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Top DOJ Official Demoted Amid Probe of Foreign Contacts Linking To Trump Dossier Firm (Fusion GPS) Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 20:48:29 Id: c95b74 [Preview] No. 4188 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A senior Justice Department official was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump “dossier,” the department confirmed to Fox News.

Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.”

Ohr will retain his OCDETF title but has been stripped of his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of “Main Justice.”

Initially senior department officials could not provide the reason for Ohr’s demotion, but Fox News has learned that evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “dossier.”

Later, a Justice Department official told Fox News: "It is unusual for anyone to wear two hats as he has done recently. This person is going to go back to a single focus—director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit. As you know, combating transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking is a top priority for the attorney general."

Additionally, House investigators have determined that Ohr met shortly after the election with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS – the opposition research firm that hired Steele to compile the dossier with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. By that point, according to published reports, the dossier had been in the hands of the FBI, which exists under the aegis of DOJ, for some five months, and the surveillance on Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump campaign, had started more than two months prior.

Former FBI Director James Comey, testifying before the House in March, described the dossier as a compendium of “salacious and unverified” allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump and his associates. The Nunes panel has spent much of this year investigating whether DOJ, under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, used the dossier to justify a foreign surveillance warrant against Page.

The contacts between Ohr and Steele, and between Ohr and Simpson, have not been publicly disclosed nor shared with HPSCI staff.

The panel has issued numerous subpoenas for documents and witnesses related to the dossier but claims DOJ and FBI have “stonewalled,” an assertion that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., seconded in a rare public statement in October.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 20:48:44 Id: c95b74 [Preview] No.4189 del
While the agencies say they have cooperated extensively with Nunes and his team, including providing several hundred pages of classified documents relating to the dossier, it was only last weekend that DOJ and FBI agreed to make available to the committee for questioning Peter Strzok, the high-ranking FBI official who was disciplined in July for having sent-anti-Trump texts to a colleague while playing a decisive role in last year’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s private server.

Strzok was removed from the staff of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and demoted to a position on the FBI’s human resources division. The agencies’ decision to make Strzok available to House investigators came on the same day that The New York Times and The Washington Post disclosed the existence of the anti-Trump text messages, and Fox News disclosed that Strzok’s conduct in the Clinton case was under review by the FBI’s Office of Inspector General.

The demotion of Ohr thus marked the second time within a matter of months that the Justice Department and the FBI have disciplined for misconduct a senior official connected in some form or fashion to the Trump-Russia case.


Don’t Register Your Guns: Hawaii Just Became The Next Example Why NOT To Register Guns You Own Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 15:06:10 Id: d86b14 [Preview] No. 4179 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
If we needed yet another demonstration that getting yourself on the government's radar is just a bad idea, Hawaii handed it to us in spades last week. That's when we learned that the Honolulu Police Department was putting the screws to people so honest—and trusting—as to comply with state laws requiring registration of certain goods and activities. They shouldn't have been so honest and trusting.

Like too many jurisdictions, Hawaii requires gun owners to register their firearms. Also like an excess of other control-freaky places, the state requires medical marijuana users to register themselves with the state Department of Health. As it turns out, those who dutifully abide by both requirements find themselves in trouble. Hawaii may allow the use of marijuana for medicinal uses, and even require registration of its users, but the state continues to regard the practice as a violation of federal law. As a result, Honolulu residents who legally complied with requirements that they enter themselves in both registries have received threatening letters signed by officials including Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard. These letters read, in part:

"Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition. If you currently own or have any firearms, you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms, permit and ammunition to the Honolulu Police Department or otherwise transfer ownership."

Federal law restricts the possession of firearms by anybody who is an "unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance," and marijuana remains a controlled substance according to the folks in D.C. That's enough of an excuse for Honolulu police officials to try to disarm locals who've done their best to abide by state gun and marijuana laws.

But it's not just a Hawaii problem. As Jacob Sullum previously noted, "Last year the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which includes Hawaii, upheld the ATF's policy of banning gun sales to people who are known to have medical marijuana cards, even if they do not currently consume cannabis." So putting your name on a medical marijuana registry anywhere has the potential to make it more difficult to legally buy a firearm.

Actually, entering your information into a medical marijuana registry can put a red flag next to your name in so many ways. Colorado marijuana patients have been surprised during traffic stops to discover that cops knew they were registered users. Cops are supposed to have access to the registry only under limited circumstances, but the data has obviously been shared more widely than many people envisioned. Even so, the state's Board of Health rejected a petition to block sharing of registry information with law enforcement, with the head of the board insisting, "We don't know that we are doing anything wrong."

The same issue developed in Oregon, where a 2012 news report noted that "Law enforcement ran more than 20,000 queries on potential patients and grow sites from March through October of this year." Unlike Colorado, Oregon deliberately gave police open access to the medical marijuana registry, and they apparently browsed it at will—at least until the courts gave them a slap. In 2010, a state judge told cops to stop running concealed carry permit applicants' names through the system, saying "the statute does not authorize the use of database information for purposes of helping to determine whether an individual uses, or may use, marijuana."

Complaints about police in Colorado and Oregon browsing marijuana registries for excuses to hassle people seem to have subsided in recent years, perhaps because both states have legalized recreational use, which does not require people to put their names on lists that officials can easily peruse.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 15:06:40 Id: d86b14 [Preview] No.4180 del
On the other hand, states including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont are now under pressure to share data from their medical marijuana registries with the federal government. The feds swear that they won't abuse the information, but once they have it they can use it as they please—targeting people far and wide.

Speaking of far and wide, registries have been a source of hassle for gun owners who abide by the laws of their own states, but whose concealed carry permits are entered into databases and act as red flags to cops elsewhere. Maryland, in particular, is notorious for targeting drivers who are passing through the state, but who are revealed by a scan of their license plates as holding carry permits at home.

We live in a world governed by officials who love exercising power to punish people they dislike. To put yourself on a registry of people who engage in activities, or own goods, that are even mildly controversial is to make yourself vulnerable to such officials. It identifies you as a target for such people, and outs you in a position to be singled out for special treatment.

That's not to say you shouldn't smoke grass, or should avoid owning a gun, or ought to skip other activities the government likes to scrutinize, regulate, and occasionally penalize. Instead, even when there's legal risk involved, to the extent possible you should consider living your life without making yourself an entry in a database. When officials set out to penalize people who try to abide by the rules, breaking the law may well be the safer choice.


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Six Women Sue Hollywood Elitist Harvey Weinstein And His Company For Knowingly Covering Up Rape Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 17:06:36 Id: 170274 [Preview] No. 4186 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
"I just want to let you know that Harvey [Weinstein] is a rapist and this is going to come out at some point."

- @lenadunham, email to Hillary Clinton's deputy communications director sent during the 2016 campaign (https://archive.fo/lrAax)

A group of women who have accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse filed a class action lawsuit against the producer, his company Miramax and their board members for what they allege is organized criminal behavior to cover up Weinstein's actions for years.

The six women filed the suit in the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, saying they are serving as a proxy for the "hundreds of other women in the entertainment industry who suffered false imprisonment, rape and other instances of harassment."

"Harvey Weinstein is a predator. Bob (Weinstein) knew it. The board knew it. The lawyers knew it. The private investigators knew it. Hollywood knew it. We knew it. Now the world knows it," the plaintiffs said in a joint statement released on Wednesday.

The defendants, the women said in a statement, "colluded together to perpetuate and conceal Weinstein's widespread sexual harassment and assaults." The fourteen counts include "witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention, and intentional infliction of emotional distress."

Louisette Geiss, Katherine Kendall, Zoe Brock, Sarah Ann Masse, Melissa Sagemiller and Nannette Klatt are suing Weinstein, his company Miramax, his brother Bob Weinstein, and former Weinstein Company board members Dirk Ziff, Tim Sarnoff, Marc Lasry, Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg, Jeff Sackman, James Dolan and Paul Tudor Jones.

The six plaintiffs provided details of Weinstein's alleged harassment and assault, before going on to cite what they say was essentially "racketeering" in order to cover up his misdeeds. The lawsuit cites several media reports that exposed Weinstein's alleged behavior, including articles from the New Yorker and one published on Tuesday from the New York Times that detailed how the producer procured a network of journalists and associates who helped keep his actions from going public.


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House Passes 50-State Gun Carry Permit Reciprocity Which Has Obama-era Gun Control Measures Laced Within Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 15:22:16 Id: adbf5e [Preview] No. 4181 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Both pro and anti-gun control advocates are unhappy with a bill the US House passed to allow permitted gun owners to carry concealed handguns across state lines and also enhances the national background check system.

The House bill passed Wednesday, 231-198, and follows two of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. The largely Republican-backed bill was supported by six Democrats, and 14 Republicans voted against it.

The bill is seen as a win for the National Rifle Association, which has long pushed for Concealed Carry Reciprocity (CCR) – the standard term for allowing people with permits for concealed weapons to carry guns over state lines.

However, Gun Owners of America, which calls itself “the only no compromise gun lobby in Washington,” opposed the bill because of its element of gun control. The gun policy was originally two separate bills, one of which was the FIX NICS Act of 2017.

The conservative House Liberty Caucus also voiced opposition.

VOTE ALERT: HLC statement on #HR38, House leadership’s anti-Second Amendment legislative package pic.twitter.com/8ITISIBV2V

— House Liberty Caucus (@libertycaucus) December 6, 2017

Moms Demand an End to Gun Violence (MDEGV) opposed HR83 too, calling it a “dangerous policy that would gut every state’s gun laws and make our communities less safe.”

Shannon Watts, founder of MDEGV, spoke against the bill at the US Capitol ahead of the vote.

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Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 15:28:52 Id: adbf5e [Preview] No.4182 del
SO far as I know the 'Fix NICS' act will enhance background checks to include MEDICAL and other records such as MENTAL HEALTH records too.

What this means is that more innocent law-abiding citizens could be declared illegible to own a firearm - regardless if they did anything wrong or not.

If this passes law, avoid doctors unless absolutely needed. Never trust any psychiatrists either. Limit what you post on social media too. Any reason they can ban you from woning guns they'll likely ban them. Also use private VPN services or Tor to communicate online, don't give them any data that they can use to exploit your 2nd Amendment.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 15:30:13 Id: e3c6b7 [Preview] No.4183 del
leftists have used this to disarm vets who return from fighting

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 15:33:06 Id: adbf5e [Preview] No.4184 del
The social security background checks are included in this bill too, which were previously repealed (as unconstitutional) by the same Congress. Ridiculous they are trying to mandate it again! The cucks give us a victory, but they have to screw it up! Everytime!

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 15:37:24 Id: adbf5e [Preview] No.4185 del
Yah, because they have NO respect for veterans who fight THEIR wars!

That's why I refuse to serve! Count me out, and if this "Fix NICS" act goes into place I'll make sure I don't give them any excuse to ban my guns, I'll likely just stay away from checkups - until I have a serious medical problem.

US Bombers Breaking Down, Not Really Ready For The Wars They'd Like To Get Us Into Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:21:18 Id: 3e5582 [Preview] No. 4175 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]

Over the skies of South Korea Wednesday, dramatic photos showed an Air Force supersonic bomber with U.S. and allied fighter jets in formation.

But there were supposed to be two Air Force bombers flying together.

In another sign of the maintenance challenges facing the U.S. military after years of budget cuts, the Air Force B-1B bomber that flew to South Korea from Guam on Wednesday was forced to leave behind its wingman.

The second bomber reported a maintenance issue while taxiing to the runway for takeoff, according to an Air Force officer who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

“We only had a 30-minute launch window to meet the tanker,” while flying from Guam to South Korea the officer said.

The grounded American bomber was not the only glitch this week for the U.S. Air Force. A state-of-the-art F-22 stealth fighter jet was towed from the runway after landing in South Korea this week, although the Air Force later found no problems with the aircraft, according to Stars and Stripes.

The fact only half the number of B-1B bombers were able to carry out its training mission Wednesday falls roughly in line with the mission capability rates of the Air Force’s B-1 fleet. Today, only about half the B-1s in the inventory can fly. The Air Force is nearly 2,000 pilots and about 4,000 aircraft mechanics short. Spare parts are hard to come by for the bomber that first entered service in the 1980s.

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Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:49:27 Id: 7a8140 [Preview] No.4176 del
US infrastructure in a nutshell (not just military). Willing to pay for things until it is time to pay money to maintain them.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:52:37 Id: 3e5582 [Preview] No.4177 del
Lets not forget the $21 Trillion dollars missing from Pentagon budgets so far... where did all that money go? Why wasn't it being spent to maintain our military might? Isn't the US military more important than a bunch of criminal bureaucrats stealing massive amounts of money from government budgets? Why no investigations? Do criminals actually run the US government?


Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 14:58:37 Id: 3e5582 [Preview] No.4178 del
Funny, I just saw a recent report about the US Navy, they are now screaming "give us more money and we promise we'll fix it this time around! Just give us more money!"

I don't believe a word they say anymore. Very sad. Really quite scary when you think about how bad things have gotten. But the politicians will give them more money (just like they give the failed schools more money) and everything will continue to get worse and worse and more money unaccounted for, and they'll keep on screaming like a drug addict "just one more time! just give me some of that cut, reeeeeeeeeeeeee!"

Viagra Factory Leaking Fumes, Causing Thousands Of Spontaneous Erections Nearby? (Pfizer Denies It Of-course) Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 13:26:45 Id: a6b589 [Preview] No. 4172 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A factory in Ireland that produces Viagra pills has been leaking fumes into the air causing unsuspecting passersby to get spontaneous erections.

Villagers of Ringaskiddy, County Cork, say air pollution from the Pfizer factory that produces Viagra are causing men to become unwillingly aroused.

“One whiff and you’re stiff,” local bartender Debbie O’Grady told the Sunday Times.

If it’s not the fumes emanating from Pfizer’s plant, then it’s the water that is getting the men’s Irish up, some believe.

“I think that Viagra must have got into the water supply,” Fiona Toomey, 37, told the paper. Toomey used to work at the Pfizer factory.

“I’m convinced that’s what happened at the very beginning before they were so closely regulated,” she said.

It’s not only human males who are aroused. Toomey says that dogs “walk around in a state of sexual excitement.”

The joke in Ringaskiddy is that while Viagra will soon be available over the counter in the UK, the town has had it for free for years.

Pfizer said a statement that there was no truth to what it calls “an amusing myth.”

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Putin Announces The Complete Destruction Of ISIS In Syria @ Russian Orthodox Church Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 13:06:34 Id: 13f41d [Preview] No. 4171 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
In a historic moment, ignored by much of Western media, Russian military officials have announced the complete and utter defeat of ISIS in Syria. The Russian General Staff issued a statement Wednesday declaring that all territories previously under terrorist control were liberated in a final push by the Syrian Army this week, and with the support of Russian forces.

“All terrorist units of ISIS on Syrian soil have been destroyed, and the territory is liberated,” Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov said in comments translated and published by RT. "Therefore, as of today, there’s no territory controlled by ISIS in Syria,” he added. The announcement came during an annual briefing for foreign military attaches, and incidentally on the same day President Trump gave an extremely controversial televised address wherein he gave official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus it could mean that the demise of one problem could give rise to another in an increasingly volatile and explosive Middle East environment.

The rapid collapse of ISIS - which once controlled an area the size of Britain stretching from the edges of Aleppo to Mosul in Iraq, and down to Ramadi and Fallujah - began in earnest in early September when the Syrian Army breached ISIS lines around Deir Ezzor city, after which the city was fully liberated by early November. As ISIS retreated in the Deir Ezzor countryside, it lost its previous Syrian capital of Raqqa in mid-October to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which also struck a deal to allow the quick exit of ISIS terrorists to other parts of Syria and region, according to a report by the BBC.

The Syrian Army this week continued its momentum in Deir Ezzor province, liberating the villages of Jalaa, Ramadi and Buq in rapid succession, while Russian bombers reportedly carried out massive strikes on remaining ISIS positions near al-Sayyal. Other locations were liberated in quick succession according to reports, including Khutaytah, ‘Abbas, Masra’at Shamr, Qit’ah, Mujawwadah, Jabal Nusuriyah, Tal Bani, and Tal Khinzir.

After Russian President Vladimir Putin was briefed by his military staff on Wednesday, he acknowledged the end of the bulk of anti-ISIS military operations while also saying, “Naturally, there might be some spots of resistance, but the military work has been largely completed in the area and at the time. Completed with a full victory, I repeat, with a victory and defeat of the terrorists.” Putin further said that the political negotiation process over the future of Syria put in place by a Russia-Iran-Turkey agreement reached in Sochi last month must now become the focus, which may include future Syrian presidential elections. He cautioned, however, that this potential peace process will be “a very big and lengthy job."

Today's remarks followed an earlier address by Putin to a major gathering of Orthodox church leaders from around the world on Monday - an event hosted by the Russian Orthodox Church. Putin told the Christian leaders that Syria's ancient Christian heartland had been fully liberated: “The situation in this country [Syria] is gradually changing. The Syrian armed forces, supported by the Russian military, have liberated from terrorists almost the whole territory of the country, including historic Christian regions,” he said. Prior to the war, the Christian population in Syria was about 2 million, according to estimates.


SPY ALERT! People Keep Finding Cameras In Their Airbnbs Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 01:52:44 Id: 703cc8 [Preview] No. 4158 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
In "oh, that's a thing now" news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single "motion detector" in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it's an IP camera connected to the web. (He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.) pic.twitter.com/6KgkDmEZXB

— Jason Scott (@textfiles) November 28, 2017

Airbnb has a scary problem on their hands: People keep finding hidden cameras in their rental homes.

Another host was busted last month trying to film guests without their knowledge — marking the second time since October that the company has had to publicly deal with this sort of incident.

Officials have been forced to ban account users in the past for deploying secret cams around their houses, including residents in Florida and California.

An unidentified American archivist became the most recent victim — with his co-worker, Jason Scott, tweeting out a picture on Nov. 27 of a hidden device that he found while staying in an undisclosed Airbnb.

“In ‘oh, that’s a thing now’ news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single ‘motion detector’ in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it’s an IP camera connected to the web,” Scott tweeted. “(He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.)”

The post has racked up more than 23,000 retweets and been liked over 30,000 times.

In response, Airbnb released a statement saying they had “permanently banned” the homeowner and “supported our guests with a full refund and reimbursement for expenses incurred.”

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Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 01:56:58 Id: 703cc8 [Preview] No.4159 del
This is why I don't allow any modern electronics into my house, and anything that is purchased I make sure there are no cameras or mics embedded into them.

Sick of all this "smart" crap. If I ever found something like this in my home I'd rip it out the dry wall so fast it would make the snoop's eyes spin in circles.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 03:04:11 Id: cef532 [Preview] No.4160 del
This is why I find the Uber, Airbnb, and Kickstarter businesses to be bullshit. Realistically they can't control this shit but they have to be held accountable because they are providing the service. Usually this is handled by some sort of screening process but since this is a "casually sign up" sort of thing it defeats the whole purpose. So the logical thing is to have a "buyer beware" policy. But then the problem becomes people use the service and then act indignant when something bad happens. Then they demand reparations from the fool who actually trusted them to make responsible decisions. Which leads to them having to be accountable anyway and defeats the whole purpose of a "buyer beware" policy. It's a catch 22 and for some reason I feel like the asshole even when I don't use the blessed things.

No, these are planted by the home owners. I assume most of these people put them in to make sure people don't fuck their shit up. That or spanking material.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 11:12:37 Id: 56621b [Preview] No.4169 del
I think not wanting your shit stolen/vandalized by hipsters is reasonable. However, having cameras in bathrooms and bedrooms is probably not the best way to do it.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 13:04:16 Id: 30dd2a [Preview] No.4170 del
Simple solution. Black electrical tape. There. Nothing damaged. No one gets hurt. No one feels uncomfortable.

House Rejects Trump Impeachment Resolution... Reason for Articles of Impeachment? "Rayyyyycism!" Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 00:11:11 Id: 534702 [Preview] No. 4152 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly rejected an attempt to impeach President Trump after a liberal Texas congressman forced a vote on his effort.

Democratic Rep. Al Green, who has repeatedly called for the president's removal, introduced two articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday.

But lawmakers immediately voted to effectively kill his resolution, with 364 voting to table it and 58 Democrats voting to move ahead.

In a dramatic speech on the floor ahead of the vote, Green called Trump “unfit” for office and accused him of "high misdemeanors."

In his memo to lawmakers, Green didn’t allege “obstruction of justice” or reference the ongoing investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign’s connection with Russia.

Instead, Green highlighted Trump’s supposed association with “White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hate,” as well as “Inciting Hatred and Hostility,” as offenses worthy of impeachment.

“Friends, whether we like it or not, we now have a bigot in the White House who incites hatred and hostility,” Green wrote in a letter.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has insisted that any impeachment effort should be put on hold until there is evidence of an impeachable offense.


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Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 09:33:09 Id: f4569d [Preview] No.4168 del
Did anybody actually believe for two seconds that an impeachment would happen, besides those special types of people who eat up everything the talmudvision tells them?

West Coast Housing Crisis Drives Up US Homeless Numbers Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 01:03:50 Id: 8ebca9 [Preview] No. 4157 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The homeless population in the US has increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in West Coast cities.

Rents have soared beyond affordability for many lower paid workers and now even a temporary setback can be enough to leave them out on the streets.

RT reports: The study by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed nearly 554,000 homeless people across the US during local tallies conducted in January – up nearly one percent from 2016, AP reported.

Of that total, around 193,000 people had no access to nightly shelter and were forced to live all over, including cars, tents, streets. The unsheltered figure rose by over nine percent compared to two years ago.

Increases are said to be higher in several West Coast cities, where at least 10 local governments have declare states of emergency since 2015 due to a homelessness boom. One of the worst consequences of the West Coast homeless explosion is a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that prompted the California governor to declare a state of emergency in mid-October.

“The increase is almost entirely due to a surge in homelessness in Los Angeles and other cities facing severe shortages of affordable housing, say HUD officials.” ¦ Homeless Population Rises, Driven By West Coast Affordable-Housing Crisis https://t.co/bsSj5AAUjX

— Jeremy Moule (@jfmoule) December 6, 2017

While the overall homeless population in California, Oregon, and Washington soared by 14 percent over the past two years, the part of that population said to be “unsheltered” climbed 23 percent to 108,000. In Seattle, the unsheltered population grew by 44 percent over two years, to nearly 5,500. Sacramento, California also had a one-year increase of over 1,000 homeless people.

Those living on the streets say the region’s thriving economy is to blame. Rental prices have skyrocketed to unaffordable levels for lower-wage employees, who are at greater risk of becoming homeless.

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