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New FBI Text Messages Prove Obama Lied About Trump-Russia Probe, FBI Official Overseeing Russian Investigation Quits
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Trump And Putin Meet In Finland, Discuss Challenges Around The Globe
Donald Trump has described historic talks with Vladimir Putin today as 'a very good start' and 'deeply productive' as the pair looked to rebuild ties between the US and Russia.
The US President said he hoped for an 'extraordinary relationship' with Moscow before leaning across to shake hands with the Russian leader as the pair sat side-by-side ahead of their summit at the Finnish Presidential Palace in Helsinki.
In his opening remarks, Trump praised Russia's hosting of the World Cup, but admitted the two countries have not been getting along for the past two years.
A sombre-looking Putin, who struck a casual pose during Trump's remarks and slouched in his chair with his legs wide and eyes low, added: 'The time has come to talk in a substantive way.'
Trump, who was seen shooting a wink at his counterpart, looked determinedly at the Russian President as the pair shook hands while Putin seemed to be clinging to his chair for support.
After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin. Trump did not respond while Putin appeared to smirk.
After more than two hours of one-on-one discussions with only translators present, Trump called the meeting 'a good start, a very good start for everybody'. He admitted that the relationship between the two countries 'has never been worse' - before adding 'but that changed as of about four hours ago'.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, meanwhile, called the talks 'very successful'. He said the Cold War was over and that the US and Russia needed to solve problems together adding that Moscow was ready for intelligence cooperation with America on terrorism and cyber threats.
In his opening remarks, Trump said: 'Most importantly we have a lot of good things to talk about ... we have discussions on everything from trade to military, to missiles, to nuclear, to China, we'll be talking a little bit about China – our mutual friend President Xi.
'I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that frankly we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years.
'I've been here not too long but it is getting close to two years, but I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. I've been saying, and I'm sure you've heard, over the years... that getting along with Russia is a good thing not a bad thing.
'I really think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers. We have 90% of the nuclear – and that's not a good thing it's a bad thing. I think we can hopefully do something about that because it is not a positive force it is a negative force so we'll be talking about that among other things.
He concluded his remarks by saying that he was looking forward to their private talks.
'We all have a lot of questions and hopefully, we will come up with answers most importantly. It is great to be with you,' he said.
Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact by phone and meeting at international events but 'the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various international problems and sensitive issues.' He added, speaking through a translator: 'There are quite a few of them for us to pay attention to.'
Monday's meeting was closely watched on both sides of the Atlantic, coming days after the U.S. Justice Department indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in hacking Democratic entities during the 2016 presidential campaign.
It comes hours after Trump blamed the United States for a low-point in US-Russia relations.
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Good! EU Slaps Google With $5 Billion Antitrust Fine Over Android App Monopoly
European Union regulators have slapped Alphabet-owned Google with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, which is by far the most popular smartphone OS in the world.
Google said in a statement that it would appeal the ruling, arguing against the EU's view that its software is restrictive of fair competition.
European officials say Google's parent company has unfairly favored its own services by forcing smartphone makers to pre-install Google apps Chrome and Search in a bundle with its app store, Play. It also said Google violated competition rules by paying phone makers to exclusively pre-install Google search on their devices and preventing them from selling phones that run other modified, or "forked," versions of Android.
The European Commission, the EU's executive body, ordered the company to put an end to illegal conduct within 90 days, or else face additional charges of up to 5 percent of Alphabet's average daily worldwide revenue. The EU fine is the largest ever issued to Google, which last year was served with a $2.7 billion penalty for favoring its shopping service over competitors.
In its decision, the EU pointed to Apple, Google's fiercest competitor in the smartphone market, saying the smartphone maker did "not sufficiently constrain" Google. Apple also pre-installs a number of apps on its iPhone models.
The ruling was issued to protect European consumers, EU Commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager told CNBC. “They have products that we all like and like to use,” she said. “The only thing we don’t like is when they get to misuse their success and put in place illegal restrictions.”
Following the fine, "the thing that Google has to do now is, of course, to stop,” Vestager said.
In a blog post, Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, wrote that the commission ignored "the fact that Android phones compete with iOS phones," adding that the decision did not consider the choice Android offers to phone makers, mobile network operators, app developers and consumers.https://web.archive.org/web/20180718170436/https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/eu-hits-alphabet-google-with-android-antitrust-fine.html
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China Plans Launch Of Blackwater-Style Agency For Offshore Security
Since formally launching in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been riddled with multiple unforeseen problems of a magnitude equaling the hugely ambitious infrastructural project spanning a continent and affecting 4.4 billion people, which will involve a total investment from Beijing that could surpass a trillion dollars.
Foremost among those problems has been security as China has brokered multi-billion dollar projects in less than stable political environments ranging from Pakistan to Iran to East Africa, and even includes plans for war-ravaged Afghanistan, South Sudan and Yemen, as key points along the 'new silk road'.
A new investigative report in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reveals that while China's some 5,000 mostly ill-trained private security firms (only six of which are certified to operate overseas) struggle to keep up with the demand for experienced professionals that comes with the now nearly one million Chinese workers deployed to major BRI projects abroad, multinational firms such as Erik Prince's expanding Frontier Services Group (FSG) as well as Chinese state security services themselves are filling the gap.
This as Chinese companies have increasingly found themselves vastly under-budgeted for security while operating tense political landscapes.
For example, the South China Morning Post notes that "Since 2014, at least 44 Chinese nationals have been killed in Pakistan, despite Islamabad deploying thousands of military personnel to protect Chinese workers on energy and infrastructure projects in the country." And this included instances of Islamic terrorism in a historically restive Balochistan province: "Two of the dead were Chinese language teachers killed by Islamic State in Pakistani city of Quetta, the heart of the US$50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor."
Perhaps most worrisome about the new report concerns the prospect of rapid Chinese military and intelligence expansion under the guise of linking east Asia with Europe in the 'new silk road' trade corridor. According to the SCMP:
Beijing is exploring the possibility of establishing a security agency to coordinate security for Chinese enterprises abroad. According to several independent sources, if the plan goes ahead, the Ministry of State Security would be responsible for collecting intelligence and providing non-traditional security support to the new agency.
This would mean greater Chinese state security inroads while providing "intelligence and providing non-traditional security support" into the some 68 countries that are signatories to the Belt and Road Initiative.
The SCMP report confirms this is not merely a "possibility" being explored further, but is already becoming a reality as “[Officials from] the ministries of public security, state security, foreign affairs and commerce are working together to come up with details [on how to run the] new security agency, which will play a leading role in coordinating Chinese security firms’ operations in host countries,” one source told the SCMP.https://archive.fo/m6g5thttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-17/china-plans-launch-blackwater-style-security-agency-offshore-security
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New San Francisco Mayor Stunned: “There’s Literally Human Shit Everywhere!”
WELCOME TO LIBERAL UTOPIA!
The new Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, is disgusted and appalled at the third-world conditions resulting from decades of Democratic policies that have left the streets covered in human excrement.
In an interview with NBC Bay Area, Breed admitted that the streets were littered with “human shit” and warned it poses significant health risk to the public.
Zerohedge.com reports: https://archive.fo/zkF96
“I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” Breed said. “That is a huge problem and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans.”
Unfortunately, her solution is to simply ask the city’s estimated 7,500 vagrants to kindly stop with all the street-squatting and clean up after themselves. Considering that 39% of homeless surveyed in San Francisco’s “homeless census” claim to have mental health issues, we’re not entirely sure how this policy will work.
When pressed about whether her plan calls for harsher penalties against those who litter or defecate on city streets, Breed said “I didn’t express anything about a penalty.” Instead, the mayor said she has encouraged nonprofits “to talk to their clients, who, unfortunately, were mostly responsible for the conditions of our streets.” –NBC Bay Area
“I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood,” Breed told NBC, referencing her conversations with nonprofit groups aimed at serving the homeless.
San Francisco’s “huge problem” isn’t restricted to poo either – the city is full of drug addicts who are more or less allowed to just do their thing. On Friday, two days after Breed was sworn into office, she went on a jaunt around the city in an afternoon stroll, where a guy was literally prepping to shoot up as she walked past.https://archive.fo/KFFERhttps://yournewswire.com/san-francisco-mayor-human-shit-everywhere/
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US 'Super Spy' Program May Explain Mysterious Diplomat Brain Injuries
Over the past two years there have been increasing reports of supposed “sonic injuries” among US diplomats. First in Cuba and more recently in China. Controversial implications are that the US officials may have been maliciously targeted by a “sonic weapon” in host countries. However, a more likely explanation is that the alleged victims are the result of US attempts to create “super spies.”
The number of American diplomats reportedly suffering from suspected “sonic injuries” is increasing, with 11 officials evacuated earlier this month from China. Initially, the mysterious incident was reported at just one US consular location in the city of Guangzhou. Now the suspicion of brain injuries has spread to American diplomats stationed in Beijing and Shanghai.
Some 250 US diplomats in China are reportedly undergoing neurological medical tests to ascertain if they have succumbed to the same kind of brain trauma diagnosed in other colleagues. A study of 21 diplomats evacuated from Cuba found last year that they had incurred brain injuries, but, it was diagnosed, not from physical impact to their heads.
Typically, the symptoms reported include cognitive impairment, visual impairment, hearing of strange sounds, dizziness and sleeplessness.
US doctors have so far been confounded by what may have caused the apparent injuries. Last week, the State Department said that ongoing investigations had not established a causal link to the cited medical problems among diplomats.
However, previously President Donald Trump had explicitly blamed Cuba for being responsible for the reported injuries to diplomatic staff. Trump’s accusation has no evidential foundation. The Cuban government denied having any involvement in presumed sonic attacks on American envoys. It has offered to assist any US investigation. Nevertheless, the evacuation of US staff from Cuba and Trump’s accusations have set back the recent detente in relations between the two Cold War foes which former President Obama had embarked on.
With regard to China, the US has been more circumspect in dealing with the reported cases of apparent sonic injuries, refraining from accusing Beijing of malicious activity. China has previously dismissed any suspicion of sonic attacks as “inconceivable”. Beijing has also hit out the US State Department issuing “health warnings” to its staff in China because such notifications convey an implication of wrongdoing by the host country.
In the context of Trump’s escalating trade war with China, there is the danger that reported cases of injury among diplomats could be politicized by Washington, thus adding to the already acrimonious relations.
Some factors so far missing from the subject need to be addressed.
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MGM Resorts International Sues VICTIMS Of False Flag Shooting In Las Vegas
MGM Resorts International claimed in a new lawsuit that it has no liability in any of the injuries or deaths in the October mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, argued that its security vendor took all necessary precautions, approved by the Department of Homeland Security, for “protecting against and responding to acts of mass injury and destruction,” according to the suit acquired by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.MGM sued more than 1,000 victims of the shooting.
“I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” attorney Robert Eglet, who represented some of the victims, told the Review-Journal, accusing MGM of “judge-shopping” in federal court, rather than state court where he believes any lawsuits should be filed. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”http://archive.is/cmu8Rhttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mgm-resorts-international-sues-more-than-1000-victims-from-las-vegas-mass-shooting-denying-any-liability/ar-AAAbjsV
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Britain's National Health Service Is A Total Insolvent Disaster Today, Citizens Routinely Get Denied Care
Our National Health Service just turned 70! According to a recent article in The Guardian by Polly Toynbee , The NHS is our religion in the UK and that's why the conservative government can't destroy it. Of course, the Conservative government have never actually tried to destroy the NHS. They haven’t even reduced the amount spent on the NHS. They haven’t even halted increases in healthcare spending. The only thing they have done is reduced the rate at which spending is going to continue to increase.
Before the National Health Service was created in Great Britain our nation was a world-leader with an unrivalled record in making major medical breakthroughs. People came from all over the globe to study medicine, and to be treated in the UK. Dr. John Snow proved that the source of cholera epidemics was the water supply in London. Edward Jenner pioneered a vaccine for smallpox in rural England, and Sir Almroth Wright one for typhoid. Sir Humphrey Davy, also a Briton, first suggested the use of nitrous oxide as an anaesthetic in 1800. Sir Joseph Lister pioneered the use of antiseptics in operations in 1865 using impure carbolic acid, saving countless people dying from infections after surgery. Alexander Flemming, the Scottish physician discovered Penicillin in one of the charitable hospitals in London in 1928. Howard Florey and Ernst Chain, brought it to fruition working in a laboratory in Oxford in 1941. Britain had established the best record in the world for achieving major medical advances and had just developed the landmark drug of the 20th century, as well as playing a leading role in 5 out of the 7 leading medical breakthroughs between 1750 and 1948 when the NHS was established. Britain is no longer a leader in medical advances. Despite its costliness, nepotism, and other flaws, America’s private system has taken the lead.
Britain has less of the latest equipment and the old equipment is often being kept beyond the time when it is safe. If a private company was using out of date intensive care machines and x-ray machines, obsolete cancer care equipment, and operating tables over twenty years old – double their safe life span – the champions of the NHS would no doubt be clamouring for more government oversight and regulation. When government agencies are culpable, they are more or less given a pass on public outrage because they are perceived to be acting in the public interest rather than for profit.
In the UK we cannot compete with cancer survival rates in the US. A 2011 report demonstrated that the average cancer survival rate was 71.18% in the USA as compared to 54.48% in England. Our healthcare may be free at the point of service, but fewer of us survive it. [Note that its not really "free" because you pay for this via TAXES!] It is costly in terms of lives. In fact, the BBC recently ran an article that reported “patients ‘dying in hospital corridors’.” In one month 300,000 patients were made to wait in emergency rooms for more than four hours before being seen, with thousands more suffering long waits in ambulances before even being allowed into the emergency room.
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Good! After Nationists Won Austria Election, Govt Has Deported 6,000 Migrants So Far This Year
The world’s youngest leader, Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has become the first to deport a staggering 6,096 in the last 7 months.
Statistics shows that Kurz has made history by deporting the largest volume of immigrants than any other world leader before him.
Österreichische Tageszeitung reports: https://archive.fo/VVEqG
6,096 foreigners were taken out of the country in the first half of the year.
2,106 were forcibly deported – that is a year-on-year increase of 38%.
2,582 voluntarily left – that’s 4% more.
All in all, 4,688 people had to leave – 17% more than in 2017.
The rigorous deportations are a result of the new asylum policy of Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the Freedom Party (FPÖ), since his announcement that he wanted to create a “completely new asylum policy”.
Kickl is satisfied: “The significantly increased numbers of deportations show that, unfortunately in too many cases, the rejected asylum seekers are not cooperative “.https://archive.fo/xHyQBhttps://yournewswire.com/worlds-youngest-leader-deported-6000-migrants/
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American Institutions Are Failing
Our institutional failure reminds me of the phantom legions of Rome's final days.
The mainstream media and its well-paid army of "authorities" / pundits would have us believe the decline in our collective trust in our institutions is the result of fake news, i.e. false narratives and data presented as factual.
If only we could rid ourselves of fake news, all would be well, as our institutions are working just fine.
This mainstream narrative is itself false: our institutions are failing, and the cause isn't fake news or Russian hacking--the cause is insider plundering and collusion, aided and abetted by a decline in transparency and accountability and the institutionalization of incompetence.
In other words, the citizenry's trust in institutions is declining because the failure of institutions is undeniably the fabric of everyday life in America.
When was the last time you heard the top management of a university system take responsibility for the unprecedented rise in the cost of tuition and textbooks? The short answer is "never." The insiders benefiting from the higher-education cartel's relentless exploitation of students and their families act as if the soaring costs are akin to cosmic radiation, a force of nature that they are powerless to control.
The same can be said of every other cartel plundering the nation: healthcare (i.e. sickcare, because profits swell from managing chronic illness, not from advancing health); the Big Pharma cartel; the military-industrial complex; banking; student loans; the governance-lobbying cartels; the war-on-drugs gulag, the FBI and so on in an endless profusion of insiders whose self-serving plunder and gross incompetence rarely generates consequences (such as being fired or indicted) due to an absence of accountability and transparency.
Incompetence has been institutionalized, and is now the accepted norm. Schools fail, municipal agencies fail, oversight agencies fail, state agencies fail, and the public feels powerless to effect any systemic change.
Changing the elected officials who are the citizens' representatives does nothing to rid the system of incompetence or enforce accountability and transparency; the insider elites have wired the system to avoid responsibility and maintain their institutionalized skims regardless of who is in elected office.
Budgets never decline, they only expand. The system is organized to punish frugality and reward incompetence, sweetheart contracts, overtime, and ever higher public spending.
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Mountains Of Trash Piling Up On US Shores After China Stops Importing Our Garbage
(China Bans US Plastic Garbage Exports)
Mountains of trash have been collecting at US recycling facilities shores after China stopped accepting "contaminated" materials from facilities across the country.
Last year, China accounted for over half of the scrap metal purchases exported by the United States, while for decades they have been buying up US recycling by the ship-full after US sorting facilities bale up paper, cardboard or plastics to be crushed and transformed into raw materials for industrial purposes.
Since 1992, China and Hong Kong have taken in approximately 72% of global plastic waste according to a study in the journal Science Advances. Since January, however, Beijing stopped accepting most paper and plastic waste in accordance with new environmental policies.
What they do still accept - cardboard and metal, now has an extremely low contamination threshold of just 0.5% - a level far too low for current US recycling technology to handle.
Making matters worse is that US waste handlers believe that China is on track to close its doors to all recycled materials by 2020, just 17 months from now - an impossibly short deadline.
"There is no single and frankly, probably not even a group of countries, that can take in the volume that China used to take," warns Adina Renee Adler of the Washington-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. -Yahoo
China's sudden policy shift has sent the US waste industry into a panic. In Elkridge, Maryland for example, a Waste Management facility now has a pile of effectively worthless mixed paper and plastics on their hands - while paying subcontractors to haul it away.
Other US recycling plants are simply sending mixed recycling straight into landfills.
"Nobody wants to say it out loud, because nobody likes the fact that they're having to do it," said Bill Caesar, CEO of Houston waste company WCA.
Waste Management and Republic Services, another industry heavyweight, have admitted doing it under limited circumstances, while some small towns, particularly in Florida, have simply stopped collecting recyclable waste.
Other scrap importer countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam or India are incapable of absorbing the tens of millions of tons that China had previously taken.
And few American industries possess the ability to treat the waste. - Yahoohttps://archive.fo/Mzuxmhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-12/mountains-trash-piling-us-shores-after-china-stops-taking-it
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Russia Rejects Israeli Demand To Keep Iranian Advisors Away from Golan Heights
Russia has reportedly rejected an Israeli demand to keep Iranian military advisors away from the occupied Golan Heights.
Israel's Ynetnews website reported on Friday that Moscow had so far turned down the Israeli request to remove Iranian advisors to within 80 kilometers from Golan.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.
The Israeli premier said Tel Aviv "won’t take action against" the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and urged Moscow to "get the Iranians out,” Reuters quoted Netanyahu as telling Putin in the meeting.
Separately, Israeli minister of military affairs threatened to act against what he called "Iranian entrenchment in Syria".
“Regarding a retreat to 40 kilometers or 80 kilometers, it doesn’t matter…the moment we see Iranian presence, we take action, and that is how it will continue,” Avigdor Lieberman said.
However, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, stressed that Iran would not leave Syria in the face of US threats.
"We will only leave this country when Syrian officials tell Iran that they no longer need our military advice," he said in an address to the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow.
Over the past few weeks, Syrian forces have been making sweeping gains against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists in Syria's southern Dara'a Province which lies adjacent to the Golan Heights.
Dara’a’s return to the Syrian government control would cut the much-reported collaboration between anti-Damascus militants and Israel which has beefed up its military presence in Golan in recent days.
Meanwhile, the media have quoted a Russian presidential aide as saying that Syria would dominate the July 16 talks between Putin and his American counterpart, Donald Trump, in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
"There are very many [issues] in the context of Syria, and if we mention regional conflicts, as I personally see it, Syria will be a focus of the talks between Putin and Trump," Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying on Friday.https://archive.fo/jueg5https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/07/14/568080/Iran-Israel-Syria-Golan-Heights
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De-Dollarization Continues As Chinese Refiner Replaces US Imports With Iranian Crude
An independent Chinese refiner has suspended crude oil purchases from the United States and has now turned to Iran as one of its sources of crude, media reports cited an official from the refiner, Dongming Petrochemical Group, as saying.
The source said Beijing is planning to slap tariffs on US crude oil imports and replace them with West African and Middle Eastern crude, including crude from Iran, Oil Price reported. China has already said that it will not comply with US sanctions against Iran and it seems to be the only country for now in a position to do this.
US crude oil exports to China reached 400,000 barrels per day at the beginning of this month, but now Beijing is planning to impose a 25% tariff on these as part of its retaliation for Trump’s latest round of tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. The retaliation began with tariffs on 545 US goods worth another $34 billion, but Reuters reports that oil tariffs will be announced at a later date.
Energy analysts seem to believe that these oil tariffs are more or less a certainty, and now expect a reshuffle of crude oil imports to Asia. With China turning to Iran for its crude, US oil could start flowing in greater amounts to another leading importer in the region, South Korea.
“If China retaliates with tariffs on US crude, that could improve South Korea’s terms of buying US crude ... because the US would need a market to sell to,” an analyst from the Korea Energy Economic Institute said.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s Embassy in Iran this weekend rejected media reports that the country had suspended oil purchases from Iran under pressure from the United States.
The US has pressed South Korea and some other nations to cut down its purchase of Iranian oil to zero or face so-called secondary sanctions. The deadline is Nov. 4 when the 180-day grace period ends.
In May, the US announced its exit from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, formally dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and plans to reinstate harsh sanctions on the OPEC member.
The country is the third-biggest buyer of Iranian crude in Asia, buying Iranian crude at an average daily rate of almost 300,000 barrels since March this year.https://archive.fo/oIIFehttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-15/de-dollarization-chinese-refiner-replaces-us-imports-iranian-crude
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Russia Plans $50 Billion Investment In Iran's Oil, Gas Industry
Russia is getting ready to invest US$50 billion in Iran’s oil and gas industry as the two countries continue to seek closer ties, just as the United States is looking to cut as much Iranian crude oil exports from the market as possible.
“Russia is ready to invest $50bn in Iran’s oil and gas sectors,” according to Ali Akbar Velayati, Senior Adviser for International Affairs of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, as carried by the Financial Times.
Velayati was on a visit to Moscow that included a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Military and technical co-operation with Russia is of major importance to Iran,” FT quoted Velayati as saying.
“The discussion focused on Russian-Iranian cooperation issues as well as the situation in the region, including developments in Syria. The parties reaffirmed their commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s Nuclear Deal (JCPOA),” the Kremlin said in a brief statement on the meeting on Thursday.
According to the Iranian official, a Russian oil company has signed an agreement with Iran worth US$4 billion, and that deal “will be implemented soon.”
Russian energy giants Rosneft and Gazprom have also started talks with the oil ministry of Iran to potentially sign deals worth up to US$10 billion, the Iranian adviser said, while a Russian government official confirmed to FT Russia’s US$50-billion investment plans.
Earlier this year, a local Iranian company, Dana Energy, in a consortium led by Russia’s Zarubezhneft, signed an agreement with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to redevelop the Aban and West Paydar oilfields, with total capex estimated at around US$740 million.
Separately, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday that Russia was studying all legal implications for a possible deal with Iran under which Moscow would provide goods to Tehran in exchange for oil. Such a deal is still possible, Novak said.https://archive.fo/E9Jquhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-15/russia-plans-50-billion-investment-irans-oil-gas-industry
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Good! Feds Disrupt Multiple Human Traffickers in El Paso-Juárez Metro Border Area
Federal agents teamed up in the El Paso-Juárez Metropolitan Border Area to disrupt cartel-connected human smuggling operations throughout the month of June. The operation led to the arrests of human smugglers, 117 illegal aliens, and the seizure of cash, vehicles, and drugs.
Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents and Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST) carried out numerous operations against human smugglers in the El Paso-Juárez Metropolitan Border Area in a month-long effort to crack down on human smuggling. The BEST agents raided multiple human smuggling stash houses and arrested two U.S. citizens for human smuggling activities, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to vigorously pursue members of transnational criminal networks that exploit and endanger people they smuggle into our country,” Jack P. Staton, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso, said in a written statement. “These smugglers are driven by human greed and heartlessness. HSI will continue to work with our law enforcement partners, such as Border Patrol, to maintain the integrity of our border and nation’s immigration laws.”
During the operation, agents arrested 42-year-old Elias Serrano and 25-year-old Jesus Briseno, both U.S. citizens, on charges of human smuggling officials reported. Serrano has previous convictions for aggravated stalking, kidnapping, possessing a deadly weapon, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Briseno also has a criminal history that includes convictions for escape from custody, possession of marijuana, assault causing bodily injury to a family member, and driving while intoxicated, officials said.
BEST agents arrested 117 illegal aliens during the month-long operation. Some of those arrested included aliens with criminal histories, connection to Mexican drug cartels, fraud, child endangerment, driving while intoxicated, and illegally re-entering the U.S. following removal.
The illegal aliens arrested in three stash house raids reportedly came to the U.S. from Mexico (93), Guatemala (12), Honduras (6), Brazil (3), and Peru (1), officials reported.
“This is a great example of the dedication and cooperation amongst area law enforcement agencies working towards the shared goals of securing our borders, protecting our local communities and our nation,” El Paso Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem concluded.https://archive.fo/nQsimhttps://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/07/14/feds-disrupt-multiple-human-smuggling-ops-in-el-paso-juarez-metro-border-area/
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Dianne Feinstein Loses California Democratic Party Endorsement To Grassroots Commie
The wave of far-left and socialist candidates triumphing over long-serving establishment figures continued Saturday night as former California state senate leader Kevin de Leon defeated Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the endorsement of the state Democratic Party, according to the Los Angeles Times. By winning, De Leon joins Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a handful of other left-wing candidates, many of whom were endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, in a wave of victories that are pushing the Democrats further and further left ahead of the 2018 midterms.
Ocasio-Cortez, a Latina "girl from the Bronx" (who spent most of her childhood in wealthy Westchester County), defeated longtime Queens Rep. Joe Crowley during a Democratic primary last month. Crowley, the chairman of the Congressional Democratic Caucus, was reportedly a contender to succeed Nancy Pelosi in the party leadership.
Roughly 65% of the 330 state party executive board members voted for de Leon, a lawmaker from Los Angeles. Feinstein, who had pushed the party leaders meeting in Oakland this weekend not to endorse any candidate after realizing that the party was drifting toward her opponent, received a meager 7% of the vote, while 28% voted for "no endorsement."
While the endorsement is certainly an important victory for de Leon, it's unclear whether it will have a major impact on the general election, according to the LAT.
Feinstein destroyed De León in the June primary, winning every county and finishing in first place with 44% of the vote, a clear plurality. De León finished far behind, with just 12%. But that was enough to qualify him for a spot on the ballot in the November election under the state’s top-two primary system. And the party endorsement will allow de Leon to receive potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money, as well as organizing assistance from the state party.
"We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century," De León said in a statement shortly after the endorsement was announced.
Party members who voted for de Leon over Feinstein said they wanted to "send a message" - even though he has little chance of winning in November.
Lynne Standard-Nightengale, a member of the Amador County Democratic Central Committee, said she supported De León even though she realizes he has almost no chance of beating Feinstein. She said she wanted to send a message.
"I just think we need a younger, progressive person there," she said. "The Democratic Party in California has moved to the left, and he personifies those values."
De León had some inherent advantages with the California Democratic leaders who decided the endorsement. He’s been a fixture at state party conventions and has spearheaded legislation in a Democratic-dominated state legislature. Feinstein, who spends much of her time in Washington, has had a distant relationship with party activists for years.
"Kevin, by nature of his job, is visible and active here at home," said state Party Chairman Eric Bauman said.
Per the Mercury News, Feinstein has a history of losing during state party nominating conventions.https://archive.fo/KFmwOhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-15/dianne-feinstein-loses-california-democratic-party-endorsement-upstart-progressive
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Comical: Lefty Britcucked Media Rages In Tantrum Over Trump Breaking Traditional Rules When Meeting The Queen
Trump breaks protocol during Royal visit up to THREE times as he keeps Queen waiting 12 minutes, fails to bow and walks in front of her… causing her to shoo him out the way.
Trump repeatedly breached royal protocol during his meeting with the Queen
The president left the 92-year-old monarch waiting for between 12 and 15 in the 80 degree F heat when he was late for their meeting on Friday.
The American leader then broke with tradition by refusing to bow to the Queen, instead greeting her with a handshake. First lady Melania also proffered a handshake over a curtsy.
The president's biggest faux pas came when he was invited to join the Queen to inspect the guard of honor, Trump turned his back on the monarch and marched ahead of her as they walked past the troops - in what was a "serious breach of protocol."
The gaffes were quickly picked up on social media, where he was slammed for being 'rude' and 'disrespectful.'http://archive.is/CA9FNhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5952671/Trump-breaks-protocol-Royal-visit-twice-failing-bow-walking-Queen.html
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Russian Government Drafting Policy To Block Access To Online P2P Software
P2P Software Backups: >>>/endtimes/39
Russia's State Duma has adopted a draft law that aims to tackle software applications through which pirated content is distributed. The proposals foresee the owner or operator of an application being warned that infringement is taking place while giving them time to remove the offending content. Failure to do so will result in the software application being blocked by ISPs.
At the turn of the century, most online piracy was carried out using software applications. With their inbuilt search features, tools such as KaZaA and eDonkey were all the rage.
With the advent of BitTorrent, however, a dual approach was required. While the file transfers themselves still took place in torrent clients, the .torrent files (which contain instructions on where to obtain content) had to be downloaded from indexing sites such as The Pirate Bay.
These days that same system is still used by millions but pure web-based streaming platforms are also extremely popular. Alongside, there’s also a huge selection of software applications, many of them designed for mobile devices, that either utilize existing web resources or have their own infrastructure to supply content.
Thus far, tackling these tools hasn’t proven easy. Kodi-based tools, Popcorn Time, Terrarium TV, Showbox and many other platforms are still going great guns, despite several efforts to bring them down. Over in Russia, however, the authorities believe that new legislation will bring about the desired result.
This week the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, adopted in the first reading a draft law that will give authorities power to prohibit access to software applications through which pirated content is being distributed.
The draft is an amendment to anti-piracy legislation which currently refers to potentially infringing sites as “information resources”. The draft introduces the term “software application” which could refer to desktop software but is mainly directed at apps running on mobile devices including phones, tablets or set-top box variants.
The current draft envisions rightsholders filing complaints with telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor when copyright-infringing content is being made available through a particular piece of software. It’s then for Roscomnadzor to identify the owner of the software application and instruct him to remove the content in question. If that fails to take place, local ISPs will be ordered to render the software inaccessible.
While blocking regular websites isn’t particularly difficult, software applications present a much more challenging scenario, not least since they can be downloaded from thousands of websites and can change hands in seconds. They also tend to rely on several underlying systems, each with their own ranges of IP addresses that may, or may not, be exclusively used for illegal purposes.
All this means that the government is gearing up for what is likely to be a complex battle to block pirate applications. Only adding to the problems is the existence of applications that can be used to share copyrighted content but aren’t necessarily designed for that purpose. How these will be tackled will remain to be seen.
Ultimately the authorities understand how difficult and resource intensive this will be. Already there are calls for existing budgets to be boosted to accommodate the plans but currently, the draft contains no such guarantees.https://archive.fo/jZJkBhttps://torrentfreak.com/russia-adopts-draft-to-prohibit-piracy-enabling-software-180713/
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Good! Civil Liberty Groups Sue Commifornia Over Flawed, Unconstitutional Gun Laws
Four gun-rights groups sued the state of California on Wednesday over the failed implementation of an online registration system they claim has left certain gun owners unable to comply with the state's new assault weapons restrictions through no fault of their own.
The Second Amendment Foundation, the Calguns Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and the Firearms Policy Foundation filed suit alongside three California citizens against the California Department of Justice and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. They claim that California's online gun registration system, the California Firearms Application Reporting System, has not worked properly since its inception and did not work at all in the lead up to the registration deadline set for certain rifles. Further, they claim that the state was aware of the problems with the system.
"We're suing because California DOJ’s Firearms Application Reporting System (CFARS) broke down during the deadline week for people to register their firearms in accordance with new state laws," Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation founder, said. "For a whole week the system was largely inaccessible. People who wanted to comply with the law simply couldn’t and now they face becoming criminals because they couldn’t do what the law requires."
"It’s like a bad version of Catch-22," Gottlieb said. "The government required registration by the deadline, but the online registration failed, and people couldn’t register. They’re required to obey the law, but the system broke down, making it impossible to obey the law. Now these people face the possibility of being prosecuted. We simply cannot abide that kind of incompetence."
The plaintiffs said hundreds of thousands of gun owners could be affected by the registry failure and potentially turned into criminals. They are asking that Californians be allowed to register their eligible firearms without being held responsible for missing the deadline due to the registry malfunctions.
"Many people, including our clients, did everything they could to comply with the law and avoid criminal liability," George Lee, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said. "They used updated web browsers, hardware, different devices, and even did internet speed tests to make sure it wasn’t a problem on their end. The DOJ’s crashed system is a reflection of their cascading failures to build a system and allow people to register their guns before July 1 if that’s what they wanted to do."
"Attorney General Xavier Becerra seems to care about everything but the Constitution, the rule of law, and law-abiding California gun owners," Brandon Combs, Firearms Policy Coalition president, said. "If Becerra spent as much time doing his job as he does talking about his pet crusades against the federal government, hundreds of thousands of Californians would not be in legal jeopardy right now."https://archive.fo/m7oyEhttp://freebeacon.com/issues/gun-rights-groups-sue-california-over-registration-failures-that-could-result-in-gun-owners-being-locked-up/
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40 Israeli Airstrikes Overnight Kill Palestinians As Hamas Mortars Fire In Southern Israel
Tensions along the Israel-Gaza Strip border escalated dramatically on Saturday with an intense exchange of fire between Palestinian militants and Israeli security forces, including Israeli air force strikes inside Gaza, which reportedly targeted underground tunnels which Israel says are designed to launch attacks.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) cited 31 rockets fired from the Strip overnight to which Israel responded with airstrikes on 40 targets including Hamas' battalion headquarters, in a flare-up of hostilities officials are calling the biggest attack since Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Amazingly, however, no serious casualties were reported on either side, according to Bloomberg.
Hamas, for its part, claimed 15 sites struck within Israel, saying in an official statement the rocket launches were meant to "force the enemy to stop the escalation." Both Hamas officials and Palestinian activists say Israeli security has deliberately targeted civilian protesters along the border fence which has left hundreds dead and wounded, which the United Nations is currently investigating.
In response, Israel claims the civilian protesters are being deliberately used as human shields - including women and children - ordered by Hamas military officials to go to the front lines where they know they could be shot. Since March, Gaza officials have counted over 140 Gazans killed almost 2000 wounded by Israeli live fire.
Israeli military statements further said the significant overnight airstrikes on Hamas positions were in response "to a series of arson attacks as well as assaults on Israeli solders."
There's been a significant uptick in so-called 'kite bombs' and 'arson balloons' since early summer. Israeli authorities have attributed a recent spate of fires ravaging farmlands to the low-tech kites and "arson balloons" which have resulted in over 400 fires burning more than 6,000 acres, according to a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.https://archive.fo/v4ELHNote: presstv.com seems to be down at the moment.
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Congess Sends US Marshals To Arrest Lisa Page For Contempt, Ignoring Subpoena To Testify
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THE END OF PRIVACY IS NEAR IF YOU ALLOW IT: Piezoelectric MEMS Microphones To Be Imbedded In All New Electronics!
Learn Proper OPSEC: >>>/b/17525
If every tree falling in every forest might soon be heard by an internet-connected microphone, what hope is there for our privacy?
Wwhen you’re sitting in a room with an iPhone (spy phones), an Apple Watch (spy watches) and a smart assistant like Amazon Echo or Google Home (spy applainces), you’re surrounded by a dozen microphones. (Newer iPhones have four and the Echo has seven, while the smartwatch has just one, for now.)
Add in the latest smart wireless headphones (bugphones) — Apple’s expected next-generation AirPods (spypods) or competing ones from Bose or Shure — along with talking microwave ovens (spy ovens) and TVs (spy TVs) from Samsung, LG and others, and anyone at home or in an open-plan office could soon be within earshot of hundreds of microphones.
The roadmaps of tech giants and startups alike show how sound is poised to become the first ubiquitous connection between users and the artificial-intelligence hive mind the internet is becoming.
Driving this change are massive volumes of components, originally designed for smartphones and other mobile devices. Cancer grows after all.
For a hundred years, microphones consisted of a relatively large membrane whose vibrations were converted to electrical impulses. But starting in the 1980s, engineers worked out ways to make microphones tiny, bordering on microscopic. Most still have a pocket of air trapped behind a vibrating element, but now they can be carved out of silicon, just like the microchips to which they’re attached. Smartphones, smart speakers and any other gadget that listens for your voice all use these kinds of microphones.
One ongoing challenge for microphones has been physics: The smaller microphones get, the more of them you need to capture a sound, and the more processing of that sound is required.
Startups such as Boston-based Vesper Technologies, Inc. — which has received money from Baidu, Bose and Amazon’s Alexa Fund — are meeting the challenge with even tinier, yet more capable designs built around minuscule flaps of silicon that generate electric current when bent by sound waves. Vesper claims this gives their microphone unique capabilities, like understanding your voice even in windy conditions, and drawing zero power when awaiting a “wake word,” since sound itself generates the power the microphone needs.
We’re moving toward a world in which everything with a plug or battery can respond to a voice command.
Apple’s next AirPods (spypods) could have many of the capabilities that Vesper claims its microphones will enable, such as built-in noise cancellation. (In the past, Apple has used several suppliers for its microphones.) Meanwhile, the CEO of Samsung’s consumer-electronics division recently told The Wall Street Journal that by 2020 his company plans to equip every single device it sells—from TVs to refrigerators—with microphones.
It could be unnerving to be surrounded by listening devices, but the paradox is that as the technology develops, so does our ability to free these gadgets from having to connect to the internet.
Consider the voice-controlled trash can (spy cans) from Simplehuman. Say “Open can” and it opens—and then closes on its own once the user walks away. That’s it.
It’s easy to make fun of a high-tech trash can, especially one that costs $200.
As anyone who lives with multiple virtual assistants can attest, it is tricky to talk to one without inadvertently involving the whole crowd.
Consumers must do everything to stop this from happening and BOYCOTT all these spy products.
Puke peice here: https://archive.fo/u2rcj
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Gold Standard Requirements And Currency Crisis
The United States has three requirements in returning to the Gold Standard. They will be extremely difficult to achieve. They each serve as essential requirements in a criterion. All three are urgently needed. The challenge is formidable for the nation to remain as a leading player in the global economy. The United States stands alone in volume of national debt. Many place the blame on the social net like welfare, Social Security, and other measures. However, the biggest element is clearly the military budget, hardly for defense in the last two decades. As CEO Jack Ma of Alibaba stated so succinctly, the USGovt has spent $25 trillion on the military with nothing to show for it except decayed infra-structure and global animosity for its aggression. A major item in recent years for the deficits has been Medicare, which is full of fraud and waste. Another major item is the raft of pensions like for government service, judicial service, and military service.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GOLD STANDARD
Eliminate the $21 trillion USGovt deficit
Source 10,000 tonnes Gold to support the currency
Re-industrialize to work down $600 billion trade deficit
Back in 2017, US President Trump commissioned a study to verify the status of the US gold reeserves. He and Vice President Pence, who led the study, were shocked to learn that the Fort Knox gold had been stolen. Of course, such a discovery never reaches the national news in broadcast or printed form. Thus the long delay in any conceivable effort to set up the $1 trillion infra-structure program promised during his campaign for office. The gears switched to locating and rescuing the stolen gold, with dirty fingers identified for ex-Presidents Papa Bush and Bill Clinton, along with the Wall Street crowd of criminals led by Robert Rubin. Rumors are ripe that the gold has been recovered, which also never reaches the controlled news networks. The eager await confirmation.
The United States Govt cannot institute and implement a Gold Standard for its toxic USDollar in any practical form whatsoever, without first putting back into balance its trade deficit. The disastrous suicidal trend of outsourcing industry from the US base has resulted in a devastation to the urban centers, to a dilapidation to the infra-structure, to a loss of legitimate income, to a dependence upon debt for continuing the standard of living, and to a sick addiction to asset bubbles. Worse, the result has been an absence of bond investors for USGovt debt auctions, to the point that QE bond purchase program has become a national fixture. The US boasted for 20 years that Japan was a path not to be followed. But the US, true to Jackass forecasts on both counts, ended up with Zero Percent Interest Program and Quantitative Easing. The ZIRP resulted in grotesque asset misallocation. The QE with unsterilized hyper monetary inflation has converted the entire Western financial system into a global imprint of the Zimbabwe case, with reflections of South America.
The United States must embark upon a national emergency program to form at least 20 to 30 thousand new businesses every year within free trade zones in all 50 states. It should be treated as a national survival initiative in order to avoid falling into the Third World. The businesses must be granted tax relief for three to five years at least, with respect to income tax levies and to property tax levies. The emphasis for the new businesses must be in export trade, in order to bring in foreign currency, so as to reduce the gargantuan crippling obstructive $600 billion annual trade deficit. If not executed with success, the consequence will be obscene and broadbased shortages, since anything not nailed down will be subject to export. That means agricultural output will be shipped out, resulting in food shortages.
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Here They Go AGAIN! Mueller Indicts 12 More Russian Officials For 'Hacking DNC, Hillary Campaign'
The DOJ announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. The indictments were announced by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein as part of Mueller's counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The Russians are accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and then releasing stolen emails on the internet in the months before the election. Of course, that probably means that someone at the DOJ has access to the DNC Server which oddly nobody from either the CIA or FBI had asked to see at the time of the hack.
The Russian agents created fictitious online personas during their operation, including the Guccifer 2.0 persona, which was previously believed to be a Romanian hacker, as using cryptocurrencies to pay for various computer equipment, including in the US.
The Russian intelligence officials are also charged with using a third-party (which is not named in the indictment but sounds a lot like Wikileaks) to distribute the information.
"The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways," Rosenstein said. "Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us."
Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the Mueller investigation. That includes four former Trump campaign and White House aides and 13 Russians accused of participating in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to sway American public opinion in the 2016 election.
But most interesting was the admission at the end of the indictment, according to which there is no indication that any American was a knowing participant in this activity, and no indication that these efforts altered the vote count in any way.
Of course, that didn't stop Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from calling on Trump to cancel the summit with Putin, saying that "glad-handing" Putin after the indictments would be "an insult" after they showed that Putin tried to interfere in our elections (except that the indictment clearly states that the vote wasn't impacted in any way).
Rosenstein said he had briefed President Donald Trump on the indictment, which strategically comes just a day before Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin. It is therefore no surprise that the Russian ruble reversed its earlier gains following the announcement.
While the timing of the indictments is certainly curious, Rosenstein insisted when asked by a reporter that the timing is purely 'a coincidence' and not the result of political considerations.https://archive.fo/4qOvhhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-13/watch-live-deputy-ag-rosenstein-makes-mysterious-law-enforcement-announcement
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Good! Italy Cuts Former Lawmakers' Pensions, Reject EU-Canada Trade Deal
Italy's lower house of parliament on Thursday voted in favour of cutting the pensions of many former parliamentarians in a victory for the Five Star Movement (M5S), which has long called for the measure.
The party, which positions itself as anti-establishment and has governed with the nationalist League since June, has criticized the generous parliamentary pensions since it was founded in 2009.
The change is set to go into effect in January next year, according to Chamber of Deputies Speaker Roberto Fico, who announced that it had been given the green light on Thursday afternoon.
Fico said in his first speech in office that he would make the reform a priority and was able to push through the change without needing a vote from the entire house, because the pensions are regulated by internal parliamentary rules rather than Italian law.
It's not yet clear whether a similar parliamentary pensions reform will be passed by the upper house, the Senate. Fico said on Thursday that the Senate would "come to a similar conclusion", but the Senate's own Speaker, a member of the opposition Forza Italia (FI) party run by billionaire Silvio Berlusconi, has said she thinks such a rule change unfairly affects "acquired rights". Other FI members have labelled the change "unconstitutional".
M5S members celebrated by waving balloons and popping champagne corks outside parliament, many posting on social media using the hashtag '#ByeByeVitalizi'.https://archive.fo/xZX6V
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Massive Blasts Kill 128 Ahead Of Pakistan Elections, Ousted PM Arrested At Airport
The deadliest terror attack in over a year has rocked Pakistan as bombs went off at two campaign rallies in different cities. The massive death toll climbed by the hour throughout Friday after a suicide bomber struck a convoy headed to an election-related event in Mastung near the southwestern city of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.
Pakistani authorities said 128 were killed and over 150 wounded in a suicide attack reportedly claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS).
Some observers have noted that the spot is close to where Pakistani forces had previously claimed to have eliminated an ISIS base in the province.
The attack targeted Siraj Raisani, a Balochistan Awami Party candidate for parliament running in the July 25 general elections, and his supporters. Raisani died as a result of the blast, which came after a motorcycle bomb attack earlier in the day in the northwestern town of Bannu targeted a convoy transporting former Housing and Works Minister Akram Khan Durrani, who escaped unharmed. At least four people died in the Bannu attack with at least 32 wounded.
A local hospital official in Mastung said, "we've run out of space in the mortuary" and security officials cited over 271 injured based on incoming casualties. Video footage and photographs showed a grizzly scene with dead and wounded lying nearly on top of each other under a cramped outdoor tent.
Thought the region experienced similar attacks in prior years, Friday's attack on a campaign rally was unexpected. Al Jazeera reports:
The BAP's candidate Siraj Raisani was running for election to the provincial assembly in his home district of Mastung, where the attack took place. The area has been the site of several attacks by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) armed group, although those have mostly targeted Shia Muslim pilgrims bound for Iran.
Ethnic Baloch nationalists, who are fighting for independence from Pakistan, have also claimed several attacks on election candidates in the region in recent days.
One local government official condemned the attack as “a conspiracy to sabotage the electoral process in the province,” according to a statement.
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Dead Body Found In Anthony Weiner’s Garbage Chute Was A Big Pharma Executive Who Worked With Soros
A dead body has been found at the home of Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin and her husband, the disgraced former Congressman, Anthony Weiner.
The unidentified female was discovered inside the trash compactor of the Manhattan apartment complex that Huma Abedin and convicted pedophile Anthony Weiner have used as a base for the last 16 years.
Police had been called to the block at 1 Irving Place in Union Square, after a maintenance worker found the body.
NBC reports her purse, full of cash, was found nearby, however according to the Daily Mail, neighbors told police they assumed their visit was related to Anthony Weiner’s conviction.
According to the Daily Mail: https://archive.fo/DQbD9
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin have owned an apartment at the address for 16 years, which was listed for rent at $11,900 a month on the same day he pleaded guilty to sexting a 15-year-old girl.
The listing, posted on May 19, 2017, was taken down just days later, though it is unclear as to whether the estranged couple found a renter, or if the property was taken off the market for other reasons.https://archive.fo/bPq48
Police have identified the dead body of the woman found in Huma Abedin’s home as 48-year-old Lara Prychodko – a former George Soros associate.
Lara Prychodko’s body was discovered on Tuesday evening in the trash compactor of Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abein and her husband, convicted pedophile Anthony Weiner.
After being identified by police, it has emerged that Lara Nadia Anike Prychodko is the wife of David Schlachet, a Big Pharma executive and long-time George Soros aide.
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Lavrov Warns The US: European Powers Prepare To Ditch Dollar In Trade With Iran
While the White House’s frenzied anti-Iran campaign has entailed unprecedented attempts to twist the arms of the United States’ traditional European allies, the pressure may be backfiring – a reality made all the more clear by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s claims that Europe’s three major powers plan to continue trade ties with Iran without the use of the U.S. dollar.
The move would be a clear sign that the foremost European hegemons – France, Germany, and the United Kingdom – plan to protect the interests of companies hoping to do business with Iran, a significant regional power with a market of around 80 million people.
Lavrov’s statement came as Trump insisted that European companies would “absolutely” face sanctions in the aftermath of Washington’s widely-derided sabotage of the six-party Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On May 8, the former host of NBC’s “The Apprentice” blasted the agreement and said that the U.S. would reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran and “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
Speaking in Vienna at the ministerial meeting of the JCPOA, Lavrov blasted the U.S. move as “a major violation of the agreed-upon terms which actually made it possible to significantly alleviate tensions from the point of view of the military and political situation in the region and upholding the non-proliferation regime.” He added that “Iran was meticulously fulfilling its obligations” at the time that Trump destroyed the U.S.’ end of the agreement.
Continuing, Lavrov explained:
The Joint Commission... will be constantly reviewing options which will make it possible, regardless of the US decision, to continue to adhere to all commitments undertaken within the JCPOA framework and provide methods for conducting trade and economic relations with Iran which will not depend on Washington’s whims.
What they can do is to elaborate collectively and individually such forms of trade and settlements with Iran that will not depend on the dollar and will be accepted by those companies that see trade with Iran more profitable than with the US. Such companies certainly exist – small, medium and large.”
France, Germany and the U.K. have pleaded with the “America First” president to exempt EU companies, writing a letter to U.S. Secretary-Treasurer Steve Mnuchin and right-wing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the nuclear accord remains the “best means” to prevent Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear deterrent given the lack of any credible alternative. Given the hard-line stances of Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the pleas were likely greeted with bemusement.
The opening salvo or “snap-back” of sanctions hitting Iran’s automotive sector, gold trade, and other industries will hit the country on August 4, while further sanctions will hit the country’s oil industry and central bank on November 6.
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Good! Hungarian Fertility Rates Rise After Years of Demographic Decline
Hungary’s pro-family culture has resulted in a rising fertility rate for married women which is “winding back the clock” on demographic decline — a trend once deemed irreversible in Europe and used by globalists to justify mass migration from the third world.
“The country is not just experiencing a fertility spike; Hungary is winding back the clock on much of the fertility and family-structure transition that demographers have long considered inevitable,” writes the author of “Is Hungary Experiencing a Policy-Induced Baby Boom?” from the Institute for Family Studies website.
“That’s unusual,” author Lyman Stone wrote, “as most countries around the world are currently experiencing stable or falling fertility, especially in Europe.”
Mr Stone suggests that fiscal implications — such as subsidies for married couples buying houses, a change in tax deductions for children, and a growing economy — likely only played a small part on their own and estimates that those factors, coupled with cultural policies, were what had brought about the rise in fertility rate.
Stone points to Hungary’s pro-family constitution adopted in 2011 which stated that “We believe that our children and grandchildren will make Hungary great again,” and which defends “the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman… and the family as the basis of the nation’s survival.”
Hungary: We Will Make Our Country Family Friendly So Population Can Grow Without Mass Migration https://t.co/LOeeaMucNl
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) December 22, 2017https://archive.fo/LyqyPhttps://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/12/hungary-sees-rising-fertility-rate-turns-back-demographic-decline/
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5G MEGADEATH: Firefighters Suffer Neurological Damage After Contact With 5G Cell Towers
Firefighters in Sacramento, CA have reported neurological damage including memory problems and confusion after new generation 5G cell towers were installed outside their fire station.
News of the adverse health effects suffered by the firefighters comes days after a major university study into 5G wireless technology declared the upcoming roll out of the wireless technology to be a “massive health experiment” that has not been properly tested by authorities.
A recent CBS news story from Sacramento about the installation of 5G small cell towers references complaints reported by the San Francisco firefighters:
Firefighters in San Francisco have reported memory problems and confusion after the 5G equipment was installed outside of fire stations. The firefighters claim the symptoms stopped when they relocated to stations without equipment nearby.
Firefighters are willing to run and leap and climb and jump into burning buildings and forests but they aren’t willing to suffer neurological damage after being subjected to prolonged periods of radiation exposure from 5G cell towers and antennas.
If firefighters aren’t willing to put up with the damaging effects of the 5G roll out, should we be more concerned about the health effects associated with the new wireless technology?
Activist Post reports: https://www.activistpost.com/2018/06/firefighters-5g-complaints.html
All sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation are not magic. They never have been. Decades of research from government, independent, industry, and military scientists have already proven harm.
In 2011, The World Health Organization classified all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation as a possible carcinogen in the same category as chloroform, engine exhaust, and led. Many experts believe it should be reclassified as a Carcinogen.
This isn’t just about cancer. Exposure can lead to symptoms and illnesses referred to as “Microwave Sickness” or “Electrosensitivity.” This is actually more common than we have been led to believe.
Research has confirmed that exposure can:
Worsen pre-existing conditions even when it didn’t cause them
Disrupt the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak
Cause a cumulative toxic effect when combined with other toxins
Harm pets, nature, wildlife and humans
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Russia Grants 15,000 White South African Farmers, Victims of Violence, Refuge in Russia
A delegation of 30 South African farming families has arrived in Russia’s farmbelt Stavropol Region, Rossiya 1 TV reports. The group says it is facing violent attacks and death threats at home.
Up to 15,000 Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers in South Africa, are planning to move to Russia amid rising violence stemming from government plans to expropriate their land, according to the delegation.
“It’s a matter of life and death – there are attacks on us. It’s got to the point where the politicians are stirring up a wave of violence,” Adi Slebus told the media. “The climate here [Stavropol Region] is temperate, and this land is created by God for farming. All this is very attractive.”
The new South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to return the lands owned by white farmers since the 1600s to the black citizens of the country. The government said it is planning to put an end to what it calls the legacy of apartheid, where most of South Africa’s land is still in the hands of its minority white population.
Rights groups have said the initiative incites violence. There were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks, primarily against white farmers, in 2016-17 in South Africa, according to data by minority rights group AfriForum.
The farmers are prepared to make a contribution to Russia’s booming agricultural sector, according to Rossiya 1. Each family is ready to bring up to $100,000 for leasing the land.
Russia has 43 million hectares of unused farmland, and has recently begun giving out free land to Russian citizens to cultivate farming. The land giveaway program, which began in 2014, has been a huge success.https://archive.fo/Ys60khttps://www.rt.com/business/432375-russia-south-africa-farmers/
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Trump: British PM Theresa May Wrecked Brexit, All US Trade Deals With Britian Off!
DONALD Trump today accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit — and warned she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal.
In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, the US President said Theresa May had ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.
And he warned her any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very unlikely.
Mr Trump said: “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.”
His comments, deeply damaging to Mrs May, came in a world-exclusive interview with The Sun in which he also:
Accused EU leaders of destroying its culture and identity by allowing in millions of migrants
Tore into London Mayor Sadiq Khan for not standing up to terrorists
Blamed Khan for spiralling crime in the capital
Insisted former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make “a great Prime Minister”.
Denied once branding Theresa May a “bossy schoolteacher”
Maintained he would keep ties with Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin despite the Salisbury Novichok poisonings
Demanded Britain and other Nato countries spend more on defence
Spoke of his sadness at feeling unwelcome in the capital by anti-Trump protesters
Claimed millions of Brits backed his policies
Told of his pride at taking wife Melania to meet the Queen
Mr Trump’s damaging outbursts come as he prepares to meet the PM for a working lunch at Chequers.
He will then board a helicopter for Windsor Castle to meet the Queen before flying up to Scotland for a private two-day visit.https://archive.fo/Fxi4Yhttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6766531/trump-may-brexit-us-deal-off/
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African Migrants Rescued Off Italian Coast Threaten to Behead Rescuers
The Italian government was forced to rescue the crew of a Vos Thalassa, a private ship that had saved 67 migrants, including six children, from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea after Libyan refugees onboard the ship threatened to behead the crew that saved them.
The African refugees responded by threatening to slit their throats after the crew of Vos Thalassa attempted to hand the refugees over to the Libyan coast guard after the ship was denied permission to dock in Italian ports because of the migrants.This is the kind of human garbage they want to flood Western nations with!
Euronews reports: https://archive.fo/fzsol
Italy intervened in a migrant rescue by a private Italian ship this week after migrants reacted to attempts to hand the operation over to Libyan authorities by threatening the crew, the vessel said.
The Vos Thalassa took 67 migrants, including six children, onboard on Sunday after responding to a distress call off the Libyan coast.
Several local and international media reports said the ship was denied permission to dock in Italian ports because of the migrants, marking the first time the government had turned away an Italian vessel.
The migrants were then handed over to the Italian coast guard, the reports said.
However, international shipping company Vroon, which operates Vos Thalassa, an oil rig supply vessel, told Euronews that the ship “never requested to enter an Italian port or even Italian territorial waters.”
Vroon said that when the vessel turned to meet with the Libyan coast guard to transfer the migrants, they “started to threaten the crew, surrounding and pushing them and making ‘cut your throat’ gestures.”
“Because of these threats the vessel returned to its position and reported this situation to the MRCC [Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre] in Rome.”
The shipping company said being “severely outnumbered on board a merchant vessel by an angry crowd that has very little to lose is very frightening”.https://archive.fo/2jAjGhttps://yournewswire.com/african-migrants-italian-behead-rescuers/
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Stormy Daniels, Who Never Kept Promise To "Meet Immigrant Children", Arrested After Fondling Undercover Cops At Strip Club
Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who has made headlines for an alleged affair with Donald Trump, was arrested while performing Wednesday night at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club after allegedly having physical contact with patrons.
Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti in a Twitter post claimed the arrest "was politically motivated, and "reeks of desperation."
Police said Daniels was busted after allegedly touching three different undercover vice police officer during her performance at the Sirens club, in violation of state law barring anyone who is not a family member from touching a dancer who is either nude or semi-nude.
Court documents reportedly claim that Daniels, during her peformance, forced faces of club customers into her breasts and used her exposed breast to smack their faces. She also allegedly fondled the breast of female customers.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was released on bail within hours of being arrested on three counts of misdemeanor sex offenses, according to an NBC affiliate. She is scheduled to appear in court Friday.https://web.archive.org/web/20180712141426/https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/12/stormy-daniels-arrested-in-columbus-ohio-while-performing-avenatti.html
Daniels was arrested by Columbus Police and charged with three counts of "Illegally Operating Sexually Oriented Business - Employee Knowingly Touch Any Patron," according to online court records. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin Municipal Court on Friday morning.
Police brought Daniels to the Jackson Pike Correctional Facility around 4:30 Thursday morning.
Back in 2007, Ohio lawmakers passed the Community Defense Act. The law restricts the hours that sexually oriented businesses can operate. It also states that a patron cannot touch a nude or semi-nude dancer in a club anywhere on the premises or in the parking lot. When asked if he knew about the law, Avenatti said, "I'm aware of the law. I think it's a ridiculous use of resources."https://web.archive.org/web/20180712141452/https://www.10tv.com/article/police-stormy-daniels-grabbed-backside-undercover-columbus-officer
In the two weeks since Stormy Daniels pledged to visit migrant children housed at the border following Melania Trump's June 21 trip to McAllen Texas, the adult film star appears to have blown the kids off - instead stripping for cash at nine clubs around the country while the children suffer.
Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, took on several cases last month for families of detained migrant children in what is surely inside his wheelhouse and certainly not a PR stunt - so when a Twitter user asked Daniels to join him and "please use your platform to help Avenatti and these kids," Stormy replied "I am headed down in a week. Don't worry. Just figuring out my best course of action to maximize my resources."
I am headed down in a week. Don't worry. Just figuring out my best course of action to maximize my resources. https://t.co/kT64pWZ4QN
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) June 21, 2018
Instead, it seems that Stormy's "best course of action" was to twerk her way to the bank at several stops across the country.
As the Gateway Pundit's Kristinn Taylor noted on Friday, one of the clubs Stormy danced at Thursday is 2.8 miles away from the Upbring New Hope detention facility Melania Trump visited on June 21, and a one hour drive from the Brownsville, TX detention center visited by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).
No word on when she plans to visit those children, though she did make $75,000 during a single night in Vegas in January - so maybe she's saving up for gift baskets before she embarks on her Mother Teresa mission to kiss the feet of the unwashed.https://web.archive.org/web/20180712142257/https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-08/stormy-daniels-blows-migrant-children-border-instead-finds-time-strip-cash
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Good! Russian Military Moving Into Libya To Prevent Future Destabilization
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely monitoring Russian military activities in Libya for signs that Moscow may soon build a military base in the divided North African state.
Intelligence reports indicate that Russia is planning to expand its Syrian bases at Tartus and Hemeimeem to Libya.
The possible Russian move into Libya represents the most recent failure stemming from the policies of President Obama that backed Islamist rebels who overthrew and killed Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
Mr. Obama has said that the failure to prepare for the aftermath of the ouster of Gadhafi was the worst mistake of his presidency. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also came under fire for failing to provide security for Americans who were attacked and killed in Benghazi after Gadhafi’s fall.
The push for a Russian military presence in Libya is being led by retired Maj. Gen. Khalifah Haftar, whose militia forces, the Libyan National Army, control eastern Libya. Russian private military forces have been operating in eastern Libya since March 2017, including the RSB Group that has deployed several dozen armed mercenaries to join forces with Haftar militias.
News reports from Libya stated recently that the RSB Group mercenaries are engaged in advance work, scouting locations for a Russian military base in Tobruk or Benghazi.
In addition to RSB, the notorious Wagner Group of Russian mercenaries also is operating in eastern Libya, reportedly to service Gen. Haftar’s Russian-supplied weaponry. Wagner mercenaries also are helping set up an intelligence network for the general’s forces.
Despite all LIES, Gadhafi was killed by the US because he was fighting against radical terrorists, desired prosperity and productive industry to better his society during his leadership. Most of all, Gadhafi did not respect the US petrodollar reserve currency status and wanted to trade outside the dollar, with nations like Russia.https://archive.fo/dZUOH
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Leaked: German Army Armed With Broomsticks, Can't Even Pay Their Fair Share For NATO
Germany's military is so underfunded its troops used BROOMSTICKS painted black as mock weapons during a Nato defence exercise.
But the highly embarrassing episode, revealed in a leaked report, is just the beginning of the country's woes as it fights to reverse chronic army shortages.
It comes as Donald Trump has vowed to make Chancellor Angela Merkel increase her defence spending to reach the minimum spending obligations all Nato members must adhere to.
General Harald Kujat, a former chief of staff of the German armed forces, later described it as a "huge embarrassment".
The unit was supposed to be ready to deploy whenever a Nato member was threatened, he warned.
He added: "If that is not the case, then both for Nato, and for the Federal Republic of Germany, this is a huge embarrassment," The Telegraph reported.
And a spokesperson for the Defence Ministry stated: "In the case of the Boxer armoured vehicle, it was being used as a mobile headquarters, and a weapon is not foreseen and not necessary for a mobile headquarters.
"It was not a fighting vehicle. So we have no explanation why the soldiers would simulate a weapon."
In 2015 it also emerged the German military was using ordinary civilian Mercedes vans as stand-ins for armoured personnel carriers.
And The Times today reports all six of the country's submarines were recently put out of service at the same time due to various repairs.https://archive.fo/YbuJahttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6743568/germany-soldiers-broomsticks-nato-donald-trump-angela-merkel-defence-spending/
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Those Who Have Been Banned From Youtube Now Have An Alternative To Post Their Videos
(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)
This week we rolled out a “soft launch” of the REAL.video beta, which you can see live at beta.REAL.video.
There, you’ll see many videos posted by users. To see a more complete list of all the new videos, visit this link: https://beta.real.video/browse
The site still suffers from lots of glitches, and we’ve strictly limited the invites to just a few dozen users, but next week we’re expanding it toward a full public rollout. Also note that the view counts for videos is only updated every six hours, not in real time.
We’re now calling for all videos which have been banned by YouTube for political reasons, including videos which dare to discuss the healing properties of cannabis, videos about health freedom, videos from Trump supporters and other videos that are systematically banned by YouTube.
You now have a platform where you won’t be banned. [NOTE: There are some limits to free speech, you can't make violent threats, promote terrorism or post any illegal content.]
Request a channel invitation right now at this link: https://real.video/Invite.asp
Next week, we’ll be ramping up the invites and new channels. Most importantly, we will begin writing and publishing articles about “banned” videos, highlighting the absurdity of YouTube’s war against human knowledge.
REAL.video is about to become the internet’s hub for “endangered knowledge.” Request your free channel now and starting uploading banned videos. (Have patience with the invite process, and video moderation process, as we’re just getting off the ground. Thank you in advance.)https://archive.fo/GwPM7https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-06-calling-for-all-videos-that-have-been-banned-by-youtube-you-now-have-a-platform.html
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Parkland False Flag Update: Survivors Sue Broward Law Enforcement Officials For Incompetence, Poor Training And Cowardice
(Active Shooter Drills, Multiple Shooters Witnessed, FBI Was Aware of Killer)https://archive.fo/OwFuo
(Trump Blasts FBI For Not Taking Action Against Parkland Shooter)https://archive.fo/7gLNY
(Citizen Journalist Blows Truth About Parkland Shooting Wide Open)https://archive.fo/FP6V4
(FBI and Cops Warned Multiple Times About Shooter, Deputies Stood Down During Shooting)https://archive.fo/EgWD6
(Local Police and FBI Knew of Shooter's Social Media Threats, Did Nothing)https://archive.fo/EzqrU
(Emergency Medical Teams Ordered To STAND DOWN After Shooting, While Students Bled Out And Died)https://archive.fo/kmPsX
(Police Radio Recordings Prove Cover Up, Sheriff Refuses to Release Surveillance Footage, SWAT Officers Suspended For Not Standing Down, etc.https://archive.fo/CKVZH
(Authorities Had All The Evidence To Prevent This Shooting, Allowed It To Happen)https://archive.fo/4lKrh
(Busted! Soros Paid March For Our Lives Protestors $300 Each)https://archive.fo/nwseb
(Broward County Sheriff Deputy Who Exposed Parkland Shooting Stand Down Murdered By State)https://archive.fo/j80DP
(DC Metropolitan Police Admit ‘March For Our Lives’ Was Planned BEFORE Florida School Shooting)https://archive.fo/5M5Hf
(Hero Who Helped Save Lives Blames Sheriff, Corrupt School System For Ordering Stand Downs)
A combination of incompetence, poor training and inaction led to the Valentine's Day massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - claim 15 current or former students in a new federal lawsuit which points the finger directly at Broward County law enforcement.
"Law enforcement choked," said Detroit civil rights attorney Solomon Radner, who filed the lawsuit, adding "Cops are heroes, and they’re supposed to be heroes."
“This lawsuit should not be misconstrued in any way as a shot at law enforcement,” he said. “This is a shot at specific law-enforcement officers that failed those students.”
Recent graduate Audrey Diaz, one of the plaintiffs, said that on the day of the shooting, she was thinking about prom and graduating, but “some of my friends who were killed that day weren’t able to go to these events.”
Her voice breaking, she said, “We thought we were safe at school and we would always be protected,” adding, “We deserved more from our law enforcement.”
Calling it “a parent’s worst nightmare,“ Audrey’s mother, Iris, said, choking with emotion, “I am outraged at how the defendants in this lawsuit responded to this shooting.” -Palm Beach Post
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Good! House Introduces A Bill Using Same Law Than Mandated Unmasking the KKK On AntiFA Thugs
If you protest, you should do it peacefully! If passed, this law would help law enforcement crack down on the violent provocateurs!
To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalty enhancements for committing certain offenses while in disguise, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018”.
SEC. 2. INTERFERENCE WITH PROTECTED RIGHTS WHILE IN DISGUISE.
(a) In General.—Chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 249 the following:
“§ 250. Interference with protected rights while in disguise
“(a) In General.—Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.
“(b) Rule Of Construction.—Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to deter any law enforcement officer from lawfully carrying out the duties of his office; and no law enforcement officer shall be considered to be in violation of this section for lawfully carrying out the duties of his office or lawfully enforcing ordinances and laws of the United States, the District of Columbia, any of the several States, or any political subdivision of a State. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term ‘law enforcement officer’ means any officer of the United States, the District of Columbia, a State, or political subdivision of a State, who is empowered by law to conduct investigations of, or make arrests because of, offenses against the United States, the District of Columbia, a State, or a political subdivision of a State.”.
(b) Clerical Amendment.—The table of sections for chapter 13 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item related to section 249 the following:
“250. Interference with protected rights while in disguise. ”.
SEC. 3. DESTROYING BUILDINGS OR PROPERTY WITHIN SPECIAL MARITIME AND TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION WHILE IN DISGUISE.
Section 1363 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: “Whoever, during the commission of an offense under this section, wears a disguise, including a mask, shall, in addition to any term of imprisonment otherwise imposed under this section, be imprisoned for 2 years.”.https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6054
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UK's State-run Healthcare System Fires Doctor Who Correctly Classified Gender of Children
A Christian doctor has been fired from a top government role over his belief that gender is determined at birth [and ironically IT IS, but how dare we face!].
Dr David Mackereth, who has worked as an NHS doctor for 26 years, was deemed ‘unfit to work’ after he said he would refuse to identify patients by their preferred gender.
The senior doctor was told he could not be employed as a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) disability assessor if he refused to identify patients as being of a sex that they did not see themselves as.
The Telegraph reports: https://archive.fo/r5u56
The 55-year-old father of four believes sex is genetic and biological, so established at birth.
He confirmed his right to freedom of speech has been denied as he has been classed “unfit” to work for the department because of his religious convictions.
And, the medic from Dudley in the West Midlands fears many other professional people of faith could also be dismissed simply for knowing realities about gender.
Dr Mackereth, who registered as a doctor in 1989 and spent most of his career working in Accident & Emergency wards, said: “I’m not attacking the transgender movement. But, I’m defending my right to freedom of speech, and freedom of belief.
“I don’t believe I should be compelled to use a specific pronoun. I am not setting out to upset anyone. But, if upsetting someone can lead to doctors being sacked then, as a society we have to examine where we are going.”
Dr Mackereth, a Reformed Baptist, started a training course in May to become a health and disability assessor for the DWP. His role would have meant interviewing and then writing independent reports about the health of those claiming disability benefits.https://archive.fo/B9Ab7https://yournewswire.com/ddoctor-sacked-over-his-belief-that-gender-is-determined-at-birth/
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Monsanto Lied, Bullied Scientists To Hide Cancer Risks, Court Told
(Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells)https://archive.fo/dis4i
(Study Confirms Glyphosate Causes Liver and Kidney Failure)https://archive.fo/D1dLr
(Obama's EPA Colluded With Monsanto To Allow Cancerous Herbicide Roundup)https://archive.fo/OKNB1
(New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup)https://archive.fo/bpoKc
(GMO Crops Killing Millions of Kangaroos In Australia)https://archive.fo/7WvSX
(Brazil Bans GMO Crops: TOXIC)https://archive.fo/s6tbb
(Russia Bans GMO Crops: TOXIC)https://archive.fo/pm10o
(Netherlands Bans GMO Crops: TOXIC)https://archive.fo/Wrtie
(38+ Countries Have Banned GMO Crops So Far: TOXIC)https://archive.fo/yKY6D
(64+ Countries Have GMO Warning Labels So Far: TOXIC)https://archive.fo/3KgHk
(UK Bans Monsanto Roundup, Glyphosate Over Toxicity)https://archive.fo/85Teb
(Commiefornia Wine Found Contaminated With Glyphosate)
Monsanto aggressively ‘bullied scientists’ and hid weedkiller cancer risks, a lawyer argued on Monday in a landmark lawsuit against the agrochemical corporation.
“Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully and to fight independent researchers… they fought science,” attorney Brent Wisner told the court.
Thegaurdian.com reports: https://archive.fo/rBvbi
Wisner, who spoke inside a crowded San Francisco courtroom, is representing DeWayne Johnson, known also as Lee, a California man whose cancer has spread through his body. The father of three and former school groundskeeper, who doctors say may have just months to live, is the first person to take Monsanto to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the Roundup brand is linked to cancer. Thousands have made similar legal claims across the US.
In his opening remarks, the Monsanto lawyer George Lombardi alleged that the body of research over the years was on the company’s side: “The scientific evidence is overwhelming that glyphosate-based products do not cause cancer and did not cause Mr Johnson’s cancer.”
The case is significant in part because the judge has allowed Johnson’s lawyers to present scientific arguments. The suit centers on glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, which Monsanto began marketing as Roundup in 1974, presenting it as a technological breakthrough that could kill almost every weed without harming humans or the environment.
Over the years, however, studies have suggested otherwise, and in 2015, the World Health Organization’s international agency for research on cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.
Roundup products are registered in 130 countries and approved for use on more than 100 crops, and glyphosate has been found in food, a variety of water sources, and the urine of agricultural workers and others. A number of countries have policies banning or restricting the sale and use of glyphosate.
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Thanks To Amazon S3 Storage, Stolen US Military Drone Documents Found for Sale on Dark Web
(US Military Hired Amazon To Store Sensitive Data, Secrets Stolen By China)https://archive.fo/R7oOo
(US Army Data Hacked In 2017, Stored On Amazon S3 Servers)https://archive.fo/FJWtH
(NSA Files Left Exposed Online on Amazon S3 Server, Hacked)https://archive.fo/pC2Yd
(Amazon S3 Servers NOT Secure!)
An unidentified hacker tried to sell purported U.S. military documents containing information about combat drones last month, a cybersecurity research firm said, after they were allegedly stolen from an Air Force officer’s computer.
The hacker sought buyers for maintenance documents about the MQ-9 Reaper drone, a remotely controlled aerial vehicle used by the Pentagon and other parts of the government to conduct offensive strikes or reconnaissance and surveillance operations.
Discovery of the attempted sale of the stolen documents comes amid heightened concern about how U.S. military secrets may be insufficiently protected from hackers. Military officials said last month that the Defense Department’s inspector general was investigating a major security breach after Chinese hackers allegedly stole data pertaining to submarine warfare, including plans to build a supersonic antiship missile.
There was no evidence that the hacker who acquired the Reaper drone documents was affiliated with a foreign country, or that he was intentionally seeking to obtain military documents, said Andrei Barysevich, a senior threat researcher at Recorded Future, the U.S.-based cybersecurity firm that spotted the attempted sale. Instead, the hacker scanned large parts of the internet for misconfigured Netgear routers and exploited a two-year-old known vulnerability, involving default login credentials, to steal files from compromised machines.
Recorded Future said it has notified the Defense Security Service and the Department of Homeland Security about the hacker’s activities. A DHS spokesman said the agency was reviewing the information provided by Recorded Future but deferred further comment to the Air Force. The Air Force and DSS didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Posing as a potential buyer, researchers at the cyber firm contacted the seller, and during weeks of back-and-forth discussions were sent screenshots of the purportedly stolen documents. Those documents included the name of an Air Force captain stationed at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from whom the hacker is believed to have obtained the stolen drone files.
The hacker likely didn’t know the value of the documents he had obtained because he was attempting to sell them for as little as $150, Barysevich said. He added that the hacker communicated in flawed English but would occasionally slip into Spanish, which along with other indicators led some of the researchers to think he may be based in South America.
Criminal hackers often attempt to anonymously purchase and sell stolen data on the dark web, but those transactions typically involve information that can be monetized in fraud schemes, such as passwords, usernames or financial records. But the sale of military documents on an open forum is incredibly rare, Barysevich said.
“I’ve been personally researching dark web for 15 years, and I have never seen anything like this,” he said in an interview.
Note, all these files were stored on Amazon S3 Servers which are well known to be vulnerable to hacking. The US military does not care about security of their files, they care about keeping Amazon a monopopoly. This shows brazen disregard of national security interests, not that they give a shit!https://archive.fo/vpxFFhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/stolen-u-s-military-drone-documents-found-for-sale-on-dark-web-researchers-say-1531301401
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Elon Musk Throws A Fit After Thailand Navy SEALs Reject His "Robot Rescue", Successfully Save Kids In Cave
Elon Musk – continuing his recent streak of bizarre behavior - has publicly questioned the authority and expertise of one of the key individuals responsible for successfully navigating the rescue of 12 boys and one soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand.
If there has been one major world event that has brought people together and dominated the news over the course of the last several days, it has been this successful rescue. The rescue sparked jubilation and feel good headlines worldwide like this one, from the Guardian:
The group was trapped unexpectedly after the cave flooded due to heavy downpours and they were stranded for more than nine days before anybody was able to reach them or definitively figure out their location. 18 days later, all 12 boys and their coach were rescued successfully, thanks to the efforts of Thailand’s Navy SEALs and a collaborative effort by thousands of people who helped bring a happy ending to this national news story.
The ending was feel good for just about everybody – except Elon Musk.
Musk had thrust himself into the headlines of the story over the last few days as he frantically posted on social media about efforts that he was trying to lead to construct a device that could help rescue the trapped individuals.
Within the last 72 hours, Musk posted that his team of engineers had come up with an "escape pod" that they had tested locally in a swimming pool and were going to deploy to Thailand to try to help with the rescue efforts. Musk himself also wound up traveling to Thailand. Over the last 48 hours, Elon Musk and the story became intertwined with one another, with some people commending him for his efforts to try and help and others accusing him of trying to thrust himself into the spotlight of the national event where his help wasn’t specifically asked for.
Regardless, as the rescue effort took place over the course of several days and finally, when on Tuesday it was reported that all 12 children and the coach were in fact safe, Musk's "escape pod" wasn’t deployed or used in any fashion.
And instead of assuming that "all’s well that ends well" and being happy for the individuals who were rescued, Musk took it upon himself on Tuesday to actually question the authority of one of the joint commanders of the operation.
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Communist Universities Work To Discriminate Against White People In Police State USSA
In keeping with the diversity and inclusion movement sweeping campuses across the country, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo recently released a 30-page report outlining plans to “improve diversity” via a series of initiatives.
One goal is to increase the number of people of color on campus beyond the increases that have already occurred over the past few years, as “applications from underrepresented minority students doubled between 2008 and 2018.”
“In 2011, the campus was 63 percent Caucasian,” the May 2 report informs readers, “in fall of 2017, it was less than 55 percent … but there is still much work to do.”
The public research institution states it wishes to get those numbers more in line with the state’s percentage of white people, which recent polls hold at 39.7 percent of the population.
“To further advance its goals of reflecting the demographics of California and creating a more diverse and inclusive campus community, Cal Poly administration has developed the following Diversity Action Initiatives document,” the report states.
In it, administration details a multi-year effort with dozens of intitiatives, including ones to further lower the percentage of white students on campus and increase the number of faculty of color.
For students, the school plans on recruiting applicants more heavily based on race. For instance, the school has recently implemented several new scholarships “aimed at recruiting more African-American and other underrepresented minorities.” It’s also working to recruit low-income and first-generation students by partnering with high schools that enroll a high percentage of these students, according to the report.
Cal Poly SLO has eliminated applicants’ ability to apply to the school in Early Decision since the process, according to the report, “disadvantaged low-income students.” All applicants, regardless of their level of interest in the school, are viewed in one big pool in regular decision admissions.
And the college announced its intention of forcibly increasing diversity in “traditionally male-dominated majors” such as STEM and Architecture and Environmental Design, according to the document.TRADE SCHOOLS ARE FAR BETTER, SEND YOUR KIDS TO THESE MARXIST RE-EDUCATION PRISONS AT YOUR OWN PERIL!https://archive.fo/h5iRZhttps://www.thecollegefix.com/post/46633/
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After China Strikes Back, Trump Readies Tariffs On Another $200B in Chinese Goods
The Trump administration has readied a proposed list of $200 billion worth of imports from China that will be hit with 10 percent tariffs, escalating an already-tense trade war between the world‘s two largest economies.
Senior administration officials said that the U.S. Trade Representative’s office will release the list of goods subject to tariffs later Tuesday night. The move also comes after the U.S. last week imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, prompting tit-for-tat retaliatory measures. China immediately began adding tariffs on 545 American imports — many of them agricultural products such as soybeans, cotton, rice, sorghum, beef, pork, dairy, nuts and produce.
Last month, President Donald Trump ordered trade officials to draw up a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that would be hit with a 10 percent tariff after Beijing vowed the retaliatory moves.https://archive.fo/6ycJXhttps://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/10/trump-china-trade-tariffs-708707Update:
The US has released the list of $200 billion in Chinese products that could be subject to an additional 10% tariff, fulfilling President Trump's promises for further escalation of the burgeoning trade war between the US and China. Meanwhile, a senior US official reportedly told CNBC that China isn't seriously negotiating on trade, suggesting that the hoped-for negotiated settlement might not materialize - at least not anytime soon.
The tariffs, some which will impact goods from "Made in China 2025" sectors, a state-planned initiative to establish China as a leader in several key industries, including artificial intelligence and wireless technology. The tariffs will now begin a two-month review process, with two public comment sessions to be held in August. Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on as much as $500 billion in Chinese imports, which would cover roughly all of the Chinese-made products entering the US.https://www.scribd.com/document/383612275/2018-07-11chinatariffs
Just when you thought it was safe to BTFTrade War Dip, a headline hits to remind you that President Trump is anything but done with China.https://archive.fo/oBdDFhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-10/us-equity-futures-tumble-us-readies-200-billion-china-tariff-list
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MIT Develops Spy Technology For Medical Industry & Government That Can Monitor People Behind Walls
A group of researchers and students at MIT have developed an intelligent radar-like technology that makes it possible to see through walls to track people as they move around, a development that could prove useful for monitoring the elderly or sick as well as for other applications — but that also raises privacy concerns.
Tests show that the technology, known as RF-Pose, can reveal whether someone is walking, sitting, standing or even waving — and can identify individuals from a known group with a success rate of 83 percent. Its developers say it could prove useful for law enforcement, search and rescue, and — perhaps most important — health care.
“We’ve seen that monitoring patients’ walking speed and ability to do basic activities on their own gives health care providers a window into their lives that they didn’t have before” Dina Katabi, a computer scientist at MIT and leader of the group, said in a statement.
She and her colleagues presented new research about the technology last month at a computer vision conference in Salt Lake City.
Katabi said doctors might use the technology to keep tabs on someone with Parkinson’s disease by watching for changes in gait that might indicate a looming problem. Or people might use it to monitor an elderly relative — for example, to receive an instant alert if he or she falls.
The technology, which uses artificial intelligence to interpret radio wave data, grows out of earlier work by the same group. Previous versions of the technology could detect a person’s silhouette behind a wall, but Katabi said this is the first time it’s been possible to closely track and identify people.
The heart of RF-Pose is a laptop-sized radio transmitter. The radio waves it beams out pass through walls but are reflected by human bodies because of their high water content. Computer algorithms analyze the reflected waves, homing in on the head, hands, feet and other key body parts to produce moving stick figures on a screen.Katabi and her team trained RF-Pose by giving it photographs of people as well as the crude images created by the reflected radio waves.Ginés Hidalgo, a research associate at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, told NBC News MACH in an email that it was of limited use at this point because the radio signals it uses are unable to pass through thick walls.But Hidalgo said the technology also raises privacy concerns. "If a normal camera is recording me, it means I am able to see the camera, too," he said in the email. "If this camera can be hidden behind or even inside any object, I would never be able to know when I am being monitored."https://archive.fo/dmzbLhttps://via.hypothes.is/https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/smart-technology-sees-through-walls-track-identify-people-ncna888721
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Good! High Level Banker Stripped Of Wealth, Sentenced To 14 Years Over Corruption
A former Main Line investment banker known as the "Godfather of payday lending" for preying on low-income borrowers was sentenced Friday to 14 years in federal prison and stripped of over $64 million in assets, reports philly.com.
Lawyers for 77-year-old Charles M. Hallinan argued that the prison term might as well be a "death sentence" given his age and declining health, however District Judge Eduardo Robreno gave no quarter as he rendered his verdict after a jury convicted him of 17 counts, including racketeering, international money laundering and fraud.
“It would be a miscarriage of justice to impose a sentence that would not reflect the seriousness of this case,” Robreno said. “The sentence here should send a message that criminal conduct like [this] will not pay.”
In all, government lawyers estimate, Hallinan’s dozens of companies made $492 million off an estimated 1.4 million low-income borrowers between 2007 and 2013, the period covered by the indictment.
Robreno’s forfeiture order will strip Hallinan of many of the fruits of that business, including his $1.8 million Villanova mansion, multiple bank accounts, and a small fleet of luxury cars, including a $142,000 2014 Bentley Flying Spur. In addition, the judge ordered Hallinan to pay a separate $2.5 million fine. -philly.com
When given the opportunity to address the court before his sentence was handed down, Hallinan remained silent.
Hallinan's case calls into question the legality of business tactics engaged in by predatory lenders across the country - such as Mariner Finance, a subsidiary of former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's private equity firm Warburg Pincus.
Many of the loans Hallinan made had exorbitant interest rates which greatly exceeded rate caps mandated by the states in which the borrowers live, such as Pennsylvania's 6% annual cap.
In court Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Dubnoff argued that there was little difference between the exorbitant fees charged by money-lending mobsters and the annual interest rates approaching 800 percent that were standard on many of Hallinan’s loans. -philly.com
“The only difference between Mr. Hallinan and other loan sharks is that he doesn’t break the kneecaps of people who don’t pay his debts,” Dubnoff said. “He was charging more interest than the Mafia.”
Hallinan “collect[ed] hundreds of millions of dollars in unlawful debt … knowing that these businesses were unlawful, and all the while devising schemes to evade the law,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara L. Grieb and Maria M. Carrillo.https://archive.fo/isEZKhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-10/godfather-payday-lending-stripped-64-million-sentenced-14-years
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Good! New Leftist Nationalist Mexican President To Build A Wall To Stop Drug, Arms and Human Trafficking
Marxists Thugs & Soros BTFO!
Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador intends to create a new border-police force to fight illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and illicit firearms trafficking from Central America, his incoming chief of public security Alfonso Durazo, told Bloomberg in an interview Monday.
Durazo indicated that the new border-police force would be part of a much larger regional effort to reduce poverty and violence that plagues so many Central American countries, which ultimately leads to a flood of families crossing into Mexico. He said the new police force will be sizeable and deployed to Mexico’s southern border. Durazo declined to offer more specifics to Bloomberg, but he noted that the police force would be used to secure the northern border as well.
“We’re going to create a border police force that will be highly specialized,” Durazo told Bloomberg.
“They need to apply the law,” against illegal immigration and human trafficking crossing into Mexico, which Durazo points out often occurs under the supervision of corrupt officials.
Lopez Obrador and the left-wing populist party he founded in 2014 won the presidential election in a landslide victory last week after voters disgusted with cartel violence, poverty-stricken communities, and vast amounts of corruption kicked the country’s established parties out of power. Obrador also got a boost from voters when he pledged to defend Mexicans against an immigrant crackdown by President Donald Trump.
Obrador’s next task will be securing the country’s southern border while avoiding the sharp criticism he has scrutinized Trump for.
The newfound emphasis on containing illegal immigration comes amid President Trump’s crusade to shift some of the blame on Mexican officials for the tidal wave of Central American immigrants passing through Mexico to the U.S. Interesting enough, President Trump said: “I think he’s [Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador] going to try and help us with border.”
"I think he's going to try and help us with border," Trump said of Mexico's President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador pic.twitter.com/ij5TtjmJKP
— POLITICO (@politico) July 2, 2018
The outgoing Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, will transfer power to Obrador on December 1st. Peña Nieto leaves behind a country with declining moral and widespread doubts about the future.https://archive.fo/8T5k6https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-10/mexicos-new-leftist-president-builds-wall-southern-border-thwart-illegal
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MURDER: Federal Witness Who Was Ready To Testify In Court Against Clinton Foundation Bombed
A husband and wife died in an early morning explosion that obliterated a house, blasting debris as far as six houses away and rattling an entire South Jersey town, officials said.
The two victims were identified by neighbors as John Paladino, 73, and Carole Paladino, 72. No foul play is suspected [WHAT !?], the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The blast that destroyed the home on the 300 block Oakwood Drive in Newfield, New Jersey was initially reported about 6:45 a.m. Saturday and could be felt throughout the town, neighbors said. The force of the explosion broke windows in nearby homes.
"I really thought it was an earthquake," Marlane Rambone said. "The bed lifted up and shifted."
Wood, insulation and siding fell from the sky as the entire area was filled with smoke following the blast and a mattress was stuck in a tree.
Firefighters responded to the home and doused the flames. Dogs were brought out to search through the rubble. Debris was strewn across the property.
"There's nothing left," Jason Brandt, a witness said. "I saw a bathroom sink sitting there but the house is gone."
Neighbors say John and Carole Paladino lived in the home for decades and raised their children there as well. They were friends with everyone on the street.
"It's scary," Audra Manasco, a neighbor, said. "It's a tragedy that you know, it's a small, quiet town. Nothing like this ever happens."
Neighbors say the couple had an appliance installed in their home Friday but investigators are not saying if that played a role in the blast.https://web.archive.org/web/20180708195440/https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Massive-Explosion-Destroys-House-in-Southern-New-Jersey-487560821.html
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Massive Protest, CNN? New Leaked Footage Outside Demonstration Proves Otherwise
Despite relentless media hysteria, a demonstration to protest against President Trump’s Supreme Court pick drew relatively few people.
During an appearance on Bill Maher’s show last month, far-left film maker Michael Moore said he would “join a million other people surrounding the United States Capitol” to prevent the Supreme Court nominee from being confirmed.
That figure is looking somewhat optimistic given the turnout last night.
Conservative comedian Tim Young tweeted an image “to show just how few people are protesting at #SCOTUS right now…”
“I’m sure the media angles make it look like thousands… it might be 300,” he added.
A selfie to show just how few people are protesting at #SCOTUS right now…
I'm sure the media angles make it look like thousands… it might be 300. pic.twitter.com/Kv3E50hKHZ
- Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 10, 2018
The numbers were poor given how much anger far-left groups like Media Matters, RefuseFascism and the Women’s March have been attempting to whip up since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would be retiring almost two weeks ago.
Indeed, the George Soros-backed groups made sure to print signs for every possible nominee, safe in the knowledge that whoever Trump picked, they’d definitely be part of the ongoing Nazi takeover of the United States.
Hilariously, the Women’s March released a statement about Trump’s nominee before they even knew who it was, forgetting to add Brett Kavanaugh’s before the text was sent out.
The relatively small crowd of people who showed up to scream helplessly at the sky did make time to verbally abuse Fox News reporter Shannon Bream, using sexist language to call her a “blonde bimbo,” because it’s totally fine and not misogyny at all when they do it.https://archive.fo/8pIOBhttps://www.infowars.com/just-300-show-up-for-protest-against-trumps-supreme-court-nominee/
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New UK Brexit Law Spirs Massive Governmental Resignations In The UK
In what has been called "an absolute bombshell", U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis resigned from Theresa May’s government late Sunday, one week before the UK is scheduled to present its demands to Brussels.
Davis resignation comes two days after May received backing from her cabinet for a new "soft Brexit" plan which envisioned maintaining close ties with the EU after the UK's departure from the block, news which was cheered the UK business lobby and which had set cable on an upward trajectory in early Asia trading, before the news hit which halted the pound's ascent.
The cabinet signed up to the proposals, which were hammered out at Chequers - the country house of the UK Prime Minister - last week. May is due to unveil the plans tomorrow in parliament, before a potentially stormy meeting with her own MPs.
Davis had disagreed with May’s plans for keeping EU rules for goods and adopting a close customs model with the bloc, and his resignation threatens more political turmoil, this time in the UK, as moderates are set off against hard brexiteers.
However, some pro-Brexit Tories are angry about the plan, with speculation that it could end up in a leadership challenge.
As Sky News adds, some pro-Brexit Tories are angry about the plan and there is speculation it could end up in a leadership challenge. Sky's political correspondent Lewis Goodall called the resignation of Mr Davis "an absolute bombshell".
He said: "To resign tonight after the emergency meeting at Chequers on Friday is really quite shocking when you consider, apparently according to the briefing we received, that every single member of the cabinet - admittedly some with their reservations - all agreed that they would support the prime minister's proposals and they would defend them in public.
"The big question now is, is David Davis going to be joined by any other figures? All eyes of course will be on Boris Johnson and other Brexiteers."
Confirming earlier rumors, Sky News reports that Steve Baker, Britain's junior Brexit minister, technically the Brexit minister for "contingency planning", is the other (for now) conservative MP to resign alongside Davis.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn wasted no time in launching a full on attack on May, tweeting: "David Davis resigning at such a crucial time shows @theresa_may has no authority left and is incapable of delivering Brexit. With her Government in chaos, if she clings on, it's clear she's more interested in hanging on for her own sake than serving the people of our country."
A second junior Brexit minister has resigned - Suella Bravermanm MP for Fareham. This leaves just two of the five person Brexit team remaining.https://archive.fo/7JLfLhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-08/uk-brexit-secretary-david-davis-resigns-theresa-mays-government
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Good! Trump Pardons Bundy Ranchers, Others Convicted Of Standoff With BLM Thugs
Communist Thugs BTFO!
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son after both were convicted on arson charges, sparking the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, according to a White House statement.
The Hammonds' case led to the armed 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, during which one occupier was shot dead by police. The takeover was the latest flare-up in a decades-old conflict over federal control of millions of acres of public land in the Western United States.
Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son, Steven, 49, were convicted in 2012 for setting a fire that spread onto public grazing land.
The two were initially sentenced to less than the legal minimum five-year prison sentence for their crimes, but a federal judge in 2016 ordered the pair returned to serve the full five years, after the father had spent three months in prison and the son one year, according to 2012 court documents.https://web.archive.org/web/20180710170229/https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-pardons-oregon-ranchers-whose-case-led-refuge-145552833.html
Protect the Harvest (PTH), agriculture advocacy group, has been lobbying the Trump administration to commute the Hammonds’ sentences, arguing forcing them back into prison was unjust.
“I’ve had great attorneys tell me this is the most malicious prosecution they’ve ever seen,” PTH national strategic planner Dave Duquette told The Daily Caller News Foundation in June.
“The travesty is what they were tried under. Not whether they started a fire. They admitted to starting the fires,” Duquette said.
Trump has so far issued five pardons to include conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza and former Bush administration official Scooter Libby. Trump has commuted sentences for two individuals.https://web.archive.org/web/20180710174904/http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/10/trump-pardons-oregon-ranchers/
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US Govt Contacts Texas Land Owners: "You Might Soon See A Giant 30' Wall In Your Backyard Being Built"
In the latest indication that the Trump administration may actually build the President's long-promised wall at the US-Mexico border, south Texas land owners report receiving letters from the government notifying them that their land will be surveyed for "tactical infrastructure, such as a border wall," according to KENS-TV.
State Congressman Henry Cuellar (D) says that over 200 survey requests have been made by US Customs in Starr and Hidalgo counties alone.
The mayor of Escobares, a tiny town of just 2,500 residents which borders Mexico at the Rio Grande river, says locals have received letters from the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection a few weeks ago seeking consent to survey their land.
“I walk out the back door and what I’m going to see is a 30-foot fence,” Escobares Mayor Noel Escobar said.
Rio Grande City School District board president Daniel Garcia showed us the letter the school got in May. It included a map highlighting about a mile of land the government is eyeing for “tactical infrastructure, such as a border wall.”
“When we voted for it, it was not for any specific reason. They just wanted to come in and survey the property,” said Garcia.
Garcia said the land is not currently being used by the district and said had he known it was meant for the border wall, he would’ve voted against the agenda item. -KENS-TV
81-year-old Roma, TX land owner Felix Rodriguez was visited by a government surveyor earlier this year who offered $300 for a portion of his 500-square-foot property. Rodriguez "often hears gunshots from across the border," according to KENS-TV.
With midterm elections on the horizon and the 2020 US presidential election just 26 short months away, even breaking ground on the wall may come right down to the wire.https://archive.fo/uzJRBhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-09/texas-land-owners-get-govt-letters-notifying-tactical-infrastructure-such-border
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Secret 2006 US Gov't Document Reveals Plan To Destabilize Syria Using Islamic Extremists
As the Syrian government makes massive gains across the country, many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the Western destabilization and attempt to destroy the secular government of Syria by the United States and the West. However, it must be remembered that the goal to impose hegemony across the world by the Anglo-financier system is not some fly-by-night venture that cropped up in 2011 to be easily abandoned in 2018. Indeed, the plan to destroy Syria has spanned nearly four decades, only moving into high gear in 2011 under the Obama administration.
While the destabilization initiative did begin in earnest under Obama’s watch, the truth is that previous administration were also heavily involved in the planning of Syria’s destruction.
For instance, in 2006, TIME revealed a leaked two-page document circulating amongst key figures in the Bush administration that openly stated that the U.S. was “supporting regular meetings of internal and diaspora Syrian activists” in Europe. The document made no bones about expressing hope that “these meetings will facilitate a more coherent strategy and plan of actions for all anti-Assad activists.”
The document also stated, according to TIME, that Syria’s legislative elections which were going to take place in March of 2007, “provide a potentially galvanizing issue for... critics of the Assad regime.” The document expressed an open desire to take advantage of that opportunity by suggesting an “election monitoring” plan where “internet accessible materials will be available for printing and dissemination by activists inside the country [Syria] and neighboring countries.”
The document also advocates for providing money to at least one Syrian politician who was allegedly intending to run in the election against Bashar al-Assad. The document also called for the funding of and implementation of “voter education campaigns” and “public opinion polling,” the first being “tentatively scheduled in early 2007.”
As TIME reported in December 2006 in the article “Syria In Bush’s Cross Hairs,”
American officials say the U.S. government has had extensive contacts with a range of anti-Assad groups in Washington, Europe and inside Syria. To give momentum to that opposition, the U.S. is giving serious consideration to the election-monitoring scheme proposed in the document, according to several officials. The proposal has not yet been approved, in part because of questions over whether the Syrian elections will be delayed or even cancelled. But one U.S. official familiar with the proposal said: “You are forced to wonder whether we are now trying to destabilize the Syrian government.”
Some critics in Congress and the Administration say that such a plan, meant to secretly influence a foreign government, should be legally deemed a “covert action,” which by law would then require that the White House inform the intelligence committees on Capitol Hill. Some in Congress would undoubtedly raise objections to this secret use of publicly appropriated funds to promote democracy.
The fact that “critics in Congress and the administration” believed that the plan should be labeled a “covert action” means clearly that the plan was kept from members of Congress legally obligated to be informed of the plan. That doesn’t mean that certain members of Congress or all members of the “intelligence committees” were not aware of the plan but that these individuals were simply never officially informed of the plan’s existence.
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Pentagon Suddenly Scrubs ALL Current and Previous Troop Deployment Data
After quietly scrubbing troop numbers for Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria from the Defense Manpower Data Center’s website earlier this year, the Pentagon — which has repeatedly promised to improve “transparency” regarding troop statistics— is under renewed scrutiny over its public information blackout.
NPR’s David Welna reported Tuesday that the public Pentagon website that had, for more than a decade, provided information about the number of U.S. troops in war zones was still devoid of numbers for Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.
When pressed to answer why these figures were no longer being made available to the public, Pentagon spokesman told Welna that it was to “protect our forces.”
“We have to make sure that the American people know what their forces are doing,” said Army Major Adrian Galloway. “But we have to protect our forces as well. And a part of that is making sure that we keep a handle on what information we release to the public in general.”
Galloway told Welna that the “approximate” number of troops currently in Afghanistan is 14,000 ― but said he could not provide the exact figure.
“I do know the real numbers, but unfortunately the real number is classified and I just can’t talk about it,” Galloway said.
The data blackout comes after repeated promises by the Pentagon to be more “transparent” regarding deployment numbers.
Mattis told reporters in August, for instance, that he’d changed the “accounting process” to ensure the Pentagon had more accurate troop tallies and pledged to be more transparent in reporting those numbers.
President Donald Trump appeared to undermine that position a week later, however, by saying that the government would “not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities” in Afghanistan.
For more than 10 years, the Pentagon, via the Defense Manpower Data Center, had released a quarterly report of the number of troops stationed overseas. But its latest report, dated December 2017 and released in March, “just had blank spaces where Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan figures used to be,” The Military Times reported in April.https://archive.fo/jEnWuhttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pentagon-troop-number-blackout-iraq-syria-afghanistan_us_5b3c6a27e4b07b827cbc12e4
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Trump Nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh For The Supreme Court
President Trump has confirmed that his nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will be 53-year-old appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, the long-reputed frontrunner. The White House managed to keep Trump's pick a secret until roughly 8 minutes before the President's planned announcement, when NBC News confirmed that Kavanaugh had clinched the nomination.
As Trump pointed out, a dozen of Kavanaugh's 300 DC Circuit opinions have been adopted by the Supreme Court. "There is no one in America more qualified for this position or more deserving." During his remarks, Kavanaugh said his judicial philosophy is straighforward. A judge must interpret the law, not make the law, and interpret the constitution as written. Kavanaugh went to Yale and Yale Law and clerked for Kennedy on the Supreme Court, where he reportedly first met Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first SCOTUS nominee.
As Bloomberg points out, expect a lot of focus on Kavanaugh's 2009 paper arguing that a president shouldn't have to face the distractions of criminal prosecutions and lawsuits while president. Kavanaugh could cast the deciding vote on whether Trump must cooperate with a grand jury subpoena from Robert Mueller. Already, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal is telling reporters that he would ask Kavanaugh to recuse himself from cases related to the Mueller probe.
By choosing Kavanaugh, President Trump has satisfied online bookmakers and Washington insiders alike by selecting Brett Kavanaugh, long rumored to be the front-runner, as his pick to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy. While he reportedly faced opposition from some social conservatives over his ties to former President George W Bush, Kavanaugh benefited from a lengthy history of conservative rulings (he’s served in his current role as circuit judge for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia since 2006) and the support of White House counsel Don McGahn III, who was tasked with leading the search. Though his rulings on some issues - notably Obamacare - have been seen as controversial by some.
Trump’s nomination has set in motion what could be a weekslong confirmation process as Republicans struggle with an precariously flimsy majority of one (thanks to Sen. John McCain’s expected absence due to illness). As the Wall Street Journal points out, both pro- and anti-choice groups are planning millions of dollars in ad buys targeting the states of potential swing voters on both sides of the aisle.
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Insolvency: Depite Massive US Military Spending, China & Russia Catching Up In Military Might
Russia's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced that a new weapon is very near completion of its test validation trials and will soon be placed into service.
If reports of its operational performance are accurate, it will threaten the survivability of every U.S. combat aircraft currently in service—particularly the newest U.S. fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-35.
The weapon is the Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile. Launched from a fighter aircraft, it is designed to hit targets at ranges of up to 188 miles, its warhead section contains 132 lbs of explosive material, and it is reported to be capable of speeds of up to Mach 6.
This missile gives Russian aircraft an advantage over U.S. combat aircraft in both speed and reach. The most advanced versions of the US-made Raytheon AIM-120 air-to-air missile top out at about Mach 4 and have a range of only about 110 miles.
Defense planners are alarmed at the number of fighters Russia plans to fit with this weapon.
The missiles that preceded the R-37M had been exclusive to the weapons fit for the Mikoyan MiG-31 aircraft. The MiG-31 mission was almost entirely dedicated to shooting down U.S. strategic bombers and other large aircraft that might pose a threat to Russian air space, so these missiles were typically not often seen outside of Russian territory.
However, according to MoD sources, the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKO) are planning for Sukhoi model aircraft Su-30, Su-35, and Su-57 to all operate with the R-37M, in addition to the MiG-31. The missile will therefore be capable of being fired at almost any U.S. military aircraft in numerous theaters of operation worldwide and not just within Moscow's territorial airspace.
The announcement has elicited nervous reactions from defense ministries and air staff commands from Poland to America's allies in Asia. The only missile in the western arsenal that comes close to matching the Russian R-37M in speed and range is the ramjet motor-powered Meteor produced by the European consortium MBDA, which is not deployed on any U.S. aircraft.
There are also no missiles currently in the U.S. arsenal that match this Russian weapon's performance. This has several nations asking if they should look at a purchase of the Swedish Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighter, which has Meteor already integrated into its fire control system.
Su-30SM and Su-35 model aircraft are operated by Russia's military along the borders with NATO. Su-30 aircraft have buzzed U.S. warships and aircraft in both the Black Sea and in the Baltics, both aircraft were sold and are operated by the People's Liberation Army Air Force in China, and the VKO have also based them at the Russian military aerodrome in Latakia, Syria—where they are frequently in close proximity to U.S. forces. There have been rumors for years of an impending sale of either Su-30SM or Su-35 or both to Iran in large numbers.
Defense experts are concerned about how soon the R-37M will be in service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force. Chinese Su-35 aircraft have been seen recently transiting Novosibirsk while flying back to Russian flight test facilities further to the West. Speculation is that some of the aircraft are returning to evaluate having this new weapon added to their Su-35s.
Russian sources describe the guidance system on the R-37Ms as being equipped with a high technology "brain" that is "immune to jamming from electronic warfare systems."
Again this proves secret expenditures, endless wars and massive spending on behalf of ZOG is not making America any stronger than its alleged enemies.https://archive.fo/WR3d8http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russia-china-soon-outmatch-u-s-combat-aviation/
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Curcumin Found To Significantly Slow Down Cancer Growth
Curcumin is a bright yellow chemical produced by some plants. It is the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, a member of the ginger family. It is sold as an herbal supplement, cosmetics ingredient, food flavoring and food coloring.
Some manufactured food products such as canned beverages, dairy, baked goods, cereals and sauces often contain turmeric as an additive, as well as the majority of commercial grade curry powders. Foods such as butter and cheese are often colored with turmeric as well. Curcumin is the bright yellow chemical compound that gives turmeric its bold color.
Curcumin influences cell metabolic activity vitality in various cancer phenotypes. The nutrient, which is abundant in turmeric, was observed to have remarkable abilities in modulating the regression of carcinoma in the thyroid gland. This new research, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows the potential of curcumin as a safe and natural treatment option for cancer.
Three different types of extracts of the rhizome, Curcuma longa L. were collected.
All turmeric extracts were provided by Biosalus Company in Naples, Italy.
The percentage of curcumin found in the extracts were at 65, 80, and 87 percent, respectively.
These extracts were tested on a validated model of human papillary thyroid cancer.
A comparison among the three extracts showed that a higher percentage of curcumin was most effective in inhibiting cancer growth — though there was no great difference among the three.
All extracts displayed profound antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, even after 48 hours of treatment.
Authors of the study concluded that curcumin is a potent agent in cancer management and treatment. They likewise hypothesize using the nutrient in treating various disorders related to the central nervous system, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
The full text of the study can be found at this link: https://archive.fo/wVgUT
Journal Reference: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12906-018-2125-9
Perna, A., de Luca, A., Adelfi, L., Pasquale, T., Varriale, B., & Esposito, T. EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT EXTRACTS OF CURCUMIN ON TPC1 PAPILLARY THYROID CANCER CELL LINE. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018; 18:63 DOI: 10.1186/s12906-018-2125-9https://archive.fo/ozYPlhttps://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-09-cancers-worst-enemy-curcumin-influences-cell-metabolic-activity-cancer-tumors.html
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The DNC Is So Insolvent They Will Be Forced To S-elect Hillary Clinton To Run Again For 2020
That's right: Hillary Clinton is running for president again in 2020. She has actually ramped up her campaign since her defeat in 2016! From her Twitter feed to university speeches to appearances abroad – from Ireland to Australia to India – the "I'm with her" campaign continues. The message remains the same: Donald Trump is racist and sexist, and his supporters are deplorable. Hillary also continues to preach that she won the 2016 popular vote by 3,000,000 votes, but because of the electoral college (that damn Constitution thing) and RussiaRussiaRussia, she was robbed of her rightful prize and place in history.
Hillary is the only potential Democrat with big money-raising potential and an existing fundraising mechanism. That mechanism has been in place for 30 years! Hillary also has as much as $1 billion in Clinton Foundation donations stashed away for just such a rainy day. You didn't really think all that Russian oligarch money was sent to hungry children in Haiti, did you?
Hillary knows that the MSM will not only not criticize her for running in 2020, but celebrate her campaign because "she has unfinished business." Hillary also knows that the MSM will repeat her talking points ad nauseam, as in "the 2016 election was stolen by the Russians" and "she's doing this for women to break the glass ceiling" as they serve up $10 billion in free earned media. In addition, MSM journalists want jobs in the Hillary Clinton administration and won't risk her famous wrath if she wins.
Hillary knows that the Electoral College heavily favors Democrats, and that leftist organizers are already working hard in key swing states to register new voters to tip the small balance from 2016. In addition, there is no doubt that Deep-State leftists will leak embarrassing info on Trump. There are likely old "Access Hollywood"-style audio tapes hanging around, such as those actor Tom Arnold claims to be harboring that might harm Trump badly at the last minute.
As we learned from WikiLeaks in 2016, the DNC proved effective in quashing opposition to Hillary. As Trump has said, "between superdelegates and the DNC, Bernie Sanders never stood a chance." After the 2016 election, Hillary successfully placed her crony, Tom Perez, as head of the DNC to do her future bidding. Even better, the DNC is broke again due to the $12 million paid to Fusion GPS for Russians to write short stories for $342,857 per page (the 35 pages of expensive fiction known as the "Steele dossier"). A broke DNC provides Hillary the same irresistible opportunity she had in 2016: her campaign will agree to fund the DNC in exchange for calling the shots. Meanwhile, Hillary is still fundraising for her foundation, drawing donors away from the DNC, with few complaints from Democrats.
With a growing economy and Trump's successes and popularity, Democrat party officials will likely consider beating Trump a long shot anyway. They may be happy to let Hillary be "cannon fodder" in 2020, which would provide them the excuse to retire the entire old guard of Hillary, Pocahontas, Biden, and Sanders for good. Democrats will also likely argue among themselves that Donald Trump is the perfect foil to rally the troops against, so four more years of Trump would actually be better for them!
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Prepare To Defend Yourselves: NO, The US Did NOT Agree To The United Nations Gun Control Pact!
While the United States is typically set apart from other countries when it comes to gun laws, a recent conference with the United Nations has raised major red flags, as the media is claiming Americans "agreed" [bullshit!] to enact “full implementation” of an international agreement on gun control that will violate Americans’ constitutional rights by adding their personal information to a global database.
The Third Review Conference (RevCon) of the United Nations’ Program of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons was held in New York last week with a "2018 agreement", which states that its purpose is to serve as “a renewed commitment to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects.”https://s3.amazonaws.com/unoda-web/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2018-06-29-Outcome-Document-Draft-5_final.pdf
“We, the States participating in the third United Nations Conference to review progress made in the implementation of the Program of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects, convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 18 to 29 June 2018 to review progress made in implementation and identify priorities for strengthened implementation, reaffirm our commitment to the full and effective implementation of all of the provisions of the Program of Action and the International Tracing Instrument, with a view to ending the human suffering caused by the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.”
The "agreement" states that it will act as an “international instrument to enable states to identify and trace, in a timely and reliable manner,” light arms and small weapons, while “bearing in mind the different situations, capacities, and priorities of States and regions.” All the while, it will be tracking “progress made in the implementation of the International Tracing Instrument; noted the challenges to the implementation of the Instrument, whether continuing, recent or emerging.”The conflict and post-conflict situations addressed by the agreement include the need for “disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs and community violence reduction programs,” along with international instruments, such as, “regular inventories, surplus disposal, including through destruction, and the implementation of appropriate measures when losses are detected.”
The "agreement" also listed management and security measures that would include “marking, record-keeping and, as appropriate, tracing by law enforcement authorities, for illicit small arms and light weapons that are found, seized, or recovered in conflict and post-conflict situations.”
The fact is the American people did not, and nor did Congress, ever "agree" to this! SO THIS IS NULL! The UN can go fuck themselves!
Some rebukes and clarifications:<Residents in Deerfield, Illinois, were forced to turn in all guns that qualify as assault weapons last monthWRONG!
A recent Judge has ruled AGAINST these gun grabbers and in fact law enforcement was slapped with a restraining order from residents when it came to enforcing this new dictate.https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2018/06/daniel-zimmerman/breaking-judge-issues-restraining-order-blocking-deerfield-il-assault-weapons-ban/
This case is still being fought in another higher court.<The city council in Boulder, Colorado, has followed suit by unanimously passing a ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, giving residents until July 15 to comply.
There are also class-action lawsuites filed against this, and will be fought in the courts. This will head to the Supreme Court if it has to. Meanwhile, do not conform, do not voluntarily give up your guns!http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/17/boulder-residents-lawsuit-gun-ban/
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Did French PM Macron Just Flip On Immigration Policy? "Africans Need To Stay And Succeed In Africa"
French president Emmanuel Macron has said African nations must do more to keep young people from leaving and work to reduce their birth rates to ease the migrant crisis.
“We need more Africans to succeed in Africa,” Emmanuel Macron said on a visit to the Nigerian capital, Lagos, this week. “Let’s build homes for the African youth in Africa.”
He added that, right now, Africans were trying to reach Europe by taking “the most crazy risks” whilst making people-traffickers “richer and richer”, the Telegraph reports.
Too many were emigrating from peaceful nations like as Senegal, the Ivory Coast, and Nigeria because of “a lack of hope, a lack of opportunities”, he continued.
However, he said there are too many for them all to settle in Europe: “These people, given the magnitude of this wave, cannot be accepted, at least, not all of them.”
We are facing migration. Helping Africa to succeed is good for Europe and France. pic.twitter.com/oNbmlPCj1A
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) July 4, 2018
Earlier this year, the European Union (EU) agreed to begin setting up migrant processing centres on the African continent, so economic migrants with no legitimate claim to asylum can be sorted from genuine refugees.
The bloc also last month proposed billions more in aid for Africa, including a €10.5 billion “Peace Facility.”
Spending in sub-Saharan Africa is set to see the biggest increase, from €26.1 billion to €32 billion over seven years, with €9 billion earmarked migration-related causes.
The EU had to work even more closely with African countries, President Macron said, whilst also urging African nations to alter the domestic policies that drive poverty and emigration.
Governments need to control booming populations and birth rates, as high as “seven, eight children” per family, Macron said.https://archive.fo/Z4uSGhttps://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/08/video-frances-macron-tells-africans-to-stay-and-succeed-in-africa-reduce-birth-rate/
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Utter Insanity: British School Boys Forced To Wear Skirts Facing Humiliation
British school boys must now wear skirts during the hot summer months as part of a ‘gender-neutral’ uniform policy, or risk being suspended.
Chiltern Edge Secondary School in Oxfordshire is one of many schools that has banned boys from wearing shorts, insisting that they wear skirts instead.
Dailymail.co.uk reports: https://archive.fo/amUi2
Leaders at the school in Sonning Common introduced a ‘more formal’ uniform policy at the beginning of the academic year that stipulated that the only leg wear permitted was trousers or skirts.
Following the change, parent Alastair Vince-Porteous asked staff if his son could wear tailored shorts – but the school said that they were not part of the uniform. The bemused father was then told that the uniform policy was ‘gender-neutral’ and boys could of course wear a skirt if they wished.
The move follows a trend for schools adopting gender-neutral policies to help transgender pupils feel more welcome. Many schools now say skirts and trousers can be worn by either gender. Under the Equality Act, schools have a duty to protect transgender students from discrimination.
This case came to light at the weekend, as temperatures are set to soar to 26C (79F) next week. Mr Vince-Porteous said: ‘I was told shorts are not part of the uniform. It’s a shame we can’t be more grown up about it, we aren’t asking for ra-ra skirts or skinny jeans, just grey tailored shorts for two months a year, it’s not a big deal.
‘I know that in the past other schools have worn skirts so I asked if my son was able to do that – and the school said yes.’ Fellow parent Joanne Muday said: ‘It’s nuts to make the kids wear blazers and ties when it gets very hot.’https://archive.fo/QQ47nhttps://yournewswire.com/british-school-boys-skirts-hot-weather/
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Trump Freezes Billions In Obamacare Bailouts, Outraging Insurers
The Trump administration halted billions of dollars in payments to health insurers after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency that administers programs under Obamacare, announced on Saturday it was freezing payments to insurers that cover sicker patients, saying a federal court ruling ties its hands. The move brought a sharp response from health insurers warning of market disruptions and even higher costs.
The payments are intended to help stabilize health insurance markets by compensating insurers that had sicker, more expensive enrollees in 2017. The government collects the money from health insurers with relatively healthy enrollees, who cost less to insure.
In a Saturday announcement, the CMS said the move was necessary because of a February ruling by a federal court in New Mexico, which found that the federal government was using an inaccurate formula for allocating the payments; it added that the trial court in New Mexico "prevents CMS from making further collections or payments under the risk adjustment program, including amounts for the 2017 benefit year, until the litigation is resolved."
The CMS, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, added that the court’s ruling bars the agency from collecting or making payments under the current methodology, which uses a statewide average premium, Bloomberg reported.
“We were disappointed by the court’s recent ruling. As a result of this litigation, billions of dollars in risk adjustment payments and collections are now on hold." CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in the agency’s statement.
“CMS has asked the court to reconsider its ruling, and hopes for a prompt resolution that allows CMS to prevent more adverse impacts on Americans who receive their insurance in the individual and small group markets,” Verma said.
The risk adjustment program of the Affordable Care Act redistributes funds from plans with lower-risk enrollees to plans with higher-risk enrollees, helping to ensure that sicker individuals can receive coverage by sharing the cost of covering them. The immediate impact of the decision will be to boost healthcare costs for millions of Americans even higher, unleashing even higher inflation for staples, at a time when the Fed is keeping a close eye on rising costs.
Predictably, advocates of the risk adjustment program, and Obamacare in general, were outraged.
Risk adjustment “has been long supported and embraced by both Republicans and Democrats,” said Scott Serota, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
“This action will significantly increase 2019 premiums for millions of individuals and small business owners and could result in far fewer health plan choices,” Serota said in a statement. “It will undermine Americans’ access to affordable coverage, particularly those who need medical care the most.”https://archive.fo/GyYxThttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-08/trump-freezes-billions-obamacare-payments-outraging-insurers
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Utter Tyranny: Irish Boy Arrested, Locked Up Inside Hospital, For Having His Epilepsy Treated Naturally
An autistic boy with epilepsy, has effectively been placed “under hospital arrest” in Northern Ireland because authorities will not allow him to be treated with cannabis oil at home, according to his mother.
Twelve year old Billy Caldwell was suffering with up to 100 seizures a day before starting the cannabis oil treatment.
After spending three weeks at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to treat his life-threatening condition, Billy returned to Northern Ireland this week, where it was expected that his medication could be administered at his home in Castlederg.
RT reports: https://archive.fo/8yyP4
The Northern Ireland Health Department on Thursday granted a temporary license for cannabis oil – which Billy relies to control his epileptic seizures – but on the sole condition he is administered the drug in a Belfast hospital.
Billy lives in Co Tyrone, which is a two-hour journey away from the Belfast. As the 12-year-old needs a dose of the drug twice a day, it means he has to endure a four-hour round trip every day.
His mother, Charlotte Caldwell, said: “Billy has effectively been placed under hospital arrest. The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has refused to release Billy’s meds, which have to stay at or near a hospital in Belfast, for the duration of Billy’s treatment, which is basically for the rest of his life – or until somebody sees sense.
“This is completely at odds with the view of the Chelsea and Westminster hospital, which said he could go home, and the Home Office, which recommended he did,” she said, according to The Guardian.Billy had not suffered any seizures for almost a year after starting the cannabis oil treatment.
However he ran out of supplies in June and the Home Office banned his GP from proscribing more. His mother travelled to Canada to stock up on the plant-based drug, but on arrival at Heathrow airport in June, the supply was confiscated from her.
The case, along with several other high-profile cases of patients depending on the drug to treat their conditions, sparked a massive debate on the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid responded to the outcry by calling for a review of the scheduling of the drug.https://archive.fo/AauWhhttps://yournewswire.com/autistic-boy-with-epilepsy-under-hospital-arrest-over-medical-cannabis-treatment/
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'Smart' TVs Are Still Spying On Mindless Consumers
The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.
In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching on internet-connected TVs, then using that information to send targeted advertisements to other devices in their homes. Marketers, forever hungry to get their products in front of the people most likely to buy them, have eagerly embraced such practices. But the companies watching what people watch have also faced scrutiny from regulators and privacy advocates over how transparent they are being with users.
Samba TV is one of the bigger companies that track viewer information to make personalized show recommendations. The company said it collected viewing data from 13.5 million smart TVs in the United States, and it has raised $40 million in venture funding from investors including Time Warner Cable, cable operator Liberty Global and billionaire Mark Cuban.
Samba TV has struck deals with roughly a dozen TV brands — including Sony, Sharp, TCL and Philips — to intall its spyware on certain sets. When people set up their TVs, a screen urges them to enable a service called Samba Interactive TV, saying it recommends shows and provides special offers “by cleverly recognizing onscreen content.” But the screen, which contains the enable button, does not detail how much information Samba TV collects to make those recommendations.
Once enabled, Samba TV can track nearly everything that appears on the TV on a second-by-second basis, essentially reading pixels to identify network shows and ads, as well as programs on Netflix and HBO and even video games played on the TV. Samba TV has even offered advertisers the ability to base their targeting on whether people watch conservative or liberal media outlets and which party’s presidential debate they watched.The big draw for advertisers — which have included Citi and JetBlue in the past, and now Expedia — is that Samba TV can also identify other devices in the home that share the TV’s internet connection.https://archive.fo/OeqHShttps://www.wral.com/how-smart-tvs-in-millions-of-u-s-homes-track-more-than-what-s-on-tonight/17675939/
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Good! Syrian Government Takes Back Chunk of Syrian Border From CIA-Mossad ISIS Plants
Government forces have retaken a large chunk of the Syrian-Jordanian border, including the Nasib border crossing, from militants over the last few days.
While some sources say that most of militant groups operating in southern Syria have already accepted an initial reconciliation agreement with the Damascus government, the situation in the area still remains tense because a radical part of the militants, led by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, still contributes efforts to undermine the deal.https://archive.fo/qJWz7https://southfront.org/in-maps-government-forces-retake-large-chunk-of-syrian-jordanian-border/
Middle East analysts are appropriately noting, "Rebels played Russian roulette, and lost" after Syrian Army ground forces accompanied by overwhelming Russian airstrikes in Syria's contested southwest region have collapsed anti-government lines with rapid speed.
Early Friday a major strategic victory was announced as government forces took the Nassib border crossing after recapturing a string of over 8 border outposts in Daraa province.
The Nassib crossing is among Syria's most important and busiest international border crossings, and sits along the Damascus-Amman international highway. Prior to the war it was a main artery for Syrian exports to GCC countries.
Opposition leaders have confirmed the crossing will now be controlled by Syrian government and Jordanian authorities for the first time after the FSA flag long flew over the outpost since anti-Assad militants captured it in 2015.
SW #Syria rebels have lost the Nassib crossing on #Syrian / #Jordanian border. Nassib was heart of dispute between rebels and #Damascus before #Assad gov't/ #Russia launched this campaign. It's gone, as is most of east #Deraa countryside. Rebels played Russian roulette, and lost.
— Nicholas A Heras (@NicholasAHeras) July 6, 2018
For the first time in a number of years the Syrian flag has been raised over Nassib border crossing with #Jordan in #Daraa, just weeks after the offensive to retake the province started.
— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) July 6, 2018
The ongoing major offensive to take back Daraa and Al-Quneitra provinces from long entrenched FSA, al-Qaeda, and ISIS groups began last month, and though predicted by many to be a long and grinding affair that held the potential for external state military intervention, the unexpectedly rapid advance of pro-government forces has stunned observers.
Al Masdar reports that three quarters of the region that witnessed the start of armed conflict in 2011 is now back under the control of Damascus:
As a result of these advances, the Syrian Army finds themselves in control of approximately 72 percent of southwest Syria. The remaining 28 percent is under the control of the Free Syrian Army, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham and Jaysh Khaled bin Walid (ISIS affiliate).
Meanwhile Reuters reports that hundreds of troops in a large military convoy with Russian and Syrian flags have been seen heading to the newly liberated Nassib border crossing as anti-government fighters are laying down their weapons in droves.https://archive.fo/pdbnjhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-06/syria-rebels-played-russian-roulette-and-lost
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Turns Out Alt-right White Supremacist Leader Is A Defense Contractor With A Security Clearance
All part of the cultural Marxist subversion tactics! Imagine my shock!
There likely isn’t such a thing as a “typical” violent white extremist in America in 2018. Still, Michael Miselis — a University of California, Los Angeles doctoral student with a U.S. government security clearance to work on sensitive research for a prominent defense contractor — makes for a pretty unusual case.
For months, ProPublica and Frontline have been working to identify the white supremacists at the center of violent demonstrations across the country, including the infamous Unite the Right rally last August in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Rise Above Movement, a Southern California group that expresses contempt for Muslims, Jews, and immigrants, became a focus of that effort. ProPublica and Frontline were able to quickly identify a number of the group’s leaders, and find evidence that put them in the middle of violence in Charlottesville and Berkeley, California, among other places.
But one seeming member of RAM was harder to nail down. In video shot in Charlottesville, a bearded, husky man is seen in a red Make America Great Again hat with his hands wrapped in tape that came in handy for the brawling that occurred that day. During one encounter, the unidentified man in the red hat pushed an African-American protester to the ground and began pounding on him, video of the episode shows; moments later, a known RAM member choked and bloodied a pair of female counterprotesters. The possible RAM member also had turned up in video shot during hours of combat at a Trump rally in Berkeley, as well. Wearing protective goggles to ward off pepper spray, the man fought alongside RAM members, wrestling one protester to the ground and punching others.
Ultimately, ProPublica and Frontline determined the man in the violent footage was Miselis, a 29-year-old pursuing a Ph.D. in UCLA’s aerospace engineering program. Miselis was identified using video footage and social media posts, and reporters confirmed his identity in an encounter with him outside his home. In interviews, a number of California law enforcement officials said Miselis was a member of RAM.
In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Miselis works as a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman, the giant defense contractor with a plant in Redondo Beach, California.
When approached by ProPublica and Frontline in front of his home in Lawndale, a small city south of Los Angeles, Miselis said he “didn’t know anything” about what happened in Charlottesville.
Several current and former employees at Northrop Grumman told ProPublica and Frontline that Miselis has received a security clearance to work in a computer modeling and simulation group within Northrop’s aerospace division. Such security clearances are typically issued in a two-step process. The federal Office of Personnel Management conducts an investigation into the individual. The agency’s findings are then forwarded to a special unit within the Department of Defense, which makes the final determination on whether the person should receive a clearance, a status that often allows the person access to classified or otherwise sensitive information concerning national security.
Public affairs officers at the Defense Department declined to comment about Miselis and his security clearance. The federal personnel management office referred questions regarding Miselis to Northrop Grumman.
Northrop Grumman did not respond to several requests for comment.https://archive.fo/VKwbChttps://www.propublica.org/article/michael-miselis-rise-above-movement-white-supremacist-group-northrop-grumman
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Employment Records Expose Stark Reality: Old People Are Keeping The US Economy Alive
As we saw with Friday's jobs report, the booming US economy has continued to draw in workers from "the sidelines" - ie people who weren't actively looking for work and were considered to be "out" of the workforce - as the participation rate has ticked higher in recent months (though it remains well below its pre-crisis levels). Still, economists have been largely unable to explain how wages have remained stagnant in a supposedly "tight" labor market. But a recent story in the Washington Post might hold a few clues...
According to Census data analyzed by WaPo, the number of Americans aged 85 and older who are still working has risen to record highs in recent years.
Meanwhile, the number of workers between the ages of 18 and 30 who are out of the workforce hasn't been this high since the 1970s, before large numbers of women entered the workforce.
At last count, there were 255,000 Americans aged 85 and older who had been working or looking for work in the past 12 months. That's approximately 4.4% of Americans that age - up from 2.6% in 2006. Indeed, it appears Ruth Bader Ginsburg (85) and Warren Buffett (87) are not alone.
Overall, 255,000 Americans, 85-years-old and over, were working over the past 12 months. That's 4.4 percent of Americans that age, up from 2.6 percent in 2006, before the recession. It's the highest number on record.
They're doing all sorts of jobs - crossing guards, farmers and ranchers, even truckers, as my colleague Heather Long revealed in a front-page story last week. Indeed, there are between 1,000 and 3,000 U.S. truckers age 85 or older, based on 2016 Census Bureau figures. Their ranks have roughly doubled since the Great Recession.
America's aging workforce has defined the post-Great Recession labor market. Baby boomers and their parents are working longer as life expectancies grow, retirement plans shrink, education levels rise and work becomes less physically demanding. Labor Department figures show that at every year of age above 55, U.S. residents are working or looking for work at the highest rates on record.
The oldest workers in the workforce, many of whom have been forced out of retirement for financial reasons, have clustered in 26 of the 455 occupations tracked by the Census Bureau data.
As one might expect, these are industries like sales or management, which don't require physically demanding labor. Farmers and ranchers has perhaps the largest percentage of elderly workers compared with younger ones, according to WaPo.
Perhaps the bizarre phenomenon that older workers are entering the workforce at levels never seen before, while a growing number of young people have been sidelined from the workforce for whatever reason (be it because of drugs, illness or simply because they don't want to work), has something to do with the fact that wages are stagnant. According to WaPo, at every age above 55, US residents are working or looking for work at the highest rates on record. Workers who are coming out of retirement, or just trying to hang on in the face of ageism in the workforce, aren't exactly in the best position to negotiate for higher wages.https://archive.fo/PXvMyhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-06/record-number-85-year-olds-are-working-while-twentysomethings-stay-home
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Despite Trade War, Wages and Jobs In American Industry Are Actually Growing
When President Trump on the first day of March said that the U.S. would impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a ten percent tariff on imported aluminum, many economists predicted that this spelled trouble for the industries that rely on steel and aluminum for their products.
The Trump administration postponed imposing the tariffs on Canada, the European Union, and Mexico until June 1, saying it wanted more time to try to negotiate agreements that might have allowed these countries to win exemptions from the tariffs. But none of those trading partners reached a deal with the U.S. by the deadline. The tariffs were imposed when the calendar flipped to June.
Yet there are few signs that the tariffs are having a negative effect on America’s metal using industries. In fact, American businesses that make the most use of metals are adding jobs at a rate that is four times as fast as the broader economy, according to data from the Department of Labor.
The fabricated metals sector–where workers transform metal into intermediate or end products other than machinery, computers and electronics, and metal furniture–added jobs in March, April, May and June. Over that period, employment in fabricated metals grew by one percent, compared with just a quarter of a percentage point growth in the broader economy. In June alone, fabricated metals added 7,000 jobs.
Machinery manufacturing added jobs in each of the four months since the announcement, including 5,000 in June. Employment in the sector grew by a whopping 1.7 percent.
Transportation manufacturing, the sector that includes automakers and aerospace, added jobs in March, April, and June. During the period it grew by 15,000 jobs, or 0.9 percent.
It is possible that the businesses hiring these workers are feeling their profits squeezed by tariffs. But the workers in these industries are seeing job opportunities grow rapidly.
Wages for the workers are rising as well. The hourly wage for non-supervisory workers in machinery manufacturing and fabricated metals rose by around 0.8 percent between March and June, an annualized rate of 2.4 percent. Wages in transportation rose 0.7 percent, for an annualized gain of 2.1 percent.https://archive.fo/EbtQKhttps://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/06/shock-wages-and-jobs-soar-at-american-businesses-hit-by-metals-tariffs/
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Highest Ranking Catholic Archbishop Found Guilty Of Pedophile Abuse
The highest ranking Catholic official ever convicted of crimes against children has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for covering up “decades” of sexual abuse of young altar boys by a pedophile ring of priests.
Archbishop Philip Wilson was sentenced to a year in prison, after he was found guilty in Australia of covering up decades of sexual abuse including the rape of two altar boys by a pedophile priest, Jim Fletcher, in the 1970s. Fletcher, who was found guilty of nine counts of child sexual abuse, died of a stroke in prison in 2016 while he was serving an eight-year sentence.https://www.rt.com/news/431588-archbishop-sentenced-abuse-coverup/
Archbishop Philip Wilson said he thought it was his duty to protect the image of the church, not the innocence of the children.
On Tuesday, Magistrate Robert Stone of denounced “the decades of abuse and its concealment” and said Wilson, who is 67-years-old, must serve at least six months in prison before he is eligible to apply for parole.
Magistrate Stone said Archbishop Wilson failed to report pedophile priests who were raping and abusing young children because he “wanted to protect the church and its image” rather than protect the innocent young lives being destroyed at the hands of the network of powerful pedophile clergy.
However Pope Francis has refused to defrock or denounce Archbishop Wilson, while insisting the convicted child sex offender will return to his duties after his prison term, providing he prays to God for forgiveness.
The Archbishop’s prison sentence was welcomed by some of the survivors of abuse by pedophile priests, who believe this case will be a precedent for other abusers in the Church ranks to be punished.
“We are making progress at cutting this cancer out of the Catholic Church. A few years ago nobody would have believed you if you said Archbishops would be sent to jail. They are too powerful. But they are not above the law any longer. Nobody is above the law.”https://archive.fo/P6xYM
Three Vatican priests have gone on record denouncing Pope Francis as a false prophet and claiming that Satan worshipping pedophile cardinals are engaged in the ritual abuse of children as young as one-month-old inside the Vatican’s high walls.
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Good! Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides With Conservative Professor In Landmark Free-Speech Case
In a landmark decision that will help protect conservative groups and professors against liberal repression on college campuses, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that Marquette University shouldn't have fired conservative professor John McAdams for writing a blog post criticizing a student instructor's decision to shut down discussion about opposition to gay marriage, per the Associated Press.
The ruling contends that Marquette, a Catholic University, violated its contract with McAdams guaranteeing academic freedom. The court also declared that McAdams should be immediately reinstated. McAdams sued Marquette in 2016 alleging that he lost his job for exercising his freedom of speech. The case has been sent back to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court so that damages, including back pay, can be awarded to McAdams, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"The undisputed facts show that the University breached its contract with Dr. McAdams when it suspended him for engaging in activity protected by the contract's guarantee of academic freedom," said the opinion written by Justice Daniel Kelly.
The case could set a new precedent for academic freedom at a time when universities have been widely criticized for suppressing conservative thought and even going so far as to ban "controversial" conservative speakers from campus, for fear that leftist groups might instigate a riot.
McAdam's attorney praised the ruling as a victory for free speech.
"The Wisconsin Supreme Court has struck a major blow in favor of free speech," said McAdams' attorney, Rick Esenberg, of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.
"Make no mistake about it, this is a major day for freedom," Esenberg said. "It is our sincere hope that Marquette University appreciates and learns from this episode and takes care to guard free speech on campus."
Since the beginning, the only thing McAdams wanted to do was "teach students without having to compromise his principles," Esenberg said. "Yet Marquette refused to honor its promises of academic freedom and now, thanks to the Supreme Court, he will be able to teach again."https://archive.fo/GgDrchttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-06/wisconsin-supreme-court-sides-conservative-professor-landmark-free-speech-case
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Newly Leaked Chinese Military Doctrine Outlines Plan To Subjugate The Untited States
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China’s military reforms have been revealed by leaked internal documents, which indicate Beijing intends to expand its military might offshore so that the country will be allowed to “manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war” and overtake the United States in military strength.
The leaked documents were published by the Central Military Commission in February for the purpose of spreading President Xi Jinping’s “thought on strengthening the armed forces”.
If the reforms go ahead, they will lead to heightened tensions with China’s neighbouring countries, including Japan, in the East and South China Seas and the US.
The documents read: “As we open up and expand our national interests beyond borders, we desperately need a comprehensive protection of our own security around the globe.”
The report adds a military expansion will allow China to “more effectively create a situation, manage a crisis, contain a conflict, win a war, defend the expansion of our country’s strategic interests in an all-round fashion and realise the goals set by the party and Chairman Xi”.
It also makes clear from the start that the People’s Liberation Army is in line with the “core” leader Xi Jinping and agrees and adheres to his thought on socialism for a new era.
According to Newsweek, the authors argue a “strong military might is important for a country to grow from being big to being strong,” indicating that the US, Russia and Japan are the example of it.
The document gives particular importance to avoiding the Thucydides Trap, which is when a rising power comes into conflict with a more established enemy.
The report said a strong military is the best way to “escape the obsession that war is unavoidable between an emerging power and a ruling hegemony".
A direct confrontation with the US is referred to as “a slower vehicle on a curve", which means it is in decline but it also claims the aim of the reforms is to surpass the American military might.
The documents were leaked as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy launched two advanced warships designed for surface warfare, long-range air defence and anti-submarine operations, as the country's naval modernisation continues.
In May, the United States raised concerns with China about its latest militarisation of the South China Sea and claimed there will be short-term and long-term consequences.
In the disputed South China Sea, China has built up its presence on the islands more than any other country in the area, installing air bases, radar systems, and defence capabilities.
It has also emerged the country has been recently testing radar cross-sections (RCS) for new fighter jets.
A RCS index can measure how detectable an object is by radar and can be used in ballistic missiles.https://archive.fo/twcgqhttps://www.express.co.uk/news/world/984716/World-War-3-China-military-Trump-Xi-Jinping-US-win-a-war-in-leaked-memo-militarisation
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Democrats In FEC Desire To Censor Free Speech On The Internet
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently held two days of hearings on proposed internet regulations. While the hysterical media has ginned up a new “red scare,” the FEC’s proposals will do nothing to stop bad actors, but will undermine our First Amendment rights to online political speech.
The FEC used the hearings, at which I testified, to consider different approaches — some more restrictive than others — to “improve” disclaimers for online political advertising. Yet FEC regulations already require political action committees (PACs) and other online spenders to use disclaimers where they can, or to click through to fully-disclaimed pages if they can’t. PACs are also required to disclose all of their expenditures monthly or quarterly, and file special reports whenever spending more than modestly to support or oppose candidates.
Existing regulations are clear and comprehensive. The law isn’t the so-called problem being addressed here, though; it’s all that persnickety speech outside the political establishment.
The FEC’s Democrats, most notably Vice Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub, condemn advertising “paid for by Russia or other foreign countries,” urging Congress to “regulate political spending on the internet.” But that’s silly: The law already forbade those bad actors in the first place.
Bad actors won’t comply with the law — because they’re bad actors. For the political elites, who can afford to hire campaign finance lawyers and well-paid vendors, the FEC’s proposals will at most be a nuisance as they continue delivering their messages online.
Regulating the internet will only overburden everyone else who would seek to comply with the law, or simply stay silent. The left’s quick-trigger response is as aggressively anti-First Amendment as they are to the Second Amendment, and every bit as pointless. Echoing anti-gun activists, anti-speech liberals attempt to punish lawful activity they dislike with rules that won’t stop unlawful activity.
If political advertisers violate the regulations on the books, they should be pursued and punished. But the left’s vision of a less free internet is little more than ill-considered, knee-jerk reaction to Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid.
The resonance of President Trump’s candidacy and eventual victory led Congress and federal agencies to take a heightened interest in Facebook advertising and other forms of truly open, online speech through which the Trump message flourished. Following the 2016 election, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) warned against political ads “that would drive interest toward stories or groups” to “sow chaos and drive division in our country.” In other words, ideas he doesn’t like.
Left-leaning journalists, meanwhile, continue to suggest “fake news” on social media elected President Trump. As NPR reporter Danielle Kurtzleben put it, “Many purveyors of fake news aimed to help Trump win, and lo and behold, Trump won.” In other words, ideas they don’t approve of.
Of course, such assertions don’t hold up to empirical scrutiny. Zuckerberg first came under congressional pressure over $10,000 worth of Russian-bought Facebook ads. Not all of them were even explicitly political: Of the roughly 3,500 Facebook ads traced back to Russia, only about 100 mentioned support for President Trump or opposition to Clinton.
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Hungary Awardes Fired French Ambassador State Honour
Outgoing Ambassador of France to Hungary Éric Fournier has been awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit after he was removed from his position by Emmanuel Macron for praising Viktor Orbán’s migrant policies.
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó handed the high state award to Ambassador Fournier at a ceremony on Friday for serving his post “in a period that was perhaps the most intensive in the global politics of recent decades”.
“Old alliances have been dissolved and new ones have been forged, and it is realistic to expect the processes of the upcoming years to be no less deep,” Mr Szijjártó stated.
The decoration was bestowed on Ambassador Fournier by President János Áder in acknowledgement of his activities relating to the development of Hungarian-French relations.
Breitbart London reported this week that France’s globalist President Macron replaced Fournier after a memo in which the diplomat praised the conservative Hungarian prime minister’s migration policy was leaked to the media.
Mr Fournier had written that Prime Minister Orbán’s policy was a “model, having anticipated the problems posed by illegal migratory movements”, and denounced Europe’s “Hungarophobia”.
Macron reacted by distancing himself from the comments, telling media “in no way” did he share his ambassador’s sentiments before he launched an attack on Orbán’s anti-open borders stance by claiming Hungary was playing a “non-cooperative and nationalist game unworthy of the European Union”.
The fanatical Europhile has criticised Orbán — as well as Poland’s conservative leadership — over Hungary’s refusal to accept the forced redistribution of third world migrants who arrived in Italy and Greece during the 2015 migrant crisis.https://archive.fo/EDgQ9https://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/06/hungary-trolls-macron-awarding-fired-french-ambassador-high-state-honour/
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Go Figure: Merkel's Germany Decapitating Freedom Of The Press
In an apparent attempt to sweep under the rug a recent double homicide in Hamburg, Germany, authorities there censored the story. They also raided the apartments of a witness who filmed a video describing the murder, and a blogger who posted the video on YouTube.
The murder, which made headlines worldwide, occurred on the morning of April 12. The assailant, Mourtala Madou, a 33-year-old illegal immigrant from Niger, stabbed his German ex-girlfriend, identified as Sandra P., and their one-year-old daughter, Miriam, at a Hamburg subway station. The child died at the scene; her mother died later, at the hospital. The woman's three-year-old son witnessed the murders.
According to the prosecutor's office, Madou -- who initially fled the scene, but then called the police and was arrested shortly thereafter -- acted "out of anger and revenge," because the day before the incident, the court had denied him joint custody of his daughter.
It later emerged that for months Madou had been threatening to harm Sandra P. and the baby. A senior public prosecutor told reporters that the police investigated the woman's charges, but had concluded that the "threats were not meant seriously" and did not pursue the case.Furthermore, half a year earlier, in October 2017, a judge revoked a restraining order that Sandra P. had obtained against Madou two months earlier, on the grounds that he saw "no evidence" that Madou had threatened her. That was when Madou's threats increased and he explicitly announced: "I'm going to kill our daughter, and then I kill you!"
A detail of the murders that has never officially been revealed, is that Madou apparently attempted to decapitate the baby. This detail was mentioned by a commuter -- Ghanaese citizen Daniel J., a gospel singer at an evangelical church in Hamburg -- who happened to arrive at the subway station moments after the attack and filmed the scene on his phone.
In the video, police officers can be seen questioning witnesses, and paramedics are surrounding what appears to be the baby girl. Daniel J. says, in English, "Oh my God. It's unbelievable. Oh Jesus, oh Jesus, oh Jesus. They cut off the head of the baby. Oh my God. Oh Jesus."https://hooktube.com/watch?v=_o75uysGwGc
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Trade War On: Chinese Ports Begin Delaying Clearing Of US Goods As US Tariffs Come Into Effect
U.S. tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods kicked in on Friday, escalating a war of words between the world's two largest economies into a full-blown trade conflict.
Washington's 25 percent duties went into effect at midnight EDT and affected products such as water boilers, X-ray machine components, airplane tires and various other industrial parts. China immediately implemented retaliatory tariffs on its $34 billion list of goods issued last month, including soybeans, pork and electric vehicles. Beijing called it the "biggest trade war in economic history."
It's unlikely to stop there. In fact, there will be probably be “escalation upon escalation,” warned Geoff Raby, Australia’s former ambassador to China.https://web.archive.org/web/20180706140533/https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/06/trade-war-worries-us-china-tariffs-to-kick-in-on-friday.html
At midnight Washington time, the US imposed new tariffs on US$34 billion (S$46.3 billion) of annual imports from China. This prompted Beijing to respond in kind with levy tariffs on US imports, China's foreign ministry said Friday. It did not provide any immediate details on the implementation or scale of these charges.
A spokesperson at China's Ministry of Commerce said Friday that while the Asian giant had refused to "fire the first shot," it was being forced to respond after the US had "launched the largest trade war in economic history."
China implemented retaliatory tariffs on some imports from the US on Friday, immediately after new US duties had taken effect.
The move signals the start of a full-blown trade war between the world's two largest economies, after President Donald Trump's administration had initially made good on threats to impose steep tariffs on Chinese goods.https://archive.fo/5BAj3
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Russia Joins Global Trade War: Imposes Tariffs On US Energy, Mining Imports
Whether this is a coordinated response is unclear - and certainly on a much smaller scale - but Bloomberg reports that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree this morning imposing higher tariffs on U.S. products in retaliation for U.S. duties on metals imports, according to Economy Ministry statement.
Reuters reports that Russia's additional duties will apply to imports of fiber optics, equipment for road construction, oil and gas industry, metal processing and mining, according to an economy ministry statement.
Russia will impose duties on goods which have Russian-made substitutes, Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin is quoted as saying in the statement.
“The compensation measures will be applied in the form of additional, higher rates of import duties ranging from 25% to 40% of the price of imported goods. Duties will be imposed on some U.S. goods, the analogues of which are produced in Russia. In particular, the measures cover some types of road construction equipment, oil and gas equipment, metalworking machines, rock drilling equipment, and optical fiber,” Minister Maxim Oreshkin said as quoted by the ministry.
“The financial damage inflicted on Russian exporters by the U.S. trade restrictions amounts to $537.6 million. This is the amount of additional duties that Russian suppliers have to pay in the U.S.
The current increase of duties allows us to compensate for only part of the damage amounting to $87.6 million. This is compensation that Russia has the right to recover under the WTO rules,” he said.
Russia will be able to compensate for the remaining part in three years since the introduction of the U.S. duties or after approval of the WTO dispute settlement body if it finds the U.S. restrictions violating the organization’s rules, the ministry said.https://archive.fo/Uq2gMhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-06/russia-joins-global-trade-war-imposes-tariffs-us-energy-mining-imports
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Fascist Leftist Loonie Attacks Teenager For Wearing Trump Hat
Police are investigating after a teen says he was verbally attacked and assaulted at a Whataburger for wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
In the video, you can see a man throw a drink in 16-year-old Hunter Richard's face before leaving the restaurant with his hat. Hunter said some of his hair was pulled during the assault.
"I support my President and if you don’t let’s have a conversation about it instead of ripping my hat off. I just think a conversation about politics is more productive for the entire whole rather than taking my hat and yelling subjective words to me," he said.
Hunter was with his friends at the Whataburger off Nacogdoches and Thousand Oaks Tuesday night when it happened. They say the attack was unprovoked.
"I didn’t think it was going to generate the amount like what people are doing, I was looking at the comments by some people and “ they are like this is uncalled for” and other people are like mixed opinions but I didn’t think it would blow up to what it is now," he said.
A police report has been filed.https://archive.fo/Y5T8WUPDATE:
Kino Jimenez, a San Antonio citizen, was fired from his bartending job after a video shows him assaulting a teen wearing a Make America Great Again hat at a local Whataburger joint.https://archive.fo/Armge
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Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned from his position amid a spate of misconduct accusations.
President Donald Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he had accepted Pruitt’s resignation and Pruitt’s Deputy Andrew Wheeler will be taking over Pruitt’s responsibilities as the Acting EPA Administrator starting Monday.
Trump praised Pruitt’s work at the agency as “outstanding,” adding, “I will always be thankful to him for this.”
I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will… on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2018https://archive.fo/nKvvihttps://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/07/05/scott-pruitt-resigns-epa/
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New Nationalist Mexican President Makes Trump Offer: Help Us With Economic Development, We'll Curb Migration Crisis
Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday he had spoken with President Donald Trump on the phone and offered to reduce US-bound migration in exchange for American assistance.
"I received a phone call from Donald Trump and we spoke for half an hour," the fiery leftist wrote on Twitter, in one of his first messages after winning a landslide victory Sunday.
"I proposed exploring a universal deal (involving) development projects that would create jobs in Mexico and, by doing so, reduce migration and improve security," he added.
"The tone was respectful and our teams will be holding talks."
Trump also mentioned the phone call in an Oval Office briefing.
"I just spoke with the president-elect of Mexico," he told reporters.
"I think the relationship is going to be a very good one. We had a great talk."
Trump's anti-trade and anti-immigration policies have infuriated Mexico, and Lopez Obrador would not seem the most obvious candidate to mend ties with his country's giant northern neighbor and key trading partner.
He had vowed during the campaign to "put (Trump) in his place."
But he was more conciliatory in his victory speech Sunday night, saying he wanted "friendship and cooperation" with the United States.
Trump said a change in Mexico's leadership might make a difference.
"I think he is going to try and help us with the border," he said.
Ironically, there are parallels between the two leaders. Both are free-trade skeptics with populist tendencies who fired up a disgruntled base with anti-establishment campaigns.https://archive.fo/T42AChttps://www.yahoo.com/news/mexicos-amlo-offers-migration-cuts-trump-call-192528451.html
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Hilarious: AntiFA Thugs Angry At 'Democratic Socialists of America' After Abandoning Protest After Cops Showed Up
The far left is feuding in Dallas, Texas, after the Democratic Socialists of America abandoned a protest against Immigration and Customs Enforcement after cops showed up on Saturday, according to Monday tweets from Antifa Dallas-Fort Worth.
“@DSA_NorthTexas leadership decided to collab with the pigs and pulled their people from the demo leaving undocumented peeps and everyone else at risk of arrest,” Antifa DFW tweeted Monday.
“After speaking with DSA leadership the pigs moved in moments after DSA leaving,” the Antifa Twitter thread continued. “Not all DSA peeps followed their leadership & stayed. Some were even arrested. When Jail Support reached out to collab they were were met with silence. They offered no support to their arrested members.”
DSA North Texas did not mention the incident on either its Twitter or Facebook pages.
The protest, outside of an ICE facility in Dallas, occurred on June 30, according to an NBC DFW report from Saturday. Police arrested five people for obstructing traffic, according to the report. The report does not say if those arrested were members of either Antifa or DSA. All of those arrested have made bail, according to a Sunday tweet from Antifa DFW.https://archive.fo/B4qL4http://www.thedailysheeple.com/antifa-furious-that-democratic-socialists-left-them-hanging-once-the-cops-showed-up_072018
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Wells Fargo Is Now Freezing Legit Offshore Business Accounts As US Govt Hunts For 'Terrorists'
What I’m about to tell you is a true story that highlights just how pathetic the US banking system has become.
A few months ago I was presented with a compelling opportunity to invest with a prominent, well-established private business based in the UK.
And, after extensive due diligence, I decided to make the investment... around $4 million.
Because this particular investment happened to be denominated in US dollars, though, the funds were routed through the United States via one of the major Wall Street banks.
We’ve talked about this before– the vast majority of global trade and commerce is denominated in US dollars and clears through the US banking system.
As an example, the agriculture company that I founded in Chile a few years ago is rapidly becoming one of the largest blueberry producers in the world.
We sold blueberries to a big wholesaler in Ireland this season - and they paid us in US dollars. Their payment was routed from their bank in Ireland, through the US banking system, to our bank in Chile.
Nothing about that deal had anything to do with the United States. But regardless, the money still had to pass through a US bank. And that’s how the global financial system has functioned for 70+ years.
Yet over the past decade, banks in the US have really started to abuse their status as critical financial intermediaries.
A big part of this is because banks are under intense pressure from the federal government to stamp out money laundering, terrorist financing, tax evasion, and any criminal activity they can find.
These are reasonable objectives to pursue… but their execution has been dismal.
Unable to tell for certain whether that $5,000 wire transfer to Aunt Sally was for legitimate purposes or part of some grand tax evasion scheme, banks have defaulted to being suspicious of everyone and everything.
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Good 'Ol Fashion Justice Served! 92YO Boomer Shoots 72YO Son Who Tried To Force Her Into Assisted Living Facility
"You ended my life, so I'm taking yours!"
A 92-year-old woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly shot and killed her son in Fountain Hills Monday because she refused to be admitted into an assisted living facility.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, around 10 a.m., deputies responded to a call of an unknown trouble at a home near Palisades and Saguaro boulevards.
Officials say deputies found that Anna Mae Blessing, 92, had shot and killed her 72-year-old son.
"According to statements provided by suspect Blessing and received by the detectives, she had been contemplating for several days her son’s intentions to place her in an assisted living facility," MCSO said in a news release.
Blessing had reportedly concealed two pistols in the pockets of her robe and then confronted her son in his bedroom.
She reportedly told deputies that she removed the gun and fired multiple rounds, killing her son.
Blessing then pointed the gun at the son's girlfriend and the two struggled over the weapon when it became dislodged from her hand, officials said.
At that point, Blessing then reportedly retrieved the second gun and tried to point it at the girlfriend, who was then able to knock it from her possession.
The girlfriend then notified MCSO.
MCSO says they found Blessing sitting in a recliner chair when they entered the home. She was arrested without incident.
According to Blessing, her son had told her that she had become "difficult to live with," so he was going to put her in an assisted living home.
During her arrest, MCSO says Blessing made the statement, "You ended my life, so I'm taking yours." https://web.archive.org/web/20180704171310/https://www.abc15.com/news/region-northeast-valley/fountain-hills/mcso-92-year-old-refuses-assisted-living-shoots-and-kills-son-in-fountain-hills
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Facebook Purging All Health-related Accounts, Including Declaration of Independence, in Latest Tyrannical Tirade
The war on health freedom is raging on all fronts, with social media sites like Facebook making it clear that free-thinkers will not be tolerated. Facebook has been targeting conservative voices for a while now, but it seems that the censorship giant has added proponents of natural health and alternative medicine to their hit list.
Facebook’s ever-expanding war on what they declare to be “fake news” is just another Marxist left-wing propaganda push in disguise. And now, Zuckerberg has announced that his company will be hiring an additional 3,000 employees to help scrub virtually every trace of dissenting thought from the social media network. Multiple natural health pages have already been dismantled by Facebook’s little web-gremlins.
Facebook’s new scheme to take down the natural health community is a covert one; under their new rules for labeling “fake” news, groups that boast labels like organic, natural, traditional, wellness and the like can easily be flagged and taken down.
Health Freedom Idaho has compiled a list of some of the pages already taken out under the social media network’s censorship efforts. Some of these targeted pages had millions of followers — like “Natural Cures Not Medicine.” Others had hundreds of thousands of followers, like “Organic Health,” “Living Traditionally” and even a page named “Meditation Masters,” which were all shutdown within the last few weeks.
Apparently, if it doesn’t promote Big Pharma $$$, it’s considered fake news.
Facebook announced its new rules for catching so-called fake news just a short time ago. Specifically, the social media giant will be requiring ads that feature “political” content to undergo an extensive verification process. As ProPublica reports, ads that appear to take a stance on topics deemed “national legislative issues of public importance” will be flagged. But these topics range from specific subjects like taxes to more broad ideas like “health” or “values.”
Further, Facebook announced that it would enlist pseudo-fact checker sites like Snopes and PolitiFact to “help” with their war on so-called fake news.
Both sites have been lambasted for their bias against conservatives — and studies have even been done to prove it. Dr. Robert S. Lichter, head of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, led a study in 2013 which found a substantial gap in how Republicans and Democrats were perceived by PolitiFact,and why those perceptions aren’t always grounded in truth.
The company goes to extreme lengths to present the illusion of transparency — but in reality, Facebook is silencing content at its own whim. Mass censorship on the social network is already underway, and it’s only going to get worse.https://archive.fo/mEjyphttps://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-05-facebook-purging-all-health-freedom-accounts-in-latest-tyrannical-effort-to-crush-access.html
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Iranian Police State Crackdown On 'Gold Hoarders' Who Collect Gold Coins As Their Fiat Currency Collapses
As the collapse of the Iranian rial has led to soaring inflation, leading to protests and civil unrest, authorities are beginning to crack down on "gold hoarders" as Iranians scramble to preserve their wealth by swapping rials for gold, which has the added effect of exacerbating the already troubled currency's decline.
In a move that will send a message to others who've buying up large quantities of gold, Iranian police have arrested a man they accused of hoarding two tonnes of gold coins with the intention of manipulating the local market. Tehran Police Chief Gen Hossein Rahimi said the unnamed 58-year-old had collected an estimated 250,000 coins over the past 10 months, working in concert with several accomplices. Police dubbed him "Sultan of Coins."
The rial has bounced off its all-time lows to trade at roughly 81,000 to the dollar on unofficial currency markets on Wednesday, according to the BBC.
In a scene that mirrored the protests that rocked Tehran in early January, merchants from Tehran's sprawling Grand Bazaar shuttered their stores in what state media described as "a protest against rising prices and a weakened currency." During times of unrest, authorities often try to redirect public anger away from the government by creating a scapegoat - like "hoarders" - and blaming them for the country's economic ills... and - after seeing the chart below, is a full declaration of gold confiscation coming?
But with protests continuing in the capital, we'll see if that approach works, or if police will need to fall back on their initial plan: Tear gasing everybody.https://archive.fo/Pjgdahttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-05/iranian-police-arrest-suspected-hoarder-who-collected-250000-gold-coins
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Good! Austria, Hungary Join Forces Against Migrant Crisis (Repost)
Diplomatic relations between Austria and Hungary are strengthening as they seek to mitigate a worsening migration crisis that could see new policies implemented by Germany.
Austria has announced it is prepared to increase border security, especially along its southern boundary, as Germany is expected to begin returning rejected ‘asylum seekers’ to Austria as part of an agreement reached Monday by Germany’s governing coalition.
“We will be obliged to take measures to avoid disadvantages for Austria and its people,” Austria said in a statement signed by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache. “We are now waiting for a rapid clarification of the German position at a federal level.”
“German considerations prove once again the importance of a common European protection of the external borders.”
Chancellor Kurz and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán have agreed “that Hungary will not conclude any bilateral agreement on migrants with Germany until such an agreement is reached between Austria and Germany,” according to a statement released by the Hungarian government.
Additionally, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó has shared “alarming news” that migrant pressure in the Balkans has already reached and “at times exceeded” levels seen in 2015, when hundreds of thousands of migrants poured into Hungary and Europe via the Balkan Peninsula.
“In some instances the situation in Greece seems to be worse than it was in 2015,” Szijjártó said.
Hungary is offering assistance to Montenegro in the construction of a border fence at the Albanian border, asserting that it is in the best interests of EU member states to defend the frontier of the bloc and beyond.https://archive.fo/UG8lo
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Merkel Forced To Cave To Save Govt Coalition, Will Tighten Border Security and Vet Migrants Outside Borders
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany leaving a meeting of the Christian Democratic Union in Berlin early Monday. “We share a common goal in migration policy,” the party said in a statement. “We want to order, control and limit migration to Germany.”Say what!?
When did this become Germany's goal? And what about refugee camps in Africa, with no African nation agreeing?
The New York Times reports Merkel, to Survive, Agrees to Border Camps for Migrants: https://archive.fo/MBX4h
Chancellor Angela Merkel, who staked her legacy on welcoming hundreds of thousands of migrants into Germany, agreed on Monday to build border camps for asylum seekers and to tighten the border with Austria in a political deal to save her government.
Although the move to appease the conservatives exposed her growing political weakness, Ms. Merkel will limp on as chancellor. For how long is unclear. The nationalism and anti-migrant sentiment that has challenged multilateralism elsewhere in Europe is taking root — fast — in mainstream German politics.
“Her political capital is depleted,” said Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, director of the Berlin office of the German Marshall Fund. “We are well into the final chapter of the Merkel era.”
Eurointelligence has some pertinent comments.
It is pointless to discuss who is the relative winner of this standoff. Both will lose because they have demonstrated that they cannot work together anymore. What it also shows is that attempts to solve the refugee problem, still the number one political issue in Germany, are secondary to the rivalries between CDU and CSU and inside the CSU. The beneficiary of this mess is the AfD. And there are state elections in Bavaria in October.
The deal buys a truce that will last until October. We agree with Berthold Kohler's assessment in FAZ when he writes that Seehofer shares a large portion of the blame but not all of it. The CSU will increasingly blame Merkel - especially if they do badly at the elections. And the rest of the country has learned that the only way the two parties papered over the crisis is through the Kafkaesque legal fiction which they agreed last night.
CDU and CSU may have agreed to this deal but what about SPD?
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Billionaire Brazilian Oil Tycoon Batista Gets 30 Years In Jail For Corruption
One of Brazil's richest men, Eike Batista, has received a 30-year prison sentence for bribes given to the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, Reuters reports, citing a federal court document. Cabral was also convicted.
The federal court found Batista - whose business was mainly in oil and metals - guilty of paying US$16.5 million to Cabral in exchange for winning state contracts, including one for the management of the legendary Maracana stadium in Rio and one for the construction of a US$3.7-billion port, Acu.
According to the prosecution, Batista paid a quarter of the bribe to Cabral in cash. The rest came in the form of Petrobras, Vale, and Ambev stock.
Batista, who was Brazil’s richest man just six years ago, with a net worth of US$30 billion, was an oil and mining bull whose unflagging certainty about oil, metals, and the Brazilian economy clashed with reality when the country plunged into its worst recession in history amid the oil price collapse and the latest metals price rout.
Batista, Reuters recalls, made a lot of expensive bets on offshore oil plays that did not work out as expected due to plummeting prices and operation Car Wash, the large-scale anti-corruption sweep of the government, which shook not just Petrobras but most major companies operating in the country.
Launched in 2014, Operation Car Wash has so far led to 150 arrests, lawsuits, and criminal proceedings. Petrobras was the company most heavily involved in the probe on allegations that high-ranking company officials—along with politicians—had received millions of dollars in illegal payment from other companies to secure contracts with the state oil giant.
Among the politicians involved in the scandal were former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff—who was impeached last year—and also current president Michel Temer.https://archive.fo/Ze6L6https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-05/billionaire-oil-tycoon-batista-gets-30-years-jail
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Tyranny: UK Man Defends Family From Home Invaders, Gets Arrested For 'Racism'
When a gang of armed men broke through his fence and attacked his family, Magistrate Nigel Stringer defended himself as best he could.
The only problem is when the police arrived they let the criminals go, choosing instead to arrest the victim for using a bad word.
This case highlights the absurdity (and tyranny) of political correctness in the UK.DON'T YOU BRITS EVER DARE LECTURE AMERICA ABOUT OUR GUNS AND SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AFTER SOMETHING LIKE THIS!https://archive.fo/yOE14
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Good! EU's Massive Internet Censorship Bill Fails To Pass
The legislative body of the European Union on Thursday voted against a law that would have significantly reformed copyright rules on the internet, Politico reported.
The European Parliament rejected legislation that would have implemented harsher copyright enforcement rules online. Opponents of the measure warned it could alter the future of the web.
The bill, which passed through committee last month, would have required companies like Google and Facebook to buy licenses from news media companies before running links to their stories on their platforms.
It would have also required content uploaded within the EU to be screened for copyright infringement. Opponents of the law argued it would lead to the banishment of “memes” across the internet, though proponents disputed that claim, according to Politico.
The European Parliament rejected the bill, with 318 against it and 278 in favor. Another 31 lawmakers abstained, according to Politico.
The legislation will be sent back to Parliament for further discussion. Lawmakers can submit changes to the bill, which is likely to spark further debate.https://archive.fo/zAmrvhttp://thehill.com/policy/technology/395564-eu-votes-to-block-controversial-copyright-law-that-would-ban-memes
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$$$ Graduating 'With Honors' Becomes Meaningless As Colleges Hand Them Out Like Candy $$$
Over half of students who graduated from Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities this year did so with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude honors or their equivalents, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Just under that many students earned the once-meaningful designations at the University of Southern California, Lehigh, and Princeton. At Middlebury College, anyone with a GPA of at least 3.4 can add Latin honors to their brand new résumé, which was over half of students as of this spring.
“I’d say that it’s time to reconsider our eligibility criteria,” said Middlebury Interim Provost Jeff Cason.
According to a Wall Street Journal review of graduating seniors who earned designations at schools in the top 50 institutions ranked by the WSJ, honors designations "have become close to the norm at many top."
The share increased to 44% from 32% in the past decade at USC, which requires a GPA of at least 3.5 for the lowest honor, cum laude, and to 44% from 39% at Lehigh, where students need at least a 3.4. -WSJ
“A 4.0 does signal something significant, that that student is good,” said Stuart Rojstaczer, a former professor at Duke University who studies grade inflation. “A 3.7, however, doesn’t. That’s just a run-of-the-mill student at any of these schools.”
What's to blame? Academic researchers say grade inflation, not smarter students, according to the Journal. A University of Georgia researcher found that 47% of high-school students graduated with an A average in 2016, vs. 39% in 1998. Those students have been maintaining good grades in college.
At Wellesley College, 41% of this year’s graduating class completed their degrees with Latin honors, which means a GPA of at least 3.6 at the Massachusetts school. That share has risen in the past two years, after being roughly one-third for much of the past decade. A spokeswoman said the school hasn’t pinpointed the cause of the increase. -WSJ
Nearly 59% of spring graudates from Johns Hopkins did so with "general honors," by achieving a GPA of at least 3.5. Ten years ago, that was around 46%.
One Johns Hopkins graduate, Rushabh Doshi, learned that he'd made his way onto a list of honor students - only to notice that the list was four pages long.
Mr. Doshi, who majored in public health and is heading to Oxford University to study medical anthropology in the fall, said he was proud of his academic accomplishment. But, he said, “It’s not something that holds too much weight.” -WSJ
Most top tier schools cap the percentage of the graduating class that can receive honors - however that number varies widely; from 25% at Columbia University to 60% at Harvard. After Harvard's number hit 91% in 2001, they revised their selection process.
Northwestern University bumped its percentage of eligible seniors from 16% to 25% in 2010 - citing concerns over students losing out on graduate-school admissions because they were competing with peers from colleges with more lax honors requirements.
And now they're meaningless...https://archive.fo/yORSOhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-02/graduating-honors-becomes-meaningless-colleges-hand-them-out-candy
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Good! Political Elitist Pedophile Ring Swarmed In By Brazilian Police, Mayor Arrested
A pedophile mayor and members of an elite pedophile ring have been arrested on child sex charges in Brazil after it was alleged they used public funds to finance the systematic abuse and rape of hundreds of girls aged between nine and 15 over decades.
The pedophile ring, allegedly led by Mayor Adail Pinheiro, had been allowed to operate openly and with impunity for decades – counting on the participation of high level politicians and judges in Brazil to silence victims and halt any attempts to investigate the claims.
However the pedophile ring was finally busted wide open after Brazilian police released a tape recording of a telephone conversation in which the mayor procured a ‘baby’ to rape.
‘She’s a little baby, chief, now I’m looking at her properly, what a baby,’ said the voice at the end of the telephone. ‘Beautiful smile, white, white skin, long hair… makes your mouth water.’
‘My God, bring her her to me to see right now,‘ came the excited reply.
The call between two pedophiles lining up their next victim for abuse and recorded by police investigators would leave Brazil in a state of shock.
Daily Mail reports: https://archive.fo/FlKR5
For decades, a town had been run by a gang of predatory pedophiles – most of whose members held powerful positions in the council, judiciary and even local schools.
The first voice on the taoe is that of Adriano Salan, the Minister of Administration in Coari, a wealthy town of 77,000 in the Brazilian Amazon, 280 miles west of Manaus.
His ‘chief’ and the gang’s leader is Adail Pinheiro – the town’s mayor.https://archive.fo/AsDumhttps://yournewswire.com/police-elite-pedophile-ring/
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Good! Senate Passes Bill To End Hemp Prohibition For Agricultural, Industrial Use
One of the key goals of Republicans is to limit government, end absurd regulations and set farmers free to generate economic abundance across the nation. In a stunning move led by U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), the United States Senate has now passed legislation that ends hemp prohibition and would allow farmers across the nation to cultivate hemp.
“The bill would legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity,” reports The Hill.
This is on top of President Trump’s recent announcement that he would work to end marijuana prohibition at the federal level.
Simultaneously, the FDA has just approved the first cannabis-derived prescription drug, made from purified cannabidiol (CBD). Alongside this approval, federal agencies are reportedly on schedule to remove CBD from Schedule I status at the federal level, allowing the CBD pharmaceutical to be legally sold nationwide. (Yes, isn’t it fascinating how interesting the government legalizes something when there’s Big Pharma money at stake…)
A “golden age” for U.S. farmers may be just around the corner, thanks to Republicans.
The U.S. Senate’s decriminalization of the agricultural production of hemp could unleash a golden era of economic abundance for U.S. farmers. Hemp agriculture can produce hemp seeds, hemp oils, hemp protein, hemp fiber and literally hundreds of derivative products. Currently, thanks to insanely wrongheaded hemp prohibition laws in the United States, all those products must be imported from Canada or other countries. Should the U.S. House of Representatives join the Senate in passing this legalization law, we could see a true agricultural revolution across America (and a lowering of costs of hemp products).
All this activity begs the question, though: Why has it taken 80+ years to correct the massive propaganda hoax that led to the criminalization of marijuana in the first place? And how did the deep state maintain the propaganda so effectively across so many decades?
The fake news media has been lying about cannabis for almost a century, just as they continue to lie about natural medicine, herbal remedies and anti-cancer nutrition. Honestly stated, the long-held belief that marijuana makes people crazy was fake news from the 1930s. Fake news has long been pushed by the establishment to deny us all access to natural medicine that grows like weeds. And now, they’re only legalizing it because they can no longer halt the tidal wave of awakening that’s happening globally thanks to readers like you.https://archive.fo/6S94Ghttps://www.naturalnews.com/2018-06-30-under-republican-majority-u-s-senate-votes-to-legalize-hemp-farming-across-the-nation.html
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Avoid Gmail: Google Allowing App Developers and Third Parties To Read Users' Private Emails
In a recently published article, the Wall Street Journal outlined how Google still allows developers to scan the Gmail accounts of its users — including having employees read unredacted emails — despite promises to stop this practice.
The article titled “Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail” outlines a promise from Google over a year ago in which the Silicon Valley giant claimed that users could “remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount,” and that Google’s computers would no longer scan their Gmail inbox.
But while Google may have stopped scanning user inboxes, other developers have not. The Wall Street Journal writes:
But the internet giant continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools. Google does little to police those developers, who train their computers—and, in some cases, employees—to read their users’ emails, a Wall Street Journal examination has found.
The Journal outlined how one company, Return Path Inc., even allowed employees to analyze user emails rather than automating the process via software:
One of those companies is Return Path Inc., which collects data for marketers by scanning the inboxes of more than two million people who have signed up for one of the free apps in Return Path’s partner network using a Gmail, Microsoft Corp. or Yahoo email address. Computers normally do the scanning, analyzing about 100 million emails a day. At one point about two years ago, Return Path employees read about 8,000 unredacted emails to help train the company’s software, people familiar with the episode say.
In another case, employees of Edison Software, another Gmail developer that makes a mobile app for reading and organizing email, personally reviewed the emails of hundreds of users to build a new feature, says Mikael Berner, the company’s CEO.
Even more worryingly, this sort of practice is apparently common throughout the industry:
Letting employees read user emails has become “common practice” for companies that collect this type of data, says Thede Loder, the former chief technology officer at eDataSource Inc., a rival to Return Path. He says engineers at eDataSource occasionally reviewed emails when building and improving software algorithms.
“Some people might consider that to be a dirty secret,” says Mr. Loder. “It’s kind of reality.”
None of the companies mentioned so far have asked users if they could specifically read their emails, but the companies claim that the ability to do so is covered under their user agreement.https://archive.fo/J0ujthttps://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/07/03/wsj-google-lets-app-developers-read-your-gmail/
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Trump Rolls Back Obama-era Race Guidelines For College Admissions
President Trump is planning to roll-back a set of racist Obama-era policies that allowed schools and colleges to admit students purely based on their race under the ruse of "promoting diversity".
“The executive branch cannot circumvent Congress or the courts by creating guidance that goes beyond the law and — in some instances — stays on the books for decades,” Justice Department spokesperson Devin O’Malley told CNN in a statement.
“Last year, the Attorney General initiated a review of guidance documents, which resulted in dozens of examples—including today’s second tranche of rescissions—of documents that go beyond or are inconsistent with the Constitution and federal law. The Justice Department remains committed to enforcing the law and protecting all Americans from all forms of illegal race-based discrimination.”
ABC Action News reports: https://web.archive.org/web/20180704131335/https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/trump-admin-to-rescind-obama-era-guidelines-that-encourage-use-of-race-in-college-admission
The Education Department did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
The decision comes as the administration has thrown its weight behind a student group that accuses Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions process.https://archive.fo/m525ahttps://yournewswire.com/trump-rolls-back-obama-race-guidelines-college/
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Anti-establishment Leftist Lopez Obrador Wins Mexican Presidency In A Landslide
As expected, Mexico has just elected its first leftist president in decades, with Andrés Manuel López Obrador (or AMLO) winning in a landslide and a near majority outright, or 49% of the vote early exit polls showed; right-left coalition leader Ricardo Anaya, in distant second place with 27% and the incumbent PRI party's Jose Antonio Meade, with 18%.
And, as Bloomberg headlines flash red, Obrador is now de facto president as his main rivals have conceded:
MEXICO'S LOPEZ OBRADOR SET TO WIN AS MAIN RIVALS CONCEDE
And, adding to the concerns that AMLO may start rolling back energy privatization programs and issue more debt, is that his Morena party just won a majority in the Lower House:
MEXICO'S OBRADOR POISED TO GET MAJORITY IN LOWER HOUSE: POLL
The victory of AMLO, who suffered defeats in the last two presidential votes, will hardly come as a surprise, as has led by double digit numbers throughout this campaign. His popularity stems from his antiestablishment platform (sound familiar?) which has been riding a public revolt against entrenched corruption, rampant violence and an economy that’s failed to deliver higher living standards for the common man and especially the poor, which comprise about half of Mexico’s 125 million population. He also campaigned with promises for economic reform that has been underlined by a desire to freeze prices of gasoline in Mexico for 3 years, as well as a reduction of external investment in the energy sector.
AMLO has also promised to ramp up social programs and, like so many of his antiestablishment peers, has vowed to fund them without deficit-spending by eliminating graft, a claim which as Bloomberg laconically adds, "has been greeted skeptically by economists." He’s also promised not to nationalize companies or quit NAFTA. Investors are worried however that he may cancel oil contracts signed as part of outgoing President Enrique Pena Nieto’s energy reforms.
The victory of a leftist in Mexico is a stark reversal for the Latin American nation which unlike most of its peers has not had a socialist leader in decades.
As Bloomberg notes, Lopez Obrador has promised to govern as a pragmatist. Still, his procession toward victory has alarmed many investors and business leaders, who worry that he’ll roll back privatization of the energy industry and push the country into debt by spending more on social programs.
Those concerns will be amplified if Lopez Obrador’s Morena party wins majorities in both houses of Congress, which earlier surveys had suggested is likely.
With the election outcome widely expected, there was little reaction in markets aside from the USDMXN which has enjoyed a relief rally, although as in the case of the Turkish Lira, many expect this will be short-lived as many anticipate Mexico's problems are set to worsen under the new administration.
What is more notable is that like so many other nations, Mexicans have also opted for change and turned their back on the establishment and the only two parties to have run the country in almost a century. There are plenty of reasons they might want to kick out the governing class.
“We need a complete transformation in Mexico,” said Sergio Oceransky, 45, as he voted at a polling station in central Mexico City. “We’re experiencing a tremendous political crisis that’s no longer sustainable.”https://archive.fo/0GLmwhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-01/antiestablishment-leftist-obrador-wins-mexican-presidency-landslide
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Good! Harvey Weinstein Now Facing LIFE In Prison After Manhattan DA Files New Rape Charges
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced on Monday that Harvey Weinstein had been charged with three additional felonies ahead of his upcoming criminal trial.
Weinstein, 66, is facing new charges of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree for a forcible sexual act against a woman in 2006 as well as two counts of Predatory Sexual Assault.
Predatory Sexual Assault carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars.
Weinstein has been charged with Predatory Sexual Assault for for allegedly committing the crimes of Rape, Criminal Sexual Act and Aggravated Sexual Abuse in the first degree on two occasions in New York.
'A Manhattan Grand Jury has now indicted Harvey Weinstein on some of the most serious sexual offenses that exist under New York’s Penal Law,' said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
'This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward. Our investigation continues. If you are a survivor of the predatory abuse with which Mr. Weinstein is charged, there is still time to pursue justice. Please call us at 212-335-9373.'
These new charges will be added to the three charged the disgraced executive was already facing: Rape in the First and Third Degree and Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree.
Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault by over 20 women, was arraigned on those initial three charges back in June. He entered a plea of not guilty.https://archive.fo/kqOtAhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5909941/Harvey-Weinstein-charged-raping-woman-2006-two-counts-predatory-sexual-assault.html
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Good! New Zealand’s Supreme Court Bans Compulsory Fluoride in WaterForced Medication A Breach of Human Rights
New Zealand’s Supreme Court has ruled that compulsory fluoride in water is “forced mass medication” and “in breach of human rights,” after studying the latest scientific evidence regarding the controversial neurotoxin.
According to the Supreme Court, there is conflicting scientific evidence regarding fluoride, and the science behind compulsory water fluoridation is not settled.
A report by the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has also officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin, in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.https://archive.fo/ohq91http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422%2813%2970278-3/fulltext#article_upsell
The report also notes that fluoride is responsible for a a cocktail of neurodevelopmental disabilities, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments. The conditions are now affecting millions of children worldwide in what they call a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.”
The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources.
In the Lancet report, the authors propose a global prevention strategy, saying that “untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity.”
Also in the report, they note that neurodevelopmental disabilities, including attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, are now affecting millions of children worldwide in what they call a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity.”
They continue: “To coordinate these efforts and to accelerate translation of science into prevention, we propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse.”
The report coincides with 2013 findings by a Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health that concluded that children in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in areas with low amounts of fluoride in their water supplies.https://archive.fo/MLGm7http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/fluoride_b_2479833.html
Sodium fluoride in drinking water has also been linked to various cancers. It is functionally different than the naturally-occurring calcium fluoride, and commonly added to drinking water supplies and used by dentists and in dental products who posit that it is useful for dental health.
Currently, fluoride is added to water supplies across much of North America, but as this list of countries that ban or reject water fluoridation shows, the practice is actually not too common, or banned entirely throughout most of Europe and in several other developed nations across the world.https://archive.fo/gmZIDhttps://yournewswire.com/nz-supreme-court-fluoride-water/
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India Defies US Empire, Will Acquire Russian S-400 Missile Shield
Washington’s so-called allies continue to gravitate towards the Russian sphere of influence, and specifically the Russian S-400 Triumph advanced anti-aircraft weapon system.
First it was Turkey, which openly defied Trump's threats that the US would sanction Ankara if it completes the purchase of the anti-aircraft missiles, saying the acquisition of the missile defense system is "a done deal and Turkey will not turn back from its decision."
Now India is also moving towards acquiring five or more S-400 from Russia despite the threat of US retaliation. The Defense Acquisitions Council (DAC), chaired by minister Nirmala Sitharaman, last week approved the “minor deviations” in the $5.7 billion deal to purchase S-400s for final government approval, to the finance ministry and the Prime Minister’s office sources told the Times of India.
The DAC discussed the S-400 deal just one day after Washington on Wednesday canceled a “two-plus-two” discussion involving foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and defense minister Sitharaman and Washington officials Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis, which was scheduled for July 6.
The Times of India noted that in October 2015, India had planned to procure the S-400s - which can detect, track and destroy supersonic bombers, drones, fifth-generation fighters, spy planes, and supersonic missiles at a range of up to 400km and altitude of 30km - in what many Indian officials have praised as a game-changing military acquisition.
The world's leading Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) systems are Patriot Advanced Capability-3, THAAD, S-400 Triumph and S-500. India has big ambitions for regional dominance and has been attempting to develop a domestic BMD system over the last several decades.
And while Washington officials briefed India on the use of Patriot system, it seems that the country is more interesting in purchasing Russian made BMDs instead. The New York Times reported in April that the Indian/Russian deal serves as a blow to the United States’ ”struggling Patriot missile defense system.”“India wasn’t very impressed with the Patriot compared with the S-400, which wins hands-down in capability, in its availability, service availability. It’s a more efficient system,” it cited Rahul Bedi of Jane’s Information Group as saying.
India and Russia have worked on a plan to beat the financial sanctions called CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act) that attempts to prevent countries from purchasing Russian weapons.
“The acquisition of this technology will limit, I am afraid, the degree with which the United States will feel comfortable in bringing additional technology into whatever country we are talking about,” US armed services committee chairman Mac Thornberry said back in May, noting that there is also concern that “any country that acquires the system [S-400] will complicate the ability of interoperability” with US forces.
It seems as the plan for the Indian government is to fully integrate the S-400 system with the Indian Air Force’s air defense network called IACCS (integrated air command and control system), which could provide an umbrella of air defense support and serve as a deterrent against Pakistan. To complicate matters, China has also acquired S-400 batteries and Saudi Arabia has also been reported to consider a purchase. Meanwhile, Washington's influence even among US allies in the East is waning fast.https://archive.fo/qMbUkhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-02/india-defies-washington-will-acquire-russian-s-400-missile-shield
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Germany's Interior Minister Seehofer Resigns After Clash With Merkel As EU Caught In Lies, Facing Rebellion
Seehofer Cucks OutRELATED: >>>/news/10307
After several hours of negotiations, it appears that Chancellor Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer have been unable to reach an agreement, and according to N-TV, Seehofer told the CSU board meeting the he will resign as Germany's interior minister and as CSU party chairman amid the clash over Germany's migration policy, sparing Merkel the need to fire him and potentially preserving the political alliance.
However, this is where things get complicated because dpa adds that CSU caucus chief Alexander Dobrindt opposes the resignation and will not accept it, putting Germany at a political impasse and potentially in a political crisis in which the CDU and CSU alliance may now break. According to N-tv the meeting of the CSU governing body is now suspended.
According to Spiegel editor Melanie Amann, Seehofer sees few options for the CSU: Either to stand firm on the immigration dispute and risk undermining the ruling coalition, or to back down and damage the party’s credibility, reports Spiegel editor Melanie Amann. The third option, offering to leave his post, was possibly in an attempt to boost party members' support of his strategy.
Earlier, Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder, a leader of the hard-line faction, told the closed-door meeting that the CSU doesn’t want to bring down Merkel’s government but will stand up for what is right, dpa reported.
What happens next is up to the CSU, which faces a stark choice: if it does not want to lose in the Bavarian-election this coming October, it needs to confront Merkel on the migrant crisis, or risk losing even more votes to the AdF as described below.
Meanwhile, according to a CDU statement, Angela Merkel will pursue the migrant pacts reached with its EU partners. As Bloomberg adds, Merkel faced down an allied party that’s demanding she tighten Germany’s defenses against migration, escalating a political crisis could leave her without a parliamentary majority.
The news has sent the EUR surging, perhaps on the assumption that a political crisis in Germany has been averted with Seehofer's resignation, instead of his termination, although if the CSU refuses Seehofer's resignation, leading to a political impasse, it is unclear just how the German ruling coalition will continue at this point.
In other words, the key question now is whether CSU is still in a coalition with the CDU. Judging by the EUR reaction, the answer appears to be yes, for now.https://archive.fo/mTlVC
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CIA Teams Up With Defense Industry To Undermine US-North Korea Negotiations
In a new development that will shock no one, factions within the CIA attempted for the second time in just over a month to undermine President Trump's peace overtures towards North Korea by leaking information calculated to decrease confidence in Kim Jong Un's willingness to earnestly negotiate.
On June 29, 2018, NBC News released a report quoting anonymous CIA officials who claimed that North Korea was increasing nuclear production at "secret sites" without providing any actual evidence for such claims. The report's credibility is further weakened by the fact that it also cited reports from a think tank which has strong connections to the defense industry and other private special interests.
In disseminating their report, the CIA used NBC reporter Ken Dilanian as an outlet for leaks. As Disobedient Media previously reported, Dilanian was outed by the Intercept in 2014 as a CIA asset. In the aftermath of the disclosure, Dilanian's previous employers at the Tribune Washington and Los Angeles Times disavowed the disgraced journalist. In at least one instance, the CIA’s instructions to Dilanian appears to have led to significant changes in a story that was eventually published in the Los Angeles Times.
Since that time, Dilanian has persisted in pushing articles written by former CIA officials who continue to perpetuate the “Trump-Russia” collusion narrative without any regard to facts, such as Steven Hall’s Washington Post article titled: “I was in the CIA. We wouldn’t trust a country whose leader did what Trump did.”
In the absence of hard evidence from the CIA to back their claims about North Korea, Dilanian cited the opinion of Clinton administration official Joel Wit and reports from 38north.org. 38north is a project run by the Henry L. Stimson Center. The Stimson Center's Board of Directors includes individuals associated with organizations such as Northrop Grumman, the Boeing Company, Warburg Pincus, the Carnegie Endowment, Mercy Corps, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Department of Defense, the CIA and US Department of the Treasury. Their Partners include the George C. Marshall Foundation, Saudi Arabia's Gulf Research Center and the Jinnah Institute.
Satellite images circulated by 38north claiming to show improvements to North Korea's Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center appear to have been obtained from Airbus Defense and Space SAS, a subsidiary of European multinational conglomerate Airbus Group SE. Airbus was the brainchild of Germany's DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and British Aerospace. The association of a German connected transnational group in efforts to undermine Korean peace negotiations is interesting given the strong connections they held with the now scandalized South Korean government of Park Geun-hye.
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Good! Populist Italian Government Considering Self-Defence Civil Right Mimicking America's Second Amendment
Firearms licences in Italy have increased by 13.8 percent in a single year and the populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is looking to liberalise home self-defence laws to allow Italians to confront intruders.
New figures show that 4.5 million homes across the country have access to firearms as recently released studies show that Italians feel less secure in their homes, Il Giornale reports.
Anti-theft systems such as reinforced doors are now present in 33 million Italian homes while alarms, which often include video cameras, are in nearly 10 million residences across Italy.
The figures come as populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced on Twitter that he would be looking at reforming the self-defence laws to allow homeowners to confront intruders and defend themselves with firearms if need be.
“A new law that allows the legitimate defence of decent people in their homes is our priority,” Salvini said.
The League leader may find sympathy for his proposals from the Italian people as 39 percent claimed in a recent poll that they would like to see less stringent criteria for the possession of firearms for the purposes of self-defence.
Firearms laws across Europe vary wildly from countries like Germany and France in which licensing and possession are difficult to acquire, to the Czech Republic which has a much more liberal view on civilian firearms possession.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has called on the European Union to adopt a 2nd amendment-style law to allow citizens of the member states easier access to firearms to combat terrorist threats.
Czech Prez Calls for a European ‘Second Amendment’ for Self-Defence Against Terrorists https://t.co/boKKSyO6lC
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 12, 2017
The trend of increased weapons licences is not limited to Italy. Several other European countries have seen a surge in licence requests and firearms sales since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 including Germany, Belgium and Austria.https://archive.fo/3x5xxhttp://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/06/28/italian-gun-ownership-rise-populist-salvini-proposes-self-defence-policy/
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Trade War: China Implements 6% Across The Board Tariff On All US Imports
Trump and Xi have spent much of the last few weeks tossing tariff grenades across the Pacific Ocean as retaliatory retaliations grow ever stronger in rhetoric and potential escalations.
Then this week, Trump seemed to back away from his most serious threats (direct Chinese investment restrictions).
We wonder if this is why...
Since Trump started to rattle his trade war sabre, the last three months have seen the offshore Chinese Yuan tumble over 6% (crashing almost 4% in the last two weeks alone)...
Nothing happens by accident in China and this massive drop in the value of the Yuan mirrors the violent devaluation, snap in 2015...
All of which suddenly makes US imports to China 6% more expensive than they were in Q1 - a stealth tariff that no one is talking about.
And before this is dismissed as just the mirror of USD strength, we suggest the following chart shows very clearly the PBOC allowing the Yuan to weaken notably against just the dollar while - until the last few days - maintaining Yuan's buying power against the rest of the world.
However, as Capital Economics points out, if the PBOC is using the exchange rate to fight back against the US, it is pulling its punches: the PBOC’s daily reference exchange rate has in the past few days been stronger than market rates might have suggested, not weaker.
It is of course still notable that the PBOC has done relatively little to stand in the way of the currency slide, even if it isn’t directly responsible for it. It always argues that the exchange rate is driven by market forces.
But its tolerance will probably only go so far, given the painful experiences of 2015 and 2016: any benefit to exporters would be swamped if depreciation triggered economic and financial instability.https://archive.fo/9Rvkqhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-27/china-has-quietly-implemented-6-across-board-tariff-all-us-imports
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Iranian President Reopens Nuclear Plant
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday: “We will bring the US to its knees in this battle of wills.” The Iranian government is continuing to warn of harsh retaliation against the United States after the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement.
According to PressTV, the threat comes as Washington continues to attempt to bully its allies into halting imports of Iranian oil after Donald Trump unilaterally quit the cornerstone international nuclear agreement instituted by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Iran has previously said there would be consequences should the US decide to withdraw from the agreement.
The United States, meanwhile, has continued to push Iran. After withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May the US vowed to reinforce economic pressure and sanctions against Tehran, reported RT. While the European capitals have so far refused to leave the cornerstone security accord, on Tuesday the State Department threatened private companies with sanctions unless they completely cut Iranian crude oil imports by November.
Rouhani also seeks to unify all Iranians.
“We will take problems. We will take pressure. But we will not sacrifice our independence,” Rouhani vowed. “Even in the worst case, I promise that the basic needs of Iranians will be provided,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Rouhani saying live on national television.
Rouhani additionally noted that his administration will continue to defend Iran’s interests and focus on strengthening the economy.
“We have enough foreign currency to inject into the market.”
The seventh president of Iran also ruled out any possibility that Washington could succeed in isolating his country. But the United States has been left isolated, as even its close allies, including France, the UK, and Germany, are working against the county’s government to prevent the nuclear agreement from crumbling. Even the State Department had to acknowledge that cutting off Iranian oil imports completely is a “challenge” that no country “wants to do voluntarily.”
Iran has also opened a uranium feedstock plant in the absence of the nuclear agreement. The nuclear plant that remained closed for nine years has now reopened Iran’s atomic energy agency (AEOI) said on Wednesday. Tehran prepares to increase uranium enrichment capacity if a nuclear deal with world powers falls apart, reported Reuters. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the AEOI to start the necessary preparations to upgrade the country’s enrichment capacity in case the European efforts at a world deal fail.
The UF6 factory is part of the Isfahan uranium conversion facility, according to AEOI’s statement on its website. The AEOI said on Wednesday that in response to Khamenei’s order and Trump’s renunciation of the deal, a plant for the production of UF6, the feedstock for centrifuge machines that enrich uranium, had been relaunched and a barrel of yellow cake has been delivered there.https://archive.fo/mxLWWhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-28/iranian-president-reopens-nuclear-plant-we-will-bring-us-its-knees
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Head of Prominent Charity That Campaigns Against Child Abuse, 'Gender Conflict' Arrested for Arranging Child Rape
The head of a charity that campaigns against sexual violence has been arrested in New York for child pornography and allegedly trying to meet with children as young as two for sex.
Joel Davis, 22, is accused of trying to set up sexual encounters between himself and young children, as well as soliciting an undercover FBI agent to send sexually explicit videos of minors.
The New Yorker was arrested on Tuesday on child sex abuse and child pornography charges.
Davis is the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict - an organization devoted to ending sexual violence.
Prosecutors say despite his involvement in the organization, Davis exchanged text messages with undercover agents over the course of several weeks earlier this month.
Davis allegedly told the agents that he was sexually interested in children of all ages. He is accused of sending the agents sexually explicit photographs of infants and toddlers, including some of the children engaged in sex acts with adults.
The 22-year-old allegedly arranged to meet the nine-year-old daughter of one of the undercover agents and with the purported two-year-old daughter of the officer's girlfriend.
He allegedly went into detail in the text messages about what sexual activities he intended to engage in with the children.
Prosecutors say Davis repeatedly asked the undercover agent to take naked and sexually explicit pictures and videos of the children and to send them to him.
Following his arrest, Davis allegedly admitted to officers that he had abused a 13-year-old boy in the past and that he kept child porn images on his phone.
'Having started an organization that pushed for the end of sexual violence, Davis displayed the highest degree of hypocrisy by his alleged attempts to sexually exploit multiple minors,' FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said.
'As if this wasn't repulsive enough, Davis allegedly possessed and distributed utterly explicit images of innocent infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults.'https://archive.fo/uow43http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5890179/Anti-child-abuse-advocate-arrested-trying-sex-kids.html
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Italy, Malta... and Now Spain Blocking Germany's Human Trafficking NGO Migrant Ships
The German NGO vessel Lifeline, carrying some 230 migrants picked up near Libyan waters, has now also been refused port by Spain after Italy and Malta made a similar move last week.
In what is now a full-blown European resistance, the plan of Italy’s Interior Minister Mr. Matteo Salvini seems to have worked. He started two weeks ago refusing NGO ships that set sail towards the African coasts to pick up migrants that had tried crossing the Mediterranean to reach European shores.
The first case involved that of the rescue ship Aquarius carrying 630 migrants. Italy and Malta both refused it, after which the new Spanish government of Prime Minister Sanchez accepted to help and offered the port in the Spanish city of Valencia.
However, upon arrival, the vessel was met by protesters whilst the Spanish press ran polls that suggested most citizens disagreed with Mr. Sanchez’s decision to accept more migrants.
When last week Italy refused entry to the German NGO vessel ‘Lifeline’ and Malta did the same, many were wondering how Spain would react this time around.
#Lifeline NGO ship still has more than 200 migrants onboard + is still appealing for a 'port of safety' after 4 days at sea. Head of #Lifeline says they would try to travel to Corsica or Valencia if Spain or France allowed. #Maersk merchant ship is also in Med, with 100+ migrants
— Gavin Lee (@GavinLeeBBC) June 24, 2018
The answer came late Monday evening when Spanish Economic Development Minister Jose Luis Abalos said his country would not "become the sea rescue organization for all of Europe," and explaining that they could not "take on this responsibility alone."
A German politician of the left-wing Green party, Ms. Luise Amtsberg, who had gone on board the rescue ship Lifeline, said the situation was starting to become dire after the vessel had now been turned away by three countries.https://archive.fo/U3YMu
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Good! Brexit Bill Becomes Law, Allowing UK To Leave The Modern Soviet Union
The British government’s so-called Brexit legislation that would allow the country to leave European Union became law Tuesday after Queen Elizabeth II gave her approval.
House Commons Speaker John Bercow announced that the European Union Withdrawal Bill received royal assent and passed into law. The announcement was cheered by pro-Brexit officials.
“I have to notify the House in accordance with the Royal Assent Act 1967 that her Majesty has signified her royal assent to the following acts ... European Union Withdrawal Act 2018,” Bercow said.
The bill was finally approved after months of debate. The legislation will translate thousands of pieces of EU law into British statute. Pro-EU lawmakers and members of the House of Lords tried to amend it to soften the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc.
Most of the changes were reversed by narrow votes. Pro-EU lawmakers said they will try to defeat the government on other EU-related legislation if it tries to push for a “hard Brexit” that disrupts close economic ties between Britain and Europe.https://archive.fo/KaLB9http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/26/brexit-bill-becomes-law-allowing-uk-to-leave-european-union.html
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Justice Kennedy Retiring, Trump Gets 2nd Supreme Court Pick
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court.
The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.
Kennedy said he had informed his colleagues and Trump of his plans, and that his retirement will take effect at the end of July.
Trump praised Kennedy as a man of “tremendous vision” and said his search for a new justice would begin “immediately.”https://web.archive.org/web/20180627185424/https://apnews.com/43de809e3c144a1f9048055386394263
Nominated by President Ronald Reagan and sworn in in 1988, Kennedy became a swing vote on the nine-member court. He often sided with his liberal colleagues, including in the landmark ruling that recognized same-sex marriage in 2015.
"For a member of the legal profession, it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court," he wrote. "Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.
The president's first nominee to the court, conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, has already had an enormous effect on U.S. policy in narrowly-decided rulings this week related to Trump's ban on travel from certain countries, abortion and labor unions. The president said his next choice would come from a previously released list of 25 candidates. Possible candidates when Trump chose a replacement for the late arch conservative Antonin Scalia included Appeals Judges Thomas Hardiman and William Pryor, among others.
Replacing Kennedy with a conservative could have a massive long-term effect on the highest U.S. court. His decision to leave will have huge implications for the midterm elections, as Democrats and Republicans battle for control of the Senate. The chamber confirms Supreme Court justices.
A Supreme Court vacancy could serve to motivate voters, as a young justice would have a chance to serve for decades. Democratic control of the Senate may force Trump to make a more moderate choice for the seat.
Senate Republicans will try to fill Kennedy's seat before November. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that "we will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall." https://web.archive.org/web/20180627185334/https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/27/anthony-kennedy-retiring-from-supreme-court.html
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Cuck Schumer Wants To Imprison Americans For Speaking Out Against Zionism
THIS WOULD BE TAKEN TO THE SUPREME COURT: AN ABSOLUTE VIOLATION OF FREE SPEECH!
American citizens could be fined up to $1 million or imprisoned for up to 20 years for criticizing Israel or supporting the BDS boycott, thanks to new legislation sponsored by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
Anyone guilty of violating the new prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison under the new tyrannical law, if passed.
According to the ACLU, the Cardin legislation would “bar U.S. persons from supporting boycotts against Israel, including its settlements in the Palestinian Occupied Territories conducted by international governmental organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union. It would also… include penalties for simply requesting information about such boycotts. Violations would be subject to a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison….This bill would impose civil and criminal punishment on individuals solely because of their political beliefs about Israel and its policies.”
HuffPost reports: https://archive.fo/eWclL
Why would anyone support such a law? Yes, lots of people (including me) oppose boycotting Israel (although I certainly support boycotting the settlements) but how is it even possible to criminalize simply supporting a boycott to protest the occupation? After all, we boycott states and municipalities here at home to protest discrimination based on race, sexual identity or anything else. Most recently, the state of North Carolina was faced with a boycott to protest its policy against allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms. How can it be legal to refuse to do business with North Carolina but illegal to refuse to do business with Israeli settlements?
The answer is simple: AIPAC, which is the lobby few Democrats (let alone Republicans) are willing to cross. Here is its “Call to Action” sent to every member of the House and Senate telling them, in no uncertain terms, that the Cardin bill is a top priority of the lobby. As for Cardin, it is no surprise that he is the lead sponsor of the bill (1) because he never, if ever, deviates from doing what the Israeli government wants and (2) he is one of the top recipients of campaign contributions from AIPAC officers and associated donors. The same can be said of Schumer who has always carried water for the lobby. (Both senators opposed President Obama’s bill to end sanctions on Iran in exchange for its terminating its nuclear weapons program.)
Am I being unfair to ascribe such venal motives to those Democrats who support this bill? I don’t think so because every single Democrat supporting this anti-free speech bill consistently opposes limits on free speech. Their support for this bill represents the only time they promoted legislation to curtail free speech. I cannot imagine any reason for this egregious offense against the First Amendment except to please AIPAC and their AIPAC associated donors.
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Mother Catches Pedophile Kidnapping Child, Shoots Holes In His Throat
A notorious international pedophile has been found “inches from death” by police after a Virginia mother blew two holes in his throat with a handgun after he tried to kidnap her young daughter.
The furious mother found convicted child sex offender, Troy Skinner, attempting to enter her daughter’s bedroom armed with duct tape, pepper spray and a knife, and was forced to take immediate action.
Troy Skinner, 25, from Auckland, New Zealand, had carefully planned the attack which involved flying halfway around the world to kidnap the young girl, who he had “groomed on the internet“, according to Goochland County Sheriff Jim Agnew.http://www.richmond.com/news/local/crime/new-zealand-man-shot-while-breaking-into-goochland-home-had/article_bcb7166f-29be-550c-a6fd-227c20a84e83.html
Mistakenly believing neither of the child’s parents were at home, Skinner smashed a glass door at the family’s home in Hollis Hills using a brick and tried to force his way into the terrified child’s bedroom.
However the girl’s mother was home at the time, and according to Sheriff Jim Agnew, she grabbed the family .22 caliber handgun and blew two holes in the pedophile’s throat.
According to Sheriff Agnew, Skinner’s actions left the mother with no option besides shooting him, saying:”All I can say is the manner in which he attempted to enter that home in the face of a firearm pointed at him and the implements we recovered from him – the only inference is that he had very bad intent.
“His arrival here was totally unexpected by anyone.
“He had been told in the past that the daughter no longer wished to communicate with him.“
Sheriff Agnew made it clear that regardless of whether Skinner survives or not, there will be no charges filed against the mother. In the opinion of local law enforcement, she is a hero — not to mention an excellent marksman.
“I have to emphasize very clearly, that while he may be … in the hospital [with a gunshot wound], he is not the victim.
“The lady [who shot Skinner to prevent him from entering] and her family members are the victims.”
New Zealand Police are aware of the incident regarding Skinner and will assist US authorities as necessary in throwing the full weight of the law against the international pedophile.https://archive.fo/R2bqahttps://yournewswire.com/mom-pedophile-throat-shotgun/
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Who Woulda Guessed? Another Leftist State, New Jersey, Faces Bankruptcy Due To DEBT Insolvency
When in doubt, just keep raising taxes! Nevermind how we got into this mess, we'll spend our way out! It'll work this time, we promise!
Another democratic governor running a state bankrupt using any tactic whatsoever to bring it to the brink of insolvency for the sake of raising taxes just one more time.
In his first budget showdown with intransigent lawmakers from his own party, New Jersey Governor (and Goldman Sachs alum) Phil Murphy has made a major concession on his budget plan in a last-minute attempt to work out a compromise that would avert a shutdown of the state government on Saturday.
In a letter circulated to lawmakers, Murphy said that while he's unwilling to accept the legislature's budget - a budget that would raise the state's corporate income tax to the highest level in the country - he'd be willing to work out a compromise plan that included a smaller corporate tax hike and also eliminated a budget shortfall that would've left the state with a $100 million deficit and no emergency reserves, according to NJ.com.
"I remain ... unable to certify that the revenues contained in this budget are sufficient to fund the programs we all support. Failure to provide sufficient funding places all of these programs at risk," Murphy wrote.
"It is not too late for us to bridge this shortfall," he continued.
Murphy offered a more modest increase in the Corporation Business Tax, a smaller increase on taxes on personal income over $1 million and a two-year phase-in of a sales tax hike. Democrats had reportedly discussed similar concessions last week, but those talks ultimately broke down. But despite the opposition, Murphy insists that his new "merged" bill represents a "significant compromise" from his initial plan, which would've restored the sales tax from 6.625% to 7% and would've raised the 8.97% marginal tax rate on gross income over $1 million to 10.75%, and remains the best path forward for the state.
Of course, passing a fiscally responsible budget is more important than ever before for New Jersey, which was forced to "immediately halt state spending and hiring" earlier this month in a desperate attempt to close out the fiscal year with the state's general fund in the green, as the state's reserve funds have dwindled.
Meanwhile, the proposal passed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (who lost out to Murphy in the gubernatorial primary) and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin would create two new tiers for businesses, levying 11.5% on businesses with net income between $1 million and $25 million while charging 13% on businesses with net income over $25 million. Murphy has insisted that any increase in the business rate must not be large enough to make New Jersey an outlier. Furthermore, any new taxes must be extended for more than two years (the budget passed by the legislature relies mostly on short-term tax hikes). Whether the stalemate ends with a compromise, government shutdown or $855 million in spending cuts should the legislator pass Murphy's budget still remains to be seen. But after a meeting between the two factions yesterday failed to yield any progress, it's looking like this budget battle could go down to the wire.https://archive.fo/ezDOohttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-27/new-jersey-governor-offers-compromise-budget-state-teeters-brink-shutdown
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Supreme Court Rules Against Unions Mandatory Fees
In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday, The Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions for state and local employees can't force non-members to pay a "fair-share" union fee.
As The Hill details, SCOTUS ruled that the extraction of agency fees from non-consenting public sector employees violates the First Amendment.
The case centers on an Illinois law, similar to those in 22 other states, that allow public-sector unions to collect a “fair-share fee” from employees for non-political activities like collective bargaining, regardless of whether those employees belong to the union or not.
Mark Janus, a state child support specialist at the center of the case, argued against having to give up about $45 from each paycheck to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31. Doing so, he said, violates his First Amendment rights because it forces him to support the union’s messaging.
The union, AFSCME, argues it needs the “fair-share” funds to offset the significant costs it incurs negotiating working conditions for all employees. State laws allowing unions to collect these fees are justified, the union said, to avoid a situation where nonunion members get a "free ride."
A group of 15 public sector unions, warned the court in a friend of the court brief that eliminating fair-share fees would eviscerate public sector unions, depriving them of resources they need to perform their essential public functions.
“The elimination of fair-share fees would create an all-or-nothing choice for the workers whom unions represent: pay union dues or pay nothing but still receive the benefits a union provides,” they wrote.
“In that world, many rational employees will choose to become free riders.”
President Trump seems pleased with the court's verdict, noting that this is "big loss for the coffers of the Democrats!"https://archive.fo/Bi6Wrhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-27/supreme-court-rules-against-unions-mandatory-fees-big-loss-coffers-democrats
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Harley-Davidson Announces They Will Outsource Angering Employees, Trump Threatens Mass Tariffs Against Them
Even after Harley Davidson became the first American company "to wave the white flag" and announce, in an 8-K filing, that it planned to move some production offshore to compensate for EU tariffs, the workers at the Harley Davidson plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin are standing by their president even though the Financial Times reports that "they could end up as collateral damage."
Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag. I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U., which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion. Taxes just a Harley excuse - be patient! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
The company said Monday that it would increase production at its facilities in India, Brazil and Thailand to avoid paying some $100 million - or roughly $2,000 per bike - in tariffs to the EU.
But this decision hasn't translated into worker anger directed at the president. An informal survey of workers during a smoke break at the factory by the FT found that most - if not all - support President Trump's bid to revive American manufacturing by instigating a trade fight, even if Harley's EU sales have risen as a percentage of the company's overall sales in recent years.
What's more, several workers appear to agree with President Trump's assessment that the company's decision to move production is "just a Harley excuse" after Harley closed its plant in Kansas City. In other words, the company is taking advantage of the EU tariffs, and opportunistically "blaming it on Trump."
Asked whether they blame the president or the EU for causing Harley’s offshoring decision, most say emphatically that they blame only the Europeans. "The president was just trying to save the US aluminum and steel industry," one said approvingly.https://archive.fo/Hc1QN
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Good! Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban Aimed At Dangerous Nations
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Trump and his immigration policy across the board in a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, holding that the permanent entry restrictions from various terror-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation 9645 is fully consistent with Congress’s Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that admission and exclusion of foreign nationals is a “fundamental sovereign attribute exercised by the Government’s political departments largely immune from judicial control,” quoting from an earlier case, and that the president has extraordinarily broad discretion under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(f) to exclude aliens when he believes doing so is in the nation’s interests.
President Trump’s policy is permitted by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, because Presidential Proclamation 9645 provides a religion-neutral explanation for the policy that is facially legitimate, rejecting plaintiffs’ arguments that the policy advanced an impermissible religious purpose.
The case is Trump v. Hawaii, No. 17-965 in the Supreme Court of the United States.https://archive.fo/fMpoH
The travel ban has been fully in place since December, when the justices put the brakes on lower court rulings that had ruled the policy out of bounds and blocked part of it from being enforced.
The policy applies to travelers from five countries with overwhelmingly Muslim populations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. It also affects two non-Muslim countries, blocking travelers from North Korea and some Venezuelan government officials and their families. A sixth majority Muslim country, Chad, was removed from the list in April after improving "its identity-management and information sharing practices," Trump said in a proclamation.
The administration had pointed to the Chad decision to show that the restrictions are premised only on national security concerns.
The challengers, though, argued that the court could not just ignore all that has happened, beginning with Trump's campaign tweets to prevent the entry of Muslims into the United States.
He proposed a broad, all-encompassing Muslim ban during the presidential campaign in 2015, drawing swift rebukes from Republicans as well as Democrats. And within a week of taking office, the first travel ban was announced with little notice, sparking chaos at airports and protests across the nation.
While the ban has changed shape since then, it has remained a key part of Trump's "America First" vision, with the president believing that the restriction, taken in tandem with his promised wall at the southern border, would make the Unites States safer from potentially hostile foreigners.
Federal trial judges in Hawaii and Maryland had blocked the travel ban from taking effect, finding that the new version looked too much like its predecessors. Those rulings that were largely upheld by federal appeals courts in Richmond, Virginia, and San Francisco.
But the Supreme Court came to a different conclusion Tuesday. The policy has "a legitimate grounding in national security concerns," and it has several moderating features, including a waiver program that would allow some people from the affected countries to enter the U.S., Roberts said. The administration has said that 809 people have received waivers since the ban took full effect in December.https://archive.fo/55Jd6
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Canada Prepares Steel Quotas, Tariffs On China To Prevent Dumping
It's not just the US that is locked in an escalating trade war with China: according to Bloomberg, Canada is also preparing steel quotas and tariffs targeting Beijing meant to prevent dumping of steel imports from global producers seeking to avoid U.S. tariffs.
Implicitly confirming that Trump was right to launch protectionist measures against China, and that others would have done it if they had the stomach to disturb the global trade order, the Canadian measures are said to be "a combination of quotas and tariffs aimed at certain countries including China" and follow similar “safeguard” measures being considered by the European Union aimed at warding off steel that might otherwise have been sent to the U.S. It comes alongside Canadian counter-tariffs on U.S. steel, aluminum and other products set to kick in on July 1.
As Bloomberg further adds, the Canadian measures are expected to include new quotas on certain steel imports to prevent dumping, with tariffs applied above that threshold.
The announcement could come as early as next week, though the government hasn’t finalized its plans, the people said. A spokesman for Finance Minister Bill Morneau declined to comment. Representatives for Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who handles U.S. trade issues, didn’t immediately return requests for comment.
The USDCAD spiked higher on the headline rising to 1.3312 amid concerns that a new front in the global trade war is opening.
Meanwhile, as some points out, on Wednesday BOC Governor Poloz will speak in an anticipated speech which may give markets guidance on whether a July hike is still live, and in light of the recent soggy economic data, the BOC may put any tightening on hold for the foreseeable future.https://archive.fo/1fMiohttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-26/canada-prepares-steel-quotas-tariffs-china-prevent-dumping
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For First Time In Years, North Korea Cancels Its Annual 'Anti-America' Rally
Could peace with tyrannical North Korea really be happening? It seems like it could be, as North Korea has canceled its annual “anti-America” rally for the first time in several years.
According to American Military News, the rally served as one of North Korea’s most symbolic and political events, held annually on July 27 in remembrance of the start of the Korean War. North Korea historically celebrated the day as a national holiday called “Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.” The rally included events focused on the Korean War, complete with nationalist fervor and anti-U.S. postage stamps.
Last year’s event included a reported 100,000 attendees in Kim Il Sung Square, according to the Associated Press. Officials had no on-the-record comment on the decision not to hold the event this year. But Associated Press staff in the North Korean capital confirmed Monday that it would not be held.
North Korea has also noticeably toned down its anti-American rhetoric over the past several months to create a more conciliatory atmosphere. In the wake of meetings with President Donald Trump, it seems like peace is possible with the Communist regime, at least for the time being. The cancellation of the rally looks to be, on the surface anyway, a solid and major attempt to avoid souring and reduce the tensions which will help increase dialogue.
But horrifyingly, more than 70% of leftist in America don’t actually want peace with North Korea.http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/tv-poll-71-of-liberals-dont-want-peace-with-north-korea-because-trump-would-take-credit_06152018
But for those who actually are anti-war and don’t think it’s necessary to send nukes flying just to make one man look bad, this rally’s cancellation could be the start of a peaceful and diplomatic relationship with North Korea.
While North Korea has cut back on its criticism of the current U.S. administration, the tyrannical regime has also stepped up its attacks on “capitalist values” in general. According to the Associated Press, this is an oblique warning that its diplomatic outreach to the world should not be taken to mean it’s ready to throw away its socialist ideals anytime soon.https://archive.fo/vZHqGhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-26/first-time-years-north-korea-cancels-its-annual-anti-america-rally
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#WINNING! Italy’s Salvini Jets to Libya, Negotiates Deal to Stop Illegal Migrants
GOODBYE SOROS, FUCK OFF AND HAVE A STROKE ALREADY!
Italy’s new anti-establishment Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini jetted to Libya to strike a deal with the UN-backed government to combat people-smugglers and illegal immigration Monday.
Salvini, who leads the Lega party which forms one half of Italy’s new populist coalition government and acts as its minister of the interior, shared the details of his visit on his Facebook page, which he uses to reach millions of supporters directly.
“I am proud to have chosen Libya as the first official overseas visit as the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy… to confront the whole problem of undercover illegal immigration from Libya to Italy,” Salvini declared.
“The Italian government will uphold the need to protect the frontiers to the south of Libya, because neither Italy nor Libya can be alone in shouldering the burden of this illegal immigration,” he insisted.
“We, the Libyans, we agree amongst us on so many things with the Europeans and our partners regarding the illegal immigration, but we categorically refuse the presence of any migrant camps in Libya,” added Libya’s Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq.
The pair’s plans to establish reception centres to process asylum claims on Libya’s southern border appear to have completely outmanoeuvred proposals by France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and the European Union establishment, who have been suggesting reception centres either in southern Europe or on the Mediterranean coast in northern Libya.
“There are European countries, including France, which propose the creation of hotspots of reception in Italy: this would be a problem for us and for Libya itself, because death flows [to Libya and Italy] would not be interrupted,” Salvini explained in a Facebook post.
“Instead, we have proposed reception centres at the borders south of Libya to prevent [Libya] from becoming a funnel [for illegal migration], like Italy.”
“We believe that is should be only the Libyan authorities who patrol Libyan waters, and [support] blocking the way to non-governmental organisations that want to substitute, replace governments, and to help illegal immigrants,” Salvini said at his conference with Maiteeq, in reference to the so-called ‘rescue’ charities which have been picking up migrants in the waters off North Africa in order to bring them to European ports — often racing to beat Libyan coast guard vessels to do so.
“Let the Libyan authorities do their work of rescue, recovery and return [of migrants] to their country, as they have been doing for some time, without the ships of the voracious NGOs disturbing them or causing trouble,” he added later.
“Italian ports are and will be closed to those who aid human traffickers.”https://archive.fo/8vce5http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/06/26/italys-salvini-libya-negotiates-deal-illegal-migrants-southern-border/
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Austria Deploys Police and Troops To Their Border To Protect Their Nation From Migrant Invasion
Austria deployed police, soldiers and Black Hawk military helicopters on Tuesday in an exercise, overseen by the far-right interior minister, which enacted the arrival of hundreds of migrants on its border with Slovenia.
The drill, designed to show Austria's preparedness for any repeat of Europe's migration crisis, dovetailed with the right-wing government's efforts to discourage migrants from setting off to find a home in central Europe.
Austria took in more than 1 percent of its population in asylum seekers during the 2015-2016 migration crisis, and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's conservatives won last year's election pledging to prevent a repeat of that influx. They govern in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party.
"A state that in the worst case cannot protect its borders loses its credibility," Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the Freedom Party told reporters.
"I am determined that events like those of 2015 must not occur again. And that is exactly the message we want to send from here."
Neighbouring Slovenia however said the drill exaggerated the risk of another influx.
"The exercise is not needed. I see it even as a little provocative," Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar was quoted as saying by national news agency STA.
The exercise was carried out at Spielfeld, a crossing where Austria set up a large crowd-management system in early 2016 designed to handle up to 11,000 people a day, only for the number of arrivals to collapse soon afterwards.
In contrast to a smaller exercise held under the previous government, Tuesday's drill did not involve migrants being violent or any arrests. But five military helicopters, including two Black Hawks, hovered overhead.
Migration has returned to the top of the political agenda in Europe after the Bavarian sister party to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats last week gave her an ultimatum to broker a European immigration deal. The issue threatens to wreck her coalition government.
After meeting Germany's Bavarian interior minister this month, Kurz called for an "axis of the willing" on illegal immigration including Italy, where the far right is also in government.https://archive.fo/MZkua
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Trade War Bound To Get Ugly... For All Nations Involved
With the market tumbling today on worries that the tit-for-tat trade war escalation between the US and China is now "irreversible", the WSJ just poured gas on the fire with a report that China President Xi Jinping is responding to the Trump administration’s trade-clash escalations "with a bare-knuckle approach that makes a bruising fight more likely."
Citing people who were present at a meeting last Thursday between Xi and a group of 20 mostly American and European multinational chief executives, the Chinese president said that Beijing plans to strike back.
“In the West you have the notion that if somebody hits you on the left cheek, you turn the other cheek,” the Chinese leader said, according to the people. “In our culture we punch back.”
The WSJ also adds that "Xi has urged senior officials in a recent meeting to promote China’s global role as the U.S. faces a backlash for its America First agenda, according to state media and Chinese officials."
This means that whereas until now China merely responded with tits to US tats, the gloves now officially come off.
As the Journal further writes, while for months China’s leadership and senior officials have been put off balance by Mr. Trump as he mixed calls for trade penalties with references to Mr. Xi as a friend, coupled with proactive attempts to appears Trump as Xi’s top economic lieutenant twice traveled to Washington for negotiations and offered stepped-up purchases of American goods only to come up empty-handed, Now Xi has settled on an unyielding approach in dealing with Washington.
“China is not going to yield to outside pressure and eat the bitter fruit,” a senior official said. “That’s the negotiation principle set by President Xi.”
What is perplexing about today's story is that on Friday, China's state-run Xinhua reported a decidedly different, and far less provocative angle, one in which China's eagerness to engage the US was not mentioned:
Focusing on the summit's theme of opening up, cooperation and mutual benefit, Xi and the executives exchanged views on topics ranging from the Belt and Road Initiative, innovation and smart manufacturing, to green development and global governance.
Xi said the companies had participated in, witnessed, contributed to and benefited from the reform and opening-up drive of China over the past four decades, during which the country sustained rapid economic growth and helped more than 700 million of its people shake off poverty, according to UN standards.
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Turns Out Tax Cuts Increased Domestic Capital Production AND Tax Revenue For The US
Despite President Trump's tit-for-tat trade barbs, America’s CEOs are not wasting anytime in taking advantage of his tax reform plan. Over $300 billion was repatriated to the U.S. in the first quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) -- the most on record.
“U.S. firms that used to build their factories overseas in order to avoid U.S. taxes, they stopped in their tracks because of the tax bill, they are bringing all the money home,” said Kevin Hassett, chair of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, during an interview on FOX Business’ Varney & Co. in June.
The BEA notes the main driver of the repatriation surge is that companies are no longer taxed on foreign earnings when returning the funds to the U.S. “We fixed that really, really stupid thing” said Hassett. By comparison just $38 billion was repatriated during the same period a year ago.
hile the BEA keeps the names and sums of corporations repatriating confidential, the latest data appear to show CEOs are likely sticking to their pledge to bring more money earned overseas back to the U.S. promised shortly after the tax plan was signed by President Trump in late December 2017.
While it is not crystal clear how the lion’s share of funds returning to the U.S. will be used, pro-growth economists hope it will be used for hiring, boosting wages and other moves that will benefit the American worker and eventually trickle down to the broader economy. This is why many economists are boosting their GDP forecasts to between 3% and 4%.
Now, the last time repatriation funds saw a notable spike was in 2005, following passage the year before of the American Jobs Creation Act, which offered a tax holiday, among other tax benefits, under President George W. Bush. Yet, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, tells FOX Business, at that time the benefit to the economy was minimal and will likely be the same this time around. “The repatriated cash will go to more stock repurchases, dividend increases, and paying for mergers and acquisitions. All of this has no significant impact on the economy” he said.
However, there are some differences between then and now. Some of America's biggest companies celebrated the tax reform plan in concert by offering one-time bonus payments to employees, along with enhanced benefits and other financial perks. As an example, Apple, the nation’s largest taxpayer, announced in January it would invest over $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years due to the tax changes. The maker of iPhones and iMacs also expects to pay $38 billion in taxes, which would be the largest payment of its kind, Apple stated at the time. Inquiries by FOX Business to Apple on its repatriation status were not returned.https://archive.fo/SXgzGhttps://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/american-money-is-flowing-back-into-america
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AntiFA Thugs Surrounding ICE Building As Feds Threaten Arrest
Federal authorities warned Antifa members Monday to stop occupying an Oregon Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building or be arrested.
“Individuals who continue to obstruct the entrance of this federal facility will be subject to arrest and prosecution in federal court,” a flyer Federal Protective Service agents distributed to Portland, Oregon, Antifa members reads. “It is unlawful under federal law to obstruct the entrances, foyers, lobbies, corridors, offices and/or parking lots of federal facilities.”
Antifa has been camping outside the ICE building since last week and effectively shutting down the building. Federal authorities went into the building around 3:30 a.m Monday to secure the building.
Antifa is known to get violent and they are labeled an official domestic terrorist organization. During an August 2017 protest at the University of California, Berkeley, they were recorded in several video clips attacking and injuring individuals they deemed “far-right” or “alt-right,” although there’s no evidence the individuals were associated with such groups and didn’t identify in such a way.
As part of a new normal, liberals are consistently targeting President Donald Trump supporters and threatening them, especially if they work for immigration-related agencies or departments.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Republican Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and John Boozman of Arkansas, Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and others have all been victims of violent liberal attacks, ranging from bomb threats to shootings.
Protesters chased Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen out of a restaurant on June 19, two days after they chased out White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller from another restaurant.
Miller also had his personal number published, which passively encouraged its readers to give him a call if they wanted. Splinter credited Miller with the policy of keeping children in separate facilities from adults when they’re caught entering the country illegally.
The decision to separate children at the border is aimed to combat human trafficking and was around during former President Barack Obama’s tenure.https://archive.fo/tweYmhttp://dailycaller.com/2018/06/25/federal-authorities-warn-antifa-ice-occupation/
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Kim Dotcom Predicts US Tariffs Will Drive Cryptocurrency Growth
Kim Dotcom is predicting that Donald Trump’s burgeoning global trade war will cause stock markets to crash - and lead to a surge in cryptocurrency growth.
The internet entrepreneur took to Twitter on Friday to make his predictions as trade tensions between the US and China, and the US and the EU intensified. EU retaliatory tariffs on several US products took effect on Friday.
“Trump is putting tariffs on international imports in an attempt to make up for the income deficit resulting from his tax cuts. It’s the largest theft in history,” Dotcom said, adding that the citizens of other countries were suffering as a result of the greed of America’s one percent.
“Foreign countries and their citizens are forced to pay for US tax cuts. But they call me a pirate. LOL,“ he wrote.
Unites States owns 25% of global GDP. It’s not foreign countries that are ripping Americans off. It’s the greed of the 1% and their corporations that are sucking the blood out of American families.
By imposing tariffs on the world US Empire has now reached the peak of arrogance. pic.twitter.com/21d7ihv465
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 22, 2018
Dotcom, a staunch supporter of the cryptocurrency market, believes that current circumstances will facilitate further cryptocurrency growth. He often uses Twitter to encourage his followers to invest in Bitcoin, and he has also launched his own bitcoin-based payment system, Bitcache.
As the trade wars begin and retaliation after retaliation will lead to markets crashing I suggest to get out of stocks and to buy crypto. The arrogance of US Empire and the escalating trade wars will drive crypto growth.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 22, 2018
Dotcom, who holds New Zealand residency, has been fighting extradition to the US since 2012 when the US Department of Justice closed down the operations of the video sharing site he founded, Megaupload. US authorities sought the arrest of Dotcom and his partners on charges of operating an organization dedicated to copyright infringement.https://archive.fo/JadCphttps://www.rt.com/business/430600-dotcom-trade-war-cryptocurrency/
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Dear High School Graduates, You Deserve To Know The Brutal Truth
You deserve a realistic account of the economy you're joining.
Here's the summary: the status quo is pressuring you to accept its "solutions": borrow mega-bucks to attend college, then buy a decaying bungalow or hastily constructed stucco box for $800,000 in a "desirable" city, pay sky-high income and property taxes on your earnings, and when the stress of all these crushing financial burdens ruins your health, well, we've got meds to "help" you -- lots of meds at insane price points paid for by insurance -- if you have "real" insurance without high deductibles, of course.Here's the truth the status quo marketers don't dare acknowledge: every one of these conventional "solutions" only makes the problem worse.
Student loan debt only makes your life harder, not easier, as the claimed "value" of a college degree is based on the distant past, not the present. The economy is changing fast and the conventional "solutions" no longer match the new realities. But don't expect anyone profiting from the predatory profiteering higher-education cartel to admit this.
The high cost of housing isn't "solved" by buying in at the top of an unprecedented bubble. Buying into bubbles only makes the problem worse, for all bubbles eventually pop.
The "solution" to crushing levels of debt is not to borrow more just to prop up a rotten, corrupt, dysfunctional and self-serving status quo. In effect, the young generations are being groomed to be the hosts for the parasitic classes that feed on young taxpayers, student loan debt-serfs, young buyers of bubble-priced housing, unaffordable sickcare "insurance" and all the rest of the status quo "solutions."
As writer Peter Turchin has explained, societies in decline overproduce elites.Those promised an elite slot who are left out become the engine of social unrest.
The status quo claims that getting a college diploma more or less guarantees you a slot in the elite class of folks with secure incomes and opportunities to get ahead and build real wealth.
The reality is only the top 5% of the work force are doing well. So of the 33% of the work force with university diplomas, the system only creates slots for the top 15% of that educational elite. The next 15% (the rest of the top 10% of the entire work force) can pick up the 2nd tier technocrat positions and everyone else gets the scraps: insecure jobs, mediocre pay, limited opportunities.
Before you accept that becoming a debt-serf to get a college diploma is a "solution," check out the other side of that trade: the mostly older, wealthier folks profiting from your debt-serfdom:https://archive.fo/ldlXYhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-25/dear-high-school-graduates
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John McAfee 'Poisoned' by 'Sex Trafficker' Before Releasing His New Ultra Secure Crypto Wallet
John McAfee's "enemies" recently tried to poison him, the cybersecurity pioneer claims. However, John McAfee isn't as easy to kill as his myriad "enemies" had hoped. To help drive this point home, the creator of the eponymous computer security software tweeted an alarming picture of himself lying in a hospital bed with an oxygen tube affixed to his mouth.
His tweet came accompanied with a warning to the unnamed parties who allegedly carried out the attack: "You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath."
And for those who did this - You will soon understand the true meaning of wrath. I know exactly who you are. Youh had better be gone. pic.twitter.com/URgz5BtMLF
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 22, 2018
My wife @theemrsmcafee and I with a message to my incompetent enemies pic.twitter.com/s7rT105OWy
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 22, 2018
I know exactly who you are." So if you or somebody you know was behind this latest alleged attempt on McAfee's life (he has reportedly been the subject of 11 attempts on his life, along with a "conspiracy" by Belize authorities that he was involved in the death of a neighbor while living in the tropical South American state) be wary: McAfee is coming for you.
Update 1: It appears John McAfee has a suspect in mind and is offering a reward for details...
$5,000 reward for anyone who can provided the full name, address and phone number of this man. No questions asked. Your confidentiality is assured. DM ME. pic.twitter.com/WOT2cK6FqE
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 24, 2018
Update 2: That did not take long. McAfee now claims to know the identity of the motorcyclist and "I want him" explaining that he is a "wanted sex trafficker."
OK. The guy's name is John D. Nichols, lives in Burbank at 1687 Oakway Lane. The man is a wanted sex trafficker. And I want him. I nicknamed him Alexander, after a similar dude I once met.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) June 24, 2018
Update 3: It appears Mr McAfee is recuperating well from his near-death poisoning experience...
— J.W. (@McAfeeExecutive) June 24, 2018
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Evil: World’s Leading Vaccine Awareness Activist Found Murdered
The world’s most prominent anti-vaccine activist has been found dead under suspicious circumstances, according to investigators.
VINE (Vaccination Information Network) posted the following story to their Facebook page, alleging that their founder, Erwin Alber, was likely murdered for his work in exposing the dangers of vaccinations:https://archive.fo/OVjbhhttps://www.facebook.com/vaccinationinformationnetwork/posts/10157409827528998:0
Now that the initial and customary mourning period has passed I feel compelled to speak out the words that I believe many have quietly shoved to the back of their minds!
First, I knew Erwin Alber for 27 years. Erwin Alber was a friend of mine. I spoke with him at length just seven days before he died.
Erwin courageously spoke truth to power no matter who got their feathers ruffled. He had integrity, was a very capable debater, and was completely unafraid to take on ANYONE!
And he did so with admirable regularity and zeal -doctors, lawyers, professors, government officials, newspaper editors -you name it!
It is my firm opinion that perhaps this set of impressive qualities, along with the massive megaphone he founded know as VINE (vaccination information network), could have put him squarely in the bulls eye of (to use his own words) “psychopaths” in high places.
While thousands in the antivaxx community may have loved his forthright honesty, it would be untruthful to deny that just as many in the government, medical, and pharmaceutical world’s hated him just as intensely.
(Erwin was also a featured guest on the Vaccine Myth, a show I have also been featured on. He will be greatly missed.)
If you doubt this, just google the man’s name and read the long litany of unkind and untruthful words uttered by his many detractors.
In short, Erwin Alber had enemies - powerful enemies $$$!
But unlike the rest of us in the antivaxx community he also had control over a mammoth online anti-pharmaceutical industry machine with global reach.
Unlike the rest of us this made him not only a human lightening rod, but a target.
Erwin Alber was VINE. And VINE was by any estimate, the largest and most successful anti-vaccine / pro-informed choice information site in the world, sometimes getting upwards of 150,000 likes on Facebook in a single month!!
That’s a behemoth! A real force to be reckoned with.
And maybe, just maybe the powers that be wanted that voice crushed into silence once and for all.https://archive.fo/lS18Ahttps://yournewswire.com/leading-anti-vaccine-activist-murdered/
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Good! Italy Orders Seven Boats Carrying 1,000 Migrants To Return To Libya, Threatens To Withhold Payments to the EU
Italy is seeking to have seven boats carrying roughly 1,000 migrants taken back to North Africa, according to a Spanish aid group.
Proactiva Open Arms, which is involved in human trafficking, said the Italians want the Libyan coast guard to conduct the rescues and return the migrants.
Proactiva said in a tweet that Italian coast guard authorities who coordinate rescues sent out advisories to all ships in the area but told the aid group: 'We don't need your help.'
In a tweet on Sunday, hard-line interior minister Matteo Salvini said: 'It's right that the Libyan authorities intervene, as they've been doing for days, without having the NGOs interrupt them and disturb them.'
It comes days after Salvini refused to let a rescue boat with 224 migrants on board dock in Italy, saying those on board 'will only see Italy on a postcard'.
Salvini said the ship, operated by German aid group Mission Lifeline, had loaded the migrants in Libyan waters against the instructions of Italy's coast guard.
Italy has demanded Malta let the Lifeline dock since it's currently in Maltese waters. Farrugia tweeted Sunday 'Why weren't they allowed to dock immediately in Italy, like Italy is now asking Malta? That's the true inhumanity.'
(lol, no one wants this human garbage being dumped off!)
The new anti-migrant government in Rome has refused to let aid groups dock in Italian ports, arguing they are encouraging smugglers.
Salvini has threatened that Italy will withhold its payments to the EU if it does not get more help on the migrant issue.https://archive.fo/xWBN4http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5880003/Italy-order.html
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India and Pakistan Join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Big Blow To US Petrodollar Hegemony
The world transformed and nobody in the West noticed.
India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The 17 year-old body since its founding on June 15, 2001 has quietly established itself as the main alliance and grouping of nations across Eurasia. Now it has expanded from six nations to eight, and the two new members are the giant nuclear-armed regional powers of South Asia, India, with a population of 1.324 billion and Pakistan, with 193.2 million people (both in 2016).
In other words, the combined population of the SCO powers or already well over 1.5 billion has virtually doubled at a single stroke.
The long-term global consequences of this development are enormous. It is likely to prove the single most important factor insuring peace and removing the threat of nuclear war over South Asia and from 20 percent of the human race. It now raises the total population of the world in the eight SCO nations to 40 percent, including one of the two most powerful thermonuclear armed nations (Russia) and three other nuclear powers (China, India and Pakistan).
This development is a diplomatic triumph especially for Moscow. Russia has been seeking for decades to ease its longtime close strategic ally India into the SCO umbrella. This vision was clearly articulated by one of Russia’s greatest strategic minds of the 20th century, former Premier and Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, who died in 2015. In the past China quietly but steadfastly blocked the India’s accession, but with Pakistan, China’s ally joining at the same time, the influence of Beijing and Moscow is harmonized.
The move can only boost Russia’s already leading role in the diplomacy and national security of the Asian continent. For both Beijing and Delhi, the road for good relations with each other and the resolution of issues such as sharing the water resources of the Himalayas and investing in the economic development of Africa now runs through Moscow. President Vladimir Putin is ideally placed to be the regular interlocutor between the two giant nations of Asia.
The move also must be seen as a most significant reaction by India to the increasing volatility and unpredictability of the United States in the global arena. In Washington and Western Europe, it is fashionable and indeed reflexively inevitable that this is entirely blamed on President Donald Trump.
But in reality this alarming trend goes back at least to the bombing of Kosovo by the United States and its NATO allies in 1998, defying the lack of sanction in international law for any such action at the time because other key members of the United Nations Security Council opposed it.
Since then, under four successive presidents, the US appetite for unpredictable military interventions around the world – usually bungled and open-ended – has inflicted suffering and instability on a wide range of nations, primarily in the Middle East (Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen) but also in Eurasia (Ukraine) and South Asia (Afghanistan).
The accession of both India and Pakistan to the SCO is also a stunning repudiation of the United States.
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New Era In Saudi Arabia: New Regime Overturns Ban on Women Driving
Saudi women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades Sunday as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility.
The much-trumpeted move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plan to modernise the conservative petrostate -- but it has been dented by the jailing of female activists who long opposed the driving ban.
Women in Riyadh and other cities began zipping around streets bathed in amber light soon after the ban was lifted at midnight, with some blasting music from behind the wheel.
"I feel free like a bird," said talk show host and writer Samar Almogren as she cruised across the capital.
Television presenter Sabika al-Dosari called it "a historic moment for every Saudi woman" before driving a sedan across the border to the kingdom of Bahrain.
The lifting of the ban, long a glaring symbol of repression, is expected to be transformative for many women, freeing them from dependence on private chauffeurs or male relatives.
"This is a great achievement," billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal said as his daughter Reem drove a family SUV, with his granddaughters applauding from the back seat.
"Now women have their freedom," he added in a video posted on Twitter.
Euphoria mixed with disbelief as women posted online videos of driving themselves to work, their children to school and their friends for ice cream, all mundane experiences elsewhere in the world but a dazzling novelty in the desert kingdom.
"The jubilance, confidence and pride expressed by Saudi women driving for the first time in their country, without fear of arrest, brought tears to my eyes," tweeted activist Hala al-Dosari, while lauding the jailed campaigners.
"I'm happy and relieved that... girls in Saudi will live a bit freer than their mothers."https://archive.fo/3EXU9https://www.yahoo.com/news/saudi-women-driving-ban-ends-213714400.html
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Good! Big Tech Faces Dozens Of Defamation Lawsuits After Settlement By SPLC
Over 60 organizations and 47 nonprofit leaders are mulling lawsuits against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after the organization settled with and apologized to a former Islamic radical, Maajid Nawaz, for $3.375 million because the organization included him in its bogus "Field Giude to Anti-Muslim Extremists."
Nawaz, a practing Muslim who is specifically fighting Islamic extremism, was included in the "field guide" for criticizing the fringe elements of his own religion.
The SPLC "has lost all credibility," as explained by WaPo columnist Marc Thiessen:
The SPLC is a once-storied organization that did important work filing civil rights lawsuits against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. But it has become a caricature of itself, labeling virtually anyone who does not fall in line with its left-wing ideology an “extremist” or “hate group.”
Nawaz is a case in point. Since abandoning Islamic radicalism, he has advised three British prime ministers and created the Quilliam Foundation, to fight extremism. He is not anti-Muslim. He is a Muslim and has argued that “Islam is a religion of peace.”
So how did he end up in the SPLC’s pseudo-guide to anti-Muslim bigots? His crime, apparently, is that he has become a leading critic of the radical Islamist ideology he once embraced. Thanks to his courage, the SPLC has been forced to pay a multimillion-dollar penalty and acknowledge in a statement that it was “wrong” and that Nawaz has “made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism.”
And now, PJ Media reports that no fewer than 60 organizations and 47 nonprofit leaders are considering lawsuits against the SPLC for similar smears by the radical left-wing organization.
"We, the undersigned, are among the organizations, groups and individuals that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has maligned, defamed and otherwise harmed by falsely describing as 'haters,' 'bigots,' 'Islamophobes' and/or other groundless epithets," the signatories declared. "We are gratified that the SPLC has today formally acknowledged that it has engaged in such misrepresentations."
"Journalists who uncritically parrot or cite the SPLC's unfounded characterizations of those it reviles do a profound disservice to their audiences," the signatories added.
Contained within the Wednesday letter is a warning to companies such as Facebook, Amaaon, Google and Twitter - all of whom rely on the SPLC for guidance on "hate groups":
Editors, CEOs, shareholders and consumers alike are on notice: anyone relying upon and repeating its misrepresentations is complicit in the SPLC’s harmful defamation of large numbers of American citizens who, like the undersigned, have been vilified simply for working to protect our country and freedoms
And as the Daily Caller's Peter Hassan pointed out two weeks ago, Silicon Valley relies on the SPLC to police "hate speech":
Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit that has a track record of inaccuracies and routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.”
Facebook, Amazon, Google and Twitter all work with or consult the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in policing their platforms for “hate speech” or “hate groups,” a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation found.
The SPLC is on a list of “external experts and organizations” that Facebook works with “to inform our hate speech policies,” Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja told TheDCNF in an interview.
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New Mexican Presidential Candidate Calls For Invasion of America! How Will Our Military Respond?
WILL THE US MILITARY STAND DOWN IF AMERICA IS INVADED BY HOARDS OF ANGRY FOREIGNERS? WE MAY SOON FIND OUT!Be Prepared: >>>/spoon/903
Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) just called for a mass invasion into United States during a speech Tuesday declaring it a “human right” for all North Americans.
“And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said, adding that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.”
He then declared it as “a human right we will defend,” eluniversal.com reports.
While the election is not until July 1, Obrador is by far the frontrunner.
Obrador in April delivered speech criticizing Trump and promising that Mexico will not become a “piñata” for any foreign government, Global News reports.
The former mayor of Mexico City, Obrador holds progressive populist views. The 64-year-old ran unsuccessfully for president twice before, according to DW.
Fox’s Tucker Carlson noted Thursday that Obrador has previously proposed granting amnesty to Mexican drug cartels. “America is now Mexico’s social safety net, and that’s a very good deal for the Mexican ruling class,” Carlson added.https://archive.fo/phAqphttp://dailycaller.com/2018/06/22/mexican-candidate-immigration-speech/
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Buy 'Em Up Now! New Jersey's Asshole Governor Wants 2,400% Tax Increase On Firearms
New Jersey's Democratic Governor Phil Murphy is floating a plan to increase taxes on buying and selling guns by up to 2,400%, according to guns.com.
Murphy estimates that the state will take in an additional $2 million in revenue from the tax, which would include raising handgun purchase permits from $2 to $50, and firearms ID cards required to own a gun or buy ammunition from $5 to $100. Permits to carry a handgun would skyrocket from $50 to $400.
In comparison, neighboring Delaware and Pennsylvania charge fees for carrying of $65 and $20 respectively.
Such taxes, of course, would disproportionately affect the poor - as rich gun owners can simply pay up for personal protection. Given that the average salary of a New Jersey armed security officer is $19.42 an hour, Murphy's plan puts those who need to carry for their jobs under increased financial burden.
In a public signing ceremony for a six-pack of gun control measures last week, Murphy slammed what he characterized as the low fees of firearm licensing in New Jersey. “We must please responsibly increase the fees for gun licenses and handgun permits,” he said. “It’s long past time we did this. The last time these fees were increased was 1966.” -Guns
Gun dealers would also be affected by the change - with the cost of retail licenses to increase 10-fold from $50 to $500, while manufacturer licenses would jump from $150 to $1,500. The ATF charges similar fees of $200 and $150 respectively.
Murphy has rolled back several pro-gun reforms backed by the outgoing Chris Christie (R) administration, while shutting out Second Amendment groups and repeatedly blaming the gun lobby for the state's violent crime. He's also appointed a "gun czar," attorney Bill Castner.
“Bill Castner will play an active role in enhancing the coalition and will help our administration to advance new common-sense gun measures and potential avenues for legal challenges to stop the scourge of gun violence,” said Murphy, adding “Leading the force for gun violence protection to build safer communities and protect families at the state level is of the utmost importance, and I am confident that Bill will generate ideas and solutions that will save lives.”
Murphy’s attorney general last week warned a number of gun parts makers they could face civil action for selling unfinished lowers and frames in the state and has been ordered by Murphy to publish a running “shame” list of firearm trace data. -Guns
So for those living in New Jersey and other states with high taxes on guns; the 2nd Amendment gives you the right to bear arms, if you're rich enough to pay for it.https://archive.fo/gST5Mhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-23/nj-governor-pitches-2400-tax-increase-firearms
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Elon Musk Warns Employees That Big Oil Is Trying To Take Down His Company
Tesla founder Elon Musk claims his company is being purposefully sabotaged by the New World Order in an attempt to suppress solar power and electric cars.
In a leaked email sent out to employees, Musk warned that shadowy figures working for Big Oil and Wall Street have infiltrated his company and are hellbent on destroying Tesla’s reputation.
According to the Tesla CEO, a recent report of a factory fire, reports of car malfunctions, and reports of software bugs are fake news, designed to destroy the firm’s reputation.https://web.archive.org/web/20180621141035/https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/18/elon-musk-email-tesla-factory-paint-shop-fire-sunday.html
Here’s the full email:
From: Elon Musk
Subject: Some concerning news
June 17, 2018
I was dismayed to learn this weekend about a Tesla employee who had conducted quite extensive and damaging sabotage to our operations. This included making direct code changes to the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false usernames and exporting large amounts of highly sensitive Tesla data to unknown third parties.
The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted to so far is pretty bad. His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. In light of these actions, not promoting him was definitely the right move.
However, there may be considerably more to this situation than meets the eye, so the investigation will continue in depth this week. We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations.
As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and stand to lose a lot more. Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world — they don’t love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars. Don’t want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice. Then there are the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. If they’re willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they’re willing to cheat in other ways?
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Russia's Newest 100-megaton Nuclear Apocalypse Machine Can Wipe Out Entire US Coast, Drown US With Radioactive Salt
Doomsday has a name. Moscow christens their newest nuclear apocalypse machine “POSEIDON” — after the Greek God of oceans, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
POSEIDON will be deployed between 2018 and 2027, according to TASS. The program was secret until 2016.
In 2016, Russian state television “accidentally” revealed plans for an unmanned robot submarine, like a huge intelligent torpedo, armed with a massive 100-megaton warhead — the largest nuclear weapon ever deployed by any nation. POSEIDON would explode underwater to radioactively contaminate and inundate with tsunamis U.S. coastal cities and seaboard, where are concentrated much of America’s military-industrial strength and population.
U.S. intelligence confirms the existence of POSEIDON in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. Russia is testing a prototype.
Russian press reports the power of the robot-bomb will be 100 megatons — equivalent to 100 million tons of TNT, according to former senior Defense Department official, Mark Schneider, one of Washington’s best informed analysts.
Interfax reports: “On March 1, the Russian president spoke about the creation in Russia of unmanned underwater machines capable of moving at a very low depth and at intercontinental range at a speed far exceeding the speed of submarines, the most modern torpedoes and all types of surface ships, even the most high-speed ones.” Putin said Poseidon carries a “massive nuclear ordinance.”
POSEIDON contractor Alexei Rakhmanov tells Interfax Russia’s doomsday robot-bomb is “not a fantasy, not a prototype and it’s not a cartoon. These machines really exist.”
Unfortunately, Russia’s 100-megaton doomsday bomb is real.
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Populists Boycott EU Summit As Italy Threatens to Vote Down Merkel's Migrant Deal
Anti-mass migration national leaders in Central Europe and Italy are openly defying Germany’s Angela Merkel, who is facing political oblivion amid an asylum scandal and threats by Bavarian conservatives to walk out of her coalition government.
The German chancellor was crowned the new leader of the free world by the mainstream media after Donald Trump ascended to the presidency of the United States on an anti-globalist platform, but has been stumbling from crisis to catastrophe ever since.
This began with her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party posting its worst result since 1949 in the 2017 federal elections, forcing her to form a so-called ‘grand coalition’ with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) opposition.
Historically the European Union’s dominant member-state in partnership with France, Germany is now struggling to exert control over the rising populist, nationalist, and traditional conservative governments of Central Europe and now Italy.
With the “tenuous Berlin coalition” — as President Trump recently described it — already reeling from revelations that officials have apparently been accepting bribes in exchange for giving migrants asylum, Merkel now stands on the precipice, with the Christian Social Union which acts as the Bavarian wing of the CDU threatening to walk out of government if she refuses to tighten border controls.
She was able to forestall a showdown by having the European Union call a mini-summit on migration — but has been openly defied by the pro-borders Visegrad alliance (Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland), who suggested they were not willing to bail her out of her current difficulties.
“We understand there are domestic political difficulties in some countries but that cannot lead to pan-European haste,” said Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, the bloc’s ad hoc leader.
“We understand that there will… be a mini-summit on Sunday, but we would like to state clearly that the prime ministers of the V4 agreed that they will not go to that.”
Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki concurred with the Hungarian, saying they had all looked over the European Commission’s proposals for the summit and were not interested in them.https://archive.fo/TaEq5http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/06/23/migrant-crisis-threatens-sink-merkel-populists-boycott-eu-summit-italy-threatens-vote-down-borders-deal/
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Populist Candidate In South Carolina, Who Beat Corrupt Mayor In Election, Nearly Assassinated In Fatal Condition
Katie Arrington, a candidate for Congress in South Carolina who earlier this month defeated Rep. Mark Sanford in the state’s Republican primary, was seriously injured in a car accident on Friday night, according to posts on her social media account.
Ms. Arrington was traveling with a friend on state highway 17 when their vehicle was struck by a car going the wrong way.
Ms. Arrington, who was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash, “sustained a fracture in her back and several broken ribs, as well as injuries that required [her] to undergo major surgery including the removal of a portion of her small intestine and a portion of her colon,” a post on her Facebook page said. An artery in her legs also collapsed, the post said, and she will require additional surgeries and remain hospitalized for two weeks.
The Facebook posts requests “prayers for the deceased, the deceased’s family, as well as prayers for a quick recovery for Katie and her friend.”
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter that a two-car collision on Highway 17 around 9 p.m. on Friday left one person dead and two seriously injured.
Just two weeks ago, Ms. Arrington delivered a shocking upset to Mr. Stanford, a former governor and three-term congressman.
The race served as a warning bell for Republican candidates who openly opposed President Donald Trump. Mr. Sanford had been one of Mr. Trump’s loudest critics within the GOP, speaking out against everything from the president’s behavior to his proposed tariffs on Chinese imports.
Just hours before polls closed in South Carolina, Mr. Trump posted an endorsement of Ms. Arrington on Twitter, which also reference an affair Mr. Sanford had with an Argentine woman while he was governor.
“Mark Sanford has been very unhelpful to me in my campaign to MAGA,” the post said. “He is MIA and nothing but trouble. He is better off in Argentina. I fully endorse Katie Arrington for Congress in SC, a state I love. She is tough on crime and will continue our fight to lower taxes. VOTE Katie!”
Ms. Arrington won 51% of the vote and secured the nomination. Her opponent in the general election suspended his campaign following the car accident.https://archive.fo/849U4https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-house-candidate-who-beat-sanford-seriously-hurt-in-car-accident-1529764753
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Evil! Israeli Authorities Filmed Celebrating Burning Of Palestinian Baby
Israeli authorities have been secretly filmed celebrating and cheering the burning of a helpless Palestinian baby.
Israeli settlers and officials were caught chanting “Ali was burned, where is Ali? Ali is on the grill!” outside a court this week, in reference to the death of 18-month old baby Ali Dawbsheh, who was burnt alive by Israeli terrorists in the West Bank town of Duma in 2015.
Mondoweiss.net reports: https://archive.fo/inMSc
Ali’s mother Riham and father Saad died of their wounds a few weeks later. Of the family of four, only 5-year-old Ahmad survived the arson with severe burns.
The terror-supporters were actually taunting Ali’s grandfather, Hussein Dawabshe, who was attending a preliminary hearing at which the court decided to indict one adult suspect who confessed to the murders, as well as a minor who was an accomplice. Hussein was accompanied by Palestinian-Israeli lawmakers Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi. Tibi posted the video of the chanting, with policemen standing by doing nothing, and wrote:
“Where’s Ali? There’s no Ali. Ali is burned. On the fire. Ali is on the grill” – all this was thrown at our face – including at the grandfather Dawbsheh concerning his 18-month-old grandson by the riff raff of ‘price tag’. In front of us stood policemen and officers and did nothing. No words…
The terror supporters also referred to the other family members: “Where is Ali? Where is Riham? Where is Saad? It’s too bad Ahmed didn’t burn as well.”
This is certainly not the first time that the burning of this baby was celebrated. In December 2015, a video showing dozens of wedding guests celebrating the arson went public via Channel 10. The guests are seen dancing with Molotov cocktails, knives and guns, and stabbing a photo of baby Ali Dawabsheh. The wedding couple was said to be “very well known in the radical right”. Following widespread public outrage, Netanyahu distanced himself from the event, saying that these were “shocking images” which “show the true face of a group that constitutes a danger”, but he also provided the “many sides” narrative:
“That is not the proud religious Zionism that contributes to the state, and whose sons serve in the elite units in the army… It is also impossible to compare the scope of that terror with Arab terror. In the last month they [Arabs] carried out hundreds of attacks against us, and we saw just a few terrorist attacks.”
A year later, 13 people from what became known as the “murder wedding” were indicted for incitement to terrorism.
Meanwhile, last month, in what was probably much less noticed, the Dawabsheh family home was torched once again:
“A group of settlers attacked my home at dawn today, breaking a window and throwing a Molotov cocktail inside before fleeing the scene,” Yasser Dawabsheh said. “We were lucky that I was able to hear them when they attacked, so I was able to evacuate all my family,” he said. “Fire crews reacted quickly and put out the fire before the whole house burnt down…”https://archive.fo/oWt0Ihttps://yournewswire.com/israeli-celebrating-burning-palestinian-baby/
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Pathetic Retardation Epidemic: University Students May Need Counseling After 'Emotional' Required 'Diversity Training'
Get this: the same idiots who often complain about not making enough money working will spend tens of thousands for student loans... just to receive THIS level of ignorant lecturing? Meanwhile, the hard workers these brainwashed fools label "backwards" and "undereducated" spend a small fraction of the price going to a trade school, learning productive skills who make middle class income from their skilled labor (which are still in demand).WEW!
Minnesota State University will have counselors standing by to comfort “student leaders” who have an “emotional response” after being required to attend a new diversity training.
MSU announced Wednesday that two new 90-minute workshops on social justice and diversity are being implemented for “student leaders" this fall, noting that staff/faculty supervisors are expected to “make this training required.”
While the announcement does not provide a comprehensive definition of what constitutes a student leader, it does state that "examples of student leaders/workers include: Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Office Assistants, Resident Assistants, Student Orientation Counselors, etc."
The announcement itself does not explicitly state that the workshops will be mandatory, saying only that “we encourage faculty and staff to send their student leaders and student workers to both training sessions.”
A supplementary document provided within the announcement, however, states that staff and faculty supervisors are "expected" to "make this training required for student leaders and stress the importance," as well as “encourage student interaction during the trainings” and "require students to complete pre- and post-training surveys."
The same document also lists desired learning outcomes for participants, saying that upon completing the workshops, it is expected that students will “be able to define core diversity and social justice concepts, including privilege, oppression, and microaggression,” as well as “recognize areas where they have privilege and how this shapes their experiences and interactions.”
The first training, “Social Justice 101,” will focus on “core concepts of critical social justice, including identity, privilege and oppression, intersectionality, and microaggressions, while the second training will tackle “racism, sexism, and LGBTQ issues.”
The university warns that the second workshop may be triggering for some students, in that it “contains scenes that represent real life situations that may cause discomfort, anxiety, or an emotional response,” and “may include explicit or vulgar language.”
Out of concern that the training may too closely depict uncomfortable “real life situations,” the university promises that counseling staff will be on site “to speak with students who need to leave the training to talk during or after the program.”https://archive.fo/FztLYhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-22/students-may-need-counseling-after-emotional-required-diversity-training
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New Great Italian Government May Begin Impounding German NGO Migrant Trafficking Ships, Arresting Crew Members
Italy doubled down Friday on its new tough stance against migrants, calling for a German NGO’s rescue boat to be impounded and its crew arrested as the EU prepares for a tense weekend mini-summit on the issue dividing the bloc.
Just three weeks in power, Italy’s new populist government is digging its heels in on campaign promises to stop the influx of migrants, threatening to seize rescue ships or barring them from its ports.
This time, it has set its sights on the German NGO, Mission Lifeline.
“The illegal boat Lifeline is now in Maltese waters with its cargo of 239 migrants. For the safety of its crew and the passengers, we’ve asked Malta to open its ports,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini wrote on Twitter.
“Clearly, the boat should immediately be impounded and its crew arrested,” said Salvini, who is also Italy’s deputy prime minister.
A source close to the Maltese government said that Valetta had not yet received any official request from Rome, nor had Lifeline itself sought any permission to land.
Salvini has repeatedly accused NGOs of being complicit with human smugglers operating in Libya.
“Italian ports are no longer at the disposal of traffickers. Open the Maltese ports! Open the French ports,” he said on Friday, speaking ahead a second round of local elections on Sunday in Sienna.
On Thursday, Italy’s infrastructure minister Danilo Toninelli had said that two of Mission Lifeline’s ships — the Lifeline and the Seefuchs — would be “seized by the Italian government and directed into our ports” to launch an investigation into their legal status.
It would not be the first time that Italy has seized an NGO ship.
In March, a boat operated by the Spanish aid group Open Arms was impounded after NGO workers refused to hand over migrants saved during a rescue mission off the Libyan coast to the Libyan coastguard, instead delivering them to the Italian island of Sicily.
Last year, the Iuventa, chartered by German NGO Jugend Rettet was similarly seized.https://archive.fo/cRgvphttp://www.breitbart.com/news/italy-doubles-down-on-anti-migrant-stance-ahead-of-eu-summit/
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Germany: Another Pro-Amnesty, Open Border Activist Killed By An Illegal Migrant
A Moroccan truck driver has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a German woman known for her activism on behalf of migrants.
Imagine our shock.
Sophia Lösche, 28, has been missing for a week since she embarked on a hitchhiking journey in Germany.
Police now suspect that she was murdered, and an international manhunt has led to the arrest of a 40-year-old Moroccan man who is said to have picked her up at a truck stop in Leipzig.
The man was reportedly traveling to Morocco when he was apprehended in Spain.
While German media has reported on the Lösche mystery at length, it appears that fewer outlets are reporting the identity of the suspect.
“Only smaller, regional newspapers are reporting about it,” notes Freie Welt. “This could be related to the fact that Sophia Lösche was active in the political left-wing spectrum and that a possible crime against a migrant supporter by possibly a migrant would be extremely dramatic.”
Lösche is affiliated with the pro-migrant group “No Borders Kitchen,” which works with migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands have landed after crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.
She is also the sister of a Green party politician from Bavaria.
In March, Lösche was the guest speaker at a symposium called “Lesbos Big Problem My Friend! The Situation On Lesbos and the No Borders Kitchen.”
“The speaker Sophia Lösche comes from Amberg, lives and studies in Leipzig,” reads the event description. “She is involved in various initiatives against racism, freedom of movement and the opening of borders. Since 2016, she has been trying to travel regularly to Lesbos and to document the circumstances there.”
Infowars Europe recently reported on the launch of a program to recruit and train more migrants as truck drivers in Germany.
In 2016, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed a plan to streamline the application process for migrants to become professional drivers, but was flatly rejected by the Association of German Professional Motorists and the Federal Association of Professional Driver Associations.https://archive.fo/SHRcVhttps://europe.infowars.com/german-migrant-activist-disappears-moroccan-trucker-arrested/
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Good! Supreme Court Rules Amazon (And Other Online Retailers) Will No Longer Be Exempted From Sales Tax Laws
Amazon.com Inc. shares slid 1.1% Thursday while bricks-and-mortar store operators rallied, after the Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to collect sales taxes on internet companies that do not have a physical presence in their states.
The 5-4 ruling “would give every retailer the opportunity to compete on a level playing field without government’s thumb on the scale,” said the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
Wayfair Inc. said in a statement that it “already collects and remits sales tax on approximately 80% of our orders in the U.S., a number that continues to grow as we expand our logistics footprint.” The online furniture retailer doesn’t expect the ruling to have a “noticeable impact” on its business.https://archive.fo/a69Q0https://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-shares-fall-after-supreme-court-ruling-on-sales-tax-as-brick-and-mortar-retailers-gain-2018-06-21
Thursday's Supreme Court decision overturned a ruling from 1992 that allowed online retailers to skirt sales tax collection responsibilities in states where they don't have a physical presence. Since Amazon already collects sales tax in every state on the products it sells directly, which account for roughly half of all units sold on its site, the court ruling should have less impact on how much it charges for its products.
The other half of products on Amazon are sold by third-party merchants on Amazon's marketplace. They potentially face the added burden of collecting sales tax in states that begin taxing online sales.
But Amazon stands to benefit from the ruling, at least so-called 'experts' say.
Most of Amazon's competitors, like Wayfair or Overstock, are in a more difficult position because they haven't been as rigorous or complete about collecting sales tax in states they don't have a physical presence. Now that they could have to collect tax throughout much of the U.S., beating Amazon on price will become even harder.
Amazon shares were down less than 1 percent Thursday. Overstock, however, saw its shares drop over 6 percent, while Wayfair shares dropped by roughly 8 percent before recovering.
"We see limited impact on Amazon," Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Baird Equity Research, wrote in a note published Thursday, adding medium-sized merchants that do not already collect sales tax in most U.S. jurisdictions will be most exposed to the ruling.
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Nows Your Chance, Germany! German SPD Said Preparing For New Elections, Euro Slides
With just over a week left on Angela Merkel's CSU ultimatum to resolve the German "refugee" problem in a manner that is satisfactory to her populist coalition partner Horst Seehofer (and who famously said recently that he "can’t work with that woman anymore") and that sees an EU agreement that sends migrants back to their originating European nations, something which in light of recent Italian populist developments is impossible and effectively guarantees that Merkel will be unsuccessful, on Friday morning Spiegel reported that the next step for Chancellor Merkel now seems inevitable, and that Germany's SPD party is preparing for new elections, one assumes on the belief that the Merkel coalition government will collapse.
Specifically, Der Spiegel reported that Party Secretary General Lars Klingbeil held three internal meetings to prepare for possible new elections, which all happened late last week and early this week.
Topics covered included possible dates for new elections, which SPD strategists see in early September at the earliest.
According to the report, Klingbeil also ordered seeking out venues for special party summit, and that the SPD, which has seen a plunge in the polls in recent months, will contract a new PR agency regardless of whether new elections take place.
As expected, news that Germany may have new elections soon send the Euro - which until this moment had seen a sharp short squeeze - sliding. There has been no comment so far from either Merkel or the CDU/CSU.https://archive.fo/rH4k8https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-22/german-spd-said-preparing-new-elections-euro-slides
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Good! US Supreme Court Rules Police Must Obtain Warrants To Track Cell Phone Location
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that law enforcement cannot track people's movements for periods of weeks or months without a warrant.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court held that the acquisition of cell-site records by government officials is covered under the Fourth Amendment.
Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote the opinion sided with the court's four liberal judges; Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer - while Justice Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented.
While stressing that their decision doesn't question longstanding surveillance techniques and tools such as security cameras, Roberts said that historical cell-site records present even greater privacy concerns than monitoring via GPS.
"Here the progress of science has afforded law enforcement a powerful new tool to carry out its important responsibilities," Roberts said, adding "While individuals regularly leave their vehicles, they compulsively carry cell phones with them all the time."
"A cell phone faithfully follows its owner beyond public thoroughfares and into private residences, doctor’s offices, political headquarters, and other potentially revealing locales."
The conservative judges strongly objected - writing four times as much in their dissents than Roberts did for the court's majority.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said the government's search of cellphone location records was permissible because they were held by the service provider, not the individual. "The court's new and uncharted course will inhibit law enforcement."
Justice Samuel Alito called it a "revolutionary" ruling that "guarantees a blizzard of litigation while threatening many legitimate and valuable investigative practices upon which law enforcement has rightfully come to rely." -USA Today
The foundation of the ruling stems from a series of armed robberies which took place in Michigan and Ohio between 2010 and 2011. To prosecute the suspect, Timothy Carpenter, the government used the Stored Communications Act of 1986 to obtain his cell phone location information - revealing his movement for more than 127 days and placing him in proximity to the crimes.
According to the Stored Communications Act, cell phone companies can turn over records to the government if there are "reasonable grounds" to believe they will help in a criminal investigation. This is a much lower standard than a warrant.
Prior to Friday's ruling, lower courts upheld the search of Carpenter's records under the "third-party doctrine," which has been used in earlier Supreme Court cases to justify government access to suspects' bank records and landline phone numbers.
In 2016, police made some 125,000 requests for cellphone location data from Verizon and AT&T alone, often involving several suspects over periods of months. Courts routinely grant those requests under the 1986 law. -USA Todayhttps://archive.fo/TWbpAhttps://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-22/supreme-court-cops-cant-track-cell-phone-location-without-warrant
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Such Good! Hungary Passes The "Stop Soros" Bill
Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved a package of bills that criminalises some help given to illegal immigrants, defying the European Union and Soros' human trafficking NGOs.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been a vocal critic of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door migrant policy and has led eastern European opposition to EU quotas that aimed to distribute asylum seekers around the bloc.
Orban's right-wing Fidesz party tightened its grip on parliament in an April election fought on a fiercely anti-immigration platform that demonised U.S. billionaire George Soros and liberal NGOs he backs. Orban accuses Soros of encouraging mass immigration to undermine Europe, a charge Soros denies.
Under the new law, officially called "STOP Soros", individuals or groups who help migrants not entitled to protection to submit requests for asylum or who help illegal migrants gain status to stay in Hungary will be liable to prison terms.
"The Hungarian people rightfully expects the government to use all means necessary to combat illegal immigration and the activities that aid it," Interior Minister Sandor Pinter wrote in a justification attached to the draft legislation.
"The STOP Soros package of bills serves that goal, making the organisation of illegal immigration a criminal offence. We want to use the bills to stop Hungary from becoming a country of immigrants," he said.
Parliament, where Fidesz has a two-thirds majority, also passed on Wednesday a constitutional amendment to state that an "alien population" cannot be settled in Hungary - a swipe at Brussels over its quota plan.
Immigration has become a major concern for voters across the European Union, helping to propel anti-migrant populists to power in Italy and Austria and threatening to fracture Merkel's three-month-old coalition in Germany.
Orban has drummed up support for his tough measures by exploiting Hungarians' memories of the large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants fleeing conflicts in the Middle East who surged into the country in the summer of 2015.https://archive.fo/aY302http://news.trust.org/item/20180620140553-uotyk
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So-called "Unbiased" FBI: New OIG Report Reveals There Was NO Real Investigation Into Hillary Clinton
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her aides were never a target or even a subject in the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed in Senate testimony.
“Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time,” Horowitz said while testifying to the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, adding that fact was “surprising” for a criminal probe.
The Inspector General’s report explains that at no time during the former Secretary of State’s email investigation was she or any of her aides, including Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, designated as a subject of the investigation at all.
The report elaborates on this irregularity in more detail:
“The Midyear investigation was opened with an ‘Unknown Subject(s) [UNSUB],’ and at no time during the investigation was any individual identified by the FBI as a subject or target of the investigation, including former Secretary Clinton,” the report states on page 40.
“FBI witnesses told us that the ‘UNSUB’ designation is common and means that the FBI has not identified a specific target or subject at the outset of an investigation.”
“According to FBI witnesses, this allowed the FBI to expand the focus of the investigation based on the evidence without being ‘locked into a particular subject.’ With respect to the Midyear investigation, witnesses told the OIG that the FBI did not identify anyone as a subject or target during the investigation because it was unclear how the classified material had been introduced to the server and who was responsible for improperly placing it there.”
These findings contrast with ex-FBI Director James Comey’s statement to the Office of the Inspector General that Clinton was indeed a subject in the email investigation and was unaware of the “UNSUB” designations.
“In his OIG interview, Comey described former Secretary Clinton as the subject of the Midyear investigation and stated that he was unaware that the investigation had an UNSUB designation,” the report continued on page 41.
“Similarly, in his book, Comey referred to former Secretary Clinton as the subject of the Midyear investigation, stating that one question the investigation sought to answer was what Clinton was thinking ‘when she mishandled that classified information.'”
You can view the IG Report in full below:https://www.scribd.com/embeds/381807516/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-phmj8DVVkNRMvf5ruLv4&show_recommendations=truehttps://archive.fo/oGlOqhttps://www.infowars.com/ig-bombshell-clinton-was-never-subject-or-target-of-fbi-investigation/
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Trump Signs Executive Order To Keep Migrant Families Together While In Custody
Bowing to pressure from the shitstream media and cucks, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.
It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.
The order does not end the "zero-tolerance" policy that criminally prosecutes all adults caught crossing the border illegally. But, at least for the next few weeks, it would keep families together while they are in custody, expedite their cases and ask the Defense Department to help house them. It also doesn't change anything yet for the some 2,300 children taken from their families since the policy was put into place.
The news in recent days has been dominated by searing images of children held in cages at border facilities, as well as audio recordings of young children crying for their parents — images that have sparked fury, questions of morality and concern from Republicans about a negative impact on their races in November's midterm elections.
Until Wednesday, the president, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials had repeatedly argued the only way to end the practice was for Congress to pass new legislation, while Democrats said Trump could do it with his signature alone. That's just what he did.
"We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together," said Trump, who added that he didn't like the "sight" or "feeling" of children separated from their parents.
The "zero tolerance" policy put into place last month moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services.https://web.archive.org/web/20180621134247/https://apnews.com/1dafadd6fee4447cadd4a0179553026e/In-reversal,-Trump-orders-halt-to-his-family-separation-rule
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Park Service gives OK for "Unite the Right" anniversary rally.
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MODERN SOVIET UNION, EU, ADOPTS INTERNET CENSORSHIP MEASURES, CONTENT FILTERING
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The EU's plans to modernize copyright law in Europe are moving ahead. The Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament (JURI) just adopted several proposals, including the controversial "upload filters." Pirate Party MEP Julia Reda is disappointed but notes that the fight is not over yet.
Through a series of new proposals, the European Commission is working hard to modernize EU copyright law.
These plans have not been without controversy. In particular, Article 13 of the proposed Copyright Directive has been widely criticized as it would pressure online services to monitor and filter uploaded content.
The article states that online services are liable for any uploaded content unless they take “effective and proportionate” action to prevent copyright infringements, as identified by copyright holders.
That also includes preventing allegedly infringing files from being reuploaded, which implies some form of hash filtering and continuous monitoring of all user uploads.
Today, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Parliament (JURI) voted on the issue. With a 15 to 10 majority, the Article 13 proposal of Rapporteur Voss was adopted. This means that the plans move ahead in their current form, despite massive public outcry.
Over the past year, we have repeatedly covered the widespread opposition. Legal scholars, digital activists, politicians, all worried that the upload restrictions would violate the rights of regular Internet users.
In recent weeks, the wave of protests swelled. More prominent figures sounded the alarm bell, including Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle, and Jimmy Wales from Wikipedia.
The campaign was picked up by the public as well. Roughly 320,000 people have signed petitions urging lawmakers to reject the plans and over the last week more than 50,000 tweets went up mentioning the #SaveYourInternet hashtag.
In addition to Article 13, there was also considerable pushback against Article 11, which is regularly referred to as the “link tax.” This proposal was accepted as well, with a 13 to 12 majority.
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Attacks Against Open Internet Expanding: PayPal Is Cutting Off Donation Payments To P2P Services
Soulseek, one of the oldest file-sharing applications around, has been banned from accepting donations through PayPal due to piracy concerns. According to digital rights group EFF, which tried to intervene on behalf of Soulseek, this is a form of "financial censorship" that's become increasingly widespread.
Founded around the turn of the last century, Soulseek is a small dinosaur in the file-sharing world.
Created by former Napster programmer Nir Arbel, the application swiftly turned into a tight community of music fans, which is still active today.
Over the years Soulseek operators Nir and Roz Arbel have seen other file-sharing tools come and go, but all this time they remained dedicated to their principles. Despite its name, Soulseek had long found its purpose.
While it kept a relatively low profile, Soulseek is not immune to the “stigma” that comes with being a file-sharing tool. In 2015, PayPal cut off its ability to collect donations, claiming that sharing tools required pre-approval, even though that policy didn’t exist when it signed up.
Soulseek is not a profit-oriented platform but donations are welcomed. Without PayPal, this became a challenge, but luckily for the developers, the Electonic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was able to intervene.
February 2016 everything returned to normal when the PayPal account was restored, for a while at least. Earlier his year, PayPal apparently changed its mind and booted the application once again.
Soulseek operator Roz Arbel was told that the application violated the payment service’s acceptable use policy and that ‘pre-approval’ was required for ‘file-sharing’ tools. It was pretty much the same recycled argument from years before.
Faced with this deja-vu, Soulseek turned to EFF for help once again, but this time PayPal wouldn’t budge.
“PayPal made it clear that they’re not willing to offer Soulseek financial services any longer. The company did give the Arbels access to their funds and tax documentation, after a request from EFF,” the digital rights group writes.
EFF asked whether PayPal’s latest ban was linked to a concrete copyright complaint, but the payment processor didn’t provide any further information. It just confirmed that Soulseek was banned, apparently for good.
This stance doesn’t come as a complete surprise. PayPal is widely known for its aggressive stance towards BitTorrent sites, Usenet providers and file-hosting services after all.
While some cases may be clearer than others, EFF sees the Soulseek example as a clear illustration of financial censorship.https://archive.fo/rJOmxhttps://torrentfreak.com/paypal-bans-soulseek-over-piracy-concerns-again-180613/
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Oy Vey! Netanyahu's Wife Arrested For Fraud
Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit charged the prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, for fraud with aggravated circumstances and breach of public trust in the “Prepared Food Affair,” in an explosive development which shook the country on Thursday.
When Leah Rabin was about to be indicted in 1977, then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin resigned from office due to his wife’s scandal.
The expectation is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not considering such a move, but the indictment damages him politically in an atmosphere in which The Jerusalem Post recently reported that he too is likely to face an indictment announcement in the coming months or in early 2019.
Though the Post had learned about two weeks ago that an indictment would likely be coming down soon, there were continuous efforts to reach a plea bargain right down to the end, which left things up in the air and created an ongoing drama.
Other media had also reported in recent months that the actual indictment could be filed shortly after the Passover holiday in May, but then Netanyahu’s defense lawyers approached Mandelblit with a dramatic offer.
They offered to return some of the funds Netanyahu is accused of obtaining fraudulently and to take public responsibility, as long as she would not be slapped with any kind of criminal record.
Ultimately, despite media reports that a deal might be near, the Post’s sources proved correct that no deal was reached, leading to an indictment.
The indictment was also delayed from May until now following Nir Hefetz, a former close adviser to the Netanyahu family, providing new evidence against Sara Netanyahu. Although Hefetz is primarily a state’s witness against the prime minister for Case 4000 the Bezeq-Walla! Affair, he also provided material against Sara.
A pre-indictment hearing in January, where Sara Netanyahu’s lawyers asked Mandelblit to reverse his preliminary decision in September 2017 to indict her, also had failed to sway him.https://archive.fo/zMzWlhttps://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sara-Netanyahu-indicted-for-fraud-560550