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Tea partiers seriously believe in secret UN plan to turn us all into hipsters

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Fears of a one-world government are helping to drive grassroots objections to zoning and development plans in communities across the U.S.

Developers and industrialists have long objected to zoning regulations that inhibit their plans or raise costs, but talk radio hosts such as Glenn Beck and Alex Jones have stoked fears that the United Nations would impose European-style socialism through local zoning boards.

They’re worried high-density residential developments, bicycle lanes, and other “smart” growth plans are evidence of Agenda 21 – a voluntary action plan adopted in 1992 by delegates at the U.N. Conference on Environment Development to promote sustainable development.

An article on Jones’ Infowars website says simply, “Agenda 21 = Death,” and Beck has published a fictionalized account of a dystopian future under the imposition of the U.N. guidelines.

Urban planners are sometimes surprised when they’re accused of plotting to undermine capitalism and sovereignty by taking away their neighbors’ cars and forcing them to live in cities, reported The Post and Courier

“It’s coming up more and more, and I’m hearing about it from colleagues in other parts of the country,” said Bill Eubanks, a civil engineer who helped develop a master plan for a commercial boulevard in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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These master plans are mandated by state or local governments to ensure orderly and responsible long-range development, but ideas that address sprawl and other environmental concerns raise suspicions about a possible U.N. plot.

“High-density urban development without parking for cars is the goal,” said Rosa Koire, of Democrats Against U.N. Agenda 21. “This means that whole towns need to be demolished and rebuilt in the image of sustainable development. Bike groups are being used as the ‘shock troops’ for this plan.”

Lawmakers and candidates such as Joni Ernst, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate from Iowa, have helped take the conspiracy theory into mainstream discourse.

Several state legislatures, including Alabama, have passed resolutions against Agenda 21, reported The Post and Courier, and the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution two years ago denouncing Agenda 21 as a “comprehensive plan of extreme environmentalism, social engineering, and global political control.”

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But Eubanks, the civil engineer, said it’s all bogus.

“I have looked into the Agenda 21 conspiracy theory claims and not only do I think they are unfounded, I think they are absolutely ludicrous,” Eubanks said. “Worse than that, buying into this ridiculous fear-mongering can stand in the way of both sustainability and smart growth – something our communities really need.”

Tea Party activists in northern Kentucky unsuccessfully attempted to eliminate a regional planning and zoning commission over the past several years through a ballot measure.

The conservative group teamed up with a local homebuilders association to eliminate the bureaucratic agency, which opponents claimed would strip individual rights by implementing Agenda 21 suggestions for land use.

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The Southern Poverty Law Center issued a report this year that blamed “radical right groups” for “poisoning any kind of rational discussion of the very real challenges we face” with Agenda 21 conspiracy theories.

“Agenda 21 is not a treaty,” the civil rights group said. “It has no force of law, no enforcement mechanisms, no penalties, and no significant funding.”

The agreement, which was signed by President George H.W. Bush and 177 other world leaders, is “a feel-good guide that cannot force anyone, anywhere, to do anything at all,” the SPLC said.

But to adherents of the conspiracy theory, the evidence is all around.

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“Sustainability is a buzzword that you hear about all the time, and you hear about how they want mass transit and people riding bikes to work,” said John Steinberger, chairman of the Charleston, South Carolina, County Republican Party. “Blocking a lane of traffic coming in to Charleston from West Ashley to create a bike lane is an example of that thinking.”

He told The Post and Courier that a “vocal minority” was using the bike path to undermine individual rights.

“We want the freedom to drive our car and work on our schedule and do the things needed to carry on with our daily lives,” Steinberger said.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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