Saturday, June 24, 2017

Odds and ends

Oil traded near $45 a barrel following a fourth weekly loss as U.S. drillers continued to add rigs, blunting OPEC-led efforts to rebalance an oversupplied market.

In a press conference, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov discussed the fact that Jabhat al-Nusra, despite its being listed as a dangerous terrorist organization, seems to be immune from attack by American-backed forces in Syria. Hmmm.

Robert S. Mueller is a political hack.

Robert S. Mueller also botched the anthrax case by accusing an innocent man. Remember that story?

Michelle Malkin....This has got to be among my favorite headlines of the last decade: Professor who teaches class bashing capitalism earns $170,000 annually.

Students told to stop taking a dump in the showers.

Portland (Oregon) paid millions to lure SoloPower Systems to the city but will now have to pay much of the $8.1 million left on a state loan the company failed to pay. The Portland Business Journal reported Wednesday that the company defaulted on a $10 million loan from the Oregon Department of Energy. It stopped making payments in September.

I finally agree with John McCain, who said...."Americans are stupid who want to travel to North Korea."

$26 million or so was pumped into the Georgia congressional race seeking to elect Democrat John Ossoff. Sorry, Dems, it was wasted. $176 was spent for each vote received. The Republican, Karen Handel, spent $23 for each vote received.

A Saudi Arabian immigrant and former university student was deported after being arrested for violently threatening shoppers at an Indiana Goodwill. Khalid Sulaiman Bilal, 24, was attempting to "forcibly" convert shoppers to Islam. He strangled a store clerk and physically resisted arrest when police arrived on the scene.

Drudge Report on the Democrats...."This isn't a Party. It's a giant assisted living center."

The German government has acknowledged that 75% of the refugees will end up permanently on welfare benefits.


Laundering $40 million

Eleven individuals were charged Wednesday with laundering more than $40 million in drug proceeds back to Mexico through Atlanta-area money remitters following a three-year criminal investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the IRS.

According to court documents, in 2014, HSI Atlanta special agents began investigating individuals across the Atlanta area that were suspected of using money-broker businesses to launder drug proceeds from the United States back to Mexico by breaking up large amounts of cash into smaller transactions, and using false names and addresses in an attempt to disguise the electronic transfers as remittances.

These small money-broker businesses allow customers to wire funds to individuals in other countries without using traditional bank accounts and are commonly used by foreign nationals to send money to family and friends across the border.

"The criminal network uncovered by this investigation laundered millions of dollars in illegal drug proceeds back to Mexico and provided direct support to the drug trafficking organizations plaguing the region with dangerous illicit narcotics and the violence associated with drug trafficking activities," said ICE HSI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Nick Annan. "HSI will continue to focus investigative efforts on dismantling and bringing to justice members of drug trafficking organizations and all those complicit in their activities."

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Hate speech

Mere days after a Bernie Sanders supporter shot Congressman Steve Scalise and two black members of his police detail, a Connecticut professor posted a Medium article on Facebook declaring: "Let Them F*cking Die." The professor went on to write that white people are "inhuman a**holes" who still prop up a "white supremacy system," so black people should not help them if their lives are in danger.

"I’m fed the f*ck up with self identified ‘white’s’ [sic] daily violence directed at immigrants, Muslim, and sexual and racially oppressed people," Johnny Eric Williams, associate professor of sociology at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., posted on Facebook Sunday. "The time is now to confront these inhuman a**holes and end this now."

"Let. Them. F*cking. Die." For relish, the author added, "And smile a bit when you do. For you have done the universe a great service. Ashes to ashes. Dust to bigots."

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Selling secrets to China

A former State Department employee was arrested Thursday and charged with espionage for allegedly transmitting Top Secret and Secret documents to a Chinese government agent, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA.

Kevin Mallory, 60, of Leesburg is a self-employed consultant who speaks fluent Chinese. Court filings show that Mallory was an Army veteran who worked as a special agent for U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service from 1987 to 1990. Since then, Mallory has worked for various government agencies and defense contractors, maintaining a Top Secret security clearance. The Washington Post reports that Mallory was also an employee of the CIA.

Mallory faces life in prison under the federal Espionage Act, and could qualify for the death penalty if certain conditions are met.

According to court filings, Mallory traveled to Shanghai in April and was stopped by Customs agents at O'Hare Airport in Chicago after failing to report $16,500 in cash in his carry-on bags. A month later, FBI agents interviewed Mallory - who told them that he met with two people from a Chinese think tank that he now suspects were Chinese intelligence agents.

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Troop levels in Afghanistan

Obama-era cuts to U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan caused "critical shortfalls" among military personnel and has increased risks to American-led forces operating in the country, according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday.

The Defense Department told Congress that the drawdown of some 1,400 U.S. troops last year presented "moderate to moderate-high" risks to the mission over the past six months. Defense officials said Afghanistan is "at a critical point" in the 16-year war, assessing 2017 as a year of "setting conditions to build momentum."

The report, presented to lawmakers twice a year, arrives as the White House considers the deployment of up to 5,000 additional military personnel in an attempt to break a months-long stalemate. The United States currently maintains roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, down from 9,800 in 2016.

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U.N. and U.S. have difference in opinions

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Trump administration on Tuesday that if the United States disengages from many issues confronting the international community it will be replaced and that won’t be good for America or for the world.

Guterres made clear to reporters at his first press conference here since taking the reins of the United Nations on Jan. 1 that proposed cuts in U.S. funding for the U.N. would be disastrous and create "an unsolvable problem to the management of the U.N."

But the U.N. chief stressed that he is not afraid to stand up to President Donald Trump, citing his vocal opposition to the U.S. leader’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. He said the mobilization of U.S. business and civil society in support or the climate deal is "a signal of hope that we very much encourage."

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Free power

On 14 days during March, Arizona utilities got a gift from California: free solar power.

Well, actually better than free. California produced so much solar power on those days that it paid Arizona to take excess electricity its residents weren’t using to avoid overloading its own power lines.

It happened on eight days in January and nine in February as well. All told, those transactions helped save Arizona electricity customers millions of dollars this year, though grid operators declined to say exactly how much. And California also has paid other states to take power.

The number of days that California dumped its unused solar electricity would have been even higher if the state hadn’t ordered some solar plants to reduce production even as natural gas power plants, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, continued generating electricity.

Solar and wind power production was curtailed a relatively small amount about 3% in the first quarter of 2017 but that’s more than double the same period last year. And the surge in solar power could push the number even higher in the future.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Bizarre vote at ExxonMobil

It’s unprecedented in the history of business the largest U.S. oil company has been officially captured by anti-oil political activists.

Last month at the Exxon Mobil (XOM) annual meeting, climate activists people who openly say they oppose the continued production and burning of oil and gas won a shareholder vote by a wide margin, 62% to 38%.

The proposal, a request for an annual report on the climate impacts of Exxon Mobil’s business, is not binding. But that is of little consequence. In addition to CEO Darren Woods caving in to the alarmists at the meeting and acknowledging that the board of directors would have to take the proposal seriously, the vote itself shows that climate activists own enough of the company to direct policy.

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Sanctuary city mayors are helping illegals

Within days of taking office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening to stop aid to communities that don’t fully cooperate with federal officials to help deport immigrants. Many mayors of these so-called sanctuary cities were outraged and vowed to continue resisting Trump’s immigration agenda.

Although a federal judge blocked Trump’s plan, these localities still face possible loss of some federal funds as well as reprisals from conservative legislators. Now the conflict between Trump and the mayors has escalated from a war of words to a war of tactics as some "sanctuary cities" and one state are taking action to help immigrants avoid Trump’s dragnet. Here are several examples:

Denver ... In May, the city passed municipal sentencing reform that could help immigrants avoid deportation for petty offenses. Federal rules put immigrants on Immigration and Customs Enforcement radar when they are convicted of certain types of crimes that carry a sentence of at least a year. Prior to Denver’s reform measure, all criminal violations of city ordinance carried the same penalty up to 365 days. The new sentencing guidelines place the penalty for low-level violations under 364 days, which could help keep some immigrants off the federal books. "Denver is committed to taking actions that will protect our people’s rights and keep our city safe, welcoming and open," Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement after signing the law.

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Texas and its illegal criminals

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported that in the last six years around 220,000 criminal aliens have been booked in Texas jails. DHS confirmed to DPS that at least 148,000 or 66% of those criminal aliens had entered the U.S. illegally.

The DPS report showed that almost 600,000 criminal offenses were filed against the criminal aliens from June 1, 2011, and May 31, 2017. 266,000 of those charges resulted in convictions.

Criminal charges filed against these aliens include: 1,211 homicide; 70,500 assault; 17,132 burglary; 70,875 drug; 716 kidnapping; 41,464 theft; 46,028 obstructing police; 3,911 robbery; 6,361 sexual assault; and 8,906 weapons.

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Quote of the day

Stopping Trump

The ‘Resistance’ is using any and all means lies, leaks, lawbreaking, and violence to overturn the results of the 2016 election.

The problem with the election of President Donald J. Trump was not just that he presented a roadblock to an ongoing progressive revolution. Instead, unlike recent Republican presidential nominees, he was indifferent to the cultural and political restraints on conservative pushback ironic given how checkered Trump’s own prior conservative credentials are. Trump brawled in a way McCain or Romney did not. He certainly did not prefer losing nobly to winning ugly.

Even more ominously, Trump found a seam in the supposedly invincible new progressive electoral paradigm of Barack Obama. He then blew it apart by showing the nation that Obama’s identity-politics voting bloc was not transferrable to most other Democratic candidates, while the downside of his polarization of the now proverbial clingers most assuredly was. To her regret, Hillary Clinton learned that paradox when the deplorables and irredeemables of the formerly blue-wall states rose up to cost her the presidency.

And now?

We are witnessing a desperate putsch to remove Trump before he can do any more damage to the Obama project. Political, journalistic, and cultural elites of a progressive coastal culture aim at destroying the Trump presidency before it can finish its full four-year term.

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Suicide by diversity

Europe in 2017 is racked with uncertaintythe eurozone crises, the endless challenges of the European Union, national elections that resemble endless rounds of bullet-dodging. Yet even these events are insignificant compared with the deep tectonic shifts beneath the Continent’s politics, shifts that Europeansand their alliesignore at our peril.

Throughout the migration crisis of recent years I traveled across the Continent, from the reception islands into which migrants arrive to the suburbs in which they end up and the chancelleries which encouraged them to come. For decades Europe had encouraged guest workers, and then their families, to come. As Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel once admitted, nobody expected them to stay.

Yet stay they did, with their numbers swelling even when there were no jobs. Waking up to the results of their policy, European societies rebranded themselves "multicultural" societies, only to begin wondering what that meant. Could a multicultural society make any demands of its newcomers? Or would that be "racist"?

From the 2000s legal and illegal immigration picked up. Boats regularly set out from Turkey and North Africa to enter Europe illegally. Syrians fleeing civil war pushed into the Continent, soon joined by people from across sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Piss Trump

Next Thursday, Washington sculptor James Kelsey will unveil Piss Trump, a giant photography piece depicting Donald Trump naked, crucified and suspended in a tank of piss.

Kelsey says it’s not totally his intention for Piss Trump to be inflammatory.

"I want the unveiling to be a catharsis for us," he says. "Not another reason to express anger."

Piss Trump resembles Andres Serrano’s 1987 Piss Christ, a photo of a ghostly crucifix tinted yellow by the dark urine in which its submerged. The controversy over Piss Christ was exacerbated when the work won an award that was partly funded by the tax-payer supported National Endowment for the Arts, a budget that Trump has vowed to cut.

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Indigenous healer running for president of Mexico

For the first time in history an indigenous woman is going to run for president of Mexico.

María de Jesús Patricio Martínez a Nahua woman affectionately known as Marichuy will officially contest the ballot next year as an independent candidate although she has the backing of the National Indigenous Congress (CNI) and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).

The two groups announced they would nominate a female indigenous candidate last year although the EZLN later denied they had any intention of participating in the national poll.

Almost 1,500 delegates at a conference in Chiapas on May 28 elected the Nahua healer and herbalist as the spokesperson for the Indigenous Government Council (CIG) a joint initiative of the two organizations. The appointment effectively means she was endorsed to run as their presidential candidate.

Patricio sees the role as central to the indigenous rights movement.

"When the representatives of the original groups asked if I wanted to be the spokesperson of the CIG, I thought about how much the country’s indigenous peoples have suffered, the dispossession, the repression. That drove me to take this decision to accompany [the people] and take on this very important position."

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False equivalence

For a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it minute last week, after another politically active progressive leftist opened fire on Republican Members of Congress, resulting in Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise fighting for his life, there were questions about political unity. Would this be a watershed moment in a climate of escalating political rhetoric ? Would this be the moment where Hollywood would ramp down its sudden rekindled love for assassination porn? Would Democrats be able to somehow stumble into a party message beyond "GOP are killing people" (Once again echoed by Stephen Colbert in his opening monologue two days after the shooting)

The answer has unfortunately been a resounding no, from the professional celebrity and political left. Leading the charge right out of the gate was the Washington Post declaring that "both sides are guilty" and the New York Times, once again linking Sarah Palin with Jared Lee Loughner’s attack on Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in 2011. This is a long-ago debunked but nonetheless still whispered about false equivalence on the left, and a possibly libelous one (Palin has announced her intention to look into legal action against the Times).

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Democrats have all the rules on their side

Judicial Watch today announced that the National Security Council (NSC) on May 23, 2017, informed it by letter that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of "the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team" have been removed to the Obama Library.

The NSC will not fulfill an April 4 Judicial Watch request for records regarding information relating to people "who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities."

The agency also informed Judicial Watch that it would not turn over communications with any Intelligence Community member or agency concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election; the hacking of DNC computers; or the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials. Specifically, the NSC told Judicial Watch:
Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.
Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) April 4 request sought....

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Noncitizens voting illegally

A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at postelection polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.

As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.

The research organization Just Facts, a widely cited, independent think tank led by self-described conservatives and libertarians, revealed its number-crunching in a report on national immigration.

Just Facts President James D. Agresti and his team looked at data from an extensive Harvard/YouGov study that every two years questions a sample size of tens of thousands of voters. Some acknowledge they are noncitizens and are thus ineligible to vote.

Just Facts’ conclusions confront both sides in the illegal voting debate: those who say it happens a lot and those who say the problem nonexistent.

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Illinois in financial trouble

Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.

But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Anger privilege

If you want to know who has privilege in a society and who doesn’t, follow the anger.

There are people in this country who can safely express their anger. And those who can’t. If you’re angry that Trump won, your anger is socially acceptable. If you were angry that Obama won, it wasn’t.

James Hodgkinson’s rage was socially acceptable. It continued to be socially acceptable until he crossed the line into murder. And he’s not alone. There’s Micah Xavier Johnson, the Black Lives Matter cop-killer in Dallas, and Gavin Long, the Black Lives Matter cop-killer in Baton Rouge. If you’re black and angry about the police, your anger is celebrated. If you’re white and angry about the Terror travel ban, the Paris Climate treaty, ObamaCare repeal or any leftist cause, you’re on the side of the angry angels.

But if you’re white and angry that your job is going to China or that you just missed being killed in a Muslim suicide bombing, your anger is unacceptable.

If you’re an angry leftist, your party leader, Tom Perez will scream and curse into a microphone, and your aspiring presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillibrand, will curse along, to channel the anger of the base. But if you’re an angry conservative, then Trump channeling your anger is "dangerous" because you aren’t allowed to be angry.

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Vulgarity to violence

Charlotte Iserbyte wrote The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America and John Taylor Gatto wrote Dumbing Us Downboth excellent books addressing the purposeful program of excising the ability to recognize manipulation or to find fallacies in arguments. Since John Dewey replaced classical education with modern education (a process succinctly described in the Dewey chapter of this excellent book: Makers of the Modern Mind, by Thomas P. Neill), the ability of the American public to recognize being manipulated through mass media, education and political lies has plummeted, as has their ability to lead and influence as citizens in the civic arena. This process has been going on in earnest for a hundred years, but I noticed in February 2016earlier if you start with the speech that launched Trump’s campaigna new process underway through which we are being what I’m calling "animalized" or "decivilized."

Trump’s coarse language and tactless approach was for many a breath of fresh air in a world of discourse stifled by political correctness. While I found vulgarity and rudeness misinterpreted as boldness and courage during the Trump campaign, I did understand why people were so hungry for a straight shooter. I, myself, found it alienating and ineffectiveinsulting rather than liberating. I find name-calling a counter-productive substitute for clear argument and I was sorry to find citizens on the right not urging the high ground. I didn’t make a big deal of itI view the whole world of DC politics as theater anyway, but the approach the directors of the play take can be informative. That’s why I sat up and took notice when Mexico’s former President Vicente Fox used outright vulgarity on television to attack Trump. I had already seen signs of a vulgarizing of the mainstream when establishment outlets started referring to Megyn Kelly’s anatomical processes (without mentioning that the Trump comment that started that firestorm was the same one he made about Chris Wallace)that was unprecedented, as was Vicente Fox’s style of attack. I flagged these observations at the time, and noted that Trump would be blamed for the decline in standards, but I wasn’t reminded of these episodes until several months later when I heard open vulgarity on CNN and The Wall Street Journal in rapid fire. ...

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Too cold and icy for climate change study

The University of Manitoba has canceled its 2017 Arctic expedition because there is too much ice to execute the mission safely. The U of M headlines: "Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due to climate change."
The Science Team of the Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen has cancelled the first leg of the 2017 Expedition due to complications associated with the southward motion of hazardous Arctic sea ice, caused by climate change.
The repeated insistence that large and dangerous quantities of sea ice are the result of "climate change" is humorous. It’s climate change, damn it!


Anti-terror march in Germany

Under gray skies, demonstrators waved banners proclaiming "together against terror" and "terrorism has no religion" on Saturday in the western German city of Cologne. Estimates of the number of people who took part varied from several hundred to about 3,500.

The march, organized by Islamic scholar Lamya Kaddor and peace activist Tarek Mohamad to condemn violence in the name of Islam across the world, was preceded by a heated debate when Germany’s biggest Islamic association, the Turkish-Islamic Union (known by its acronym DITIB), refused to take part.

DW’s Arafatul Islam was at the march.

DITIB said it would send the wrong signal to suggest that Muslims were mainly responsible for international terrorism and also maintained that those observing the Ramadan fast could not be expected to march for hours in the summer heat.

Several other Islamic organizations including Germany’s Central Council of Muslims took part in the gathering, named "Not with us Muslims and friends against violence and terror."

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Rachel Jackson

"There is pollution in the touch, there is perdition in the example of a profligate woman," claimed an editorial in the Massachusetts Journal in 1828. A presidential election approached, with Andrew Jackson campaigning to unseat President John Quincy Adams, and for the first time in the country’s history, the candidates’ wives were being dragged into the frayespecially Rachel Jackson, the "profligate woman" in question. Not only was Rachel a divorcée, but rumor had it that she and Andrew had lived together before she was legally separated from her husband. In papers across the nation she was called a bigamist, an adulteress and a whore, and critics questioned whether her character was suitable for the White House.

"The campaign which preceded this election was the most abusive and slanderous that his enemies could contrive and was not equaled in American history until the 20th century," writes historian Harriet Chappell Owsley. "The effect on Rachel of being the object of insults and abuse was devastating. The happy, fun-loving woman, saddened by the slanders withdrew from the unfriendly eyes of her persecutors."

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cuba and the U.S.

Cuba is rejecting the demands by US President Donald Trump, including the extradition of those US fugitives it regards as fighters for civil rights. The island nation will never negotiate its independence and sovereignty, the Cuban foreign minister said.

The new measures announced by Trump on Friday will only "strengthen our patriotism, our dignity, and our determination to defend by all means our national independence," Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said at a press conference in Vienna, after meeting with his Austrian colleague.

The US government "has no moral authority to lecture us on human rights and democracy," Rodriguez said, pointing to the US incarceration rates, police abuses, and violations of rights of minorities, immigrants and Muslims.

At one point picking up Trump’s trademark Twitter style, Rodriguez quoted the US president’s statement in Saudi Arabia that the US is "not here to tell other people how to live," but that his Cuba announcement was "quite the opposite. Sad!"

The Cuban FM repeated Havana’s position that the US blockade in effect since 1962 is unjust, inhumane, genocidal, and violates international law.

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The soft coup

You have to wonder how liberals think this works. So, a manifestly conflicted special counsel leading a pack of maxed-out Democrat donors decides Donald Trump has to be kicked out of office for "obstructing justice" regarding a cynical lie about him cavorting with the Kremlin and…then what? President Pence, until they do the same thing to him? Or do we just skip right to President Felonia von Pantsuit, shrug our shoulders, and give up on our foolish dream of having a say in our own governance?

Straightforward from here is…chaos.

Because normal Americans are woke to the scam. No, the affidavits of a zillion DC/NY establishment types attesting to Robert Mueller’s impeccable integrity ever notice how the guy trying to hose us always has the establishment’s "impeccable integrity" merit badge are not going to make us unsee the fact that he's carrying water for an establishment that thinks we need to just shut up and obey.

Now, pulling off the soft coup is going to be harder than they think. The establishment has not thought this out. They sort of assume that if they squelch Trump then everything somehow just goes back to them being in unchallenged control. Wrong.

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Iran and Saudi Arabia relations at low point

The Saudi navy said it had captured three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from a boat seized last week as the vessel approached Saudi Arabia’s offshore Marjan oilfield, Riyadh has said.

Iran’s interior ministry denied the Saudi claim, however, saying that the Saudi navy had opened fire on two Iranian fishing boats.

Relations between the two countries are at their worst in years, as they support opposite sides in conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, and each accuses the other of destabilising regional security.

In a statement on Monday, the Saudi information ministry said: "This was one of three vessels which were intercepted by Saudi forces. It was captured with the three men on board, the other two escaped.

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Deaths by overdose

One county in Ohio has officially recorded the most opioid deaths in the US this year.

Montgomery County now lays claim to the unfortunate title of ‘Overdose Capital of America’, thanks to 365 overdose deaths officially cataloged between January and May this year, reports NBC News.

In 2016, a total of 371 people died of drug overdoses there for the entire year, according to the county coroner’s office.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer told NBC News that the county anticipates 800 people will die of an overdose by the end of this year and that it is ‘Number 1 in the nation in overdose deaths’ per capita.

The 2010 census puts the county’s population at just over 535,000 people.

Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies are said to respond to several overdose calls a day and deputies carry two doses of Narcan, a nasal spray version of naloxone, a prescription drug that can reverse the effects of an opiod overdose.

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Biggest deniers of all

The biggest deniers in the whole climate change debate are those who think we can have affordable power, lower emissions and a reliable network.

We can’t.

And after they almost sleepwalked their way to defeat at the last election, it would appear Coalition MPs have found their voices again on the issue that has defined Australian political debate over the past 15 years or more.

There’s no doubt that any policy that lowers Australia’s CO2 emissions will increase the cost of power and any move away from baseload capacity will make our network more unreliable.

Forget the movie, this is the real "inconvenient truth" that climate change zealots have never wanted to acknowledge. For too long, the views of the Zeitgeist have dominated debate and anyone daring to question any aspect of climate change was branded a sceptic. Scientific fact or not, any issue that’s galvanised the Left to the point of hysteria makes me sceptical that it’s more about the politics than anything else.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

How's about growing a pair?

Last night, after Trump launched yet another furious tweetstorm intended to expose the double standard applied in the Hillary investigation compared to the Russia probe, we noted that Republicans might be well served to stop sitting around twiddling their thumbs and actually go on the offensive against an investigation that has obviously morphed into mass hysteria courtesy of free-flowing leaks from a conflicted "intelligence community" intent upon bringing down a presidency. Here's what we said:
Of course, until someone within the Trump administration or Republican Party smartens up and calls for the appointment of a 'Special Counsel' to look into Hillary's email scandal, something that should have been done long ago, and not for retaliatory reasons but simply due to Comey's and AG Lynch's blatant mishandling of the investigation (a point which Deputy AG Rosenstein obviously agreed with), the Democrats have no reason to calm their mass hysteria. Then, and only then, do we suspect that Hillary might just be able to 'convince' her party to exercise some form of reasonable judgement.
Now, according to a note this morning from The Hill, Republicans seem to be doing just that with several members of the GOP calling on the Special Counsel to look into whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch illegally meddled in the Hillary investigation when she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix and/or instructed Comey to refer to his case as a "matter" rather than an "investigation."

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Feminist censorship

On December 1, in Elonis v. U.S., the Supreme Court considered arguments that threats issued over social media platforms are a form of speech protected under the First Amendment. Anthony Elonis sent graphically violent messages to his ex-wife, which he claims are no different than Eminem singing about killing his ex-wife. The court has not returned with a decision yet, but I mention the case because it is clear that social media platforms are being used to harass and frighten some people. The media will often frame these issues as men harassing women when, in fact, men are harassed more often than women online.

Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!) teamed up with Twitter to address the issue of harassment across that social platform, with some interesting results. The International Game Developers Association compiled a list of 10,000 accounts that they claim are abusive, including their own staff, a UK Twitter account for Penguin books, actor Taye Diggs and KFC! Today I would like to show you how feminist media censors are not addressing the very real harassment and abuse that occurs on social media but rather are using their newly found powers to censor voices they do not agree with. Here are five examples of feminists removing voices they do not want to be heard....

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Quote of the day

Why reason, words and facts does not work on the left....

If a hookworm could talk, do you think you could ever reason it out of infesting your intestinal track and feeding off your body? Or would the hookworm always somehow find a way to argue that it’s actions are virtuous or righteous and that it is a victim and not you?

A parasite will never agree to not being a parasite because that is how it lives. Not being a parasite will end it. thus you can never reason one into not being a parasite.

This is the left. They are the hookworm of society. Burying itself further and further in, all the while exclaiming it is the victim as it feeds on its host.

Wenona, the Sioux girl

At about 10:30 a.m. on the morning of August 3, 1901, more than 100,000 people jostled to catch a glimpse of Frederick Cummins’ Indian Congress parade at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York. The crowds shrieked with excitement when they heard the Carlisle Indian Band strike up a tune, and drew a collective gasp when three celebrities appeared on their respective steeds. There was Geronimo, the aged Apache chief, and Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary, the frontierswoman and scout of the American Plains.

And then there was Wenona, the Sioux girl.

Wenona, Cummins proclaimed, was not only the "champion rifle shot of the world," but also the daughter of a chief named Crazy Horse and a white woman, born in a "tepee on the south bank of the Big Cheyenne, near Fort Bennett, Dakota," and only 18 years old. Cummins offered a $1,000 reward to anyone who could best Wenona with a rifle at the Exhibition. Her extraordinary shooting prowess, he crowed, had been bestowed upon her by supernatural spirits of the Indian world.

In fact, "Wenona" was not a Sioux teen. She was 29-year-old Lillian Frances Smith, the daughter of a white Quaker couple from New England. A former performer in William "Buffalo Bill" Cody’s Wild West show, she had earned the scorn of the legendary Annie Oakley and had been cast aside to make her own way in the world.

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Hacking your router

The CIA has had the ability to turn routers and network access points into surveillance devices for years, according to secret documents published by WikiLeaks on Thursday.

In the latest installment of its Vault 7 series of leaks, WikiLeaks has disclosed an alleged CIA program known as CherryBlossom. The purpose of the initiative is to replace a router’s firmware with a CIA-modified version known as FlyTrap. In some cases, WikiLeaks says, physical access to the device may not even be necessary.

The potential applications of this toolkit are harrowing. With control over their router, a remote observer could monitor the target’s local network and internet traffic and inject malicious malware for a variety of purposesinjecting keyloggers to collect passwords or seizing control of a device’s camera and microphone, for example.

Further, CherryBlossom would allow the CIA to detect when a person is using their home network and divert the user’s traffic through predetermined servers.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Odds and ends

Four countries - Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia - are now refusing to accept migrants that the EU demands.

Democrat operative and former Obama official Van Jones ripped Hillary Clinton and her campaign for blowing a billion dollars and losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump.

70% of Trump's 30 million Twitter followers are real, but only 66% of Hillary's 10 million followers are real.

Twelve facts about Qatar.

Norway has frozen all new funding agreements with UN Women’s Palestinian office in wake of a youth centre built with Norwegian aid money that was named after a terrorist who participated in the killing of 12 children.

Horse helps girl get on his back.

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front suffered a severe setback on Sunday, as her success in reaching the French presidential runoff failed to translate into support in parliamentary polls.

In China, it is legal to eat cats and dogs. Even so, ordinary people reacted with alarm this week as news broke of a Chinese man caught with 500 cats, crowded into tiny cages, which he intended to sell to restaurants.

Some 40 scientists with $17 million in Canadian tax dollars to blow over the next four years decided to take a cruise in the Arctic Ocean to prove that man is causing the Earth to burn out of control. But Arctic ice forced them to shut down their little trip.

Rush Limbaugh....the only evidence that we have of obstruction happens to be Loretta Lynch’s attempt to obstruct the investigation into Hillary Clinton. The only evidence we have of an election being rigged is the Democrat primary.

Obama's meddling in six foreign elections.

The shooter blamed for Wednesday’s bloody attack on a Republican congressional baseball team shared a tie with the 2012 gunman who attacked the conservative Family Research Council in Washington. Both were fans of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Immigration and border security continue to top Texas voters’ lists of most important problems, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.


It's only money

A whopping $7.4 trillion will be spent globally on new green energy facilities in the coming decades, but another $5.3 trillion is needed to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord, according to a new report.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is out with a new long-term energy outlook report, this time projecting a total of $12.7 trillion to keep projected global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century a goal of the Paris accord.

BNEF projects $7.4 trillion will be invested in new green energy capacity by 2040, and that global carbon dioxide emissions will be 4 percent lower in that year than in 2016.

But that’s not enough to keep projected warming below 2 degrees, the report warns.

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Cultural appropriation

Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to ban the appropriation of Indigenous cultures and to do it quickly.

Delegates from 189 countries, including Canada, are in Geneva this week as part of a specialized international committee within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency.

Since it began in 2001, the committee has been working on creating and finishing three pieces of international law that would expand intellectual-property regulations to protect things like Indigenous designs, dances, words and traditional medicines.

The meeting takes place as concern grows worldwide about the rights of cultures to control their own materials. In the U.S. this week, designer Tory Burch agreed to change the description of one of her coats for women after Romanians protested that it had been described as African-inspired when it actually appropriated a traditional Romanian garment.

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Assassinate Trump

More than 12,000 tweets have called for President Donald Trump’s assassination since he was inaugurated two weeks ago, according to Dataminr statistics.

Social media users like Zachary Benton, 24, of Ohio have already been charged with threatening the president, while Madonna came under fire for saying she wanted to ‘blow up’ the White House during the Women’s March in Washington DC.

Former Secret Service special agent Tim Franklin told Mashable that the agency was likely to look for repeated threats, specific details of any possible attacks, and other trends before launching an investigation.

Donald Trump became the first US president to enter office with less than a 50per cent approval rating, according to Gallup polls.

A Dataminr search of the keywords ‘assassinate Trump’, revealed more than 12,000 posts on Twitter since January 20, Mashable reported.

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Divided America

History has not been very kind to countries that enter a state of multicultural chaos.

The United States is currently the world’s oldest democracy.

But America is no more immune from collapse than were some of history’s most stable and impressive consensual governments. Fifth-century Athens, Republican Rome, Renaissance Florence and Venice, and many of the elected governments of early 20th-century Western European states eventually destroyed themselves, went bankrupt, or were overrun by invaders.

The United States is dividing as rarely before. Half the country, mostly liberal America, is concentrated in 146 of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties in an area that collectively represents less than 10 percent of the U.S. land mass. The other half, the conservative Red states of the interior of America, is geographically, culturally, economically, politically, and socially at odds with Blue-state America, which resides mostly on the two coasts.

The two Americas watch different news. They read very different books, listen to different music, and watch different television shows. Increasingly, they now live lives according to two widely different traditions.

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Trump was right about catapult system

Back on May 11, Time published a wide-ranging interview with President Donald Trump that touched on health care, business, foreign policy and what TV shows he watched.

But one line in particular generated lots of reactions on social media.

When asked about the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, Trump spoke about the catapult system being used for the ship. Traditionally, aircraft carriers have used steam power to essentially slingshot planes into the air. However, the new carrier was and is slated to use a new electromagnetic system, called EMALS, designed by General Atomics.

This did not sit well with Trump.

"They have digital. What is digital?" Trump said. "And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. And I said and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers. I said, ‘What system are you going to be ‘ ‘Sir, we’re staying with digital.’ I said, ‘No you’re not. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.’"

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