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STRANGE: Mueller Indictments Based On A Russian Publication About A Russian Internet Research Agency?

RELATED: >>>/news/6631 ; >>>/news/6636

A 37-page indictment issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on Friday brings fresh American attention to one of the strangest elements of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election: The Internet Research Agency (IRA), an alledged state-sponsored “troll factory” in St. Petersburg.

But much of the information Mueller published on Friday about the agency’s efforts to influence the election had already been published last October — in an article by a Russian business magazine, RBC.

In a 4,500-word report titled “How the 'troll factory' worked the U.S. elections,” journalists Polina Rusyaeva and Andrey Zakharov offered the fullest picture yet of how the “American department” of the IRA used Facebook, Twitter and other tactics to inflame tensions ahead of the 2016 vote. The article also looked at the staffing structure of the organization and revealed details about its budget and salaries.

Zakharov agreed to answer some questions for WorldViews about his reaction to the details about the IRA in Mueller’s indictments (Rusyaeva left journalism after the story came out, although she stresses she did not do so because of a reaction to the story). Zakharov explained how it was a strange feeling seeing something he had so closely investigated become a major issue in the United States, when it had not been a “bombshell” when he published his report at home.

The transcript below has been edited for length and clarity.

WorldViews: You’ve read the Mueller document. What was your reaction to it?

Andrey Zakharov: Well, of all the people who are mentioned there, only some people were the real top managers of the troll factory.

Like [Mikhail] Bystrov, who’s been the head of all its legal entities for a long time. He’s a former policeman. Another guy is [Mikhail] Burchik. We wrote about him. He was the executive director of the troll factory for a long time. And the last guy is Jeyhun Aslanov. He was and I think he’s still with the head of American department.

Both Aslanov and Burchik always denied that had something in common with the factory, Bystrov never commented it.

The other staff mentioned are very incidental. I mean, it seems like they put down all the names they could get. Some were people who worked there in 2014 — but most of these guys didn’t work for the troll factory for a long time. They didn’t even work there during the elections. Like Krylova, she didn’t work there then. [Aleksandra Krylova is one of the two named Internet Research Agency employees the indictment said traveled to the United States in 2014.]

It looks like they just took some employees from the that American department whose names they could get. But the American department was like 90 people. So my reaction was that, for me, it was like that curious list of oligarchs and Kremlin authorities where they put the whole Forbes list and the whole Kremlin administration on it. It’s very strange.

Read the rest of this insanity here:

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Jeff Sessions Should Be Terminated ASAP.

Jeff Sessions Should Be Terminated ASAP [Embed]

Eric Holder was involved in a blatant obstruction of justice and Jeff Sessions has done NOTHING about this. Why is he not being charged with any crime?


The IRS scandal. They have done nothing on this.

ERIC HOLDER – FAST & FURIOUS - held Congress in contempt. The statute of limitations is running-out and they have done NOTHING.

The e-mail scandal. Hillary Clinton. Refuses to prosecute.

The Clinton Foundation. Refuses to prosecute.

Jeff Sessions is not allowing lady justice to administer justice.

Brian Pagliano case – Pal of Hillary - Jeff Sessions refused to submit sub-poena, refused to prosecute him. He told Jason Chavez he would not prosecute Brian Pagliano.

Jeff Sessions attempted to block the release of The Memo.

Jeff Sessions is ignoring FISA Abuse.

Jeff Sessions is complacent with Mueller and his kangaroo court.

Rosenstein committed a crime by signing the fake FISA requests and Jeff Sessions praises him.


We have a CORRUPT JUSTICE department' and a corrupt revenue agency.

Jeff Sessions must go now.

He is being paid and not doing his job. Evidence is ample.

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Good! Father Beats The Daylights Out of Pedo Stalking His 11 Year Old Daughter

A pedophile who had been grooming an 11-year-old girl on WhatsApp, trying to lure her to his house for sex, has been caught and beaten to a bloody pulp by her father after he pretended to be his daughter online and tricked the predator into meeting him in a public location.

The 29-year-old, identified as Germán Acosta, had been sending the 11-year-old sexually explicit messages on WhatsApp and encouraging her to lie to her parents so she could meet him at his Buenos Aires home.

But Acosta had not been counting on her father finding out. The child told her dad what was happening and from that moment on he took charge of the situation, exchanging messages with Acosta as if he were his daughter and arranging a “date” to see him, where he planned to dish out some “old fashioned Argentine justice”.

“Tell them you are going to see a friend,” the pedophile wrote to the young girl, not knowing her dad was now reading the messages. He also asked her to send photos of herself in her underwear. “I’m a virgin,” she told him. “That’s great,” he replied.

“First he wanted to have the date at his house and I told him yes, of course, because I was going to kill him. He would open the door and I would kill him,” the girl’s father, Walter Rodríguez told TV channel TB.

“This son of a bitch is a pervert. He sent photos to my 11-year-old daughter,” he wrote on Facebook. He also shared screenshots of the WhatsApp conversation to prove his case against the predator.

El Pais reports: Both the pervert and the father are now facing charges, but neither of them have been detained.

Rodríguez is accused of battery and Acosta of online harassment and grooming – the crime of befriending a child to lure them to perform sexual acts.

“I made my statement before Justice. I told them everything, how it happened, I showed them the screenshots, what he had been sending to my little girl,” Rodríguez explained. “I don’t understand why they let him go. A person like this doesn’t deserve to be free.”

Under local law, a person who contacts a minor online or via phone messages to groom them faces between six months and four years in prison.

“By letting him free there is the potential risk to society because he could continue harassing these children,” warns Hernán Navarro from the not-for-profit group Grooming Argentina.

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Former CIA Chief: Its OK For America To Meddle In Foreign Elections... But No One Else Should Do That!

RELATED: >>>/news/6631 ; >>>/news/6636 ; >>>/news/6705

Former CIA chief James Woolsey appeared on Fox News to push the Deep State narrative of how dastardly those 13 Russian Facebook users were in “disparaging” Hillary Clinton and “meddling” with America’s democracy.

Woolsey did his Deep-State duty and proclaimed the evils of so-called “expansionist Russia” and dropped dubious ‘facts’ like “Russia has a larger cyber-army than its standing army,” before he moved on to China and its existential threats.

But then, beginning at around the 4:30 mark in the video below, the real debacle of the conversation begins as Ingraham asks Woolsey, “Have we ever tried to meddle in other countries’ elections?“

He responds, surprisingly frankly, “Oh probably… but it was for the good of the system...”

To which Ingraham replies, “We don’t do that now though? We don’t mess around in other people’s elections?“

Prompting this extraordinary sentence from a former CIA chief…

“Well…hhhmmm, numm numm numm numm… only for a very good cause… in the interests of democracy.“

So just to clarify – yes, the CIA chief admitted that Democracy-spreading CIA meddles in the Democratic elections of other nations “in the interests of democracy.”

In case you wondered which ones he was referring to, here’s a brief selection of confirmed meddling since 1948:

2016: UK (verbal intervention against Brexit)
2014: Afghanistan (effectively re-writing Afghan constitution)
2014: UK (verbal intervention against Scottish independence)
2011: Libya (providing support to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi)
2009: Honduras (ousting President Zelaya)
2006: Palestine (providing support to oust Prime Minister Haniyeh)
2005: Syria (providing support against President al-Assad)
2003: Iran (providing support against President Khatami)-
2003: Iraq (ousting of President Hussein)
2002: Venezuela (providing support to attempt an overthrow of President Chavez)
1999: Yugoslavia (removing Yugoslav forces from Kosovo)
1994: Iraq (attempted overthrow of President Hussein)
1991: Haiti (ousting President Aristide)
1991: Kuwait (removing Iraqi forces from Kuwait)
1989: Panama (ousting General Noriega)
1983: Grenada (ousting General Austin’s Marxist forces)
1982: Nicaragua (providing support
1971: Chile (ousting President Allende)
1967: Indonesia (ousting President Sukarno)
1964: Brazil (ousting President Goulart)
1964: Chile (providing support against Salvador Allende)
1961: Congo (assassination of leader Lumumba)
1958: Lebanon (providing support to Christian political parties)
1954: Guatemala (ousting President Arbenz)
1953: Iran (ousting Prime Minister Mossadegh)
1953: Philippines (providing support to the President Magsaysay campaign)
1948: Italy (providing support to the Christian Democrats campaign)

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Apple's iPhone Source Code Leaks Out, Hackers Can Now Steal Everything You Have On Your iPhones

Remember a few months ago when an Apple engineer casually posted an internal HomePod build that contain plenty of iPhone X secrets? That was Apple’s most significant leak in history… until this week when someone shared the source code for a key piece of the iPhone’s core software, called iBoot. That’s the code that runs on the iPhone before iOS gets started, and whose secrets Apple has never shared.

It’s unclear how it ended up on Github, but the iBoot source code leak is now being called the “biggest leak in history,” according to security researcher Jonathan Levin’s comments to Motherboard.

Levin, who wrote a series of books on iOS and macOS, says it’s a “huge deal” that the iBoot code got out. “iBoot is the one component Apple has been holding on to, still encrypting its 64-bit image,” Levin said. “And now it’s wide open in source code form.”

The code appears to be real according to his own reverse engineering. Even though the leaked iBoot code is from iOS 9, it may still be relevant to security researchers and hackers looking for holes in Apple’s mobile operating system. Apple has not confirmed the authenticity of the leak.

Any iBoot vulnerabilities discovered could lead to new jailbreaks, and even ways to decrypt the iPhone. The leak could also allow hackers to emulate iOS on non-Apple platforms.

Motherboard explains that vulnerabilities inside previous versions of iBoot allowed hackers to brute-force their way into older iPhone models by circumventing lock screen protection. However, that’s no longer possible on new devices that have a Secure Enclave Processor on board. 

The iBoot leak could bring back tethered jailbreaks too, the kind that require the phone to be connected to a computer when booting.

What’s interesting about the leak is that it was first posted on Reddit about a year ago, but it went largely unnoticed by most people. However, it’s likely that some people noticed the leak and have been working on discovering iOS vulnerabilities for months. On the other hand, Apple has surely made several improvements to its iBoot code since iOS 9, so it’s unclear what might come of this leak.

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Florida Sheriff Calls For Teachers To Arm Up, Conceal Carry On School Campus

RELATED: >>>/news/6556 ; >>>/news/6683

Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd says schools must be allowed to adopt a system where concealed firearms holders are on campus and can “run to the threat.”

He stressed that 911 is not sufficient because the attacker is already on campus, making his presence known via violence by the time 911 is called.

Judd told Fox News, “The average shooter is finished with his evil deed in two to five minutes… in Broward County it was three minutes. The average police response is plus five minutes. When 911 is called the shooter is on the campus wreaking havoc, that’s too late…We have got to have specially trained people that have concealed firearms that can run to the threat and protect our children.”

Sheriff Grady Judd: “We have got to wake up, wake up and understand that we have to have… specially trained people that have concealed firearms that can run to the threat and protect our children.”

— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 17, 2018

On June 26, 2017, Breitbart News reported that educators and school staff in Colorado were using the FASTER system to train to carry concealed firearms on campus in defense of themselves and their children. Teachers in this program learn to do the very things Sheriff Judd described–to run to the threat and eliminate it, so as to protect our children.

Schools in many parts of the country are wide open, and the presence of an armed resource officer does not change that. After all, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had an armed resource officer whom Nikolas Cruz simply circumvented before opening fire.

Sheriff Judd’s point is that we must have another layer of armed protection, a layer consisting of concealed firearms holders who can run toward the threat and eliminate it.

It is inhumane to demand that educators likewise be sitting ducks.

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Boom! Netanyahu Associates Raided, Arrested En Mass

RELATED: >>>/news/6252 ; >>>/news/6459

Police on Sunday said senior officials in the Bezeq phone company were arrested over the weekend in a graft probe involving close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after a “dramatic” development was reported over the weekend in the case.

In a statement, police said “a number” of high-ranking officials in Israel’s national telephone company Bezeq were detained in the so-called Case 4000.

Two “very close” associates of the prime minister were also arrested, Hebrew-language media reported. The arrests came less than a week after police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two separate graft probes.

“Following evidence discovered by the Israel Securities Authority in the investigation of the Bezeq case, which raised suspicions that additional offenses had been committed, a new investigation was initiated this morning by investigators from the authority and from Lahav 433,” said police on Sunday, referring to its anti-fraud unit.

“A number of suspects have been arrested as part of the investigation, including senior officials in the Bezeq group,” it added.

In a filing with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Sunday, Bezeq confirmed that senior officials at the Bezeq group had been arrested, as part of a new joint investigation between the Israel Securities Authority and the police.

A gag order has been imposed on other details of the investigation, the company said, adding that the firm has no further information on the nature and circumstances of the investigation.

In the case, police suspect that Shaul Elovitch, owner of the Walla news site and the controlling shareholder of Bezeq, swayed coverage of Netanyahu on the news site in exchange for benefits for Bezeq.

The director-general of the Communications Ministry, Shlomo Filber, is accused of illicitly allowing Bezeq to buy shares of Yes, a satellite cable provider. Filber was appointed by Netanyahu, who also served as communications minister before handing over the portfolio to Likud’s Ayoub Kara.

Netanyahu has not been named as a suspect in the probe, but according to Israel Radio, the prime minister could soon be questioned under caution in the case.

“This is another false claim,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said on Sunday, in response to the arrests. “The prime minister did not work to benefit Elovitch and Bezeq, not for positive coverage or anything else.”

On Friday Hadashot TV reported unspecified dramatic developments, saying the case involves “surprises” and that it appears to be “the strongest case of them all, with explosive potential.”

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Top UNICEF Children's Rights Campaigner Jailed for Rape of Teenage Boy

A leading children's rights campaigner, who helped governments around the world tackle the issue of abuse, has been jailed for raping a 13-year-old boy.

Former UNICEF consultant Peter Newell admitted three counts of indecent assault and two counts of buggery and was sentenced to six years, eight months in prison.

He has also been placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

The 'horrific' sexual assaults took place over a three-year period in the 1960s but have only come to light following a police investigation last year.

Newell, 77, of Wood Green, North London, who has led the campaign to ban the smacking of children in Britain, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on January 3.

News of his imprisonment comes amidst warnings that predatory paedophiles are exploiting the aid sector after 125 British charity workers were accused of sexual abuse in 2017.

The scale of the problem has been laid bare by the scandal facing Oxfam whose staff have been accused of downloading pornography, using prostitutes in Haiti and preying on teenage volunteers in UK shops.

Along with his partner, Rachel Hodgkin, Newell helped prepare UNICEF's Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, launched in Geneva in January 1998.

The document, which provides a detailed reference of law, policy and practice aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of children, is still used by governments all over the globe.

It is also used by various United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, human rights institutions and academics.

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UN Chief Dr. Andrew Macleod: Oxfam and the Clinton Foundation Were Involved In Child Sex Trafficking

A courageous whistleblower has gone on the record claiming that the United Nations, Oxfam, and The Clinton Foundation all traffic children and sell them for sex.

According to former UN Chief Dr Andrew Macleod, major international aid agencies are responsible for the sex trafficking of children in many of the countries they operate in.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the former UN Chief provides graphic detail to prove that charities around the world, including the Clinton Foundation, are staffed by a disproportionately high number of pedophiles and are guilty of sex trafficking.

He claims that the UK’s National Criminal Intelligence Service warned the charities 20 years ago that organised pedophilia was becoming rife the developing world. The National Criminal Intelligence Service said that pedophiles were working for international charities in order to gain access to children. The nature of the industry (supposedly providing humanitarian assistance) also provided the pedophiles with cover.

But according to MacLeod, these warnings were ignored, perhaps because by then it was already too late…

MacLeod’s words excoriate the aid industry: “Those who deny it are either lying through their teeth, or have their heads buried so far in the sand that their ignorance is deliberate.”

He further claims this problem has been “common knowledge in aid circles for almost 30 years“.

When working for the Red Cross in Yugoslavia, 1996, MacLeod heard of a nightclub “Florida 2000” in the Bosnian city of Zenica, where prostitutes were working from the age of 14.

These girls had been trafficked by the UN for their own personal pleasure, from the next-door nation of Moldova.

MacLeod was a witness as UN official Kathryn Bolkovac tried to expose this at the time. She was first demoted, and then fired. A campaign was launched to shut her up and destroy her credibility. In 2010 her story was turned into a film, “Whistleblower”, starring Rachel Weisz.

Aid workers typically earn £30,000 a year, but they work in countries where the annual earnings can be as little as £300. This gives them enormous relative wealth, enabling them to live like kings, with the typical perverted taste of royalty.

Pedohpiles gain tremendous influence working for powerful international organisations, like the UN or Oxfam, and the perfect platform to orchestrate the abuse and exploitation of human beings, in particular the most vulnerable in society – children.

Actress Minnie Driver has severed connections with Oxfam and quit her “ambassador” role for the charity.

Meanwhile, Oxfam’s International Chairman was arrested for fraud in Guatemala a few days ago.

With these dire truths being revealed to the public, the same public whose donations are essential to the survival of the international aid companies, things are suddenly looking very dicey.

Clinton Foundation abuses in Haiti are well known. Oxfam took a very snooty high road to distance themselves from the Clinton Foundation when its grotesque fraud of the Haitians was internationally exposed. In Oct 2016, Breitbart reported on a Clinton foundation insider describing “how Oxfam screwed us”.

But the truth is Oxfam has been no better.

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Sweden Democrats Promise to Reduce Asylum Numbers to Zero and End Chain Migration

The anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats (SD) have promised to reduce both asylum claims and chain migration — or ‘family reunification’ — to zero, and pledged to turn the migration board into a “remigration” board.

The election platform, released this week, claims that under an SD government Sweden would only take in asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the party, said the SD policy, when compared to the Moderate Party, “is between 50,000 and 60,000 asylum and family immigrants per year,” Blekinge Läns Tidning reports.

The SD has also announced that if elected they will be focusing their efforts on deportations of both failed asylum seekers and those who do not wish to remain in Sweden.

On Twitter, the party wrote: “Many who live here do not want to [stay], but yearn to their homelands. We believe that for both their sake and that of our society, we must offer real opportunities to return.”

Populist Sweden Democrats Leader Vows to ‘Declare War’ on Rising Levels of Organised Crime

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) January 18, 2018

Another major pillar of the SD platform is the issue of law and order, especially in the heavily migrant populated no-go zones across the country where grenade attacks, shootings and sex attacks have become a major problem.

Earlier this year Åkesson promised to allow the Swedish military to work in a support role to help police officers deal with the escalating violence, which has seen police stations targeted by explosives and police vehicles attacked with grenades.

Last year members of the Moderate Party proposed allowing the military to operate in no-go zones, and more recently Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven refused to rule out the possibility of deploying the armed forces.

According to Åkesson, he sees the United States as a model for how to deal with organised criminality. He said he wanted to see the participation in criminal organisations criminalised in a law likely similar to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act of 1970.

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GOP Mega Donor Al Hoffman Turns Commie Pinko, Threatens To Cut All Funding For Protecting 2nd Amendment

GOP mega donor and real estate developer Al Hoffman Jr. says he will not write another check to Republicans until that pass an “assault weapons” ban.

The New York Times reports that Hoffman made this announcement via an email that he sent to Jeb Bush and Gov. Rick Scott (R), among others. Hoffman was a major contributor to the George W. Bush presidential campaign. He also donated more than $1 million to a PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s failed presidential campaign bid.

Hoffman wrote, “For how many years now have we been doing this — having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings — and how many years has it been that nothing’s been done? It’s the end of the road for me.” He added, “I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons. Enough is enough!”

Hoffman did not define an “assault weapon,” did not say whether it is a set type of firearm or just any rifle that has the cosmetic features banned by Democrats from 1994-2004. It must be noted that the Democrat ban did not ban the rifles, only the cosmetic features. Is that what Hoffman has in mind?

Or is Hoffman focused on the semiautomatic action of “assault weapons.” If so, will semiautomatic handguns have to be banned to appease him as well?

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ECB Governor, European Central Banker, Detained For Corruption

Back in May 2016, Lithuania central bank head, and ECB governing council member, Vitas Vasiliauskas said that contrary to widespread perceptions of central planners as clueless hack economists who would not survive one day in the private sector and who can only inflate asset bubbles, then watch them burst and replace them with even bigger asset bubbles, central bankers are really "magic people."

“Markets say the ECB is done, their box is empty,” Vasiliauskas told Bloomberg in the spring of 2016. "But we are magic people. Each time we take something and give to the markets -- a rabbit out of the hat."

It now turns out they also appear to be corrupt, criminal people because on Saturday, Vasiliauskas' next door peer, Latvian central bank Governor, Ilmars Rimsevics who is also a member of the European Central Bank’s governing council, was detained by Latvia's anti-graft bureau, prompting calls for him to step aside to prevent harming the country’s financial sector.

In a statement to Reuters, Latvia’s Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis did not say why Rimsevics had been detained or what he was being investigated for. However, he attempted to reassure people that the economy was stable.

Rimsevics, 52, has worked at the Baltic nation’s central bank since graduating with an MBA from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, in 1992. After first taking the role of deputy governor that year, he was promoted to governor in 2001. He’s been a member of the ECB governing council since 2014, when Latvia adopted the euro.

Hardly encouraging confidence, the statement said that “there are no indications that would suggest threats to the financial system of Latvia,” Kucinskis said, confirming that it is very likely that there are copious threats to the financial system of Latvia, whose central banker may soon be in prison for graft.

As a result, finance minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola said Rimsevics should step aside for the time being to protect the Baltic country’s reputation.

“Given that the governor of the central bank is a symbol for every country, [then] I think that it would be sensible at this moment that Mr. Rimsevics, at least during the investigation, steps down,” Reizniece-Ozola told a news conference.

“Under the current circumstances... every day that Mr. Rimsevics remains in the post of governor of the central bank, the situation (for the reputation of Latvia’s financial system) substantially worsens,” she said.

Latvia’s Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens, speaking on Radio Latvia, also said the governor should consider resigning. The home and office of the central bank’s governor were searched on Friday, the state broadcaster said on Saturday.

As Bloomberg adds, this is the latest setback for Latvia’s banking sector, which last week was hit by allegations by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network that its third largest financial institution by assets, ABLV Bank, has institutionalised money laundering, claiming it helped entities allegedly linked to North Korea’s missile program process transactions -- charges the lender denies.

The ECB declined to comment, according to Bloomberg. Another ECB governing board member, Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras, is also being accused of bribery, an accusation he vehemently denies, alleging political persecution aimed at forcing him to resign.

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Trump Blasts FBI For Not Taking Action Against Parkland Shooter, Too Focused On Russia

RELATED: >>>/news/6556

President Donald Trump has criticized the FBI after the agency disclosed that it failed to follow up on a detailed warning about the 19-year-old gunman who is charged with killing 17 people and wounding a dozen others at a Florida high school on Wednesday.

“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable,” Trump tweeted on Saturday night.

A “person close to Nikolas Cruz” contacted the FBI’s public access tipline on Jan. 5 to “report concerns about him,” the FBI said in a statement Friday. The caller provided information about “Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,” the statement said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said the FBI’s failure was “unacceptable” and called for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it,” Scott said in a statement. “The FBI director needs to resign.”

"They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" the president said on Twitter.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion with anyone connected to the Trump campaign.

Alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested and has confessed to the shooting, according to a police affidavit. His state-appointed defense attorney said Friday that Cruz is willing to plead guilty to life without parole in order to be spared the possibility of a death sentence.

Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

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Tanner crab season closes

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The tanner crab fishery wrapped up last week.

Nat Nichols, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist for the Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries, says the opening lasted roughly four days, which is about what they expected.

And as far participation goes, he says a total of 55 vessels registered, 43 of those on the east side and 12 on the southwest side.

“That’s a bit higher than we’ve seen in previous season with comparable GHLs, and I think that has to do with cod fishing being slow and just general enthusiasm for tanner crab fishing being that we haven’t had a season in four years.”

It’s the first time tanner has been open for crabbing in the Kodiak area since 2013, and it’s a derby, which means the vessels fished until they reached this year’s guideline harvest level of 400,000 pounds. Nichols says they pulled in about 422,000 pounds, a little over the GHL.

They keep track via radio.

Nichols explains the vessels can only lift their gear between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and they touch base with managers after the close of the day.

“So then we call all the vessels on the radio and ask for a report for the day and all we’re looking for is the location, where you are, how many pots you lifted, and how many legal crab you retained, and that’s voluntary reporting, and we got excellent reporting out of the fleet.”

He says the majority of the vessels reported, and managers calculate weight based on data about the average crab size.

Nichols says crab reach maturity every five years at 5 and half inches, and deckhands need to measure the crab to make sure they’re big enough to keep.

“We had reports in the fleet that we were in fact dong a lot of measuring and that they were seeing lots and lots of crab in the pots that were just sublegal. That is a good sign for next year. Meaning that if we’ve got lot of crab in the water that are just sublegal, next year some of those will be legal, and they may contribute to a fishery next year.”

It’s no sure thing that there will be a fishery in 2019, but Nichols says that’s to be determined following summer surveys.

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German Women Blame Merkel's Government For Role In Migrant Rape Crisis, Deliberate Destabilization

German women protestors are rising up in the millions against a government refusing to protect them from sex attacks by migrants. A huge march is planned in Berlin on Feb. 17 where the women will march to the Bundeskanzleramt to demand Merkel and her government address their concerns and stop downplaying the severity of the crisis.

In certain areas of many cities in Germany, women don’t feel safe in public anymore. They are forced to travel in groups or in the company of trusted men. They blame the Merkel government’s disastrous migrant policy for the dramatic change in their society.

Sexual violence in Germany has skyrocketed since Angela Merkel allowed more than one million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East into the country. The crimes are being downplayed by the authorities, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.

Authorities across the country have been accused of downplaying the true extent of the rape epidemic by suppressing information about migrant-related crimes, ostensibly due to a “lack of public interest”.

A German Twitter account, @XYEinzelfall (“individual cases”), has created a Google map to track police reports of crimes allegedly committed by migrants every day across the region. “Cologne was just the tip of the iceberg,” the page says, referring to the infamous News Years Eve mass sex attack in the city. “Cologne is every day.”

German women are angry and they are tired of being ignored. When victims of sex attacks by migrants raise their concerns publicly, they are often attacked all over again by Antifa activists who accuse them of being racist.

Uta Ogilvie, the founder of the movement to hold the government to account for the huge rise in sex attacks, has been forced to quit due to ongoing attacks on her house and children by so called “anti-fascists”.

Ogilvie was originally targeted for attacks by Antifa after carrying a sign in the street with “Merkel Must Go!” written on it. This was enough for Antifa to label her a Nazi, simply because she disagreed with their failed utopian multicultural ideology.

These anti-free speech actions by the “anti-fascists” in 2018 demonstrate clearly who the real fascists are in Germany. As long as Antifa are allowed to continue silencing opposing opinions using violence and intimidation, Germany will not be a free society.

Women in Germany have every right to hold their government to account for it’s disastrous open border policies. Their society has been changed without their approval. It is now a more dangerous place, and the government cannot be allowed to ignore their rights to a safe and free existence.

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Evil Commiefornia Looks To Legalize Rape, Including Raping Children!

Over 10,000 sex offenders including convicted pedophiles and rapists are set to be released to the streets in the near future thanks to Governor Jerry Brown and the ruling of a Superior Court Judge in Sacramento who claim crimes such as “intimately touching an unlawfully restrained person” or “raping a drugged or unconscious victim” are not violent crimes.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner issued a preliminary order on Friday to California state prison officials which ordered them to rewrite their regulations stemming from Prop. 57.

The ruling means individuals convicted of offenses such as incest, pimping minors into prostitution and possession of child pornography will soon be free to walk among the public again.

In a bid to reduce overcrowding in state prisons, California voters in 2016 approved a ballot measure known as Proposition 57 which allows for the early parole release of supposedly “non-violent offenders“.

The measure passed, in part, based on a statement from Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown which promised that individuals convicted of non-violent sexual offenses would be excluded from consideration for early release, according to The Daily Caller.

The state argued that language within Prop. 57 gave officials “broad discretion” to include any class of offenders for consideration for early parole, but Judge Sumner disagreed and argued that voters want to see pedophiles and rapists released from prison early.

“If the voters had intended to exclude all registered sex offenders from early parole consideration under Proposition 57, they presumably would have said so,” Judge Sumner stated.

He stated further that the Corrections Department could only exclude violent sex offenders from early parole, and ordered the department to more accurately define what constituted a violent sexual offense. In Judge Sumner’s opinion, pimping a minor or restraining and sexually assaulting a victim are not violent enough to constitute a violent sexual offense.

On top of that, he also stated that sexual offenders who had already served time for their crimes — even violent ones — but were in prison on an unrelated non-violent offense “must be included in the early parole consideration process” and let out of prison early.

Conservative Tribune reports that the Judge’s ruling was praised by the president of the advocate group “California Reform Sex Offender Laws”, Janice Belluci, who estimated the change could allow for the release of roughly half of the state’s more than 20,000 sex offenders serving time in prison.

She argued that anyone convicted of a sex crime who was not included on the state’s narrow list of 23 violent offenses — things like murder, kidnapping and rape — must be considered released from prison early like other non-violent convicts.

“Until they figure something else out, they have to consider anybody convicted of a nonviolent offense even if it was a sex offense,” Bellucci told reporters outside the courtroom. “We believe we’ve won a battle, but the war continues.”

What is the California Reform Sex Offender Laws group fighting a war against? Justice?

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Former Defence Minister: Illuminati REAL

Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian Minister of Defence, is believed to be the highest-ranking former politician to come out as a believer of the popular conspiracy theory.

As one of the world's biggest conspiracy theories, the Illuminati is said to be a secretive global elite which runs governments from behind the scenes and is planning to introduce a New World Order (NWO).

Its key members are said to be drawn from Hollywood and world political and business leaders, with some even accusing its true leaders of being reptilian lizards from space.

Accusations vary in extremities from the simple implementation of the NWO as a goal at the least, to the Illuminati being a highly Satanic cult seeking to return the devil to earth.

However, in a podcast, Mr Hellyer, who was in post in the 1960s, said the Illuminati, at least at its most basic concept, was real and all powerful.

He said corrupt hidden leaders continue to wage needless wars and focus on profits, rather than stopping climate change.

Mr Hellyer claims the technology to reverse climate change has been developed, but it is supressed by the Illuminati, as most of its key members have big stakes in the fossil fuel industry which they wish to continue for as long as possible.

He said: "You have a got secret cabal that’s actually running the world and they’ve managed to keep this technology under wraps until they can cash in the trillions of oil assets that they’ve got.

"And it’s not going to change until hundreds of thousands of people band together and say look ‘you’ve got to come clean, tell us what is going on, and change your priorities to save the world for further generations instead of blowing it on wars’."

However, before you decide to believe Mr Hellyer or not, it is worth knowing he also believes that several species of intelligent aliens are secretly living on Earth, and world leaders keep this secret from us, reports.

In fact, he claims it is aliens that have developed a "free clean energy source" that can reverse climate change, that has been given to us.

He added: "I learned way back that the US in cooperation with visitors from other planets had developed an exotic form of energy that would allow us to make the change from fossil fuels to exotic, clean energy within the 10-year deadline that I think we actually have.

"But nothing is being done about it."

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New Mueller Indictment A Dud? 13 Russians Supported Sanders, And Other Leftists Movements Too?

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If one needed proof that Mueller’s investigation was an utter farce, they were in for a treat this morning when the Deputy Attorney General announced the indictment of indicted 13 “Russian trolls,” for allegedly interfering in the 2016 Presidential election by posting on social media accounts.

Laying Mueller’s disregard of the First Amendment aside, the indictment is blatantly hypocritical in light of active social media intervention by pro-Clinton David Brock and his multi-million dollar efforts to ‘Correct The Record.’ Julian Assange tweeted on the matter.

The indictment alleges that: “Beginning in or around June 2014, the ORGANIZATION obscured its conduct by operating through a number of Russian entities, including Internet Research LLC, MediaSintez LLC, GlavSet LLC, MixInfo LLC, Azimut LLC, and NovInfo LLC.”

The indictment further alleges that: “The ORGANIZATION sought, in part, to conduct what it called information warfare against the United States of America through fictitious U.S. personas on social media platforms and other Internet-based media.”

According to the indictment, the co-conspirators “engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.”

Late last year, when the Trump-Russia collusion narrative was peaking, something unexpected emerged: back on November 12, 2016, an event organized by BlackMatters US, a 'leftist', anti-Trump group drew thousands of people to protest against the just elected President Trump.

There was just one minor glitch: BlackMattersUS emerged as a Russian-linked group.

As the Hill reported, "the BlackMatters organizing group was connected to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian “troll farm” with ties to the Kremlin, according to a recent investigation by the Russian Magazine RBC.

Facebook has identified the IRA as the group responsible for purchasing 3,000 political ads on Facebook’s platform and operating 470 accounts that appear to have attempted to influence the perspectives of Americans during the 2016 elections.

And now it's confirmed: from Section 57 of the DOJ complaint against the Russian trolls who "interfered, but did not impact" the outcome of the election:

After the election of Donald Trump in or around November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators used false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies in support of then president-elect Trump, while simultaneously using other false U.S. personas to organize and coordinate U.S. political rallies protesting the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. For example, in or around November 2016, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally in New York through one ORGANIZATION-controlled group designed to "show your support for President-Elect Donald Trump" held on or about November 12, 2016. At the same time, Defendants and their co-conspirators, through another ORGANIZATION-controlled group, organized a rally in New York called "Trump is NOT my President" held on or about November 12, 2016. Similarly, Defendants and their co-conspirators organized a rally entitled "Charlotte Against Trump" in Charlotte, North Carolina, held on or about November 19, 2016.

As we said back then:

"so the Russians spent $100,000 and created 0.004% of social media content to influence the election... and then the same Russians continued to help President Trump by unifying black and white Americans to protest against him."

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Record Minnesotans Own Guns, Crime Rate 50-YEAR LOW

Minnesota set a record last year for the number of gun background checks the FBI conducted in the state.

More people are carrying guns than ever before, but the crime rate remains relatively low. WCCO’s Pat Kessler is looking at the numbers, and giving them a Reality Check.

We took a hard look at the numbers, and found: Minnesota has a high rate of gun ownership, and a relatively low rate of violent crime.

Minnesota’s violent crime rate hit a 50-year low in 2016, according to the FBI.

And in 2017, the state set a new record for firearms background checks.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System reports it processed nearly 683,544 checks on gun buyers in 2017. That includes: 473,975 permits, 94,383 handguns and 125,516 long guns.

Minnesota set another 2017 record, too.

The State Department of Public Safety reports 283,188 Minnesotans now have permits to legally carry firearms in public.

In 2017, the state issued 57,651 permits to carry a weapon in public. That’s down from a record 71,156 permits issued in 2016.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about guns in Minnesota. An estimated 36.7 percent of Minnesotans own at least one firearm.

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Jeff Sessions' New Goal: End Political Activism Within The Justice System, Justice Has No Room For Bias

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Thursday that the Department of Justice was ending the “executive branch legal activism” of the previous administration, while also fighting the judicial activism of liberal judges.

“I think the department did become too political” under President Barack Obama, Sessions said. “Essentially, it was executive branch legal activism. They would take cases or regulations or statutes and expand or redefine the meaning of words in them to advance the agenda that they thought ought to be advanced — an agenda that often had zero chance of passing Congress, where the elected representatives sit.

“So you have an agenda, and you can’t get Congress to pass it, so you use unelected regulatory officials and lawyers to draft regulations and enforcement policies that carry out a political agenda that the people don’t favor.

“And I think that was a factor in this past [presidential] election, and it was an issue that was known to a lot of business and legal experts. They saw this as a dangerous trend.”

Sessions singled out President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — which expires March 5 — as a primary example of “executive branch legal activism.” And he excoriated the courts for preventing President Donald Trump for withdrawing Obama’s policy.

“[President Obama] said repeatedly that it was not legal, he couldn’t do it. Congress had took up an issue and it failed to pass. So they just did it anyway.

“But now when we tried … to withdraw the DACA policy … we’ve been sued and judges have stopped simple withdrawal of the policy.”

He noted that the “biggest surprise” of his tenure as Attorney General “has been the plethora of [cases] in which a single sitting federal judge — one federal judge out of 600 some-odd — for insubstantial reasons, issues an injunction that bars the executive branch of the government from protecting people, and from being able to fulfill the function for which the chief executive was elected to fulfill.”

The executive branch, Sessions said, could not act as a “coequal” branch of government if it had to “gain approval of every one of 600 federal judges to carry out the policies [the President] was elected to do.”

There were 20 injunctions against the executive branch nationwide, Sessions said, and he expected the administration to prevail in all of them, though he faulted the media for creating the opposite expectation.

“The mainstream media creates this impression that the administration is being stopped by wonderful judges in robes of neutrality,” he said, “when in fact these are [judicial] actions that go beyond the law in many instances and will not be sustained, will be overturned.”

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Processed Foods Are Driving Up Cancer Rates (You Are What You Eat)

Eating processed food significantly raises the risk of cancer, experts warned last night.

They said the disease was claiming more lives because of the popularity of ready meals, sugary cereals and fizzy drinks.

The products put middle-aged women in particular danger from breast cancer, according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

‘Ultra-processed’ food – any product involving an industrial procedure – now makes up half of our diet.

Packed with chemical additives, the foods bear little resemblance to home-cooked meals. And the more of them an individual eats, the higher their risk of cancer of any type.

Experts believe this is because processed foods, which include packaged meat, pies, sweets and crisps, are higher in fat, salt and sugar.

They also have less of the vitamins and fibre that ward off disease.

The procedures used to make the food – and the chemicals and additives used to boost their flavours and shelf life – are also thought to raise the risk. The researchers said it was the first study to highlight a link between ultra-processed food and an increased overall cancer risk.

Campaigners last night said families should heed the warning and read food labels more carefully to check for levels of fat, salt and sugar.

The research was based on food diaries completed by 105,000 adults. It ranked the participants by how much ultra-processed food they consumed over two 24-hour periods. For those in the top quarter of the sample, 32 per cent of their diet came from ultra-processed food.

They were 23 per cent more likely to develop cancer of any type over the next five years than those in the bottom quarter, whose diet was only 8 per cent ultra-processed food.

Women in the top quarter were 38 per cent more likely to develop postmenopausal breast cancer. The chance of younger women getting premenopausal breast cancer increased 27 per cent, and bowel cancer risk went up 23 per cent.

A study of 19 European countries published earlier this month found 50.7 per cent of food sold in the UK is ultra-processed, compared with 46.2 per cent in Germany, 45.9 per cent in Ireland and 14.2 per cent in France. The team assessed 3,300 different food products as part of the study and classed each by the level of processing they had been subjected to.

Sugary products were the most common form of ultra-processed food, making up 26 per cent of foods in this category. Drinks made up 20 per cent and breakfast cereal 16 per cent. The researchers wrote: ‘To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate and highlight an increase in the risk of overall – and specifically breast – cancer associated with ultra-processed food intake.

‘If confirmed in other populations and settings, these results suggest that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades.’

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Surprise! Mueller Indicts 13 Russians, Clears Trump: “No Americans Involved In Russian Meddling”

Special counsel Robert Mueller has cleared Trump in the Russia investigation, confirming that no American citizens meddled in the 2016 election.

According to Mueller’s office, 13 Russian nationals and three foreign entities were involved in unsuccessfully attempting to subvert the election. reports: The international agents interacted with “unwitting individuals” within the Trump campaign and other political organizations.

The indictment claims Russian nationals intentionally defrauded the US election system by buying advertisements on social media as well as attempting to coordinate with American political groups.

“Some defendants, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their Russian association, communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities,” said the statement from the special counsel’s office.

“Defendants made various expenditures to carry out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names of U.S. persons and entities,” it adds.

According to court filings, Mueller believes the Russian nationals purchased upwards of $100,000 of advertisements on Facebook, potentially reaching over 120 million Americans in the run-up to the 2016 election.

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UK Govt Freezes Soros Pro-Mass Migration NGO Funds Amidst Sex Abuse, Fraud Claims

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC), an open borders-backing NGO fronted by former Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband has been accused of “hushing up” allegations of more than 30 crimes.

UK government ministers froze funds to the NGO, which is a major partner of globalist billionaire George Soros, “based on direct reporting of sexual harassment and fraud”, it was reported this week.

With nearly five and a half million pounds of taxpayer cash at stake, a team from the IRC was sent to look into claims made over the body’s behaviour in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

But according to The Sun, when an IRC team was sent to Africa to look into 24 cases where the scandal was first reported, it found a further 13 ethics breaches.

Brexit Is ‘the Humiliation of Britain’, Says Soros-Backed Migrant Charity Boss David Miliband

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 6, 2017

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) addressed the allegations, saying: “We became aware of serious allegations relating to this programme in August 2016.”

Whilst authorities claim that the time at which any alleged wrongdoing occurred has not been established, a source said Britain was aware of the claims, telling The Sun that DFID withheld money from the IRC when informed.

Oxfam Faces Fresh Child Sex Abuse Allegations Among ‘Sex for Aid’ Claims

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 13, 2018

An arch-Remainer who branded Brexit ‘the humiliation of Britain’, in November, Miliband told Europeans that ”they can rescue themselves” through sponsoring mass immigration, and slammed claims that asylum seekers could be vetted.

European Union (EU) nations must “play their part”, the NGO boss said last year, in a speech demanding the U.S. and other Western nations reduce vetting when taking in refugees from the Middle East, the majority of whom the United Nations ensures are from the Sunni Muslim population.

The IRC is one of the charities closely-linked to George Soros’s push to drive aliens into European Union (EU) nations. Not only does the pro-migration body receive funding from the globalist billionaire’s Open Society Foundations, but Soros also selected the IRC to “create principles” that would guide the Hungarian-American’s $500 million “investment” in migrant-related initiatives he announced last year.

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ATF Warns Over Spread Of Untraceable DIY 'Ghost Guns'

Across the United States, mainstream network affiliates (local broadcasters) are frantically publishing stories and reports concerning law enforcement struggle to combat unregulated, DIY “ghost guns.” A ghost gun is a firearm without a serial number. It is lethal, untraceable, and perfectly legal, which has federal and state officials terrified that more and more Americans are building these killing machines in their own homes.

Perhaps the surging popularity of Ghost Guns is explainable. The same way Americans do not like corporations and U.S. intelligence agencies examining their emails and texts; they are now demanding weapon privacy. This is an astonishing shift in how the political frustrations of the everyday American are festering into an alarming trend.

Federal and State law enforcement agencies describe these do-it-yourself weapons as a Ghost Gun. It is relatively simple, with a few clicks online, anyone can fill a shopping cart with the components to build an assault-style rifle. There is no background check nor identification needed to purchase a Ghost gun.

The lower receiver, which is the only part legally considered a gun by U.S. Law, can be completed from an “80% receiver” lawfully purchased online. The remaining 20% of work must be achieved using a standard drill press or machine tools available at a neighborhood Home Depot. Once the lower receiver is milled, the gun can then be assembled. Total build-out time is somewhere between two to three hours, and presto, an assault-style rifle that the government has no idea exists.

Recently, a CBS news team documented how they purchased a Ghost Gun from a website and assembled it within a few hours.

“It’s not going to take a tremendous amount of gunsmithing skills,” said Scott Reitz, a retired Los Angeles Police Department SWAT officer.

Reitz agreed to supervise the CBS news team while a Glock 9mm with no serial numbers was being milled. All the news team had to do was follow simple directions on YouTube, which took less than three hours to complete. Once the gun was assembled, Reitz ran the Ghost Gun through a series of firing tests, where he deemed the weapon operational.

CBS says countless websites across the internet offer Ghost Gun kits for everything from handguns to the most popular assault rifles.

“They’re trying to appeal to a certain segment of the population,” said Dave Hamilton, senior special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “Felons who can’t go to a gun store and legally purchase a firearm, or people who just don’t want the government knowing what type of firearms they have.”

“There’s nothing the ATF can do,” said Ginger Colbrun, with the ATF’s Southern California Public Information Office. “These firearms are with gang members, these firearms are being are being found at various crime scenes all over the country.”

“ATF can’t go shut down the people who are selling these parts because these parts are not regulated,” said Colbrun.

“It’s really up to those companies to be responsible,” Colbrun said. “They’re the ones that are going to have to live with themselves.”

YouTuber shows how easy it is to build a Ghost Gun AR-15 assault rifle in a step-by-step tutorial:

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Elderly woman saved from flames

Exploding propane tank blamed for fire in Cathedral City RV resort

Cathedral City, Calif. - A fire that spread from a mobile home to a recreational vehicle in Cathedral City Friday afternoon is being blamed on an exploding propane tank.

The owner of the mobile home says he was firing up his grill to cook some food, when the blast happened. His elderly wife was still inside their home, which caught fire quickly.

Neighbors and firefighters rushed in to save his wife.

While the fire was out within minutes, the mobile home and the RV that was parked next door were seriously damaged.

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Russian Banks Are Ready To Turn Off SWIFT Transactions, Install Replacement


Russian financial institutions are prepared to survive without access to SWIFT (The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) - the global dollar-based interbank payments network - should the US and European Union follow through with threats to cut it off, according to Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

"Certainly, it is unpleasant, as it will prove a stumbling block for companies and banks, and will slow down work. It will be inevitable to deploy some aged technologies for information transfer and calculations. However, the companies are technically and psychologically ready for the shutdown as this threat was repeatedly voiced," Dvorkovich said, according to TASS and RT, adding that such a dramatic step would negatively corporations doing business in the US and Europe.

"In general, disconnecting Russia from SWIFT would be a crazy step on the part of our Western partners. It is obvious that for the companies which work in Europe and the US it would be harmful. And this applies not only to the shutdown of the service," he said.

The US and European Union have been periodically threatening to disconnect Russia from SWIFT since 2014 (over SWIFT's own objections), when the conflict in Ukraine flared up and the two powers introduced the first round of international penalties against Moscow for its alleged involvement.

As a reminder, at the time, the MasterCard payment system stopped serving clients of seven Russian banks without warning after Washington imposed its first set of sanctions on Moscow in 2014. In response, the Russian government ordered the creation of a national payment system. With the support of the country's banking system, the Mir charge card was introduced in 2015, although there is no data on what its adoption rate has been in the following years.

This wouldn't be the first time the US has threatened to cut off a major ally from the international banking system (indeed, it's a threat frequently leveraged against nations, like Pakistan, which will be added to a list of terrorism financing nations). Over the summer, it even threatened to expel China, it's largest trading partner, from using dollars if it didn't crack down on North Korea. In September, Russia received its latest SWIFT expulsion threat if it violated North Korea sanctions.

In 2017, Russia’s Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina told President Vladimir Putin that Russia's banking sector had been provided with all the necessary conditions for operating lenders and payment systems in case of disconnection from SWIFT. According to the regulator, 90 percent of ATMs in Russia were ready to accept the Mir payment system, a domestic version of Visa and MasterCard.

Note that the new CHIPS system (China International Payment System) has already been installed in Russia for financial transactions between Russia-China. Read about that here:

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Morgan Freeman Calls Out Evil Monsanto For Mass Murder, Attempting To Depopulate The Planet

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“Evil Monsanto business practices” are depopulating the planet, “one species at a time,” according to Morgan Freeman, who warns that action must be taken against the company if the human race is to survive.

Not only has Monsanto gained a monopoly over the world’s food supply, but according to Morgan Freeman, its products are causing devastation among humans, wildlife and the environment in general.

“Monsanto are actively destroying the honeybee so they can play God and try to rewrite the rules of nature, all for the purpose of greed,” explained Mogran Freeman, who pointed out that genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Monsanto’s bread and butter, “are wiping out the honeybee in this country.”

“Honeybees are responsible for pollinating many of the crops humans depend on for food,” Morgan Freeman said, warning “the consequences for the human race are not going to pretty.“

But unlike many Hollywood stars, Freeman is not just paying lip service to a problem without doing anything of value in the real world. Morgan Freeman is getting his hands dirty and playing his part in the fight against Monsanto.

In an effort to help support population growth for the little pollinators, the actor has turned his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a sanctuary for wild honey bees. He hired a gardener, planted hundreds of flowering trees, and filled many acres with clover.

Starting with 26 hives of buzzing babies, the actor has turned himself into an experienced beekeeper. Importantly, he has instituted a strict ban on “life destroying” Monsanto products on his property.

Through his actions, Freeman has made clear his love and compassion for wildlife and the environment. The actor appeared on an episode of Larry King Now last year where he highlighted the responsibility humans have in the disturbing decline of honeybee populations.

During the appearance, King asked Freeman, “Would you blame Monsanto for making RoundUp or the government for their lax rules on pesticides?“

With feeling in his voice, Freeman replied, “Both – there’s been a frightening loss of bee colonies, particularly in this country… to such an extent that scientists are now saying it’s dangerous.“

The actor also said the mass honeybee die-off should serve as a dire warning to humanity, comparing the demise to “the canary in the mine.“

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Dickhead Dems In FEC Want To Criminalize Free Speech Online

Democrat efforts on the Federal Election Commission to punish media and stifle voices like the Drudge Report and Fox are going “underground” after failing in public, according to the agency’s outgoing defender of media and digital outlets.

“The debate has gone underground, it has not ceased,” said Lee Goodman, who fought off several attempts to stifle outlets like Fox, Drudge and conservative media including film makers.

“The desire to regulate Americans' political speech on the internet remains alive and well here at the commission and now even in Congress,” added Goodman, whose last day on the FEC is Friday.

Goodman pointed to efforts by FEC Democrats to change long-standing media exemptions to fines and even criminal charges. In two recent cases he cited, the Democrats proposed those changes then waived imposing punishments.

But by moving to change the rules the FEC operates under, the Democrats tried to open the door to future legal sanctions on media, he said.

In a memo about a recent case, for example, Goodman said that Democrats Ellen Weintraub and Steven Walther wanted to upend a long-standing practice of not holding media outlets responsible when political campaigns and advocates fail to include in ads the required disclaimer stating who paid for the ad.

In that case, two anti-Hillary Clinton ads were run in an Ohio newspaper, the Chesterland News, that did not carry the required disclaimer. FEC lawyers recommended no action against the paper, citing precedent that the person placing ads is responsible.

In the Chesterland News case, he wrote, the effort was killed in a split vote. But, he added, it was a sign of continued efforts to regulate the media. The vote, he wrote, signaled “a renewed effort by some to change current law to impose civil and criminal liability upon traditional press organizations like Chesterland News, or to new media platforms like Facebook and Twitter…”

In his memo, he expressed “strong disagreement with any proposal to impose civil and criminal liability upon press entities, as well as their new media counterparts, when they agree to make their publications available for political advertisements.”

He added, “in over 40 years of enforcing [FEC] disclaimer requirements, the commission has never held a press entity legally responsible for disclaimers it its own content or publication of paid ads.”

And if the changes pushed inside the FEC weren’t enough, Goodman also said that congressional Democrats are angling to crackdown on the media through the Honest Ads Act.

“It proposes to punish advertising platforms like and and if they fail to publish the names of all Americans who want to discuss political subjects through paid ads on their platforms. Joe McCarthy would blush at a sweeping law that forces all American associations who want to speak and associate around political ideas to be named publicly,” he said.

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Expect Bigger Police State In US Schools After Recent Shooting

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Thursday morning that school shootings such as those that occurred in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday could be prevented by allowing local law enforcement to intervene with troubled individuals.

“All of law enforcement is deeply concerned about this trend of violence in schools and other, similar places,” he said, noting that he had discussed the issue with an organization of local law enforcement officials Thursday morning.

“I was with the Major County Sheriffs’ Association this morning, and they all said, and believe, that there are signals and signs before these shootings that, if recognized, could lead to intervention, and could stop these events from occurring.”

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told radio show host Hugh Hewitt that Congress must address mental health issues in schools in order to prevent another deadly mass shooting like the one in Florida on Wednesday.

Hewitt asked DeVos:

Secretary DeVos, we have a no-fly list in this country. Ought we not to have a no-buy list for students who are obviously troubled, have been expelled, are in mental health programs and who post YouTube videos of the sort that this kid did? Don’t we need a superintendent to be able to go to a police chief and say this kid can’t have a gun?

The secretary responded:

[T]here have, apparently were lots of signs. And I think it’s critically important that we have a much more robust conversation around tracking and tackling mental health issues, and really bringing this all together, because it’s clear that, it seems to be clear that this young man put up lots and lots of signals and warning signs.

DeVos replied that while such an idea “would be a very important part of the conversation,” she would ultimately like to see Congress hold hearings on the issues.

She continued:

And we’ve seen lots of discussion about this every time we’ve had another incident, we’ve seen you know, lots of finger pointing back and forth. But we need to have a conversation at the level where lawmakers can actually impact the future, because going back to and putting myself in the seat of one of those families impacted, you know, one of these shootings is one too many. And we have got to have an honest conversation, and Congress has to lead on this. It’s their job.

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Police seek help in identifying propane tank thief

Fayetteville police are trying to identify a man they say stole 12 propane tanks from a convenience store on Legion Road.

The theft happened about 11:40 p.m. Monday at the Legion Mart at 2425 Legion Road, a police news release said.

Investigators said the locks to the propane storage bin were cut, giving the man access to the tanks.

The man drove away in an older model Nissan Maxima.

Police have released photos taken from surveillance cameras and are asking anyone with information to call the Police Department at 703-1058 or Crimestoppers at 483-TIPS (8477).

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Lady Sues City Hall Over Tyrannical Chicken Ban

Ramona Morales, 79, had no idea a few chickens could be so expensive. She also didn’t know that prosecutions could be so profitable.

Three years ago, on a neighborhood street in central Indio, a city code enforcement officer spotted a few clucking birds inside a coop in the backyard of a small house. The chickens were a violation of a city ordinance, so the officer sent a written warning to Morales, who owned the house and rented it out.

At the time, Morales thought the warning was just a slap on the wrist for a small problem. This kind of minor headache is commonplace in the unpredictable life of a landlord.

She told her tenant to get rid of the chickens. She thought that was the end of it. It wasn’t.

“She didn’t know this little dispute about a couple of chickens would turn into nearly a $6,000 bill,” said Jeffrey Redfern, Morales attorney. “But it’s because these guys are making money off of her and everybody else.”

On Tuesday, Morales filed a class-action lawsuit against Indio and Coachella, two cities that have made a practice of taking residents to criminal court for exceptionally minor crimes, then charging them thousands to pay for the cost of their own prosecution. The lawsuit is a direct response to a Desert Sun investigation, published in November, which revealed that the cities had billed residents like Morales more than $122,000 in “prosecution fees" and threatened to take their homes if they didn't pay.

If successful, the class-action lawsuit will reverse convictions of anyone who was prosecuted by Indio and Coachella's privatized prosecutors, the law firm Silver & Wright, and lead to the return of prosecution fees paid by those residents. The suit also might affect other Riverside County cities that also have hired Silver & Wright.

Morales is represented by the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit, libertarian public interest law firm that combats government overreach, particularly what the firm calls “policing for profit." The law firm is similar to the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU.

Redfern, an Institute attorney, said the Morales lawsuit argues that Silver & Wright had a “personal, financial stake” in every prosecution; if they got a conviction, they got paid. This profitability colored every case filed by Silver & Wright, Redfern said, making prosecutions less about fixing problem properties and more about cashing in on convictions.

“There are enough laws on the books that you can prosecute basically anyone you want to if you are motivated enough, and the housing code is really ripe for abuse,” Redfern said. “But, if you combine capacious and vague code, where almost anything can be a violation, and you let the person who is going to enforce the code make money off of it, then the potential for abuse is just tremendous.”

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Recent School Shooting Points To Another False Flag: Active Shooter Drills, Multiple Shooters Witnessed, FBI Was Aware of Killer

Here are some updates all pointing to another false flag operation!


Teachers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida took part in an ‘active shooter drill’ just hours before the mass shooting on Wednesday.

Earlier on in the day, teachers were told there would soon be a “code red” or “lockdown” drill – in which teachers and students would “practise” their response to a mass shooting. reports: When the fire alarm rang near the end of the school day on Wednesday, teacher Ernest Rospierski assumed it was a “code red” drill.

Rospierski was sitting at his desk around 2:25 p.m. when the fire alarm rang. His students filed out of their third-floor classroom and made their way toward the stairs. Then Rospierski heard the sound of gunfire.


Three students have testified on camera saying there were at least two shooters. One eyewitness even claiming there were three shooters. ONE nbc news affiliate that’s not even from Florida gathered two of the three interviews you will see in this article. KPRC Channel 2 is a Houston based NBC news affiliate that just happened to be covering the Houston Astros Spring Training in Florida when they got the call to cover the Stone Douglas HS shooting. They are from out of town and are gathering more news than any major local outlet.

KPRC Channel 2 was able to get this interview with a student who said the shooter was taunting students to come out while they were hidden in classrooms.

Student says multiple shooters were involved blocking the only two exits from each side of the building. The shooters started on the first floor and worked their way up to the third floor. One brave teacher was shot in the head while trying to defend students and the other was shot in the arm while opening the door for students to hide.

Another student, named Kenneth Anthony confirms the first eyewitness account mentioning multiple shooters to DNN in a quick interview as he fled the scene.

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Assad, Putin: We Will Not Be Bullied, We Do Not Fear War With Israel

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Syria is fully prepared to go to war with Israel.

Following the shooting down of its first Israeli F-16 fighter jet this week, Syria has sent a clear message to the world: They will no longer be silent on violations of its airspace. reports: This clash has triggered the mobilisation of the Syrian army and its allies in Syria and in Lebanon, the Lebanese Hezbollah. The speed of the Syrian reaction was due to a prior decision taken at highest level among all allies operating on Syrian territory. These consider a possible confrontation may be inevitable if Israel has decided to respond and declare war. The violation of Syrian sovereignty is no longer an option open to Israel and the Israeli jets will no longer be able to carry out their usual promenades over the Levant without consequences.

Moreover, it is also clear that Russia – despite all that is said in the media – is aware of the Syrian decision to confront Israel. Moscow is supplying Syria with anti-aircraft missiles, its forces dominates the air space over the Syrian Army’s controlled territory, and has the radar capability to see and monitor any Israeli aircraft flying over Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Russia is also informed when the Syrian army repeatedly fires missiles and confronts the Israeli air force in the sky over Syria or in the border areas.

It is not in the interests of Russia to see war break out in Syria where its forces are present on the ground and in the Mediterranean. Russia considers it has the right to intervene because its official presence on Syrian territory is at the request of and in agreement with the Damascus government. In its role as a superpower, it is in its interest to stop the tension on the Syrian border and show it has the power to impose peace on would-be belligerents.

Vladimir Putin has warned Israeli PM Netanyahu to back away from Syria immediately, or face “dire consequences” as a result.

Following Israel’s air raids in Syria, Putin telephoned Netanyahu, urging him to “avoid any steps that could lead to a new round of confrontation dangerous to everyone in the region,” according to the Kremlin. reports: The Israeli Prime Minister meanwhile told the Russian leader that Israel will defend itself against any “Iranian threats” coming from the territory of Syria. Tel Aviv maintains it is vital to its national security to target Iranian interest in Syria as well as prevent potential arms shipments to Hezbollah.

“I reiterated to him [Putin] our right and our duty to defend ourselves against aggression against us from Syrian territory. We agreed the security coordination between our armies will continue,” Netanyahu said at a press conference on Saturday evening, where he blamed Iran for the Saturday’s incident.

Insisting that “Israel seeks peace,” the PM vowed that Israelis “will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack against us and against any attempt by Iran to establish a military presence against us in Syria or anywhere else.”

Netanyahu also announces that he spoke with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following the escalation of tensions. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, commenting on Israeli military action in Syria, stressed that the United States “strongly supports” Israel’s right to defend itself. “Iran’s calculated escalation of threat and its ambition to project its power and dominance, places all the people of the‎ region – from Yemen to Lebanon – at risk,” she said, echoing Netanyahu’s remarks.

“I have been warning for some time about the dangers of Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria. Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel,” Netanyahu told the press conference.

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Police capture gunman who left numerous fatalities after opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida

Seventeen people have been killed and more than a dozen injured after a former student entered a Florida high school and opened fire, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed.

Local news reported that a number of people could be seen being loaded into ambulances on a stretcher soon after the shooting. Other students could be seen running to police safety outside of the school, where they all dumped their backpacks in a pile and were told to sit on the grass.

At around 4.15pm, police said the shooter had been taken into custody after being tracked down without incident. The shooter was later identified by local media and the Associated Press as Mr Cruz. (That's Nikolas Cruz.)

At least 17 people were dead after a 19-year-old former student opened fire at a South Florida high school on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The suspect was identified as Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland for disciplinary reasons, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. He said at least 14 other people were injured in addition to the 17 people killed.

Officials believe the gunman had one AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle and multiple magazines, but it was unclear whether he had any other weapons. The gunfire began outside the school and continued inside, where 12 of the victims were killed, Israel said.

Cruz used to show off his guns, brag about shooting them "for fun" and "threatened to bring the guns to school multiple times," he said, adding that students "threw jokes around that he'd be the one to shoot up the school."

Parkland, in north Broward County, is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. The shooting on the sprawling campus happened despite the presence of police officers at the school.

"We were told last year that he wasn't allowed on campus with a backpack on him," Jim Gard, a math teacher at the school who said he taught Mr Cruz last year, told the Miami Herald of Mr Cruz. "There were problems with him last year threatening students, and I guess he was asked to leave campus."

Relieved parents like Lisette Rozenblet, whose daughter attends the school, also said she was told that a fire alarm was pulled about the time the shots began. But her daughter's teacher, sensing that it might be a trap, told the students to stay in the classroom, she said.

"Her biggest fear is a school shooting," Rozenblet said of her daughter. "She is always begging me to be home-schooled because she was scared of this."

"My daughter, who was there in the freshman hall where the shooting took place — she's in shock right now, and she's being taken out by SWAT," Leffler said. "She saw multiple dead bodies."

President Donald Trump said on Twitter: "Just spoke to Governor Rick Scott. We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting." Also tweeting: "My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school."

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So Now They Admit It... A Little Too Late! China's One Belt One Road Initiative A Big Threat To US Economic Hegemony

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China’s decision to expand its ambitious multi-trillion-dollar “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative to Latin America may create security vulnerabilities for the United States by allowing Beijing to expand its influence over the region, the chief of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) cautioned lawmakers.

During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, Adm. Kurt Tidd, the commander of SOUTHCOM, testified that Beijing has already pledged $500 billion in trade funds with various Latin American countries and $250 billion in Chinese direct investment over the next decade, adding:

Increased economic cooperation—such as the extension of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative to Latin America, one of the nodes to support China’s vision of a competing global economic initiative—and the continued provision of financing and loans that appear to have “no strings attached” provide ample opportunity for China to expand its influence over key regional partners and promote unfair business and labor practices.

Increased reach to key global access points like Panama create commercial and security vulnerabilities for the United States, as do Chinese telecommunications and space ventures with dual-use potential, which could facilitate intelligence collection, compromise communication networks, and ultimately constrain our ability to work with our partners.

Adm. Tidd’s warnings about Chinese activities in Latin America are contained in SOUTHCOM’s 2018 posture statement, a summary of the combatant command’s role, mission, operations, and budget presented to Congress on an annual basis in the form of written testimony.

In this year’s document, Tidd stressed that China is intensifying its role as a U.S. rival in Latin America, telling lawmakers:

The larger strategic challenge posed by China in this region is not yet a military one. It is an economic one, and a new approach may be required to compete effectively against China’s coordinated efforts in the Americas. Some of the most critical elements needed in this effort are not ones that [SOUTHCOM] can bring to bear.

Beijing’s estimated $3 trillion OBOR project, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the modern-day “Silk Road,” is expected to be a massive network of land and sea links connecting Xinjiang, China’s biggest province, to more than 60 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa along one route.

China has recently been promoting the OBOR project in Latin America, urging the region to increase economic ties with China.

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Trump's New Budget Bill Is A Debt Bomb Waiting To Explode: 5 Trillion Requested

Imagine you open the faucet of your kitchen sink expecting water and instead out comes cash. Now imagine that it comes out at the rate of $1 million a minute. You call your plumber, who thinks you’re crazy. To get you off the phone, he opines that it is your sink and therefore must be your money. So you spend it wildly. Then you realize that the money wasn’t yours and you owe it back.

Now imagine that this happens every minute of every day for the next three years. At the end of the three years, you owe back more than $6 trillion. So you borrow $6 trillion to pay back the $6 trillion you owe.

Is this unending spigot of cash reality or fantasy?

I am not speaking of Amazon or Google or Exxon Mobil or Apple. They deliver products that appeal to consumers and investors. They deal in copious amounts of money because they sell what hundreds of millions of people want to purchase and they do it so efficiently that hundreds of thousands want to invest in them. If they fail to persuade consumers to purchase their products and investors to purchase their financial instruments, they will go out of business.

My analogy about all that cash in your kitchen sink that just keeps coming is not about voluntary commercial transactions, which you are free to accept or reject. It is about the government's spending what it doesn’t have, the consequences of which you are not free to reject.

Government produces no products that consumers are willing to pay for voluntarily, and it doesn’t sell shares of stock in its assets. It doesn’t generate wealth; it seizes it. And when it can no longer politically get away with seizing, it borrows. It borrows a great deal of money -- money that it rolls over, by borrowing trillions to pay back trillions to prior lenders, and thus its debt never goes away.

Last week, after eight years of publicly complaining that then-President Barack Obama was borrowing more than $1 trillion a year to fund the government -- borrowing that the Republicans silently consented to -- congressional Republicans, now in control of Congress and with a friend in the Oval Office, voted to spend and hence borrow between $5 trillion and $6 trillion more than tax revenue will produce in the next three years; that’s a few trillion more than they complained about in the Obama years.

That’s borrowing $1 million a minute.

Obviously, no business or household or bank can survive very long by borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. Yet the federal government, no matter which party controls Congress or the presidency, engages in staggering borrowing -- borrowing that will cripple future generations by forcing them to pay for goods and services that were consumed before they were born.

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Trump Backs Grassley Immigration Bill That Ends Some Amnesty Programs, Funds Wall

The group of swing-vote Senators announced Wednesday morning they had completed a draft amnesty bill which would deliver just two of President Donald Trump’s four immigration requirements.

But their amnesty announcement came so late in the Senate’s immigration debate that Trump has already announced his support for the bill drafted by Sen. Chuck Grassley and several other GOP senators. The announcement said:

The Grassley bill accomplishes the four pillars of the White House Framework: a lasting solution on DACA, ending chain migration, cancelling the visa lottery, and securing the border through building the wall and closing legal loopholes. I am asking all senators, in both parties, to support the Grassley bill and to oppose any legislation that fails to fulfill these four pillars – that includes opposing any short-term “Band-Aid” approach. The overwhelming majority of American voters support a plan that fulfills the Framework’s four pillars, which move us towards the safe, modern, and lawful immigration system our people deserve.

Trump also commended the House bill drafted by GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte and three other House chairmen.

At the same time, I remain encouraged by developments in the House toward advancing legislation from Chairmen Goodlatte and McCaul that also enshrines our four pillars.

Now that our military is fully funded, and will be rebuilt stronger than ever before, my focus is on enacting responsible and commonsense immigration reform that delivers for the American People.

The new “talking stick” amnesty was developed by a group of swing-voting senators, informally led by GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. In 2017, her state had just 95 DACA illegals of the population of 700,0000 DACA illegals nationwide.

The bill includes just two of Trump’s requirements because it excludes a reform of the chain-migration and visa lottery programs. Those measures are excluded largely because business groups oppose any reductions to the annual inflow of immigrant workers and consumers.

The bill just offers an amnesty for at least 1.8 million illegals and provides $25 billion for the border wall, spread over roughly 15 years. It does not include any of the border-wall legal reforms which officials say are needed to block migrants from using loopholes to get through the wall.

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US Drone Destroys Russian-Made Tank In Its Second 'Defensive' Airstrike in Syria

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The Pentagon has confirmed that a U.S. military drone destroyed a Russian-made T-72 tank in Syria on Sunday, in the second so called ‘defensive’ strike against pro-Syrian government forces in less than a week.

The pro-government tank was destroyed in eastern Syria marking the second US attack on Syrian forces and raising concerns about a serious military confrontation in the country.

The latest strike occurred less than a week after a major clash between pro-Syrian government forces and coalition forces overnight between that may have left 100 or more of the pro-Syrian government personnel dead.

RT reports: Pentagon officials claim that US special operations forces working as advisers to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) came under attack from a Soviet-made T-72 battle tank operated by pro-government forces. In response, US forces called in a drone strike, destroying the tank.

Lt. General Jeffrey Harrigan, commander of the US Air Forces Central Command, told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that the airstrike was an act of self-defense.

“We detected and saw a tank that took a shot at us,” Harrigan said. “It continued to move, so we again executed self-defense rules of engagement to protect ourselves. And I believe, again, that’s something we always have the right to do and will make sure we’re in a position to do,” Harrigan added.

The drone strike marks the second time in a week that US forces have carried out “defensive” airstrikes against government forces in Syria, leading some to speculate about the likelihood of a major military confrontation between the United States and Syrian forces and their allies.

“In such an intertwined military situation with all these forces very close to each other in a medium-sized country, but in regions that are rather small, then the possibility of things spiraling out of control are very, very real,” Richard Becker, an anti-war activist, told RT.

On February 7, the US-led coalition in Syria carried out several “defensive” strikes against Syrian forces in retaliation for “unprovoked” attacks on SDF forces, killing an estimated 100 pro-government fighters. The Russian Defense Ministry says the US targeted Syrian forces advancing against an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) “sleeper cell” in Deir ez-Zor province.

Moscow has not minced its words when describing its position on Washington’s “defensive” strikes. Vasily Nebenzya, Russian ambassador to the UN, called the US presence in Syria “illegal” on Thursday during a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council. He reminded council members that “nobody invited them there.”

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Based Duterte to Soldiers: Shoot Violent Communist Traitors In Their Genitals

Filipino strongman Rodrigo Duterte has urged his security forces to shoot female communist rebels in their genitals as part of his crackdown on violent uprisings in the country.

Speaking to a group of former communist militants, Duterte warned that his soldiers will target women “in the vagina” rather than killing them.

“Tell the soldiers, ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina,’” he said. “If there is no vagina, it would be useless.”

Duterte started his offensive against the nation’s Communist Party and the New People’s Army (NPA)—both U.S.-designated terrorist organizations—last November after peace talks with the group collapsed. The Presidential Communications Office included his remarks in an official transcript of the event, but deleted the word “vagina” and replaced it with a dash.

“Duterte (sic) latest nasty remark openly encourages violence against women, contributes to the impunity on such, and further confirms himself as the most dangerous macho-fascist in the government right now,” said a representative for Gabriela, a feminist organization, in a statement.

“He is pushing the fascist AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] to commit more bloody human rights violations and grave abuses of international humanitarian law, and takes state terrorism against women and the people to a whole new level,” they continued.

Carlos Conde, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, also described it as “the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women.”

“It encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict, which is a violation of international humanitarian law,” the statement added.

These statements did not address the track record of the terrorist group Duterte was railing against. The Communist Party and NPA have been active since 1968, killing police, soldiers, and officials through guerilla tactics and bombings. They have also forced businesses into paying “taxes” to them to fund their violence and killed those who refused to agree to their terms. It is a Maoist group particularly opposed to the United States and seeking to trigger a violent revolution in the country.

Duterte attempted to broker a peace deal with the communists that fell through when they insisted on continuing to kill Philippine police. Following the fall of the Islamic State in Marawi, Duterte turned his attention towards the NPA.

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Consumer Prices Rising More Than Expected, Expect Hyperinflation by 2020

US consumer prices rose more than expected in January, adding to fears that inflationary pressures could lead the Federal Reserve to 'tighten monetary policy' at a faster pace.

The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, increased 0.5 percent in January, above expectations for a gain of 0.3 percent, according to data from the Department of Labor. The year-over-year increase was 2.1 percent, above expectations for a 1.9 percent gain.

Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy components, rose 0.3 percent from the previous month, above forecasts of 0.2 percent. It is up 1.8 percent on a year-over-year basis. Economists had expected 1.7 percent.

Markets reacted immediately. Before the release of CPI, stock market futures indicated the market would open higher. With the news, stocks are set to open higher. Bond yields rose.

Investors have been focused on the question of inflation in recent weeks. Many believe that higher inflation could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at a faster pace, which could shadder the 'economic' fantasy Americans continue to feel good about.

The current US economic system is broke, but has been for a long long time. The Fed has devalued our currency, via massive debt creation, by 98+ % since Nixon defused the dollar from the gold standard in 1971.

When Nixon scrapped the US gold standard, we defaulted on the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944 (which was why the US became a massive superpower and economic powerhouse right after WWII).

Nixon and his sidekick, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, knew that their destruction of the international gold standard under the Bretton Woods arrangement would cause a decline in the artificial global demand of the US dollar. Later they set up agreements with OPEC nations to set up a US global reserve currency which would be tied to global oil trade, known as the US Petrodollar. In order for other countries to buy oil from these OPEC nations, they needed to exchange their currencies for US dollars, or US T-bonds.

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US Mainstream Media Praise Communistic Murderous North Korean Leader

Remember how I said that the Washington Post is a traitorous, anti-American, propaganda-laced “journo-terrorism” organization? Their coverage of the Olympics proves it, as WashPost joins NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, the NYT and other left-wing propaganda rags in praising the murderous North Korean regime.

You know why they praise North Korea? Because that’s the kind of totalitarian society they want in the United States, run by radical left-wing tyrants like Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. These are the same lying, left-wing propaganda rags that routinely attack the Constitution, the American flag, America’s founders, U.S. military veterans, Democracy and President Trump. But they praise North Korea’s murderous regime which relies on state-run media mind control over its population to remain in power.

As Truth Revolt points out:

The American news media are so consumed by hatred of their mortal foe Donald Trump that they turn a blind eye to the evil lunatic behind quite possibly the world’s most brutal regime, a man who has threatened to rain nuclear weapons down on America, and instead hype its presence at the Olympics as a diplomatic success. The left-dominated media would rather chastise Trump for standing up to Kim, because the left’s instinct is Blame America First, and because the left refuses to recognize totalitarian evil.

Why are none of us surprised that the discredited Washington Post would praise a murderous, dictatorial regime kept in power by media propaganda? That’s the only way Leftists can stay in power: By censoring the truth and brainwashing the people into believing that misery, destitution, corruption and tyranny are all “utopia.” (See my related article Believing in “progressivism” requires the complete abandonment of reality, logic, science and reason…)’s John Nolte nails the rest of this story in his own article entitled 15 Media Outlets that Colluded with North Korea to Romanticize Their Slave State:

Now that normal Americans have completely written off the disgraced institution of the American media, these amoral news outlets have been forced to pander to the only audience they have left — the far-left.

This is why, over the weekend, we witnessed almost every major news outlet prostitute itself to offer North Korea’s Hitler the kind of positive press coverage President Trump would never receive, even if he rescued our economy and decimated the Islamic State (oh, wait, he did).

Yep, over the weekend, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS, even the Wall Street Journal… these big media outlets (and more) colluded with murderous North Korean tyrants to normalize their slave state, to romanticize a murderous regime that comes complete with concentration camps, public executions in the thousands, and actual slaves.

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Top 10 Worst Colleges In The United States, 2018

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released their annual list of the worst colleges for free speech and education on Monday.

Ten schools were included on the list. The list was presented in no particular order and it included both public and private institutions. Here are the schools included in this year’s list: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.), Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pa.), Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.), Los Angeles Community College District (Los Angeles, Calif.), Fordham University (New York, N.Y.), Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.), Albion College (Albion, Mich.), Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.), University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.), and Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas).

FIRE awarded DePaul University the Lifetime Censorship Award for their history of censoring guest speaker events and student activism efforts.

Included amongst those schools on the list was Drexel University, for its botched handling of the George Ciccariello-Maher debacle. Ciccariello-Maher, who is perhaps most famous for his satirical “white genocide” tweet, was suspended from his classroom as a result of online backlash. Ciccarello-Maher’s provocative Twitter account earned his the rage of several online mobs that convinced Drexel University to reduce his status to that of an online course lecturer.

Ciccarello-Maher ultimately resigned from his position following his demotion to online teaching. “We are all a single outrage campaign away from having no rights at all, as my case and many others make clear,” he said when he resigned.

Harvard University was included in the list for their recently adopted policy that sanctions student members of single-sex social organizations. Breitbart News has extensively covered this new policy. Recently, the Crimson suggested that the new policy should apply only to male students. As written, the current policy provides female Harvard students with a five-year “grace period” before sanctions will be implemented.

Evergreen State College was included in the list as a result of the spring 2017 chaos that forced Professor Bret Weinstein to relocate his class sessions away from campus.

Bari Weiss of the New York Times called Evergreen State College’s “Day of Absence” exercise “a day of racial segregation,” but when Biology Professor Bret Weinstein objected to it in an email to fellow faculty members, a hoard of students descended upon one of his class sessions and demanded his resignation. Weinstein and his wife, also a professor at Evergreen, ultimately resigned from their positions as part of a settlement with the college.

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FBI Director Mueller Helped Cover Up 9/11 Probe, Court Documents Show

Court documents recently filed by the government further rock the credibility of Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller because they show that as FBI Director Mueller he worked to cover up the connection between a Florida Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The documents reveal that Mueller was likely involved in publicly releasing deceptive official agency statements about a secret investigation of the Saudis, who lived in Sarasota, with ties to the hijackers. A Florida journalism nonprofit uncovered the existence of the secret FBI investigation that was also kept from Congress.

Under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI tried to discredit the story, publicly countering that agents found no connection between the Sarasota Saudi family and the 2001 terrorist plot. The reality is that the FBI’s own files contained several reports that said the opposite, according to the Ft. Lauderdale-based news group’s ongoing investigation. Files obtained by reporters in the course of their lengthy probe reveal that federal agents found “many connections” between the family and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.” The FBI was forced to release the once-secret reports because the news group sued in federal court when the information wasn’t provided under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The disingenuous statements were issued by FBI officials in Miami and Tampa in a desperate effort to disparage a 2011 story exposing the agency’s covert investigation of the Sarasota Saudis as well as reporting that it had been concealed from Congress. Mueller is referenced in a document index that was ordered by a federal judge to be created in late November 2017. The south Florida judge, William J. Zloch, a Ronald Reagan appointee, asked the FBI to explain where it had discovered dozens of pages of documents in the public-records case filed six years ago. The index reference to then-FBI Director Mueller appears in an item involving an agency white paper written a week after the publication of a news story about the abrupt departure of Saudis Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji from their Sarasota area home about two weeks before 9/11. The couple left behind their cars, clothes, furniture, jewelry and other personal items. “It was created to brief the FBI Director concerning the FBI’s investigation of 4224 Escondito Circle,” the al-Hijjis’ address, the index says.

Though the recently filed court documents reveal Mueller received a briefing about the Sarasota Saudi investigation, the FBI continued to publicly deny it existed and it appears that the lies were approved by Mueller. Not surprisingly, he didn’t respond to questions about this new discovery emailed to his office by the news organization that uncovered it. Though the mainstream media has neglected to report this relevant development, it’s difficult to ignore that it chips away at Mueller’s credibility as special counsel to investigate if Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election. Even before the Saudi coverup documents were exposed by nonprofit journalists, Mueller’s credentials were questionable to head any probe. Back in May Judicial Watch reminded of Mueller’s misguided handiwork and collaboration with radical Islamist organizations as FBI director.

Back in 2013 Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the then-FBI chief. Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015.

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Three More People Killed From Flu Shots Last Week

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A North Texas teacher has died from complications from the flu this week after being forced to receive a mandatory flu shot at the school she worked at.

Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School, died a needless death over the weekend.

School teachers in the U.S. are required by law to receive mandatory flu vaccinations or risk being suspended from their teaching job.

A British teenage boy has died from meningitis after being forced to receive a lethal cocktail of vaccinations designed to “protect” him against the deadly disease.

Lewis Hilton, 19, was killed by meningitis B – 72 hours after he started getting flu-like symptoms.

Doctors did ‘everything they could’ to try and save his life, but it overwhelmed his body. He passed away on January 28 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Mr Hilton, who started playing rugby at the age of six, had been vaccinated against four other strains of meningitis in September.

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Two Clinton Connections To Uranium One Killed In "Accident"

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Two Russian citizens set to testify against Hillary Clinton have been killed in an “inexplicable” plane crash in Moscow, according to reports.

Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who has worked with the Trump Organization and was reportedly a key source in the explosive dossier alleging ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, was killed when the internal flight crashed just outside of Moscow on Sunday.

Also dead in the plane crash is Ivanov Vyacheslav, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Rosatom. The Russian company owns Uranium One, the uranium mining company at the center of a controversial sale overseen by the Clinton State Department in 2013 that gave Russia the right to 20 percent of U.S. uranium production capacity.

71 Russian nationals, including crew and passengers, died in the crash. The full list of names including Ivanov Vyacheslav (number 32, circled) and Sergei Panchenko (Millian’s Russian patronymic name; number 50) can be seen above.

The deaths of the two Russians involved in current Clinton scandals have sparked rumors the crash was not an accident.

The plane was an An-148 belonging to Saratov Airlines that had taken off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and was headed to Orsk about 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow, REN-TV reported. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov added that “judging by everything, no one has survived this crash.”

Russian authorities remain puzzled by the crash, stating that the plane did not suffer mechanical failure.

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Source of fake Trump pee pee story found!

The source of the fake Trump pee pee story, which was then used to create the fake pee pee dossie has been found!

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Israel’s Supreme Court Allows Police To Call For Netanyahu Corruption Indictment

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Israel’s highest court has given police the go-ahead to publicize the indictment recommendations against prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and rejected a petition that had been filed to block it.

The highly anticipated release was halted on Sunday as a petition had been filed last week and was pending a hearing in court. The aim of the petition was to shield the Israeli leader from a public backlash.

There are two long-running corruption investigations into the prime minister and outrage over the probes have led to months of large-scale protests.

Press TV reports: Right-wing attorney Yossi Fuchs had filed the petition last week, asking the top court to prevent police from publicly recommending to the attorney general to indict Netanyahu in the graft probes.

The tribunal, however, dismissed the petition on Monday, saying that it had previously passed judgment on the system of recommendations and upheld its lawfulness.

“There is no reason to interfere,” read the court ruling, meaning the police recommendations can now be forwarded.

Netanyahu is suspected of being involved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

He has been questioned in two separate cases, involving allegations that he received lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen and negotiated a deal with a newspaper owner for more favorable coverage. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Speaking before the court ruling, Fuchs claimed that his petition was a demand for “justice,” but also admitted it was meant to protect Netanyahu’s right-wing administration.

A poll conducted by Hadashot TV news last December showed that 60 percent of Israelis say Netanyahu should step down if police recommend an indictment against him.

Israelis have been holding weekly protests to demand Netanyahu’s resignation over the corruption scandals, but the premier has described the events as part of efforts meant to topple him “at any cost.”

Last week, Netanyahu lashed out at Israeli police over their handling of the graft probes. This came after Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich said that officers investigating Netanyahu had been put under pressure.

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Third World: Baltimore Is Collapsing, The ENTIRE METRO Will Close For ONE MONTH Due to Emergency Repairs

I often joke with my wife that she is the only good thing to come out of Baltimore and I think she’s finally starting to believe me.

I have written extensively about the collapse of Baltimore; it’s a small city with a population of roughly 614,664 people. The city’s local Government is plagued by corruption and fiscal mismanagement led by Democratic ringleader Catherine Pugh. To make matters worse, the Baltimore’s Police Department is littered with officers who have no regard for the law but are good at breaking it, and this is just scratching the surface. Violent crime is skyrocketing, jobs are disappearing, opioids and heroin have flooded the city, public schools have NO HEAT, and now the public rail system that 40,000 daily riders depend on will be closed for one month according to this Baltimore Sun report:

Baltimore’s entire Metro SubwayLink system will remain closed for a month, the Maryland Transit Administration announced Sunday, after safety inspections showed sections of track needed emergency repairs that couldn’t wait until this summer.

Gov. Larry Hogan has set aside $2.2 million in emergency funding to run free coach buses for passengers along the subway’s route in addition to the normal MTA bus routes, the MTA said Sunday.

The MTA shut the system down on Friday for a safety evaluation after discovering an urgent need for repairs on sections of the aboveground northwest leg of the system between the Owings Mills and West Cold Spring stations. Sunday’s decision expanded the closing to the entire system, which has 14 stations and more than 40,000 riders on a typical weekday.

“While I understand the inconvenience, safety will always be our top priority,” MTA CEO Kevin Quinn said Sunday. “We don’t take any risks with our riders.”

The track needed to be replaced sooner than the scheduled replacement this summer, Quinn said.

Barakat Muhammad, 49, doubted whether buses can effectively replace the subway routes. “Even if you get 20 buses,” he said, the heavy traffic on roadways would mean they wouldn’t run as fast as the subway.

The barbershop owner, who lives in East Baltimore and takes the subway six days a week, was irritated by a lack of communication from the Maryland Department of Transportation on the closure.

“They should have gave people warning,” he said. The first day, he said, “everyone was in a frenzy,” trying to figure out alternate means of transportation.

Sitting on a bench downtown, Elizabeth Augustusel, 56, was stoic about the closure. “We just have to be patient,” she said. While the system was closed, she would take the bus.

“Repairs need to be repaired. I know they’re not going to endanger our lives.” (HA!)

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CENSORED REPORT RECOVERED! Biased FBI and DOJ Officials Broke The Law And Tried To Decide The Election


There can be no question, at this point, that certain higher ups in the FBI and the DOJ did not want Hillary to be indicted and did not want Donald Trump to become President. Those efforts were not entirely independent of each other.

Below is a timeline of events – abbreviated though it is – that makes it rather plain that the FBI and DOJ were not investigating potential crimes objectively.

Indeed, they were committing crimes during the process in aid of their preferred outcomes.

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James Mattis Detracks Neocon/Zion Lies! Admits "We Don't Have Evidence" Assad Used Chemical Weapons

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Secretary of Defense James Mattis had admitted that the Syrian government did not use chemical weapons against its own people.

In an astonishing admission, Mattis says there is “no evidence” that suggests Assad used the banned nerve agent Sarin.

The U.S. has no evidence to confirm reports from aid groups and others that the Syrian government has used the deadly chemical sarin on its citizens, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday.

“We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “We do not have evidence of it.”

He said he was not rebutting the reports.

“We’re looking for evidence of it, since clearly we are dealing with the Assad regime that has used denial and deceit to hide their outlaw actions,” Mattis said.

PR spin piece:

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It Was Not Trump Who Colluded With Russia, Corrupt US Govt Officials Bribed Russia To Dig Up Dirt On Trump

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Matthew Rosenberg writes at the New York Times that American spies, while trying to recover stolen NSA hacking tools, paid a Russian claiming to have damaging information about Donald Trump:

After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials.

The cash, delivered in a suitcase to a Berlin hotel room in September, was intended as the first installment of a $1 million payout, according to American officials, the Russian and communications reviewed by The New York Times. The theft of the secret hacking tools had been devastating to the N.S.A., and the agency was struggling to get a full inventory of what was missing.

Several American intelligence officials said they made clear that they did not want the Trump material from the Russian, who was suspected of having murky ties to Russian intelligence and to Eastern European cybercriminals. He claimed the information would link the president and his associates to Russia. Instead of providing the hacking tools, the Russian produced unverified and possibly fabricated information involving Mr. Trump and others, including bank records, emails and purported Russian intelligence data.

In the Saul Alinsky's communist manifesto "Rules for Radicals" one of the major tactics of communism is to blame your political enemies for everything YOU YOURSELF are guilty of!

One must wonder what road the United States is being driven to under Obama's holdovers...

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Six Ways the Cuckservative GOP Establishment Is Trying to Lose the Amnesty and Immigration Fight

GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has devised an immigration debate this week which can help an alliance of Democrats and roughly 15 business-first Republican Senators push an amnesty through the Senate while blocking President Donald Trump’s pro-American reforms.

“I think this is an effort that is set up to fail is not set up to help Americans,” said Rosemary Jenks, government relations director at NumbersUSA. She continued:

This [Senate debate] is a very serious threat — screwing up the immigration debate will cost the Republicans the House and potentially even the Senate [in November], which means President Trump gets impeached.

Sen. McConnell’s debate decision is just one of several occasions where GOP team members have fumbled the political ball on amnesty even when Democrats push it into their hands. The repeated failures by the GOP establishment is reminiscent of the “failure theater” strategy which they used in 2015 to hide their planned loss of a 2015 amnesty showdown with President Barack Obama.

Here are six occasions where GOP passivity or failure have helped advance an amnesty.

A. President Donald Trump’s congressional liaison aide is not trying to persuade Senators to back the President’s plan. Instead, Marc Short is merely acting as a “mediator,” according to Politico:

In his first year as Trump’s top liaison to Congress, Republicans say Short has been more of a facilitator, rather than an arm-twister. That role will become particularly critical on immigration – an issue Congress has spectacularly failed to resolve in the past.

“I don’t see him as the real deal-maker so much as the kind of go-between, the mediator,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), who’s interacted with Short on a host of issues including health care, the opioid crisis and energy policy. “He doesn’t try to reshape our thoughts. He sort of takes it in, and then, I’m assuming, reports back to the White House.”

B. House Speaker Paul Ryan is not trying to push the pro-American immigration bill drafted by judiciary chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, even though it offers the most benefits to Americans at the least cost — three-year work-permits (not citizenship or residency) to illegals — and it has been backed by a White House statement. Instead, Ryan just said February 8 that:

To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not. We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign.

That policy offers Democrats and the business community a strategy of pressuring Trump into more concessions — for example, approving a big amnesty in exchange for wall funding without needed legal reforms — so that Ryan can rush the pro-amnesty bill through the House.

C. GOP Senators have done nothing since the January shutdown to argue that Democrats favor illegals over Americans. In January, that tough argument — by McConnell, among others — helped them win the shutdown fight, according to the Washington Post:

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard Vows "Hell To The Zionists" As Israel Attacks Syria

Iran has called reports that they sent a UAV into Israeli airspace "ridiculous," while an Iranian commander warns that they could unleash "hell" on the "Zionist regime" by destroying all US bases in the area.

“The claim about the flight of an Iranian drone and Iran’s involvement in the downing of a Zionist fighter jet is so ridiculous that it does not merit a comment,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi, while claiming that Iranian officials are only advising the Syrians “at the request of the… legitimate and lawful government.”

Moreover, any "aggressive actions" by Israel would trigger a serious response by Iran, creating "hell for the Zionists" according to Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards. His statement below:

"The Zionist regime in the Muslim world was shaped by the will of the United States and Britain, and they built a cemetery from the Islamic world. You have heard the story of the domination of the world of arrogance after World War II, the tragic story of Muslim slaughter in the wars that Britain has launched and know the role of the United States and Britain in the formation of the Zionist regime, or aware of the defeats of the Arab armies of the Zionist regime by American support.

The United States was banning us and wanted to be paralyzed, but we advanced, and today, from this point on, today we can destroy all American bases in the region and create hell for Zionists.

Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is more powerful than ever. We trust in God; this was a confession two years ago when we seized the American Marines and the American inability to confront us. -Gen. Hossein Salami via Tasnim News (translated)"

“They discussed the situation around the actions of the Israeli air force, which carried our missile strikes on targets in Syria,” Interfax quoted the Kremlin as saying.

The phone conversation took place less than two weeks after a face-to-face meeting between the Israeli and Russian leaders in Moscow, the duo's seventh face to face meeting in two years, in which the two leaders who are currently reshaping the middle east in the power vacuum left by the US, were said to have discussed military cooperation on Syria and Iran’s influence in the region. It is unclear whether today's events were part of the talking points.

Netanyahu also spoke with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday where he reiterated Israel's stance. Tillerson is about to embark this weekend on a five-nation tour of the Middle East, visiting Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan and Lebanon.

"Our policy is clear," said Netanyahu. "Israel will defend itself against any aggression and any attempt to violate its sovereignty," adding "Iran undertook such attempt today. It violated our sovereignty, and infiltrated its drone into Israeli airspace from Syria."

This morning Iran brazenly violated Israel’s sovereignty. They dispatched an Iranian drone from Syrian territory into Israel. Israel holds Iran and its Syrian hosts responsible for today’s aggression

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) February 10, 2018

As we reported earlier, Anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli F-16 returning from a bombing raid on an Iranian UAV facility early Saturday.

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San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents Due To Communist Destabilization Policies

The number of people packing up and moving out of the Bay Area just hit its highest level in more than a decade.

Carole Dabak spent 40 years living in San Jose and now she’s part of the mass exodus that is showing no signs of slowing down.

The retired engineer’s packing up and calling it quits about to move to the state of Tennessee.

“I loved it here when I first got here. I really loved it here. But it’s just not the same,” Dabak said.

Of course people come and go from the Bay Area all the time, but for the first time in a long time, more people are leaving the Bay Area than are coming in. And the number one place in the country for out-migration is now, right here.

“You can’t even contemplate getting into the housing market here,” Hancock said. “And I don’t mean just service workers, I mean highly skilled professionals. The tech elite are having a hard time affording reasonable housing in Silicon Valley. So this is difficult, this makes it very difficult for employers trying to recruit.”

Operators of a San Jose U-Haul business say one of their biggest problems is getting its rental moving vans back because so many are on a one-way ticket out of town.

Dabak cites crowding, crime and politics as the reasons for her own exodus.

“We don’t like it here anymore. You know, we don’t like this sanctuary state status and just the politics here,” she said.

She plans to sell her home for about $1 million, buy a much larger place near Nashville for less than half that and retire closer to family and friends.

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NYPD Refused To Detain 1,526 Immigrant Pedophiles And Murderers, A Shocking Insult To American Public, Disregard of Safety

The NYPD denied requests by the Trump administration to detain 1,526 potential pedophiles and murderers – because they were immigrants.

The whopping number of detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working under Trump’s orders, were gleefully ignored by the police department according to NYPD legislative affairs director Oleg Chernyavsky. reports: New York law says the city can’t hand prisoners over to ICE unless they’ve been convicted of one of 170 serious crimes, and the feds present a warrant.

“That speaks volumes to our intent as a city,” Chernyavsky said. “It’s important for victims of crimes, irrespective of their immigration status, to trust their police and to come forward and inform their police.”

As police brass discussed the stats, ICE slammed the department in a series of tweets.

ICE recently arrested nine people in New York who were in the country illegally and released by the NYPD despite active detainers and pending criminal charges, the agency wrote. They did not specify what crimes the immigrants were charged with.

“The release of criminal aliens back on New York City streets continues to pose a dangerous risk to our communities,” said ICE field office director Thomas Decker. “ICE will continue to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests to ensure the safety of the law-abiding citizens of these communities.”

Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Queens) worried the city’s strict sanctuary rules may be preventing it from turning over people guilty of violent crimes.

“It’s my hope that our hands aren’t tied in a situation when you do have a violent offender, whatever their status may be, if they need to be arrested,” he said. “For me, it’s about safety.”

Chernyavsky said if an immigrant is busted for a violent crime, they’ll be prosecuted and jailed just like anyone else.

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George Soros Exposed In The UK, Backing Secret Plot To Thwart Brexit

George Soros, the billionaire known as the man who “broke the Bank of England”, is backing a campaign to overturn Brexit, the Telegraph can disclose.

The investor is one of three senior figures linked to the Remain-supporting campaign group Best for Britain who plan to launch a nationwide advertising campaign this month, which they hope will lead to a second referendum to keep Britain in the EU.

The campaign is trying to recruit major Tory donors in an attempt to undermine Theresa May.

It also plans to target MPs and convince them to vote against the final Brexit deal to trigger another referendum or general election, according to a strategy document leaked from a meeting of the group.

The document says the campaign, which will begin by the end of this month, must “wake the country up and assert that Brexit is not a done deal. That it’s not too late to stop Brexit”.

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Kentucky Judge Guilty Of Human Trafficking, Underage Rape Given Slap On The Wrist, A Complete Mockery Of Justice

A former judge and politician will serve as little as four years in prison after pleading guilty to 21 counts of human trafficking of minors, and giving heroin to minors, proving yet again there is one law for us, and another for them.

The former Campbell County judge used hard drugs, threats of arrest and threats of eviction to force women and girls under the age of 18 into sex acts, according to the charges read in court by Judge Kathleen Lape.

Under the plea agreement, Nolan will serve 20 years in prison and pay a $100,000 fine. He would be eligible for parole in four years, his attorney said. The judge will sentence him on March 29. reports: The case has shocked the region. Nolan served as a district judge in the late 1970s and early 1980s and had become a well-known political figure. He campaigned locally for President Donald Trump, was vocal on many conservative/tea party issues, and was elected to the Campbell County School Board in 2016.

Nolan, 71, entered the courtroom in Newport in a gray suit with a calm expression as he surveyed the few people in the gallery, mostly media. No family from either side were in the courtroom.

After pleading guilty, Nolan thank his attorneys, the judge and a doctor who was involved in his case “who made me realize things.”

“Thank you, judge, for your tolerance in this case,” Nolan said.

For 10 minutes, Lape read the counts to Nolan, who pleaded guilty to each one.

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Scientists Invent “Super Wood” That Can Replace Steel

Scientists have invented “super wood” devised to make the traditional wood 12 times stronger. With its strength, the new invention can potentially replace steel and serve as a lighter, cheaper and more renewable alternative.

The inventors say the “super wood” made of robust material can also stop bullets, and it can also be used in cars, airplanes, buildings and even serve as body armor.

Lead researcher Liangbing Hu and his University of Maryland team already had their creation tested in the lab. Their research was also recently published in Nature.

Scientists have been trying to enhance the strength of wood for a long time. This breakthrough is being welcomed with excitement since it can be truly beneficial to the world given that wood is abundant and relatively cheap.

The researchers ran an experiment that involved firing bullet-like projectiles at the material alongside regular wood. While the researchers ripped through the regular wood, the “super wood” managed to block them halfway through.

The breakthrough uses a treatment that can be applied to all types of wood (including softer wood) to make them denser. The said treatment follows a simple, two-step method that starts with boiling the wood in a solution of sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfite, a chemical treatment similar to the first step in creating the wood pulp used to make paper. Such is meant to remove in parts some of the elements that stiffen a plant’s cell wall, while still leaving intact the overall structure.

The second step is as easy as it involves compressing the treated wood until its cell walls collapse, then maintaining that compression as it is gently heated. The pressure then kick-starts a chemical bond between the forms of atoms that comprise the wood cellular structure, greatly strengthening the material in the process.

The treatment can be applied to huge amounts of wood at once and also allows them to bend and mold the material into the desired shape at the start.

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Former Official Confirms Steele's Fake Dossier Was Shared With Obama State Department

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A former official in President Obama's State Department has confirmed a claim by the Senate Judiciary Committee, that former British spy Christopher Steele and Hillary Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal gave him intelligence reports claiming that President Trump had been compromised by the Russians.

Jonathan Winer, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, confirmed the Judiciary Committee's claims in an op-ed for the Washington Post titled "Devin Nunes is investigating me: Here's the Truth."

"While talking about that hacking, Blumenthal and I discussed Steele’s reports. He showed me notes gathered by a journalist I did not know, Cody Shearer, that alleged the Russians had compromising information on Trump of a sexual and financial nature," writes Winer.

In September 2016, Steele and I met in Washington and discussed the information now known as the “dossier.” Steele’s sources suggested that the Kremlin not only had been behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign but also had compromised Trump and developed ties with his associates and campaign.

Winer's op-ed corroborates the series of events outlined in a criminal referral for Steele issued by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which asks the DOJ to investigate Steele for allegedly lying to the FBI about his contacts with the media.

12) The Issue at Hand

" it appears that either Mr. Steele lied to the FBI or the British court, or that the classified documents reviewed by the Committee contain materially false statements."

— TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii) February 5, 2018

13) We have the statements from the British Court documents but until the #GrassleyMemo is readacted we cannot identify the contradictions that Grassley found!

British Court Document (pgs 4-20) PDF>

— TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii) February 5, 2018

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Good! Illinois Supreme Court Voids Firearm Exclusion Zone Around Public Parks

On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a state prohibition on firearm possession within 1,000 feet of a public park violates the Second Amendment. The case is People v. Chairez.

Chairez pleaded guilty in 2013 to possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of Virgil Gilman Trail, a public park in Aurora, IL. He later sought to void the conviction, arguing that the state’s 1,000 foot exclusion zones around various public places essentially amounted to a ban on carrying firearms in public, a right that has been expressly recognized by Illinois’ high court.

In resolving the case, the justices limited their consideration to the exclusion zone around public parks, as that was the only such zone implicated by Chairez’s own conviction.

The court noted that whether or not the exclusion zone itself – rather than the actual park – could be considered a “sensitive place,” it still had to conduct a Second Amendment analysis. In other words, the court found that language in District of Columbia of Columbia v. Heller deeming restrictions on certain “sensitive places” to be “presumptively lawful” did not conclusively exempt restrictions in those places from some sort of scrutiny under the Second Amendment.

The court applied what it called a “sliding scale of intermediate scrutiny” standard of review, taking into account how closely and pervasively the restriction affects the core right of self-defense and whose rights are implicated.

It answered the first question by noting that the contested restriction covers “vast number of public areas across the state,” particularly in urban locales. Within those areas, moreover, the restriction amounts to an outright ban on carrying usable firearms for self-defense.

Answering the second question, the court found the prohibition provided no exception for law-abiding individuals.

It, therefore, characterized the restriction’s burden on Second Amendment rights as “severe” and subject to “elevated intermediate scrutiny analysis.” This requires the state to show a very strong public-interest justification and a close fit between the government’s means and its end, as well as proving that the “public’s interests are strong enough to justify so substantial an encumbrance on individual Second Amendment rights.”

The court found that the state failed to offer any “useful statistics or empirically supported conclusions” to justify its asserted public safety rational for the contested gun ban. “Without specific data or other meaningful evidence,” Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier wrote, “we see no direct correlation between the information the State provides and its assertion that a 1000-foot firearm ban around a public park protects children, as well as other vulnerable persons, from firearm violence.”

The court also rejected the idea that the ban was not overly burdensome because there were still other places in the state where the individuals could exercise their right to bear arms in public. On this point, the court reiterated a prior holding that emphasized constitutional rights must be respected in all parts of the state, including in densely-populated cities like Chicago, which alone has more than 600 parks. It further noted that the ban could swiftly transform innocent behavior “into culpable conduct if an individual unknowingly crosses into a[n unmarked] firearm restriction zone.” The result could “create a chilling effect on the second amendment when an otherwise law-abiding individual may inadvertently violate the 1000-foot firearm-restricted zones by just turning a street corner.”

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Federal Reserve Calls Cryptocurrencies 'Dystopian' For Users' Lack of Trust In Govt, Central Banks

Amid a relentless barrage of doom and gloom - and then some more doom for good measure - establishment forecasts about the future of cryptocurrencies, including everyone from Goldman, to the BIS, to the World Bank, all of which have been some iteration on how cryptos have no future, this morning an unexpectedly objective and somber view on the future of bitcoin came from none other than the organization that prints (out of thin air) the nemesis to bitcoin: the Federal Reserve.

While the emphasis of the Q&A with New York Fed economists Michael Lee and Antoine Martin, which we have republished below, is the issue of "trust" and how it defines monetary exchange, there are several things that attracted our attention.

The first is the Fed's take on what we have been saying since 2015, and the reason behind bitcoin's original surge in 2015/2016, namely its use for illicit purposes:

The Drug Enforcement Administration reports a sharp decline in bulk cash smuggling in 2016, which is the traditional payment method for drug shipments and suggests that payments may have shifted toward cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies are more convenient than cash for many illegal activities that now take place online.

... cryptocurrencies are ideal for circumventing legal or regulatory authorities, because they aren’t governed by any. China, which actively controls capital flow, banned banks from dealing with bitcoin in 2013 (this was relaxed later), because it was thought to be used for money laundering. North Korea is reportedly responsible for state-sponsored hacks to steal cryptocurrencies, which help bypass economic sanctions that are enforced through the cooperation of financial institutions and countries.

This - the ability to hide and store dramatic amount of wealth in a tiny space - is also the reason why according to Goldman cryptocurrencies are really cryptocommodities, as they are not backed by a monetary authority like the Fed. This what Goldman said earlier this week: "Unlike other storage commodities like oil, gold, platinum, diamonds, and even cash, there is no need to hold much physical material to own bitcoin; even a technology as obsolete as the 3½ inch floppy disk can hold almost 30,000 private keys. There is no theoretical upper limit to the value of bitcoins in a wallet, but if we assume each wallet secured by this disk contains as much as the largest wallet today (180,000 BTC), this single disk could “hold” all bitcoins in existence and remain less than 0.5% full. Assuming a bitcoin market cap of roughly $190bn (as of late January), this disk would be the equivalent to either: 95% of the 4,583 tons of gold in Fort Knox, or 1,344 Very Large Crude Carrier supertankers of oil."

Next follows an exchange that many opponents of bitcoin have been leery to engage in, namely why does cryptos have value if they aren't backed by anything. The Fed's response - the admission that the dollar is in the same boat thanks to Nixon - is needless to say , surprising.

Q. If virtual currencies aren't backed by anything real, gold or some other physical commodity, does that mean they all eventually will be worthless?

A. You're right that they are not backed by a physical commodity, but then neither is the dollar and most other modern currencies. It’s long been known that currencies that are intrinsically worthless, mere pieces of paper, are recognized as valuable because payments with money are so much easier than the alternative, barter. The problem with barter, when everyone trades goods and services directly, is the dreaded “double coincidence of wants.” If I want to have dinner at my favorite restaurant but the cook is not interested in trading a meal for a bitcoin lecture, I have to keeping searching until I find a restaurant that I like where, coincidentally, the cook can’t hear enough about bitcoin.

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Pastor Begley: Melania Trump Hired Exorcist To Cleanse White House Of Obama's Demons

First Lady Melania Trump demanded the White House undergo a complete exorcism, with “pagan idols and demonic artifacts” from “the Clinton and Obama years” removed from the premises before she would set foot in the building, according to White House pastor Paul Begley.

“I’m not going to go into that White House unless it has been completely exorcised,” Melania Trump told Pastor Begley.

“They cleansed the White House,” the pastor said. “They had people in there anointing it with oil and praying everywhere.”

After the First Lady had finished removing pagan and demonic items, only one thing was left – a cross on the wall. The White House is now free of all pagan gods and idols, and contains only Christian iconography.

“Because apparently during the eight years when Obama was there, and maybe even some of the presidents before him, there were all kinds of idol gods and images and all kinds of artifacts in there that were demonic, even some of the stuff from the Clinton era,” Begley said.

The White House pastor then related that the First Lady said, “‘You’ve got to get all of that out of there and send in some preachers and priests‘” – she wanted respected Christian leaders — to go in and cleanse the White House or, ‘I will not spend one night in it.’”

“I have to say, when the president allowed 40 pastors to come in to the White House and anoint him with oil and lay their hands and pray on him—seven times he’s done this—that is unheard of,” Begley said. “We haven’t ever – the guy’s got flaws, we all do. But at least he is humble enough and recognizing that he needs God enough that he keeps bringing them in for the prayer.”

Pastor Begley made his remarks during the Feb. 2 edition of Weekend Vigilante, hosted by Sheila Zilinsky.

In his book, My Life, former president Bill Clinton confessed that he and Hillary hosted a voodoo ceremony where an alleged “spirit arrived,” possessed participants walked on hot coals and burnt their flesh with fire, and at one point, a person bit the head off a living chicken.

A Wikileaks classified email released in 2016 also exposed Hillary Clinton for what she really is – an occultist who bows down to Moloch, the same pagan god they perform human sacrifice rituals for at the annual Bohemian Grove meetings.

In a Clinton email from August 29 2008 published by Wikileaks, a senior government staffer writes to Hillary Clinton, “With fingers crossed, the old rabbit’s foot out of the box in the attic, I will be sacrificing a chicken in the backyard to Moloch . . .”

Later that year Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta was also exposed dabbling in the occult. WikiLeaks emails revealed he and his brother Tony fraternized with Marina Abramovich at Satanic “spirit cooking” dinner parties, featuring pig’s blood, countless human fluids, and mock human sacrifices.

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Third World: 50,000 American Bridges Are "Structurally Deficient"

Last week, President Trump announced his proposal for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program in his State of The Union address to the American people. He failed to mention that over the next decade, the federal government would provide very little money whatsoever for America’s crumbling bridges, rails, roads, and waterways.

In fact, Trump’s plan counts on state and local governments working in tandem with private investors to fork up the cash for projects.

In overhauling the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, the federal government is only willing to pledge $200 billion in federal money over the next decade, leaving the remainder of $1.3 trillion for cities, states, and private companies.

Precisely how Trump’s infrastructure program would work remains somewhat of a mystery after his Tuesday night speech, as state transportation officials warned that significant hikes to taxes, fees, and tolls would be required by local governments to fund such projects.

To get an understanding of the severity of America’s crumbling infrastructure. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has recently published a shocking report specifying more than 50,000 bridges across the country are rated “structurally deficient.

If the “structurally deficient” bridges were placed end-to-end, they would stretch 1,216 miles or nearly the distance between Miami and New York City, said ARTBA. Cars, trucks, and school buses cross these 54,259 compromised structures more than 175 million times per day, which it is only a matter of time before another Mississippi River Bridge collapse occurs.

Here are the highlights from the report:

54,259 of the nation’s 612,677 bridges are rated “structurally deficient.”

Americans cross these deficient bridges 174 million times daily.

Average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 67 years, compared to 40 years for non-deficient bridges.

One in three (226,837) U.S. bridges have identified repair needs.

One in three (17,726) Interstate highway bridges have identified repair needs.

Website features listing of deficient bridges by state and congressional district.

Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), who conducted the analysis, said, “the pace of improving the nation’s inventory of structurally deficient bridges slowed this past year. It’s down only two-tenths of a percent from the number reported in the government’s 2016 data. At current pace of repair or replacement, it would take 37 years to remedy all of them.”

Black says, “An infrastructure package aimed at modernizing the Interstate System would have both short- and long-term positive effects on the U.S. economy.”

She adds that traffic jams cost the trucking industry $60 billion in 2017 in lost productivity and fuel, which “increases the cost of everything we make, buy or export.”

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Netanyahu Faces Huge Criminal Scandle, Israeli Police Hint At Indictments

Israeli police have recommended that state prosecutors indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over corruption and misuse of public funds.

The police are to formally announce its recommendation in Cases 1000 and 2000 next week. reports: The investigating team, led by the head of the Lahav 433 anti-corruption unit Dep.-Ch. Koresh Bar-Nur, plans to meet with Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Roni Alsheich on Wednesday, ahead of the decision. The team will present its conclusions, as well as a document that summarizes both cases – which entails its recommendation on whether or not to indict Netanyahu.

Various media reports suggested that police are leaning toward recommending to the state prosecution that it should indict the prime minister in both Cases 1000 and 2000.

Channel 2 News highlighted the importance of the meeting on Wednesday and said that it will be held until a unanimous decision is made.

In Case 1000, the “expensive gifts affair,” police suspect that Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, received presents worth hundreds of thousands of shekels from various businessmen, and in return the prime minister used his influence to benefit them.

One of these businessmen is international movie producer Arnon Milchan. In a recent Channel 10 News report, it was revealed that during a meeting to discuss how Netanyahu could help him in extending his US visa, the latter asked him: “Where are my cigars?”

In Case 2000, the “Yediot Aharonot affair,” it is suspected that Netanyahu negotiated with Yediot Aharonotnewspaper publisher Arnon “Noni” Mozes for favorable coverage, in exchange for support of a bill to weaken Israel Hayom, the largest circulation Hebrew-language paper and Yediot’s biggest competitor.

In August, a court document revealed that the prime minister was suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

In the past, Netanyahu has acknowledged accepting gifts from Milchan but maintained they were exchanged between friends and did not constitute bribery or breach of trust. He has denied any wrongdoing.

“It is allowed, according to the law, to receive gifts from friends,” Netanyahu said at the Knesset last January. “Arnon Milchan and I have been friends for over 20 years. We are good friends; our wives are good friends.”

Israel Police declined to comment on the matter.

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Stock Market Crashes, Total Bloodbath! ALL Gains From Last Year Lost!

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Confirming JPMorgan's "worst case scenario" that forced de-levering in vol-based strategies would lead to retail ETF outflows and create a vicious cycle downwards, Morgan Stanley's Christopher Metli warns that today’s moves lower are likely not being driven by systematic supply – this appears to be more discretionary selling.

Risk-Parity funds are seeing some of the biggest losses in history...

But, as we previously detailed, JPMorgan offered hope that this vicious circle of de-leveraging could be stalled - and had been in the past - by dip-buyers from greater-fool retail inflows.

In the past, just as we have seen this year, these risk-parity-correlation tantrums have been cushioned by equity market inflows, and we note that, in particular, YTD equity ETF flows have surpassed the $100bn mark, a record high pace.

If these equity ETF flows, which JPMorgan believes are largely driven by retail investors, start reversing, not only would the equity market retrench, but the resultant rise in bond-equity correlation would likely induce de-risking by risk parity funds and balanced mutual funds, magnifying the eventual equity market sell-off.

Which could be a problem... As ETF outflows are surging...

And as Morgan Stanley's Christopher Metli - who previously explained what happens when VIX goes bananas - notes, today’s moves lower are likely not being driven by systematic supply – this appears to be more discretionary selling.

Systematic supply from vol target strategies is largely out of the way now, while consensus trades are getting hit: NDX is underperforming SPX, momentum is down 1%, and the Passive Factor is up, indicating actively held names are underperforming names better held by passive funds.

So why now, even though the systematic supply is largely out of the way?

Well as noted in previous comments, consensus was that this was a dip to be bought and that vol should be sold. While systematic funds delevered this week, there has been less discretionary supply and end users have bought very little protection.

This makes the market still fragile to negative shocks – in aggregate less fragile than coming into the week for sure, but still at risk.

The shock today has been higher real rates on expectations of more Fed tightening to come. After ignoring the original driver of this whole episode earlier in the week, investors have finally returned to the fact that the Fed is going to have to react to a stronger economy. 10y real rates today hit the highest since 2015 indicating tighter financial conditions, and breakevens are down slightly.

Finally, Metli notes that right now, the options market does not fully price in a higher volatility environment for longer, and the inverted curve means forward volatility is relatively inexpensive.

June VIX futures are only in the 35th 10-year percentile, while even further out volatility between June and Dec of 2018 is only in the ~10th 10-year percentile – good value versus a VIX that is in the 90th percentile.

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Obama's EPA Colluded With Monsanto To Allow Cancerous Herbicide Roundup


A new release of emails between Monsanto and senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveal deep collusion and a forceful effort by Monsanto to halt a safety review for their top-selling herbicide, Roundup.

The email communications, uncovered by a Freedom of Information Act request, revealed Monsanto’s forceful influence over the EPA and showed just how far they will go to control the science. In the communications, EPA officials worked with Monsanto to delay a toxicology review on glyphosate that was supposed to be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The collusion began in early 2015, back when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) had declared Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, a “probable human carcinogen.” The IARC findings infuriated Monsanto; the corporation stands by their claims of glyphosate safety. With lawsuits coming down on them, Monsanto senior officials knew that something had to be done to make glyphosate appear safe again in the public’s eye. Monsanto feared that ATSDR might have similar concerns about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, so Monsanto officials used their connections at the EPA to put a stop on the toxicological review.

The emails reveal that EPA officials kept in contact with Monsanto and even updated them on their progress for halting the ATSDR toxicological review. The emails detail how Monsanto tries to cover up scientific review of their agrichemicals, vindicating lawsuits that allege Monsanto tried to cover up glyphosate’s evidence of harm in cancer cases.

Since glyphosate plays such a large role U.S. agriculture and lawn care, and with IARC classifying the herbicide a “probable carcinogen,” it was absolutely essential for ATSDR to publish a review on the widely used herbicide. In February 2015, the agency promised a toxicology review on glyphosate by October 2015, but it was halted and no toxicological profile has been published to date. We now know why this happened, with emails revealing Monsanto’s pressure to stop it.

Jess Rowland, former deputy division director within the health effects division of the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), retired in 2016 after communicating to Monsanto her desire to kill the ATSDR review. According to the email dump, Rowland is not the only high level EPA official working with Monsanto to stop the toxicology review. At the behest of Monsanto, a consortium of EPA officials aggressively pressured the ATSDR and HHS, claiming that a toxicology review on glyphosate is unnecessarily “duplicative” because the EPA was putting their own review together. Not surprising, the EPA’s assessment in 2016 refuted IARC’s scientific proof that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen.

One of the Monsanto collaborators is Michael Dykes, long time vice president of government affairs for Monsanto. He was in direct communication with Jim Jones, the EPA’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, which had oversight on the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). In the beginning, Monsanto’s Dykes questioned the EPA’s Jones on the ATSDR review: “You were not aware of their review. Did you learn anything more about their efforts?”

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Newsweek Owner's Top Execs Resign, Bankruptcy Imminent

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The publisher of Newsweek and the International Business Times bought fake audience traffic in order to fulfill a large government advertising campaign, a consulting firm alleged. Also, two top execs at the company resigned.

Analysis of potentially fraudulent users, first reported by Buzzfeed News, came as the Newsweek Media Group chairman and the company's finance director, his wife, stepped down after a regulatory investigation into fraud., or International Business Times, the U.S. business news site of Newsweek Media Group, last year was one of two large media publishers to win a campaign to sell digital ads for the federal agency Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which teaches consumers about college tuition and home loans, according to the report.

But many of those ads may not have been viewed by legitimate consumers, according to a report by Social Puncher, a consulting firm that investigates online ad fraud. It says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ads were displayed to an audience of IBTimes readers in the U.S., England, India and Singapore that includes a significant amount of “cheap junk traffic with a share of bots.”

The fake users were bought because was losing traffic from real readers, the report alleges. Instead, the traffic came from pop-up or pop-under browser windows on other websites where users could illegally download videos or other files.

Often users don't see these automatic pop-ups, which can take place on a new browser window. The views that were counted on the pirated content websites were then "laundered" as IBTimes views, the report says.

A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau representative told the outlet that it takes fraud accusations seriously and was investigating details raised by Social Puncher's report.

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China Nearly Finished With South China Sea Project To Extract Shale Oil, Other Resources

Aerial photographs obtained by from a source show that China is almost finished transforming seven reefs claimed by the Philippines in the Spratly archipelago into island fortresses, in a bid to dominate the heavily disputed South China Sea.

Most of the photos, taken between June and December 2017, were snapped from an altitude of 1,500 meters and they showed the reefs that had been transformed into artificial islands in the final stages of development as air and naval bases.

Shown the photographs, Eugenio Bito-onon Jr., the former mayor of Kalayaan town on Pag-asa Island, the largest Philippine-occupied island in the Spratlys and internationally known as Thitu Island, recognized new facilities on the man-made isles.

With its construction unrestrained, China will soon have military bastions on Kagitingan Reef, known internationally as Fiery Cross Reef; Calderon (Cuarteron), Burgos (Gaven), Mabini (Johnson South), Panganiban (Mischief), Zamora (Subi) and McKennan (Hughes) reefs from which to project its power throughout the region.

One of the reefs, Panganiban, lies within the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea. The UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has ruled that Panganiban Reef belongs to the Philippines.

In a report on China’s militarization of the South China Sea last December, US think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (Amti) said Kagitingan Reef had the most construction in 2017, with work spanning 110,000 square meters.

The runways for the three biggest reefs—Kagitingan, Panganiban and Zamora—appeared either completed or almost ready for use.

Lighthouses, radomes, communication facilities, hangars and multistory buildings had also been built on the artificial islands.

Amti, which described 2017 as a “constructive year for Chinese base building” in the South China Sea, noted the presence of underground tunnels, missile shelters, radars and high-frequency antennas on the artificial islands.

At the same time, China has softened the impact of its military buildup with pledges of investments to the Philippines and talk of a framework for negotiating with Asean a code of conduct for the management of rival claims in the strategic waterway.

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FBI Informant Testifies: Moscow Routed Millions To Clinton Foundation In Russian Uranium Dominance Strategy

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Undercover FBI informant William Campbell has given written testimony to Congressional investigators after an "iron clad" gag order was lifted in October.

Campbell was a highly valued CIA and FBI asset deeply embedded in the Russian nuclear industry while Robert Mueller was the Director of the FBI.

Campbell was required by the Russians, under threat, to launder large sums of money - which allowed the FBI to uncover a massive Russian "nuclear money laundering apparatus."

He collected over 5,000 documents and briefs over a six year period, some of which detail efforts by Moscow to route money to the Clinton Foundation.

Campbell claims to have video evidence of bribe money related to the Uranium One deal being stuffed into suitcases.

The Obama FBI knew about the bribery scheme, yet the administration still approved the Uranium One deal.

To thank him for his service, Campbell was paid $51,000 by FBI officials at a 2016 celebration dinner in Chrystal City.

When it emerged that Campbell had evidence against the Clinton Foundation, a Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff (of FISA warrant application fame) slammed Campbell as a "disaster" potential witness.

An undercover FBI informant embedded in the Russian nuclear industry who was made to sign an "illegal NDA" by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has finally given his testimony to three Congressional committees.

William D. Campbell became an FBI counterintelligence asset after spending several years as a CIA operative who developed working relationships in the nuclear industry in Kazakhstan and Russia.

“For several years my relationship with the CIA consisted of being debriefed after foreign travel,” Campbell noted in his testimony, which was obtained by this reporter. “Gradually, the relationship evolved into the CIA tasking me to travel to specific countries to obtain specific information. In the 1990’s I developed a working relationship with Kazakhstan and Russia in their nuclear energy industries. When I told the CIA of this development, I was turned over to FBI counterintelligence agents.”

The FBI embedded Campbell in the Russian nuclear industry for six years, where he gathered extensive evidence of two separate but related "pay for play" schemes related to the United States uranium industry:

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Billionaire accused of trying to thwart Israel's migrant-deportation plan.

This literally fills me with happiness.

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Patriotic Hero Orbán Vows to Fight Those Who Want to Destroy the Christian Identity of Europe

Viktor Orbán has vowed to put “Hungary first” and fight those within the European Union who “want to change the Christian identity of Europe”.

Echoing U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s “America First” rallying cry, conservative Prime Minister Orbán has hit out at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel who said that Central European countries would be forced to accept migrants in terms described by Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party as “extortion”.

“The presidency of Fidesz has discussed yesterday the announcement of the Belgian Prime Minister, that they will – if necessary with force – obligate Central European countries, including Hungary, to accept migrants,” the Hungarian Prime Minister said in a Facebook video on Wednesday.

“According to their plan, this will happen in June at the summit of the prime ministers in Brussels.

“Our presidency has taken a stand: we cannot give in to extortion. For us, Hungary is first.

“We will fight those who want to change the Christian identity of Hungary and Europe.”

In an interview with Belgian news site Le Soir, Prime Minister Michel spoke about sending “an ultimatum” to the Visegrád countries which “reject solidarity”.

Hungary PM: ‘United States of Europe’ Plotters Using Mass Migration to Create Post-National, Post-Christian Super-state

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 14, 2017

In response to Michel’s comments, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said, “Hungary will not become an immigrant country, has never admitted, and will never admit illegal immigrants” at a press conference on Tuesday.

Szijjártó added that the Belgian Prime Minister’s comments were “shocking” and “outrageous”, because “this is the first time that people in Brussels are openly planning to push the mandatory resettlement quota through by force while totally ignoring the will of certain EU member states.”

“Hungary has never admitted and will never admit illegal immigrants, irrespective of whether there is any pressure in this direction along the borders or from Brussels,” he declared.

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Oy Vey! Based GOP Politician Running In Illinios Calls Out The Jews! "Holocaust, An Extortion Racket!"

CNN’s Alisyn Camerota confronted a literal Nazi who is currently poised to nab the GOP nomination for Congress — and the interview predictably derailed, as the Nazi ranted about “the Jewish media.”

Arthur Jones, a holocaust denier, is set to become the Republican nominee for an Illinois congressional seat near Chicago — and appeared on CNN to defend himself.

“It is shocking to hear how vocally and unapologetically racist you are,” Camerota opened the interview. “Are you a Nazi?”

Jones contended that he does not call himself a Nazi, but an “American patriot and statesman.”

“You’re a Nazi,” she charged.

Things then started to get heated when Camerota said that Jones’s website is “filled with the most vile, rancid rhetoric I think I’ve ever read.”

“It’s not vile and rancid it’s the truth!” Jones shot back. “You jews media, you’ve gone absolutely nuts!”

As Camerota patiently tried to reason with Jones, he began shaking his fist at her.

“The Democrats and Republicans, it’s the cursed two party, Jew party system can’t stand it!”

“You deny the Holocaust,” Camerota noted.

“Yes I deny the Holocaust, it’s an extortion racket!”

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US Treasury Bonds: Fuse To Light The Bonfire

Many are the metaphors used to describe the agent that initiates a major crisis. Light the fuse, or pull the trigger, pull the rug out from under the room, or pull on the string for unraveling the sweater, these are commonly heard. What comes soon is the Bonfire of the Vanities, a term the Jackass prefers since irony is thick. Hardly the burning of objects deemed as tempting toward occasions of sin as in the 15th Century. In the present-day case, the burning would be of the massive piles of paper assets the US Federal Reserve has been illicitly supporting for the past several years. The bonfire would be of falsely valued heaps of paper. If truth be known, the Quantitative Easing was put in place in 2012 when the big US banks were all in danger of failures. They required amplified liquidity infusions in order to prevent these giant silos of insolvency from entering financial failure. Their huge bond holdings were supported. Generally, when insolvency meets illiquidity, big failures occur. The USGovt and USFed colluded to prevent the entire set of Wall Street banks from failing like Lehman Brothers did. They all had the same ugly insolvent traits. Few tell the story correctly, but Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan suffocated Lehman to death. Lehman did not fail without help. Like Chief Justice Scalia, Lehman was suffocated in a bed of unpaid bond sales. What comes next is a nasty corrosive dangerous sequence of financial market crises, where pumped paper assets suffer notable declines. It will include the stock, bond, and currency markets. The last times all three suffered simultaneous declines was 1979 and 1987. Add soon 2018.

Global Systemic Lehman Event

What comes next is what the Jackass has come to call the Global Systemic Lehman Event. For ten years, the Powers that Be, namely the banker cabal, have been supporting the entire global bond market in almost exactly the same manner as they supported the mortgage finance market in 2005 through 2007 before it erupted. The subprime bond market crisis of 2008 will be repeated, but on a global scale which includes major sovereign bonds. Recall that Greenspan justified the off-loading of risk, and Bernanke justified the asset backed bond market as sound. They were both wrong, both heathen heretics. It can accurately be said that these top-rated sovereign bonds are all subprime, with horrendous fundamentals led by grand deficits and economic recessions.

The entire Western world bond market and stock market has subprime traits. The worst offender is the United States, with its $550 billion annual trade deficit, expected to go over $600 billion this year. The USGovt deficits have been running regularly at over $1.0 trillion each of the last three years, despite fanciful adjustments and clever line items in perverse one-off attempts to conceal reality. New military budget additions and tax reforms will ensure a larger federal deficit this year, unless and until the nation enjoys a renaissance of re-industrialization with 100 thousand new businesses formed and several $trillion invested. Not likely.

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Tyranny Run Amok: Silicon Valley Firms To Ban Employees From Dating One Another


Facebook, Google, and other Silicon Valley companies are reportedly restricting employee relationships and dating practices with company dating policies.

Employees at Facebook and Google are only allowed to ask out colleagues on a date once, and if they decline or simply reply that they’re busy, asking another time can open them up to sexual harassment allegations and disciplinary action.

“One rule at Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google: Employees are only allowed to ask a co-worker out once. If they are turned down, they don’t get to ask again,” reported the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. “Ambiguous answers such as ‘I’m busy’ or ‘I can’t that night,’ count as a ‘no,’ said Heidi Swartz, Facebook’s global head of employment law.”

Google has had a “dating policy” since 2004, meanwhile, couples at major tech companies are reportedly signing “love contracts — in which a couple agrees to behave professionally at work and acknowledges they weren’t coerced into the relationship.”

Restrictive dating policies, which aim to curb sexual harassment, are also present in other technology companies, including Asana, where Facebook co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz is currently CEO.

“In early January, four women at Asana — three from human resources and one from marketing — gathered around an oversize conference table to tackle the San Francisco-based software startup’s first-ever dating policy,” the Wall Street Journal documented. “As they looked up at a large-screen projection of the document, the women labored over how to define a workplace romance, tweaking it and deleting phrases that described it as a mutual attraction between two employees.”

During the meeting, Asana’s Head of People Operations Anna Binder proclaimed, “I want to be reasonable… I just don’t want to be policing every kiss,” however employees at another tech company, Fish Bowl, have reportedly “started shying away from office banter or complimenting colleagues on their appearance.”

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Google Inc. Patents Home Spy Devices For Government Spooks and Third Parties


Newly unearthed patents reveal how Google plans to spy on children and families in the home and then issue verbal instructions on how they can improve their behavior.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson revealed a September 2016 patent in which Google imagines how it can “take control of your parenting, your relationship with your children”.

In one example, Google plans to track if children are attempting to interact with their parent’s liquor cabinet and infer if “mischief” is taking place, before issuing a verbal warning to the child through the system’s speaker.

In another example, a hypothetical child called Benjamin is under 24/7 surveillance by Google’s cameras, whether he is using electronics or playing outside.

The system would aim to “coach” families on “areas of improvement,” and scold them if they are not spending enough time eating together.

Google responded to the Fox News story by issuing a pithy statement that read, “We file patent applications of a variety of ideas that our employees come up with. Some of those ideas later mature into products or services, some don’t.”

In another patent filed in September 2016, Google envisages sending the user personalized advertising based on what a camera observes, with the example being a link to buy or watch the Godfather movie based on the user having a copy of the Godfather novel on their nightstand.

Infowars reported on this very prospect 12 years ago when we drew attention to plans for tech companies to spy on user’s lifestyle choices and, “build psychological profiles which will be used for surveillance and minority report style invasive advertising and data mining.”

We specifically discussed Google’s plan to “use in-built microphones to listen in on user’s background noise, be it television, music or radio – and then direct advertising at them based on their preferences.”

12 years later, Google Home and other “home assistant” devices from Apple and Amazon now have this capability.

Carlson said the patents were a “terrifying illustration of the control these companies seek over our daily lives.”

What is being described is not far removed from the notorious telescreens in George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984, which were used by the totalitarian Party both as entertainment devices and as cameras to keep its subjects under close surveillance.

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Time To Homeschool Your Kids: Now Kindergarteners Are Being Brainwashed By Communist Cultural Marxism

A public school district in Minnesota is taking a radical Marxist approach to the brainwash the youngest children.

Young victims in the Edina School District in Edina, Minnesota, will be introduced to the concept of “white privilege” as early as kindergarten, according to a new report from the Weekly Standard. The report details some of the unusual practices of the district.

As a result, the school system’s obsession with “white privilege” now begins in kindergarten. At Edina’s Highlands Elementary School, for example, K-2 students participate in the Melanin Project. The children trace their hands, color them to reflect their skin tone, and place the cut-outs on a poster reading, “Stop thinking your skin color is better than anyone elses!-[sic] Everyone is special!”

If teaching kindergarten-aged students about “white privilege” wasn’t unique enough, Edina also submits their bus drivers to social justice re-education. Bus drivers for the Edina School District were required to attend a workshop that instructed them on how to “dismantl[e] white privilege.”

We might start to witness a new demand for bus drivers after many simply quite their job. Bus drivers should follow up with a class-action lawsuit against the school board.

The training session was entitled “Edina School District Equity and Racial Justice Training: Moving from a Diversity to a Social Justice Lens.” In it, trainers instructed bus drivers that “dismantling white privilege” is “the core of our work as white folks,” and that working for the Edina schools requires “a major paradigm shift in the thinking of white people.” Drivers were exhorted to confess their racial guilt, and embrace the district’s “equity” ideology.

Breitbart Tech reported on the Edina School District in 2017. In November, Edina High School came under fire for a mandatory English course that aims to eradicate “white privilege.”

Following the 2016 presidential election, 80 staff members at Edina High School signed a statement claiming that students at the school did not feel physically safe. How moronic.

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Collusion: Trump Campaign Volunteer, Carter Page, Revealed To Be FBI Informant On DNC Payroll

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Carter Page, the Trump campaign volunteer wiretapped by the Obama administration, was an FBI informant paid for by the DNC, according to explosive DOJ documents.

According to the documents, the FBI sought FISA warrants four times to spy on one of their own men embedded within Trump’s team. This allowed them to then spy on all Trump campaign officials.

Via Conservative Treehouse:

In 2013 Carter Page was working as an under-cover employee (UCE) of the FBI, helping them to build a case against “Evgeny Buryakov”. In March 2016 Carter Page remained their informant pre-trial. [Note – Pay attention to the names in the following citations]


♦ In 2013 the U.S. Department of Justice, Southern District of New York, announced an indictment against a Russian Operative Evgeny Buryakov. LINK HERE In March of 2016 Buryakov pleaded GUILTY.

♦ In 2016 Reuters published an article, based on the ongoing court case, going into detail about court records. LINK HERE

According to Reuters, the FBI eavesdropped on meetings involving Russian intelligence personnel in New York City, including a suspected spy posing as a trade representative, by hiding recorders in binders containing supposedly confidential information about the energy sector, U.S. prosecutors said.

The hours of covert recordings from 2013 were disclosed in papers filed in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday in the case of Evgeny Buryakov, a Russian citizen who U.S. prosecutors say posed as a banker while participating in a Cold War-style spy ring.

[…] According to prosecutors, in April 2012, Sporyshev met an undercover FBI employee posing as an analyst at a New York energy firm at an oil and gas industry conference.

♦ In April 2017, writing a story about Carter Page, and trying to enhance/affirm the Russian narrative, they outlined Page’s connections to the Trump campaign, the New York Times referenced Page’s prior connection to the operation. [Notice how the story is shaped] LINK HERE:

Russian intelligence operatives tried in 2013 to recruit an American businessman and eventual foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who is now part of the F.B.I. investigation into Russia’s interference into the American election, according to federal court documents and a statement issued by the businessman.

The businessman, Carter Page, met with one of three Russians who were eventually charged with being undeclared officers with Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the S.V.R. The F.B.I. interviewed Mr. Page in 2013 as part of an investigation into the spy ring, but decided that he had not known the man was a spy, and the bureau never accused Mr. Page of wrongdoing.

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Comrade SJW Blackout: China Sends Muslims To Reeducation Camps To Prevent Radicalization


Muslims in China are being forced into political reeducation camps as part of a move designed to prevent Islamic radicalization.

Over 100,000 Uyghur Muslims have been detained so far in China’s Western Xinjiang region. reports: Tens of thousands of people are allegedly detained in the city of Kashgar alone. The facilities are reportedly squalid and overcrowded, and inmates are forced to sing songs praising the Chinese Communist Party and renounce their religious beliefs.

“We are deeply troubled by the astonishing numbers of Uighur reportedly detained in these camps. Nearly every Uyghur family in exile has heard of a family member who has disappeared into one of these ‘re-education’ centers,” Peter Irwin, a representative of the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, told Newsweek.

“The situation on the ground, however, did not arise from nowhere. What we are witnessing today is the result of at least two decades of policy designed to limit Uyghur political and cultural rights, while implementing the surveillance infrastructure necessary to enforce these very restrictions,” Irwin continued.

Uyghur Muslim refugee tells BBC he'd rather shoot his family in East Turkistan rather than have them suffer in Chinese "re-education" prisons.

I wrote about atheist China's effort to ethnically cleanse 15 million Uyghur Muslims here 👇👇

— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) February 2, 2018

The Uyghur are a Turkish ethnic minority that practice Islam and reside primarily in China and parts of Central Asia. China’s government claims the Uyghur support a Muslim separatist insurgency, and Chinese state media frequently argues that the Uyghur are easily influenced by extremist ideologies.

For decades, around 11 million Uyghur have been subjected to surveillance, arrest and gross human rights violations, rights groups say. The situation has increased in severity over the last year, when a man named Chen Quanguo became the new Communist party leader in Xinjiang and started using new surveillance technologies to monitor the Uyghur population.

“Party Secretary Chen Quanguo has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions,” read a 2017 report from the Jamestown Foundation.

“This soldier-turned-politician is little known outside of China, but within China he has gained a reputation as an ethnic policy innovator, pioneering a range of new methods for securing Chinese Communist party rule over Uyghur, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities in western China.”

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Tyranny Run Amok: Whole Foods Employees Miserable After Amazon/CIA Takeover


Morale among employees of grocery giant Whole Foods has cratered after Amazon owner Jeff Bezos bought the chain and instituted new stocking and employee management policies, a report says.

Whole Foods' new inventory management system aimed at improving efficiency and cutting down on waste is taking a toll on employees, who say the system's stringent procedures and graded "scorecards" have crushed morale and led to widespread food shortages, reports Business Insider.

The new system, called order-to-shelf, or OTS, "has a strict set of procedures for purchasing, displaying, and storing products on store shelves and in back rooms. To make sure stores comply, Whole Foods relies on "scorecards" that evaluate everything from the accuracy of signage to the proper recording of theft, or "shrink."

Some employees, who walk through stores with managers to ensure compliance, describe the system as onerous and stress-inducing. Conversations with 27 current and recently departed Whole Foods workers, including cashiers and corporate employees — some of whom have been with the company for nearly two decades — say the system is seen by many as punitive. -BI

Terrified employees report constant fear over losing their jobs over the OTS "scorecards," which anything below 89.9% can qualify as a failing score - resulting in possible firings.

'Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal': Employees say@WholeFoods uses "scorecards" to punish employees for failing to comply with its inventory management system

— Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 1, 2018

Store managers test employees twice weekly, according to company documents, while corporate employees from the store's Austin, Texas headquarters conduct monthly walkthroughs which stores must themselves pass.

"I wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares about maps and inventory, and when regional leadership is going to come in and see one thing wrong, and fail the team," a supervisor at a West Coast Whole Foods told Business Insider. "The stress has created such a tense working environment. Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal."

In their defense, Whole Foods says it's order-to-shelf (OTS) system allows employees more time to engage with customers - a poorly thought out response.

"The team members are really excited about" order-to-shelf, said Whole Foods EVP of operations David Lannon last year on a call with investors, adding "They're really proud when they're able to achieve that, which is lower out-of-stocks, less inventory in the store, being able to be on the sales floor talking to customers and selling more products."

Whole Foods employees around the country thought that was hilarious. One such disaffected West Coast supervisor said "On my most recent time card, I clocked over 10 hours of overtime, sitting at a desk doing OTS work," adding "Rather than focusing on guest service, I've had team members cleaning facial-care testers and facing the shelves, so that everything looks perfect and untouched at all times."

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GOOD! Trump Goes Nuclear: Protect The Border and Fund The Wall, Or I'll Allow Government To Shutdown Nextime

President Trump said Tuesday he would welcome another government shutdown unless Democrats agree to major changes to stop illegal immigration.

“I’d love to see a shutdown if we can’t get this stuff taken care of,” the president said at a White House roundtable discussion on MS-13 gang violence and illegal immigration.

Mr. Trump has laid out a four-prong approach to immigration discussions on Capitol Hill, saying he would accept a generous amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrant “Dreamers” in exchange for major policy changes including a border wall and more authority to speed deportations.

Democrats want a more generous amnesty of perhaps 3.2 million illegal immigrants, but are resisting his enforcement changes and the much needed wall.

Little progress is being made in negotiations, with Mr. Trump refusing to agree to a cuckservative amnesty bill which did not including funding for the wall.

“Then shut it down. We’ll go with another shutdown,” Trump said.

Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican who represents a number of federal employees, said she hoped that wasn’t going to be needed. She suggested coverage of MS-13 violence has spurred both sides to be ready to accept changes.

“We don’t need a government shutdown on this,” she said.

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Russia and China Investing To Control Arctic Natural Resources As De-dollarization Continues

Call it a new cold war: Russia, China and the United States all vying for influence and control in a part of the world that, this time, is quite literally cold.

With more than half of all Arctic coastline along its northern shores, Russia has long sought economic and military dominance in part of the world where as much as $35 trillion worth of untapped oil and natural gas could be lurking. Now China is pushing its way into the Arctic, announcing last month its ambitions to develop a "Polar Silk Road" through the region.

At play is between one-fifth and a quarter of the world's untapped fossil-fuel resources, not to mention a range of mineable minerals, including gold, silver, diamond, copper, titanium, graphite, uranium and other valuable rare earth elements.

Communist progressives, among other traitors, within the United States have been trying to deny American expansion into the Arctic by fear-mongering a fake climate hoax. Meanwhile both Russia and China are grabbing at their opportunity to take control of the Arctic to extract Trillions worth of resources.

Seaport facilities, mining operations, oil and gas pipelines — as well as new roads, railways and airstrips to serve them — are arriving in the region at an accelerating pace. An inventory of planned, in-progress, completed or canceled Arctic infrastructure projects compiled by global financial firm Guggenheim Partners tallies roughly 900 projects, requiring a total of $1 trillion in investment, some of which is already on the way.

With $300 billion in potential projects either completed, in motion or proposed, Russia is the clear leader in Arctic infrastructure development. The world's largest country has moved to reopen some abandoned Soviet-era military installations and place new facilities and airfields in its northern territory, while also establishing a string of seaports along its northern coastline. State-controlled oil company Rosneft started drilling the northernmost rig in the Russian Arctic shelf last year in an attempt to tap into a field that could hold more than half a billion barrels of oil. In June it found its first oilfield, in the Laptev Sea in the eastern Arctic. Meanwhile, Russian energy giant Gazprom Neft already pumps oil from beneath Arctic waters via a different offshore field, in the Pechora Sea.

The ultimate goal: to have offshore Arctic oil account for between 20 and 30 percent of Russian production by 2050.

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Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Warns American Economy Set Up To Collapse


Billionaire investor Carl Icahn spoke to CNBC via telephone this morning and had some very ominous warnings after what he has seen in the last few days.

Reflecting on the market's moves recently, Icahn shocked the anchors by saying:

"This is something we've never seen before... I don't remember ever seeing a market with this kind of volatility over two weeks."

"The market has become a much more dangerous place [due to index funds and ETFs]... it's like 2008 where everyone was buying mortgages and CDs."

Concluding that: "Passive investing is the bubble right now."

"There is going to be a major, major, major correction."

"This is a manifestation of a real deep problem we have in our markets."

"There is a huge bubble of passive money flowing in... a sort of euphoria and a lot of people are going to pay the price just like in 1929."

Icahn then took his warning to 11...

"I do think the market will bounce back but these are the rumblings before the earthquake."

"The market is telling you something... it's telling you it's very's way over-leveraged."

And that is one reason why Icahn fears...

"Eventually, there's going to be a bigger problem than 2009 and 1929, eventually. A major storm is coming, could be 5 years, could be 5 months."

Icahn ended by noting that "no one can tell you what the market is going to do - its almost farcical to think you can," but added that this is what he thought would happen, based in his research.

CNBC, of course, was careful to provide some cover for their advertisers, noting that while Icahn said "this casino is on steroids -- the market is a casino on steroids," they add that the veteran market-watcher said, this is not "the explosive time."

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Good! Slovakia Says NO To EU's Deliberate Destabilization, Will Build Border Wall

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico announced this week that he will build a great border fence.

Slovakian Prime Minister, Robert Fico, told thousands of cheering Slovakians that he will build a border fence between Austria and Hungary to stop African and Middle Eastern illegal immigrants going to Germany.

“We’ll never bring even a single Muslim to Slovakia; we won’t create any Muslim communities here because they pose a serious security risk,” he said.

“It is predicted more than one million refugees will arrive in Europe this year,” he said “It cannot work to integrate people of other faiths and other cultures.”

He said Slovakia would “never bow to the European Union’s dictates and accept quotas,”

“The warnings issued by the Visegrad countries [Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia] have come true. The EU’s refugee policy has failed,”

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Trump Rejects RINO McCain's Amnesty Plan, Won't Sign It Without Wall Funding

President Trump rejected a proposed immigration bill drafted by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chris Coons (D-DE) that doesn’t include any funding for a wall along the southern border.

McCain and Coons formally introduced a bill that would grant DACA recipients amnesty and bolster border security, but it doesn’t include any authorization spending for the $25 billion Trump is seeking to build a fortified border wall.

“While reaching a deal cannot come soon enough for America’s service members, the current political reality demands bipartisan cooperation to address the impending expiration of the DACA program and secure the southern border,” said McCain.

He added the bill will “address the most urgent priorities of protecting Dreamers, strengthening border security, alleviating the backlog in immigration courts, and addressing the root causes of illegal immigration.”

Trump responded to the unveiled bill on Twitter, calling it “a waste of time.”

“Any deal on DACA that does not include STRONG border security and the desperately needed WALL is a total waste of time,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “March 5th is rapidly approaching and the Dems seem not to care about DACA. Make a deal!”

The mainstream media is billing the legislation as “bipartisan,” but it’s well-known McCain is a shadow Democrat, evidenced by 3 in 4 Democrats holding a favorable view of the Arizona senator, according to a 2017 Quinnipiac Univesity poll.

Not to mention he voted against repealing Obamacare, met with radical anti-West Syrian rebels, and constantly advocates globalism while condemning America.

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German Refugee Worker Admits She Was Wrong, Plans to Move to Poland

A refugee worker who once welcomed Angela Merkel’s decision to open Germany’s borders to over a million predominantly Muslim migrants now admits she was wrong and is emigrating to Poland, asserting, “It’s too late for Germany.”

After founding the refugee aid association Working Group Asylum + Human Rights in 2012, Rebecca Sommer was delighted to welcome the deluge of migrants that began arriving in Germany in the second half of 2015.

“At that time I wanted to help everyone and truly believed that all these people were fleeing hell and were in a state of complete distress,” Sommer told Polish weekly Do Rzeczy.

Along with over 300 volunteers, Sommer began providing German language courses to the new arrivals with the aim of helping them integrate into society.

With the initial hope that “their medieval view was going to change with time,” Sommer soon realized that, “Muslim refugees have grown up with values that are totally different, they have undergone brainwashing from childhood on and are indoctrinated by Islam and absolutely do not intend to adopt our values.”

She also observed how the migrants, “regard we infidels with disdain and arrogance,” after they began to refer to her as “the stupid German whore,” a realization that she says has led other refugee volunteers to quit.

Sommer now admits that despite her good intentions, she got it completely wrong and that Muslim migration poses an existential threat to the Germany way of life.

“If Poland and Hungary do not give in on this question, you could become countries that some Germans and French will flee to. You could become islands of stability in Europe,” said Sommer, adding that she has been personally attacked five separate times by Arabic-speaking men.

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Government Insolvency And Spending Continues To Skyrocket Under Republican Congress, As Amtrak Infrastructure Crumbles


Horrible news from South Carolina this morning. If America is going to have a passenger rail system, we have to do much better than this. Via The State:

A crash involving an Amtrak passenger train and a freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, left at least two people dead and more than 50 injured.

It would appear that something is seriously wrong with the way passenger rail is operating in the United States under the federal corporation AMTRAK. This crash is the third fatal AMTRAK crash since the AMTRAK Cascades train derailed in Washington State at the cost of 3 lives and 62 passenger injuries only 49 days ago. Last Wednesday’s crash in Virginia of a train carrying Congressional Republicans to a retreat killed one. And now, the South Carolina crash has killed at least two.

Each of these three accidents had a separate, probably preventable cause, though of course official verdicts await formal proceedings.

The Washington State crash was due to excessive speed going into a curve.

The Virginia crash was due to a garbage truck on a grade crossing being hit by a train. There were some media reports that a crossing barrier that should have prevented access as a train approached was not functioning, but that is not absolutely clear as the cause.

The South Carolina crash was due to two trains being placed on the same track – something that should not happen with the level of sophisticated signaling available to dispatchers.

Rail travel can be a wonderful experience for passengers, but only if the trains are safe. Hurtling down the rails at high speed can be scary if one suspects that a crash may be coming, and these accidents are going to do nothing to encourage people to utilize trains.

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Moscow Warns Russian Citizens Not To Travel To United States Due To Rascism & Manhunts Against Russians

The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement on Thursday warning its citizens to be careful if they travel abroad because the United States is “hunting” for Russians to arrest.

The Foreign Ministry warned Russians of the “threat of being detained or arrested at the request of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence services in third countries.”

“Despite our calls to improve cooperation between the relevant U.S. and Russian authorities … U.S. special services have effectively continued ‘a hunt’ for Russians around the world,” the statement asserted. “Considering these circumstances, we strongly insist that Russian citizens carefully weigh up all the risks when planning trips abroad.”

In other words, the Foreign Ministry is telling Russian citizens they might be arrested by third countries and extradited to the United States.

The UK Independent notes that the great Russian hunt carried out by the predatory U.S. government consists of arresting seven Russians in 2017 instead of the normal average of two per year, and the Russian Foreign Ministry itself admits that most of them were accused cyber-criminals.

Moscow does not make much of a case that any of these people were arrested randomly or unjustly. For example, one of the Russians arrested early in 2017 was Stanislav Lisov, who is charged with creating a trojan-horse virus that inflicted an estimated $5 million in damage on financial institutions across the world. Lisov was under investigation for the better part of three years before he was arrested by Spain and held for eleven months before his extradition to the U.S. was finally approved. That is difficult to square with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s alarmist portrait of American agents randomly scooping up innocent Russian travelers and hauling them back to Washington for show trials.

Moscow also complained about what it portrayed as the American kidnapping of Roman Seleznev from the Maldives in 2014. Under investigation since 2011 for his activities as a hacker-for-hire, Seleznev was frolicking in the Maldives precisely because the Russian cybercrime underground was convinced Western law enforcement could not touch them there.

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Wew! Adam Schiff Thinks Anyone Who Supports America's 2nd Amendment Right To Bear Arms Must Be A Russian!


The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms... and, as The Duran's Alex Christoforou writes, according to California Congressman Adam Schiff, those pesky Russians are using bots to promote the second amendment with an ultimate goal of having Americans ‘kill each other.’

Once again, another brilliant plan hatched by Putin... good thing Schiff caught on to it and can now begin seizing American’s guns so as to thwart Russia’s evil plan.

On Thursday Democrat Schiff spoke to a crowd at the University of Pennsylvania, where the TDS – ‘Russia hysteria virus’ infected Schiff told the crowd Russian ads promoted the Second Amendment during the 2016 election “so we will kill each other.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Thursday that Russia promoted content that supported the Second Amendment on social media during the 2016 election because they wanted Americans to kill one another.

“You had the content that was clearly anti-Hillary, and you had the content that was very pro-Trump. But even the bigger quantity of content that was being pushed through social media was just content designed to pit us against each other,” Schiff said while speaking at the University of Pennsylvania.

Which is false!

Facebook executive Colin Stretch told the US Senate Judiciary Committee in November that the total number of those illegitimate ads are a drop in the ocean — less than 0.004 percent of all content — or about 1 in 23,000 news feed items.

Russia didn’t flip the election.

And then Schiff exclaimed:

“They also trumpeted the Second Amendment. Apparently Russians are very big fans of our Second Amendment. They don’t particularly want a Second Amendment of their own, but they’re really glad that we have one."

“The Russians would be thrilled if we were doing nothing but killing each other every day, and sadly we are.”

Mr. Schiff's constant delusional comments are so irrelevant to most Americans - and so unbelievable to many - that it should be no surprise to anyone that The Democrats favorability is sliding and Trump's is rising.

According to Mr. Schiff's logic - if you can even call it logic, the Russians must have written our 2nd amendment, and anyone who supports our 2nd Amendment is Russian too. OK, consider me a Russian too then!


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Good! DOJ Shuts Down Govt Project That Funded Soros Open-Borders Groups With Taxpayer Money

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has “quietly” put an end to most work at the Office for Access to Justice (ATJ), one of the lesser initiatives of the Eric Holder era, according to a Thursday New York Times report.

The tiny ATJ was founded in 2010 under then-Attorney General Eric Holder. Its last published organization chart, from 2015, shows only three appointees and their support staff. ATJ distributed grants and drafted “statements of interest” aimed at supporting the right to competent legal representation for the poor and indigent secured by the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court’s famous 1963 decision in Gideon v. Wainwright.

In 2014, however, ATJ also provided $1.8 million to left-wing open-borders groups like the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the George Soros-funded Equal Justice Works, and the New York Immigration Coalition to provide lawyers for so-called “unaccompanied children” who surged across the southern border that year in their immigration hearings. This week, even the notoriously liberal U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected the idea that the Constitution requires the government to pay for lawyers for these child aliens.

The Civil Rights Division leaders of the Obama administration are dejected at the news ATJ was being all but shut down. “Sessions’ shutting down the Access to Justice Initiative sadly speaks for itself,” Vanita Gupta, President Barack Obama’s Civil Rights Division chief, told the Times.

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Big Pharma Company Has License Suspended As Vaccine Sterilized 500,000 Girls

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A Big Pharma company who manufactured a vaccine allowing for a state-sponsored forced sterilization of over 500,000 girls in Africa has had its licence revoked.

According to Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, half-a-million young girls are now infertile following a tetanus vaccine administered by the government in 2014 and 2015. reports: The controversy began coming to a head in 2016 when Agriq-Quest Ltd, a Nairobi-based pharmaceutical company got in a dispute with Kenya’s Ministry of Health over their tetanus and polio vaccinations. A group of Catholic doctors originally made the accusations claiming that the vaccines may contain a hormone that is dangerous to young women and can cause potential sterilization.

As the Agence de Presse Africaine reported:

Odinga said girls and women aged between 14 and 49 from the fastest growing populations in the country will not have children, because of a state-sponsored sterilization exercise that was sold to the country as a tetanus vaccination.

The Catholic Church was ignored when it mounted a strong but lonely campaign against the mass tetanus vaccination, after it raised concerns about the safety of the vaccine that was being used, he said.

At the time, the Catholic Church in Kenya claimed that the tetanus vaccine used by the government of Kenya and UN agencies was contaminated with a hormone (hCG) that can cause miscarriages and render some women sterile.

“The Church’s position was informed by what had happened in Mexico, Nicaragua and Philippines, where the various governments together with WHO/UNICEF had conducted similar campaigns using tetanus toxoid impregnated with beta human chorionic gonadotropin (BhCG) that causes permanent infertility among girls and women,” Odinga continued.

Odinga says they confirmed through analysis of samples that the vaccines used were tainted with the hormone.

“Today, we can confirm to the country that the Catholic Church was right. Hundreds of thousands of our girls and women, aged between 14 and 49, from the fastest growing populations in the country will not have children, because of the state-sponsored sterilization that was sold to the country as tetanus vaccination,” he declared.

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Obama Appointed Judge Raided By FBI For Collusion Against The United States

A Texan judge, appointed by Barack Obama, has been raided by the FBI and arrested on the orders of President Trump, just one day after the controversial FISA abuse memo was declassified and released to the public, exposing high-level judicial corruption.

Democrats were desperate to stop the release of the memo, and there is now massive panic from everyone exposed by explosive information in the declassified document. They know that with their corruption and secrets made public, Trump will hold them accountable.

That seems to be the case now for a judge not named in the FISA document but initimately associated with it through his corrupt involvement with Barack Obama.

It’s been clear for years that Obama used judges and the system to his advantage, even outside the FISA court. Since Trump has been president, defiant Obama appointed judges have come out of the woodwork and constantly blocked and overturned the duly elected president’s policies.

Now, one justice in Texas has been raided and arrested. Looks like the judge finally had justice served to him.

Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby joint reported for Breitbart:

Federal authorities arrested a Democrat Texas state judge after a series of raids on his courtroom and his home. Information on the charges and other details of the investigation remain sealed. The judge is expected to be presented in federal court on Monday.

This week, agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations conducted “law enforcement activity” at the 93rd State District Court, FBI Spokeswoman Michelle Lee revealed to Breitbart Texas. While she could not disclose the details of the operation or its purpose, Lee confirmed the FBI made one arrest. The identity of the person arrested and the charges could not be released until Monday, Lee said.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra confirmed the raids to local media shortly after they began. The sheriff posted a message on social media about the presence of FBI agents at the Hidalgo County Courthouse in the 93rd State District Court. Federal agents, as well as state and local authorities, were reportedly present at the judge’s home in Edinburg.

Judge Rudy Delgado is the presiding judge of the 93rd State District Court. In this position, he hears any type of state court cases including civil and criminal matters. As a Democrat incumbent, Delgado ran unopposed in the 2016 general election and is currently registered with the Texas Secretary of State website as a Democratic candidate for Justice of the 13th Court of Appeals Place 4.

McAllen Attorney Al Alvarez confirmed to Breitbart Texas and to other news outlets that he would be representing Delgado who he said is in custody. Delgado will likely go before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on Monday at the federal courthouse in McAllen.

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German BBs and Flare Gun Ownership Soars 85% In Under 2 Years

Two years after your chancellor decides to admit over 1 million undocumented middle-eastern immigrants to "boost the economy" and instead gets a series of terrorist attacks in return, this is the outcome: "Germans are taking up arms of angst."

According to Handelsblatt, demand in Germany for non-lethal weapons, including gas pistols, flare and stun guns, as well as pepper spray is on the rise. While in the US, the German magazine notes, every mass shooting is followed by yet another heated gun debate. In Germany gun-related crime is comparatively rare, but the issue of guns is increasingly in the forefront of political discussions.

That's because sales of freely available arms are booming. The number of applications for small arms permits has set new records. In 2017, 557,560 people obtained such a license. In January 2016, only 300,949 people had a permit. This means ownership soared by a staggering 85% in just under two years.

Following the Paris terror attacks in 2015 and the sexual assaults on women on New Year’s Eve in Cologne the following month, demand for deterrent devices has taken off. “After the attacks in Paris on the Bataclan music venue in November 2015, a wave of uncertainty spilled over to Germany,” said Ingo Meinhard, director of the German association of gunsmiths and gun dealers.

Why the scramble for self-defense? "The fact that Germans are arming themselves might be rooted in a sense of deteriorating safety" Handelsblatt philosophically observes.

There is a growing feeling that the state cannot sufficiently protect its citizens and therefore they must protect themselves. Recent cuts to the police force contributed to the problem.

And, of course, there is the refugee problem. Some see the influx of refugees and migrants to Germany since 2015 as a trigger to a worsening security situation. The number of crime suspects classed as immigrants – including asylum seekers, refugees and illegal immigrants – rose to 174,438 in 2016, an increase of 52.7 percent from the previous year. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said.

"This can’t be sugar-coated."

Others are blaming, what else, "fake news."

At least they haven't blamed Putin yet for Germany's weaponization scramble.

As discussed previously, while Germany has strict gun control laws, it’s not difficult to obtain a license for non-lethal weapons. The applicant has to be at least 18 years old, though convicted felons, alcohol or drug addicts and people with a record of mental illness are barred. “The authorities examine the applicants thoroughly,” said Mr. Meinhard. “No one should be afraid of these people.”

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Communist Police State and Parental Pampering Are Making Kids Too Safe To Succeed!


One day last year, a citizen on a prairie path in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst came upon a teen boy chopping wood. Not a body. Just some already-fallen branches. Nonetheless, the onlooker called the cops.

Officers interrogated the boy, who said he was trying to build a fort for himself and his friends. A local news site reports the police then “took the tools for safekeeping to be returned to the boy’s parents.”

Elsewhere in America, preschoolers at the Learning Collaborative in Charlotte, North Carolina, were thrilled to receive a set of gently used playground equipment. But the kids soon found out they would not be allowed to use it, because it was resting on grass, not wood chips. “It’s a safety issue,” explained a day care spokeswoman. Playing on grass is against local regulations.

And then there was the query that ran in Parents magazine a few years back: “Your child’s old enough to stay home briefly, and often does. But is it okay to leave her and her playmate home while you dash to the dry cleaner?” Absolutely not, the magazine averred: “Take the kids with you, or save your errand for another time.” After all, “you want to make sure that no one’s feelings get too hurt if there’s a squabble.”

The principle here is simple: This generation of kids must be protected like none other. They can’t use tools, they can’t play on grass, and they certainly can’t be expected to work through a spat with a friend.

And this, it could be argued, is why we have “safe spaces” on college campuses and millennials missing adult milestones today. We told a generation of kids that they can never be too safe—and they believed us.

We’ve had the best of intentions, of course. But efforts to protect our children may be backfiring. When we raise kids unaccustomed to facing anything on their own, including risk, failure, and hurt feelings, our society and even our economy are threatened. Yet modern child-rearing practices and laws seem all but designed to cultivate this lack of preparedness. There’s the fear that everything children see, do, eat, hear, and lick could hurt them. And there’s a newer belief that has been spreading through higher education that words and ideas themselves can be traumatizing.

How did we come to think a generation of kids can’t handle the basic challenges of growing up?

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House Intelligence Memo Released: What It Says

Here are some key points:

* The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the intial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.

* Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.

* The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

* DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele's bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.

It also claims the FBI and DOJ used media reporting to lend credibility to the dossier, while the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, briefed major American news outlets to include New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, New Yorker, Yahoo and Mother Jones.

The memo shoes that after former British spy Christopher Steele was cut off from the FBI, he continued to pass information, as did Fusion GPS, through Justice Department Official Bruce Ohr. Ohr’s wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS as early as May 2016.

It also claims evidence that Steele has a personal animus for the President Trump.

Back to the memo, which as York adds, "the political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications."

More House Intel memo key point: The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 2, 2018

York then also note that DOJ official Bruce Ohr was relayed information about Christopher Steele's bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.

All else equal, sounds like a clear case of bias, and when extended, it would imply that the entire Mueller probe is base on grounds that could be overturned in court.

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Judicial Watch Sues DOJ For Illegally Misleading FISA Court, As Devin Nunes Announces "More To Drop"

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Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch are suing the DOJ for deliberately misleading the FISA court in order to obtain a wiretap.

Following the House Intelligence Committee’s declassification and public release of the FISA memo on Friday, president of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, hit the ground running and called out Comey, McCabe, Yates and Rosenstein for lying to the FISA court. reports: Fearless warrior Tom Fitton also hammered dirty cop Mueller’s Russia investigation in an explosive interview with Fox News Friday.

Shortly after Fitton’s interview, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced it filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for ‘Russian collusion’ FISA documents.

The American people should be able to see for themselves the details of how the Obama administration officials (and Rod Rosenstein of the Trump administration) justified spying on the Trump team.

— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 2, 2018

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for FBI documents regarding the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant application submitted to – and responses from – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to alleged collusion between Russia and Trump campaign associates (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00245)).

Judicial Watch filed suit in the United States District Court of the District of Columbia after the agency rejected a July 19, 2017, FOIA request seeking:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton had this to say about the FISA memo:

“Today’s House Russia FISA memo makes a compelling case that the FISA court was misled and severely abused by top officials in the Justice Department and FBI. The American people should be able to see for themselves the details of how the Obama administration officials (and Rod Rosenstein of the Trump administration) justified spying on the Trump team. From what we know publicly, this may be the worst government abuse scandal in a generation – which makes it urgent the Justice Department stop stonewalling the release of the alleged Trump-Russia collusion FISA documents.”

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Socialists Plan to Sue Trump Administration Over Tax Cuts

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh revealed on Thursday that he plans to sue President Donald Trump over the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Frosh plans to join officials from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to sue the federal government over the tax bill’s reduction on the state and local tax deduction (SALT). The state officials believe that the cap on the SALT deduction is unconstitutional.

Frosh, a Democrat, said in a press release, “By eliminating the SALT deductions, Trump’s tax bill will jack up taxes for more than half a million Marylanders,” Frosh, a Democrat, said in a news release. “It is an attack on state sovereignty and an attempt to cripple our ability to educate our kids, protect the Chesapeake Bay, and build the infrastructure that Maryland needs to be competitive in the world economy.”

Analysts believe that the legal challenge to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will likely fail, pundits argue that the federal government has broad authority taxes on income.

Meanwhile, the economy continues to expand under President Trump.

C. Dean Metropoulos, the Hostess Brands executive chairman, said in a letter to employees:

The recent tax reform changes have given us the opportunity to review our benefit and compensation structure with an eye toward further investing in our workforce — our extraordinary team of employees who have and continue to help make Hostess so successful. As we have done in the past, the company’s management and board take great pleasure in sharing the company’s success with our employees.

UPS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Abney said in a statement, “This $12 billion investment program is an outgrowth of the opportunity for tax savings created by the Tax and Jobs Act,” said David Abney, UPS chairman and chief executive. “We will increase network investments and accelerate pension funding to strengthen the company for the long term, so that we maximize the benefit to our global customers, employees and shareowners.”

UPS, Cigna, Hostess, and Lowe’s announced on Thursday that they will give their workers bonuses, increase investment, and give their workers free snacks due to tax reform.

Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies, announced that they will offer their employees a sweet deal: employee bonuses and free Hostess snacks for one year.

Hostess will give more than 1,000 employees a bonus of $1,250, which includes $750 in cash and a $500 contribution to their 401(k). The food giant will give their employees a multipack “product of the week” for free; local Hostess bakeries will choose which snacks to provide their employees each week.

300 other companies have also been raising wages and handing out bonuses due to Republican tax reform.

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Guess Which "Shithole" Has The World's Most Overcrowded Prison System

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, the U.S. has a prison population of 2.2 million, 481 inmates per 100,000 of the population.

The U.S. prison system has attracted headlines for overcrowding with 18 states reporting they were operating at over 100 percent capacity at the end of 2014. According to the World Prison Brief, the U.S. has an an occupancy level of 103.9 percent and only comes 113th worldwide when it comes to overcrowding in prisons.

However, as Statista's Niall McCarthy details, somebody who gets arrested and jailed in Haiti will have to endure far tougher conditions.

The Caribbean nation has the most overcrowded prisons of any country worldwide and its institutions are operating at 454 percent capacity. That has resulted in 80 to 100 men being crammed into a single cell at once, malnutrition and the spread of disease. Many of Haiti's inmates have not been convicted of a crime and the UN has condemned the situtation, saying inmates are subject to daily violations of their human rights.

The situation in the Philippines is similar and conditions in its prisons have deteriorated steadily since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on drugs. That has seen the number of arrests skyrocket with thousands of people thrown into prison. That has seen occupancy rates stretched to 436 percent of capacity and Quezon City Jail is a good example. An ABC News report claims the facility was built to house 262 prisoners and it now hosts over 3,000.

El Salvador comes third for prison overcrowding with its institutions operating at 348.2 percent of their capacity.

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Senior Member of Clinton Foundation Arrested In China For Running Child Sex Ring In A Beijing Kindergarten

A Chinese kindergarten run by a senior member of the Clinton Foundation is under investigation after claims of child sex abuse and needle marks on children.

Parents say their children were stripped naked, given unknown “white pills” and “brown syrup” and sexually abused while in the care of the kindergarten in Beijing’s eastern suburb of Guanzhuang.

The kindergarten is run by RYB Education Institution, which is currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange. One of the board members of this company, Joel Getz, also served as a Director of Development for the Clinton Foundation in New York, with a primary focus on Haiti.

Several parents found needle marks on her children’s bodies, Caixin media group, which initially reported the story, said on Thursday.

Medical examination of eight children confirmed that the injuries were indeed caused by needles, Guanzhuang police later said.

According to RT, apart from needles, children were given “white tablets and a brown syrup,” a group of parents who staged a protest outside the nursery, told Caixin, adding that they had no idea what these substances were. “Disobedient students were also forced to stand naked or were locked up in a dark room at the kindergarten,” one parent said.

One father claimed that “his child said had taken two white pills after lunch, and slept after eating the pills,” CCTV reported.

Chinese media reported saying that there were incidents when a naked adult male conducted “medical check-ups” on unclothed children. “If there is no explanation, I’m not sending my child here anymore. I will come over every day until they respond,” a father, named Li, told AP.

According to the South China Morning Post, the kindergarten where the scandal broke has tuition fees of about 5,000 yuan (US$750) a month, which is “about half of the average monthly salary in the city.”

Later on Thursday Chinese media cited a local education official who said that at least three teachers at the nursery had been suspended. Police have already launched a probe into alleged child abuse and obtained security footage for the investigation. “Recent child abuse cases in kindergartens have greatly harmed the victims and their families and brought serious consequences. They exposed problems in the management of kindergartens,” the Chinese Education Ministry said later on Friday, as cited by Xinhua.

RYB apologized “for the serious anxiety this matter has brought to parents and society” in a statement on its website.

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Formula 1 Grid Girls Slam Feminists Who Put Them Out of Work


Late last month feminists celebrated a victory, after convincing Formula 1 racing to get rid of its gird girls. Now the women who lost their jobs are slamming the feminists for their unwanted interference.

At the end of January, Formula 1 announced that it had decided to end its use of the pretty models who interact with the crowd and carry the names of sponsors on their clothing. The grid girls will be gone commencing with the new season which starts at the end of March.

“While the practice of employing grid girls has been a staple of Formula 1 grands prix for decades, we feel this custom does not resonate with our brand values and clearly is at odds with modern day societal norms,” said managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches.

“We don’t believe the practice is appropriate or relevant to Formula 1 and its fans, old and new, across the world,” Bratches added.

But now the women who have just lost their jobs are slamming the decision and the interference of the feminists who lobbied the sport to fire the girls.

According to Business Insider:

Rebecca Cooper, a five-time F1 grid girl, said on Twitter that it is “ridiculous that women who say they are ‘fighting for women’s rights’ are saying what others should and shouldn’t do, stopping us from doing a job we love and are proud to do. [It is] political correctness gone mad.”

Cooper also implied that grid girls have been misrepresented and put together a photograph collage to highlight that women who work in her trade are not “scantily clad furniture” and that the outfits are more modest.

Another grid girl took to Facebook to slam the move. Grid girl Michelle Westby said:

“If it wasn’t for grid work / promotional modeling, I wouldn’t be where I am now in a ‘male dominated’ sport and job as a stunt driver and drift competition driver, inspiring and influencing females into this ‘intimidating male environment.’ I get girls messaging me all the time saying how I inspire them and made them want to get into racing and drifting when they didn’t think they would be accepted… What people don’t realize, is that the girls have knowledge of the products and teams they are promotion — that’s part of the job. We get a brief on the uniform but it’s up to us if we feel comfortable in it. We are more clothed than what teenagers wear down the supermarkets. I’m now retired but to think girls have lost a lot of important income because feminists think they know best, when they really haven’t got a clue, is frustrating.”

Alot of people asking my view on the grid girl ban situation , well check out my page for my view

— michelle westby (@michellewestby) February 1, 2018

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Amazon Patents GPS Wristbands to Track Their Slave Labor Workforce

Amazon has been granted patents for employee wristbands, which would track workers and tell them where to go.

The wristbands, which Amazon filed patents for in 2016, would be able to “pinpoint the location of warehouse employees and track their hand movements in real time,” while managers would be able to monitor their performance, according to the Verge.

“The proposed system includes ultrasonic devices placed around the warehouse, the wristbands themselves, and a management module that oversees everything,” they explained. “The wristbands also feature an ultrasonic unit that’s used to track where the worker is in relation to any particular inventory bin. If their hands are moving to the wrong item, the bracelet will buzz.”

Last year, an undercover investigation revealed the poor conditions of Amazon warehouse employees, who were reportedly worked to exhaustion and forced to reach “impossible” goals.

It was also discovered that Amazon delivery drivers were made to work more hours than legally allowed so they would meet “physically impossible” quotas, while in January, a report claimed 10 percent of Amazon’s employees in Ohio are on food stamps.

Last month, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos became the richest man in history.

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Robert Mueller Postpones Michael Flynn's Sentencing As FISA Memo About To Be Released

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Special Counsel Mueller is feeling the heat right now, as he just postponed the sentencing of Michael Flynn. He has come so far only to be faced with the truth, which may be revealed possibly tomorrow with the release of the FISA MEMO.

The truth is the FISA WARRANT was obtained illegally, and it was supposed to be used on Carter Page – not Michael Flynn. Obama obtained the FISA from the FISA court by telling them it would be used to spy on Carter Page, and that is what they expected. However, it was used to spy on whomever they the time.

Mueller knows that when the FISA MEMO comes out, this will be revealed. That would mean the whole Special Counsel probe was based on false evidence or lies. And the FISA MEMO may just prove it.

But, hold on, there is more. Flynn was interviewed without counsel to assist him. They actually denied his right to counsel! Later the Judge who took that plea recused himself.

Flynn’s attorneys are stating the the FISA WARRANT was obtained illegally; thus, information used to accuse him was illegally obtained.

Do you see why the Democrats do not want their dirty laundry aired in the FISA MEMO? It is really dirty, and they will never see it clean.

Further, technically when you present perjured evidence to a FISA judge to obtain a warrant you are committing perjury.

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Witch Hunt About To Be Blown Open: Trump Has Read Abusive FISA Memo, Will Sign Off On Release

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As Reuters adds, the White House was working on Thursday to clear the release of a secret Republican memo. As White House legal and national security experts reviewed the document, the Senate’s No. 3 Republican, John Thune, urged his House of Representatives colleagues to allow the Senate Intelligence Committee to review the document and to heed the FBI’s concerns before they made it public.

The administration official told Reuters earlier the memo was likely to be released on Thursday. The timing, however, remained in flux.

Nunes has dismissed the objections to the memo’s release as “spurious.”

Thune, attending a political retreat in West Virginia with other lawmakers in Trump’s party, urged fellow Republicans to slow down regarding the memo’s release.

“I think the Senate Intelligence Committee needs to see it, for sure,” Thune said. “They need to pay careful attention to what our folks who protect us have to say about what this, you know, how this bears on our national security.”

Thune also said he believed that a counterpoint memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee should be made public if the Republican document is released.

Update 1120ET: Minutes after Pelosi's tantrum, Bloomberg reports that The White House plans to sign off on the memo's release today and send it back to Congress with a declaration that is has been declassified. The committee would then release the memo.

The release is likely to come Friday morning, Fox News is told.

As a reminder, the FISA memo accuses the FBI and Justice Department of misleading a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge in March as they sought to extend an eavesdropping warrant against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, four sources familiar with it told Reuters. The memo contends that the FBI and Justice Department failed to tell the judge that some of the information used to justify the warrant included portions of a dossier of Trump-Russia contacts that was opposition research paid for by Democrats.

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Newsweek Publisher Caught Defrauding Gov Agency In Ad Revenue Scheme

A scheme by the publisher of Newsweek and the International Business Times to buy fraudulent traffic in order to help secure a major ad contract from a US government agency has come to light in a new report released by independent ad fraud researchers.

According to the report, won a major video and display advertising contract from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - a federal oversight agency created six years ago as the brainchild of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Social Puncher, a consulting firm that investigates online ad fraud, notes in its report that "ads purchased by the CFPB were displayed to an audience that includes a significant amount of "cheap junk traffic with a share of bots" - effectively defrauding the agency.

When it comes to IBT’s fraudulent traffic practices, Social Puncher’s findings align with reporting from BuzzFeed News on IBT India, and with separate data gathered by Pixalate, an ad fraud detection company, and DoubleVerify, a digital media measurement company. (Social Puncher and BuzzFeed News previously collaborated on ad fraud investigations, but worked separately in this case.)

Based on what it described as a detailed investigation, DoubleVerify this week classified IBT’s US, UK, India, and Singapore sites as “as having fraud or sophisticated invalid traffic,” according COO Matt McLaughlin. DoubleVerify is now blocking all ad impressions on these sites on behalf of customers.

In response to questions from BuzzFeed News, Newsweek Media Group, the parent company of IBT, acknowledged it purchases audiences from ad networks that sell pop-up and pop-under traffic. It said this traffic represents a “small percentage of traffic on our sites” and denied any fraudulent activity. -Buzzfeed

“We use third-party platforms to verify and filter this traffic to ensure it is of the highest quality. This verification process prevents poor-quality traffic being redirected to our sites and we consistently score highly on various third-party ad verification platforms,” the company said. It declined to name the third-party verification partners it works with.

The CFPB, now headed by Trump appointee Mick Mulvaney, told BuzzFeed News that the bureau is looking into the allegations.

“We take allegations of fraud very seriously. Acting Director Mulvaney is actively looking into the work done by GMMB, and these allegations [of ad fraud by] will be investigated as part of that process,” the spokesperson said.

The CFPB has come under fire in recent months after it was discovered that the agency established a "secret slush fund" to funnel penalties collected from defendants to Democrat causes.

A consultant who worked with the highly politicized Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) claims the organization funneled a large portion of over $5 billion in collected penalties to "community organizers aligned with Democrats" as part of a giant slush fund, the Post reported in early December.

Created six years ago as the brainchild of Senator Elizabeth Warren and slipped into the Dodd Frank bill before it was passed by Congressional Democrats, the CFPB became one of the most powerful agencies in D.C., with the ability to exercise enormous power over the U.S. economy while its budget remained unencumbered by congressional oversight.

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17-year-old Dancer Left Paralyzed After Taking Toxin-laced Gardasil Vaccine $$$

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She was a healthy and vibrant high school athlete and dancer with a bright future ahead of her. But after getting vaccinated with Gardasil for human papillomavirus (HPV), as was required by her school as part of its “mandatory” vaccination program, young Nicole El-Safty’s life was forever changed.

According to reports, El-Safty suffered extreme side effects not long after being jabbed with Gardasil, which ultimately forced her to give up dancing altogether, as well as pretty much all the rest of her physical hobbies.

In the subsequent months after receiving the controversial vaccine, El-Safty says she became totally immobile because of it. At least two other young British girls around her age have also come out over the past year with similar accounts of what they say happened to them as a result of the Gardasil shot.

“I went from being completely fit and healthy in every way to totally motionless and unable to move,” El-Safty told the media. “It was one day when I spotted a headline on TV about the effects of the HPV virus that alarm bells rang.”

“I had all the symptoms, including heart problems, severe ulcers and paralysis. Then finding out that infertility was also likely. Whilst legally my G.P. [general practitioner] couldn’t confirm that my suspicions were right, many medics gave me the nod. A standard jab had disabled me for life.”

Gardasil may have injured or killed tens of thousands of people, data show

Not only was El-Safty left paralyzed by Gardasil, but she continues to suffer from extreme bouts of severe and debilitating pain. She went back and forth to the doctor trying to find answers, but was offered no insight. One doctor ended up diagnosing her with psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy joints and skin.

Dealing with this has made it impossible for El-Safty to do much of anything besides just rest in her bed most of the time. As the condition worsened, El-Safty saw the left side of her face drop “drastically,” and the pain spread down her left arm and back.

“My face looked like I had had a stroke,” she recalls. “It was terrifying.”

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Cucks' Super Bowl Soap Opera To Be Swarmed by Snowflake SJW Mobs & Military Police


The FBI are preparing for a potential terrorist attack at this Sunday’s Super Bowl event, organized by members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

On Monday, the two domestic terrorist organizations dropped banners during the Super Bowl LII’s media event warning “#WeReadyWeComin.” reports: As the two large banners were dropped inside, hundreds of leftist protesters marched in the streets and blocked traffic surrounding the event at the Xcel Energy Center. Many of the demonstrators have formed an Antifa-aligned group calling themselves the “Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Coalition.”

According to their Facebook page, the group is planning to hold protests every day leading up to the main event. “Their plans will culminate on Sunday, February 4, with a 3pm rally at Peavey Park (Franklin & Chicago Ave), followed by a march to US Bank Stadium,” the page states.

“The banner drop and rally/march marks the first day of the week of protests surrounding SB52. The Super Bowl brings with it a SEAR-I designation, which has resulted in the Minnesota’s largest security operation in the history of the state,” the anarchist website Unicorn Riot reports.

The National Guard, multiple federal agencies, and law enforcement from across the nation have been in Minneapolis since the 26th in preparation for the sporting event.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Rules iPhones Cannot Be Used As Testimony Under Trial

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that fingerprint scanning locks commonly found on smartphones are not protected by the Fifth Amendment.

Using your fingerprint to unlock your phone will now be considered “exhibiting the body” instead of “producing documents,” excluding fingerprints from Fifth Amendment protection.

“Cellphone manufacturers introduced fingerprint readers in an [alledged] effort to 'protect' users from thieves or other unauthorized access. But it does nothing at all to prevent law enforcement from using their fingerprints to unlock seized devices,” explained Techdirt on Tuesday, adding that, “When it comes to the Fifth Amendment, you’re better off with a password or PIN securing your device, rather than your fingerprint.”

In their ruling, The Minnesota Supreme Court claimed “a fingerprint isn’t testimonial, even if it results in the production of evidence used against the defendant,” according to Techdirt.

“Although the Supreme Court’s distinction between the testimonial act of producing documents as evidence and the nontestimonial act of producing the body as evidence is helpful to our analysis, the act here—providing the police a fingerprint to unlock a cellphone—does not fit neatly into either category,” ruled the court. “Unlike the acts of standing in a lineup or providing a blood, voice, or handwriting sample, providing a fingerprint to unlock a cellphone both exhibits the body (the fingerprint) and produces documents (the contents of the cellphone). Providing a fingerprint gives the government access to the phone’s contents that it did not already have, and the act of unlocking the cellphone communicates some degree of possession, control, and authentication of the cellphone’s contents.”

“But producing a fingerprint to unlock a phone, unlike the act of producing documents, is a display of the physical characteristics of the body, not of the mind, to the police,” they continued. “Because we conclude that producing a fingerprint is more like exhibiting the body than producing documents, we hold that providing a fingerprint to unlock a cellphone is not a testimonial communication under the Fifth Amendment.”

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Facebook Begins Losing Users Due To Censorship of News Coverage

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Here’s a troubling data point if you’re a Facebook investor: The company may have finally tapped out its most valuable market, the U.S. and Canada.

Facebook’s daily active user base in the U.S. and Canada fell for the first time ever in the fourth quarter, dropping to 184 million from 185 million in the previous quarter.

It’s a very small decline in a market that Facebook already dominates. But it’s also Facebook’s most valuable market, and any decline in usership — even a small one — isn’t a great sign.

It has been previously reported that Facebook has been removing conservative content as well as alternative media posted by their users. The censorship has begun driving users away from the platform.

Here is a great list of alternative platforms: >>5511

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Good! 510 Arrested In Huge California Pedophile Ring Bust, Including Arnold Schwarzenegger's Aid

Over 500 suspects were arrested and 56 people rescued in a huge California human-trafficking and pedophile ring crackdown.

The Los Angeles County Regional Human Trafficking Task Forces confirmed the arrests on Tuesday during the three-day sweep named ‘Operation Reclaim and Rebuild.’

ABC reports: During the operation, which took place between Jan. 25 and 27, the task force said 45 adults and 11 girls were rescued.

Among the 510 suspects arrested, 30 are suspected traffickers and 178 are alleged “johns.”

The task force is housed by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and is a collaboration of more than 85 federal, state, county and local law enforcement and nonprofit community organizations.

Speaking at a Tuesday press conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell gave details surrounding some of the arrests.

“The message we hope to send to the traffickers is don’t do business in Los Angeles County or the state of California because we will find you and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.

An aide of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has also been arrested for operating a human trafficking ring in California.

Police confirmed Wednesday that one of the men arrested as part of Operation Reclaim and Rebuild was Daniel Pellisier – former advisor to Schwarzenegger who oversaw California’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection agencies. reports: He later became president of an advocacy group called California Pension Reform.

Citrus Heights police used the internet and other tactics, including undercover operations, to make 10 arrests. The arrests were for prostitution and probation violations, as well as felony and misdemeanor warrant arrests, the Police Department said in a statement.

Other arrested “johns” included 39-year-old Hamel Yan of Elk Grove; 19-year-old Darrick Chavis of Vacaville; and 42-year-old Steven Birdsong of Antelope.

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Oh But "They Care About You!"... CDC Director Resigns After Caught Buying Tobacco Stocks

America's top public health official abruptly quit on Wednesday, a day after a report surfaced that she had bought tobacco stocks while leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald had also invested money in food and pharmaceutical companies just one month after taking over the job.

The Health and Human Services Department quickly tapped Anne Schuchat as acting CDC director.

Schuchat had been the principal deputy director, and served a previous months-long term as acting director when the Trump administration began in 2017.

Fitzgerald 'owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director,' Health and human Services Department spokesman Matt Lloyd acknowledged in a statement on Wednesday.

'Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.'

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Communists In Uproar After Old Liberal Supreme Court Justice Falls Ill, Trump May Soon Be Able To Replace Her

The corridors of power in D.C. are buzzing with the news that a vacancy is imminent on the U.S. Supreme Court – one that is currently held by one of the most liberal members of the Court.

It has the Trump White House giddy over the prospect of potentially and forcefully shifting the balance of power on the Court while Democrats in Congress are said to be “scrambling” and warning White House staff of a prolonged and brutal fight should Trump attempt to replace a liberal Justice with a hardline-conservative nominee.

DC Whispers reports: The reason for the Justice’s alleged departure is said to be “ongoing illness/physical limitations.”

The first on the Court that comes to mind given those clues is 84-year old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Justice Ginsberg has visibly slowed down a great deal in recent years, and has been prone to falling asleep in public, even when on the bench. Ginsberg’s office has taken to pushing back on rumors of her health issues via a series of left-leaning media publications, but Court watchers have noted Ginsberg’s increasingly limited public schedule of late.

Despite his 79-years, Justice Stephen Bryer’s place on the Court apparently remains secure, but not so with two others – swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, and liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor, 63.

Justice Kennedy, a moderate liberal (or moderate conservative depending on who you talk to) has already hinted at possible retirement, so he is not the likely source of the current Supreme Court rumors.

Justice Sotomayor, though, despite being among the Court’s younger members, is said to be struggling greatly with her workload as she deals with a worsening diabetes condition. Court watchers have noted a visible decline in just the last year where she appears to have aged ten years.

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Environmentalists On Suicide Watch: US Oil Production Tops 10 Million Barrels A Day for First Time Since 1970

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U.S. oil production surpassed 10 million barrels a day in November for the first time in nearly 50 years, a milestone that underscores the growing dominance of the U.S. oil industry.

While global oil exporters once dismissed shale as a flash in the pan, the industry has emerged more efficient than ever from a three-year oil price rout and is poised to take advantage of prices that are at their highest levels since late 2014.

In November, production rose to 10.038 million barrels a day, 4% more than the previous month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That is just shy of the monthly record of 10.044 million barrels a day in November of 1970.

The resurgence of the U.S. shale industry is the latest turn in the tug of war between shale producers and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which last year coordinated an output cut with other major exporters, including Russia. The group has been trimming about 2% of global oil supply in a bid to work off a glut and raise prices.

The efforts have paid off: prices have surged this year amid tightening supplies and world-wide economic growth that stirred surprisingly strong demand.

The prospect of a flood of new output from shale wells has tempered oil rallies at times but hasn’t much diminished investor enthusiasm lately. U.S. oil prices rose more than 7% in January and have posted monthly gains for five straight months--their longest streak since 2011. On Wednesday, U.S. crude futures rose 23 cents to $64.73 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and Brent, the global benchmark, rose 3 cents to $69.05 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.

The new data bolster a prediction made at the end of 2017 by Rystad Energy, a consulting firm that tracks production data. At that time Rystad said that the U.S. had already hit the 10 million barrel a day marker, citing strong shale output gains in October that were masked by the effects from hurricanes on Gulf of Mexico pumping.

As U.S. producers pump more, oil imports from foreign countries are shrinking to new lows and American crude exports are rising. The petroleum trade deficit in the U.S. was 2.5 million barrels a day at the end of the year when looking across all types of petroleum liquids, including fuels such as gasoline and diesel, Rystad said. That is down sharply from a peak petroleum deficit of 12.5 million barrels a day in 2007.

Rystad expects that gap to keep shrinking because West Texas Intermediate oil is trading at a big discount to Brent, the global crude benchmark price. That allows U.S. refineries to run full tilt on cheaper crude close to home, while also making it economical to ship oil abroad.

Over the last decade, U.S. output has roughly doubled as companies became experts in forcing oil from shale formations by drilling and fracking long horizontal wells.

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Swiss Central Banker Goes On Murder-Suicide Rampage: Kills Top Lawyer, Self

The drama of a murder-suicide in a sleepy, Swiss town reached the main financial street in Zurich, after it emerged that the man who shot top lawyer and media man, Martin Wagner, in cold blood on Sunday, was a risk manager for the Swiss National Bank.

This is what happened: according to, on Sunday, the village of Rünenberg in Baselland was in shock following news of the tragic murder of media lawyer Martin Wagner, 57. Wagner was fatally wounded in a dispute with his neighbour.

The perpetrator is Martin G., 39-year-old family man. On Sunday morning, he had a loud argument with his wife, who fled from him to Wagner's villa. There, G. first shot the 57-year-old Wagner, then killed himself.

Now, the hush which descended on the village after the murder has slowly given way to one question: why? The police stressed that there are personal reasons behind the murder-suicide.

"Investigations are still running at full capacity. People are being interrogated and different leads are being followed." The murder weapon has already been found and seized by the police.

A team of around 70 personnel was called in to deal with the murder on Sunday, including the security police, the "Barrakuda" special unit, a forensics team, prosecutors, and the institute for judicial medicine.

"For tactical reasons we cannot say exactly how many people we consider as part of the investigation," Michael Lutz, the investigator in charge of Baselland’s prosecution, said in a press release.

According to the investigative authorities in Baselland, the motive for the killing remains unclear. However, one assumption which was made on the day of the crime holds fast. "The police and prosecution can assert that, based on current results within the investigation, there are no hints that the crime was committed in the context of the professional activities of the victim," a spokesperson for the investigation said.

What is now know, is that at the Swiss National Bank where he worked, Martin G. was a risk manager. He was part of a team of around 15 specialists, who take care of the huge positions on the SNB's balance sheet.

As is well known, the SNB is one of the world's largest hedge funds, behind the ECB, BOJ and the Fed, with some CHF800 billion swiss franc in asset holdings, of which $88 billion are held in US stocks.

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Former FBI Agent Andrew McCabe Under Active DOJ Investigation For Obstruction of Justice

The Justice Department's internal watchdog has been investigating former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for apparently sitting on emails obtained from Anthony Weiner's laptop, the Washington Post's Devlin Barrett and Karoun Demirjian reported Tuesday (of note, Barrett was recently outed as a potential source of FBI leaks, according to text messages between FBI employees accused of political bias)

The DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, wants to know why McCabe allegedly took little to no action for approximately three weeks on the trove of emails sent by Hillary's top aide, Huma Abedin - Weiner's wife, which were discovered during an unrelated investigation into Weiner "sexting" with an underage girl.

The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) until late October about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter.

A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point. -WaPo

In late September 2016, approximately five weeks before the US election, thousands of Huma Abedin's work-related emails were found on Weiner's laptop. According to WaPo, the New York FBI office alerted FBI headquarters within days - though accounts as to the exact date vary.

Either way, McCabe was made aware of the matter by late September or early October, as the NY field office agents wanted to discuss the issue with DC Clinton email investigators to compare notes. According to people familiar with the matter, officials at FBI headquarters requested the emails' metadata - which include the sender, recipient and timestamp.

While McCabe is said to have been involved in those discussions, accounts vary as to how much then-FBI Director James Comey knew of the situation.

Some people involved at the time said Comey learned of the issue around the same time as McCabe. Others contend Comey did not know about it until weeks later. Senior Justice Department officials, according to several people familiar with the issue, were not notified until mid-October.

But for a period of at least three weeks, according to people involved at the time, nothing much happened a lag that has sparked the inspector generals questions. -WaPo

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Trump to allow 800,000 shitskins to stay

President Trump promised Tuesday to sign what he called a "bill of love" to extend protections to 800,000 immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children --- if Congress can work out the details.

"You folks are going to have to come up with a solution," Trump told 25 lawmakers in a remarkable televised negotiation at the White House. "And if you do, I'm going to sign that solution."

The Republicans came with a common talking point: Congress needs a permanent fix to immigration enforcement, or else have to deal with the issue again. Democrats said the urgency of saving DREAMers from deportation meant that extending DACA must take priority.

"A clean DACA bill, to me, is a DACA bill where we take care of the 800,000 people," he said. "We take care of them and we also take care of security. That's very important."
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-III., the number two Democrat in the Senate, expressed optimism that such a deal could get done.

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As State-run Corporate Media Reports Fake News, They Ignore A Massive Terror Attack Killing Thousands of Americans

As State-run Corporate Media Reports Fake News, They Ignore Thousands of Americans Dying From Recent Flu Shots

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Children are dying from the flu all across America, according to media reports. What the media isn’t reporting, however, is how many of the children who died were also vaccine recipients. Make no mistake: If only unvaccinated children were dying from the flu, that would be the headline everywhere: “Unvaccinated Children Dying Across America” or even “Flu Shot Saves Children from Deadly Influenza.” But of course you’re not seeing those headlines for the simple reason that vaccinated children are among those who are being killed by this year’s flu.

“The dominant Influenza strain this year is H3N2. This particular strain has a history of causing more hospitalizations and more deaths,” reports The Organic Prepper. “In addition to H3N2 producing a more serious infection in general, this year’s particular H3N2 influenza virus is particularly virulent.”

This year’s flu has reportedly killed 44,116 people, according to the CDC. The number of children so far killed by this year’s flu is 37, say CDC statistics. The flu vaccine, widely touted by the clueless media as being some sort of magical “bulletproof vest” against influenza infections, is approaching zero effectiveness.

Via The Organic Prepper: Not only does this influenza strain produce a more intense and deadly flu, the flu vaccine is less effective against it. This Centers for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) article discusses a study published in The Lancet spanning 11 years that demonstrates H3N2 is more resistant to the flu vaccine. … the flu vaccine demonstrates only a 33% vaccine effective (VE) rate with the average H3N2 strain… To make matters worse, this year’s flu vaccine isn’t even close to the average 33% VE rate of prior years. This year’s vaccine is performing at approximately a 10% VE rate.

So wait, what?

You mean to tell me the CDC already knows that this year’s vaccine is only 10% effective at protecting children from the influenza strains circulating in the wild? According to CBS News:

This year’s flu vaccine may only be 10% effective, experts warn… It is the same formulation that was used during Australia’s most recent flu season — which typically sets a pattern for what the U.S. will face — and it was only 10 percent effective there.

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Third World USA? Train Carrying Members of Congress Derails

A train carrying members of Congress -- including House Speaker Paul Ryan -- to their legislative retreat in West Virginia hit a truck Wednesday, multiple sources told CNN.

An aide confirmed Ryan was on the train and is fine. Separately, a congressman on the train told CNN most of the staff and members on the train are OK.

The Amtrak train left from Union Station in Washington earlier Wednesday, and was carrying members of Congress, as well as their spouses, some family members and aides to the lawmakers.

Rep. John Faso, a New York Republican, who was on the train that crashed, said he was able to see the truck that hit the train, and that he was told that injuries were expected from people in the truck, not train.

"There was (what) looks like a tractor trailer carrying trash that was hit by the train," Faso, who said he was in the third car of the train, told CNN.

"I think everyone on the train is OK," Faso said. "I don't know that for sure, it's a long train. But most of the concern is for the people outside."

One GOP source was unsure how many members of Congress were on the train or how many people were injured, but said there were injuries.

That source said members "hit the deck."

Republican members of Congress were on their way for a retreat at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, starting Wednesday and ending Friday. Vice President Mike Pence, who was not on the train, is scheduled to speak to members later Wednesday and President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the event tomorrow.

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Hawaii Officials Hint At Attempted False Flag Attack: The Missile Alert Was Based On ‘Real Threat’

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A Hawaii government official has told reporters that the ballistic missile alert was sent to the public because “an actual attack was imminent.”

According to U.S. regulators investigating the incident, the Hawaii employee who sounded the alarm did so because he had reason to believe a missile was incoming. reports: We cannot say definitively if that lie was on behalf of the US government, the State of Hawaii, or just the employees themselves, but clearly there is more to this story than meets the eye.

BREAKING: US regulators: Hawaii employee who sent false ballistic missile alert thought actual attack was imminent.

— The Associated Press (@AP) January 30, 2018

Even before this admission, many were highly skeptical of this entire story. From the easily debunked excuses of “wrong buttons” being pushed and shift exchange mistakes, to the suspiciously timed “false missile alert” in Japan that immediately followed, it was quickly clear to any with a willingness to address the blatant holes, that we were not getting the whole story. And even more suspicious that it was quickly discovered that the Clintons had been in Hawaii during the event. What that means exactly, if anything, is up to the reader to decide, but now that we know the entire back story was a lie, their presence begins to stand out a bit more. Especially if one feels this was some sort of open attack on the Trump Administration.

We followed up with our interview of Robert David Steele, who claimed he had five different source all claiming there was a real missile inbound that was subsequently shot down — even a fishing boat that saw what they thought at the time was a meteor crashing down into the ocean during the event. They now believe this was the missile hitting the water after being brought down.

I also followed up with my own sources in Hawaii (where I lived for over two years), and although I could not find any definitive answers, almost everyone I spoke with openly admitted that, in their opinion, the story we were given was completely false. Now it seems we have US conformation that their feelings on the matter were indeed correct.

It is important to still question even this admission, as nothing coming from official government sources should be trusted at this point. It should be abundantly clear that the people are very rarely told the truth, and even then, only what they want us to know.

So at this point, we should be questioning why this fact is being revealed. It is likely that after the Hawaii employee stopped cooperating with the government they felt they had to beat him to the punch, but again, this is entirely speculation. What we do know, is that we were all lied to, and based on the information we have at hand, this is beginning to look more and more like a coverup to a real event that took place. So we must ask ourselves why that is, why this man lied, or was made to lie, and what exactly is still being hidden.

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White House Is Planning To Nationalize 5G Network?

/news/ is this good or bad news? What will this mean and how would this effect us?

White House Is Planning To Nationalize 5G Network

In a stunning - if accurate - report published Sunday night, Axios claims that White House national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile spectrum/network to protect against Chinese attacks, in what may well be a pre-emptive shot, hinting at upcoming trade wars between the two superpowers.

Axios got its hands on PowerPoint deck and a memo, both of which were purportedly produced by a senior National Security Council official, which were presented to other senior officials at other agencies during a recent meeting. The documents argue that America needs a centralized nationwide 5G network within three years. There'll be a fierce debate inside the Trump administration, and an outcry from the industry over the next 6-8 months over how such a network is going to be built and paid for.

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Congress To Release Damning FISA Memo Detailing Attempted Coup Against Trump Administration

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The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to release a classified memo circulating in Congress that purportedly reveals government surveillance abuses.

The vote was announced to reporters by California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee, who called it a “very sad day, I think, in the history of this committee.” The motion passed on a party-line basis, he said.

President Trump now has five days to decide whether he has any objections before the memo can be publicly released.

Last week, a top Justice Department official urged House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes not to release the memo, saying it would be “extraordinarily reckless” and could harm national security and ongoing investigations.

The four-page memo has being described by GOP lawmakers as “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming,” with one congressman likening the details to KGB activity in Russia.

Those who have seen the document suggest it reveals what role the unverified anti-Trump "dossier" played in the application for a surveillance warrant on at least one Trump associate.

Schiff said the GOP-majority committee also voted against releasing a counter memo written by Democrats.

“Today this committee voted to put the president’s personal interests, perhaps their own political interests, above the national interests,” the Democrat said.

The vote came the same day that it was reported that FBI official Andrew McCabe has left his post as deputy director.

The White House seems to favor the memo's release, but wouldn’t explicitly say whether the president will back the effort.

“We want full transparency,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday. “That's what we have said all along.”

Sanders said they were letting the process play out before officially weighing in.

On Sunday, FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the Capitol on Sunday to view the four-page memo, sources told Fox News.

“If you … want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used. … If you are interested in who paid for the dossier … then, yes, you'll want the memo to come out,” Gowdy told “Fox News Sunday.”

The dossier was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and contained opposition research on Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Steele was hired by the U.S. firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the research with funding from the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. At the same time, the firm was doing work to help the Russian government fight sanctions.

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Clinton, Podesta And Others Under Investigation Given Two Weeks To Respond To Fake Tump Dossier

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GOP Congressional investigators have written six letters to individuals or entities involved or thought to be involved in the funding, creation or distribution of the salacious and unverified "Trump-Russia dossier" believed to have been inappropriately used by the FBI, DOJ and Obama Administration in an effort to undermine Donald Trump as both a candidate and President of the United States.

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SCS) wrote six Judiciary Committee letters requesting information from: John Podesta, Donna Brazille, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Robbie Mook, the DNC, and Hillary For America Chief Strategist Joel Benenson.

A brief refresher of facts and allegations:

The DNC and Hillary Clinton's PAC was revealed by The Washington Post to have paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS for the creation of a dossier that would be harmful to then-candidate Donald Trump.
Fusion commissioned former UK spy Christopher Steele to assemble the dossier - which is comprised of a series of memos relying largely on Russian government sources to make allegations against Donald Trump and his associates.
According to court filings, Fusion also worked with disgraced DOJ official Bruce Ohr, and hired his CIA-linked wife, Nellie Ohr, to assist in the smear campaign against Trump. Bruce Ohr was demoted from his senior DOJ position after it was revealed that he met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson as well as Christopher Steele - then tried to cover it up.
Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, denied under oath to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he knew about the dossier's funding, while Clinton's former spokesman, Brian Fallon, told CNN that Hillary likely had no idea who paid for it either.
Current and past leaders of the DNC, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) also denied knowledge of the document's funding.
Podesta met with Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson the day after the Trump-Russia dossier was published by Buzzfeed News.

The Senate Judiciary Committee letters read in part:

In October 2017, the Washington Post reported that Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee had funded, via Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele's creation of a series of memos relying largely on Russian government sources to make allegations against Donald Trump and his associates. A letter from the law firm Perkins Coie acknowledged that, " [t]o assist in its representation of the DNC and Hillary for America, Perkins Coie engaged Fusion GPS in April of2016" and that "the engagement concluded prior to the November 2016 Presidential election the Committee has been investigating the FBI' s relationship with Christopher Steele during this time his work was funded by Hillary for America and the DNC. The scope of our review includes the extent to which the FBI may have relied on information relayed by Mr. Steele in seeking judicial authorization for surveillance of individuals associated with Mr. Trump. It also includes whether any applications that may have been made for permission for such surveillance fully and accurately disclosed:

(1) the source of Fusion GPS's and Mr. Steele's funding;
(2) the degree to which his claims were or were not verified;
(3) the motivations of Mr. Steele, his clients, and his sources; and
(4) representations about their contacts with the press.

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Cucked! Merkel Mocked PM May’s Brexit Negotiations at Secret Davos Briefing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reduced a secret gathering of journalists to “uproarious” laughter as she recounted the British prime minister’s clueless approach to Brexit negotiations during the Davos meetings last week, in claimed remarks that come shortly after President Trump also said he thought May was handling Brexit badly.

Merkel told journalists at what ITV politics editor Robert Peston described as a “secret briefing” at the globalist World Economic Forum Davos summit last week about May’s unusual approach to negotiating the Brexit deal — in which she apparently was content to allow Germany to dictate the terms of any future deal.

Peston wrote:

Merkel said that when she asks Mrs May what she wants the shape of the UK’s relationship with the EU to be, Mrs May says “make me an offer”.

To which Mrs Merkel says, “but you’re leaving – we don’t have to make you an offer. Come on what do you want?

To which Mrs May replies “make me an offer”.

And so, according to Mrs Merkel, the two find themselves trapped in a recurring loop of “what do you want?” and “make me an offer”.

Although the British journalist was not present at the secret meeting, he claimed to have been told by those who were there that after hearing the details from Merkel those in the room “laughed uproariously”.

Britain’s Times newspaper reports the remarks of a German government spokesman who said simply of the claims: “We do not comment on these reports.”

The claim that the German leader “poked fun” at May behind her back over her lack of grip over Brexit — perhaps the greatest political matter for a generation — comes among increasing reports of Eurosceptic Conservative MPs growing restless with the prime minister’s dithering.

Breitbart London reported Sunday that pro-Breixt members of parliament were characterising the prime minister as too “timid” to negotiate a clean break from Europe, and that the government’s direction was being pushed by pro-remain elements of the civil service — and not the other way around.

Trump on Appeaser Theresa’s Brexit Negotiations: ‘I Would Have Taken a Tougher Stand’

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) January 28, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview with British television recorded at the Davos summit that he would take a “tougher stand in getting out”.

Asked for his take on May’s negotiating style, the President replied: “Would it be the way I negotiate? No, I wouldn’t negotiate it the way it’s [being] negotiated … I would have had a different attitude.”

We sure saw how Trump handled the TPP and Paris Climate Agreement. NULLIFIED.

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Urban Hell: Home Prices In 80% Of US Cities Grow Twice Faster Than Wages

According to the latest BLS data, average hourly wages for all US workers in November rose at a stubbornly low 2.5% relative to the previous year, well below the Fed's "target" of 3.5-4.5%, as countless economists are unable to explain how 4.1% unemployment, and "no slack" in the economy fails to boost wage growth. Another problem with tepid wage growth, in addition to crush the Fed's credibility, is that it keeps a lid on how much general price levels can rise by. With record debt, it has been the Fed's imperative to boost inflation at any cost (or rather at a cost of $4.5 trillion) to inflate away the debt overhang, however weak wages have made this impossible.

Well, not really.

Because a quick look at US housing shows that while wages may be growing at roughly 2.5%, according to the latest Case Shiller data, every single metro area in the US saw home prices grow at a higher pace, while 16 of 20 major U.S. cities experienced home price growth of 5% or higher: double the average wage growth, and something which even the NAR has been complaining about with its chief economist Larry Yun warning that as the disconnect between prices and wages become wider, homes become increasingly unaffordable.

And while this should not come as a surprise - considering we have pointed it out on numerous occasions in the past - one look at the chart below suggests that something strange is taking place in Seattle, which has either become "Vancouver South" when it comes to Chinese hot money laundering, or there is an unprecedented mini housing bubble in the hipster capital of the world.

Also worth keeping an eye on: price appreciation in Sin City has quietly surged in recent months, and in September home prices surged 10.7% Y/Y, the only other double digit price increase in the US after Seattle. Considering that Las Vegas was the epicenter of the last housing bubble when prices exploded higher only to crash, it may be a good idea to keep a close eye on price tendencies in this metro area for confirmation of the second housing bubble.

Confirming the recent jump in home prices, at the national level in November home prices for the Top 20 metro areas rose 6.4% YoY according to Case Shiller, matching October and the fastest rate since June 2014.

“Looking across the 20 cities covered here, those that enjoyed the fastest price increases before the 2007-2009 financial crisis are again among those cities experiencing the largest gains. San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas, price leaders in the boom before the crisis, are again seeing strong price gains. They have been joined by three cities where prices were above average during the financial crisis and continue to rise rapidly – Dallas, Portland OR, and Seattle.”

As we just showed, the 20-City CS Composite index is within 1% of its record highs from 2006.

Meanwhile, for those looking to buy for the first time, conditions have never been worse. Growth in property values is outpacing wage gains and limiting affordability, representing a major headwind for first-time buyers, and the broader market.

Finally, putting the above data in context, here are two charts courtesy of real-estate expert Mark Hanson, the first of which shows how much household income increase is needed to buy the median priced home in key US cities...

... while the next chart shows the divergence between actual household income, and the income needed to buy the median priced house.

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Pro-amnesty Cuckservatives Are Destroying Public Support For The Republican Party

Treasonous Amnesty Puts Foreign Invaders Over American Families

“There are the types of stories that CNN is never going to tell, neither is MSNBC or any of the other mainstream media outlets,” said Angel Dad Dan Golvach of the 2015 murder of his 25-year-old son by a previously deported illegal alien.

Golvach joined Breitbart News’s Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow on Monday for an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily.

News media outlets such as CNN and MSNBC align with Democrats in advocacy for amnestying illegal aliens while ignoring Angel Families and the broader consequences of illegal immigration, said Golvach.

“We have the whole of the Democratic Party — along with the Republican defectors — that are in both houses that have decided to put the interests and health and well-being of foreign invaders … ahead of American families,” said Golvach. “Do you think any of these Democrats or these bleeding hearts are going to put up one of their own kids as an offering, as a sacrifice to this agenda of theirs? No. It’s easy to sacrifice mine. … It’s just treasonous, and I’m sick of it. I’m sick and tired of Americans not being even mentioned in the mix.”

Golvach indicted politicians for facilitating the status quo of illegal immigration. “I will never forgive the politicians that have blood on their hands that have ushered this is on us. It’s not acceptable. I find it to be treasonous. I think they’re traitors.”

Democratic and Republican support for amnesty is grounded in building a political support base of voters and supplying cheap labor, respectively, said Golvach. “They keep this border open because it’s either conducive to importing future votes or keeping their cheap illegal labor donors happy. In my estimation, it’s treasonous. There’s a social contract between us and our government, and they have breached it. It’s not lawful, and it cost me my son’s life. It’s cost a lot of families their loved ones.”

Democrats and the broader left are seeking to remake American society via the importation of millions of foreigners unaligned with American values, said Golvach.

“This is life or death for our country,” said Golvach.

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NFL Lawyer, Who Admitted "Super Bowl Is Rigged", Killed Hours Later In Drive-by Shooting

An NFL entertainment lawyer, who has worked for the corporation for more than 15 years, has been found dead in New York City hours after telling reporters that Super Bowl LII is “rigged.”

Dan Goodes was found dead in his hometown of New York City in what early reports described as an “gangland-style execution”, hours after blowing the whistle on the “rigged Super Bowl” backstage at a promotional event in Minneapolis.

Early reports claim the 49-year-old was found shot dead in a 2017 BMW 2 Series, along with one other man, believed to be a close friend.

Goodes, an entertainment lawyer who worked at the National Football League’s Park Avenue headquarters, had been representing the NFL in Minneapolis, working alongside Eagles and Patriots franchise staff on promoting Sunday’s Super Bowl featuring the two teams.

However Goodes went “off-script” in Minneapolis and was “physically removed” from the premises by security staff, but not before publicly condemning the NFL as “totally corrupt” and claiming the Super Bowl is “fixed.”

Telling reporters that he is a “football fan first and foremost, and a lawyer second”, Goodes said “Football in America in 2018 doesn’t need another rigged Super Bowl. We need a great match. Not another rigged result that doesn’t pass the sniff test.

“I like money as much as the next guy. But I like football more. I can’t stand by and allow rampant greed and cynicism to destroy the game I love. The little boy in me won’t allow it.

“Football in America won’t recover from this.”

Early reports stating Goodes had been shot dead in an “gangland-style execution” in New York City have also been scrubbed from the internet, but not before alert readers captured screenshots of the story.

“This is the biggest scam in sports history,” Goodes said in Minneapolis, according to reports. “The Super Bowl is already completely scripted out.”

“How do I know it’s scripted? I’ve read the damn thing.“

“You need to understand the NFL is a $35 billion shared revenue corporation. Outcomes can’t be left to chance. Total league revenues are shared equally by all franchises, so they don’t care who wins or loses. Let me be perfectly clear here. It doesn’t matter to the franchise owners. It doesn’t matter to the players. But it matters to the league. Outcomes have been fixed to maximize profits ever since my early days here.”

“The sad thing is that it’s legal. Can you believe that? It’s legal thanks to guys [entertainment laywers] like me.”

Explaining that the NFL is officially registered as “entertainment,” Goodes said “The NFL has more in common with WWE than you could possibly imagine.”

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China Outlaws Degenerate Nigger Rap Culture

THE year started poorly for the Chinese entertainment industry, which has been clouded by a stream of negative news and scandals. And now the authorities have stepped in to issue new rules to “clean up” TV shows.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television has begun clamping down on artistes who have misbehaved.

This category includes those who have cheated on their spouses or are involved in other scandals, and those with tattoos.

In addition, TV programmes that feature hip-hop, any sub-culture or decadent culture, and content at odds with the Communist Party’s values, are banned. Shows with vulgar, immoral and “low-taste” content were taken off all platforms.

The new rulings, especially the ban on tattooed artistes, have affected a number of heavyweights, including singer Faye Wong and her daughter Dou Jingtong, and actors Hu Ge and Deng Chao.

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CNN Falls For Very Embarrasing Prank, Reports It As News

On Friday a Middle East regional CNN network reported that American Sniper Chris Kyle had been killed while embedded with US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria by invading Turkish troops, and the story went viral. Or maybe they meant to say actor Bradley Cooper?

Though priding itself for its brand recognition in setting the agenda for accurate mainstream news and top notch investigative journalism around the globe, CNN has once again embarrassed itself as its sister network, CNN Turk, fell for what should have been an easy to recognize prank. At the end of this week false reports that two US Special Forces members had been killed in Syria while embedded with American-backed Kurdish units fighting in the northwest Aleppo district of Afrin in Syria spread wildly through major Turkish media after CNN Turk reported it.

The only problem is that the identified US soldier purported to be featured in a photo circulating on social media which is the basis of CNN Turk's story was actually none other than "American Sniper" actor Bradley Cooper. That's right, as one classic and sadly all too literally serious headline from Newsweek reads - CNN Turkey Reports 'American Sniper' Bradley Cooper Killed In Syria, U.S. Military Denies.

And yes, the Pentagon was forced to issue a quick and urgent denial of the story through US Coalition spokesman Colonel Ryan Dillon, who said Friday: "Reports of two US-Coalition members killed in Afrin are FALSE. Completely UNTRUE."

Reports of two US-Coalition members killed in Afrin are FALSE. Completely UNTRUE. @CJTFOIR efforts focused on supporting our SDF partners aggressively hunt remaining ISIS pockets east of Euphrates near Abu Kamal. #defeatDaesh

— OIR Spokesman (@OIRSpox) January 26, 2018

CNN Turkey, which is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System Europe and Doğan Media Group, was fooled into believing the satirical report which appears to have started among pro-Kurdish social media.

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Traders Arrested In Futures Spoofing Probe

In a shocking development - shocking because as everyone obviously knows market are never rigged or manipulated - late on Friday Reuters reported that the CFTC was set to announce it has fined European lenders UBS, HSBC and Deutsche Bank millions of dollars each for "spoofing" and manipulation in the U.S. futures market.

The enforcement action by the U.S. derivatives regulator was said to be the result of a multi-agency investigation that also involved the Department of Justice and the FBI - the first of its kind for the CFTC.

Reuters also reported that the fines for UBS and Deutsche Bank would be north of ten million, while the fine for HSBC will be slightly less than that. Spoofing, as a reminder, involves placing bids to buy or offers to sell futures contracts with the intent to cancel them before execution. By creating an illusion of demand, spoofers can influence prices to benefit their market positions. Spoofing is what Navinder Sarao was criminally accused of doing when he singlehandedly launched the May 2010 flash crash, for which he is now imprisoned.

And yes, spoofing is a criminal offense under a provision implemented as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform.

Following the Reuters report, many asked why Sarao was arrested and jailed, while major banks caught spoofing and manipulating futures will get away with paying a fine that is a tiny fraction of how much they made from rigging markets in the first place.

Well, it appears that someone else is going to jail after all, because as Reuters followed up this morning, US authorities were set to arrest several people on Monday as part of the spoofing and manipulation probe. The individuals who are set to be perp walked, were previously employed as traders by UBS, Deutsche Bank and HSBC, and will be charged as part of the multi-agency probe,

Last August, a U.S. appeals court upheld the conviction of former New Jersey-based high-speed trader Michael Coscia who was the first individual to be criminally prosecuted for spoofing in the US, aside from Sarao of course.

This is the first time the CFTC, DOJ and FBI have worked together to bring both criminal and civil charges against multiple companies and individuals, sources said.

As Reuters adds, "the bank investigations have been going on for more than a year, but the CFTC has pursued the charges against the traders as part of a more recent effort led by the agency's head of enforcement, James McDonald, to hold individual employees accountable for corporate wrongdoing, two of the sources said."

Once the names of market riggers are revealed we will promptly follow up, although we are sad to advise readers that the biggest manipulator of all will sadly be spared. [The Fed]

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Another Murdered By Big Pharma: Nurse Dies After Receiving Mandatory Flu Shot

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A West Virginia nurse died of complications from the flu this week after being forced to recieve a mandatory flu shot at the hospital she worked at.

Stacy Sparks died Sunday after catching pneumonia while battling the flu, the Williamson Daily News reported.

Healthcare workers in the U.S. are required by law to receive flu shots or risk being suspended or fired from their job.

President Trump recently announced that he is laying the groundwork to ban mandatory vaccinations in the US so that needless deaths such as Stacy’s can be avoided. reports: “My mom went from having the simple flu, to having full left lung pneumonia over night,” her son, Nathan Stowers, wrote on Facebook. “Please take care of yourselves. It’s not worth the risk.”

Stowers said he is urging others to take any flu symptoms seriously and visit a doctor at their earliest convenience.

“I want everyone to fully understand how bad the flu is this year,” Stowers told The Herald-Dispatch. “I want people to know exactly what the flu can lead to.”

“If you have signs of the flu, stay home — do not go to work or school or be around anyone,” Edwards said. “If everyone works together and thinks, we can slow down the spread of the flu.”

Regardless of what your position on vaccinations is, any rational person cannot deny that the ingredients in vaccines are toxic. In fact, almost every single ingredient in any immunization is toxic to the human body. Besides the vitamins and minerals, nobody in their right mind would drink a concoction with any one or combination of most of the vaccine ingredients. Most vaccinations are directly injected into our bodies, allowing the ingredients to directly enter the bloodstream, which rationally, seems like an even more dangerous approach.

Vaccine ingredients (adjuvants and preservatives) and substances used in the manufacturing process, including vaccine-production media that are present only in trace quantities, include: sucrose, fructose, dextrose, potassium phosphate, FD&C Yellow #6, aluminum lake dye, fetal bovine serum, sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate, aluminum hydroxide, benzethonium chloride, lactose, aluminum potassium sulfate, peptone, bovine extract, formaldehyde, thimerosal, ammonium sulfate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, bovine extract), calf serum, aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxphosphate sulfate, squalene and ethanol. Vaccinations also contain many inorganic minerals, vitamins, amino acids, salts, and sugars.

Much of the vaccine material will not leave the body without assistance, especially with a typical modern lifestyle and diet.

It is well known Big Pharma likes to poison peoples' immune systems with toxic vaccines to keep them sick so they can milk more money by pushing more drugs (modern snake oil) on their victims.

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Israel Threatens To Kill Putin Over Failed Syria War

(1) (Syrian CrISIS & European Destabilization Project)
(2) (Syrian CrISIS: The Busted Bad Actors)
(3) (Can't Mossad The Assad / Bad Actors Lose)
(4) (Cleanup / Bad Actor Exposure)
(5) (Mainstream Media Forced To Expose Bad Actors)
(6) (Blowback: Good Actors Now In Full Control)
(7) (Cleanup / More Bad Actor Exposure)
(8) (Attempt to Overthrow Syria Declassified)

Israel have threatened Russian President Vladimir Putin with death unless he does what Israel tells him.

Ayelet Shaked, the Israeli Minister of Justice famous for having advocated the extermination of Palestinian children, said: “If Putin wants to survive he had better do what Israel tells him.” reports: Obviously the Saker is right in saying there is “Very Dangerous Escalation in Syria” happening right now.

The Israelis are pulling out all the stops to make sure their Oded Yinon plan to smash up Syria into pieces doesn’t get totally derailed.

And to America’s eternal shame, Trump and the US military are acting as Netanyahu’s puppets.

Russia, Syria, and Iran are winning. Israel is the big loser. No wonder Shaked is reduced to lobbing death threats at Vladimir Putin.

Good luck trying to deliver on those threats, Ayelet. You will soon discover that getting to Putin is a lot harder than slaughtering unarmed women and children.

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Bibi Blasts Poland Over New Holocaust Bill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Poland on Saturday of denying history with a bill outlawing any reference to the Nazi death camps in the country as being Polish.

"The law is baseless. I strongly oppose it. One cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied," the premier said in a statement.

As a diplomatic row brewed on the day the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Poland's charge d'affaires to Israel has been summoned to the foreign ministry on Sunday, the ministry said.

A foreign ministry official told AFP the Polish bill was "an attempt to rewrite and falsify history, something that the Jewish people and Israel will never accept".

Poland's rightwing-dominated parliament on Friday adopted legislation that sets fines of a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as being Polish.

The measure is intended to apply to both Polish citizens and foreigners. It is expected to easily pass in the Senate before being signed by the president.

According to the history books, Poland was attacked and occupied by Nazi Germany in World War II, losing six million of its citizens, including three million Jews in the Holocaust.

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Experts Warn China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative Seeks to Undermine US Economy and Lifestyle

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The United States and China are in a battle for global supremacy — one that the U.S. is losing, experts said at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

“The United States and China are locked in a consequential geopolitical competition right now that will determine the character of the 21st Century,” said Ely Ratner, the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“The United States is losing that competition right now,” he added.

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Depite All Lies: Russian Economy Booming Following Putin’s Ban Of Rothschild Banks

The Russian economy is now booming due to Vladimir Putin’s expulsion of Rothschild banks in Russia, according to reports.

Russia has reduced foreign debt by 75% making them the sixth-largest economy in the world by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), with a $4-trillion GDP. reports: Back in 1999, the Russian economy by PPP was worth only $620 billion. So, in the last 18 years, Russian economic output in these terms has increased by 600 percent.

Inflation rates have decreased from 36.5 percent to 2.5 percent by the end of 2017. The total value of assets of the Russian banking system has risen 24-fold to $1.43 trillion. Capitalization of the Russian Stock Market has grown more than 15-fold to $621 billion.

Public debt & foreign reserves

When Putin was elected in 2000, Russia had just $12 billion in reserves, accompanied by a public debt, which was almost equal to the country’s economic output at 92.1 percent.

Things have changed markedly in 18 years, as Russia’s public debt has now shrunk to 17.4 percent of GDP and reserves have increased to $356 billion. Low debt and growing reserves helped the country to live through the economic crisis of 2008 and the recession of 2014-2016, caused by a fall in oil prices and Western sanctions.

Russian gold reserves have increased by more than 500 percent since 2000. The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) added 9.3 tons of gold to its reserves in December, bringing the total yearly holdings to a record 1,838.211 tons – worth over $76 billion in monetary terms.

The World Gold Council shows that Russia is the largest buyer of gold and is the world’s third-biggest producer, with the Central Bank purchasing from domestic miners through commercial banks.


While the Russian economy remains dominated by oil and gas revenues, its agriculture sector has boomed in recent years. Russian farmers produced their largest ever crop in the 2017 agricultural year, breaking the 40-year-old Soviet record, and harvesting more than 130 million tons.

In 2016, Russia became the world’s leader in wheat exports. Since the early 2000s, the Russian share of the world wheat market has quadrupled, from four to 16 percent.

Although agriculture still remains far behind the energy sector, it surpassed arms sales and became the country’s second-largest export.

Russia started exporting grain in 2002, selling a little over seven million tons. In 2017, Russia wanted to sell 45 million tons – an increase of more than 600 percent.

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Pathetically Moronic Teenagers Are Eating Laundry Detergent, And Dying... This Is The New 'Fad'

The “eating Tide Pods” meme continues to be one of the more baffling parts of 2018 — which is impressive since we’re just four weeks into the year — but the ramifications of the meme continue to rise. Earlier this week, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) released another alert warning consumers not to eat the pods. The number of reported cases of teenagers intentionally eating the laundry detergent-filled gel capsules this year has more than doubled, from 39 incidents on January 16th to 86 as of January 22nd.

The AAPCC recorded 39 cases of teenagers intentionally eating the pods in the entirety of 2016, and 53 cases in 2017. That number continues to rise despite efforts from companies like YouTube and Amazon, which have taken steps to remove harmful Tide Pod content from their sites.

Many of those teenagers are now dead from toxic poisoning.

Do not eat Tide Pods. They are NOT drugs. They do NOT get you high. They are literal poison.

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NOT GOOD! Trump's New Immigration Reform Draft Backstabs American Voters, Gives Into Amnesty!

A near-final draft of the White House’s unlimited and forever amnesty bill says the administration wants $25 billion for a wall over the next five years, and will not cancel chain-migration or visa-lottery inflows until the last of the 4 million foreigners now in the pipeline have arrived in the 2030s.

The amnesty is dubbed the Security, Enforcement, and Compassion United Reform Effort Act, or SECURE Act. It is based on the SUCCEED Act developed by Sen. Thom Tillis and Sen. James Lankford, and it offers amnesty to an unlimited number of people, without any ending date.

Overall, the amnesty bill implements the desire of American business for a huge, managed supply of young, compliant, non-criminal workers, who also double as consumers. That is very different from progressives’ desire to welcome poor ‘dreamer’ migrants from developing countries, regardless of costs. For example, the bill includes a series of legal reforms intended to exclude the unregulated migration of uneducated and unskilled Latin-American migrants and youths, including MS-13 gangsters. Those migrants are of little use to employers but are usually the beneficiaries of Democrats’ sympathies for distant peoples.

The Trump amnesty bill was provided to Breitbart News by someone close to the negotiations. It is expected to be released to the public on Monday or Tuesday, perhaps by Trump’s congressional outreach aide, Marc Short. He is a former top aide to the pro-amnesty Koch brothers.

The 250-page draft received by Breitbart News matches the one-page description released this week by White House officials.

The Trump amnesty bill requires $25 billion be set aside from 2018 to 2021 for “tactical infrastructure,” which is a code-word for a wall. But the funds can also be used to buy electronics sensors or even aircraft – giving many politicians an huge incentive to convert construction funding into contracts for hometown aircraft and electronics companies. The legislation does not condition the amnesty on the completion or even the start of wall-construction.

In fact, Democrats who say they will vote for the amnesty and wall also suggest they will try to block subsequent construction of the wall.

If the wall works fully, it should exclude roughly 200,000 possible migrants per year. At that rate, it will take nine years to offset the inflow allowed by the accompanying amnesty for at least 1.8 million illegals.

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Conservative LGBT Group Linked To Pedo Ring, Former Chairman Jailed

New Tory chairman Brandon Lewis was urged last night to investigate claims that the party's lesbian and gay rights group was infiltrated by a paedophile ring.

The allegation was made after the former chairman of the Conservatives' LGBT group was jailed on Friday for sharing the 'most horrendous child abuse images imaginable'.

Primary school teacher Matthew Sephton, 42, was convicted at Manchester Crown Court of possessing and distributing indecent child images.

The court was told that Mr Sephton, also an ex-Conservative Parliamentary candidate and Trafford councillor, was a member of groups that shared child abuse images.

Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Tory Bow Group, said yesterday he had told Conservative chiefs three years ago of fears that its gay rights group, formerly known as LGBTory, was linked to a wider paedophile scandal.

Mr Sephton was chairman of LGBTory, now rebranded as LGBT+Conservatives, until 2014 and played a key role in the campaign to win Tory support for gay marriage.

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Good! Modern Soviets Panic As Populist Zeman Wins Czech Election As He WELCOMES Referendum To Exit the EU

The Czech election has been won by Milos Zeman leading to a nightmare for the EU over the President's populist policies and threats to hold a referendum on leaving the communist bloc.

With 99.35 percent of districts reporting, Mr Zeman won the run-off election round with 51.55 percent of the vote to 48.44 percent for his opponent Jiri Drahos.

Pro-EU academic Mr Drahos conceded defeat this afternoon before the final votes were counted.

It means Mr Zeman, aged 73, has secured a second term in charge of the nation, beating pro-EU academic Drahos.

And he did it on the back of a tough stance against immigration and courtship of closer ties with Russia and China.

Mr Zeman has also caused panic in Brussels by failing to rule out his own Brexit-style referendum.

During a TV debate, Mr Zeman said Czech citizens should have a direct say on political issues and that he is not opposed to a referendum on EU membership.

He said: “Brexit is a decision that must be respected.”

Mr Zeman blocked the Czech Republic’s planned entry to the eurozone during his first term in office. During this election campaign he declared he was for the adoption of the common currency, in principle, but he does not want to allow "Czech taxpayers to pay Greek debt”.

He said: ”The moment Greece leaves the eurozone or is excluded, I will gladly support it.”

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Subjugated Vassal State: German Children’s Channel Teaches Foreign Migrants How To Rape Citizens

For the second time in a few weeks the German children’s channel KIKA has shocked the public.

After encouraging a child marriage between an adult migrant and a naïve German teen girl, this time on their programme was a segment about opening a bra. A strange subject for a children’s channel that makes content for kids between 3 and 13 years old.

But it becomes even more peculiar when the three boys opening the bra on TV are migrants. This could have something to do with KIKA’s “education mission”, but after several migrants sex attacks and a horrible rape-murder, probably the best thing to do was to skip an item like that.

A leftist Terre des Femmes director even called it “racism” because in the video mainly guys with a migration background showed up. That might suggest “migrants-boys need special tutoring lessons in bra-opening”.

Would that be the real problem? Because everybody knows after Cologne that migrants have no trouble opening bras. How about not broadcasting these sorts of sensitive subjects on a children’s channel with a target group of kids between 3 and 13 years old?

While Germany loves to censor its “cultural enrichment stories” it exposes young children to these wrong sorts of things, a clear “contradictio in terminis”.

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Declassified CIA Report Reveals 25 Year Plan To Destabilize Syria

(1) (Syrian CrISIS & European Destabilization Project)
(2) (Syrian CrISIS: The Busted Bad Actors)
(3) (Can't Mossad The Assad / Bad Actors Lose)
(4) (Cleanup / Bad Actor Exposure)
(5) (Mainstream Media Forced To Expose Bad Actors)
(6) (Blowback: Good Actors Now In Full Control)
(7) (Cleanup / More Bad Actor Exposure)

A declassified CIA report from 1986 details a Deep State plot to destabilize Syria as part of a plan to take control of the Middle East.

The report details the agency’s “purposely provocative” analysis of the regime’s vulnerabilities and the potential to create chaos in the country and oust then-President Hafez al-Assad. reports:

While the nearly seven-year-long sectarian “civil war” in Syria is widely believed to have started in 2011, revelations in recent years have shown that the sectarian war that has sunk Syria into chaos actually precedes the “official” start of the conflict.

In 2010, Wikileaks published hundreds of thousands of classified State Department cables, including a 2006 cable showing that destabilizing the Syrian government was a primary goal of U.S. policy in the Middle East. The ultimate intention was to topple Iran, one of Syria’s closest allies. The cable revealed that the U.S.’ goal at the time was to undermine the Syrian government by any means available.

In addition, retired United States Army General Wesley Clark’s bombshell interview with Democracy Now exposed the existence of plans for regime change in Syria that date as far back as 2001. Now, a newly declassified document from the Central Intelligence Agency has shown that these regime change efforts date back even further to the late 1980s – and potentially even earlier.

The declassified document was written in July, 1986 by the Foreign Subversion and Instability Center, a part of the CIA’s Mission Center for Global Issues, and is titled “Syria: Scenarios of Dramatic Political Change.” As the document itself states, its purpose is to analyze – in a “purposely provocative” manner – “a number of possible scenarios that could lead to the ouster of President Assad [Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez] or other dramatic change in Syria.”

The report’s meager distribution list suggest it was considered by top officials in the Reagan administration, specifically because it was distributed to national security chiefs, not entire agencies. It was also distributed to a handful of key players in U.S.-Syria relations, such as former Ambassador to Syria William Eagleton.

Though the document itself officially predates the current Syrian conflict by nearly 25 years, much of its analysis brings to mind recent events in Syria, particularly those that led to the outbreak of war in 2011. Chief among these is the rise of factionalism between Sunni Muslim elements against the ruling Alawi minority (a Shi’ite sect), as well as the potential to counter Russian influence in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. These similarities suggest that U.S. regime change efforts in Syria date back to well over 30 years ago – proof of the persistent imperialist elements that consistently guide U.S. foreign policy.

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TAX CUT UPDATES: FedEx, Home Depot, JP Morgan Chase, Spellex, Starbucks Announce Bonuses, Wage Increases

Starting in February, many Americans should see a bump in their paychecks, thanks to the recently passed Republican tax cuts.

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FedEx announced wage increases, employee bonuses and pension funding on Friday, citing the new Republican-backed tax reform plan.

The company announced that two-thirds of $200 million in increased compensation will go to hourly employees, while the remainder will be put toward performance-based incentive plans for salaried employees.

FedEx also said $1.5 billion will be put toward the company's pension plan and another $1.5 billion would go toward expanding the company's hub in Indianapolis.

"FedEx believes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will likely increase GDP and investment in the United States," the company said on its website.

Home Depot announced that their workers can receive up to $1,000 bonuses thanks to the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Craig Menear, Home Depot’s chief executive, said in a statement released Thursday, “This incremental investment in our associates was made possible by the new tax reform bill. We are pleased to be able to provide this additional reward to our associates.”

Home Depot’s hourly employees will get at least a $200 bonus; the bonus scales up to $1,000 for employees who have worked at least 20 years for Home Depot.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. plans to make a $20 billion, five-year investment in its U.S. businesses, boosting wages and expanding into new markets, largely in response to the recent sweeping corporate tax code changes made by the Trump Administration.

Chase will raise wages to between $15 and $18 an hour from a range of $12 to $16.50 an hour benefiting 22,000 full- and part-time hourly employees notably in branches and customer services centers in more than 100 U.S. cities.

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Western European Press Claims Russia Refusing To Impose North Korea Sanctions Set by United States

Russia has announced it has no intention of imposing sanctions on North Korea set by the United States, insisting it is under “no obligation” to comply with them.

Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said today Moscow did not recognise “one-sided American sanctions” and would only enforce those passed by the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Russian news agency RIA quoted Mr Morgulov as saying: “We will carry out only sanctions which are adopted by the UN Security Council.

"We don't recognise one-sided American sanctions, we have no international obligations to comply with them.”

He added officials would not expel citizens from the rogue state living in Russia who are subject to punitive measures drawn up by President Donald Trump’s administration.

This comes as the US State Department urged the Kremlin to “do more” to uphold UN sanctions and strangle Kim Jong-un’s regime of the funds, oil and coal it needs to further its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Relations between Russia and the United States have soured in recent months, despite Mr Trump's desire to repair the strained relationship with President Vladimir Putin.

And now the Kremlin stands accused of breaching UN sanctions by assisting Pyongyang by purchasing coal from the hermit state, which is one of its biggest cash sources, then shipping it to South Korea and Japan.

The Security Council banned all exports of coal from the secretive state in August.

But Western European intelligence sources say the secretive state has since shipped coal to Russian ports on at least three occasions.

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Syrian Army Finds Israeli-Made Landmines, Chemicals, Munitions In Former ISIS Hideouts

(1) (Syrian CrISIS & European Destabilization Project)
(2) (Syrian CrISIS: The Busted Bad Actors)
(3) (Can't Mossad The Assad / Bad Actors Lose)
(4) (Cleanup / Bad Actor Exposure)
(5) (Mainstream Media Forced To Expose Bad Actors)
(6) (Blowback: Good Actors Now In Full Control)

Syrian government forces have found Israeli-made landmines, toxic materials and munitions left behind by ISIS terrorists in the country’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor.

According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, the army made the discovery in the villages of al-Sayyal and Hassrat in addition to the town of al-Jalaa as they were combing the areas of hidden ordnance and unexploded devices.

Press TV reports: This is not the first time that Syrian government forces have made such findings from terrorists’ hideouts across the war-ravaged Arab country.

On December 10, 2017, Syrian troops discovered large amounts of weapons, various types of ammunition, explosive devices, landmines, communication devices, armored vehicles, car bombs, and tanks left behind by Daesh terrorists.

A Syrian army commander, speaking on condition of anonymity, told SANA that the scale of the discovery is proof of the direct and systematic support provided to Daesh by a number of regional and trans-regional states.

Syrian military forces also discovered a large cache of Israeli-made weapons in the strategic town of Mayadin, located about 44 kilometers southeast of Dayr al-Zawr, on October 19.

The weapons included several types of heavy, medium and light firearms that beside Israel, came from some European countries as well as members of the NATO military alliance.

An unnamed Syrian military source said government troops had also found mortars, artillery equipment, large quantities of anti-armor munitions and a NATO- made 155mm cannon with a range of up to 40km (about 25 miles).

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Πρώην όργανο του κομμουνισμού, ομολογεί την υπόγεια μέθοδο της αριστερής διάβρωσης. Το πλεονέκτημα της διάδοσης της αριστερής διάβρωσης, είναι το ότι αυτοί που την προωθούν, τις περισσότερες φορές, δεν είναι απλά μερικά πουλημένα καθάρματα, αλλά ιδεολόγοι οπορτουνιστές, που νομίζουν ότι προωθούν την ιδεολογία της ισότητας και της κοινωνικής αλληλεγγύης. Αυτό που κάνουν όμως, είναι να προωθούν την εξισωτική προς τα κάτω ιδεολογία του Σκότους.

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4chan Abandons Captcha v1 After 48 Hours of Posting Mayhem: Users Distraught

Despite promising its lifespan would extend until March, Hiroyuki has removed the Quotes and Replying option to use the Legacy Captcha (text-based) and is forcing users to use Google's Captcha v2 or to purchase a $20 4chan Pass to avoid the captcha.

The captcha is notoriously slow to load and often inaccurately assesses users' inputs, making verifying posts a torturous experience and posting multiple high effort posts even worse. A new feature, however, has been introduced, where following the completion of a captcha, through the use of a Google cookie, posters have their first next post already verified with no need to complete a captcha.

Users on boards such as /qa/ and /g/ have expressed great frustration with the change, with some indicating that they will no longer be posting on the website and desire to have a replacement to migrate to. Other image boards have been dismissed as "dead". Still others are unbothered by the changes and others still will give up and buy the pass.

This change follows a fiasco begun around Monday where image posting outside of the OP was disabled site-wide for 24 hours, and following that, the inability for many users to get their posts verified and thus being unable to post at all.

This post is in compliance with site rule #2.

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The "Internet of Things" Is Destroying Privacy, Compromising National Security and Putting Lives In Jeopardy

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and his family have already received death threats because he voted to end “Net Neutrality.”

This is unfortunate. What is equally unfortunate is that he also supports a program that has:

Security experts completely freaking out and speaking out.
Demonstrated an approximately 75% failure rate.
Federal dollars continue to be spent to install and utilize it despite all the problems already associated with it.
Millions have already been hacked because of it.

This program is called “The Internet of Things (IoT).”

“Although government and industry promote the IoT as the panacea for all ills, the IoT itself, creates a plethora of problems.”

And yes there have already been problems:

“Nearly 75% Internet of Things Projects are Failing”
“University hacked by its own vending machines: How IoT almost took entire campus offline”
“This Teen Hacked 150,000 Printers to Show How the Internet of Things Is Shit”
“Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People. Poorly secured webcams and other Internet-connected devices are already being used as tools for cyberattacks. Can the government prevent this from becoming a catastrophic problem?”
“If we must have an IoT bog roll holder, can we at least make it secure? It’s the internet of sh*tty things, says Intel Security’s Raj Samani”
“In a relatively short time, we’ve taken a system built to resist destruction by nuclear weapons and made it vulnerable to toasters.” Jeff Jarmoc, Senior Security Researcher, Dell Secure Works Counter Threat Unit
“The Internet of Things Will Turn Large-Scale Hacks into Real World Disasters”
“What happens when dishwashers attack the network?”
“IoT Growing Faster Than the Ability to Defend It”
“How the Internet of Things will affect security & privacy”
“Internet of Things security: What happens when every device is smart and you don’t even know it?”
“When IoT devices are everywhere, the security headaches just get worse.”
“You know IoT security is bad when libertarians call for strict regulation, ‘When the internet crashes into the real world and people get killed’ you’ll be sorry”
“The Internet of Things: What Could Go Wrong”
“New HNS IoT Botnet Has Already Amassed 14K Bots” – A new botnet is growing around the world, feeding off unsecured IoT devices, mainly IP cameras, and getting ready to do some harm.
“Why it’s critical enterprises address the IoT security blind spot”

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Photo Leaked Of Obama Posing With Radical Islamic Black Nationalist

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A photograph of then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan that was taken in 2005 at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, DC, was released Saturday after a 13-year cover-up to protect Obama’s political career.

Journalist Askia Muhammad told that he took the photograph after Obama had engaged “in a warm conversation with constituent and fellow Chicagoan Minister Louis Farrakhan.” However, he realized that the photograph could endanger Obama’s presidential ambitions, which were already being widely discussed.

Farrakhan is a black supremacist and antisemite who also holds anti-gay views. Rumors of an association between Obama and Farrakhan circulated during the 2008 presidential campaign in the wake of revelations about Obama’s decades-long membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ, led by the racist preacher Jeremiah Wright.

Those rumors could not be substantiated, however — and the story of Muhammad’s long-hidden photograph explains why.

Asia told that he was confronted by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus about the photograph, and that he eventually surrendered it to Farrakhan’s chief of staff. He secretly kept a copy of the image for himself, but he never told anyone and never released the image, for fear of burglary or retaliation against him, he told the left-wing Talking Points Memo website.

He told that he believed the photograph would have destroyed Obama’s electoral chances:

“I gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy,” Muhammad said in an exclusive interview with the Trice Edney News Wire this week. “But after the nomination was secured and all the way up until the inauguration; then for eight years after he was President, it was kept under cover.”

As for any debate that the photo could have made a difference in the outcome of the Obama presidential election, Muhammad is emphatic: “I insist. It absolutely would have made a difference.”

Farrakhan, born Louis Eugene Walcott, has led the Nation of Islam (NOI) since 1981. NOI is a cultish new religious movement founded in the 1930s by Wallace Fard Muhammad, a man who claimed to be the the Messiah cometh as well as the “Mahdi” of Islam.

NOI’s primary beliefs, hammered out under the leadership of “the honorable” Elijah Muhammad in the 1940s and 50s, include that white people are inherently “devils,” who exist because a black scientist named Jakub “grafted” them into existence on an island in the fifth millennium B.C.

Whites “devils” were, according to the NOI, bred to be evil for hundreds of years by Jakub, and eventually learned to use “tricknology” to enslave blacks.

Farrakhan and the NOI also have a long history of antisemitism. Farrakhan has, for example, spoken highly of Hitler’s abilities as a leader, and repeatedly indulged in sermons on “Jewish control” of various industries. He also infamously referred to Judaism as a “gutter religion.”

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Subjugated Islamo-fascist Germany: Return Of The Stasi Police State

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Germany's new censorship law, which has introduced state censorship on social media platforms, came into effect on October 1, 2017. The new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the German state. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online "criminal offenses" such as libel, slander, defamation or incitement, within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint -- regardless of whether the content is accurate or not. Social media companies are permitted seven days for more complicated cases. If they fail to do so, the German government can fine them up to 50 million euros for failing to comply with the law.

The new censorship law, however, was not fully enforced until January 1, 2018, in order to give the social media platforms time to prepare for their new role as the privatized thought police of the German state. Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say.

On January 1, 2018, however, the law was immediately enforced. Twitter began by suspending the account of the deputy leader of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD), Beatrix von Storch, for 12 hours, after she tweeted the following in response to a New Year's greeting issued in Arabic by the Cologne Police:

"What the hell is happening in this country? Why is an official police site tweeting in Arabic? Do you think it is to appease the barbaric, gang-raping hordes of Muslim men?"

Von Storch also had her Facebook account suspended for repeating her tweet there. Facebook told her that her post contravened German law, as it constituted "incitement to hatred".

It did not stop there. Cologne police filed charges against von Storch for "incitement to hatred", which is punishable under section 130 of the German Criminal Code. According to the Cologne police chief, Uwe Jacob, multilingual tweets at major events are an important part of the police's communication strategy:

"The campaign was really well received by most people – however, some were bothered by the fact that we tweeted in Arabic and Farsi – they were very prominent right-wingers, who then felt that they had to make tweets that incited to hatred. We simply filed charges".

• Germany's new law requires social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to censor their users on behalf of the government. Social media companies are obliged to delete or block any online "criminal offenses" within 24 hours of receipt of a user complaint -- regardless of whether the content is accurate or not.

• Social media platforms now have the power to shape the form of current political and cultural discourse by deciding who will speak and what they will say.

• Notice the ease with which the police chief mentioned that he had filed charges to silence a leading political opponent of the government. That is what authorities do in police states: Through censorship and criminal charges, they silence outspoken critics and political opponents of government policies, such as Beatrix von Storch, who has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's migration policies.

• While such policies would doubtless have earned the German authorities many points with the old Stasi regime of East Germany, they more than likely contravene the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) to which Germany is a party, as well as the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

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DOJ Recovers Missing FBI Texts Two Days After Investigation Ordered

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Missing text messages between two FBI employees have been located, according to a Department of Justice official

The Department of Justice has recovered missing text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the DOJ’s inspector general said Thursday.

In a letter sent to congressional committees, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”

“Our effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing,” Horowitz said. “We will provide copies of the text messages that we recover from these devices to the Department so that the Department’s leadership can take any management action it deems appropriate.”

Fox News has learned from U.S. government officials that the inspector general recovered the texts by taking possession of "at least four" phones belonging to Strzok and Page.

In a letter sent to congressional committees, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office “succeeded in using forensic tools to recover text messages from FBI devices, including text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page that were sent or received between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017.”

Horowitz sent his letter confirming the discovery of texts to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who had inquired about the messages.

As reported previously, more than 50,000 texts were exchanged between Strzok and Page, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Monday, with some 5 months worth of communications reportedly "lost."

Two days ago the DOJ announced it had launched a probe into the missing texts.

“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” AG Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”

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Next Generation of (spy)Phone Cameras Can See Through Your Duck Tape, Even Through Walls

The latest camera research is shifting from increasing the number of megapixels towards fusing data with computational processing.

The camera technology in your latest smartphone can recognise your face and take slow-mo video in ultra-high definition, but these technological feats are just the start of a larger revolution.

The latest camera research is shifting away from increasing the number of megapixels towards fusing camera data with computational processing. By that, we don't mean the Photoshop style of processing where effects and filters are added to a picture, but rather a radical new approach where the incoming data may not actually look like at an image at all. It only becomes an image after a series of computational steps that often involve complex mathematics and modelling how light travels through the scene or the camera.

This additional layer of processing magically frees us from the chains of conventional imaging techniques. One day we may not even need cameras in the conventional sense any more. Instead we will use light detectors that only a few years ago we would never have considered any use for imaging. And they will be able to do incredible things, like see through fog, inside the human body and even behind walls.

These cameras could be used to take photos through fog or thick falling snow. Or they could mimic the eyes of some animals and automatically increase an image's resolution (the amount of detail it captures) depending on what's in the scene.

It is even possible to capture images from light particles that have never even interacted with the object we want to photograph. This would take advantage of the idea of “quantum entanglement”, that two particles can be connected in a way that means whatever happens to one happens to the other, even if they are a long distance apart. This has intriguing possibilities for looking at objects whose properties might change when lit up, such as the eye. For example, does a retina look the same when in darkness as in light?

The next generation camera will probably look something like the Light L16 camera (above). This camera features groundbreaking technology based on more than ten different sensors. Their data are combined using a computer to provide a 50Mb, re-focusable and re-zoomable, professional-quality image. The camera itself looks like a very exciting Picasso interpretation of a crazy cell-phone camera.

Yet these are just the first steps towards a new generation of cameras that will change the way in which we think of and take images. Researchers are working hard on the problem of seeing through fog, seeing behind walls, and even imaging deep inside the human body and brain. All of these techniques rely on combining images with models that explain how light travels through through or around different substances.

Another interesting approach that is gaining ground relies on artificial intelligence to “learn” to recognise objects from the data. These techniques are inspired by learning processes in the human brain and are likely to play a major role in future imaging systems.

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Commiefornia Stoops To New Despotic Low: "Jail Waiters Offering Plastic Straws"

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Ian Calderon wants restaurateurs to think long and hard before giving you a straw.

Calderon, the Democratic majority leader in California's lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon's law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

"We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans," Calderon explained in a press release.

This isn't just Calderon's crusade. The California cities of San Luis Obispo and Davis both passed straws-on-request laws last year, and Manhattan Beach maintains a prohibition on all disposable plastics. And up in Seattle, food service businesses won't be allowed to offer plastic straws or utensils as of July.

The Los Angeles Times has gotten behind the movement, endorsing straws-on-request policies in an editorial that also warned that "repetitive sucking may cause or exacerbate wrinkles on the lips or around the mouth." Celebrity astronomer Neil DeGrasse Tyson (always up for a little chiding) and Entourage star Adrian Grenier have appeared in videos where an octopus slaps them in the face for using a plastic straw.