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CDC Admits 1 in 4 American Adults Don't Or Can't Work, Meaning At Least 25% Unemployment!

This report, if accurate, would run completely contrary to "official US Bureau of Labor Statistics which claim 4% unemployment today!

One in four adults reported they have a disability that impacts major life activities with the most dominant one affecting mobility, according to a report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, data were studied from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. This is the first CDC report of the percentage of adults across six disability types: mobility, cognition, hearing, vision, independent living and self-care.

“At some point in their lives, most people will either have a disability or know someone who has a one,” Dr. Coleen Boyle, director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, said in a press release. “Learning more about people with disabilities in the United States can help us better understand and meet their health needs.”

Researchers randomly surveyed 458,811 noninstitutionalized U.S. adults 18 and older by telephone for the study. The study was broken down into three age groups: 18-44, 45-64 and 65 and older.

Disability affects about 41 percent of those age 65 and older, compared with younger adults at 16.6 percent and middle age people at 28.6 percent. Overall, 25.7 percent of participants reported any disability.

Mobility was the most prevalent disability type at 13.7 percent, followed by cognition at 10.8 percent, independent living at 6.8 percent, hearing at 5.9 percent, vision at 4.6 percent and self-care at 3.7.

The data revealed that disability is more common among women, non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska Natives, adults with lower income and adults living in the South Census region of the United States.

In addition, the percentage of adults with a disability increased as income decreased.

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WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG!? China Begins Printing Western Currencies


China has begun printing foreign currencies on a massive scale as Western countries outsource the printing of their own money to Chinese corporations.

According to multiple sources within the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation; Poland, Brazil, India and Thailand all now rely on China to print their cash. reports:

The state-owned company, headquartered in Beijing’s Xicheng district describes itself as the world’s largest money printer by scale. With more than 18,000 employees, it runs more than 10 strictly guarded facilities for the production of paper notes and coins.

By contrast, its US counterpart, the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing, employs a tenth of the staff at two currency factories, and the world’s number two, the British firm De La Rue, had just over 3,100 employees at the end of last year.

In China, the rise of mobile payments in recent years has significantly reduced the use of and demand for banknotes.

From big cities to remote villages, smartphones have become wallets, with most transactions in grocery stores now carried out digitally, leaving many printing plants short of work.

But the resulting lull ended suddenly earlier this year.

The nation’s largest currency paper mill in Baoding, Hebei province, sprang in to action with the sudden arrival of “big orders”, according to an employee working in the 604 Factory, a subsidiary of the corporation.

“Our machines have been running at full steam for months”, according another employee working at the facility.

However, the sudden rush in orders has left the factory struggling to keep up.

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Russia's Production of S-500 Begins, While The US Military Wastes Billions Subsidizing Amazon Inc

Russia’s fearsome new S-500 air and missile defense system has apparently entered production—and is setting new records for missile engagement range.

Given the S-500’s advanced networking capabilities, some military analysts have suggested that the Russians might genuinely be able to engage stealth aircraft. Indeed, by networking multiple high-speed long wave radars such as the RLS Voronezh-DM and 1L119 Nebo SVU, it might be possible to generate a weapons quality track on an aircraft such as the F-22 or F-35. Sensor fusion has afforded militaries many capabilities that are greater than the sum of their part. This many be one such case.

Russia’s fearsome new S-500 air and missile defense system has apparently entered production—and is setting new records for missile engagement range.

The next generation weapon is designed to supplement Moscow’s already potent S-400 and replace the A-135 anti-ballistic missile system. Not only does the weapon have unprecedented capability to hit high altitude targets—including ballistic missiles and satellites—at extremely long ranges, there have been some claims—usually from the media—that the system could target stealth aircraft. However, while some analysts believe that might be theoretically possible, there has been nothing to substantiate that claim.

What is definitively known about the S-500 is that it is of very high priority to Russian president Vladimir Putin and that it presented publicly as primarily a high-altitude defense system. "It is necessary to develop and build up technological groundwork in the area of air defense, to continue modernization of Pantsir systems, to finish the development and preparations for mass production of the S-500 newest systems capable of hitting targets at super-high altitudes, including near-the-earth space," Putin said in May.

While not all aspects of the S-500’s capabilities have been known to have been demonstrated by the West, there is little reason to doubt the capabilities of Russian air defense systems. Indeed, according to U.S. defense sources, Moscow recently conducted a record-breaking test of the S-500 system at ranges that were previously thought to be impossible. According to a CNBC report citing U.S. intelligence officials, “the S-500 surface-to-air missile system successfully struck a target 299 miles away, which the U.S. assessed is 50 miles further than any known test.”

Meanwhile, the US govt and MIC will continue wasting taxpayer dollars subsidizing Amazon, and will keep losing BIGLY:

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The Future of America?

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Has coffee become an unattainable luxury? It is if you live in Venezuela’s capital of Caracas.

In July, the price of a cup of coffee was 2 million bolivars. In a country where the minimum wage has been raised to 3 million bolivars, coffee has become as unaffordable as food, housing, clothing, and medicine.

Venezuela is in crisis mode. Ninety percent of citizens live in poverty conditions. Most of them have lost up to 25 pounds due to lack of food. Call it the Maduro Quick Weight-Loss Plan. President Maduro, who has blamed everything but his own socialist policies for the economic disaster, points out that he has raised the minimum wage to 3 million bolivars. For Venezuelans, this is utterly meaningless when prices are doubling every 18 days. Economists predict that hyperinflation will hit an unprecedented 1,000,000 percent by the end of the year. The Bolivar can be officially considered without value.

It is easy to forget that just a few decades ago, Venezuela was one of the richest countries in South America. It had the world’s largest oil reserves and plenty of gold.

Along came President Chavez and his populist policies and schemes to redistribute the wealth. Following years of overspending and inflation, his successor, President Maduro, has continued those policies, except there is no more wealth left to distribute. In a recent election many consider rife with fraud, Maduro’s win has ensured six more years of hellish disaster for Venezuela. He has announced that he intends to fight hyperinflation by removing five zeroes from the bolivar. His announcement did not include an explanation of how devaluaing the valueless Bolivar, even more, will help the country.

Venezuela has gone beyond an economic disaster and is now in a humanitarian crisis. Without food or medicine, the country won’t be able to survive. At this time, it is being propped up by Russian and Chinese aid.

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BOOM! Turkey's Lira Surges After Qatar Pledges To Invest $15 Billion In Turkey

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The Turkish Lira, which has been rising all day after an earlier attempt by Ankara to crush shorts by reducing the amount of swap transactions to just 25% of bank capital, down from 50% - a move right out of the PBOC playbook which forces a short squeeze - got another boost moments ago when Anadolu news agency reported that Qatar has pledged $15 billion in direct investment in Turkey. From Anadolu:

Qatari Ambassador to Turkey Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi said his country would continue supporting Turkey following recently-imposed U.S. sanctions on the country. “The State of Qatar is always proactive in supporting its Turkish brothers,” Al Shafi told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday. Qatar, he said, would continue supporting Turkey, as it did during the defeated coup attempt in mid-2016.

Ankara and Doha, he added, shared common points of view on a number of regional and international issues.

Al Shafi went on to note that Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad’s visit to Turkey on Wednesday demonstrated the “depth of Qatar-Turkey relations”.

The emir’s visit, the diplomat said, “will serve to confirm the close links between the Qatari and Turkish people and their common positions vis-à-vis the many challenges they face”.

According to Al Shafi, Qataris have recently bought tens of millions of dollars’ worth of Turkish lira with a view to supporting the Turkish economy. Describing Turkey as a “strategic ally”, the ambassador added: “Our strong relations with the Republic of Turkey enjoy a special status among our people.”

Separately, the Turkish Capital Markets Board regulator announced that they set the leverage ratio in the Lira FX market has been set at 1:1 until Sept. 3. The regulator cites “serious price moves” in such pairs recently that are devoid of a rational economic or financial reason, and notes that the step targets to prevent grievances that may occur after Feast of Sacrifice holiday, during which Turkish markets will be closed.

The question of course, is who is more levered: the shorts or the longs, because after the Lira spiked on the Qatar news, it has faded much of the move higher, potentially as levered longs outnumber shorts, and are forced to sell.

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Defunct Nuclear Power Plant On Commiefornia's Coast Is A Fukushima Waiting To Happen

A nuclear power plant in Southern California that was shut down in 2012 continues to leak radioactive material and poses a threat to nearby communities.

The aging San Onofre, located in San Clemente, CA, was shut down in 2012 amid a leak that occurred due to malpractice. According to a report released in 2016, the plant “operated the reactor outside the allowable limits for pressure and temperature, causing the radiation leak that shut down the facility for good,” the San Diego Tribune noted. The shutdown also launched extensive investigations that implicated both the power company and state regulators.

Though the plant is out of operation, it still stores 3.6 million pounds of lethal radioactive waste, and according to a worker who blew the whistle on the plant just last week, a near catastrophe just occurred. As local outlet the Dana Pointer reported, plant worker David Fritch explained what happened at a public meeting:

“On 3 August 2018, a 100-ton canister filled with highly radioactive nuclear waste was being ‘downloaded’ into a temporary transport carrier to be moved a few hundred yards from inside the plant to a storage silo buried near the world-famous San Onofre beach. As the thin-walled canister was being lowered into the transport cask, it snagged on a guide ledge four feet from the top. Crane operators were unaware that the canister had stopped descending and the rigging went completely slack, leaving the full weight of the heavy canister perched on that ledge by about a quarter-inch.

“Had the ledge not held for the hour or more it took workers to realize and address the error, the thin-walled canister of highly toxic nuclear waste would have fallen 18 feet to the ground below.”

Each canister reportedly has as much radiation as was released during the infamous Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Fritch says the staff is too small — and also undertrained. According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times this week by Steve Chapple, an author, journalist, and fellow at the Samuel Lawrence Foundation:

“The idea is to bury the spent fuel on site, about 100 feet from the ocean and just a few feet above the water table. Edison has already begun transferring the waste from cooling pools into specially designed steel canisters. The containers are prone to corrosion and cracking, and cannot be monitored or repaired. Work crews even discovered a loose bolt inside one of the canisters earlier this year.”

Further, San Onofre is located directly on an earthquake fault line in an area with a record of tsunamis.

San Juan Capistrano Councilwoman Pam Patterson told President Trump at a roundtable discussion in May that San Onofre is a “Fukushima waiting to happen.” She also expressed concern that the facility, which is a no-fly zone but secured mainly by armed guards, could be a target of a terror attack, noting that terrorists targeted nuclear power plants in addition to the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Any time of disaster would have far-reaching effects. Shortly after the plant shut down, former prime minister of Japan, Naoto Kan testified in San Diego, noting that during the Fukushima meltdown, he was prepared to evacuate not just Tokyo, but regions as far as 160 miles from the plant. Downtown Los Angeles is only 62 miles away from San Onofre and 50 miles from San Diego. Worse, there are no state or federal evacuation plans in the event of a catastrophe.

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Trump Administration Nearing Deal With Mexico To Revise NAFTA

The Trump administration is close to striking a deal with Mexico on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, analysts said, but thorny issues are yet to be resolved with Canada, the third party in the trilateral pact.

Reaching an agreement with Mexico would mark a breakthrough for the administration after a year of roller-coaster talks and tension with its longtime North American trading partners. President Trump has frequently threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, linked the renegotiations to his call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and slapped tariffs on Mexican and Canadian steel to apply pressure to make concessions.

But both Mexico and the U.S. have strong incentives to push through a deal quickly. Mexico wants to lock in an agreement before its new leftist president takes office, and the White House is keen on achieving a win on trade ahead of the midterm elections.

Canada, meanwhile, has shown less urgency to complete a revision of the 24-year-old pact, but is expected to return to the bargaining table once the U.S. and Mexico settle their differences.

U.S. congressional rules on trade require that there be a 90-day period between the administration’s notification of a deal and the actual signing of an agreement. Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, was elected in July and takes the oath of office Dec. 1. That means a NAFTA agreement would need to be announced by the end of August to allow for the 90 days to pass and for the current Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto, to sign the pact before Lopez Obrador takes office.

But that leaves only about two weeks for Lighthizer and his team to reach an accord with their Canadian counterparts. And by most accounts, that will be tough to do.

Even if Canada signs on by month’s end and there’s a three-way preliminary agreement, in the U.S., that would only begin a lengthy process that includes a period of public review and economic assessment by the U.S. International Trade Commission. A revised NAFTA wouldn’t be voted on by lawmakers until next year at the earliest, when a new Congress is seated.

NAFTA’s current rules specify that at least 62.5 percent of the content of cars come from North America to qualify for zero tariffs; anything lower than that threshold subjects a vehicle to a 2.5 percent duty for cars and 25 percent for trucks and sport utility vehicles.

The understanding with Mexico would raise the regional-content level to 70 percent or higher and set a similar rule of origin for steel and aluminum in vehicles. The new rules also would include language aimed at having more cars and parts produced by workers who make wages well above the average low rates in Mexico. The hope is that more jobs would stay in the U.S. and that European and Japanese automakers would source more parts in the U.S. to avoid the tariffs.

Lawyer Ujczo said those changes and a broader deal on NAFTA will play very well to Trump’s base. “It would be political gold going into the midterms,” he said.

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Brainwashed Retards Bike Through Muslim No-Go Zone To Prove Diversity Works, End Up Getting Murdered

"Evil is a make-believe concept we've invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans."

A progressive young American couple was killed in an Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack while on a bike trip around the world.

Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, who were both in their late 20s, quit their jobs in 2017 to embark on a trip around the world. Austin, a vegan, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian, decided that they're were wasting their lives working.

"I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige,” Austin wrote on his blog before he quit. “I’ve missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.”

The couple documented their yearlong journey on social media until it came to a tragic and gruesome end in Tajikistan, a country with a known terrorist presence.

Austin and Geoghegan were riding their bikes in the country on July 29 when they were rammed by a car, according to CBS News. Five men got out of the car and stabbed them to death along with two other cyclists, one from Switzerland and the other from the Netherlands.

“You read the papers and you’re led to believe that the world is a big, scary place," Austin wrote. “People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil."

“I don’t buy it," he continued. "Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own... By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.”


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Cucked! London Mayor Wants To Ban Cars, Since Regulating Guns And Knives Failed

The mayor of the ever increasingly violent city of London is now seeking a ban on cars in certain areas after a “car attack.” Since banning guns and regulating knives hasn’t worked, Sadiq Khan said he’s likely to ban cars to prevent future terrorist attacks.

Violence in London continues to spike regardless of the weapons used by those committing acts of aggression. But since a gun ban and severe knife regulations have failed to stop violence, Khan wants certain areas to be “car free zones” in response to an alleged terror attack committed with a car. According to Politico, Khan says his proposed car ban would help keep people and buildings safe after car drives into cyclists and pedestrians.

Kahn’s proposal comes after three people were injured when police say a car collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into barriers that line the Houses of Parliament. Police have arrested a 29-year-old British citizen originally from Sudan, identified as Salih Khater by British media outlets, on suspicion of committing the attack. Police claim that the alleged terrorist drove his Ford Fiesta from Birmingham to London late on Monday night. Just before the attack, police say he had been driving around the area of Westminster and Whitehall for about an hour and a half before driving into pedestrians and cyclists.

Khan told BBC radio that making certain areas only available to pedestrians would provide more safety to both citizens and buildings in the surrounding area. But he also said the city would need to ensure people “don’t lose one important thing about our democracy: People having an access to parliamentarians, people being able to lobby parliament and being able to come and visit parliament.”

Kahn added, “I think there would be lots of challenges if we would do the whole square. It is a thoroughfare for cars, vehicles and commercial deliveries going through London,” he said. “So it’s possible to have a designed solution … in keeping our buildings and people as safe as we can do. And also not losing what is so wonderful about our city that is a vibrant democracy, people can walk around safely.”

Well, since all the other laws aimed at preventing violence have failed, why not just keep banning things? Pretty soon, everything will be illegal in the UK and the people will wonder when they actually became slaves to the government.

“We enter parliament in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with its own weapons. If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this bear’s work, that is its affair. We do not come as friends, nor even as neutrals. We come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we come.” –Joseph Goebbels

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WHAM! West Virginia House Just Voted To Impeach Entire State Supreme Court

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Lawmakers in West Virginia did something Monday night that might be a first in American history: impeach an entire state Supreme Court.

The West Virginia House of Delegates' impeachment of the justices on the state's Supreme Court of Appeals is an unprecedented move spurred by an escalating scandal in the state's judicial system. But West Virginia Democrats charge it's just a ploy by Republicans to put more conservative judges on the bench in the state's highest court.

The court's justices -- Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Allen Loughry, Robin Davis and Elizabeth Walker -- are accused of failing to carry out the court's administrative duties and wasteful spending during office renovations.

They were impeached on 11 articles of impeachment, dealing with wasteful spending, maladministration, incompetency, neglect of duty and potential criminal behavior, according to a press release from state House Speaker Pro Tempore John Overington.

The votes on the articles of impeachment fell largely along party lines in the Republican-led legislative body.

The House also OK'd a resolution that publicly reprimanded and censured the four justices for their alleged conduct.

"This is one of the saddest days in my 34 years in the Legislature," said Overington, a Republican who presided over the impeachment proceedings. "It has become clear that our Supreme Court has breached the public trust and lost the confidence of our citizens. This somber action today is an essential step toward restoring the integrity of our state's highest court."

The justices' fates are now in the hands of the state Senate, where they will be put on trial on the impeachment charges. West Virginia's Constitution requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate to remove a justice from office. It's not clear when the trial will happen.

On Tuesday morning, Davis announced her retirement from the court, and she chastised Republicans for going through with the impeachment proceedings.

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(((Someone))) Is Angry! Bomb Detonates At Italian Headquarters Of Salvini's Nationalist League Party

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A bomb claimed by an anarchist group detonated on Thursday in front of the provincial Italian headquarters of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's League party, according to Corriere Del Veneto, citing local police in the northeastern town of Villorba.

#Terrorismo Una bomba explotó esta tarde en Villorba (Treviso) cerca de la sede de La Liga, partido de gobierno. Expertos en explosivos desactivan un segundo artefacto en el lugar. No se han registrado víctimas. #NoticiaEnDesarrollo #Italia #ImagenNoticias

— MarinellysTremamunno (@Marinellys) August 16, 2018

The bomb did not cause damage to the building, nor was anyone injured in the blast.

Meanwhile, a bomb squad safely detonated a second device.

Police reportedly intercepted an internet communication recently which discussed bombing the League's headquarters, according to Corriere Del Veneto.

The League party is part of the new Italian coalition government headed by Giuseppe Conte, while the head of the League is Italy's new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who assumed office on June 1 and immediately began blocking human trafficking efforts by NGO ships ferrying Libyian refugees across the Mediterranean.

Salvini wrote in a Tweet "They try to stop us, but violent and delinquents do not scare us. Let's go forward, stronger than before."

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Famed Musketeer Porthos wins the Democrat primary for Governor of Vermont while filthy shit-skinned anti-kike Somali wins the De

There were more primary races held last night. The result of these primaries were very funny. Perhaps the funniest outcome of them was that a literal tranny won the Democrat primary for Vermont governor and an anti-Jew Somali female won the Democrat primary for a Minnesota Congressional seat.
The Democrat party is in the process of going full retard. They are becoming the party of mentally ill freaks and low IQ racial minorities. The only thing that unites these people is their hatred of the White man. They have nothing else in common. Do the kikes really think that homosexuals and trannies are going to get along with Moslems? This is a coalition doomed to failure.
It is also effectively forcing all sane White people to move away from the party and towards the Republicans and Donald Trump. Long term, the Democrats are only going to be a noisy fringe minority of sexually dysfunctional freaks and angry non-Whites.
We should fully support the craziest candidates that the Democrat party has to offer. And hell, if some of them raise a fuss about Jews and Israel, that’s a definite bonus.

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Facebook Pisses Off Even More Users By Banning Streaming Services

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Facebook has expanded its ban on the sale of piracy-enabling streaming devices. According to the company's latest commerce policies, all streaming devices that use Kodi software are now outlawed, which logically also applies to the many legal streaming boxes that are available.

Entertainment companies see streaming piracy as one of the largest threats to the industry. This is true for streaming sites, but also specialized pirate boxes, which are often sold with the popular media player Kodi installed.

While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, third-party add-ons can turn it into a powerful pirate tool. This is why Kodi and piracy are often mentioned in the same breath.

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Kike Hate Group SPLC Gets Boot from US Federal Government Partnership Programs

Speaking before the Alliance Defending Freedom’s annual Summit on Religious Liberty, Sessions announced that the Justice Department would not partner with groups that discriminate against or defame others, singling out the Southern Poverty Law Center for its “hate group” campaign.
Sessions accused the SPLC of wielding the “hate” designation as a “weapon . . . against conservative organizations that refuse to accept their orthodoxy and choose instead to speak their conscience.”
“I have ordered a review at the Department of Justice to make sure that we do not partner with any groups that discriminate,” Sessions said.
“We will not partner with groups that unfairly defame Americans for standing up for the Constitution or their faith.”
Nor will the department associate with “hate groups,” he said, insisting, “At the Justice Department, we will not partner with hate groups. Not on my watch.”
The SPLC, under its president, Richard Cohen, has, along with the Jewish extremist hate group the ADL, been one of the fiercest critics of the Trump administration, and used Trump’s face on the front page of one of its “Year in Hate” review.
SPLC board members contributed thousands of dollars to Clinton’s presidential campaign, and has continued to wage war against Trump, falsely accusing him of being responsible for an alleged increase in anti-Semitism and racism (an “upsurge” that was later revealed to have been caused by a Jew in Israel).
“They [SPLC] use it to bully and intimidate groups like yours which fight for the religious freedom, the civil rights, and constitutional rights of others,” Sessions told the Alliance Defending Freedom.
Among the groups listed by the SPLC is the ADF, a Christian legal foundation that specializes in religious-liberty cases.
“You and I may not agree on everything, but I wanted to come back here tonight partly because I wanted to say this: You are not a hate group,” Mr. Sessions told the ADF.
The move to boot the SPLC will affect the FBI in particular, which currently “partners” with the SPLC on “hate crimes.”
In April 2014, it was falsely reported that the FBI had cut its relationship with the SPLC, but that was a rumor started by right wing bloggers.

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British Police Arrest 31 Muslims Connected To Child Sex Ring

British police have arrested and charged thirty one members of a Muslim child sex ring in Huddersfield, England.

Thirty men and one woman were found to have trafficked and raped girls between the ages of 12 and 18, between 2005 and 2012.

Detectives believe the offences were committed in the Huddersfield area.

Fehreen Rafiq, 38, is the only woman accused. She is charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

BBC News reports:

Twelve men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with “numerous offences in connection with the same investigation”, police said.

The accused are due at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court on 5 and 6 September.

West Yorkshire Police said the accused who can be named are:

Banaras Hussain 37, of Shipley, charged with one count of rape of a female over 16
Banaris Hussain, 35, of Huddersfield, charged with one count of rape of a girl aged 13-15
Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, of Huddersfield, charged with rape of girl aged 13-15
Iftikar Ali, 37, of Huddersfield, charged with attempted rape of girl aged 13-15 and three counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15
Mohammed Sajjad, 31, of Huddersfield, charged with four counts of rape of a female age 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
Fehreen Rafiq, 38, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence
Umar Zaman, 30, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Basharat Hussain, 31, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Amin Ali Choli, 36, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a female over 16-years-old
Shaqeel Hussain, 35, of Dewsbury, charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and two counts of trafficking
Mubasher Hussain, 35, of Huddersfield, charged with rape of a female aged 13-15 and sexual assault
Abdul Majid, 34, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of female aged 13-15
Mohammed Dogar, 35, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of child sex offence
Usman Ali, 32, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Mohammed Waqas Anwar, 29, of Huddersfield, charged with five counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Gul Riaz, 42, of Huddersfield, charged with rape of a female aged 13-15
Mohammed Akram, 41, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation of a female and rape of a female aged 14-15
Manzoor Akhtar, 29, of Huddersfield, charged with trafficking and three counts of rape of a female aged 13-15
Samuel Fikru, 30, of Camden, charged with two counts of rape of a female aged 13-15

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JCPenney Is The Next Major Retailer To Collapse Into Bankruptcy

JCPenney shares are down over 20% this morning in the pre-market... below $2 for the first time in its almost 40 year history...

...after posting a wider-than-expected quarterly loss and disappointing sales. The struggling department-store chain, which has been without a chief executive since May, also lowered its forecast for the year, and now expect a loss.

Chairman Ronald W. Tysoe gave an update on the CEO search in the earnings statement.

“The process is going well and the Board has met with highly qualified candidates who have expressed a strong desire to become the next leader of JCPenney,” Tysoe said. “The hiring of a new CEO is the top priority of the board of directors.”

We wish them luck.

JCP bond yields are now above 14%

And CDS imply a 65% probability of default (and that is without this morning's move). We suspect once trading starts today that JCP will overtake Sears on the CDS deadpool list.


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Turkey Joins Russia In Liquidating US Treasuries

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Last month, when we reported that Russia had liquidated the bulk of its US Treasury holdings in just two months, we said that "we can't help but wonder - as the Yuan-denominated oil futures were launched, trade wars were threatened, and as more sanctions were unleashed on Russia - if this wasn't a dress-rehearsal, carefully coordinated with Beijing to field test what would happen if/when China also starts to liquidate its own Treasury holdings."

As it turns out, Russia did lead the way, but not for China. Instead, another recent US foreign nemesis, Turkey, was set to follow in Putin's footsteps of "diversifying away from the dollar", and in the June Treasury International Capital, Turkey completely dropped off the list of major holders of US Treasurys, which has a $30 billion floor to be classified as a "major holder."

According to the US Treasury, Turkey's holdings of bonds, bills and notes tumbled by 52% since the end of 2017, dropping to $28.8 billion in June from $32.6 billion in May and $61.2 billion at the recent high of November of 2016.

Meanwhile, as we showed earlier, Russia - which first fell off the list last month after being a top-10 foreign creditor to the US just a few years ago - saw its Treasury holdings remain unchanged at an 11 year low of just $14.9 billion.

The selloffs took place well before a diplomatic fallout between the US and both Turkey and Russia resulted in new sets of sanctions and tariffs imposed on both nations. The Trump administration last week imposed new sanctions against Russia in response to the nerve agent poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter.

Meanwhile, the Turkish selloff certainly continued into July and August as U.S. relations with Turkey deteriorated this week after President Trump doubled steel and aluminum tariffs to pressure the nation to release a jailed American pastor. Turkey increased the tensions by announcing new tariffs on American products such as cars as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of iPhones and other U.S. electronics.

And with the anti-US axis started to solidify, with first Russia now Turkey dumping US paper, the question once again is: when, and under what conditions, would China - or others - join the all too symbolic selling of US government debt?

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Good! Trump Revokes Security Clearance Of Former CIA Director John Brennan

Three weeks after we reported that Trump may revoke the security clearance for several former Obama officials over politicized statements, including John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Michael Hayden and Bruce Ohr (Comey and McCabe had already lost their) - on Wednesday White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that Donald Trump has decided to revoke former CIA Director Brennan's Security Clearance.

JUST IN: Sarah Sanders reads statement from Pres. Trump revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance.

— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) August 15, 2018

Trump accused Brennan of leveraging his former government status to make "unfounded and outrageous" charges about his administration in a statement read by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at Wednesday's press briefing.

"Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities, the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos," Trump said in the statement read by Sanders.

“More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan’s security clearances raises questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation’s sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended.”

In justifying the revocation, the White House asserted that Brennan - who has been highly critical of President Trump, including on Twitter and as an NBC News and MSNBC analyst - "has history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility."

Trump's statement stated that "such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks."

“Historically, former heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been allowed to retain access to classified information after their government service so that they can consult with their successors regarding matters about which they may have special insights and as a professional courtesy,” said Sanders, adding “Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan’s continued access to classified information."

Brennan has been a vocal critic of Trump's presidency, regularly eviscerating him on Twitter, and Trump previously had floated the idea of taking away his clearance.

"As the head of the executive branch and the commander in chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information, including by controlling access to it," Trump's statement said.

Brennan's "Stripping" took place just one day after the former CIA chief tweeted the following:

It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation.

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 14, 2018

Additionally, Trump was reviewing access to classified information for several former intelligence officials — all of whom have criticized Trump publicly or have come under attack from the White House, according to the statement. They include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former National Security Administration Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr.

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Chinese Dictatorship Is Now Spying on Chinese Americans, Enslaving Christians and Muslims At Home

China is compiling a global registry of its ethnic minorities who have fled persecution, threatening to detain the families of those who don’t comply.

A major human rights crisis is unfolding in northwestern China, according to the United Nations, which said last week that there were credible reports that the Chinese government is holding one million or more ethnic minorities in secretive detention camps.

Yet even for those who have escaped China, surveillance and intimidation have followed. As part of a massive campaign to monitor and intimidate its ethnic minorities no matter where they are, Chinese authorities are creating a global registry of Uighurs who live outside of China, threatening to detain their relatives if they do not provide personal and identifying information to Chinese police. This campaign is now reaching even Uighurs who live in the United States.

A few months ago, Barna, who lives in a major U.S. city and requested that her real name not be revealed, received an odd message from her mother, who lives in China. Barna’s mother asked her to send her U.S. car license plate number, her phone number, her U.S. bank card number, and a photo of her ID card. Barna’s mother said that China is creating a new ID card system that includes all Chinese, even those who are abroad.

“From her unsettled voice, I can tell she has been pushed by the authorities... For the sake of my mom’s safety, I said OK.”

Since her mother was located in China and they were talking via WeChat, a Chinese chat app permitted by China’s internet regulator since it gives authorities access to messages and phone calls, Barna knew that their conversation was likely being monitored. So she told her mother that she did not have a car in the United States and that she only uses her Chinese bank card, though her mother knows this isn’t the case.

But Barna agreed to send the photo of her ID card. “From her unsettled voice, I can tell she has been pushed by the authorities,” said Barna. “For the sake of my mom’s safety, I said OK.”

In recent months, many other Uighurs living in the United States have received similar demands from Chinese authorities, relayed by family members back in China who were paid official visits from local public security bureau officials. One Uighur living on the east coast told The Daily Beast that Chinese police had demanded a copy of the individual’s employment contract with their university; another was told they had to provide a letter from their academic supervisor. If they don’t comply, these Uighurs know that their relatives may be detained.

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Tesla Stocks Tumble As SEC Said To Subpoena Company

Having stoically resisted the barrage of news over the past 9 days following Elon Musk's infamous "going private" tweet, Tesla is suddenly sliding, down more than 4%, on a tweet by Fox Business News' Charlie Gasparino, who reports that the "SEC ramps up investigation into Tesla privatization plans; sends subpoenas to Tesla regarding privatization plans and Musk's statements involving "funding secured." He adds that the "subpoenas signal investigation has reached the "formal" stages."

SCOOP: SEC ramps up investigation into Tesla privatization plans; sends subpoenas to Tesla regarding privatization plans and Musk's statements involving "funding secured"--sources Subpoenas signal investigation has reached the "formal" stages -- sources more now @FoxBusiness
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) August 15, 2018

The stock is sliding.

So what happens next, and is a quick resolution imminent? Hardly.

As Bloomberg lays out the next steps in a potential enforcement process, the SEC’s average inquiry takes about two years and adds that "that kind of time frame would understandably frustrate traders who are reading Musk’s tweets and trying to assess in real-time whether he’s actually lined up bankers and lawyers to advise on a deal. But even though Wall Street might want a quick ruling on whether he’s violated securities laws, Washington regulators may disappoint."

SEC officials may also be keen to speak with members of the Saudi wealth fund to learn if Musk’s public statements accurately reflect their private conversations. But getting foreign nationals to cooperate can be challenging, and issuing subpoenas to compel testimony doesn’t always work when the targets are overseas.

To be clear, the SEC hasn’t accused Musk or Tesla of any wrongdoing. If the SEC does determine he or the company violated the law, it will submit what’s known as a Wells notice, which notifies investigative targets that the agency’s enforcement division plans to recommend that SEC commissioners approve a lawsuit or sanction against the company.

Another factor that could slow things down is that the SEC’s scrutiny of Tesla goes beyond Musk’s recent tweets. The agency’s San Francisco office was already examining the company’s public pronouncements on manufacturing goals and sales targets, Bloomberg reported Aug. 9.

Still, not everyone thinks the SEC-Musk tussle will go on for months and months.

Stephen Crimmins, a former SEC enforcement lawyer, said Musk’s high-profile and the fact that his tweets have drawn so much attention will make the inquiry a priority for the regulator.

“The staff is going to want to expedite this,” said Crimmins, who’s now in private practice at Murphy & McGonigle. “There’s a finite amount of information to gather, so it’s possible they could get it done in a couple of months.”

But the biggest headache facing Musk is whether a formal subpoena will kill the going private deal:

"An active SEC investigation that, in my view, is likely to turn into an enforcement action is not going to make it easier to close this deal," said Grundfest, who’s now a professor at Stanford Law School. "Musk is apparently thinking of an unprecedented structure that would have Tesla go private with equity-based funding, not debt. That would be hard to do without the additional risk of SEC enforcement action against Musk and Tesla."

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Turkey Increases Tariffs on US Imports Including Vehicles, Alcohol, Tobacco

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According to the country's Official Gazette, the decree signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, raised the levy on passenger cars by 120 percent, on alcoholic drinks by 140 percent and on leaf tobacco by 60 percent. Tariffs were also increased on goods including cosmetics, rice and coal.

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay wrote on Twitter Wednesday that Ankara has raised tariffs on US products under the principle of reciprocity "in response to the US administration's deliberate attacks on our economy."

On Tuesday, Erdogan said his government would boycott electronic goods from the United States in response to Washington imposing tariffs on Turkish imports. He pledged Turkey would work to produce and export more goods, as well as provide employment opportunities to Turkish citizens.

On Friday, Erdogan said Turkey was in a state of economic war after the Turkish lira plummeted as a result of US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he authorized the doubling of US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey.

The tensions between the two countries escalated after Donald Trump announced earlier that the United States would increase import tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum to 50 and 20 percent respectively. Following Trump's decision, the Turkish lira fell to its record low against the US dollar on Sunday night nosediving to 7.13 lire for the US dollar.

The bilateral relations initially soured in 2016 after US pastor Andrew Brunson was arrested in Turkey for allegedly being a member of the movement founded by Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Ankara accused of trying to overthrow the government in 2016 and listed as a terrorist organization.

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ALTERNATIVES: >>>/endtimes/34 ; >>>/endtimes/39 has been taken down! The deep state working with the democrats are making their move against America! and are up and fighting!

— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 14, 2018

Alex Jones’ flagship website went down for over an hour Tuesday, in a suspected DDOS cyber attack targeting critical Infowars infrastructure. is down again. We have been under cyber attack for over a week since Big Tech launched its purge.

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 14, 2018 IS DOWN 🚨

The #ChineseCommunist / #Democrat / #DeepState war to deplatform infowars just went to a new level.

After being targeted for weeks, our #1A is in great peril!

Get the info at and

— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 14, 2018

The website, which sees peak traffic during The Alex Jones Show – broadcast Monday through Friday 11AM to 3PM – went offline around noon CST.

According to Infowars IT staff, one of multiple servers was inexplicably kicked offline.

Since then, the website now features a splash page with redirects to,, and the Alex Jones twitter page.

The Infowars website’s unavailability follows Big Tech’s coordinated censorship campaign of Alex Jones, which has now risen to 20 platforms, including Spotify, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, IHeartRadio and more.

In the meantime, you can catch Alex Jones on Twitter, Bitchute,, and

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Deliberate Destabilization: Sudanese Muslim Attacks UK Parliament, Killing Many Pedestrians

The suspect arrested on suspicion of carrying out a terrorist attack at the UK Parliament on Tuesday has been named as Salih Khater, Sky News reported. It is believed the 29-year-old is a British citizen of Sudanese origin, and remains in police custody after his arrest on suspicion of preparing an act of terror.

A Facebook page for a man of the same name says he lives in Birmingham, works as a shop manager, and has studied at Sudan University of Science and Technology.

Khater has been arrested on suspicion of ramming a car into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The suspect is being held in custody in south London, and is said to be not cooperating with police. Scotland Yard’s head of counter-terrorism Neil Basu said no other suspects have been identified.

Police have been searching addresses in the Midlands after a car smashed into barriers near Parliament on Tuesday morning. Officers revealed the driver travelled from Birmingham to London on Monday night and arrived in the capital just after midnight.

He remained in the Tottenham Court Road area, close to Oxford Street, from around 1.25am until 5.55am.

The silver Ford Fiesta was then driven to Westminster and Whitehall for about 6am and stayed in the area until the time of the attack. It hit cyclists and pedestrians at 7.37am before crashing into security barriers.

According to the MI5, the suspect was unknown and "not currently cooperating", the Metropolitan Police said afterwards. His vehicle was removed late on Tuesday night.

Two addresses in the West Midlands city were being searched by counter-terror officers later that evening, as well as a flat in Nottingham's Radford/ Arboretum area.

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Deliberate Destabilization: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Diverse Sweden

Many Swedes were horrified in early 2017 when U.S. President Donald Trump linked immigration to rising crime in Sweden, but an increasing number now agree with him.

Amid soaring crime rates, gang violence, complaints about education, and pregnant mothers even being turned away from maternity wards due to a lack of capacity, resentment in Sweden has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years.

And tonight is one of the worst night for violence in recent history as police report multiple gangs of masked youths rampaging across three major Swedish cities, setting cars on fire in what seems like a coordinated action.

Multiple arson attacks on vehicles in #Gothenburg tonight

- An estimated 15 cars alleged to have been torched
- Youths with molotov cocktails are reported to have set fire to the vehicles
- Other arson attacks reported in Trollhättan
- Ongoing#Sweden #Göteborg #svpol #breaking
— Intelligence Fusion (@IntellFusion) August 13, 2018

As The Daily Mail reports, police said they were dealing with multiple fires as dramatic footage showed youths targeting vehicles in a shopping centre and hospital car park at Frölunda Torg, south-west of Gothenburg.

Sinnesjukt vilka pack #frölunda #hjällbo #göteborg

— Johan Jansson (@JJohanJJansson) August 13, 2018

Videon som visar Sveriges förfall med bilbränderna på Frölunda torg i Göteborg togs ner på Facebook efter att den på en timme fått över 150 000 visningar! 🤬

RETWEETA SÅ ATT ALLA FÅR SE VAD SOM PÅGÅR I SVERIGE! 🔥🇸🇪#AfS2018 #svpol #val2018 #FrölundaTorg

— Alternativ för Sverige (@AfS_riks) August 13, 2018

There were also reports of young people setting cars on fire in Hjällbo in the north of Gothenburg and further reports of fires in Trollhättan, although police were last night unsure whether the various blazes were related.

BREAKING: Serious situation in Sweden. Youths torched around 14 cars near a shopping centre in Gothenburg

— Voice of Europe 🌐 (@V_of_Europe) August 13, 2018

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How Alabama's Coal Industry Was Saved

It was hulking, it was orange, and its name was Trump.

Randy Johnson looked on as his new 220-ton excavator carved up the ground, clearing the field of rocks to help unearth the coal underneath. Four weeks earlier, the central Alabama mine’s 22 employees had gathered to christen the $2.7 million purchase, painting “TRUMP” in white block letters along the excavator’s side. The day I visited, a recent Friday in July, those letters gleamed under the punishing southern sun, the machine’s every move—every swivel at the base, every curl of the claw—an implicit tribute to the 45th president.

It’s tradition in the mining industry to name the “big machines.” Apart from the land itself, they represent the bulk of capital for a new site. For Johnson, though, this excavator was emblematic of much more. The 71-year-old Alabama native and mining veteran had bowed out of the industry in 2014, when he says the Obama administration’s “war on coal” pummeled the market. But with Donald Trump’s election came a wave of “optimism,” he told me: optimism that the crush of regulations would ebb, that the “dirty” caricatures of the industry, aggravated by Barack Obama, would start to soften. So at the turn of the year, when he learned of an idle reserve in Bessemer, Johnson reopened his company, called one of his old foremen, and made the largest investment of his career.

That Friday morning, the mine’s 491 acres hummed. Trump (the excavator), two track hoes, and eight dump trucks were at work on the land’s first seam—or layer—of largely steam coal. “We’re starting small,” Johnson told me. He anticipates beginning with 20,000 or so tons a month, which would provide a cash flow that would allow him to break even by fall. It’s a modest forecast, and Johnson admitted that he has no long-term contracts yet to anchor the operation, save for existing contracts through the state’s coal co-op. But he’s confident the market will continue to reflect Trump’s favor of the industry. While the majority of the administration’s regulatory rollbacks remain steeped in litigation, the expectation that no new rules are likely to come has kept the mood here high.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, and I have a good feeling,” Johnson told me that morning. “I promise you it was Obama’s goal, and would have been Hillary Clinton’s goal, to dismantle the coal industry in Alabama.” He turned to his 56-year-old business partner, Mel Bailey. “Mel, if Hillary Clinton had been elected, would we have done this?”

“No,” Bailey said. “It wouldn’t have happened.”

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Good! Russian Military Sets Up 8 Military Outposts Across Syria's Golan Heights For Defense

Resulting from Russia’s declaration that it would be establishing eight militarized outposts along the de facto Syria-Israel border, the UN has been prodded into action, and is re-engaging its own responsibilities to monitor the region. The UN previously was unable to perform, due to pressure from the US, Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia chiefly, to pressure the UN not to guard the demilitarized zone.

The result of a lacking UN presence was that the area was more easily used by Israel to provide safe harbor, arms, equipment, and medical care to Al-Qaeda and ISIS groups, under these and several related brands. Russia has been looking for a solution ever since. With the US’s waning influence in the region, and significantly reduced force projection capacity, we entered into a new period.

This had the effect of sending the Zionist entity scrambling in order to seek a better deal, attempting to triangulate US-Russia tensions and the proxy war between the two multi-polar powers in the region. Israel has considerable pull on some pillars of Russian power, enough so that it is able to build its move of desperation into the creation of the perception both domestically and internationally, that its moves here are proactive, and demonstrate an expansion of Israeli power.

Whether a line trotted for domestic consumption or international consumption or both, Israel trumps that it is not only controlling the US Congress through AIPAC and other deeper mechanisms upon the deep state, such as through banking and through pedophile kompromat, but ostensibly also the Russian Duma. A large portion of Israel’s population today are also Russian and former Soviet citizens, holding two passports. In addition, a statistically disproportionate number of Russia’s capitalist class are also Israeli citizens.

In the grand strategies of nations, it is always beneficial when they are able to shape their major strategic activities in ways that can be read multiple ways, by multiple other strategic actors, with each actor having a generally correct read of the activity. This provides tremendous latitude and ability to act. These can be considered ‘dual purpose’ strategies.

At the present moment, nowhere is this practice and this condition more visible than with Russia’s game with Israel. The biggest news recently was that Russia was set to establish eight military outposts, along the de facto border of Israel and Syria, on the Syrian-governed side of the border with the Golan Heights, the region which is presently under an illegal Israeli occupation.

Through a complex system of information war, Russia is using the very same cordoning off of the internet which the US establishment and deep state are set to complete, to disassemble reality. This virtual walled garden is meant to decelerate and frustrate the otherwise natural tendency of the internet towards the cross-pollination and cross-semination of ideas.

This original internet process of cross-pollination leads inevitably to a quickening of the historic process of the same, and previously the internet increased the rate at which this process occurred, which is inherently destabilizing for the powers that be. As the US is cordoning the internet off into various ‘walled gardens’, keeping like with like, it is maintaining a segregative process.

And Russia is doing its best responsive maneuver, at least operationalizing that fact of the US establishing cordoned off internet zones. How this works, is fairly easy to understand. In some sectors of the internet, Russia is promoted as Israel’s greatest ally. In others, the ‘Axis of Resistance’, featuring Iran, Iraq, and Hezbollah of Lebanon, depicts Russia as an important ally. Both are able to point to certain aspects of the conflict in Syria as evidence of this.

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When 3,035th White Farmer Shot Dead in South Africa in Front of Wife

In another of the tens of thousands of horrific armed black attacks against white farm families, a young South African veterinarian was shot dead in Limpopo province next to his nursing wife who was pistol-whipped.

Killed was Dr Paul Meyer, 38. He ran his veterinary practice from a farm near the Selati wildlife reserve in Limpopo province, next to the Mozambican border. Afrikaans journalist Virginia Keppler of Beeld newspaper reports that the young wife, Marilise Meyer, 34, was pistol whipped while she was breastfeeding her baby. The family had been kidnapped with friends Pierre and Sue Gallagher from their homestead kitchen with baby Wouter, 5 months. The four armed black attackers, who spoke a Mozambican language, carried AK47s.

They drove the five white kidnapped people towards the Mozambiquan border at breakneck speed in two farm vehicles which had been stolen from the farm. They stopped a few kilometres short of the border, dumped their kidnap victims next to the roadside, and removed the electronic tracking devices from the robbed farm vehicles.

While they were doing this, they also proceeded to pistol-whip Mrs Meyer while she was breastfeeding baby Wouter in a desperate attempt to keep the baby quiet. They also beat the young wife - who worked as a veterinary assistant at her husband's practice -- across the lower back with a monkey wrench.

Then they shot dead her unarmed husband Dr Paul Meyer, 38, execution style, while he had desperately tried to grab one of the guns from the attackers. The widow is now staying with friends in Gravelotte, where her husband's funeral takes place on Tuesday from the Dutch Reformed Church.

He is the 3,035 th white farm dweller to be murdered in South Africa since 1994. A week earlier at Hartbeespoort near the capitol city of Pretoria, the Raath family was also attacked at their homestead by knifemen who kept stabbing and beating them while screaming that they 'all had to die'. Nothing was robbed.

Mrs Corrie Raath and her husband Pieter said after their ordeal that they both believed that they would be killed there because these attackers had been 'very cruel and had clearly arrived just to kill us.' They were saved when flashing blue lights of an arriving private security guard's vehicle shone through their homestead windows and scared off their attackers. The couple's white German shepherd dog Terry was shot dead, and even their two kittens were slaughtered by the attackers.

Mrs Raath said: “they were very cruel, and had clearly arrived just to kill us. We are moving today. We can’t stay here any longer.' Police did trace down one of the attackers at a nearby squatter camp, said police inspector Moses Manaiwa.

Four days before this attack, 65-year-old livestock farmer David Greig was killed on the Hartzenbergfontein farm near Walkerville near Johannesburg - at exactly the same spot in the kitchen where his mother Hannah had also been shot dead by twelve armed attackers in 1996.

Afrikaans journalist Sonja van Buul of Beeld newsaper reported that Greig and wife Jeanette, 64, were awakened in their bedroom by an armed man who had broken into the homestead by force. "The armed man forced my mother-in-law to open the kitchen door for his two accomplices, who were waiting outside," said Tom Hendriks, their son-in-law on Tuesday. Hendriks said the mother-in-law couldn't find the keys to their gun-safe fast enough - so his father-in-law was shot execution style, once in the head and twice more for 'good measure', in the chest. Mrs Greig also was badly assaulted and stabbed with a knife. She has lost her hearing permanently because her eardrums burst during the beating.

"My father-in-law's mother, Hannah Greig, was shot and killed by robbers in exactly the same spot in 1996. It's so ironic," Hendriks said. The late Hannah Greig's attackers, a gang of twelve armed men, were caught by the then still operative police reservists' commando farm guard units.This gang is still in prison, serving a combined 175 years in jail.

Commercial farmers are increasingly

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11-Year Old Girl Hacks US Election Website, Debunks Russian Meddling Narrative

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An 11-year old girl has stunned computer experts by hacking into a mid-term election website in just 10 minutes flat.

Ahead of the US midterms this November, the mainstream media has continued to push the ‘Russian meddling’ narrative, warning that Russia are preparing to hack our upcoming election.

However, a recent competition in Las Vegas has cast doubt on that narrative after proving that anybody with basic computer skills can do what the MSM is accusing Russia of. reports:

Hosted by technology non-profit R00tz Asylum, the competition was held on the sidelines of the annual Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, where children between the ages of 8 and 17 were tasked with hacking into replica election office websites in key “battleground” states where the upcoming US midterm elections in November are expected to be tight.

Of the 39 contestants who entered, 35 were successful in breaking into the sites with the fastest being 11-year old Audrey Jones. She cracked the site’s code in just 10 minutes.

While R00tz Asylum’s mantra is “hacking for good,” it exposes glaring vulnerabilities to the cyber security of the US election system despite a whopping $380 million approved by Congress to improve cyber-security for elections in 2018 alone.

Election websites aren’t the only ones open to manipulation. Without any specialist equipment, a voting machine used in 18 different states can be easily hacked by anyone to gain admin access in under two minutes, showing you don’t need to be a Russian hacker or child prodigy to mess with the US midterms.

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New Mexico Judge Releases CIA Niggers Who Were Training Kids To Shoot Up US Schools

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A New Mexico judge on Monday agreed to release five suspects arrested on child abuse charges at a New Mexico camp, against the wishes of both the sheriff's department and the FBI, which described the group as "heavily armed and considered extremist(s) of the Muslim belief."

Judge Sarah Backus ordered the suspects - Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 40, Lucas Morton, 40, Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 37, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35 - released on $20,000 bond each Monday evening, reports the Taos County Sheriff's Office. They will be required to wear ankle monitors and maintain weekly contact with their attorneys, and were ordered to cooperate with the New Mexico Children Youth and Families division (CYFD) where the eleven children the sheriff says were being trained to commit school shootings, are being held in protective custody.

Despite authorities finding a dead child's remains on the compound, and an alleged letter sent from one suspect to his brother inviting him to come to New Mexico and die as a martyr, Judge Backus ruled that the state failed to meet the burden of showing the suspects were a danger to the community after several hours of testimony.


Despite authorities finding a dead child's remains on the compound, and an alleged letter sent from one suspect to his brother inviting him to come to New Mexico and die as a martyr, Judge Backus ruled that the state failed to meet the burden of showing the suspects were a danger to the community after several hours of testimony.

State prosecutors outlined evidence suggesting that at least some of the suspects could have been planning some sort of attack. They said Siraj Wahhaj – who also faces child abduction charges from Georgia after allegedly taking his 3-year-old son – took several weapons classes before coming to New Mexico, and books found on the compound focused on how to build firearms at home.

Various weapons and ammo were found during the raid on August 3, and several more firearms were discovered in subsequent searches. The children were allegedly taught how to load and fire assault rifles.

The 11 kids found at the compound ranged in age from 1 to 15, authorities said. Since the raid they have been placed in the protective custody of state welfare workers with the Children, Youth and Families Department.

According to FBI agent Travis Taylor, according to interviews with two teens from the compound, Siraj Wahhaj would lead rituals while reading from the Quran, which centered on his now-dead son - who he kidnapped from his mother in Jonesboro, Georgia in order to perform an exorcism to cure his seizures.

We're sure Judge Backus's ruling has nothing to do with the fact that the training camp's ringleader, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, is the son of a famous New York Imam, Siraj Wahhaj - an alleged unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 WTC bombing, who testified as a character witness for the notorious "blind sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman - who was convicted in 1995 of plotting the attack, according to CBS News. The senior Wahhaj was also described by Women's March founder and liberal Islamic activist Linda Sarsour as a "mentor," and an "amazing man."

In reaction to Judge Bacuss's decision, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez said she "strongly disagreed" with the outcome of the hearing, stating "Unfortunately, it highlights how extreme the New Mexico Supreme Court has been in dictating pretrial release for all kinds of dangerous criminals."

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PAYBACK! 300+ Predator Pedophile Priests Named In Pennsylvania Grand Jury Sex Abuse Report

The long-awaited state grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg, has finally been released.

The 1,300-plus page document, two years in the making, shines a light into the dark corners of these dioceses going back seven decades, exposing the predators and the efforts of their bishops to protect them.

The report cites roughly 300 priests, clergy and lay teachers with credible allegations against them. There are close to 90 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh alone.

Because of an on-going legal battle, more than a dozen names and identifying information have been redacted. But the report shows a consistent pattern of bishops having prior knowledge of the actions of these predatory priests, reassigning them and not alerting law enforcement.

“All victims were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all. The main thing was not to help children, but to avoid scandal.”

“Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing: they hid it all.”

“Diocesan administrators, including the Bishops, had knowledge of this conduct and yet priests were regularly placed in ministry after the Diocese was on notice that a complaint of child sexual abuse had been made. This conduct enabled offenders and endangered the welfare of children.”

In addition, the report says administrators and Bishops “often dissuaded victims from reporting abuse to police, pressured law enforcement to terminate or avoid an investigation, or conducted their own deficient, biased investigations without reporting crimes against children to the proper authorities.”

The report includes some priests who stood trial and were convicted of sexual assault. In the Diocese of Pittsburgh, they include: Father Robert Wolk of St. Thomas More in Bethel Park; Father Richard Zula of Saints Mary and Ann in Marianna, Washington County, and Father Richard Dorsch, convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in North Park.

Until now, the Pittsburgh Diocese had been considered a leader in those reforms since now Cardinal, then bishop, Donald Wuerl defied the Vatican back in 1993 by refusing to reassign pedophile priest Anthony Cipolla. Wuerl was a leader in formulating policies to protect children, but in the report, his record here also comes under fire.

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After Venezuela Collapses, Venezuelan Pirates Murder Crews and Loot Ships Across The Caribbean

Vessels sailing in the vicinity of Trinidad and Tobago are now under threat of being the victims of piracy for the first since the 1700s. According to a report from the Washington Post, in the wake of Venezuela’s economic and societal collapse, criminals desperate to earn a living have taken up the centuries-old crime and are attacking yachts and fishing vessels along the coast of South America.

Jeremy McDermott of Insight Crime, a nonprofit that studies organized crime in the region told the Washington Post that “It’s criminal chaos, a free-for-all, along the Venezuelan coast.”

Although there hasn’t been much research into piracy in the Caribbean, one study from the nonprofit group Oceans Beyond Piracy found that pirate attacks in the region rose by 163 percent between 2016 and 2017. Some experts fear that pirate activity and other crimes in the Caribbean Sea will increase as conditions in the socialist country continue to deteriorate.

“This reminds me of how the problems started off the coast of eastern Africa," said Roodal Moonilal, a politician from Trinidad and Tobago while speaking to the Washington Post. “What we’re seeing – the piracy, the smuggling – it’s the result of Venezuela’s political and economic collapse.”

While the region has seen traffickers use ports in Trinidad to move drugs from Colombia and Venezuela to North America in the past, the new pirates are ratcheting up the violence to levels that haven’t been seen by mariners in the region since the time of Blackbeard.

One witness recounted his experience of being attacked by the pirates to reporters and stated that they were “doused with hot oil, hacked with machetes and thrown overboard, then their boats were stolen."

Although Venezuela has a coast guard, one anonymous Venezuelan port official told the Washington Post that ” Venezuelan coast guard officers have been boarding anchored vessels and demanding money and food,” leaving merchant ships and fishing vessels no choice but to anchor further away from the coast.

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The Collapse of Turkey's Lira and Russian Rouble Troubles Spells Disaster For Euro

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A PLUNGING Turkish lira and Russian rouble pulled the euro lower today and rippled through riskier assets worldwide, sending stock markets lower and buoying "safe haven assets" such as US Treasuries (aka US IOUs).

The euro fell to its lowest level since July 2017 and the dollar rallied as Washington piled pressure on Ankara and Moscow. The lira went into free-fall, sinking more than 10 percent to all-time lows.

European stocks looked set to start well in the red, following losses in Asia and U.S. futures.

Spreadbetters indicated London's FTSE was set to open 4 points lower at 7,738, Frankfurt's DAX 17 points lower at 12,660 and Paris' CAC 11 points down at 5,491.

U.S. S&P mini-futures were down 0.4 percent, after modest losses on Wall Street overnight.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 1.1 percent, trimming its gains for the week to 0.6 percent.

The Nikkei stock index fell 1.3 percent as the yen firmed and investors fretted over trade pressure from Washington, overshadowing data which showed Japan's economy expanded faster-than-expected in the second quarter.

Worries over the escalating Sino-U.S. trade conflict continued to drag on shares in China, with the Shanghai Composite index down 0.4 percent.

The tech-heavy ChiNext Composite index trimmed its early gains, but was still 0.2 percent higher in afternoon trade, extending Thursday's strong gains.

Turkey's lira plumbed new depths against the dollar, with a meeting between a Turkish delegation and U.S. officials in Washington yielding no apparent solution to a diplomatic rift over the detention in Turkey of a U.S. pastor.

Deepening investor concerns about Turkey's authoritarian trajectory under President Tayyip Erdogan and the economic fallout have also weighed on the currency.

Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak is set to unveil the latest plan for Turkey's economy on Friday.

The rouble weakened to 66.86 to the dollar. Overnight it had retreated to its lowest since November 2016 on threats of new U.S. sanctions, weakening beyond the psychologically important 65-per-dollar threshold.

"Other EM currencies have held their ground against the dollar, having generally been weakening previously," said analysts at Capital Economics.

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UN Bureaucrats Furious At Hungary, Poland and Italy For Refusing Migrants, Plot Revenge

The global establishment goes out of its way to increase the number of immigrants in Europe. If the governments of particular states such as Hungary, Poland or now Italy oppose these activities, they are internationally marginalized. And if an action goes counter to the plans of international organizations, they are trying to come up with new legal interpretations that will be binding on the parties concerned. All of which is only possible because the EU member countries have relinquished their sovereignty and transferred it to international institutions.

The Italian authorities, which are increasingly strongly opposed to the pressure from the UN and non-governmental organizations, are effectively counteracting the stream of African immigrants. Thus Italy ceases to be the main migratory route to Europe, which is not accepted by the NGOs or international institutions. Still, events from the end of July related to the Italian ship Asseo Ventotto, as described below, make migration from Europe legal and even desirable.

In recent years it was Italy that has accepted most of the refugees. The new government has decided to take more decisive steps to stop this process. The first measure was the gradual closure of ports to non-governmental organizations transporting “refugees”. The second is to send undocumented immigrants back to Africa.

The resolve of the Italian authorities have triggered attacks by non-governmental organizations that have hailed the government’s representatives as fascists, simply because they want to pursue the will of voters and restrict immigration. 3)both the UN and the EU question the legality of Rome’s actions. The Italian-Libyan cooperation is also under international pressure because it aims to redirect the refugees heading for Italy to Libya. The European Court of Human Rights has submitted the procedures for the prevention of migration in the Mediterranean to scrutiny.

The event from last month provides a precedent. On 30th of July, the Asso Ventotto, a ship owned by Augusta Offshore, the Italian oil and gas production company, picked up, only 6.4 km from Libyan territorial waters, a dinghy with more than a hundred immigrants, which was required by the maritime law. Acting on the advice of the Libyan Coast Guard, the Asso Ventotto crew transported the rescued to the nearest port, i.e. to Tripoli. It was like throwing down the gauntlet to non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Sea-Watch or activists of Proactiva Open Arms, which suggested that the safest place for survivors would be Europe.

UN diplomats couldn’t agree more. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, stated on Twitter that the transfer of survivors to countries where human rights might be violated may constitute a violation of international standards. Thus, according to Grandi, immigrants which were picked up near Libyan territorial waters should be transported to countries where they will find a safe haven, to Italy, Greece or Spain, rather than to Libya, which is recognized by both the UN and the EU as a country dangerous for the survivors.

The government in Rome, however, indicates that Italy is not responsible for the fate of fleeing Africans who are not in Italian territorial waters. Such an attitude, however, does not appeal to world diplomats. Considering the fact that the UN and the EU single-handedly define a list of dangerous states, the above situation opens the ground for a new interpretation of international law. In the light of it, the UN agenda may give the green light to non-governmental organizations to pick up “refugees” from international waters and transport them to Europe as well as impose an obligation on all ships, including private ones, to transport immigrants not to the nearest but to the safest ports, never mind the cost of the shipment or the interrupted works. Closing ports to ships carrying immigrants will also be 'banned.'

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Turkey To Boycott iPhones And US Electronic Goods, Erdogan Vows

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As the war of words between the US and Turkey escalates, several hours after John Bolton warned Turkey’s ambassador that the U.S. has nothing further to negotiate until detained American pastor Brunson is freed, on Tuesday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to boycott American electronic products in response to Washington’s economic pressure against Ankara.

“There is an economic attack against Turkey. Earlier such things were done in secret, and now they are open to us. We can react in two ways: economically and politically,” Erdogan said in his latest defiant speech in Ankara Tuesday, warning that those who wage "economic warfare" against Turkey will pay a price and adding that the Turkish nation "won’t go down, it will stand firm on its feet."

"Our Ministry of Finance and the Treasury are working day and night… We will boycott America's electronic products. They have iPhones, but on the other hand there are Samsungs. We have our local brand Venus Vestel [a Turkish smartphone brand], we will use it," the Turkish president added, sending the stock of Vestel Elektronik surging.

Erdogan's statement indicates that for the first time since the diplomatic crisis with the US began, Erdogan is playing "his own Trump economic card." With more than 82 million people and a population growth that surpasses pretty much all European countries, Turkey is a big market and will only get bigger, BBG's Onur Ant notes. So his point on iPhones had an internal coherence to it, just like Erdogan said here:

"There is a price we're paying for the period we're in. But there will be a price'' those who're waging an economic warfare against Turkey will also pay.

Of course, with the lira plunging, the boycott may be a moot point: with Turkish purchasing power dropping, that'll probably send more people to local brands anyway. According to Bloomberg, an iPhone X in Turkey starts at about 7,500 liras. That's about 5x the minimum wage, and will probably be adjusted upwards even more to account for the exchange rate.

As Bloomberg adds, if Erdogan's boycott of U.S. goods indicates no quick repair in U.S.-Turkey ties, then Turkey should brace for more sanctions: "the U.S. has a list of individuals and companies to target if Turkey doesn't release Pastor Andrew Brunson from jail."

Erdogan also repeated his appeal to Turks to convert their dollars immediately to liras, adding that "we'll be surrendering if we convert liras to FX." He's been repeating the same plea since Dec. 2016; since then the lira has lost about 46%.

Erdogan says dollars are being changed into Turkish lira to preserve the honor of the country's currency

— Bloomberg (@business) August 14, 2018

The Turkish president said he had been taking necessary measures regarding the economy, amid a slide in the lira currency exacerbated by the dispute with Washington, but it was important to keep a firm political stance. Switching to foreign currency would mean giving in to the enemy, Erdoğan added.

R: 69 / I: 12 / P: 4 Update: Requested Copyright Takedowns Required By Law, How To Get Around Required Geo-restricting Laws

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One of the things that drives us all nuts about YouTube, Facebook and other tech platforms is that they ban us without explanation. There’s no due process, just a murky “voodoo” process where they never really explain what they’re banning or why they’re banning it.

In contrast to that, I’m working diligently to share with our rapidly expanding user base the exact reasons why we’re either banning or geo-restricting a few videos.

So far, we’ve banned one video due to a copyright claim. That video was called “The Magnitsky Act” and it was a documentary about the very mysterious events surrounding Bill Browder of Hermitage Capital Management. If you want to delve into a real mystery, look into that whole thing. In any case, someone posted the entire documentary without permission, and we were requested to take it down by the documentary owner. We verified the request and took down the video, as we honor intellectual property.

We’ve also removed a couple of music videos that was obviously copyrighted. A few people have tried to post full Hollywood films, too, which we’ve rejected.

[NOTE: is not a monopoly like Google who can easily get away with turning a blind eye to laws. must comply with laws regardless whether users complain or would face harsh legal actions and possibly shut down.]

Our goal with is to grow it into a global video platform for free speech. To achieve this, we must comply with local laws concerning content. And it turns out that denying the Holocaust is a crime in 15 countries.

Seriously. It’s a crime. People have actually been prosecuted and thrown in jail for denying the Holocaust. It’s illegal in Germany, Israel, Switzerland and even the UK, I believe.

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Google Tracking All Human Movement, Another Reason To Boycott iPhones

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Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.

Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP's request.

For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a "timeline" that maps out your daily movements.

‘Location history’ off? Google's still tracking you

An AP investigation found that Google saves your location history even if you’ve paused “Location History” on mobile devices. This map shows where Princeton privacy researcher Gunes Acar travelled over several days, from data saved to his Google account despite “Location History” being off.

Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects — such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company will let you "pause" a setting called Location History.

Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you've been. Google's support page on the subject states: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored."

That isn't true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like "chocolate chip cookies," or "kids science kits," pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.

The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google's Android operating software and hundreds of millions of worldwide iPhone users who rely on Google for maps or search.

Storing location data in violation of a user's preferences is wrong, said Jonathan Mayer, a Princeton computer scientist and former chief technologist for the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement bureau. A researcher from Mayer's lab confirmed the AP's findings on multiple Android devices; the AP conducted its own tests on several iPhones that found the same behavior.

"If you're going to allow users to turn off something called 'Location History,' then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off," Mayer said. "That seems like a pretty straightforward position to have.",-like-it-or-not

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Italy Gives ECB An Ultimatum: Guarantee Bond Purchases or Euro Will Be Dismantled

While the world remains focused on ground zero of the latest emerging markets crisis, Turkey, and whether contagion from its plunging currency will further pressure global assets, a new - well old - threat has emerged.

In an unexpectedly sharp attack on the ECB, in two separate posts on Twitter, Claudio Borghi who is the euroskeptic head of the budget committee in Italy’s lower house, stressed that not only is Italy’s spread with German bonds widening, but also the ones of other nations like Spain are doing so. He added that "either the ECB will provide a guarantee or the Euro will be dismantled" as "there is no third option."

Vediamo se oggi cominciano ad accorgersi che salgono anche gli spread di Spagna e c. e che solo un fesso poteva pensare che con BC inattiva potesse salire solo lo spread di un paese?

— Claudio Borghi A. (@borghi_claudio) August 13, 2018

Io sono sereno come l'arcobaleno... ormai credo che il meccanismo sia innescato. O arriverà la garanzia Bce o si smantellerà tutto... Non vedo terze vie.

— Claudio Borghi A. (@borghi_claudio) August 13, 2018

Commenting on the interview, several sellside desks have cautioned that this seems like something the ECB is unlikely to do as it represents a destabilizing stance and is thus bearish for the EUR.

In a subsequent interview, moments after his tweet, Borghi said that "there cannot be a system at the mercy of market movements" without any shields by the central bank - in other words, Borghi appears to be very much against a free and efficient market in which price discovery is allowed especially on such assets as Italian bonds - and noted that "it is significant that an external event like Turkey that has nothing to do with Italy unleashes such an effect."

Borghi warned about the upcoming end of the ECB's QE which as we noted previously has been the sole buyer of Italian debt, and whose absence threatens to send Italian bond yields sharply higher: "Nowadays there is a system that has a residual amount of quantitative easing, but with everybody knowing that this is being phased out and will come to an end soon”

He also shared a vivid image of what will happen once the market realizes it is free to short Italian bonds again without an ECB backstop: "all know the fence that protects the prey will soon be lifted and financial speculators easily sees the periphery’s debt as an easy target and are positioning ahead of the next developments."

While Italian bonds moved wider today on the latest slide in Turkish assets and Lira, they have yet to respond to Borghi's provocative comment, with the EUR largely unchanged as a result.

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Good! Peter Strzok Fired From The FBI for Blatant Conflicts of Interest

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Peter Strzok, who spearheaded the FBI's investigations into both the Clinton email "matter" and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, has been fired from the agency over anti-Trump texts, according to The Washington Post.

Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process. -Washington Post

“This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said.

Strzok's termination follows a June report that he was physically escorted out of an FBI building despite still being employed by the agency.

News - FBI special agent Peter Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building on Friday, source familiar tells me; as of today, he is still employed; he's been stationed in Human Resources since dismissal from Mueller team.
— Laura Jarrett (@LauraAJarrett) June 19, 2018

In response Goelman said in a statement: "Pete has steadfastly played by the rules and respected the process, and yet he continues to be the target of unfounded personal attacks, political games and inappropriate information leaks."

In the same June letter, Goelman complained about the "impartiality of the disciplinary process, which now appears tainted by political influence."

In other words, Peter Strzok - who vowed in a text message to his FBI mistress to "stop" Trump, was the victim of political bias - according to his attorney.

Strzok's anti-Trump sentiment came to light after an internal investigation revealed he and his FBI mistress Lisa Page had exchanged 50,000 text messages, many of which contained clear animus towards then-candidate Donald Trump.

Strzok’s position in the bureau had been precarious since last summer, when Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that the lead agent on his team had been exchanging anti-Trump messages with an FBI lawyer. The next day, Mueller expelled Strzok from the group.

The lawyer, Lisa Page, had also been a part of Mueller’s team, though she left a few weeks earlier and no longer works for the FBI. She and Strzok were having an affair. -Washington Post

Perhaps the most alarming of the exchanges mentions an "insurance policy" in the event Trump is elected.

"I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office - that there's no way he [Trump] gets elected - but I'm afraid we can't take that risk." Strzok wrote to Page, adding "It's like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40."

In another text exchange, Strzok tells Page: "I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer," and "I CAN'T PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!"

Page then messages Strzok, saying "And maybe you're meant to stay where you are because you're meant to protect the country from that menace. (links to NYT article), to which Strzok replied "I can protect our country at many levels."

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White Nationalists Face Harsh Reality At Unite The Right White House Rally

Jason Kessler and perhaps 20 people who showed up in MAGA hats had to turn tail and run as thousands of counterprotestors descended on the White House rally.

Seriously - twenty? Why even bother? Hitler did wind up killing himself in a bunker in the end. Maybe it's time for this Kessler embarassement to follow suit, because he sure ain't helping.

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West Virginia Lawmakers Move To Impeach Entire State Supreme Court

West Virginia’s House Judiciary Committee moved to impeach the state’s entire Supreme Court this week.

The committee filed 14 articles of impeachment against the four judges on Tuesday, and they will now go to the full House of Delegates for a vote.

The articles allege the justices – Chief Justice Margaret Workman and Justices Allen Loughry, Robin Davis and Elizabeth Walker – have engaged in corruption, incompetency, neglect of duty, maladministration and certain high crimes.

The justices are also accused of “wasteful spending of taxpayer funds on lavish office renovations,” using public vehicles for personal matters and creating a plan to pay certain senior judges more than is lawful, the committee said.

“This is truly a sad day for West Virginia, but it is an important step forward if we are going to restore the public’s confidence in the judiciary,” state Rep. John Shott, a Republican who chairs the judiciary committee, said in a statement. “This committee did not take this effort lightly. After reviewing all the evidence available to us, it became clear that a culture of entitlement and disregard for both the law and taxpayer funds have damaged the reputation of our judicial system – and that all justices had a part in violating the public’s trust.”

Aside from the articles of impeachment, Loughry was previously suspended for allegedly repeatedly lying about using his office for personal gain. He pleaded not guilty in federal court in June to multiple counts involving alleged fraud.

His trial is expected to begin in early October. If convicted, he faces up to 395 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines.

Among the offenses, Loughry is accused of using a government vehicle and credit card on personal trips, and unlawfully converting a historically significant piece of furniture for his own use – a desk that belonged to famed architect Cass Gilbert. He has also been charged with attempting to corruptly obstruct and influence testimonial evidence of a Supreme Court employee in an imminent grand jury investigation.

State Rep. Barbara Fleischauer, a Democrat, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the lumping of all the justices together in the articles of impeachment seemed to be a “coup,” of sorts, to help Republican Gov. Jim Justice appoint his choices to the court.

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Good! New Mexico Regulation Commission Says NO To Mandatory 5G Smart Meter Grid

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Whoever would even have guessed a state public utility commission would reject the New World Order’s and the UN’s Agendas 21 and 2030 “smart agenda” for asserting and implementing global control mechanisms by deliberately DISAPPROVING a utility company’s proposal to retrofit AMI Smart Meters on to its customers’ electric service? AMI Smart Meters are an integral link in the coming Internet of Things, smart cities, and possibly other control mechanisms.

Well, there is relief for many residents of the State of New Mexico regarding their not having to suffer the forced retrofitting, non-ionizing radiation and non-thermal adverse health effects of AMI Smart Meters, also now being called “digital meters” due to the negative connotations of the term “AMI Smart Meter.”

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission did their due diligence and acted responsibly in the interests of NM citizens and the Precautionary Principle.

I congratulate them heartily, and wish other states regulatory commissions had such integrity.

Here is the 121-page Decision of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission against Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), which summarizes the application, hearing and the obvious thoughtful processes that went on at the NM Public Regulation Commission to determine:

The [smart meter] plan presented in the Application does not provide a net public benefit and it does not promote the public interest.

Even though the above document is 121 pages long, I heartily recommend anyone who is trying to keep an AMI SM off their utility service, to study it; save it in your computer files; and also print a copy, so if it’s taken off the Internet, you still have it.

I would classify the NMPRC process and decision as perfect examples of, plus representation of, genuine regulatory agency civic involvement — not vested interests’ agendas—with the ultimate outcome being the best interests of the citizens of New Mexico.

If only 49 other states citizens were so lucky!

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Debt Insolvency In America, And Where To Avoid It

There is a new map going around exposing the most expensive cities in the US to live. 4 out of 5 of the most costly places to live are in Commiefornia (go figure).

These are not ordinary "million dollar homes", but regular middle class homes that cost $1 million or more to live in. This is due to massive debt insolvency, unpunished corruption within the market place and local governments as well as too much beurocracy which kills industry and growth.

Here are the Top 10 MOST EXPENSIVE cities to live in the US today:

Rank | City | % of $1mm homes | Median home price
#1 | San Jose, CA | 53.81% | $1,069,000
#2 | San Francisco, CA | 40.03% | $891,000
#3 | Los Angeles, CA | 17.23% | $622,000
#4 | New York, NY |11.81% | $454,000
#5 | San Diego, CA | 10.55% | $563,000
#6 | Seattle, WA | 9.90% | $461,000
#7 | Boston, MA | 7.95% | $459,000
#8 | Washington, DC | 5.27% | $395,000
#9 | Miami, FL | 3.79% | $267,000
#10 | Denver, CO | 2.65% | $391,000

Comparing against incomes, of course, is important. It's surely easy to find places where home prices are at rock-bottom levels — in places with depressed economies.

In this case, however, we'll be looking at incomes in relation to housing prices, and it is not at all a given that places with good job markets must also have unaffordable housing.

Texas, for example, has for years had a substantial amount of employment growth. Yet according to the Brookings report, the state has numerous metro areas with "low" and "very low" price-income ratios on housing.

The focus here is on middle-income families, and on for-purchase housing. Low-income households and renters face a different set of challenges, but even middle-income households may daily be told through the media that housing in the United States is quickly becoming unaffordable. Except those articles and news clips tend to focus on housing in places like Seattle, or along the California coast. And there's no arguing with the assertion that places like that are "unaffordable" for many middle-income people.

And as the Brooking article notes, and as I've noted, the lack of affordability in places like California can often be blamed on state and local government measures designed to limit the construction and diversification of housing. Zoning laws and other regulatory barriers to new housing production have decimated housing affordability of housing in many coastal cities. Cities like San Francisco and Seattle have essentially become playgrounds for the wealthy in which existing homeowners fight tooth and nail any attempt to allow sizable amounts of new housing construction. They do this, they tell us, to preserve "the character of the neighborhood." But what they're really doing is using government regulations to drive up the prices on their own real estate, while driving lower-income people further and further out into the periphery. Oh sure, these Progressive guardians of the local "quality of life" might allow a handful of subsidized housing units to be built. After all, somebody has to make your cappuccino or do your dry cleaning. But the overall effect is to ensure few people can afford to move in.

This issue, however, is far less prominent in the un-stylish cities of the interior where city officials still welcome new construction and new housing — and where there's a greater abundance of less-expensive land.

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SUBJUGATED SHITHOLE COUNTRY: Dutch Politician Raped By Muslim Gang Commits Suicide

A city councilor in The Hague and member of the anti-immigrant Freedom Party has taken her own life, hours after posting a video on Facebook in which she claimed she was gang-raped by Muslims as part of an intimidation campaign.

Willie Dille, 53, reportedly ended her own life on Wednesday, two days after sharing a video on social media in which she claimed to have been kidnapped and raped by a Muslim gang over a year ago.

Dille served as an MP for the anti-immigrant Freedom Party from 2010-2012 before returning to her seat on The Hague city council. The party’s leader, Geert Wilders, is an outspoken critic of Islam. The suicide was confirmed by local Freedom Party leader Karen Gerbrands who said Dille “could no longer bear what had happened to her and the reactions she had had.”

Appearing distressed and looking around nervously as she spoke, Dille said in the video that the gang demanded her silence during council debates and that she had recently received a death threat warning that “we will soon cut your throat and let you bleed to death."

“I just want the world to know the truth. 15 March 2017 I was kidnapped, raped and assaulted by a group of Muslims because they wanted me to keep quiet in the Hague city council,” she said in the video. March 15th last year was the day of the parliamentary elections. “After it happened, I did not tell anyone, I just did my debates the next day.”

She added that she was leaving politics because she was afraid that someone might hurt her children. “I cannot live with that. They don't like women at all. They don't like me at all,” she said. “That's why I decided to stop.”

The video was censored shortly after it was posted online.

Police confirmed to RT that Dille posted the video on social media on August 6 and died on August 8. They also said that authorities had contact with Dille "on multiple occasions in the past period, concerning the incidents she claimed had happened to her.

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Confirming What We Already Knew, Twitter Bans Anyone Who Calls AntiFA and White Supremacists Controlled Opposition

(Turns Out Alt-right White Supremacist Leader Is A Defense Contractor With A Security Clearance)


Conservatives across the country have been sounding the alarm over this weekend's "Unite the Right II" anniversary rally in Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Park. Those on the right ranging from Dinesh D'Souza to Jack Posobiec to 4chan users have called the event everything from a bad idea to a trap designed to sow discord ahead of midterm elections.

In anticipation of violence, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency, stating “I am urging Virginians to make alternative plans" to avoid the event- while the Alt-Right Exposed blog noted that a left-wing "Resist" group called Shut It Down is planning to confront attendees.

A setup?

Fueling speculation that the event is a setup is organizer Jason Kessler - a known provocateur who was a leftist "Occupy" activist less than two years ago, only to be kicked out of gatherings after he allegedly advocated for violence against the police.

“I don’t remember exactly what he brought with him, but it was very violent in nature,” he says. “He quickly went from talking about this and that to ‘we need to have Molotov cocktails’ and ‘we need to dig up the bricks to throw them at the cops.'” -

Kessler also had a Jewish girlfriend, two roommates from Africa and even performed African revenge-porn poetry in 2014 - slamming the "evil" white man for stealing natural resources and African women. Not exactly material for a David Duke rally - a former KKK grand wizard who will be speaking at this weekend's Unite the Right event.

In response to the event, conservatives have been warning the right to steer clear of the event. Conservative author and scholar Dinesh D'Souza told C-Span on August 3rd that the Charlottesville event does not represent the right.

Silicon Valley has claimed yet another conservative scalp after Twitter banned Gavin McInnes - the outspoken founder of the "Proud Boys" and co-founder of VICE magazine, along with several related accounts.

The timing of Mcinnes's account suspension is suspect, has he was banned shortly after declaring that his organization is in no way associated with the "Unite the Right II" white supremacist rally taking place in Washington D.C. this weekend. The Proud Boys are a "pro-Western fraternal organization" which have made recent headlines following physical confrontations with leftists, particularly Antifa.

"It goes without saying #ProudBoys have NOTHING to do with this and won't go near it. We are a multi-racial group that eschews the Alt-Right and despise DNC operatives such as #OccupyWallStreet's Jason Kessler."

Gavin was suspended after tweeting this

— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 11, 2018

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Good! Populist Government of Italy Begins Rolling Back Dangerous Draconian Vaccine Mandates

A row is erupting over vaccines in Italy as the country's new populist government fights to roll back a law that bans children from attending school if they haven't received a series of jabs.

The law, adopted last year by the centre-left government that was booted out of power in March, made it compulsory for children in pre-school education to be vaccinated against 10 diseases, including measles, tetanus and poliomyelitis.

Parents who have not vaccinated their children by the time they reach school age (six years old in Italy) face a fine of up to 500 euros.

The new administration -- formed of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the nationalist League -- is leading the charge against the law.

Last week, the upper house Senate approved an amendment proposed by Five Star and the League pushing back enforcement of compulsory vaccination for pre-schoolers to the 2019-20 school year, pending a complete revision of the law after the summer recess.

New health minister Giulia Grillo, from Five Star, has drafted a new bill introducing what she calls a "flexible obligation", giving priority to education on the benefits of vaccines, encourages use of compulsory vaccination only over short periods and instances when the coverage rate is too low.

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Good! Judge Rules Against Monsanto, Ordered To Pay $290 Million For Causing Cancer

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A San Francisco jury Friday ruled in favor of a former Benicia Unified School District groundskeeper who claimed the chemical glyphosate – contained in the popular herbicide “Roundup” – caused his cancer.

The jury ordered that Roundup manufacturer Monsanto pay Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who is suffering from terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, nearly $290 million in damages. The breakdown was $819,882 for loss of past earnings; $1,403,327 in future earnings; $4 million in past non-economic losses and $33 million in future non-economic losses.

When it came to punitive damages, the jury awarded Johnson $250 million of the $373 million he had sought.

“This jury found Monsanto acted with malice and oppression because they knew what they were doing was wrong and doing it with reckless disregard for human life,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a member of Johnson’s legal team. “This should send a strong message to the boardroom of Monsanto.”

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Microsoft Threatens to Shut Down Gab After Anti-Semitic Posts by User

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Microsoft Azure, the web hosting provider for Gab, has given the company 48 hours to delete some anti-Semitic posts or face a Big Tech shut-down. Gab is a Twitter alternative that claims to protect the right to free speech. It's not a very good alternative, as the numbers just aren't there to keep it interesting. Most of the time it's just righties and ultra-righties fighting amongst themselves. But Gab's claim to fame is that they won't kick people off for having unpopular views or engaging in insult trading that morons refer to as "hate speech." For some, that's a worthwhile promise.

It should be noted that in America the term "hate speech" is not a legal one, at least according to the Supreme Court. So-called "hate speech," be it racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic or just plain mean, is protected as reaffirmed in Matal v. Tam in 2017. "Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express 'the thought that we hate,'" wrote Justice Alito.

It is, therefore, maddening when tech companies attempt to infringe on the public's right to speak (acting like the government) based on a specious "hate speech" claim, which is whatever they say it is because there is no legal definition. In America, speech that is obscene or incites violence is the only speech that is unprotected. Microsoft laughably claimed that the posts in question were "incitement to violence." While not pleasant, when I read them I had the urge to point and laugh, not hurt anyone. The Gab poster who caused all this uproar is some kind of stunted jackanape who stands out on the street corner with signs about how the bad Jooos hurt him or something. Really, who has time for this? But at the same time, why do we care? Why are we even giving this person air time? Oh, that's right... because Microsoft put him in the spotlight instead of ignoring him and letting him fade away into obscurity where they found him. Thanks, Microsoft!

I'll not be naming the blundering fool here because no one should give him any attention. It's enough to say he has the right to have the opinions most of us don't share and be done with it. Do we really have to analyze what he said to decide if he has the right to say it? Whatever it was, he can lose his job if his employer doesn't like it or suffer social consequences like everyone else who posts dumb things. But Microsoft has decided that an entire website can be taken offline because their gatekeepers don't like some posts a user made. How is this Microsoft's business? Gab pays for the hosting service from Microsoft Azure. How Gab runs its business is not up for discussion by Microsoft (or it shouldn't be). How do we know Big Tech isn't colluding and conspiring to get rid of competition? Has Microsoft has ever threatened Twitter?

A ZIP containing all Gab installation files has been linked to >>>/endtimes/ encase it gets shut down.

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Turkish Currency Collapses!

The Turkish currency crisis is finally here and it is sending shockwaves around the globe.

After weeks of a slow, but controlled collapse, investors finally hit the panic button overnight, when the Turkish lira crashed as much as 11.2% against the dollar as concern over contagion from Europe’s exposure to the Turkish economic devastation overshadowed promises by the Turkish government to bolster the economy.

The Turkish Lira plunged to a record low of 6.3005 per dollar on Friday morning, before rebounding modestly to 5.88, and is now down more than 35% in the year to date.

Friday's fall has made the Turkish Lira the worst performing emerging market currency in 2018 and as the currency was headed for its worst week since 2001, its YTD collapse has surpassed even the Argentine Peso.

Heading into today's much anticipated speech by Turkey's president Erdogan, market expectations were high for at least a trace of conciliation; some analysts even expressed hopes that the central bank, i.e. Erdogan, would greenlight a rate hike as follows:

Fidelity: 1000bps would be a "good start"
SocGen: 600bps
ADM's Ostwald: 500bps + IMF's bailout
UBS: 350-400bps

However, it was not meant to be, and it will probably not comes as a great surprise that the recently crowned "executive president" took the populist route and again urged Turks to "reach for the FX savings under their mattresses and sell them for liras" which he said is going to be the most effective response to the West... although probably not, because as Bloomberg points out, according to the the latest data Turkish residents held $158.6 billion dollars of FX deposits as of Aug. 3, and the number has surely risen in the past week.

Here is the punchline from his speech:

"We're going to continue to respond in kind to hands extended in friendship. Still, we have plans against all possibilities. I'm calling on interest rates lobbies: don't get high on your ambitions. You won't be able make money on the back of this nation. You won't be able to make this nation kneel."

Some more highlights from Erdogan's defiant speech:

Turkey won't give in to economic hitmen.
"It’s a national, local struggle. It’s going to be my nation’s response to those waging an economic war against us"
The "interest rate lobby" won’t be able to bring Turkey down.
Sees "no issues in Turkey macroeconomic data, banking system."
Turkey's facing a wave of artificial financial instability.
Turkey’s prepared for all possible negative developments.
Turkey’s facing a wave of “artificial financial instability"
Turkey’s made headway in “alternatives" from China and Russia to Iran.

As Bloomberg points out, the reference to China, Russia and Iran "will set off alarm bells in Washington."

Turkey has plans to buy S-400 surface-to-air missiles from Russia, which NATO says are not inter-operable with NATO forces. Turkey was the first country Putin visited after his March 18 re-election. Cooperation between Russia and Turkey -- on nuclear power, energy pipelines, arms and tourism -- is at record levels.

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Russia Condemns New Draconian Sanctions, Weighs Banning Rocket Engines To US

A furious Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as "draconian" on Thursday and threatened to retaliate as news of the measures sent the ruble tumbling to two-year lows and sparked a wider asset sell-off over fears that Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions.

“Such measures are absolutely unfriendly and can hardly be associated with the constructive - difficult but constructive - atmosphere at the last meeting of the two presidents,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call.

As reported yesterday, in the latest diplomatic attack launched by Trump, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions by the month’s end after determining that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain, something Moscow denies. The latest sanction announcement came just days after a bipartisan group of senators proposed a law mandating “crushing sanctions” - including on purchase of new sovereign debt and on big state banks - to punish Russia for election interference.

As NBC first reported, the new sanctions would come in two tranches:

The first, which targets U.S. exports of sensitive national-security related goods, comes with deep exemptions and many of the items it covers have already been banned by previous restrictions.

The second and more serious tranche, activated after 90 days if Moscow fails to provide “reliable assurances” it will no longer use chemical weapons and allow on-site inspections by the United Nations or other international observer groups, could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending the state airline Aeroflot’s ability to fly to the United States and cutting off nearly all exports and imports.

The added sanctions could include a downgrading in diplomatic relations, blanket bans on the import of Russian oil and exports of “all other goods and technology” aside from agricultural products, as well as limits on loans from U.S. banks. The U.S. also would have to suspend aviation agreements and oppose any multilateral development bank assistance.

Russia’s embassy in the United States responded to the diplomatic escalation, calling the new U.S. sanctions "draconian" and said the reason for the new restrictions, allegations it had poisoned the Skripals in Britain, was fabricated and far-fetched, and said Washington’s "findings" against it in the Skripal case were not backed by evidence.

“On August 8, 2018 our Deputy Chief of Mission was informed in the State Department of new ‘draconian’ sanctions against Russia for far-fetched accusations of using the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent against a UK citizen,” the embassy said in a statement.

“We have grown accustomed to not hearing any facts or evidence.”

Russia’s defiant response stopped short of specific measures pending more details on the U.S. plans, although officials said Russia may also respond by imposing restrictions on trade with the U.S. under a law passed earlier this year in response to an earlier wave of penalties. RIA Novosti reported the Russia may respond to new U.S. sanctions by banning supplies of RD-180 rocket engines. As a reminder, RD-180 engines, produced by Russia’s NPO Energomash, are used in Atlas V rockets of space contractor United Launch Alliance LLC, a partnership between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.

“The law allows the government to take retaliatory measures that are appropriate to the sanctions pressure,” said Dmitry Mezentsev, chairman of the economic policy committee in the upper house of parliament. “The Russian economy is big and stable enough that we aren’t scared by steps like this.”

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Gun Control Canada! At Least Four Dead After Shooting In Fredericton

Four people were killed, including two police officers, in a Friday morning shooting in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton, according to local police.

One suspect was apprehended following a two-hour search in which police told people to stay inside and lock their doors. The area is "contained for the foreseeable future as the investigation is ongoing."

Of the four people killed in this morning's shootings on Brookside Drive, two were Fredericton Police officers. No names are being released at this time. Please appreciate this is a difficult time for their families and our colleagues. We will provide more info when we can.

— Fredericton Police (@CityFredPolice) August 10, 2018

UDPATE: At this time we can confirm that we have one suspect in custody.

Police continue to have the Brookside area contained for the foreseeable future as the investigation is ongoing.

Please continue to avoid the area and follow us for the facts.

— Fredericton Police (@CityFredPolice) August 10, 2018

We have heard what sounds to be four gunshots in the last few minutes @CTVAtlantic

— Nick Moore (@NickMooreCTV) August 10, 2018

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Cracks Down On Police Corruption, Corrupt Cops To Be Murdered

President Rodrigo Duterte has demonstratively threatened to keep a close watch on and to neutralize suspected corrupt cops if they ever make a single mistake that taints the public image of the Philippines’ police force.

More than one hundred policemen, who are currently being probed for various offenses across the country, were delivered to Malacañang Palace for a public scolding by the Philippines’ president, who made it clear from the start that they are totally “useless” to the country and represent a “plague” of society.

“I’ll be frank to the entire Philippines. If you continue your way, son of a b*tch, I will really kill you. You can be sure of that. I have nothing else to do with you fools,” Duterte told the policemen, who are accused of robbery, extortion, kidnapping, rape and other corrupt actions.

Those involved in drug-related offenses amid the administration’s ongoing battle against narcotics in the country were especially singled out by the 73-year-old, to be hunted down by a special unit.

“Those involved in drug syndicates, corruption, I have a special unit that will monitor you for the rest of your lives. And if you make another mistake, I’ll have you killed,” Duterte said, promising to review individual cases.

Describing those brought before him as “criminals” and “dogs,” the president asked their families not to come crying to him if one day the corrupt cops are murdered. “If these sons of b*tches die, don’t come to us yelling ‘human rights, due process’ because I warned you already,” he warned, in Filipino.

Trying to protect the image of law enforcement in the country, amid international and domestic criticism of the drug war, remains one of Duterte’s top priories. More than 1,800 cops out of 6,401 facing administrative charges were dismissed from the force and some 3,600 temporarily suspended during the time of Duterte’s presidency, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said last week. Among those sacked were 261 policemen who tested positive for drugs.

Just as Duterte threatened to kill corrupt policemen, a third person from the so-called presidential ‘drug list’ of former officials and politicians was killed in less than a week. Exequiel Sangco, a former member of the Valenzuela City police force, was gun downed by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) after he pulled a gun on authorities during the arrest.

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Good! Lord Rothschild Admits The 'New World Order' Is At Risk

Over the past three years, an unexpected voice of caution has emerged from one of the most legendary families in finance: Lord Jacob Rothschild.

Readers may recall that as part of the RIT Capital Partners 2014 annual report commentary, the scion of Rothschild family warned that "the geopolitical situation is most dangerous since WWII." One year later, Jacob Rothschild again warned about the outcome of "what is surely the greatest experiment in monetary policy in the history of the world", and then again in August 2017 he cautioned that "share prices have in many cases risen to unprecedented levels at a time when economic growth is by no means assured."

Little did he know that they were only going to keep rising, but related to that, he also made another warning which the market has so far blissfully ignored:

"The period of monetary accommodation may well be coming to an end. Geopolitical problems remain widespread and are proving increasingly difficult to resolve."

Fast forward to today when in the latest half-year commentary from RIT Capital Partners, Lord Rothschild has made his latest warning to date, this time focusing on the global economic system that was established after WWII, and which he believes is now in jeopardy.

The billionaire banker pointed to the US-China trade war and the Eurozone crisis as the key problems putting economic order at risk, and the lack of a "common approach" - a reference to the gradual unwind of globalization in the wake of President Trump - that has made "co-operation today much more difficult":

"In 9/11 and in the 2008 financial crisis, the powers of the world worked together with a common approach. Co-operation today is proving much more difficult. This puts at risk the post-war economic and security order."

It wasn't clear if he was referring to the post-war fiat standard that emerged once FDR devalued the dollar relative to gold, and then fixed a price for the yellow metal, a tenuous link that was subsequently destroyed by Nixon who finally took the US off the gold standard, or the primacy of the dollar which emerged as the world's reserve currency after the end of WWII, but whenever one of the people who profited handsomely from the "post war world order" warns it may be on its last legs, it may be time to worry.

With global risks growing, how is Rothschild positioned? The Lord writes that "in the circumstances our policy is to maintain our limited exposure to quoted equities and to enter into new commitments with great caution" and indeed, in the first half, RIT had a net quoted equity exposure of only 47%, historically low. The reason: the iconic banking family is concerned that the 10-year bullish cycle and market rally could finally be ending.

"The cycle is in its tenth positive year, the longest on record. We are now seeing some areas of weaker growth emerge; indeed the IMF has recently predicted some slowdown."

While Rothschild noted that "many of the world’s economies have enjoyed a broad-based acceleration not seen since the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, with as many as 120 countries seeing stronger growth last year" he also cautioned that "we continue to believe that this is not an appropriate time to add to risk. Current stock market valuations remain high by historical standards, inflated by years of low interest rates and the policy of quantitative easing which is now coming to an end."

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President Trump's In-Laws Revealed As Chain Migration Illegals

"CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE!"

- President Trump, November 2017

August 2018 - Melania Trump's Slovenian parents use chain migration to become US citizens with no public documentation released that they did it legally and no evidence that they held green cards for five years prior to swearing in as required by law. It was also just discovered that Melania was not present at her own swearing-in ceremony and never pledged allegience, raising questions about her own immigration status.

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China Abruptly Removes Tariffs On US LNG Oil, Too Much Of A Fiscal Risk

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China abruptly changed course Wednesday and removed oil from a list of American products it is subjecting to tariffs, as the energy-hungry country acknowledged the limits on trade war losses it can absorb.

Beijing announced on Wednesday that it would impose retaliatory 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports, a response to the Trump administration after it issued similar tariffs against China on Tuesday.

China's new tariffs will target U.S. automobiles, steel products, medical equipment, and some energy products, including coal, diesel, gasoline, and propane.

But for now, China will not put tariffs on U.S. crude oil. An early draft of potential tariff targets published by China in June did include crude oil.

China is the largest U.S. market for crude exports. Experts say China spared U.S. oil because it may struggle to get it elsewhere due to disruptions from other major suppliers.

“China’s decision to take crude oil off the list may signal its realization that the country would have more to lose from a 25 percent tariff on U.S. crude as the supply related uncertainty deepens in the global oil market,” said Jane Nakano, a senior fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Denying itself access to U.S. crude would have made crude oil imports more expensive for China and may have triggered energy security concern, especially if world developments drive up the global oil prices.”

Among the most pressing supply issues for China, and other major buyers, is that Iran is facing renewed oil sanctions imposed by the U.S., and Venezuela is suffering from a political and financial crisis that has dramatically limited production there.

U.S. crude oil exports to China went from nothing before 2016 to a record 15 million barrels in June.

The growth came after former President Barack Obama in 2015 signed a law passed by Congress ending a 40-year-old ban on oil exports.

The surging U.S. shipments of oil to China has helped reduce America’s trade deficit with the country, while also providing fuel for Beijing’s growing energy demand.

“Crude oil trade should be an easy win-win for Washington and Beijing,” Nakano said. “The United States has crude oil it wants to sell, and exporting it to China helps the Trump Administration address its concern over bilateral trade deficit with China. China needs crude oil to sustain economic growth.”

Despite both sides' interest in maintaining energy ties, trade tensions are affecting the oil trade relationship.

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CENSORSHIP BLOWBACK! Alex Jones Gets 5.6 Million New Subscribers Since Big Tech Blacklisting

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Alex Jones claims 5.6 million people have subscribed to his free Infowars newsletter and podcast over the last 48 hours.

These 48 hours have been crucial for Jones, as the Big Tech monopolies and left-wing news outlets like CNN and BuzzFeed have joined forces to blacklist/erase Infowars from the public square.

Jones and Infowars have had their accounts canceled – have been effectively purged and erased – from YouTube, Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Spotify, Stitcher, and Pinterest. Even the emailing service MailChimp blacklisted Jones, in what has been a highly effective and coordinated media/Big Tech campaign to silence a vocal Trump supporter.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Jones said Wednesday, “The good news is Infowars has had the highest traffic it’s ever had – 5.6 million new subscribers in the past 48 hours – and so has my radio show.”

Jones added, “De-platforming doesn’t do anything, we already have the subscribers, it doesn’t do very much.”

On YouTube, Jones reportedly had 2.2 million subscribers. Jones claims these new subscribers more than make up for the loss of that platform.

“The loss we’ve had … on various platforms, has been way compensated by millions of new subscribers and visitors to our website, the mobile app, to our free podcast,” Jones said. “We’ve never had this much people signing up for our news letter, podcast, video feeds, they’re all hitting subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.”

Jones believes the onslaught of media/online censorship against him has backfired in his favor.

“Even if I was ever defeated, from other places around the world victory is going to come, this fight for human liberty is unstoppable … people understand what’s happening and we’re gonna go on to the end whatever the cost is. We’re gonna never surrender.”

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Turkey Is Getting Into The Oil Buisness, Huge Potential To Compete With Russia and the US

Obscured by the shadow of the heated debate raging in Europe over the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, natural gas investments capable of transforming European energy access and security in the Black Sea region are underway in Turkey. Aware of the potential importance of these new natural gas corridors, Turkey has positioned itself to become an important player alongside — if not at the expense of — Russia, which has historically been the main natural gas supplier to both Turkey and Europe. But whether this coming diversification of natural gas supply into the Black Sea region will be a decisive win for Turkey or a gain for European energy security remains to be seen. It will depend on the level to which Turkey remains independent of Russian influence and whether Turkey itself follows market rules as it dispenses natural gas flowing from Russia, Azerbaijan, and potentially other Caspian suppliers onward to Europe.

Turkey’s geology does not support natural gas independence. The country produces only 0.8 percent of the natural gas it consumes. It also lacks suitable natural formations such as salt caverns that could provide large storage capacity and thereby insulate Turkey from either supply disruptions or price hikes. However, what Turkey lacks in geology it makes up for in location, which if well used, gives Turkey the potential to reduce the country’s dependence on any single supplier of natural gas, transform Turkey into a natural gas hub for Europe, and render the country a more significant economic and geopolitical force in both Europe and Asia.

Located at the crossroad of natural gas-rich Asia and natural-gas poor Europe, Turkey’s leaders understand the role their country can play in the region. Already laced by natural gas pipelines that deliver fuel from Russia, Iran, and Azerbaijan, Turkey has engaged in new natural gas projects and pipelines, most notably the Turkish Stream and Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) both of which are currently underway.

Turkey was also an early mover in recognizing the potential of liquefied natural gas. The country’s two existing liquefied natural gas import terminals — the Marmara Ereglisi Terminal and the Aliaga Terminal have been operating since 1994 and 2006, respectively. To take advantage of the rapidly expanding and globalizing liquefied natural gas market, Turkey has also invested in floating liquefaction and regasification units, including world’s largest such facility, called the Challenger that opened in February 2018. Turkey’s investment in these units contributes to the flexibility of supply and provides additional import capacity. It also provides additional storage capacity that the country has not been able to build otherwise.

Bringing in new sources of natural gas from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Israel, Cyprus, the United States, Norway, or Qatar reduces Turkey’s dependence on any one supplier — especially vis-à-vis Russia, which had historically dominated gas exports to Turkey.

Yet Turkey is not simply seeking to diversify supply. The capacity of the new country’s infrastructure is higher than Turkey’s current and projected demand. This holds even when one considers Turkey’s growing natural gas demand, which nearly doubled from 27 billion cubic meters in 2005 to the record 53.5 billion cubic meters in 2017. Turkey is also trying to reduce demand growth to further insulate its economy from imported natural gas. Instead it is focusing on coal and wind generation, both of which are available domestically.

The shift is driven in part by a desire to reduce strong seasonality as well as ensure energy security. But embracing an energy strategy that creates overcapacity also signals an outward focus in Turkey’s view of its future energy role. Awash in natural gas deliveries from highly diversified pool of suppliers, Turkey hopes to dominate the market by becoming a natural gas hub for Europe, particularly Southeast Europe, which is less connected to E.U. natural gas infrastructure and remains heavily dependent on Russia.

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WAY WORSE THAN NSA SPYING: Democrats Push Most Totalitarian Internet Regulation Bill Yet

A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on so-called "Russian bots" and "fake news." To save American trust in "our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets," it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into online press and markets, including comprehensive (GDPR-like) "data protection" (HA!) legislation of the sort enacted in the EU.

Titled "Potential Policy Proposals for Regulation of Social Media and Technology Firms," the draft policy paper—penned by Sen. Mark Warner and leaked by an unknown source to Axios—the paper starts out by noting that Russians have long spread disinformation, including when "the Soviets tried to spread 'fake news' denigrating Martin Luther King" (here he fails to mention that the Americans in charge at the time did the same). But NOW IT'S DIFFERENT, because technology.

Here's what Warner is suggesting:

Mandatory location verification. The paper suggests forcing social media platforms to authenticate and disclose the geographic origin of all user accounts or posts.

Would this ban the use of a VPN? What about Tor? What if someone is spoofing their IP and MAC addresses, would that become criminalized?

Mandatory identity verification: The paper suggests forcing social media and tech platforms to authenticate user identities and only allow "authentic" accounts ("inauthentic accounts not only pose threats to our democratic process...but undermine the integrity of digital markets", with "failure to appropriately address inauthentic account activity" punishable as "a violation of both SEC disclosure rules and/or Section 5 of the [Federal Trade Commission] Act."

What if people just lie about their names and come up with aliases? Would that be criminalized? How would this all be policed?

Bot labeling: Warner's paper suggests forcing companies to somehow label bots or be penalized (no word from Warner on how this is remotely feasible)

What defines "bots" ... anything you communist snots don't agree with?

Define popular tech as "essential facilities." These would be subject to all sorts of heightened rules and controls, says the paper, offering Google Maps as an example of the kinds of apps or platforms that might count. "The law would not mandate that a dominant provider offer the serve for free," writes Warner. "Rather, it would be required to offer it on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms" provided by the government.

Other proposals include more disclosure requirements for online political speech, more spending to counter supposed cybersecurity threats, more funding for the Federal Trade Commission, a requirement that companies' algorithms can be audited by the feds (and this data shared with universities and others), and a requirement of "interoperability between dominant platforms."

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Trump Working With Congress To Pass Prison Reforms As Jeff Sessions Pouts

Jon Ponder has lived both sides of the debate on criminal justice reform.

After two convictions for robbery, Ponder, 52, left prison a new man in 2009, he said. He was closer to God and had a better understanding of himself and his personal failings.

“I didn’t go to prison,” Ponder said of his transformation behind bars. “I went to Bible college.”

Now an associate minister at a Las Vegas church, Ponder is also the founder of HOPE for Prisoners, a program that helps more than 300 former inmates each year adjust to life after prison by providing financial advice, personal mentoring and connections to local employers.

Ponder’s personal journey and his efforts to help former prisoners turn their lives around have earned him several trips to the White House this year.

He and other ministers met with President Donald Trump last week, in hopes that Congress and the Trump administration can strike a deal on prison and sentencing reform.

Ponder said he believes Trump supports inmate re-entry programs as much as he does.

“I think that something would really have to be wrong with that man to sit down in that room and have the conversation with the (ministers) that he did, if he was not being sincere about this,” Ponder said. “I believe that he spoke from his heart. He shared in that room that he was very compassionate about this, and about the importance of people who are fighting for a second chance.”

As the White House seeks to make headway on criminal justice reform, Trump will meet with governors at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., on Thursday to discuss prison and sentencing reform.

The timing is propitious. Republicans and Democrats have found rare common ground, agreeing that the federal government needs to jail fewer people for less time at a lower cost to society.

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Bureaucracy On Steroids! The EU Blew A Trillion Dollars Of 'Cohesion Money' Seeking Unity... Still Failed

The EU spent nearly a trillion dollars of cohesion money. It turns out neither the donors nor the recipients are happy.

The WSJ reports The EU Spent a Bundle to Unify the Continent. It’s Not Working.

The European Union has spent nearly one trillion dollars to unify the continent by delivering highways and trains into places where there were once gravel paths. In current dollars, that is over eight times the size of the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II. The EU has built airports and bridges, trams and swimming pools. It has repaired castles and medieval churches.

It hasn’t bought love.

To the vexation of European leaders, some of the biggest recipients of funding are now hotbeds of discontent, brimming with voters disquieted by the cultural and political pressures that have accompanied European integration, and threatening the bloc’s cohesion.

The biggest recipient of EU cohesion funds in mainland France is Nord-Pas-de-Calais, once an industrial powerhouse of coal, steel and textiles. In parliament, it is represented by Marine Le Pen, the French presidential runner-up who proposed France hold an EU exit referendum.

Many locals say EU funding was overshadowed by the disadvantages of membership, including the obligation to accept migrants from other EU nations. Blaenau Gwent voters favored Brexit by 62% to 38% to leave the EU in 2016. It was Wales’ highest “leave” vote.

The future of the EU still hangs in the balance, with divisions over refugees in particular driving wedges between its member states. If copious spending during decades of European optimism couldn’t revive fading communities or unite the continent, EU officials worry about what comes next. Rising nationalism is pitting smaller, eastern countries against larger, western powers.

EU funding can carry onerous rules and stipulations involving complex paperwork and restrictions on project types, irking recipients. East European nationalists allege that much of the money flows back to German and French construction companies.

Donor countries have soured on cohesion funds, too, partly because of alleged corruption among recipients. In Hungary, where skepticism of the EU runs thick, the bloc’s antifraud agency says $47.8 million spent upgrading street lamps through EU contracts awarded to a company once owned by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s son-in-law contained “serious irregularities” that may constitute fraud. The son-in-law denies the accusation. Mr. Orban says Hungary no longer needs EU cash.

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Mass Voter Fraud Found In Georgia Precinct: 670 Ballots Cast, Only 276 Registered Voters

Six hundred and seventy ballots were cast in a Georgia precinct that had only 276 registered voters, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office has confirmed.

In what is looking increasingly like widespread voter fraud, a northeastern Georgia precinct located in Habersham County had 276 registered voters before the state’s primary elections at the end of May, but 670 votes were recorded — indicating that 276 percent of voters turned out in Georgia’s primary election, according to McClatchy. reports:

The recently publicized voting irregularities come as the state investigated other instances of voter fraud—including one where an Atlanta City Hall staffer claimed she had to “print and deliver 500 blank absentee ballots” to an advocacy group staffer and pick up additional ballots from the Atlanta mayor’s campaign office to drop them off at an office in Fulton County.

Part of the reason for the increase in voter fraud claims stems from concerns about the security of Georgia’s electronic voting systems, as Georgia is one of a handful of states, including New Jersey, South Carolina, Delaware, and Louisiana, that uses electronic voting machines that do not produce a paper trail for voters to verify their ballots.

Elections experts say the lack of a paper trail makes the ballots difficult to audit.

A voter in one sworn statement said she and her husband were assigned to different polling places and city council districts even though both were registered to vote at the same address, according to McClatchy.

In other instances, voters arrived at polling places indicated on the secretary of state’s website only to be told by election officials they had to vote elsewhere.

One Atlanta Democrat even said that a voting machine gave him a ballot displaying the 5th Congressional District when he was supposed to get a ballot for the 6th Congressional district.

Harri Hursti, an election cybersecurity expert, said the incorrect ballots could have been the result of a clerical error or manipulation of voter data by hackers.

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China Bites Back, Slaps $16 Billion More Tariffs On US Goods

China said Wednesday it will retaliate against the latest round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced a 25 percent charge on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods. The 333 goods being targeted by China include vehicles such as large passenger cars and motorcycles. Various fuels are on the list, as well as fiber optical cables.

China is also going after coal, grease, Vaseline, asphalt and plastic products, and recyclables.

China's announcement comes after the U.S. Trade Representative's office released a finalized list of $16 billion worth in Chinese goods that will be hit with tariffs. The U.S. charges will take effect on Aug. 23. The latest U.S. list brings the total worth of Chinese goods facing a 25 percent tariff to $50 billion.

"This is tit-for-tat exactly," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley FBR. "Our $16 billion comes at a scheduled time, which comes up on the 23rd. China said we see your $16 billion and we'll match your $16 billion."

"They'll pretty much match what we do until they have no more levers to pull. The bad news is the trade war fears in China are escalating. The major concern right now in trade is China," Hogan said.

Tensions between the U.S. and China have been simmering in recent months as the Trump administration takes a more protectionist stance when it comes to trade.

Just last month, tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods came into effect. Chinese state media has hit back at the U.S. in light of the levies that have been threatened, saying the Asian nation would retaliate.

On July 25, President Donald Trump said China is "being vicious" on trade, noting it is targeting U.S. farmers on purpose.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said it must retaliate against the U.S. tariffs "to defend the nation's dignity."

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Trump's Updated Wall In Commiefornia Proven Effective: Migrant Breaks Both Legs Jumping Border Wall

A man attempting to enter the United States illegally has fallen from a new 30-foot high wall in California, breaking both his legs.

Border Patrol surveillance video shows the man lying motionless on the ground after tossing his body over the bollard-style barrier Sunday night in downtown Calexico, east of San Diego.

Paramedics determined that the man broke his legs and may have injured his back. He was taken to a hospital in Palm Springs.

The Border Patrol didn't identify the man. Spokesman Carlos Pitones says the U.S. government typically pays medical expenses for people who are injured crossing the border illegally and they are deported after recovery.

The government is replacing a 2-mile stretch of barrier made from recycled metal scraps and landing mat with the new bollard-style wall.

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Saudi Arabia Cuts All Diplomatic Ties With Canada Over An Insult

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The Saudis have escalated their fury towards Trudeau's "progressive propaganda." Having expelled the Canadian ambassador, froze new trade and investment with the G7 member, suspended a student exchange program and halted Saudi Arabian Airlines flights to Canada, the Saudis are stepping up their pressure very directly.

The FT reports that the Saudi central bank and state pension funds have instructed their overseas asset managers to dispose of their Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings “no matter the cost.”

Third-party managers are estimated to be mandated to invest more than $100bn of Saudi funds in global markets, executives say. While the proportion of that figure invested in Canadian holdings would be “fairly small in absolute terms,” the asset sale sent a strong message, one of the people said.

The sell-off began on Tuesday and underlines how the Gulf monarchy is flexing its financial and political muscle to warn foreign powers against what it regards as interference in its sovereign affairs.

“This is severe stuff,” said one banker.

The most immediate reaction appears to be in the currency...

Why are the Saudis doing this (aside from responding to Ottawa’s criticism of the arrest of a female activist)?

One Twitter wit noted - "to secure funding for the Tesla LBO?"

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India Folds: Top Refiner Buys US Oil To Partially Replace Iranian Crude

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Indian Oil Corp, the biggest refiner in India, has purchased a total of 6 million barrels of U.S. crude oil for delivery between November and January, as it has started to look for a replacement of Iranian oil cargoes ahead of the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports returning in early November.

The 6-million-barrel purchase was the first time that Indian Oil Corp (IOC) - which was the first Indian refiner to buy U.S. oil last summer - has bought U.S. crude oil through a mini-term tender, the Indian company’s Director of Finance A.K. Sharma told Reuters on Wednesday.

IOC is buying 2 million barrels of U.S. Mars for November delivery, one million barrels of Mars and Eagle Ford each in a combination cargo for December delivery, and 2 million barrels of Louisiana Light Sweet (LLS) to be delivered in January next year, Sharma said.

Ahead of the return of the U.S. sanctions on Iran, India’s state refiners boosted their Iranian oil purchases, pushing up Indian oil imports from Iran by 30 percent from June, to a record 768,000 bpd in July, according to preliminary tanker arrival data that Reuters has obtained from trade sources.

Iran is said to have started to offer India cargo insurance and tankers operated by Iranian companies as some Indian insurers have refused to cover oil cargoes from Iran in the face of the returning U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

Hindustan Petroleum was said to have cancelled a crude oil shipment from Iran after its insurer refused to provide coverage for the cargo on concern about U.S. sanctions.

India’s imports from Iran could start to slow from August as some big Indian refiners worry that their access to the U.S. financial system could be cut off if they continue to import Iranian oil, prompting them to reduce oil purchases from Tehran.

HPCL, for example, will not be buying oil from Iran in August, chairman M. K. Surana told Reuters last week, but did not elaborate on whether the refiner would resume importing Iranian oil after that.

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CIA Operatives Arrested Training Kids How To Shoot Up Schools

The five people arrested for child abuse in New Mexico after they were found living with 11 children in “Third World” conditions are related to a controversial Muslim faith leader in Brooklyn who has been linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

Siraj Wahhaj, 40; Lucas Morton, 40; Jany Leveille, 35; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhanah Wahhaj, 35, were arrested and charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse for keeping the kids, ages 1 to 15, in squalid conditions at a compound made of garbage in the New Mexico desert.

Siraj Wahhaj is also accused of kidnapping his 3-year-old son Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj from Georgia in December.

The child, who reportedly suffers from seizures and other health issues, was not among the kids rescued.

The documents say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was conducting weapons training with rifles at the compound near the Colorado border where 11 hungry children were found in filthy conditions.

Prosecutors Timothy Hasson filed the documents while asking that Wahhaj be held without bail after he was arrested last week with four other adults facing child abuse charges.

Prosecutors did not bring up the school shooting accusation in court on Wednesday during an initial appearance by the abuse suspects.

Authorities say the remains of a boy also were found on the compound but have not been positively identified by medical examiners.

The child, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj went missing in December in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta.

Authorities say his father had told the boy's mother that he wanted to perform an exorcism on the child. He later said he was taking the child to a park and didn't return.

For months, neighbors worried about the squalid compound built along a remote New Mexico plain, saying they brought their concerns to authorities months before sheriff's officials raided the encampment, described as a small camping trailer in the ground.

Authorities said during the raid Friday that they had found the father armed with multiple firearms, including a rifle. They also said they believed there was a shooting range on the site.

The group arrived in Amalia in December, with enough money to buy groceries and construction supplies, according to Tyler Anderson, a 41-year-old auto mechanic who lives nearby.

He said he helped the newcomers install solar panels after they arrived but eventually stopped visiting.

"We just figured they were doing what we were doing, getting a piece of land and getting off the grid," said Anderson.

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Russia Begins Building Its Own Domestic Internet, Independent From ICANN

Following message is from Russia translated to English:

Russia has started building an alternative Internet, not on paper, but in reality. Why do we need it, and how it will work will be analyzed in today’s issue.

Russia has started work to create a global satellite Internet system “Sphere”. The project involves deployment of a system consisting of 640 small satellites that will provide integrated communication, navigation and remote sensing throughout the planet. This incredibly complex but implementable task will allow us to create our own national system of access to the Internet and mobile communications, independent from third countries. However, this project is only part of a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the information sovereignty of our country.

Now we are working on building our own system of root DNS servers, independent of ICANN, which generally determine the operation of the global Internet addressing and most of which is now under the control of the United States. Based on the ideas of the father of China’s firewall Fan Binsina, which indicates possibility for several countries, such as Russia and China, to create a direct communication bypassing the root DNS servers in the United States.

Despite the fact that the Internet has long became a part of our lives, we are on the threshold of the Internet of things era, in which the importance of this network will increase. However, in fact, Russia is unarmed before Washington’s attempts to disconnect us, if not from an entire network, then from many of its important components, for example, electronic certificates. Unlike China, we do not have a country certificate, which means that with just one click “overseas” can create many problems for us, including in transportation and other critical infrastructures. And these are just some of the likely threats.

All our efforts are now aimed at overcoming this dependency as soon as possible. But it is important to understand that we are not talking about creating our own isolated from the world Internet. We are trying to ensure our ability to use the world network without being hooked up to the “foreign switch.” In case of successful implementation, users in Russia will not notice any inconvenience at all.

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Dianne Feinstein’s Lucrative 40 Year Communist Connections With China Exposed

Kudos to the journalists who have reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., employed a staffer with connections to Chinese spying. But why this issue hasn’t gotten wall-to-wall coverage is anyone’s guess.

The best information that we have on this story comes from Politico and the San Francisco Chronicle, the latter of which reports that the staffer, who worked the senator’s San Francisco office, “was fired a few years back” after the spy connection was uncovered.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office was infiltrated by a Chinese spy who worked as her driver and attended official functions on her behalf for 20 years, according to new reports from Politico and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Feinstein reportedly had no idea that her office was being infiltrated by a man who was feeding information to an individual linked to China’s Ministry of State Security. She was “mortified” when the FBI showed up at her Washington DC office five years ago to warn her about the mole.

Feinstein, who was serving as chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time, had access to classified intelligence that would be extremely valuable to the Chinese government. She forced her driver to resign shortly thereafter and did not tell her staff about the incident, according to an unnamed source cited in the Chronicle.

In her capacity as a ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein unilaterally released testimony from Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson to the public earlier this year, violating committee precedent. When she released these records, she failed to disclose that one of her former staffers, Daniel Jones, had hired Fusion GPS and ex-British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Donald Trump after the 2016 election.

Jones, who runs a private investigative outfit called Penn Quarter Group, told the FBI last year that he was being bankrolled by 7 to 10 wealthy donors who are primarily from New York and California to look into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. These donors gave him $50 million he used to hire Fusion GPS, which contracted with Steele to compile the now-infamous dossier riddled with salacious and unverified claims.

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Good! Italy’s Salvini to Fund Pro-Family Policy With Tax on Migrants Charities

Matteo Salvini’s populist League (La Lega) has promised a comprehensive new pro-family government policy including child care and other policies to encourage Italians to have more children, with the plan being partially funded by a tax on migrants sending cash overseas.

Salvini, who serves as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior as the leader of one half of Italy’s new populist coalition government, noted that he wanted Italian couples to have more children in the future at a recent meeting in Cervia and a proposed bill from his party aims to make that a reality Il Giornale reports.

Salvini remarked in an interview last month, “We have created a ministry of the family to work on fertility, nurseries, on a fiscal system which takes large families into account. At the end of this mandate, the government will be measured on the number of newborns more than on its public debt.”

Earlier this year the Italian Statistics Bureau (ISTAT) released figures showing a projected ten percent population decline in the next few decades due to low birthrates int he country.

The bill, which was drafted and presented by several Lega members in March of this year, would see Lega assert marriage between a man and a woman as the foundation of the family.

Italy’s Salvini Wants More Babies, Fewer Migrants: ‘A Country Which Does Not Create Children is Destined to Die’

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 29, 2018

Lega Family Minister Lorenzo Fontana caused a degree of controversy after his appointment, remarking: “The current family law situation cannot fail to take account of what has been happening in recent months on the issue of the recognition of parenthood, with the registration of children conceived abroad by couples of the same sex via the use of practices that are banned by our laws and should stay so.”

Fontana made headlines again last week when he proposed scrapping hate speech legislation, saying that “racism has become the ideological weapon of the globalists and their lackeys (some journalists and mainstream commentators, certain parties).”

Since Mr Salvini’s move to block NGO migrant ferries from Italian ports, both he and La Lega have enjoyed an immense rise in popularity in Italy. Current polling shows them neck and neck, in some cases ahead, of their anti-establishment Five Star Movement coalition partners, currently the largest part in the country.

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Republican New York Congressman Chris Collins Arrested Over Insider Trading Charges

Insider trading was a family affair for upstate New York congressman Chris Collins, federal prosecutors charged Wednesday.

The Republican lawmaker, one of President Trump’s earliest supporters, was charged along with his son Cameron Collins and the father of Cameron’s fiancée, Stephen Zarsky, in a scheme that allowed them to avoid $768,000 in stock losses, prosecutors say.

The trio are accused of securities fraud related to Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology company. The elder Collins sits on the firm’s board of directors and is one of its largest shareholders.

Manhattan federal prosecutors say the upstate New York congressman passed to his son confidential information that a new multiple sclerosis drug had performed poorly in a medical trial.

Armed with the insider tips, Cameron Collins was able to “make timely trades in Innate stock and tip others,” the indictment says.

Cameron Collins handed off the information to his fiancee’s father, who also made stock trades and passed on the tip to others, prosecutors say.

The public announcement of the failed drug trials caused the Innate stock price to plummet 92%.

“All of the trades preceded the public release of the negative drug trial results, and were timed to avoid losses that they would have suffered once the news became public,” the indictment says.

The defendants are expected to appear in Manhattan Federal Court Wednesday afternoon to face charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and other counts.

Collins’ attorneys released a statement defending the Republican lawmaker.

"We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name,” said lawyers Jonathan Barr Jonathan New. “It is notable that even the government does not allege that Congressman Collins traded a single share of Innate Therapeutics stock. We are confident he will be completely vindicated and exonerated.”

Allegations of suspicious stock trades have dogged Chris Collins for more than 18 months. With Collins leading the charge, Congress passed legislation that could benefit experimental drug makers such as Innate Immunotherapeutics.

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USSA Abandons Oil Sanctions To Avoid Owning Venezuela's Collapse

Just more than a year ago, it was not a question of ‘if’, but ‘when.’

As Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro consolidated power in an election derided as a fraud by the international community, the Trump administration readied exacting sanctions on the South American nation’s oil sector.

“All options are on the table,” said a senior administration official during a July 2017 briefing with reporters, adding that sanctions could be imposed in a matter of days. “All options are being discussed and debated.”

Analysts widely expected sanctions on diluent the US was exporting to Venezuelan refineries first, followed by a prohibition, perhaps phased in over a matter of months, on imports of Venezuelan crude into the US. It was unclear if US refiners, who had long imported Venezuelan crude, would be allowed to continue under an interim “grandfathered” arrangement, but analysts mostly agreed that sanctions were coming.

At the time, the US was importing about 800,000 b/d of Venezuelan crude and the administration was mostly concerned about the impact an import embargo would have on US Gulf Coast refineries, which would need to look for new sources of heavy crude.

Oil sector sanctions from the US seemed so likely that then-US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that the administration was looking at ways to soften the impact of the sanctions once they were imposed.

“We’re going to undertake a very quick study to see: Are there some things that the US could easily do with our rich energy endowment, with the infrastructure that we already have available – what could we do to perhaps soften any impact of that?” Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, said.

A year later, the US is importing less crude from Venezuela (about 530,300 b/d in July, according to preliminary US Customs data), but Gulf Coast refiners, particularly Valero, continue to rely on these imports.

In fact, US refiners may be importing even more, if Venezuela’s oil sector was not seemingly in a death spiral. Roughly one if every five barrels of oil imported by US Gulf Coast refiners comes from Venezuela.

The EIA forecasts Venezuelan oil production to fall below 1 million b/d by the end of this year, down from 2.3 million b/d in January 2016 as joint ventures fall apart and PDVSA, the state-owned oil company, struggles to feed, let alone pay, its workers. PDVSA has notified international customers than it cannot fully meet crude supply commitments and the country’s active rig count has fallen below 30, according to Baker Hughes International Rig Counts.

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Glyphosate SUSPENDED In Brazil Over Cancer Concerns While American Patriots Are Finding Natural Weed Killer Remedies

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Upon hearing how dangerous glyphosate is, many people’s first question is why it is allowed to be sold if it is so deadly. The answer to that question, at least in the U.S., is very complex and involves a lot of money and political maneuvering. In Brazil, however, common sense appears to be prevailing as a judge in the country has suspended the use of glyphosate products.

A federal judge in Brasilia has ruled that any new products that use the chemical in its formulation cannot be registered there, and existing registrations will be suspended in the next 30 days while the government takes a closer look at the toxicology. The fungicide thiram and the insecticide abamectin will also be subject to this decision.

It won’t be surprising to see a slew of appeals to the decision, which could hit Monsanto very hard. The company markets a genetically modified, glyphosate-resistant soybean that is widely planted in Brazil. Brazil is the biggest exporter of soybeans in the world, due mainly to high demand from China. Strains of cotton and corn that are glyphosate-resistant are also used in the country – at least for the time being.

In 2015, a federal prosecutor asked the Brazilian Justice Department to outlaw glyphosate due to concerns about health problems. Restrictions on glyphosate in Brazil are considered relatively lax, with application limits set at up to 500 mg/L; the European Union’s application limit is 5,000 times less at 0.1 mg/L.

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Can't Make This Shit Up: NATO To Advice Facebook How To Censor Their Users More Efficiently

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This is not at all comforting: during a week that's witnessed Alex Jones' social media accounts taken down by Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google, and what appears to be a growing crackdown against alternative media figures including several prominent Libertarians, notably the Ron Paul Institute director, and the Scott Horton Show, who found their Twitter accounts suspended — we learn that the Atlantic Council is directly advising Facebook on identifying and removing "foreign interference" on the popular platform.

While the initiative was initially revealed last May through an official Facebook media release, more details of the controversial think tank's role have been revealed.

Supposedly the whole partnership is aimed at bringing more objectivity and neutrality to the process of rooting out fake accounts that pose the threat of being operated by nefarious foreign states.

And yet as a new Reuters report confirms, Facebook is now itself a top donor to the Atlantic Council, alongside Western governments, Gulf autocratic regimes, NATO, various branches of the US military, and a number of major defense contractors and corporations.

What's more is that the team of four total individuals running the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR Lab) is headed by a former National Security Council advisor for the last four years of the Obama administration, Graham Brookie, who is also its founder.

Apparently the group's work has already been instrumental in Facebook taking action against over two dozen "suspicious pages" flagged potential foreign actors such as Russia. According to Reuters:

Facebook is using the group to enhance its investigations of foreign interference. Last week, the company said it took down 32 suspicious pages and accounts that purported to be run by leftists and minority activists. While some U.S. officials said they were likely the work of Russian agents, Facebook said it did not know for sure.

This is indeed the shocking key phrase included in the report: "Facebook said it did not know for sure." And yet the accounts were removed anyway.

The Facebook-Atlantic Council alliance reportedly springs from the social media giant's finding itself desperate for outside "neutral" help after a swell of public criticism, mostly issuing from congressional leaders and prominent media pundits, for supposedly allowing Russian propaganda accounts to operate ahead of the 2016 elections.

The suspiciously simultaneous censorship of Infowars by Google, Apple, Facebook came just one week after U.S. Senate intelligence committee hawk Mark Warner (D) circulated this policy paper threatening new regulation against those same media companies:

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 7, 2018

And in perhaps the most chilling line of the entire report, Reuters says, "But the lab and Atlantic Council bring geopolitical expertise and allow Facebook to distance itself from sensitive pronouncements." This is ostensibly to defuse any potential conflict of interest arising as Facebook seems a bigger presence in emerging foreign markets.

But here's the kicker. Reuters writes of the DFR Lab's funding in the following:

Facebook donated an undisclosed amount to the lab in May that was enough, said Graham Brookie, who runs the lab, to vault the company to the top of the Atlantic Council’s donor list, alongside the British government.

Facebook employees said privately over the past several months that Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to outsource many of the most sensitive political decisions, leaving fact-checking to media groups and geopolitics to think tanks.

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Circle of Tyrants! Mass Social Media Purge Continues Relentlessly As Many Other Conservatives BANNED For No Reason

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Twitter Suspends Libertarian Anti-War Accounts, Including Ron Paul's Institute

Two more casualties of the Twitter purge of antiwar voices: @ScottHortonShow, the new editorial director of, and @DanielLMcAdams, director of the Ron Paul Institute.

Are you next?

— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) August 6, 2018

Instagram Bans Tommy Robinson

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, has now been banned from instagram.

He follows shock jock Alex Jones from Infowars and controversial Milo Yiannopoulos who have both been silenced.

REAL Election Meddling: Facebook Blocking Republican Candidates’ ADs!

Facebook has banned Republican congressional candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her family to flee Cambodia for the US.

Looks like the Soviet Union is back at it!

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Odd! Criminal Thugs Wanted For Mugging Muslim GOP Campaigner

A well-known member of the Stanislaus County community was brutally beaten while placing campaign signs, and police are investigating it as a hate crime.

It was Tuesday night in Keyes and 50-year-old Surjit Malhi had just placed his last sign at the corner of Foote and Keyes when he came upon two men waiting for him as returned to his truck.

“As soon as I saw them they threw sand in my eyes,” Malhi said.

And that was just the beginning of the attack. The two men proceeded to beat Malhi in the head, shoulders and neck.

“And I cleared my eyes and I saw them,” Malhi said.

Blue eyes peeking through black hoodies is what he saw. And as the beating continued his attackers shouted, “Go back to your country!”

The same message, along with hate symbols, were spray painted on his truck. Malhi, the entire time, fearing for his life.

“It’s very scary you know. They were going to shoot me,” Malhi said thought.

Ironically, Malhi says, it was his turban that softened the blows – the very symbol that may have sparked the hate.

“My turban saved me,” Malhi said.

Malhi has been active in the Turlock community for years, raising thousands for homeless and fire victims, using trucks from his trucking company to deliver supplies. He’s a strong supporter of the Republican Party. The campaign signs he placed that night were for Congressman Jeff Denham and other members of the Stanislaus County GOP.

“I’m American 100 percent, no doubt, so they say, go back to my country? This is my country,” Malhi said. “If you are a real American and you love America, you should not do that. That is not the American way.”

Malhi still has headaches and dizzy spells, but says he’s received an outpouring of support from political leaders and members of the community during his recovery.

He says he won’t let the beating get him down and he will continue to place campaign signs and support the GOP. Police are still looking for the two suspects.

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Iranians Hoard Gold As Currency Collapses Ahead Of Snapback Sanctions

On Tuesday just after midnight U.S. Eastern time, the Trump administration is set to bring back a first wave of restrictions that had been waived under the Iran nuclear deal, an Obama-era agreement that gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. The new sanctions limit dealings in Iran’s currency and with its automotive industry. They also threaten U.S. penalties for banks that finance the precious-metals trade with Iran and against anyone who sells precious metals to the Iranian government.

And, as The Wall Street Journal reports, worries about a shaky economy and enticed by government sales of gold coins, Iranians have converted savings into gold recently even as prices skyrocketed.

According to Bonbast, a site that tracks unofficial exchange rates, Iran’s currency, the rial, has seen a record weakening this year - currently trading at roughly 101,000 per U.S. dollar compared with about 43,000 in January.

And this has sparked panic among Iranians, as The Wall Street Journal reports they are hoarding gold as a safeguard against a collapsing local currency and soaring cost of living pushing the metal’s price to records in Tehran.

"People are changing their money into gold because it’s a reliable investment commodity,” said Mohammad Kashtiaray, the head of gold and jewelry committee under Iran’s Chamber of Guilds, a coalition of merchants.

Demand for gold bars and coins in Iran tripled year-over-year in the second quarter to about 15 metric tons, according to a World Gold Council report on Thursday. Iran’s central bank has minted hundreds of thousands of new coins - more than 60 tons of gold in total - to feed the demand. The move has had little impact beyond stoking more demand for the metal.

Gold prices in the country are soaring above 'fair value' as WSJ notes, people have lined up outside banks this year to place advance orders for Emami coins in central bank auctions, where they are often priced at lower-than-market rates.

The price of an Emami, a central bank-minted gold coin weighing 8.13 grams, stood at around 36 million rials on Sunday, more than double its price in January. It had hit a record of more than 45 million rials a week ago. The demand for gold in Iran is also bucking a shaky picture globally; spot gold prices have fallen by about 6% this year to about $1,200 an ounce.

Demand for gold has been so resilient that prices are outpacing even the rial’s historic depreciation against the dollar. After factoring out fluctuations in the rial, the price of an Emami coin went from $346 in January to $379 today, a 9.5% rise.

With prices near records, many people said they were buying only because they had to do so. A computer engineer who identified himself as Mr. Bani said he was shopping for a set of bridal jewelry.

“It’s what you have to do,” he said. “I’m buying now because I should, but otherwise it’s not a good time.”

And all of this is happening despite Iranian authorities attempts to put the brakes on gold prices including turning their focus to prosecuting people who allegedly are hoarding coins in an effort to keep prices high.

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Today They Came For Infowars... Tomorrow They Come For YOU

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The same liberal media that has been bitterly whining about their First Amendment right of a free press for the last week, claiming that is somehow endangered because rally attendees screamed #CNNSUCKS at them, are now celebrating the decision by Facebook to permanently remove Alex Jones and InfoWars pages from their platform on the same day that Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps.

This comes just days after YouTube removed multiple Alex Jones videos and gave him a community strike for alleged "hate speech," which is the catch-all excuse being used by Apple, Facebook, and Spotify as their justification to silence him. A YouTube strike effectively prevents Jones from livestreaming his broadcasts on the platform.

His YouTube channel is now totally gone.

Paul Joseph Watson wrote at Infowars this morning:

"Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube all banned Infowars within 12 hours of each other, illustrating how last night’s purge was a coordinated effort and has nothing to do with these platforms enforcing “hate speech” rules."

I don't care if one agrees with Alex Jones or disagrees with him, if they love him or hate him, this coordinated attack against him and his InfoWars broadcasts and social media presence should severely concern everybody that sees the abusive liberal media bias and uses Independent Media to find information the establishment media won't report.

In The Friends of Voltaire, Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote the phrase: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it," to illustrate Voltaire's beliefs.

Make no mistake, this coordinated takedown of Jones and Infowars by big tech is because of his huge audience. According to Arstechnica, Jones had 2.4 million YouTube subscribers and 1.6 million followers on Facebook.

Paul Joseph Watson has a message for other Independent Media, the same message we are handing out right now with this article: "For conservative media outlets who don’t speak out because they don’t like Infowars, we have a message for you – you’re next."

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Good! Trump May Override Rosenstein, Declassify Remaining DOJ FISA Docs

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After months of dribbling out incomplete document requests made by frustrated GOP lawmakers, President Trump may be about to override Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and use his presidential authority to declassify several caches of information related to the DOJ/FBI's ongoing Trump-Russia counterintelligence operation, according to former IBD Bureau Chief Paul Sperry.

Sperry tweeted on Sunday that President Trump may declassify: 20 redacted pages of a June, 2017 FISA renewal, "and possibly" 63 pages of emails and notes between "Ohr & Steele," and FD-302 summaries of 12 interviews - In reference to twice-demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr and/or his wife Nellie, both of whom were working with opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate Trump.

Look this month for POTUS to declassify ...
-- 20 redacted pages of June 2017 FISA renewal
... and possibly ...
-- 63 pages of emails and notes b/t Ohr & Steele
-- FD-302 summaries of 12 FBI interviews w/ Ohr re Steele
... and watch Dems and media toadies become apoplectic

— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 5, 2018

As Cristina Laila of the Gateway Pundit notes, Rosenstein and then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe both signed off on a June 2017 FISA surveillance warrant renewal on former Trump aide Carter Page.

Meanwhile, several frustrated GOP lawmakers have called for the full release of the requested documents - with Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) calling for their declassification recently, and Meadows and other members drawing up articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, only to withdraw them shortly thereafter.

It has come to the point that @realDonaldTrump himself needs to & should declassify the Carter Page FISA warrant applications & ONLY redact sources & methods that must be redacted. There is NO good reason why the public has not yet seen this information.

— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) July 23, 2018

In June, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee asked President Trump to declassify key sections of Carter Page's FISA warrant application, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

Potentially groundbreaking development here. The Carter Page FISA docs should be declassified and further unredacted (protecting only sources and methods) so Americans can know the truth.

If the previous admin was funneling campaign research toward surveillance, we need to know.

— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 22, 2018

Let's see if the president will follow suit and declassify documents that could only help his case. Then again, the DOJ is likely to scream "sources and methods!" and claim that the lives of countless intelligence officials will be forever compromised.

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Good! Tommy Robinson Freed On Bail After Court Orders Retrial


Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League, will be freed from prison after the court of appeal ordered that he should be retried on a contempt of court charge. He has been held at Onley prison after being jailed for 13 months following convictions for breaching reporting restrictions after broadcasting footage of trial defendants on social media.

Robinson was jailed in May after he filmed people involved in a criminal trial and broadcast the footage on social media. The footage, lasting about an hour, was watched 250,000 times within hours of being posted on Facebook. The controversial activist was sentenced to 10 months in prison for contempt of court, which he admitted, and a further three months for breaching a previous suspended sentence.

Fast forward to today, when at the court of appeal on Wednesday, the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, upheld the conviction but said there should be a retrial for the Leeds case, the Guardian reported.

Tommy Robinson is free!

— Ezra Levant 🇨🇦 (@ezralevant) August 1, 2018

Robinson, the appeal court said, would be released on bail on condition that he attended the retrial before the recorder of London at a date to be fixed.

In the ruling, the lord chief justice said the Leeds finding of contempt had been “flawed”. That court should not have proceeded immediately but waited to hear the case on a “fully informed basis”, he said.

The judgment added: “It was unclear what conduct was said to comprise a breach of that order and the appellant was sentenced on the basis of conduct which fell outside the scope of that order.”

Robinson was also ordered to stay at least 400 metres away from Leeds crown court while on bail.

Outside the Royal Courts of Justice, supporters of Robinson and anti-racism protesters chanted rival slogans at each other separated by crowd barriers and police. Members of Stand Up To Racism shouted: “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” and “Nazi scum”.

Supporters of Robinson shouted back: “You’re the racists”, and “Tommy is free”.

The judges had been urged to overturn contempt of court findings against Robinson, 35, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon. At a hearing in July, his QC, Jeremy Dein, argued that procedural “deficiencies” had given rise to “prejudice”. Dein also submitted that the sentence was “manifestly excessive” and that insufficient regard had been given to personal mitigation.

Robinson was detained outside Leeds crown court after using social media to broadcast details of a trial that was subject to blanket reporting restrictions. Jailing him, Judge Geoffrey Marson told Robinson it was a “serious aggravating feature” that he was encouraging others to share it and it had been shared widely.

He added: “Everyone understands the right to freedom of speech but there are responsibilities and obligations. I am not sure you appreciate the potential consequence of what you have done. People have to understand that if they breach court orders there will be very real consequences.”

It was the second time Robinson had breached court orders, having narrowly avoided jail in May last year over footage he filmed during the trial of four men who were later convicted of gang-raping a teenage girl.

The judge on that occasion gave him a three-month suspended sentence and told him his punishment was not about "freedom of speech or freedom of the press" but about "justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly".

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Infowars Purged From Major Social Media Platforms, Other Conservative Media Facing Mass Censorship As Well


Liberal Tech Giants Facebook, Twitter, Google-YouTube have all stepped up their harassment of conservative publishers since the 2016 election.

The far left and Democrats understand that conservatives get their news from online publishers.

Since the election, from a Gateway Pundit study, we found that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.

Twitter is shadowbanning and censoring conservative lawmakers and conservative publishers.

Wikipedia is controlled by far left editors who are regularly accused of liberal bias.

YouTube is shutting down conservative pages and demonitizing several others.

A Gateway Pundit June study of top conservative news outlets found that Facebook has eliminated 93% of traffic to top conservative websites.

On Monday Facebook caved to the leftist media mob demanding censorship of InfoWars and permanently banned their page:

Facebook has permanently BANNED Infowars.
For unspecified "hate speech". They didn't even tell us what the offending posts were.
This sets a chilling precedent for free speech.
To all other conservative news outlets – you are next.
The great censorship purge has truly begun.

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 6, 2018

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Good! Armed Bystander Takes Down Gunman At Florida Children's Event

An armed bystander licensed to carry a firearm shot a gunman who opened fire at a back-to-school event at a Titusville park, reports local ABC affiliate WFTV9.

The shooting occurred at Isaac Campbell Park on South Street shortly after 5:20 p.m. when the shooter, whom police have not identified, returned to the park after a fistfight and began firing.

A bystander licensed to a carry a firearm then shot the shooter, who was flown to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. -WFTV9

The bystander who shot the gunman has been fully cooperative with the investigation, according to local police. “We are extremely grateful that nobody else was injured in this incident,” said Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson. “This suspect opened fire at a crowded public park, this could have been so much worse."

Isaac Campbell Park shooting scene secure. One male victim airlifted to local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Titusville Police Detectives on scene conducting ongoing active investigation.

— Titusville Police FL (@TitusvillePD) August 4, 2018

A flyer posted on Facebook and Instagram said a back to school event called "Peace in the City" was going on at the park when the shooting happened. -WFTV9

While we expect 2nd Amendment advocates will point to this incident as a "good guy with a gun" taking down a "bad guy with a gun," gun control activists are likely to pretend it never happened - or that local police would have intervened.

After all, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away!

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3D-Printing Guns Are A Major Potential Win For Freedom, Death Blow To Control Freak Tyrants

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As the debate continues about whether or not 3D-printed firearm plans should be banned, even the ostensible pro-2nd Amendment folks are worried that shooting rampages will occur as a result of these plans being published online. But the reality is far different.

For generations, advocates of private gun ownership have been fighting exhaustively through political channels to protect their right to keep and bear arms. Gun owners even have one of the strongest lobby groups in Washington, the highly disappointing NRA. Yet over the years, gun rights continue to diminish in America, despite the constant political campaigns by the NRA and politicians that claim to support gun rights.

However, in the past few years, one guy with a good idea has managed to do more to protect gun rights than the NRA has in decades of political involvement. Cody Wilson is the founder of “Defense Distributed” and the “Wikiweapon” project, which allows anyone with a 3D printer to create their own untraceable gun in the privacy of their own home.

While alarmists claim that 3D-printed guns will be the end of humanity, the fact is that these plans have been online on torrent and dark web sites for years and we’ve yet to see a single person killed with one.

What’s more, as the gruesome murder-suicide on a college campus in Walnut Creek, California illustrates is that people don’t even need these plans if they want to make their own untraceable gun. Scott Bertics built the gun he used to shoot himself and Clare Orton without anyone knowing and entirely through legal measures.

Psychopaths who want to cause harm to others will cause harm to others using any means necessary. Limiting the ability for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves will never change this.

Wilson makes no secret that the intention behind distributing CAD files to create homemade guns is to make gun control measures obsolete and bolster the Second Amendment, which is under continual assault from anti-gun activists.

As Wilson explains, these files could be used to empower oppressed people all over the world who’ve been disarmed and ruled by criminals and warlords.

“We put a lot of world governments on notice, and I think that’s good in the history of the balance of power between sovereigns and subjects,” Wilson told the Brown Political Review.

From the Armenian Genocide to the Nazi Holocaust to “Black Gun Codes” in America: throughout history, societies who have been disarmed by their governments have given way to massive bloodshed. This is still the case today in countries who’ve turned in their guns.

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Mosques In Canada Are Promoting Mass Murder And Trudeau's Government Does NOTHING To Stop It

The Prime Minister finally found time after his vacation to visit Toronto on the Danforth and place a bouquet of flowers at the makeshift memorial for 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis, who died in the mass shooting July 22 by Faisal Hussain.

For some reason Justin Trudeau could not condemn the actions of the Pakistani-Canadian who spread terror in our city. Instead the P.M. called for “a time of compassion” among all of us.

Compassion? For whom? For the dead? The dead don’t need compassion; they need justice and the truth.

So was Trudeau calling for “compassion” towards mass murderer Faisal Hussain? Is it possible he was influenced by the spin doctoring of those promoting the theory the killer’s actions were exclusively the result of mental illness?

If so, he is not alone. Days after the shooting, I took a long stroll down the Danforth to get a feel for the tragedy that unfolded so close to home. What shocked me was the absence of any large portraits of Reese and Julianna killed by Hussain. What outraged me more was the obvious empathy for the killer as a ‘victim’ of neglect by the ‘system’.

The spin doctors had been very successful in blindfolding the community into believing that had the system treated Hussain’s supposed ‘mental illness’, the tragedy would never have occurred. More than one message at the makeshift memorials had people praying for the ‘soul of the shooter’.

To the bleeding-heart, guilt-ridden white liberals and leftists who attacked protesters, I would like to invite you to please pay attention to extracts of this sermon at the mosque on Thorncliffe Park that catered to the Muslim youth where Faisal Hussain lived"

"O Allah! Count their number, slay them [non Muslims] one by one and make them a lesson to their likenesses."

"Oh Allah, Defeat them and make the ground shake beneath their feet, and show us in them the wonders of Your Might, for they are weak before You, O Mighty, O Powerful."

"O Allah! Raise the standing of Islam and the Muslims."

The Mullah’s sermon ended with the usual rhetoric about Muslims suffering around the world being a result of the conspiracy of non-Muslims.

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Brazil Collapses Into Social And Economic Chaos As High Income Families Flee The Nation

Amid the economic, political, and social collapse, Brazil has been described by many as being in the midst of a “zombie apocalypse” as years of corruption and violence spectacularly implodes all at once.

Horrified by the out of control violence and pessimistic about the nation’s political and economic outlook, thousands of wealthy Brazilians are now fleeing the country.

Thiago Lacerda, a high-profile actor, is one of the thousands of celebrities, bankers, lawyers and affluent Brazilians considering emigration before the next round of turmoil.

“I’m totally freaked out by what’s been happening, especially here in Rio [Rio de Janeiro],” Mr. Lacerda told The Wall Street Journal.

The 40-year-old actor said he has considered moving his family to Europe for the safety of his three children. “In several years, they’re going to want to go out, to start dating, without worrying about getting shot.”

Naercio Menezes Filho, director of the center for public policy at Insper, a São Paulo business school, commented on the situation and pointed out — the elite fleeing the country is the newest trend amid the threat of gang violence and economic instability.

According to a study published in June by Brazilian polling agency Datafolh, about 52 percent of the wealthiest Brazilians — those with a monthly income of more than $2,500 — want to emigrate, while 56 percent of college graduates have plans on leaving the country.

“The hope that Brazilians once had in their country has gone out the window, and many people are now reaching the conclusion that things are unlikely to change in the next few years,” said Mr. Menezes Filho.

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Good! Israeli Pedo Ring Busted In Colombia

Police arrested 18 people after the girls were lured into working at sex parties. The alleged 'Madame' of the operation was among those detained in the raids. Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello allegedly recruited the underage girls.

A child prostitution ring where more than 250 underage girls were branded with tattoos by their 'owners' has been broken up after dramatic raids. Most victims were teenagers. Campos Puello was said to be responsible for recruiting the girls from poor neighbourhoods in Columbia and Venezuela. Police arrested 18 people after the girls were lured into coming the Colombian resort of Cartagena under the pretence of working as models there.

Among those detained was the alleged 'Madame' of the operation - Liliana del Carmen Campos Puello - and several unnamed Israelis who are believed to be the network's ringleaders. They allegedly raped and tattooed all their victims, who were aged between 14 and 17.

Campos Puello was allegedly responsible for finding the girls from the poor neighbourhoods in Colombia and Venezuela. She allegedly helped them with passports and sent them money for expenses. But when the girls arrived in Cartagena, they were stripped of their documents and belongings and forced into prostitution. They were allegedly showcased in catalogues and forced to attend sex parties on luxury yachts and hotels. At least 250 minors were reportedly lured to Cartagena in one year, in what is being called the city's largest sexual exploitation case.

The investigation continues.

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Phantom From Space! (The FBI Claims Its Real)

The website reveals that the U.S. government has known that extraterrestrial beings from other dimensions have visited Earth on multiple occasions.

The mainstream media and Hollywood has been getting us used to the idea of aliens for decades, slowly preparing the human race to accept something the U.S. government has known about for much longer.

According to the FBI, extraterrestrials posses “some type of radiant energy” and “do not come from any ‘planet’, but from an etheric planet which interpenetrates with our own.” reports:

The FBI document shows how they were heavily interested in, and received a letter from someone with “several university degrees” and a former “university department head.” The document had to do with the extraterrestrial phenomenon.

Now, before we go any further, it’s important to mention that, as exemplified by this current document, there are multiple examples of this type of communication between intelligence agencies and high-level academia.

Another great example (apart from the FBI document discussed in this article) is a declassified document discovered in the CIA’s electronic reading room titled “A Telephone Conversation With Dr. John A. Wheeler.” Wheeler was a famous quantum physicist, and the agency was recruiting him to look into the “flying saucer problem”, which was how the CIA referred to it at the time.

Back to the FBI document, apart from the academic connection, it was also addressed to “certain scientists of distinction,” to “aeronautical and military authorities,” and to “a number of public officials.”

This academic, as referred to in the document, outlines he belief, or information gathered by an unknown means, perhaps for the FBI, almost like an agent moulder from the X-Files perhaps, states that some of these disks carry crews and that others are under remote control. It also states that those who occupy these craft have a peaceful mission and that many of them are human-like but much larger in size.

Furthermore, this mysterious academic mentions that the disks “posses some type of radiant energy” and that “they do not come from any “planet” as we use the word, but from an etheric planet which interpenetrates with our own and is not perceivable to us.”

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Saudi Arabia Suspends Diplomatic, Trade Ties With Canada Over 'Blatant' Interference

In a world turned upside down by Trump's unorthodox approach to, well, everything, replete with trade wars and diplomatic scandals, we now have one more, and this one was out of the blue. Late on Sunday, Saudi Arabia unexpectedly unleashed diplomatic hell against Canada when it announced it had suspended diplomatic ties and halted new trade and investment dealings with Canada in a dramatic escalation of a dispute over the kingdom’s arrest of a women’s rights activist.

Saudi Arabia also recalled its ambassador to Ottawa and ordered the Canadian envoy to the capital Riyadh to leave within 24 hours, according to a foreign ministry statement cited by the Saudi Press Agency.

The reason behind Saudi Arabian fury and the collapse in relations appears to have been a recent instance of Canadian virtue signalling: the Saudi foreign ministry cited remarks last week by Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland and the Canadian embassy in Riyadh, criticizing Saudi Arabia’s arrests of women’s rights activists including Samar Badawi. Badawi is a Canadian citizen whose brother Raif Badawi, a blogger who was critical of the Saudi government, was already in jail in the kingdom.

Freeland said in a tweet Aug. 2 that she was “very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia,” and that “Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi."

Canada's Foreign Policy echoed the statement on twitter one day later.

Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.

— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) August 3, 2018

According to the Saudi statement, "the kingdom views the Canadian position as an affront to the kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty."

The statement also noted clear that the arrests "were in line with Saudi laws, and those detained have been provided with due process during investigation and trial."

The loonie slipped as much as 0.2 percent to 1.3019 per U.S. dollar in early trading, following three straight weeks of gains in Canada’s currency - the longest such winning streak since January.

That said, neither Canada nor Saudi trade will be crippled by the decision: according to Bloomberg, there was a trade flow of $3.23 billion between Saudi Arabia and Canada in 2017, with Saudi Arabia exporting $2.14 billion, or 1%, of its products to the North American nation, and as Bloomberg's Javier Blas said, "I don’t see how this is going to put much pressure on Ottawa."

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Good! Police Seize Vatican Laptops In Largest Ever Pedophile Ring Bust

Police have been raiding the offices of the Catholic Church since June, seizing laptops and files belonging to Church officials and the Vatican, after prosecutors became frustrated with the Catholic Church’s ongoing protection of pedophile priests.

According to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the Catholic Church is under no obligation to divulge information about pedophile priests, claiming that details of sexual crimes committed by Catholic officials are protected under canon law as ‘Pontifical secrets‘

However, according to a report by Reuters, beginning since mid-June, there have been six raids on the offices belonging to the Catholic Church. Authorities have reportedly seized documents, files, computers, laptops and tablets belonging to Church officials and the Vatican.

Police and prosecutors stage raids on Chile's Catholic Church offices, leaving Vatican scrambling to respond to scandal that is Pope Francis' worst image crisis, @simmoa and @casslgarrison report: via @ReutersTV

— Reuters TV (@ReutersTV) July 31, 2018

The raids are a part of ongoing investigations into allegations of rampant child sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests all over the world. The raids have been staged as surprise sweeps, and are being regarded as the most aggressive ever undertaken by a judicial authority against the Roman Catholic Church.

Reuters reports:

Two special envoys sent by Pope Francis to investigate a child sex abuse scandal in Chile were meeting priests and Church workers at a university in the Chilean capital last month when aides rushed into the room with an alarming development: police and prosecutors were about to start raiding Church offices.

The envoys were 90 minutes into a seminar on how to investigate allegations of sex abuse committed by fellow clergy following revelations that hundreds of children might have been molested. For decades, the Roman Catholic Church in Chile quietly investigated such allegations without alerting police, but it now stands accused, even by Pope Francis himself, of a cover-up that allowed abusers to operate with impunity.

One of the clergymen listening to the envoys was Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano, the legal adviser to Santiago’s archbishop. The aides rushed to his side and told him, “‘Father, go to the (Church offices) because there’s going to be a raid’,” Ortiz later recounted.

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Turkey Freezes Assets Of US Government Officials In Retaliation To Sanctions

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So much for Trump's strong-arm tactics in changing the mind of Turkey's "executive president."

In retaliation to Washington's sanctions against Ankara announced last week, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Saturday that Turkey will freeze the assets of the US Justice and Interior Ministers in Turkey, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

"The latest step taken by the U.S. in the incident of Pastor Brunson in İzmir was not suitable to a strategic partner. It is a disrespectful step against Turkey." Erdoğan said in a speech at the ruling Justice and Development Party's congress for its women's organization in Ankara on Aug. 4.

"The decision to freeze assets of Turkish justice, interior ministers in the US is illogical. We were patient until last night but I am now instructing my friends today. We will freeze assets, if there are any, of the U.S. justice and interior secretaries in Turkey," Erdogan said adding that "those who think that they can make Turkey take a step back by resorting to threatening language and absurd sanctions proves that they do not know the Turkish nation."

The diplomatic fallout between the two nations, follows the announcement of US sanctions on Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over serious human rights violations against imprisoned Pastor Andrew Brunson. Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of having links with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and FETÖ, which Ankara blames for the failed coup in 2016.

He was transferred to house arrest on July 25, which triggered strong statements from U.S. officials including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and eventually resulted in formal sanctions on Wednesday.

Under the sanctions, any property, or interest in property, belonging to Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu within U.S. jurisdiction would be blocked. Americans would generally be prohibited from doing business with them.

Turkey warned that it would retaliate the sanctions in the same way.

Regarding the arrest of pastor Brunson Erdogan said that they did what the state of law requires and it is not up to anyone to make Turkey's Halkbank pay a price.

Erdogan said: "Do not enter a swap deal with us by arresting the deputy general manager of Halkbank, who went to the U.S. and came back six times." Mehmet Hakan Atilla, former deputy CEO of Turkish state lender Halkbank, has been sentenced to 32 months in prison in the U.S. for violating the sanctions on Iran.

"Turkey cannot be an item of U.S. domestic politics like it became in Europe. Repeating the faults that Europe did, will not earn America anything," Erdogan said. He said they could solve problems with the U.S. by prioritizing their alliance based on mutual interests and strategic partnership.

Despite the announcement of sanctions, Erdogan called for a return to the two country's partnership, saying, "We think there is no problem we cannot solve with the American administration." He said he hoped the U.S. would drop it's "hot-tempered attitude and return to its good senses" as diplomats were working to put behind disputes: "the channels of diplomacy are working very intensely. I think that we will leave behind a major chunk of differences between us soon," adding that they should sort out the disputes rationally.

Those disputes include the arrests of U.S. citizens as well as local consular staff, U.S. senators pushing to block the delivery of American F-35 jets following Turkey's pledge to buy the Russian S-400 missile system, and Turkey's demand that Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt be extradited to stand trial.

But really what the US is most concerned about is Turkey's ongoing pivot toward Moscow.

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QAnon Follower Foils Trump Assassination Plot, Man Held On $1M Bond

Kate Mazzochetti, a brave follower of QAnon, helped foil an assassination attempt against Donald Trump in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania on Thursday.

On the day of President Trump’s rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Mazzochetti wrote on Twitter, “Well @Potus – Our paths cross at the Rally today This ‘Mystery Woman’ would really like to hug OUR FAVORITE PRESIDENT I’m sure @SecretService would have stopped this guy too but I’m glad I got him off the streets before you arrived 😗.”

Accompanying the tweet is a photo of a newspaper article detailing the arrest of Jeffrey Boyd, 55, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is currently being held in Columbia County on a $1 million bond.

After hearing her story, troopers searched for Boyd and found him in the parking lot of a grocery store in Briar Creek. They searched his vehicle and found a loaded gun and extra ammunition.

President Trump was in Pennsylvania to campaign for Rep. Lou Barletta’s campaign for the U.S. Senate. “It’s a scary thought that someone would come from Tulsa to get to this area just to hunt down the president, so those are scary things,” said Bob Reap of Berwick.

According to WNEP, Jeffrey Boyd was arrested in the Briar Creek Township on August 1. The station says that authorities believe Boyd was planning to kill the president and members of the first family because he was “hearing voices.”

WNEP reports that “a woman” went to the state police barracks in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania, to warn them about Boyd. The woman, who is not identified, says Boyd showed up at her door on July 30. The pair had been conversing on Twitter prior to this. She says she agreed to meet him for lunch the following day. The pair ate at Hog’s Hollow Saloon, close to Briar Creek. The owner said that Boyd’s behavior was “confused and manic.”

Heavy reports:

The woman says that Boyd told her over lunch that the CIA is doing tests on him which caused him to hear voices telling him to do harm. Boyd was arrested later that day in the parking lot of a grocery store. Authorities said they found a gun and ammunition in his car.

The woman who foiled the apparent attack told the Press Enterprise that she was shocked when “Jeff from Tulsa pulled into her driveway.” The woman insisted she had no relationship with Boyd. She said she was further shocked when Boyd showed her a spreadsheet of all of the information he had learned about her. The woman had been careful not reveal her real identity on Twitter.

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Good! China's Military To Help Assad Retake Rest Of Syrian Territory

The Chinese Ambassador to Syria, Qi Qianjin, has shocked Middle East pundits and observers with statements this week indicating the Chinese military may directly assist the Syrian Army in an upcoming major offensive on jihadist-held Idlib province.

The "[Chinese] military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria," the ambassador said in an interview with the pro-government daily newspaper Al-Watan, subsequently translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Substantial rumors from pro-Damascus sources of a major Syrian-Russian led offensive to take back Idlib, held since 2015 by a Nusra Front dominated coalition (since rebranding itself as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham/HTS), have been swirling since the now successful Assad campaign to take back the whole of the south was initiated, and these sources indicate the battle could begin as early as September.

But crucially, Idlib province is now the ground zero gathering point of nearly all jihadist and ISIS factions remaining in Syria, including foreign fighters. According to some estimates there are upwards of 40,000 armed jihadists within the main anti-Assad factions in Idlib, embedded within a population of about 2 million civilians and internally displaced persons (IDP's). Thus the coming battle for Idlib is expected to be among the most bloody and grinding of the entire seven years of war, similar to Aleppo in 2016.

China is chiefly interested in allying with Syrian government forces to root out the significant component of Chinese Muslim foreign fighters operating in Idlib. The hardline Islamist Uyghur militants have entered Syria in the thousands over the past few years from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, where the minority ethno-religious group has found itself under increased persecution and oversight by the state.

In 2017 the Syrian government estimated their numbers at around 5,000.

Chinese Ambassador To Syria says: "We Are Willing To Participate In Some Way In The Battle For Idlib Alongside The Assad Army Because of The Uyghur Jihadists Fighting with the Opposition

— Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) August 3, 2018

Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin emphasized mutual counter-terror interests in his comments while making indirect reference to Uyghur jihadists, telling Al-Watan: "...There is positive military cooperation between China and Syria in the domain of counterterrorism. We know that the war on terror and Syria's campaign against the terrorists serve not only the interests of the Syrian people but also the interests of the Chinese people and of [all] the peoples of the world.

He explained further of Chinese interests in the war: "There has been close cooperation between our armies in fighting the terrorists [who came to Syria] from all over the world, including terrorists who came from China. This cooperation between the armies and [other] relevant elements will continue in the future..."

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Project Veritas Exposes The NFL: Urban Meyer, A History of Abuse

Project Veritas has released undercover video of former University of Florida athletes discussing the history of physical and mental abuse they experienced at the discretion of Urban Meyer, the now-embattled head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The videos were filmed in separate meetings throughout late 2017 and 2018 across the country, and feature four players that played at various times during Urban Meyer’s tenure as head coach of the Florida Gators.

According to these players, Meyer would blatantly disregard player’s health and wellbeing. Xavier Nixon, who played at the University of Florida for coach Meyer, recalled an incident where Omarius Hines, a teammate at the time, was severely injured during a weight training session Meyer oversaw called “The Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

“They had a guy’s quads explode in the weight room on the leg press during what we call the Valentine’s Day Massacre. You basically do everything until failure and the lactic acid had built up in his legs so much that his quads literally exploded, they erupted, and he had to be taken out in an ambulance.“

Another player who witnessed the injury, Josh Evans who played safety for the University of Florida between 2009 and 2012, corroborated the event:

“We had a guy on a leg press machine… Guy had probably about six plates on each side of the leg press. So [the coach] blew the whistle as he goin’, and the whole team kinda came over there like go, pushing, pushing, pushing. He got to about 38 [reps,] blew, the sides of his quads just erupted, boom. Legs, screaming, had to take him to the hospital.“

According to the players, there was a culture under Coach Meyer where injured players would be mocked, and the severity of their injuries would be kept from them.

Nixon spoke specifically of an incident regarding Gideon Ajagbe, a freshman for Meyer’s 2010 Florida Gator team, who contracted a severe infection in his shoulder that led to hospitalization. Before he was hospitalized, Ajagbe was forced to practice and was purposefully subjected to ridicule from the team.

Nixon said Ajagbe “was literally dying.” Despite having “bacteria eating the muscle in his shoulders,” Ajagbe was forced to carry “a 45-pound plate over his head… he was crying.” Nixon believed Meyer’s staff “didn’t adequately acknowledge” Ajagbe’s injury. Ajagbe confirmed this event in his own words:

“… it was bad. A lot of what played into my depression was they humiliated me. They thought I was trying to skip out on practice… the word they used, imma be frank, they said I was a puy. They’re like man, you’re a puy, you’re soft, you’re this, you’re that… There was one day, my arm was literally dangling, like I couldn’t lift my shoulder… And they were like everybody run like Gideon… The whole team, like everyone was laughing at me.”

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Bitcoin Blows Up, Leading To Forced Liquidation And A Bail-in From Investors Reducing Their Digital Holdings

We may have found the reason for Bitcoin's persistent weakness over the past week.

After hitting a price above $8,000 thanks to recent Blackrock ETF speculation, the cryptocurrency has dropped 10% in the past week, dropping as low as $7,300 today, leaving traders stumped what was causing this latest selloff in the absence of market-moving news.

It turns out the reason may have been a good, old-fashioned margin call forced liquidation, because as Bloomberg reports a massive wrong-way bet left an unidentified bitcoin futures trader unable to cover losses, resulting in a margin call that has "bailed-in" counterparties forced to chip in and cover the shortfall, while threatening to crush confidence in yet another major cryptocurrency venues.

According to a statement posted by Hong Kong's OKEx crypto exchange on Friday, a long position in Bitcoin futures that crossed on Monday, July 30, had a notional value of about $416 million. After Bitcoin prices dropped sharply in subsequent days, OKEx moved to liquidate the position on Tuesday, "but the exchange was unable to cover the trader’s shortfall as Bitcoin’s price slumped."

The exchange, which identified the problem trader only by an anonymous ID number 2051247, said the position was initiated at 2 a.m. Hong Kong time on July 31.

“Our risk management team immediately contacted the client, requesting the client several times to partially close the positions to reduce the overall market risks,” OKEx said. “However, the client refused to cooperate, which lead to our decision of freezing the client’s account to prevent further positions increasing. Shortly after this preemptive action, unfortunately, the BTC price tumbled, causing the liquidation of the account.”

The exchange was forced to inject 2,500 Bitcoins, roughly $18 million at current prices, into an insurance fund to help minimize the impact on clients. And since OKEx has a “socialized clawback” policy for such instances, it also forced other futures traders with unrealized gains this week to give up about 18 percent of their profits.

As Bloomberg notes, "while clawbacks are not unprecedented at OKEx, the size of this week’s debacle has attracted lots of attention in crypto circles."

The episode underscores the risks of trading on lightly regulated virtual currency venues, which often allow high levels of leverage and lack the protections investors have come to expect from traditional stock and bond markets. Crypto platforms have been dogged by everything from outages to hacks to market manipulation over the past few years, a period when spectacular swings in Bitcoin and its ilk attracted hordes of new traders from all over the world.

“Everyone is talking about it,” said Jake Smith, a Tokyo-based adviser to, in reference to the OKEx trade.

And while everyone also wants to now how much capital was actually at risk, the biggest question is just how much margin there was in the trade. The problem here is that the exchange - ranked No. 2 by traded value - allows clients to leverage their positions by as much as 20 times.

For those who rhetorcially tend to ask "what can possibly go wrong" after every bitcoin slump, well now you know.

What happens next?

OKEx, which requires traders to pass a quiz on its rules before they can begin investing in futures, outlined planned changes to its margin system and liquidation procedures that it said would “vastly minimize the size of forced liquidation positions” and make clawbacks less frequent.

According to Bloomberg, clawbacks are unique to crypto markets and expose the exchanges who use them to reputational risks when clients are forced to absorb losses, said Tiantian Kullander, a former Morgan Stanley trader who co-founded crypto trading firm Amber AI Group.

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NYT Hires Openly Rascist Editor Who Is Calling For The Mass Murder of White People

RELATED: >>>/news/11168

The left is no longer the "peace party" anymore. They are the party of hate. Pro-war. Pro-poverty. Pro-tyranny. Anti-freedom. Anti-sovereignty.

The New York Times has hired a bigot, whose tweets from just 48 months ago would have gotten Roseanne Barr excommunicated from the planet were the race simply changed.

On Wednesday the paper announced the addition of Sarah Jeong to their editorial board as the "newest in a fab group of recent additions." As the Daily Caller's Amber Athey notes, Jeong previously wrote for the Verge and authored a book about online harassment and free speech titled "The Internet of Garbage."

One of Jeong's tweets from 2016 reads: "Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants." Another reads "oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men"

oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men

— sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) July 24, 2014

And while words don't hurt anyone, so who cares - the left has established that anyone's tweets can qualify them for a witch hunt, which is why director James Gunn is no longer employed by Disney after several very pedocentric tweets were unearthed.

As a thought exercise, let's simply change the race Jeong hates so much to black people, as the Twitter account @NotRacistWhen does, and see how she comes off:

"Dumbass fucking black people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants"
"oh man it's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old black men"
"I dare you to get on Wikipedia and play "Things black people can definitely take credit for." It's really hard."
"1. black men are bullshit"
"Black people have stopped breeding. You'll all go extinct soon. This was my plan all along."
"These are inconvenient truths but we should thoroughly examine them instead of giving onto the PC lie that black people don't smell bad"

Now you might be thinking - "Maybe the NYT simply overlooked these tweets when hiring her, and she'll surely be fired like they did with Quinn Norton after her derogatory tweets about black and gay people were unearthed."

Nope, In fact, the paper not only says they knew about the tweets as part of her vetting process - they said her bigoted tweets were simply imitating other racists!

"Her journalism and the fact that she is a young Asian woman have made her a subject of frequent online harassment. For a period of time she responded to that harassment by imitating the rhetoric of her harassers."

Jeong provides two examples of such harassment that justified her dozens of rants about white people, along with a statement which reads "I engaged in what I thought at the time as counter-trolling. While it was intended as satire, I deeply regret that I mimicked the language of my harassers. These comments were not aimed at a general audience, because general audiences do not engage in harassment campaigns. I can understand how hurtful these posts are out of context, and would not do it again."

Roseanne Barr, meanwhile, said she didn't know former Obama admin staffer Valerie Jarrett was black when she compared her to a character from "Planet of the Apes," resulting in ABC swiftly firing her from the reboot of her eponymous show.

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Good! Defense Distributed Defeats Anti-2ndAmend Despots, Allowing Them To Share DIY Firearm Blueprints

A group of anti-gun activists’ bid to thwart a State Department settlement with Cody Wilson’s Defense Distributed was dealt a crushing blow Friday when their Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction was rejected.

Download DIY Firearm Blueprints Here:

The judge in the case ruled that Gabby Giffords, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety had no standing in the case.

On July 10, 2018, Breitbart News reported that the State Department settlement with Defense Distributed was secured via a suit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation. The settlement allows Defense Distributed to share 3-D gun print files, gun part files, etc., online once more. The settlement was to be finalized by the Department of Justice on July 27 so Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and Everytown, filed their motion July 26 in hopes of derailing it.

Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and Everytown criticized the fact that “the Government … entered into this Settlement Agreement,” and added:

Publication of these files on the Internet will cause irreparable harm to the United States and its citizens, as it will allow the global community unfettered access to blueprints for the creation of untraceable and undetectable weapons, which will threaten the security of the United States and its citizens. Due to the nature of the modern Internet, once these files are publicly released, the damage cannot be undone. The balance of harm and the public interest favors granting a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman rejected the motion brought by Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and Everytown, pointing out that they do not have standing to bring a motion against the settlement.

Pitman wrote, “IT IS ORDERED that Movants’ Joint Emergency Motion to Intervene, (Dkt. 96), is DENIED. Because Movants are not permitted to intervene, their Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and for Preliminary Injunction, (Dkt. 97), is DENIED.”

Second Amendment Foundation founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb spoke to Breitbart News about Pitman’s ruling, saying, “The gun prohibition lobby through everything at us they could to overturn our huge win for both the First and Second Amendment rights of Americans and lost. This is a great day for freedom.”

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Scammers Threaten To Release Hacked Webcam Videos Of People Watching Porn

Learn Proper OPSEC: >>>/endtimes/65 |

Here’s a clever new twist on an old email scam that could serve to make the con far more believable. The message purports to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you while you were watching porn.

The missive threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom. The new twist? The email now references a real password previously tied to the recipient’s email address.

The basic elements of this sextortion scam email have been around for some time, and usually the only thing that changes with this particular message is the Bitcoin address that frightened targets can use to pay the amount demanded. But this one begins with an unusual opening salvo:

“I’m aware that <substitute password formerly used by recipient here> is your password,” reads the salutation.

The rest is formulaic:

You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?

Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.

What exactly did I do?

I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

What should you do?

Well, I believe, $1400 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 1Dvd7Wb72JBTbAcfTrxSJCZZuf4tsT8V72
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)


You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.

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China Releases 'Retaliation List' To US Tariffs, Will Levy Tariffs On $60 Billion In US Goods

Just minutes after China appeared to offer Trump an olive branch in the trade wars, when as we reported moments ago it nuked Yuan shorts by hiking forward FX reserve requirements by 20% in the process effectively easing financial conditions in the US by sending the dollar sharply lower (and the Yuan higher), China surprised the market which took the PBOC announcement as a "risk on" signal, by releasing the proposed retaliation list to US tariffs, and announcing it will impose differentiated tariffs on $60 billion in US goods.

In a statement issued late Friday, the State Council, China’s cabinet, said China is preparing to impose duties at levels of 25%, 20%, 10% and 5% on some 5,207 American goods, and will be implemented as soon as the US enacts its own tariffs. Furthermore, the Chinese Government said it reserves the right for additional retaliation measures

Some of the products affected, per Reuters:


More importantly, the Chinese list includes tariffs on some US aircraft, which may lead to pain for Boeing today, although according to the list only "small and medium-sized" airplanes will be affected.

According to the announcement, the measures are to guard its interest and to keep trade frictions from escalating, although the moment Trump sees that China is responding in kind, he will most likely flip out and demand that the next set of $200BN in tariffs be swiftly implemented.

“The implementation date of the taxation measures will be subject to the actions of the U.S., and China reserves the right to continue to introduce other countermeasures,” the State Council statement said. “Any unilateral threat or blackmail will only lead to intensification of conflicts and damage to the interests of all parties.”

On the news, futures which spiked earlier on the FX reserve requirement increase, have slumped back to almost unchanged, with China effectively negating the risk on effect from its currency intervention.

At the same time, the iShares China large-cap ETF turned negative after pushing modestly in the green earlier.

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Leftists Get A Taste Of Their Own Medicine As Facebook Begins Banning Them Too

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Left-wing activists say Facebook mistook them for foreign agents during the platform’s crackdown on “inauthentic” accounts and pages yesterday, according to a report by left-wing tech site Gizmodo.

According to Gizmodo, admins of the now-banned “Resisters” page were unable to determine who was responsible for creating the page — Facebook says that the page had connections to previously-banned "Russian account" — but that it didn’t matter because the page was still a “vital tool.”

Via Gizmodo:

In a Twitter thread Tuesday, Brendan Orsinger, a DC activist who had admin access to “The Resisters” page wrote that Facebook “seems to have mistakenly confused some of us with Russian agents and deleted a legitimate event.” Neither Orsinger nor any of the activists who spoke to Gizmodo seem aware of who is responsible for creating the page. But they also don’t care. It was a vital tool, they said, which allowed them to reach thousands of real people. And ultimately, whoever did create “The Resisters” contributed nothing to the organizing of the real-world events focused on by Facebook.

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Venezuela's Maduro Admits His Socialist Model Has Failed

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro admitted that his socialist economic model has "failed" amid food and medicine shortages as well as a failing infrastructure highlighted by Tuesday's power failure to 80% of Caracas.

Compounding matters is the IMF's Weimar-topping hyperinflation forecast of 1,000,000% by year end, and a GDP set to plummet 18% this year, as the government continues to simply print money to in hopes of filling the void of what was once the country's economy.

"The production models we've tried so far have failed and the responsibility is ours, mine and yours," Maduro told his ruling PSUV party congress. "Enough with the whining... we need to produce with or without (outside) aggression, with or without blockades, we need to make Venezuela an economic power."

"No more whining, I want solutions comrades!"

No word on whether he took a bite of an empanada during his speech while his country starves on the "Maduro diet" - a phrase coined after Venezuela's notorious food shortages gave rise to mass starvation across the country. Not even the donkeys are safe.

Venezuela's socialist government has nationalized a wide swath of industries across the country over the past several years, such as steel and cement plants, food processing, distribution and more. In order to try and control inflation, the country has fixed prices on various goods while imposing tight regulations surrounding foreign exchange.

"I estimate it will take about two years to reach a high level of stability and see the first symptoms of new and economic prosperity, without for one second affecting social security and protection," added the president.

Maduro plans to increase oil production to "six million barrels a day by 2025 or before," amid a crash in output from a high of 3.2 million barrels a day in 2008 to just 1.5 million this year, a 30-year low. Venezuela's crude oil sales comprise approximately 96% of the country's revenue.

The economic crisis has hit so hard that the public transport system has almost ground to a halt, with the government and local councils offering free rides in unsafe and uncomfortable pick-up trucks -- branded "kennels" by users -- after many bus service providers couldn't afford to keep their vehicles on the road.

Maduro, who blames Venezuela's woes on an "economic war" waged by the United States, called on PSUV supporters to help kick-start production and resist US "aggression."

This should all make for some interesting debate questions during the next US elections, as Democratic Socialists have become the "new face" of the left. Just don't ask any questions about economics or logistics...

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Aweful: UK High Court Says Shariah Law Legal, Militant Islam Granted Immunity

In a legal first, a British High Court judge has recognised a shariah marriage when ruling on a ‘divorce’ petition of a Muslim woman, likely setting a precedent on the acceptance of Islamic marriages and divorces in the UK.

Mr Justice Williams ruled that an estranged Muslim couple’s Islamic marriage does fall under the scope of the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act and that they could, therefore, ‘divorce’ — despite the couple never having had a legal civil ceremony, reports The Guardian.

Nasreen Akhter and Mohammed Shabaz Khan, both of Pakistani heritage, had ‘married’ in an Islamic nikah ceremony conducted by an imam in 1998 in West London, and Mr Khan, a businessman, was said by Ms Akhter to have “always introduced me as his wife”.

Ms Akhter attempted to file for divorce, which her partner rejected, with Mr Khan saying that they were not legally married, but only under Islamic law.

Judge Williams disagreed, writing that the marriage had been valid but was now void under section 11 of the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act because it was “entered into in disregard of certain requirements as to the formation of marriage. It is therefore a void marriage and the wife is entitled to a decree of nullity.”

As a result of Judge Williams’ decision, Ms Akhter, a solicitor, will be able to attempt to claim the assests of her ‘husband’ in a settlement.

The ruling was celebrated by family law specialist Hazel Wright from Hunters Solicitors, who said it gave redress to those suffering “discrimination”.

“Ms Akhtar and Mr Khan both knew that their Sharia marriage was not a legally registered marriage. It became vital for Ms Akhtar that the English divorce court rule in her favour, that the marriage should be recognised as void, and not a non-marriage,” Ms Wright said.

“Otherwise she would not have any rights to make any financial claims for herself.

“The ruling that this marriage was just like a marriage for the couple, their families and friends, and indeed it satisfied the UAE authorities, and so was a valid but void marriage has given heart to many who otherwise suffer discrimination.”

A survey conducted by British television broadcaster Channel 4 found last year that more than six in ten Muslim couples are not legally married, with Aina Khan, a specialist in Islamic law, saying that her “anecdotal evidence suggests that in the last five years the proportion of people under 40 having nikah-only marriages is as high as 80 percent”.

In 2008, then head of England’s church and the seat of the worldwide Anglican communion Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said that the adoption of shariah law in the United Kingdom “seems unavoidable”.

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Much Like Third World Commiefornia, Insolvent Greece ALSO Fails To Contain Fires Leaving Hundreds Dead

Cyber group 'Anonymous Greece' have brought down the website of Greek government over the dozens of victims in the Athens wildfires. Access to the website “” was denied for a period of time and showed “Forbidden.”

As reports, in a post on their Facebook page, Anonymous Greece sent their own message to the disaster. Expressing condolences for the victims, the group blamed the government for the unfair death of more than 90 people. “Responsibility lies on the government that remained idle at the time of disaster and did not inform the citizens letting them burn alive,” the group argued.

“It is obvious that nobody would have died had the state reacted in time. People didn’t know the fire was approaching and we came to the point to mourn more than 90 dead families and children,” the message read.

The group claimed that “that was the goal” of the government.

The group also criticized the attitude of the Church and especially Bishop Ieremias who claimed three days after the tragedy that the people who died in the fires “with their death they cleaned their sins.”

“Dear Church, instead of offering help to the fire-stricken people you started accusing the citizens. ‘They were burned because of their sins’. What sins did the twin angels have?” the group notes with reference to the 9-year-old twin girls who died in the fires.

The message was uploaded on Sunday evening, the government website was down on Monday afternoon. The group page on Facebook has been closed down, notes newsit.

As css1971 pointed out very clearly in the ZH comment section:

" The Government Should?

No... The government can't. "

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JUNK PAPER DEBT! Multi-Billion Fund Manager Freezes Redemptions At Bond Funds

In 2015, at the peak of the commodity-crush induced wave of energy defaults, a high-yield bond fund at Third Avenue in froze withdrawals to avoid having to divest holdings at fire-sale prices. That set off a chain of events that rattled credit markets and deepened one of the worst selloffs in years.

Fast forward to today, when Swiss multi-billion asset manager, GAM Holdings announced it has frozen withdrawals at some of its bond funds after a surge in redemptions from clients who sought withdraw their money following the suspension of manager Tim Haywood, the latest in a series of setbacks that sent the company’s shares into a tailspin.

GAM's troubles started last month, when as we reported at the time there was market speculation that a market neutral quant fund it had purchased in October 2017, Cantab Capital Partners, was in trouble, with some pointing fingers at AQR. Perhaps, but it turns out that GAM was also involved when the fund warned of a writedown due to losses at one of its quant hedge funds. The announcement launched a slide in its shares that only accelerated after this week’s suspension of Haywood, who headed the firm’s second-largest strategy, and a warning by CEO Alex Friedman that clients may allocate less money to the firm because of volatile market conditions, accelerated the slump.

Quoted by Bloomberg, Chairman Hugh Scott-Barrett sought to soothe investor fears, saying he’s open to all ways to strengthen the stock price.

“The board of directors and the management team are committed to considering all avenues to optimize shareholder value as we continue to build on the many achievements to date," he said in a statement Thursday.

It only made things worse, and as Zuercher Kantonalbank analyst Michael Kunz wrote in a note to clients, the fund freeze "actually brings GAM out of the frying pan and into the fire." The first was certainly raging in GAM's stock price today, which plunged 12% in Zurich trading, wiping out a third of the company's value in the past month.

On Thursday, GAM announced that the redemption halt came into effect on July 31, Bloomberg reports. That day, an investigation into Haywood raised issues with his risk management procedures and record keeping, and GAm said that it had suspended the manager. Trying to prevent fears of a Madoff-style fraud, the asset manager said at the time that the probe had not raised concerns about Haywood’s honesty and that there had so far not been a material impact on investors.

However, while it remains to be determined if Haywood was a criminal, the bigger problem now facing GAM is how to ringfence his losses: the boards of the investment pools "are now considering all future steps, including liquidations, for 7.3 billion Swiss francs of assets managed in the strategy Haywood oversaw."

There is a word for this: firesale.

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Climate Communism

Reminding you guys of the ongoing climatic change and the people hijacking it for political goals ...

Climate Communism

Or, the hijacking and masking of the naturally occuring change in climate (ongoing and intensifying), while blaming it on human activity and using it for political gains.

Ottmar Edenhofer, U.N. IPCC official
>we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy. [...] One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore
2010-11-22 [1][2]

>he [Ottmar Edenhofer] spent his savings at the age of 14 on the three volumes of Das Kapital by Karl Marx
2013-10-19 [3]

Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union (1990-1991)
>The threat of environmental crisis will be the 'international disaster key' that will unlock the New World Order.
1996 ("A Special Report: The Wildlands Project Unleashes Its War On Mankind" by Marilyn Brannan) [4]

Maurice Strong, organizer of the first U.N. Earth Climate Summit
>We may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrialized civilization to collapse.
1997-09-01 (National Review magazine) [5]

Jacques Chirac, former President of France
>For the first time, humanity is instituting a genuine instrument of global governance, one that should find a place within the World Environmental Organization which France and the European Union would like to see established.
2000-11-20 (U.N. Conference on Climate Change in the Hague)

Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment
>No matter if the science of global warming is all phony ... climate change [provides] the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.
1988 (Calgary Herald) [5]

Timothy Wirth, heads the U.N. Foundation
>We've got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.
1993 ("Science Under Siege" by Michael Fumento) [7]

Richard E. Benedick, President of the National Council for Science and the Environment (then headed the policy divisions of the U.S. State Department)
>A global warming treaty [Kyoto] must be implemented even if there is no scientific evidence to back the [enhanced] greenhouse effect.

Council of the Club of Rome
>In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill.
1991, ("The First Global Revolution, A Report by the Council of the Club of Rome" by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider)

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC (U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change)
>This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.
2015-02-03 [11]

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Despite Bank Bailouts, Subsidies, Mass Debt, Mass Govt Budgets, Welfare, Trade Wars (etc) Poverty Continues To Increase

If the U.S. economy is really doing so well, then why is homelessness rising so rapidly?

As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to increase, the middle class is steadily eroding. In fact, I recently gave my readers 15 signs that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed. More Americans are falling out of the middle class and into poverty with each passing day, and this is one of the big reasons why the number of homeless is surging. For example, the number of people living on the street in L.A. has shot up 75 percent over the last 6 years. But of course L.A. is far from alone. Other major cities on the west coast are facing similar problems, and that includes Seattle. It turns out that the Emerald City has seen a 46 percent rise in the number of people sleeping in their vehicles in just the past year…

The number of people who live in their vehicles because they can’t find affordable housing is on the rise, even though the practice is illegal in many U.S. cities.

The number of people residing in campers and other vehicles surged 46 percent over the past year, a recent homeless census in Seattle’s King County, Washington found. The problem is “exploding” in cities with expensive housing markets, including Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco, according to Governing magazine.

Amazon, Microsoft and other big tech companies are in the Seattle area. It is a region that is supposedly “prospering”, and yet this is going on.

Sadly, it isn’t just major urban areas that are seeing more people sleeping in their vehicles. Over in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, many of the homeless sleep in their vehicles even in the middle of winter…

Stephanie Monroe, managing director of Children Youth & Family Services at Volunteers of America, Dakotas, tells a similar story. At least 25 percent of the non-profit’s Sioux Falls clients have lived in their vehicles at some point, even during winter’s sub-freezing temperatures.

“Many of our communities don’t have formal shelter services,” she said in an interview. “It can lead to individuals resorting to living in their cars or other vehicles.”

It is time to admit that we have a problem. The number of homeless in this country is surging, and we need to start coming up with some better solutions.

But instead, many communities are simply passing laws that make it illegal for people to sleep in their vehicles…

A recent survey by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), which tracks policies in 187 cities, found the number of prohibitions against vehicle residency has more than doubled during the last decade.

Those laws aren’t going to solve anything.

At best, they will just encourage some of the homeless to go somewhere else.

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Iran Starts Labeling GMO Foods With Toxic Warnings

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Countries that restrict the import of GMO’s and refuse private, central banking in favor of national banks are geopolitcally targeted and maligned.

One such country is Iran, which has started the process of labeling all genetically modified food products

The head of Iran’s Food and Drug Administration Gholam Reza Asghari is actually taking things a step further than just GMO labeling.

The agency recently announced that food manufacturers and importers will need to label all food products, whether or not they contain ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms.

Tehran Times reports:

Gholam Reza Asghari noted that GMO labels will be affixed to all genetically modified products, including soybean oil and corn oil, as of the beginning of the current Iranian calendar month of Mordad (July 23), Tasnim reported on Friday.

Also by the next month, all food products containing ingredients which are derived from GMOs will carry labels, as well, Asghari stated.

He explained that the Food and Drug Administration has addressed two important issues that should be taken into serious consideration while importing GM products; they must have been approved by the European Union; and also, the country of origin must be using the GM product.

“Soybean oil and corn oil are the only imported GM products in Iran, while wheat and rice will not be imported into the country under any circumstances,” he added.

In all countries around the world, almost all food such as natural and organic ones as well as GMOs, are labeled, he said, adding that products with genetically-modified ingredients are also cheaper and can be used regarding people’s taste or income.

GMOs is an issue which has its supporters and opponents, but the Food and Drug Administration acts in accordance with the law and is only involved in observing the process, he also mentioned.

The Ministry of Agriculture and other related organizations are among cooperative bodies in observation of GM import process, he concluded.

Maybe the so-called ‘land of the free’ should take a leaf out of Iran’s book.

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SPLC Founder Accused Of Trying To Rape Teenage Step-Daughter

The co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) sexually assaulted his teenage step-daughter, according to recently-uncovered court documents.

Maureene Dees, ex-wife of SPLC co-founder Morris Dees, filed for divorce on March 8, 1979 . According to the divorce documents obtained by Big League Politics, the SPLC founder repeatedly tried rape his step-daughter with a sex toy.

The document was filed by Maury Smith, Julia S. Waters and Charles M. Crook, attorneys for Maureene, in the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. reports:

According to court testimony, among other perverted sexual behavior, Dees attempted to molest his 18-year-old step-daughter with a sex toy. Holly Buck was Maureene Dees’ daughter from a previous marriage.

“Holly testified that, in the summer of 1977, Morris attempted to molest her in the following incident: One night Maureene and Morris were sitting drinking wine and discussing a case Morris was trying,” the brief says. “[Holly] was with them. Around eleven or twelve o’clock, Maureene went to bed and Holly stayed up with Morris discussing the case. Morris kept offering Holly wine, some of which she accepted.”

Holly testified that she declined, choosing to go to bed instead.

“She went to her room and then went into the bathroom,” the document says. “Looking out the window, she saw Morris in the bushes beside the bathroom window looking in. She said ‘Morris, is that you’, but he said nothing and ran away.”

Two months later, things got worse.

“[M]orris entered [Holly’s] room from [Morris and Maureene’s daughter Ellie’s] room, through the bathroom, the document says. “He was in his underwear and he sat on the bed where Holly was lying on her stomach facing away from the door. He touched her on the back and woke her up. He told her that he had brough [sic] her a present, and he presented her with a vibrator. He plugged it in and said he had brought it to her. He proceeded to rub it on her back and said ‘Let me show you how to use it.’”

According to Holly’s testimony, she declined, but Morris proceeded anyway.

“[H]e started to place it between he [sic] legs when she raised her voice and said no loudly,” according to the brief.

He was wearing only a pair of bikini underwear shorts during the incident, according to Holly.

“About two hours later, she had fallen back asleep and he came back in,” the brief says. “He brought the vibrator with him, plugged it in and said again, ‘Let me show you how to use it.’ He tried to show her again by putting it between her legs, but she raised her voice again and he stopped. He took it and left.”

SPLC did not respond to an email request for comment regarding whether they condone Dees’ behavior in time for publication. When Big League Politics called for comment, SPLC’s media contact briskly hung up the phone.

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Good! Populist Italian Govt Vessels Begin Returning Migrants Back To Libya, Commies Outraged

For the first time since 2009, an Italian ship has returned migrants from the high seas to a Libyan port, an operation which has enraged open borders NGOs and which is likely to bring strong rebuke from international bodies.

The UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) has already announced the opening of an enquiry following Monday’s events, which saw an Italian registered supply ship rescue 108 migrants from a vessel in distress, delivering all aboard to Tripoli on the instruction of the Libyan navy. Since late June, the management of Libya’s SAR (Search And Rescue) zone has been the responsibility of the Libyan navy. The zone extends beyond the country’s territorial waters, covering a maritime area where traffickers’ boats have been met by NGOs, and migrants transported to ports on the European mainland.

”No words are enough to describe the outrage we are feeling at the moment!”, French NGO Watch the Med – AlarmPhone announced Monday evening, describing the event as the ”first push-back in years” by an Italian vessel.

”We are shocked!”, claimed Berlin-based NGO, Sea Watch; ”Yesterday, the Italian ship Asso Ventotto brought rescued persons back to Libya in violation of the Geneva Convention on Refugees and the European Convention on Human Rights.” The group insisted that the EU evacuate the migrants to Europe ahead of any legal decision which may follow from the European Court of Human Rights.

Matteo Salvini, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister in Italy’s newly-elected populist government stated early Tuesday that the Libyan coastguard had rescued and returned 611 migrants in recent hours.

”The NGOs are protesting and the people smugglers are losing their business? Good, we’ll continue like this!”, he announced in a Facebook status peppered with smiley face emojis, adding confidently that the Italian coastguard had neither coordinated nor participated in the operation, in spite of claims by a ”foreign NGO” and an ”ill informed left-wing deputy.”

Salvini was referring to Nicola Fratoianni, an Italian left wing deputy currently on the Mediterranean with Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms. Fratoianni had suggested that the Italian coastguard may have been involved in Monday’s operation.

”We are collecting all the necessary information on the case of the Italian tug, Asso Ventotto, which reportedly took back 108 people rescued in the Mediterranean to Libya,” UNHCR Italia said, Tuesday, via Twitter. ”Libya is not a safe haven and this act could result in an infringement of international law.”

The owners of the Italian vessel, Augusta Offshore, have confirmed that their supply ship had rescued the migrants in proximity to an oil and gas platform some 57 nautical miles from Tripoli, and that the operation was coordinated by the Libyan coastguard.

”I promised to defend the borders, I am doing it with all the energies and means that are possible to me”, ‘Italians First’ proponent, Salvini, tweeted on Monday, explaining that after just two months in power, his government’s policies were seeing results.

A prolific social media user, Salvini, 45, Monday evening posted a photo of himself meeting President Donald Trump.

”Trump also recognizes the work that our government is doing on immigration, citing Italy as an example to be followed in Europe in the defense of borders”, he wrote.

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Finally... One Small Step For Common Sense

In a major victory for common sense, a group of cosmetologists defeated an insanely stupid regulation passed down by the state of Louisiana.

Louisiana, just like the other 49 states in the Land of the Free, governs licensing requirements for dozens… hundreds of professions… ranging from athletic trainers to tour guides to barbers and cosmetologists.

And most of the time the licensing requirements are just plain idiotic.

In Louisiana, for example, the State Board of Cosmetology had formerly required an unbelievable 750 hours of training (which costs thousands of dollars) simply to be able to thread eyebrows.

(If you’re like me and totally unfamiliar with eyebrow threading, check out this video. You’ll probably agree that 750 hours of training is totally ridiculous.) [Video linked in report]

And so, in conjunction with the Institute for Justice, several Louisiana-based cosmetologists filed a lawsuit against the Board.

The Board backed down… passing a new regulation exempting eyebrow threaders from such pointless licensing requirements.

One down. 2,214 to go.

That’s right. According to the Institute of Justice’s study License to Work, there are over two thousand licensing requirements across the Land of the Free... and that’s just for low income jobs like manicurists or floor sanders [no wonder America is a third world country]. We’re not even talking about doctors and dentists here.

Another study from the Brookings Institute shows that nearly 30% of US workers require some sort of state license. That’s up from just 5% in the 1950s.

Many of the licenses truly defy any logic whatsoever.

The State of Michigan, for example, sees fit to require 467 days of education and training to receive a barber’s license, but only 26 days to be a licensed Emergency Medical Technician.

The State of California requires aspiring tree trimmers to have 1,460 days of education and training. But pre-school teachers only require 365 days.

The District of Columbia requires 2,190 days of education and training to be an Interior Designer, but ZERO days to be a school bus driver.

The State of Iowa requires 1,460 days for athletic trainers, but just 370 for dental assistants.

What exactly are these people trying to tell us about their priorities? Trees and furniture are more important than children? Hair is more important than health? Abs are more important than teeth?

It’s all quite bizarre.

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Ontario To Scrap Basic Universal Income, Too Insolvent, Less Work, Declining Tax Revenue

The Ontario basic income pilot project is coming to an end, says Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod.

MacLeod said Tuesday that the project was expensive, and "clearly not the answer for Ontario families."

She said the ministry would have "more details at a later date" about how the government would end the project.

Close to 4,000 people were enrolled in the basic income pilot program in Thunder Bay, Lindsay, Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County.

The pilot project started in April 2017. It was originally set to last three years, and explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income to those living on low incomes — whether they were working or not.

Under the project, a single person could have received up to about $17,000 a year, minus half of any income he or she earned. A couple could have received up to $24,000 per year. People with disabilities could have received an additional $6,000.

Turns out the project was "not sustainable" due to massive accumulating debts, and because more people stopped working which not only reduced economic production but tax revenue as well. This whole project relied on tax revenue and someone's got to be working to pay those taxes.

The announcement prompted shock and anger among many who rely on the the project and felt they'd been lied to.

"I'm in shock," he said, reacting to news of the cancellation. "I had a three-year plan and now it's gone."

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath told CBC News that the government's decision is "highly irresponsible."

She said too many people in Ontario are already struggling to find affordable housing and feed their families.

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Thanks /b/! DOJ To Set Up 'Religious Liberty Task Force' In Face of Threats To Religious Peoples

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that a “dangerous movement” in the United States is threatening the religious freedom of the American people, and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is putting in place policies to address the threat and protect people of faith.

“Let us be frank,” Sessions said at the Religious Liberty Summit at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. “A dangerous movement, undetected by many, is now challenging and eroding our great tradition of religious freedom.”

“There can be no doubt,” Sessions said. “This is no little matter. It must be confronted and defeated.”

Sessions said President Donald Trump’s election had provided the opportunity to do just that, but his administration must be vigilant to recognize the efforts to thwart religious freedom. Sessions said:

We have gotten to the point where courts have held that morality cannot be a basis for law; where ministers are fearful to affirm, as they understand it, holy writ from the pulpit; and where one group can actively target religious groups by labeling them a ‘hate group’ on the basis of their sincerely held religious beliefs. This President and this Department of Justice are determined to protect and even advance this magnificent heritage.

The first step, Sessions said, was Trump instructing the DOJ to provide guidance to all government agencies for “interpreting religious liberty protections in federal law” and that the effort continues.

“Today I am announcing our next step: the Religious Liberty Task Force, to be co-chaired by the Associate Attorney General and the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy,” Sessions said.

“The task force will help the department fully implement our religious liberty guidance by ensuring that all Justice Department components are upholding that guidance in the cases they bring and defend, the arguments they make in court, the policies and regulations they adopt, and how we conduct our operations,” Sessions said.

“That includes making sure that our employees know their duties to accommodate people of faith,” Sessions said.

The guidance and now the task force are vital, Sessions said, because it is people of faith who contribute the most to the country’s well-being.

“There can be no doubt that we are stronger as a nation because of the contribution of religious Americans,” Sessions said. “Every day across America, they feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, educate our young people, and care for the sick. They do so not because the government tells them to, but because they want to. They do these things because of their faith.”

“Their faith provides something the state can never provide—meaning and purpose and joy in their life,” Sessions said.

“This administration is animated by that same American view that has led us for 242 years: that every American has a right to believe, worship, and exercise their faith in the public square,” Session said.

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Mass Insolvency, Budget Mismanagement In Philadelphia Leaves Government Trying To Find Ways To Confiscate Property


Like a lot of major cities in the United States, Philadelphia is in pretty rough financial condition.

One of the city’s biggest problems is its woefully underfunded public pension, which has a multi-billion dollar funding gap.

In 2001, Philadelphia’s pension fund was still in decent shape with a funding level of 77%, meaning that it had sufficient assets to meet 77% of its long-term obligations.

By 2017 the funding level had dropped to less than 50%.

Part of this is just blatant mismanagement; while most of the market soared in 2016, for example, Philadelphia’s pension fund lost about $150 million on its investments, roughly 3.17% of its capital.

It’s interesting that, along the way, the city has actually tried to fix the problem. Between 2001 and 2017, the amount of money that the city contributed to the pension fund actually increased by 230%.

Yet despite increasing contributions to the fund, the fund’s solvency level keeps shrinking.

Mayor Jim Kenny summed up the grim situation in his budget address last year:

The City’s annual pension contribution has grown by over 230 percent since fiscal year 2001. . . These increasing pension costs have caused us to cut important public services while the pension fund’s health has grown weaker. In fact, our pension fund has actually dropped from 77 percent funded to less than 50 percent funded during the same time our contributions were so rapidly increasing.

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RED ALERT! Treasonous Communist Bastards Have Begun Confiscating Firearms In Florida, It Is Time To Shoot Back!

More than 467 people in Florida have been ordered by the government to surrender their firearms since March under a new law passed after the deadly Parkland shooting in February, according to a local ABC broadcaster.

The Risk Protection Order, is a “Red Flag” law that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed several weeks after former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in March, allows the local government to disarm the civilian population if a judge determines they are a threat to themselves or others.

Under the new law, state officials have the ability to file risk-protection petitions against irresponsible gun owners in court, which could result in local law enforcement stripping that individual of the second amendment.

Recently, Sgt. Jason Schmittendorf, who is employed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office, told ABC News that Tampa Bay officers have “taken in about 200 firearms and around 30,000 rounds of ammunition.”

“You’ve got an AK-47 style here and an AR-15 style there. We’ve got some rifles and a cache of handguns,” said Schmittendorf, who showed the ABC News team some of the weapons confiscated under the new law.

The Sheriff’s office has assembled a five-person team devoted to working only risk protection cases. Since March, the group has filed 64 risk protection petitions in court, the second highest number of cases in the state. Broward County leads with 88 risk protection petitions (as of early-July).

“It’s a constitutional right to bear arms and when you are asking the court to deprive somebody of that right we need to make sure we are making good decisions, right decisions and the circumstances warrant it,” explained Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri when asked by ABC News why he decided to form an entire unit dedicated to upholding the new law.


To get more clarity on Sheriff Gualtieri’s thought process, he also happens to be the chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, a task force designed to prevent future school shootings.

Since March, ABC has learned that the new law has had over 467 risk protection cases filed across the state (as of July 24th), according to the FL Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DOACS). DOACS is in charge of gun permitting in Florida and is informed when a petition is filed. An agency spokesperson told ABC that “over a quarter of risk protection cases filed so far involve concealed license firearm holders whose license temporarily is suspended once the order is granted.”

However, attorney Kendra Parris — who believes the new law could be disastrous — disagrees with the idea that state officials are making the right decisions. “I think we’re doing this because it makes us feel safer,” said Parris, in an interview with ABC. “What’s wrong with that,” asked reporter Katie LaGrone. “It violates the constitution,” responded Parris.

After four-and-a-half months of the new law, Parris believes Florida’s version of the “Red Flag” law has revealed some important grey areas that need to be addressed: including state officials targeting citizens with risk-protection petitions who do not have histories of violence or mental illness.

“These are individuals who are often exercising their first amendment rights online, who are protecting constitutionally protected speech online,” she said. “Maybe it was odious, maybe people didn’t like it but they were hit with the risk protection order because of it,” she said.

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Pakistan Flipping East? China Celebrates Pro-trade Pakistani PM Imran Khan

Chinese state media celebrated the victory of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan in an editorial Monday, claiming the two countries’ relationship of “iron brothers” will “flourish” under his leadership.

In an editorial in the state newspaper Global Times, author Aftab Hussain points to Imran Khan’s praise for China’s poverty alleviation program and his support for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor established in 2015 as part of China’s global One Belt, One Road (OBOR) infrastructure project.

Pakistan is a key connecting piece in OBOR, a plan that sees China building the world’s most important roads, ports, and railways through giving developing countries predatory loans, such that the infrastructure projects ultimately return to Chinese control.

“Khan has hinted at the outline of the foreign policy of the country,” the editorial states. “He expressed his desire to have friendly ties with all neighboring countries and invited India to peace talks. Recognizing the importance of ties between Islamabad and Beijing, he appreciated China’s poverty alleviation program and expressed the desire to learn from it in order to reduce the gap between rich and poor in Pakistan.”

China has historically been a close ally of Pakistan, although the relationship has been strained in recent years by the threat of jihadi groups. Khan ran on a campaign of improving relations with both China and India by promising to resolve tensions over the disputed Kashmir region.

“Imran himself on a number of occasions has expressed the importance of Pakistan’s ties with China,” the newspaper notes. “The only country mentioned in his party manifesto is China, and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been referred to as a game changer in the region. Imran wants local businessmen to gain from this opportunity.”

“Under Khan’s leadership, ties with China will flourish,” it continues. “The CPEC is an already agreed-upon project and is beyond party politics and biases. Construction of the CPEC will continue unhindered as all parties agree over its importance.”

In recent months, Pakistan’s relationship with the United States has been under threat over a number of diplomatic disputes that include the Trump administration pulling $1 billion in foreign aid, suggesting that Islamabad did not use that money for its intended purpose of combatting radical Islamic groups. As such, China has moved to strengthen relations through goodwill gestures that include the construction of a gleaming new port in the southern city of Gwadar.

The op-ed concludes by stating that all three major political parties in Khan’s coalition support the CPEC and closer ties to China as a method of improving economic growth and increasing regional stability.

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Billionaire Koch Brothers To Support Democrats Pushing Amnesty

Pro-mass immigration GOP mega-donor billionaire Koch brothers are threatening to support Democrats who push for open borders and multinational free trade in the upcoming midterm elections.

During a conference with millionaire and billionaire donors, officials with the Kochs’ network of organizations said that they would gladly put funding in the pockets of Democrats so long as they support aspects of their agenda, which include promoting mass immigration and job-killing free trade deals.

“I know this is uncomfortable,” Americans for Prosperity CEO Emily Seidel told donors, according to CNBC. “If you are a Democrat and stand up to Elizabeth Warren to corral enough votes for financial reform that breaks barriers for community banks and families, you’re darn right we will work with you.”

“If you are a Republican who sits on the committee that wrote the worst spending bill in our country’s history and you voted for it, you’re darn right we will hold you accountable,” Seidel continued.

Charles Koch also threatened the GOP by hinting that he would fund Democrats in the midterm elections, telling the media, “I don’t care what initials are in front or after somebody’s name.”

As Breitbart News reported, the Koch brothers and their network of organizations have been on a campaign over the last few years to oppose President Trump’s popular plan to reduce legal immigration levels to raise the wages of America’s working and middle class.

Most recently, the head of a Koch organization said it was “unacceptable” for Trump and Republicans to ever support reducing immigration to the country—where more than 1.5 million foreign nationals are admitted every year—even though a majority of conservatives oppose all immigration.

On trade, the Koch networks have launched a million dollar ad campaign to oppose Trump’s popular tariffs to protect American jobs and industry that have brought jobs back to steel towns and have successfully led to the European Union conceding to drop trade barriers for U.S. companies.

Under pressure from the billionaire Kochs, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and the GOP-majority House Appropriations Committee have voted in favor of a Homeland Security spending bill that would give at least 32 million Central Americans the right to migrate to the U.S., as well as expand the H-2B and H-2A visa work programs that have displaced blue collar Americans from the workforce.

The GOP-majority Senate, likewise under pressure from the free-trade absolutist Kochs, voted last week to lower trade barriers or eliminate tariffs for thousands of products made in China allowing corporations to readily outsource American jobs and import their foreign-made products back into the U.S. without any consequences.

Currently, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants every year, with more than 70 percent coming to the country through chain migration, where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. In the next 20 years, the current U.S. legal immigration system is on track to import roughly 15 million new foreign-born voters. Between seven and eight million of those foreign-born voters will arrive in the U.S. through chain migration.

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Stocks, Yuan Surge After US-China Seek To Restart Trade Talks

With the next wave of US tariffs hitting as early as Wedensday and negotiations stalled for weeks, Beijing and Washington are looking to restart talks in order to avert a full-blown trade war between the world's two largest economies, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the effort.

Representatives of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are having private conversations as they look for ways to reengage in negotiations, according to the people who spoke about the deliberations on condition of anonymity. They cautioned that a specific timetable, the issues to be discussed and the format for talks aren’t finalized, but added there was agreement among the principals that more talks need to take place. -Bloomberg

Following weeks of stalled negotiations, the United States has been holding high-level internal discussions on trade posture with China, according to a third person who told Bloomberg on the condition of anonymity.

Complicating matters, however, is a harder line approach taken by US trade representatitve Robert Lightizer, who is in charge of the US's "301 investigation" that resulted in the tariffs, and which concluded that China has been stealing US technology.

The next wave of tariffs is set to kick in as soon as Wednesday, with the possible imposition of $16 billion of duties on Chinese imports - a move Beijing has vowed to respond to with the same level of tariffs on US products.

Stocks and the Yuan are surging on the heels of the announcement.


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Democratic Socialists' Utopian Plans Would Cost Taxpayers 32+ TRILLION DOLLARS $$$

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would increase government health care spending [debt] by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center.

That’s trillion with a “T.”

One major problem: Unsustainable debt insolvency destroys the value of your currency, causing prices to hyperinflate! So either we quadruple the tax rate (which would hurt all workers and companies) or we rely on massive amounts of insolvent debts, destroying the value of our currency (which would also hurt all workers and companies).

The latest plan from the Vermont independent would require historic tax increases as government replaces what employers and consumers now pay for health care, according to the analysis being released Monday by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. It would deliver significant savings on administration and drug costs, but increased demand for care would drive up spending, the analysis found.

Sanders’ plan builds on Medicare, the popular insurance program for seniors. All U.S. residents would be covered with no copays and deductibles for medical services. The insurance industry would be relegated to a minor role.

“If every major country on earth can guarantee health care to all, and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States cannot do the same,” Sanders said in a statement. “This grossly misleading and biased report is the Koch brothers response to the growing support in our country for a ‘Medicare for all’ program.”

Sanders’ office has not done a cost analysis, a spokesman said. However, the Mercatus estimates are within the range of other cost projections for Sanders’ 2016 plan.

Sanders’ staff found an error in an initial version of the Mercatus report, which counted a long-term care program that was in the 2016 proposal but not the current one. Blahous corrected it, reducing his estimate by about $3 trillion over 10 years. Blahous says the report is his own work, not the Koch brothers’.

Also called “single-payer” over the years, “Medicare for all” reflects a long-time wish among liberals for a government-run system that covers all Americans.

[And most Americans thought Obamacare sucked!]

The Mercatus study takes issue with a key cost-saving feature of the plan — that hospitals and doctors will accept payment based on lower Medicare rates for all their patients.

The study found that the plan would reap substantial savings from lower prescription costs — $846 billion over 10 years — since the government would deal directly with drugmakers. Savings from streamlined administration would be even greater, nearly $1.6 trillion.

But other provisions would tend to drive up spending, including coverage for nearly 30 million uninsured people, no deductibles and copays, and improved benefits, including dental, vision and hearing.

After taking into account current government health care financing, the study estimated that doubling all federal individual and corporate income taxes would not fully cover the additional costs.

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Turkish Lira Resumes Freefall After Erdogan Threats

RELATED: >>>/news/11340

It now costs more than 4.9 Turkish Lira to buy a US dollar once again as President Erdogan's 'threats' that his country will not "make a step back" and that the US will lose a "strong and sincere ally" if President Trump imposes "large sanctions" until the pastor is freed.

Speaking to the local media, Erdogan said "you can’t make Turkey take a step back with sanctions", and accused Trump of waging a "psychological war," the Daily Sabah reported.

Erdogan also said that the US "should not forget that it will lose a strong and sincere partner" if "the U.S. does not change its stance" regarding pastor Brunson.

"Instead of respecting the ruling they are making this a matter of sanctioning Turkey."

There is a small glint of hope in US-Turkey relations as Turkey’s state-run TRT reports that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Singapore.

As we noted previously, the drama over the fate of the US pastor escalated after US Congress banned the shipment of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey amid objections over Turkey’s plans to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. Erdoğan's government said it was adamant on pushing ahead with the purchase of the American fighter jets, and the Turkish president said he would seek "justice by international arbitration" if the US fails to deliver the fighter jets.

Another key topic of disagreement between the US and Turkey is the fate of Iranian oil imports: Turkey, a long-time client of Tehran, has been resisting US pressure to stop importing Iranian crude which the State Department has demanded its allies do by November 4. Ankara believes that US foreign and economic policy decisions are not binding for Turkey, arguing that any Iranian sanctions must be conducted under the UN-mandated international law.

While the timing and nature of potential sanctions remain uncertain, Bloomberg notes that investors are bracing for any developments that would slow the flow of funds into Turkey and pressure the currency which is already flirting with a record low against the dollar. Turkey relies on short-term portfolio flows for a large percentage of its financing needs, and a further slide in the lira threatens to fuel inflation and hamper companies’ ability to pay back their foreign-currency debts.

“I think the pair will easily test and surpass the all-time high near 4.9745,” said Win Thin, a strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., adding that the central bank may call an emergency meeting if the pressure on the currency intensifies.

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Oy Vey! Russia Jamming US Communications In Syria

"All of a sudden your communications won’t work, or you can’t call for fire, or you can’t warn of incoming fires because your radars have been jammed and they can’t detect anything" — a retired Army colonel who specializes in electronic warfare told Foreign Policy.

A new report details the Pentagon's growing alarm at increased instances of Russian electronic jamming attacks on American troop positions in Syria, which number according to public Pentagon statements at 2000 or more, located on and near a dozen or more "secret" bases mostly in Syria's northeast and embedded among the mostly Kurdish US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

The Foreign Policy report begins:

Officers who have experienced the jamming — known as electronic warfare — say it’s no less dangerous than conventional attacks with bombs and artillery. But they also say it’s allowing U.S. troops a rare opportunity to experience Russian technology in the battlefield and figure out how to defend against it.

Since Russia intervened in Syria at the request of the Assad government in 2015, the two superpowers have butted up against each other on multiple dangerous occasions, but have communicated through an emergency "military-to-military hotline" meant to avoid aerial collisions and direct troop confrontation.

Russia, alongside the Syrian government sees US troops as foreign uninvited occupiers, which have committed acts of aggression against the Syrian state, killing hundreds of Syrian Army soldiers (and instances of Russian mercenaries killed, though they were not under orders by Moscow) during multiple incidents near front lines in Deir Ezzor.

And now, as Gen. Raymond Thomas, head of U.S. Special Operations Command, recently stated at an intelligence and military tech conference, Syria has become "the most aggressive [electronic warfare] environment on the planet."

He said of Russian, Iranian, and Syrian "adversaries": "They are testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our EC-130s [the Air Force's large Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center aircraft]."

Foreign Policy (FP) indicates that electronic jamming by Russian forces signifies an "escalatory" threat in an already confused environment given the broad array of groups and state actors operating in Syria.

The report says the Pentagon officially acknowledged successful Russian jamming efforts last week as follows:

U.S. Army Col. Brian Sullivan described one recent episode to reporters at the U.S. Defense Department last week. He said his troops had encountered a “congested … electronic warfare environment” while fighting in northeastern Syria during their nine-month deployment, which stretched from September 2017 to May 2018.

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BE AWARE: Banks Are Using Immigration Laws As An Excuse To Seize Savings Accounts

An American-born Kansas family had their bank account frozen after Bank of America demanded to know their citizenship status, reports the Kansas City Star.

Josh Collins of Roeland Park, Kansas ignored a letter from the bank asking a variety of personal questions, including whether he was an American citizen or holds dual citizenship with another country.

Josh was born in Wichita, Kansas, while his wife Jessica Salazar Collins was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and is a second generation American citizen whose great-grandfather immigrated from Mexico.

Jessica said she tossed the letter out because she and Josh "thought it was a scam," since Josh had been banking with BofA for the past 20 years. On July 24, however, Bank of America froze the Collins' account - preventing them from accessing cash.

When Josh called the bank, they confirmed that his account had been frozen:

“The first question is, ‘Oh, we sent you something in the mail a few weeks ago,’” he recalled to KCTV5. “I said, ‘Yeah, I remember getting something that didn’t look real.’ And they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, we need to know if you’re a citizen.’ You know, I was born and raised in Kansas like Superman. I said, ‘How much more American can you get?’”

The family says they're lucky they put off a family vacation to Minnesota, as they would have been left high and dry:

“We would’ve found ourselves up there without money,” said Jessica, who says they’ll be changing banks. “No money for gas. No money to feed our kids. For a hotel. No money!”

BofA said that it's standard practice to ask about citizenship status when opening a new account or updating customer information.

“Like all financial institutions, we’re required by law to maintain complete and accurate records for all of our customers and may periodically request information, such as country of citizenship and proof of U.S. residency. This type of outreach is nothing new,” Bank of America said in a statement Friday. “This information must be up to date and therefore we periodically reach out to customers, which is what we did in this case.” -Kansas City Star

Except citizenship questions are not federally required according to the California Banker's Association - the largest state affiliate of the national group. "Not to our knowledge," said spokeswoman Beth Mills, who added that federal law requires banks must collect and verify just four things about account holders; name, date of birth, address and Social Security number.

Other federally chartered banks, including Wells Fargo, ask citizenship questions when some new deposit accounts are opened. The U.S. Department of the Treasury increasingly is urging financial institutions to collect as much information on customers as possible, including citizenship status, and to update often in part to ward against the laundering of money that may flow through foreign countries. -Kansas City Star

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Turkey Responds To Trump's Threat: Sanction Us And We Drop Out Of NATO, US Loses Ally

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country will not "make a step back" and that the US will lose a "strong and sincere ally" if President Trump imposes "large sanctions" as he threatened to do last week, if an American pastor detained in Turkey is not released, the Turkish press reported.

Speaking to the local media, Erdogan said "you can’t make Turkey take a step back with sanctions", and accused Trump of waging a "psychological war," the Daily Sabah reported.

Erdogan also said that the US "should not forget that it will lose a strong and sincere partner" if "the U.S. does not change its stance" regarding pastor Brunson. "Instead of respecting the ruling they are making this a matter of sanctioning Turkey."

As we reported last Wednesday, Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for over twenty years, is being held on charges of supporting the "shadow government" group allegedly led by exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gullen, 77, who Ankara says was behind the failed military coup in 2016 and has been demanding his extradition from the US for the past two years. The American pastor has maintained his innocence and faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty. While last week the Evangelical pastor from North Carolina was transferred to house arrest after being held in a Turkish prison for nearly two years, his trial on terror and espionage charges continues.

Brunson's fate has become the subject of calls from President Donald Trump and US officials for his release. After US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the fate of the American pastor with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Çavuşoglu on Saturday, Erdogan insisted that Brunson's release was never used in a possible prisoner swap deal with Washington.

Last Thursday, one day after Brunson’s custody was commuted from a prison term to house arrest, Trump threatened Ankara with sanctions. Vice President Mike Pence also echoed threats of "significant sanctions" against Turkey.

"The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

In response Çavuşoglu said that "we will never tolerate threats from anybody," before holding a phone conversation with Pompeo.

The drama over the fate of the US pastor escalated after US Congress banned the shipment of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey amid objections over Turkey’s plans to buy S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. Erdoğan's government said it was adamant on pushing ahead with the purchase of the American fighter jets, and the Turkish president said he would seek "justice by international arbitration" if the US fails to deliver the fighter jets.

Another key topic of disagreement between the US and Turkey is the fate of Iranian oil imports: Turkey, a long-time client of Tehran, has been resisting US pressure to stop importing Iranian crude which the State Department has demanded its allies do by November 4. Ankara believes that US foreign and economic policy decisions are not binding for Turkey, arguing that any Iranian sanctions must be conducted under the UN-mandated international law.

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Good! Trump Threatens To Shut Down Government If Wall Not Funded In Next Budget Bill

Not too long ago, in a less turbulent time before the trade wars, the biggest political risk facing the market was the threat of a government shutdown. Well, as of this morning that too is back on the table when in his latest Sunday morning tweetstorm, president Trump said that he is willing to "shut down" the government over border security.

I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018

The tweet was a follow up to an earlier statement, in which the president said that "there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes" and blasted Congress for existing U.S. immigration laws while urged followers to vote for Republicans.

Please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not - and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes. Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world! Vote “R”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018

In a separate tweet, Trump said that he had a "very good and interesting meeting" at the White House with the publisher of the NYTimes, A.G. Sulzberger during which he "spent much time talking about "the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media." and how that Fake News - by which he meant the Times - has morphed into phrase, 'Enemy of the People'."

Trump also touched on the economy, saying that the "best results coming out of the good GDP report was that the quarterly Trade Deficit has been reduced by $52 Billion" and, also praised the near record low unemployment numbers, "especially for African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Women."

Finally, Trump took a moment to praise himself referring to what he said were the "highest Poll Numbers in the history of the Republican Party" adding that "that includes Honest Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan" although it was unclear which poll Trump was referring to.

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Good! Facebook Sued By 'Shocked' Shareholders As The Truth Emerges

RELATED: >>>/news/11217

Following a disappointing earnings announcement that wiped out about $120 billion of shareholder wealth, Facebook, its CEO and CFO, are being sued by a shareholder potentially opening the floodgates for sore-losing stock market gamblers the world over.

"As a result of Defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions, and the precipitous decline in the market value of the Company’s common shares, Plaintiff and other Class members have suffered significant losses and damages"

Who could have seen that coming?

The complaint filed by shareholder James Kacouris in Manhattan federal court accused Facebook, Zuckerberg and Chief Financial Officer David Wehner of making misleading statements about or failing to disclose slowing revenue growth, falling operating margins, and declines in active users.

Kacouris said the marketplace was “shocked” when “the truth” began to emerge on Wednesday from the Menlo Park, California-based company. He said the 19 percent plunge in Facebook shares the next day stemmed from federal securities law violations by the defendants.

"The Individual Defendants possessed the power and authority to control the contents of Facebook's SEC filings, press releases, and other market communications. The Individual Defendants were provided with copies of the Company’s SEC filings and press releases alleged herein to be misleading prior to or shortly after their issuance and had the ability and opportunity to prevent their issuance or to cause them to be corrected.

Because of their positions with the Company, and their access to material information available to them but not to the public, the Individual Defendants knew that the adverse facts specified herein had not been disclosed to and were being concealed from the public, and that the positive representations being made were then materially false and misleading. The Individual Defendants are liable for the false statements and omissions pleaded herein."

Presumably Mr Kacouris would have preferred if Zuck had leaked the material non-public information to him first so he could have unwound his holdings in Facebook shares and avoided the losses from reality suddenly biting on a stock that has grown to the proverbial skies.

As Reuters notes, shareholders often sue companies in the United States after unexpected stock price declines, especially if the loss of wealth is large. The lawsuit seeks class-action status and unspecified damages. A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment.

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Moscow Warns US and EU: Russian Military Knows Plans To Strike Russia, Ready To Defend Russia

A gravely worded new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that within less than 48 hours from President Putin declaring that Christianity is the foundation of Russian nationhood and cultural identity: , Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was forced to warn the US and EU that Moscow was aware of their military plans to attack Russia—and whose US-EU anti-Christ and demonic globalist forces are preparing this week to strike America this coming week with a “hell storm” of disastrous global economic news pointing towards a Western global economic collapse ( both President Trump and President Putin will be scapegoated for ( but whose full truth behind lies squarely at the doorstep of these Western demonic globalists as no one has practiced more fascist-style criminality and brutality towards law and peace than these polite-sounding pseudo-democrats who have been in office for the past 70 years in both the US and Europe.

Moscow knows what military actions Washington and its Western allies might be plotting against it, but the country is well protected, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

“Our awareness of what plans the US and other Western countries’ militaries are nursing in relation to the Russian Federation is guaranteed,” Lavrov told the participants of the Russian youth educational forum “Territory of Meanings”, held some 200km from Moscow in Vladimir Region.

The US has been actively deploying its air-defense systems around the globe, including on Russia’s doorstep, in the Baltic states, and Japan. But the top diplomat said the country shouldn’t worry “no matter what happens in the world,” as its security is ensured. He was citing Russian President Vladimir Putin and new developments in the Russian Army.

According to this [Security Council] report, upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the newly established Russian Federation was descended upon by a hoard of Clinton Regime economic locusts who looted the entire nation ( — one of the worst of whom was the American international fugitive Marc Rich ( — who, on his last day in office, President Bill Clinton pardoned for his crimes — and whose effects were nothing less then apocalyptic leading the collapse of the entire Russian economy in 1998.

Knowing that the next phase of this Clinton Regime led demonic globalist master plan for Russia, after destroying its economy, was to obliterate its borders in order to flood the Motherland with millions of Islamic refugees who would spread disease and wipe out Christianity, this report continues, on 31 December 1999, President Vladimir Putin assumed power — with his thereafter presiding over what is being called the “Triumph of Christianity in Russia” ( that he solidified two days ago by declaring that Christianity is, and will forever remain, the foundation of Russian nationhood and cultural identity:

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Iran's Currency Is Crashing

Iran’s currency hit a record low on Sunday of 100,000 rial to the dollar amid a deepening economic crisis and the imminent return of full US sanctions.

The unofficial rate stood at 102,000 rials by midday, according to Bonbast, one of the most reliable sites for tracking the Iranian currency.

The rate was confirmed by a trader who spoke on condition of anonymity to AFP.

The rial has lost half its value against the dollar in just four months, having broken through the 50,000-mark for the first time in March.

The government attempted to fix the rate at 42,000 in April, and threatened to crackdown on 'black market' traders.

But the trade continued with Iranians worried about a prolonged economic downturn turning to dollars as a safe way to store their savings, or as an investment in the hope the rial will continue to drop.

The currency collapse was encouraged by the US announcement in May that it was pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal, that lifted certain sanctions in exchange for curbs to Iran’s atomic programme.

The US is set to reimpose its full range of sanctions in two stages on August 6 and November 4, forcing many foreign firms to cut off business with Iran.

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Americans Are About To Experience Sharply Higher Prices From Trade Wars

BE PREPARED: >>>/endtimes/7

A few weeks ago, SocGen asked what is arguably the most important question relating to the global trade wars: are tariffs inflationary or deflationary? While there were various nuances, its conclusion was simple: "Inflationary short term, disinflationary medium term."

It appears that the "short-term" part has now arrived, because after several rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs and retaliations between the US and China, American consumers are about to be hit with sharply higher prices as tariffs on industrial metals put pressure on U.S. manufacturers.

In May, President Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on the EU, Canada, and Mexico to help preserve America’s manufacturing base. The response: steel and aluminum prices have risen 33% and 11% respectively since the beginning of the year, as manufacturers began to price in the tariffs.

Moreover, tariffs on additional imported products from China have added even more costs for producers, which are now being aggressively passed through to the consumer.

"You’re going to see higher prices passed on to consumers…almost immediately" Matt Gold, a former deputy assistant U.S. Trade Representative for North America under former President Barack Obama, told CNBC. "A lot of goods are already warehoused that were imported months ago, so it takes a bit of time to catch up, but prices catch up pretty fast," he added.

"The way it works is that a U.S. importer pays the taxes to the customs duties or customs tariffs to the U.S. Treasury," Gold explained. "Of course, that’s going to effect the sale price [and] whatever price at which the exporter sells to the importer is going to lower, because the importer has to pay duties in addition to paying the purchase price."

Gold added that for American consumers, those soaring costs would be spread "really across the board. With Chinese retaliatory tariffs, we’ve imposed those on $34 billion of different goods coming from China. It’s a very broad array of consumer products, industrial products."

“So everything from the person who walks into Walmart is going to pay higher prices as well as the manufacturer buying material imports for their manufacturing processes,” the former official added.

To be sure, the latest Markit PMI already warned about the threat of sharply higher prices, noting that "July saw the steepest rise in prices charged for goods and services yet recorded by the surveys as firms passed rising costs on to customers, in turn frequently linked to tariffs."

And here's why.

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Facebook Censors Over 20,000 Accounts Exposing Plastic Junk Foods After PepsiCo Sues

Facebook removed as many as 20,000 posts relating to a "conspiracy theory" surrounding PepsiCo snack foods after the company filed an interim order to block references to the theory in the Delhi High Court in New Delhi, India.

Following legal action from Pepsico, Facebook has been forced to delete approximately 20,000 posts relating to the truth surrounding the company’s snack “Kurkure,” a corn puff product made for sale in India, Gizmodo reports. Kurkure is in fact made of plastic rather than corn. This truth has spawned numerous YouTube videos and tweets alleging that the snack food is not suitable for human consumption.

According to Indian news website Medianama, PepsiCo obtained an interim order from the Delhi High Court to block any references.

I've gone from having zero thoughts about Kurkure to complete and utter conviction that they are made entirely of plastic.

— Samit Basu (@samitbasu) February 21, 2018

This tweet was not deleted but Twitter users with their country set to India will not be able to view it.

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Putin Welcomes Trump To Moscow For Next Summit As Trump Forced To Postpone DC Meet

RELATED: >>>/news/11251

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited US president Donald Trump to Moscow for a meeting, he has said, but the conditions "need to be right".

Speaking during a visit to Johannesburg, South Africa, he also said of Mr Trump's invitation to the White House that he is "ready to go to Washington".

Mr Trump had invited Mr Putin to the White House last week, after a controversial joint press conference held by the two world leaders in Helsinki.

The White House has since announced that Mr Trump had postponed his meeting with the Russian president on US soil. The postponement announcement came shortly after Russian officials appeared to cast doubt on whether Mr Putin would accept the invitation to the White House for a follow-up summit.

US President Donald Trump would be interested in visiting Russia if he received an invitation, but in the meantime, looks forward to having Russian President Vladimir Putin at the White House sometime after January 1, 2019, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement on Friday.

"President Trump looks forward to having President Putin to Washington after the first of the year, and he is open to visiting Moscow upon receiving a formal invitation," Sanders said.

The White House said that Trump planned to invite Putin for a visit this fall, but on Wednesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said the visit would be postponed until after January 1, 2019, due to the ongoing Russia investigation into allegations of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations characterizing them as groundless.

Earlier in the day, during the press conference held soon after the BRICS summit, Vladimir Putin revealed that he had invited the president of the US Donald Trump to Moscow, however, he also admitted that if the US side could provide a proper working environment, he would himself visit Washington for negotiations.

Meanwhile the mainstream media propaganda and lies are no longer working, as a record amount of US citizens have begun canceling their cable TV services ( as well as canceling newspaper subscriptions (

As the cable cutting and newspaper dumping movements continue to rise in America, increasing censorship of conservatives and nationalists have sent Facebook's ( and Twitter's ( stocks plummeting.

Now everyone is waking up, and we know the truth, which can be summed up well in this new report from Zero Hedge:

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Good! Twitter Follows Facebook As Their Stocks Begin To Plummet From Decline In Users, Censorship


Twitter shares plummeted 19 percent Friday after the company reported a decline in monthly active users and weak guidance.

Twitter reported second-quarter earnings before the bell on Friday:

Earnings per share: 17 cents vs. 17 cents, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate
Revenue: $711 million vs. $696.2 million, according to a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate
Monthly active users (MAUs): 335 million vs. 338.5 million, according to StreetAccount and FactSet estimate

Shares opened down 14 percent.

The company issued weak guidance as well, with adjusted EBITDA between $215 million and $235 million for the third quarter. The company expects stock based compensation expenses to be in a range of $300 million to $350 million for the full year, down from a range of $350 million to $450 million previously expected. Capital expenditures will be in a range of $450 million to $500 million, up from a previous forecast $375 million to $450 million.

For the last quarter, Twitter reported 336 million monthly active users. The platform blamed not moving to paid SMS carrier relationships in certain markets where users have better access to Twitter or Twitter Lite, making changes to improve the "health" of the platform and some impact from GDPR, a set of regulations in the European Union intended to protect consumer data. In total, Twitter estimates about 3 million accounts were affected by these three reasons.

Twitter removed about 70 million accounts in May and June, but Twitter chief financial officer Ned Segal said most of those were not included in its reported metrics because they were not active on the platform for 30 days or more.

The company also recently purged many more user accounts over Russia hysteria, but those changes occurred after the close of the second quarter, so it didn't affect MAUs in this report. Twitter warned MAUs could go down even more next quarter.

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Good! Russian Initiative Is Helping Hundreds of Unwanted Refugees Safely Return to Syria, Where They Belong

Hundreds of Syrian refugees started crossing the border from Lebanon on Saturday, the latest group to return to Syria from its western neighbour.

Three buses carrying scores of people crossed the border into Syria in the early afternoon and more than 30 other buses are in Lebanon to carry more refugees later in the day.

Russia has put forward an initiative to return hundreds of thousands of refugees to Syria, and hundreds have returned from Lebanon over the past weeks.

The head of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim called on Syrian refugees to come to the directorate’s offices to register their names to return home. He added that the move will eventually end up returning “hundreds of thousands” to their homes.

He said that some delays were caused by vetting those that are wanted back home. “We are insisting that no Syrian refugee returns home and then is detained,” Ibrahim told reporters at the border.

Syrian state TV said up to 1,200 Syrians are expected to end up returning on Saturday, adding that more than 30 Syrian buses crossed into Lebanon to bring them back home.

“I have no words to express my feelings,” a Syrian woman told the channel while aboard a bus after she reached the Syrian side of the border. A teenager in the bus carried a poster of President Bashar Assad with a caption that read: “Together on the roads of victory.”

The Russian initiative was proposed following the summit in Helsinki between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, although it was not clear whether the U.S. supported the proposal.

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Again, Commiefornia Burns...

COMMIEFORNIA BURNING SAGA: (Cannot Manage Land Properly, Nor Deal With Disasters 1) (Cannot Manage Land Properly, Nor Deal With Disasters 2) (Cannot Manage Land Properly, Nor Deal With Disasters 3) (Cannot Manage Land Properly, Nor Deal With Disasters 4)

President Trump on Saturday declared a California emergency after the Carr Fire that became a tornado and roared into Redding killing 2 firefighters, burning 80,906 acres, causing 38,000 evacuations and threatening another 4,978 structures.

In recognition that California is at maximum commitment with 10,000 firefighters battling 21 fires, President Donald Trump granted Gov. Brown’s request and issued an emergency declaration Saturday morning. The move authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to release disaster response equipment and resources, plus authorizes U.S. military personnel and Defense Department assets to be utilized.

Cal Fire reported at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning that 21 major fires are burning in California. The Carr Fire that started Monday morning due to failure of a new Tesla almost doubled in the last 24 hours to about 126 square miles.

Redding Searchlight is reporting that two firefighters died and three have been injured from the Carr Fire. Authorities have also put up police tape around a burst out home where a 70-year old women, her 5-year-old, and 4-year-old great grandsons are feared missing in the Quartz Hill area.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said he expects to find several of those people alive and just out of touch with loved ones. Officers have gone to homes of several people reported missing and found cars gone — a strong indication they fled.

The fire sparked Monday by a vehicle in forested hills had scorched 131 square miles (340 square kilometers) by late Saturday, up slightly from 127 square miles (327 square kilometers) in the morning. It pushed southwest of Redding, the largest city in the region, toward the tiny communities of Ono, Igo and Gas Point, where scorching heat, winds and bone-dry conditions complicated firefighting efforts.

It's now the largest fire burning in California.

Two firefighters were killed in the blaze, including a bulldozer operator who was helping clear vegetation in the wildfire's path. He was identified as Don Ray Smith, 81, of Pollock Pines. Redding fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke was also killed, but details of his death were not released.

About 38,000 people were under evacuation orders, 5,000 homes were threatened and the fire was just 5 percent contained.

The latest tally of 536 destroyed structures was up from 500 earlier in the day, and sure to rise. A count by The Associated Press found at least 300 of those structures were homes.

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EPA Blackout: 119 Have Died From Flint Water Contamination Crisis


The death toll from the Flint water crisis currently stands at 119 – a number 10 times higher than the official figure reported by the state.

According to an ongoing investigation by PBS’s “Frontline“, the government is desperately hiding the death toll from the public, blocking media outlets from reporting on what really happened.

Officially, 12 people died from exposure to waterborne legionella bacteria during the 18 months that the city of Flint drew its water from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015. A FRONTLINE investigation found that the actual death toll might be much higher.

— FRONTLINE (@frontlinepbs) July 26, 2018 reports:

The investigation—which centers on Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia caused by the legionella bacteria—comes from an extensive review of six years of death records, and interviews with families of the deceased as well as several epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists.

Officially, 90 people were sickened and 12 died from exposure to waterborne legionella bacteria during the 18 months that the city of Flint drew its water from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015. But FRONTLINE’s investigation has found 119 deaths from pneumonia during that time, some of which scientists say could actually have been caused by legionella.

If the death toll is higher, as the records and interviews suggest, a 15-month delay by state officials in notifying the community about the legionella outbreak may have cost even more lives than the deaths state prosecutors have cited in an ongoing criminal case.

The findings were released just ahead of 67th District Court Judge David Goggins’s Wednesday announcement that he was delaying a decision about whether Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon will stand trial for his handling of the crisis. He faces felony charges of involuntary manslaughter and misconduct in office as well as a misdemeanor charge of willful neglect.

State-appointed Special Prosecutor Todd Flood has argued, according to The Detroit News, that Lyon “had the chance to save lives” when he learned about a Legionnaires’ spike in January 2015, but he failed to do so.

“He had one motive and one motive only, and that was to push this under the table,” the prosecutor asserted in court. “This is politics at its worst.”

While the case against Lyon focuses in part on the death of two Michigan men, as “FRONTLINE” noted, “Flood recently introduced a stack of death certificates showing that deaths from pneumonia in Flint skyrocketed in the months after the city switched its water source. He also argued in court that some of those deaths could be misdiagnosed cases of Legionnaires’ disease connected to the outbreak.”

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Hillary Clinton Mega Donor Charged With Child Sex Trafficking

A major Hillary Clinton mega donor was arrested and charged with child sex trafficking on Tuesday, as part of an ongoing investigation into a child sex cult.

Clinton donor and heiress to the Seagram Co. fortune, Clare Bronfman, was arrested alongside Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman and Nancy Salzman, police have confirmed.

Prosecutors say the four helped operate the secretive NXIVM sex cult – a group which boasts porn star Stormy Daniels and Hollywood actress Allison Mack as members. reports:

Bronfman, who is the heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, will be arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court Tuesday. She is allegedly one of NXIVM’s chief financial backers. Russell and the Salzmans will be arraigned afterwards in Albany. Nancy Salzman allegedly co-ran the NXIVM organization alongside Raniere.

The indictment, obtained by Fox News, alleges the group made up Raniere’s “inner circle” and helped him with various illicit activities such as conspiracy to commit crimes like identity theft, harboring of aliens for financial gain, extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

According to the legal documents, members of Raniere’s inner circle held high positions within the cult and had power in its “Pyramid Organizations,” having served on the executive board of NXIVM. Because the group’s activities were illegal and meant to defraud, the documents say they formed an organized crime “enterprise.”

“The principal purpose of the Enterprise was to obtain financial and personal benefits for the members of the Enterprise by promoting the defendant Keith Raniere, also known as ‘Vanguard,’ and by recruiting new members into the Pyramid Organization,” the indictment reads. “By promoting Raniere and recruiting others into the Pyramid Organizations, the members of the Enterprise expected to recieve financial opportunities and increased power and status within the Enterprise.”

As previously reported, Allison Mack worked alongside Raniere and the four listed on the new indictment to recruit women as sex slaves under the guise of a women’s self-help organization. Members were allegedly branded with the organization’s symbol and extorted with sensitive content including nude photos that they were asked to surrender to the organization as a kind of commitment.

Both Mack and Raniere were previously arrested for their involvement with NXIVM.

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Insolvent UN Begs Members For Bailouts As It Heads For Bankruptcy

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has begun begging members to donate more money to the U.N. amid looming bankruptcy for the international body.

In a letter sent to staff this week, Guterres admitted there was a “troubling financial situation facing the United Nations,” which he claimed is due to late payments.

“Our cash flow has never been this low so early in the calendar year, and the broader trend is also concerning; we are running out of cash sooner and staying in the red longer,” he said. reports:

Guterres went on to say that the organization will be taking measures to look at reducing costs, in a way that won’t affect their mission. He said he also will be proposing to states various steps to strengthen financial stability at the U.N.

Trump administration threats to cut funding do not appear to be directly linked to the cash crunch.

While the administration has been eyeing carefully its payments to various U.N. funds and agencies, the U.S. has not yet reduced or delayed its payments to the budget, though due to the fall start of the U.S. fiscal year, payments usually come later in the year.

Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters Thursday that the issue is “late payments and payments not yet received to the regular budget.”

“Late payment has an impact obviously on our cash flow. It may have an impact on our ability to deliver mandates,” he said.

However, Hugh Dugan, a former U.S. diplomat at the U.N., said that other countries could be mimicking what is perceived as the U.S. backing away from its commitments at the body of diplomacy and international relations.

“A look at the record shows that Trump has continued to fund it at historic levels, chose it to sanction North Korea, and uses it as a platform to defend Israel. However, there is a wide misperception fed by Trump detractors and a combative media that his Administration has walked away from the U.N.,” Dugan, who is also a professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, said.

On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley urged Arab states to provide more funding for Palestinians.

"Americans are very generous people. We are humanitarian oriented. And we continue to seek out ways to help the Palestinian people, whose plight is of genuine concern to us," she said.

“But we are not fools. If we extend a hand in friendship and generosity, we do not expect our hand to be bitten. And as we extend our hand, we also expect others to extend theirs as well.”

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Police Face Lawsuit For Standing Down, Allowing Attacks Against Trump's Supporters

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that a lawsuit by supporters of Donald Trump against San Jose police officers who allegedly failed to protect them from an anti-Trump riot in June 2016 could proceed, defeating the city’s appeal.

The three-judge panel upheld the lower court’s decision that the officers were not entitled to qualified immunity from suit because they “violated clearly established rights” — assuming, for the moment, that the plaintiff’s factual claims against them were true.

The lawsuit stems from a riot that took place outside the San Jose Convention Center on June 2, 2016 during and after a speech by then-candidate Trump, just days before the California primary. As Breitbart News reported from San Jose at the time, anti-Trump protesters outside the venue chanted profane slogans and tore up an American flag. Later, as Trump supporters left the rally, the mob chased them, beat them, and attacked them in their cars. One woman was pelted with eggs in full view of the national media.

That woman, Rachel Casey, is one of the plaintiffs, who are represented by attorney (and Republican national committeewoman for California) Harmeet Dhillon. Dhillon is also representing engineer James Damore’s in his discrimination suit against Google, and she is suing UC Berkeley for free speech issues, on behalf of Berkeley College Republicans and Young America’s Foundation.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo — a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter — blamed Trump for provoking the violence. The local police chief commended the police for showing restraint, even as the mob assaulted people who were simply trying to leave.

The plaintiffs claim that San Jose police failed to arrest the violent anti-Trump demonstrators and allowed Trump supporters to be attacked. Worse, they say, the officers directed them straight toward the waiting mob, even though they were aware of the violence.

The district court agreed that if the allegations were true, the officers had violated the Trump supporters’ constitutional rights. In addition, it appeared they had done so in furtherance of an official municipal policy. The appeals court upheld that decision. Citing precedent, the three judges unanimously held that this was “one of those rare cases” where the violation of rights was “obvious.”

The case will now be sent back down to the district court, where Judge Lucy H. Koh, a Barack Obama appointee, presides.

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Trump Delays 2nd Putin Summit Until 2019 As Russia Prepares For US Economic Collapse

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US President Donald Trump has decided to postpone the next meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until sometime in 2019, after the ‘Russia witch hunt’ ends, National Security Adviser John Bolton said.

"The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year," Bolton said in a statement.

Following the summit in Helsinki, Finland last week, Trump asked Bolton to invite Putin to Washington “in the fall” of 2018. The US president tweeted that he was looking forward to the second meeting, so the two leaders could continue addressing the problems discussed in Helsinki, such as “stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more.”

“There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems... but they can ALL be solved!” Trump said on July 19.

Trump’s invitation to the Russian president was not well-received by the media and on Capitol Hill. Democrats responded with the usual rhetoric accusing Trump of being Putin’s puppet, but even the Republican majority leaders said they would not invite Putin to address Congress.

By contrast, a poll conducted by The Hill found that 54 percent of Americans support a second summit between the two leaders in Washington, and 61 percent say that better relations with Russia are in the best interests of the United States.

In recent months, Russia - some claim - has “strenuously prepared for Putin’s meeting with Trump”.

Firstly, in April the Central Bank of the Russian Federation dumped nearly a half of US Treasuries that it had on its balance sheet, reducing their stock from $96.2 billion to $48.7 billion.

In May the Central Bank continued to do this, having reduced the quantity of treasuries on its balance sheet even more.

Certain news agencies only emphasized that Russia dropped out of the list of the largest holders of treasuries, having noted that this “is less than $30 billion”. They use students in these news agencies, and as a result such “news” appears.

Having read the full report of US Department of the Treasury, it is easy to see that the size of the Russian investments in treasuries was reduced to $14.9 billion.

An 85% liquidation in two months, and we haven't seen the data for June yet...

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Chicago Funnels A Third Of Property Taxes To Mayor-Managed Slush Funds

Nearly a third of property tax revenue in Chicago is diverted into 143 TIF districts controlled by the mayor, nearly half of which are located in affluent neighborhoods.

Tax increment financing, or TIF, districts in Cook County generated a record $1 billion in 2017, up nearly 18 percent from 2016, according to the Cook County clerk. Chicago accounted for most of these gains by generating $660 million, an 18 percent increase from 2016. As long as these TIF districts exist, however, struggling school districts in those districts won’t see a dime of this revenue. This comes at a time when Cook County and Chicago face budget shortfalls up to $95 million and $812 million, respectively, by 2020.

In theory, TIFs are a mechanism used to revitalize “blighted” neighborhoods by providing economic incentives for developers to invest in the area. TIFs freeze the Equalized Assessment Value, or EAV, of all properties in a designated TIF district and divert all property tax revenue above that EAV into a private TIF fund. The amount of property tax revenue collected by individual taxing bodies within a TIF district – school districts, libraries, et cetera – is effectively capped at the frozen EAV.

In Chicago, nearly a third of all property tax revenue is diverted into private TIF funds appropriated for the city’s 143 TIF districts. And despite the fact that TIFs are meant to encourage development in blighted neighborhoods, these districts aren’t limited to underserved areas. Nearly half of the $660 million Chicago collected in TIF revenue last year was captured by TIF districts located in affluent neighborhoods, including the Loop. The LaSalle Central TIF district, which is only 12 years old, brought in nearly $57 million in revenue in 2017, the highest among Chicago-area TIF districts.

This leaves taxing bodies such as Chicago Public Schools scrambling for funding to make up for revenue diverted to TIF funds. In order to make up for revenue lost to TIF districts, local taxing bodies resort to raising their property tax levies. This only adds to Illinoisans’ already heavy property tax burden.

Abuses of the TIF system are well documented, but lawmakers have done little to correct these issues. In fact, Chicago is currently considering a new TIF district encompassing industrial land in affluent Lincoln Park. This follows another recent TIF district established at the site of the former Lathrop Homes.

The reality is that TIFs are a bad deal for everyone but the city officials who award TIF money and the developers who receive it.

Fortunately, some state lawmakers are looking to take necessary steps toward reform. Two bills with bipartisan support – Senate Bill 2880, filed by state Sen. John F. Curran, R-Downers Grove, and House Bill 5230, filed by state Rep. William Davis, D-East Hazel Crest – would define “blighted areas” as areas in which the median household income is “100 percent or less of the area median income,” as specified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This measure would go a long way toward limiting TIF abuse.

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill for irresponsible budgeting practices that benefit connected developers. Until Illinois does away with these political slush funds, local governments will continue to force taxpayers to make up for shortfalls that benefit a select few.

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US Wheat Exports Losing Ground To Russia As Mexico Seeks Non-GMO Organic Wheat

Russia briefly surpassed the United States as the top global wheat supplier in 2016, and the two top global suppliers have been neck and neck since, but recently the US market share has been on a dramatic decline due to Mexico increasingly turning to alternative suppliers like Russia amidst escalating trade tensions with its northern neighbor. This despite soaring Russian prices and a new setback to the Russian crop from drought.

The US has been Mexico's primary supplier since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect, but American suppliers are alarmed as Mexican millers begin looking elsewhere with the threat of tariffs looming, a trend since Donald Trump famously labelled NAFTA "the worst trade deal ever" signed by the US, followed by his April 2017 threat to pull out and has since called to renegotiate.

A recent Reuters report finds that "the U.S. market share decline is accelerating as Mexico casts about for more alternative suppliers in Latin America and elsewhere to hedge against the risk that U.S. grains will get more expensive if the Mexican government imposes tariffs, according to interviews with three large Mexican millers, international grains traders, the top Mexican government agricultural trade official and government and industry data analyzed by Reuters shows."

Worldwide, in the opening half of 2018 total US wheat exports dropped 21 percent, while exports to Mexico fell by a whopping 38 percent, to $285 million.

This comes as last month Trump made good on prior threats to roll back NAFTA and begin anew — "a bad deal for U.S.A. Massive relocation of companies and jobs" with "large trade deficits with Mexico and Canada," the president tweeted back in March — by levying a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the EU.

Predictably, Mexico alongside the EU retaliated with import tariffs on select American products, including steel, apples and pork.

Meanwhile, Russia has come in to fill the gap as producers of Mexican bread, pasta and flour tortillas look for cheaper supplies of wheat, and while Mexican companies are increasingly worried over substantial rumors that Mexico could in return target $4 billion in annual imports of US corn and soybeans.

Russian exports of agricultural products and foodstuffs have grown 16-fold since 2000. In 2016, Russia became the world leader in wheat exports. Since the early 2000s, the country’s share of the world wheat market has quadrupled, from four to 16 percent.

The country’s exports of grain last season (from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) amounted to 35.474 million tons, including 27.075 million tons of wheat. The Ministry of Agriculture expects that the export of grain from Russia in the current agricultural year will be about 53 million tons, while the supply of wheat can reach 40 million tons.

In the next six years, Russian exports of agricultural products will reach $45 billion, according to the forecast of the Ministry of Agriculture. Russia has also been seeking to become a global leader in exports of GMO-free good. GMO has been banned in Russia since 2016.

Nearly half of the world’s nations purchase wheat from Russia, which has been improving yields year after year in an attempt to curb its dependence on agricultural imports.

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Trump Stikes Trade Deal With EU: Europe To Buy Gas and Soybeans From US, All Nations To Reduce Tariffs On Industrial Goods

President Donald Trump scored a “major win” on Wednesday by reaching a limited trade deal with the European Union, which made a “major concession” to the United States to avoid a trade war.

That’s according to business news anchor Neil Cavuto of Fox News — who just last week blasted President Trump over his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

Amidst recent tariffs and tensions, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrived at the White House with two options for a deal to avoid a wider trade war, according to ABC News: “eliminate tariffs on cars for all trading partners or create a limited free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU on industrial goods.”

Trump opted for the latter — and secured Europe’s agreement to buy more American soybeans and liquified natural gas (LNG). The two also announced that they would begin “to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods,” in Trump’s words.

European Commission Pres. Jean-Claude Juncker: “When I was invited by the president to the White House, I had one intention: I had the intention to make a deal today. And we made a deal today.”

— ABC News (@ABC) July 25, 2018

“This was a very big day for free and fair trade, very big day indeed,” Trump says after making a joint statement on reaching a trade deal with the EU’s Juncker #tictocnews

— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) July 25, 2018

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped on the news, which was seen as a major win for Trump’s gamble of using tariffs, tweets, and threats to extract concessions from U.S. trading partners.

Cavuto said: "This is a dramatic, a stunning development, on trade … The Europeans, it might be deemed, have blinked. They have made concessions to President Trump … to meet the president’s demand that lifts tariffs that are already in effect against the European Union. This is a major win for President Trump. It is a major concession on the part of the European Union … A few hours ago, they were pooh-poohing — all the major publications … for the President of the United States, a win, and a big one, economically."

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SUPER GOOD! Ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit Court Rules Open-Carrying Firearms Constitutional!


The ultra-liberal and frequently overturned U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit just ruled that the Second Amendment protects one’s right to carry a gun openly outside of the home.

“We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence,” the majority opinion in Young v. Hawaii reads. Here’s more, emphasis added.

For better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. We would thus flout the Constitution if we were to hold that, ‘in regulating the manner of bearing arms, the authority of [the State] has no other limit than its own discretion.’ Reid, 1 Ala. at 616. While many respectable scholars and activists might find virtue in a firearms-carry regime that restricts the right to a privileged few, ‘the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.’

Citing Peruta v. County of San Diego, the court also stated that the Second Amendment does not protect the right of a citizen to carry a gun concealed — a tension that will eventually need to be resolved in another case. Charles Cooke, of National Review has more:

Unless the panel’s decision is reversed en banc, the two decisions will have to be reconciled. When that happens, it seems most likely either that (a) the court will strike down the open carry bans in Hawaii and California, or (b) the court will adopt the argument, presented by the plaintiffs in Peruta, that a state can choose to ban either open or concealed carry, but could not prohibit both. Watch this space.

The fact that an ultra-liberal court affirmed Americans’ right to openly carry a handgun is a huge win for all Americans, even if the court is dropping breadcrumbs they hope the U.S. Supreme Court picks up to ultimately restrict gun rights nationwide.

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action applauded (NRA-ILA) a ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that confirmed the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense.

“This is a critical issue for law-abiding gun owners who want to exercise their right to self-defense outside the home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA. “The Second Amendment clearly protects the right to bear arms in public.”

The ruling reversed a decision by a Hawaii district court that upheld Hawaii’s ban on carriage outside the home.

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Bad! Bomb Explodes Outside US Embassy In Beijing

A bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Thursday, wounding the lone assailant, the embassy said in a statement, but police described the weapon merely as a "firecracker" according to Reuters. The explosion happened on the street outside southeast corner of the embassy compound, the embassy said.

A 26-year-old man from China’s northern region of Inner Mongolia detonated an explosive device around 1 p.m., the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said on its official Weibo social media account. The man was being treated in a hospital for a non-life-threatening injury, Bloomberg reported .

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Geng Shuang said the case had been properly handled by local police. “It is an isolated case of public security,” Geng said.

The US Embassy released a statement, saying there was an explosion outside the embassy compound. “According to the embassy’s regional security officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb. Other than the bomber, no other people were injured and there was no damage to embassy property.”

Update from the Embassy on the July 26 Incident

There was an explosion at approximately 1pm today on the street outside the South East corner of the Embassy compound. According to the Embassy’s Regional Security Officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb.

— 美国驻华使领馆 US MissionCN (@USA_China_Talk) July 26, 2018

Witnesses told Reuters that they heard an explosion near the embassy and felt tremors.

“I’d just arrived and started to queue and then heard a loud explosion about 100 meters away,” a 19-year-old high school student who gave his name as Li told reporters.

Li said the blast happened shortly after 1 p.m. as he queued to apply for a U.S. visa to take an exam in Los Angeles.

A police SUV appeared to have been damaged, with its back windshield missing, and was cordoned off by police before being removed, a Reuters witness said. The embassy resumed normal operations at about 1.45 p.m., it said.

Crowds were still queueing outside the embassy after the explosion and traffic was moving as normal in an area of northeastern Beijing that is home to numerous embassies including those of France, India and Israel.

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Russia To Begin Construction Of World’s Longest Bridge

Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to work out a plan to construct a bridge connecting Sakhalin Island in the country’s Far East with mainland Russia.

“The question of building a bridge between Sakhalin and the mainland has long been discussed, for decades. It has long been a dream of the people living on the island,” Putin said at a meeting with Sakhalin Governor Oleg Kozhemyako on Tuesday. Putin said he instructed the Russian government to work on the feasibility of the project.

The Russian president noted that this would make life easier for people: “You can come, leave at any time of the year, in any weather.” Sakhalin is the only remaining region in Russia without a land connection to the mainland. Crimea was recently connected when Europe’s longest bridge was built in May.

Building a bridge to Sakhalin will be much more difficult and expensive, since the bridge will be 580km long with railroad links and other infrastructure. The project will require building three main and more than 10 additional spans, and will cost several billion dollars.

The population of the island has dropped by more than 30 percent to just shy of 500,000 people in the last 25 years due to the remoteness of the region and lack of a proper connection with mainland Russia.

In an even more ambitious project, Russia earlier proposed building a bridge connecting Japan’s Hokkaido to the south of Sakhalin Island. The two bridges would make Japan a continental state.

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Good! Italy To Slash Asylum Seeker Benefit Payments

Populist Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has ordered that benefits for asylum seekers be substantially reduced, saying the money saved will be given to police working overtime shifts instead.

The new policy will greatly reduce the amount of money asylum seekers receive but will also limit access to integration courses for those who have been approved for a residency permit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

“More controls and less spending. In the area of immigration, things are finally changing, as promised,” Salvini, who leads the populist League, said.

Currently, migrants receive between 35 to 45 euros per day from Italian taxpayers but Salvini’s new policy will see that amount reduced to around 20 euros per day, with migrants costing taxpayers a total of three billion euros per year.

Salvini also met Rome’s Five Star Movement (M5S) Mayor Virginia Raggi on Wednesday to discuss the issue of illegal Roma squatter camps in the Italian capital pledging to close the camps and return the public space back to the citizens of the city.

Italy Migrant Arrivals Fall by 80 Percent in 2018 Under Populist Government

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 9, 2018

Last month, the League leader said he planned a census for Roma people living in Italy so that those without Italian nationality could be counted and deported back to their home countries. “As for the Italian Roma, unfortunately, one has to keep them at home,” he said.

The Interior Minister also mentioned his plans for the money saved by reducing spending for asylum seekers saying: “With the money taken from the centres for migrants I will pay overtime to the police.”

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Trade War Update: Yuan Tumbles As New Trade Deal Between US and Europe Develops

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The brief rebound in the Yuan is over as a barrage of headlines from China and US spark renewed concerns at Beijing's ability to withstand Washington's war.

Just when you thought the trend had reversed, Yuan has started tumbling back towards cycle lows...

Trump's 'deal' with Juncker, as Goldman notes, seems likely to give the Trump Administration more political flexibility to impose additional tariffs on imports from China...

Rural voters voted disproportionately for President Trump in 2016 and most rural areas have Republican representatives in Congress. Retaliatory tariffs recently implemented by China are particularly focused on agricultural exports that would impose disproportionate economic losses in rural areas and could weaken support for the President’s trade agenda among these constituencies. Additional subsidies are likely to reduce this effect, though they will probably not reverse it entirely.

Overall, developments over the last few days suggest that risks from trade policy are becoming more concentrated on the US-China trade relationship. The preliminary US-EU agreement could lead the White House to believe that imposing tariffs on imports from China could increase the probability of a US-China agreement. With subsidies in place to guard against some of the domestic economic fallout from retaliatory tariffs, the White House is likely to have additional political flexibility to pursue that strategy.

The failure of Chinese regulators to agree to the Qualcomm-NXP deal has prompted notable reactions with NXP CEO confirming his view that "the China decision was absolutely political," and prompting broad-based concerns that all China-related M&A is off the table for now.

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Dennis Shea blasted China this morning as the “most protectionist” economy of all at a meeting of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Shea said China has failed to introduce reforms to make its economy more open to market forces and the harm that is doing can “no longer tolerated," pointing out that China’s approach to international trade is a “zero-sum game."

China has officially threatened - despite its notably asymmetric trade position - to retaliate for any amount of US tariffs, prompting fears that it will use alternative methods of retaliation (i.e. devaluation). Additionally China's WTO Envoy snapped back at US that "extortion and demonization does no good" adding that "holding our feet to the fire won't work."

This trade war is far from over.

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Avoid Airlines: TSA Gestapo Seizing Cash From Innocent Travelers In Police State USSA

If you do travel by flight, you might want to make sure your not carrying much cash with you.

A Yuba City man says law enforcement confiscated his money but he didn’t commit a crime. Now he’s fighting to get back tens of thousands of dollars.

Yuba City resident Josh Gingerich buys and flips trucks. A recent buying trip to do that cost him a bag of cash which was seized by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) drug interdiction task force at O’Hare Airport.

“A little over 29 grand,” the amount taken said Gingerich who was not arrested and did not break any laws. “No marijuana, no drugs.”

“They take you down to a dingy basement room,” said Gingerich. “No cameras…no nothing.”

Gingerich said he was set up by the officers who he says claimed to smell marijuana on a plastic bag filled with dirty laundry in his backpack. He said officers dumped the clothes, filled the bag with cash, then brought it to the drug dog.

“They can just do what they want,” said Gingerich.

Within the United States, it is legal to carry cash, says Benjamin Ruddell of the ACLU.

“There’s no prohibition on carrying cash, or carrying a large amount of cash,” said Ruddell who points out what they believe is flawed with the DEA Civil Asset Forfeiture Program.

“If the purpose of this is to disrupt illegal drug activity…we’d see some of these people be arrested,” said Ruddell.

Last March, the U.S. Justice Department Inspector General released a report saying from 2007–2016, the DEA seized $3.2 billion with zero convictions tied to this money.

“It should be against the law,” said Gingerich.

This happened to Gingerich in February, and he hired Attorney Michael Schmiege to get his money back.

“It’s not a quick and easy process. It’s not like traffic court. It can drag on for years,” said Schmiege.

Schmiege also says drug dogs often hit on the money.

“Most United States currency has trace amounts of narcotics on it,” said Schmiege.

Another twist is that Gingerich lives in California, where marijuana is legal.

“You’re supposed to be innocent until proven guilty,” said Gingerich who wants his money back and interest too.

If Gingerich fails to get his money, it will be divided up between the federal government and local police on the task force.

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Salvini Rejects EU’s Insulting Bribe To Italian Government, Refuses To Deliberately Destabilize Italy

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini has rejected an EU offer to pay out €6,000 for every new migrant they take.

As leader of the nationalist League (Lega) party which makes up one half of Italy’s new populist coalition government, Salvini has seen his popularity surge with the adoption of tough new policies to protect the Mediterranean country’s maritime borders and block the NGOs which have been ferrying thousands of illegal migrants to Europe from smuggler boats off the coast of Libya.

Weakened by a series of advances by conservative, nationalist, and populist parties across Europe, the EU has so far attempted to use the carrot rather than the stick against the Italians, attempting to induce them to accept more migrants through financial incentives rather than financial penalties — without success.

“If they want to give money to someone else they can do so. Italy doesn’t need charity,” Salvini declared bluntly. “Italy is not asking for charity handouts.”

He added that, “Over time, every asylum seeker costs between €40,000 and €50,000” — clearly put out that Brussels thought he would fall for the ruse.

Poland would rather take sanctions than migrants.

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) May 17, 2017

The European Union has struggled to find a sustainable resolution to the migrant crisis ever since Germany’s Angela Merkel opened the floodgates in late 2015, but has been consistently hostile to countries such as Hungary and Poland which have refused to compromise on helping to absorb the influx.

Mariusz Błaszczak, Salvini’s counterpart a the Polish interior ministry, has made it clear that the Law and Justice Party (PiS) government he represents will not countenance Brussels pushing migrants on his country, saying that bowing to the EU’s demands would “certainly be much worse” than any sanctions the bloc could impose.

“We mustn’t forget the terror attacks that have taken place in Western Europe, and how — in the bigger EU countries — these are unfortunately now a fact of life,” he added.

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Cohen Claims Trump Set Up Meeting With Russians In Trump Tower, Trump Claims Bullshit

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.

Cohen's claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.

To be clear, these sources said Cohen does not have evidence, such as audio recordings, to corroborate his claim, but he is willing to attest to his account.


In the latest blockbuster - if true - revelation to emerge from Michael Cohen, president Trump's former lawyer/fixer-turned-leaker for CNN/Mueller, we learned last night that Cohen had told CNN he was ready to tell Robert Mueller that Trump knew in advance about a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya - a Fusion GPS associate who is not a fan of Trump Sr.

Trump's prior knowledge of the meeting would contradict his own denial, that of his son Trump Jr., and several administration officials who have previously said that the President was unaware of the meeting. On July 12 of last year, Trump said of the Tower meeting he "only heard about it two or three days ago," while one week later repeating that he "didn't know anything about the meeting" because "nobody told me" about it.

Keeping all that in mind, Cohen does not have evidence to support this claim according to CNN - but that he's willing to attest to his account in a bid to "possibly lessen his legal troubles."

But the real question is what the president himself would say about the meeting: would he confirm that Cohen is right, or dig in?

We got the answer today when in a series of tweet, Trump lashed out at yesterday's two big political stories, that Mueller was digging through his tweets, and his alleged knowledge of the Trump tower meeting. This is what he said on the first:

"Arrived back in Washington last night from a very emotional reopening of a major U.S. Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, only to be greeted with the ridiculous news that the highly conflicted Robert Mueller and his gang of 13 Angry Democrats obviously cannot find Collusion the only Collusion with Russia was with the Democrats, so now they are looking at my Tweets (along with 53 million other people) - the rigged Witch Hunt continues! How stupid and unfair to our Country."

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RIP: Julian Assange Arrested, Footage Shows Ecuadorian Embassy Being Evacuated

The Ecuadorian embassy in London is being evacuated of staff and furniture ahead of Julian Assange being arrested this week, according to reports.

A white van was filmed removing furniture and belongings from the embassy in London on Sunday, following reports that Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno & British officials came to an agreement to evict the political prisoner from the embassy.

British authorities are expected to deport Assange to the U.S. where attorney General Jeff Sessions has promised to lock the WikiLeaks founder “away for life.” reports:

On Saturday, Glenn Greenwald reported that “the concealed, actual purpose” of Moreno’s trip is to “meet with British officials to finalize an agreement under which Ecuador will withdraw its asylum protection of Julian Assange, in place since 2012, eject him from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and then hand over the WikiLeaks founder to British authorities.”

Any arrest or prosecution presents a severe threat to journalists covering the United States from abroad who are not protected by the First Amendment.

The WikiLeaks founder entered the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19, 2012 and applied for political asylum, which was granted. Since that time the building has been encircled by police waiting on standby to arrest him — presumably to extradite him to the United States for the crime of practicing journalism. UK efforts to detain Assange have cost the government over $10 million to date, though no budget breakdown has been provided.

In March, under pressure from the United States, Ecuador ramped up their efforts to make life unbearable for the publisher. He is no longer allowed to use the internet, phone or have visitors. Without access to the outdoors, Ecuador has effectively left him in worse conditions than our prisoners who are in solitary confinement.

British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed on Friday that the British police are seeking to arrest Assange, though they have consistently refused to state whether or not there is an extradition order in place to send him to the United States — where he would never face a fair trial.

“On Julian Assange I will just say this: he is free to walk out the doors of Ecuadorean embassy any time he wishes. In this country that respects the rule of law, you are innocent until proven guilty. Serious charges have been laid against him and we want him to face justice for those charges but we are a country of due process. At any time he is free to walk on to the streets of Knightsbridge, and the British police will have a warm welcome for him,” Hunt said.

In February, the high court ruled in favor of hacker Lauri Love not being extradited to the US to face charges of hacking our government agencies. The lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, was intensely critical of the conditions Love would have endured in US jails. The same is true for Assange, but yet the UK government appears to be ignoring their own precedent in this case.

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Judge Forces Fusion GPS To Disclose Murky Details Behind Steele Dossier

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Opposition research firm Fusion GPS was dealt a major blow on Tuesday when the a federal judge in a lawsuit against BuzzFeed ordered them to answer a wide-ranging series of questions on the infamous Steele dossier, reports the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross.

U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro issued the decision Tuesday in a defamation lawsuit a Russian tech executive filed against BuzzFeed News, which published the dossier on Jan. 10, 2017.

The trial is scheduled to begin in Miami in November.

Ungaro ruled that attorneys for the executive, Aleksej Gubarev, can ask Fusion GPS representatives in a deposition about the firm’s dossier clients, its efforts to verify the dossier, its decision to hire dossier author Christopher Steele and its interactions with government officials and media outlets, including BuzzFeed. -Daily Caller

“This ruling gave us everything that we had hoped for,” Evan Fray-Witzer, a lawyer for Gubarev, told The Daily Caller News Foundation - adding “After a year of trying everything they could think of to avoid being deposed, Fusion is finally going to have to sit down and answer our questions."

Aleksej Gubarev, owner of global tech firm XBT Holding - which owns Dallas-based Webzilla, is suing BuzzFeed for defamation, claiming they failed to properly investigate the dossier's allegations before publishing the 35-page document - which include the claim that Gubarev was "recruited under duress" by Russia's Federal Security Service, the FSB.

He is mentioned in the last of 17 memos of the dossier - the last of which dated Dec. 13, 2016 claims that Webzilla used viruses and malware to infiltrate the DNC's networks.

Last January, Gubarev said that he was never even contacted by authorities over the matter.

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Good! Mass Censorship Sends Facebook Stocks Crashing, Users Leaving In Droves

For all the mockery he is subjected to on a regular basis, both here and elsewhere, Dennis Gartman issued a very prescient and timely warning ahead of Facebook's earnings. As we noted yesterday in our note why Gartman thinks that this is a "This Is A Dangerous Time", the (formerly) regular CNBC guest pointed out the following troubling fact:

... note the chart this page, courtesy of RBMP Capital, of the huge and increasing sales of Facebook by its founder, Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, over the course of the past several years and most notably over the course of the past several months. When owners sell this aggressively… no matter what the excuse they might give… only the foolhardy do not pay heed.

Today, Gartman understandably takes a victory lap, and writes the following:

Facebook closed at 4:00 p.m. at a new all-time closing higher of $217/share, but when the news came out if fell swiftly to $173/share… a loss of just over 20%! This is fascinating in light of the massive “insider selling” of Facebook shares by non-other than Mr. Zuckerberg himself in recent weeks and noted here yesterday.

Bloomberg has also picked up on this insider selling deluge, and writes that "nine Facebook insiders combined to sell about $4.13 billion worth of stock since the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal first surfaced on March 17."

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg accounted for 85 percent of the total, according to data from, which analyzes such transactions. The social media giant’s stock fell as much as 24 percent in late trading Wednesday after second-quarter sales and user growth disappointed investors.

The acceleration in selling is notable because as Gartman, and we, showed yesterday, that compares with $4.31 billion in all of 2017. And while the traditional excuse is that "the sales were part of pre-determined trading plans" the sharp acceleration in 2018 selling, and especially in recent months, should raise some eyebrows, perhaps those of the regulators, because as Gartman - who will have the last words - writes:

"The selling was of such massive size and such recent hurried nature that one had to take note of Zuckerberg’s liquidation as a clear indication of future potential problems. Those problems were made clear last evening. The SEC may want to take a look!"

"It's all about tech and Facebook," said Tom Essaye, founder of The Sevens Report. "Facebook earnings and guidance were a disaster and at one point the stock was down 25% overnight. Now, the question is how much will Facebook weakness pull down the entire market?

The decline in Facebook's stock dragged down the entire tech sector, with shares of Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet (CIA/Google) all trading lower.

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SAD! Explosion In Sex Dolls, Other Sex Toys Threatens Japanese Race With Extinction

As Japanese birth rates plummet amid a generational fertility crisis, experts have fingered an explosion in sex dolls as an emerging threat to the country's already-dire population problem - with some even saying they will lead to the "extinction" of the Japanese race.

According to the RT documentary "Substitutes," industry insiders say that around 2,000 life-like sex dolls - with adjustable fingers, removable head and customizable genitals are sold annually in Japan. Assuming costs come down and the Japanese workforce continues to put in 14-hour days, there could be tens of thousands of sex dolls floating around the island nation within a decade. Maybe don't look in random closets when visiting friends in Japan.

For sex doll salesman Noburu Tanaka, the advantage of owning one of the ¥420,000 ($3,750) synthetic dolls is its lack of expectation. “It’s an amazing feeling. It looks like a doll, but you feel as though it’s really alive,” he told RT. “When you make love to your wife, there can be some problems. With a doll, none of that matters.”

For Kanako Amano, a demography expert at the NLI Research Institute in Tokyo, the dolls pose an existential threat to the future of a country where the population is estimated to decline by a third in the next 30 years. -RT

"The biggest problem in Japan is the decline in birthrate and population. It’s being called a national disaster,” said Amano. “The Japanese are at a crossroads, facing the threat of extinction. We’re an endangered species."

In the early 1950s, fertility rates hovered at a healthy 2.75 children per woman, UN data shows. By 1960, as businesses asked more and more of their employees, the fertility rate had fallen to 2.08. Japan had sunk to a critical threshold known as "replacement fertility," the bare minimum to avoid losing population.

"In those days, women's university enrollment rate exceeded 40%," Tokyo University economist Hiroshi Yoshida tells Business Insider. But as more women entered the workforce, fertility began to plummet. Today, more than 50 years later, Japan's fertility rate sits at 1.41, the population is falling, and brutally long work hours remain the norm. - Business Insider

That said, "loneliness among older people" appears to be one of the main drivers of the rise in sex dolls in Japan. Sell doll owner Moru, for example, purchased his polymer companion after the death of his wife.

There was a void in my heart,” he told the documentary team, as he pointed at the row of dolls arranged in a sitting position on his couch. “When I met them, my life became inextricably bound to them. Since these girls appeared in my home, and thanks to them, I haven’t felt that lonely anymore…” - RT

Moru and his friend Keroro - who owns up to 20 dolls - take drives or trips together to parks, where they pose the dolls on benches and other locations to take photographs.

Meanwhile, China's one-child policy, and now two-child policy, has conditioned the population to shun large families.

China and Hong Kong, meanwhile, has been suffering from similar low fertility rates amid an epidemic of "grass-eating men" - lame, feminized Chinese man-children who refuse to step up their game and get laid.