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Total Collapse of Civilization Guaranteed Reader 04/29/2019 (Mon) 00:06:42 Id: 8d1ccc [Preview] No. 14595 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
BE PREPARED: https://archive.fo/IoKi1

The complete collapse of civilization around the world is well on its way, whether accelerationism occurs or not.

The writing is already on the wall…

1. Drug addiction at record levels all over the world.
2. Depression and suicide at highest levels ever seen around the globe.
3. The U.S. is 20+ trillion in debt and many other nations are also heavily in debt.
4. As inflation increases and wages remain stagnant, fewer people can buy products or services, which will further hurt economies around the world.
5. Radicalization is increasing rapidly. The explosion of white nationalism, leftwing radicals, islamic terrorism, and other radical movements are a symptom of civilizational distress.
6. The dramatic explosion of homosexuality, transgenderism, and a whole plethora of "mental disease" at levels never before seen or imagined in all of human history.
7. The government & corporations beginning to clamp down on free speech, firearms, and other freedoms in order to contain the acceleration toward collapse.
8. Mass immigration - People fleeing other parts of the world in large numbers where collapse is already in progress, or simply moving to a new country to get free gibs which will only help to collapse that nation as well.
9. Morals and values going down the toilet. People are losing faith in law & order, religion, and their government. There is no longer a "communitiy" to enforce morals & decency.
10. The past 200 years have given us the most destructive wars in human history, the highest crime rates, and the worst genocides. This is a symptom of civilization having gone past its peak, and it is now racing downhill toward inevitable collapse.
11. The dramatic increase in distraction entertainment to keep people's minds off the slow unraveling of human civilization.

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Reader 04/29/2019 (Mon) 02:37:28 [Preview] No.14596 del
>If you haven't already trained yourself to be a hunter-gatherer, then now might be a good time to learn how to live like a real human being.

What going to be left to hunt or gather?
This is just doomer fantasy porn where you think you can just stock up on a bunch of guns and then drive down the road and shoot the abundance of wildlife that will still be around. The sad truth is that most of what's edible will vacuumed up by the millions of other people looking for something to eat.

The only way to survive will be to have a hidden bunker somewhere with enough food to outlast the majority of other people and the people that turn to canibalism and eat them. Then you'll need to start growing your own food because everything laying around will have been consumed.

Then you'll have the possibility of dying from radiation poisoning when the safety hibernation mechanisms in nuclear power plants fail and start having meltdowns.

Reader 04/29/2019 (Mon) 15:39:28 Id: 9b065f [Preview] No.14600 del
All good points you bring up, no doubt we are headed towards some real shitty problems in the near future. I'd say if you can, find rural refuge where land and property taxes are cheap and consider homesteading. Learn how to garden and raise rabbits and chickens for meat and eggs. Have an extra year or two supply stockup of cheap bulk foods: think oatmeal, grits, beans, rice, cereals, slit peas, popcorn kernal (to cook up popcorn), etc. along with some bulk spice in mason jars to flavor your food. If you can afford solar panels its highly recommended, so you can ration a small power supply off-grid. Maybe enough to keep a refrigerator and/or box freezer running.

Whatever you do, just remember cities will be death traps so you'll want to get away from the major cities, at least an hours driving distance away. However you'll have to transition carefully and find a way to make some income wherever you plan to move. Most retired folks can still afford doing this today, so if you are retired (or near retirement) consider this in you preps. Learn to become self-sufficient as soon as possible, before all this chaos comes our way.

Good! Trump Announces Withdrawal From Unconstitutional UN Small Arms Treaty Reader 04/29/2019 (Mon) 00:04:32 Id: a714e3 [Preview] No. 14593 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
During his speech at the annual NRA convention Friday, President Trump officially signed the order to withdraw the USA from the United Nations “small arms treaty.”

“Under my Administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms. And that is why my Administration will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty” he announced to the raucous crowd.

[NOTE: Any rational sane government should never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on their domestic affairs!]

In addition to the NRA, several other organizations, such as Gun Owners of America and National Association For Gun Rights, sounded the alarm over the treaty when it was first proposed:

The most comprehensive treaty of its kind, the ATT would regulate weapons trade throughout the world on everything from battleships to bullets.

And as information trickles out of Turtle Bay in New York City, it is obvious the UN is getting more clever about taking the focus off of “small arms.”

With an eye cast in the direction of the U.S.—in particular, toward the U.S. Senate which must ratify the treaty—the most recent Draft Paper for the Arms Trade Treaty recognizes in its preamble “the sovereign right of States to determine any regulation of internal transfers of arms and national ownership exclusively within their territory, including through national constitutional protections on private ownership.”

That statement, taken by itself, is troubling. Americans’ right to keep and bear arms exists whether or not it is “recognized” by some UN committee. The right enshrined in the Second Amendment predates our own Constitution, and does not need an international stamp of approval.

But the preamble aside, the scope of the treaty is what’s most damaging. Though negotiations will continue for another year, some provisions are certain to be contained in the final draft.

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Another Tesla Autopilot Malfunctions, Killing One Woman and Injuring Pedestrian Reader 04/29/2019 (Mon) 00:05:54 Id: a714e3 [Preview] No.14594 del
A woman is dead after a Tesla blew through a stop sign in South Florida last week, according to the Miami Herald. The crash happened at 9:30 PM on a narrow two lane highway that leads from Florida City to Key Largo. The accident also seriously injured a man standing next to the woman who died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

22-year-old Benavides Leon Naibel died after the impact of the crash threw her about 20 feet into the woods at the intersection. 27-year-old Angulo Dillion, who was with her, is in serious condition. A Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy was the first to find them.

The photo below shows what we believe to be the intersection in question, as described by the article. Note that the double yellow lines appear to continue beyond the stop sign, which is slightly recessed from the road.

Also in the hospital is 42 year old George McGee, who police say was the Tesla "driver" who made his way through the intersection without stopping at the stop sign, hitting the side of a parked Chevy Tahoe pickup that Dillion and Naibel were standing behind on the east side shoulder of 905. The crash caused the Tahoe to spin violently, killing Naibel and injuring Dillion.

Based on the description in the article, the Tahoe may have been parked across the street, near the yellow "left/right" arrow sign in the above picture. The driver's Tesla Model S finally came to a stop after rolling into some branches, according to the police report.

Charges are pending against the driver who is listed in serious condition.

Sorry Tesla, autopilot is not ready for prime time. While in autopilot mode my model S just sideswiped a postal service vehicle. Busted the passenger side mirror. Thank goodness it wasn’t a kid on a bicycle! https://t.co/9PpoWP4HqP pic.twitter.com/LWCmzNHLm0

— Dan White (@dwhite6851) April 27, 2019


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Reader 04/29/2019 (Mon) 10:35:52 Id: e8aa75 [Preview] No.14597 del
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>“Under my Administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms.
Yeah, but he'll sure surrender American sovereignty to allow foreign Israelis to trample your First Amendment freedoms.

Commie New York Government To Regulate Red Meat, A Violation of Consumers Choice Reader 04/26/2019 (Fri) 14:24:35 Id: e6c207 [Preview] No. 14575 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
New York City's recently-approved "Green New Deal" (not to be confused with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's environmental wish-list) will slash the amount of red meat served in municipally-run facilities by half in order to combat 'climate change' [read: geo-engineering!], according to Breitbart's Josh Caplan.

Excuse me, but isn't capitalism all about consumer choice, supply and demand?

The $14 billion "Green New Deal" will phase out purchases of processed meats in city-run schools, hospitals and correctional facilities by 2040, amid an overall cut in purchases of 50 percent. New York would be the first city in the world to adopt such a policy, and was announced after New York Schools adopted "Meatless Monday" in an effort to encourage the consumption of less meat.

De Blasio (D) said on Monday during the Green New Deal announcement on Monday that he also plans to introduce a bill banning the construction of glass skyscrapers in an effort to reduce citywide greenhouse emissions by 30%.

"We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient," said the Mayor on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' Monday morning.

As part of the Green New Deal, New York will power all of the city's operations with energy generated from clean sources, such as Canadian hydropower. The city is also rolling out the mandatory recycling of organics, congestion traffic pricing, and phasing out city-wide purchases of single-use plastic utensils.

The so-called "Green New Deal" - or Climate Mobilization Act, was passed last Thursday in a 45-2 vote.

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Reader 04/26/2019 (Fri) 16:29:43 Id: bdf956 [Preview] No.14578 del
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So much mileage in these Ferengi memes
"The Rules of Acquisition"
[snivels and wrings hands together]
"Yankee Traders" was what Roddenberry had in mind.
George Washington, actually, fought these "Yankee Traders" himself, passing many laws to prevent these from selling liquor to the Indians. AMERICAN FACT.

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I remember "Yankee Traders" from an early episode. I've recently began watching ST:TNG I remember from my youth. I find myself despising Data as much as I hated Spock. That is not to say Brent Spiner wasn't perfect for the role of a jew-bot trying desperately to be human. As a Vulcan jew doing the same. On another note, that's a silver certificate. They used to be redeemable for silver dollar coins and later 1967-68 for raw silver bullion. Now the currency we currently call the U.S. dollar is obsolete "except as Federal Reserve notes", which would be entirely useless as legal tender if not for speculation. Thank Paul Warburg and Ben Bernanke of the tribe for that. Parasites weaken their host until it dies or fights off the invasion. The body's natural response is Eosinophils, particular white blood cells causing an inflammation reaction at the sites of infection similar to an allergic reaction. Inactive Eosinophils are useless, allowing the intrusion. The only solution to parasitism is an onslaught of these particular white cells. As we should know, the human variant needs to cease war once the parasite is removed.

Reader 04/28/2019 (Sun) 05:11:02 [Preview] No.14589 del
I wonder if meat will be substituted by falafel, hummus, lentil soup and other bean based foods.

The funny thing is most of that meat will probably just end up being exported.

Reader 04/28/2019 (Sun) 16:05:36 Id: da6c83 [Preview] No.14591 del
Well I don't think they're going to ban meat completely, they are just going to have laws discouraging it, such as removing it from schools and hospitals (which will suck if you live in NY and are part of those institutions)... otherwise there will still be meat in the grocery stores, although they might also discourage meat with a huge tax placed on it. So the meat industry will have to find their consumers elsewhere to make up for the loss in profits (and they will find other sources around and/or outside the country).

Reader 04/28/2019 (Sun) 16:36:24 Id: da6c83 [Preview] No.14592 del
Well back in the day, what I was taught in school (note this was decades before all this SJW subversion ever existed) capitalism was supposed to be based on supply and demand. We were told consumers have the choice to purchase what they like, or boycott what they do not want to consume (consumer choice). Private corporations intent was to make profits, but in order to make profits they need consumers to appreciate the products and services the corporation provides. We were told that if a corporation cannot attract enough consumers, they will inevitably go bankrupt, so they wanted to please consumers with quality goods and good service.

That always made sense to me, but I'm sure they teach kids A LOT differently today.

I think the biggest problem is bailouts and subsidy, which when you think about it really seems to encourage waste, corruption, abuse, mismanagement because its basically corporate welfare. I believe the capitalist system has been subverted and corrupted over the years and thus, we tend to have a lot of problems. In other words, governmental and central banking kikery has been a big problem. Not so much the market or consumers, but the Jews that stick their big noses into the market place and corrupt it at these expense of taxpayers (bailouts, unnecessary subsidies, outsourcing, even some regulations that undermine smaller family-run businesses and independent competition) and consider the fact that the stock market is all FRAUD and so are the cooked economic numbers by the government. As far as I'm concerned our current economy is still in the gutter and we never got rid of the recession of 2008. The kikes at the central banks actually increased the fraud with infinite QE.

Family-run closed corporations are likely the least corruptible today because its harder for kikes to interfere with them, or subvert them from within because only a select few are allowed to own shares in the company. Believe it or not, back in the day more than half the corporations were closed corporations and did not sell stocks to investors. Not nearly as many exist today because they've been run out by either technological advances, too many regulations and competition that receives enormous corporate welfare (kikery on display today).

Thousands Of Amazon Alexa Eavesdroppers Can Also Access Users' Home Addresses Reader 04/25/2019 (Thu) 12:59:16 Id: bbcb0f [Preview] No. 14569 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Two weeks after we finally got confirmation what everyone had known for so long, namely that an internal Amazon team numbering in the thousands was secretly listening in to Alexa users’ commands without their prior knowledge, Bloomberg reported that the same team also has access to location data and can easily find a customer’s home address.

Citing five (supposedly former) employees familiar with the program, Bloomberg writes that the covert "Alexa team", which is spread across three continents, and transcribes, annotates and analyzes a portion of the voice recordings picked up by Alexa, "to help Amazon’s digital voice assistant get better at understanding and responding to commands", also has access to Alexa users’ geographic coordinates and can easily type them into third-party mapping software and find home residences, according to the employees (who signed nondisclosure agreements barring them from speaking publicly about the program, which apparently did not prevent them from speaking off the record with Bloomberg).

And while there has yet to be any evidence that Amazon employees have attempted to track down individual users, two members of the Alexa team who seem to have grown a coscience, expressed concern that Amazon which is fast becoming the world's biggest monopoly across virtually every industry, was granting unnecessarily broad access to customer data that would make it easy to identify a device’s owner.

“Anytime someone is collecting where you are, that means it could go to someone else who could find you when you don’t want to be found,” said Lindsey Barrett, a staff attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Communications and Technology Clinic, who noted that location data is more sensitive than many other categories of user information. Widespread access to location data associated with Alexa user recordings “would set up a big red flag for me.”

What is more troubling is that Amazon appears to continue to lie when its spying ways were exposed: in an April 10 statement acknowledging the Alexa auditing program, Amazon said “employees do not have direct access to information that can identify the person or account as part of this workflow.”

Now that that was disproven, Amazon issued a new statement to Bloomberg, saying that “access to internal tools is highly controlled, and is only granted to a limited number of employees who require these tools to train and improve the service by processing an extremely small sample of interactions. Our policies strictly prohibit employee access to or use of customer data for any other reason, and we have a zero tolerance policy for abuse of our systems. We regularly audit employee access to internal tools and limit access whenever and wherever possible.”

Quite a change from "employees do not have access to information that can identify the person" and in less than 2 weeks at that...

What is even more troubling is that Amazon’s Alexa Data Services team, which manages and supervises the countless recordings of human speech and other data that helps train the voice software, numbers in the thousands of employees and contractors, spread across work sites from Boston to Romania and India. And while Amazon does not explicitly identify the user whom it is recording, it also collects location data so Alexa can more accurately answer requests, for example suggesting a local restaurant or giving the weather in nearby Ashland, Oregon, instead of distant Ashland, Michigan.


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Reader 04/25/2019 (Thu) 13:00:37 Id: bbcb0f [Preview] No.14570 del
Why Americans would ever allow and accept this level of privacy invasion is beyond me. These spy devices should be boycotted at the very least, if found smashed with a hammer.

Reader 04/26/2019 (Fri) 03:33:16 Id: becf76 [Preview] No.14574 del
I've solved this issue myself by having absolutely no interest in Alexa. As it stands, "she" is weak A.I. with databanks of false historical knowledge long since narrated with deception by the victors. I avoid television for the same reason. Pointless luxuries.

Reader 04/26/2019 (Fri) 14:27:57 Id: c68e70 [Preview] No.14576 del
I too canceled my cable TV service long ago. However I do have a TV set to watch old re-runs of classic shows [typically from the 50s to 80s eras] and older movies. Thats all I can stand and I only watch those at night before I go to bed.

Reader 04/28/2019 (Sun) 11:46:45 [Preview] No.14590 del
The integrated circuits in those devices that handle the Wifi and Bluetooth also have GPS and FM radio support as well. I haven't found a high-resolution picture of that area, but the board has two integrated antennas etched into the PCB (the circuit board) so maybe they're not used and those antennas are for the 5G Wifi and 2.5G Wifi/Bluetooth.

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‘Shocking turn of events’: Three owners of Winnipeg restaurant charged with faking "anti-Semitic attack" Reader 04/27/2019 (Sat) 09:21:41 Id: eda943 [Preview] No. 14584 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
What was first believed to be a possible anti-Semitic attack against a Jewish-owned cafe turns out to have been staged by the three owners of the Corydon Avenue restaurant, Winnipeg police say. All three owners were arrested and charged with public mischief after investigators determined there was evidence of a crime at BerMax Caffe and Bistro, just not one that was hate-fuelled. “I am hugely disappointed and, frankly, angry that this family has used hate and racism in such a disingenuous way,” Winnipeg police chief Danny Smyth said. “In doing so, they have allowed cynicism to creep into this discussion. Cynicism that trivializes genuine victims of hate. Cynicism that risks reinforcing stereotypes that the Jewish community here locally, and throughout the world, have fought hard to dispel.”

BerMax reported a robbery at their location in the 1800 block of Corydon last Thursday. Police said the place had been trashed, a woman had been sent to hospital and anti-Semitic graffiti had been painted throughout the restaurant. Smyth said he had no indication of a motive on Wednesday. Const. Rob Carver said during a press conference last week that he had never seen a hate crime incident quite like this one. Carver said the restaurant had been targeted before. On Wednesday, Smyth couldn’t say with certainty if the owners carried out those crimes, too, but said there’s a probability they did. Smyth said Wednesday that the injured woman was one of the owners.

“I don’t believe the injuries were significant,” Smyth said. The robbery came on the eve of Passover in the Jewish religion. Elaine Goldstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, said her mouth dropped when she heard of the attack last week. In a prepared statement on Wednesday, the federation said they are alarmed at the alleged incident that police uncovered. “We are shocked and deeply disturbed by today’s news,” the statement read. [Pathetic jew ass kissing quotes omitted] B’nai Brith Canada said they were deeply disturbed by the news they called a “truly shocking turn of events. If the allegations of a fabrication of a hate crime are true, we condemn this in the strongest possible way,” said chief communications and media relations officer, Marty York. “False complaints of antisemitism are both illegal and harm the efforts of human rights organizations to combat racism, discrimination and hatred.”

Investigators poured more than 1,000 hours into the investigation over the holiday weekend as police tried to piece together the puzzle, Smyth said. “We treated this and took it seriously at face value, and I suspect we will do that in the future as well,” Smyth said. “Hence my disappointment that someone would use this type of hate and racism for God knows what purpose here.” Smyth said a combination of video surveillance, forensic evidence and interviews that led investigators to the conclusion they made. Alexander Berent, 56, Oxana Berent, 48, and Maxim Berent, 29, have been released on a promise to appear. They are scheduled to be in court later in May. Documents obtained by the Sun show the owners attempted to sell off the business. It been listed for sale on Oct. 18, 2018 and stayed on the market for 142 days until early March before the listing expired. The documents also show a separate sale listing that ran for 90 days beginning in December 2017.


Reader 04/27/2019 (Sat) 15:41:40 Id: 04ba33 [Preview] No.14585 del
Hasn't this happened before many times with the synagogue vandalism? Typically turns out to be some Jew that vandalizes property and blames it on their political opponents? In that case, not surprised.

Reader 04/27/2019 (Sat) 19:41:41 Id: eda943 [Preview] No.14586 del
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Anti-BDS Law For Violating the First Amendment Reader 04/27/2019 (Sat) 07:52:08 Id: 52ef2d [Preview] No. 14583 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
A federal judge in Texas ruled that a law that prohibits state contractors from boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment. Bahai Amawi, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent, worked as an independent contractor for a school district in Austin, Texas for nine years. Last year, when her contract came up for renewal, it contained a clause that said she wouldn’t boycott Israel. Texas is one of 25 states that have passed laws requiring state agencies to not do business with companies that support the BDS movement—boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. The movement, which is modeled on the South African anti-apartheid movement, rose in response to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the country’s treatment of Palestinians.

When Amawi, who works as a speech pathologist, refused to sign the contract, the school district terminated her services. Amawi filed suit in December 2018 against the Pflugerville Independent School District and Ken Paxton, the Texas Attorney General. While the state of Texas argued that ““[b]oycotting is plainly not speech,” Judge Robert Pittman, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division, begged to differ. Citing a landmark Supreme Court decision, NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., the judge wrote,“The Court went on to hold that the NAACP’s ‘boycott clearly involved constitutionally protected activity,’ and that the State’s ‘broad power to regulate economic activity’ ‘could not justify a complete prohibition against a nonviolent, politically motivated boycott designed to force governmental and economic change’.”

Pittman also addressed the plaintiffs’ challenge to the Texas anti-BDS law on the grounds that it constitutes viewpoint and content discrimination. He sided with the plaintiffs, writing, “It is a content- and viewpoint-based restriction on speech. It is a content-based restriction because it singles out speech about Israel, not any other country. And it is a viewpoint-based restriction because it targets only speech ‘intended to penalize, inflict harm on, or limit commercial relations specifically with Israel, or with a person or entity doing business in Israel or in an Israeli-controlled territory’.”

Finally, citing the 1994 Supreme Court case, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC, which dealt with must-carry requirements imposed on cable television, Pittman wrote: “The statute threatens ‘to suppress unpopular ideas’ and ‘manipulate the public debate through coercion rather than persuasion.’ This the First Amendment does not allow.” This is the third time in the past year that a federal judge has struck down legislation forcing people and companies to sign pro-Israel agreements. A federal judge in Kansas ruled that a state law requiring contractors to sign a no-boycott certification violated free speech, and a federal judge in Arizona ruled that the state couldn’t require companies to sign a pledge saying they weren’t boycotting Israel.


Remember Venezuela? Hypocritical Texas Cuckservatives Pushing For State-run Oil Industry Reader 04/26/2019 (Fri) 22:35:18 Id: 5d284f [Preview] No. 14580 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
The Trump administration continues to oppose a Texas energy bill that would stifle competition, raise prices, and run counter to President Trump’s America First energy policy.

The Texas Senate passed SB 1938 on April 17 unanimously, 31-0, and the legislation will go to the Texas House for consideration.

The legislation would require that non-incumbent energy companies obtain permission from the state before it could offer electricity to Texans. Many scholars and experts, including the Trump administration, worry the legislation would entrench incumbent companies and stifle competition.

The Trump Department of Justice (DOJ) has raised questions about the legislation, contending the bill would “limit competition, thereby potentially raising prices and lowering the quality of service for electricity consumers.”

One former Trump administration official called the legislation the “antithesis” of Trump’s America First energy policy and blamed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for failing to stop the legislation in the Texas Senate.

A former Trump administration official told Breitbart News, “This legislation is the antithesis of President Trump’s free-market oriented America First energy agenda. It’s crony capitalism, pure and simple and Lt. Gov. Patrick should be ashamed of himself for not fighting to put a stop to it in the State Senate.”

The legislation strikes a contrast against President Trump’s America First energy policy, which promotes competition in the energy markets and provides lower energy prices for the average American.

Allen Johnson, president of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), said the legislation would protect “incumbent energy companies at the expense of consumers.”


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Trump's plan is to extend Iran sanctions (plus ending sanction exemption waivers) to China, India and Turkey to drive Iranian oil exports down to zero. On May 2nd is when his administration threatens to sanction any country still importing oil from Iran. In the meantime cooperating with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for oil. Of course these aren't precisely the plans of Trump. They're the plans of his handlers who seek to destabilize Iran, Israelis. In retaliation, Iranian officials will shut down the Strait of Hormuz. It is the vital transit route for nearly a 5th of the world's oil. Doing so would cause oil prices to skyrocket. Even though Iran owns this region, the U.S. military (the Navy's Fifth Fleet) base in Bahrain has vowed to "retaliate militarily". This would not only mean war with Iran, but China as well.

"According to international law, the Strait of Hormuz is a marine passageway and if we are barred from using it, we will shut it down. In case of any threat, we will have not even an iota of doubt to protect and defend the Iranian waters," - Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Navy

Ridiculously, the Trump administration has designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

Mayor in Texas Arrested for Illegal Voting Scheme Reader 04/26/2019 (Fri) 22:36:31 Id: 45b1ae [Preview] No. 14581 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina has been arrested for voter fraud, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday morning.

According to law enforcement, Molina and his wife were involved in an “illegal voting scheme” in the 2017 mayoral election.

Theconservativeopinion.com reports:

Police allege that Molina and his wife “had numerous voters” fraudulently register for the election, which he later won, in what authorities describe as a “vote harvesting scheme.”

BREAKING: Mayor of Edinburg has been arrested for voter fraud.

Voter fraud is an affront to democracy and places the decision-making authority of the Texas electorate in the hands of those who have no right to make those choices. https://t.co/MfeE1i6v81

— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) April 25, 2019

Molina has been accused of ordering voters to illegally change their registration information, with some even claiming to live in an apartment complex he owns, in order to help him win the election.

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New Censorship-resistant Video Platform Rolling Out In June Reader 04/26/2019 (Fri) 22:34:21 Id: 6ebe4d [Preview] No. 14579 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
https://archive.fo/fuIkM (Get Ready For A Youtube Alternative For Conservatives)
https://archive.fo/Sh6wr (New Youtube Platform For Conservatives Announced, Real.Video)
https://archive.fo/Gf9Nr (Youtube Alternative, Real.Video, Ready To Launch Within 60 Days)
https://archive.fo/MYZ5S (Those Who Have Been Banned From Youtube Now Have An Alternative To Post Their Videos)

This is a tech update on Brighteon.com, the YouTube alternative video platform that dares to respect free speech. If you’ve been following Brighteon news, you may already know that the video platform was threatened with being de-platformed by upstream infrastructure providers in the aftermath of the New Zealand mass shooting (which was, of course, engineered to set off a global religious war against Christians as we’ve now seen with the Sri Lanka bombings, but that’s another story altogether).

Because of the extreme censorship threats against Brighteon, we were forced to delete videos that showed footage from the Christchurch shootings. Otherwise, the entire video platform was going to be annihilated and we would have lost the ability to host any videos at all. Even now, some ISPs in Australia and New Zealand have completely banned all videos from Brighteon.

Even as that was happening, we were already well into the R&D effort to rebuild our platform to make it more resistant to censorship threats. I’m happy to report that we are now approaching the completion of that effort, and the rolling out of Brighteon 2.0 is scheduled to take place in early June.

This new infrastructure is already functioning in all the ways necessary for hosting a video site:

Video uploading and transcoding into multiple bitrate renditions
Video storage that’s affordable (our new solution saves us 90% compared to our previous costs)
Video playback across multiple devices and browsers

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Baltimore Mayor Pugh On The Run After FBI Raids Her Offices And Home Over Corruption Reader 04/25/2019 (Thu) 22:55:12 Id: 58dbe2 [Preview] No. 14573 [Reply] [Last 50 Posts]
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) has gone missing after the FBI and IRS raided her home, according to Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ.

Jason Bentley, Pugh's spokesman, told the Associated Press on Thursday that he has no clue where the Mayor is, while her defense attorney, Steve Silverman, routed calls to voicemail.

According to the report, "Pugh was at her home when the raid began, but has since left the state."

Pugh was asked to resign by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan shortly after the raids.

"Today, agents for the FBI and the IRS executed search warrants at the mayor’s homes and offices," said Hogan. "Now, more than ever, Baltimore city needs strong and responsible leadership. Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead. For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign."

Neighbors say they haven't seen her in weeks. Others were devastated at news of the raid.

This is Michelle Hopkins from Park Heights. She is fed up with the headlines at City Hall and, in her words, devastated by the news of today’s FBI raids. #WJZ pic.twitter.com/V1DOJPKj1m

— Devin Bartolotta (@WJZDevin) April 25, 2019

The city is now into the fourth week of Pugh on indefinite leave and silence is surrounding Baltimore’s top offices. Pugh’s aides have gone silent on status updates, declining to comment on her health this week- as questions linger on when, or if, she plans to return to work.

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