in a single vaccine.

Instead, they take 1 ingredient for a study. That is ridiculous science.

The FDA set the daily aluminum IV threshold to 25mcg per day for adults. For an 8lb newborn baby that limit would be 18.16mcg. This is based on blood and urine studies that claim that aluminum is eliminated from the body through our urine. Take however that vaccines contain Polysorbate 80 an elmusifier used to coat brain chemotherapy drugs to get them to cross the blood brain barrier. Polysorbate 80 is used to transport many drugs past the blood brain barrier and is added to vaccines as an emulsifier.

Newborns, moments after their first breath, are injected with 100mcg of aluminum in their Vitamin K injection and 235-250mcg in their Hepatitis B vaccine.

Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that stores in the brain and bones. 335mcg -350mcg are amounts toxic to a 350lb man per the FDA.

At the 2 month visit per the CDC schedule this same infant will receive 1000mcg of neurotoxic aluminum.

At the 4 month visit per the CDC schedule this tiny baby will receive another 1000mcg of neurotoxic aluminum.

At the 6 month "well check" visit this baby will receive another 1000mcg of aluminum.

Along with Polysorbate 80, human DNA cells, monkey kidney cells, glyophosate, ....!

This is not a safe science based practice. And proper informed consent is not taking place in doctors offices. This is also just the facts on one ingredient.


Polysorbate 80…

Inflammatory conditions caused by adjuvants…

Groundbreaking Study on Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated kids…

Vaccine Ingredients, Adjuvants and Excipients…

This link goes far beyond live virus shedding…

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

Meanwhile, the autism connection is FAR FROM SETTLED for anyone other than a lemming simpleton. I expect better from the Indy, which stands for Independent, right? Apply your name to your journalism- please break free from what you've been spoon-fed by corrupt big pharma and their extraordinarily powerful lobby, bigger than big oil lobby. Do some real research, please.

Here's something to get you started-…

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 5:58 PM

Re: “The Problem with N.C.’s Religious Exemption Law

It is ludicrous to *believe* that the unvaccinated pose a threat to anyone. It's DANGEROUS to rile up antagonism against a group of people who are minding their own bodily business, legally and wisely.

In fact, the unvaccinated are much healthier than the vaccinated because their immune systems have not been assaulted with dirty, unstudied vaccines. Show me a double-blind, true, saline-placebo controlled study on one vaccine much less in combinations given before you dare tell me vaccines are safe. Anyone who believes this article has swallowed big pharma propaganda for their Products (we all know how honest and uncorrupted big pharma is, aye?), and is quite frankly not an objective, unbiased thinker.

All live virus vaccines contain LIVE viruses. They may be weakened but they can still replicate in the right environment and infect both the vaccinated and "shed" to people around them for weeks after the vaccine is given.

Which vaccines are LIVE?

Chicken Pox- Varivax Section 5.4 (up to 6 weeks):…

MMR- MMRII page 5 (Up to 28 days):…

Shingles- Zostavax Section 5.2:…

Rotavirus- Rotateq Section 5:5 (Up to 15 days, fecal shedding):…

Small Pox- ACAM2000 Section 5:10 (Only used in the military but highly contagious):…

But does that REALLY happen? Yes. Yes it can and does as these studies illustrate:

Varicella transfer after vaccine to pregnant mom:

Pub Med article on Rotavirus shedding:…

Mumps Vaccine sheds:…

Mumps vaccine sheds:…

Measles virus sheds for 1-13 days after vaccination:…

Mumps outbreak in Netherlands linked to those vaccinated twice with MMR:…

Measles vaccinated child responsible for outbreak in British Columbia:…

New York Measles outbreak linked to vaccinated:…

Measles outbreak among the vaccinated:

We don't know for certain how long shedding occurs because we don't test for it long term or regularly but in rare instances, it has gone on for years:…

Additionally, the Dtap/Tdap and Polio vaccines that are NOT live have been shown to cause the vaccinated to become asymptomatic carriers whenever exposed, thus the vaccinated can be spreading the illness without knowing at any time:

Pertussis carrier:…

Diphtheria carrier:…

The polio vaccine does not stop transmission of the virus. & when a person immunized with IPV is infected with wild poliovirus, the virus can still multiply inside the intestines and be shed in the feces, risking continued circulation.…

You can also find that most medical facilities are aware of this. Johns Hopkins and St. Jude hospitals are just a few of many who post precautions for recently vaccinated visitors.
Science shows that it's the vaccinated that are at a higher risk of infections and spreading the illnesses because they are routinely injected with them. Be aware of the infection and carrier risk each vaccine has when making your choice- AND take care when around the immune compromised if you have been recently vaccinated or around someone with the illnesses even if you don't show symptoms.

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Posted by Nellie McFarlane De Jong on 12/11/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

Hey SHEILAB take off those rose colored glasses! Absentee ownership results usually are bad. Verbal abuse, frustrated tired whining and ranting spreads like a disease.

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Posted by DarkHumerous on 12/11/2017 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The PIT Wants to Fill the Disgraced DSI Comedy Theater's Void. But Will It Just Replicate the Same Toxic Culture?

Maybe we should petition federal government to make Toxic PIT a superfund site?

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Posted by DarkHumerous on 12/11/2017 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Reliving a massacre

How can one get a copy of the book above, The Marion Massacre by Mike Lawing?

Posted by Anita Justice Wages on 12/09/2017 at 2:13 PM

Re: “"DACA Is Gone, But We're Still Here": Youth Activists Stage a "Death of DACA" Rally in Downtown Raleigh




Posted by CRITIC on 12/08/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Wildin Acosta Dropped His Asylum Case and Switched Legal Strategies. Will That Save Him from Being Deported?

innocent bystander: You really hit the nail on the head. Nice job.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 12/08/2017 at 1:28 PM

Re: “A Black Feminist Bookmobile Is Coming to Durham

Please share a link so we can donate!

I'm white and I'm happy to support. I know our whole community will benefit.

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Posted by ruby on 12/08/2017 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Tim Walter’s Long Effort to Give Downtown Durham a Venue It Needed Pays Off in the Nick of Time

Surprised you didn't mention the venue's all-too-brief existance as "305 South", an excellent arts, clothing, crafts, and music space hobbled and ultimately killed by not having enough bathroom space. Please check that out and add it to your great story.

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Posted by Richard Milward on 12/07/2017 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Wildin Acosta Dropped His Asylum Case and Switched Legal Strategies. Will That Save Him from Being Deported?

This story is all over the place. Starts off with media interviews in a parking lot, dabbles in legal strategy and court proceedings, and ends with playful banter over choosing what music to listen to. You almost forget the title of the story states "switched legal strategies". It states Acosta "withdrew" his petition for asylum because he all but knew he was gonna lose based off the statistics of that particular judge. Yet they file complaints against Attorney Smallwood. Seems at every turn the judge was questioning these choices too. So which is it? He was gonna lose because of the judge being so hardline or the past attorney? Seems like its the old lets see what sticks strategy. Attorney Guirguis probably doesn't want to lose and apparently seems fine with throwing a fellow attorney under the bus, all in the name of strategy. Does Indyweek have copies of these complaints or proof that they were actually filed? Why not share a redacted copy of said complaint if you are willing to write about it. States they were provided the complaint by a third party "Alerta Migratoria NC", seems a little fishy. This group doesn't appear to be registered or licensed as a non-profit yet they raise money and pay themselves stipends. Is that even legal? Where is the responsible reporting? Publishing about a complaint against an attorney given to Indyweek by a pseudo non-profit third-party, seems dangerously close to libel.

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Posted by innocentbystander on 12/07/2017 at 3:21 PM

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