Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NSA giving away its secrets

The Wall Street Journal just published an incendiary article that says hackers working for the Russian government stole confidential material from a National Security Agency contractor's home computer after identifying files though the contractor's use of antivirus software from Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.

The report may well be true, but, for now, there's no way to independently confirm it. The report is based on unnamed people the publication says had knowledge of the matter, and it provides no evidence to support its claim. What's more, the lack of detail leaves open the possibility that, even if Kaspersky's AV did help Russia home in on the highly sensitive code and documents, the disclosure was the inadvertent result of a software bug, and no one from Kaspersky Lab cooperated with the attackers in any way. Also lost in the focus on Kaspersky Lab is the startling revelation that yet another NSA insider managed to sneak classified material outside of the NSA's network and put it on an unsecured computer. More of this analysis will follow.

First, here's a summary of what the WSJ reported.

The unnamed contractor removed the material from the NSA and stored it on a home computer that ran a version of Kaspersky AV. The material, according to the unnamed sources, included "details about how the NSA penetrates foreign computer networks, the computer code it uses for such spying, and how it defends networks inside the US." Sometime in 2015, the material was stolen by Russia-sponsored hackers who "appear to have targeted the contractor after identifying the files through the contractor's use" of the Kaspersky AV. The breach was discovered in the first three months of 2016.

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Fracturing the EU

Catalonia’s separatist campaign has dominated European headlines for the past couple of weeks, but it’s really the northern Belgian region of Flanders which will serve as a barometer over whether large chunks of the EU will fall apart into a collection of identity-centric statelets prior to the bloc’s reconstitution into a "federation of regions".

What’s going on in Catalonia is of paramount importance to the geopolitical future of Europe, since it could very well serve as the catalyst for fracturing the EU if copycat movements elsewhere are emboldened by the Spanish region’s possible separatist success. This was explained in detail in the author’s recent analysis about "The Catalan Chain Reaction", which readers should familiarize themselves with if they’re not already acquainted with the thesis put forth in that work. To concisely summarize, there’s a very distinct possibility that the EU’s liberal-globalist elite have been planning to divide and rule the continent along identity-based lines in order to further their ultimate goal of creating a "federation of regions".

Catalonia is the spark that could set off this entire process, but it could also just be a flash in the pan that might end up being contained no matter what its final result may be. Flanders, however, is much different because of the heightened symbolism that Belgium holds in terms of EU identity, and the dissolution of this somewhat artificially created state would be the clearest sign yet that the EU’s ruling elite intend to take the bloc down the direction of manufactured fragmentation. Bearing this in mind, the spread of the "Catalan Chain Reaction" to Belgium and the inspiration that this could give to Flanders to break off from the rest of the country should be seen as the true barometer over whether or not the EU’s "nation-states" will disintegrate into a constellation of "Balkanized" ones.

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The carnage of WWII

Some 60 million people died in World War II. On average, 27,000 people perished on each day between the invasion of Poland (September 1, 1939) and the formal surrender of Japan (September 2, 1945) bombed, shot, stabbed, blown apart, incinerated, gassed, starved, or infected. The Axis losers killed or starved to death about 80 percent of all those who died during the war. The Allied victors largely killed Axis soldiers; the defeated Axis, mostly civilians.

More German and Russian soldiers were killed in tanks at Kursk (well over 2,000 tanks lost) than at any other battle of armor in history. The greatest loss of life of both civilians and soldiers on a single ship (9,400 fatalities) occurred when a Soviet submarine sank the German troop transport Wilhelm Gustloff in the Baltic Sea in January 1945. The costliest land battle in history took place at Stalingrad; Leningrad was civilization’s most lethal siege. The death machinery of the Holocaust made past mass murdering from Attila to Tamerlane to the Aztecs seem like child’s play. The deadliest single day in military history occurred in World War II during the March 10, 1945, firebombing of Tokyo, when 100,000 people, perhaps many more, lost their lives. The only atomic bombs ever dropped in war immediately killed more than 100,000 at Hiroshima and Nagasaki together, most of them civilians, while tens of thousands more ultimately died and were maimed from radiation exposure. World War II exhausted superlatives. Its carnage seemed to reinvent ideas of war altogether.

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U.S. immigrant population growing

A huge boom in immigration, legal and illegal, over the past 16 years has jumped the immigrant population to over 43 million in the United States, according to a new report.

And when their U.S.-born children are added, the number grows to over 60 million, making the immigrant community nearly one-fifth of the nation's population, according to federal statistics reviewed by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Steven Camarota, the Center's director of research and co-author of the report, said, "The enormous number of immigrants already in the country coupled with the settlement of well over a million newcomers each year has a profound impact on American society, including on workers, schools, infrastructure, hospitals and the environment. The nation needs a serious debate about whether continuing this level of immigration makes sense."

Concerns about the explosion of immigration, especially of illegals, helped Donald Trump win the presidency and has prompted his administration to crackdown on illegal immigration and refugees.

The new report does not break down the percentage of legal and illegal immigrants in the U.S., although there are an estimated 12 million undocumented aliens in the country.

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Austria swinging to the right

In another stunning defeat for Europe's establishment, as previewed earlier this morning Austria's 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz is assured victory in the Austrian National Council elections, becoming Chancellor with his center-right People's Party set to take roughly 30.2% of the vote - the best result in almost two decades - according to exit polls by Austrian broadcaster ORF, while just as shocking is that the anti-immigrant, nationalist Freedom Party appears set to top the Social Democrats in 2nd place with 26.8% of the vote: the two parties are expected to form a coalition government. If confirmed out by final results, that would be its strongest performance for the Freedom Party since the 26.9% it won in 1999 when the party was led by the charismatic Jorg Haider. Meanwhile, Chancellor Christian Kern's Social Democrats are looking at another devastating - for Europe's establishment - loss, sliding to 3rd spot with just 26.3% of the vote.

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Russia's hand is everywhere

Four years ago, my colleagues Tom Nichols and John Schindler warned that U.S. fecklessness in the Middle East was creating conditions where Russia would be able to emerge as the key player in regional security. In responding to critics of their original article, they penned a follow-up days later that laid out the Russian strategy: to present Moscow as a "viable alternative partner" for the states of the region. At the time, they were roundly criticized for their apparent pessimistic assessment that a collapsing "regional power" would be able to diminish the influence of the world’s sole remaining superpower in the Middle East or even that Moscow would have anything it could offer to compete with Washington’s largesse.

Yet events since then have validated their assessments. The Russian hand is visible everywhere in the Middle East. Moscow is presiding over the effort to tap down the Syrian civil war and establish the deconfliction zones between the various factions and their outside patrons. Russia has inserted itself into the volatile Kurdish issueboth with regards to any Kurdish zone in Syria vis-a-vis Turkey and the efforts to clarify a final status between Iraqi Kurdistan and the government in Baghdad. Russia has played a major role in sustaining the Iran-Iraq-Syria "Shi’a Crescent" but also is involved in direct talks with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates on how to maintain a fragile balance of power in the region. Egypt and Israel both now have their own lines of communication with the Kremlin and see Vladimir Putin as a more reliable statesman who does what he says and follows through on his commitments. This assessment is also apparently shared by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who seems prepared to forge a new strategic axis with Russia on energy, Eurasian security and the future alignment of the Middle East. Moscow has hosted meetings of the various Libyan factions, Palestinian political parties, Kurdish representatives and members of the Syrian opposition, and Middle Eastern leaders regularly make the journey to Moscow to confer with the Kremlin.

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From Wikipedia....The flag of Sardinia, called the flag of the Four Moors or simply the Four Moors (Italian: I quattro mori; Sardinian: Sos bator moros in Logudorese or Is cuatru morus in Campidanese), is the official flag of the autonomous region of Sardinia, Italy, and the historical flag and coat of arms of the Kingdom of Sardinia, described as a "white field with a red cross and a bandaged Moor's head facing away from the left (the edge close to the mast) in each quarter" (Regional Law 15 April 1999, n. 10, Article 1.)

Monday, October 16, 2017

They were everywhere

Six years ago, former child star Corey Feldman admitted that he and fellow child actor Corey Haim, who died in 2010 of Pneumonia, were sexually molested by adult males throughout Hollywood during their time in the limelight. Haim is said to have received far more brutal abuse raped at age 11 by a producer, while Feldman was groomed and abused by a man employed by his father at the age of 15.

In a 2011 interview with ABC, Feldman said Pedophilia was the Number 1 problem for child stars, saying "I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere."

And in a 2016 interview days after actor Elijah Wood gave an interview in which he said "Hollywood has a Pedophilia Problem," Feldman revealed that he was ‘molested and passed around‘ by men in the industry. The former child actor has refused to name his abusers, citing legal reasons.

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When are the zombies due?

After several ominous rumbles outside the tower the individual creaks have finally merged into a continuous roar. Brexit, the defeat of Hillary Clinton, the crumbling of the Iran deal, America quitting UNESCO, Trump dismantling Obamacare, consular withdrawal from Cuba, the pullout from the Paris accord -- these have piled on so fast they've acquired the character of a single collective event. Now the fall of Hollywood has followed like the inevitable comedic boulder right on Wile E. Coyote's head at the bottom of the gulch. Are we still in Kansas anymore?

It's becoming increasingly hard to believe the world can return to the status quo ante, even if Trump is impeached. It's too far gone. A whole landscape has vanished seemingly overnight going from the post-Cold War to the post-post Cold War; from a post-Modernist culture to post-everything in the blink of an eye. Even the political scene is unrecognizable. The Republican party is in shambles; the Democrats in disarray.

It is as if a demolition crew has cleared a site leaving only a vacant lot. Some ask "when are the builders due?" Others more ominously ask "when are the zombies due?"

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Unmasking used for political espionage

Samantha Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, spoke to members of the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, addressing the members' concerns over the hundreds of unmaskings of Americans' names she requested during her tenure with the Obama administration.

Power is believed to have unmasked more than 260 names last year before and after the 2016 presidential election. However, Power increased the number of "unmaskings" extensively after the 2016 election and before she left her post she was unmasking at a rate of one per day, according to several sources familiar with the investigation who were not authorized to speak on the record.

Power was not seen by the media as she made her way into the Capitol Hill room where the questioning took place, but there are numerous entrances that could have obstructed her from view of the cameras waiting for her outside. She is expected to continue speaking to members until 12:30 p.m.

A U.S. intelligence official with knowledge of unmaskings and who has spent more than two decades working in counterterrorism told Circa that requesting an unmasking is highly unusual and "in my entire career I only conducted two and filed extensive reports stating the reason why."

"On its face, there appears to be extensive abuse of powers and there should be enormous concern that tools supposed to be used against enemies are now being used for political espionage," the official added.

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Quote of the day

Rush Limbaugh after the Weinstein revelations....

Liberalism is a con game. They have no intention of using the same health care system they devise for everybody else. They do everything they can to make sure no law affects them. Affordable health care is the kind of stuff they give us. It’s neither health care nor affordable. It’s a sop to their donors. And it turns out they’re bullies, sexual bullies in the workplace.

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Germany's "New Right" leader

Götz Kubitschek, a self-proclaimed "rightist intellectual," lives in a medieval manor house in Schnellroda, a rural village in eastern Germany. From this isolated, antique outpost, Kubitschek, who is 47, wields considerable influence over far-right thinkers, activists and politicians across Germany, who make regular pilgrimages to Schnellroda for an audience with him. The manor serves as the headquarters for the magazine and publishing house that Kubitschek runs with his wife, the writer Ellen Kositza, and also for a rightist think tank, the plainly named Institute for State Policy, and a small organic farm where he raises rabbits and goats. Kubitschek calls himself a conservative, battling to preserve Germany’s "ethno-cultural identity," which he says is threatened by immigration and the alienating effects of modernity. He identifies as part of the German "New Right," which seeks to dissociate itself from the "old right," which in Germany means Nazis. German political scientists, by contrast, classify the brand of thinking Kubitschek ascribes to as either an ideological "hinge" between conservatism and right-wing extremism, or as simply extremist not vastly different, in other words, from the old right. Kubitschek, however, presents his views with a disarming, Teutonic idealism that recalls a Germany that long preceded the rise of Hitler. The German magazine Der Spiegel once referred to him as a "dark knight."

It was in April that I first made the journey to Kubitschek’s stronghold. Schnellroda is in a rural part of what was once East Germany, and getting there involved taking a train though a murky river valley past villages dotted with medieval castles, Gothic churches and drab apartment complexes built during the Communist era. As the train chugged farther into the valley, the towns looked increasingly forlorn.

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1968 all over again

The United States and the world appear to be reliving the language, politics, and global instability of 1968.

Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart. The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, antiwar protests, racial riots, political assassinations, terrorism, and a recession looming on the horizon left the country divided between a loud radical minority and a silent conservative majority.

The United States avoided a civil war. But America suffered a collective psychological depression, civil unrest, defeat in Vietnam, and assorted disasters for the next decade until the election of a once-polarizing Ronald Reagan ushered in five consecutive presidential terms of relative bipartisan calm and prosperity from 1981 to 2001.

It appears as if 2017 might be another 1968. Recent traumatic hurricanes seem to reflect the country’s human turmoil.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Odds and ends

Slavery was common in Nova Scotia in the 18th century. For instance, 400 of the 3,000 people living in Halifax in 1750 were slaves. New England Planters who arrived in Nova Scotia between 1759 and 1765 also brought with them hundreds of slaves.

The British Empire abolished slavery in 1834.

Until 1990, Puerto Rico had two official languages, Spanish and English. In that year, in a fit of linguistic chauvinism, the commonwealth demoted English and established Spanish as the sole official language. In 1993, pro-statehood forces captured the governorship and decided that an officially bilingual Puerto Rico would have a better chance at statehood. English was reinstated, but met huge resistance, including one anti-English rally that drew 100,000 people. Puerto Rico is officially bilingual again but in practice it remains Spanish-speaking.

Colin Kaepernick says he'd stand for national anthem if signed by NFL team. (haha)

Headline....ISIS fighters, having pledged to fight or die, surrender en masse.

Don Surber...."The American press worshiped Obama, who was as inept, vain, and unqualified as they pretend President Trump is."

Federal records show that 92 percent of the 97,482 immigrants arrested this year for deportation have been convicted of a crime, have charges pending, were immigration fugitives or had been previously deported.

After 10 months, more than 100 interviews over 250 hours, producing more than 4,000 pages of transcripts, and pouring through over 100,000 pages of documents, they still have found no evidence of collusion.

Headline....16 year-old boy killed a man in front of his kids and raped an eighty year-old woman

Things that may or may not be true....That if you look at the Iwo Jima statue very closely and count the number of hands raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.

Headline....In the Sanctuary City of Chicago there's a Las Vegas massacre every month.

Question of the day....Is Louisville a college with an athletic program, or is it an athletic program that offers some college classes?

It is rumored that Bill and Hillary Clinton haven't been speaking for months after he tossed her hand-wringing election book in the trash.

A female illegal in Columbus, Ohio took sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation. She's been in the U.S. for 20 years and still doesn't speak English.

Tucker Carlson....Christopher Columbus is the only immigrant the Left doesn't like.

Inflation in Venezuela surged from 275% in 2015 to a whopping 720% at the end of 2016. Forecasts by the IMF predict 2,349% inflation in 2018.

The U.S. Attorney in San Juan is opening an investigation into whether or not local mayors around Puerto Rico have been withholding relief supplies from residents and/or only delivering them to "constituents who had voted for them."

Harvey Weinstein has personally donated over $750,000 to Democratic politicians and organizations since 1991, and has became one of the largest fundraisers for the Democratic Party in Hollywood.

Since the inauguration of President Trump, CNN has mentioned Russia on air nearly 16,000 times.

63% of Puerto Rico citizens are on welfare.

Last year's Darwin Award winner was killed by a Coke machine which toppled over on top of him as he attempted to tip a free soda out.

Nearly half of black Americans who borrowed from the federal government to attend college defaulted on their student loansmore than double the rate among white student debtors, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education.

Canada’s largest school board says it is phasing out the word "chief" from senior staff’s job titles out of respect for Indigenous peoples. (as if indigenous people spoke English)

Pedro Cortés resigned as the chief election official of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after allowing illegal aliens to register to vote.

73,000 members of the anti-extremist group Football Lads Alliance (FLA) from across the country gathered in London last Saturday to protest against Islamic terrorism, but there was not a word about the large scale march on the BBC, even though they were there to cover it.

The strangest story of the week.

Study: Legal Cannabis Linked to 66% Rise in Traffic Deaths in Colorado

Liberals have been claiming lately that health care is a right. Maxine Waters is now saying that housing is a right.

UN special adviser (Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University) says....Donald Trump is a malignant narcissist, a sociopath, and a racist.

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Collapse of climate hysteria

Predicting the impending collapse of climate hysteria is a lot like predicting the impending collapse of Venezuela or North Korea. Yes, it is so transparently crazy that it can't possibly go on for too much longer. On the other hand, it is backed by an enormous propaganda apparatus, by near unanimity in the media and academia kept intact by ruthless orthodoxy enforcement, and, at least up until recently, by complete control over vast government funding. You can see cracks developing in the structure here and there, and clearly, as with Venezuela and North Korea, the entire edifice will definitely collapse eventually; but maybe it will take years or even decades before the final implosion.

Today brings two rather significant new cracks. First, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that EPA will repeal the so-called Clean Power Plan. The CPP, a regulation promulgated by the Obama EPA in October 2015, was the centerpiece of the prior administration's program to achieve emissions reductions of so-called "greenhouse gases" as prescribed by the Paris climate accord. Back in February 2016 I called EPA's issuance of the CPP "the biggest-in-history see-how-far-we-can-push-the-envelope-and-get-away-with-it power grab." The goal was supposedly to reduce CO2 emissions from power plants by some 30 plus percent by 2030. To achieve that goal, the CPP basically set emissions limits that could not be met so long as coal-burning plants were part of the electricity system, thereby forcing all the coal plants to close. Likely, oil plants, and even those fired by natural gas, would have also come on the chopping block as the strictures tightened with the approach of the 2030 deadline. Associated with the CPP were many tens of billions of dollars of costs, all destined to make their way into your electricity bill.

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Muslims want to reconquer Spain

The murders on the pedestrian street of La Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017 were not the first Islamic terrorist attack in Spain. On March 11, 2004, 192 people were killed, and around two thousand injured, in the Madrid train bombings.

In hindsight, that attack marked a new phase in the modern Islamic Jihad against Europe. After the Madrid bombings, London was hit with deadly bombings on July 7, 2005. In recent years, the frequency of jihadist attacks on European soil has increased dramatically.

It is probably not a coincidence that Spain was an early target of Islamic terror. The Iberian Peninsula, present-day Portugal and Spain, was for centuries under Islamic rule. Militant Muslims have repeatedly made it clear that for them, reconquering Spain is a priority.

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Racial profiling?

The US government has declared "black identity extremists" a violent threat, according to a leaked report from the FBI’s counter-terrorism division.

The assessment, obtained by Foreign Policy, has raised fears about federal authorities racially profiling activists and aggressively prosecuting civil rights protesters.

The report, dated August 2017 and compiled by the Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit, said: "The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence." Incidents of "alleged police abuse" have "continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement".

The FBI’s dedicated surveillance of black activists follows a long history of the US government aggressively monitoring protest movements and working to disrupt civil rights groups, but the scrutiny of African Americans by a domestic terrorism unit was particularly alarming to some free speech campaigners.

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More statues down

Segregationist Napoleon Bonaparte Broward the man Broward County is named after is no longer welcome in the county courthouse.

A statue of Broward will be removed from the downtown Fort Lauderdale courthouse soon, Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief said Tuesday. It’s the latest casualty of a nationwide debate about whether it’s proper to commemorate people who advocated slavery or held racist, segregationist views.

Could the county’s name be changed next? Not likely, Sharief says.

"I don’t even want to go down that road," she said.

Napoleon Bonaparte Broward was governor from 1905 to 1908 and is best remembered for the draining of the Everglades, which helped spur development in South Florida. He also was a segregationist whose comments from a century ago have drawn new scrutiny.

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ACLU is silent on this incident

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has remained silent on the issue of a gay coffee shop owner kicking out a group of Christians, despite multiple requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The ACLU did not return multiple requests on an incident last week, when a gay coffee shop owner in Seattle, Wash., kicked out some Christians in his business for religious pamphlets they handed out.

TheDCNF emailed the national organization three times and called them multiple times looking for comment, as well.

TheDCNF also reached out to the Washington affiliate for the ACLU, but received no comment on the incident in time for publication.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Our shadow government

The Department of Justice has been investigating DisruptJ20, a "resistance" group that plotted to shut down President Trump’s inauguration. The DOJ has demanded the IP addresses of visitors, along with any emails, photos and names it can get. But the pipeline of Dj20 funding goes back to George Soros.

And not just Soros.

Money from the Global Justice Alliance went to Refuse Fascism, a group founded by members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which staged violent protests. "Respectable" big money leftist groups like the Hill Snowdon Foundation and Ben and Jerry’s Foundation fund middlemen like the Alliance. And then the Alliance funds "direct action" groups that are willing to get their hands violently dirty.

The DOJ, better than anyone, should understand this model. It’s commonplace among criminals.

And when you go after criminals, you don’t stop with the street thugs. Instead you go after the bosses. The left’s funding pipelines launder money by moving it from respectable foundations to increasingly radical groups until they reach the thugs that mace, club and set fires. The multiple tiers buy their donors respectability and plausible deniability. But it’s nothing that the DOJ can’t easily penetrate.

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They keep moving the climate deadlines

From the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN and the "climate deadline is always just a few years out, but keeps moving" department comes this familiar cry we’ve heard soooo many times before. Then, they move the goalpost again. On the plus side, they show the Paris Climate Accord as being ineffective, something obvious anyway.

ANN ARBORAs the Trump administration repeals the U.S. Clean Power Plan, a new study from the University of Michigan underscores the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissionsfrom both environmental and economic perspectives.

For the U.S.’s most energy-hungry sectorsautomotive and electricitythe study identifies timetables for action, after which the researchers say it will be too late to stave off a climate tipping point.

And the longer the nation waits, the more expensive it will be to move to cleaner technologies in those sectorsa finding that runs contrary to conventional economic thought because prices of solar, wind and battery technologies are rapidly falling, they say.

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Alzheimers medication delivered to members of Congress

If House Speaker Paul Ryan comes down with the flu this winter, he and his security detail won’t be screeching off toward the closest CVS for his Tamiflu.

Instead, he can just walk downstairs and pick up the pills, part of a little-known perk open to every member of Congress, from Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell down to the newest freshman Democrat.

Nearly every day for at least two decades pharmaceutical drugs have been brought by the carload to the Capitol an arrangement so under the radar that even pharmacy lobbyists who regularly pitch Congress on their industry aren’t aware of it.

The deliveries arrive at the secretive Office of the Attending Physician, an elaborate medical clinic where Navy doctors triage medical emergencies and provide basic health care for lawmakers who pay an annual fee of just over $600. Every one comes from Washington’s oldest community pharmacy, Grubb’s.

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SJWs always double down

At last, your long ordeal at the hands of the corporate inquisition is finally over. After six months of being interrogated by suspicious HR managers, defending yourself against false accusations, clarifying all the intentional misunderstandings and mischaracterizations, explaining away the ridiculous exaggerations, and enduring the cold shoulder from half the employees in your office, your boss has assured you that everything is good and you are in the clear. You’re grateful, of course, since he’s been staunchly in your corner since the first time HR descended on you like a thunderbolt for your alleged sins against diversity and inclusion. In the end, it turned out that it was all the consequence of a Dilbert cartoon taped on the inside of your door, to which one of the women in the office took offense; at least, that was the only tangible offense that remained after the six-month investigation failed to turn up any evidence of all the other crimes of which you were accused.

"I really appreciate the way you went to bat for me," you tell your boss. And you’re truly grateful to him. When everyone else looked the other way, happy that the wolves weren’t out to devour them, your boss didn’t hesitate to tell his superiors that all the rumors were ridiculous, even going so far as to provide a vice-president with your travel itinerary and proving that you were in Canada visiting customers on the day you supposedly lingered at the entrance of your nameless accuser’s cubicle too long and made her feel uncomfortable. You’re pretty sure that if it wasn’t for him, you’d be out in the street looking for a new job already.

"Hey, you’re a valuable member of the team," he assures you. "I’d hate to lose you, especially over some crazy nonsense like this. All you have to do is attend a one-day diversity class, and you can put this whole thing behind you."

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Racial identity policies ruining schools

Instead of striving for academic excellence, jackboot methods are being used to force students to think "correctly" on social issues.

For years, the Edina Public Schools (EPS) have been one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Minnesota public education. Parents who moved to the affluent Twin Cities suburb gladly paid a hefty premium for a house, because it meant their kids could attend the district’s top-notch schools.

But today, test scores are sinking in Edina’s fabled schools. One in five Edina High School students can’t read at grade level and one in three can’t do grade-level math. These test results dropped EHS’s ranking among Minnesota high schools from 5th to 29th in reading proficiency, and from 10th to 40th in math proficiency between 2014 and 2017. Across the district, about 30 percent of kids are not "on track for success" in reading, and the same is true for math.

A number of factors may be at work here. Clearly, however, there’s been a profound shift in district leaders’ educational philosophy. In place of academic excellence for all, the district’s primary mission is now to ensure that students think correctly on social and political issues most importantly, on race and "white privilege."

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Black model says she's not a victim of racism

The black model who featured in the Dove ad accused of racism has spoken out to say she is ‘not a victim’ after Dove apologised unreservedly for the advert instead of defending it.

Lola Ogunyemi explained in a comment piece for The Guardian that Dove was trying to say that women of all skin types and colours deserve smooth skin but that message had been lost in unfortunate editing to the clip being shared on social media.

The ad went viral after screenshots showing Ogunyemi taking off her shirt to reveal a white woman underneath were posted on Twitter.

Many people pointed out that it echoed old racist adverts that sold soap by claiming it was strong enough to make a black person white.

She said that the longer TV ad, shown in the US, did the campaign’s message more justice because it showed about seven women of different races all turning into each other, with Ogunyemi appearing again at the end.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Snowflake alert

The dean of Seattle University's law school revoked the school's scholarship of a Federalist Society event, arguing it could be "harmful" to minority students to hear a conservative viewpoint.

The law school's Access to Justice Institute holds "Social Justice Mondays" in conjunction with campus groups to promote various pro bono causes. The school's chapter of the Federalist Society, a national organization that promotes originalism in the context of constitutional interpretation, was scheduled to hold a debate on illegal immigration.

A petition on Change.org from the "Seattle University School of Law Direct Action Committee" called on the administration to cancel stop the debate. The group argued the event would be "harmful" to "undocumented students."

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Greens have fat carbon footprint

Conservationists may preach about the importance of going green to save the planet, but most have a carbon footprint which is virtually no different to anyone else, a new study has shown.

Scientists as Cambridge University were keen to find out whether being fully informed about global warming, plastic in the ocean or the environmental impact of eating meat, triggers more ethical behaviour.

But when they examined the lifestyles of conservation scientists they discovered most still flew frequently an average of nine flights a year ate meat or fish approximately five times a week and rarely purchased carbon offsets for their own emissions.

They were also less green in travelling to work than medics, and kept more dogs and cats. A recent study suggested pets are a hefty ecological burden. It takes more than two acres of grazing pasture to keep a medium-sized dog fed with meat, while the eco-footprint of a cat is similar to a Volkswagen Golf.

Even the study’s four authors all conservation scientists admitted that between them they took 31 flights in 2016 and had each eaten two meat dinners in the week before submitting the research.

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Federal judge nominee likes birthright citizenship

In many ways, James Ho is the perfect nominee.

The Taiwanese immigrant and prominent Dallas attorney, named last month as one of President Donald Trump’s Texas picks for the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, has both years of private sector experience and extensive government chops, too. A former Texas solicitor general, he has won cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the 5th Circuit. He’s an active member of the Federalist Society a conservative pipeline for judicial nominees and of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Ho has, as legal blogger David Lat put it, "a great record, great credentials and he’s diverse."

Yet in legal writings spanning over a decade, Ho has maintained a position on one thorny issue birthright citizenship that pits him against many prominent Republicans, including the president who appointed him.

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Quote of the day


Who invented zero?

Carbon dating of an ancient Indian document, the Bakhshali manuscript, has recently placed the first written occurrence of the number zero in the third or fourth century A.D., about 500 years earlier than previously believed. While the news has no practical bearing on the infrastructure of zeros (and ones) underlying our high-tech civilization, it does remind us how indebted we are for this invention. But to whom is this debt owed? And how should it be repaid?

Chauvinistic politicians might loudly trumpet India’s role (as they have, more controversially, in the case of the Pythagorean theorem), but the history of zero remains unsettled enough to still be the subject of continuing quests. The Babylonians used it as a placeholder, an idea later developed independently by the Mayans. The Chinese, at some point in time, indicated it by an empty space in their counting-rod system. Some claim the Greeks flirted with the idea but, finding the concept of the void too frightening in their Aristotelian framework, passed it on to the Indians. The Hindus are generally acknowledged as being the first to formulate it as an independent number the key to using it in mathematical calculations or binary code. What’s clear is that this history is dominated by non-European civilizations. Truly an alt-right nightmare.

Obviously, there were no intellectual property rights in force back then. Had there been a patent office, it might have ruled, as courts do now, that mathematical advances uncover pre-existing knowledge rather than create anything new and are hence unpatentable. The conundrum of whether mathematics is discovered or invented is as old as Plato. Certainly, zero displays this duality: The void is as old as time, but it was a human innovation to harness it with a symbol.

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Rant by Yahoo News commenter

Blacks don’t understand that white people aren’t out to get black people; they are just exhausted with them. They are exhausted by the social pathologies, the violence, the endless complaints, the blind racial solidarity, the bottomless pit of grievances, the excuses, and the reflexive animosity. It is about a race of people who have never raised their own standards but look for others to raise it for them. They came from a very primitive society and can not move any higher than their own evolving DNA allows them. It is so with all races. If you came from a society that has not evolved any higher than mud huts, you can not make intellectual gains to the level of people who came from a higher society in a matter of 200 years when it took other societies 1000's of years to obtain the level they are at.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Don't trust the FBI

The FBI is discounting ISIS’ claim that the Las Vegas attack was jihad. But is the FBI really trustworthy?

The Islamic State says Steven Paddock converted six months ago. He filmed himself killing; jihadis do that and post it online. The attack was meticulously planned, as jihad attacks are, and Paddock likely had an accomplice. Paddock made numerous trips to the Middle East. Over 200 of his foreign financial transactions were flagged for possible "covert terrorism financing."

Contrary to the ignorant, misinformed and delusional talking heads in the media, ISIS does not take responsibility for events that are not theirs. This has led even the New York Times' terrorism expert to give credence to ISIS’ claims. The Philippines attack at Resorts World Casino was theirs. And there again, ISIS’ initial claims of responsibility were dismissed.

The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that "the FBI investigated the Orlando mass shooter for 10 months -- and found nothing."

The Orlando jihadi who opened fire on gay nightclub revelers at the Pulse Nightclub called 911 during the attack and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State. The FBI investigated the Orlando mass shooter for 10 months and found nothing.

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Mysterious virus in drones

There’s something deeply wrong at Creech Air Force Base, the notorious home of America’s drone program, where pilots remotely order US Reaper and Predator drones to unleash destructive missile strikes on unsuspecting villagers in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and other war zones.

Less than a week after the Department of Homeland Security advised all federal agencies using anti-virus software created by Kaspersky Labs to remove the programs from their systems immediately, Ars Technica reports that two weeks ago the Defense Information Systems Agency detected mysterious spyware embedded in the drone "cockpits" the control stations that pilots use to control the deadly machines.

Investigators have been unable to determine the virus’s provenance, or even if it was intentionally introduced to the drone systems, or the result of an accidental infection. But perhaps the virus’s most perplexing feature is its passivity. Instead of hastening away reams of classified information, it has simply logged keystrokes.

More curious still, the virus has resisted all attempts to remove it from the Air Force’s systems.

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Christopher Columbus, villain

Today many Americans will be celebrating Columbus Day. Many others will instead be commemorating something they call Indigenous Peoples Day. Which camp you fall in largely hinges on whether or not you think Christopher Columbus was a big fat jerk.

To the best of my discernment, Indigenous Peoples Day exists for those who think it’s a noble idea to honor those who were too technologically backward to defend their own land. Perhaps its first emergence as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day happened in South Dakota, which in 1990 decided to host Native American Day on the second Monday of October. Two years later, the incurably Americaphobic city of Berkeley, CA swapped out Columbus Day for Indigenous Peoples Day.

Now a total of four statesSouth Dakota, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaiirefuse to celebrate Columbus Day. Major municipalities that have chosen to turn their backs on the renowned dago explorer include Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Austin, and, of course, Portland, OR, which should be officially crowned as America’s Whitest White-Hating Town.

In schoolrooms across the nation, Columbus is increasingly being depicted as a villain rather than a herosomeone who trampled on the gentle and progressive natives just because he wanted to be an asshole and impede their inevitable progress.

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Chinese spying and subversion

China earlier this year ordered the dispatch of 27 intelligence officers to the United States as part of a larger campaign of subversion, according to a leading Chinese dissident.

Guo Wengui, a billionaire real estate mogul, disclosed what he said was an internal Communist Party document authorizing the Ministry of State Security to send the spies, described as "people's police officers."

Guo, who is being sought by the Chinese government in a bid to silence his disclosures of high-level corruption and intelligence activity, denounced the Beijing regime as corrupt and called for a "revolution" to reform the system.

"My only single goal that I set myself to try to achieve is to change China," Guo said through an interpreter during a National Press Club meeting attended by news reporters and supporters of the exiled dissident.

"What they're doing is against humanity," he said. "What the U.S. ought to do is take action, instead of just talking to the Chinese kleptocracy."

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Polls on the NFL

A recent Cato Institute poll shows Republicans, at least those surveyed by the libertarian think tank, and average voters are at odds with each other on the NFL controversy.

"Sixty-five percent of Republicans say that NFL players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem should be fired," Cato pollster Emily Ekins said on Sept. 28 in a First Amendment conference at the Libertarian think tank. "This is wildly out of step with what most Americans think."

"Sixty-one percent say that players should not be fired for refusing to stand." Yet, the Cato survey oversampled college students.

Moreover, the Cato poll missed the hit to the NFL’s gate. Fox News host Sean Hannity has been gleefully posting the steep decline in NFL ticket sales ever since football players started taking a knee en masse, although the league is doing its level best to spin the damage.

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Trump's ancestors

The year was 1897, and the region of Bennett, B.C. was roamed by the Tlingit people. They were organized into Crow and Wolf clans, hunted game as small as squirrels and were so attuned to the land that they passed on a story of a girl who nurtured a woodwormbreastfed the worm, evenand mourned over its death for one year until her brothers held a ceremony to celebrate its life. It was on this Tlingit land, amid gurgling rapids and porcupine droppings, that the Trump empire began.

"I think he’s lost touch with his roots," says Jennifer Ingram, a tourist from Delaware visiting Bennett in June. After prospectors found gold, "B City" became the hub of the Klondike Gold Rush, prompting 100,000 Americans and Canadians to attempt a trek so tough that about 60 per cent turned back or died. Friedrich Trump, Donald’s great-grandfather, joined the bandwagonwith no wagon, but rather hired Indigenous locals to carry much of his loadand established the Arctic Restaurant and Hotel, which also served as a brothel, and which Parks Canada and the Carcross Tagish First Nation are now restoring to be part of an interpretive tour. The current U.S. president may own resorts on four continents, but his ancestral fortune began with a two-storey outfit selling swan meat and sex in Canada.

"Everybody’s gotta start somewhere," says Donna Laperle, a tourist from California. The Tlingit had little use for goldit’s too malleable to make toolsbut the metal promised money for one German man with drive. Trump had moved from Kallstadt, Germany in 1885 and started cutting hair in Manhattan, but he was no wealthy barber, and when he heard buzz about Bennett, he came, he saw, and he capitalized.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pakistani women are badly integrated in UK

UK government report finds that Pakistani women are "shockingly badly integrated" into UK life.

This study was begun after Theresa May "pledged to address injustices in society," and the blame for these women’s lack of integration will be placed entirely upon the British government and non-Muslim Britons.

But remember: last year, the former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, said that Muslims refused to assimilate. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said: "Assimilation is a crime against humanity."

The Qur’an says to Muslims: "You are the best nation produced for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah." (3:110) Meanwhile, it says of unbelievers: "Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Book and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the most vile of created beings." (98:6)

Why would one of the "best nation," who "enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong," want to integrate into the society of "the most vile of created beings," who do not?

None of that, however, will be discussed in British government circles. Instead, the focus will be entirely upon what the "white" community can do for the "Asian" one. And more jizya will flow.

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Premiums for ObamaCare are rising again

Obamacare plan premiums may increase an average of 45 percent in Florida next year due to health care insurers rate hike requests, according to Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation.

There are six insurers in Florida selling plans on and off the exchanges in 2018 including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Celtic Insurance Company, Florida Health Care Plan, Health First Commercial Plans, Health Options, and Molina Healthcare of Florida.

Molina Healthcare requested the highest rate increase of 71.2 percent. Individuals with this coverage can expect their monthly premium to increase from $402 to $688.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield requested a 38.1 percent increase, Celtic Insurance Company requested a 46.1 percent increase, Florida Health Care Plan requested a 26.5 percent increase, Health First Commercial Plans requested a 39.3 percent increase, and Health Options requested a 36 percent increase.

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Dubious cancer drugs

Health care costs continue to skyrocket. These drugs are expensive and provide marginal if any benefit. Only Big Pharma, and the institutions and doctors that provide the treatments benefit for sure.

To the extent the drugs do work, a couple months or so of extended life may be valuable to people.

But at what point are the costs of the treatment too out of proportion for the benefits that only may derived? Who should make that decision?

One can readily see how moves to single-payer insurance will force the government to make these decisions and ration care.

Who should make these decisions? Government or insurance companies? There’s a choice for you.

But if new drugs and treatment are not attempted, we may wind up missing opportunities for research breakthroughs although there never has been much of this. The vaunted "War on Cancer" has largely been a bust.

A recent survey indicates physicians don’t have much confidence in chemotherapy.

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The plot thickens

A few internet sleuths have taken matters into their own hands after the obvious disinformation campaign by the mainstream media surrounding the Las Vegas shooting. Mounting evidence of what looks like a false flag is worrying many. And once you read this, those fears will be shoved into overdrive.

On the surface, the tweet doesn’t say much. But how much can Mike Toke really say in a limited amount of characters? But what he does manage is enough to get anyone seeking the truth to follow all these leads and look into everything that the media and our government continues to hide from us. It’s what’s embedded in the tweet that counts.

Looking closely, the first thing you will notice is that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, had a pilot license and owned two planes. This is well-established fact. The tail number of one of those planes is N5343M, a Cirrus SR-20. You can see that this was owned by Paddock by going to the website Flightaware.com. But Paddock doesn’t own this plane anymore. It was grounded three years ago, and it’s now in the hands of none other than Volant LLC, which there is little information on.

However, Volant Associates is none other than a Department of Defense contractor. Meaning Paddock’s plane has been in the hands of the United States government for the past three years and grounded since if Volant LLC is being used as a way to hide information. Considering what Volant Associates does, that wouldn’t be so far fetched. But the plane’s information is all easily verified here on Flightaware.com. It’s been in Roanoke, Virginia since April 25, 2014.

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Hidden Face of Che

Fifty years after the death of Argentine guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara, Cuban writer Jacobo Machover spoke about his book "The Hidden Face of Che" and whether the image of an assassin has been unjustly glorified.

"(Che) has been magnified all over the world," Machover said. "He’s considered a revolutionary hero, a romantic, a humanist, when in fact, in my country, in Cuba, he has been one of the people most responsible for the executions that took place in 1959 and even before when he was in the Sierra Maestra fighting alongside Fidel Castro."


"I think it’s a shame to keep showing posters and shirts with the face of someone who is a real killer, and the worst part is he killed for no reason, people who did not even receive trials," Machover explained.

"When there were trials, they lasted half an hour or so, and people were systematically sentenced to death on the pretext that they had been henchmen of the (Fulgencio) Batista dictatorship, but it was never proven."

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Turkey and U.S. having another spat

The increasingly strained alliance between Turkey and the United States took a sharp downward turn Sunday when both governments abruptly announced they were canceling most visitor visas between the countries, sowing confusion among travelers and exposing a widening rift between the NATO partners.

The crisis began when the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the Turkish capital, announced it was immediately suspending all nonimmigrant visa services at diplomatic facilities across Turkey. The move appeared to be retaliatory, coming days after the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrested an employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul.

An embassy statement said it was limiting visitors to U.S. missions while it "reassesses" Turkey’s commitment to the security of American personnel an extraordinary rebuke that underscored a rapidly deteriorating relationship between the longtime allies. Within hours, the Turkish Embassy in Washington released a nearly identical statement announcing its own suspension of nonimmigrant visas for Americans.

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