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Desperate Despots: Senate Democrats Currently Pushing 10 Separate Gun Confiscation Bills Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 18:54:01 Id: 100ae8 [Preview] No. 3056 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Senate Democrats pushed nine different gun controls during the past six weeks, and ABC News has now emerged with a tenth gun law which they suggest may be the ringer.

That law would legalize firearm confiscation orders like those in Washington state. Such orders allow a judge to issue an ex parte order for the confiscation of an American’s firearms. This means the order can be issued without the firearm owner even being present for the process. His or her first knowledge of the order would come when police knocked on their door to sweep the house for firearms.

It is well known that as America declines due to systemic corruption, bureaucratic incompetence and horrific socialist-style monetary policy blunders that the globalist "deep state" despots are becoming more and more desperate to disarm the American citizens for future population control and to repel any means of resistance to the tyranny they have planned against American citizens.

To remain a truly sovereign and free country we must always reject the tyrannical agenda to disarm the American people. History has proven over and over and over again once the masses give up their firearms, they become cattle to cull and are treated as such en mass. Every brutal dictator in history has confiscated firearms from the masses, in order to control the masses when they become disgruntled and angry with the despotism that overwhelms their lives.

Remain armed and vigilant America, and we will get through these hard times together. The minute you give up your guns is the minute you become de-facto slaves.

Good! After Church Shooting In Texas, Christians Start Packing Heat Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 18:07:54 Id: 7292ae [Preview] No. 3054 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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As he does every Sunday, the Rt. Rev. Council Nedd II, an Anglican rector, will put on his collar and robes to offer Mass at his central Pennsylvania church. Now, he is considering wearing something else with his religious vestments: his handgun.

As a Pennsylvania state constable, Dr. Nedd can bring his gun just about everywhere—to the grocery store, to the park and to synagogues and other houses of worship, where he often acts as security. His church was the one place where he went unarmed.

“Weapons do not belong in church,” he said. But, as a bishop, he has “a responsibility to protect the flock,” he added.

One week after a shooting at a Texas church left 26 dead and 20 more wounded, congregations gathering for worship around the country Sunday are once again facing the question of security. Long the last frontier where many gun owners went unarmed, the faithful are now considering whether they should bring firearms to their houses of worship as well.

Many who live near Sutherland Springs, Texas, where last week’s shooting took place, said they didn’t bring their weapons into their houses of worship.

Tomie Barker, who attends Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek in Seguin, Texas, about 15 miles north of Sutherland Springs, said her husband didn’t have the firearm he is licensed to carry on him last Sunday when their church was locked down following the shooting at the nearby First Baptist Church. But, she said, he plans to have it with him this Sunday.

“Why would we take a gun to church? Church and school—we feel like we ought to be safe,” she said on Saturday, nearly a week after the shooting. “But he’s not leaving home without it now.”

Ms. Barker, 60, thinks other worshipers will feel the same, and said she told her pastor that the church should probably make note of who is armed in case another emergency arises.

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Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 18:19:23 Id: 7292ae [Preview] No. 3055 del
Killers and despots always target gun-free zones. Victims are typically disarmed in the first place, or else they have a chance to shoot back at the attacker(s). The more good people who are armed, the better.

BOOM! Saudi Arabia Pivots East, Cutting Off US Ties Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 23:49:26 Id: 8170cb [Preview] No. 3037 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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If the Saudi Arabia situation doesn't worry you, you're not paying attention.

While turbulent during the best of times, gigantic waves of change are now sweeping across the Middle East. The magnitude is such that the impact on the global price of oil, as well as world markets, is likely to be enormous.

A dramatic geo-political realignment by Saudi Arabia is in full swing this month. It’s upending many decades of established strategic relationships among the world's superpowers and, in particular, is throwing the Middle East into turmoil.

So much is currently in flux, especially in Saudi Arabia, that nearly anything can happen next. Which is precisely why this volatile situation should command our focused attention at this time.

The main elements currently in play are these:

A sudden and intense purging of powerful Saudi insiders (arrests, deaths, & asset seizures)
Huge changes in domestic policy and strategy
A shift away from the US in all respects (politically, financially and militarily)

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Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 23:50:45 Id: 8170cb [Preview] No. 3038 del
In 2015, King Salman came to power. Things began to change pretty quickly, especially once he elevated his son Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to a position of greater power.

Among MBS's first acts was to directly involve KSA into the Yemen civil war, with both troops on the ground and aerial bombings. That war has killed thousands of civilians while creating a humanitarian crisis that includes the largest modern-day outbreak of cholera, which is decimating highly populated areas. The conflct, which is considered a 'proxy war' because Iran is backing the Houthi rebels while KSA is backing the Yemeni government, continues to this day.

Then in 2016, KSA threatened to dump its $750 billion in (stated) US assets in response to a bill in Congress that would have released sensitive information implicating Saudi Arabia's involvement in 9/11. Then-president Obama had to fly over there to smooth things out. It seems the job he did was insufficient; because KSA-US relations unraveled at an accelerating pace afterwards. Mission NOT accomplished, it would seem.

In 2017, KSA accused Qatar of nefarious acts and made such extraordinary demands that an outbreak of war nearly broke out over the dispute. The Qatari leadership later accused KSA of fomenting ‘regime change’, souring the situation further. Again, Iran backed the Qatar government, which turned this conflict into another proxy battle between the two main regional Arab superpowers.

In parallel with all this, KSA was also supporting the mercenaries (aka "rebels" in western press) who were seeking to overthrow Assad in Syria -- yet another proxy war between KSA and Iran. It's been an open secret that, during this conflict, KSA has been providing support to some seriously bad terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other supposed enemies of the US/NATO. (Again, the US has never said 'boo' about that, proving that US rhetoric against "terrorists" is a fickle construct of political convenience, not a moral matter.)

Once Russia entered the war on the side of Syria's legitimate government, the US and KSA (and Israel) lost their momentum. Their dreams of toppling Assad and turning Syria into another failed petro-state like they did with Iraq and Libya are not likely to pan out as hoped.

But rather than retreat to lick their wounds, KSA's King Salman and his son are proving to be a lot nimbler than their predecessors.

Rather than continue a losing battle in Syria, they've instead turned their energies and attention to dramatically reshaping KSA's internal power structures...

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Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 23:51:08 Id: 8170cb [Preview] No. 3039 del
So given Yemen, Syria, and its recent domestic purges, Saudi Arabia is in turmoil. It's in a far weaker position than it was a short while ago.

This leaves the US in a far weaker regional position, too, at precisely the time when China and Russia are increasing their own presence (which we’ll get to next).

But first we have to discuss what might happen if a civil war were to engulf Saudi Arabia. The price of oil would undoubtedly spike. In turn, that would cripple the weaker countries, companies and households around the world that simply cannot afford a higher oil price. And there's a lot of them.

Financial markets would destabilize as long-suppressed volatility would explode higher, creating horrific losses across the board. That very few investors are mentally or financially prepared for such carnage is a massive understatement.

So... if you were Saudi Arabia, in need of helpful allies after being bogged down in an unwinnable war in Yemen, just defeated in a proxy war in Syria, and your longtime 'ally', the US, is busy pumping as much of its own oil as it can, what would you do?

Given its situation, is it really any surprise that King Salman and his son have decided to pivot to China? In need of a new partner that would align better with their current and future interests, China is the obvious first choice.

So in March 2017, only a very short while after Obama's failed visit, a large and well-prepared KSA entourage accompanied King Salman to Beijing and inked tens of billions in new business deals:

China, Saudi Arabia eye $65 billion in deals as king visits

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Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 23:51:29 Id: 8170cb [Preview] No. 3040 del
This was a very big deal in terms of Middle East geopolitics. It shook up many decades of established power, resulting in a shift away from dependence on America.

The Saudis arrived in China with such a huge crowd in tow that a reported 150 cooks had been brought along to just to feed everyone in the Saudi visitation party.

The resulting deals struck involved everything from energy to infrastructure to information technology to space. And this was just on the first visit. Quite often a brand new trade delegation event involves posturing and bluffing and feeling each other out; not deals being struck. So it’s clear that before the visit, well before, lots and lots of deals were being negotiated and terms agreed to so that the thick MOU files were ready to sign during the actual visit.

The scope and size of these business deals are eye catching, but the real clincher is King Salman's public statement expressing hope China will play "an even greater role in Middle East affairs."

That, right there, is the sound of the geopolitical axis-tilting. That public statement tells us everything we need to know about the sort of change the Salman dynasty intends to pursue.

So it should have surprised no one to hear that, in August this year, another $70 billion of new deals were announced between China and KSA. The fanfare extolled that Saudi-Sino relations had entered a new era, with “the agreements covering investment, trade, energy, postal service, communications, and media.”

This is a very rapid pace for such large deals. If KSA and China were dating, they’d be talking about moving in together already. They're clearly at the selecting furniture and carpet samples stage.

As for the US? It seems KSA isn't even returning its calls or texts at this point.

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Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 23:51:48 Id: 8170cb [Preview] No. 3041 del
But as mentioned, the power grab underway in KSA by Mohammed bin Salman is unfolding in real-time. Developments are happening hourly -- while writing this, the very high-profile Prince Bandar bin Sultan (recent head of Saudi Intelligence and former longtime ambassador to the US) has been arrested.

The trajectory of events is headed in a direction that may well end the arrangement that has served as the axis around which geopolitics has spun for the past 40 years. The Saudis want new partners, and are courting China hard.

China, for reasons we discuss in Part 2 of this report, has an existential need to supplant America as Saudi Arabia's most vital oil customer.

And both Saudi Arabia and China are inking an increasing number of strategic oil deals with Russia. Why? We get into that in Part 2, too -- but suffice it to say, in the fast-shifting world of KSA foreign policy, it's China and Russia 'in', US 'out'.

Maybe not all the way out, but the US clearly has lost a lot of ground with KSA over the past few years. My analysis is that by funding an insane amount of shale oil development, at a loss, and at any cost (such as to our biggest Mideast ally) the US has time and again displayed that our ‘friendship’ does not run very deep. In a world where loyalty counts, the US has proved a disloyal partner. Can China position itself to be perceived of as a better mate? When it comes to business, I believe the answer is ‘yes.’


Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 16:05:22 Id: d74af7 [Preview] No. 3053 del
Read: >>3052

Learning a lot more as time goes on. I see a plan to increase US domestic oil production rapidly and an attempt to peg the dollar with our domestically refined oil - completely discarding previous OPEC-run petrodollar scheme in the Mid East. If we become a mass producer of oil (which despite all the lies by the environmentalist loons: we have PLENTY of oil reserves!) then we can slowly pull our way through this crisis and remain a superpower for years to come.

That's my conclusion, we'll see if it works. Note: the "deep state" will try to prevent this at all costs because they want the US to become a subjugated disarmed third world country.

Another US-backed Deep State Billionaire, Confidant of George W. Bush, Arrested In Saudi Arabia Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 00:19:44 Id: 0a75d2 [Preview] No. 3023 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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According to a new report by Middle East Eye, Prince Bandar bin Sultan - Saudi Arabia's most famous arms dealer, longtime former ambassador to the US, and recent head of Saudi intelligence - was among those detained as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) so-called "corruption purge" that started with the initial arrests of up to a dozen princes and other top officials last weekend.

If confirmed, the arrest and detention of Bandar would constitute the most significant and high profile figure caught up in the purge - even above that of high profile billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal - given Bandar's closeness to multiple US administrations and involvement in events ranging from Reagan's Nicaraguan Contra program (including direct involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal), to making the case for the Iraq War as a trusted friend of Bush and Cheney, to directing US-Saudi covert operations overseeing the arming of jihadists in Syria.

Middle East Eye issued the report based on multiple contacts "inside the royal court" and indicates further that the scale of MBS' aggressive crackdown is much larger than previously reported, and even involves the torture of "senior figures" among those detained:

Some senior figures detained in last Saturday's purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment, Middle East Eye can reveal. People inside the royal court also told MEE that the scale of the crackdown, which has brought new arrests each day, is much bigger than Saudi authorities have admitted, with more than 500 people detained and double that number questioned.

And shockingly, those sources say that the longtime Saudi 'deep state' power broker and liaison with the West, Prince Bandar, is among the detained:

One of the most famous is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and confidant of former US President George W Bush. There is no word on his fate, but Saudi authorities said that one of the corruption cases they are looking at is the al-Yamamah arms deal, in which Bandar was involved.

While no doubt Bandar's very well-known role in Saudi "oil for arms" programs which have come to define Saudi relations with the West over the past decades is a trumped up and "selective" charge (insofar as the highest levels of the state have overseen such shady dealing) the al-Yamamah deal in particular - which goes back to the mid-1980's - has been an historical embarrassment to both the UK and Saudi governments (BAE Systems was the prime British contractor involved) for the astounding level of fraudulent accounting exposed in UK courts.

Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 00:21:15 Id: 0a75d2 [Preview] No. 3024 del
Concerning Prince Bandar's role in the al-Yamamah deal, Middle East Eye continues:

Bandar bought an entire village in the Cotswolds, a picturesque area of central England, and a 2,000-acre sporting estate with part of the proceeds from kickbacks he received in the al-Yamamah arms deal, which netted British manufacturer BAE £43bn ($56.5bn) in contracts for fighter aircraft.

As much as $30m (£15m) is alleged to have been paid into Bandar’s dollar account at Riggs Bank in Washington and the affair led to corruption probes in the US and UK, although the case was dropped in the UK in 2006 after an intervention by then-prime minister Tony Blair.

But more likely is that Bandar has been caught up in this week's MBS dragnet for his closeness to Western heads of state and foreign intelligence services. With MBS' aggressive consolidation of power which could result in ascension to the throne at any moment, and with fate of multiple princes and officials still unknown - not the least of which is now ex-PM of Lebanon Saad Hariri - a shroud of secrecy has resulted in myriad theories concerning what is really happening behind the scenes.

Likely, Bandar has been detained to ensure a communications blackout with Western intelligence and media until MBS' plans are complete, with the added benefit of ensuring the "anti-corruption" angle to the purges for the consumption of international media.


Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 04:34:50 Id: df54b4 [Preview] No. 3048 del
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Rumors are going around like wildfire about some of the recent Saudis being arrested, tortured and even killed: many were some of the ones that were celebrating the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Saudis were later flown out of the country, orders by George W. Bush, while all other flights were temporarily postponed.

I don't know what else to say but ...wow. [Pic possibly related?]

Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 04:38:06 Id: df54b4 [Preview] No. 3049 del
Rumors are going around like wildfire about some of the recent Saudis being arrested, tortured and even killed: many were some of the ones that were celebrating the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Saudis were later flown out of the country, orders by George W. Bush, while all other flights were temporarily postponed.

Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 05:43:32 Id: af9638 [Preview] No. 3050 del
Hah, I wondered the same thing. I know Trump is pro oil and Saudi needs the U.S to be pro oil. I wonder how much influence that gave him.

Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 15:44:13 Id: a9d5d3 [Preview] No. 3052 del
It's not so much the Saudis want the US to be "pro-oil", more like dependent on their oil.

In reality Saudi Arabia does NOT want the US to become energy independent and start fracking and drilling on our own soil because it brings gas prices down for us and we would be less reliant upon the Saudi regime.

However this purge is not so much about oil as most might think. I have heard that the Crown Prince was informed and given classified intelligence by Jared Kushner (orders from Trump). This included documentation that their leadership was leading Saudi Arabia to peril; (not only because the Saudis have depleted resources and have lost a lot of proxy wars recently); but also because the "deep state" (US CIA / Israeli Mossad) were planning to exploit Saudi Arabia into to a war against Iran (a war they could not and would not win) and then the same "deep state" would later discard the Saudi government, steal all their remaining resources and install another Zionist puppet regime.

It was at THAT point that the Crown Prince realized he needed to purge the Saudi 'deep state' and its ilk, because if they had remained in power it would have led to very bad consequences for Saudi Arabia in the long term. Considering the Crown Prince also knew about the whole 9-11 false flag he realized these people are not loyal to their allies (let alone their own country) and can no longer be trusted... thus the purge... and thus the pivot to the East.

Why would Trump care about Saudi's future? Well, he doesn't! So what was the point of all this? To break up some of the "deep state" connections working against our interests and at the same time to send a clear message to the globalists around the world: "don't fuck with US."

Mark my words: this purge has rattled the establishments inside the US, Israel, Europe and of-course Saudi Arabia.

Time To Ditch Commiefornia, Comrades!? Homelessness Surges Among Silicon Valley's Slave Labor Class Reader 11/07/2017 (Tue) 17:52:14 Id: 11d937 [Preview] No. 2930 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
In the same affluent, suburban city where Google built its headquarters, Tes Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper she parks on the street.

She concedes it's "not a very nice living situation," but it also is not unusual. Until authorities told them to move, more than a dozen other RVs filled with people who can't afford rent joined Saldana on a tree-lined street in Mountain View, parked between a Target and a luxury apartment complex.

Homeless advocates and city officials say it's outrageous that in the shadow of a booming tech economy - where young millionaires dine on $15 wood-grilled avocado and think nothing of paying $1,000 for an iPhone X - thousands of families can't afford a home. Many of the homeless work regular jobs, in some cases serving the very people whose sky-high net worth is the reason housing has become unaffordable for so many.

Across the street from Saldana's camper, for example, two-bedroom units in the apartment complex start at $3,840, including concierge service. That's more than she brings home, even in a good month.

Saldana and her three adult sons, who live with her, have looked for less rustic accommodations, but rents are $3,000 a month or more, and most of the available housing is distant. She said it makes more sense to stay in the camper near their jobs and try to save for a brighter future, even if a recent city crackdown chased them from their parking spot.

"We still need to eat," said Saldana, 51. "I still want to bring my kids, once in a while, to a movie, to eat out."

She cooks and serves food at two hotels in nearby Palo Alto, jobs that keep her going most days from 5 in the morning until 10 at night. Two of her sons, all in their 20s, work at a bakery and pay $700 toward the RV each month. They're all very much aware of the economic disparity in Silicon Valley.

"How about for us people who are serving these tech people?" Saldana said. "We don't get the same paycheck that they do."

There is no firm estimate on the number of people who live in vehicles in Silicon Valley, but the problem is pervasive and apparent to anyone who sees RVs lining thoroughfares; not as visible are the cars tucked away at night in parking lots. Advocates for the homeless say it will only get worse unless more affordable housing is built.

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Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 17:34:26 Id: 4e14da [Preview] No. 3010 del
Mindless consumption is an epidemic problem in America. The retail industry itself is not the problem, just the overpriced unnecessary crap that consumers often flock to and mindlessly purchase: latest iphones, latest 'smart' appliances / gadgets, new fancy vehicles, junk foods, drugs, crap 'medicine' such as anti-depressants and statin drugs (totally unnecessary if you have a proper diet and live a healthy lifestyle), latest video game systems, cable TV (you don't need cable TV folks, with those new streaming services or DVDs you can save LOTS of money), etc. ... all this junk people don't really need, they just desire to fill their empty lives.

Sure some entertainment is needed for a lazy day off, but its gone way overboard today. Focus on the stuff you NEED to live, rather than all the fancy crap you WANT.

Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 17:40:16 Id: 4e14da [Preview] No. 3011 del
A prefect example of rejecting mindless consumerism: need some new clothing? Why go to Gap or Target when their prices are ridiculous? The local Good Will store is where its at! I just bought a few pairs of shorts a couple months ago and it cost me around $10 (that's WITH tax). If I were to go to almost any other store it would cost me at least triple the price! So learn from that. You don't need anything fancy or 'hip', focus on saving money and still being able to get what you need.

Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 17:18:25 Id: 1033b1 [Preview] No. 3033 del
or maybe you're rationalizing why it's good to be poor. if you earned 1 million you'd buy a closet of new shorts

Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 22:41:09 Id: 53d0c5 [Preview] No. 3034 del
No, not rationalizing it. Its unfortunate that people are poor. But what I'm saying is people tend to WASTE money - mindless consumerism is a problem, it puts people into debt, it can actually make you go poor if your mindless spending habits are out-of-control.

What I'm talking about is being rational and frugal with your money, don't go blowing it on unnecessary overpriced crap.

Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 02:46:18 Id: 28442c [Preview] No. 3047 del
>don't go blowing it on unnecessary overpriced crap
Like any new business establisment. The smart thing to do is starve, the dumb try their luck in static economy and rack up debt.

Twelve Year Old Sues Jeff Sessions To Legalize Medical Marijuana Nationwide Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 01:10:03 Id: bd5619 [Preview] No. 3043 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A 12-year-old girl is suing U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions over the nation’s official marijuana policy.

A motion by the US government to dismiss her case has been denied.

According to court documents, Alexis Bortell was joined by four other plaintiffs in her lawsuit, filed in US District Court in the Southern District of New York in July. A motion by the US government to dismiss her case has been denied.

Alexis was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child. Doctors in her home state of Texas were recommending invasive brain surgery as traditional medicine wasn’t helping her seizures. The family were advised that they could take advantage of an out-of-state option to treat the epilepsy with medical marijuana.

“As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” Bortell said

RT reports: Bortell was joined by four other plaintiffs in her lawsuit, filed in US District Court in the Southern District of New York on July 24, according to court documents. Other defendants named in the case are the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Acting Director of the DEA Chuck Rosenberg and the US government.

Bortell has suffered from epilepsy since she was a little girl, and treatments in her home state of Texas failed to relieve her suffering. But then, a pediatrician advised her family that they could take advantage of an out-of-state option to treat the epilepsy with medical marijuana, according to KDVR.

The family decided to use the treatment, but had to move from Texas to Colorado, where the practice is legal. They began administering the child a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope soon after moving. A drop of liquid THC – the chemical compound found in cannabis that produces a high – was given to Bortell once in the morning and once at night.

Since beginning her THC treatment, Bortell has been seizure-free for two and a half years. “As the seizures got worse, we had to move to Colorado to get cannabis because it’s illegal in Texas,” Bortell said, KDVR reported.

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Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 02:37:38 Id: 8b85a5 [Preview] No. 3045 del
>suing U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions
We're this close to starting to employ vestal virgins for the sole purpose of suing them so as to every so often actually get a law passed in this country.

Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 02:44:31 Id: bd5619 [Preview] No. 3046 del
Good point, that's pretty scary and pathetic, even though I do think cancer patients should be able to try something alternative like cannabis (if that really works as some have claimed it does).

CIA-run WaPo Admits Podesta Lobbying Group Is About To Come To An End Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 00:30:03 Id: 4bb0c4 [Preview] No. 3042 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
For more than 30 years, the Podesta name was gold in Washington.

Tony Podesta was a respected lobbyist and a fundraiser for Democratic candidates. His younger brother, John, served as Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff and as senior counselor to Barack Obama. Together, they were the most powerful brother act in liberal politics since the Kennedys.

Then John became chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, putting the Podestas in the crosshairs of the alt-right. In the middle of the campaign, John’s hacked emails led to “Pizzagate,” a bizarre conspiracy theory about a child sex ring. Finally, and against all expectations, he lost the bitterly fought election.

Now Tony’s work for a Ukrainian nonprofit group is part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, prompting the powerful lobbyist to resign from the Podesta Group, the firm he founded three decades ago.

“I didn’t leave with a sense of tragedy or regret about anything I had done,” Tony said nonchalantly in an interview last week. “I thought it was better for the clients and better for the people in the office for me to get out of there.”

WaPo article: https://archive.fo/xIYE9

While all eyes (from the left and the establishment right) remain on Trump (daring to shake Putin's hand this weekend), the mainstream media appears to be missing the news that the lobbying firm founded by longtime Democratic operative Tony Podesta is reportedly on the verge of shuttering after being swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Just three weeks after we reported that special counsel Mueller was targeting lobbying firm Podesta Group. and just two weeks after Tony Podesta resigned from his position at the firm he founded, The Hill reports that Kimberley Fritts, the Podesta Group's chief executive, told employees on Thursday that the firm would not exist at the end of the year and that they would likely not be paid through the end of November, sources told CNN.

Fritts announced her resignation from the top Washington lobbying group after Podesta left the company amid ties to indictments filed in the Russia investigation. Fritts is beginning work on launching a new firm. Her last day at the company Friday created new uncertainty for the Podesta Group after the departure of Podesta on Oct. 30.

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Reader 11/12/2017 (Sun) 02:36:13 Id: 4bb0c4 [Preview] No. 3044 del
Update: they were told to close down next Wednesday. Likely due to either probe or massive election loss, or both. Who knows?

Barack Obama Nearly Bankrupted The DNC Claims Donna Brazile Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 18:30:54 Id: 5e6ed0 [Preview] No. 3013 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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Former interim chair of the DNC, Donna Brazile, says Barack Obama was a massive “leech” who nearly drained the Democratic party of its funds.

“We had three Democratic parties: The party of Barack Obama, the party of Hillary Clinton, and this weak little vestige of a party led by [Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz] that was doing a very poor job getting people who were not president elected,” Brazile writes in her new book “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”

Dailycaller.com reports: Many of the revelations in Brazile’s book revolve around the deep debt the Democratic party was facing at the end of Obama’s presidency and the lengths it had to go to to survive a national presidential race. Obama’s use of party funds for private pollsters and focus groups drained the party, and Wasserman Schultz’s leadership as party chairman failed to address the problem. Clinton then bailed out the party in order to gain control of it, according to Brazile.

“This was not working to strengthen the party. He left it in debt. Hillary bailed it out so that she could control it, and Debbie went along with all of this because she liked the power and perks of being a chair but not the responsibilities,” Brazile said.

Obama, who swept the 2008 Democratic presidential primary away from then-senator Clinton, didn’t have the same connection to the DNC that other party leaders had.

“Barack never had seen himself as connected to the party. He had not come up through it the way Joe Biden and Hillary had, but had sprung up almost on his own and never had any trouble raising money for his campaigns,” Brazile wrote.

Obama “used the party to provide for political expenses like gifts to donors, and political travel.” Because he “also cared deeply about his image,” he used DNC funds for “his pollster and focus groups” late into his second term, even though he couldn’t run for president, Brazile said.

Paying of the party’s debt made the DNC beholden to Clinton and her the de facto head of the party, Brazile wrote. Most decisions had to be run through Clinton’s Brooklyn, N.Y., headquarters. Brazile referred to it as the “high command of Brooklyn” on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday.

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Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 23:26:09 Id: 622fcc [Preview] No. 3036 del
Democrats do the same to their states too, they bankrupt them, and then the taxes keep rising and rising, but the out-of-control governmental spending never ceases. In Commifornia its even worse, they'll give huge tax breaks to corporations like Amazon who won't even hire American workers! But the goyim still pay record taxes as long as they have any money and are not yet living on skid row.

Not that Republicans are much better... they're a little better when it comes to monetary policy, but still corrupted in many ways too.

If we ever have another revolution and get to draft new constitutional laws we should absolutely abolish and criminalize corporate/NGO lobbying, and mandate term limits for ALL politicians. No money from any bank accounts should be transfered to politicians for favors. They should be forced to work for us as a service, not exploiting their service as a corporate career.

From Superpower to Incompetence Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 04:38:04 Id: 4bbe00 [Preview] No. 3005 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Having grown up during the second half of the 20th century, I don’t recognize my country today. I experienced life in a competent country, and now I experience life in an incompetent country.

Everything is incompetent. The police are incompetent. They shoot children, grandmothers, cripples, and claim that they feared for their life.

Washington’s foreign policy is incompetent. Washington has alienated the world with its insane illegal attacks on other countries. Today the United States and Israel are the two most distrusted countries on earth and the two countries regarded as the greatest threat to peace.

The military/security complex is incompetent. The national security state is so incompetent that it was unable to block the most humiliating attack in history against a superpower that proved to be entirely helpless as a few people armed with box cutters and an inability to fly an airplane destroyed the World Trade Center and part of the Pentagon itself. The military industries have produced at gigantic cost the F-35 that is no match for the Russian fighters or even for the F-15s and F-16s it is supposed to replace.

The media is incompetent. I can’t think of an accurate story that has been reported in the 21st century. There must be one, but it doesn’t come to mind.

The universities are incompetent. Instead of hiring professors to teach the students, the universities hire administrators to regulate them. Instead of professors, there are presidents, vice presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors, provosts, vice provosts, assistant provosts, deans, associate deans, assistant deans. Instead of subject matter there is speech regulation and sensitivity training. Universities spend up to 75% of their budgets on administrators, many of whom have outsized incomes.

The public schools have been made incompetent by standardized national testing. The purpose of education today is to pass some test. School accreditation and teachers’ pay depend not on developing the creativity or independent thinking of those students capable of it, but on herding them through memory work for a standardized test.

One could go on endlessly.

Instead, I will relate a story of everyday incompetencies that have prevented me from writing this week and for a few more days yet.

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Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 21:26:04 Id: fbf8e0 [Preview] No. 3021 del
Around 30 minutes in... education programs in the US are absolute SHIT today. China, India and (almost) every other major nations' students have far surpassed US students in mathematics, science, economics, manufacturing skills, programming and even history. While America's students today are being brainwashed to be "politically correct", students in almost every other industrialized nation are leading the world in advanced studies, scholarships, scientific research, breakthrough technological discoveries, programming and more.

America is now what the decline of an Empire looks like and it is NOT pretty.

Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 23:09:31 Id: dfeddd [Preview] No. 3035 del
Just talked to another grandfather today, he said he was at a recent basketball game at some school where he had a grandson playing the other night. Anyway, one team scored 0 points, other team beat them... guess what? They stopped counting the winning team's points during middle of the game and let the losing team send more basketball players to play (which is basically allowing the losing team to cheat).

We talked about how ironic this was for a while, and you know what? This is what America has become! Somehow our "authorities" see no problem with cheating anymore. They get to break the rules whenever they desire, but those who work hard don't get to do that. Our society seems to think it's just OK to sponge off other people, or to rig and manipulate statistics to further their own ideology or beliefs. Lying is no longer considered a problem. Denial or refusal to accept reality is common place today. It's really sad. As they say, corruption rots from the top down and now we are seeing it EVERYWHERE.

I have no doubt in my mind we are witnessing a failing Empire, we are facing rapid decline. Cover your ears, close your eyes and shut your mouth at your own peril.

Good! UK Implements Total Ban On Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Reader 11/10/2017 (Fri) 18:53:12 Id: 9b0ada [Preview] No. 3016 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
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The UK has announced a total ban on Monsanto’s Roundup following evidence showing that the herbicide was responsible for killing millions of bees.

Environment secretary Michael Gove says the ban will prevent the insect-harming pesticide from continuing to decimate bee populations across the UK.

The Guardian reports: The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. It also follows the revelation that 75% of all flying insects have disappeared in Germany and probably much further afield, a discovery Gove said had shocked him.

Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticide but in 2013 the European Union banned their use on flowering crops, although the UK was among the nations opposing the ban. The European commission now wants a total ban on their use outside of greenhouses, with a vote expected in December, and the UK’s new position makes it very likely to pass.

“The weight of evidence now shows the risks neonicotinoids pose to our environment, particularly to the bees and other pollinators which play such a key part in our £100bn food industry, is greater than previously understood,” said Gove. “I believe this justifies further restrictions on their use. We cannot afford to put our pollinator populations at risk.”

In an article for the Guardian, Gove said: “As is always the case, a deteriorating environment is ultimately bad economic news as well.” He said pollinators boost the yield and quality of UK crops by £400m-£680m every year and said, for example, gala apple growers are now having to spend £5.7m a year to do replace the work of lost natural pollinators.

Gove said the evidence of neonicotinoids’ harm to pollinators has grown stronger since 2013, including a landmark field trial published in July that showed neonicotinoids damage bee populations, not just individual insects, and a global analysis of honey revealing worldwide contamination by the insecticides.

This and other research was examined by the UK’s Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP), which published its updated advice on Thursday. “Exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides under field conditions can have an unacceptable effect on honeybee health” they concluded. “Such unacceptable effects are occurring at a landscape level and between seasons.”

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Reader 11/11/2017 (Sat) 14:16:36 Id: 442221 [Preview] No. 3029 del
I'll admit I don't like most of the UK's policies (such as amnesty or gun control) but this decision I do like! Monsanto (now owned by a Big Pharmaceutical corporation!) profits from poisoning people, increasing cancer rates and those fuckers actually get away with in America.

I do my best to buy non-GMO organic as often as I can. Unfortunately my emergency food stockpiles are filled with GMO though but when SHTF that won't really matter anyway. Spam, beans and rice will have to do.