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Man From Venezuela Wants To Warn All American Leftists Their Policies Don't Work Well
While neither ‘Medicare for All’ nor a wealth tax will turn America into Venezuela overnight, all it would take is a series of catastrophic policies.
The first time I couldn’t buy food at the grocery store, I was 15 years old. It was 2014 in Caracas, Venezuela, and I had spent more than an hour in line waiting. When I got to the register, I noticed I had forgotten my ID that day. Without the ID, the government rationing system would not let the supermarket sell my family the full quota of food we needed. It was four days until the government allowed me to buy more.
This was fairly normal for me. All my life, I lived under socialism in Venezuela until I left and came to the United States as a student in 2016. Because the regime in charge imposed price controls and nationalized the most important private industries, production plummeted. No wonder I had to wait hours in lines to buy simple products such as toothpaste or flour.
And the shortages went far beyond the supermarket.
My family and I suffered from blackouts and lack of water. The regime nationalized electricity in 2007 in an effort to make electricity “free.” Unsurprisingly, this resulted in underinvestment in the electrical grid. By 2016, my home lost power roughly once a week.
Our water situation was even worse. Initially, my family didn’t have running water for only about one day per month, but as the years passed we sometimes went several weeks straight without it.
For all these problems, the regime has blamed an iguana, right-wing sabotage and even the weather.
The excuses for these shortages were hollow: In reality, Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world to use for electricity, and three times more fresh water resources per person than the United States. The real reason my family went without water and electricity was the socialist economy instituted by dictators Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.
The welfare programs, many minimum-wage hikes and nationalizations implemented by their regimes resulted in a colossal government deficit that the central bank covered by simply printing more money — leading to rampant inflation. Now, prices double every few weeks, and the standard of living continues to plummet.I watched what was once one of the richest countries in Latin America gradually fall apart under the weight of big government.
Venezuela has become a country where a woeful number of children suffer from malnutrition, and where working two full-time jobs will pay for only 6 pounds of chicken a month.American liberals embrace same failed policies.https://web.archive.org/web/20190222035805/https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-21/venezuela-was-my-home-and-socialism-destroyed-it-slowly-it-will-destroy-america-too
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Zionist Tommy Robinson: “If There Was a War Tomorrow.. I Would be There in the Front Line Fighting for Israel”
"Renegade Editor’s Note: I know this piece is not sympathetic to our cause, but I understand how frustrating it can seem for people in the Middle East when they see all of these “White supremacist” talking heads all over the media praising israel. They want to make it seem like all nationalists who oppose White genocide have to support the state of israel. We need to completely denounce ALL of them
, but unfortunately we have so many shills
that promote people like Tommy Robinson, Richard Spencer, and other “White Zionists” and crypto bolsheviks. For example, former Renegade writer Mike Walsh only has praise for Tommy. Same thing with Kevin MacDonald."
"Far-right, anti-Muslim, self-declared Zionist Tommy Robinson has boasted of his love for Israel in leaked video footage, in which the founder of the English Defence League (EDL) can be seen bragging about “scoring” drugs anywhere in the world. The video – which is thought to have been filmed in Bologna, Italy last month – shows the 35-year-old right-wing activist walking down the street on his own. In the selfie video Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, brags: “No matter where I’ve gone in the world, I score. I will show you tonight.” He then calls for a taxi to visit a pub, presumably to demonstrate that he can access drugs wherever he goes."
"Boasting of his unique talent to “score” Robinson, despite a number of criminal convictions including cocaine possession, says: “I’ve gone to Qatar, I’ve gone to Doha and scored gear on the sesh [a night out] while they’re all praying. In another section of the video, Robison can be seen singing that he is “king of the whole Islam race,” before declaring his love for Israel. The far-right campaigner has become something of a favourite among notorious pro-Israel groups. Some have even admitted to paying for Robinson’s legal costs and “bringing foreign pressure on the UK government to ensure Mr. Robinson’s safety and eventual release”.
"In the video, Robinson gives the impression that his love affair with Israel is paying off by admitting that on occasions he has to “get [his] Zionist card out which says that [he is] a Zionist”, after which he claims he “bought everything”. The footage ends with Robinson saying: “Palestine! F*ck Palestine. Why would you support Palestine,” adding: “If there was a war tomorrow, which probably there would be, I would be there in the front line fighting for Israel”. The footage – released by the Sun – captures the growing bond between the far-right and Israel." [Whining about "racists" removed.]
"Leaders of the far-right – like white nationalist Richard Spencer [bullshit about harboring "Nazi sympathies" removed] gave a ringing endorsement to Israel’s Nation-State Law saying: “I have great admiration for Israel’s nation-state law. Jews are, once again, at the vanguard, rethinking politics and sovereignty for the future, showing a path forward for Europeans.” In another incident, a former Israeli soldier who was a member of Tommy Robinson’s campaign addressed protestors on a London street saying: “no matter what the left call us, I am the world’s proudest Jewish Nazi”. The trend has led to what critics are describing as “the unholy alliance between Israel and alt-right ideologues”. They say that what unites Israel, far-right ideologue Steve Bannon and Spencer more than anything else is their animosity towards the liberal left, Islam and global institutions like the UN, which prioritises a global order based on the rule of law over assertive ethno-religious nationalism."
[Note: The comments in this article are more worth reading.]http://www.renegadetribune.com/zionist-tommy-robinson-if-there-was-a-war-tomorrow-i-would-be-there-in-the-front-line-fighting-for-israel/http://archive.is/ALRhh
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Good! US Supreme Court Rules To Limit States' Ability To Seize Property, Impose Fines
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that the Excessive Fines Clause in the 8th Amendment applies to state and local governments.
Announced in an opinion written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her second day back on the bench following a December cancer surgery, the ruling limits states' abilities to seize property and impose fines deemed excessive on citizens who break the law.
"For good reason, the protection against excessive fines has been a constant shield throughout Anglo-American history: Exorbitant tolls undermine other constitutional liberties," wrote Ginsburg, as the court sided with Tyson Timbs of Marion Indiana, whose $42,000 Land Rover SUV was seized by the state following a guilty plea for selling $385 worth of heroin to an undercover detective.
Following a plea bargain, Timbs was sentenced to a year of home detention followed by five years of probation, as well as $1,200 in fees.
"Excessive fines can be used, for example, to retaliate against or chill the speech of political enemies . . . Even absent a political motive, fines may be employed in a measure out of accord with the penal goals of retribution and deterrence."
Timbs drew wide support from civil liberties organizations, according to the Washington Post.
Other USSC Justices were highly critical of property seizures and fines, with Justice Clarence Thomas suggesting that civil forfeitures had become "widespread and highly profitable."
“This system — where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use — has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses,” Thomas wrote, referring to reporting by The Washington Post and the New Yorker.
At oral argument, Timbs’s lawyer said the case was a simple matter of “constitutional housekeeping.” -Washington Post
The Constitution's Bill of Rights limits the actions of the federal government - however it has been increasingly applied by the Supreme Court to local governments, particularly under the due-process clause of the 14th Amendment, notes the Post's Robert Barnes.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-20/us-supreme-court-rules-limit-states-ability-seize-property-impose-fineshttps://web.archive.org/web/20190221033659/https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-20/us-supreme-court-rules-limit-states-ability-seize-property-impose-fines
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Good! Trump Admin Pulls Commiefornia Grants Over Failed Train Project That Looted Taxpayers
(Commiefornia Just Built A $10,000,000,000 Train To NO WHERE, Paid For By Taxpayers)
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) says it is exploring legal options to claw back $2.5 billion from California in federal funds which have already been spent on the ill-fated statewide high-speed rail system, according to the New York Times.
The Trump administration is also canceling a $929 million grant which was allocated to the California High-Speed Rail Authority detailed in a letter from DOT, just one week after California Governor Newsom announced that the project had been derailed by cost overruns and numerous delays. Instead of canceling the entire project, however, Newsom announced that the state will focus on finishing the line currently under construction, running 171 miles from Merced to Bakersfield - and could open as soon as 2027.
The decision to yank the grant money and claw back the billions in federal funds comes one day after California filed a lawsuit along with 15 other states challenging President Trump's emergency declaration on the border.
The $77 billion Los Angeles-to-San Francisco bullet train, which has been a goal of California transportation planners for decades, has long faced opposition from Mr. Trump and other Republicans. But on Tuesday morning, the president explicitly tied the rail line to efforts to stymie construction of the Mexican border wall. -New York Times
Trump slammed California's decision to sue, noting on Tuesday over Twitter that "The failed Fast Train project in California, where the cost overruns are becoming world record setting, is hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!"https://archive.fo/E7fvJhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-20/trump-administration-demands-25-billion-repayment-californias-high-speed-rail-fail
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Maduro Closes Border With Brazil To Prevent Regime Change
Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the border with Brazil to be closed in response to opposition leaders vowing to facilitate entry of foreign humanitarian aid, especially US aid shipments, from neighboring nations.
Maduro declared closure of the border during a state television address, in which he also said he's considering shutting down Venezuela's border with Colombia as well. The opposition, led by US-backed Juan Guaido, has said it plans to mount caravans to ensure aid is brought in from both Colombia and Brazil, in order to undermine and otherthrow the Maduro government.
The drastic action is being taken tonight, Maduro said, in order to "protect the people" while further repeating his charge that American attempts to send aid into the country is a US-orchestrated "political show" in order to foment coup against his elected government.
National Assembly head Guaido, meanwhile, has personally vowed to lead a convoy to receive aid shipments from across the Colombian border. "On February 23, humanitarian aid will enter Venezuela one way or another," the self-declared president said earlier this month.
The provocative move to undermine Maduro's power has been acknowledged as just that by the opposition, who've recently openly stated that the "humanitarian channel" is a direct political jab at Caracas. Though the tons of much needed aid, including food and medicine supplies, is reportedly piling up along border points especially in Colombia, it's anything but merely "benevolent" - the opposition acknowledges.
"The impact of the humanitarian aid is highly political," Juan Miguel Matheus, an MP for the opposition told CNN this week. "Our first and primary goal is to provide relief for the Venezuelan population, but after that, with this move we want to checkmate Maduro."
"If the aid gets in, Maduro is shown to have lost control of the situation; if it doesn't get in, we show that Maduro doesn't care for the suffering of the people," he added.https://archive.fo/eC7sphttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-21/maduro-close-border-brazil-protect-people-mulls-colombian-border-closure
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Federal Prosecutors Broke Law In Jeffrey Epstein Child Sex Trafficking Case, Judge Rules
A judge ruled Thursday that federal prosecutors — among them, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta — broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement with a wealthy, politically connected sex trafficker and concealed it from more than 30 of his underage victims.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, in a 33-page opinion, said that the evidence he reviewed showed that Jeffrey Epstein had been operating an international sex operation in which he and others recruited underage girls — not only in Florida — but from overseas, in violation of federal law.
“Epstein used paid employees to find and bring minor girls to him.,’’ wrote Marra, who is based in Palm Beach County. “Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others.’’
Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws, Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in Miami, helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution. Epstein, who lived in a Palm Beach mansion, was allowed to quietly plead guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and served just 13 months in the county jail. His accomplices, some of whom have never been identified, were never charged.https://archive.fo/wvxxxhttps://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article226577419.html
Robert Mueller’s FBI was using pedophile Jeffrey Epstein as an informant in 2008.
Jeffrey Epstein is a friend of the Clinton family, who ran the “Lolita Express” to his private island.
Documents released by the FBI pertaining to Clinton-connected pedophile Jeffrey Epstein show that the known child predator had a professional relationship with then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller.https://archive.fo/rf7s7https://milnenews.com/2018/05/24/muellers-fbi-used-jeffrey-epstein-as-an-informant/
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Stupid Trump Wants 5G Blasting Radiation All Across America, What The Hell Is He Thinking?
President Trump has finally hit upon the real issue at the center of the US government's battle with Huawei: It's all about the technology. To wit, one reason why US allies and the UK and Germany have been so hesitant to cut ties with the Chinese telecoms giant is that, as its founder pointed out in a recent interview with Western media, there is no real alternative. US telecoms like Verizon still lag their Chinese rivals when it comes to 5G.
So, in a series of tweets sent Thursday morning, President Trump exclaimed that "I want 5G, and even 6G technology in the United States as soon as possible" and demanded that "American companies must step up their efforts."
I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on.........
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019
And in what sounded like a concession to Huawei (and a tacit acknowledgement of the real motives behind the US's anti-Huawei campaign), Trump said he would like US companies to "win through competition"...implying that this isn't the case presently.
....something that is so obviously the future. I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies. We must always be the leader in everything we do, especially when it comes to the very exciting world of technology!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019https://archive.fo/bYL7ihttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-21/trump-i-want-5g-or-even-6g-tech-us-soon-possible
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Good! Man Who Refuses to Pay Taxes Until Abortion Is Defunded Wins Huge Court Victory
A Christian man who refuses to pay his taxes until the government stops funding abortion has won an historic lawsuit against the IRS.
Michael Bowman has refused to file a tax return or pay taxes since 1999. “I’m not a tax protester. I love my country,” he told reporters. “I have a duty to my country. I have a duty to my conscience.”
Lifesitenews.com reports: https://archive.fo/5MYBo
The IRS has sent him numerous warnings over unpaid taxes from 2002 to 2014, and in 2012 the Oregon Department of Revenue began garnishing money from Bowman’s bank account. In response, he started cashing out his paychecks and leaving only a minimum balance in his account.
This, federal prosecutors say, constituted “remov[ing] his income from the reach of taxing authorities.” They indicted him for felony tax evasion in the amount of $356,857, as well as four misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file tax returns.
Bowman’s attorney, Matthew Schindler, argued that his client was fully transparent every step of the way, from disclosing all of his paychecks to cashing them at his own bank, under his own name.
“Like a player collapsing as they lose Twister, the government has reached too far forward and stretched way too far back,” his motion to dismiss read.
Last week, US District Judge Michael Mosman sided with Bowman on the felony charge, ruling that the feds failed to show he attempted to conceal income or deceive the government. Prosecutors remain free to re-introduce the charge in the future, and are currently weighing whether to do so.https://archive.fo/ceFlahttps://newspunch.com/man-refuses-pay-taxes-abortion-is-defunded-wins-court-victory/
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Deliberate Destabilization: 25 Dangerous MS-13 Gang Members Caught Travelling in Migrant Caravan
DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: >>>/endpol/1127
At least 25 MS-13 gang members were apprehended from an invasion heading to the United States, immigration officials said Tuesday.
Ten gang members were were first spotted when the caravan arrived in Piedras Negras, Mexico, two weeks ago across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas.
Foxnews.com reports: https://archive.fo/pVKhO
But after warehouse scuffles with police last week, officials discovered and deported 15 additional MS-13 “agitators,” INM Media Deputy Director Aline Juarez told Fox News.
In addition to the gang members, a total of 70 Central American invaders have been deported to their home countries, while about 1,500 have been granted humanitarian visas to move freely within Mexico.
News of the deportations was first reported by Mexican state news agency Notimex. The news agency reported that deportations came after issues at a shelter in the border city of Piedras Negras.
On Saturday, officials said the shelter where hundreds of Central American invaders have been confined would be closed by Wednesday.
Coahuila State Public Safety Secretary Jose Luis Pliego told the Associated Press that authorities have taken some 400 invaders to neighboring states such as Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas to be incorporated into the workforce, while others may seek other options to try to cross into the United States.
Some invaders still at the shelter said they were not being allowed to come and go despite holding the permits, and they hope to leave as soon as possible for fear of possible deportation.
“I don’t feel safe here,” Donaldo, a Honduran migrant who declined to give his last name, told the AP.
The invaders have wanted to appear at the U.S. border to apply for asylum, but only about a dozen per day have been allowed to do so.https://archive.fo/4kz7Bhttps://newspunch.com/25-ms-13-gang-members-travelling-migrant-caravan/
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THE EU SEEKS TO DESTROY THE INTERNET
THE EU SEEKS TO DESTROY THE INTERNEThttps://archive.fo/Y6iclhttps://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/02/final-version-eus-copyright-directive-worst-one-yethttps://saveyourinternet.eu/
Despite ringing denunciations from small EU tech businesses, giant EU entertainment companies, artists' groups, technical experts, and human rights experts, and the largest body of concerned citizens in EU history, the EU has concluded its "trilogues" on the new Copyright Directive, striking a deal that—amazingly—is worse than any in the Directive's sordid history.
The Copyright Directive was always a grab bag of updates to EU copyright rules—which are long overdue for an overhaul, given that it's been 18 years since the last set of rules were ratified. Some of its clauses gave artists and scientists much-needed protections: artists were to be protected from the worst ripoffs by entertainment companies, and scientists could use copyrighted works as raw material for various kinds of data analysis and scholarship.
Both of these clauses have now been gutted to the point of uselessness, leaving the giant entertainment companies with unchecked power to exploit creators and arbitrarily hold back scientific research.
Having dispensed with some of the most positive versions of the Directive, the trilogues have also managed to make the (unbelievably dreadful) bad components of the Directive even worse.
Under the final text, any online community, platform or service that has existed for three or more years, or is making €10,000,001/year or more, is responsible for ensuring that no user ever posts anything that infringes copyright, even momentarily. This is impossible, and the closest any service can come to it is spending hundreds of millions of euros to develop automated copyright filters. Those filters will subject all communications of every European to interception and arbitrary censorship if a black-box algorithm decides their text, pictures, sounds or videos are a match for a known copyrighted work. They are a gift to fraudsters and criminals, to say nothing of censors, both government and private.These filters are unaffordable by all but the largest tech companies, all based in the USA
, and the only way Europe's homegrown tech sector can avoid the obligation to deploy them is to stay under ten million euros per year in revenue, and also shut down after three years.America's Big Tech companies would certainly love to install these filters, the possibility of being able to grow unchecked, without having to contend with European competitors, is a pretty good second prize (which is why some of the biggest US tech companies have secretly lobbied for filters).YES. BIG TECH IS RUINING THE INTERNET.
Amazingly, the tiny, useless exceptions in Article 13 are too generous for the entertainment industry lobby, and so politicians have given them a gift to ease the pain: under the final text, every online community, service or platform is required to make "best efforts" to license anything their users might conceivably upload, meaning that they have to buy virtually anything any copyright holder offers to sell them, at any price, on pain of being liable for infringement if a user later uploads that work.
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Police State USSA: Trump Signs Law That Allows FBI To Collect DNA of Citizens
President Donald Trump has signed the Rapid DNA Act into law which means the police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested but not yet convicted of a crime.
The law, which was signed in 2017 and comes into effect this year, will require several states to connect Rapid DNA machines to Codis – the national DNA database controlled by the FBI.
These machines, which are portable and about the same size as a desktop printer, are expected to become as routine a process as taking fingerprints.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, he said: “The fact of the matter is that these machines are not full-proof.
“But we could look at a situation in which someone could be arrested, have their mouth swabbed and then be charged within hours after generating a DNA profile.
“We are looking at the erosion of the concept of innocent before proven guilty because it will allow police to go on fishing expeditions.
“When you sit on a park bench, you shed DNA. That is now up for grabs by police who could swab it, and run it through a DNA database. If they find a match, or if misconduct occurred anywhere in the vicinity where your DNA was found, you might find yourself charged with a crime you never committed merely because you happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.https://archive.fo/ac46Ihttps://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/758713/fbi-dna-file-rapid-dna-act-donald-trump-rutherford-institute-john-whitehead
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Top Biochemistry Professor Warns That 5G Has Never Been Tested For Human Safety
Implementing 5G across the country is one of the most dangerous and stupidest ideas in the history of the world, a top biochemistry professor has warned.
According to a recent report by Dr. Martin L. Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, 5G poses a massive health risk for EU, U.S. and international health.
He states that “Putting in tens of millions of 5G antennae without a single biological test of safety has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world.”
Collective-evolution.com reports: https://archive.fo/H19qB
That report goes through a lot of science, which only adds to all of the science that’s already available regarding the harmful effects of 5G technology. If you’re looking for more information, I often point people toward the Environmental Health Trust because it’s a great resource that gives you access to more science.
This is not new information. For years, numerous studies have been published proving the health concerns regarding 5G technology and hundreds of scientists have petitioned the United Nations about them. These initiatives started as a result of the work done by Dr. Marin Blank from Columbia University’s Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics.
According to him, with regards to wireless radiation in general:
“We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison’s light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels, and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation. Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely.”
Again, it’s unbelievable that these technologies are being rolled out without any safety testing done. How is this even allowed to happen? The thing is, if there was safety testing done, there would likely be no changes made anyways, and these corporations would be allowed to rollout and utilize these technologies.https://archive.fo/nUQ84https://newspunch.com/5g-stupidest-idea-world-washington-professor/
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Trump Administration Launches Global Effort to Obaminate The World With Faggotry
BERLIN — The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay, U.S. officials tell NBC News, a bid aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin. The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality — mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.
“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct,” said a U.S. official involved in organizing the event.
Although the decriminalization strategy is still being hashed out, officials say it’s likely to include working with global organizations like the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as other countries whose laws already allow for gay rights. Other U.S. embassies and diplomatic posts throughout Europe, including the U.S. Mission to the E.U., are involved, as is the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.http://archive.is/4AS2Xhttps://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/trump-administration-launches-global-effort-end-criminalization-homosexuality-n973081
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End Times Near! Biblical Locust Invasions Spark UN Warning
BE PREPARED: >>>/prepare/1
Massive swarms of locusts are bearing down on Saudi Arabia and Egypt as they spread rapidly along the shores of the Red Sea, the United Nations has warned. Breeding along the coasts of Eritrea and Sudan, the swarms are spreading farther afield, with at least one having crossed over the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia in mid-January and more a week later. Swarms also went north along the Red Sea towards Egypt.
The UN is calling on countries in the flight path to step up vigilance and take precautions.
“Good rains along the Red Sea coastal plains in Eritrea and Sudan have allowed two generations of breeding since October, leading to a substantial increase in locust populations and the formation of highly mobile swarms,” the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Friday.
Adult locusts can eat their body weight in fresh vegetation every day and the FAO warned that even a small swarm can eat enough food for 35,000 people in just 24 hours.
A female locust is able to lay around 300 eggs in her short life, meaning swarms can measure miles wide and be made up of hundreds of millions of individuals. They can strip the land bare as they fly through.
Tackling swarms is also made difficult because they are highly mobile and able to fly up to 150 kilometres a day.
“The devastating impact locusts can have on crops poses a major threat to food security, especially in already vulnerable areas,” the FAO said.https://archive.ph/Kzgsohttp://strangesounds.org/2019/02/locust-invasion-un-uae-saudi-arabia-egypt.html
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Land of The Slaves? Arizona's Despots Push For Forced DNA Theft, And Wants YOU To Pay For It!
Arizona could soon be one of the first states in Modern USSA to maintain a massive statewide DNA database.
And if the proposed legislation passes, many people — from parent school volunteers and teachers to real estate agents and foster parents — will have no choice but to give up their DNA.
Under Senate Bill 1475, DNA must be collected from anyone who has to be fingerprinted by the state for a job, to volunteer in certain positions or for a myriad of other reasons.
The bill would even authorize the medical examiner's office to take DNA from any bodies that come into their possession.
The Department of Public Safety would maintain the collected DNA alongside the person's name, social security number, date of birth and last known address.
Any DNA in the database could be accessed and used by law enforcement in a criminal investigation. It could also be shared with other government agencies across the country for licensing, death registration, to identify a missing person or to determine someone's real name.
It could also be provided to someone conducting "legitimate research."
A $250 fee could be collected from a person who submits biological samples, according to the bill.
No other state has anything this totalitarian in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.https://archive.fo/UCybohttps://eu.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/02/19/arizona-bill-would-create-massive-statewide-dna-database/2873930002/
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Bad Karma: Investors Panic After US Fund Manager Arrested In Russia
One of Russia's most well-respected foreign investors, private equity baron Michael Calvey, has run the Russia focused investment fund, Baring Vostok, since 1994, and has never shied away from touting his ability to work with government officials. Now, he's sitting in a Moscow jail cell, and, as both Bloomberg and the Financial Times have reported this week, other foreign investors are suddenly panicking, wondering what this means for their business in Moscow, or if they too could be subject to arrest and scrutiny of the country's KGB-successor agency, the FSB, if they are ever embroiled in what should be a civil business dispute over a few million dollars.
Calvey, a fluent Russian speaker who founded the Russia-based private equity, he has been one of the few foreigners to hang on to his business in Russia following the 2014 blacklisting of Russia by the west after the escalation in hostilities with Ukraine. While Russia has had some success attracting investments from China and the Persian Gulf states, the pullout of US investors has led FBI to shrink from $27.1 billion in 2017 to $1.9 billion last year, according to the Russian central bank.
That's down from $79 billion in 2013. Some of the more adventurous US-based private equity funds like Blackstone and TPG ended their attempts to invest in Moscow after the US sanctions. But through it all, Calvey - who is a US citizen - stuck around, continuing to invest in small and medium-sized companies - his firm's specialty.
In December of 2014, the FT reported that Calvey had said he saw investment opportunities amid the chaos. "We are practically the only people still buying Russian assets, so it seems like it could be a good cycle for investment,” he said. "Of course, we need to convince our (investors) to be patient."
Calvey said that he and five other Baring partners had conspired to defraud Vostochny Bank, a Baring-owned top-30 lender that focuses on Russia’s Far East, of $38 million. Calvey, of course, has denied wrongdoing, telling the court that the charges were part of a long-running dispute with minority shareholders Artem Avetisyan and Sherzod Yusupov over control of the bank.
The arrest came less than a week after Yusupov filed a complaint with the FSB about Calvey, though he and the agency have denied that the charges are linked to the complaint.
Calvey’s legal troubles stem from a dispute with other shareholders at Bank Vostochny Express, a consumer lender that the fund bought a stake in almost a decade ago in a bet on the rising retail market. The bank ran into trouble in recent years as the economy fell into recession and was merged with one owned by Artem Avetisyan, a Russian investor known for ties to the security services and his role in government advisory panels on improving the business climate.
When the central bank late last year ordered the bank to come up with more capital to cover its weak loan portfolio, Calvey’s fund and the other shareholders couldn’t agree on who would put in the equity. Baring Vostok sued the others in London, accusing them of stripping assets from the bank they contributed to the merger. Avetisyan didn’t respond to requests for comment.https://archive.fo/SVWJmhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-19/foreign-investors-alarmed-arrest-us-fund-manager-russia
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DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: Cartel Ambushes Mexican Soldiers Near Texas Border
DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: >>>/endpol/1127
An ambush by gunmen from a faction of Los Zetas killed one Mexican soldier and injured two others in Nuevo Laredo. Three attackers working for a convicted terrorist also died in the incident just south of Laredo, Texas.
Mexican military officials have not released any information on the attack, however unofficial sources with direct knowledge revealed to Breitbart News the attack took place along the highway that connects Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey. Moving in various SUVs, a team of gunmen with the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of Los Zetas attacked a convoy of soldiers patrolling the streets of Nuevo Laredo. The shooters killed one army lieutenant and injured two others.
Citizen journalists using the Twitter account @Lpueblo2 or La Voz Del Pueblo (“The People’s Voice”) warned residents away from the Palmares neighborhood when the ambush began. A video recording shared by @Lpueblo2 captured the sounds of the clash as the two sides exchanged gunfire.
Under the leadership of convicted terrorist Hector Raul “El Tory” Luna Luna, the CDN has once again advanced their tactic of silencing local news outlets to keep the organization out of public view. None of the local news outlets in Nuevo Laredo reported on the weekend shootout. El Tory, the operational leader for the CDN, is wanted in the U.S. for a grenade attack against the American consulate in Monterrey. The CDN is working to inspire terror throughout the border states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon by dumping ice chests with human remains and written threats to rivals.https://archive.fo/VP2Behttps://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/02/18/mexican-cartel-ambushes-soldiers-near-texas-border/
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South Korea Bans VPNs and HTTPS Web Encryption Access, Rumors of Civil War Brewing
The ruling party has recently become very agitated on the subject of "Fake News", i.e. content that criticizes their policies and behavior. Particularly content that puts the corrupt behavior of ruling party lawmakers under scrutiny and expresses alarm about the Moon government's North Korea policy.
Some of the info spreading on chans:>https banned, VPNs blocked>Literal protests on the street against this shit ban>Supreme Court jailed for taking bribes from Japan>Moon Regime is currently supporting Megalia and Womad (Literal Feminazi websites)>South Korea’s jobless rate soars to 9-year high>South Korea is Censoring the Internet (even more) by Snooping on SNI Traffic>South Korea governor and ally of President Moon Jae-in jailed for election opinion rigging>Massive approval rating drop from 83 % to 29.4% from young men and an overall drop from 87% to 48%>Law that allows women to accuse men of rape and get away with it scot free>Currently reassessing whether abortion should be illegal or not
In 2017, South Korea banned cryptocurrency:https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/28/south-korea-bans-all-new-cryptocurrency-sales.html
Video about them banning HTTPS: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ZeHC-XGS1kc [Embed]
The Republic of Korea is being used as a test case for the kikes to censor sites such as this.
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Heavy Metal Confronts Its Nazi Problem
Among bands that are said today to fall into the category of N.S.B.M., as it is often called, are М8Л8ТХ, from Russia, whose fans have given Nazi salutes during performances; a Finnish band, Goatmoon, which has performed in front of a backdrop resembling a Nazi flag; and Der Stürmer, from Greece, which shares a name with an anti-Semitic German newspaper whose editor, Julius Streicher, was convicted during the Nuremberg trials and then executed. Those bands and others, including Stahlfront, Sunwheel, Absurd, and Dark Fury, performed in December at the Asgardsrei festival, in Kiev, where Nazi-style displays abounded.
Because N.S.B.M. is a label that few bands are eager to embrace, deciding who ought to be categorized that way has often been a matter of debate. In the past few years, leftists have attempted to halt shows by metal bands whom they accuse of promoting Fascism or racism. In many cases, bands have countered that they have been mischaracterized, or that accusations are based upon past associations that have since been abandoned. In 2016, organizers of the Messe des Morts festival, in Montreal, cancelled an appearance by the Polish band Graveland after an Antifa group announced plans for a confrontational protest. The band responded on its Web site by writing, “Graveland is not NSBM!” Last year, the Norwegian band Taake cancelled its American tour dates after anti-Fascists posted photographs on social media of the band’s leader with a swastika image on his chest, along with the phone numbers of the venues where the band was to play. Taake denied that it had anything to do with Nazism, and accused its critics, including the rapper Talib Kweli, who cancelled a show at a club in Kansas City that had booked the band, of taking part in a witch hunt.
The announcements for the Black Flags shows, which also included performances by Racetraitor, Cloud Rat, Dawn Ray’d, and others, portrayed the rejection of far-right metal as an urgent issue, saying, in part, “The worldwide rise of violent white supremacy and fascism has put every one of us—but especially those in marginalized communities—at risk, and metal should not be allowed to become a breeding ground for right-wing extremism. . . . This festival is for those of us who reject and push back against that poison—who adhere to the mantra that ‘Metal is for everyone (except Nazis),’ and who are committed to cleaning up our own backyard.”
Kelly said that, because metal fans are part of a close-knit community, some may see criticism as an effort by outside forces to sanitize or change what they hold dear. One reason to organize the festival, she said, was to give metal fans and anti-Fascists a chance to see that there were areas where they could overlap. “I just wanted to show people that you can have militant politics and you can be a metalhead, and those things don’t have to be mutually exclusive at all,” she said. “I don’t understand how you can love something deeply, the way I love heavy metal, and not want it to be the best it can be, and how you would not want to share it with as many people as possible.”https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/heavy-metal-confronts-its-nazi-problem
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Commiefornia Just Built A $10,000,000,000 Train To NO WHERE, Paid For By Taxpayers
A decade ago California voters approved a $10 billion bond measure to build a 520-mile high-speed train that would supposedly take riders from San Francisco to Los Angeles in two hours and 40 minutes. The choo-choo’s supporters vowed that the federal government and private investors would foot most of the estimated $33 billion bill, and the referendum explicitly stated there would be no subsidy. President Trump’s promise to make Mexico pay for a border wall was more believable.
The Obama Administration chipped in $3.5 billion on the condition the first 160-mile segment be built in the San Joaquin Valley district of Democratic Rep. Jim Costa, a longtime bullet-train supporter who provided a critical vote for ObamaCare. Former Gov. Jerry Brown made the train his special legacy project, his contribution at taxpayer expense to the illusion of stopping climate change. His people sent letter after letter claiming that our editorials were mistaken.
Our criticisms have now been validated by none other than Mr. Newsom. Cost projections for the train have soared to around $80 billion amid litigation, engineering challenges and ordinary government morass. Private investors have run the other way. The state rail authority has spent more than $5 billion acquiring and destroying hundreds of properties but not yet laid tracks.
Taxpayers have lost patience, and Mr. Newsom stated the obvious on Tuesday that “there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to LA.”
The new Governor is thus proposing to finish the initial planned route from Merced to Bakersfield, now with the stated goal of revitalizing rural areas that have been parched due to water rationing.
Liberals envision that the bullet train will someday turn Fresno and Merced into Silicon Valley suburbs and ease the Bay Area’s housing shortage. But this too is a dream. As economic consultants William Grindley and Bill Warren document in a recent study, a worker who lives in Fresno would spend 10 hours and 20 minutes each day commuting to San Jose at a cost of $154 round trip—assuming no subsidies.
California’s bullet train provides a miniature model of the Green New Deal. Alas, the main reason liberals like Mr. Newsom are likely turning against it is they are eager to redirect taxpayer money to entitlements and other green largesse.https://archive.fo/ej5x8https://www.wsj.com/articles/death-of-a-california-dream-11550101090
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Chinese Data Leak Reveals Millions Of People Actively Tracked By Surveillance Network
Learn Proper OPSEC: https://archive.fo/isnXt
A data leak discovered by a Dutch internet expert has revealed over 2.5 million people who are under active surveillance by a Chinese government contractor, reports Reuters.
An exposed database maintained by Shenzhen-based facial-recognition technology company SenseNets Technology revealed ID card numbers, birth dates and location data which went unprotected for months, according to Victor Gevers, co-founder of GDI.Foundation - a nonprofit organization which hunts for critical vulnerabilities around the internet.
Exposed data also showed about 6.7 million location data points linked to the people which were gathered within 24 hours, tagged with descriptions such as “mosque”, “hotel,” “internet cafe” and other places where surveillance cameras were likely to be found. -Reuters
"It was fully open and anyone without authentication had full administrative rights. You could go in the database and create, read, update and delete anything," said Gevers.
SenseNets contracts with police departments across China, and is a subsidiary of Shenzhen-listed NetPosa Technologies Ltc, which has offices in several Chinese provinces and regions, including Xinjiang.
Gevers said GDI.Foundation immediately alerted SenseNets to the vulnerability. While they did not respond, they took steps to secure the database.
Beijing has been at the forefront of facial recognition technology, such as their "SkyNet" system deployed in over 16 provinces, cities and autonomous regions which can instantly scan faces and compare them to a database of criminal suspects at a speed of 3 billion times per second, according to People's Daily.https://archive.fo/i5cXyhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-17/chinese-data-leak-reveals-millions-people-actively-tracked-surveillance-network
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Trump Is Using Obama’s National Emergency on Mexican Cartels to Build Border Wall
President Trump is using Barack Obama’s previous national emergency on Mexican drug cartels to fund the border wall.
Despite the media hysteria over Trump’s declaration on Friday, presidents have routinely declared emergencies for nearly 50 years.
Thegatewaypundit.com reports: https://archive.fo/f7OJ3
Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies, 11 of which continue to this day.
The Obama emergencies included the Swine Flu, Flint water crisis and Iran.
And Obama declared the Mexican drug cartels a national emergency in 2011.
Congress believes President Trump has $21 billion in unobligated military construction funding money available for the border wall with Mexico.
Now this was mostly ignored by the liberal media.
President Trump is using Barack Obama’s previous national emergency on Mexican drug cartels to get funding for the border wall.
Via Law and Crime: https://archive.fo/ERW6g
As it turns out, back in 2011 then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order “blocking property of transnational criminal organizations organizations.” Obama cited his authority as granted through the Constitution to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, 50 U.S.C. 1701, and the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601. The latter is the same legislation that Trump is citing to get funding for the wall to achieve his immigration reform goals. That executive order targeted a number of criminal organizations, including the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, an ally of the MS-13 gang President Trump has regularly called out as a danger to Americans.
“Drugs, gangs and people — an invasion,” Trump said on Friday. “We have an invasion coming into this country.”
Trump all but thanked his predecessor on Friday.https://archive.fo/qQ9Vlhttps://newspunch.com/trump-using-obamas-national-emergency-mexican-cartels-build-border-wall/
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The Beautiful NRA Russian Spy who didn't come in from the cold
The Russian Spy who wasn't.https://newrepublic.com/article/153036/maria-butina-profile-wasnt-russian-spy>The U.S. government went looking for someone to blame for Russia's interference in the 2016 election—and found Maria Butina, the perfect scapegoat. >Yet a close examination of Butina’s case suggests that it is not so. Butina is simply an idealistic young Russian, born in the last days of the Soviet Union, raised in the new world of capitalism, and hoping to contribute to a better understanding between two countries while pursuing a career in international relations. Fluent in English and interested in expanding gun rights in Russia, she met with Americans in Moscow and on frequent trips to the United States, forging ties with members of the National Rifle Association, important figures within the conservative movement, and aspiring politicians. “I thought it would be a good opportunity to do what I could, as an unpaid private citizen, not a government employee, to help bring our two countries together,” she told me.>The government’s case against Butina is extremely flimsy and appears to have been driven largely by a desire for publicity.>Despite the lack of evidence against Butina, however, prosecutors—abetted by an uncritical media willing to buy into the idea of a Russian agent infiltrating conservative political circles—were intent on getting a win. In the context of the Mueller investigation, and in the environment that arose after Trump’s election, an idealistic young Russian meeting with influential American political figures sounded enough like a spy to move forward.
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Karl Marx Statue Vandalized AGAIN, Second Time In One Month
Karl Marx’s grave in Highgate Cemetery, London, has been defaced with anti-Communist graffiti, branding the dead thinker an “architect of genocide”.
Marx intellectual is memorialised with a huge stone plinth in the cemetery, crowned by a huge bust of his head.
An unidentified individual or individuals defaced the plinth with red spraypaint, reading “Memorial to Bolshevik Holocaust”, “66,000,000 DEAD”, “Architect of Genocide, terror + oppression, Mass Murder”, “Ideology of Starving”, and “Doctrine of HATE”.
The German Jewish intellectual played no direct role in the notoriously bloodstained communist revolutions and one-party regimes of the 20th century, dying in England in 1883 — but his writings are regarded by many as having given licence to the methods employed by his later acolytes.
For example, he wrote in 1849 that “there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror”, warning his opponents: “We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror.”
These words were taken very much to heart by Soviet leaders Vladimir Ulyanov (Vladimir Lenin), Lev Bronstein (Leon Trotsky), and Joseph Jugashvili (Joseph Stalin) when they implemented Marx’s plan for a “dictatorship of the proletariat” under a Communist “vanguard” in the former Russian Empire.
Vandals back at Marx Memorial, Highgate Cemetery. Red paint this time, plus the marble tablet smashed up. Senseless. Stupid. Ignorant. Whatever you think about Marx's legacy, this is not the way to make the point. pic.twitter.com/hGKBMYGWNy
— Highgate Cemetery (@HighgateCemeter) February 16, 2019
The defacing is the second act of vandalism against Marx’s gravesite in a month, with Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust chief executive Ian Dungavell, having described the first attack on his monument, in which a plaque was damaged with a hammer, as “very upsetting”.https://archive.fo/fHKo5https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/02/16/architect-of-genocide-vandals-deface-karl-marxs-english-grave/
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Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner Transcripts Sent to Mueller for Possible Perjury Investigation
The House Intelligence Committee voted on Wednesday to provide testimonies from more than 50 witnesses related to the Russia investigation—including Donald Trump Jr. and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner—to the Department of Justice and special counsel Robert Mueller.
The move will allow Mueller to formally pursue perjury or obstruction charges against Trump Jr. and Kushner if he finds that either one lied to Congress. Democrats on the committee have previously said that based on comparing prior testimony to subsequent media reports and indictments of Trump associates, they believe the pair could have lied when discussing Russia-related matters in connection with the 2016 campaign.
“The special counsel’s office, the Justice Department and its elements will now have access to those transcripts for any purpose which will facilitate justice,” said Democrat Adam Schiff, the committee chairman.
Stemming from Mueller's Russia probe, two former Trump confidants–Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal attorney, and Roger Stone, his longtime adviser–have been charged with lying to Congress, among other things.
Democrats have been planning for some time to provide the transcripts to federal investigators and would have done so sooner, had it not been for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s delay in appointing GOP members to the committee. The lack of Republicans stymied any official business the committee could conduct, and Democrats were beginning to believe the weeks-long delay was an effort to thwart any progress on Russia-related investigations.https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-jr-jared-kushner-mueller-transcripts-1320575
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Taiwan 'bikini hiker' freezes to death
Taiwanese rescue teams are trying to retrieve the body of a hiker who became famous on social media for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini.
Gigi Wu - dubbed the "Bikini Climber" by fans - used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell friends she had fallen down a ravine in Taiwan's Yushan national park and badly injured herself. Rescue helicopters struggled to reach her because of bad weather and officials eventually located her lifeless body on Monday.
Officials said Wu had told friends she was taking a selfie in her bikini when she stepped too close to the cliff edge and it gave way and she tumbled to the bottom.
She was unable to move the lower half of her body after the fall of some 20-30 metres (65-100 feet) but was able to give her coordinates.
New Taipei City native Wu, 36, built up a sizeable social media following through photos of herself at the top of mountains dressed in bikinis.
She usually wore hiking clothes to scale the mountains, only changing into a bikini once she reached the top.https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/22/taiwan-bikini-hiker-freezes-death-falling-ravine-solo-climb/
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Measles outbreak: Anti-vaccination misinformation fueled by Russian propagandists
So-called “anti-vaxxers” are part of a homegrown fringe movement, one that is suspicious of scientific data about the safety and efficacy of vaccinations. But they unwittingly have been getting overseas help in recent years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t trying to mess only with America’s elections. He has set loose his undercover opinion manipulators to promote fear of vaccines and set pro- and anti-vaccination Americans against one another, a recent study concluded.
The overarching objective in this ongoing offensive: to divide and terrify Americans – and win a second Cold War.
For the most part, Russia has taken this fight to where we live: on social media.
“Compared with average users, Russian trolls, sophisticated bots and ‘content polluters’ tweeted about vaccination at higher rates,” the study concluded last fall. The research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that “[a]ccounts masquerading as legitimate users create false equivalency, eroding public consensus on vaccination.”
An example of a “disinformation” tweet: "Did you know there was a secret government database of #Vaccine-damaged child? #VaccinateUS."https://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/2019/02/measles-outbreak-anti-vaccination-misinformation-fueled-by-russian-propagandists-study-finds.html
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Mueller subpoenas 2nd former Cambridge Analytica employee
Brittany Kaiser, a former director at Cambridge Analytica, has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation regarding possible links between President Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russian government, The Guardian reports.
The big picture: Kaiser is the second former employee from Cambridge Analytica, a now-shuttered, Trump-linked British analytics firm that harvested the data of millions of Facebook users, to be drawn into Mueller's probe. Kaiser told The Guardian that the subpoena came after a report that she'd visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in February 2017 to discuss the results of the 2016 election while still employed by the firm.https://www.axios.com/mueller-investigation-cambridge-analytica-subpoena-785ff8ee-2c23-45f7-8c39-7e223880a348.html
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Washington Confirms Link Between Roundup and 40 Percent Cancer Risk
A new large-scale study has found that exposure to the chemical glyphosate – the main ingredient in week-killer Roundup – increases the risk of getting cancer by over 40 percent.
According to researchers at the University of Washington, a meta-analysis of studies published between 2001 and 2018 found that glyphosate may have led to the cancers of millions of people.
Yahoo News reports: https://archive.fo/zBB1y
The findings, published in the online journal Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research, suggested that the link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is stronger than previously reported, with exposure to chemical linked with a 41 percent increased risk of developing the disease.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1383574218300887?via%3Dihub
“Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic,” added senior author Lianne Sheppard. “As a result of this research, I am even more convinced that it is.”
The team noted that previous reviews have produced mixed results about whether glyphosate is linked to an increased risk of cancer in humans.
However, they also added that the findings are consistent with results found in previous meta-analyses, with co-author Rachel Shaffer commenting that, “This research provides the most up-to-date analysis of glyphosate and its link with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, incorporating a 2018 study of more than 54,000 people who work as licensed pesticide applicators.”
“These findings are aligned with a prior assessment from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which classified glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ in 2015.”
The authors also acknowledged that their review shows a higher risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, which they say may be due to the fact that they focused on the highest exposure groups.
Glyphosate is the most widely used broad-spectrum systemic herbicide in the world, and was first introduced as a herbicide in 1974. Its use in the agricultural industry has increased rapidly since then, but it has come under intense scrutiny in recent months due to concerns that it can increase the risk of cancer in those exposed to it.https://archive.fo/hzDLphttps://newspunch.com/washington-link-roundup-40-percent-cancer-risk/
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Govt Subsidized Amazon Wants To Control Electronics Inside Our Homes To SPY On US
Amazon acquired another startup this week, the maker of the tech product Eero, a mesh router that improves dead Wi-Fi spots in the home. To that, you might have said, fuck them they can fuck off!
Sure, it's just another purchase by the world's largest online retailer. But, more importantly, it's an indication of how Amazon wants to go further than just making our homes "smart." In reality, spy beacons to steal personal data and sell it to other corporations and allowing government access into our lives.
Think about it for a minute.
Your guests are greeted at the door with a camera spybell from Ring, a company Amazon bought in 2018. They enter a living room where an Amazon Echo speaker as it records voices.
Then they head to the kitchen, where an Amazon microwave fries your brain with WiFi frequencies bought at Amazon-owned Whole Foods, naturally, as you guzzle down toxic soda and GMO waste, as the Amazon Fire TV Edition television records all the footage to sell to third parties, with hackers and spooks snooping in.
You ask Alexa to dim the 'smart' lights, and suddenly the lights start to flicker. Don't worry, those are just hackers playing pranks on you.
And the Wi-Fi, the guts of the system, without which none of the other products could operate
, is being controlled by the latest device bought by Amazon, the Eero.
Are you comfortable with Amazon controlling so much of your home? On Twitter, some weren't this week.
"Terrible news," @RickWilliams wrote in a tweet. "I liked that they (Eero) seemed privacy conscious and were very responsive. Now they are going to be owned by one of the biggest data suckers out there. Scares me a bit."
"This is terrible news for my privacy concerns," tweeted @SteveRiggins to Eero. "I don’t let Alexa in my house for those reasons and now you back doored me."
Well, no shit goyim!https://www.ussatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/02/16/amazon-looks-control-your-smart-home-echo-ring-eero-and-more/2875867002/
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BBC Producer's Syria Bombshell: Douma "Gas Attack" Footage Was Staged
"Now approaching nearly a year after the April 7, 2018 alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria — which the White House used as a pretext to bomb Syrian government facilities and bases throughout Damascus — a BBC reporter who investigated the incident on the ground has issued public statements saying the "Assad sarin attack" on Douma was indeed "staged". Riam Dalati is a well-known BBC Syria producer who has long reported from the region. He shocked his nearly 20,000 twitter followers on Wednesday, which includes other mainstream journalists from major outlets, by stating that after a "six month investigation" he has concluded, "I can prove without a doubt that the Douma Hospital scene was staged."
"The "hospital scene" is a reference to part of the horrid footage played over and over again on international networks showing children in a Douma hospital being hosed off and treated by doctors and White Helmets personnel as victims of the alleged chemical attack. The BBC's Dalati stated on Wednesday: "After almost 6 months of investigations, I can prove without a doubt that the Douma Hospital scene was staged. No fatalities occurred in the hospital." He noted he had interviewed a number of White Helmets and opposition activists while reaching that conclusion."
"Tragic and gruesome images of what appeared the "gassed" corpses of young children and women strewn about an apartment building, were recycled endlessly in mainstream media at the time, which the Trump administration referenced in its decision to strike Damascus with some 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles. Russia is now demanding that the BBC produce the results of its investigation for Moscow to review and evaluate. The BBC's Dalati made the statements in response to a lengthy investigative report by James Harkin writing for The Intercept. Harkin had examined the scenes and physical environs of the alleged Douma attack and interviewed eyewitnesses on site. His report paints a complex picture of propaganda and deeply compromised rebel sources such as Saudi-backed Jaish al Islam, which had control of Douma amidst a Syrian government onslaught to retake the town."
"The Intercept report also highlighted the fact that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons investigation flatly contradicted Washington's claims that sarin had been used. Instead, "samples collected at both locations turned up 'various chlorinated organic chemicals' along with 'the residues of explosive' — not quite the same thing as saying that chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon..." according to the report. Interestingly, the BBC's Dalati had actually first hinted he knew that elements surrounding the Douma attack had been staged a mere days after the incident. In a now deleted April 11, 2018 tweet, he had stated: "Sick and tired of activists and rebels using corpses of dead children to stage emotive scenes for Western consumption. Then they wonder why some serious journos are questioning part of the narrative." - Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge reports
[Bullshit about chlorine gas and suffocations from the article omitted. The White Helmets are proven liars. They're most likely to be responsible]https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-14/bbc-shocks-douma-gas-attack-scene-staged-producer-says-after-6-month-syriahttp://archive.is/FsQswYou'd see two deletions in the ban logs if you checked. Insomnia at nearly 4am and my posts were riddled with stupid.
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Good! US Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord, Gets Life Behind Bars
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera, the infamous Mexican drug lord who escaped twice from maximum-security prisons, was convicted by a U.S. jury of 10 criminal counts in connection with his narcotics empire, a victory for drug-enforcement authorities who had pursued him relentlessly for more than two decades.
Mr. Guzmán, 61 years old, is now expected to spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison without possibility of parole. As part of the verdict, he was found guilty of leading the Sinaloa cartel in a “continuing criminal enterprise,” which carries a mandatory life sentence. The U.S. promised Mexico it wouldn’t seek the death penalty against him.
“It is a sentence from which there is no escape and no return,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, calling the verdict a victory for “every family who’s lost a loved one to the black hole of addiction.”
Jurors reached the verdict on the sixth day of deliberations.
They determined the government had proven Mr. Guzmán committed a range of federal crimes across nearly 30 years, including smuggling massive quantities of illegal drugs into the U.S. and conspiring to murder dozens of cartel enemies. Prosecutors have called the Sinaloa cartel the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world.
The judge commended the jurors for their attention to detail in what he called a complicated case. “The way you went about it was really quite remarkable,” he said, adding it made him “proud to be an American.”
Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers said they planned to appeal the verdict, saying they “fought like hell” in the face of overwhelming evidence.https://archive.fo/RlPZphttps://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-jury-convicts-mexico-drug-lord-el-chapo-after-three-month-trial-11549992888
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Drinking Diet Soda Increases Risks of Heart Attacks, Strokes
Drinking Diet Coke everyday increases your risk of dying young, experts have warned.
Two or more artificially-sweetened drinks a day ups the risk of stroke by a quarter and heart disease by a third, new findings show.
And compared with people who never touch them, the risk of early death is 16 per cent higher for diet drink guzzlers.
Scientists warned their findings should serve as a warning to those on diets.
Dr Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, lead author of the study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York said: "Many well-meaning people, especially those who are overweight or obese, drink low-calorie sweetened drinks to cut calories in their diet.
"Our research and other observational studies have shown that artificially sweetened beverages may not be harmless and high consumption is associated with a higher risk of stroke and heart disease."
Heart disease is where the blood vessels that supply the heart with blood narrow, increases the risk of a heart attack, angina and stroke.https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8425260/diet-coke-stroke-heart-attack-dying-young/https://web.archive.org/web/20190214171606/https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8425260/diet-coke-stroke-heart-attack-dying-young/
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VP Pence Berates EU For Dumping US Dollar (SWIFT) Transactions, Demands War With Iran
Speaking at the US-sponsored Warsaw summit on the Middle East, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday railed against European efforts to circumvent American sanctions on Iran, and crucially as Bloomberg concludes, his speech confirms the "US and its oldest allies across the Atlantic are becoming estranged."
He slammed European efforts to "break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime" — a theme also repeated by Pompeo and Israeli PM Netanyahu on the same day.
Pence specifically reprimanded the UK, France, and Germany for launching a so-called "SWIFT alternative" or special purpose vehicle to allow non-dollar trade with Tehran and to facilitate humanitarian goods-related transactions, called INSTEX — or "Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges". Europe sees it as a crucial step in keeping the 2015 nuclear deal alive after Washington was able to pressure the Belgium-based SWIFT financial messaging service to cut off the access of Iranian banks last year.
“They call this scheme a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’,” Pence said, as cited by Bloomberg. “We call it an effort to break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime.’’ The Paris-based INSTEX initiative represents the most concrete action Europe has taken to directly thwart Washington sanctions.
“We call it an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU and create still more distance between Europe and America,’’ Pence said.
Pence further urged the Europeans to break completely with the Iran deal: “For the sake of peace, security, stability, and human rights in the Middle East, the time has come for our European partners to stand with us, stand with the Iranian people, stand with our allies and friends in the region — and we reject the Iran nuclear deal,” he said.
Pence also met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and the two agreed that Iran is "the leading state sponsor of terror in the world."https://archive.fo/A2WNWhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-14/pence-berates-european-allies-warsaw-urges-eu-confront-iran
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Awful! Trump Signs New Law Making It ILLEGAL To Bash Jews
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Bad! Government Spending Spree, Debt Insolvency Worse Than Under Bush, Obama Regimes
BE PREPARED: https://archive.fo/elYwR
We’re now $22 trillion in debt, yet despite all that red ink, the Mexican cartels have control of our border and we’re not one bit closer to spending money on our own security. We’ve gone into deep debt for everything except the core function of the federal government.
It feels like it was yesterday when I was watching the news as a kid with my parents in 1995, listening to Newt Gingrich, during the infamous shutdown fight, warn about the dire consequences of crossing the $5 trillion debt milestone. It feels like it was yesterday when I was writing press releases for candidates in “the year of the Tea Party” on how Obama and the Pelosi Congress took the debt to $14 trillion in such a short period of time. Now, over eight years into varying degrees of GOP control of Congress and the White House, we have crossed the $22 trillion mark, expanding the debt more rapidly than at any time in our history. Whereas the debt exploded by $5 trillion during Bush’s eight-year tenure, a shocking figure at the time, it has now increased $8 trillion just since Republicans controlled the House in 2011 and by $4 trillion over the past four years, since they controlled at least two of the three political organs of government.
Now, the only question Republicans have is how many pennies of border security they will fight for, while refusing to challenge any of the nonessential and even harmful programs of the federal government. The GOP platform on debt and spending is a lie from top to bottom, as Republicans plan to pass more budget bills allowing us to blow through the budget caps without any effort to systemically reform the way we budget.
Now that Republicans are planning to cave on border funding, can they at least force a confrontation with Democrats over spending levels for functions of government that are nowhere near as important as border security? Thus, departments like HUD, which were able to completely shut down for a month with nobody noticing, will continue to enjoy record spending. We will continue to provide security for Kabul and Baghdad with the beefed-up military budget since last year’s budget deal, but no funding for our border or meaningful use of the military to protect our own sovereignty from the daily incursions by the most brutal cartels on earth.
Why even have a Republican Party any more?
Even more indefensible, unlike during the end of Bush’s years and the beginning of Obama’s tenure, when we first began accruing trillion-dollar annual deficits, we are not facing a deep recession. In fact, we are enjoying the most robust period of job growth since the late 1990s, and revenue is at a record high baseline.
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Good! Trump Declares National Emergency To Pay For Border Wall
DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: >>>/endpol/1127
As previewed last night, in a national address, Trump said would declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build $8 billion in barriers on the border, a critical step toward his long-desired wall along the southern border. Trump's move, announced in an improvised address from the Rose Garden, will launch a fierce constitutional battle in the courts with lawmakers and outside groups opposed to his decision.
“I am going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said after a long introduction to his remarks that touched on trade, China and the caravans of immigrants that Trump made a political issue of ahead of last fall's midterm elections.
“It’s a great thing to do because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people,” the president said in seeking to justify the need for an emergency declaration.
"People that should have stepped up did not step up... It would have been easy," Trump said of the national emergency to fund the border wall, saying it would have been "great to have done it earlier."
Trump is separately set to sign legislation approved by Congress that funds the government and prevents a new shutdown set to begin on Saturday. But that legislation fell far short of his demands for $5.7 billion in wall funding.
Trump will redirect $3.6 billion in military construction funding toward the border project, and will also take separate executive action repurposing about $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug-interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset-forfeiture fund. Officials said the goal is to ultimately build roughly 234 miles of barriers along the border, including bollard-style wall.
Here’s how the $8B for border barrier/wall/fencing breaks down:
- $1.37B — SPENDING BILL
- $600M — TREASURY’S DRUG FORFEITURE FUND
- $2.5B — DEFENSE DEPT DRUG INTERDICTION PROGRAM
- $3.5B — MILITARY CONSTRUCTION BUDGET(POTUS using emergency declaration for this)
— Jessica Smith (@JessicaASmith8) February 15, 2019
The blowback begins, with Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer: "This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process."
To be sure, as Trump himself stated, he "expects to be sued" over the national emergency, and anticiaptes the case will eventually escalate to the Supreme Court.https://archive.fo/rk2SRhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-15/watch-live-trump-declares-national-emergency-over-border-funding
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Sex Robots Will Upgraded With Government Backdoors and Spyware
From the Drudge Report to The New York Times, sex robots are rapidly being shilled to the mindless masses.
Behind the headlines, a number of companies are currently developing robots designed to provide humans with companionship and sexual pleasure – with a few already on the market.
Unlike sex toys and dolls, which are typically sold in off-the-radar shops and hidden in closets, sexbots may become mainstream. A 2017 survey suggested almost half of Americans think that having sex with robots will become a common practice within 50 years.
And a question almost entirely overlooked is how the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission should regulate the hazards associated with sex robots. Existing sex products are not well regulated, and this is cause for concern given the multitude of ways in which sex robots could be harmful to their users.
For example, dangers lurk even in a seemingly innocent scene where a sex robot and human hold hands and kiss. What if the sexbots’ lips were manufactured with lead paint or some other toxin? And what if the robot, with the strength of five humans, accidentally crushes the human’s finger in a display of passion?
Governments are now trying to regulate sex robots and it is only a matter of time before they mandate forced GPS tracking, along with hidden WiFi cameras and microphones with these sexbots. One could only imagine how big tech would profit from all the personal data stolen and sold as well.
But, goyim will be goyim.https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8420080/sex-robots-spying-government-crush-limbs/https://web.archive.org/web/20190215003212/https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8420080/sex-robots-spying-government-crush-limbs/
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US Company That Smuggled Weapons Into Venezuela Linked To CIA Torture Site
Two executives at the company that chartered the U.S. plane that was caught smuggling weapons into Venezuela last week have been tied to an air cargo company that aided the CIA in the rendition of alleged terrorists to “black site” centers for interrogation. The troubling revelation comes as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has rejected a U.S. “humanitarian aid” convoy over concerns that it could contain weapons meant to arm the country’s U.S.-backed opposition.
Last Tuesday, Venezuelan authorities announced that 19 rifles, 118 ammo magazines, 90 radios and six iPhones had been smuggled into the country via a U.S. plane that had originated in Miami. The authorities blamed the United States government for the illicit cargo, accusing it of seeking to arm U.S.-funded opposition groups in the country in order to topple the current Maduro-led government.
A subsequent investigation into the plane responsible for the weapons caché conducted by McClatchyDC received very little media attention despite the fact that it uncovered information clearly showing that the plane responsible for the shipment had been making an unusually high number of trips to Venezuela and neighboring Colombia over the past few weeks.
Steffan Watkins, an Ottawa-based analyst, told McClatchy in a telephone interview that the plane, which is operated by U.S. air cargo company 21 Air, had been “flying between Philadelphia and Miami and all over the place, but all continental U.S.” during all of last year. However, Watkins noted that “all of a sudden in January, things changed” when the plane began making trips to Colombia and Venezuela on a daily basis, sometimes multiple times a day.
According to Watkins’ analysis, this single plane had conducted 40 round-trip flights from Miami International Airport to Caracas and Valencia — where the smuggled weapons had been discovered — in Venezuela, as well as to Bogota and Medellin in Colombia in just the past month.
Publicly available flight radar information shows that the plane, although it has not returned to Venezuela since the discovery of its illicit cargo, has continued to travel to Medellin, Colombia, as recently as this past Monday.
In addition to the dramatic and abrupt change in flight patterns that occurred just weeks before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prompted Venezuelan opposition member Juan Guaidó to declare himself “interim president,” a subsequent McClatchy follow-up investigation also uncovered the fact that two top executives at the company that owns the plane in question had previously worked with a company connected to controversial CIA “black sites.”
Indeed, the chairman and majority owner of 21 Air, Adolfo Moreno, and 21 Air’s director of quality control, Michael Steinke, both have “either coincidental or direct ties” to Gemini Air Cargo, a company previously named by Amnesty International as one of the air charter services involved in a CIA rendition program. In this CIA program, individuals suspected of terrorism were abducted by the intelligence agency and then taken abroad to third-country secret “black sites” where torture, officially termed “enhanced interrogation,” was regularly performed.https://web.archive.org/web/20190214225807/https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-14/us-company-smuggled-weapons-venezuela-linked-cia-black-site-renditions
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THIRD WORLD POLITICS! Lawmakers Refused To Read 1,000 Page Trillion Debt Budget
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a government appropriations bill Thursday evening and, with a day until the vote, lawmakers still have not received the text of the legislation.
“No one has seen the final wording of a long and complicated bill we will be expected to vote on tomorrow evening,” Republican Maryland Rep. Andy Harris told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “That’s no way to run a legislature.”
Republican Study Chairman Mike Johnson also confirmed that “as of lunch on Wednesday, members of the RSC, and to our knowledge, even members of the conference committee, had not seen the text.”
“It has been reported that [House Majority Leader Steny] Hoyer has said if the bill is dropped today we will consider it tomorrow. This is reminiscent of the, ‘you must pass it to find out what is in it,’ Obamacare debacle,” Johnson said to TheDCNF. “This bill is expected to be well over 1,000 pages, and we will potentially have less than 24 hours to digest it. This is absurd.”
The agreement includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of new bollard fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, far short of the $5.7 billion that President Donald Trump initially sought for 234 miles of steel or concrete walls.
“When one bemoans the swamp, look no further than spending a trillion dollars and jamming through legislation when none of us have even seen it,” Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy told TheDCNF. “We should be a no on such incompetence even if it weren’t perpetuating drunken spending and failing to actually secure the border.”https://archive.fo/GU7Y1https://dailycaller.com/2019/02/13/house-vote-spending-bill-read/
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Corrupt Big Pharma Causes Two-Thirds Of All US Bankruptcies
Our health insurance system is theoretically supposed to prevent Americans from going bankrupt when they are hit by huge medical bills.
But in case after case, that is simply not happening.
Even though more Americans are “covered by health insurance” than ever before, a new study has found that “about 530,000 families each year are financially ruined by medical bills and sicknesses”, and most of those families actually had health insurance.
These days, most health insurance policies closely resemble Swiss cheese because they are so full of loopholes, and health insurance companies have become masters at finding ways to wiggle off the hook. So every year hundreds of thousands of American families find themselves facing huge medical bills that they did not expect to be paying, and as a result medical expenses are the primary factor in 66.5 percent of all personal bankruptcy filings in the United States…
For many Americans, putting one’s health first can mean putting one’s financial status at risk. A study of bankruptcy filings in the United States showed that 66.5% were due, at least in part, to medical expenses.
The study, led by Dr. David Himmelstein, Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Hunter College and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, indicates that about 530,000 families each year are financially ruined by medical bills and sicknesses. It’s the first research of its kind to link medical expenses and bankruptcy since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010.But wasn’t Obamacare supposed to make things better?https://archive.fo/8CAo6https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-14/two-thirds-all-us-bankruptcies-are-primarily-caused-medical-bills-new-study-finds
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Government Subsidized Amazon Pays No Tax
Amazon, which doubled its profits and made more than $11 billion in 2018, won't pay any federal income taxes for the second year in a row, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reported on Wednesday.
The company will not be required to pay the standard 21 percent income tax rate on its 2018 profits, and is claiming a tax rebate of $129 million, which ITEP describes as a "a tax rate of negative 1 percent."
Amazon drew ire in 2018 for not paying federal taxes on its $5.6 billion in profits the year before, which was made possible due to tax credits and stock-based compensation, reports Politifact. Last year was the first time Amazon paid no federal income tax whatsoever.https://theweek.com/speedreads/823590/amazon-pay-0-federal-income-taxes-second-year-rowhttps://web.archive.org/web20190214165156/http://theweek.com/speedreads/823590/amazon-pay-0-federal-income-taxes-second-year-row
As Amazon builds up its distribution network, it’s hit on a trick long practiced by the likes of Walmart: using the federal government to help pay its workers. A new study by Policy Matters Ohio found that more than 700 Amazon employees receive food stamps, or more than 10 percent of the tech giant’s 6,000-strong workforce in the state. Some of those recipients may be part-time help, but the fact that they need federal aid to survive suggests that they would be happy to work more. “Why is this giant, successful company offering such limited pay and hours of work that many of its workers need help buying food?” asked Zach Schiller, research director at Policy Matters.
Amazon ranks nineteenth among Ohio businesses in number of employees on food stamps, behind Walmart, McDonald’s, and Kroger. But Amazon is only the fifty-third-largest employer in Ohio, suggesting a higher rate of employees on food stamps than its counterparts. More important, Amazon has obtained at least $123 million in state tax incentives to place warehouse and data center locations in Ohio. This reflects a perverse form of double-dipping: Amazon gets a bounty to create jobs in Ohio, and then a good chunk of the jobs are so low-paying that workers have to seek federal assistance, providing a second subsidy for the e-commerce giant.
Cities and states are offering Amazon eye-popping tax subsidies to win its second headquarters. But smaller, existing tax incentives have already made Amazon the leading recipient of so-called “economic development” subsidies in the country. According to Good Jobs First, a non-profit that tracks state tax breaks, since 2000 Amazon has received $1.115 billion in 129 communities in the U.S., rocketing past the previous leader in this category: Walmart.https://archive.fo/UM1EPhttps://newrepublic.com/article/146540/amazon-thriving-thanks-taxpayer-dollars
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The Renewable Revolution Has A Lithium Problem
As the global middle class rapidly expands, so too does the worldwide demand for energy and its subsequent carbon footprint. Global climate change will be one of the greatest, if not the single greatest, challenges of this next century, and one of the few feasible solutions that is generally agreed upon by scientists and politicians alike is a wide-scale transition from the use of traditional fossil fuels to renewable energy resources.
Around the world, there is a race among researchers to more efficiently and cost-effectively implement renewable energy as a long-term solution to global climate change, and there is even a concerted effort to switch Europe’s energy consumption to 100 percent renewable energy as soon as the year 2050. However, even if Europe achieves this target and takes the lead as the rest of the world follows down a path toward 100 percent renewable energy, we still would not be living in a completely sustainable, green energy utopia - there is a considerable downside to this seemingly perfect plan.Even renewable energy relies on certain decidedly non-renewable resources.
Even the eco-friendliest solutions such as solar panels can’t be made without the use of finite rare earth elements. Batteries, too, are completely dependent on finite earth-sourced materials for their fabrication. What’s more, China currently has an overwhelming monopoly on a great number of these rare earth elements (although not all are as rare as this label implies). This means that in a renewable energy-based world, energy security could become a major issue. In addition to rare earth elements, there are myriad other non-renewable materials used in the production of renewable energy. Currently, the one that has everyone talking is lithium.
Lithium is an essential component to many kinds of batteries, thanks to its lightweight and highly reactive properties. This makes lithium an essential element in the renewable energy sector because, in order for renewable energy to work on a grand scale, massive amounts of energy storage potential are paramount. Even when the sun isn’t shining on solar panels and the wind isn’t turning turbines, energy demand stays constant. On top of being a key component of energy storage, lithium is also an essential ingredient in the batteries that power both hybrid and electric vehicles, another big part of the plan for a sustainable energy future.
If all the conventionally-fueled cars in the world were replaced with electric cars overnight, the global supply of lithium would be completely depleted in just approximately fifty years. Yes, this is purely hypothetical; about three million electric cars are currently in use globally--just a drop in the automotive ocean. That being said, that number is projected to skyrocket over the next decade, reaching a global fleet of approximately 125 million by 2030.
While both electric vehicles and renewable energy resources are still very far away from being widespread enough to threaten the world’s lithium stores in the near future, lithium itself is not really the point. It’s just one small problem that exemplifies a larger issue with renewable resources--they are not completely renewable, and we still haven’t discovered the technology to get around that fact.https://web.archive.org/web/20190213231853/https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-12/renewable-revolution-has-lithium-problem
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Partners Of The Rothschild Family Implicated In Elitist NXIVM Sex Cult
Billionaire heiress Clair Bronfman, whose family has close ties to the Rothschild’s, is ‘protecting’ Allison Mack and others, via a defense fund federal prosecutors revealed in court filings last year.
A Brooklyn federal judge has ordered a full disclosure of all who are contributing to the fund and wants to start the trial by the end of April this year.
Collective Evolution reports: https://archive.fo/62BYp
In March of last year, Smallville actress Allison Mack was ‘outed’ for being a member of a cult and working in a management capacity. Apparently, Mack’s job was to lure women into the program under the false pretense of female empowerment and self-help workshops. They were then convinced them to sign up for a more “advanced program” called Dominus Obsequious Sororium, which required these women to basically turn their lives over to the leader, Keith Raniere. Dominus Obsequious Sororium is a quasi-Latin phrase that roughly translates to “Master Over The Slave Women.”
Raniere owns a company called NXIVM, which supposedly offers executive success programs, but clearly, that’s not the case. Raniere was also arrested, along with Mack, in March 2018 in Mexico on charges of sex trafficking. He stands accused of raping girls as young as 12 years old, imprisoning a woman for 18 months, and more. He has been kept in federal custody in New York.
A few months after these revelations, billionaire Clare Bronfman was indicted on racketeering charges. These charges were connected to her role as “Operations Director” for NXIVM. Clare Bronfman is the daughter of Charles Bronfman, a Canadian/American businessman and philanthropist.
The Bronfman family has been referred to as the “The Rothschilds of the New World” by author Peter C. Newman, a well-known Canadian journalist and writer. The Bronfman family has also been in business with the Rothschild family for quite some time. One of many examples is their wealth management company, Bronfman Rothschild, which began in 1997 as Virchow Krause Wealth Management. After being rebranded as Baker Tilly Investment Advisors in 2009, the firm was then purchased together by the Bronfman and Rothschild families in 2013.
This is interesting to note because of the rumours regarding elite families like the Rothschilds and their involvement in elite level sex trafficking, pedophilia, and ritualistic abuse, which is a growing issue amongst global leaders and elitist groups including the Vatican. Proof of the Vatican’s ties to these types of crimes has already emerged, with George Pell being the latest example; however, concrete proof of the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers involvement has yet to surface. But I feel it’s important to note these connections.
The most recent update in regards to the NXIVM case is that the prosecutors have now come forward saying that this billionaire heir (Clare) is protecting her partners with massive amounts of money through a defence trust fund.
As many of you reading this may know, these powers completely control mainstream news, which is why you won’t see much of this discussed by their media mouthpieces. Nevertheless, it’s become too public to hide or try to cover up.
The New York Post recently reported:
A Brooklyn federal judge is hauling the members of upstate sex cult Nxivm into court — saying he’s found some “issues” with a defense fund that prosecutors claim was set up by Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman to help her cronies at the upcoming trial.
Prosecutors have said Bronfman set up the irrevocable trust to keep her fellow cultists in line as they head to trial by paying for top-notch defense attorneys.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis held an initial hearing on the issue last month, where he ruled that documentation related to everyone contributing to the trust must be turned over.
The key statement here is “everyone contributing to the trust.”https://archive.fo/CxKmThttps://newspunch.com/partners-of-the-rothschild-family-implicated-in-elitist-nxivm-sex-cult/
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Good! Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Confirm New Wall Is Being Built Along Border
When President Trump said Monday at a campaign rally in El Paso that, “We’ve actually started a big, big portion of the wall today at a very important location, and it’s going to go up pretty quickly over the next nine months," I assumed it was nonsense he was spreading in hopes that his supporters might not mob him on stage for so far failing to keep the central promise of his campaign.
He similarly said Tuesday at the White House, "We just started a big, big section [of wall] on the Rio Grande."
I'm happy to say I was wrong. Trump was telling the truth.
I checked in with agents at the Rio Grande Valley border sector to see if they knew what new "wall" Trump was talking about. They sent me information on construction for new border barrier announced last year. The project funds six miles-worth of concrete and steel barrier of the sort that agents told me in January is immensely successful in deterring illegal border crossings.
The wall will be supplemented by "detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel" to the barrier, according to a release sent out by the CBP in November.
[Related: Trump: Border wall money will come from 'other sources']
And the $145 million for it didn't come from some long-ago-passed funding bill passed under former President Barack Obama. It was included in U.S. Customs and Border Protection's budget for fiscal year 2018. Unlike other parts of new barrier construction and reparation, Trump can actually take credit for this one!https://web.archive.org/web/20190213232916/https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/its-true-trump-really-did-start-building-more-wall-in-texas
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New Mexico Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce New Unconstitutional Gun Control Bills
New Mexico has a new governor, and she really doesn’t like America's gun owners or their civil rights.
Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, was sworn into office on January 1, replacing pro-gun Republican Susana Martinez.
In early December, the National Rifle Association (NRA) warned the citizens of New Mexico to expect “unprecedented attacks” on their Constitutional rights.
While the New Mexico Legislature will not convene for its 60-day Regular Session until January 15, lawmakers can start prefiling bills on December 17. You will see unprecedented attacks on your Second Amendment rights from the word go. Your NRA-ILA will alert you to bill numbers and provide links to the content of legislation as it becomes available. But in the meantime, we want to share with you what we already know is coming.
Expect anti-gun politicians to introduce a slew of so-called “common-sense gun measures” — a misleading phrase that gun control activists use in hopes that the public and the media will avoid questioning the bills’ enforceability, efficacy, intrusiveness or necessity.
Unfortunately, the NRA’s prediction was correct.https://web.archive.org/web/20190213231942/https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-12/new-mexico-sheriffs-refuse-enforce-new-unconstitutional-gun-control-bills
Democrats in New Mexico’s state legislature are already rushing to expand gun control.
House Bill 35: This bill, sponsored by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require gun dealers to pay a $200 fee so that the New Mexico could screen every gun coming into their inventory for “potential theft.”
House Bill 40: Also sponsored by Representative Miguel Garcia, this legislation would require criminal records checks on private firearms sales at gun shows. Gun grabbers tend to see gun shows as a particular threat, even though studies show that they are not a source of guns used by criminals. This bill – and HB 8 – would ban many or all private gun sales, and set the stage for a registry of gun owners.
Perhaps the most disturbing of the six bills is House Bill 83.
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Good! Salvini Proposes Seizing Control Of Italy's Gold Reserves From Central Bank
RELATED! Italian PM Calls For Central Bankers To Be Arrested For Fraud: https://archive.fo/yTyNJ
Italy's populist de facto leader Matteo Salvini seems set on shaking Europe's financial establishment to the core.
One day after the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the League party, called for the elimination of Italy's central bank and the country's financial regulator, Consob, saying the two institutions should be "reduced to zero, more than changing one or two people, reduced to zero", or in other words eliminated, and that “fraudsters” who inflicted losses on Italian savers should "end up in prison for a long time", Salvini prompted fresh shocked gasps in Brussels and Frankfurt when he raised the possibility of seizing Italy’s massive gold reserves away from the country’s central bank.
"The gold is the property of the Italian people, not of anyone else," Salvini said in comments to reporters on Monday, according to the FT.
The controversial comments, which were seen as threatening the "independence" of the Italian central bank, whose one-time head was none other than Mario Draghi, prompted Giovanni Tria, Italy's economy minister, to defend the independence of the central bank.
Earlier in the day, Italy's populists called on lawmakers to pass legislation stating that its gold holdings belong to the state, Bloomberg reported.
The gold ownership bill presented by euroskeptic lawmaker Claudio Borghi of the League adds to an already tense relationship between the Bank of Italy and the coalition government. It’s also sparked criticism from opposition politicians, and some national media argue that it may allow the government to raid the gold reserves to fund spending promises.
Borghi has rejected the accusation and said he’ll ensure Parliament has ultimate power. His concern is that ambiguity of ownership means that a victorious legal action against the central bank -- for inadequate supervision, for example -- leaves open the possibility of a claimant getting compensation in gold.
“My bill only aims at making clear that the gold belongs to the state, not to the government,” he said in a telephone interview on Monday. “If there are doubts on our intentions, we can also pass another law saying none of the gold reserves can be sold unless there is a majority of two thirds or more of both houses of Parliament.”https://archive.fo/sNP0ihttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-11/salvini-suggests-seizing-control-italys-gold-reserves-central-bank
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Unholy See: Pope Francis Admits Nuns Were Used As Sex Slaves By Priests & Bishops
In a shock revelation, Pope Francis has admitted that priests and bishops sexually abused nuns and even used them as “sex slaves”.
For the first time the Pope publicly acknowledged that Catholic clergy sexually abused nuns and even revealed a case where they were reduced to “sexual slavery”. He added that he also believed the sexual abuse was still taking place.
The Express reports: https://archive.fo/240kU
The news broke as the Pope boarded his plane, which was returning to Rome from the UAE.
Boarding the aircraft, he told reporters: “It’s not that everyone does this, but there have been priests and bishops who have.
“And I think that it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realise it that it stops.
“It continues. And for some time we’ve been working on it.
“But it’s a path that we have already begun.”
On a question on whether there was a universal approach being formulated to deal with abuse of women in the church, the Pope implied the incidents are currently being dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
He said: “There are cases, usually in new congregations and in some regions more than others.
”We’re working on it.”
In November, the Catholic Church’s global organisation for nuns denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” which prevents them from speaking out.https://archive.fo/umrTF
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Pro-Israel Lobby Caught on Tape Boasting That Its Money Influences Washington
“So we want the Jewish community to go face to face in this small environment, 50, 30, 40 people, and say this is what’s important to us. We want to make sure that if we give you money that you’re going to enforce the Iran deal. That way, when they need something from him or her, like the Iran deal, they can quickly mobilize and say look we’ll give you 30 grand. They actually impact,” Ochs tells the reporter.
Such a claim is not so different from what Omar was describing, and for which she was roundly condemned. In the wake of Omar’s tweets, the Washington Post, for instance, reported: “The American Jewish Committee demanded an apology, calling her suggestion that AIPAC is paying American politicians for their support ‘demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic.’” (On Monday, Omar apologized for her tweets but insisted that AIPAC and other lobbyist groups are harmful to U.S. politics.)
In the censored documentary, Ochs went on to describe a fundraiser hosted by Jeff Talpins, a hedge fund giant, as similar, as well. “In New York, with Jeff Talpins, we don’t ask a goddamn thing about the fucking Palestinians. You know why? Cuz it’s a tiny issue. It’s a small, insignificant issue. The big issue is Iran. We want everything focused on Iran,” Ochs says. “What happens is Jeff meets with the congressman in the back room, tells them exactly what his goals are — and by the way, Jeff Talpins is worth $250 million — basically they hand him an envelope with 20 credit cards, and say, You can swipe each of these credit cards for a thousand dollars each.”
Ochs explains that the club in New York required a minimum pledge of $10,000 to join and participate in such events. “It’s a minimum commitment. Some people give a lot more than that.”
AIPAC, on its own website, recruits members to join its “Congressional Club,” and commit to give at least $5,000 per election cycle.
Eric Gallagher, a top official at AIPAC from 2010 to 2015, tells the Al Jazeera reporter that AIPAC gets results. “Getting $38 billion in security aid to Israel matters, which is what AIPAC just did,” he notes at one secretly recorded lunch. “Everything AIPAC does is focused on influencing Congress.”
The film, called “The Lobby,” was produced by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit, and features hidden-camera footage obtained by the reporter, who posed as a Jewish pro-Israel activist from Britain who wanted to volunteer with The Israel Project.https://archive.fo/9GoCNhttps://theintercept.com/2019/02/11/ilhan-omar-israel-lobby-documentary/
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Police State UK: UK Mother Arrested For Offending A Moronic Tranny
The days when liberals could credibly claim that "nobody will go to jail" for violating laws making misgendering a trans individual a crime are now firmly in the past. And though the UK hasn't passed such a law - like Canada did back in 2017 - apparently, UK police are now acquiescing to demands that individuals who misgender a trans person on the Internet can be investigated and charged for engaging in a "targeted harassment campaign.
Because according to a report in the Daily Mail, a 38-year-old mother from Hertfordshire was arrested in front of her two young children then brought to a nearby police station for questioning, where she was locked in a cell without the use of hygiene products (which she said she had specifically requested) while police questioned her about the incident.
Writing on online forum Mumsnet, Mrs Scottow – who has also been served with a court order that bans her from referring to her accuser as a man – claimed: "I was arrested in my home by three officers, with my autistic ten-year-old daughter and breastfed 20-month-old son present."
"I was then detained for seven hours in a cell with no sanitary products (which I said I needed) before being interviewed then later released under investigation...I was arrested for harassment and malicious communications because I called someone out and misgendered them on Twitter."
The woman in question, Kate Scottow, was arrested after repeatedly misgendering transgender activist Stephanie Hayden during a debate on the UK-based online forum Mumsnet. After being detained (Scottow was also served with an order prohibiting from ever referring to Hayden as a man), police confiscated Scottow's phone and laptop, and have so far refused to return them more than two months later. The Hertfordshire PD confirmed the arrest, saying "We take all reports of malicious communication seriously."
Court papers obtained by the Mail confirmed that Scottow had been detained for engaging in a "campaign of targeted harassment" and that she multiple twitter accounts to "defame" Hayden, a trans activit.https://archive.fo/eWL7jhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-10/uk-mother-arrested-and-detained-7-hours-after-misgendering-trans-activit
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Radiation Expert: 5G Will Lead To Skyrocketing Cancer, Governments Covering It Up
Arthur Robert Firstenberg is an American author and activist on electromagnetic radiation and health.
He founded the independent campaign group the Celluar Phone Task Force and since 1996 he has argued in numerous publications that wireless technology is dangerous.
He has recently started an online petition calling on world organisations, such as the UN, World Health Organisation (WHO), and EU to “urgently halt the development of 5G” – which is due to be rolled out this year.
Speaking to the Daily Star Online, he explained: "There is about to be as many as 20,000 satellites in the atmosphere.
"The FCC approved Elon Musk's project for 12,000 satellites in November 15th and he's going to launch his in mid-2019.
"I'm getting reports from various parts of the world that 5G antennas are being erected all over and people are already getting sick from what's there now and the insect population is getting affected.
"This could become a global catastrophe. When the first satellites were launched in the late 1990s for mobile phones, on the day they were launched people sensitive to these things got very sick.
"The mortality rate rose in the US by 5-10% too and there were reports that birds were not flying.
"People who realised this the most were pigeon racers who released their birds who then didn't return.
"And that was for only 77 satellites, so we are very frightened at the prospect of 20,000."
According to the Firstenberg, wireless networks are "harmful for humans” and the development of the next generation is “defined as a crime” under international law – he states in the online petition.
The petition adds: "5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency (RF) radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place.
“RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.
"Despite widespread denial, the evidence that radio frequency (RF) radiation is harmful to life is already overwhelming. The accumulated clinical evidence of sick and injured human beings, experimental evidence of damage to DNA, cells and organ systems in a wide variety of plants and animals, and epidemiological evidence that the major diseases of modern civilization—cancer, heart disease and diabetes—are in large part caused by electromagnetic pollution, forms a literature base of well over 10,000 peer-reviewed studies."https://archive.fo/2bIiAhttps://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/757194/5g-wireless-network-deadly-cancer-Arthur-Robert-Firstenberg-technology-news
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Commie-Cortez: Mass Government Intervention! End Private Transportation! End Consumer Rights!
Democrats’ plans to counteract climate change will involve “massive government intervention” into Americans’ lives, one of the chief proponents admitted in an interview Thursday morning.
Appearing on NPR, she was asked if she’s prepared to tell Americans outright that her plans involve “massive government intervention.”
“As you know, congresswoman, one reason that people are politically conservative are skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them like it requires massive government intervention, which they just don’t like,” Steve Inskeep asked. “Are you prepared to put on that table that, ‘Yes actually they’re right, what this requires is massive government intervention’?”
“It does, it does, yeah, I have no problem saying that,” Ocasio-Cortez quickly replied. “Why? Because we have tried their approach for 40 years. For 40 years we have tried to let the private sector take care of this. They said, ‘We got this, we can do this, the forces of the market are going to force us to innovate.’”
Despite her Green New Deal including plans to remake “every” building in the United States, impose Medicare-for-All, as well as a universal basic income, Ocasio-Cortez said her proposals are small compared to the crisis the world faces. [Her office posted an updated outline of the plan today.]https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5729035/Green-New-Deal-FAQ.pdfhttps://news.grabien.com/story-ocasio-cortez-fixing-global-warming-requires-massive-governm
It is not hyperbole to contend that GND is likely the most ridiculous and un-American plan that’s ever been presented by an elected official to voters. Not merely because it would necessitate a communist strongman to institute, but also because the societal cost are unfathomable.
While some of the specifics need to be ironed out, the plan’s authors assure that this “massive transformation of our society” needs some “clear goals and a timeline.” The timeline is ten years. Here are some of the goals:Ban affordable energy.
GND calls for the elimination of all fossil fuel energy production, the lifeblood of American industry and life, which includes not only all oil but also natural gas — one of the cheapest sources of American energy, and one of the reasons the United States has been able to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction.
[Treason!]Eliminate nuclear energy.
The GND also calls for eliminating all nuclear power, one of the only productive and somewhat affordable “clean” energy sources available to us, in 11 years. This move would purge around 20 percent of American energy production so you can rely on intermittent wind for your energy needs.
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Good! Italian PM Calls For Central Bankers To Be Arrested For Fraud
On Friday, in a moment of predictive insight, Bank of America correctly warned that the greatest threat to EPS - i.e., markets - in the next 3 years "is an acceleration of global populism via taxation, regulation & government intervention." Just one day later, this warning to the financial establishment was starkly manifest in that ground zero for Europe's populist revolt, Italy, where the country's coalition government hinted at where the global populist wave is headed next when he slammed the country’s central bank leadership and stock market regulator, escalating its attacks on establishment figures ahead of the European parliamentary vote in May.
Matteo Salvini, the outspoken head of the anti-immigrant League party, said the Bank of Italy and Consob, the country’s stock market regulator, should be "reduced to zero, more than changing one or two people, reduced to zero", or in other words eliminated, and that “fraudsters” who inflicted losses on Italian savers should "end up in prison for a long time."
As the FT notes, this latest broadside against Italy’s financial establishment comes as the two parties which are increasingly at odds with each other amid speculation Salvini may hold elections to become the sole leader of Italy, prepare to run against each other in the European parliamentary elections in May, a contest widely seen as a proxy for national polls. Meanwhile, both leaders have also increased their attacks against targets including the EU and French president Emmanuel Macron.
Confirming the rising animosity between the two coalition partners, the League and Five Star have openly squabbled over the future of an Alpine rail line and migration, while the two leaders’ repeated attacks against France which culminated with Di Maio meeting the leaders of the anti-Macron Yellow Vest moment, triggered a diplomatic crisis which last week saw Paris recall its ambassador from Rome.
Saturday's latest verbal crackdown targeting of the Bank of Italy comes after central bankers issued more pessimistic economic growth forecasts for this year compared with the numbers underpinning the government’s budget. As we reported last month, Italy entered into a technical recession in the second half of 2018, with the Bank of Italy cutting its GDP forecast for 2019 to 0.6% compared with a 1% forecast made by the government. At the same time, the European Commission slashed Italy's GDP forecast from 1.2% to a borderline recessionary 0.2% for the full year, hinting that Italy's budget deficit forecast will not only be missed, but could re-emerge as a focal point of renewed tensions between Rome and Brussels in the coming months.
Meanwhile, ECB head Mario Draghi, an Italian and former former governor of the Bank of Italy, last year warned that central bank independence was under threat by populist governments, while not making a direct reference to Italy. Should Salvini cement his de facto Italian leadership in upcoming elections, it would make life for the local central bank especially complicated.
Separately, Di Maio and other Five Star ministers said they want to block Luigi Federico Signorini, the deputy director-general of the Bank of Italy, from renewing his term, according to La Repubblica. The newspaper reported that the Italian cabinet was divided on the issue.https://archive.fo/Whryfhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-10/salvini-calls-elimination-italys-central-bank-prison-time-fraudsters
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NJ Voters Furious As Governor Murphy Prepares To Sign 'Rain Tax' Into Law
Just when frustrated residents of New Jersey, one of the most heavily taxed states in the US, thought Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy had already brought the state into the ninth circle of taxation hell with new taxes to save the state's ailing pension system, middle class voters in one of the least affordable states in the country have now been given one more thing to complain about: A tax on the rain.
After a bill authorizing the new local taxes was passed by the state late last month, Murphy is preparing to sign it into law, over the objections of the state's Republicans, according to the New York Post.
As one state lawmaker told the post, just when NJ residents thought the state had already laid claim to every revenue stream imaginable, Democrats have found one more thing to tax.
"Every time you think there’s nothing left to tax, we come up with something else," Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Morris-Sussex) exploded during a debate on the measure.
“It’s just never-ending down here.”
And voters are understandably furious.
What! Its gets crazier my Jersey friends, the bill passed and now it goes to the Governor to sign. https://t.co/cZ6VPRmdxv
— phil ramos (@philramos66) February 5, 2019
The insane asylum known as #NewJersey is now charging people because it rains. You cannot make this stop up. #raintaxhttps://t.co/vPwpxZaqJk
— Luis R. Miranda (@LuisRealAgenda) February 5, 2019
A rain tax NJ, really.........
— Matt sled (@Msledski7) February 7, 2019
The 'rain tax', which is largely supported by Democrats and largely opposed by Republicans, would allow towns, counties and local authorities to set up their own storm water utilities. These newly created arms of local bureaucracy would be empowered to charge property owners a fee based on the amount of non-permeable surface they own (think: parking lots and driveways).
Another reason not to elect leftist garbage or live in the hellhole states they hijack.https://archive.fo/idZwnhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-10/nj-voters-furious-governor-murphy-prepares-sign-rain-tax-law
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Jeff Bezos Protests Invasion of His Privacy, Ironically Shills Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else
The National Enquirer has engaged in behavior so lowly and unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the world’s richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim.
On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer’s parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between the two through their iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a series of demands involving silence about the company’s conduct.jeffreypbezos/no-thank-you-mr-pecker-146e3922310f">https://medium.comjeffreypbezos/no-thank-you-mr-pecker-146e3922310f
In a perfect world, none of the sexually salacious material the Enquirer was threatening to release would be incriminating or embarrassing to Bezos: it involves consensual sex between adults that is the business of nobody other than those involved and their spouses. But that’s not the world in which we live: few news events generate moralizing interest like sex scandals, especially among the media.
Beyond the prurient interest in sex scandals, this case entails genuinely newsworthy questions because of its political context. The National Enquirer was so actively devoted to Donald Trump’s election that the chairman of its parent company admitted to helping make hush payments to kill stories of Trump’s affairs, and received immunity for his cooperation in the criminal case of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, while Bezos, as the owner of the steadfastly anti-Trump Washington Post, is viewed by Trump as a political enemy.
All of this raises serious questions, which thus far are limited to pure speculation, about how the National Enquirer obtained the intimate photos exchanged between Bezos and his mistress. Despite a lack of evidence, MSNBC is already doing what it exists to do – implying with no evidence that Trump is to blame (in this case, by abusing the powers of the NSA or FBI to spy on Bezos).If the surveillance powers of the NSA, FBI or other agencies were used to obtain incriminating information about Bezos due to their view of him as a political enemy – and, again, there is no evidence this has happened – it certainly would not be the first time.
Indeed, one of the stories we were able to report using the Snowden documents, one that received less attention that it should have, is an active NSA program to collect the online sex activities, including browsing records of porn site and sex chats, of people regarded by the U.S. Government as radical or radicalizing in order to use their online sex habits to destroy their reputations. This is what and who the NSA, CIA and FBI are and long have been.
If Bezos were the political victim of surveillance state abuses, it would be scandalous and dangerous. It would also be deeply ironic.That’s because Amazon, the company that has made Bezos the planet’s richest human being, is a critical partner for the U.S. Government in building an ever-more invasive, militarized and sprawling surveillance state.
Indeed, one of the largest components of Amazon’s business, and thus one of the most important sources of Bezos’ vast wealth and power, is working with the Pentagon and the NSA to empower the U.S. Government with more potent and more sophisticated weapons, including surveillance weapons.
In December, 2017, Amazon boasted that it had perfected new face-recognition software for crowds, which it called Rekognition. It explained that the product is intended, in large part, for use by governments and police forces around the world. The ACLU quickly warned that the product is “dangerous” and that Amazon “is actively helping governments deploy it.”https://archive.fo/KeYFXhttps://theintercept.com/2019/02/08/jeff-bezos-protests-the-invasion-of-his-privacy-as-amazon-builds-a-sprawling-surveillance-state-for-everyone-else/
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Martin Armstrong Fears Another Brutal Deadly Civil War Is Coming To America, He May Be Right
BE PREPARED: https://archive.fo/elYwR
You can feel it in the air. We are heading into the collapse of government and a violent civil war because hatred is rising dramatically. The government is no longer capable of even functioning. The State of the Union was just an example. It did not matter what Trump said. The Democrats will not break party rank and will refuse to comply with anything. The government never acted like this until Hillary lost. Neither side will accept the election in 2020. Western society will crumble by 2032.
There is no going back.
This is how all empires, nations, and city-states have collapsed throughout history. The rule of law vanishes and what emerges is just hatred.
The entire purpose of civilization is people coming together and working together for a common goal. We have lost all such common ground and both extremes are demanding subjugation of their opponents. This is why revolution unfolds. Neither side is allowed to exist. Each demands the other conforms to their ideas. This is why direct taxation destroys all civilizations for it allows one side to exploit the other.
Here is one example of a person filled with such hatred who always sends hate mail to me:
"The American white male lives in the American past, is ignorant of world history and revolution and glorifies his gun ownership like some cartoon cowboy but doesn’t really know what to do with his guns. He is totally devoid of ideas and lacks the depth to analyze true injustice and would rather go out and commit horrendous mass shootings because he has been brain-washed to support the actual people who are doing him harm. So kills innocent people or supports a Trump."
This is just a prelude to what is to come.https://archive.fo/Naqjrhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-09/martin-armstrong-fears-hatred-left
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France Getting Worse and Worse As Police Brutality and Protests Continue
A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand during clashes with police outside the main parliament building in Paris on Saturday, witnesses told AFP, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France.
Clashes broke out outside the National Assembly building in Paris after a march from the Champs-Elysees avenue arrived there.
While many demonstrators marched peacefully, some masked activists tried to break down barriers outside the parliament while others urinated nearby.
Masked men threw projectiles at police, police responded with tear gas and grenades: https://youtube.com/watch?v=zafCdE9f1rE [Embed]
As the march continued, vandals burned rubbish bins as well as cars -- mainly luxury models -- vandalising bus shelters, cash machines and shop windows along the route.https://archive.fo/8Bjs6https://sg.news.yahoo.com/demonstrator-loses-hand-paris-yellow-vest-march-162110780.html
Volunteer medics at the National Assembly told AFP that a man had had his hand ripped off during the clashes between police and protesters.
One witness who filmed the incident, 21-year-old Cyprien Royer, said the victim was a yellow jacket photographer taking pictures of people trying to break down the barriers protecting the entrance to the National Assembly.
He said he was hit in the calf by a type of stun grenade as the cops attempted to disperse people.
"He wanted to bat it away so it didn't explode by his leg -- and it went off when he touched it," he added.
Paris police said the man had lost four fingers.
Officers had arrested 39 people and 21 were being held in custody, they added on Saturday night.https://archive.fo/GhAbkhttps://apnews.com/64582c7c8c0c4d17bdde5f0a5c162796
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Finland Abandons Keynesian 'Helicopter Money' Economic Experiment After It FAILS Miserably
Could the US learn from their mistakes too?
With socialists rising to the calls of the 'free shit army' and the ever-more-left-leaning liberal intelligentsia imagining ever-more-creative ways to pretend to fund their massive government interventions (Modern Monetary Theory), the topic of "QE for the people" or "helicopter money" or the more academic-sounding "Universal Basic Income" is becoming ever-more-prevalent.
Why should people be forced to work? Why should people have to take responsibility for themselves? America is the land of the free to sit on your ass and receive government handouts after all.
Well, we have some more results in on the impact of Universal Basic Income (UBI) experiments - handing out free money to citizens with no strings attached.
As part of its experiment, in Finland 2,000 unemployed people aged 25-58 were paid a tax-free €560 (£490) monthly income. This was independent of any other income they had and not conditional on looking for work.
As Valuewalk reports, UBI-expert from the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath (UK), Dr Luke Martinellicomments:
"Universal basic income has ascended policy debates in recent years, motivated by the shortcomings of existing welfare systems, and our rapidly changing - and increasingly dysfunctional - labour markets.
“Yet despite the idea’s widespread appeal, there remain substantial and unanswered questions about its economic viability and political feasibility. This is why all eyes will be on Finland this Friday and why the results of its UBI experiment will be so revealing.
“We expect these results will provide us with the first really robust evidence on how UBI could affect changes in employment and people’s overall finances, as well as wider measures of wellbeing."So what were the results?
Simple (and Dr Martinelli - and the left - won't like it):1) People were happier, and 2) No new jobs were created.
Results at this stage are preliminary and relate only to the first year of the study, meaning Friday's findings are far from conclusive. But a hoped-for stimulus to levels of employment has not yet materialized, the project's researchers said.
"The recipients of a basic income were no better or worse than the control group at finding employment in the open labour market", Ohto Kanninen, research coordinator at the Labour Institute for Economic Research, said in a statement.
Shocker!! Who could have seen that coming?https://archive.fo/zVtU3https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-08/finland-abandons-helicopter-money-experiment-no-new-jobs-created
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Google Colludes With Russian Government To Delete Links, Censor Russian Activists
Russian news reports say that Google has agreed with national authorities to delete links to websites banned in Russia.
The daily Vedomosti reported Thursday that Google has reached an agreement with the Russian state media oversight agency, Roskomnadzor, to regularly receive updated lists of banned sites and delete links to them upon review. The newspaper says Google has already removed about 70 percent of the banned websites from its search results.
The RIA Novosti news agency quoted Roskomnadzor as saying it has established a “constructive dialogue” with Google.
Last December, Roskomnadzor fined Google 500,000 rubles ($7,600) for failing to delete links to the banned sites. It threatened to cut access to Google if it fails to comply with the demand.
“We’re committed to enabling access to information for the benefit of our users in Russia and around the world,” Google spokesman Nu Wexler said. The company offered no further official comment.https://archive.fo/3vEqrhttps://apnews.com/c11e7a0ab049432483dc3cd3d20a2bbb
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Smartphones Monitor How Goyim Walk, Type And Spend Their Free Time
Learn Proper OPSEC: https://archive.fo/isnXt
Forget Face ID: a collaboration between the Defense Department and a NY-based company called TWOSENSE.AI, has birthed an artificial intelligence algorithm that could be embedded in smartphones and will be able to identify the device owner by the way they talk, type, walk and even by how "they spend their free time".
TWOSENSE.AI is working with the Department of Defense to build a SaaS product that could eventually replace access cards currently used to verify the identities of DOD employees when logging onto the department's networks.
The AI constantly monitors the user's behavior, including how they carry the device, type on it and even walk. The system then automatically verifies the user's identity using these parameters, enabling them to work seamlessly on their secure network without having to login each time.
Similar to privacy-stripping developments in China, the system updates a "trust score" as it tracks these metrics, based on the algorithm's level of confidence that the correct person is using the device. Jeremy Corey, chief of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Cyber Innovation Division said in May: "The score is checked to ensure it meets the desired threshold. This threshold is predetermined by the organization we are piloting our prototype with. This could be configured by the application owner, so long as it is within the authorizing official's accepted level of risk."
The $2.4 million contract was awarded in October through the Army's other transaction authority, which allows certain agencies to sign contracts for advanced research outside of the scope of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. 75 prototypes were supposed to have already been delivered last year for testing, according to a technical director at DISA. After testing, the technology will be embedded in certain smartphones at the manufacturing level before being acquired by the DOD. We're guessing this excludes Huawei from becoming a potential partner on the project.
Dr. Dawud Gordon, CEO of TWOSENSE.AI said: “Both DISA and TWOSENSE.AI believe that continuous authentication is the cornerstone of securing identity. Behavior-based authentication is invisible to the user, therefore it can be used continuously without creating any extra work.”
The project is reportedly working through "existing partnerships" between DISA, Qualcomm and Samsung.https://archive.fo/Yjg3fhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-08/forget-face-id-smartphones-will-monitor-how-workers-walk-type-and-spend-their-free
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr Explains How Big Pharma Completely Owns Congress
Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Children’s Health Defence (a worthy cause if you’re looking for one to donate to) has been fighting against big corporations that have taken over and undermined American government health regulatory agencies for a number of years. One of the most recent examples is when Robert F. Kennedy Jr represented Dewayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper who successfully brought forward a lawsuit alleging glyphosate caused his cancer. That’s right, he won!
There are currently thousands of cases pending against Monsanto, which is only one of multiple powerful companies influencing agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And to think, these are the agencies providing us with ‘science’ in order to get the food, medications, and other products produced by these big corporations to be deemed safe. Not only that, but these agencies are providing educational resources to medical schools, which Big Pharma has completely taken over as well.https://youtube.com/watch?v=w9y-OTaJPOQ [Embed]
It’s truly unbelievable that, in this day and age, education has turned into brainwashing. Science is corrupted, altered, changed, ignored, and swept under the rug just because it threatens the interests of a few powerful people and the corporations they hide behind.
It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.” Dr. Marcia Angell, a physician and longtime Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (NEMJ) (source)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2964337/
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s pesticide Round Up, is a perfect example, as science has been showing for decades how incredibly harmful it is for human health and the environment, yet it’s approved as ‘safe’ for use in the western world. It’s no mystery why glyphosate is illegal in the majority of countries around the world. The same goes for genetically modified foods, which is what Round Up was designed to be used on. Years ago, a lawsuit forced the FDA to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods.
“As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals – and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe.” – Jane Goodall
In addition, Monsanto colluded with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stifle cancer research and any connections to their products. The European Union actually just approved the use of glyphosate, and their approval was found to be based on plagiarized science from Monsanto.
The corruption is never-ending when it comes to the link between corporations and government agencies. In fact, only a few years ago, more than a dozen scientists from within the CDC put out an anonymous public statement detailing the influence corporations have on government policies. They were referred to as the Spider Papers.
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The EU Did ONE Thing Right: They Bucked The Big Tech Monopolies
Google paid more in European fines than in taxes, according to the firm's fourth-quarter earnings.
Parent company Alphabet reported Q4 revenues of 39.28 billion, up 22%, while revenues for the year were up 23% to $136.8 billion. Taxes in Q4 were $4.2 billion.
Thanks to a record €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine against the tech giant for anti-competitive practices related to Google's Android operating system, placing their fines for the year higher than their income taxes of $4.2 billion, according to Computing.
The company also took the time to separate out "European Commission fines" in its consolidated statements of income in the company's accounts. These increased from $2.7bn in 2017 to $5.1bn in 2018, with a further €50m already set to be added to the bill for its first quarter and 2019 accounts, thanks to French data protection authority CNIL.
That compares to a provision for income taxes of just $4.2 billion for 2018, or 12 per cent of its pre-tax income. -Computing
Net income in 2018 rose by 143% from $12.67 billion to $30.74 billion thanks to the US Tax Act of 2017, which depressed net income that year, which had "resulted in additional tax expense of $9.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily due to the one-time transition tax on accumulated foreign subsidiary earnings and deferred tax effects," according to the earnings release.
Google's losses on "other bets," defined as "non-Google activities" spiked last year, rising from $2.7 billion to $3.36 billion. Alphabet's non-google business accounted for just $595 million of the company's $136.8 billion in annual revenues.
Alphabet warned that changes in data privacy practices, new digital advertising policies and software bugs which harvest user information could harm its business going forward, according to Bloomberg.
"Changes to our data privacy practices, as well as changes to third-party advertising policies or practices may affect the type of ads and/or manner of advertising that we are able to provide which could have an adverse effect on our business,” the company wrote in the filing. “If we do not provide superior value or deliver advertisements efficiently and competitively, our reputation could be affected, we could see a decrease in revenue from advertisers and/or experience other adverse effects to our business."
Google is not alone in their worries, as lawmakers around the world crack down on big tech's data-collection business models. The threat of tough regulations that undermine key revenue streams could significantly hamper income.https://archive.fo/d5zJYhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-06/google-paid-more-eu-fines-taxes-last-year-revenue-threatened-over-data-privacy
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Corrupt Chinese Officials Turning OFF Crime-Fighting AI Because It Began Exposing THEM
China appears to be shying away from an incredibly efficient AI-powered crimefighting system - perhaps because since 2012 it's busted over 8,700 government employees engaging in misconduct ranging from embezzlement, to abuse of power, to nepotism and more.
The system, dubbed "Zero Trust" was developed in partnership between the Chinese Communist Party's internal monitoring institutions and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in order to "monitor, evaluate or intervene in the work and personal life of public servants," according to SCMP's Stephen Chen.
According to state media, there were more than 50 million people on China’s government payroll in 2016, though analysts have put the figure at more than 64 million – slightly less than the population of Britain.
To turn this behemoth into a seamless operation befitting the information age, China has started adapting various types of sophisticated technology. The foreign ministry, for instance, is using machine learning to aid in risk assessment and decision making for China’s major investment projects overseas.
Beijing has been at the forefront of facial recognition technology, such as their "SkyNet" system deployed in over 16 provinces, cities and autonomous regions which can instantly scan faces and compare them to a database of criminal suspects at a speed of 3 billion times per second, according to People's Daily. In Guizhou, the movement of every police officer is tracked in real time.
Meanwhile, China has gone to great lengths to ensure the fidelity of its government data - inking contracts with companies like ZTE to develop blockchain technology in order to prevent bad actors from modifying information.
In order to tie China's monitoring apparatus together, "Zero Trust" can cross-reference over 150 protected databases across Chinese central and local governments - allowing the system to create sophisticated, multi-layered social relationship maps which can then be run through machine-learning systems in order to map out behaviors of government employees.
"It can even call up satellite images, for instance, to investigate whether the government funding to build a road in a village ended up in the pocket of an official," for example.
Beijing has experimented with Zero Trust in 30 counties and cities - just one percent of China's total administrative area - and mostly in backwater counties that are relatively poor.
According to one researcher connected to Zero Trust, the idea for the test was to "avoid triggering large-scale resistance among bureaucrats," particularly powerful ones, to the use of AI and tracking bots to monitor government.
Since 2012, the system has busted 8,721 government employees "engaging in misconduct such as embezzlement, abuse of power, misuse of government funds and nepotism."Most of them were given warnings or minor punishments, while a few were actually sentenced to prison. GO FIGURE!
And for some reason, some governments have decided to deactivate the system, according to the researchers - one of whom added that officials "may not feel quite comfortable with the new technology."https://archive.fo/4vMkQhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-03/are-corrupt-chinese-officials-turning-crime-fighting-ai-because-it-works-too-well
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PG&E Gas Line Explosion Engulfs San Francisco Buildings In Flames
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for bankrupt California utility PG&E, it got worse.
On Wednesday afternoon, PG&E - which filed for bankruptcy last week as a result of $30 billion in legal liabilities resulting from California's massive 2017 and 2018 wildfires its equipment may have ignited - was working to contain a natural gas leak from a pipeline that exploded on Wednesday along a major thoroughfare in San Francisco, setting fire to five buildings and leaving thousands without power in Inner Richmond, while prompting people in nearby restaurants to run for their lives as fire crews worked to get a handle on the soaring flames.
The fire erupted just before 1:30 p.m. in front of Hong Kong Lounge II by the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Parker Avenue, officials said according to the SF Chronicle.
The fire triggered an evacuation order for people within a block of the site on Geary Boulevard, a major artery that leads into downtown San Francisco, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. According to Bloomberg, which quoted San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, eight workers near the explosion have been accounted for and no injuries were reported.
Eight construction workers, hired by an unidentified third-party contractor, were digging in the ground to install fiber optic cables when they hit a gas main, Hayes-White said.
PG&E’s stock plunged as much as 6.3 percent following this latest accident which threatens to pile up even more legal bills on the insolvent utility, which in addition to wildfire costs, is still dealing with the consequences of the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled 38 homes.
"I’m confident that it’ll be contained soon,” Hayes-White told reporters at the scene. “As soon as the gas leak is tamped down, we’ll have it under control." The alternative, of course, being that a section of San Francisco burns down is probably too dire for PG&E's management to even consider.
Hayes-White described the explosion and ensuing fire as extensive but noted that it’s “not as extensive” as the San Bruno blast.
Bloomberg adds that at least five PG&E workers could be seen digging into the pavement in a crosswalk near the flames more than an hour after the blast. Helicopter footage of the fire scene showed a blackened backhoe near the source of the flames.
Meanwhile, the NTSB didn’t immediately say whether the agency is sending a team to the incident.In the six years after the San Bruno explosion, PG&E installed more than 230 automatic or remote-controlled valves on its natural gas network, so workers wouldn’t need to manually shut off the flow of gas in an emergency.BINGO!https://archive.fo/WUqbDhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-06/pge-gas-line-explosion-engulfs-san-francisco-buildings-flames
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Nanny Police State Hawaii Pushes Total Smoking Ban, Would Prohibit Tobacco
Stock up on tobacco and humidors!
The state government in Hawaii wants to increase the smoking age to 100. Although pretty much everyone on Earth knows smoking is damaging to a person’s overall health, the nanny state is taking it upon themselves to ban the use of more substances.
Nothing good can ever come from the government dictating to people what they are allowed to put in their bodies, and that includes smoking. Are we free or not? Do we own ourselves or not? Governments assume they own us as tax cattle and therefore it’s their right to tell us how to live our lives. Unfortunately, too many bow down to the whims of the state while others enforce these nanny state policies.
If this bill succeeds in becoming a law, it would effectively ban the use of cigarettes for a very vast majority of the Hawaiian population. The bill was proposed by Democrat Richard Creagan, an obvious authoritarian.
Even if it does become a law, laws hinge only on the population’s willingness to abide by them, so it could be futile much like prohibition was. Not to mention worldwide smoking rates are plummeting to people voluntarily making the decision that it isn’t good for them.
The new bill, HB 1509, demands that the smoking age go up to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, and 60 in 2023. The last jump will take place in 2024 when people would need to be 100 years old to buy cigarettes.
“We don’t allow people free access to opioids, for instance, or any prescription drugs,” Creagan said in defense of his tyrannical bill.
And even though the government has banned opioids without a prescription, there’s an opioid addiction crisis lowering the life expectancy of Americans. Prepare for a cigarette black market in Hawaii should Creagan get his way.
All nanny state policies including taxation beg the question: who owns you?https://archive.fo/Z2pdIhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-06/nanny-state-hawaii-may-increase-smoking-age-100
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Outrageous Holocaust Sermonizing From Puppet President in Lamest State of the Union Ever
"Jared Kushner's puppet, Donald Trump, has achieved new heights of Holocaust fervor and reality denial. He devoted a good portion of his State of the Union to eulogizing "history's greatest crime," "Tonight, we are also joined by Pittsburgh survivor Judah Samet....[stated Trump] More than seven decades ago, he narrowly survived the Nazi concentration camps. Today is Judah’s 81st birthday. Judah says he can still remember the exact moment, nearly 75 years ago, after 10 months in a concentration camp, when he and his family were put on a train, and told they were going to another camp."
"So, we are supposed to believe that in the maelstrom of spring, 1945, the genocidal Germans kept 7-year-old Judah alive for 10 months at Bergen-Belsen, despite crippling shortages of food, fuel, ammunition and personnel. German civilians were being annihilated in their tens of thousands in vicious firebombing, thousands of German women were being raped by Soviet (and British and American) troops. Yet the ["]evil["] Germans allocated an entire train to evacuate little Judah and his parents in March or April of 1945. Chilling."
"Like so much of the substantially false mainstream Holocaust narrative, the story strikes one as utterly incredible. According to Trump's retelling: Suddenly the train screeched to a halt. A soldier appeared. Judah’s family braced for the worst. Then, his father cried out with joy: “It’s the Americans.” According to Judah, his liberation occurred at Berlin at the hands of an American tank crew. Given that the SS handed over Bergen-Belsen to the British on April 15th, the train must have been dispatched eastward at some point before then. This is all technically possible, but highly unusual if one assumes that the Germans were bent on genocide. It's also unusual given the constraints of time and space."
"Forget about shooting Judah in April '45... Why was this unfit-for-labor child transferred from Debrecen, Hungary in June/July '44 toward Auschwitz, only to be rerouted to a lumberyard in Austria, then on to Bergen-Belsen, where he was lived for 10 months if the end goal was to kill him? Why did his parents survive to be liberated if all Jews were slated for extermination? The rest of Trump's speech wasn't much better. Just a litany of empty phrases. His tone was totally inappropriate to the scale of our civilizational crisis. After four years of Europe being overrun by black and brown savages, with incessant media promotion of homosexual, transsexual and other propaganda, the WWII homilies are getting harder and harder to take."
"Who cares about this emotionally manipulative drivel. Look around you. Your sons are unemployed, your daughters are unmarried, your parents are divorced, often ill and without hope of grandchildren or a meaningful legacy. Something is wrong." -Gregory Conte of Russia Insider reports.https://russia-insider.com/en/outrageous-holocaust-sermonizing-puppet-president-lamest-state-union-ever/ri26194http://archive.is/mvTUq
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Bill Clinton’s Faith Healer Arrested for Running Biggest Ever Child Sex Ring
Police have arrested Bill Clinton’s faith healer for running Brazil’s largest ever child sex ring.
Joao Teixeira de Faria – known as John of God – achieved international fame after being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and having a list of famous clients, including Bill Clinton.
Two months ago, his world crumbled after police discovered evidence that he was a mass murderer, baby trafficker, and sex slave ringleader.
Mirror.co.uk reports: https://archive.fo/p7XGV
The 77-year-old was arrested a week later in what prosecutors say could be the worst serial crimes case in the country’s history.
Faria’s own daughter, Dalva Teixeira, has also spoken out, called him a “monster” and claiming he molested her as a child.
The case has shocked Brazilians, many of whom regarded the so-called ‘psychic surgeon’ – famous for performing procedures such as removing tumours or cataracts with his hands and without anaesthesia – as a modern-day miracle worker.
And last week even more explosive acccusations have been thrown at John of God.
Brazilian activist Sabrina Bittencourt, whose investigations led to Teixeira’s arrest in December, now claims the celebrity medium ran a baby trafficking operation where children were “farmed” in Brazil before being sold to childless couples around the world.
Shockingly, she claims young girls were held captive in remote farms where they were forced to produce babies – before being murdered after 10 years of giving birth.
In a video, Bittencourt, whose organisation, Coame, helps women report sexual assault by religious leaders, said she has spoken to women from at least three continents, including Europe, who claimed they bought Brazilian babies from John of God for as much as £40,000.
And she claimed she has collected testimony from former members of Teixeira’s gang, which described how the scheme worked after they became “tired of being complicit” in his crimes.
Bittencourt, who now lives outside Brazil under the protection of international organisations after receiving death threats for her work, claimed Teixeira would offer money to poor girls aged 14 to 18 to go and live in mineral mines or farms he owns in the Brazilian states of Goias and Minas Gerais.
There they would become sex slaves at and be forced to get pregnant and give birth to their babies.
She claims: “In exchange for food, they were impregnated and their babies sold on the black market.
“Hundreds of girls were enslaved over years, lived on farms in Goias, served as wombs to get pregnant, for their babies to be sold.
“These girls were murdered after 10 years of giving birth. We have got a number of testimonies.”https://archive.fo/quiUWhttps://newspunch.com/bill-clintons-faith-healer-arrested-running-child-sex-ring/
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Obama Funding for Subversive Propaganda Just Ended, Leading to Mass MSM Layoffs
Obama funding of anti-Trump propaganda has just ended, causing MSM to layoff hundreds of journalists.
Barack Obama quietly signed the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” in 2016, designed to counter Trump’s influence with Americans and spread anti-Trump propaganda to the masses.
The Act allocated a whopping $160 MILLION taxpayer dollars to pay for Deep State-sponsored propaganda, spread by journalists at various far-left outlets.
The “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” not only allows the U.S. government to ban outlets deemed to be “Russian propaganda,” but gives them the ability to legally spread disinformation online via social networks and mainstream media outlets.
Dcwhispers.com reports: https://archive.fo/7zNhyThe money is now gone and guess what?About 1000 journalists are suddenly being laid off.Coincidence? Hah!
This was classic Obama, reaching into the bottomless trough of taxpayer dollars to push his self-promoting agenda.https://archive.fo/XS66Xhttps://newspunch.com/obama-funding-anti-trump-propaganda-ended-msm-layoffs/
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Dumb and Dumber: Trump and Ocasio-Cortez Will Join Forces And Debase The Dollar
Intellectuals are laying the groundwork for a tower of debt higher than any ever seen in world history.
The primary architect? Paul Krugman? Jerome Powell? Joseph Stiglitz?
It’s none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), the ambitious young representative of New York’s 14th district, who has the shovel in her hands.
She may be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, but she wasn’t born yesterday. And she may not know any more about economics than Donald J. Trump. But she knows a winning trend when she sees one.
And circa 2019, debt is becoming more popular than internet hook-ups.
Our dear readers generally approve when we poke fun at liberals like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. But they hate it when we talk smack about the president. Many see the contest in Washington as a fight between good and evil. And they know what side they’re on!
We predict, however, that AOC and DJT will soon be on the same side. Beyond good and evil. Just dumb.
Both are already “low-interest kind of people.” And when the going gets tough, both will come to love Modern Monetary Theory, MMT… and $2-trillion federal deficits.
Markets are running into trouble. The trends that were so felicitous for so long – falling interest rates and rising stock prices – have now stalled, or even reversed.
The private sector faces a recession. Wall Street sees a bear market coming. In Washington, tax receipts will fall… as costs continue to rise.
How to keep the jig up? The politicians – left, right, and center – will come to see: debt isn’t so bad!
What were those previous generations thinking, they will wonder? Scrimping and saving, balancing budgets, making trade-offs – and for what? The silly duffers didn’t know any better.
A government can issue debt to pay for whatever it likes. It can pay to fight a war, to lower taxes for a preferred group, to soften the sharp edges of a recession. The United States has, in fact, issued debt to pay for all of these things. American politicians say that public debt crowds out private investment, that it’s unsustainable and will turn the country into Argentina. Or Greece. Or now, Venezuela. But regardless of what they say, what American politicians do is vote for more debt.
Year in, year out… boom or bust… Democrat or Republican – they voted for more debt. Modern Monetary Theory is at least realistic about it.
What really counts is the total amount of resources the feds take. The more they squander, the less is left for real output and growth. And the practical advantage of debt over inflation (just printing money) is that it limits the take.
Borrowed money has a cost. The more the feds borrow, the higher interest rates go. Then, the economy slumps… tax revenues decline… and the feds are worse off than ever.
Then, of course, the feds finagle a fix, getting the central bank – the Fed – to buy up their debt, so interest rates don’t go up. This ends up being very close to a pure MMT or Chartalist system, where the feds are, in effect, printing the money to pay for their quack programs.
Fake money only works for as long as it mimics real money; that is, only so long as it respects the limits of real resources. After all, a car is not a car because the feds say it’s a car; it’s a car because it takes you where you want to go.
And as soon as the feds’ money stops taking you where you want to go – like Zim dollars in Zimbabwe in 2006 or bolívars in Venezuela today – MMT falls apart. The feds could “print” all they wanted; it wouldn’t buy them a ham sandwich.
Fortunately, the U.S. dollar still has some miles left on it. But with politicians like AOC and DJT at the wheel, it’s just a matter of time before the limits come off… and it ends up in a ditch.https://archive.fo/npUGyhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-05/dumb-and-dumber-trump-and-ocasio-cortez-will-join-forces-and-debase-dollar
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YouTube’s PewDiePie Is More Watched Than Mainstream News Outlets by Millions of Views
TV JUNKIES & PROPAGANDISTS BTFO!
Fewer and fewer people trust the mainstream media every day thanks to its unapologetic narrative creation and it’s obvious, yet not confessed to, bias. Slowly but surely, many mainstream media outlets have had to cut back on staff, the most recent of which include Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post.
However, nothing has highlighted just how awful it is for the mainstream media than a recent realization that was had by YouTube’s most subscribed to channel, PewDiePie.
Felix Kjellberg, more popularly known as the famous/infamous PewDiePie, has a “news” show on his channel he calls PewNews. On initial watching, it looks more like a satirical news show, and in a way it is, but Kjellberg actually talks about things happening around the world. Here’s an example of the latest video.
A Reddit user noted on the r/pewdiepiesubmissions subreddit that PewDiePie gets more viewers for his news show than Vox and posted a meme along with it.
Upon viewing Vox’s YouTube channel, I noticed that the vast majority of their videos get somewhere around half a million views, while every now and again you’ll see some go beyond one or two million.
PewDiePie’s videos average in the six million range no matter what video he releases, with some videos even going so far as 12 to 14 million.
In terms of prime time programming averages, Fox News took first place 2.439 million viewers, MSNBC was second among the cable news networks with 1.835 million, and CNN third with 1.119 million.
This means that PewDiePie’s Pew News is the most watched news program, outpacing that of all cable news networks prime time programming combined.
It should be noted, however, that PewDiePie only releases one of these a week, but as I said above, PewDiePie’s videos average around six million views no matter what he releases. If he did release an episode daily, then he would likely outperform every news program and personality in America every day.http://archive.is/mw6Tchttps://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2019/01/29/youtubes-pewdiepie-watched-news-mainstream-news-outlets-millions-views/
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Wikileaks Cracks Open A Vatican Secret
Wikileaks, the tell-anything anti-secrecy organization, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, took aim at one of the world's most secretive institutions, the Vatican, releasing a small collection of documents about a power struggle involving Pope Francis, a leading traditionalist cardinal, and a medieval Catholic order of knights.
The documents offered little new about a fight that two years ago was widely covered in the media. Their contents seem especially paltry at a time when the Vatican is embroiled in full-fledged scandals on multiple continents. But the release represented the first time Wikileaks has turned its spotlight on the often-acrimonious internal affairs of the Holy See, and some Vatican watchers wondered whether more damaging secrets might start to escape the city-state walls.
"The fact itself, Wikileaks entering the internal affairs of the Vatican, is an alarm bell," said Marco Politi, a veteran Vatican watcher. "The subject itself is not interesting. These are old diatribes, old fights. But the important thing will be the next step. Will there be a subsequent Wikileaks [release] on something not previously revealed? Should Wikileaks pull out stuff regarding pedophilia or banking scandals, then we would be onto something new."https://wikileaks.org/popeorders/
Documents released by WikiLeaks today shed light on a power struggle within the highest offices of the Catholic Church. Amongst the documents is a private letter written by Pope Francis. The existence of this letter, addressed to the papal envoy Cardinal Raymond Burke, has been the source of much speculation in the media . It is now published for the first time in full and with the Pope’s signature.
This letter concerns the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, also known as the Order of Malta or the Knights of Malta, originally founded in Jerusalem during the Crusades in 1099. As the name indicates, it has been widely recognised as a sovereign entity in itself despite theoretically being subject to papal authority as a Catholic institution.
This ambiguous status cuts to the heart of the dispute as it reached a fever pitch after Pope Francis forced the abdication of Matthew Festing as Prince and Grand Master of the Order in January 2017. A month earlier Festing had dismissed the Order’s Grand Chancellor Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.
The reason for the dismissal is said to be that Boeselager, who served as health minister for the Order, was held personally responsible for having approved funds for an aid mission in Africa that distributed condoms, amongst other things. This directly contravenes Church teachings on contraception and Festing was adamant that Boeselager be held responsible.
Boeselager, however, appealed to Pope Francis, who in turn deeply undermined the Order’s independence and sovereignty by appointing a papal commission to investigate the matter and report back to the Holy See. Boeselager was subsequently reinstated at the same time as Festing was ousted. The papal letter, published by WikiLeaks today, shows the Pope was aware of and involved in the dispute since at least November 2016 when he met with Cardinal Burke.
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After UK Commies Lable Hammers A Terror Threat, Karl Marx's London Grave Vandalised With Hammer
The tomb of Karl Marx at London’s Highgate cemetery has been vandalised in a targeted attack that means the Grade I-listed monument will “never be the same again”.
The suspected vandal damaged a marble plaque which was taken from Marx’s original 1881 gravestone and incorporated into the 1954 monument.
Images of the defaced memorial, which attracts tens of thousands of stupid communists each year, show what appears to be damage done by a hammer to the lettering of Marx’s name and the marble on which it is mounted.https://archive.fo/nLhqD
Recently communist bureaucrats have tried to ban UK citizens from buying hammers over fear of citizens being possible "terrorist threats."
If you need a hammer for any reason, the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism policing unit will consider you a potential terrorist. They are also asking that anyone who sees someone doing something suspicious, like purchasing a hammer, to report it to the enforcers.https://archive.fo/cVz8E
So much good that turned out for them huh? Blowback!
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Israel To Build New Massive Wall Along Border, But Israel's Bitch Can't
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Muh Russia! Macron Blames Russia For Carbon Tax Protests
Its never their own fault, is it?RELATED: >>>/endpol/1124
French President Emmanuel Macron, who considers himself ‘a man of the people’ does not blame himself or economic problems for the rise of the yellow vest movement.
A head of the 12 consecutive week of yellow vest protests, Macron laid the blame on social media and the Russians (of course) rather than taking any responsibility himself.
RT reports: https://archive.fo/53sP4
Macron blasted the nation’s mainstream media for failing to control the narrative and argued that social networks and “the Russians” are driving all content instead, with traditional outlets falling into line. The president’s calculated outburst was published by the weekly Le Point on Friday, just before the Yellow Vests officially marked the 12th consecutive week of staging large-scale protests against the government.
The president dismissed Eric Drouet, the 33-year-old trucker who emerged as a prominent figure in the protests, as “a media product, a product of social networks,” and claimed that the demonstrators are being “advised from outside,” without elaborating. He argued that 90 percent of the chatter online about the Yellow Vests comes from the “[far] rightists, leftists, and the Russians.”https://archive.fo/L5RqFhttps://newspunch.com/macron-says-social-media-russia-are-to-blame-for-yellow-vest-movement/
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Woman Who Outed Clinton’s Faith Healer as Child Rapist Found Dead
EVERY TIME.RELATED: >>>/news/13861
The woman who outed Bill Clinton’s faith healer as the leader of a child sex ring has been found dead amid a total media blackout.
‘John of God’ is a Brazilian cult leader who appeared on Oprah and boasted Bill Clinton and a number of other celebrities as clients.
Two months ago, he was arrested for mass murder, running a child sex ring and human trafficking.
According to local Brazilian reports, Sabrina Bittencourt, the activist who initially unmasked John of God, turned up dead over the weekend. The story is nowhere in the english-speaking press yet.
From Cartacapital.com.br (translated from Spanish):
The death of Bittencourt, who was 38 years old, was confirmed in a note by Maria do Carmo Santos, president of the NGO Victims United.
“The group Victims United reports with regret the death of Sabrina de Campos Bittencourt occurred around 9 pm this Saturday, February 2, in the city of Barcelona, Spain, where he lived. The activist committed suicide and left a farewell letter stating the reasons for taking her own life. We urge everyone not to try to get in touch with any family member, to keep them from asking questions that are painful at this difficult time. Two of Sabrina’s three children still do not know what happened, and her father, Rafael Velasco, is trying to protect them. Sabrina’s fight will never be forgotten and we will continue, with the same force, defending minorities, especially women who are daily victims of machismo. “
Born into a Mormon family, the activist has been abused since the age of four by members of the family’s church. At 16, she became pregnant with one of the rapists and aborted. Bittencourt dedicated his life to military by victims of abuse and to unmasking religious leaders, among them Prem Baba and John of God.https://archive.fo/1FwPlhttps://newspunch.com/woman-outed-clintons-faith-healer-child-rapist-found-dead/
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UK Government Announces Yes, They Do Spy On Consumers via New 'Smart' Meters
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Totalitarianism: Buying A Hammer Now Makes You A Terrorist In The UK
If you need a hammer for any reason, the United Kingdom’s counter-terrorism policing unit will consider you a potential terrorist. They are also asking that anyone who sees someone doing something suspicious, like purchasing a hammer, to report it to the enforcers.
Buying a hammer is suspicious and is potentially an indicator of criminal activity according to the Tweet below posted by the U.K. Counter Terrorism Policing office.
Information from YOU, the public, has helped foil terror plots in the UK.
Last year, 22% of information we received assisted live investigations.
If you see something that doesn’t look right. Look again, ACT and report it 📲 https://t.co/AZvXoV84Qg#ActionCountersTerrorism
— Counter Terrorism Policing UK (@TerrorismPolice) January 28, 2019
It’s hard to see in the Twitter photo, but the guy looking at the hammer also has a few knives in his shopping basket. That’s apparently supposed to be a context clue that he’s maybe a very bad person, if not a terrorist. The U.K. has a borderline-comical campaign going on trying to convince young people not to carry knives around. According to Reason, there’s actually a very logically and likely explanation for needing some knives and one hammer. The man might be a chef doing some work in his restaurant, but the point of this ad campaign is that they actually don’t want you to think of the most likely explanation. They want you to be suspicious and live your life in fear of other’s everyday activities. Complete with the scary “Life Has No Rewind Button” motto. Reason further pointed out that the entire video ad is actually a lot more sinister; not because it’s eerie at all, but it’s a bit horrifying what the UK counter-terrorism police demand you feel is “suspicious” behavior: like taking out the trash.
Similar tweets and the video ad above did get some good and decent mocking (and rightfully so) on Twitter:
So we are all guilty until proven innocent then?
— STOTTINMAD (@STOTTINMAD) January 30, 2019
better not looks susp when bringing out the trash or youll get reported
— ooooooof (@Tochonko) January 30, 2019https://archive.fo/cVz8Ehttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-01/totalitarianism-buying-hammer-now-makes-you-terrorist-uk
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Mass Mexican 'Yellow Vest' Strike Threatens To Shutter North American Auto Industry
The strike by 70,000 auto parts workers in Matamoros, Mexico is beginning to affect production at US automobile assembly plants, raising the possibility that auto production across North America could be brought to a standstill.
US workers are reporting to the World Socialist Web Site that management is slowing production at General Motors and Ford assembly plants as a result of the strike. Production at Ford’s assembly plant in Flat Rock, Michigan will stop this week due to a shortage of parts caused by the walkout.
By courageously withholding their labor, the workers at 50 auto parts plants that have been struck in Matamoros, just south of Brownsville, Texas, could bring a major sector of the world economy to its knees.
The strike demonstrates the objective unity and class common interests of US, Canadian and Mexican workers. It is the answer of the working class to Donald Trump’s racist threat to build a wall between the US and Mexico and the nationalist poison spread by the United Auto Workers and Unifor unions to make American and Canadian autoworkers think that their enemies are their Mexican brothers and sisters, not the auto bosses and the capitalist profit system.
Matamoros workers are beginning to recognize their social strength. Yesterday, thousands of workers marched from their plants to the city plaza, chanting “Bourgeoisie, get out!” The strikers have issued a social media appeal for “all Mexican workers” to join them in a national general strike, which they are calling “A Day Without Workers.”
There are indications the strike may spread. On Friday, the parts company Aptiv fired hundreds of workers in the border city of Reynosa for engaging in partial strikes demanding a 100 percent wage increase. The firings provoked outrage among the workers.
The eyes of a million maquiladora workers near the US-Mexico border—accounting for nearly two-thirds of Mexican exports—are on the struggle in Matamoros.https://archive.fo/F90OGhttps://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/21/pers-j21.html
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OH SHIT! US TO INVADE VENEZUELA!
How many of these brown fuckers do you think are going to swarm into Texas once the bombs start falling?
In this hypothetical war nobody wins, the hard working venezuelans have been long gone to other countries already, most of them since at least 10 years ago. The ones left are the lower strata composed of mulatto and miserable mestizo, all living on welfare.
Russia/China lose an important base in Latin America due to their incompetence regarding keeping their ally on a moral leash about what and what not to do with the population.
Cuban Socialist Council, latin america's equivalent of the Illuminati/Elders of Zion (and fitting, as said council is mainly jewish) is now much more widely known for their antics and will be on the sights of many conservative groups that may spawn or already exist.
America, even when relatively doing the good thing in the shallow sense (ignoring they will kike the place quickly due to the population being extremely demoralized already and drained of all its skilled members) will still be seen as a total warmonger due to all the highly questionable decisions made before.http://archive.is/B8zSEhttps://twitter.com/themiamivoice/status/1091701428777902080
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Justice Ginsburg Still Missing After Cancer Surgery Causing Everybody To Ponder Is She Dead?
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has not been seen publicly for nearly two months, and since her lung cancer surgery she has not attended oral arguments in the Supreme Court, and has canceled multiple scheduled appearances. TMZ did publish a short video showing the top of a head of a person being helped into a car, without any face shots, claiming it ws Ginsburg. Yet the media who went absolutely bonkers while the First Lady Melania Trump was recuperating from kidney surgery and wasn't seen publicly for a few weeks, apparently has no interest in updating the public on Ginsburg's condition and well being, yet others are asking "Where's Ruth?"
Back when Melania was recuperating CNN even made a handy little graphic for Brian Stelter to tweet out, a calendar running from May 11 to June 3, 2018, with question marks on each day, and an image of Melania in the upper left corner under the words "LAST SEEN," with the date "May 10." Stelter tweeted the graphic with the comment "If any First Lady "disappeared," you'd "want to know where she is." Here's our @CNN discussion: http:// cnn.it/2xFnTH9."
While I grant that the public is interested in our First Lady, Ginsburg has a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the nation, the Supreme Court, and should she be forced to step down because of health issues, or if she passes away, President Trump would get a third Supreme Court nominee in just his first term, so we have to wonder why the media seems to have no interest in where Ginsburg is or when she will return to court.
A Google search from the past week shows a handful of articles about Ginsburg, but not about her health and well being, nor the same type of "RuthWatch" that they conducted daily when Melania was recuperating, but instead the stories are only focused the "conspiracy theories" being discussed on forums and social media.
MEDIAite provides some comments made over on Twitter by right-wing pundits, like Tony Shaffer that links to an American Thinker story, stating "Where is the Notorious RBG? Ruth Bader Ginsburg watch nears the end of its second month..." They also highlight conservative actor James Wood who asks "Seriously though... #WheresRuth?" Wayne Dupree asks "Anyone seen RBG?" Last but not least for examples, MEDIAite shows former Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka's tweet stating "Still no sign. 6 days left until Ruth Bader Ginsberg has to make her official appearance at @realDonaldTrump’s State of the Union."
A quick note about Gorka's tweet - Ginsburg, in fact no Supreme Court Justice, is required to appear the SOTU address, but after Fox News' accidentally showed a graphic on-air that indicated that Ginsburg had died in 2019, blaming it on a "control room error," along with the 85 year-old's frail health after breaking a few ribs in November 2018, then the cancer surgery in December, the optics of her not showing up, as well as not being seen in public, wouldn't be advantageous to anyone.
American Thinker explains why there is so much interest in Ginsburg's recovery and health:
The reason her absence is so monumental is that if her health has compromised her ability to do her job as a member of the highest court in the United States, her removal will give President Trump his third justice nomination of his first term. This would be an apocalypse to the liberal Democrats, who would be faced with the most conservative Supreme Court in modern history for decades to come. If you thought the Kavanaugh nomination was rough, imagine if Democrats doubled their efforts the third time around.
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France In Downward Spiral As Riots And Police Brutality Get Nasty
One week after a Yellow Vest organizer was "handicapped for life" by French police, protesters dedicated Saturday's demonstrations to denouncing police violence - only to be beaten and gassed by said police.
There have been 1,900 protesters and around 1,000 police injured since the movement began in November, and 10 fatalities, including an 80-year-old Marseille woman who was killed when a police tear-gas canister was launched into her apartment window while she was trying to close the shutters. She was taken to a nearby hospital but died during an operation after suffering shock, according to a local media report.
More French police throwing down, beating, batoning, and abusing their own people.
Seems to be the usual now every Saturday in Paris.pic.twitter.com/A8Mm0IMtPT#GiletsJaunes #Acte12 #ActeXII #YellowVest
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) February 2, 2019
Police used several weapons against the activists on Saturday, including rubber bullets and Flash Ball weapons. The French Interior Ministry said that 80,000 security officials had been deployed across France, including 5,000 in Paris.
In Valance in the south of France, the mayor said measures had been taken to prepare for about 10,000 demonstrators. Authorities fear up to 1,000 of those could be violent rioters. -Daily Mail
Protesters in Paris began chanting "Macron Resign" Saturday morning as they threw bottles and other projectiles at police, resulting in the deployment of tear gas.
"We want him out, but we also want the police to stop wounding us with their Flash Ball weapons," said 33-year-old Yellow Vest Jacques Caron.
Yellow Vest organizer Jerome Rodrigues, 40, was "handicapped for life" last weekend after being struck with a projectile fired by police, which his attorney said was a flashball. Rodrigues addressed a Paris crowd on Saturday before the day's protests.
Like others who have been mutilated in recent months, he said he was hit by a so-called Flash Ball – rubber projectiles fired from police guns.
A bid to have them outlawed failed last week, and numerous officers were seen carrying them today.
Dramatic video of the Rodrigues incident led to other Yellow Vests calling for a ‘mass uprising’ against the Macron administration.
In turn, police suggest that a non-lethal grenade exploded in front of Mr Rodrigues, and he was hit by shrapnel. -Daily Mailhttps://archive.fo/o7a6Chttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-02/french-yellow-vests-march-denounce-police-violence-promptly-get-beaten-riot-cops
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In Tit-For-Tat, US and Russia Suspend INF Treaty And New Arms Race Begins
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the US is suspending the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a key pact with Russia that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War. "For years, Russia has violated the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty without remorse," Pompeo said, speaking from the State Department. "Russia's violations put millions of Europeans and Americans at greater risk." "It is our duty to respond appropriately," Pompeo said, adding that the US had provided "ample time" for Russia to return to compliance.
The long-expected suspension, which has raised concerns about a renewed arms race with Moscow and put European allies on edge, goes into effect on Saturday. Pompeo's announcement starts a 180-day clock to complete withdrawal unless Russia returns to compliance with the 1987 agreement. President Donald Trump and his senior officials had been signaling for months that they were ready to pull out of the INF treaty, which the US accuses Moscow of violating since 2014.https://archive.is/hdff9
Putin said "ours will be a mirror response" in a tit-for-tat move that the Russian president ultimately blames on Washington's years-long "systematic" undermining of the agreement.
“Our US partners say that they are ceasing their participation in the treaty, and we are doing the same,” the Russian president said. “They say that they are doing research and testing [on new weapons] and we will do the same thing.”
Crucially, however, he noted that there were no plans to deploy short and mid-range missiles to Europe unless the US does it first — a worst nightmare scenario that has rattled European leaders ever since talk began from Trump that the 1987 treaty could be scrapped.
Putin still seemed to allow some degree space for last minute concessions as "still on the table" possibly in line with the Trump administration's desire to modernize and update a new treaty taking into account new technological and geopolitical realities, such as China's ballistic missile capabilities.
“Let’s wait until our partners mature sufficiently to hold a level, meaningful conversation on this topic, which is extremely important for us, them, and the entire world,” Putin said. But also lashing out during the press conference that followed the meeting with top officials Putin described:
Over many years, we have repeatedly suggested staging new disarmament talks, on all types of weapons. Over the last few years, we have seen our initiatives not supported. On the contrary, pretexts are constantly sought to demolish the existing system of international security.
Specifically he and FM Sergei Lavrov referenced not only Trump's threats to quit the agreement, which heightened in December, but accusations leveled from Washington that the Kremlin was in violation. The White House has now affirmed the bilateral historic agreement signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan will be suspended for 180 days. Lavrov insisted that Moscow “attempted to do everything we could to rescue the treaty.”https://archive.fo/t4dEx
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Good! Gov. Ron DeSantis Bans Obama’s Subversive Toxic Common Core in Florida
Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order completely banning Obama’s “toxic” Common Core from Florida schools.
“One of the things we would constantly hear about on the campaign trail is frustration from parents with Common Core and the testing,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference at Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral.https://ewscripps.brightspotcdn.com/76/c0/5c9515af4e868bfbca4db62d697f/eo-19-32.pdfAbcactionnews.com reports: https://archive.fo/j1Yy6
The Governor said he wants to work with the Florida Department of Education, as well as speak with teachers and parents about their experiences with Common Core.
“Let’s get this right,” said Gov. DeSantis “We want high quality, we want to demand excellence.”
The Governor said he wants to streamline standardized testing, make civics a priority in schools, and increase the rate of literacy.
Common Core is a set of academic standards in mathematics and arts/literacy that outline what students should know at the end of each grade. Some parents argued the guidelines were too rigid and required too much testing for students.
WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday he is issuing an executive order to eliminate Common Core from Florida schools.Background >> http://bit.ly/2WAd0z5
Posted by ABC Action News – WFTS – Tampa Bay on Thursday, January 31, 2019
“When you complained about Common Core, I hear you. I told you I would do something about, and today we’re acting to bring those promises into reality,” said Gov. DeSantis.https://archive.fo/pQJLhhttps://newspunch.com/gov-ron-desantis-bans-obamas-common-core-florida/
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Store Your Gold At The Bank Of England And You Might Never See It Again
In early November 2018, it first came to light that the Bank of England in London was delaying and blocking the withdrawal of 14 tonnes of gold owned by the Venezuelan central bank, Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV). At the time, Reuters and The Times of London both reported that according to unnamed British ‘public officials’, the delays were being caused by the difficulty and cost of obtaining insurance for the gold shipment back to Venezuela, and also due to “standard measures to prevent money-laundering“.
As I explained in a BullionStar article on 15 November titled ‘Bank of England refuses to return 14 tonnes of gold to Venezuela’, the explanations given to Reuters and the Times for the withdrawal delays were completely bogus, and that the real reason for blocking the BCV gold withdrawal was undoubtedly US and UK joint government interventions to stall the withdrawal. As I wrote at the time:
“The reasons put forward by official sources in the Reuters and Times articles for why Venezuela can’t withdraw its gold from the Bank of England are clearly bogus. The more logical and likely explanation is that the US, through the White House, US Treasury and State Department have been liaising with the British Foreign office and HM Treasury to put pressure on the Bank of England to delay and push back on Venezuela’s gold withdrawal request.”
As it turns out, this was an entirely correct prediction, since by 25 January, Bloomberg confirmed in an ‘exclusive report’ (two and a half months later) that:
“The Bank of England’s decision to deny Maduro officials’ withdrawal request comes after top U.S. officials, including Secretary of StateMichael Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, lobbied their U.K. counterparts to help cut off the regime from its overseas assets, according to one of the people, who asked not to be identified.”
Why Bloomberg took so long to state the obvious is not clear, but from the outset, the entire interventionalist playbook of the Americans and British in this saga has been entirely predictable to anyone observing the situation. This intervention by the Bank of England on behalf of the US and UK shows a complete disregard for sovereign gold property rights, and the Bank of England has now literally ripped up a custody gold storage agreement that it had entered into with another of the world’s central banks.
Predicting the Coup – Look to the Gold
More interestingly, the Bank of England’s stalling tactics on the BCV gold withdrawal has also been useful in predicting the timing of the current Western powers’ move against Maduro and in signaling how long this foreign backed coup has been in the planning in Washington DC and elsewhere. Let’s look at a few facts and their timing.
From at least early September 2018, the Bank of England (BoE) began stalling on allowing a central bank gold custody customer (the BCV) to withdraw sovereign property (gold bars) that the BCV had entrusted to the Bank of England under a gold custody agreement.
Why early September 2018? Because, as the Reuters report dated 5 November stated, the BCV gold withdrawal request had “been held up for nearly two months”. This would put the original BCV withdrawal request to at least early September. And since the BCV’s gold withdrawal request was not actioned by the BoE at that time in early September, then this implies that the Bank of England already had its instructions to begin stalling the BCV during at least early September, which also implies that the British and US governments were already involved.
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Windows Spyware Trying To Block Users From Reading REAL NEWS
NewsGuard, the news-filtering browser spyware add-on, recently partnered with Microsoft and run by neoconservatives, Obama-Clinton alumni, and other assorted Trump haters, has advised advertisers to withdraw their business from websites on its blacklist of so-called “unreliable” news websites — a list that includes Breitbart News, The Drudge Report, and the Daily Mail.
NewsGuard’s tactic is similar the one used by far-left smear peddlers Sleeping Giants, whose mission is to spread baseless accusations of racism and white supremacy to the advertisers of pro-Trump media outlets in order to put them out of business and silence their voice. Two of the sites on NewsGuard’s list, Breitbart News and the Daily Mail, are also prominent targets of Sleeping Giants.
The effect isn’t merely to silence pro-Trump media. It also ensures advertisers don’t market their products to Trump voters, causing them to rely less and less on consumers in the heartland, and more on progressive consumers who read establishment news sources. The ultimate result: corporations cater their products and “corporate values” even more to the latter, and not at all to the former.
“By licensing the NewsGuard ratings, advertisers limit their advertising, including programmatic advertising, to sites that meet the NewsGuard criteria” explains the neocon extension’s official website “Advertisers use this data and related information about sites to craft efficient—and safe—ad campaigns.” Programmatic advertising is essentially the use of automation to purchase ads, as opposed to manual selection and placement of ads by humans. Adweek calls programmatic advertising “the most important trend in advertising,” and estimates that 82 percent of ads will be programmatic by 2020.
Every user of Windows should immediately remove this spyware which prohibits browsing freedom and targeting users with adds and popups.
Windows users should also check out P2P networks (such as Tribler or Soulseek) and find an ISO of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and have a backup to avoid Microsoft's new Windows 10 botnet which is loaded to the brim with third party bloatware and telemetry spying.https://archive.fo/tepQthttps://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/01/31/financial-blacklisting-newsguard-advises-advertisers-to-avoid-pro-trump-media/
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Antifa Organizers Arrested for Violent Racist Attack Against Latino Marines
An Antifa organizer has been arrested and charged on multiple felony counts in connection with a racially charged attack against two hispanic US Marines during a trip to Philadelphia.
Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, a.k.a. “Chepe” and “Jose Martin,” faces 17 charges, including multiple counts of aggravated assault, conspiracy, terroristic threats, ethnic intimidation and one count of robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury.
Zerohedge.com reports: https://archive.fo/5H2Ut
Alcoff’s arrest comes two months after the arrests of Thomas Massey and Tom Keenan – who is considered a “leader” of the Philadelphia Antifa cell, and was charged in 2011 with Alcoff in connection with a New Jersey riot.
The Marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, testified in December that a group of 10 to 12 Antifa members called them “Nazis” and “white supremacists” and attacked them on the street despite their denials that they had no association with the right-wing group demonstrating nearby.
During the attack, Godinez said he shouted “I’m Mexican” at the mob, which allegedly led the attackers to call him a “spic” and “wetback.” –Daily Caller
Torres gave his account of the incident to Fox News in December.
Based on an affidavit filed in the case, the investigation into Alcoff was aided in large part due to reporting by the Daily Caller – which has covered Antifa, and “Smash Racism DC” in particular.
Alcoff is an organizer of Smash Racism DC, the Antifa group responsible for mobbing Fox News host and DCNF co-founder Tucker Carlson’s house in November and for chasing Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz from a D.C. restaurant in September.
Alcoff made significant efforts to separate his true identity from his fanatical personas, “Chepe” and “Jose Martin,” TheDCNF reported in December.
When speaking as Chepe and through his Twitter handle @sabokitty, Alcoff has called for the killing of the rich and encourages using violence to bring “a world without capitalism, without private property … that is socialist and communist.”
Alcoff pled not guilty to the charges and is currently out on $15,000 bail. His lawyer did not immediately return a comment. – Daily Callerhttps://archive.fo/lvtP5https://newspunch.com/antifa-organizer-arrested-racist-attack-latino-marines/
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Good! Salvini Begins Deporting Illegal Invaders From Italy
More than 500 people are being ousted from a refugee reception centre in a town close to Rome in the first major eviction since Italy’s rightwing populist government enacted hardline immigration measures into law.
Thirty people were evicted from the centre, the second-largest of its kind in Italy and the place where Pope Francis washed residents’ feet as part of his Easter ritual in 2016, in Castelnuovo di Porto on Tuesday. A further 75 were removed on Wednesday, with the remaining 430 to be evicted before the centre’s closure on 31 January.
The evictions follow the approval of the “Salvini decree”, named after Matteo Salvini, the interior minister and leader of the far-right League, in late November.
Salvini claimed the centre, which has hosted about 8,000 people over the last eight years, was a den for “drug-dealing and crime” and that the same fate would soon befall the 2,000 people living in the sprawling Cara di Mineo reception centre in in Sicily and at similar structures across Italy.
He said the closures would save the Italian government €6m (£5.2m) a year, money that would instead be spent “helping Italians”. “I did what any good father would have done,” he said.
Riccardo Travaglini, the mayor of Castelnuovo di Porto, told reporters that no notice was given before the evictions. Men, women and children, many enrolled in local schools, were reportedly separated before the majority were taken by bus to undisclosed destinations. Some were housed by local residents, including Travaglini, who took in a woman from Somalia and her child.
“In a single day, they managed to destroy years of (((work))),” Traviglini said. “These were people who had managed to become integrated.”
The opposition party’s (((Roberto Morassut))) compared the evictions to “deportations to Nazi concentration camps”. “One of the most important structures for immigrant reception was evacuated without adequate warning … it was a real blitz,” he said.
The majority of residents at the Castelnuovo di Porto centre were in the process of applying for asylum. Many had received humanitarian protection, a two-year permit granted to those who are not eligible for refugee status but who for various reasons cannot be sent home. Humanitarian protection status, which enables people to work and is estimated to be held by about 100,000 people, was abolished under Salvini’s bill.http://archive.is/bvWR8https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/23/italy-evicts-more-than-500-people-refugee-centre-near-rome
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Federal Judge Blasts Criminal PG&E's Clear-Cut Pattern Of Starting Fires
After rallying in the 'good' news that the company has entered Chapter 11, PG&E's stock is lower today, not helped by a federal judge's comments slamming the triple-bankrupt utility for serially starting fires.
Following a series of massive fires along its 125,000 miles of power lines over the last two years, Bloomberg reports that U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup - who is overseeing PG&E’s probation for safety violations that led to felony convictions for the 2010 explosion of one of its gas pipelines, which killed eight people - didn’t back down from his criticism of the utility despite being told he had overreached.
“Usually a criminal on probation is forthcoming and admits what they need to admit. You haven’t admitted much,” Alsup told lawyers for the company at a hearing Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco.
“There’s a clear-cut pattern here: that PG&E is starting these fires.”
Among other suggestions, the judge proposed subjecting the company to criminal sanctions if it failed to shut off electric supply to portions of the grid on extremely windy days, trim tree branches and inspect and repair thousands of miles of power lines.
But of course, what are a few tens of billions of dollars of liabilities?
We remember the old days where corporate bankruptcy was a negative event for shareholders.https://archive.fo/2uAmbhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-30/federal-judge-blasts-criminal-pges-clear-cut-pattern-starting-fires
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Pentagon Sends Several Thousand More Troops To US-Mexico Border Over Invasion Threats
DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: >>>/endpol/1122
The U.S. will be sending “several thousand” more troops to the southern border to provide additional support to Homeland Security, the Pentagon has confirmed.
The move comes as another migrant ‘caravan’ made its way to the border from Honduras.
RT reports: https://archive.fo/XASzH
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requested additional surveillance capability and concertina wire, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday.
“We’ve responded with, you know, here’s how many people it would take,” Shanahan said. However, he would not disclose the exact number. When asked how many troops would be headed to the border, he said “Several thousand, and I’ll kind of leave it at that.”
A Pentagon spokesman later followed that up, explaining that the Department of Defense is “currently sourcing the units involved and there will be an increase of a few thousand troops,” and that “we will provide more clarity on the numbers when we have it.”
All the troops are in a “support role” to civilian authorities and not engaged in law enforcement, Shanahan stressed.
President Donald Trump initially ordered almost 6,000 troops to the southern border in late October, as two migrant caravans trekked through Mexico. His critics accused him of a publicity stunt ahead of the November midterms.
Some 3,600 of those troops have since returned to their bases, but 2,300 soldiers still remain on the border. Earlier this month, Shanahan authorized extending their mission through the end of September 2019. Another 2,200 National Guard troops are deployed on the border as well.
That decision came within days of another “caravan” forming in Honduras and setting out for Mexico, with the US as their final destination.https://archive.fo/cFrWmhttps://newspunch.com/pentagon-says-several-thousand-more-troops-are-being-sent-to-us-mexico-border/
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Democrats Want Americans To Pay For Illegal Aliens' Student Loan Debts
New York Democrats have passed a bill that will use millions in taxpayer money to fund college tuition fees for illegal immigrants.
The Democratic-controlled New York state Legislature on Wednesday passed the Dream Act, legislation that makes thousands of “Dreamers” eligible for government money to attend colleges in the state.
The bill, which has attracted praise from Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would cost $27 million.
The measure is “a slap in the face for all the hardworking taxpayers who play the rules and struggle for the costs of a college education,” Republican state Sen. Daphne Jordan said of the bill.
Jordan was joined by other Republican state legislators in criticism of the Dream Act, who argued it would unfairly take money away from legal residents who struggle to pay their college tuition.
The bill had been introduced in the New York Legislature before, but Republican control of the state Senate had prevented it from moving forward—until Democrats gained control of both chambers after the 2018 midterms.
“We do this as a symbol that you will be guaranteed an education and that the door to higher education is open to all children of New York State,” stated De La Rosa, sponsor of the bill and immigrant from the Dominican Republic.
While Cuomo has not yet signed the bill into law, he has expressed support for tuition for illegal immigrants and he has already included his own version in the state budget plan.
Passage of the Dream Act came one day after New York legislators passed a bill dramatically expanding access to abortion. The bill, which was promptly signed into law by Cuomo, allows women to have abortions after 24 weeks in situations where “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health.”
New York Democrats say they have just begun.https://archive.fo/bxbokhttps://newspunch.com/democrats-bill-free-college-illegal-immigrants/
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Terrorist Who Wants to Kill Americans Takes over Mexican Cartel on Texas Border
DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: >>>/endpol/1122
A notorious terrorist who vowed to kill as many American citizens as possible has taken over the ruthless Los Zetas cartel, a group stationed at the Texas border in the Nuevo Laredo-Laredo metropolitan border area.
Neuvo Laredo, Tamaulipas, sits immediately across the border from Laredo, Texas, and is the only urban location along the entire U.S.-Mexico border that does not have any fencing or security.
Breitbart.com reports: https://archive.fo/jq0hv
The convicted terrorist, Hector Raul Luna Luna, is known as “El Tory” and was convicted in the 2008 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. He was released from prison due to bribes paid by Cartel Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) and has now taken over the dominant faction of Los Zetas, Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), to open up the lucrative and unsecured border corridor into Texas.
Under El Tory’s new reign, Los Zetas is linked to a level of brutality that had not been seen in prior years. Gruesome executions, dismemberments, targeted attacks on police and military officials, and the general use of intimidation have become commonplace in parts of northern Mexico as El Tory and Los Zetas try to expand their operations.
Most recently, Breitbart News reported exclusively on a series of threats made by El Tory, who claimed he would blow up the headquarters of a state police agency in Nuevo Leon. The threats were made through several narco-banners that Los Zetas hung throughout the industrial city of Monterrey. The threats are considered credible by law enforcement in Mexico, since El Tory has a history of targeting police and has used grenades in the past.
El Tory was released from a Mexican federal prison in mid 2017 with the help of his close friend and ally Eleazar “El Chelelo” Medina Rojas and his new ties with CJNG, so the two could help establish a Los Zetas-CJNG corridor from Monterrey to Nuevo Laredo and into Texas. Their release came at the hands of a federal judge and a “control” judge who ruled in each of the two cases to release the two cartel bosses. El Tory was serving a sentence of more than 20 years for the charges of crimes against public health (drug trafficking), engaging in organized criminal activities, and unlawful possession of restricted military weapons. Both El Tory and Chelelo have extensive criminal histories and are wanted by U.S. authorities.
Soon after their release, the two cartel bosses began to leave a trail of bodies behind them as they tried to solidify their positions within the CDN faction of Los Zetas and against the other cartels. Breitbart News reported on the arrest of El Chelelo in the southern state of Yucatan in December 2018. Soon after his arrest, a local state judge tried to release El Chelelo but federal authorities were able to re-arrest him for extradition purposes. Even without El Chelelo, El Tory continued to wage a fierce war against a rival faction of Los Zetas called “Old School Z” and has killed hundreds of their members in the border states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas.
Mexican law enforcement sources revealed to Breitbart News that El Tory is the mastermind behind the gruesome murder of the leader of the Old School Z faction Luis “El Rex or Z12” Reyes Enriquez. El Rex died inside a state prison in Nuevo Laredo after being shanked numerous times by CDN inmates. El Tory’s men then stole El Rex’s body from a funeral home and placed his severed head in one ice chest while the rest of the body was divided into three other containers. Los Zetas then placed one ice chest outside a state prison in Tamaulipas and the three others near prisons around Monterrey.https://archive.fo/9Alazhttps://newspunch.com/terrorist-kill-americans-takes-over-mexican-cartel-texas-border/
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Iran fine, North Korea bad, "Russians everywhere": US spies tell Senate of world dangers
"US intelligence chief Dan Coats painted a dire picture of a danger-filled world to the Senate, contradicting the Trump administration’s optimism on North Korea and pessimism on Iran while beating the drum of Russiagate.
Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Coats argued that China and Russia are united in opposition to “perceived US unilateralism and interventionism and Western promotion of democratic values and human rights,”
while a number of US allies “are seeking greater independence.”
"He was joined by FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Defense Intelligence Agency chief General Robert Ashley, NSA chief General Paul Nakasone, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) director Robert Cardillo. The DNI’s prepared remarks ran counter to many Trump administration talking points, in particular on the issues of North Korea and Iran – while mirroring the obsession of some Republicans with China and most Democrats with Russia."
North Korea is “unlikely” to surrender its nuclear weapons, while Iran is not “currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activity” several Trump administration officials have accused it of, Coats said. Ahead of a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month, President Donald Trump has been keen to tout Kim’s vague promises of denuclearization as progress towards peace on the Korean peninsula."
"Coats told a different story on Tuesday. “We continue to assess that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, even as it seeks to negotiate partial denuclearization steps to obtain key US and international concessions,”
his prepared remarks argued. “North Korean leaders view nuclear arms as critical to regime survival,”
Coats continued. “We continue to observe activity inconsistent with full denuclearization.”Tehran not terrible
Though the Trump administration has been beating the drums of war with Iran ever since exiting the JCPOA nuclear deal last May, Coats and the spy chiefs told the senators that Tehran has remained party to the deal, and has not reactivated its nuclear program. “We do not believe Iran is currently undertaking the key activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,”
Coats said in his prepared remarks. Nuclear research conducted by Iran since last year, Coats continued, has been done within the limits of the JCPOA. The DNI did express concern at Iran’s traditional military capability, as well as its ongoing ballistic missile program and ambitions in Syria, but that didn’t quite rise to the level of Trump’s rhetoric at the UN last September, when he accused Tehran of sowing “chaos, death, and destruction”
across the Middle East.
"China “presents a persistent cyber espionage threat and a growing attack threat to our core military and critical infrastructure systems,”
Coats argued, adding that China has the potential to use private tech companies to carry out espionage against the US and "allies". Coats’ fear is shared by the Pentagon – which banned Huawei and ZTE phones from US military bases last year – and by other intelligence chiefs, who accused the firms of spying on behalf of the Chinese government. Huawei has also been barred from participating in the US rollout of 5G networks, while Trump is reportedly considered barring US firms from using Huawei and ZTE equipment."
"Coats’s testimony offered no actual evidence for Russian interference in the 2016 election. Just last month, the DNI sent a report to the White House admitting that, while Russia conducted “messaging campaigns” on social media during the 2018 midterms, the intelligence community “does not have intelligence that indicates any compromise of our nation’s election infrastructure that would have prevented voting, changed vote counts, or disrupted the ability to tally votes.”https://www.rt.com/usa/450088-dni-coats-russia-china-iran-nk/http://archive.is/maO8P
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The Real Resistance: Washington State Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Unconstitutional Gun Laws
"Washington state recently introduced bills for some of the strictest gun laws
in the country but they have some very important opponents: the sheriffs.
"Long thought to be the last line of defense between authoritarianism and freedom, sheriffs are in a unique position. As elected officials, basically nobody has authority over them – not the judges, not the Feds – no one except the people who may or may not choose to re-elect them."What are those new gun laws in Washington?
"In November, Washington voters passed a ballot initiative, I-1639. To purchase a semi-automatic rifle, buyers must be over 21, undergo an enhanced background check, must have completed a safety course, and need to wait 9 days to take possession of their weapon. And that’s not all. A gun owner who doesn’t store his or her weapon “properly” can be prosecuted. And that was just the beginning of the unconstitutional momentum."Feeling the wind at their backs after the ballot, gun campaigners and liberal legislators have now gone even further in the new legislative session. Bills introduced in the last week to Washington’s Democrat-dominated legislature look to further restrict firearms. Some laws would ban high capacity magazines and plastic guns made with 3D printers. Others would mandate training for concealed carry permits, and remove guns and ammo during and after domestic violence incidents. Washington’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, who proposed several of the bills, said in an email: “Now is the time to act. Washingtonians have made it clear that they support common-sense gun safety reforms.”
"Things are getting more and more difficult for gun owners in a state that has two very different demographics."Some Washington law enforcement officers are refusing to enforce these laws.
"Klickitat County Sheriff, Bob Songer, Republic police chief Loren Culp, and Ferry County Sheriff Ray Maycumber are among those who have publicly vowed not to enforce the new unconstitutional gun laws. Matt Marshall, the leader of the Washington Three Percent, is hoping to persuade other Washington counties to adopt local second amendment sanctuary ordinances. Next week, he meets with people in Lewis and Pierce counties to urge them to urge them to adopt resolutions not to enforce unconstitutional gun laws."The power of county sheriffs was upheld in the Supreme Court.
"In 1994, Graham County Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack and Ravalli County Montana Sheriff Jay Printz successfully sued the Clinton Administration over the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, and Clarence Thomas found that the Brady Act’s attempted commandeering of the sheriffs to perform background checks violated the tenth amendment.“The Framers rejected the concept of a central government that would act upon and through the States, and instead designed a system in which the State and Federal Governments would exercise concurrent authority over the people. The Federal Government’s power would be augmented immeasurably and impermissibly if it were able to impress into its service–and at no cost to itself–the police officers of the 50 States. …Federal control of state officers would also have an effect upon the separation and equilibration of powers between the three branches of the Federal Government itself.”
"The decision upheld the power of county sheriffs."County sheriffs are the last legal line of defense.
"Legally speaking, our county sheriffs are the last line of defense in the battle for gun rights. Federal agencies do not have state powers. Due to the Constitution’s structure of dual sovereignty, the feds have no authority to enforce state laws. Furthermore, states cannot be compelled to enforce federal laws." - Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge reports, authored by Daisy Luther.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-29/real-resistance-washington-state-sheriffs-refuse-enforce-unconstitutional-gun-lawshttp://archive.is/sQeBS
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Pope Francis Actually Says Something Correct For A Change
Pope Francis Actually Says Something Correct For A ChangeEVEN THOUGH HE'S STILL SUCH A BLAZING PEDORELATED: >>>/endpol/1116
Pope Francis called on hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims in Panama on Saturday to reject the temptation to live their lives online, and get involved in their communities.
Life was not "in the cloud, waiting to be downloaded, a new app to be discovered, or a technique of mental self-improvement," the 82-year-old pontiff told a massive vigil at the World Youth Day gathering.
"It is not enough to be connected all day long. To feel respected and asked to get involved, is greater than simply being online," Francis said at the vigil, held at a park outside Panama City.
He urged them "to embrace life as it presented itself," and look for areas where "with your hands, your heart and your head, you can feel part of a larger community that needs you and that you yourselves need."
Pope Francis also acknowledged that the Catholic Church was "wounded by sin" in a message addressed to priests and seminarians reeling from sexual abuse scandals and coverups.
[NO SHIT: You are part of the reason you fucking pedo!]http://gbcode.rthk.hk/TuniS/news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1440150-20190127.htm?spTabChangeable=0https://web.archive.org/web/20190127155456/http://gbcode.rthk.hk/TuniS/news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1440150-20190127.htm?spTabChangeable=0
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After Years of Big Pharma Shills Bashing Hemp As Medicine, Big Pharma Patents Hemp As Medicine
THE CURE FOR CANCER: https://archive.fo/31Ylw
Big Pharma has patented the exclusive rights to a cancer cure using cannabis, preventing others from using THC and CBD to treat the disease.
British company, GW Pharmaceuticals, had previously developed cannabis-based drugs for multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Now, they hold the rights to treat cancer.
Rxleaf.com reports: https://archive.fo/67mbv
That’s right. Big Pharma now holds the patent for cancer treatment using cannabis. Let. That. Sink. In. For. A. Moment.
In 2009, GW went forward with a patent application, alongside collaborator Otsuka Pharmaceutical. At the end of September, GW announced that they had received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent Office to go forward with production of their cannabis-based cancer treatment, Sativex.
Numerous studies have shown that cannabis can be used to treat cancer by eradicating cancer cells and stopping metastasis, in most types of cancer. The latest GW drug will harness the power of THC and CBD to treat gliomas, which are a rare form of brain cancer.
The now-patented pharmaceutical uses a ratio of THC and CBD ranging from 1:1 to 1:20 (THC:CBD) to “reduce cell viability, inhibit cell growth or reduce tumor volume”, according to the company. It is interesting to note that GW’s treatment, Sativex, grew out of a long history of pre-clinical trials and anecdotal evidence that show the use of cannabis and cannabis-based products for tumor reduction.
The company went ahead with clinical trials in August 2018 to test the efficacy of Sativex. This trial will look at efficacy of Sativex when combined with more traditional mainstream cancer treatments. Sativex and the chemotherapy drug, temozolomide, has been administered to 20 patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). This is a rare and very deadly type of brain cancer.
The original patent application was sent in 2009, but has been subsequently changed to accommodate FDA requirements. Changes would include specifics like THC and CBD ratios in the medication, as well as the forms of cancer that Sativex may be able to treat.https://archive.fo/m1WSXhttps://newspunch.com/big-pharma-patents-cannabis-cancer-treatment/
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Police State Loving Communist Michael Bloomberg Does Not Support Marijuana Legalization
As he considers a 2020 run for the Democratic presidential nomination, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is continuing to defend his controversial positions on several issues. Speaking yesterday at the United States Naval Academy's 2019 Leadership Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, Bloomberg explained why he opposes marijuana legalization and still believes "stop and frisk" was a good idea.
Bloomberg's stances aren't anything new. But they're a good reminder that, as Reason's Scott Shackford argued in October, the possible presidential candidate is no lover of liberty.
For one thing, Bloomberg remains vociferously opposed to weed, appearing to tie drug overdose deaths to marijuana legalization. "Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans OD'd on drugs," he said, according to CNN's Donald Judd. "In 2018, more people than that are ODing on drugs, have OD'd on drugs, and today incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing we've ever done," he declared, presumably talking about marijuana. "We've got to fight that," Bloomberg added.
According to Bloomberg, marijuana is a deadly narcotic like herion or morphine.https://www.bitchute.com/video/0lE8gya6sZk/
Bloomberg was likely referencing Centers for Disease Control statistics showing that 72,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2017. But it's hard to see how that relates to marijuana legalization. As I pointed out in December, the Drug Enforcement Agency did not report any deaths from marijuana in 2017.
Moreover, numerous studies (six of which Reason's C.J. Ciaramella rounded up last February), show that opioid addiction does not start with marijuana. For more on the "gateway drug" myth, you can read Jacob Sullum's comprehensive dive into the subject here.
But Bloomberg has long been ignorant when it comes to weed. In 2013, he called medical marijuana "one of the greatest hoaxes of all time," despite endless evidence to the contrary.
Thousands of those arrests came courtesy of another controversial stance that Bloomberg defended yesterday: stop and frisk. Under that program, police would detain and search citizens based on a reasonable suspicion they were armed.
Stop and frisk was also unconstitutional — police shouldn't be able to stop people without probable cause. And as a federal judge ruled in 2013, the program affected mostly innocent people and minorities. "Nearly 90 percent of the people stopped are released without the officer finding any basis for a summons or arrest," wrote then-Judge Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, according to The New York Times.
Bloomberg, meanwhile, said yesterday that "we certainly did not pick somebody by race." Rather, police "went to a place where there was somebody that had been murdered…and that's where you looked for kids who might have a gun." Of course, that's hardly good enough justification to stop and pat down tens of thousands of innocent people.https://archive.fo/iWVrmhttps://reason.com/blog/2019/01/23/michael-bloomberg-legalizing-weed-is-per
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DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: 12,000+ More Foreign Invaders To Flood Across US Border
DELIBERATE DESTABILIZATION: >>>/endpol/1122
The communists who desperately want America invaded, destabilized and destroyed from within are smirking about this new self-created crisis.
The ranks of a new Central American invasion reportedly grew in size to more than 12,000 as of Friday. The caravan is now heading to Mexico’s southern border.
Mexican immigration officials in the city of Ciudad Hidalgo, which borders Guatemala, are establishing procedures to expedite the process in which to approve one-year visas for members of the Central American invaders.
The new policy of handing out visas began on January 17 in response to the new caravan of primarily Honduran invaders who left their home country and headed towards the Mexican border on January 15.
Officials put the new visa policy from President López Obrador in place to deal with caravan invaders as an attempt to prevent them from traveling unaccounted for throughout Mexico. Officials say it will also prevent the caravan members from having to illegally enter Mexico from Guatemala by crossing the Suchiate river.
Although the Mexican government is encouraging members of the invasion to remain in Mexico to work, it is believed they will refuse (as they did before) and intend to invade the US border.
You can thank President Trump, for caving like a pussy, you can thank the Anti-American traitors in Congress and the communists who support these endless invasions for destroying the Untited States from within.
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SHOCKING! Mainstream Media ADMITS Flu Shot Is NOT Even Effective!
Vaccines are one of the great success stories of modern medicine. Because of them we are no longer vulnerable to smallpox or polio or measles. The flu vaccine, however, is a different story.
Its effectiveness varies from patient to patient, from population to population, and from year to year. It needs to be updated each season, and even in a good year is usually no more than 50% effective. We may rely on it to avoid catching the flu, but its story demonstrates how far we still are from a reliable vaccine.
Because the influenza virus can mutate so quickly, nailing the exact recipe is challenging. In some seasons the match is close to perfect, but this is not always the case. If the virus drifts after the February meeting of the WHO, there will be a mismatch between vaccine and virus. The greater the mismatch, the less effective the vaccine. In a good year, we might expect the vaccine to be 50-60% effective. In the 2004-5 flu season, that figure was only 10%, meaning that the vaccine was a big misfire. We also botched the 2014-5 season, when new strains hadn’t been included in the vaccine. That season the vaccine was a measly 19% effective, compared to over 50% in the previous year. Early on in the 2017-8 influenza season, there were near-record numbers of hospitalisations, and though the latest vaccine’s performance improved throughout the season, overall effectiveness is estimated to have been 40%.
Even if the vaccine hits the bullseye, different demographics have different reactions to it. Children have a very good response to the vaccine. The situation is more complicated with elderly patients, who have weaker immune systems overall but also have a lifetime buildup of natural immunity. After withstanding many flu seasons, their immune systems are wiser, you might say, than those of the young.
The US and most other developed countries strongly recommend that older people receive a flu vaccine. One study compared 18 different groups over 10 influenza seasons and found that the vaccine reduced the overall winter mortality rate in older people by an astonishing 50%.
The bottom line is this: even if elderly people are vaccinated, they are still the population most likely to die from influenza.
Around one billion people in the USSR were vaccinated using the live but weakened flu virus, and it was still in use at the end of the 20th century. Although it appeared to be successful, the live-flu vaccine was never tested in a rigorous way, and it remained a constant danger. Since it used a live virus, it could cross with other strains and morph into a more virulent version.
Vaccine researchers therefore turned their attention to creating a vaccine containing what they called “inactive” strains. The virus was still grown in chick embryos, but this time it was rendered inactive by dunking it in a bath of formalin disinfectant. Although a higher dose of the inactive vaccine was needed to produce an immune response, there was no concern about the virus replicating.
For the first several years the influenza vaccine contained only one strain, the influenza A virus, because, as far as anyone knew, that was the only kind of influenza out there. In 1940 influenza B was identified, which kicked off the perpetual task of calibrating vaccines to deal with multiple evolving strains. By the 1950s we had a vaccine that was effective against both A and B, but the virus, as always, was outpacing us. By the late 1970s we had to make a vaccine to hit three strains. For the 2016-7 flu season, most of the vaccine doses manufactured in the US targeted four different strains. The past 100 years have been a ceaseless arms race against an enemy with whom we cannot negotiate.https://archive.fo/r9SHwhttps://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/24/endless-hunt-for-the-perfect-influenza-vaccine-flu-jab
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US Army Struggles Recruiting New Troops Because of Endless Wars, What A Big Surprise
Army recruiters are having a challenging time convincing Americans born between 1995 and 2005 to sign up and serve. The situation is so dire that Army Recruiting Command has turned to e-Sports video game tournaments.
“It is incredible, the amount of coverage that you get and the amount of the Z Gens that are watching these games,” Gen. Frank Muth, the head of Army Recruiting Command, told NPR.
Sponsoring video game tournaments is an effort to boost recruitment after the Army fell short of its 76,500 recruitment goal by 6,500 people last year.
“Calling the Z generation on the phone doesn’t work anymore,” Gen. Muth told NPR. “We’re really giving the power back to our recruiters to go on Twitter, to go on Twitch, to go on Instagram, and use that as a venue to start a dialogue with the Z generation.”
NPR noted that a recent e-Sports tournament featured an Army recruiter as an announcer and went viral with more than 2 million views, adding that "Half [the views] were from people aged 17 to 24."
To further implement the strategy, the Army is now screening more than 4,000 applications from soldiers who want to play video games.
Army Recruiting Command will select 30 of the service's top gamers to be on the new Army e-Sports Team to compete in national gaming tournaments.
Generation Z soldiers are part of this subculture, according to Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Jones, a noncommissioned officer overseeing the Army e-sports Team.https://archive.ph/Ig3vvhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-12/army-struggles-reach-generation-z-tries-recruiting-video-game-tournaments
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Queen Elizabeth May Be The One To Save Brexit
Queen Elizabeth is set to block any attempt by traitorous British politicians who intend to subvert democracy and stop Brexit.
According to government sources, the Queen will be advised to refuse to grant the Royal Assent to any parliamentary legislation that blocks the UK from leaving the EU.
Breitbart.com reports: https://archive.fo/bwyKn
The confirmation came from a senior minister who spoke to the Telegraph following publication of a Policy Exchange paper on the subject by Sir Stephen Laws QC, a former First Parliamentary Counsel.
Remain MPs are currently advancing various plots to take control of the Brexit process from Theresa May, who is at least nominally opposed to delaying exit day, scheduling a re-run of the 2016 referendum, or ruling out a clean, No Deal withdrawal from the EU.
The most controversial of these is a scheme devised by Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney-General, who wants to allow a minority of MPs to take control of the parliamentary timetable.
This would be unprecedented, but the Remain-backing Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, already broke with centuries of precedent to allow Grieve to amend an “unamendable” business motion, against the advice of parliamentary clerks, shortly after a meeting with the Tory MP in his grace-and-favour apartments in the Palace of Westminster.
“[M]ight not a Government in [this] situation think that this was precisely the last resort for which the Royal Assent process is retained?” asked Sir Stephen rhetorically.
“It could raise a question whether the Government would be entitled or might feel required to reassert its constitutional veto by advising the Queen not to grant Royal Assent to the Bill.”
“I have seen Sir Stephen Laws QC’s view – he is quite right. Dominic Grieve and Co had better think long and hard before potentially involving the Queen in such controversy,” a senior minister told the Telegraph.
“If Parliament publishes an act against Government policy, what are we left with? Do we just surrender meekly? No, I don’t think we do. We have to think about the position they are putting the Palace in,” they added.
The Royal Assent has not been refused to a Bill since the reign of Queen Anne in the 1700s, largely because the British constitutional system, which blends the executive with the legislature, makes it very unlikely that a Bill opposed by the Government would pass all the parliamentary hurdles necessary to reach the monarch.
It is highly unlikely the Queen would, as a constitutional monarch, refuse the Royal Assent to a Bill on her own initiative, but would instead do so “on the advice of her ministers” — with it being open to Parliament to depose said ministers in a vote of no confidence if they were sufficiently unhappy with this.https://archive.fo/SrVtxhttps://newspunch.com/queen-elizabeth-block-traitorous-politicians-stop-brexit/
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Vaccines Now Being Contaminated With Glyphosate (Glyphosate Is A Carcinogen)
With pesticides containing disease-causing chemicals like glyphosate, many parents wouldn’t dream of letting their kids eat fruits and vegetables that aren’t organic. These kids may not be consuming much glyphosate, but if they get vaccinated, the chemical could well be injected into their bodies, where it can cause even more harm.
A recent study carried out by scientists Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel shows how many of the most popular vaccines in use today are contaminated with this dangerous chemical, which has been classified as “probably carcinogenic in humans” by the World Health Organization. Once it has been injected, it could set in motion a “cascade of diseases” far worse than those targeted by the vaccine in the first place.https://archive.fo/vjMzNhttps://www.naturalhealth365.com/vaccines-glyphosate-1973.html
Glyphosate has been linked to diseases like cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, attention deficit disorder and autism, to name a few. The manufacturer of best-selling weed killer Roundup, Monsanto, is facing class-action lawsuits on behalf of thousands of people who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to the chemical; is that really something you want to inject into your children’s bodies?
Vaccine makers aren’t intentionally including such a potentially deadly ingredient in their products (unlike thimerosal). Instead, the animal byproducts used to grow the vaccine, like egg protein, gelatin, or casein, often come from animals who ate feed made of GMOs that had been sprayed with glyphosate. These animal products are also used in vaccines as stabilizers.
Although Samsel admitted that he expected they might find some glyphosate in the vaccines they tested, he was shocked by just how contaminated they actually were. To ensure accuracy, multiple samples of many varieties of vaccines were tested across several labs. Among the vaccines tested were influenza, hepatitis B, pneumonia, shingles, diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis, measles/mumps/rubella, and chicken pox.
One vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, MMR-II, had 3.740 parts per billion of glyphosate, while a different sample registered 2.90 ppb. A sample of Merck’s shingles vaccine Zostavax, had .42 ppb of glyphosate. The flu vaccine – the one we are often told is safe – wasn’t immune to the problem, with Novartis’s Fluviran clocking in at 1.70 ppb in some tests.
The finding has prompted advocates to demand that all mass vaccinations are postponed until manufacturers start using animals that only consume organic feed and are tested for glyphosate. Vaccines are bad enough as they are with formaldehyde, aluminum and mercury; throwing glyphosate into the mix can only cause further harm.
Indeed, glyphosate is already known to amplify the toxicity of other toxins in a synergistic effect. It bioaccumulates in your organs and bones, and these accumulations are extremely dangerous. The thought that babies are being injected with it at the beginning of their lives is extremely disheartening.
Glyphosate is becoming more and more difficult to avoid. It’s not just a matter of buying organic produce these days. It is sprayed on all sorts of crops prior to harvest to facilitate that process, and it was recently found in a long list of common breakfast foods and snacks including oatmeal, cereals, orange juices, chips, and granola bars. Some of these foods came from brands with healthier reputations, highlighting the importance of making your own food and knowing its sources.https://archive.fo/uSzHOhttps://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-24-vaccines-are-contaminated-with-glyphosate.html
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Microsoft Now Openly Censorshing Users' News With New Built-in Spyware
Microsoft has just unveiled its plans to partner up with NewsGuard, a “startup” company bent on censoring the world wide web, disguised as an app that helps users weed out “fake news.” Now, instead of being an app that users can choose to download, Microsoft will be incorporating the technology as an integrated feature of their mobile web browser, Edge. If you use your cellphone to surf the web, Edge might not be the best choice — unless you enjoy being spoon-fed leftist propaganda by a neocon corporation that is tied to Monsanto.
As if the blatant censorship of conservatives across social media wasn’t bad enough, Microsoft and NewsGuard are now conspiring to suppress all kinds of information, ranging from conservative news organizations to scientific literature exposing the dangers of GMOs.
As sources report, the censorship spyware NewsGuard will soon be a key element of Microsoft’s mobile web browser, Edge. Instead of having to download an app, users will simply have to click a button to enable the rating system. The system is described as a “green-red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”
Under this system, a select few people are tasked with deciding what is true, and what is false. The people who run NewsGuard, who have elected themselves to be the arbiters of truth, now decide which news organizations are pushing a secret agenda, and which ones aren’t — at least, if you’re using Edge.
NewsGuard has no legal authority to actually question anyone — let alone label them as trustworthy or untrustworthy. Don’t want to play ball with the corrupt left-wing’s agenda? They’ll brand you with a scarlet letter anyways.
The censorship isn’t going to stop with political ideologies, either. Anyone who reports or publishes information that contradicts the scientific dogma overtaking society regarding vaccines, GMOs, geoengineering and other “high-stakes” topics is in danger of being flagged as “fake news.”
As Natural News writer S.D. Wells recently reported, one of NewsGuard’s co-founders and top investors, Gordon Crovitz, was also “the editor and contributor to books published by the Monsanto-front-group called American Enterprise Institute.”
Many of NewsGuard’s top investors and contributors have ties to the fake news media, the Clinton campaign, or other parts of the leftist deep state. This is a covert attempt at not only quashing free speech, but suppressing access to truth.https://archive.fo/aEEjdhttps://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-25-microsoft-now-conspiring-with-pro-monsanto-front-group-newsguard.html
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TRUMP CAVES: Will Re-open Government, NO WALL FUNDING!
At long last, the government shutdown, now in its 35th day, may finally be coming to an end.
According to the Drudge Report, President Trump is planning to announce that a deal has been reached to temporarily reopen the federal government during a hastily organized 1 pm press conference set to take place in the Rose Garden. The press conference was announced mere minutes before Drudge broke the news about the announcement, and follows a hint from Sen. Tim Kaine from earlier on Friday that a breakthrough might finally be imminent.
CBS and the Atlantic have confirmed that Trump is expected to endorse a short-term bill to reopen the government.
As White House aides scramble to set up the Rose Garden, President Trump is expected to announce his support for a bill to temporarily reopen the government.
Five minutes after Trump was set to begin speaking, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that the event has been pushed back to 1:30 pm ET.
The President will make remarks regarding the shutdown in the Rose Garden today at 1:30pm. This will be an open press event.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) January 25, 2019
Fox is reporting that the temporary bill will leave government open until Feb. 15. If no deal is reached by then, a national emergency order to circumvent Congress and build the wall is expected. The Washington Post confirmed this, and added that the stopgap won't include funding for a border wall. Mitch McConnell is reportedly planning to pass the stopgap bill on Friday, and a House aide confirmed that Congressional leaders have agreed to advance the bill.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-25/shutdown-deal-reportedly-reached-trump-announcement-set-1pm
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Now You Know: Big Tech Industry IS Government Industry
Now You Know:Big Tech Industry IS Government Industryhttps://archive.fo/jnp9Nhttps://www.wired.com/story/is-big-tech-merging-with-big-brother-kinda-looks-like-it/
China’s social rating system, which was announced by the ruling Communist Party in 2014, will soon be a fact of life for many more Chinese.
By 2020, if the Party’s plan holds, every footstep, keystroke, like, dislike, social media contact, and posting tracked by the state will affect one’s social rating.
Personal “creditworthiness” or “trustworthiness” points will be used to reward and punish individuals and companies by granting or denying them access to public services like health care, travel, and employment, according to a plan released last year by the municipal government of Beijing. High-scoring individuals will find themselves in a “green channel,” where they can more easily access social opportunities, while those who take actions that are disapproved of by the state will be “unable to move a step.”
Big Brother is an emerging reality in China. Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people—even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to copy the Chinese model.
Still, it can’t happen here, right? WRONG!
If you are iPhone owners and Amazon Prime members, you are also vassals of the big tech state. Moronic consumers who know that Facebook is tracking our interactions and Google is selling us stuff.
There is little reason to imagine that the people who run large technology companies have any vested interest in allowing pre-digital folkways to interfere with their 21st-century engineering and business models, any more than 19th-century robber barons showed any particular regard for laws or people that got in the way of their railroads and steel trusts.
Nor is there much reason to imagine that the technologists who run our giant consumer-data monopolies have any better idea of the future they're building than the rest of us do.
Facebook, Google, and other big-data monopolists already hoover up behavioral markers and cues on a scale and with a frequency that few of us understand. They then analyze, package, and sell that data to their partners. And their partners include governments.
A glimpse into the inner workings of the global trade in personal data was provided in early December in a 250-page report released by a British parliamentary committee that included hundreds of emails between high-level Facebook executives. Among other things, it showed how the company engineered sneaky ways to obtain continually updated SMS and call data from Android phones.
The machines and systems that the techno-monopolists have built are changing us faster than they or we understand. The scale of this change is so vast and systemic that we simple humans can’t do the math—perhaps in part because of the way that incessant smartphone use has affected our ability to pay attention to anything longer than 140 or 280 characters.
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Court Ruling Confirms Gardasil Vaccine Killed People, Where Is The Outcry?
May God bless the Tarsell family, who fought the U.S. government eight long years to validate a medical burden of proof that the Gardasil vaccine killed their daughter. The Tarsell’s 21-year-old daughter Christina Richelle “died from an arrhythmia induced by an autoimmune response” to Gardasil, an HPV vaccine that she received only days before her death.
The final ruling has been confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services: Merck’s Gardasil vaccine causes autoimmune problems that cause sudden debilitation and/or death. If the young girl had been gunned down by a madman with an AR-15, then there’d be national headlines and a march on Washington. Since this young woman was “shot” to death by a vaccine, the whole story gets swept under the rug.
Never mind that the Gardasil vaccine is responsible for ending the lives of 271 young women to date, according to over 57,520 adverse event reports obtained from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. If 271 young people died in a school shooting, the news coverage would be nonstop in support of gun bans. How about a ban on Gardasil – a real modern day assault weapon?
The Tarsell’s case was initially taken up by the Vaccine Court, which is a payout system that was set up to compensate families for vaccine damage. Vaccine makers pay an excise tax to this system for every vaccine they sell. This money (cost of doing business) is used to pay out damages to select families who can medically prove they were damaged by a vaccine. This system protects vaccine makers from being sued in a true court of law, ensuring that vaccines will continue to be manufactured for the “good of all.”https://archive.fo/kogdKhttps://healthfreedomidaho.org/vaccine-court-has-paid-37-billion-in-damages-to-families
At first, the Special Master from the Vaccine Court said that Ms. Tarsell did not persuasively establish “a basic proposition of her claim, that Christina did not experience an arrhythmia until after the first dose of the HPV vaccine.” The Special Master declared that “without this foundation, Ms. Tarsell’s claim cannot stand.” The Special Master did not assess the medical records provided by the Tarsell’s. These records proved that Christina’s arrhythmia was not present until after the Gardasil vaccine. The Special Master instead based his decision on the possibility that Christina’s arrhythmia could have been present before it was detected, even though her medical records told otherwise. Even though the arrhythmia was prevalent following Gardasil, the Special Master claimed her arrhythmia was from an “unknown” source.
The Tarsel’s took their case directly to the Department of Health and Human Services and after eight years of fighting, they received a 22-page ruling by Judge Mary Ellen Coster Williams. The ruling declared that the Special Master’s approach for analyzing the case “placed an overly onerous burden of proof.”
Therefore Judge Williams declared: https://archive.fo/IeZF4
Petitioner’s motion for review is GRANTED. The Special Master’s decision denying compensation is VACATED, and the case is REMANDED to the Special Master for further proceedings consistent with this decision…
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'Green New Deal' Pushed by Democrats Would Cost 3,600 Times The Price of a Border Wall
(Cortez Wants Total Government Control Over American's Life, Even Homes)
The up-and-coming Democratic Party has many ambitious plans for the country. First, they want a “Green New Deal” which would force the economy to run on 100 percent renewable energy. This multi-trillion-dollar plan would provide taxpayer-funded incentives for wind and solar, while shuttering American coal, oil, and steel independence.
The Democrat leaders of the House and Senate have voiced their concerns about the President’s proposed border wall, calling it outrageously expensive at a price tag of $5.7 billion. However, when it comes to spending money, these same Democrat leaders are all for a $2 trillion plan to dictate American energy production… and that’s just the initial cost (see the ten-year cost, below).
Democrats’ spending proposals are 3,600 times more expensive than Trump’s border wall.
When comparing the spending proposals, the Democrats want to control energy in the U.S. and spend far more than what the President wants to spend on improving national security. This cost comparison is for year one only. When PJ Media calculated the cost of the “Green New Deal” over the course of ten years, the price tag was a stunning $18.26 trillion. Over the course of ten years, this wealth redistribution plan could fund Trump’s border wall 3,600 times over. Democrats believe that the cost savings of switching to green energy would offset the initial sticker shock. Examples of this could not be found, because many of the renewable energy incentives passed under former President Obama failed to translate to real world savings. To compare, Trump’s border wall will address real-life problems, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, and the cost burdens that illegal aliens add to welfare, Medicaid, and other systems that American citizens pay into. By addressing these problems, a border wall would pay for itself very quickly and save lives, something that cannot be measured in dollars.
The “Green New Deal” proposed by democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), is just the beginning of bombastic spending proposals by Democrats. One of the provisions of the Green New Deal is for the U.S. to replace its current power grid with a "smart" power grid.
[NO DOUBT, TO SPY ON ALL CITIZENRY] According to the Electric Power Research Institute, this proposal would tax America upwards of $476 billion, making the $5.7 border wall seem like pocket change. Also, in order to reduce carbon emissions and supposedly stabilize global temperatures, the Green New Deal calls for steel, cement, ethylene, and ammonia manufacturers to completely reform, a cost exceeding $11 trillion over a 30-year time frame according to a 2018 study from McKinsey and Company. This maneuver would also negatively impact each industry, weakening production yields, exports, and American sovereignty in each field.
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New Microsoft Mobile Spy Gadgets Built In With Real News Filtering
Corporate neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its unreliable news censor to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.
Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on Android and Apple devices will be harrassed when reading real news with red alert popups.
Among the green-rated websites: Voice of America, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as left-leaning upstarts such as Vice News and Refinery 29.
Ones that are given the red warning label of “failing to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”: RT and Sputnik (obviously enough) and the right-wing Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, in addition to hundreds of other non-mainstream news websites such as Wikileaks.
Not only does the integration ensure that NewsGuard is present on every browser, and is easier to use than to ignore, but by making it a fundamental Microsoft-provided feature, the company gives it inherent level of trustworthiness.
None of this is the slightest bit alarming if you believe that NewsGuard is an absolutely fair arbiter of what constitutes real news or propaganda.
Anyone who buys this crap likely deserves to be spied on and told what to read and how to live. You fucking slave goyim sheep.
I, however, will be sticking with my old linux operating system.
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German Government Seeks To Ruin German Unlimited Top Speed Autobahn
Germany is about to become a lot less fun and a lot more draconian if a new series of draft proposals aimed at [carbon taxation and population control] would eliminate segments of the autobahn famous for no speed limit, instead capping drivers at 130 km/h (80 MPH), according to Reuters.
So no more of this: https://youtube.com/watch?v=ISI_2togzyw [Embed]
The proposals would also eliminate a tax break for diesels, raise fuel taxes by 2023, and set quotas on the sale of electric and hybrid cars.
[That's right, government-run markets!]
The proposals, outlined in a draft paper seen by Reuters, could prove controversial in car-mad Germany, whose decades-old motorway network is famous for “no limits” sections where drivers can put even the fastest cars through their paces.
Germany could be hit with heavy EU fines if it fails to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and poisonous nitrogen oxides. Transport emissions, which have not fallen since 1990, are a particular target for reductions.
The proposals - which are still in their infancy, aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half. The National Platform on the FUture of Mobility is due to reports its findings at the end of March, which German legislators will then incorporate into a climate change law to be enacted later this year.
"Not every instrument and every measure will be accepted," the draft report acknowledges. "It will take political deftness, diplomatic skill and a willingness to compromise to achieve the climate change goals."
Ask Macron how hiking fuel taxes have been working out...https://archive.fo/A3Qa5https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/germanys-autobahn-lose-unlimited-top-speed-under-proposed-climate-change
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The Yellow Vest Movement Has Gone Global And Nothing Can Stop This Now
The Yellow Vest anti-government movement started in France on November 17, when over 300,000 people across France protested a carbon tax on fuel that French President Emmanuel Macron touted as evidence of France's leadership when it comes to mitigating climate change.
The Yellow Vest protests quickly evolved into a general anti-government movement - with hundreds of thousands of angry French citizens taking to the streets for ten straight weeks of mostly peaceful protests marked with pockets of violence, looting and mayhem.
What's more - the movement has gone worldwide - with perhaps the most notable protests outside France taking place in Belgium, where Brussels riot cops have dealt with week after week of protesters blocking oil depot and throwing hard objects at them.
#YellowVests march on #Brussels amid ongoing political turmoil pic.twitter.com/hNBgxiFGaX
— srb news (@srbnews0) January 20, 2019
On December 8, Belgians attempted to breach a riot barricade while calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel, resulting in around 100 arrests.
And while most of the protests outside of France happened last month, this is a good list to note where discontent is mounting. https://archive.fo/9lRMdhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-20/yellow-vest-movement-has-gone-worldwide
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Exposed! Trump’s Shocking 5G Secret, It’s Not What He Did, It’s What He Undid
RELATED: >>>/endpol/1115https://youtube.com/watch?v=018_nBo7DNU [Embed]https://www.bitchute.com/video/018_nBo7DNU/
You find information when you least expect it. It is necessary, at all times, to keep your mind open to the many fronts that evil will attack you from. When it comes to 5G it is an all-out war on good verse evil; this battle knows no party lines.
What I have come across in regards to our long term security as a people and a nation will beyond shock you. What our President has undone left me speechless, angered and outraged. I can only hope there was some hidden reason not exposed to us for removing what he did. I will be drafting a letter to him personally to ask for answers; this is how devious and deceptive what was done appears to be.
I hope you will watch this video to learn more!
God Speed and God Bless,
PS: About "we are going to allow this."
Speak for yourself, I'm not going to use ANYTHING that is associated with this 5G SHIT!
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US Supreme Court Allows Trump's Military Transgender Ban
The United States Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of banning certain transgender people from the military.
The court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking the policy while challenges continue in lower courts.
The (((four liberal judges))) on the court opposed the ruling.
The policy prohibits "transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition" from serving.
The president announced on Twitter in 2017 that the country would no longer "accept or allow" transgender Americans to serve in the military, citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption".https://archive.fo/oYdEhhttps://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46963426
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Federal Reserve Confesses Sole Responsibility For All Recessions
In a surprisingly candid admission, two former Federal Reserve chairs have stated that the Federal Reserve alone is responsible for creating all recessions in the United States.
First, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said that
Expansions don’t die of old age. They get murdered.
To clarify this statement, former Chair Janet Yellen placed the murder weapon in the Fed’s hands:
Two things usually end them... One is financial imbalances, and the other is the Fed.
Think that through, and you quickly realize that both of those things are the Fed. Is there anyone left standing who would not say the Fed’s quantitative easing in the past decade was the biggest cause of financial imbalances all over the world in history? Moreover, whose profligate monetary policies led to the Great Financial Crisis that gave us the Great Recession?
So, the Fed loads the gun with financial causes and then pulls the trigger. In fact, I think it would be hard to find a major financial imbalance in the US that the Fed did not have a hand in creating or, at least, enabling. Therefore, if those are the only two causes, then it is always the Federal Reserve that causes recessions by its own admission.
And, yet, those Fed dons look so pleased with themselves.
Yellen went on to say that when the Fed is the culprit, it is generally because the central bank is forced to tighten policy to curtail inflation and ends up overplaying its hand. (She didn’t mention that the Fed’s monetary policy may have a hand in creating financial imbalances.)
Exactly, nor did she mention that the inflation they were “forced” to curtail always happens because of financial imbalances the Fed created or enabled. That is why I call our expansion-recession cycles, rinse-and-repeat cycles. Therefore, the Fed is only forced by its own ill-conceived actions. First you have to create the imbalance, which causes the economy and stocks to inflate, then you have to pull the trigger to shoot that down by tightening into a recession, which the Fed always does:
Bernanke elaborated on Yellen’s point, accusing the central bank of, in essence, murder. It takes an aggressive act on the part of the monetary authority to bring an expanding economy to a halt and cause it to shift into reverse.
Yellen and Bernanke were speaking at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Atlanta earlier this month in the company of current Fed Chair Jerome Powell.
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Oregon About To Pass Anti-American Law Mandating Government Surveillance In All Parent's Homes
IN TOTAL DISDAIN AND DISREGARD FOR 4TH AMENDMENT
Every new parent feels some measure of anxiety about their newborn. Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and ensuring that they are well fed, safe and happy can feel overwhelming at times. For this reason, many families get help from parents, in-laws or others in the early days, as the new little family settles into a good routine. Ultimately, within a few weeks, taking care of a baby feels simple, easy and natural and, despite the lack of instructions, parents do figure things out.
What parents do not need when they take their babies home from the hospital is unwanted governmental interference and oversight. And yet that is precisely what Oregon Governor Kate Brown is pushing for. Brown’s latest proposed budget includes Senate Bill 526, which mandates that the Oregon Health Authority urgently “study home visiting by licensed health care providers.” In a bid to expedite the bill, lawmakers have labeled it an “emergency” in need of urgent resolution by the end of the year. The 18 sponsors of the bill claim that it is “necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety.”
Essentially, Bill 526 would mandate that each family with a newborn receive visits from appointed healthcare workers in the early weeks after the baby comes home. According to PJ Media, the Beaver Valley Times explained the bill as follows:
When the program is complete, every new parent — this includes adoptions — would receive a series of two or three visits by someone like a nurse or other health care practitioner. The visits could include basic health screenings for babies; hooking parents up with primary care physicians; linking them to other services; and coordinating the myriad childhood immunizations that babies need.
The bill is nothing more than a way for the government to get early access to and control over children. It is a declaration of official lack of trust in the abilities of parents to care properly for their own children, and a way for children to quickly fall under the watchful eye of Big Brother. And it is a very clever way for the government to make sure babies are receiving “the myriad childhood immunizations” that they deem necessary, but which many parents are opposed to.
While proponents of the bill insist that this type of monitoring will quickly determine which kids are being neglected and abused so that they can be removed from the home and receive the necessary help, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. As reported by PJ Media, children in the Oregon foster care system are abused at twice the rate of the rest of the nation. Clearly, the state cannot take care of the vulnerable children already under its care, so why would it want to take on the surveillance of a further 40,000 children born each year?
No state agent could ever be an adequate substitute for a loving parent, but clearly, not everyone agrees. Proponents of home surveillance cite child abuse statistics and highlight horrific cases of neglect and abuse, glossing over the fact that most of these cases involve families who were known to law enforcement authorities and social services agencies that were unable to protect the children from their abusers.
Clearly, this bill is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to monitor and control parents and to gain early access to children so that they can be molded into the “system.”https://archive.ph/zpRkWhttps://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-20-oregon-about-to-pass-a-law-that-would-mandate-government-surveillance-of-your-newborn-baby.html
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Corrupt World 'Health' Organization Threatening To Shut Down Alternative News Sites
IN TOTAL DISDAIN AND DISREGARD FOR 1ST AMENDMENT
The World Health Organization, a criminal cartel front for the vaccine industry, has just declared war on the so-called “anti-vax” movement. The W.H.O. is the same group that spiked vaccines given to women in Africa with abortion / infertility drugs. The W.H.O. is also the same fraudulent group that falsely declared H5N1 bird flu to be a “stage 6 pandemic” in order to create global panic that generated billions of dollars in vaccine sales to world government (which stockpiled the vaccines and then later spent a fortune having the unused vaccine destroyed).
Now, the W.H.O. says that anti-vaxxers are one of the greatest public health threats of 2019, ranking the “vaccine hesitancy” movement right alongside Ebola as a public health threat. “Vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases,” claims the W.H.O. in a global health threat ranking document that also claims global warming — a quack science hoax fabricated by globalists — is also going to destroy humanity if we don’t surrender world economies to Al Gore.
The real goal is to criminalize vaccine skepticism and shut down all online speech that’s critical of vaccine safety.
From sources inside the vaccine deep state, I’m being told that this declaration by the World Health Organization is just the first step in a major assault being unleashed against Natural News and other independent journalism sources that rightfully question the lack of safety in toxic vaccines. With this declaration in place, the next steps will include:
Passing laws in Australia, the United States and Europe that criminalize all online speech which is critical of vaccine safety.
Arresting and imprisoning individuals who discuss the truth about vaccine ingredients such as Thimerosal, squalene or aborted human fetal cells (i.e. aborted human baby parts).
Blacklisting all scientists who study vaccine composition.
Seizing all domain names of independent publishers who report the truth about vaccines.
Censoring all “anti-vax” content across all search engines, mobile devices and social media.
Banning all “anti-vax” films and movies by claiming they are “spreading disease” when, in reality, they are spreading the truth about vaccine dangers.
I’ve just posted a hugely important video that explains the W.H.O. agenda to silence and criminalize all truthful speech about vaccines and vaccine ingredients.
This is a must-watch video, and you can find it only on Brighteon.com: https://www.brighteon.com/5991683887001https://archive.ph/L9zGbhttps://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-20-vaccine-deep-state-plots-to-seize-naturalnews-criminalize-speech.html
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Globalist Kikes To Upload Their Brains Into AI Chips, Implant In Slave Subjects To Live Forever
IF YOU THOUGHT LIFE IS HELL FOR HUMANITY NOW...
Richard Skellett, a founder of Digital Anthropologist and an expert for Future of Work, has warned of a future in which British workers have chips inserted underneath their skin.
The process has already been trialled with company BioTeq fitting 150 implants in the UK.
And Sweden-based firm Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph that it is in discussions with several British companies about microchipping.
But as humans and machines become more in-sync, it could open up all sorts of possibilities – including being able to live forever.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Skellett explained: “There’s a lot of talk at the moment about microchipping employees and there are some companies that are actually doing that.
Chips will be able to store medical data and other personal information.
Mr Skellett added: “Living forever might sound crazy at the moment because the technology isn’t quite there, but we already have the technology to clone.
“The only thing is that something may be an exact replica in terms of DNA but it may be nothing like you because we are made up of both nature and nurture.
“Well I would say that nurture is all to do with learning, you are a product of everything you have experienced, your likes and dislikes and that’s arguably your soul.
“Your soul is you, it’s your beliefs, it’s your values.
If humanity does not refuse this, and complies, then humanity will be enslaved and doomed forever.https://archive.fo/uo2cqhttps://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/754342/science-news-microchips-live-forever-ai-immortality-richard-skellett
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Crazed raccoon captured after pair of attacks that left woman bloodied, dog injured
Officials on Thursday captured a raccoon that attacked an 83-year-old woman and likely sunk its teeth into a dog within less than 24 hours in the same Monmouth County neighborhood.
The raccoon was set to be euthanized and tested for rabies after the pair of attacks in Belmar, said Monmouth County SPCA Chief of Law Enforcement Ross Licitra.
In the first reported incident, a borough resident was on her back porch when the animal lunged at the woman, biting her hand, back and ankle Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. A neighbor reportedly used a shovel fight off the vicious mammal before it fled.https://www.nj.com/monmouth/2019/01/crazed-raccoon-captured-after-pair-of-attacks-that-left-woman-bloodied-dog-injured.html
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INVASION INCOMING PART 18: New Migrant Invasion Hits Mexico, Aimed Towards US Border
TRUMP. NOW OR NEVER.RELATED: >>>/endpol/1122
Hundreds of Central Americans entered Mexico illegally as the latest migrant caravan to set its sights on the United States began crossing the Mexican-Guatemalan border en masse Friday.
Not content to wait five days for the humanitarian visas Mexico is offering them, several hundred migrants took to make-shift rafts to cross the Suchiate River, which forms the frontier, or snuck across the loosely guarded border bridge overnight, AFP correspondents said.
That could trigger a new Twitter firestorm from US President Donald Trump, who has urged Mexico to halt such caravans, and who tweeted early Friday: "Another big Caravan heading our way. Very hard to stop without a Wall!"
Caravans of migrants hoping to find safety in numbers have taken center stage in the raging US debate over Trump's proposed border wall, which has led to a government shutdown that is now the longest in history.
Around 2,000 migrants are traveling in the latest caravan -- smaller than the one that swelled to 7,000 migrants late last year, leading Trump to warn of an "invasion" by "criminals" and "thugs" and send thousands of troops to the US-Mexican border.https://archive.fo/NNit4https://www.france24.com/en/20190118-new-migrant-caravan-enters-mexico-legally-or-not
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has stunned the Democratic party by supporting Trump’s proposed border wall, and claiming that walls “protect people.”
Hoyer, the second most powerful Democrat in the House, slammed comments by Nancy Pelosi who said that walls are “an immorality,” asserting that building a wall is “not immoral.”
“Obviously, they work [in] some places,” Hoyer said during a guest appearance on Fox News.
“A wall is – that protects people – is not immoral.”
Hoyer’s comments historically align with most Democrat leaders, including current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who voted for fencing at the border both in 2006 and 2013. Former Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton also supported the 2006 bill.
Border security experts also support a border wall.https://archive.fo/BlgzChttps://newspunch.com/top-democrat-backs-trump-wall/
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Facebook Now Censoring Talk About Politics And Religion At Work
It's not just social media users that are being censored, now its social media employees.
According to a new report by Business Insider, citing an internal company memo, Facebook is now telling its employees what they can, and can't, talk about at work.
Business Insider reviewed an internal company memo where Facebook's CTO claims to have put together "a set of ground rules for open and respectful communication at work, and a central moderation model."
The memo states: "We're keeping it simple with three main guidelines: Don't insult, bully, or antagonize others. Don't try to change someone's politics or religion. Don't break our rules about harassing speech and expression."
Facebook uses Workplace, an app that allows chat, for internal communication. Employees use it for work related projects, but also occasionally for small talk. The app is targeted as the main area where these new rules will apply.
The memo continues: "These guidelines apply to all work communications including Workplace, email, chat, tasks, posters, whiteboards, chalkboards, and face-to-face. Since Workplace is where most of these discussions happen, we are investing engineering resources there."
Facebook has also made it easier for employees to report one another when somebody says something that "offends" someone else. The memo continued:
"We are making it easier to report posts and comments, and those reports will go straight to a trained moderator who'll moderate as needed. We're also developing more tools to help proactively."
We can't help but wonder, "Who is training the moderator?"https://archive.fo/BTNEnhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-17/facebook-now-censoring-talk-about-politics-and-religion-work
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Prominent Democrat Donor Indicted On Sex Abuse Charges Involving Minor
Prominent Democrat donor Terry Bean was indicted earlier this month with sex crimes involving a child younger than 16.
The indictment states that the alleged victim was a minor when the incident took place in September 2013.
Bean pleaded not guilty to two counts of sodomy and one count of sexual abuse in Lane County court on Thursday.
Fox News reports: https://archive.fo/60nOI
Bean was arraigned Thursday on the charges, TV station KGW8 reported. He pleaded not guilty and was taken into custody at Lane County jail in Oregon. He was released Thursday and told KGW8 he was “innocent.”
The indictment was filed on Jan. 4 but made public following the arraignment.
Bean, a gay rights activist who donated almost $70,000 of his own money to former President Barack Obama’s campaign, was charged with sexual abuse in 2014 but the case was dismissed after the alleged victim did not testify. Prosecutors refiled the charges after this, court records stated, according to The Oregonian. The “alleged victim is not named in the new indictment” but the dates are similar to the previous charges, KGW8 noted.
Bean, a real estate developer, and his former boyfriend, Kiah Lawson, allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene, Oregon, hotel in September 2013. They allegedly used the app Grindr to arrange the sexual encounter. Lawson was also charged but his case was dismissed.
Bean’s lawyer, Derek Ashton said in an emailed statement to KGW8: “This case is a continuation of the 2014 blackmail scam by [Lawson] and others, including today’s accuser. Mr. Bean is the victim and he has paid enough. We will see them in court.”https://archive.fo/6grSnhttps://newspunch.com/prominent-democrat-donor-indicted-on-sex-abuse-charges-involving-minor/
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Malaysian Government To Goldman Sachs: Pay Us $7.5 Billion And We Will Drop Criminal Charges
The Malaysian government has a message for Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon: Your disingenuous, blame-deflecting apology for Goldman's role in one of the biggest financial frauds ever perpetrated in Asia isn't going to cut it.
According to Bloomberg, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters on Friday that Malaysian prosecutors might consider dropping the criminal charges brought last month against the bank, several Asian subsidiaries and two of its employees (who have also been indicted in the US) if the bank agrees to pay back the total amount that the Malaysian government believes was looted during the fraud.
That amount? A staggering $7.5 billion.
"Goldman Sachs should understand the agony and the trauma suffered by the Malaysian people as a result of the 1MDB scandal," Lim said in the administrative capital of Putrajaya. "An apology is just not sufficient. Not enough. There must be the necessary reparations and compensations."
Earlier this week, Solomon apologized to the Malaysian people during an earnings call with analysts, where he blamed senior banker Tim Leissner (who is now believed to be cooperating with federal authorities to testify about the bank's "culture of corruption") for the scandal and claimed Malaysia was “defrauded by many individuals" who - as was implied - just happened to work at Goldman Sachs.
Lim characterized Solomon's apology as "insufficient", presumably because media reports have revealed that senior Goldman execs, including former CEO Lloyd Blankfein blithely ignored concerns raised by the bank's compliance department and did everything in their power to court Malaysia's business (Blankfein himself was involved in several meetings with then-Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is now awaiting trial on corruptoin charges, and fugitive financier Jho Low, who is believed to have masterminded the scheme).
Goldman earned $600 million in fees on the $6.5 billion in bonds it underwrote for 1MDB, which was launched by Razak as a sovereign wealth fund intended to fund public works projects.https://archive.fo/ZNoG0https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-18/malaysia-offers-drop-goldmans-1mdb-charges-if-bank-pays-75-billion-fine
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Foxconn Cuts 50,000 Jobs In Asia Due To iPhone Sale Slowdown
In the latest indication that the slump in sales of Apple's most recent batch of iPhones isn't a transitory trend, Nikkei Asia Review on Friday reported that Foxconn, one of Apple's biggest and most important iPhone suppliers, is cutting seasonal staff more swiftly than in previous years, a sign that it is bracing for weak sales in the months ahead as the industry suffers its worst downturn in 10 years.
Normally, the 50,000 contract workers who have been let go at Foxconn's most important factory in Zhengzhou would have been kept around for a few more months, as the manufacturer gradually reduced its employee head count.
The report comes after Apple announced plans to cut iPhone production for the second time in two months.
Around 50,000 contract workers have been let go since October at Foxconn Technology Group's most important iPhone factory at Zhengzhou, in China's Henan Province, according to an industry source familiar with the situation. Normally, the contracts of these workers would be renewed every month from August until mid- to late January, when the workforce is traditionally scaled back for the slow iPhone production season.
The depth of the cuts isn't deeper than in previous years, it's just happening much earlier than expected, as many workers were asked to leave before year-end as expectations for holiday sales slumped.https://archive.fo/D9mWuhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-18/foxconn-cuts-50000-seasonal-jobs-iphone-sales-slowdown-stings
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Bad! Norway Adopts Totalitarian GPS-based Carbon Tax, Despots' Wet Dream
The Norwegian Data Protection Authority is now arguing that GPS based taxation, for the amount of kilometers driven by car, can be done within 5-6 years!
Norwegians trust the government way too much, because they believe that this system will eliminate the need for road tax, fuel tax, toll roads and reduce the cost of car insurance.
No way will the tax be reduced! GPS based taxation is a governments dream! Who is to stop them from issuing parking fees or speeding tickets?
Norway also has a high number of electric cars, and an electric car is sold without any tax or VAT, has reduced road tax, free of reduced toll road passage and does not contribute to fuel taxation. With GPS active, the government can finally collect taxes from electric cars without the messy environmentalists meddling.
In the worst case, a corrupt government can use the system against its people to create implications, push the burden of proof over to a troublesome citizen, in court.
Norway may be a great country regards to statistics, but will be some kind of self-imposed totalitarianism if this nonsense continues. Stay away from Norway if you cherish your hard-earned cash!
The political-economic system post-World War II has been a socialist driven agenda. “Vote for me and I will give you other people’s money.”
This system cannot be sustained when those in power have promised themselves pensions. As government workers retire, they need to be replaced. The growth rate of government has started to explode. Instead of looking at the problem objectively, they are simply looking from paycheck to paycheck on how to meet the next payroll. This leads them to become more and more aggressive in hunting things to tax. Any rational person would look at this economic model and see it leads to massive civil unrest.
They pretend that socialism is to help people, but they come first. As this gets far worse, nothing trickles down to the people.
Even former President Grover Cleveland, who was a Democrat, saw the insanity his party unleashed with the Silver Democrats. Taxing the rich does not present a solution. They will simply leave. The rich, through their investments, create jobs.
This proposal to use GPS to track movements for taxes will allow the government to end tolls, and thus reduce their own workforce and pension liabilities.https://archive.fo/tjjqFhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-17/norway-readies-big-brother-gps-based-taxation-mile-driven
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BREAKING! Ruth Ginsburg on Deathbed with Pneumonia, Set To Retire
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has contracted pneumonia and is fighting for her life, according to reports.
In September, The Santa Monica Observer was the first to report that Ginsburg had developed cancer.
Left-leaning so-called ‘fact-checker’ Snopes immediately attempted to discredit the story, labelling it “false” and stopping its spread on social media. It turns out, Snopes was wrong.
Now that very same outlet has discovered that Bader Ginsburg is currently battling for her life after recently contracting pneumonia, fueling rumors that Ginsburg is set to retire before the end of this month.
The Santa Monica Observer reports: https://archive.fo/hv6ab
As any reader of the Santa Monica Observer knew last September, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed lung cancer. The 85 year old Supreme Court Justice had surgery as quietly as possible on December 22, 2018.
Following surgery, she has developed complications including pneumonia.
Pneumonia often afflicts elderly post surgery patients in the US, since antibiotics have resulted in Multi Resistant Strains of the lung infection.
The left and the main stream media have tried to put on a brave face as Ginsburg missed three straight days of argument this week, interviewing cancer doctors to say that she would recover.
They claimed that she was working in her hospital room, knowing that it was untrue.https://archive.fo/BJynEhttps://newspunch.com/ruth-bader-ginsburg-pneumonia/
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'McJesus' sculpture to be removed from museum after violent protest
Hundreds of Arab Christians demonstrated at the museum last week to call for the sculpture's removal, the Times of Israel and Associated Press reported. According to the AP, police said protesters threw a firebomb at the museum and stones that wounded three police officers. Police used tear gas and stun grenades in response, per the AP.
According to the Guardian,Arab Christians only account for 2 percent of Israel's population.
Museum director Nissim Tal told the AP that the backlash surprised him given that the exhibit had been on display for months. The work's loan began in June, per the agreement Kalisch Rotem tweeted.
The museum's website says the exhibit, called "Sacred Goods," "focuses on the responses of contemporary artists to issues of religion and faith in the contemporary global reality, which is dominated by the consumer culture."
The museum described Leinonen's work and others in the exhibit as "subversive" and "provocative works that address the collaboration between religious systems and the consumer culture."
The artist told the Jerusalem Post earlier this week that he didn't intend for the sculpture to be shown in Haifa.
The protests "came to me as an upsetting surprise, particularly because my work is in the exhibition against my wishes," Leinonen told the newspaper.
Leinonen also said that he had asked the museum to remove the work and that he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement – aimed at pressuring Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev had also called for the work's removal, but the museum had resisted, citing freedom of expression.
"Without any connection, we believe in freedom of speech as a cornerstone of democracy," Kalisch Rotem tweeted, according to the Times of Israel's translation. "We regret the distress experienced by the Christian community in Haifa, and the physical injury and violence that followed. We thank the heads of the Christian churches and priests in Haifa for the dialogue and desire to bridge, the effort to reach a solution, and to prevent violence."https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/01/17/mcjesus-sculpture-removed-haifa-museum-kalisch-rotem-says/2604432002/
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How a Stroke Turned a 63-Year-Old Into a Rap Legend
“He said he wanted to do a rhyme on the Holocaust,” Caldwell remembered. “I thought that was really insightful. I thought that it would be something good for the kids to hear.” This was unusual, but not against “da mutha f**ckin rulz” pinned to the door, which began: “PROJECT BLOWED IS PRESENTED FOR THE LOVE OF HIP-HOP ENTIRELY FOR BLACK PEOPLE.” The sign continued: “DO NOT GET VIOLENT BECAUSE THIS IS A BLACK-OWNED, BLACK-OPERATED BUSINESS.”
The entrance fee was $2 to perform, $4 to watch, and rappers were expected to “perform a polished piece of music,” wrote Jooyoung Lee in Blowin’ Up, a history of the club, adding: “The open mic is a lot like peer review.” Emcees with the skill to rap spontaneously—“freestyling”—enjoy the greatest respect. But when a rapper forgets his lines, stutters, or shows up unprepared, the crowd forces them offstage with a devastating chant:
“Please pass the mic!”
The DJ demanded Hershfield’s backing music. He handed over a cassette tape of Chopin. Piano music filled the room. Regulars in the audience, known as “Blowdians,” looked at one another.
“They all were going, ‘Uh hunh, uh hunh,’” Hershfield recalled, but they quickly tired of the classical music.
“Okay,” someone said. “Get rid of that music and let’s hear you rap.”
Alone on the stage, Hershfield gripped the mic and began:
“God, this is a tough thing to write
The feeling I got in my heart tonight
Just to think of the Holocaust
So deep and sadly blue
And still so many people
Don’t think it’s true.”
The crowd was silent. Here was an old man, reading a poem.
“The first time he was up there, he wasn’t that successful,” Caldwell said. But out of respect, the audience didn’t chant him off. Project Blowed calls itself the longest-running open-mic session in the world, and they’d never seen anyone like Hershfield onstage. “First of all, he’s Caucasian around all these people of color,” said one regular, called Babu. “I thought he was some kind of spy.” Hershfield was also the oldest person in the room: “If you up in your mid-thirties and still ain’t got it,” a Blowdian called Trenseta would say, “leave hip-hop alone, and go get you a little job at International House of Pancakes or some shit!” Hershfield was now 63, a dinosaur in rap years.https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/01/doctor-rapp/579634/
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How capitalists talk about climate change
The world’s scientific community predicts up to two feet of sea level rise by just 2100, likely accompanied by a rising tide of climate refugees. So it’s worth dissecting how America’s dominant conservative media have swept the issue under the rug for two generations. To watch the evolution of climate change denial in action—and learn how to fight it—a great place to turn is the nation’s highest-circulation newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
The most eminent U.S. conservative news source, the Journal’s reporters are among the best in the country, reflecting a common pattern among the business press, which is written for executives, investors, and managers who need reasonably accurate information in order to run the corporate economy. However, its op-ed page is essentially Fox News with AP English, and its long tradition of climate denial and more recently fatalism is the perfect window into what future generations are going to demand: a fucking explanation for how people were able to accept several decades of knowingly utterly wrecking the future environment, years after the science was settled.
The reality, as even the Journal recognizes, is that there has been a scientific consensus on climate change for some time. However few people have any idea what constitutes scientific consensus—broad agreement—about a phenomenon. However, climate researchers have examined this specific issue, and their findings are striking. For example, one research paper in Environmental Research Letters examined an amazing compilation of 11,944 climate-relevant paper abstracts, showing a high level of professional consensus. “Among abstracts expressing a position on [anthropogenic global warming], 97.1% endorsed the consensus positions that humans are causing global warming…we invited authors to rate their own papers…97.2% endorsed the consensus…Our analysis indicates that the number of papers rejecting the consensus on AGW is a vanishingly small proportion of the published research.”
Importantly, a fascinating research article published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences studied how the subject had become politicized. Applying an analysis algorithm to a giant number of texts discussing climate, it concluded “organizations with corporate funding were more likely to have written and disseminated texts meant to polarize the climate change issue.” More specifically, “corporate funding influences the actual thematic content of these polarization efforts,” so that rather than a non-partisan scientific subject the issue is treated like a “polarized” political issue, with corporate-driven talking points always present. The paper empirically highlights “the actual social arrangements within which large-scale scientific (mis)information is generated, and the important role private funding plays in shaping the actual ideological content of scientific information that is written and amplified.”
With this broad outline in hand of the scientific consensus on climate, as well as scientists’ own understanding of corporations muddying the water, let’s have a look at the history of the Journal’s foot-dragging on climate, remembering that this is business media–primarily capitalists talking to one another. It reveals an evolution from full denial to a heinous resigned fatalism, in the process creating right-wing tropes that became hugely widespread in reactionary media from Rush Limbaugh to South Park.https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/01/if-you-cant-deny-it-downplay-it
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Soldier: 76 Is Gay, but Overwatch Still Makes Fans Work for Queer Representation
Overwatch received a new tie-in short story, titled “Bastet,” recently. However, bigger than new lore was that the story revealed Soldier: 76, the game’s grizzled Captain America-analog, as the second explicitly gay character in the game’s roster. The fast-paced shooter is clearly Blizzard’s diversity workhorse (with a roster of characters from all over a semi-realistic Earth), but it is still unclear if it’s doing a good job. Soldier: 76 being gay just serves to highlight the game’s — and its developer’s — strange attempts to grapple with storytelling and identity.
Blizzard has courted this kind of awkward, even hostile stance in the past in how it handles LGBTQIA+ communities in their audience, as well as how it celebrates related causes on social media. It doesn’t help that the company also has fairly opaque codes of conducts and punishment systems for their games and related forums. That often allows the widespread streak of homophobic toxicity that has been bred in the gaming community for decades to persist around Blizzard games.
This doesn’t just feel like a consequence of the company’s goals for its creative works, but indicates a conservatism about what their audience wants to see. Historically, queerness not only did not appear in the developer’s games at all, but the few times it did, it was to make a joke; most of which has taken place in World of Warcraft.https://www.fanbyte.com/features/soldier-76-is-gay-but-overwatch-still-makes-fans-work-for-queer-representation/
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey Director Says 'We Missed The Mark' With Controversial DLC Relationship
A day after apologizing for surprising Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players with a mandatory in-game relationship that seemed to contradict the game’s pre-release promise to let players define their character’s own sexuality, the game’s creative director offered a fuller apology and explanation of what his team was trying to accomplish and what they got wrong.
“Reading through player responses [to] our new DLC for Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage, we want to extend an apology to players disappointed by a relationship your character partakes in,” Odyssey creative director Jonathan Dumont said in a post on the game’s forums. “The intention of this story was to explain how your character’s bloodline has a lasting impact on the Assassins, but looking through your responses it is clear that we missed the mark.”
He went on to say that players will not have to continue the romantic relationship in the next installment of the game’s DLC, saying the developers wanted players to have the option of deciding that their character choice to procreate was a utilitarian decision rather than a romantic one.
The plot development occurs at the end of the second chapter of a three-part paid expansion and constitutes a spoiler for those who haven’t played the game.
At the end of the DLC, the player’s character decides to enter into a relationship with either the daughter (if they’re playing as Alexios) or son (if they’re playing as Kassandra) of the proto-Assassin Darius. They then have a child. As Kotaku writer Heather Alexandra noted yesterday after playing through the DLC, the player can rebuff the romantic advances of Darius’ kid but they’ll still wind up in a relationship and have the baby.https://kotaku.com/assassins-creed-odyssey-director-says-we-missed-the-mar-1831818690
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Executive Producers say 'Family Guy' to Phase Out Homophobic Jokes
"Family Guy" executive producers Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin revealed they're phasing out gay jokes from the animated Fox comedy.
While speaking with TVLine about the Sunday, Jan. 13 episode that featured Peter Griffin in a bloody battle President Donald Trump the duo confirmed what Peter told the animated Trump, they are indeed phasing out gay jokes.
"If you look at a show from 2005 or 2006 and put it side by side with a show from 2018 or 2019, they're going to have a few differences. Some of the things we felt comfortable saying and joking about back then, we now understand is not acceptable," Sulkin said.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Is First Marvel Film to Cast Out Trans Actors
This trailblazing casting choice comes at a time when trans actors are being discussed more than ever. After Scarlett Johansson accepted, then withdrew from, a role as a trans man, the issue has become a major topic of conversation in Hollywood. Television has seen a rise in visibility for trans actors playing trans characters with FX's Golden Globe-nominated series Pose.
The casting of Barack and Cunningham in this major studio enterprise makes headway for diversity in big-budget films. Although the gender identity of their characters is currently undefined, the anticipated gobal release of the film will provice extremely rare visibility of trans people (actors and/or characters) on screens around the world -- including in countries where transphobia is rampant.
This Spider-Man installment will follow Peter Parker and fellow students as they travel to Europe on vacation, hoping to avoid supervillians for the summer. When Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) shows up and puts their sightseeing plans on the backburner, Parker realizes he has to take his crime-fighting work with him, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is introduced.https://www.advocate.com/film/2019/1/15/spider-man-far-home-casts-trans-actors
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How workers are winning $15 an hour: by acting like a union
Unions have historically empowered working people to have a voice on the job and a say in how they’re treated, making it possible to win decent pay and benefits that could support a family and lift communities. The periods in American history when the most workers had unions on the job – the 1950s and 1960s – were also the years when the country’s middle class was the biggest.
Over the past three decades, however, powerful companies and politicians have aggressively stripped away workers’ unions in an effort to cut pay and cut jobs. And unsurprisingly, economic inequality has ballooned during this time, with corporate profits soaring as wages flatline.
It’s this crisis of inequality that inspired workers in the Fight for $15 to take bold action and walk off the job, coming together in a movement even without the formal protection of a union. And against big odds, they raised their voices about what they need to support themselves, they went on strike, and they stuck together.
The results have been historic.
After 200 fast-food workers walked off the job for the first time in November 2012, strikes soon spread nationwide, first to Chicago and then to other cities in the midwest, and within a few years walkouts were hitting hundreds of cities across the country.
Now it seems like we’re living in an entirely different world from the one that existed six years ago. A $15 minimum wage is in place or planned in Seattle, Washington DC, Minneapolis, St Paul, California, New York state and Massachusetts. Major private sector employers like Facebook, Target and Amazon have pledged to increase their minimum wages to $15 an hour.
All told, more than 22 million workers have won more than $68 billion in raises since the Fight for $15 started. One-fifth of the country is now covered by plans for a $15 minimum wage.
The Fight for $15 has proven that sticking together and acting in union is the only way to challenge the rigged economy that keeps working people of all backgrounds – black, white and brown – behind.
But to really make a dent in inequality, elected leaders in Congress and across the country need to do more than raise the minimum wage – they also need to reverse decades of attacks on workers’ unions and give all working people the opportunity to join together in a union, no matter where they work.
By making it possible for more people to join unions, elected leaders can empower workers all across the economy to speak up and organize for good jobs, just as brave workers in the Fight for $15 have done. And with the power of a union, workers across the country can have not just the bare minimum, but a real shot at a better life.https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/17/15-minimum-wage-union-legislation-fast-food
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Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials on Key Social and Political Issues
Only about three-in-ten Gen Zers and Millennials (30% and 29%, respectively) approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president. This compares with 38% of Gen Xers, 43% of Boomers and 54% of Silents. Similarly, while majorities in Gen Z and the Millennial generation say government should do more to solve problems, rather than that government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, Gen Xers and Boomers are more evenly divided on this issue. For their part, most Silents would like to see a less activist government.
When it comes to views on race, the two younger generations are more likely than older generations to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites in the United States today. And they are much more likely than their elders to approve of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest.
The younger generations are also more accepting of some of the ways in which American society is changing. Majorities among Gen Z and the Millennial generation say increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. is a good thing for society, while older generations are less convinced of this. And they’re more likely to have a positive view of interracial and same-sex marriage than their older counterparts.
As a recent Pew Research Center report highlighted, Gen Z is the most racially and ethnically diverse generation we have seen, but this isn’t all that’s driving the attitudes of this generation when it comes to issues surrounding race and diversity. There are significant, if more modest, generational differences on these issues even among non-Hispanic whites.http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2019/01/17/generation-z-looks-a-lot-like-millennials-on-key-social-and-political-issues/
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Grand Jury To Vote Whether 9-11 False Flag Attack Will Be Re-investigated
The Lawyers Committee for 9/11 Inquiry was established in New York in February 2018. In April, it tabled a 52-page petition and 57 exhibits before the Attorney General. Southern District of New York. At the end of the six-month statutory period, the Board appointed a Grand Jury to review the complaint.
At this stage, the Committee of Jurists does not question the Bush version of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It does not comment on the impact of the two aircraft that struck two of the three destroyed buildings. It focuses exclusively on the presence of explosives in the WTC1, WTC2 and WTC3 towers. He finds that the role they played that day is a federal crime that has not been prosecuted for the time being.
In the past, prosecutor Geoffrey S. Berman was for two years the associate of Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York at the time. Mr. Giuliani had called on his fellow citizens to evacuate towers WTC1 and WTC2 after they had been hit by airliners in view of the risks they had in his view crumbling. However, the buildings were built to withstand much more violent shocks.
The grand jury should be held in 2019. It will be the first time, eighteen years after the crimes, that the US civil (not military) justice will look at one aspect of the attacks of 9/11.https://archive.fo/8zVNahttp://www.voltairenet.org/article204375.html
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Such Good! Brazil's Bolsonaro Signs Decree Laxing Gun Control Laws
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree that will temporarily make it easier for Brazilians to buy guns, despite fears the move could aggravate already staggering violent crime
The executive order, signed in a live television broadcast following a cabinet meeting, allows "good citizens" to more easily own firearms, said Bolsonaro, a former army captain.
"To guarantee the legitimate right of defense, as president I am using this weapon," he said, indicating the pen he then used to sign the decree.
Tuesday's decree makes it much easier for adults with no criminal record to buy guns and keep them at home.
This is a perfect example of a Good! leader. Commies BTFO.https://archive.fo/0Dbrehttps://www.france24.com/en/20190115-brazil-president-bolsonaro-decree-gun-laws-crime
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Good! Major Brazilian Drug Kingpin Killed With Bolsonaro's Blessings
He did it, the madman…
The photos and video at this link (below) tell a vivid story of fatality:https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=3y31_1547436601Brazil biggest drug trafficker shot dead>translated
"They captured (dead and bloody) one of the country's biggest drug traffickers in Brazil, for which purpose Bolsonaro authorized in person the maximum use of the police force available to him, because although the police knew that (the Drug Lord) moved freely anywhere, he always traveled with his own security and a heavily armed and armed convoy that had repelled more than 50 attempts to capture him. Only one helicopter, one soldier of the army's artillery and one M134D machine gun … sufficed."https://archive.fo/ucji3WARNING: DO NOT LOOK AT PICTURE IF YOU CAN'T STAND GORE!
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Google Caught Censoring More Search Results
Alternatives To State-run Social Media: https://archive.fo/53IjY
Google has “huge teams” working on manual interventions in search results, an apparent contradiction of sworn testimony made to Congress by CEO Sundar Pichai, according to an internal post leaked to Breitbart News.
“There are subjects that are prone to hyperbolic content, misleading information, and offensive content,” said Daniel Aaronson, a member of Google’s Trust & Safety team.
“Now, these words are highly subjective and no one denies that. But we can all agree generally, lines exist in many cultures about what is clearly okay vs. what is not okay.”
“In extreme cases where we need to act quickly on something that is so obviously not okay, the reactive/manual approach is sometimes necessary.”
The comments came to light in a leaked internal discussion thread, started by a Google employee who noticed that the company had recently changed search results for “abortion” on its YouTube video platform, a change which caused pro-life videos to largely disappear from the top ten results.
In addition to the “manual approach,” Aaronson explained that Google also trained automated “classifiers” – algorithms or “scalable solutions” that corrects “problems” in search results.
Aaronson listed three areas where either manual interventions or classifier changes might take place: organic search (“The bar for changing classifiers or manual actions on span in organic search is extremely high”), YouTube, Google Home, and Google Assistant.https://archive.fo/8oUurhttps://www.breitbart.com/tech/2019/01/16/leak-huge-teams-engaged-in-manual-interventions-on-google-search-results/
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INVASION INCOMING PART 17: New Caravan Of Illegals Depart Honduras Headed Towards America
Hundreds of migrants have left Honduras, the latest ‘caravan’ hoping to enter the US.
Trump tweeted: “A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy [Pelosi] and Chuck [Schumer] that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe.
RT reports: https://archive.fo/OpVzB
The US government has been partially shut down for over three weeks, as Trump has so far failed to secure $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall from House and Senate Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi (California) and Chuck Schumer (New York). Despite several rounds of negotiations, Pelosi and Schumer have outright refused to fund the wall, preferring what Pelosi called a “technological wall” of drones, infrared sensors, and security cameras along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
Trump has countered that a wall or physical barrier is simple and more effective than an array of sensors and devices.
As the partisan bickering in Washington drags on, the members of the latest caravan gathered in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Monday, preparing to set off on a journey of over 2,500 miles that will take weeks or months. Migrant rights group CIPRODEH is accompanying the caravan, and reported some 500 members, including pregnant women, gangbangering thugs, terrorists, kidnapped children and prostitutes gathering in San Pedro Sula.
Of the three caravans or more that left Honduras for the United States last year, the migrants have always given the same reasons for making the journey. Fleeing Honduras’ lawlessness and sky-high murder rate, they set off for the US seeking jobs and stability. President Trump, on the other hand, has characterized the caravans as an “invasion,” and warned the migrants to stay at home and apply for asylum legally.https://archive.fo/qYEz0https://newspunch.com/new-caravan-with-hundreds-of-migrants-departs-honduras-for-us/
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Good! Trump Postpones Federal Travel For Pelosi Due To Govt Shutdown
Just one day after Speaker Pelosi chose to exercise her right to not invite the President to give his "State of the Union" address, Trump has responded.
In a letter to Nancy Pelosi, President Trump explains that he will be postponing her trip to various foreign countries due to the shutdown.
Dear Madame Speaker:
Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed. We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over.
In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate. I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the Shutdown.
Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.
I look forward to seeing you soon and even more forward to watching our open and dangerous Southern Border finally receive the attention, funding, and security it so desperately deserves!
Amusingly, Fox News reports that Speaker Pelosi was due to leave for her trip at 3pm.https://archive.fo/ZKopAhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-17/trump-tells-pelosi-her-trips-are-postponed-due-shutdown-unless-she-flies-commercial
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Good! Court Bans Monsanto's Glyphosate From France Because It Causes Cancer
A French court has banned Monsanto’s weedkiller ‘Roundup’ from being sold in France due to the fact that it causes cancer.
Germany’s Bayer, which purchased Monsanto for $64 billion last year, is currently facing thousands of US lawsuits by people who say its range of products caused their cancer.
Reuters.com reports: https://archive.ph/1n6xu
A court in Lyon in southeast France ruled that the approval granted by French environment agency ANSES in 2017 for Roundup Pro 360 had failed to take into account potential health risks.
Bayer, which said it disagreed with the decision and was considering its legal options, has cited regulatory rulings as well as scientific studies
that claimed glyphosate to be "safe."
The firm is appealing a first U.S. court ruling that awarded $78 million in damages to a school groundskeeper from California.
“Bayer disagrees with the decision taken by the Administrative Court of Lyon to cancel the marketing authorization for RoundUp Pro 360,” it said in a statement.
“This product formulation, like all crop protection products, has been subject to a strict evaluation by the French authorities (ANSES), an independent body and guarantor of the public health security.”
Glyphosate, which is off-patent and marketed worldwide by dozens of other chemical groups including Syngenta and DowDuPont’s Corteva Agriscience, is due to be phased out in France within three years under a pledge by President Emmanuel Macron, who stopped short of an outright ban.
The French court said ANSES had not respected a precautionary principle in French law, notably by not conducting a specific evaluation of health risks for Roundup Pro 360.
“Despite the European Union’s approval of the active substance (glyphosate), the court considered that scientific studies and animal experiments showed Roundup Pro 360 … is a potentially carcinogenic product for humans, suspected of being toxic for human reproduction and for aquatic organisms,” the court said in a summary of its ruling.https://archive.ph/uKR7Dhttps://newspunch.com/court-bans-monsanto-weedkiller-france-cancer/
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OK, This Is Bad! 8ch.net Found Hosted On Glowing In The Dark Government Servers
8CH.NET HOSTED ON GOVERNMENT SERVERSAs much as I hate the Q-Larpers, this got me.https://archive.fo/ucDM4
Delrey Technologies now hosts the 8ch.net website. They are a Gov Defense contractor & veteran owned. That is why Q said /patriotsfight will be the main hub of all communications.
8ch is now hosted on GOV servers. Likely has been since the 1st drop on 4ch.http://archive.fo/5SGn7https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1040349234871103488.html
Contracts for Sept. 18, 2017
CONTRACTSU.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
Del Rey Systems & Technology Inc., San Diego, California, is being awarded a $25,944,340 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, multiple award contract to provide training services for tactical afloat shipboard, ashore and submarine command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. Support includes development and implementation of training solutions, scheduling of fleet training, and technical training equipment design and installation. This is one of four multiple-award contracts; all awardees will have the opportunity to compete for task orders during the ordering period. This three-year contract includes two one-year option periods which, if exercised, would bring the overall, potential value of this contract to $43,964,293. Work will be performed on ships and land sites worldwide, and work is expected to be completed September 2020. If options are exercised, work will continue through September 2022. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funding will be obligated via task orders as they are issued. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The types of funding to be obligated include operations and maintenance (Navy); other procurement (Navy); and research, development, test and evaluation (Navy). This contract was competitively procured via a request for proposal published on the Federal Business Opportunities website and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-Commerce Central website. Nine offers were received and four were selected for award. Space and Navy Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity (N66001-17-D-0215)(about 1/3 the way down)https://dod.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1315123/http://archive.fo/T8VRl
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Govt Shutdown Longest In US History, IRS Forces Agents To Work For $0 As Free Gibs Canceled
Federal workers, time to find another job!BEWARE A BIG CHIMP OUT IN THE NEAR FUTURESO BE PREPARED: >>>/prepare/1
Staring down the next deadline to pay federal workers, the White House shifted tactics Tuesday, trying to bypass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to negotiate with rank-and-file lawmakers even as President Donald Trump dug in for a prolonged shutdown.
The House and Senate announced they would stay in session, canceling an upcoming recess week at home if the shutdown continued, which seemed likely. On the shutdown’s 25th day, Trump did not move off his demand to have Congress provide $5.7 billion to build his promised border wall with Mexico. Democrats say they will discuss border security once the government has reopened, but Pelosi is refusing money for the wall they claim 'ineffective' and 'immoral'.
The president, on a conference call with supporters, showed no signs of backing down.
“We’re going to stay out for a long time, if we have to,” Trump said. “We’ll be out for a long time.”
“People are very impressed with how well government is working with the circumstances that we’re under,” Trump said.
Behind the scenes, though, the administration — and its allies on Capitol Hill — are warily eyeing the next payday, hoping to reach a resolution before next week’s Tuesday deadline when they’ll need to prepare the next round of paychecks for workers who have been seeing zeros on their pay slips.
Trump urged his supporters to call the offices of Democratic lawmakers to press them to support the wall to reopen the government.
The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the government shutdown — nearly 60 percent of its workforce — to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. The employees won’t be paid during the shutdown.
With the official start of the tax filing season coming Jan. 28, the Trump administration has promised that taxpayers owed refunds will be paid on time, despite the disruption in government services caused by the partial shutdown now in its fourth week.
An IRS document detailing its new shutdown plan shows that 46,052 agency employees will be called back to work, of the total workforce of 80,265. It says the plan will take effect as soon as the Treasury Department issues an official notice.
Only about 10,000 employees are deemed essential and have been working.
Angered over employees having to work without pay, the union representing IRS staff sued in federal court last week to challenge any such agency action on constitutional grounds. The Constitution doesn’t allow the government to obligate funds that haven’t been provided by Congress, and the executive branch “can’t continue to force more and more employees to show up in exchange only for an IOU,” the National Treasury Employees Union said.
On Tuesday, a federal judge rejected the union’s challenge, declining to force the government to pay the recalled employees.https://archive.fo/wJjny
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Corrupt DEA Agent Arrested For Money-laundering, Profiting From Drug Busts
A U.S. federal narcotics agent known for his expensive tastes and high-profile drug seizures has been implicated in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy that involved the very cartel criminals he was charged with fighting in Colombia.
A once standout Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Jose Irizarry is accused of conspiring with a longtime DEA informant to launder more than $7 million in illicit drug proceeds, sometimes using an underground network known as the black-market peso exchange, according to five current and former law enforcement officials.
The officials described the case as one of the biggest black eyes in the history of the DEA, an agency that has seen repeated scandals in recent years, and one they fear could have compromised undercover operations in the U.S. and South America.
The conspiracy not only allegedly enriched Irizarry but is believed to have benefited one of South America’s top money launderers, who is a relative of Irizarry’s Colombian wife, said the officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the federal investigation.
The allegations have sent shockwaves through the DEA and drawn new scrutiny to the agency’s Colombia field office, a critical outpost that has been steeped in turmoil in recent years. The division has seen internal strife and turnover in leadership even as it grapples with record-high levels of cocaine production.https://archive.fo/4smsChttps://apnews.com/7bbc49156a7e47e6a1f6b3a37946ee12
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Good! President Bolsonaro Withdraws Brazil From UN Destabilization Pact
Brazil’s new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has formally removed the South American country from the UN migration pact in the name of sovereignty and the preservation of national values.
The international agreement enjoyed the support of former President Michel Temer, but Bolsonaro was clear about his position as soon as it was signed in Morocco on December 19, 2018.
“Brazil has the sovereignty to decide if it takes immigrants or not,” he wrote in his Twitter account just as the Foreign Ministry announced Brazil’s adherence to the pact.
The 'Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration' (GCM) was signed and endorsed by 152 member states; only the United States, Hungary, Israel, the Czech Republic and Poland voted against it.
It aims to destroy and destabilize nations by banning mass deportations and forcing open borders.
Bolsonaro’s argument strikes fear into treasonous cowardly politicians and despots alike: he wants anyone intending to migrate to Brazil to respect Brazilian culture.
“Whoever comes here must abide to our law, rules and customs, should sing our anthem and respect our culture. Not just any person can enter our home and not any person will enter Brazil using a pact adopted by third parties,” said Bolsonaro.
The new Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo argued the country can’t “leave the doors totally open for whoever wants to come inside.”https://archive.fo/XX1hp
“Brazil has a sovereign right to decide whether or not it accepts migrants,” Mr. Bolsonaro said in a message posted on Twitter. “Anyone who comes here must be subject to our laws and customs, and must sing our national anthem and respect our culture.”
Despots spent nearly two years negotiating the migration accord, which sought to lay out basic principles to address the surge in global migration in a humane and pragmatic manner.
The compact does not bar signatories from enacting and enforcing their own immigration laws, although Mr. Bolsonaro suggested that it would.
“Not just anyone is allowed to enter into our house, just like not just anyone will enter Brazil thanks to a pact adopted by third parties,” he wrote.https://archive.fo/tz5Ph
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FRANCE STILL BURNS: Fireman Shot in Back of the Head by French Police
A fireman who joined France’s anti-globalist movement is in a coma after being shot in the back of the head by a police officer using a flash ball gun.
Disturbing video footage shows Olivier Beziade, a father of three, lying on the floor in Bordeaux on Saturday after being shot from behind. The attempted murder of the peaceful protestor comes just days after French authorities vowed to use ‘deadly force’ against millions of anti-Macron and anti-Globalist citizens.https://youtube.com/watch?v=MPWjwEE9bRE [Embed]MP4 BACKUP: https://www16.zippyshare.com/v/A9DomjS8/file.html
Dailymail.co.uk reports: https://archive.fo/DSYpO
He is wearing one of the high-visibility motoring jackets from which the Yellow Vests get their name.
Videos posted on social media also show Mr Beziade being treated by medics, with his head covered in blood.
Mr Beziade suffered a ‘very serious brain injury’ and is currently in an induced coma in hospital, said family members.
It comes as the Yellow Vest law and order crisis enveloping Emmanuel Macron’s administration intensifies, and the president floods French streets with an increasing number of armed police.
Some are being accused of gratuitous violence, ranging from administering baton beatings, to an excessive use of chemical weapons, stun grenades and flash balls.
‘I’m furious,’ said Cindy Beziade, the wife of Mr Beziade. ‘This is unacceptable. I won’t let it go. The pictures speak for themselves.’https://archive.fo/gKwn1https://newspunch.com/anti-globalist-fireman-shot-head-french-police/
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More De-dollarization: Iran, India Ditch Dollar In Oil Trading To Counter US Sanctions
In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after considering the dynamics at play in the region.
In mid-February last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India, and the two countries signed nine agreements signalling a strengthening of ties. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to celebrate the growing relationship, stating that it was “a matter of great pleasure” for India that an Iranian president came to India “after a gap of 10 years.”
Fast-forward a few months later, and then-UN ambassador Nikki Haley was bluntly telling India that they should rethink their relationship with Tehran.
Donald Trump’s decision to rip up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) last year, also known as the Iranian nuclear accord, was a particularly significant blow to Iran-India relations. At the time the JCPOA was formulated, Indian officials believed the deal to be the “best deal available.” After the JCPOA’s implementation in 2016, exports of Iranian oil to India increased by more than 110 percent.
Maybe the issue isn’t always that Washington wants to contain its rivals in the Middle East and Asia, but perhaps there is a chance that it also wants to keep a lid on its so-called allies as well. Right now, India is the third largest oil consumer in the world, and is expected to become the largest by the year 2040. As its domestic reserves are not meeting the needs of its rapidly expanding economy, India has been importing 80 percent of its oil supply from overseas, including and especially Iran.
Prior to Washington’s Iran-sanctions regime, Iran was India’s third largest supplier of crude oil (it is now about sixth place). It is no surprise therefore, that India’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson responded by saying that Haley had “her views, and our views on Iran are very clear.”He also warned that India would “take all necessary steps, including engagement with relevant stakeholders to ensure our energy security.”
It does seem like the days of foreign states being bullied into adopting a dangerous foreign policy are over. If Washington has any doubt about this, they need only turn to this exclusive Reuters report which revealed that India had begun paying Iran for its oil in rupees, according to a senior bank official, under the guise of a six-month waiver which was given to seven other countries (including China). According to the report, in a previous round of US-imposed sanctions, India settled approximately half of oil payments in rupees and the remainder in euros. However, this time around, all payments are to be made in rupees.
Prior to this arrangement, US-led sanctions continued to decimate Iran’s ability to trade freely with its partner.https://archive.fo/cvSTUhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-15/iran-india-ditch-dollar-oil-trading-counter-bullying-us-sanctions
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Venezuela And Turkey Unite To Refine Tons Of Gold Amid US Sanctions
Venezuela's minister of industries and national production will finalise the deal during a visit to Turkey on Wednesday.
Venezuela and Turkey are working on a deal to ship tonnes of gold to refine and certify in the Turkish city of Corum this year.
Facing sanctions and international pressure, Venezuela is increasingly turning to Turkey as a partner in the Middle East. Ankara will provide a host of services to Caracas, including building hospital and schools and providing humanitarian aid as a part of the gold refining deal.
Venezuelan Minister of Industries and National Production Tareck El Aissami will finalise a deal on the gold trade during a visit to Turkey on Wednesday. He will also tour an industrial complex in Corum, where Ahlatci Metal company has a refinery with an annual capacity of 365 tonnes, according to a spokesperson from the Turkish precious metals company.
Aissami is visiting Turkey amid US sanctions against Venezuelan gold imports, which are further debilitating the country's failing economy that is in need of fresh capital. Aissami himself is targeted by a set of sanctions by the European Union and the US due to allegations of corruption and drug trafficking.
The new deal has been in the making since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Venezuela in December. Erdogan had personally introduced businessman Ahmet Ahlatci to president Nicolas Maduro as a likely candidate to refine the gold.
Mehmet Ozkan, a former Turkish official who worked on bilateral relations with Venezuela until last year, said that Caracas has been exporting its gold to Turkey for safekeeping since the beginning of last year.
But now, Ozkan added, the main objective was to refine the raw metal and create a capital inflow to Venezuela, likely in the form of services because of US sanctions that prohibit financial institutions from dealing with Venezuela in dollars.
Turkish statistics indicate that Turkey imported $900m in gold - about 23.6 tonnes - from Venezuela in the first nine months of 2018.
Ozkan, who is now a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Global Policy, said gold is replacing oil as Venezuela's chief source of income.
"They have significant problems in producing and refining the oil," he said of Venezuela.
"Most of the oil income also has been automatically deducted by the international parties for Venezuelan debt overseas. Naturally gold came forward as a good choice," Ozkan said. https://archive.fo/AsXo5https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-15/venezuela-and-turkey-unite-refine-tons-gold-amid-us-sanctions
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Neo-con ZOG-bots BTFO! The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War
The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump’s foreign policy ‘hawks’ still try to stage ‘old movies’ in a new ‘theatre’.
The ‘old movie’ is for the US to ‘stand up’ Sunni, Arab states, and lead them towards confronting ‘bad actor’ Iran. ‘Team Bolton’ is reverting back to the old 1996 Clean Break script – as if nothing has changed. State Department officials have been briefing that Secretary Pompeo’s address in Cairo on Thursday was “slated to tell his audience (although he may not name the former president), that Obama misled the people of the Middle East about the true source of terrorism, including what contributed to the rise of the Islamic State. Pompeo will insist that Iran, a country Obama tried to engage, is the real terrorist culprit. The speech’s drafts also have Pompeo suggesting that Iran could learn from the Saudis about human rights, and the rule of law.”
Well, at least that speech should raise a chuckle around the region. In practice however, the regional fault-line has moved on: It is no longer so much Iran. GCC States have a new agenda, and are now far more concerned to contain Turkey, and to put a halt to Turkish influence spreading throughout the Levant. GCC states fear that President Erdogan, given the emotional and psychological wave of antipathy unleashed by the Khashoggi murder, may be mobilising newly re-energised Muslim Brotherhood, Gulf networks. The aim being to leverage present Gulf economic woes, and the general hollowing out of any broader GCC ‘vision’, in order to undercut the rigid Gulf ‘Arab system’ (tribal monarchy). The Brotherhood favours a soft Islamist reform of the Gulf monarchies – along lines, such as that once advocated by Jamal Khashoggi .
Turkey’s leadership in any case is convinced that it was the UAE (MbZ specifically) that was the author behind the Kurdish buffer being constructed, and mini-state ‘plot’ against Turkey – in conjunction with Israel and the US. Understandably, Gulf states now fear possible Turkish retribution for their weaponising of Kurdish aspirations in this way.
And Turkey is seen (by GCC States) as already working in close co-ordination with fellow Muslim Brotherhood patron and GCC member, Qatar, to divide the collapsing Council. This prefigures a new round to the MB versus Saudi Wahhabism spat for the soul of Sunni Islam.
GGC states therefore, are hoping to stand-up a ‘front’ to balance Turkey in the Levant. And to this end, they are trying to recruit President Assad back into the Arab fold (which is to say, into the Arab League), and to have him act, jointly with them, as an Arab counter to Turkey.https://archive.fo/1dwoThttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-14/entering-major-regional-reset-syria-outcome-will-haunt-those-who-started-war
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French Riot Police Deploy Semi-Auto Weapons Against Yellow Vests As Macron Declares Martial Law
French riot police were pictured brandishing Heckler & Koch G36 semi-automatic rifles with 30-round magazines near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Saturday afternoon, reports the Daily Mail.
The deployment of rifles with presumably live ammunition visible through the magazine is an intimidating escalation as President Emmanuel Macron continues to lose his grip over France following nine weeks of country-wide protests by the Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement.
The Gilet Jaunes began as a demonstration against a climate change-linked fuel tax, which quickly morphed into a general anti-government protest against the Macron administration and the world's highest taxes. We're sure France's plege to send 1 billion euros to rebuild Iraq will help calm them down.
Riot police in France now armed with G36 'assault' rifles against unarmed civilians. WHERE IS THE NEWS COVERAGE?https://t.co/NqglT52MTk
— Drew Ludwig (@drew_ludwig93) January 13, 2019
Yellow Vest demonstrator Gilles Caron told the Mail "The CRS with the guns were wearing riot control helmets and body armour – they were not a specialised firearms unit," adding "Their job was simply to threaten us with lethal weapons in a manner which is very troubling. We deserve some explanations."
A French National Police spokesman confirmed that the CRS were equipped with H&K G36s on Saturday, but would not discuss their operational use ‘for security reasons’.
A G36 was stolen from inside a police van during a similar Yellow Vest demonstration by the Arc de Triomphe on December 1.
Former French conservative minister Luc Ferry called for live rounds to be used against the Yellow Vest "thugs" who "beat up police," such as this former pro heavyweight boxer, 37-year-old Christophe Dettinger who was arrested after squaring off with several French police officers.
Ferry - a full time philosopher now, said: "What I don’t understand is that we don’t give the means to the police to put an end to this violence." When challenged with the suggestion that the guns might lead to bloodshed, Ferry said: "So what? Listen, frankly, when you see guys beating up an unfortunate policeman on the floor, that’s when they should use their weapons once and for all! That’s enough."https://archive.fo/yIJNohttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-14/french-riot-police-deploy-semi-automatic-weapons-against-yellow-vests-macron-loses
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Good! Pentagon Extends Mission to Protect US Border From Invasions Through September
The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the extension in response to a request from the Homeland Security Department, the Pentagon said in a statement. There are about 2,350 troops assigned to the border mission.
The deployment had previously been authorized through Jan. 31 by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
President Donald Trump ordered the deployment in October, shortly before November congressional elections, as a part of an effort to crack down on illegal immigration, as waves of thousands of migrants escaping violence in Central America trekked toward the United States.
Critics, including 'opposition' Democrats in Congress but also some U.S. military veterans, have derided the troop deployment because they hate America.
The Pentagon said it was "transitioning its support at the southwestern border from hardening ports of entry to mobile surveillance and detection, as well as concertina wire emplacement between ports of entry."
It said it would continue to provide aviation support.https://archive.fo/aHOxZhttp://news.trust.org/item/20190115013923-guxn7