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The One Good Thing About The Trump Presidency: Stupid Is Still Better Than Evil

Just a few days shy of the one year since the inauguration of Donalt Trump as President of the United States I think that it would be reasonable to say that pretty much everybody, besides the Neocons and a few unconditional supporters, is now feeling quite appalled at what the past year brought to the USA and the planet. Those who hated Trump don’t hate him any less, while those who had hopes for Trump, such as myself, now have to accept that these hopes never materialized. I think that if we imagine a Hillary Presidency then the word “evil” would be a good way to describe what such a Presidency would most likely have been like. Likewise, if I had to chose a single word to describe the Trump Presidency, at least so far, I think that this word should be “stupid”. I won’t even bother, as I had initially planned, to list all the stupid things Trump has said and done since his inauguration (those who think otherwise might as well stop reading here). I will say that it gives me no pleasure writing this because I also had hopes that Trump would fulfill at least some of his campaign promises (even though most of my support for him was based on the fact that he was not Hillary who, I still believe, would have brought the USA and Russia to war against each other). Furthermore, each time I recall Trump’s inauguration speech I have this painful sense of a most important and totally missed opportunity: to finally restore the sovereignty of the USA to the the people of the USA and to return to a civilized and rational international policy. Alas, this did not happen and that is a reality we have to accept and deal with.

I also want to clarify that when I say that the Trump Presidency can be best summed up with the word “stupid” I don’t just mean The Donald himself. I mean the entire Administration (I don’t mention Congress, as Congress as been about stupid for as long as I can recall it). If you wonder how I can call an entire administration “stupid” even though it is composed of often brilliant civil servants, lawyers, academic, technical specialists, etc I will simply reply that I don’t judge an administration by the resumes of those working for it, but simply by its output, what it actually does. If what this administration produces is a lot of stupid, then this is a stupid administration.

Stupid can mean a lot of different things. For example, it can mean stupid threats against North Korea. That is a very frightening kind of stupid. But there is also a very good kind of stupid. For example, I think that the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a wonderful kind of stupid which I warmly welcome.

Why?

Because it is the kind of stupid which tremendously weakens the AngloZionist Empire!

Think of the damage this truly stupid move did to not only the US international reputation (which indeed was already pretty close to zero even before this latest move) but also to the US capability to get anything done at all the the Middle-East. The military defeat of the USA in Iraq and Afghanistan and the political defeat of the USA in Syria just needed a little something to truly make the USA irrelevant in the Middle-East and now, thanks to Donald Trump, this has now happened! Furthermore, there was a dirty little secret which everybody new about which has now become a public fact:

USA=ISRAEL & ISRAEL=USA

Again this is all very good. Even better is the fact that the only ones disagreeing with this would be Honduras, Guatemala, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Togo, Nauru and southern Sudan and, of course, Israel.

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Chinese Govt Bans Our Plastic Garbage From Being Exported, Environmentalists Now In A Rut

As Halifax staff research the idea of banning plastic bags in the municipality, they'll soon find themselves entangled in a global problem with no simple solutions.

Tony Walker, assistant professor in Dalhousie University's School for Resource and Environmental Studies, said six months ago, all seemed well. Much of the developed world was going along with decent recycling programs.

"Here in Nova Scotia, we were fairly ahead of the curve. In the late 1990s, early 2000s, we were probably doing better than the rest of North America and certainly the rest of Canada," he told CBC News in a phone interview Friday.

And then China closed the doors to our plastic bags. Walker said like many people he was surprised to learn that a Sobeys bag left for curbside pickup in Halifax sailed all the way to China to be recycled.

In a correspondence published in Nature Thursday, he said China's decision "could be a game changer if it weans us off plastic and forces us to seek sustainable alternatives."

"We're surrounded by single-use plastics: straws, cups, bottles, that sort of thing. Plastic bags is one component of a large social problem."

Bags designed to last the trip home go on to last for a very long time, entangling animals, entering the food system, and winding up as microplastics in the bellies of birds and sea creatures. Perhaps even in that fish you brought home from the store.

The federal government could look at shitholes such as Germany, Denmark and Kenya, all of which have banned plastic bags.

A second solution could be laws compelling the companies that produce the bags to ultimately dispose of them. "So if you're going to be a manufacturer of plastics or plastic bags, then you should also build into your business model the cost of end-of-life," Walker said.

"On behalf of the producers, we contract local governments, private operators, and sometimes non-profits to collect printed paper and packaging across the province," he said. "We pay for the collection; those collectors drop it off at our processor and we pay that processor and are responsible for managing that material ourselves."

Clyburne, a Saint Mary's University professor and the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies and Materials, said a unified policy would carry weight.

"We do generate waste and it's full of carbon. Rather than letting it rot or putting it into a disposal, I have been re-looking at new technologies that can be used for combustion and get energy from the waste," he said Friday.

A few years ago, he would have dismissed out of hand the idea of burning plastics to create energy. But Norway, Sweden and Denmark — famed for their green policies — have changed the equation lately. The Nordic nations, and much of the European Union, have embraced cleaner technologies to turn trash into energy.

https://archive.fo/KhAnw
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/plastic-debate-bags-junk-130000495.html

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Republicans Have Four Easy Ways To #ReleaseTheMemo... Not Doing So Will Prove Them Shameless Frauds

RELATED: >>>/news/5584 ; >>>/news/5604

One of the gravest and most damaging abuses of state power is to misuse surveillance authorities for political purposes. For that reason, The Intercept, from its inception, has focused extensively on these issues.

We therefore regard as inherently serious strident warnings from public officials alleging that the FBI and Department of Justice have abused their spying power for political purposes.

Social media this week has been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election. This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, and has been read by dozens of members of Congress after the committee voted to make the memo available to all members of the House of Representatives to examine in a room specially designated for reviewing classified material.

The rhetoric issuing from GOP members who read the memo is notably extreme.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, called the memo “troubling” and “shocking” and said, “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”

GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania stated: “You think about, ‘Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is.”

This has led to a ferocious outcry on the right to “release the memo” – and presumably thereby prove that the Obama administration conducted unlawful surveillance on the Trump campaign and transition.

On Thursday night, Fox News host and stalwart Trump ally Sean Hannity claimed that the memo described “the systematic abuse of power, the weaponizing of those powerful tools of intelligence and the shredding of our Fourth Amendment constitutional rights.”

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have the power, working together or separately, to immediately declassify all the relevant information. And if indeed the GOP’s explosive claims are accurate – if, as HPSCI member Steve King, R-Iowa, says, this is “worse than Watergate” — they obviously have every incentive to get it into the public’s hands as soon as possible. Indeed, one could argue that they have the duty to do so.

On the other hand, if the GOP’s claims are false or significantly misleading – if they are, with the deepest cynicism imaginable, simply using these crucial issues to whip up their base or discredit the Mueller investigation, or exaggerating or making claims that lack any evidentiary support, or trying to have the best of all worlds by making explosive claims about the memo but never having to prove their truth - then they will either not release the memo or they will release it without any supporting documentation, making it impossible for Americans to judge its accuracy for themselves.

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NSA Deletes All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve

There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy.

As Philip Giraldi notes, up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently.

Nowhere is that "independence" of the 'state within a state' more evident than in the blatant and egregious news this week that The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.

As Politico reports, the agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and "sincerely regrets its failure."

Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In addition, the agency has made a series of representations in court over the years about how it is complying with its duties.

However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said.

“The NSA sincerely regrets its failure to prevent the deletion of this data,” NSA’s deputy director of capabilities, identified publicly as “Elizabeth B.,” wrote in a declaration filed in October.

“NSA senior management is fully aware of this failure, and the Agency is committed to taking swift action to respond to the loss of this data.”

Defiance of a court order should result in civil or criminal contempt charges, as well as sanctions against the party responsible. So far, no one involved appears to have asked White to impose any punishment or sanction on the NSA over the newly disclosed episodes, although the details of what happened are still emerging.

“It’s really disappointing,” said David Greene, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been leading the prolonged litigation over the program in federal court in San Francisco.

“The obligation’s been in place for a really long time now. … We had a major dust-up about it just a few years ago. This is definitely something that should’ve been found sooner.”

https://archive.fo/IAyaa
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-20/nsa-sincerely-regrets-deleting-all-bush-era-surveillance-data-it-was-ordered

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Democrats Complicit in Every Murder Committed by Illegal Immigrants

Democrats are complicit in illegal immigrant violent crime and murder so long as they continue blocking funding for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and hold up negotiations on pro-American immigration reforms, President Trump’s new campaign ad states.

The ad was released a day after Senate Democrats voted to shut down the federal government because the spending bill to keep the government open did not include amnesty for at least 3.5 million illegal aliens, as Breitbart News reported.

Luis Bracamontes, a 37-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who allegedly shot and killed Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver in October 2017, is featured in the ad, saying in the courtroom during his murder trial that he wished he “had killed more of the motherfuckers.”

“I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me,” the illegal alien said as he smiled in the courtroom, Breitbart News reported. “There’s no need for a fucking trial.”

“It’s pure evil,” the ad says.

The ad goes on to state that Democrats are complicit in illegal alien crime so long as they continue supporting open borders policies like sanctuary cities — which harbor criminal illegal aliens and shield them from deportation — while blocking full funding for a wall on the southern border and legal immigration-cutting reforms to raise the wages of American workers.

“President Trump is right. Build the wall. Deport criminals. Stop illegal immigration now. Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants,” the ad states as images of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) flash across the screen.

“President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe,” the ad concludes.

https://archive.fo/a6KGU
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/20/trump-releases-new-ad-democrats-complicit-in-every-murder-committed-by-illegal-immigrants/

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Border Wall Prototypes Thwart US Commandos in Tests

RELATED: >>>/news/5204

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told The Associated Press.

Military special forces based in Florida and U.S. Customs and Border Protection special units spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not authorized for public release.

A Customs and Border Protection report on the tests identifies strengths and flaws of each design but does not pick an overall winner or rank them, though it does point to see-through steel barriers topped by concrete as the best overall design, the official said.

The report recommends combining elements of each, depending on the terrain. The official likened it to a Lego design, pulling pieces from different prototypes.

Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said the agency is still in “the testing phase” and that results are being evaluated. He said combining elements of different prototypes instead of picking a winner is consistent with previous statements by officials. He noted that the agency said in its bidding guidelines that a minimum height of 18 feet (5.4 meters) would be a key characteristic. He said he did not have additional details on test results.

Contractors were awarded between $300,000 and $500,000 for each prototype. Prototypes were built last fall to guide future construction of one of Trump’s signature campaign pledges. Four were concrete and four were made of other materials.

Ronald Vitiello, the agency’s acting deputy commissioner, said after visiting the prototypes in October that he was struck most by the 30-foot (9.1-meter) heights, which are significantly higher than existing barriers. Taller barriers are undoubtedly more effective, but whether the cost is justified will be up for debate.

The highly trained testers scaled 16 to 20 feet (4.9 to 6.1 meters) unassisted but needed help after that, said the official who described the assaults on the wall prototypes to the AP. Testers also expressed safety concerns about getting down from 30 feet.

Only once did a tester manage to land a hook on top of the wall without help, the official said. Tubes atop some models repelled climbing devices but wouldn’t work in more mountainous areas because the terrain is too jagged.

The report favors steel at ground level because agents can see what is happening on the other side and holes can more easily be patched, the official said. With concrete, large slabs have to be replaced for even small breaches, which is time-consuming and expensive. Topping the steel with smooth concrete surfaces helps prevent climbing.

Customs and Border Protection leaders were scheduled to be briefed on the findings this week amid intensifying discussions between the White House and Congress on immigration legislation to avert a government shutdown and renew protection for about 800,000 young immigrants who were temporarily shielded from deportation under an Obama-era program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is scheduled to end in March.

The administration has insisted wall funding be part of any immigration deal but Trump has been unclear about how long the wall would be and how it should be designed. The administration has asked for $1.6 billion this year to build or replace 74 miles (118.4 kilometers) of barriers in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Diego and plans to request another $1.6 billion next year.

A proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for spending $18 billion over 10 years to extend barriers to cover nearly half the border, though it is unclear if Trump supports that plan.

https://archive.fo/PjHp9
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/19/ap-border-wall-models-thwart-u-s-commandos-tests/

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Silver As A Strategic Metal and Why Prices Will Soar

The arguments in favor of silver as an investment asset are growing rapidly. In the opinion of the Jackass website, silver is the most under-valued hard asset in existence, with the highest potential for price appreciation on the globe. To begin with, central banks own no silver, but do own huge tracts of gold. Industry has huge demand for silver, but a trifling amount for gold demand. The investment demand is another key factor in favor of silver, but also for gold. Ever since the tech telecom bust in 2000, the precious metals growth curve has been evident. Ever since the subprime bond disaster in 2007, followed by the Lehman strangulation in 2008, the precious metals growth curve has continued. It is suppressed like holding back a team of six stagecoach Clydesdale horses by simple leather straps held by mere men with computers on their backs. Ever since the QE inflation policy of monetizing the USGovt debt, the monetary role of Gold & Silver has never been more acute in modern history. But silver offers much more.

Monetary Abuse

Since 2012 with the African style monetary policy, also shared at times by South American nations, the US Federal Reserve has been forced to succumb to hyper monetary inflation of the unsterilized variety. It is the most dangerous form of monetary policy to adopt, a sign of utter desperation. With the desperation has come astonishing price capping of the precious metals market, while at the same time reliance upon isolated wars to steal central bank gold at vaults of defenseless nations. The effect upon economies, hardly ever spoken of by the devoted lapdog financial press, replete with their drone message of a fake sluggish recovery, is for profound capital destruction after seven full years of liquidity spew. The economic stimulus will find even more monetary abuse from greater deficit spending, thus more motive to own precious metals. To be sure, the QE bond purchase initiative is kept within the financial sector for service to the banker masters who have captured the USGovt. This is self-dealing on its face. However, hyper monetary inflation always causes capital ruin in an assured sequence, which cannot be averted, even by Fascist Business Model dictums and propaganda.

The response to monetary abuse has always been a return to honest money and viable sound monetary systems. This time will be no different, in its return to Gold & Silver as foundation, except that the movement will come from the East, led by a global insurrection. The West can join the strong sturdy secure movement, or be left behind. Even England recognizes the shift in global winds, eager to build the RMB Trading Hub in London. The Chinese are leading the global reform movement, and are likely to encourage the growth of the German RMB Hub in Frankfurt. The Germans have significantly more trade with Russia & China than the fascist core in London Centre, offering excellent leading edge product lines and world class engineering which the British cannot ever match.

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Evil Pope Is Now Openly Attacking Child Sexual Abuse Victims

Pope Francis is now attacking the credibility of child sex abuse victims in a shocking move made at the end of a trip to Chile in which he had hoped to “heal” the wounds of said abuse.

That’s right, Pope Francis ended his trip by publicly defending a bishop who victims have accused of covering up widespread pedophilia in the country.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Francis made the shocking comments in a discussion about Rev. Fernando Karadima who has been found guilty of sexually abusing a slew of minors as a member of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”

The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of “penance and prayer” for his crimes in 2011. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn’t lacking.

[…]

The Karadima scandal dominated Francis’ visit to Chile and the overall issue of sex abuse and church cover-up was likely to factor into his three-day trip to Peru that began late Thursday.

Karadima’s victims reported to church authorities as early as 2002 that he would kiss and fondle them in the swank Santiago parish he ran, but officials refused to believe them. Only when the victims went public with their accusations in 2010 did the Vatican launch an investigation that led to Karadima being removed from ministry.

The emeritus archbishop of Santiago subsequently apologized for having refused to believe the victims from the start.

One of the victims made clear his disgust at Pope Francis for essentially covering up for a man who watched as another bishop sexually abused him.

“As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all,” tweeted Juan Carlos Cruz. “These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims. Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty.”

This obviously does not look good for the Pope or the Catholic Church as they are now apparently engaging in attacking the victims instead of actually going after the abusers.

https://archive.fo/agGys
http://www.shtfplan.com/conspiracy-fact-and-theory/shock-the-pope-is-now-openly-attacking-child-sexual-abuse-victims-for-slander_01192018

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Israel Building New Underground Wall Along Gaza Strip To Prevent Palestinian Tunnel Digging

The Israeli army on Thursday revealed details of a massive underground barrier being built along the border with the Gaza Strip in a bid to neutralise the threat of Palestinian attack tunnels.

Eventually stretching some 65 kilometres (41 miles), the concrete wall will be accompanied by motion sensors designed to detect tunnel digging and is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

The project had been previously announced, but details of its construction had been kept secret until Thursday, when journalists were allowed to view aspects of it.

The details were unveiled days after the army destroyed what it described as a tunnel intended for attacks stretching from the blockaded Palestinian enclave into Israel and eventually Egypt, at least the third uncovered and demolished in less than three months.

Tunnels were among Hamas's most effective tools during the 2014 war with Israel, with militants using them to enter the Jewish state, carry out attacks and at times even return to Gaza through the underground passages.

https://archive.fo/U6syF
https://www.yahoo.com/news/israel-unveils-details-underground-wall-along-gaza-strip-165913547.html

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Endless War $$$! Turkey Using US-made Warplanes To Bomb US-backed Terrorist Networks

In a sharp escalation of Turkey's military campaign against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG, on Saturday Turkish warplanes fired missiles and launched "massive bombing" of Kurdish targets in Syria's Afrin, NTV television reported.

Airstrike after airstrike pounding Afrin right now. Massive shock and awe campaign underway.

Big question is if Turkey can follow up with a competent ground campaign. pic.twitter.com/NEz8XgzwEc
— Gissur Simonarson (@GissiSim) January 20, 2018

Moment where Turkish jets strike Aftin city center #Afrin pic.twitter.com/2yKtkNf8Iz
— Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) January 20, 2018

Turkey launches Afrin operation - LIVE COVERAGEhttps://t.co/b5jMmTwQ0M
— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) January 20, 2018

“The TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) has started airborne operations,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a party congress on Saturday, quoted by Hurriyet. Yildirim said eight F-16 aircraft were involved in the aerial sortie, which is ironic when one considers that Turkey is using US-made warplanes to bomb a US-backed military organization which has been provided with weapons made in the US.

Turkish jets destroyed observation posts and many other targets of PYD/PKK terrorists in Afrin, Syria https://t.co/Z8wq2L74kP pic.twitter.com/FnlF237hsZ
— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) January 20, 2018

NTV showing dusk shots of heavy bombardment- this mountain where we were reporting opposite of all morning until army made us all leave- had shelled several positions on mountain throughout day #afrin pic.twitter.com/fBdMBRdwA0
— Stefanie Dekker (@StefanieDekker) January 20, 2018

Despite Assad's threats to shoot down Turkish planes, Turkish air force starts aerial bombardment of Afrin Canton in northwestern #Syria pic.twitter.com/BjL26JmWAh
— Michael A. Horowitz (@michaelh992) January 20, 2018

“As of this moment our brave Armed Forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and [Islamic State] elements in Afrin,” Yildirim said.

There have been conflicting reports whether the Turkish jets used Syrian airspace to conduct their bombing campaign.

Turkey’s General Staff officially declared the start of the military operation, calling it "Operation Olive Branch" according to a statement cited by Turkish newspaper Sol.

AP journalists at the Turkish border reported seeing at least five jets heading toward Afrin. Also sighted was a convoy of buses, believed to be carrying Syrian opposition fighters, and trucks mounted with machine guns.

At the same time, Reuters reports that US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have accused Turkey of using cross-border shelling as a false pretext to launch an offensive into Syria. The SD - an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State - said it will have no choice but to defend itself if attacked. The alliance controls areas in Syria’s east and north.

https://archive.fo/eZfNK
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-20/turkish-warplanes-begin-massive-bombing-us-backed-syrian-kurds

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Diversity! By 2080 Italians Will Become Extinct

According to an official report by Eurostat, Italians are likely to become extinct by the year 2080 as the number of indigenous citizens in Italy continues to fall at a dramatic rate.

Within the next 60 years, most of Italy’s inhabitants will be of African or Asian descent.

Gefira.org reports: The figures found by our demographic-research team are by far not unique and government statisticians have the same numbers. Not only are the Italian and European authorities fully aware of this, but they seem to be executing a re-population program on such a monumental scale that will dwarf the Swedish mass migration experiment.

The Italian fertility rate (of indigenous and naturalized female citizens), i.e. the number of children per woman, is 1.34, which is far below the replacement level of 2.1. Much the same is true of the whole European continent. In this respect Europe resembles Japan. The difference is that while the Japanese authorities expect the country’s population to decline by a stunning 60% by the end of this century, the European governments predict a population growth. Why is that so? The answer is simple. The European leaders have opted for replenishing their nations with migrants whereas their Japanese counterparts have not. The Tokyo authorities refuse to replace their people with aliens, knowing full well that in the long run such a step would mean that Japan will only continue to exist in name.

To get a better understanding of the demographic development in Europe, the Gefira team has developed software for population simulation, called Cerberus 2.0. The program is fed with millions of records provided by Eurostat and National Statistic Agencies of different European member-states. For Italy, Cerberus 2.0 began its simulation with the 1985 population level, which is the first year for which a complete database concerning death and fertility rates is available. To calculate the population of the subsequent years, Cerberus 2.0 increased the age of all groups. The program uses the age-specific fertility and death rates for each year. The number of newborns can be calculated from the age-specific fertility rate multiplied by the number of women in each year. The program can determine very precisely how many newborns there are and how many people die in each age-group. Demographic prediction without migration is the most precise forecast and leaves us with little uncertainty about the plight of the Italian nation.

Starting with the year 1985, Cerberus 2.0 calculated that in 2016 Italy should have numbered 55 million people. Yet, according to Istat, the Italian National Institute of Statistics, there were 60 million inhabitants, which means that 5 million of them were immigrants. This fact was both admitted by Istat and predicted by our software.

For the predictions after 2016 Cerberus 2.0 uses the fertility and death rates from 2016. This simulation gives a very accurate estimation of the future Italian population.

Without a drastic change in the attitude to family life and reproduction in Western society, the fertility rates of native Europeans will not increase. A relative high number of children per family in some European countries are due to (especially) first generation immigrants. For example the overall (indigenous and immigrant) fertility rate in the Netherlands is 1.67 while the fertility rate of the women born in the Netherlands is a meager 1.5.

Life expectancy will not change significantly the overall demographic picture. The death rate for the cohort of people aged up to 65 in Western countries is so low that improvements in this respect are hardly possible. Life expectancy of seniors can increase a little, but that will not affect the growth of a population in any significant way. Fertility generally ends at the age of 55. Demographers know precisely the future of the western native populations, and yet there is little or no academic debate about their looming extinction.

https://archive.fo/2Hrqc
http://yournewswire.com/2080-italians-extinct/

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Federal Government 'Shutdown' Is Mostly Hoot, Much of Government Would Still Operate via Contingency Plans

If the federal government shuts down at midnight Friday, much of its work will continue, according to carefully laid plans that have become a familiar part of agency life amid regular political brinkmanship.

Social-security payments will be deposited as 53,000 workers for that agency stay on the job, because the payments don’t rely on an annual appropriation and by “necessary implication,” government lawyers have decided, the Social Security Administration should make sure they go out.

The planned Women’s March on the National Mall should be able to go ahead, as the National Park Service says it has special provisions for first amendment activities that require crowd control. Meat, poultry and egg inspections will continue, because they are considered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be essential to safeguarding human life.

And so, too, will the work of special counsel Robert Mueller investigating potential Russian interference in the 2016 election, since that doesn’t rely on an annual funding appropriation. Mr. Mueller’s team will join around 95,000 Justice Department employees continuing law-enforcement activities, because, the agency says: “The law enforcement capacity of the U.S. Government should not be impaired or perceived to be impaired.”

The detailed picture, including the myriad justifications for shutdown exceptions, comes from hundreds of pages of contingency plans updated by federal agencies in 2017 and published online.

The director of the White Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters Friday that his agency intended to manage the shutdown across the federal government differently from the Obama administration’s approach in 2013.

“We are going to manage the shutdown differently; we are not going to weaponize it,” said Mr. Mulvaney, who in 2013 was among congressional Republicans accusing the Obama administration of closing popular elements of government such as national monuments to turn public opinion against the GOP.

Mr. Mulvaney said national parks would remain open, unlike in 2013, though trash collection would be suspended.

In December, S&P Global Ratings estimated a fresh shutdown “could shave approximately 0.2 percentage points, or $6.5 billion, off of real fourth-quarter GDP growth for each week it drags on.”

President Barack Obama’s Office of Management and Budget concluded the impact of the 16-day shutdown in 2013 was worse than realized—including a loss of 6.6 million work days from furloughed employees who were paid around $2 billion for work not performed.

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LEAKED! Twitter Working With Foreign Governments To Censor Users Too

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A new undercover Project Veritas video includes a former Twitter software engineer claiming Twitter bans “a lot” of users for the Chinese government, otherwise the company allegedly faces hacking attempts by the government.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=SMU4SZ_Cims

During a December meeting with an undercover Project Veritas reporter, former engineer Conrado Miranda originally refused to answer when asked whether the Chinese government makes requests.

“So does the Chinese government or anybody, like, do you think they call Twitter and be, like, you need to ban anyone that’s on Twitter that’s from China? Do they do that?” asked the reporter, prompting Miranda to reply with a smirk, “I cannot disclose that information.”

In a January meeting, however, Miranda admitted that the company works with the Chinese government to censor users.

“Say if someone in Iran calls and is, like, hey, in our country we need these people banned so that they’re not seen…” asked the reporter, before Miranda promptly responded, “Yeah.”

“That happens?” the reporter replied.

“Yeah. We do that a lot for China,” Miranda claimed. He added,”we are actually under constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like, ‘good guys’ and from the Chinese government.”

Miranda then clarified that, “Because sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we don’t take down… And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us, and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated blah, blah, blah. And then… the good guys from China start attacking us. It’s a mess.”

Since the release of Project Veritas’ undercover videos this month, Breitbart Tech has called out mainstream technology news outlets twice for ignoring the story.

Previously, a direct messaging engineer at the company boasted to undercover reporters that “everything you send is stored on my server,” including private “sex messages,” and he also admitted to mass-banning accounts that express interest in “God, guns, and America.”

Other videos of Miranda have also been released, including one where he claimed “there is no way” to protect private user information should it fall into the “wrong hands,” while a senior engineer called the company “creepy Big Brother” and said it “disturbs” him.

Both current and former Twitter employees even detailed the platform’s shadow banning system, which is used to censor and sanction conservatives, while a senior network engineer claimed the company would be willing to give President Trump’s private messages to the Department of Justice.

https://archive.fo/dxCzi
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/17/veritas-video-twitter-bans-a-lot-of-users-for-china-otherwise-government-attacks-company/

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"Worse Than Watergate" FISA Abuse by Senior Govt Officials Leaks To Congress, FBI May Have Paid for Fake Dossier

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Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a “shocking” classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump campaign and called for it to be declassified and available to the public immediately.

“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Fox News. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”

“The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), called what he saw in the memo “sickening” and said it was “worse than Watergate.”

I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was #neverTrump & #alwaysHillary. #releasethememo

— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 19, 2018

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), another Judiciary Committee member, called the memo “deeply troubling” and said it raises questions about the “Obama DOJ and Comey FBI.”

“The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation,” he tweeted.

The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation.

— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) January 18, 2018

“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) told Fox News.

“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, also said to network.

The viewing of the memo came after all Republican members of the House intelligence committee, whose investigators compiled the classified memo, voted Thursday to make it available to all House members. Every Democrat on the committee voted against it.

According to Gaetz, the memo’s contents could lead to the firing — and perhaps even jailing — of senior DOJ and FBI officials.

“I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” he said on Fox News’ Hannity.

He said what he saw in the memo also explains why Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently referred the Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele for a criminal investigation.

“I think there will be criminal implications here,” Gaetz added.

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It's Time To Take Our Privacy Back From Tech Companies

Your personal information is being collected, organized, purchased and sold on a global market. Polls consistently show that most people are concerned they have lost control of their own personal data. No one is immune from the pervasive information grab by governments, companies, and hackers. This is happening to pretty much anyone alive (or dead) who has ever used the internet, a credit card, gone to school, subscribed to cable television or used a cell phone.

Here are some good privacy tips: https://archive.fo/lVGpv

We can also change the rules that govern the way your information is collected and used.

Taking control of your information is very difficult, still possible, but certainly not very convenient. Think of your data or information as personal property. Companies and governments can use eminent domain or other seizure processes to take that property, but the sting eases when you realize they must afford due process and justly compensate the owner for the property taken.

The biggest difference between your digital property and other personalty is that your every action online creates new digital items of value. Especially your online actions that involve monetary transactions, such as what kind of movies you watch, food you eat or places you visit. This data goes into a profile that increases the value of your information to a marketing company.

Today, internet service providers, social media and search engines develop and sell your profile. Sometimes these marketing companies develop or buy popular apps so they can directly collect information. Your digital property is making money for everyone involved in the process — except you.

My question is, if we are creating something of value, shouldn’t we get compensated for it? We shouldn’t view all data mining as negative. Make no mistake, some of it can get creepy, but most of it is designed to put products I like in my wallet’s sight line. The part that’s disconcerting is that it’s usually done without my knowledge or consent. This is especially troubling when it comes to my children’s information, as kids are now more in touch with electronics than any generation before them. One university study revealed that by age two, 90 percent of kids have a moderate ability to use digital devices.

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Germany No More: Historic German Church Demolished as Mosques Multiply Across the Subjugated Vassal State

The 19th century Church of St Lambertus in Immerath, Germany, has been torn down despite public protests, as mosques and Islamic centres multiply across the country.

The huge building, which was “notable for its double towers and neo-Romanesque design”, according to the Catholic Herald, was demolished by the RWE mining company to make way for an opencast lignite mine.

St Lambertus and the farming village surrounding it was bought out by RWE some years ago, with the church being formally deconsecrated in 2013.

Villagers have been relocated to a new site, and provided with a new church built “according to a modern design”.

Good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created.

St Lambertus church in the village of Immerath was demolished today. pic.twitter.com/5kzvX1E632

— ArchitecturalRevival (@Arch_Revival_) January 10, 2018

The demolition of St Lambertus comes as Islamic religious structures are spreading across Germany.

This process has accelerated over recent decades to keep pace with the large and steadily expanding Turkish community, but was turbocharged by Chancellor Merkel’s decision — enacted on fairly dubious legal grounds — to suspend Germany’s border controls and invite refugees in unlimited numbers in 2015.

https://archive.fo/uOsuA
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/14/germany-historic-church-demolished-mosques-multiply-across-country/

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"Pure Coincidence": America’s Unhealthiest State Has Highest Vaccination Rate

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New figures released by the CDC reveals that America’s unhealthiest State – Mississippi – just so happens to have the highest vaccination rate in the country.

In a Daily Beast Op-ed, Paul Offit – one of the vaccine industry’s biggest cheerleaders – openly admits the new figures are ‘puzzling.’

How, Offit wonders, could the state of Mississippi, which has “the worst overall health in the nation,” have used standout “efficiency” to achieve over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners? Rather than seriously investigate this apparent enigma, Offit presents his ready-made answer and reveals his article’s true purpose. According to Paul Offit, Mississippi’s high vaccination rates are due to the state’s 1979 decision to make the government—rather than parents—the primary vaccine decision-maker for children.

Reflecting on the Mississippi Supreme Court’s 1979 elimination of that state’s religious exemption to vaccination, Offit applauds the Court’s position, stating, “If a parent harbors a religious belief that contradicts a basic tenant [sic] of modern medicine…the state has a right to protect the child from the irresponsible acts of the parent.” Offit—though a parent himself—tells readers that the state-determined “duty” to vaccinate supersedes other parental rights. In short, Offit appears to believe that coercion is the name of the game, openly admitting that he disapproves of the 47 states that still allow parents in the U.S. to take religious, moral or personal beliefs into account when making vaccine decisions on behalf of their children.

“The worst health in the nation”

According to the comprehensive state-by-state health rankings that Offit cites, Mississippi has remained squarely at the bottom of the nation’s overall health rankings for decades (Figure 1). The low ranking correlates, in part, with the state’s poverty statistics: one-third of Mississippi’s children live in poverty (the highest percentage of any state), and 87% of the state’s Medicaid enrollees are children. But from birth on, scattered health statistics suggest that Mississippi’s children and adolescents face other physical and mental health challenges as well. To cite some examples from the available data:

Mississippi’s infant mortality rate is more than twice as high (8.8 deaths per thousand live births) as New Hampshire’s (4.2 per 1000), which is the U.S. state with the highest health ranking. The percentage of low birthweight babies in Mississippi is also high—11.4% versus 6.9% in New Hampshire.

Asthma-related emergency department visits and hospital discharges are higher for children ages 0-4 than for any other pediatric or adult age group.

The obesity rate for Mississippi high school students (18.9%) is significantly higher than the national average (13.9%) and has been increasing steadily since 2001.

A study that examined Medicaid recipients in Mississippi who received services related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2007 found that 88% were age 21 or younger (1170/1330). Most young Medicaid recipients with ASD were on psychotropic medications (62% of 10-and-under children and 75% of youth in the 11-21 age group). On average, over the one-year study period, each young Medicaid recipient with ASD had twelve (< 10 years old) to sixteen (ages 11-21) psychotropic drug claims.

Mississippi’s high school students are significantly more likely than the nation’s high schoolers to attempt suicide (12.7% versus 8.6%), and the percentage has doubled since 2001. The percentage of Mississippi students making a suicide plan has increased by 45% since 2011.

https://archive.fo/vF8I2
http://yournewswire.com/unhealthiest-state-highest-vaccination-rate/

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"Explosive", "Shocking" And "Alarming" FISA Memo Rocking Washington DC, Trump Was Right About The Witch Hunt

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All hell is breaking loose in Washington D.C. tonight after a four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive, says Journalist Sara Carter, that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice and the end of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation.

These sources say the report is “explosive,” stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates. -Sara Carter

A source close to the matter tells Fox News that "the memo details the Intelligence Committee's oversight work for the FBI and Justice, including the controversy over unmasking and FISA surveillance." An educated guess by anyone who's been paying attention for the last year leads to the obvious conclusion that the report reveals extensive abuse of power and highly illegal collusion between the Obama administration, the FBI, the DOJ and the Clinton Campaign against Donald Trump and his team during and after the 2016 presidential election.

Lawmakers who have seen the memo are calling for its immediate release, while the phrases "explosive," "shocking," "troubling," and "alarming" have all been used in all sincerity. One congressman even likened the report's details to KGB activity in Russia. “It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News. “It's troubling. It is shocking,” North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said. “Part of me wishes that I didn't read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered the motion on Thursday to make the Republican majority-authored report available to the members.

“The document shows a troubling course of conduct and we need to make the document available, so the public can see it,” said a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the document. “Once the public sees it, we can hold the people involved accountable in a number of ways.”

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Good! Betsy DeVos Ends Toxic Obama-era Common Core Program After Proven Dumbing Down American Children

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has banned Common Core from being taught in U.S. schools after the Obama-era program was found to dumb down American kids.

In a speech Wednesday at an American Enterprise Institute conference, Devos announced that Common Core would no longer be permitted to be taught to children in America.

https://archive.fo/zNowJ

Prior to her announcement, some schools had already taken it upon themselves to dump the Common Core program, which saw significant improvements in test results afterwards.

One school in Florida, Mason Classical Academy, soared to the number one position in the State’s top schools list, just months of dumping the controversial method of teaching.

DeVos also decried the federal government’s initiatives to improve education.

“We saw two presidents from different political parties and philosophies take two different approaches. Federally mandated assessments. Federal money. Federal standards. All originated in Washington, and none solved the problem. Too many of America’s students are still unprepared,” she said.

And she touched on a favorite topic, school choice.

“Choice in education is not when a student picks a different classroom in this building or that building, uses this voucher or that tax-credit scholarship. Choice in education is bigger than that. Those are just mechanisms,” she said.

“It’s about freedom to learn. Freedom to learn differently. Freedom to explore. Freedom to fail, to learn from falling and to get back up and try again. It’s freedom to find the best way to learn and grow… to find the exciting and engaging combination that unlocks individual potential.”

https://archive.fo/o33lr
http://yournewswire.com/betsy-devos-bans-common-core/

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Chinese Middle Class Consumerism Now Matches American Middle Class Consumerism

In the US, the latest batch of data, released this week, showed retail sales climbed in December for the sixth straight month - though they missed expectations, with growth slowing to 0.3% MoM.

With the personal savings rate at a 10 year low, the US consumer is now fully tapped out: This latest uptick in spending has presumably been fueled by debt, as credit-card borrowing has reached an all-time high.

But another milestone in the history of global consumerism passed last month: As the Washington Post points out, China tied the US in 2018 in terms of domestic retail sales - according to data compiled by Mizuho.

In some important categories, China has overtaken the US: With 17.6 million vehicles sold in the US in 2016, for example, but that was far below the 24 million passenger cars sold in China. US automakers account for about one out of every five cars sold in China, even though the communist party placed a 10% tax on luxury cars and trucks imported from the United States.

This economic heft has made the problem of confronting China intractable: China is now responsible for 20% of sales for some of the largest US corporations. This is making it difficult for Trump to confront Xi Jinping.

Any restrictions on Chinese access to the US market would be met with barriers to American companies selling in China.

"China is one of the most important markets for many U.S. multinational companies,” Shen says. “This should lend China immense bargaining power."

As the new year begins, it’s likely consumer spending in China will quickly surpass that in the US as more newly minted middle class Chinese discover consumer electronics, cars and fashion.

https://archive.fo/UfBJb
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-13/chinese-are-spending-much-americans

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The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards

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Bad! More Than 5,000 Children Killed By Saudi Arabia’s War On Yemen

More than 5,000 children have been killed and another 400,000 left severely malnourished and fighting for their lives, in Yemen since March 2015, according to a new report by the UN children’s agency.

The UNICEF report which was published on Tuesday stated that the Saudi war had killed “an average of five children every day since March 2015.”

Press TV reports: It added that at least two million Yemeni children were also out of school, and that 400,000 were facing malnourishment.

Over three million children were born since the onslaught began, all of them “scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, under-nutrition and a lack of access to basic services.”

“An entire generation of children in Yemen is growing up knowing nothing but violence… Children in Yemen are suffering the devastating consequences of a war that is not of their making,” said UNICEF’s representative in Yemen, Meritxell Relano.

“Malnutrition and disease are rampant as basic services collapse…Those who survive are likely to carry the physical and psychological scars of conflict for the rest of their lives,” she added.

Earlier in the day, The UN announced that the number of the Yemenis who are dependent on assistance has risen to 22.2 million.

More than 13,600 people have been killed since the onset of the Saudi-led war on Yemen in 2015. Much of the Arabian Peninsula country’s infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and factories, has been reduced to rubble in military strikes.

The Saudi-led war has also triggered a deadly cholera epidemic across Yemen.

https://archive.fo/WxV2a
http://yournewswire.com/unicef-more-than-5000-children-killed-in-saudi-arabias-war-on-yemen/

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Illegal Immigrant Heroin Ring From Mexico Busted in Denver

A Mexico-linked heroin trafficking ring operating in the Denver metro area was busted after a 61-count grand jury indictment accused six men of racketeering activities from April to December 2017. Five defendants were living in the U.S. illegally.

https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/16/denver-heroin-ring-bust-suspects-illegal/

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, four of the men had been deported multiple times and detainers were issued for four of the six defendants. One of the six’s immigration status was still unknown, and one is not yet in custody according to the Denver Post.

The six were indicted as a result of a long-term investigation conducted by the West Metro Drug Task Force, which made undercover purchases or seized 3,305 grams of heroin. Search warrants at four stash houses reportedly turned up an additional 3,215 grams of heroin and $6,700.

The investigation revealed that the defendants were allegedly importing heroin from outside of Colorado and using multiple stash houses in the Denver metro area to store drugs.

According to investigators, buyers would call a point of contact who would act as a dispatcher and arrange where drugs would be delivered. A runner would meet the buyer, and return the cash to a defendant identified as Fermin Flores-Rosales, 41, who then allegedly wired the buy money to banks in Mexico.

According to ICE, Flores-Rosales, his co-defendants Cristobal Flores-Rosales, 47; Yoel Soto-Campos, 21; and Joel Torrez-Espinoza, 25; were illegally in the United States. Torrez-Espinoza was previously convicted in 2012 in Utah of felony possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

A fifth defendant, Mario Acosta-Ruiz aka Alfonso Rosales-Alverez, was in the U.S. illegally from Mexico as well.

A sixth defendant, 24-year-old Juan Borques Meza, was also indicted. ICE did not share information on his immigration status. Torrez-Espinoza was identified as the defendant not yet in custody.

All six defendants were charged with criminal conspiracy and racketeering for violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) and for the alleged distribution of drugs.

District Attorney Peter Weir said, “This indictment and the dismantling of this heroin ring goes a long way towards stopping the flow of heroin into our community.”

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http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/01/17/illegal-immigrant-heroin-ring-mexico-busted-denver/

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FLASE FLAG ADMITTED! POLICE TO CHARGE "MULTIPLE SHOOTERS" INVOLVED WITH LAST YEAR'S VEGAS MASSACRE!

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Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have announced that new charges are being brought against ‘multiple shooters’ connected to the Mandalay Bay massacre.

LVPD attorney Nicholas Crosby said Tuesday that the police were prohibited from publicly releasing search warrants related to the shooting because “potential charges against other people” is in the works, according to Fox News.

Crosby’s revelation came as a surprise to most in the courtroom. It was the newest information in regards to the investigation that the public seems to have garnered unwittingly by Crosby when explaining to have the warrants remained sealed. Crosby did not say who would face charges.

Crosby, paradoxically, posited that he cannot argue the facts of the case without compromising what the police are trying to protect. He suggested having an in-camera hearing, meaning one in private.

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Oh Diversity! Ex-CIA Officer Suspected Of Helping China Assassinate US Informants Arrested At JFK International Airport

A former CIA officer suspected of helping China identify the US spy agency's informants was arrested at JFK International Airport on Monday on charges of unlawful retention of national defense information, according to the Department of Justice.

Many of the agency's informants were killed in a "systematic dismantling of the CIA's spy network in China starting in 2010," according to the New York Times, which notes it was one of the American government's "worst intelligence failures in recent years."

The arrest of the former agent, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense F.B.I. investigation that began around 2012 after the C.I.A. began losing its informants in China. Mr. Lee was at the center of a mole hunt in which some intelligence officials believed that he had betrayed the United States but others thought that the Chinese government had hacked the C.I.A.’s covert communications used to talk to foreign sources of information. -NYT

"Jerry Chun Shing Lee, aka “Zhen Cheng Li”, 53 - a U.S. Citizen currently living in Hong Kong, began working for the CIA as a case officer in 1994, where he would spend the next 13 years with a Top Secret clearance and signing "numerous non-disclosure agreements," according to a DOJ press release.

According to court documents, in August 2012, Lee and his family left Hong Kong to return to the United States to live in northern Virginia. While traveling back to the United States, Lee and his family had hotel stays in Hawaii and Virginia. During each of the hotel stays, FBI agents conducted court-authorized searches of Lee’s room and luggage, and found that Lee was in unauthorized possession of materials relating to the national defense.

Specifically, agents found two small books containing handwritten notes that contained classified information, including but not limited to, true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, operational notes from asset meetings, operational meeting locations and locations of covert facilities.

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Autopilot Teslas to Kill People $, The Media Flaunts It $, Govt To Cover-up Deaths And Disasters $

WHY IS TELSA STILL BEING SUBSIDIZED!?
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It's a calm Saturday morning in August of next year. Suddenly, across the nation, 12,000 Tesla Model S sedans start up at the same time. They engage Tesla's vaunted autopilot feature and head out onto the road. Some of them make their way to local gas stations. Some to electrical substations. And then, as they approach, they accelerate to top speed. The explosions are fantastic as the Model S batteries rupture and spark fires, which ignite anything flammable in the area. The power grid in the Los Angeles area is brought down almost immediately. Hundreds of fires rage. America is under attack. This might sound like science fiction. It's not.

With 'cyber security' the first thing to understand is that the internet is ungovernable because locality is irrelevant and identity is shroudable. This is by design—it's the Internet—we're all supposed to be able to talk to everyone and it wasn't designed at the protocol level to require payment or identification.

Cyber criminals make mistakes and are arrested occasionally, but attacks can originate from states that do not cooperate with international institutions or foreign governments. And outside of the developed world there is often even less of a distinction between private individuals and state actors: A software security expert can work to enrich herself—or a criminal enterprise—one day and then work for their government’s intelligence service the next. This makes international cooperation even more difficult.

The second thing to recognize about cyber security is that attack is much easier than defense. Attackers can probe from multiple points, such as previously-hacked computers or servers rented with stolen credit card information. They can patiently try different strategies until they succeed. Talented attackers may first invent a new method of attack, then write software to scan servers or internet traffic to create a prioritized list of potentially vulnerable organizations, and only then begin systematically breaching them.

A defender, on the other hand, is a sitting target. Her application is public facing, with URLs, domains, and data centers that anyone can investigate. She has a consistent, detectable set of operating systems, software languages, and libraries that are as well understood by potential adversaries as they are by the in-house team that is responsible for managing them.

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Wall Street Tycoon, Larry Fink, Now Shilling Feudal Communism

Laurence D. Fink is the founder and chief executive of the enormous investment firm BlackRock, which manages in the neighborhood of $6 trillion of assets. That enormous hoard of financial assets–which it invests on behalf of individuals with 401(k) plans institutions such as pension funds, state and local governments, Fortune 500 companies, sovereign wealth funds, and college endowments–makes BlackRock the largest investor in the world. It gives BlackRock–and Fink himself–enormous sway in corporate boardrooms and the stock market.

Now Fink is deploying his financial clout by demanding business leaders adhere to a communist agenda. In his annual letter released Tuesday, Fink announced that BlackRock will require that companies make a “positive contribution to society” and “serve a social purpose.”

That doesn’t sound too bad when stated broadly. Although likely to irk capitalists who agree with the late economist Milton Friedman that the best social purpose a business can pursue is to maximize profits by selling products its customers want to buy, many Americans probably agree with the notion that corporations should consider how to contribute to society beyond creating jobs, making sales, and earning profits.

Unfortunately, Fink goes beyond calling for increased corporate responsibility. His letter makes it clear that he defines the act of making a contribution very narrowly. He wants companies to adopt left-wing policy goals in the name of corporate responsibility.

Companies must ask themselves: What role do we play in the community? How are we managing our impact on the environment? Are we working to create a diverse workforce? Are we adapting to technological change? Are we providing the retraining and opportunities that our employees and our business will need to adjust to an increasingly automated world? Are we using behaviorial financial and other tools to prepare workers for retirement, so that they invest in a way that will help them achieve their goals.

This reads like a checklist from the priorities of the left wing of the Democratic party? Environmentalism? Check. Diversity virtue signaling? Check. Retraining? Check. Jobs threatened by automation (but not immigration or trade)? Check.

The last point, about using behavioral financial tools to “prepare workers for retirement” is both a liberal talking point (the left loves the idea of using the lessons of ‘behavioral economics’ to nudge people into behaving in ways liberals think they should) and incredibly self-serving (since pushing workers to save more through 401(k)s is likely to push even more money into BlackRock’s coffers).

What’s missing from the list? Anything even vaguely conservative, #MAGA, or hinting of economic nationalism. There’s nothing about immigration and the legal duty not to hire illegal immigrants. Nothing about the displacement of workers from unfair trade practices. Nothing about opioid addiction that is devastating so many American families. Nothing about protecting free speech and the traditional of tolerating dissenting political views. No protection for religious freedom. There’s not even talk of working to rebuild America’s failing infrastructure.

In other words, Fink is not urging corporate America to evolve toward being more socially responsible. This isn’t about companies needing a “sense of purpose” that will benefit society. It’s about loading the dice in favor of the communist agenda that has ruined America and the middle class.

If you don’t bend a knee instead of standing for America, you’ll end up on the wrong side of BlackRock.

There’s an important lesson for conservatives, Trump voters, and working-class Americans in Fink’s letter. The lesson is stark and simple: the moneyed power on Wall Street does not care about you, your family, your jobs, or your community. It is not your ally. Increasingly, it is your enemy.

https://archive.fo/d41M1
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/16/blackrocks-betrayal-woke-wall-street-pushes-leftist-agenda-on-corporate-america/

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Good! DHS Preparing To Arrest Leaders of Sanctuary Cities For Violating National Security

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Her confirmation came after California’s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan says those policies put his officers and local communities at more risk because they have to arrest illegal immigrants out in the community.

Mr. Homan told The Washington Times last July that he wanted to see local officials charged as complicit in human smuggling if they shielded illegal immigrants through sanctuary policies.

https://archive.fo/dg2VH
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/16/dhs-asks-prosecutors-charge-sanctuary-city-leaders/

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They Are Afraid! Twitter’s Censorship Algorithm Targets Breitbart Audience

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Twitter’s algorithms for political censorship target language and images — such as “America” and the American flag — associated with Breitbart News’s audience, said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe on Monday.

O’Keefe’s remarks on Twitter came during a SiriusXM Breitbart News Tonight interview with Breitbart News’s Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.

Censorial algorithms at Twitter, said O’Keefe, associate certain terms and sentiments with automated behaviors in an ostensible effort to silence bots across the platform: “[Twitter has] an algorithm that finds correlative words associated with people like the Breitbart audience. So if you post about guns, if you like the American flag, if you use the word ‘America,’ if you are a self-described ‘redneck,’ they actually target these people. These are not racists, or white supremacists, or Nazis — these are just moderate conservative ideas.”

Following 2016’s presidential election, Twitter deployed a political censorship campaign ostensibly dedicated to combating “fake news” it implied was responsible for the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

Twitter surveils and monetizes — through automated probing and employee monitoring — information within direct messages sent by its users across its platform, said O’Keefe: “They’re sharing your girlfriends’ [and] wives’ private pictures you give, you know, people send direct messages on Twitter thinking they’re private, it’s actually not. They can store it in a database, and these engineers are bragging about selling it to advertisers, looking at them, sharing them with your exes and [others].”

O’Keefe commented on Twitter’s use of shadow banning and assorted measures to minimize targeted users’ engagement across its platform:

They have hundreds of engineers that mine through your private part pictures … That shadow banning video we released Thursday was probably one of the greatest censorship stories we’ve ever seen. This is the digital town square, and if they’re able to prevent you from sharing your information with your followers and friends, then how are you going to communicate your ideas? They’re trying to “ban a way of talking,” they say.

“This is probably the biggest invasion of privacy,” surmised O’Keefe.

In response to Project Veritas’s investigation, a Twitter spokesperson described the company as “enforcing [its] rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform.” The statement also derided Project Veritas’s investigation as deploying “deceptive and underhanded tactics.”

While denying its use of shadow banning, Twitter acknowledges that is “limit[s] tweet visibility” on its platform: “Twitter does not shadow ban accounts. We do take actions to downrank accounts that are abusive, and mark them accordingly so people can still to click through and see these Tweets if they so choose. Limiting tweet visibility depends on a number of signals about the nature of the interaction and the quality of the content.”

Twitter’s political culture, concluded O’Keefe, resembled a “Soviet” mentality opposed to free speech and expression:

I think the problem is that people in Silicon Valley sort of pat themselves on the back about this. I think there’s no shaming these people. They want the censor. They don’t believe in the same things that you and I believe in. They don’t believe in a free exchange of ideas. They have a sort of Soviet methodology; if it isn’t consistent with what the party wants, if it isn’t consistent with this sort of post-modern ideological agenda of doublespeak, then it doesn’t belong. It’s almost like you can’t shame them. It’s very hard to shame them.

https://archive.fo/ehUJt
http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2018/01/15/james-okeefe-twitter-censorship-targets-breitbart-audience/

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TYRANNICAL Israeli Govt Introduces Death Penalty For So-called 'Fake News' Publishers

Do you hold any dissent or opposition against the Israeli establishment? If so, they want to KILL YOU for it!

Israel are introducing new legislation that will make publishing so-called ‘fake news’ a criminal offence – punishable by the death penalty.

The harsh new law, proposed by Communications Minister Minister Ayoub Kara, could see reporters and journalists who criticize the Israeli government over their treatment of Palestinians face prison or execution.

Haaretz.com reports: An Israeli minister called African migrants a “sanitary nuisance.” Communications Minister Ayoub Kara made the comments Friday during an event for the Likud party in Eilat. He said that asylum seekers who worked in the southern resort town were an issue for the tourism hot spot.

His words come against the backdrop of a controversial plan by the Israeli government to forcefully deport African asylum seekers from the country.

In the beginning of the month, the Population, Immigration and Border Authority announced that it was launching a campaign to rid Israel of its asylum seekers, saying that among the 35,000 of them currently living in the country most of the Eritrean and Sudanese nationals will have to leave immediately or face incarceration.

“In my previous role, I was in charge of regional cooperation to save tourism in Eilat. We brought here 1,500 from Akaba and thus we deported, without making any effort, the illegal workers who infiltrated here and were a sanitary nuisance.”

Kara went on to make another harsh statement in the speech he made, calling for media outlets that broadcast “fake news” to be given the death verdict. His words were received with a round of applause. The communications minister said: “Everyone who brings [sic] fake news, will bring upon themselves the death verdict and there won’t be fucking fake news anymore.”

https://archive.fo/5CQV0
http://yournewswire.com/israel-death-penalty-fake-news/

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Good! US Oil Industry Set To Break Record, Upend Global Trade

Surging shale production is poised to push U.S. oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day - toppling a record set in 1970 and crossing a threshold few could have imagined even a decade ago.

And this new record, expected within days, likely won’t last long. The U.S. government forecasts that the nation’s production will climb to 11 million barrels a day by late 2019, a level that would rival Russia, the world’s top producer.

The economic and political impacts of soaring U.S. output are breathtaking, cutting the nation’s oil imports by a fifth over a decade, providing high-paying jobs in rural communities and lowering consumer prices for domestic gasoline by 37 percent from a 2008 peak.

Fears of dire energy shortages that gripped the country in the 1970s have been replaced by a presidential policy of global “energy dominance.”

“It has had incredibly positive impacts for the U.S. economy, for the workforce and even our reduced carbon footprint” as shale natural gas has displaced coal at power plants, said John England, head of consultancy Deloitte’s U.S. energy and resources practice.

U.S. energy exports now compete with Middle East oil for buyers in Asia. Daily trading volumes of U.S. oil futures contracts have more doubled in the past decade, averaging more than 1.2 billion barrels per day in 2017, according to exchange operator CME Group.

The U.S. oil price benchmark, West Texas Intermediate crude, is now watched closely worldwide by foreign customers of U.S. gasoline, diesel and crude.

https://archive.fo/3rxpC
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oil-record-shale-analysis/u-s-oil-industry-set-to-break-record-upend-global-trade-idUSKBN1F50HV

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False Hawaii Emergency Alert Last Week Proved ONE Major Fact: During A Crisis Government Protects Itself, You're On Your Own!

As David Knight previously reported, a large COOP (Continuity of Operation) drill Dark Winter, was scheduled for the beginning of January.

Was the false alarm in Hawaii part of that? A follow-up?

Regardless, the takeaway lesson from the Hawaiian missile false alarm is: You’re on your own & government isn’t going to protect you.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=Q1pQGe9VbLk

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Russian Oligarchs Begin Liquidating Their US Holdings

As we reported last Friday, Russian oligarchs are growing increasingly nervous over the U.S. Treasury's upcoming "Official Oligarch" list, which is being created pursuant to an Aug. 2, 2017 law requiring that the Treasury and State Departments identify officials and oligarchs as determined by "their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth" in order to penalize the Kremlin for its alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

The report, due in two weeks on January 29, must include “indices of corruption with respect to those individuals” and any foreign assets they may have. And according to Bloomberg, Russian businessmen are scrambling right now to protect assets and avoid the list.

Some people who think they’re likely to land on the list have stress-tested the potential impact on their investments, two people with knowledge of the matter said. Others are liquidating holdings, according to their U.S. advisers.

Russian businessmen have approached former Treasury and State Department officials with experience in sanctions for help staying off the list, said Dan Fried, who previously worked at the State Department and said he turned down such offers. Some Russians sent proxies to Washington in an attempt to avoid lobbying disclosures, according to one person that was contacted.

And with Russia-friendly lobbyists such as the Podesta Group and Paul Manafort's operations shuttered, many desperate Russian oligarchs have been cut off from their D.C. influence peddlers.

Meanwhile, Treasury officials are reportedly growing concerned over the list, as they worry some people will conflate it with Obama-era sanctions. Moreover, portions of the report may be classified and issued in the form of a letter - as opposed to releasing it through the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) which is responsible for issuing sanctions.

“You’re going to have people getting shamed. It’s a step below a sanction because it doesn’t actually block any assets, but has the same optics as sanctions -- you’re on a list of people who are engaged in doing bad things.” -Erich Ferrari, Ferrari & Associates

The Treasury's report must include "indices of corruption," which will list any foreign assets next to an oligarch considered corrupt. “Because of the nervousness that the Russian business community is facing, a number of oligarchs are already beginning to wind back businesses, treating them as if they are already designated, to stay ahead of it,” said Daniel Tannebaum, head of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s global financial sanctions unit.

Vladimir Putin has warned wealthy nationals over worsening U.S. sanctions, and provided them with a capital amnesty program designed to allow oligarchs to repatriate some of their overseas assets. Meanwhile, Putin has issued special bonds which will allow the wealthy to hold assets outside of the reach of the U.S. Treasury.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Russia will react to any punitive measures against its businessmen, stating "The principle of reciprocity remains," suggesting that Putin would employ a commensurate response to a U.S. crackdown on oligarchs.

Perhaps one of the main drivers behind Russian oligarchs shedding assets before the U.S. Treasury's "indices of corruption" are released is an Executive Order signed quietly in Late December which freezes the U.S. housed assets of foreign government officials or executives of foreign corporations deemed to be corrupt.

https://archive.fo/OyAO7
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-15/putin-pals-panic-over-us-corrupt-oligarchs-list-begin-liquidating-assets

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Lol! Obama's Presidential Center Faces Protests... by Environmentalists

The Obama Foundation originally said it would house a presidential library on the property and vowed to have the National Archives oversee the facility because of its placement on public land. But that's no longer the case, and some are balking at the change in plans. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) The Obama Foundation originally said it would house a presidential library on the property and vowed to have the National Archives oversee the facility because of its placement on public land. But that's no longer the case, and some are balking at the change in plans. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Obama Foundation released plans last week for the presidential center it plans to build in Chicago's Jackson Park, but behind the scenes, a battle is taking place to keep the former Democratic president from building on that specific lot of land, and there's still a chance that it gets delayed when it seeks federal approval.

What initially started out as a library has morphed into a 20-acre private "center," and some environmentalists and historians are unhappy with the Obama Foundation's plans to swoop in and take over a national historic place.

The Obama Foundation originally said it would house a presidential library on the property and vowed to have the National Archives oversee the facility because of its placement on public land. But that's no longer the case, and some are balking at the change in plans.

"Here’s our bottom line. If the Obama Foundation wishes to construct this center on Chicago’s South Side, that’s fine, but not on parkland held in public trust. The University of Chicago, which orchestrated the winning bid for the project, has plenty of land on the South Side that they could and should use. Instead, they’ve been adamant since day one that they must have historic public parkland for the purpose," Charles Birnbaum, president and founder of D.C.-based nonprofit, the Cultural Landscape Foundation, told the Washington Examiner in a written statement Saturday.

The foundation is not alone. The group is working alongside a number of others, including Friends of the Parks, Jackson Park Watch, Openlands, National Association for Olmsted Parks, Save the Midway, Landmarks Illinois, and Preservation Chicago, all of whom have raised concerns about the project.

In addition, 200 faculty members from Obama's former employer, the University of Chicago, issued a formal letter last Monday stating its opposition to the presidential center being built at this location.

As a first step, the center's proposal must be approved by Chicago's planning department and the city council. That process is not expected to sit any snags, as Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is Chicago's mayor.

"If past is prologue, municipal officials will rubber-stamp their approvals," Birnbaum said.

But the federal process will be more complicated, and that's where Birnbaum's argument becomes especially relevant.

The Obama Foundation will have to get approval from the Environmental Protection Agency under the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. A spokesperson for Birnbaum's group said it is difficult to predict how the Trump administration's EPA will handle it.

https://archive.fo/Hl950
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-battle-to-shut-down-obamas-presidential-center/article/2645882

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Liberal Utopia Commiefornia Leads Nation in Poverty Rate

This just in from what was once the best state in the Union:

Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income.

Given robust job growth and the prosperity generated by several industries, it’s worth asking why California has fallen behind, especially when the state’s per-capita GDP increased approximately twice as much as the U.S. average over the five years ending in 2016 (12.5%, compared with 6.27%).

The Left's first, last and only instinct is to throw more money at the problem, but California's already done that. and guess what?

It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.

The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

The progressives who control every aspect of the state's government are not necessarily stupid people, but they are malign. They understand that increasing welfare spending only encourages the arrival of more recipients on whom to spend it, and the high likelihood that those new constituents will vote Democrat as soon as they are able, legally or otherwise. Already, some 55 percent of "immigrants" receive means-tested benefits, while only 30 percent of native Californians do so.

California's army of bureaucrats contributes as well, as does the state's highly restrictive land-use ordinances and environmental restrictions, which drive up the cost of housing in what is already the nation's most expensive real-estate market:

With 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, California has an enormous bureaucracy. Many work in social services, and many would lose their jobs if the typical welfare client were to move off the welfare rolls.

Further contributing to the poverty problem is California’s housing crisis. More than four in 10 households spent more than 30% of their income on housing in 2015. A shortage of available units has driven prices ever higher, far above income increases. And that shortage is a direct outgrowth of misguided policies.

https://archive.fo/WEzPd
https://pjmedia.com/trending/whats-matter-california/

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Soros Vows To "Fight Back" As EU Collapsing Like The USSR, Russia Empowered By Nationalism

The 'progressive' billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”.

Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda.

Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà vu all over again with one big change — the dominant ideology in the world now is nationalism… It’s the EU that’s the institution that’s on the verge of a breakdown.

“And Russia is now the resurgent power, based on nationalism,” Soros said.

The open borders financier blames Russian hackers for attacks against him in 2016, and the country’s government blacklisted the OSF in 2015 for allegedly “endangering Russia’s constitutional system and national security”.

“I think you can say I’m quite lucky with my enemies,” Soros said. “It makes me feel more than ready to fight back and stand up for what is right.”

https://archive.fo/QGgr1
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/15/soros-dominant-ideology-nationalism-eu-verge-breakdown/

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Russian Military Eliminates Islamic Militants Who Shelled Syrian Airbase

The Russian military has wiped out a subversive militant group, which shelled the Hmeymim airbase in Syria with mortars on December 31, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Friday.

According to the ministry, a special operation was held to spot and eliminate it. A group of Russian Special Operation Forces established the militants' location close to the western border of the Idlib province.

"When the terrorists arrived at the facility where they were to board a minibus, the whole subversive group was eliminated by the Krasnopol high-precision munition," the ministry said.

The Russian Defense Ministry added that all manpower and materiel of Russia’s multilevel military intelligence system in Syria had been involved in the operation.

Earlier reports said that a subversive militant group had shelled Hmeymim airbase on December 31, 2017, killing two Russian military servicemen.

Russia’s Krasnopol precision artillery munition has wiped out terrorists’ drone assembly and storage depot in the Syrian province of Idlib, according to the Defense Ministry.

"The Russian military reconnaissance has uncovered a terrorist fixed-wing drone assembly and storage place in the province of Idlib. The depot has been destroyed by the Krasnopol precision artillery munition," the Defense Ministry said.

The Russian Defense Ministry earlier reported that on January 6 militants in Syria had massively used UAVs for the first time when attacking Russia’s Hmeymim airbase and the naval supply base in Tartus. The attack was successfully repelled. Seven vehicles were shot down, and six were taken under control with the help of electronic warfare means.

The Defense Ministry said the solutions used by the militants had been obtained from a technologically advanced country. It warned of the risk of more such attacks in any other country around the world

The ministry also said the drones that tried to attack Hmeymim and Tartus had been launched from the area of Muazzar, in the southwestern part of the de-escalation zone Idlib, held by the armed groups of the so-called moderate opposition.

https://archive.fo/1FJrK
http://tass.com/defense/984904

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Deep State Saudi Arabian Billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Headed To Gitmo-style Prison

Goodbye Ritz Carlton. Saudi Arabia's billionaire prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has been carted off to Al Ha'ir prison, south of Riyadh, after refusing to pay a reported $6 billion to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to secure his freedom, following a massive consolidation of power on November 4, 2017 in which over 300 princes, ministers and other elites were rounded up in an anti-corruption purge.

Sources told the Middle East Montior that nearly 60 detainees were transferred to the most high security prison in the Kingdom. The prisoners include Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal as Prince Turki Bin Abdullah and a number of government officials who refused to make the large financial payments for their release.

Among those arrested on allegations of corruption is Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the Saudi King's nephew who is worth more than $17bn according to Forbes, and owns stakes in Twitter, Lyft and Citigroup. According to a Daily Mail source, the crown prince had lulled Alwaleed into a false sense of security, inviting him to a meeting at his Al Yamamah palace, then sent officers to arrest him the night before the meeting.

'Suddenly at 2.45am all his guards were disarmed, the royal guards of MBS storm in,' said the source.

'He's dragged from his own bedroom in his pajamas, handcuffed, put in the back of an SUV, and interrogated like a criminal.

'They hung them upside down, just to send a message.

Purged princes and the like were taken to the Riydah Ritz Carlton Hotel, where they have reportedly been allowed to buy their freedom by giving up their billions in oil wealth for their lives.

As the Daily Mail reported in November, mercenaries purportedly employed by Academi - a successor to infamous US security contractor Blackwater, have been stringing up some of MBS’s “guests” at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton by their feet and savagely beating them during interrogations. The claims have spread rapidly on Arabic-language social media, and even Lebanon’s president Michel Aoun has accused MbS of using mercenaries.

Meanwhile, none of Prince Alwaleed's powerful friends appear to be coming to his defense.

https://archive.fo/R3WEW
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-14/prince-alwaleed-moved-highest-security-saudi-prison-after-refusing-pay-6-billion

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DoJ Has Found Hillary’s 33,000 ‘Missing’ Emails Amid New Investigation

President Donald Trump has confirmed that the missing 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails have been found as the Department of Justice make progress with their relaunched investigation.

On Sunday the former D.C. bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily, Paul Sperry, tweeted a link to a New York Post article he wrote in which FBI sources tell him they have found the missing emails.

Within minutes, President Trump retweeted Mr. Sperry’s article in an apparent confirmation of the claims made.

Nypost.com reports: https://archive.fo/0Ch7S

For months now, we’ve been told that Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails were permanently erased and destroyed beyond recovery. But newly released FBI notes strongly suggest they still exist in several locations — and they could be recovered, if only someone would impanel a grand jury and seize them.

In a May interview with FBI agents, an executive with the Denver contractor that maintained Clinton’s private server revealed that an underling didn’t bleach-clean all her subpoenaed emails, just ones he stored in a data file he used to transfer the emails from the server to Clinton’s aides, who in turn sorted them for delivery to Congress.

The Platte River Networks executive, whose name was redacted from the interview report, said PRN tech Paul Combetta “created a ‘vehicle’ to transfer email files from the live mailboxes of [Clinton Executive Services Corp.] email accounts [and] then later used BleachBit software to shred the ‘vehicle,’ but the email content still existed in the live email accounts.”

Unless one of Clinton’s aides had the capability to log in to the PRN server as an administrator and remove a mailbox, her archived mailboxes more than likely still reside somewhere in that system. And they may also materialize on an internal “shared drive” that PRN created to control access to the Clinton email accounts among PRN employees. PRN has been under FBI order to preserve all emails and other evidence since the start of its investigation last year.

Clinton’s missing “personal” emails may also be captured on a Google server. According to FBI notes, Combetta “transferred all of the Clinton email content to a personal Google email address he created.” Only the FBI never subpoenaed Google to find out.

The FBI documents also reveal that Hillary’s server was mirrored on a cloud server in Pennsylvania maintained by Datto Inc., a tech firm that performs cloud-to-cloud data protection.

When PRN contracted with Datto, it requested that Hillary’s server be backed up locally and privately. But the techs forgot to order the private node, and they sent the server backup data “remotely to Datto’s secure cloud and not to a local private node.” The FBI never subpoenaed Datto’s server, either.

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LEAKED! Twitter Employees Paid to Spy On You and Profile You, Including Your Sexual Fetishes!

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Clay Haynes: “There’s teams dedicated to it… at least, three or four hundred people… they’re paid to look at d*ck pics.”

Pranay Singh, Twitter Engineer, Says “All your sex messages… d*ck pics… like, all the girls you’ve been f*cking around with, they’re are on my server now…”

“Everything you send is stored on my server… You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server.”

Claims Twitter Stores Your Private Data to Sell to Advertisers, “They’ll make a virtual profile about you”

“You’re paying for the right to use our website with your data basically.”

“You leak way more information than you think… Like, if you go to Twitter for the first time, we have information about you.”

How Would You Protect People If This Power Fell Into the Wrong Hands? “You don’t,” Says Former Twitter Engineer Conrado Miranda, “There is no way.”

Project Veritas has released undercover footage of Twitter Engineers and employees admitting that Twitter employees view all of your private messages on their servers and analyze it to create a “virtual profile” of you which they sell to advertisers.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=rgyPpsX2B0g

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How Blockchain Will Bring Transparency Back To Real Estate

It was the late 1990s when the real estate industry first started on its virtual path and began introducing property to a greater audience. The internet transformed the property business, from listing a home to researching real estate-specific topics like suburb profiles, agents, agencies and brokers. Now, Blockchain has presented a new frontier for revolutionizing the industry.

By design, Blockchain is immutable, secure and transparent. In other words, it cannot be stolen, duplicated or deceived. As such, it can streamline resource-intensive procedures and provide transparency — particularly in industries like real estate — while delivering efficient and trusted outcomes like rewarding consumers for their attention.

Real estate utilizes many unique and complicated processes. In its simplest form, the process of listing a property for sale includes: finding the right agent; valuation, appraisal and market estimation of the property; and the exchange of title deeds, among others. For each of these, the Blockchain can deliver a better alternative to traditional operations.

Most technology advancements since the internet's inception have been socially focused. Consumers are part of the overall business marketing solution — as seen with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others — which offers clear progress toward an open and transparent environment. However, beyond social media and amid exponential technological growth, a new movement to reward consumer involvement is underway: the Attention Economy.

The Attention Economy presents the unique idea that a person’s attention has a net value. It is a term that describes the commoditization of consumers’ attention, where users are rewarded for how long they remain invested in a product or service as well as for the extent of their contribution.

Interestingly, it only works in transparent environments. Blockchain is a technology that underpins this transparency and reward solution. And in the Blockchain world, the list of transparency improvements is endless.

In its simplest form, a Blockchain-driven ecosystem would empower the consumer to find a reliable and qualified agent or broker. Searching for a real estate agent would also provide the prospective seller a list of qualified agents as well as their relevant certifications and reviews.

Blockchain will bring positive changes to the future of real estate, and being part of the change is the most important thing companies can do now to ensure long-term success. Should the industry not willingly adapt to this new technology, it may just be forced to.

https://archive.fo/hZmwA
http://www.ibtimes.com/how-blockchain-will-bring-transparency-back-real-estate-2639947

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A New 'Wikileaks for Religion' Publishes Its First Trove of Documents Exposing Pedophilia

FaithLeaks, a young transparency organization focused on religious communities, published its first big trophy this week: a collection of 33 letters and documents from an internal investigation into alleged sexual abuse within a congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Like other whistle-blower organizations, FaithLeaks provides sources the ability to anonymously submit sensitive documents, which the site then posts publicly. FaithLeaks uses SecureDrop, an encrypted open-source system that is also used by media outlets including the New York Times and ProPublica. SecureDrop uses the anonymizing Tor network to facilitate submissions that leave no trace online. Founded by two former Mormons in November, FaithLeaks believes that “increased transparency within religious organizations results in fewer untruths, less corruption, and less abuse.”

The documents released this week span from 1999 to 2012, and they’re devastating. They include details about accusations by three women against one church member. The first case involves allegations made by the man’s adult daughter, who accused him of sexual and physical abuse that began when she was 5 years old. (Names have been redacted in all the FaithLeaks documents.) Another daughter and an unrelated woman later came forward to make abuse accusations against the same man; the second daughter said her father had begun to “fondle and touch” her at the age of 3, and began raping her at 8.

The first document, a detailed report from the local congregation to Jehovah’s Witness headquarters in Brooklyn, makes clear the church found the first accuser credible. “It certainly appears that these were real events,” the letter concludes. “It is our opinion that these allegations have substance.” But the documents that follow capture Jehovah’s Witness leaders’ attempts to deal with the accusations internally over many years, without intervention from the “worldly court of law”—that is, without going to the police. One of the documents describes an incident in which the accused man apparently violated a restraining order against one of the alleged victims; church leaders criticized her husband for calling the police at the time, accusing him of “bypassing theocratic organization because of his personal feelings.” Church leaders revoked some privileges from the accused man and even excommunicated him, but he was reinstated after only a year.

The founders of FaithLeaks hope to shed light on corruption and cover-ups within other religious communities going forward. “Our goal is to reduce the amount of deception and untruths and unethical behaviors that exist in some facets of religion,” Ryan McKnight told Religion News Service. “If someone is in possession of documents they feel deserve to be made public, we’re simply here to help facilitate that.” McKnight and his co-founder, Ethan Dodge, say they are particularly interested in documents related to finances, congregational policies and procedures, and information on sex-abuse settlements.

https://web.archive.org/web/20180115041500/https://slate.com/technology/2018/01/a-new-wikileaks-for-religion-publishes-its-first-trove-of-documents.html

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Health Officials ADMIT The Flu Shot Does NOT Work

Albert Einstein is broadly credited with saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. By that definition, the entire healthcare profession of most of the developed world is insane. Why else would they continue to insist, year after year, that people be vaccinated against the flu, when year after year, the vaccine proves to be ineffective?

The U.K.’s Daily Mail recently reported that this year’s flu vaccine (unsurprisingly) is targeted at the wrong strains, and that the thousands of people who have already received the shot have wasted their own time and the government’s money.

U.S. publications, including The New York Times, are reporting that we are experiencing the same problem on this side of the pond.

The Times reported:

This year’s flu season is shaping up to be a bad one. Much of the country endured a bitterly cold stretch, causing more people to be crowded together inside. The strain that has been most pervasive, H3N2, is nastier than most. And, we’re being told, the vaccine this year is particularly ineffective.

Of course, The Times immediately went on to stress that people should still get the flu shot, but then they would do that, because they seem to echo whatever Big Pharma – and its advertising dollars – want them to say.

The Mail reported that Public Health England (PHE) has officially announced that the trivalent vaccine, which is supposed to prevent one “B” strain and two “A” strains of the flu, is ineffective against this year’s two most prevalent and virulent strains: The B/Yamagata type, and H3N2, a particularly aggressive strain known as “Aussie flu.”

Between them, these two strains have placed immense strain on the resources of the U.K.’s already overburdened National Health Service (NHS).

Ambulances have recorded long delays, while A&E staff have been so busy dealing with flu patients in their casualty units, that they have been unable to transfer other patients from ambulances in order to receive care.

Health officials have noted that over 55,000 surgeries have had to be canceled because of the “extreme” additional pressure placed on hospitals by the flu outbreak. Meanwhile, dozens of hospitals have warned that there are no free beds available for new patients.

Experts had already been warning that the flu shot is totally worthless in the oldest and most vulnerable of flu patients – those over the age of 75 – who are most often pushed to receive the vaccine as a protective measure.

According to the PHE, even though 11 million Brits received their flu shot in 2016, the number of deaths attributable to the disease increased by 40 percent. This year’s shot is set to be even more useless, with only a projected 20 percent efficacy rate.

QUARTZ also noted:

H3N2 is also a particularly nasty strain … To put it into perspective, back when H1N1 was making headlines as swine flu in 2009, it infected just over 51,000 folks in Australia. This year, H3N2 sickened over 215,000 Australians.

Readers need not despair, however. Prevention is ALWAYS better than cure, and the best way to prevent getting sick from any virus is to build up your immune system.

https://archive.fo/aExdj
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-01-12-health-officials-admit-the-flu-jab-does-not-work-vaccine-in-circulation-targets-wrong-strain-as-is-usually-the-case.html

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Real Progress! Greece Begins Limiting the Threats of Tyrannical Sharia Law

Greece is curbing the power of sharia courts that operate in the northern region of the country.

The new law (paywall), which prime minister Alexis Tsipras described as a “historic step,” gives Greek Muslims the option to take civil cases to Greek courts instead. The law restricts the application of religious law in the country, which according to Tsipras “broadens and deepens equality before the law to all Greeks.” Greece is home to some 100,000 Muslims.

Sharia law has applied to Thrace, a poor northern region home to most of Greek’s Muslim minority, for close to a century. This is down to the 1920 treaty of Sevres, following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, sparking population movements between Greece and Turkey; and the 1923 treaty of Lausanne, which recognized the boundary of modern Turkey. The treaties required that Islamic customs and Islamic religious law apply to thousands of Muslims who remained in Greece and suddenly became Greek citizens.

There are some simmering tensions between Turkey and Greece on the latter’s small Muslim community. Turkey calls the Muslim residents in Thrace the “Turkish minority,” but Greece continues to challenge the use of that term, accusing Turkey of attempting to meddle in domestic disputes.

The Greek parliament was forced to respond to the issue after a complaint was filed by a 67-year-old widow, Hatijah Molla Salli. The court case was about an inheritance dispute between Salli and her deceased husband’s relatives. Salli claimed the inheritance (paywall) that her husband left her in a will drafted by a Greek lawyer before he died. Her husband’s family disputed this and complained to the local mufti (an Islamic cleric), arguing that under Sharia law, Muslims were not allowed to have wills. Salli initially won her case after appealing to Greek secular justice, but the decision was reversed by the Greek Supreme Court in 2013, which ruled that only a mufti had the power to resolve Muslim inheritance rights. Salli then took her case to the European Supreme Court.

The new law gives Salli the backing she needs.

https://archive.fo/DCZfB
https://qz.com/1176815/greece-is-limiting-the-power-of-sharia-law/

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Nigel Farage Warns EU's Soviets Trying To Subjugate UK, Destroy Democracy, Denying Brexit Declaration

The former UKIP boss warned that Britain's historic decision to leave the EU could be vulnerable to establishment-backed campaigns and a cabal of Europhile dictators.

The warning came as a group of leading economists warned that failing to strike a deal with Britain could cost the EU £500bn.

The former UKIP boss said that Britain's decision to leave the EU could be vulnerable to establishment-backed campaigns and a cabal of Europhile MPs.He told The Observer: "The Remain side are making all the running.

“They have a majority in parliament, and unless we get ourselves organised we could lose the historic victory that was Brexit.

“The Leave groups need to regather and regroup, because Remain is making all the arguments.

"After we won the referendum, we closed the doors and stopped making the argument.

“We no longer have a majority in parliament. I think we would lose the vote in parliament."

He said: “What is for certain is that the Cleggs the Blairs will never ever, ever give up. They will go on whinging and whining and moaning all the way through this process."

https://archive.fo/6WUZg
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5336036/nigel-farage-brexit-vote-result-reversed-warning/

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Detective Investigating Podestas Found Stabbed To Death

The blood-soaked body of a private detective who linked John and Tony Podesta to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been found at a mansion in Surrey, England.

Mystery surrounds the death of Washington D.C. based Kevin Halligen, 56, who presented himself as a ‘cloak-and-dagger, James Bond-style spy’ who took on the most difficult cases. Surrey Police confirmed Saturday that a probe has been launched into his death.

FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED

Kevin Halligen took over the private investigation into the Madeleine McCann case in May 2008 and was responsible for linking John and Tony Podesta to the disappearance of the 3-year-old girl in Portugal, sparking frenzied speculation that the brothers, both high-level Democratic Party operatives, were responsible for her murder.

The 56-year-old detective and his partner Henri Exton were responsible for the two e-fit sketches, that were released in the search for the Madeline McCann abductor(s), and which bore more than a passing resemblance to John and Tony Podesta.

Kevin Halligen’s investigative work into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann revealed that one of the men pictured in the e-fit sketches was seen carrying a young child that resembled the 3-year-old child on a beach in Praia da Luz, Portugal, a popular beach holiday location where Halligen also proved the Podesta brothers were holidaying at the time.

HALLIGAN HAD ‘DIRT’ ON THE PODESTAS

Mainstream media attempted to convince everyone that it was a co-incidence. However the 56-year-old private detective knew more about the Podesta brothers and their secrets than many initially assumed. The British investigator was D.C. based, and worked for Oakley International, an intelligence operation that considered the Podesta Group to be its natural enemy.

Oakley International was based out of 2550 M Street, NW, Washington, DC. This address is also the office of Patton Boggs, Washington’s most politically-connected law firm and lobbyist organization. When Halligan first moved to D.C. in 2005, he hired Patton Boggs to help set up his new business.

Through his close connection with Patton Boggs, Kevin Halligen was more than familiar with The Podesta Group. They are closely connected. Tony Podesta has gone on record on multiple occasions praising Tommy Boggs of Patton Boggs: “He’s a brilliant guy who invented what a lot of us do.”

Nick Allard, Patton Boggs co-chairman also returns the praise for Tony Podesta: “Tony and his group are the right people at the right time in the right place…Tom Boggs invented the lawyer-lobbyist model and Tony perfected it. They are probably the two giants of the modern practice. There is no one else in the same zip code.“

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Treasonous DHS To Continue DACA Amnesty Renewals Despite Deadline

The Department of Homeland Security announced Saturday it would resume processing renewal applications for young undocumented immigrants seeking protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

The Trump administration announced in September that it would eliminate DACA, which protects people who were illegally brought to the United States as children — so-called Dreamers — from being deported. The administration said at the time it did not have the authority to administer the program and it was up to Congress to make it law.

But on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco ruled that the Trump administration's decision to eliminate DACA was based on a shoddy legal argument and called the move "arbitrary" and "capricious."

Ruling in favor of the University of California, Alsup ordered the government to resume DACA renewal applications while challenges to the September order work their way through the courts.

The White House and President Donald Trump initially blasted the decision. But in a statement Saturday, DHS said: "Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017."

https://archive.fo/cXDrC
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/government-resume-processing-daca-renewals-citing-judge-s-ruling-n837566

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Spain Breaks Modern Soviet EU's Attempts To Tariff UK After Brexit

Both Spain and the Netherlands have agreed to push for a Brexit deal “that keeps Britain as close to the EU as possible”, it has been reported.

Theresa May wants barrier free trade with the EU to continue for all-important services as well as goods.

She is expected to also ask Brussels to allow the UK to diverge from its rules and regulations, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has branded it “cherry-picking” and has promised to forbid it.

WHY DOES SHE NEED TO ASK!? JUST REJECT THEM YOU FUCKING CUCK WEAKLING!

The Pound soared upon news of the reported agreement between Spain and the Netherlands.

The agreement between Spain and the Netherlands has come despite boy Germany and France attempting to hit the UK with tougher conditions for market access, it has been reported.

The leaders of the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Hungary and Ireland have all publicly called for the EU not to punish the UK for Brexit.

The news comes after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy last month admitted the UK is an “indispensable partner” to Spain and the EU.

Speaking at European Council meeting last month, Mr Rajoy highlighted the need to maintain relations between the UK and Brussels after Brexit.

Hailing the achievements of both Brexit negotiating teams in concluding stage one of talks, he said Spain would need an agreement with the UK during any transitional deal, to maintain “fantastic relations” between the two countries.

“We want the best relations with the UK. Britons in Spain will be respected, as well as Spaniards living in the UK.

“We want the UK to keep investing in Spain. We want to keep our fantastic relations with the UK.”

https://archive.fo/2y8lD
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/904081/brexit-eu-spain-angela-merkel-theresa-may-uk-netherlands-germany-mariano-rajoy

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Arkansas Grand Jury Convened To Indict Bill and Hillary Clinton For Uranium One Treason

RELATED: >>>/news/5450

A grand jury in Arkansas has been convened to indict Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Clinton Foundation employees, for crimes connected to the “pay-for-play scheme,” according to reports.

Corey Hiland, a US attorney picked by Trump in 2017, now has a grand jury in place in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has been working for months, according to the Washington Post.

The battle for Clinton justice is no longer just about Trump, who said Hillary Clinton should be in jail. It’s no longer just about Sessions, who went on the record, before he was Attorney General, describing the Clinton Foundation as a pay-for-play scheme.

It’s now about Corey Hiland, the prosecuting US Attorney in Arkansas who is not going to play ball with the Clintons and their Foundation.

Trump’s pick for US Attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas is determined to deliver justice to the Clintons and their criminal Foundation. Despite his cool and unassuming exterior, a fiery yet focused determination simmers underneath.

Corey Hiland has re-opened the Clinton Foundation investigation that was closed down by Loretta Lynch and James Comey. He has a grand jury with subpoena power, thanks to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in D.C.

The Washington Post, the newspaper of the Deep State, has begun foreshadowing the Clinton indictments, preparing their readers for the inevitable. They are petrified, and they know it is going to take place. They don’t know how to spin it, so they have started saying that Trump has influenced the Department of Justice.

They are saying this without any evidence, while giving Bill Clinton a free pass after he met with Loretta Lynch on a tarmac in Phoenix, three days before Hillary Clinton’s interview with the FBI, with the express purpose of influencing the investigation.

This episode proves the corrupt, deceitful nature of mainstream media, in particular the CIA-financed Washington Post. They are still doing their best to cover for the Clintons. However their machinations have been exposed. Their time is running out.

The first indictment tied to the Clinton Foundation has already been issued. Though don’t expect mainstream media to cover this in any detail. They have already attempted to brush it under the carpet using deflection and misdirection to confuse their readers.

The former president of a Maryland transportation company that moved to nuclear materials across the United States has been indicted, accused of bribing an official at Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corp. The charges were unsealed Friday by the Department of Justice.

Despite what mainstream media want you to believe, the Uranium One scandal is being investigated. Low-level individuals are being indicted and questions, with the goal of working higher up – all the way to the two Clintons are the top of the pyramid.

No wonder Julian Assange tweeted an image of a chessboard yesterday.

https://archive.fo/0RPNT
http://yournewswire.com/arkansas-grand-jury-clinton/

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ALARM!

“This is an Emergency Action Notification directed by the president. Normal broadcasting will cease immediately.”

Well. OK. That announcement was a ways back in 1971. As a blast from the past you can check it out here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Yu4r79l8P8I [Embed]

Today, it appears the state of Hawaii hired the same clowns to run their own system.

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2018/President-Donald-Trump-has-been-briefed-on-a-false-alert-that-Hawaii-was-under-the-threat-of-being-hit-by-a-ballistic-missile/id-7d5957cef3cd4dbe8cf388cfe3436238

Glad all you kids with them fancy hitech cell phones can get a taste of what it was like for us, once upon a time...

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Bitcoin's Blockchain Alledgedly Compromised By Govt/Banksters Warns /pol/ Anon

Hello, /pol/. I have lurked this board since the first exodus, and find that the information presented here is of great utility to the common man - which in turn is obviously why shills are rampant. It seems that while shareblue and other shill teams have lost the election, their attempts are nowhere near exhausted. While this may not be of grave concern to you, something very dark is happening on 4chan/biz that only the more adept users seem to be taking note of. I will try to keep my post as easy to digest as possible, but this is a lot of information that actually stems back to 8/pol/ and the help of a very based anon.

1. Pre-August 2017 - 8/pol anon makes post warning other anons about the implications of the User-Activated Soft Fork on Bitcoin's blockchain. This User-Activated Soft Fork activates software called Segregated Witness, a "scaling solution" funded by a company called Blockstream, who happens to be funded by the Bildeberg group and venture capital groups. This "network upgrade" initiates on August 8th 2017, and if all the miners do not follow the abundance of nodes on the network, a chain split results, which looks terrible for Bitcoin. Because of this, and previous arrangements that will benefit the miners later on, Segwit is activated. Right before activation, Roger Ver states that he does not agree with what SegWit claims to do for Bitcoin, and in turn hard forks the network in order to preserve Bitcoin's ecosystem before this radical upgrade took place.

WHAT IS SEGWIT?

Segregated Witness is a software upgrade that forces every-day users such as you and I off of the main blockchain. It does this using a fee-based "solution". Fees to broadcast to the main blockchain are raised x1000, going from less than $1 to $1000 EOY 2018. Instead, average users will go through Side-Chains - a patented software that allows banks to control their own centralized blockchains, this means that they choose the transactions that will and will not be allowed to be broadcasted to the main blockchain, while you as an inidividual must pay them a fee to even use the sidechains. This means that banks have control over who can and cannot send money, something that was previously not possible with Bitcoin.

2. Post-August 2017

Roger Ver splits the Bitcoin blockchain with his hardfork, resulting in a new Bitcoin offspring named "Bitcoin Cash (BCH)" - Bitcoin Cash follows the original roadmap laid out by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, while Bitcoin (BTC) is now a science project of Bitcoin Core and Blockstream. Nothing is too bad on 4chan, a lot of people talking shit about Bitcoin Cash, but from my perspective it seems to be pure ignorance rather than any actual shilling.

WHAT IS BITCOIN CASH?

Bitcoin Cash is the original idea of Bitcoin, laid out by the creator of Bitcoin, and using solutions that Satoshi Nakamoto explicitly states exist for the future of the currency. These solutions allow for Bitcoin to scale according to the amount of users on the network, without the high-fee-based scalability model. This means that regardless of whether you are rich or poor, if you have Bitcoin Cash (BCH) you can broadcast your transaction to the blockchain for close to nothing. Censorship-resistant money.

3. Bitcoin Cash Gains A Foothold

As Bitcoin's (BTC) fees grow in price, less people begin to use it, the promise of Lightning Network and Sidechains are still being worked on, according to Core and Blockstream, but as of now, there is no immediate solution to these people. Raising the blocksize past 1MB is not possible. In turn, many businesses begin to drop Bitcoin, some turning to Bitcoin Cash, which results in newfound confidence and a new floor @ $1000 USD. At this point, 4chan begins to see many people shilling against Bitcoin Cash and either attempting to point people's attention toward alt-coins as the successor to Bitcoin, rather than Bitcoin Cash, which shares the same Genesis Block with Bitcoin.

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US/Zion Foreign Policies Continue To Fail In Syria As Russia Knocks Out Drones And Kills Terrorist "Rebels"

As of this writing, the Russian military has had three of their bases attacked by drones. They destroyed six of them and captured another seven. The significance: the drones are of a quality that could not have been made by the ISIS “rebels,” and had to come from a technologically-advanced nation. The drones were multidirectional and able to be controlled by satellite through GPS coordinates.

[Schwarzenegger, in “Predator”]: “Heat seeker, Dillon. Pretty sophisticated for a bunch of half-assed mountain boys.”

Exactly. The U.S. (via Tillerson) released a statement that the U.S. was not involved in the drone strike and was unaware of who supplied the drones.

Not only does that not hold any water, but as it turns out, a U.S. intelligence aircraft was monitored in the theatre while these drone attacks were taking place.

Syria is still being hotly contested between Assad and the “rebels” who are none other than Al Qaeda that “morphed” several times to become the ISIS we all know and uphold in the manner of Emmanuel Goldstein, the bogeyman of Orwell’s “1984.”

https://archive.fo/PpsCI

The Russian military announced late on Friday that it has tracked down and eliminated a group of rebels involved in attacks on Russia's main base in Syria after mobilizing "all manpower and materiel of Russia’s multilevel military intelligence system in Syria" and especially its elite special forces troops.

The previous New Year's Eve attack was carried out by a small squad of insurgents armed with mortars who were able to kill two Russian servicemen while damaging up to seven aircraft at Khmeimim Airbase outside of Latakia, Syria and constitutes the single largest loss of Russian military hardware throughout the Syria campaign.

In response to both attacks, Russian special forces units were immediately mobilized and conducted targeted operations based on intelligence which identified the location of the initial mortar attacks. The Russian Defense Ministry indicated the full scope of its intelligence and special ops resources were brought to bear for the operation. According to Russia's TASS news:

A group of Russian Special Operation Forces established the militants' location close to the western border of the Idlib province.

"When the terrorists arrived at the facility where they were to board a minibus, the whole subversive group was eliminated by the Krasnopol high-precision munition [see below]," the ministry said. The Russian Defense Ministry added that all manpower and materiel of Russia’s multilevel military intelligence system in Syria had been involved in the operation.

Simultaneous to this operation defense officials said Russian artillery targeted and destroyed a drone assembly plant and storage depot in nearby al-Qaeda controlled Idlib, believed to have possibly been part of the January 6 attack - which though reportedly thwarted - has raised serious concerns over the vulnerability and security of Russia's most active foreign base.

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Like It Or Not: As Minimum Wage Rises, Expect Higher Prices

A Subway sandwich shop in Seattle, Washington, is no longer offering the famous ‘Five Dollar Footlong’ special due to the city’s progressively socialist taxation policies, labor laws and minimum wage mandates.

Franchise owner David Jones posted a notice to customers explaining why his store was unable to participate in the national promotion for which the company has become well-known.

“The cost of doing business is Seattle is very high,” he wrote. “We are balancing the Highest Minimum Wage in the Nation, Paid Sick Leave, ACA, Secure Scheduling, Soda tax and much more.”

Jones assured customers he was seeking other avenues to offer discounts as quickly as possible.

Photos of the note went viral, prompting Subway execs to threaten Jones if he did not take it down.

“I got a very stern call last night letting me know that my life was going to get very ugly if I didn’t take the sign down,” Jones said. “I took the sign down this morning.”

He described the phone call to My Northwest as “threatening,” explaining that the “implicit message was they would attempt to terminate his franchise if he didn’t comply.”

Jones established himself as a vocal critic of the $15 minimum wage ahead of its passage, warning that he would be forced to transfer the added cost to his customers.

“We’ll all have to up prices,” said Jones. “It takes our full margin out. Most restaurants make less than 10 percent. This takes 10 percent out of our margin.”

https://archive.fo/43FRk
https://www.infowars.com/no-five-dollar-footlongs-at-subway-in-socialist-seattle/

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Yes, Morons! Some Countries Are Shitholes!

If some countries aren’t shitholes, then why do people flee to the US?

Notice how the anti-Trump corporate whore media is more concerned about defending the “honor” of shithole countries than defending American citizens' interests?

Globalists are scared about border wall funding because this would stop their deliberate destabilization policy.

Republicans are scared about securing the boarder because this would stop the exploitation of foreign slave labor in America.

Democrats are scared about deportation rates going up because this would cost them illegal votes which they rely on to win elections.

Lets make it clear, they don't care about those shithole countries, nor do they care about this shithole (THE shithole they are turning America into)!

I have an idea: perhaps the US President should allow a complete government shutdown, AND withdrawal from NAFTA, AND cancel DACA, until we get that damn border security AND the wall!

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DOJ Unseals 11-Count Indictment Involving Clinton's Uranium One Scandal

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The Department of Justice unsealed an 11-count indictment on Friday to a former DoD intelligence analyst-turned uranium transportation executive who stands accused of a bribery and money laundering scheme involving a Russian nuclear official connected to the Uranium One deal.

The indictment corroborates a November report by The Hill that an FBI mole deeply embedded in the Russian uranium industry had gathered extensive evidence of the scheme.

Mark Lambert, 54, of Mount Airy, Maryland, was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and to commit wire fraud, seven counts of violating the FCPA, two counts of wire fraud and one count of international promotion money laundering.

The charges stem from an alleged scheme to bribe Vadim Mikerin, a Russian official at JSC Techsnabexport (TENEX), a subsidiary of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation and the sole supplier and exporter of Russian Federation uranium and uranium enrichment services to nuclear power companies worldwide, in order to secure contracts with TENEX.

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Moby: US Govt Agents Asked Me to Spread Rumors About Trump and Russia

“They said, like, ‘Look, you have more of a social media following than any of us do, can you please post some of these things just in a way that… sort of put it out there.’”

Last February, following the Presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, Moby posted on social media claiming to have insider information on connections between the Trump administration and Russia. The producer/DJ said that “after talking to friends in DC,” he had allegedly learned that the Fusion GPS dossier was “100% real” and that the Russian government was “blackmailing” the president. Now, in a new interview with WFPK in Louisville, Kentucky, Moby has doubled down on his claims (as CoS points out).

Talking with WFPK's Kyle Meredith, Moby cited “active and former CIA agents” who were “truly concerned” about Trump’s collusion with Russia. “They were like, ‘This is the Manchurian Candidate, like [Putin] has a Russian agent as the President of the United States,’” he said. “So they passed on some information to me and they said, like, ‘Look, you have more of a social media following than any of us do, can you please post some of these things just in a way that … sort of put it out there.’”

He added, “It’s really disturbing and it’s going to get quite a lot darker. Like the depths of the Trump family in business and their involvement with organized crime, sponsored terrorism, Russian oligarchs, it’s really dark. I guess we should all, like, fasten our seat belts and hold on.”

Find the full interview below; the Trump discussion begins around the 8:00 mark: https://hooktube.com/watch?v=SHI6LfICx6k

Pitchfork has reached out to Moby’s representatives for further comment.

https://archive.fo/htX2v
https://pitchfork.com/news/moby-says-cia-agents-asked-him-to-spread-the-word-about-trump-and-russia/

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Good! After Facebook Announces Plan For News Censorship, Stocks Plummet, Zuckerberg Loses Billions

RELATED: >>>/news/5395

Mark Zuckerberg’s latest Facebook post is proving expensive.

The co-founder of the world’s largest social-media business saw his fortune fall $3.3 billion Friday after he posted plans to censor users’ news feeds toward content from family and friends at the expense of material from media outlets and businesses.

Shares of Menlo Park, California-based Facebook tumbled 4.5 percent on Friday in New York, cutting Zuckerberg’s fortune to $74 billion on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He lost his place as the world’s fourth-richest person to Spanish retail billionaire Amancio Ortega.

https://archive.fo/6xztP

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VEGAS INDICTMENT JAILED BY WEBSHITTERS

The fuel tanks were targetted and hit several times by Israeli drones, that's why so many lovely blonde girls got head shot. No way did Paddock do this and we see you you drone making kikes.

Also see pic if someone has the actual PDF please link I hate SCRIBD they are of the sort of tecch that we are all under attack by.

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Mexico Will Pay Us Back for the Wall Indirectly... Through NAFTA Renegotiations

President Donald Trump restated his promise to make Mexico pay for his big wall on the Southern border, suggesting that they would do it by renegotiating NAFTA.

“They can pay for it indirectly through Nafta,” Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “We make a good deal on Nafta, and, say, I’m going to take a small percentage of that money and it’s going toward the wall. Guess what? Mexico’s paying.”

He insisted that NAFTA was a bad deal for the United States and said that “nothing’s changed” about his campaign promise to renegotiate the deal.

“I can tell you I think the American market would go up if I terminated Nafta and renegotiated a new deal,” Trump said.

He threatened to terminate NAFTA unless they could reach a renegotiation of the trade deal, but said he was waiting until after the presidential elections in Mexico.

“I understand that a lot of things are hard to negotiate prior to an election,” he said. “They have an election coming up fairly shortly. I understand that makes it a little bit difficult for them.”

As the debate over the wall continues, Democrats have mocked Trump for demanding American wall construction funding as part of a DACA deal.

“Mr. President you campaigned on a wall that Mexico would pay for. We’re waiting,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.

https://archive.fo/3VoDj
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/12/donald-trump-mexico-can-pay-wall-indirectly-nafta/

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Canadians Hit With Huge Tax Hike, As Trudeau Breaks Another Campaign Vow

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau performed the oldest magic trick in the book – pay attention to this hand while I do something else with the other – when he quietly increased the amount of tax Canadians will pay by an average of $2,200 per year, while publicly claiming to be working to reduce taxes.

Unsurprisingly, naive liberals have fallen for the oldest trick in the liberal playbook all over again. When will they learn?

A new Fraser Institute report says more than 90% of Canadian families will be burdened with significantly higher taxes once the Canada Pension Plan tax increases are fully implemented by 2025. The first of seven increases to CPP tax — which all workers much pay — begins January 2019.

The study’s co-author, Charles Lammam, talks about the impact on middle-class families: https://archive.fo/96pP2

What was the most surprising in the report?

“Canadian families will endure a significant tax increase and that tax bill will increase over time. The Trudeau government has talked a lot about cutting taxes for families. Based on the personal income tax changes they’ve already put in the case, we’ve found that’s not true for the vast majority of middle class families. But then there are major tax changes set to come into effect, starting next year, particularly the payroll tax hike to fund the Canada Pension Plan expansion. We found that plus what has already been implemented will result in over 92% of all families with children in Canada paying higher taxes and they’ll be paying on average $2,200 more per year.”

Why is this significant?

“The Trudeau government has repeatedly claimed to cut taxes on the vast majority of families and our findings show that’s not the case…The reason why the Trudeau government is claiming they cut taxes because they’re focusing on just one of the many changes that they’ve either enacted themselves or spearheaded as a government. The focus has been on the federal rate cut from 22% to 20.5% — however, the reality is they’ve introduced several other tax changes both to the personal income tax system and they’ve spearheaded with the provinces, CPP, which will result in higher payroll taxes.”

What does a $2,200 tax hike mean in context for 92% of families in Canada?

“It could be a mortgage payment for a family, it could be childcare, grocery bills. We’re not talking about a trivial amount here. It is a significant increase in the tax bill, no doubt. When we look at the middle class, they’re actually more hard-hit than the overall average. Which is ironic because that is the group of families that Trudeau government has said they want to help. In fact, what will happen in practice, there will be basically no tax decrease for anybody once the CPP tax changes are in full effect.”

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Commies BTFO! White Births A US Majority Again

The white birth rate in America has staged a near miraculous comeback and was a majority of live births in 2016—reversing a decade long decline—if the figures in the latest National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report is accurate.

This new report, titled “Births: Provisional Data for 2016,” dated June 2017, although it was only released last week.

According to the report, the provisional number of births for the United States in 2016 was 3,941,109, down 1 percent from 2015.

The general fertility rate was 62.0 births per 1,000 women aged 15–44, down 1 percent from 2015 to a record low for the United States.

Among the race and Hispanic origin groups, the number of births ranged from 9,342 births for non-Hispanic Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) women to 2.054 million births for nonHispanic white women.

The report’s “Table 2: Births, by race and Hispanic origin of mother” claims that of the 3,941,109 births in 2016, some 2,054,564 were “white” nonHispanic.

This amounts to 52 percent of the total.

…The Hispanic birth rate—one of the biggest drivers of the nonwhite population explosion of recent years—has, according to these figures, fallen substantially.

In 2016, it was reported that the Hispanic birth rate had slowed, and the latest figures may be confirmation of this fact.

The figures must however be taken with some caveats. Firstly, the racial classification system used by the U.S. government is notoriously inaccurate, and includes all those it calls “Caucasian” as white, even if they come from North Africa, Arab nations and the Middle East.

Yes, there are caveats. But this is still good news. Any decline in the birthrates of non-Whites, especially Third World immigrants, is a major win for us.

https://archive.fo/6EZxb
http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2017/08/08/white-births-a-us-majority-again/

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More Subsidized Failure: SpaceX Customer Says Company's Latest Launch Failure "Isn't Elon Musk's Fault"

Of course it wasn’t Elon’s fault - nothing ever is.

Less than a week after SpaceX’s failure to launch the mysterious Zuma satellite into orbit - the payload, which presumably cost hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to develop, failed to separate properly from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was carrying it - a major customer of SpaceX, Musk’s space-oriented venture that has essentially become a successor to NASA, defended the company, speculated that the blame for the failure lay not with Musk, but with the hacks over at longtime defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

Here’s Bloomberg:

A major SpaceX customer spoke up for Elon Musk’s rocket company, pinning the blame for a secret military satellite’s disappearance on defense company Northrop Grumman Corp.

Matt Desch, chief executive officer of satellite operator Iridium Communications Inc., said that as the launch contractor, Northrop Grumman deserves the blame for the loss last weekend of the satellite, which is presumed to have crashed into the ocean in the secretive mission code-named Zuma.

“This is a typical industry smear job on the ‘upstart’ trying to disrupt the launch industry,” Desch said on Twitter Thursday in response to a news article. "SpaceX didn’t have a failure, Northrop Grumman did. Notice that no one in the media is interested in that story. SpaceX will pay the price as the one some will try to bring low."

As we reported ahead of the launch, which was repeatedly delayed with only a vague explanation, many of the details about Zuma’s provenance and purpose remain a mystery. The job the satellite was intended to perform and even the identity of the US agency that contracted the satellite aren’t known.

Northrop Grumman’s comms department didn’t respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment, and the company has yet to respond to the allegations. Iridium executive Desch later told Bloomberg in a message that he didn’t know for sure what led to the disappearance but was speculating that a dispenser failed to release the satellite, which he said would have been Northrop Grumman’s responsibility.

In summary, Desch’s tacitly admits that his conclusion is based, at least in part, on speculation. Given the federal government’s silence thus far, it’s likely an official explanation for the failure will never be released, despite the incredible waste of taxpayer money that this failure represents.

https://archive.fo/C8f7p
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-12/spacex-customer-says-companys-latest-launch-failure-isnt-elon-musks-fault

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Evil Twitter Bitterly Responds to Deliberate Censorship By Attacking The Messenger, As More Leaks Develop...

AS DESPOTS ALWAYS DO: BLAME THE VICTIMS!
RELATED: >>>/news/5368 ; >>>/news/5380

Twitter has responded to Project Veritas’ undercover investigation, which revealed employees at the company boasting about censoring conservatives, by attacking the messenger.

“The individuals depicted in this video were speaking in a personal capacity and do not represent or speak for Twitter,” claimed a Twitter spokesman in an email to Breitbart Tech. “We deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative. Twitter is committed to enforcing our rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.”

“Twitter does not shadowban accounts,” they continued, despite the fact that numerous Twitter employees disputed this. “We do take actions to downrank accounts that are abusive, and mark them accordingly so people can still to click through and see this information if they so choose… This makes content less visible on Twitter, in search results, replies, and on timelines. Limiting tweet visibility depends on a number of signals about the nature of the interaction and the quality of the content.”

The Project Veritas investigation, which mainstream tech news outlets have ignored, confirmed years of Breitbart Tech reporting on Twitter, which has frequently been accused of censoring conservatives, libertarians, and classical liberals.

In one secretly recorded video, Twitter engineer Pranay Singh admitted to mass-banning accounts that express interest in God, guns, and America, while others explained Twitter’s shadow banning system, which they claimed was frequently utilized against conservatives and Trump supporters.

As explained by Breitbart Tech reporter Lucas Nolan, “Twitter and other platforms such have Reddit have twisted shadow banning from a tool to fight spammers into a tool to prevent tweets and content from spreading naturally.”

“Followers do not see tweets from the shadow banned individual in their timeline, and therefore do not engage with the tweets by responding, liking, or retweeting them,” he explained. “The shadow banned user is essentially tweeting to themselves, unless a follower directly visits their account.”

https://archive.fo/6iVKg
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/11/twitter-responds-conservative-censorship-expose/

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Just As "Qanon" Predicted: Julian Assange Is Now Free, Being Kept Hidden As Internet Conspiracies Explode

RELATED: >>>/news/5201

Julian Assange has been granted an Ecuadorian passport, just one day after threatening to evict him from their London Embassy, according to a report in Ecuador's largest newspaper and confirmed by ZeroHedge.

Earlier today the WikiLeaks founder tweeted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuador football shirt, fueling speculation over his possible citizenship.

pic.twitter.com/LB5jzQmJLb

— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) January 10, 2018

Ecuador's largest newspaper, El Universo originally reported the news, citing "reliable sources" (translated):

Five and a half years after Rafael Correa and his then Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño gave him asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, where he continues, the director of Wikileaks Julian Assange now has a certificate of Ecuadorian citizenship, with a code corresponding to the province of Pichincha

Reliable sources confirmed that the document number granted by the Ecuadorian civil registry to Assange is 1729926483 and that a passport had already been issued to him . It appears with the condition of "Inscrip.As400", term with which late inscriptions are identified, for which an old database was used.

ZeroHedge verified the registration on the Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service website, noting "The taxpayer is not registered in the SRI database."

https://archive.fo/JPyGP
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-10/julian-assange-granted-ecuadorian-passport-day-after-veiled-eviction-threat

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Socialist Venezuelan Congress Bans Maduro’s Petro-backed Cryptocurrency Attempt, Prefer Economic Collapse!

Venezuela’s democratically elected National Assembly has outlawed the use of a national cryptocurrency known as the “petro” on Tuesday, describing it as an illegal attempt to mortgage the country’s oil reserves.

The country’s socialist president Nicolás Maduro announced the introduction of a national cryptocurrency last month as a solution to the government’s enormous debt burden, declaring that the “21st century has arrived” in Venezuela.

Maduro argued that the move would help Venezuela “advance in issues of monetary sovereignty,” principally through the bypassing of sanctions imposed by the United States.

On Friday, the government revealed that it would release 100 million “petros” in the coming weeks in an effort to raise hard currency, although opposition lawmakers are warning investors that the currency could be rendered worthless if Maduro was ousted from power.

[If ever successful] the currency would be backed by the country’s oil reserves, which represent around 95 percent of its total exports, as well as other resources such as gas, gold, and diamonds.

[Note: This would have provided much aid to recover the collapsed socialist economy of Venezuela! But we all know socialists don't like prosperity or industry.]

The regime hopes the plan will enable it to get hold of hard currency to deal with the country’s worsening economic and humanitarian crisis, that has left the government almost facing a debt burden of around $200 billion while millions of Venezuelans are starving or suffering from serious unattended health problems.

It is also designed hopes to bypass sanctions imposed by the Trump administration that prohibit Americans from dealing in Venezuelan debt, making the government’s access to hard currency even more difficult. It could also help ease the pressure of hyperinflation, which has rendered the country’s bolivar currency practically worthless and forced the government to continuously release higher denomination banknotes in order to keep up with price rises.

Excitement around cryptocurrencies has soared in recent months with the stratospheric rise of the Bitcoin currency, which recently surpassed a value of over $20,000 before dropping back.

https://archive.fo/YsOed
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/01/10/venezuelan-congress-declares-maduros-petro-cryptocurrency-illegal/

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Facebook Announces They Will Remove News Media Governments Don't Want You To See

In a move that is set to infuriate news organizations that are not deemed "trustworthy", Facebook is set to introduce "sweeping changes" to its newsfeed as early as next week, prioritizing trustworthy sites and removing "clickbait" and unwanted news publishers, while promoting posts from friends and family, the WSJ reports.

Under its new approach, Facebook would evaluate parameters such as public polling about news outlets, and whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers. Such variables would inform its algorithm that determines which publishers’ posts are pushed higher in the feed, one of the people said.

"It is not known how Facebook will decide which publications are deemed trustworthy." (Expect total censorship)

The move would thrust Facebook into an even more active role in deciding what content is acceptable on its site, in other words censoring content it deems inappropriate while promoting news outlets that are ideologically aligned with the organization.

This will only succeed in further alienating an already deeply polarized American population.

Here are alternatives to look at if you choose to ditch mainstream social media platforms: >>5372

https://archive.fo/4m9TT
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-11/facebook-introducing-sweeping-changes-will-prioritze-only-trustworthy-news

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Leaked Documents Outline Obama-era Plan To Stir Race War In The United States, Impose Martial Law

Leaked documents posted to 4chan detail an Obama administration plot to incite riots in Baltimore in order to justify martial law in America.

Internal documents belonging to George Soros’ son’s activist group – Friends of Democracy – describe an orchestrated plan between law enforcement and the White House to provoke riots to justify the rollout of nationwide martial law.

Infowars.com reports: According to the docs, the group sought to use the protests over the death of Freddie Gray as a detonator for larger violent demonstrations in the Baltimore area.

“Do not worry about violent action, we have secured limited protections from friendly BWI officials and LE to permit some aggressive activity,” the memo states.

Dates mentioned in the documents, Saturday April 18, 2015 and April 25, coincide with Baltimore riot dates.

The organization also points out an “ideal post-action objective” would be “civil unrest that leads to deployment of martial law-like policies for BWI, creating a feedback loop.” In other words, a domino effect that would spread nationwide.

Events described in the documents have actually been observed nationwide by Antifa and from other Soros-funded orgs.

For example, in 2013 Judicial Watch revealed the Obama Justice Department was caught staging protests in Florida following the death of Trayvon Martin.

A full-page ad in the New York Times last November, secured by the George Soros-backed Refuse Fascism, similarly called for a “revolution” to upend the Trump/Pence regime.

If the documents are real, they would be damning evidence of collusion between far-left terrorist groups and law enforcement.

https://archive.fo/yYBey
http://yournewswire.com/obama-plot-baltimore-warzone/

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Mainstream Media Blackout! Twitter Engineer: If You Like Guns, God and America, You Must Be A 'Russian Bot' So We'll Ban You!

RELATED: >>>/news/5368

Left-wing and mainstream technology news outlets ignored Project Veritas’ Twitter censorship exposé, which revealed Twitter employees admitting to censorship against conservatives this week.

TechCrunch, the Verge, Mashable, TechRadar, CNET, and Ars Technica all ignored the news, which was only picked up by conservative outlets.

The Project Veritas investigation, which secretly recorded several former and current Twitter employees, including Twitter Trust and Safety Policy Manager Olinda Hassan, revealed the employees discussing and boasting about the ways they censor conservatives, pro-Trump accounts, “shitty people,” and users who express interest in God, guns, and America.

As reported by Breitbart News’ Allum Bokhari on Thursday, “The latest video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas shows Twitter employees appearing to admit that the platform has ‘shadow banned’ users in the past, and applies its rules and censorship algorithms unevenly in an effort to rid the platform of Trump supporters and conservatives.”

Shadow banning is the act of banning a user from a platform without them realizing. Shadow banned users will typically be removed from the public eye, so other users cannot see or interact with them, however since the user is not alerted to the shadow ban, they will not understand why their posts suddenly receive no engagement.

https://archive.fo/dTUBN

Twitter direct messaging engineer Pranay Singh admitted to mass-banning accounts that express interest in God, guns, and America, during a Project Veritas investigation.

“Just go to a random [Trump] tweet and just look at the followers. They’ll all be like, guns, God, ‘Merica, and with the American flag and the cross,” declared Singh, who was secretly recorded by Project Veritas reporters. “Like, who says that? Who talks like that? It’s for sure a bot.”

After being asked whether he could get rid of the accounts, he replied, “Yeah. You just delete them, but, like, the problem is there are hundreds of thousands of them, so you’ve got to, like, write algorithms that do it for you.”

“So if there’s like ‘American, guns,’ [in the account bio] can you write an algorithm to just take all those people out?” asked one undercover reporter.

“Umm, yeah, it’s actually how we do it,” Singh replied. “You look for ‘Trump,’ or ‘America,’ or any of, like, five thousand, like, keywords to describe a redneck, and then you look, and you parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then look for stuff that matches that stuff… You assign a value to each thing, so like Trump would be .5, a picture of a gun would be like 1.5, and if the total comes up above a certain value, then it’s a bot.”

An undercover reporter then asked Singh whether the “majority of the algorithms” are “against conservatives or liberals,” to which he responded, “I would say a majority of it are for Republicans, because they’re all from Russia, and they wanted Trump to win.”

“So you would mostly just get rid of conservatives?” asked the reporter.

“Yeah,” he replied.

https://archive.fo/7iKUt

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Facebook Wants Mindless Consumers To Install Cameras and Microphones In Their Homes To Spy On Them 24/7

In George Orwell’s 1984, the oppressive rulers of Oceania use devices called telescreens to closely monitor and repress citizens.

Now Facebook looks set to follow in the Party’s footsteps by putting its own firm’s microphones and cameras into people’s homes.

The social network is planning to release its first ever piece of consumer hardware which will be called [will not shill this product].

The device will feature a 15inch screen, a wide-angle camera with facial recognition and microphones to allow voice recognition.

It’s expected to use facial recognition to allow people to log into their accounts without having to type in passwords and will be dedicated to video chat.

The gadget has been designed by a shadowy Facebook department called Building 8 that’s also working on mind-reading technology.

Building 8 is a top secret Facebook division which used to be headed up by Regina E. Dugan, former boss of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is dedicated to military research.

Apart from the potentially grave privacy implications of letting Facebook’s cameras and microphones into your home, there’s another clear fault with the gadget: it costs almost as much as an iPhone or iPad but probably does a lot less.

https://archive.fo/xNKur

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Congress: US State Department Illegally Interfering in Hungarian Elections

Representative Andy Harris (R-MD) has asked colleagues to sign a letter urging the U.S. State Department to improve relations with Hungary and end the Obama-era policy of funding media to “interfere in Hungarian elections”.

The request, circulated Tuesday, called on fellow congressmen to write to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to suspend a $700,000 grant to support “objective media” to “lead to democratic reforms” in NATO ally and European Union (EU) member state Hungary.

Breitbart London reported in November on the State Department’s commitment to finance what it calls “democracy and human rights programming” by “support[ing] media outlets operating outside the [Hungarian] capital … to produce fact-based reporting and increase their audience and economic sustainability”.

Rep. Harris wrote that the Obama administration’s “cold-shoulder[ing]” of the Central European nation turned Hungary “into a pariah state”, and called the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) a “misguided antagonism of our democratic ally”.

The Republican congressman for Maryland called Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán “an outspoken defender” of Western civilisation and of Hungary’s “traditional values and cultural heritage… and the leading European voice against mass immigration and the hegemony of Brussels”.

Rep. Harris, who is of Hungarian descent, believes that the State Department funding “opposition media in a democratic country” represents “the latest in a string of State Department actions insulting and undermining the center-right government of one of the United States’ closest allies in Europe”.

When the $700,00o0 grant was announced, the Hungarian government criticised the State Department for what it regarded as interference in its internal affairs ahead of national elections in Spring 2018.

Last year, the Hungarian parliament passed a law ensuring greater transparency of foreign-funded bodies which both Brussels, the administrative capital of the EU, and the State Department condemned.

https://archive.fo/Rv0oA
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/11/congressman-harris-hungary-state-department-fund-opposition-media/

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Leaked Video Shows Twitter Employees Bragging About Abusing Algorithms, "Shadow Banning" Unknowing Users

Steven Pierre, Twitter engineer explains “shadow banning,” says “it’s going to ban a way of talking”

Former Twitter software engineer Abhinav Vadrevu on shadow banning: “they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it”

Former Twitter Content Review Agent Mo Norai explains banning process: “if it was a pro-Trump thing and I’m anti-Trump… I banned his whole account… it’s at your discretion”

When asked if banning process was an unwritten rule, Norai adds “Very. A lot of unwritten rules… It was never written it was more said”

Olinda Hassan, Policy Manager for Twitter Trust and Safety explains, “we’re trying to ‘down rank’… shitty people to not show up,” “we’re working [that] on right now”

“Shadow banning” to be used to stealthily target political views- former Twitter engineer says, “that’s a thing”

Censorship of certain political viewpoints to be automated via “machine learning” according to Twitter software engineer

Parnay Singh, Twitter Direct Messaging Engineer, on machine learning algorithms, “you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck…” “the majority of it are for Republicans”

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=64gTjdUrDFQ

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#Winning: Afghanistan Will NOT Award Mining Contracts to US-Backed Companies

The Afghan government, funded in part by the American taxpayer, has refused to award contracts to exploit the country’s lucrative mining industry to Pentagon-supported international companies, including U.S.-based contractors, according to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency.

Meanwhile, the Kabul government has reached a 30-year, $3 billion deal with a state-owned Chinese company to mine Afghanistan’s copper deposits, a component of the war-ravaged countries mineral resources valued by the U.S. government at about $1 trillion.

The United States has spent at least $121 billion on Afghan reconstruction efforts alone, funding the country’s government, among other sectors of the country.

Nevertheless, Afghanistan has refused to award mining contracts to international companies supported by the Pentagon’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), including some contractors based in the United States.

SIGAR found:

TFBSO obligated $51 million to facilitate the award of between 8 and 12 large-scale mining contracts to international companies. However, TFBSO officials and contractors said they overestimated the speed at which the [Afghan] Ministry of Mines and Petroleum could work and underestimated the resistance they would face from other ministries.

As a result, after repeated delays, no contracts were signed but four contracts were brought to the point that they only needed the Afghan government’s signature. However, the government refused to sign any of these contracts because of political concerns surrounding mining contracts.

Overall, the watchdog agency reported that the Pentagon’s $675 million TBSO effort has yielded “mixed results, waste, and unsustained projects.”

While the United States continues to invest blood and treasure in Afghanistan, it is neighboring China that is set to tap into what is believed to be one of the richest troves of minerals in the world located in the war-devastated nation.

Most mineral deposits are believed to be in the Taliban-stronghold of Helmand, one of the deadliest Afghan provinces for U.S. troops.

https://archive.fo/pD5Q2
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/01/10/afghanistan-not-award-mining-contracts-u-s-backed-companies-china-deal/

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Full Transcript: Netanyahu's Son Recorded Trying To Pay For Prostitutes At Stip Club

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair Netanyahu was recorded telling the son of Israeli businessman and gas tycoon Kobi Maimon outside a strip club that the prime minister set up $20 billion for the latter's father, according to a report on Israel Television News Company on Monday.

“My dad set up 20 billion dollars for you dad, and you’re fighting with me about 400 shekel [about $115]?” said Yair in the 2015 recording of the conversation with his friend, upon leaving the strip club. Netanyahu later said the 400 shekel was for a prostitute.

https://archive.fo/Zm50I

The transcript that was released is as follows:

Yair Netanyahu: I’ll text her to come “takeaway” with me bro ... she’s coming with me as “takeaway.”
He thinks the stripper is coming with him, what a dumbass.
Can you tell him the stripper isn’t coming? Forget it.
Bodyguard: Forget it, he’s drunk. Where’s the lady?
Roman Abramov: Bro, she pulled a fast one on you, she wanted you to take her to a room and give her 800 shekels like an idiot ... you’re dumbasses, if someone had photographed you outside a strip club, do you realize what that would have looked like?
Son of Kobi Maimon: Do you know how much I’ve spent today? It wasn’t even for me, I spent 400 shekels on him.
Netanyahu: No, it’s all right, he paid you back.
Abramov: No, I used cash as well.
Maimon: 2,000 at the strip club.
Bodyguard: Tomorrow morning you’ll wake up and remember nothing.
Abramov: No, I spent 400 in cash then as well.
Maimon: So you’re exactly at 100.
Netanyahu: I’m a little in overdraft, bro. Dudu stung us.
Maimon: I’ve spent 3,000 today.
Netanyahu: I don’t know how we’re going to Ibiza.
Abramov: On what?
Maimon: 3,000 shekels I wasted.
Abramov: On what?
Maimon: I spent 300 at Clara and I gave Netanyahu 400.
Abramov: He also gave you 400 shekels.
Netanyahu: No, that was for the prostitute.
Abramov: No, he wanted to show Maimon how much he’s spending, like he deserves respect.
Maimon: Dudu ran off on us, bro.
Netanyahu: But if you want, I’ll fix you up with [his girlfriend at the time].
Maimon (laughing): How is that?
Netanyahu: I have to fix her up with everyone, I’m paying off my debts.
Maimon: You can’t get her for yourself. I want that stripper – that will settle my debt.
Netanyahu: But bro, Jackie is the best.

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Thank You Pelosi, By Leaking This Transcript You Just Exposed FBI Collusion With The Clinton Family

Senator Diane Feinstein has inadvertently leaked information proving the FBI colluded with the Clinton campaign, informing them about the Trump-Russia investigation in 2016.

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4345522/Read-the-full-transcript-of-Glenn-Simpson-s.pdf

According to page 175 of a transcript made public on Tuesday, Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, told the Senate Judiciary Committee the following:

Essentially what he told me was they had other intelligence about this matter from an internal Trump campaign source and that — that they — my understanding was that they believed Chris at this point — that they believed Chris’s information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization.

Abovetopsecret.com reports: So Simpson seems to be backing up that the FBI already had evidence before the dossier was presented to them.

But step back and think about this for a moment.

The FBI, which is supposed to be a non political entity, tasked with keeping our country safe, apparently was giving details of looking into election interference between Trump and russians to a former spy from another country that they knew to be getting paid by an oppo research firm working for Trumps opponent, Hillary.

That is appalling.

Imagine the outrage had this been done the other way. What if Trump paid a firm that the FBI contacted and said “Yeah we got all sorts of statements from hillary people about her email, like this guy Paul Combetta that was on message boards saying a VIP asked him to delete names off of emails, and then bleach bitted it the next day” How inappropriate would it be for the FBI to leak details of this ongoing investigation directly to hillarys opponent.

It would be unthinkable.

https://archive.fo/DgPOu
http://yournewswire.com/fbi-leaked-clinton-trump-investigation/

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Leaked Democrat Memo: We Rely On Non-American Illegals For Votes

The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age — so-called “Dreamers” — a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.”

The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

President Donald Trump’s administration moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy in September, which former President Barack Obama instituted through executive order to keep immigrants who came here as children from being deported.

Trump called on Congress to find a legislative fix for young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” facing deportation. House lawmakers recently put forward a bipartisan DACA compromise bill that also claims to address worries over chain migration. However, it’s unclear if the bill will pass.

CAP Action’s memo says protecting DACA is not only a “moral imperative” for Democrats, it also key to getting votes.

“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads Palmieri’s memo, obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond,” reads the memo. “In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.”

Fox News Host Tucker Carlson confronted Center for American Progress senior fellow Henry Fernandez on the memo. CAP Action is the 501(c)(4) political group, a sister group of the think tank where Fernandez is technically employed.

https://archive.fo/ZVbEa
http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/08/leaked-memo-dreamers-are-critical-to-dems-future-electoral-success/?utm_source=site-share

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New Immigration Bill: Fund Border Wall, End Visa Lottery, End Chain Migration Amnesty; Allow DACA Amnesty

A group of House Republicans has drafted an ambitious immigration bill which offers a token amnesty in exchange for a deep reform of immigration rules to ease deportations, promote civic integration, end chain migration, end the visa lottery, build a border wall and raise Americans’ wages.

The bill is backed by President Donald Trump, who said Tuesday it should be a “bill of love.”

The bill is described by the authors in a Wall Street Journal article:

A priority of our legislation is to increase the security of the southern border. Our bill would provide $30 billion to build a wall, to invest in new technology, and to improve, modernize and expand ports of entry. It would add boots on the ground: an additional 5,000 Border Patrol agents and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers. It would provide for the construction of additional ports of entry and a full implementation of the biometric entry-exit system, while authorizing the National Guard to provide aviation and intelligence support.

The bill was developed by four influential GOP members. They are Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who chairs the judiciary committee, and Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, who chairs the House’s homeland defense committee. The bill was also authored by Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Martha McSally.

House immigration reform bill seems even more pro-American than President Trump's priorities, in part, because it includes Mandatory E-Verify. Business groups & progressives will not be happy. https://t.co/6nvIclA1pd

— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) January 10, 2018

The article also says the draft law will reform the myriad laws which help migrants use to prevent their deportation:

Our bill would achieve these goals by cracking down on people who overstay their visas, by requiring employers to use the accurate and hugely successful E-Verify system to ensure that they hire only legal workers, and by making it easier to deport aliens who are gang members, who are aggravated felons, who fail to register as sex offenders, or who have multiple DUIs …

Our proposal allows the Justice Department to withhold grants from “sanctuary cities”—jurisdictions that refuse to allow their law-enforcement officers to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, even to the point of preventing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from entering local jails to take custody of criminal aliens. Sanctuary cities put innocent lives at risk …

The legislation would end “catch and release,” battle asylum fraud and require that unaccompanied minors caught at the border be treated equally regardless of their home country. Together this will ensure that the law no longer tempts minors and their parents to make the dangerous illegal journey to the U.S.—or to line the pockets of cartels that make a business of supporting these journeys.

The bill would raise Americans’ wages by making the E-Verify job-applicant review system mandatory and by halving the annual inflow of immigrant workers.

In compensation for disconsolate Democrats, the bill offers the most modest of amnesties — renewable work-permits for the 670,000 illegals now registered for President Barack Obama’s DACA program. That would allow the migrants to work, but not to vote. The article says:

Our bill would allow DACA beneficiaries to receive a three-year renewable legal status, codifying the program the right way—by a duly enacted statute. But to be clear, there is no new or special path to citizenship for these individuals in our bill.

The bill rejects the Democrats’ DREAM Act amnesty, which would provide a fast-track citizenship for up to 3.25 million illegals, plus millions of their foreign chain-migration relatives.

https://archive.fo/5x23O
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/09/gop-house-immigration-bill-end-chain-migration-visa-lottery-catch-and-release/

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Sad! Stephen Bannon Steps Down from Breitbart News Network

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Stephen K. Bannon has stepped down from Breitbart News Network, where he served as Executive Chairman since 2012.

Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition.

Bannon said, “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”

According to Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, “Steve is a valued part of our legacy, and we will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish.”

https://archive.fo/y0IVu
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/09/stephen-k-bannon-steps-breitbart-news-network/

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Switzerland Bans Lazy Welfare Recipients From Applying For Citizenship

Authorities in Switzerland have banned residents who have been on welfare in the past three years from becoming citizens.

In a move that will likely anger the EU elite, new Swiss regulations will require residents to pay back the money they received from the state before they are granted citizenship.

Breitbart.com reports: The new regulations will make it impossible for asylum seekers and migrants who have lived off state handouts in the last three years to become citizens even if they have lived in Switzerland as permanent residents for the required time to make a citizenship application, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The previous law allowed migrants to apply for citizenship as long as they were not on state benefits at the time of their application.

Along with the welfare stipulation, the new act requires migrants to demonstrate a greater level of integration than before including making them prove they have a certain number of Swiss friends and acquaintances.

Language requirements vary by canton with most expecting an intermediate level of language proficiency judged on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) at the B1 or B2 level.

While Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, asylum seekers have attempted to flood into the country through the southern Italian border. While many have used Switzerland as a transit country to reach Germany, others have remained in the Alpine state.

Various cantons and cities in Switzerland have attempted to push back against the tide of migrants by making it less appealing for them to come to the country. Late last year, the city of Zurich voted to dramatically cut benefits to failed asylum seekers who were in so-called “F-status” in which they cannot be deported.

https://archive.fo/Aqvtn
http://yournewswire.com/switzerland-ban-welfare-citizenship/

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Good! Bundy Case Dismissed In Staggering Blow To Corrupt, Abusive Federal Government

In a blistering rebuke to the federal government, a judge dismissed all charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and militia member Ryan Payne stemming from an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro issued a scathing analysis of the government’s conduct, terming it “outrageous.”

“There has been flagrant misconduct, substantial prejudice and no lesser remedy is sufficient,” she said.

The charges were dismissed “with prejudice,” which means the federal government will not be able to retry the men.

The same judge declared a mistrial in the case late last month, citing prosecutorial misconduct.

One of the lawyers helping the family, Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, earlier had written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to investigate the FBI’s actions and prosecute those who had misbehaved.

“It is hoped that after a thorough investigation, that you will fire and thus prevent [FBI agents] from doing further harm to not just the Bundys, but also the public at large. They also should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, as they are not above the law,” he said at the time.

Klayman, who was portrayed on the television show “West Wing,” has been prevented by a judge from joining the Bundys’ defense team but has been active in other ways.

Monday, he told WND he had raised some of the same issues that irritated the judge in a filing with the FBI’s inspector general, as well as its Office of Professional Responsibility.

“The judge found that the conduct of the FBI and the prosecutors in part was reprehensible and a flagrant violation of the law,” he said, for withholding evidence and even destroying documents.

He described the outcome as a “great victory for the country.”

“We fought the ‘law,’ and we won,” he said.

Spectators cheered as the judge issued her ruling. Bundy and his co-defendants were facing charges including conspiracy, obstruction, and threats against and assault of federal agents.

https://archive.fo/dqBoQ
http://www.wnd.com/2018/01/bundy-case-dismissed-in-staggering-blow-to-federal-government/

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Iran, Italy To Sign Major Credit Deal

Italy says it will sign a basic agreement to provide as much as €5 billion to Iran to help press ahead the country’s development projects.

The agreement – which could be signed between the two countries on Thursday – would be meant to enable Italian companies to invest in Iran, Reuters quoted an unnamed official at Italy’s Treasury as saying.

The accord foresees the opening of lines of credit to two Iranian banks by Invitalia, an Italian state-owned holding, in order to finance investment projects by Italian companies, the source said.

This follows several similar moves that were taken earlier. The latest involved an agreement between four Iranian banks and the Eximbank of Russia to provide “unlimited funds” for development projects to be carried out by domestic and international contractors in the Islamic Republic.

In late September, Austria’s Oberbank signed a major finance deal with over a dozen Iranian banks based on which it would provide €1 billion in credits to the country’s companies that invest in the Iranian economy.

Oberbank’s initiative – that was seen in Tehran as the first of its kind in many years – was followed on the same day by a similar agreement between Denmark’s Danske Bank and several Iranian banks.

Accordingly, Danske Bank would allocate a credit line of €500 million for investments by Danish businesses in Iran.

On a related front, France’s state investment bank Bpifrance (BPI) announced also in September that it planned to provide funds to French companies that invest in the Iranian economy from next year.

BPI France CEO Nicolas Dufourcq was quoted by media as telling reporters that his bank would grant up to €500 million ($598 million) in annual credits to companies that venture into the Iranian market.

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http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/10/548480/Iran-Italy-to-sign-major-credit-deal

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Fusion GPS Admits Globalists John McCain, Obama and Hillary Were Behind Fake Smear Dossier

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The founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped the researcher hired to compile the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to share the document with Sen. John McCain.

The goal of providing the dossier to McCain, the Fusion GPS founders explained, was to pass the information contained in the questionable document to the U.S. intelligence community under the Obama administration.

The disclosure raises questions about whether McCain knew that the information he delivered to the intelligence community was actually an opposition document reportedly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

McCain’s office did not reply yesterday to a Breitbart News request for comment on the matter.

Last December, it was revealed that it was McCain who notoriously passed the controversial dossier documents produced by the Washington opposition research firm Fusion GPS to then FBI Director James Comey, whose agency reportedly utilized the dossier as a basis for its probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Writing in a New York Times oped last Tuesday, Fusion GPS founders Glenn R. Simpson and Peter Fritch relate that they helped McCain share their anti-Trump dossier with the intelligence community via an “emissary.”

“After the election, Mr. Steele decided to share his intelligence with Senator John McCain via an emissary,” the Fusion GPS founders related. “We helped him do that. The goal was to alert the United States national security community to an attack on our country by a hostile foreign power.”

It was not clear from their statement whether McCain knew Fusion GPS was behind the dossier. Fusion GPS paid former intelligence agent Christopher Steele to do the purported research for the document. Steele later conceded in court documents that part of his work still needed to be verified.

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After All The Wildfires and Rain, Southern Commiefornia Litterally Resembles A Third World Ghetto

Commiefornia just can't catch a break.

After wildfires - including the largest blaze in California history - tore through Southern California last month, causing billions of dollars in property damage, heavy rains triggered mudslides in some of the areas hardest-hit by the fires - including Montecito in Santa Barbara county, where the most deaths were reported.

The storm may be over, but the hunt for survivors isn't. So far, 13 people have been confirmed dead, while 25 more were injured and another 50 had to be rescued. But those numbers could rise as the search is deepened and expanded Wednesday, with a major search-and-rescue team arriving from nearby Los Angeles County and help from the Coast Guard and National Guard along with law enforcement, according to the Associated Press.

And as the search for victims ramps up, more photos over the devastation wrought by the mudslides are beginning to emerge.

The mudslides took thousands of Californians by surprise.It was unleashed in the dead of night by flash flooding in the steep, fire-scarred Santa Ynez Mountains. As the AP explains, scorched areas are especially susceptible to destructive mudslides because the earth doesn’t absorb water well and the land is easily eroded when there's no vegetation.

Montecito was burned by the Thomas Fire, which erupted Dec. 4 and became the largest ever recorded in California. It eventually spread to more than 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers) and destroyed 1,063 buildings and homes. It continues to burn deep in the wilderness.

Some witnesses likened the sound of the mud to a freight train or an earthquake as the torrent arrived suddenly, carrying rocks and trees as it washed away cars and trashed homes.

Video shows rescue workers saving a man whose car was washed away in the mudslides.

Victim who was swept away in their vehicle was located by the crew of AirSquad6. Victim was hoisted and flown to awaiting ground personnel. pic.twitter.com/RvX743x0yi

— VenturaCoAirUnit (@VCAirUnit) January 9, 2018

Thomas Tighe said he stepped outside his Montecito home in the middle of the night and heard “a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was ... boulders moving as the mud was rising.”

Rescue personnel in Santa Barbara County early on Wednesday morning continued searching for victims where mudslides slammed into homes, covered highways and swept away vehicles early on Tuesday when more than a half-inch (1.5 cm) of rain fell in five minutes, a rate that far exceeds the normal flash flood threshold.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told CNN that the mudslides “looked like a World War I battlefield.”

"It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, downed trees, power lines, wrecked cars, lots of obstacles and challenges for rescue personnel to get to homes, let alone to get people out of them," Brown said. More than 500 firefighters were assisting with the rescue effort in Santa Barbara alone.

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End of USD? China Weighs Halting Purchases of US Treasury Bonds

China added to bond investors’ jitters on Wednesday as traders braced for what they feared could be the end of a three-decade bull market.

Senior government officials in Beijing reviewing the nation’s foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries, according to people familiar with the matter. The news comes as global debt markets were already selling off amid signs that central banks are starting to step back after years of bond-buying stimulus. Yields on 10-year Treasuries rose for a fifth day, touching the highest since March.

China holds the world’s largest foreign-exchange reserves, at $3.1 trillion, and regularly assesses its strategy for investing them. It isn’t clear whether the officials’ recommendations have been adopted. The market for U.S. government bonds is becoming less attractive relative to other assets, and trade tensions with the U.S. may provide a reason to slow or stop buying American debt, the thinking of these officials goes, according to the people, who asked not to be named as they aren’t allowed to discuss the matter publicly. China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange didn’t immediately reply to a fax seeking comment on the matter.

“With markets already dealing with supply indigestion, headlines regarding potentially lower Chinese demand for Treasuries are renewing bearish dynamics,” said Michael Leister, a strategist at Commerzbank AG. “Today’s headlines will underscore concerns that the fading global quantitative-easing bid will trigger lasting upside pressure on developed-market yields.”

The Chinese officials didn’t specify why trade tensions would spur a cutback in Treasuries purchases, though foreign holdings of U.S. securities have sometimes been a geopolitical football in the past. The strategies discussed in the review don’t concern daily purchases and sales, said the people. The officials recommended that the nation closely watch factors such as the outlook for supply of U.S. government debt, along with political developments including trade disputes between the world’s two biggest economies when deciding whether to cut some Treasury holdings, the people said.

A top Treasury official signaled confidence in the U.S. government debt market, which at $14.5 trillion is the world’s largest.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/china-officials-are-said-to-view-treasuries-as-less-attractive

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Jamie Dimon Says He Regrets Calling Bitcoin A Fraud

Less than four months after Jamie Dimon lashed out at bitcoin, warning that it was would "eventually blow up" because it was "worse than tulip bulbs" and that "any trader trading bitcoin" will be "fired for being stupid", the JPMorgan CEO said he "regrets" his infamous criticism of bitcoin, in which he called the cryptocurrency a "fraud."

In an interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo, Dimon repented, softening the comments he made in a September banking conference, saying "I regret making them."

While Dimon said that he personally is still "not interested in the subject at all" he conceded that blockchain "is real." Dimon also softened his tone on initial coin offerings, saying that ICOs need to be reviewed “individually”.

"The blockchain is real. You can have crypto yen and dollars and stuff like that. ICO's you have to look at individually", Dimon told Bartiromo.

"The bitcoin to me was always what the governments are gonna feel about bitcoin as it gets really big, and I just have a different opinion than other people. I'm not interested that much in the subject at all."

Until today's recantation, Dimon was one of the highest-profile bitcoin skeptics on Wall Street. His remarks in September were met with anger from many in the cryptocurrencies community, but also echoed by other top executives, including Larry Fink, chairman and chief executive of BlackRock.

Since then, the acceptance of bitcoin has moved to the institutional arena with both the cboe and CME launching bitcoin futures, while Goldman is preparing a cryptocurrency trading desk. It was only a matter of time before Dimon realized all the potential lost revenue, and rushed back in to avoid losing even more market share.

https://archive.fo/H8nMm
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-09/jamie-dimon-i-regret-calling-bitcoin-fraud

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Good! Supreme Court Rules Police Must Have Warrant To Search Vehicles

A heroin-toting, unauthorized rental car driver and the owner of a stolen motorcycle that twice eluded police got some love from the Supreme Court Tuesday.

In two cases testing the reach of the Fourth Amendment's privacy protection, a majority of justices appeared to side with the suspects over the government when their constitutional rights were threatened.

They were more united when it came to Terrence Byrd, who was stopped by police in Pennsylvania while driving a car rented by his fiancée. A search of the trunk produced 49 bricks of heroin and body armor — but without a warrant.

Justice Department officials argued successfully in lower courts that because Byrd was not authorized to drive the car, he lacked any expectation of privacy. That didn't sit well with most of the justices.

"Even if you don't have an expectation of privacy in the trunk, you've claimed an expectation of privacy in the property," Justice Sonia Sotomayor said. "And absent probable cause, there's no right to search. So why are we here?"

Justice Neil Gorsuch, picking up on his predecessor Antonin Scalia's penchant for privacy rights, said Byrd would have been able to throw out a carjacker or a hitchhiker, "so why not the government?"

Ryan Collins' complaint was a closer call during the second oral argument. He was arrested for possessing a stolen motorcycle that had outrun Virginia police twice in 2013 — but an officer had to walk up the driveway of the house where Collins was staying to confirm the match.

The high court ruled that same year that police need a warrant to search outside a private home. But automobiles are exempt if a crime is suspected. In Collins' case, the two precedents collided, dividing the justices almost evenly.

"There are some areas which are just as sacrosanct as your living room," Justice Elena Kagan told Virginia's acting solicitor general, Trevor Cox, referring to the court's 2013 ruling. "In that case, I think you lose here."

But Chief Justice John Roberts said motor vehicles don't get the same privacy rights as houses because they can be driven away at a moment's notice. To make his point, he cited the famous race car from the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off — mistakenly recalling it as a Porsche when in fact it was a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider.

The Supreme Court in recent years has been a firm defender of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. It has held that police cannot use GPS equipment to track vehicles or search cellphones without a warrant. Earlier this term in a pending case, the justices voiced concerns about government monitoring of suspects by tracking the location of their cellphones.

https://archive.fo/Wt9JH
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/01/09/heroin-laden-rental-cars-stolen-motorcycles-justices-find-privacy-rights/1017382001/

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Such Good! Godfather Globalist Peter Sutherland Finally Crokes

Peter Sutherland, the notorious mass migration and multiculturalism campaigner dubbed the ‘father of globalisation’, has died.

Sutherland, 71, was a key player on a host of globalist bodies and multinational corporations, including the European Commission, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Goldman Sachs International, throughout his life.

As the United Nations Special Representative for Migration and non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International in 2012, he infamously remarked that the European Union should “be doing its best to undermine” the sense of national “homogeneity” in Britain and Europe, in order to pave the way for multicultural societies.

“The United States, or Australia and New Zealand, are migrant societies and therefore they accommodate more readily those from other backgrounds than we do ourselves, who still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others,” he told the House of Lords.

“And that’s precisely what the European Union, in my view, should be doing its best to undermine.”

The Ireland-born globalist argued that the supposed threat of an ageing population was the “key argument … for the development of multicultural states”, and that the EU should push mass migration “however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens”.

https://archive.fo/Vxh3f
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/08/death-peter-sutherland-mass-migration-advocate-father-globalisation/

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BIG Cover-up of New Year’s Eve In EU Subjugated Vassal States Exposed

France: In several European cities police and fire brigades were heavily attacked during New Year’s Eve.

A group of youth tried to lynch a police woman and her superior in a Paris suburb. They were attacked after responding to a phone call about an out of control New Year’s Eve party. When they arrived at the scene, they were attacked by a large group of mostly migrant men.

The officers were saved after reinforcements showed up. France is in shock about the incident and president Macron called it on Twitter a “cowardly and criminal lynching of police officers doing their duty”.

Germany: In Belgium the fire brigade was ambushed in the Brussels migrant suburb of Molenbeek. They received an emergency call about a car fire, but a fire was nowhere to be seen when they arrived. Instead the fire trucks were immediately pelted with stones by a group of young men. The trucks were damaged and the brigade quickly had to leave the scene.

A group of youth in Berlin attacked police with gas pistols in the Neukölln migrant suburb. They shot at cars and it is a miracle nobody was hurt. Earlier police were attacked with bottles and heavy fireworks in the city.

According to the Berlin fire brigade there were eight attacks on emergency services and 57 attacks on emergency vehicles. Also an ambulance crew was threatened with firearms by several men. Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union, said that attacks against emergency forces had reached life-threatening levels.

Netherlands: Police in the Dutch city of The Hague were attacked with heavy fireworks in the Schilderswijk suburb. Looking closely at the video of the incident, two men with a migrant background were arrested.

Sweden: In Sweden there were also several incidents. Police and fire brigades were attacked with fireworks, in two of Kristianstad’s suburbs. They had to retreat and were unable to put out a fire. Swedish media say a 22-year-old Arab was recently arrested for blowing up a police car in Malmö on Friday.

https://archive.fo/hz2m7
https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/01/police-and-fire-brigades-attacked-ambushed-and-lynched-in-europes-migrant-suburbs/

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Thanks To Tax Reform, Utilities Are Lowering Rates and Over One Million Americans Are Recieving Bonuses and Wage Hikes

At least 1,005,532 Americans (and counting) will receive special bonuses from their employer thanks to tax reform

"Just five days into 2018 the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed the nation for the better. American companies are raising wages, paying bonuses, expanding operations and increasing 401(k) contributions. This growing list will be updated daily at www.atr.org/list" -- ATR president Grover Norquist.

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Thanks to tax reform, utilities are lowering rates: https://archive.fo/SvQeM

Baltimore Gas & Electric – the utility is passing on $82 million worth of tax savings, resulting in lower gas and electric bills for customers.

Pacific Power – the utility will pass along tax savings to customers:

The new Republican tax plan has brought a variety of tax cuts. Pacific Power says they are committed to passing the benefit of this tax cut on to customers.

“We strive to provide our customers reliable service while keeping rates low,” said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power.

Pepco – the utility will pass along tax savings to customers:

Pepco today announced they will file with the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia in early February, outlining plans to provide annual tax savings to more than 296,000 electric customers in the District of Columbia. If approved, Pepco would plan to begin providing a credit lowering customer bills starting in the first quarter of 2018.

Rocky Mountain Power – the utility will pass along tax savings to customers:

Rocky Mountain Power says it plans to pass some of its federal tax savings on to customers. But, the company isn't sure how much or when. – Jan. 4 Local News 8 article excerpt.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) – the utility is passing on $200 million worth of tax savings to its customers:

Today ComEd is filing a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) seeking approval to pass along approximately $200 million in tax savings to its customers in 2018. If approved by the ICC, the average ComEd residential customer can expect to see an estimated $2-$3 decrease on their monthly bill related to the tax reduction.

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It's Time To Report This: Updated List Shows Hundreds of New CEOs And Officals Resigning... WHY?

Here is a newly updated list of resigned CEOs, politicians and other officials: https://archive.fo/xckLx

Note several hundred have resigned since September 3rd 2017 to January 5th 2018. This is NOT a normal trend. Something big is going on, or something nasty could be ahead and many insiders must know it by now.

Question: what is going on? Why are so many insiders who have cushy jobs suddenly resigning? What do they know that we don't?

A couple conclusions have entered my mind reviewing this. Possible economic collapse or currency crisis may be ahead for the US petrodollar, or even part of the plans. Possible - yet unlikely - corruption crackdowns are feared in the near future? Could austerity against the very wealthy be a part of this fear (Saudi Arabia style purge, anyone!?) Could Trump administration's plans for massive tariffs against foreign goods be driving this fear?

Fact, without conspiracy: hundreds of very wealthy businessmen/women, politicians and govt officials are resigning EN MASS.

Why?

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Democrat in Georgia, An 'LGBT Activist', Arrested For Child Porn and Molesting Kids

The public is once again disturbed after hearing that a popular Democrat in Georgia, who's also a filmmaker of an award-nominated and critically acclaimed movie about LGBT teenagers; has now been arrested in a child pornography scandal.

The pedophile, Kent Igleheart, is a well known Democrat in the state of Georgia, hailing from the city of Roswell.

Police say that Kent Igleheart was using the Kik Messenger app, which is for some reason extremely popular amongst pedophiles, to have contact with over 121 underage children with 21 of those children being Georgia residents.

Judge Linda W. Hunter's DeKalb County courtroom had originally heard the case where Igleheart was charged with 15 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one misdemeanor count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

He served on the Roswell City Council, as per the Democratic Party, where he was actively engaged in a social justice warrior style of virtue-signaling for years towards progressive and cultural marxist ideals; actively attacking Conservatives for their support of the National Rifle Association (NRA), Christianity and traditional values, and speaking out against anyone who wanted to continue a normal lifestyle.

While Kent Igleheart has a long history in film, outside of politics; he became an icon amongst Democrats once he wrote and directed the virtue signaling classic short film, which was set around a group of homeless teenagers that were LGBT.

The Roswell City Council accepted a resignation from Igleheart back in November after his arrest.

What makes the case of Igleheart so disturbing, is that he's believed to have had sex with multiple minor children.

It's been confirmed that one girl, who was only 13-years-old at the time of the relationship (she's 17 now), was a victim of the perverted Kent Igleheart.

According to the Crimes Against Children Unit Assistant District Attorney for Tracy Reeves, Igleheart posed as a teenage boy online in order to manipulate the young girls.

"She thought she was potentially dating a teenager online and shared pretty much every intimate moment," said Reeves.

The girl claims that Igleheart began speaking about his "Uncle Ken," who "liked younger women," but then eventually revealed the truth about his identity and age to her.

The courts said that Igleheart eventually agreed to a plea deal, where he not only admitted to having the sexual relationship with the girl, but to exchanged sexually graphic photographs (child pornography) with her, and even booking hotels for them to stay at together.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg announced the conviction of Igleheart for four counts of producing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.

https://archive.fo/WP0IK

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Hypocrite Jeff Sessions Usurps States Rights Over Cannabis, But Allows Big Pharma A Monopoly Over THC!

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hypocritically granted a monopoly on the sale of THC to big pharma company Insys Therapeutics whose drug fentanyl is responsible for killing tens of thousands every year.

Meanwhile he has promised to arrest people over a plant that makes them healthier and happier.

In a statement released by the justice department last week, Sessions reversed the policy of allowing states to make their own decisions on legalizing cannabis and vowed to use federal tax dollars and resources to enforcing this tyranny.

Jeff Sessions should focus on how Congress crippled the DEA’s ability to fight the opioid epidemic. Instead he tramples upon states’ rights and recreational marijuana laws.

64,000 Americans died last year from opioids. None have died from THC. But, you know, priorities.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 4, 2018

The Free Thought Project reports:

Revealing the sheer hypocrisy and criminality of Sessions’ move—which vowed to uphold the archaic and despotic Controlled Substances Act of 1970 that prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana—Sessions’ DEA granted a company a monopoly on the sale of the synthetic form of the plant which contains the exact properties of cannabis.

The active ingredient in cannabis, THC, remains classified as a Schedule 1 drug—meaning the government claims it is dangerous, addictive, and has no medical value. Coincidentally, over the Thanksgiving holiday, the DoJ’s Drug Enforcement Administration granted Insys Therapeutics—a rogue pharmaceutical company rife with corruption—a Schedule II classification on their synthetic form of THC, Dronabinol.

Instead of allowing people to use a natural form of a plant that can cure them, Jeff Sessions will use taxpayer dollars to continue cannabis prohibition while his DEA grants a monopoly on the exact same substance—only synthetic—to Insys.

For those who don’t know, Insys has become notorious over the last two years after six former executives and managers were arrested on charges that they engaged in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a drug containing the opioid fentanyl. Now this same group of dangerous drug peddlers is being given a partial national monopoly on the sale of legal THC, by the group who claims to protect Americans from drugs.

Along with the executives, Michael Baich, the former CEO, was also charged in an indictment filed in federal court. Even the company’s billionaire founder, John Kapoor was arrested in October for his role in the bribery scheme. He was freed on a $1 million bail after pleading not guilty.

The idea that the DEA would provide a company—who was caught bribing doctors to prescribe opioid drugs that have led to one of the largest addiction problems in the history of the world—with a pass to sell their synthetic version of a plant they continue to kidnap, cage, and kill people over, is infuriating, to say the least.

When asked about this overt conflict of interest and unscrupulous handout to Big Pharma, the DEA answered with a typical bureaucratic reply.

As VICE reported, the DEA noted in its announcement that it received public comments from people opposed to making synthetic THC products Schedule II while keeping marijuana Schedule I. The DEA also said: “two commenters expressed concern that pharmaceutical companies are making a profit from approved drugs containing marijuana constituents.”

“The DEA notes that FDA-approved products of oral solutions containing dronabinol [THC] have an approved medical use, whereas marijuana does not have an approved medical use and therefore remains in Schedule I,” the agency said in its response.

There you have it. If you needed any more proof of the US government’s insane corruption you needn’t look any further than the DoJ’s relationship with Insys.

https://archive.fo/WxRMO
http://yournewswire.com/sessions-grants-big-pharma-monopoly-on-synthetic-thc-while-waging-war-on-real-thing/

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ISIS Declares War On The Palestinians (Really, Mossad!?)

ISIS has declared war on the Palestinians over their failure to recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.

The Islamic State in Egypt has urged its militants in a new 22-minute execution video to kill Palestinians, in a blatant show of solidarity towards Israel.

According to a UN report released in 2015, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) kept in regular contact with members of ISIS since May 2013: https://archive.fo/YbwqY

The report confirms an admission by a captured Israeli General that Israel are secret sponsors of ISIS, using the terrorist organization to further their zionist agenda in the Middle East: https://archive.fo/ryGlI

Rt.com reports: The 22-minute video, allegedly released by an affiliate of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Sinai Peninsula, and published by the Jihadist-monitoring SITE Intelligence Group, begins with footage of US President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement on Jerusalem. The propaganda footage, initially released Wednesday, culminates in the execution of a former IS member pictured on his knees in an orange jumpsuit.

115 bodies of civilians & Syrian troops killed by #ISIS recovered from 2 mass graves in Raqqa https://t.co/M7evTJ6hUn pic.twitter.com/J0HzF3oOrw

— RT (@RT_com) December 31, 2017

The victim in the video, referred to as Musa Abu Zamat, is accused by his terrorist captors of smuggling weapons to Hamas’ military wing from Egypt. An IS preacher, named as Abu Kazem al-Maqdisi, originally from Gaza himself, calls on IS followers to attack Hamas sites and courthouses in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is also blamed for its cooperation with Western countries and fighting Jews only in Israel. Minutes later the captor is executed by a shot to the head. The terrorist who carried out the execution was identified in news reports as being Muhammad al-Dajani, a former member of Hamas’ military branch in Gaza.

Hamas, the de facto governing authority of the Gaza Strip, has called for a new intifada or uprising against Israel in the wake of Trump’s announcement. The agitation for a new uprising spurred mass revolts, in which Israeli security forces used live munition, rubber bullets, and tear gas to quell the massive unrest. On Thursday, Hamas spokesperson Salah Bardawil slammed the IS video as “a Zionist production in which Arab tools participate to distort the resistance.”

https://archive.fo/znIry
http://yournewswire.com/isis-war-palestinians/

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Good! Paris Prosecutors Probe Apple Over Planned Obsolescence After Caught Slowing Down Old iPhone Models

RELATED: >>>/news/4788 ; >>>/news/4856 ; >>>/news/4963

Paris prosecutors have launched a probe of US tech giant Apple over suspected "planned obsolescence" in some of its iPhone models, a judicial source told AFP on Monday.

The investigation was opened on Friday and is being led by anti-trust and consumer protection specialists in the French economy ministry.

It comes after a complaint by the association Stop Planned Obsolescence (HOP or Halte a l'Obsolescence Programmee) after Apple admitted last month that it intentionally slowed down older models of its iPhones over time.

Planned obsolescence is a widely criticised commercial practice in which manufacturers build in the expiry of their products so that consumers will be forced to replace them.

It is decried by consumer groups as being unethical and is suspected of being particularly prevalent in the electronics industry, which produces mountains of unrecyclable waste each year

To tackle the problem, France passed landmark legislation in 2015 known as "Hamon's law" which made the practice illegal and -- in theory -- obliged retailers to say whether replacement parts were available.

https://archive.fo/ernY9
https://www.afp.com/en/news/831/paris-prosecutors-probe-apple-over-planned-obsolescence-doc-w14x81

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DHS: Border Wall Will Only Cost 1/20th What The Federal Already Spends, Totally Do-able!

President Donald Trump’s 700-mile border wall would cost just $1.8 billion annually for ten years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The expected construction cost is only 1 cent for every $20 spent by the federal government!

The Journal‘s article said the Department of Homeland Security’s unreleased plan had been sent to a group of Senators:

In total, the administration details about $33 billion in desired new border security spending, including funding for technology, personnel and roads. The document refers to this as “critical physical border security requirements.”

The document, from the Customs and Border Protection agency at the Department of Homeland Security, envisions the border-wall project unfolding over 10 years. If carried out as described, by 2027, about 970 miles of the 2,000-mile southwest border would have some sort of fencing or wall separating the U.S. from Mexico …

The non-wall requests include $5.7 billion over five years for towers, surveillance equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles and other technology; $1 billion over five years for road construction and maintenance; and $8.5 billion over seven years for 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and other personnel.

The planned $18 billion over a decade in spending on the wall matches the $1.6 billion already approved for 2018 by the GOP-controlled House and Senate, amid protests from Democrat Party leaders.

The pending 2018 budget includes $1.6 billion to build 60 miles new barriers in Texas and to upgrade 14 miles older barriers in California.

The proposed cost $1.8 billion per year cost would consume less than one-2,088th of the 2018 federal budget, expected to be around $3,800 billion. In turn, the wall’s cost would be offset by a reduced northward flow of illegals and drugs, so cutting the federal government’s cost for welfare, unemployment and policing.

https://archive.fo/CRn1K
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/05/border-wall-cost-1-8-billion-annual-10-years/

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One Week After Clinton's House Fire, Arson Hits Trump Tower (WTF Is Going On!?)

A small fire broke out on the roof of Trump Tower on Monday morning, officials claim.

Smoke was seen billowing off the top of the Manhattan skyscraper, carrying for several blocks.

Firefighters were called to the Fifth Ave. skyscraper, located at East 56thSt., at about 7:20 Monday morning.

The blaze appeared to break out in the building’s heating and cooling system, the FDNY said.

They quickly knocked the fire back, but firefighters are currently making sure it didn’t spread.

Two people suffered injuries, including one man who was taken away on a stretcher after battling the rooftop fire.

Eric Trump, the President’s son and an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, confirmed the rooftop cooling tower ignited.

“The New York Fire Department was here within minutes and did an incredible job. The men and women of the #FDNY are true heroes and deserve our most sincere thanks and praise!” he tweeted.

While President Trump and the First Family now live in the White House, the commander-in-chief maintains a palatial apartment in the 58-story tower. The President was in Washington at the time of the fire.

https://archive.fo/STFxF
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/fire-breaks-trump-tower-roof-article-1.3744249

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New Controversial Book Reveals Saudi Purge Was Orchestrated By Trump To Dismantle Deep State Islamic Connections

A new book based on interviews purportedly coming from White House insiders has revealed that US President Donald Trump was behind the elevation of Mohammed bin Salman to the position of Saudi Arabia's crown prince last year.

The claim is included in the book titled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House which went on sale on Friday. Michael Wolff said on Friday his book is based on more than 200 interviews with Trump and his close aides.

"We've put our man on top," Trump is said to have claimed to friends, according to the book, after Saudi King Salman ousted his nephew Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as next-in-line to the throne and made his then-31-year-old son, Mohammed bin Salman, the new crown prince in June 2017.

Bin Salman is a close friend of Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. His sudden elevation last year to the post of crown prince shook up the line of succession and turned on decades of custom within the Saudi royal family.

Just a month before for Saudi Arabia's political shakeup, Trump had visited the kingdom and met with leaders from across the Middle East and signed a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi leaders. According to The New York Times, Kushner personally intervened on the arms deal with Saudi Arabia ahead of Trump’s visit to the kingdom.

Wolff in his book called Trump’s Saudi trip a “get-out-of-Dodge godsend,” as it was an escape from Washington, DC where he recently fired FBI Director James Comey. “There couldn’t have been a better time to be making headlines far from Washington. A road trip could transform everything.”

When bin Salman was named crown prince, Trump called and congratulated him on his “recent elevation.”

And later in November when bin Salman imprisoned his hundreds of political rivals and other Saudi elites in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, Trump tweeted, “I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing.”

“Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!” he added.

https://archive.fo/uj5cn
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/05/547955/We-put-our-man-on-top-Trump-said-on-bin-Salman-new-book-reveals

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Be Prepared: Prices To Rise! Economic Trade War Nears As Trump Seeks Tariffs On Mass Produced Chinese Goods

NOTE THAT MORE THAN 50% OF THE GOODS IN CURRENT STORES ALL ACROSS AMERICA COME FROM CHINA! PRICES MAY HEAVILY RISE IN THE FUTURE IF TARIFFS TAKE EFFECT!

President Donald Trump’s administration is preparing to unveil an aggressive trade crackdown in the coming weeks that is likely to include new tariffs aimed at countering China’s and other economic competitors’ alleged unfair trade practices, according to three administration officials.

Trump is tentatively scheduled to meet with Cabinet secretaries and senior advisers as soon as this week to begin finalizing decisions on a slew of pending trade fights involving everything from imports of steel and solar panels to Chinese policies regarding intellectual property, according to one of the administration officials.

Senior aides are also laying plans to use Trump’s State of the Union address at the end of the month to flesh out the president’s trade vision and potentiallypreview a more aggressive posture toward China, according to the official.

Aides stressed that the specifics are still in flux, but multiple officials told POLITICO that internal conversations have moved beyond the basic question of whether Trump should take tough trade steps and are now focused on what precise measures the president should impose.

By turning to trade, Trump is returning to a key campaign pledge that many advisers worry he did not deliver on in his first year in office. And with limited prospects for passing legislation, trade is one of a handful of major policy areas on which the president can act without having to rely on Congress.

Aides said the upcoming closed-door trade meetings with the president will help shed more light on his thinking. Trump’s senior advisers have been fighting behind the scenes for months over the direction of his trade agenda, but officials on both sides of the debate said it remained unclear exactly how aggressive the president was prepared to be.

One official said the president is “undecided and could come out any number of ways.” Still, it is “very likely” that the president will green-light tariffs of some kind in the coming weeks, the official added, a move that could prompt severe blowback from targeted countries.

The president outlined his thinking on trade during meetings with Republican congressional leaders at Camp David this weekend, according to people familiar with the talks.

A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

https://archive.fo/YudLB
https://www.politico.eu/article/white-house-preparing-for-trade-crackdown/

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Europe Becomes Victim Of Russia's Newest Oil Strategy

Higher shipments of Russian crude oil to China may saddle European importers with a fatter bill, an industry consultancy warned at the end of last year, noting the latest stage of Russia’s Eastern pivot: the launch of the expanded East Siberia-Pacific Ocean pipeline that would lift Urals crude supply to China twofold, to 30 million tons annually.

FGE said in a note quoted by Bloomberg that Russia will start moving more Urals eastward right after the launch of the pipeline extension, at a rate of 160,000 bpd. The overall increase of Russian crude shipments to China, according to the consultancy, could be around 200,000 bpd.

This means less oil for Europe, which is Russia’s number-one oil client. This only highlights the significance of Moscow’s Asian pivot amid lingering European sanctions following the 2014 annexation of Crimea and Russia’s involvement in separatist conflicts in the Ukraine.

In 2016, Russia exported an average 3.7 million barrels daily to European countries, compared with less than a million bpd to China, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In percentage figures, Europe accounted for 70 percent of Russia’s 2016 crude oil exports, while the share of China was just 18 percent.

The rise in Chinese exports has been quite steep since 2014: as of November last year, Russia shipped 1.3 million barrels of oil daily to China. All the latest signs point to further growth. However, exactly how much this would hurt European buyers is unclear.

The Urals is currently trading at a discount of about $4 to Brent crude but WTI’s discount to the international benchmark is $6 a barrel. In other words, Russia’s diverting of crude oil from Europe to China could be an opportunity for U.S. exporters as long as they can keep their transport costs low enough. Europe will probably be grateful for the diversification.

Over the long term, things are even more uncertain. Clearly, Russia has prioritized its relationship with China: In addition to the ESPO expansion, Gazprom is on track to complete the Power of Siberia gas pipeline by 2019. The 2,500-km mammoth of a pipeline will pump 1.3 trillion cu ft of gas to China annually.

This soaring demand has already created shortages in parts of the country. A recent report by Eurasia Daily suggested the Power of Siberia will be essential in avoiding future gas shortages. Would that take gas away from Europe? It’s unlikely given Gazprom’s 30+-percent market share in Europe, and besides, there’s enough gas for everyone. What might happen is China overtaking Europe as Russia’s biggest gas export market at some point in the future, especially if Russia–EU relations continue to be strained.

https://archive.fo/MFQeh
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-07/europe-becomes-victim-russias-newest-oil-strategy

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Good! Trump Ends Amnesty Status For 200,000 El Salvadorans

President Donald Trump’s deputies are ending the often-extended ‘TPS’ temporary refugee status for up to 200,000 El Salvadoran migrants, which was first granted when earthquakes hit their home country in 2001.

The TPS decision — reported by numerous media outlets — underlines Trump’s determination to enforce the nation’s immigration laws, and to push his “Buy American, Hire American” inauguration-day promise, despite growing pressure from the GOP’s business-first wing, Democrats and their allies in the establishment media.

The decision also pressures Democrats to accept Trump’s immigration reforms — or else run as the pro-amnesty political party in November 2018.

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for deciding whether or not to extend TPS status, based on whether the original disaster is still damaging the country. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is Trump’s DHS secretary.

Most of the 200,000 El Salvadoreans will return home by September 2019, likely boosting the small nation’s economy with savings and skills earned in the United States during the last 17 years.

The decision will free up jobs for American citizens and other legal immigrants.

Many of the El Salvador migrants were living illegally in the United States when the earthquake hit their home country in 2001. Since then, the “Temporary Protected Status” has been 11 times by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/01/08/trump-ends-temporary-protected-status-200000-el-salvadorans/

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WAR CRIMES: Teenage Boy Injured By HPV Vaccine, Passes Away

RELATED: >>>/news/4926

Thirteen year old Colton Berrett was a healthy, strong and very active boy prior to receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine.

Colton received the last of three vaccines on February 1, 2014, but within a matter of weeks he became incapacitated and paralyzed from the neck down. He went into hospital on February 17th, where he spent 88 days in intensive care.

Colton said he was “angry that they’re still giving out the vaccine. They don’t care that people are getting hurt. It’s a joke.”

Sadly Colton is no longer with us he died over the weekend… but he left a powerful message for others . . . “You gotta do your research. You can’t just trust the doctor anymore . . . “​

Colton was a lover of motorcross and indoor skydiving. After receiving his third dose of the HPV vaccine, he began having neck pains. He went for one last motorcycle ride. He began feeling nauseous the next day and his neck pain intensified. That night, he asked his mom to help him drink water.

“Mom, can you give that to me in my left hand. I can’t use my right arm very good; it is weak.”

He was eventually paralyzed. An MRI taken at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City showed inflammation in his spinal cord and neck.

The doctor reported his findings to VAERS.

Here is Colton’s full story: https://hooktube.com/watch?v=XrAFKJMMvRc

Heather Lee Laurence of Middleburg, Florida, revealed that Colton passed away, but has given no other details into the very sad situation. She ask that everyone keep his family in your “thoughts, hearts, and prayers.”

https://archive.fo/PXDLL
http://yournewswire.com/teenage-boy-injured-by-hpv-vaccine-passes-away/

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Major Globalist, Former Intelligence Insider, Admits US Deep State Establishment Losing Power Rapidly

Note that this article is written by John R. Schindler, a self-admitted globalist who has worked many years within multiple US intelligence agencies!

The United States has been the world’s greatest power since 1945, when that mantle—half-passed from London to Washington after the First World War—firmly landed in American hands after the Second World War. Since 1991, when the Cold War ended with Soviet collapse, America has been the world’s hegemon, to use the proper term, the force whose power could not be seriously challenged on the global stage.

For 26 years now—a happy generation—America has been able to do whatever it wanted, to anyone, at any time of our choosing, anywhere on earth. Notwithstanding the decline of major sectors of the American economy, our military has covered the globe with deployments as the Pentagon has divided our planet into “geographic combatant commands” to formalize our hegemony. Our allegedly deep defense thinkers have hailed this as our viceroys enacting Washington’s benevolent imperial will anywhere we desire.

It needs to be said that plenty of the planet has been happy to acquiesce in American hegemony. While we’re hardly the pure-hearted hegemon we imagine ourselves to be, the United States appears like a relatively positive force on the global stage, compared to other options. Even among skeptics regarding America’s global dominance, few pine instead for hegemony under, say, Beijing and its Communist party bosses.

Nevertheless, 2017 gave unmistakable signs that American hegemony, which has been waning for a decade, has now ended. A new age has dawned, even though it’s still early and the sun is far from full. As commander-in-chief, in his first year in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump has ranted and raved on Twitter almost daily, with no effect save to confuse our allies about what exactly is going on in Washington. De facto, America has two foreign and defense policies: what the president says and what our national security bureaucracy does. The gap between presidential rhetoric, much of it unhinged, and actual policy toward the world grew throughout 2017.

It’s no wonder, then, that North Korea seems anything but cowed, despite a year of Trumpian rants at Pyongyang. The Kim dynasty keeps rattling its nuclear saber at will, firing off missiles over the Pacific to showcase its power, and Washington’s demands that they cease have had no impact. While the Trump administration propagates the fantasy that North Korea will never become a nuclear power, that troublesome country has plainly had atomic weapons for years. That this unreality-based policy might end badly for everyone—even a merely conventional war on the Korean peninsula will mean millions of refugees and casualties—is obvious and constitutes one of the major what-ifs for the coming year.

The National Security Strategy recently rolled out by the White House with fanfare, however, appreciates none of these new geopolitical realities. It imagines a world where American power, while now confronted by Russia and a rising China, remains above fundamental challenge. Predictably, the president’s release of “his” NSS had barely any connection to the actual document. To be fair to Trump, the NSS always is a political write-up, not really any kind of strategy, and the relationship between its wish-list and actual Beltway policy is often tenuous; the current administration has decided to sever any NSS connection to reality altogether.

It should be noted that President Trump inherited a hegemon in decline. His predecessors did plenty of damage before the current Oval Office occupant decided to inflict more. Bill Clinton’s well-intentioned if often mishandled humanitarian interventions in the Balkans gave the illusion that America knew how to “nation build” broken societies at modest cost in lives and treasure.

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Mexico's Trumpian Populist Could Mean Trouble for NAFTA

Andrés Manuel López Obrador's campaign rhetoric can make him sound like a Mexican Donald Trump.

The left-leaning front-runner in Mexico’s presidential race is overtly nationalistic, pushes “Mexican people first” policies and peppers his speeches with anti-establishment slogans that thrill the working-class Mexicans who flock to his rallies.

But while his style might be distinctly Trumpian, his policy prescriptions could not be more different. Indeed, the election of the former mayor of Mexico City could be disastrous for Trump and his administration, creating an even more charged relationship between the two countries that could reduce cooperation on border security, trade and immigration.

That worries U.S. politicians and business leaders, including House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, who was not shy about expressing his disdain for López Obrador at an event last fall hosted by the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

“I do not want to see President [López] Obrador take office next year,” McCaul said, adding he fears the Trump administration could increase those chances if it mishandles talks on revamping the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

McCaul and others fret that Trump himself could help put López Obrador over the top by following through on his threat to pull out of NAFTA — a development likely to produce more voter frustration that López Obrador could capitalize on.

“It worries me if NAFTA is not done correctly that we’ll be handing a candidate, a socialist candidate like that, the presidency of Mexico,” the Texas Republican said. “And I think that would be the biggest mistake we could possibly do.”

Right now, negotiators for the three nations are striving to reach a deal by the end of March, motivated by the desire to avoid the having every detail of the talks become a political weapon during the last weeks of Mexico’s presidential campaign. And regardless of whether a new NAFTA agreement is negotiated before the July 1 election, the next Mexican president will set the tone for the next years of U.S.-Mexico relations.

López Obrador, 64, who goes by the nickname AMLO, has made his biggest headlines in the U.S. by being a fiery opponent of Trump’s critical rhetoric about Mexico. But Trump still has the opportunity to smooth over the bad feelings, U.S.-Mexico experts say.

“I say it’s more in Trump’s hands as to what happens with the relationship, than it is in Mexican hands. … Because I think there’s a predisposition to want to strengthen and improve the relationship with the United States,” Jim Jones, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico in the Clinton administration, told POLITICO. “But if they are so insulted and denigrated, the Mexican people will react and the Mexican politicians will react in favor of the Mexican voters.”

To help his working class base, AMLO knows “he’s got to create wealth,” Jones said. "And to create wealth, he’s got to attract business. Truly, he has to try to maintain cordial relations with the United States.”

That focus on maintaining better ties with the U.S. came through in the recently released 2018-24 platform from López Obrador’s Morena party, which rather unexpectedly praised NAFTA as “a demonstrated useful instrument for the development of economic and commercial relations with the U.S. and Canada.”

“He certainly hasn’t been a champion or enthusiast for NAFTA, but eliminating it is not a politically smart way to proceed as well, and he knows that,” said Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, adding that López Obrador often has emphasized social development and protecting poor people in regards to NAFTA.

https://archive.fo/HHABR
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/07/mexico-trump-populism-209089

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Good! Israeli Organ Trafficking Ringleader Arrested

The Israeli ringleader of a global gang involved in an organ trafficking in Kosovo has been arrested in Cyprus, Kosovan police say.

Moshe Harel is accused of organizing dozens of illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus clinic in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, a decade ago.

"The suspect whose initials are MH was arrested a few days ago in Cyprus following an international arrest warrant," Kosovan police spokesman Baki Kelani said Saturday.

Poor people from areas in Eastern Europe and Central Asia were allegedly brought to the Medicus clinic after being assured that they would receive up to 15,000 euros ($18,000) for their kidneys.

Recipients, mainly Israelis, would pay up to 100,000 euros for the organs. Some donors never received any money.

The organ scandal came to light in 2008 after a Turkish man whose kidney had been removed was found seriously ill at Pristina airport.

Police raided the clinic, which was shut down following the scandal.

In 2013, an EU-led court in Kosovo sentenced five Kosovan doctors to up to eight years in prison for organ trafficking in the country. They have all denied any wrongdoing.

Prosecutors said at the time of the trial that donors, whose organs were illegally removed, were left without proper medical care and treated "like waste."

In 2016, Kosovo’s Supreme Court annulled the verdict and ordered a new trial, which is ongoing.

https://archive.fo/VtyWi
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/06/548054/Cyprus-Israel-organ-trafficking-Kosovo

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Renewable Energy Sounds Great, But Can Citizens Afford It? New Study Exposes Cost & Production Ratios

At that time estimated profits from biodiesel production created considerable enthusiasm, which at one point turned euphoric with new production facilities being announced almost on a weekly basis.

What was not to like? Europeans would get to drive their cars using green, very low-carbon, seemingly affordable fuels, saving the environment in the process. And investors would make a ton of money.

However, reality turned out to be rather more complicated than that, much to the chagrin of those investors. Production margins were quite volatile and very difficult to hedge into the future. All that new demand ended up spiking the prices of vegetable oils – the key biodiesel production input – way above those of fossil fuels. Entire domestic production complexes went bust as a result, prompting governments across Europe to eventually implement a range of support measures to make biofuels part of the fuel mix.

Biodiesel became the biofuel of choice in Europe for many reasons. It can be used as a blend component for diesel or replace it completely (typically referred to as B100, or biodiesel 100%). Both options were available in many pumps across Germany, the industry's pioneer and largest European market by far at that time. Despite being staunch environmental supporters and relatively wealthy, when the price of a liter of B100 was higher just by one cent German consumers immediately switched to its fossil fuel counterpart.

In other words, when push came to shove the willingness to pay for a "green" premium was not there - even in one of the most environmentally conscious countries in the world. This stunned us at the time.

Making green energy affordable is a real challenge since it faces a number of constraints that drive up its cost especially in relation to fossil fuels, which remain society's lowest common energy denominator (current biofuel production itself depends at various points on fossil fuel availability). This cost disadvantage is particularly evident in a related – and far less elastic – energy sector: renewable power.

https://archive.fo/7R871

The graph above shows installed wind and solar capacity across the European Union on a per capita basis at the end of 2016.

The results are pretty striking. Despite the many factors that can influence electricity prices installed wind and solar capacity appear to be particularly significant as evidenced by the high fit of the regression (almost 78%, 100% being a perfect fit).

Germany and Denmark stand out again, this time in terms of high electricity prices. Given that both have significant domestic industrial sectors, particularly Germany, how can they charge such high prices for electricity?

The keyword in the graph is *household* electricity prices. Industrial and other large users do not pay anywhere near in those and other countries across Europe, as shown in the following graph:

https://archive.fo/YbsXq

The difference in prices charged to both groups is significant. In particular, households in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Portugal pay considerably more than their industrial / other counterparts.

How so?

Industries need to be competitive to stay in business and electricity is generally a major cost component. As such governments try to mitigate the impact of their energy policies on them, otherwise they close shop and the jobs go elsewhere. Since households cannot leave as easily they are the ones that end up footing a disproportionate amount of the national electricity bill, especially in Germany where industry accounts for the largest share of consumption. Unlike B100 consumers cannot switch out so easily.

Renewable power is expensive. Quite expensive in fact.

https://archive.fo/MpKPE
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-06/can-we-afford-renewable-energy

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Anti-Trumpers BTFO! Judge Rules Fusion GPS Must Turn Over Bank Records

Wheels appear to be in motion across D.C. on several fronts.

The DOJ is "taking a fresh look" into the Hillary Clinton email 'matter.'

The FBI has launched a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation the day after the Clinton's Chappaqua property catches fire.

Former FBI Director James Comey's full Clinton memo was released, revealing felony evidence of changes which "decriminalized" Hillary Clinton's behavior. Oh, and every one of the memos he leaked to his Cornell professor buddy was classified, per a sworn statement by the FBI's "chief FOIA officer" in a sworn declaration obtained by Judicial Watch.

The House Intelligence Committee will be granted access to "all remaining investigative documents," unredacted, along with all witnesses sought per a deal reached between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Nunes.

The letter, from Nunes to Rosenstein, summarizes an “agreement” reached on a phone call Wednesday evening and also says key FBI and Justice Department witnesses in the probe will be provided for interviews later this month.

The agreement comes after the DOJ and FBI faced a Wednesday deadline to comply, under the threat of new subpoenas and even contempt citations. Under deadline pressure, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Rosenstein met Wednesday with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to discuss the demands from the intelligence committee. -Fox News

And now, days after Fusion GPS penned a vigorous self-defense in the New York Times, a Federal Judge struck has down a request by Fusion to block the House Intelligence Committee from obtaining complete banking records in relation to their activities during 2016. Fusion sought to invalidate a subpoena issued by Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), which they tried to claim was issued illegally as well as a violation of the 1st Amendment. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon struck down all four of Fusion's request in his order, which is a great read.

Read the rest here:

https://archive.fo/5Jmj4
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-05/judge-rules-fusion-gps-must-turn-over-bank-records

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NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, Who Tipped Off Trump About Obama's Spying, Announces His Retirement

Reuters is reporting that NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers has announced to his staff he is resigning, and that a nominee will be announced to replace him shortly.

It took us a while to figure it out, but now that we have become aware of his place in history, Rogers departure makes sense. His incredible accomplishments are complete.

In hindsight it appears that President Trump was fully aware when the tide would change. The moment when an empowered group of congressional people would develop the coordinated plan to defeat the corruption amid a corrupt intelligence apparatus Admiral Rogers had been holding back for the past several years.

https://archive.fo/R5wfp
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/05/operation-condor-how-nsa-director-mike-rogers-saved-the-u-s-from-a-massive-constitutional-crisis/

On October 7th 2017 President Trump stated: …”You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”

Everyone was trying to figure out what the president meant. The media went bananas for a few cycles talking about it. However, a picture from that evening – in addition to the recent discoveries – likely tells us all we need to know.

That night, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers was seated at the head of the table as each member of the military likely aware -in varying degrees- just how consequential NSA Director Mike Rogers was in fending off the biggest constitutional crisis in the history of the US.

A grateful US President, recognizing a great and patriotic man, amid many great and patriotic men. ….And no-one outside that room even knew. Until now.

https://archive.fo/KySm4
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/05/his-job-is-done-admiral-mike-rogers-announces-his-retirement/

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Massive Site-Blocking Measures Countered By 100K Browser Addon Users

Two years ago, Portugal introduced a pioneering and voluntary site-blocking regime, with zero court orders needed. With almost 1,400 sites now on the list, TF spoke with Revolução dos Bytes (Bytes’ Revolution), a group that maintains a directory of blocked domains and bypasses every one of them, thanks to their own browser extension powered by 100,000 anti-censorship citizens.

In July 2015, Portugal’s Ministry of Culture announced the signing of a memorandum between its own General Inspection of Cultural Activities (IGAC), the Portuguese Association of Telecommunication Operators (APRITEL), various rightsholder groups, the body responsible for administering Portugal’s .PT domain, and representatives from the advertising industry.

The memorandum laid out a new mechanism for blocking so-called ‘pirate’ sites. In common with similar frameworks elsewhere, the process can be triggered by a complaint from a rightsholder association. Local anti-piracy group MAPINET then collates evidence that a site is engaged in the unlawful distribution of copyright works and has failed to cease its activities.

The system was quickly utilized by rightsholders seeking to block access to their content. Within six months, 330 sites had been blocked by ISPs, but that was only the beginning. In the months and years that followed, hundreds more sites were rendered inaccessible but in common with similar programs elsewhere, no official list of blocked sites was made available. People are keeping watch, however.

SitesBloqueados (Blocked Sites) is a web portal run by Revolução dos Bytes (Bytes’ Revolution), a group of like-minded anti-censorship activists in Portugal. Created a few months after blocking began in the region, their comprehensive database now contains almost 1,400 domains, the majority of which have been blocked on copyright grounds.

“SitesBloqueados was mainly created because, although the Memorandum of Understanding contained certain requirements to make a site eligible to be blocked – such as 500 items [or links] to copyright content or one third of the site containing copyrighted material – there was no official way to validate that data and make sure that these ‘rules’ are being respected,” team member Henrique Mouta informs TF.

The manner in which the list is maintained is quite unique. As mentioned earlier, there are no official sources listing blocked domains so the people behind SitesBloqueados had to get creative. Alongside this project they also run Ahoy!, a Chrome and Firefox extension that allows users to circumvent censorship in Portugal and it’s through that tool they gather information.

“Ahoy! basically bypasses any traffic to a blocked site through our own proxies, allowing the users to navigate in a free, uncensored internet,” Henrique explains.

https://archive.fo/p6RfE
https://torrentfreak.com/massive-site-blocking-measures-countered-by-100k-browser-addon-users-171231/

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Commies BTFO! Court Orders Antifa Organizer to Pay $11,000 for Filing Frivolous Restraining Order

CAN'T CON THE COURTS COMMIES!

A court in California has ordered Antifa organizer Yvette Felarca to pay $11,000 after she filed a frivolous restraining order against former Berkeley College Republicans President Troy Worden.

In 2017, Antifa organizer Yvette Felarca filed a restraining order against former UC Berkeley College Republican president Troy Worden, citing two alleged incidents of harassment. Worden’s attorney alleges that Felarca made up two false accusations of harassment against him. He claims that Felarca used two incidents in which Worden made eye contact with her on campus as a basis for the restraining order.

Now, a California court has ordered Felarca to pay a $11,000 fine for filing a frivolous lawsuit. The funds will go directly to covering Worden’s attorney fees. In a press release, attorney Harmeet Dhillon suggested that the fine signals that Antifa can’t use the courts to silence their political opponents. “Felarca and her fellow travelers in BAMN [By Any Means Necessary]/Antifa need to learn that the California courts are not their personal plaything to use and abuse at will by filing baseless and vexatious lawsuits,” she said in the release.

“By ruling that she did not demonstrate good faith in filing the restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of Felarca’s actions,” Worden’s attorney, Mark Meuser, added. “The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.”

https://archive.fo/JHLA3
http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/01/05/court-orders-antifa-organizer-to-pay-11000-for-filing-frivolous-restraining-order/

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BOOM! Trump Administration Ends Grand Jury Proceedings Against Julian Assange

In the past few days, a series of unexpected developments have cleared the path for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without fear of arrest.

On Tuesday, WikiLeaks posted a tweet announcing the U.S. government had ended its eight-year-long grand jury proceedings against WikiLeaks that was expanded in 2017 to cover the WikiLeaks various “Vault” releases on CIA spy technology.

US government on why it has decided to close its eight year long grand jury proceedings against @WikiLeaks (expanded in 2017 to cover our series on the CIA). Wait, what? https://t.co/lifuptJLGs

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 2, 2018

The WikiLeaks tweet referenced a State Department press conference held that day, Jan. 2, 2018, in which State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert made a strong statement regarding freedom of speech that was couched in a reference to Iran.

.@statedeptspox: We support a freedom of the press. When a nation clamps down on social media, we ask the question — what are you afraid of? We support the people of #Iran, and we support their voices being heard. pic.twitter.com/4dG4FlWTMJ

— Department of State (@StateDept) January 2, 2018

The WikiLeaks tweet confirmed the State Department’s reference to freedom of speech in Iran was a coded communication intended to extend the umbrella of free speech and press rights to WikiLeaks in a clear reversal of the policy in which both CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Sessions have argued that arresting Julian Assange is a priority. It is not clear that Assange has violated national security laws, even if it can be shown he published U.S. national security classified documents.

Specifically, Nauert said the following:

“We support a freedom of the press here in the United States. We support the right of voices to be heard. And when a nation clamps down on social media or websites or Google or news sites, we ask the question, “What are you afraid of?” What are you afraid of? We support the Iranian people and we support their voices being heard.”

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Tables Have Turned For Islamic Elitists: Eleven Saudi Royals Arrested For Protesting Against Austerity

Members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family have apparently learned nothing from their cousin’s authoritarian tendencies. To wit, Saudi authorities on Saturday detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh to protest austerity measures imposed by their cousin and the state’s de facto leader: Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, aka MbS.

As part of the latest wave of cutbacks forced by still-low oil prices, bin Salman suspended payment of royals’ utility bills. The decision triggered a backlash among the royals who weren’t prosecuted during the Crown Prince’s "corruption crackdown"/cash grab from late last year, and they swiftly assembled at the Qasr a-Hokm, a historic royal palace, to demand the cancellation of a royal decree that stopped state payment of water and electricity bills for royal family members. The move was a rare act of defiance against the Saudi crown, per Reuters. They were also demanding compensation for a death sentence issued against a relative, local media reported.

In light of recent "events" in Saudi Arabia, it was a rather poor decision.

The identities of the princes taken into custody have not been released. However, the leader of the group has been identified by the initials S.A.S."Everybody is equal before the law and anyone who does not implement regulations and instructions will be held accountable, no matter who he is," a local media website added.

Late last year, MbS imprisoned dozens of royals at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton until they agreed to fork over substantial chunks of their wealth in exchange for their freedom. The shakedown resulted in one former general being tortured to death after refusing to give in to MbS’s remunerative demands – the princes spoke up, and were promptly taken into custody.

"They were informed of the error of their demands, but they refused to leave Qasr al-Hokm," an unnamed local official told local media. "A royal order was issued to the royal guards … to intervene and they were detained and put into al-Hayer prison in preparation to put them on trial."

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, has introduced reforms that included cutting subsidies, introducing value added tax (VAT) and cutting perks to royal family members to try to cope with a drop in crude prices that has led to a massive budget deficit.

OPEC's biggest oil producer said its gross domestic product shrank 0.5% in 2017 due to a drop in crude production, as part of the 2016 Vienna production-cut agreement, but mostly due to lower oil prices.

The last time the Saudi economy contracted was in 2009, when GDP fell 2.1% after the global financial crisis sent oil prices crashing. Riyadh also posted a higher-than-expected budget deficit in 2017 and forecast another shortfall next year for the fifth year in a row due to the decline in oil revenues. The finance ministry said it estimates a budget deficit of $52 billion for 2018.

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BEWARE: Intel Is Planting Many More Backdoors Built-in To The Hardware

RELATED: https://archive.fo/lVGpv

Earlier today, we reported that according to a press reports, Intel's computer chips were affected by a bug that makes them vulnerable to hacking. Specifically, The Register said the bug lets some software gain access to parts of a computer’s memory that are set aside to protect things like passwords, and making matters worse, all computers with Intel chips from the past 10 years appear to be affected. The news, which sent Intel's stock tumbling, was later confirmed by the company.

In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, Intel said it was working with chipmakers including Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and ARM Holdings, and operating system makers to develop an industrywide approach to resolving the issue that may affect a wide variety of products, adding that it has begun providing software to help mitigate the potential exploits. Computer slowdowns depend on the task being performed and for the average user “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time" the company promised despite much skepticism to the contrary.

As Bloomberg helpfully puts it, Intel's microprocessors "are the fundamental building block of the internet, corporate networks and PCs" and while Intel has added to its designs over the years trying to make computers less vulnerable to attack, arguing that hardware security is typically tougher to crack than software, there now appears to be a fundamental flaw in the design.

In a vain attempt to mitigate the damage, Intel claimed that the “flaw” was not unique to its products.

“Intel and other technology companies have been made aware of new security research describing software analysis methods that, when used for malicious purposes, have the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed,” the Santa Clara, California-based company said. “Intel believes these exploits do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.”

As Bloomberg writes, "the vulnerability may have consequences beyond just computers, and is not the result of a design or testing error." Here's how the bug "works":

All modern microprocessors, including those that run smartphones, are built to essentially guess what functions they’re likely to be asked to run next. By queuing up possible executions in advance, they’re able to crunch data and run software much faster.

The problem in this case is that this predictive loading of instructions allows access to data that’s normally cordoned off securely, Intel Vice President Stephen Smith said on a conference call. That means, in theory, that malicious code could find a way to access information that would otherwise be out of reach, such as passwords.

Security vulnerability aside, the fix may be just as bad: it would result in a significant slowdown of the CPU, and the resultant machine.

Because the exploit takes advantage of a technology intended to accelerate the performance of the processors, the fix slows them, said the person. In devices with the current generation of Intel chips, the impact will be small, but it will be more significant on older processors. Microsoft is still looking at the impact on the speed of cloud services and how it will compensate paying customers, the person said.

"The techniques used to accelerate processors are common to the industry,” said Ian Batten, a computer science lecturer at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. who specializes in computer security. The fix being proposed will definitely result in slower operating times, but reports of slowdowns of 25 percent to 30 percent are “worst case” scenarios.

https://archive.fo/qpJ4X
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/everyone-affected-why-implications-intel-bug-are-staggering

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Well No Shit! German Govt Finally Admits After Years Of Denial, Migrants Have Fueled Violent Crime Rise

Migrants may be responsible for most of a recent rise in violent crime in Germany, research commissioned by the government suggests.

The study used data from Lower Saxony, a state where more than 90% of the rise was attributed to young male migrants.

The researchers say the findings are not surprising because many migrants who arrived in Germany in recent years are single males aged 14-30.

This group is most likely to commit crime, irrespective of nationality.

The researchers also said that migrants were twice as likely to be reported to police for alleged violent crimes as German nationals.

The report comes as Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU/CSU prepares for more coalition talks with the centre-left SPD.

Both groups were seen as being hurt by their apparently liberal migration policies in September's election.

The report used statistics from Lower Saxony - regarded as an average state - where police saw an increase of 10.4% in reported violent crimes in 2015 and 2016.

Based on figures from the state's interior ministry, which keeps a separate record of alleged crimes by migrants, the report suggested that 92.1% of this increase was attributable to migrants.

https://archive.fo/7j0GU
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42557828

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100+ US Companies Giving Employees Bonuses After Trump Tax Reform Passed

At least 985,101 Americans (and counting) will receive special bonuses from their employer thanks to tax reform.

More than 100 U.S. companies are giving their employees up to $2,000 in bonuses after President Trump’s tax reform package became law.

The conservative taxpayer advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) compiled a list of companies that gave their employees a little extra cash after the tax cut legislation passed, whether it be through bonuses or an increase in wages.

THE LIST: https://archive.fo/zELWg

The group initially put out a list of 40 U.S. companies that are offering these incentives to their employees, but Thursday, that list grew to more than 100 when more companies, including many small businesses, disclosed their tax reform employee incentives.

“Small businesses from across the country are sending me news of their tax-cut bonuses, wage hikes, and charitable donations. Many of these were only announced internally. There is a broad and deep tsunami building,” John Kartch, ATR’s vice president of communications, told the Washington Examiner.

Some of the companies listed as giving their employees bonuses include AT&T, American Airlines, Bank of America, Southwest Airlines, and Sinclair Broadcasting. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines were some of the first companies to announce such bonuses.

Other companies on this list are giving their employees other financial incentives, such as increasing the minimum wage or increasing employer contributions to employee 401(k) accounts.

Wells Fargo announced that it would raise the minimum wage from $13.50 to $15.00 per hour. The company also announced an increase in charitable donations and capital investment on the heels of the newly passed tax cuts.

Aflac announced that it would increase employer 401(k) matches from 50 percent to 100 percent on the first four percent of earnings and give all employees a one-time $500 contribution to their 401(k) accounts.

ATR President Grover Norquist said that these company announcements are nullifying arguments from Democrats that tax cuts do not improve society.

“Every announcement of another company raising wages, hiring, paying bonuses, investing in America is another nail in the coffin of the Democrat attacks on the Republican tax cut,” he said.

https://archive.fo/gKnV9
http://www.breitbart.com/economics/2018/01/04/winning-100-u-s-companies-giving-employees-trump-tax-reform-bonuses/

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Who Keeps Setting Fires In Clinton's Multiple Millionaire Mansions?

Background of mystery fires haunts Clintons as Q-Anon previously hinted he would “set a fire to flush (the enemy) out.”

Reports came in on Wed 3rd January that a fire had broken out in the house of Bill and Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, New York: https://archive.fo/iuUh2 & https://archive.fo/YLdMF

Authorities poured water on the reports as quickly as they could: the Clintons were not home. No-one was hurt. Some reports put the fire in a building away from the main house, others in a bedroom inside the house.

Fires have a way of following the Clinton’s around.

In December 2015, Bill Clintons home in Hope Arizona was torched in suspected Arson: https://archive.fo/mnLiF
(http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/bill-clinton-arkansas-birthplace-set-fire-early-friday-article-1.2476742)

And this happened AGAIN to Bill Clinton’s Fayetteville, Arkansas home in June 2017: https://archive.fo/3m4Hq
(http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/bill-clintons-first-fayetteville-home-damaged-in-fire/736684112)

The Clinton’s seem to be cursed with a great deal of misfortune here: either that, or they are being chased by someone with a box of matches.

And here is an extra twist in this tale:

"Q-ANON" (an alledged deep state defector) in a December 19th q-post on 8 Chan, posted a message that indicates, this fire may be far more than it seems:

“We won’t Telegraph our moves to the enemy: we will however set a fire to flush them out.”

https://archive.fo/rXhAW

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Russian Tech Exec Sues Buzzfeed for Claiming He Helped Hack DNC In Trump Dossier

A Russian technology executive has sued BuzzFeed and its editor Ben Smith for publishing the unverified Trump dossier, calling it "perhaps one of the most reckless and irresponsible moments in modern 'journalism.'"

Within hours of the lawsuit's filing, BuzzFeed blacked out the name of Aleksej Gubarev in the dossier on its site and apologized.

"We have redacted Mr. Gubarev's name from the published dossier, and apologize for including it," BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal told CNNMoney.

Aleksej Gubarev is the CEO of XBT, a company that hosts websites and runs thousands of computer servers worldwide.

The lawsuit claims that the anti-Trump dossier, put together by a former British intelligence operative, falsely alleged that Gubarev was "recruited under duress by the FSB" and became a "significant player" in the Russian government operation to hack the Democratic National Committee.

Gubarev filed a separate lawsuit in the United Kingdom against Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who, multiple sources tell CNN, compiled controversial opposition research against Donald Trump. In it, the Russian executive claims Steele was "prepared to tarnish" him "without... conducting even the most basic attempt at verification."

Although several news organizations had obtained the 35 pages of memos, BuzzFeed was the only one to publish them in full.

On Friday, Gubarev sued Buzzfeed and Smith for defamation in Broward County, Florida.

In his lawsuit, Gubarev said "he has found his personal and professional reputation in tatters." He also notes that his wife has become "a target of online harassment," while the safety of his three children is now in jeopardy. Gubarev also claims his companies, XBT and Webzilla, have been severely damaged by the unsubstantiated accusations.

https://archive.fo/tfR4N
http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/03/media/trump-dossier-buzzfeed-lawsuit/index.html

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Senators Refer "Trump Dossier" Author For Criminal Investigation

Many details surrounding the now-infamous "Trump Dossier," from who funded it to how exactly it made it's way into the hands of the FBI and whether or not it was relied upon to secure FISA warrants to spy on members of Trump's campaign, are critical to determining whether partisan politics, or fact-based investigative work, drove the DOJ's initial efforts in its Russia probe.

Now, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) say they've uncovered what they believe is sufficient evidence to refer the author of the dossier, ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele, to the Justice Department for an investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 for false statements about the distribution of claims contained in the dossier.

“I don’t take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation. But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review,” Grassley said.

“Everyone needs to follow the law and be truthful in their interactions with the FBI. If the same actions have different outcomes, and those differences seem to correspond to partisan political interests, then the public will naturally suspect that law enforcement decisions are not on the up-and-up. Maybe there is some innocent explanation for the inconsistencies we have seen, but it seems unlikely. In any event, it’s up to the Justice Department to figure that out.”

“After reviewing how Mr. Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DOJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter. The rule of Law depends on the government and all who work on its behalf playing by the rules themselves. I hope the Department of Justice will carefully review our letter and take appropriate action,” Graham said.

According to the letter, yesterday evening Grassley and Graham delivered to Senate Security a letter and classified memorandum for delivery to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray containing information that forms the basis of their referral, which they describe as follows:

Under 18 U.S.C. § 1001, individuals are prohibited from making false statements to the federal authorities of the United States. Grassley and Graham are referring Steele for making potentially false statements about the distribution of claims from the dossier.

This referral does not pertain to the veracity of claims contained in the dossier. The referral is for further investigation only, and is not intended to be an allegation of a crime.

It is the practice of the committee to notify the Justice Department whenever it comes across what appears to be credible evidence of a criminal violation that warrants further investigation by appropriate authorities based on information from any source, public or non-public.

In the interest of transparency, the senators and committee staff are working to redact all sensitive information in the classified memorandum sent to Rosenstein and Wray. If and when that process can be lawfully and appropriately completed in consultation with the Justice Department, an unclassified version of the memorandum will be released.

https://archive.fo/WDOt9
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-05/senators-refer-trump-dossier-author-doj-criminal-investigation

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NRA Readies Class-action Lawsuit Against Commiefornia Ammunition Control

RELATED: >>>/news/5060

The National Rifle Association is readying a lawsuit against California’s new ammunition controls and that suit focuses on the failure to meet “statutorily mandated” deadlines throughout the lead-up to the launch of the controls.

Breitbart News reported that the ammunition controls went into effect January 1, 2018. They bar out-of-state ammunition purchases and require that all in-state purchases be made from a licensed dealer. This shrinks the supply, which will inevitably drive up price. Moreover, they require that any ammunition purchased online be sent to a licensed in-state dealer, who will then charge a processing fee for the ammo, thereby driving the price up even further.

This is all a prelude to the state’s January 1, 2019, goal of instituting point-of-sale background checks for ammunition purchases. Those sales will also carry a fee, ubiquitously to cover the cost of the background check. But the fee will drive the price of ammo even higher.

The NRA-ILA clams certain “statutorily mandated” deadlines were missed throughout the process of getting the ammunition controls in place, and argues that the controls must be halted because of this. According to the NRA-ILA, “The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposed ammunition vendor regulations after failing to meet the statutorily mandated deadline of July 1, 2017 and the effective date of January 1, 2018.”

The NRA has enjoyed recent success against California gun control. For example, on June 29, 2017, a “high capacity” magazine ban was blocked two days before its scheduled implementation. The ban was stopped via a suit brought by the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez issued the ruling. ABC News quoted Benitez saying, “If this injunction does not issue, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property.”

Law-abiding firearm owners face a similar, “untenable choice” if the draconian ammunition controls are allowed to stand.

https://archive.fo/KX9k1
http://www.breitbart.com/2nd-amendment/2018/01/05/nra-readies-lawsuit-against-ammunition-control/

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Turmeric (Curcumin) Proven To Cure Blood Cancer

A woman who battled blood cancer for years without success finally halted the disease with turmeric, it has been reported.

Dieneke Ferguson is now leading a normal life after giving up on gruelling treatments that failed to stop it.

Doctors say her case is the first recorded instance in which a patient has recovered by using the spice after stopping conventional medical treatments.

With her myeloma spreading rapidly after three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants, the 67-year-old began taking 8g of curcumin a day – one of the main compounds in turmeric.

The cancer, which has an average survival of just over five years, was causing increasing back pain and she had already had a second relapse.

But it stabilised after Mrs Ferguson, from north London, came across the remedy on the internet in 2011 and decided to try it as a last resort.

The tablets are expensive – £50 for ten days – but as kitchen turmeric contains just 2 per cent curcumin it would be impossible to eat enough to get the same dose.

Mrs Ferguson, who was first diagnosed in 2007, continues to take curcumin without further treatment and her cancer cell count is negligible.

Her doctors, from Barts Health NHS Trust in London, wrote in the British Medical Journal Case Reports: ‘To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in which curcumin has demonstrated an objective response in progressive disease in the absence of conventional treatment.’

However the experts, led by Dr Abbas Zaidi, admitted ‘few, if any, use dietary supplementation as an alternative to standard antimyeloma therapy’.

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Home education in Britain

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There is massive push mainly from labour but also lib dems to force compulsory registration of children being home schooled. Scotland already fell for this, Wales is falling into line now. It appears, at least to me, the NSPCC is greasing palms to get this through and certain officials are hoping to further their careers by getting behind this. Nothing is decided yet but there has been a hard push for this since 2012 with a lot of it originally proposed whilst Labour was still in charge of parliament. Part of being registered in the UK means work needs to be assessed, kids need to be interviewed and some form of curriculum needs to be followed. Up until now this has been very loosely enforced and it is up to the discretion of the assessor. My fear is home schooled kids will be forced to follow a curriculum, that the bureaucracy will be as poorly handled as it is in state schooling and social services and that parents will be forced to fail their children either by overwhelming demands or enforced brain washing.

>Responding in a written answer to a question from Mid and West Wales AM Simon Thomas on what steps are now being taken to protect home educated children in Pembrokeshire, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said: “I am committed to ensuring all children in Wales receive a suitable education, are safeguarded, and have the opportunity to benefit from universal services.

>“I have accepted, in principle, the recommendation by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales for a statutory register for home-educated children and will be working with the commissioner to take this forward.

>“To help support local authorities identify home-educated children in their area I will be challenging current ways of working to ensure we maximise opportunities for further strengthening collaborative approaches to protect the rights of these children to receive an education and to be safe.”

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Despite Soaring Stock Market... Brick and Mortar Stores Shutting Down En Mass Across USA

Macy's is planning 5,000 job cuts, including closure of seven previously unidentified stores and other cuts at remaining locations, as it seeks stability in a tumultuous climate for physical retail.

The retailer's cost reductions come after its holiday sales in stores open at least a year rose 1.1%.

Although the company described its holiday sales as "solid," the performance trailed fellow department-store chain J.C. Penney, which posted a 3.4% increase Thursday.

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Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart stores, told its employees on Thursday that it will be closing more than 100 more stores.

That consists of 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores, all of which are expected to close between early March and April of this year.

"We will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members," the company said in a statement.

Sears wouldn't say how many of its employees would be impacted by the closings but did say the majority of the jobs are part-time positions, and eligible associates will receive severance.

Liquidation sales will begin as early as Jan. 12 at the closing stores, Sears said.

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Ron Paul: Free Markets Defeated Soviet Union's Empire and Free Markets Will Defeat America's Empire Too

Republican Ron Paul has warned that America is about to meet a “sudden, cataclysmic end”, and compared the United States in 2018 to the final days of the Roman Empire.

In an outburst live on TV the Texas representative argued the years of U.S. dominance on the international stage are numbered, and the end is not going to be pretty.

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=3bcoPk6Doag

He said: “The way I see it is in economic terms.

“My understanding is that it wasn’t our military build-up in the United States that brought the Soviet system down.

“What happened was the Soviets were working with a system that we – people in free markets – saw as totally unviable.”

While the US economy is on the up, the politician claimed the country’s militarism that could lead to their eventual downfall.

He continued: “We’re gonna have a sudden, cataclysmic end which is sort of what happened to the Soviet system.

“It’s not going to be identical, there was a succession movement and some of those countries left the Soviet system.

“Our states probably aren’t going to break up, but I do sincerely believe that we will no longer be able to afford our empire around the world.”

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http://yournewswire.com/ron-paul-america-sudden-end/

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Minimum Wage Hikes in 18 States Set For New Year

The lowest wage workers in 18 states will get a boost in their paychecks starting on New Year's Day, as minimum wage hikes take effect.

Many of the wage hikes are phased-in steps toward an ultimately higher wage, the product of ballot initiatives pushed by unions and workers rights groups over the last few years.

The minimum wage in Washington state will rise to $11.50 an hour, up 50 cents and the highest statewide minimum in the nation. Over the next three years, the wage will rise to $13.50 an hour, thanks to a ballot measure approved by voters in 2016.

Mainers will see their minimum wages rise the most, from $9 an hour to $10 an hour, an 11 percent increase. Voters approved a ballot measure in 2016 that will eventually raise the wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont will see their minimum wages increase by at least 50 cents an hour. Smaller increases take effect in Alaska, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota.

Several big cities will see significant increases in the minimum wage starting in the new year, a legacy, observers said, of the Fight for 15 campaign spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union in recent years.

California localities are especially likely to see big boosts: The lowest-paid workers in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, Calif., will get $2 an hour increases, to $15 an hour. Workers in Cupertino, El Cerrito, Los Altos, Palo Alto, San Jose and San Mateo will all see their wages rise to at least $13.50 an hour.

Minimum wages will jump to $15.64 in SeaTac, Wash., home of Seattle's international airport, and to $15.45 in Seattle. Wages are also set to rise in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, N.M., and Flagstaff, Ariz.

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Russia Fuming Over Iran Regime Change Attempt, Desires Stability For Massive Investments

RELATED: >>>/news/5016 ; >>>/news/5124

Russia has joined China in calling for a policy of non-interference in Iran's domestic affairs after a week of unrest has gripped multiple major cities and towns across the country in what started as protests over economic grievances, but which have since increasingly turned to riots and calls for President Rouhani and the clerical regime to step down, resulting in the deaths of at least 22 people, including at least one police officer who was shot dead.

In remarks given to Russia's TASS news agency Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov expressly warned the US "against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran," while stressing, "What is happening there is an internal affair, which attracts the attention of the international community." Russia's stance is similar to that of China's voiced previously on Tuesday. When asked about the Iran protests at a regularly scheduled press conference, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang simply gave a one-sentence answer, saying, “China hopes that Iran can maintain stability and achieve development.”

Both Russia and China - permanent members of the UN Security Council - have already signed deals worth billions to develop sectors related to travel, energy, and infrastructure, soon after international sanctions were lifted in January 2016 as part of the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by the United Kingdom, United States, France, Russia, China, and Germany. Last August Russia and Iran signed a $2.5 billion deal to jump start the rebuilding of Iran's ailing rail lines. Forbes described Iran as poised for an "infrastructure building bonanza" at a moment when trade with Russia doubled over the course of 2016, which has included the sale of military equipment such as helicopters and various rocket systems, and has also seen Russian oil and gas giants such as Gazprom quickly move into Iran. Both countries have also cooperated militarily in Syria since Russia's entry into the war at the invitation of the Assad government in 2015.

As we've previously noted, Western firms have been reluctant to invest heavily in Iran with the ever looming possibility of new US sanctions under the Trump administration - a concern now greatly compounded after a week of internal protests in the country considered a longtime enemy especially of both the US and Israel.

In mentioning the overblown and premature attraction of "the attention of the international community" Ryabkov appears to be referencing recent statements issued by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump, among others. On Wednesday Trump tweeted an ambiguously threatening message, stating, "Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!" This came after the State Department issued an official statement at the end of last week which explicitly mentioned "transition of government in Iran." The statement expressed US support for protesters, and further referenced "those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know."

Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government. You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-04/russia-slams-us-attempts-interfere-iran-after-macron-warns-conflict-extreme

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American Universities Now Promote Genocide, Parents Should Not Sign Student Loans Anymore

Former Drexel University professor George Ciccariello-Maher resigned from his position just days ago only to be hired by New York University as a visiting scholar at their Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.

Ciccariello-Maher wrote Monday on Facebook: “I’m glad to announce that, starting today, I will be a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Happy New Year!”

George Ciccariello-Maher made headlines last year after tweeting, “All I Want For Christmas is White Genocide.”

In a follow-up tweet, he “clarified” his statement by saying the brutal massacre of white men, women, children and babies during the Haitian revolution “was a good thing indeed.”

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American Hero Saves Homeless People From Dying In Freezing Cold, Commies In Chicago Attack Him Ruthlessly

A suburban Chicago resident who was offering up “slumber parties” in his basement for homeless people in his neighborhood during dangerously cold weather says city bureaucrats have given him an ultimatum.

Stop the “slumber parties” or the house will be condemned.

Greg Schiller, of Elgin, said he began letting a group of homeless people sleep in his unfinished basement last month during brutally cold nights, offering them food, warm beverages and a cot to sleep on while watching movies.

“I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them,” he said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were allowed inside his residence during the evening events.

Last winter, Schiller offered up his garage to area homeless, but said he was told he could no longer do so after EMTs were called to help a man with a heart condition. That’s when he had the idea to move them to his basement – complete with all the activities needed to consider them simply “slumber parties.”

Schiller believed city code allowed for slumber parties, but officials said there are "sleeping regulations" for basements and Schiller's basement doesn't meet those "requirements." As if dying in the cold streets does!?

This is one example of the hellish nightmare that has festered within liberal American cities everywhere. How dare you try to save fellow Americans from dying in the cold streets!? Not authorized!

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https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/elgin-greg-schiller-slumber-parties-homeless-cold-467714563.html

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SHIT SHOW GETS UGLY! Trump Slaps Bannon With Cease-And-Desist, Demands Halt To Publication of New Book

RELATED: >>>/news/5110

President Trump's lawyers slapped former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon with a cease and desist letter Wednesday night demanding he refrain from further disparaging the President and his family, reports ABC News.

In a statement issued today, Trump attorney Charles Harder issued a statement that "legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon," adding "his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent."

As ABC reports, in the letter to Bannon, Harder, writes,

"You [Bannon] have breached the Agreement by, among other things, communicating with author Michael Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, disclosing Confidential Information to Mr. Wolff, and making disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements to Mr. Wolff about Mr. Trump, his family members, and the Company, knowing that they would be included in Mr. Wolffs book and publicity surrounding the marketing and sale of his book."

Trump's legal team is threatening monetary damages, injunctive relief, and "all other remedies available at law and equity," although no monetary figure is given.

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The morning after President Trump’s lawyers slapped former chief strategist and Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon with a cease & desist order for allegedly violating his NDA from his time working for the Trump Organization, the Trump legal offensive is moving to the author himself, Michael Wolff.

As the Washington Post reported, Trump’s legal team is seeking to block "any further publication" of Wolff’s upcoming book, which is already No. 1 on Amazon and is set to be released Jan. 9, over its "reckless disregard for the truth."

The book has already led Trump to angrily denounce Bannon.

The legal notice — addressed to author Michael Wolff and the president of the book’s publisher — said Trump’s lawyers were pursuing possible charges including libel in connection with the forthcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."

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China Orders Media To Stop Reporting Iran Unrest, Desires Stability For Massive Investments

RELATED: >>>/news/5016

As widespread protests in Iran have now reached a full week, a new censorship directive from the Chinese government has ordered newsrooms across the nation to cease reporting on Iran demonstrations.

The leaked directive, which has been translated and published by the China Digital Times, notifies journalists to "not report any more on the demonstrations in Iran" and that "follow-up reports require further notice from superiors."

The China Digital Times reports the government instructions as follows:

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source.

Do not report any more on the demonstrations in Iran. Follow-up reports require further notice from superiors. Relevant information that has already been transmitted and is from an authoritative source and is compliant should no longer be hyped but do not delete it. [Chinese]

News of the Iran protests have been trending on Chinese social media and have received intensive coverage in state and independent media. New York Times Hong Kong correspondent Austin Ramzy observed, "Chinese activist Twittersphere has been very focused on the Iran protests, cheering the expanding demonstrations, with the hope that something like this could happen at home."

However, authorities in Beijing have as their chief driving concern that Iran maintain stability as China has already positioned itself to be the chief international investor in Iranian infrastructural projects, to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. When asked about the Iran protests at a regularly scheduled press conference on Tuesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang simply gave a one-sentence answer and moved on, saying, “China hopes that Iran can maintain stability and achieve development.” This decidedly conservative and reserved pro-Tehran response has much more to do with protecting Chinese investment and trade growth in an emerging market, than it does over questions that Iran protests could inspire similar movements domestically.

As multiple reports through the end of 2017 have noted, China has jumped at the opportunity to be a prime mover in Iran's economy since international sanctions were lifted in January 2016 as part of the 2015 nuclear deal brokered by the United Kingdom, United States, France, Russia, China, and Germany. Relations between the two countries began to thaw from the moment Chinese President Xi Jinping took office in 2012, and by January 2016 - at the moment sanctions were lifted - Xi visited Tehran, meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani - which marked the first time a Chinese president visited Iran in 14 years.

At that time Rouhani and Xi signed agreements related to China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), thus bringing Iran into the massive joint Eurasian development plan as a key connector in the vaunted "New Silk Road" of which Persia is obviously geographically vital. This included 17 multi-billion-dollar deals covering areas of energy, finance, communications, banking, culture, science, technology, and politics, with a further ten year road map of broader China-Iran cooperation. In total this could see trillions pumped into the Iranian economy over the coming decades while physically connecting China with Europe and Africa on an infrastructural level and in an expanding trade relationship.

But should Iran's current unrest continue on a trajectory towards destabilization, such projects would freeze, causing credit lines to dry up and investors to possibly pull out en masse.

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-04/china-orders-media-stop-reporting-iran-unrest-desires-stability-massive-investments

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Switzerland May Flip East: Abandoning EU Relations, Turning To Russia and China For Trade

In a massive blow for the EU, the outgoing President announced that the people of Switzerland deserve a vote on the type of relationship they want with the failed European project, referring to the referendum as “fundamental” to democracy.

“The bilateral path is important. We must therefore clarify our relationship with Europe. We have to know in which direction to go.”

“Therefore a fundamental referendum would be helpful.”

Express.co.uk reports: While it is not a member of the EU it is part of the Schengen zone and has numerous bilateral agreements with the bloc.

Brussels and Bern are working to cement the relationship with an overall deal but talks hit problems this week with the EU only offering limited access to stock exchanges which angered Swiss officials who threatened to retaliate.

Ms Leuthard told the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick: “We can strengthen the co-operation with India and China, but the EU remains central.

“We need a mechanism and regulated relationship with the EU. That would also prevent political games like we are witnessing at the moment.”

She added the EU’s stance over limited stock exchange access was not acceptable.

She said: “Of course, the differences with Brussels are now in focus. Here our attitude is clear: For the EU to link such a technical dossier like stock exchange equivalency with a political question like the framework agreement, that won’t do.”

Before Christmas the EU offered the Swiss stock exchange access to the EU market for only one year despite recently granting the US, Hong Kong and Australia access for an unlimited time.

At the time Ms Leuthard said: “The EU is acting this way to weaken the Swiss financial centre.

“It is unfounded and unacceptable to link this technical issue to the institutional question.”

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http://yournewswire.com/switzerland-ditch-european-union/

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SHIT SHOW: Steve Bannon Claims Trump's Son Is Laundering Money, Trump Rages Back Over Twitter

The ongoing feud between Steve Bannon and various members of Trump's inner circle, including family members Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr., is hardly a secret (we wrote about it here: Steve Bannon In "Self-Imposed Exile" After Disputes With Trump's Inner Circle). But, if The Guardian's reporting on excerpts from an explosive new book penned by Michael Wolff are even directionally accurate, then Bannon has just taken his White House feud to a whole new level.

According to The Guardian, which apparently got its hands on a copy of "Fire and Fury" ahead of its expected release next week, Bannon unloads on Don Jr. and Kushner saying that their meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York was "treasonous" and/or "unpatriotic" and the FBI should have been called immediately.

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

The meeting was revealed by the New York Times in July last year, prompting Trump Jr to say no consequential material was produced. Soon after, Wolff writes, Bannon remarked mockingly: “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.

“Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”

Bannon went on, Wolff writes, to say that if any such meeting had to take place, it should have been set up “in a Holiday Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire, with your lawyers who meet with these people”. Any information, he said, could then be “dump[ed] … down to Breitbart or something like that, or maybe some other more legitimate publication”.

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Following Steve Bannon's earlier remarks from a forthcoming book about "treasonous" meetings at Trump Tower, President Trump has lashed out dramatically in a formal statement attacking his former adviser.

Statement from the President of the United States:

Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency.

When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.

Steve was a staffer who worked for me after I had already won the nomination by defeating seventeen candidates, often described as the most talented field ever assembled in the Republican party.

Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory, which was delivered by the forgotten men and women of this country.

Yet Steve had everything to do with the loss of a Senate seat in Alabama held for more than thirty years by Republicans.

Steve doesn't represent my base - he's only in it for himself.

Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.

We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda. Like me, they love the United States of America and are helping to finally take our country back and build it up, rather than simply seeking to burn it all down.

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Following the German Vassal State, French Globalist Macron Wants To Censor and Ban News

RELATED: >>>/news/5098

Following Germany's (and Brussels) lead to tyrannical repression of any free speech in Europe, French President Macron said on Wednesday he would overhaul French media legislation this year to fight the spread of "fake news."

Of-course "fake news" lables can be completely politically bias, and anything the establishment wishes to lable "fake news" could then be banned. As if that isn't the intent!

As Reuters reports, since he was elected last year, Macron has criticized Russian media in particular, openly accusing TV channel RT of sowing disinformation about him via its website and social media during the presidential election.

"If we want to protect liberal democracies, we must have strong legislation," Macron told a news conference.

Macron said the legislation would concern social media platforms, especially during election periods, and deeply change the role of France's media watchdog CSA.

One can't help but read Macron's quote and think Orwellian utopia...

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-03/french-president-macron-demands-anti-fake-news-law-protect-democracy

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ICE Puts Up A Fight Against Sanctuary State: "There's No Sanctuary From Law Enforcement"

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan said California "better hold on tight" after its liberal Democratic governor allowed a sanctuary state law to take effect this week.

Neil Cavuto said that Gov. Jerry Brown claimed the law will protect illegal immigrants living quietly in the shadows of society from law enforcement intent on "yanking them out of there."

He said that rank-and-file police officers are opposed to the new measure and that Brown's administration didn't consult them before approving the law.

"If [Brown] thinks he is protecting the community, he's doing quite the opposite," Homan said. "[Brown] is knowingly putting law enforcement at risk.

"There's no sanctuary from law enforcement," he said. "California better hold on tight - they're about to see a lot more deportation officers. If politicians don't protect their communities then ICE will."

Homan said illegal alien smuggling organizations will use the California law as a "selling point" and that Brown "bit off a lot more than he can chew."

Homan said that Brown and other sanctuary-jurisdiction leaders may have violated 8 U.S. Code § 1324 - relating to "harboring certain aliens."

He said he hopes the Justice Department will look into whether officials can be criminally charged under the statute.

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http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/01/02/ice-director-rips-california-governor-jerry-brown-sanctuary-state-law

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9 Years Ago Al Gore Claimed The North Pole Would Be Ice Free by Today

Al Gore is a guy who made a fortune from carbon credits after selling the man-made global warming/climate change/CO2 emissions are bad, mkay? lie to people from all around the world. Also, Al Gore claimed that he invented the internet, but that’s another story. Today’s article is about this hack’s prediction made 9 years ago to the month, about how the man-made global warming will render the North Pole ice-less by 2013. It’s almost the current year 2018, and…well.

The dire prediction has been made by Al Gore in front of a German audience back in 2008, when he claimed that the North Polar ice cap would be sans-ice completely in just 5 years. This guy told the good Germans that, let me quote: “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.” The same prediction was made in 2009.

WATCH: https://hooktube.com/watch?v=MsioIw4bvzI

Back in 2006, Al Gore declared that within the next decade (2016 that is), the world will reach a point of no return, and we’ll be confronted with a planetary emergency, or something along these lines. Obviously, all of his claims turned out to be nothing more than ramblings of a lunatic, but a very rich lunatic that is. If you want to see how much of a con this guy really is, take a look at 8 Dire Predictions that never happened. Hell,it wasn’t even close.

For a clown worried about “sea levels rising” having 4 mansions with waterfronts just gives more proof to the lie. But his private jet works just as well. Everything the Left and the Democrats touch, they turn political. And in so doing, they ruin it, because for them, the political takes precedence over everything else. Liberal education – turned into indoctrination. Liberal Christianity – turned into liberals creating God in their own image. Liberal entertainment – turned into whining and lecturing “celebrities.” Liberal science – turned into Al Gore, Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson and 50 genders. Need I say more?

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https://www.theissue.com/politics/9-years-ago-this-month-al-gore-claimed-north-pole-would-be-ice-free-by-today-video

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EU's Subjugated Vassal State, Germany, Now Banning Free Speech and Censoring Media

German officials will start censoring Infowars and other media that report on Germany’s migrant crisis which makes Chancellor Merkel look bad.

Germany is ramping up enforcement of a Nazi-style censorship law that will pressure Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites to remove content the government considers “hate speech.”

“The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law was passed at the end of June 2017 and came into force in early October,” reported BBC. “The social networks were given until the end of 2017 to prepare themselves for the arrival of NetzDG.”

“…Germany’s justice ministry said it would make forms available on its site, which concerned citizens could use to report content that violates NetzDG or has not been taken down in time.”

This gives social justice warriors carte blanche to censor anything they find offensive from being viewed in Germany, which will of course limit the information Germans are exposed to – and prevent them from thinking for themselves in favor of accepting government viewpoints without question.

Naturally, this would include links to news articles documenting the havoc of Germany’s “open borders” policies which German police and media are routinely hiding from the public.

For example, last year German stated media refused to report the arrest of a migrant for the murder of a German girl because the story was “too regional” – despite the story making international headlines.

“A march took place yesterday after news broke the Afghan migrant had been arrested over the killing in the city of Freiburg,” reported The Daily Express. “Despite widespread anger, Tagesschau declined to include the story on its news programme claiming it was no different to other isolated murders.”

Germany’s new censorship law will operate the same way by burying news stories which paint Merkel and other pro-migrant politicians in a bad light.

The Nazis enacted similar laws once they came to power in 1933, including an “editorial law” which forced newspaper editors to adhere to strict censorship standards.

https://archive.fo/TyUy6
https://www.infowars.com/germany-to-censor-media-in-upcoming-nazi-style-purge/

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Scientists Find Alzheimer’s Treatment While Trying To Cure Diabetes

Although their goal was to cure diabetes, scientists may have stumbled onto a new medication to help treat the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to a press release from researchers at Lancaster University, a new drug being tested for diabetes patients was found to have “significantly reversed memory loss” in test subjects and is now being examined as possible treatment for neurodegenerative disorders.

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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006899317304596?via%3Dihub

The medication, known as a triple receptor drug — or “triple agonist” — reportedly works in multiple ways to protect the brain against degeneration and promote growth. Researchers say that a study of mice being given the drug found that the animals had an increased ability to learn and retain memories.

“These very promising outcomes demonstrate the efficacy of these novel multiple receptor drugs that originally were developed to treat type 2 diabetes,” Professor Christian Holscher said in the release.

The scientists added that the mice showed a decrease in chronic inflammation and amyloid plaques in the brain, which have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s in people.

“With no new treatments in nearly 15 years, we need to find new ways of tackling Alzheimer’s,” Dr. Doug Brown of the Alzheimer’s Society said. “It’s imperative that we explore whether drugs developed to treat other conditions can benefit people with Alzheimer’s.”

The discovery of the diabetes drug’s side-effect is not a complete coincidence to the researchers. The findings, published in the journal Brain Research, point to the link between some of the symptoms of diabetes and their link to Alzheimer’s. Insulin desensitisation is not only one of the key effects suffered by diabetes patients, the hormone’s lack of production has also reportedly been observed in the brains of people affected by the memory-stealing disorder.

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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/01/02/alzheimers-treatment-diabetes/

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"Felons, Illegals And MS13 Welcome" Reads Official Sanctuary State Sign At Commiefornia Border

For those who claimed the signs were photoshopped, Twitter user TheFaction (@TheFaction1776) provided video evidence:

This is for the haters who said this was Photoshopped.

Happy Belated Xmas to triggered SJW’s & Libs!

Leave MS13 alone!! pic.twitter.com/grDK6rBKMY

— TheFaction (@TheFaction1776) January 2, 2018

Dead accurate. Any place giving refuge to illegal aliens is an open invitation for the worst of the worst to come from around the world to live free of fear of being deported. Vigilantes from foreign countries will cross the border and seek refuge in these places. Illegal immigrant Women will fly over or cross the border pregnant to give birth and get benefits for herself and her new citizen baby. Not to mention free healthcare, child birth, wic, and you're even allowed to get your drivers license, how's that? Sounds like paradise for any non citizen. As California plunges to the highest poverty state with 1.5 trillion in debt. Crumbling dams, roads, and bridges. Graffiti everywhere you can't go for a hike without seeing it in our national forests, on rocks on boulders, creeks, trees on walls, bridges, schools trains, bathrooms. And Who needs vetting and medical screeening? As third world diseases flood into our state. Let's just inject every innocent kid with "vaccines" to keep diseases from third world countries from spreading! Say hello to your new neighbors California! Don't mind the gun shots and sirens. That's normal. You live in a high tax, high crime, police state now. Slave labor has returned to America in a different form! You pay the tab! Future permanent democrat voters! They are more important to your "leaders" than you!

The signs are reminiscent of Los Angeles street artist Sabo - whose political art mimics official signage and is meant to blend in. We wouldn't be surprised if he had something to do with the CA border signs.

https://archive.fo/i3nS9
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-02/felons-illegals-and-ms13-welcome-reads-official-sanctuary-state-sign-california

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Democrat States Are Furious At New Tax Cuts Because It Will Benefit Other "Backwards" States & Provide Manufacturing Jobs

DIRECTLY FROM THE BEAST ITSELF! LOOK AT THEM SCOFFING IN ANGER HOW THIS WILL BENEFIT THE PRODUCTIVE MIDDLE CLASS!

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/whats-red-blue-and-broke-all-over-america?ref=home

Beneath the sex scandals, moronic tweets, ridiculous characters, and massive incompetence that dominate Washington in this mean period of our history lie more fundamental geopolitical realities. Increasingly it is economics—how people make money—rather than culture that drives the country into perpetual conflict.

The tax bill brought that conflict to the surface, as Republicans made winners of Wall Street and the corporate elites, as well as most taxpayers and homeowners in lower-cost states, and losers of high-income blue-state taxpayers in high-tax states such as California, New York, and New Jersey.

A U.S. News and World Report headline denounced the bill as a declaration of “War on the Blue States,” comparing it to the infamous Kansas-Nebraska Act that allowed those states to determine whether to adopt slavery in the face of Northern objections. Others in the blue world suggested the bill meant that America no longer wishes to be “at the forefront of the new economy.”

Many progressives see their vision of a post-industrial economy—green, high-tech, and media-centered—as representing the enlightened future. The blue states are all too often hostile to the manufacturing, agriculture, and energy industries critical to the heartland’s, and the nation’s, future prosperity and security.

The Great Divide

A look at the current Republican majority explains much of our new sectional divide. The states with the largest share of jobs tied to industry (PDF)—Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Alabama—all went for Trump. In contrast, the share of manufacturing jobs in key Clinton states like New York, California, and Massachusetts is no more than half as large.

Differences are even more stark in industries such as energy, mining, and agriculture. The watershed of the Mississippi River, largely controlled by Republicans, is the source of 92 percent of U.S. agricultural exports, and 78 percent of global feed, grain, and soybean exports. The only other major player is California, whose position is threatened by water policies and the prospect of renewed drought.

Perhaps even more politically critical is the energy industry. The top three states for oil and gas jobs—Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana — are all deep red. Much of the recent growth has been in the industrial heartland states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as oil-shale-rich North Dakota. All went with Trump.

Blue states have generally abandoned these basic industries. In fact the third largest energy-producing state, California, seems determined to eliminate its once powerful oil and gas sector, while New York, unlike its neighbors, has decided to strangle the emergent shale oil industry in its crib. Manufacturing, on the rise in much of the country, is stagnant or declining in many blue states. Some of the most precipitous drops in the numbers of highly paid blue-collar jobs overall since 1991 have been in California, New York, and Illinois (PDF).

Interior California and upstate New York—the red parts of the big blue states—have declined into a kind of Appalachian dystopia. Nearly half of the 16 counties with the highest percentages of people earning over $190,000 annually are located in California. Yet, the state also has a remarkable 77 of the country’s 297 most “economically challenged” cities based on levels of poverty and employment. Altogether, these troubled cities are home to roughly a third of the state’s population.

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Bill Gates Plans To Mass Murder Children With New Super-tox Release

Bill Gates has expressed an interest in distributing a new type of vaccine that combines dozens of individual shots in one ‘slow release’ super vaccine.

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new 3D fabrication technique that will allow a cocktail of drugs or vaccines to be delivered to a patient over an extended period of time – with just one jab needed.

Naturalblaze.com reports: Research Scientist with MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Ana Jalkenec, told Digital Journal in an interview, that:

We figured out a way to make tiny polymer cups, smaller than a grain of sand, that can be filled with any drug, including vaccines. Once filled, these cups are sealed with a lid made from the same material, and the drug or vaccine is protected inside. Because the microparticles are so small, hundreds can be injected into the arm just like any vaccine. Once in the body, the cups stay closed and open up at a predetermined time, releasing the drug or vaccine. This is exciting because one can fill the different cups with essentially all the vaccines and boosters, and potentially have the 10 to 20 required vaccinations all in one shot.

“These particles are made of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved polymer, which degrades once inside the human body, and allows each one to be “programmed” to degrade at a different time” writes Dormehl. “In experiments involving mice, the researchers showed that the particles injected during one injection could release their contents — with no early leakage — at intervals of 9, 20, and 41 days.”

As is typical with the vaccine lobby, however, no mention was made of potential side effects since vaccine Nazis rarely, if ever, admit that such a thing even exists.

Still, it is important to remember the now famous words of Bill Gates himself, when he said “The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

If the researchers are successful, Gates can lower the populations he deems in need of lowering in one shot instead of several.

https://archive.fo/cHkIF
http://yournewswire.com/bill-gates-slow-release-super-vaccine/

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DHS Announces Program to ILLEGALLY Scan Our Faces, Forcing Us to Pay For It

Both Congress and the Department of Homeland Security have never justified the biometric scanners at airports that could cost Americans $1 billion in 2018.

As TSA agents continue to prove their incompetence in the “War on Terror,” the Department of Homeland Security is now allocating $1 billion in taxpayer funding to create a facial recognition program that will illegally scan Americans’ faces.

A study conducted by Georgetown Law’s Center for Privacy and Technology looked at the biometric scanners that are creating an inventory of the faces of individuals leaving the country at airports across the United States. While they are only at certain major airports right now, the full implementation of these scanners could cost Americans up to $1 billion.

The study noted that while the “9/11 Response and Biometric Exit Account” created by Congress has the funds for the program, “neither Congress nor DHS has ever justified the need for the program.”

In addition to the fact that Congress has never provided a reason why the system is needed in the U.S., the study claimed that DHS has “repeatedly questioned ‘the additional value biometric air exit would provide’ compared with the status quo and the ‘overall value and cost of a biometric air exit capability,’ even as it has worked to build it.”

As the researchers from Georgetown Law noted:

“DHS’ biometric exit program also stands on shaky legal ground. Congress has repeatedly ordered the collection of biometrics from foreign nationals at the border, but has never clearly authorized the border collection of biometrics from American citizens using face recognition technology. Without explicit authorization, DHS should not be scanning the faces of Americans as they depart on international flights—but DHS is doing it anyway. DHS also is failing to comply with a federal law requiring it to conduct a rulemaking process to implement the airport face scanning program—a process that DHS has not even started.”

The study also found that the biometric scanners used by DHS are not reliable, and often make mistakes. In fact, “according to DHS’ own data, DHS’ face recognition systems erroneously reject as many as 1 in 25 travelers using valid credentials.” This means that at the country’s busiest airports, more than 1,500 travelers could be wrongfully denied boarding in a single day.

https://archive.fo/rgHL0
https://www.sgtreport.com/articles/2017/12/29/dhs-announces-program-to-illegally-scan-our-facesand-theyre-forcing-us-to-pay-for-it

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The Trump Effect: Businesses, Anticipating Less Regulation, Will Be Investing and Hiring More

RELATED: >>>/news/5020

A wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders, and it is beginning to translate into the sort of investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that bolsters economic growth, spurs job creation — and may finally raise wages significantly.

While business leaders are eager for the tax cuts that take effect this year, the newfound confidence was initially inspired by the Trump administration’s regulatory pullback, not so much because deregulation is saving companies money but because the administration has instilled a faith in business executives that new regulations are not coming.

“It’s an overall sense that you’re not going to face any new regulatory fights,” said Granger MacDonald, a home builder in Kerrville, Tex. “We’re not spending more, which is the main thing. We’re not seeing any savings, but we’re not seeing any increases.”

The applause from top executives has been largely reserved for the administration’s economic policy agenda. Many chief executives have been publicly critical of President Trump’s approach to social and cultural issues, including his response to a white nationalist march over the summer in Charlottesville, Va. and his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

There is little historical evidence tying regulation levels to growth. Regulatory proponents say, in fact, that those rules can have positive economic effects in the long run, saving companies from violations that could cost them both financially and reputationally.

Years of increased environmental, financial and other regulatory disasters by the Obama administration wrecked investments and killed jobs. Mr. Trump’s more hands-off approach has unleashed the “animal spirits” of companies that had hoarded cash after the depression of 2008.

Some businesses will essentially be able to get away with shortcuts that they could not have under a continuation of Obama-era policies. The coal industry, for instance, will not have to worry about a regulation, overturned by Congress and Mr. Trump, that would have protected streams from mining runoff.

Brett Hartl, the government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the Trump administration might avoid big-splash regulatory rollbacks this year and instead would make it harder for federal agencies to block business expansion.

Only a handful of the federal government’s reams of rules have actually been killed or slated for elimination since Mr. Trump took office. But the president has declared that rolling back regulations will be a defining theme of his presidency. On his 11th day in office, Mr. Trump signed an executive order “on reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs,” including the stipulation that any new regulation must be offset by two regulations rolled back.

Mr. Trump bragged in a news conference last month that he has rolled back 22 regulations for every new one — 67 deregulatory actions, versus three new regulations. Often in conjunction with the Republican Congress, his administration has canceled several rules approved at the end of the President Barack Obama’s term, including a regulation on limiting mining debris in streams, a requirement that broadband providers obtain permission from customers to collect and use online information, and a ban on plastic bottles in national parks.

https://archive.fo/MuXDC

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Conspiracies Spark After Trump Orders Arizona National Guard's Military Police To Aid New Secret Gitmo Transfers

The Arizona Army National Guard is sending a unit of military police to Guantanamo Bay to help with "Operation Enduring Freedom."

The soldiers are deploying Friday and will be gone for about nine months.

Officials with the Arizona National Guard say this is the second deployment for the 850th Military Police Battalion in the last 10 years in support of overseas contingency operations.

The more than four dozen soldiers assigned to the 850th are part of the few remaining Arizona National Guard members serving on federal active duty overseas.

https://archive.fo/mU5CY

This may seem like a random act, but given that there are currently only a handful of detainees left in Guantanamo base (55 is the official figure), sending a whole battalion does sound like overkill.

Furthermore, with Vice-President Pence visiting just a fortnight ago and Secretary of Defense James Mattis making the first visit by a Pentagon Chief in 16 years on 21 December, the internet is rife with speculation that new prisoners will soon be transferred to Gitmo again.

During his visit, Mr Mattis did not tour the detention facilities but held meetings with the officers and offered Christmas wishes to the soldiers present.

The last defense chief to visit Guantanamo Bay before him was, in fact, Donald Rumsfeld, who went there in January 2002, only a few weeks after the first detainees arrived from Afghanistan.

https://archive.fo/FfvW6

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Echelon Data Shows What News American Liberals, Conservatives and Elitists Paid Attention To In 2017

Echelon Insights, a beltway research firm run by two former Republican election consultants, published an in-depth data analysis of the news stories different groups of Americans focused their attentions on in 2017.

Week-by-week, the study reveals which stories were the most talked-about on social media; then according to Echelon’s criteria, they break out the results among three groups: “conservative activists,” “liberal activists,” and “Beltway elites.”

As the data shows, liberal activists, like Americans as a whole, spent the majority of weeks with the “Russia investigation” at the forefront of their minds:

The most talked about story for every week this year, by audience. #TheYearInNews https://t.co/flozxW8KMw pic.twitter.com/62EZMf54T7

— Echelon (@EchelonInsights) December 28, 2017

Conservatives also made “Russia” their most talked-about news topic of the year – although less so – and included discussion of “immigration” and “abortion” in their top ten, in place of “hurricanes” and “tax reform” among their liberal counterparts.

Only beltway elites did not discuss the Russia investigation, which spanned all of 2017, the most. “Healthcare” took that group’s top spot.

Data that might worry some on the right indicate that Trump’s election has, regardless of topic, energized the news discussion of the left. After Trump’s victory, liberals began to far-outstrip their conservative countrymen in total tweets, presented by Echelon as an enthusiasm gap:

Liberals and conservatives were evenly matched in their share of the online conversation, then Trump happened. https://t.co/EkNLnUO6fv #TheYearInNews pic.twitter.com/AWcmvKYjdl

— Echelon (@EchelonInsights) December 28, 2017

However, if, as Oscar Wilde once purportedly put it, “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about,” the data show some hope for supporters of the president. If Donald Trump himself were considered a news story, he was far and away the most talked-about this year. Conversation mentions of Trump outstripped the Russia investigation by about eight-to-one. On all but 17 days of 2017, the polarizing president was the most talked about item.

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http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/30/echelon-insights-data-shows-what-news-liberals-conservatives-paid-attention-to-in-2017/

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Crazy Prediction: Do Globalists Plan To Knock Out Entire Internet, Blame It On Russia To Stir WWIII?

The headlines could hardly be scarier and more apocalyptic. In a speech delivered by the head of Britain's military last week, the world learned that Russian President Putin could bring about global financial collapse and return civilization to a communications dark ages by a mere snip-snip of underwater transatlantic internet cables!

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach warned Russia could in an instant end 97% of global communications capabilities and disrupt trillions in daily financial transactions, ushering in a "catastrophic" economic collapse, as the roughly 200 international undersea network cables are under imminent threat. Peach said that Russia's modernized Navy constitutes a “new risk to our way of life.”

The speech from a lone British military chief generated endless fear-inducing headlines and thousands of lines of anxiety and panic-driven commentary, a mere sampling of which is below...

Russia could cut off internet to NATO countries, British military chief warns (NBC)
Russian Navy 'could cut underwater cables and devastate UK economy' warns UK Armed Forces chief (IBT)
UK defense chief says Russia poses risk to undersea cables (AP)
Top British Officer: Russia May Be Able To Cut Undersea Cables (NPR)
How Russia could use drones armed with explosives to destroy vital underwater cables linking Britain's phone and internet to rest of the world (UK Mirror)
Russia's naval updates threaten undersea comms network, says top British military officer (Defense News)
Russian Ships Could Cause 'Catastrophe' for West by Cutting Transatlantic Internet Cables (Newsweek)
Could Russia cut undersea communication cables? (BBC)
Russia could cut off internet to Nato countries, British military chief warns (The Guardian)
Russia 'could cut UK's undersea internet cables', defence chief warns (The Independent)
Russia 'could CRIPPLE Britain by cutting undefended undersea internet cables' (The Sun)
Senior British Officer: Russia Could Cut Undersea Cables (Newsmax)
Top UK military official says NATO must protect underwater cables from possible attacks by Russia (EuroNews)
Russian navy ship Yantar can sever internet cables (Sunday Times)

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Commiefornia Bans Citizens From Buying Ammunition From Other States, Background Checks For Ammo Now In Place

It is January 1, 2018, which means law-abiding Californians can no longer buy ammunition out-of-state or possess an unregistered AR-15 with a bullet button accessory.

On December 13, 2017, Breitbart News reported that California’s war on guns was about to expand to a war on ammunition, and January 1 marks the day that the war on ammunition begins.

Currently, law-abiding Californians must buy their ammunition from a licensed in-state ammunition dealer. This means that Californians who buy ammunition online must have that ammo shipped to a licensed in-state dealer and pay that dealer a fee when picking up the ammo.

These controls immediately lessen the supply of ammunition, thereby driving up the price for those who demand it. Also, these controls set the stage for phase two of ammunition control, which will consist of requiring a point-of-sale background check for ammunition purchases starting January 1, 2019. The point-of-sale background check will also carry a processing fee, which will drive the price of ammunition even higher.

These controls are in addition to the requirement that law-abiding Californians obtain a firearm safety certificate from the state before buying a firearm, endure a ten-day waiting period for gun purchases, pass a universal background check, register all firearms with the state, and live under the shadow of gun confiscation laws. There is an “assault weapons” ban, a ban on campus carry, and a new law against K-12 teachers being armed to shoot back if under attack at school.

California also has a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry, which allows bureaucrats within the issuing system to strictly control the number of permits given to law-abiding citizens. This single gun control has resulted in limiting the number of permits issued in Los Angeles County to 197; Los Angles County has a population of 10.2 million, yet only 197 concealed carry permits have been issued to the law-abiding citizens residing there.

The “good cause” requirement affords onlookers a great opportunity to see how gun control empowers criminals by keeping law-abiding citizens disarmed.

https://archive.fo/CvyoF
http://www.breitbart.com/california/2018/01/01/california-ushers-2018-ammunition-control/

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Trump Signs Executive Order To Arrest Human Rights Abusers and 'Corrupt Actors' Anywhere Around The World

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Dec. 21 in response to severe human rights abuses and corruption around the world.

In his executive order, the president said that rights abuses and corruption “have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems.”

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm0243

“I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat,” Trump said.

The executive order allows for the freezing of assets, within U.S. jurisdiction, of foreigners who commit severe human rights abuses, or for corruption, for the most part, outside of the United States.

The executive order also targets foreigners and U.S. nationals who have assisted, sponsored, or provided financial or material aid to the foreign nationals who committed the crimes.

Offending individuals will be identified by the Treasury Department in consultation with the Secretary of State and Attorney General.

The executive order targets individuals, entities, and government officials.

In effect, the executive order allows for the United States to crack down on international criminal networks who engage in human rights abuses, such as child traffickers.

It also allows the United States to target individuals within regimes who have committed human rights abuses, such as in China or North Korea.

https://archive.fo/nXzOS
https://www.theepochtimes.com/president-trump-declares-national-emergency-over-global-rights-abuses-and-corruption_2393803.html

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NY Times Bombshell Report Links Clintons & Soros To Illegal Bribery Scheme To Frame Donald Trump

Dirty money tied to George Soros and Hillary Clinton was used to pay women to falsely accuse President Trump of sexual harassment, according to a bombshell New Year’s Day report in the New York Times.

Investigative reporter John Solomon, writing for the Hill, revealed that payouts were made by attorney Lisa Bloom to women who were willing to come forward with stories of sexual harassment against President Trump. Money was a lure.

One accuser was offered $750,000 and another had the mortgage on her home paid off. The New York Times on Sunday revealed the names of two of the backers and both are tied to the Resistance, Soros, and Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times named David Brock, a George Soros henchman, and Clinton’s longtime friend Susie Tompkins Buell, who steered hundreds of thousands of dollars to the effort before election day.

The report states: https://archive.fo/GXIri

Two Democrats familiar with the arrangements said a nonprofit group founded by Mr. Brock, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, gave $200,000, while the fashion entrepreneur Susie Tompkins Buell, a major donor to Mr. Brock’s suite of groups, gave $500,000 to Ms. Bloom’s firm for the last-ditch effort.

It was not productive. One woman requested $2 million, Ms. Bloom said, then decided not to come forward. Nor did any other women.

SCOOP: Clinton backers David Brock & Susie Tompkins Buell steered a total of $700k to @LisaBloom's firm to try to bring forward sexual misconduct accusations against TRUMP before Election Day. https://t.co/im1iT36tYS

— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) December 31, 2017

Buell, founder of the Esprit clothing line, is a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s and a left-wing donor. Her Facebook page is extreme left and includes support for the Marxist hate group Black Lives Matter.

David Brock not only has ties to Hillary Clinton and George Soros, he is the Resistance, not only to Trump, but to Fox News. He donated $200,000 to the effort.

In January last year, the Washington Free Beacon obtained a confidential memo from longtime Clinton ally David Brock that alleges he will use his PAC, American Bridge, to set the wheels in motion to impeach the President. This will be a multi-year project. He hoped to build a network of donors that rivals the right-leaning Koch Brothers.

He succeeded in forming the shady network.

Brock brought together deep-pocketed leftists to fund the well-organized campaign of subversive activities to take down the President.

The memo/manifesto about the plan, “Democracy Matters: Strategic Plan for Action,” outlines Brock’s four-year agenda to attack Trump and Republicans using Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and Shareblue, each with their own strategy and attack plan.

Clinton denied knowing about the efforts and Ms. Bloom said the money wasn’t for payoffs but to guarantee the protection of women who came forward.

Bloom maintained that she represented only clients whose stories she had corroborated and disputed the premise that she offered money to coax clients to come forward, the paper reported.

“We would pay for the legal defense of Trump accusers,” Brock told Politico.

https://archive.fo/aDHkL

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Monsanto Megadeath: GMO Crops Killing Millions of Kangaroos In Australia

Australian government-scientists have been caught “playing with God” in their genetically manipulating their wheat crop, and whose consequence of has led to the largest kangaroo apocalypse in history whose deaths have now soared into the tens-of-millions.

https://archive.fo/ktCyk
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5216337/Millions-NSW-kangaroos-wiped-mystery-disease.html

Though hunting is allowed in Australia, this report says, its 1996 mass gun confiscation law has left that nation with an entire generation of citizens unable to become the skilled hunters it needs to effectively manage its now uncontrollable kangaroo population!

Most significantly because Australia's average wheat yields, which had more than tripled due to technological advances between 1900 and 1990, had not increased from 1990 to 2015, and that also in 2015, they had reported the emergence a new fungi disease named White Grain Disorder attacking their wheat.

https://archive.fo/uaiIV
http://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/new-fungi-behind-emerging-wheat-disease

In early 2016, and while facing a stagnant wheat crop, if not an actual decrease in yields due to the emergence of the White Grain Disorder, this report continues, Australian government-scientists began working with the world’s largest GMO company Monsanto — who has done business in Australia for 20 years — resulting in what experts call a “secret planting regime” of various GMO grain seeds throughout Australia, but mainly centered in the vast wheat growing fields located in the New South Wales region.

https://archive.fo/RIi6T
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-06-06/monsanto-marks-20-years-gm-crops-australia-as-debate-continues/7473978

As early as 1993, the Australian wheat field farmers in the New South Wales region had been warning about the damage kangaroos were doing to their crops—with Paul Remond, whose family owns 120,000 acres in Northern New South Wales, stating that kangaroos routinely destroyed at least 10%, and sometimes more than half, of his 13,000-acre wheat crop alone — and was due to wheat having become a main food source for these marsupials who are all are strict herbivores (physiologically adapted to eating plant material).

So it was with alarm, reports began to emerge from Australia, most especially in the New South Wales region, of hundreds of kangaroos being found dead — and whose numbers of mysterious deaths by November were rapidly increasing with it being reported that they were “simply laying down under trees and dying” — and whose dead carcasses were being left untouched by other animals (note that many animals tend to stay away from GMO poisoned foods).

https://archive.fo/WCS50
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2016-12-01/rural-kangaroo-mystery-deaths/8079490

To the success of the Australia-Monsanto secret planting regime of GMO wheat crops, their 2016-2017 winter crop production had increased by a mammoth 49% to over 58.9 million metric tonnes.

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Israel Gives Migrants 90 Days To Leave or Face Arrest

Thousands of black asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan have been given 90 days to vacate Israel or else face a guaranteed prison sentence.

The Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority has begun an aggressive deportation program to target the country’s black refugees, on the orders of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Haaretz.com reports: The cabinet vote on the deportation campaign has been postponed due to a budgetary dispute between the treasury and the Public Security Ministry.

In the first stage, certain groups will be exempted from deportation: children, adults over 60, parents of minor children who rely on them for support, those with serious medical or mental health problems and victims of human trafficking and slavery. Individuals in these groups are exempt from being sent to the Holot detention facility in the Negev.

People who have applied for refugee status but have not received a response will also be allowed to stay, for now.

Thousands of other African migrants who entered Israel illegally and who have been detained at Holot in the past, or who meet the criteria for detention there, will receive notification that they must leave Israel within three months the next time they go to Interior Ministry offices to renew their residency permits or face indefinite imprisonment. Barring changes to the law, Holot is scheduled for closure in less than three months.

There are an estimated 27,000 citizens of Eritrea living in Israel, as well as 7,500 Sudanese nationals and 2,500 people from other African nations. Some 5,000 children have been born to African asylum seekers in Israel.

Netanyahu has told Interior Ministry officials that he expects many of these people to leave Israel within a short period.

https://archive.fo/IypBN
http://yournewswire.com/black-people-israel-prison/

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Julian Assange just Tweet a crypto key?

With the M. I. A. video. / Paper Plane
The song refers to flying in planes, killing people and taking the money.

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https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/947664148376182784/@

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Trump Took A Bulldozer To Bloated Govt Bureaucracy: Over 1,500 Regulations Withdrawn, Delayed or Under Review

Shortly after being elected president, Donald Trump signed an executive order directing all federal agencies to find two regulations to cut for every new one issued. Agencies also were asked to pay for new regulatory costs by eliminating existing rules.

In December, Trump said the goals set out in that executive order had not only been met but exceeded.

“We blew our target out of the water,” Trump said, noting that his administration had eliminated 22 regulations for every new one put in place.

The Associated Press reported on Trump’s remarks at the White House as he stood next to giant stacks of paper representing the regulatory slashing his administration has done over the past year.

“For many decades, an ever-growing maze of regulations, rules, restrictions has cost our country trillions and trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, countless American factories, and devastated many industries,” Trump said.

AP reported:

Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said the administration had completed 67 deregulatory actions and taken three regulatory actions through the end of September that would result in a cost savings of $570 million a year.

Those deregulatory actions include a wide range of actions, including the withdrawal of guidance documents and reductions in paperwork burdens, and a dozen regulations killed by Congress, Rao said.

More than 1,500 regulations other rules and regulations have been withdrawn, delayed, or are under reconsideration, officials said.

https://archive.fo/HI2y3
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/31/trumps-war-regulations-1500-withdrawn-delayed-review-plus-570-million-savings/

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