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The campaign however must go on, especially because I have added more regular features to my daily workload. In addition to my daily never-ending reporting on space exploration and science, my regular launch reports, my monthly sunspot updates, the regular cool images, and the evening pauses I post each evening, I have now added a daily weekday post I have entitled "Today's blacklisted American." Its goal is not to discuss policy or politics, but to note the endless examples occurring across the United States where some jack-booted thug or thugs think it is proper and acceptable to censor, blackball, cancel, and destroy an innocent American, merely because that American has expressed or holds an opinion or is of a race or religion that is no longer considered acceptable to the dominant leftist and bigoted culture. I want to make clear to every American that a large number of your fellow citizens no longer believe in the enlightened concept of freedom of speech or the idea of treating each person by the quality of their character.


Instead, they wish to shut you up, and oppress you if you happen to disagree with them or have the wrong skin color. This evil must be exposed.


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Cop kills baby-HOAX

This story is a hoax. I am usually very good at spotting these hoaxes and not providing links to them, but this time they got me. Thanks to Caryl and Wodun for letting me know.

Horrible: A baby is killed by a NYPD cop because he didn’t want her mother to breastfeed.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • geoffc

    Oh no! Mush mouth better hurry home from Missouri and start stirring up riots in NYC. After all, if he is not here to start the rioting, people might let normal justice handle the issue, and we know that is never acceptable to him.

  • geoffc

    Oh wait, the mom and baby were not black, so mush mouth won’t be interested, racist that he is.

  • wodun

    Fake story. This was supposed to be satire.

    “This past Thursday, National Report published a story titled “NYPD Officer Kills Baby Following Breastfeeding Argument” and a follow up titled “NYPD Cop Who Killed Baby Cleared Of All Charges”. The response from the story has been overwhelming and, for the most part, extremely negative. The story exploded on social media, was shared on Facebook over a million times and led to countless death threats against members of the NR family. I would like to take a moment to respond to the critics…

    1. Satire is not required to be humorous, nor was this particular post meant to be funny. Police brutality is a very real and very serious issue. If you are looking for safe, neatly packaged laughs, then please continue reading the Onion as your only source of satire. If you are suggesting that every site that publishes fictional news have a pop-up that requires you to acknowledge the fact that what you are about to read may or may not be true, then you will need to look elsewhere for that as well. As a reminder, the most famous piece of satire in the English language, A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, chose the killing and eating of children to highlight social injustice precisely because it was deplorable.”

    This isn’t satire, this is slander.

  • Story corrected. Thank for letting me know.

    I am usually very good at spotting these hoaxes. This time they got me.

  • Craig Beasley

    On forums I frequent, we are disturbed by the stories coming from ‘National Report’. The seriousness with which they “report” their fiction and the obvious intention to connect to hot-button issues gives their work a somewhat sinister flavor, in my opinion. It’s like they are tailor-made to sow doubt about news stories in general, to create a fog of uncertainty.

  • What this particular hoax and its believability tell me is that the reputation of the police has been seriously damaged by their own actions in recent years. I was ready to believe this story, which means it is actually conceivable to me and others that a cop could abuse a nursing mother because she didn’t obey his orders.

    The actions of the police in Ferguson is not really helping their cause, even though I completely oppose the rioting and find it despicable.

  • wodun

    Hoaxes like this are irresponsible and are certainly not satire.

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