Saturday, August 19, 2017

Odds and ends

Headline....Fifteen Moroccan teens treated for rabies after having sex with local donkey.

Did you know the Great Wall of China was never intended to keep people out? It was actually built to keep Mongols' horses out. Mongols without their horses weren't much of a threat to the Chinese.

Comment seen on the web...."The Democrats have no message because they have no soul, no values."

Headline....Charlottesville Police Called Off When Violence Began: "We're Leaving, It's Too Dangerous."

Nearly one in five workers say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying. Workers who have to face customers endure a disproportionate share of abuse.

Green energy fraud in Massachusetts.

Canadian poll....About half of Quebecers surveyed in a new poll say they'd be in favour of preventing migrants from crossing illegally at the CanadaU.S. border.

One of the four men arrested for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia was reportedly a counter-protestor who punched a female reporter.

Headline....Plan for changes at EPA were so secret they made the front page of the NY Times

Remember when a Muslim killed five cops in Dallas and Obama said, "Unfortunately it’s going to be very hard to untangle the motive" of the shooter. But within an hour or so they had ascertained the motive of the guy in the Charger in Charlottesville.

Rumor mill....not only was "climate change" to be replaced by "weather extremes," but "climate change adaption" was to be swapped out for "resilience to weather extremes" and "reduce greenhouse gases" changed to "build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency."

Nine people were killed and at least 30 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between last Friday night and Monday morning.

Headline....Iceland eliminates Down Syndrome with abortions

Black Lives Matter says hate speech is not protected by First Amendment.

Comey lied...Former FBI Director said there were no tarmac documents, but investigators have uncovered hundreds of documents.

Headline....Florida stripper kills partner, stabs him in his eyes, and shoves wood down his throat.

Ann Coulter....When Liberals club people, it's with love in their hearts.

New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg tweeted from Charlottesville...."The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right."

Tucker Carlson...."Google should be regulated like the public utility it is."

Federal authorities arrested a former chief and current police sergeant for his role in allegedly helping Mexico’s Gulf Cartel move cocaine and marijuana through his jurisdiction. The Texas cop claimed that he needed money to pay for his upcoming bid for county constable after a failed attempt for the Hidalgo County Sheriff position.

A 52-year old man in Elgin, Illinois was taken by surprise after a prostitute he hired through a website turned out to his own wife of the past 19 years.

Charlottesville....The two sides are not equivalent. The racists on one side wanted to speak publicly and had a permit. The fascists on the other side wanted to silence the other side and deny them their God-given liberty.

Former Obama administration official, Van Jones, says if Oprah Winfrey runs for president in 2020 she'll win all 50 states.

A man in Sweden has been charged with murdering a family member with scissors, according to local media. The victim’s wife says it was an "honor killing" because the victim refused to kill his daughters after they had shaken hands with boys.

Confederate statues today, book burnings tomorrow. And the Constitution next week.

Antifa flag comes directly from the German Communist Party in 1932.

 

Sun closest to Earth in January

If you’re camping and your cold you stand closer to the campfire to get warm. That makes sense right? The transverse should be true as well. If you want to get cooler you step further away from the heat source right? It’s funny how that reasoning doesn’t really work when you’re discussing the temperatures on Earth.

On July 4th of every year, our planet is at it's furthest distance from the sun. On January 3rd of every year, our planet is actually at its closest to the sun. Yet, it’s hot as heck in July and usually pretty darn cold in January. Using the campfire analogy from above how can that make sense?

A very simplified explanation of this phenomemon has more to do with angles than it does to do with distance. Our Earth is spinning on a 90-degree axis. The planet has a tilt of approximately 23 degrees. It’s that tilt that really provides the reason for the warmer or cooler temperatures in the various seasons.

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Burn through

Today ISIS claimed responsibility for a van attack on a pedestrian mall in Barcelona that left 13 dead and a hundred injured. Suddenly the War on Statues was thrown off the front pages by the War on Terror. Events can overwhelm the Narrative through a process called burn-through. When the signal from events exceeds the power of a jammer it is said to "burn through".

Narratives are powerful but not omnipotent. The Lone Wolf Narrative can be sold to the public only while attacks fall below a certain frequency. Once the attacks happen too frequently the script fails and the public begins to wonder if the Lone Wolves aren't really a pack. Even the immense media resources at the disposal of progressives can be overcome by a strong signal from events.

The presence of jamming can sometimes be inferred from an excessive number of "sudden" or "unexpected" events that appear in full blown form without the slightest warning. Their sudden onset is explained by the pop out when they pass the filter. When things appear suddenly and very close at hand it might be because they're past the blinders. The presence of too many sudden and unexpected events of the same type could be a sign that a filter is in operation.

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Diversity is dumb idea

Thanks to Google we are reminded that Diversity is the dumbest idea in the West, bar none. Even communism, even atheism, makes more sense. Diversity is our weakness. Diversity, based on the false ideology of Equality, will if it is not stopped destroy us.

There are no inherent differences in people, says the god Diversity, hearing whispers from the dark caves of Equality, caves which conceal the pit of Hell. This is why we need strict mandatory quotas based on differences that are not inherent.

Men and women are not inherently different, which is how we cannot tell men and women apart, except by self-identification, which itself must be based on a fiction since there are no inherent differences between men and women.

Men and women are not different, which is why we need quotas to ensure in this position there are equal numbers of men and women. The outcome of the position will not be changed if we have enforced equal numbers of men and women, because men and women are not inherently different. But since Diversity is our strength, the outcome under mandatory quotas will be better, because there are no differences in performance between men and women.

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Taking sides

I wonder how many of the counter-protesters at the Charlottesville event even had any idea who Robert E. Lee was. He was a major hero of the Mexican-American War. He fought for the Confederacy against the Union, but at the time he did it, it was not illegal. Slavery was while 100 percent evil completely protected by law as of 1861. When Lee went to work to defend his native Virginia, he was not violating any law.

In fact, at no time did the Supreme Court rule that secession was unconstitutional. To the contrary, when the Supreme Court moved towards declaring secession lawful, President Lincoln, in violation of every lawful principle, threatened to have Roger Taney, the Chief Justice, arrested and jailed. He had already used federal troops to arrest much of the Maryland state legislature to keep Maryland from seceding. Again, this was an unequivocal violation of the Constitution. And when a court ordered the legislators released under habeas corpus, Lincoln simply ignored the order.

When the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox Court House in the spring of 1865, some officers of Lee’s Army suggested an ongoing guerrilla campaign against the Union. Lee absolutely vetoed the idea, saying that enough blood had been shed and that it was time to bind up the wounds of war.

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The Navy's rail gun being tested

Propelled by an electrical current and traveling at speeds up to Mach 7.5, the US Navy's Hyper Velocity Projectile can shoot out of a rail gun to destroy enemy ships, vehicles and missiles at ranges up to 100 nautical miles.

The promise of this seemingly futuristic weapon system is no longer a thing of mystery, speculation or sci-fi movies but rather somehing nearing operational use in combat. The weapon brings such force, power and range that is the kind of thing which could hold enemies at risk from greater distances and attack targets with a fire and kinetic energy force equivalent to a multi-ton vehicle moving at 160 miles per hour, developers have said.

The Office of Naval Research is now bringing the electromagnetic rail gun out of the laboratory and into field demonstrations at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's new rail gun Rep-Rate Test Site at Terminal Range.

"Initial rep-rate fires (repetition rate of fires) of multi-shot salvos already have been successfully conducted at low muzzle energy. The next test sequence calls for safely increasing launch energy, firing rates and salvo size," a statement from ONR says.

Railgun rep-rate testing will be at 20 megajoules by the end of the summer and at 32 megajoules by next year. To put this in perspective; one megajoule is the equivalent of a one-ton vehicle moving at 160 miles per hour, ONR information states.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Crowds on demand

Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was "blame on both sides" for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based "public relations firm specializing in innovative events" to serve as agitators in counterprotests.

The ad was posted by a company called "Crowds on Demand" and offered $25 per hour to "actors and photographers" to participate in events in the "Charlotte, NC area." While the ad didn't explicitly define a role to be filled by its crowd of "actors and photographers" it did ask applicants to comment on whether they were "ok with participating in peaceful protests." Here is the text from the ad:

Actors and Photographers Wanted in Charlotte

Crowds on Demand, a Los Angeles-based Public Relations firm specializing in innovative events, is looking for enthusiastic actors and photographers in the Charlotte, NC area to participate in our events. Our events include everything from rallies to protests to corporate PR stunts to celebrity scenes. The biggest qualification is enthusiasm, a "can-do" spirit. Pay will vary by event but typically is $25+ per hour plus reimbursements for gas/parking/Uber/public transit.

For more information about us, please visit www.crowdsondemand.com

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Quote of the day

The progressives still have an enormous power legacy but "like a cut flower in a vase" are in historical decline. The reason is simple. Their great states are broke. The big institutions have filled the world yet are still out of money, bloated yet unable to seal borders of Europe against uncontrolled immigration, contemptuous of Putin yet incapable of funding a defense against Russia, confident in their superiority while shrinking in comparison to China. The gigantic states designed to preserve us from tyranny must burn the village in order to save it. What they haven't realized yet is they live in the village too.

---Richard Fernandez, Belmont Club

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The new robber barons

Progressives forget their history of breaking up mega-corporations as they lionize tech giants such as Apple, Google, and Facebook.

Progressives used to pressure U.S. corporations to cut back on outsourcing and on the tactic of building their products abroad to take advantage of inexpensive foreign workers.

During the 2012 election, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney as a potential illiberal "outsourcer-in-chief" for investing in companies that went overseas in search of cheap labor.

Yet most of the computers and smartphones sold by Silicon Valley companies are still being built abroad to mostly silence from progressive watchdogs.

In the case of the cobalt mining that is necessary for the production of lithium-ion batteries in electric cars, thousands of child laborers in southern Africa are worked to exhaustion.

In the 1960s, campuses boycotted grapes to support Cesar Chavez’s unionization of farm workers. Yet it is unlikely that there will be any effort to boycott tech companies that use lithium-ion batteries produced from African-mined cobalt.

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Stone Mountain is next

One of the gubernatorial candidates is calling for the removal of Confederate statues and monuments from around the state, including Stone Mountain's Civil War carving.

The Democratic party front-runner for governor, Stacy Abrams, said the carving of three Confederate leaders at Stone Mountain, which is designated by state law as an official Confederate memorial site, should be removed.

"It is 2017, and now is the time for us to have a conversation about removing the last vestiges of that type of hatred and that type of vitriol toward minority communities in Georgia," Abrams told Channel 2's Richard Elliot.

AJC Channel 2's Rikki Klaus spoke to a woman who works for the social justice group Indivisible and lives in Stone Mountain.

"It's there, and nobody is going to be able to blast it away," Meymoona Freeman said.

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White supremacists are marginal in the big picture

The tragedy in Charlottesville could have been an occasion to stop and consider how the tolerance for politically correct violence and politically correct hatred is leading the nation towards civil war. Instead the media and the political left have turned this incident into the biggest fake news story of the summer, transforming its real lessons into a morality play that justifies war against the political right, and against white people generally.

The organizers of the "Unite the Right" demonstration in Charlottesville were repellent racists. But they came to defend a historic monument honoring a complex man and cause, and not to attack it or presumably anyone else. They applied for a permit and were denied. They re-applied successfully in a petition supported by the local ACLU. If they had come to precipitate violence, why would they have gone to the tedious trouble of applying for a permit? Who knows what if anything would have happened if that had been the end of the story and no one had showed up to oppose them.

What "Unite the Right" actually demonstrated was that the assortment of neo-Nazis, pro-Confederates and assorted yahoos gathered under the banner of the "Alt-Right" is actually a negligible group. This was a national show of strength that actually attracted all of 500 people. Compare that to the tens of the thousands who can readily be marshalled by two violent groups of the left Black Lives Matter and Antifa and you get an idea of how marginal "white supremacists" are to America’s political and cultural life.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Soros bets on stock market decline

US regulatory filings show George Soros is still investing in options that will profit him only if the stock market they are linked to declines in value.

Soros Fund Management held put options on PowerShares QQQ Trust, SPDR S&P 500 ETF, iShares Russell 2000 ETF as of June 30. Each is an exchange-traded fund that tracks a broad US stock market index. The bet is worth $1.8 billion. Soros stands to profit only if the stock market falls.

Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Soros Fund Management, said the company would not comment on the filing.

In January, Soros said "it's impossible to predict" US President Donald Trump's actions, but he was nonetheless sure the market would plunge.

Soon after the election, Soros lost over $1 billion by taking a short position on the market. While Soros called Trump a "would-be dictator," and predicted uncertainty and a sell-off after his win, the markets have rallied significantly.

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War of the hyphens

The riots and death in Charlottesville are the physical manifestation of the idea of separateness. If the thought is the father of the deed, the children of hate, the offspring of "by any means necessary" and the scions of superiority so long in gestation, are finally being born. Donald Trump's plea for calm and his exhortation to remember "we are all Americans first" may find scant resonance among those for whom hyphens come first of all. The war of the hyphens has broken out, and for its combatants there is only one thought: how do I get back at the enemy hyphen? The long sought-after goal of diversity has been attained and it is not what many imagined. Richard Fernandez

Fernandez’ observation is so true that when President Trump says "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides..." it’s not good enough for anyone left of center, which is to say the entire Democratic party. Their complaint: he didn’t specifically condemn "white supremacy," a hate group that the Left invented and now wishes to pretend they didn’t (although history debunks their revisionist claims).

In fact, all hyphenated ethnic nationalism is the product of the Democratic party: black nationalism, Hispanic nationalism, Asian nationalism, Arab nationalism; the Left owns all of the hyphens. In fact they’ve been so successful at creating identity groups, and people identify so strongly with their group that "reputation and authority are no longer recognized outside of a membership group." This type of non-civilized group affiliation is also known as tribalism, Yeah, yeah, I know: that’s RACIST! I’m going to go sit in the corner and think about what I’ve said.

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Quote of the day

"Black people who were never slaves are fighting white people who were never Nazis over a confederate statue erected by Democrats because Democrats can’t stand their own history anymore...yet somehow it’s Trump’s fault."

Jeff Laffite Jones

Police at fault at Charlottesville

As an attendee of the Unite The Right rally and scheduled speaker, I have serious questions about the actions of Virginia police on Saturday. It appears that police created a dangerous situation which was entirely avoidable. I will explain in detail the facts of what happened.

One does not need to support any of the positions of the alt-right to be concerned about what this means about the state of free speech in America.

... The rally had a legally issued permit, revoked by the city a week before but reinstated by a Federal judge the day before the rally. The barricade layout was as police described to organizers it would be, and speakers received a briefing on this the day before. Virginia State Police commandeered the north side of the park. No one was allowed in that half of the park except a few rally people handling the audio equipment. Police also controlled the streets around the park on three sides: Jefferson St. to the north, 1st St. to the west, and 2nd St. to the east.

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Pakistan wants more money

The world’s geographical history shows that climate change is not a new phenomenon as scientists have tracked historical changes in the drivers of climate change such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and continental drift.

Currently, due to anthropogenic activities, the pace of climate change is high compared to changes in the past. It is essential, therefore, to find ways to mitigate drastic impacts of the ongoing climate change wave through adaptation and prevention without compromising development targets.

Climate change is becoming a challenge for many countries as the frequencies of weather anomalies and climatic extremes have increased during the last two decades.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Drill, baby, drill

When OPEC and Russia first embarked on their strategy to clear a global oil glut, it was expected to succeed within six months. It now looks like the battle could last for years.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its partners plan to wrap up their production cuts next spring, already nine months later than originally expected. Yet oil prices are faltering again as data from the International Energy Agency show world inventories could remain oversupplied even after the end of 2018. ESAI Energy LLC predicts that, rather than months, draining the surplus may take years.

"They’re going to have to dig in for the long haul," Neil Atkinson, head of the IEA’s oil markets and industry division, said in a Bloomberg television interview. "Re-balancing is a stubborn process."

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Sailing to the North Pole

Unbelievable story of the day....

British explorer Pen Hadow and his crew have set sail from Alaska, in an attempt to become the first people ever to sail to the North Pole.

With Arctic ice melting at an unprecedented rate, previously inaccessible waters are opening up, creating the potential for their planned 5,500 km (3,500 mile) journey for the first time in human history.

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The Republican divide

Trump did not create the divide in the GOP policy world he exposed it.

The Trump victory and the Republican establishment’s mostly negative reaction to it have in matters of foreign policy called into question who is conservative, who not and whether the old ideological rubrics even matter anymore.

For all practical purposes, there are no real isolationists today, at least of the 1930s mode. "Isolationism" is more a slur than a description of a common conservative ideology.

Even a Senator Rand Paul does not wish to unilaterally bow out of NATO despite what he may say or write to paleo-conservative audiences. Readers of the American Conservative probably do not wish to bring all U.S. troops home from strategic U.S. bases in the spirit of the 1930s (when we actually had lots of bases abroad).

Rather, neo-isolationism today is akin to something like neo-interventionism of the late 1930s a guarded willingness, mostly in reactive and defensive fashion, to use force only for perceived American interests abroad, without committing U.S. military resources in service to other nations or causes other than narrow American interests, however defined.

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Mayhem

Why did the city of Charlottesville, and the state of Virginia, suspend the First Amendment for Saturday’s calamitous "Unite the Right" rally? And would the outcome have been differentone protester dead in a deliberate car-ramming, two state troopers killed in a demonstration-related helicopter accident, and a nation’s confidence in its institutions severely shaken once againhad the authorities vigorously defended all parties’ constitutional right to free expression?

True enough, there scarcely is a more shocking image in America than a swastika being lifted high at a white-power political rally. That’s more appalling than a "kill the pigs" sign at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, if only for its relative singularity, though the symbols have this in common: they are meant to inflame and provoke, and they invariably succeed. In the process, they severely stress a fundamental principle of American democracy: the individual’s right to free expression and the concurrent obligation of government to protect that right.

Well, there was plenty of expressing going on at Charlottesville over the weekend, but precious little protecting. Details remain thin. It is not clear, for example, how many alt-right demonstrators were there, though many reports indicate that they were substantially outnumbered by counter-demonstrators, largely drawn from the same crowd that has been rioting at the drop of Donald Trump’s name since November 9.

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Anti-white rhetoric

I opened Twitter recently and saw 20+ notifications. Most of the time that means the new generation of white nationalist Twitter trolls are filling my feed with racist and anti-Semitic cartoons. It was the trolls, but this was different. They were celebrating my use of the word "anti-white" in a tweet. They saw it as a victory that a "mainstream conservative" was using this term that for so long has been their calling card.

They had a point. Until recently I would have been unlikely to use the term. Not because I didn’t believe some people harbored animosity towards whites, but because that was a fringe attitude removed from power, which represented little real threat. That is no longer the case. Progressive rhetoric on race has turned an ugly corner and the existence of "anti-white" attitudes can no longer be ignored.

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French terror threat remains high

The number of radical individuals in France has gone up 60 percent over the last two years, according to Minister of the Interior GĂ©rard Collomb.

Some 18,550 people are currently registered by authorities as potential radicals, up from 11,400 in 2015, Ouest France reported Friday.

The database keeps track of suspects’ personal information and their alleged relationships with terror groups. Females currently account for 26 percent of cases, while 16 percent are minors.

Collomb recently warned that 271 French radicals have returned to the country after fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. He said the terror threat remains "very high," with seven foiled attacks since the start of the year.

"The terrorist threat remains very high," Collomb told Le Journal du Dimanche Aug. 6. "The Champs-Elysees has been targeted twice, and our services have foiled seven attacks attempts since the beginning of the year."

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From 1934....


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Only the beginning?

During an afternoon announcement with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, President Trump announced the launch of section 301 trade investigations into China’s business practices for theft of U.S. technology and violations of U.S. intellectual property rights.

Perhaps the most overlooked portion of the remarks from President Trump happened as he sat down to sign the Presidential Memorandum authorizing the official investigation:


…This is only the beginning folks. This is only the beginning…

For approximately 30 years China has been engaged in a unidirectional trade war against the United States of America; facilitated and enabled by both Democrats and Republicans who have been purchased by multinational and corporate lobbyists to block any effort to defend our U.S. interests. The biggest victims have been U.S. middle-class workers.

Today, for the first time in modern U.S. history, a singular President stood up and began what will be an arduous process of fighting back, defending the U.S. economy and balancing the rights of U.S. workers and companies with "fair" and "reciprocal" trade.

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Obama had no problem with Leftist violence

The MSM had no problem with the Ferguson, Occupy or Baltimore riots nor did they have a problem with former president Obama’s support of the violent leftist agitators. Yet, nothing President Trump says will satisfy the left. If he doesn’t name the white supremacists and dares mention the violent leftists, the left goes wild. After he then condemns the white supremacists, the left says it’s too late.

It was very different for Barack Obama.

As an example, the Black Lives Matter movement was built on the Michael Brown, Hands Up, Don’t Shoot, lie and it was and is funded indirectly and in part by Hillary’s and Obama’s campaign fundraiser George Soros.

During a meeting in Spain with the president of Spain in mid-July 2016, Obama actually compared the band of violent third world type leftists in Ferguson and elsewhere to "abolitionists", "women’s suffrage activists", "war activists" and so on.

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EPA payroll theft

Environmental Protection Agency employees under the Obama administration earned emergency overtime pay without justification, in violation of agency policy.

The inspector general for the agency released an audit last week finding "numerous instances of noncompliance" of the emergency overtime pay system for employees in Seattle, Wash.

Employees must receive a waiver from biweekly pay caps if they are to receive extra pay for working during a natural disaster, or for conducting "mission-critical" work. The inspector general found just a fraction of employees in the final three years of the Obama administration who received overtime pay had requested a waiver.

"For Region 10, we identified 79 instances where employees exceeded the biweekly pay cap during FYs 2015, 2016 and 2017 (through January 7, 2017), the Most of the 79 exceedances lacked a supporting waiver request," the inspector general said.

The Pacific Northwest region could provide only 15 requests that cited emergency and mission-critical work.

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Google being sued for ageism

So far, 269 people have joined a class-action lawsuit against Google claiming they were discriminated against in the workplace based on their age. …

Fillelkes claimed that a recruiter told her she needed to put her dates of graduation on her resume so the company could view how old she was.

In October 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled that more software engineers could join the lawsuit. The lawsuit represents over-40 job applicants who sought engineering jobs at Google but say they were discriminated against because of their age. …

In recent years, Google has maintained it has policies in place to guard against age discrimination in the workplace. Last year, Judge Freeman reportedly responded: "Having such a policy does not necessarily shield a company from a discrimination suit, particularly in light of the evidence and allegations presented here." …

In 2004, Google was sued in a case that was ultimately settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. …

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Time to pay the piper, Eric Holder

"Fast and Furious" is back in the news. The reason? In January, Judge Amy Berman, an Obama appointee, ordered the Department of Justice to produce documents relating to the "gun walking" scandal that Congress had been seeking for four years. DOJ finally produced them, some 20,000 pages worth, this month.

For anyone who, thanks to the Obama administration’s years of stonewalling, has forgotten about Fast and Furious, here’s the short version. In 2010, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent was killed while on patrol near the Mexican border. The only two firearms found at the scene were semi-automatic rifles the Obama-Holder Justice Department allowed to "walk" as part of Fast and Furious, a firearms trafficking operation. That operation allowed approximately 2,000 firearms to flow illegally into the hands of Mexican cartel associates.

When the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform tried to investigate the scandal, Team Obama stonewalled. First, it denied that law enforcement officers allowed straw purchasers to buy firearms illegally in the United States with the intent to traffic them without apprehension. Almost a year later, it finally admitted that this is precisely what had happened.

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DSA...Democratic Socialists of America

For the Democratic Socialists of America, there has been a silver-lining in this dark year dominated by Trump. Thanks to a post-election membership boom, the organization is now 25,000 people strong. The DSA has become the largest socialist organization since the heyday of Eugene Debs and the Socialist Party of America at the turn of the 20th century.

Most of the new members of the organization have been young people, whose affinity for socialist ideas or at the very least a rejection of capitalism has been growing in recent years as the punishing blows of neoliberalism have placed them in a more precarious place than ever before.

This newfound energy was on display at their biennial convention last weekend in Chicago, where more than 1,000 attendees from dozens of chapters around the country gathered to debate resolutions, set priorities for the next two years, and elect people to serve on the National Political Committee.

So why has the DSA’s membership increased three-fold since Donald Trump won? The first reason is the most obvious one: the Bernie Sanders effect.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Australia acting like fascists

If an Australian pays for anything in cash, they suspect he is hiding money.
The Australian government is looking to impose penalties if a consumer pays cash and FAILS to get a receipt so they can end the underground economy.

They are expecting to change the culture by forcing consumers to ask for a fiscal receipts when paying cash for anything.

Now the Australian government has moved beyond eliminating cash, they seek to punish people who pay in cash.

This outrageous proposal is clearly exposing the Australian government as a leftist goose-stepping authoritarian regime going completely insane hunting Australians for taxes. They are even stalking children on their way to school and then check the school as to how they are being paid. This is real Hitler stuff.

That is why the Swiss created numbered accounts because Hitler made it illegal for a German to have any account outside of Germany.

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Quote of the day

"Is Trump as dignified as I would like him to be? No. But in these times, it is sufficient that he provokes the left to new depths of auto-debasement, thus revealing what they are. To be precise, there is "what they are," and "what they really are," and Trump miraculously exposes the latter. This is not the face the left wishes to present to the world, but they obviously cannot help themselves. They really are what they really are."

---Robert Godwin

The Republican Huma Abedin

The media dubbed her the Republican Huma Abedin. She’s been one of the most powerful women in two Republican administrations. She’s friends with Valerie Jarrett. And you’ve never heard her name.

Flash back to the spring of this year.

Cameras flashed as Aya Hijazi sat next to President Trump. Media reports described her as an imprisoned rescue worker who had been released from Egypt after administration intervention.

Aya Hijazi was also the photogenic face of a campaign against the post-Brotherhood Egyptian government. If you believed the stories, Hijazi had learned French and Spanish while in prison. Photos showed her reading Maya Angelou's ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ behind bars. Snaps from that calculated photoshoot would be used to illustrate countless media sob stories about her plight in prison.

Mohamed Hassanein, her husband, received far less attention. As did the other arrested members of the Belady Foundation which had been accused of using street children in Muslim Brotherhood riots.

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Fake hate crime

The Muslim charged with setting fire to his own mosque turned over his passport and the judge set his bond at $150,000 on Monday. He remains in jail.

True to a prediction by Breitbart News’ John Nolte, once authorities revealed the identity of the alleged arsonist as not a white racist inspired by Donald Trump but a Muslim, the mainstream media lost interest in the story.

Moore did not appear in court but was represented by his attorney Edward M. Chernoff. His arraignment where charges will be formally read against him has been reset upon the request of his lawyer. He will have an opportunity to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty at that time.

Gary Nathaniel Moore has been charged with arson in a place of worship, a first degree felony.

As reported by Breitbart Texas, the charging instrument stated that Moore started a fire by igniting materials at a place of worship on Christmas Day. The complaint charges that he used and exhibited a deadly weapon, namely a fire, to commit the felony offense of arson at the Savoy Masjid Mosque in Houston.

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Wearing down security forces

Thibault de Montbrial, the former head of France’s Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS), told the French daily Le Figaro, said: "All terrorist attacks that have taken place since January have been against soldiers or police officers.

"It’s not a coincidence. Jihadists are simply trying to wear down security forces via a string of small-scale, random attacks that are almost impossible to prevent."

"Terror tactics have become more rudimentary and an attack could occur anywhere and at anytime, meaning that police and intelligence and security services are "always on the alert," Mr de Montbrial added.

He said: "The French military has to adapt to changing threats if Operation Sentinel is to be a success.

"We still need anti-terror soldiers to guard key sites, but we need more armed private security agents to patrol crowded public areas.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Odds and ends

35% of Whites have a favorable view of Black Lives Matter, compared to 83% of Blacks.

California Representative Maxine Waters wants to impeach President Trump AND Vice President Pence.

More than 186,000 people have been murdered and another 30,000 have gone missing in Mexico since 2006, when the government deployed the military to fight organized crime. Experts say the capture of the top drug cartel leaders has spawned numerous independent criminal groups that have moved beyond drug trafficking into robbery, kidnapping and extortion in areas they control.

Baltimore's "Nobody Kill Anybody" weekend ceasefire collapsed as two are shot dead.

Illinois has 63,000 public employees making more than $100,000, costing taxpayers $10 billion.

Maxine Waters...."Trump believes in nothing and will be impeached by December."

More than 1.1 million fewer Americans are on food stamps under Trump.

Headline....McMaster worked at think tank back by Soros Group that helped Obama sell Iran nuclear deal.

Last year 6.5 million Americans refused to buy Obamacare and paid the fine instead. Over 15 million more Americans say they would drop Obamacare if it was legal to do so.

Federal authorities arrested six persons last week involved in an apparent scheme to produce false identification documents through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), some of which were then used as ID to illegally vote in Boston, reported Judicial Watch.

Failed presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton now has some interest in becoming a Methodist preacher, according to The Atlantic.

Over the first six months of 2017, the Republican National Committee pulled in $75 millionnearly twice as much money as the Democratic National Committee, which raised $38 million.

"We don't see the effort, Senator McConnell." (does anybody?)

DHS says 23% of all federal prisoners are illegals.

Mike Huckabee...."Send Maxine Waters to North Korea."

Oregon State University now offers "Fat Studies" courses that claim "Weightism" is a civil rights issue.

California....The strapped middle class continues to flee bad schools, high taxes, rampant crime, and poor state services. About one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients reside in California. Approximately one-fifth of the state lives below the poverty line. More than a quarter of Californians were not born in the United States.

The Associated Press reported that the only woman currently in SEAL training dropped out.

Here's the latest on Sarah Palin's lawsuit against the New York Times.

A James Madison University student was sentenced to prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to registering dead voters for the Democratic Party during the 2016 election. Andrew Spieles, 21, was given a 100-day prison sentence in federal court for falsifying 18 Virginia voter registration forms last August.

The Perot Museum in Dallas is hosting a solar eclipse party on August 21 from noon to 2 p.m., during the hours the eclipse is set to happen. And one mom asked the stupidest question of the year..."Most kids go back to school that day. Can it be done on the weekend?"

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Quote of the day


A product of disinformation

One wouldn’t expect Seymour Hersh, a lefty journalist par excellance, to pop the Trump-Russia propaganda balloon Obama’s CIA director John Brennan released last year. But he has. Hersh has been quoted as saying that the collusion claim is a product of "disinformation" "a Brennan operation," as he puts it.

Hersh says that Trump is not the villain but the victim in this story, and that the press has served as a shameful stenographer for Brennan to smear Trump. It has shown no skepticism toward any of his claims or the supposedly nonpartisan reports his cronies and political hacks assembled after the election. Hersh calls Brennan an "asshole" and a "buffoon."

Indeed, it tells you all you need to know about the rottenness of the ruling class that such an open fraud could rise so high in Washington. Brennan, owing to his treasonous support for the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War (he voted for Gus Hall and supported the Soviet-controlled American Communist Party in the 1970s), should not have been allowed within a hundred-mile radius of Langley. Instead, he was hired and rose to the top of the CIA.

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Israel's wall

Israel is to accelerate the building of a huge barrier along its boundary with Gaza aimed at preventing militants from tunnelling under the border.

The 64km (40-mile) long construction will reach a depth of 40m (131ft) below and 6m above ground, at a cost of 3bn shekels ($833m).

An Israeli army commander said the barrier should be completed in 2019.

Israel has sought to neutralise the threat of cross-border tunnels since its war with militants in Gaza in 2014.

During 50 days of fighting, militants from Gaza’s ruling Hamas faction used tunnels to infiltrate Israeli territory on four occasions, killing 12 soldiers.

Israeli troops destroyed more than 30 tunnels and have found two since the end of the war.

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Walls are gaining popularity

It seems as if the world is taking some lessons from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Donald Trump (R).

Under Netanyahu, Israel has built miles of a security barrier separating it from the terrorist-dominated Gaza Strip, which has greatly reduced terrorist infiltration from the Hamas-dominated area (officially ruled Palestinian [sic] Authority). And of course, one of the main themes of the successful Trump candidacy was his promise to construct a long wall separating the US and Mexico to prevent illegal aliens (not "undocumented immigrants") and drug smugglers from entering this country.

And advocates of both barriers have been condemned as racists and bigots for merely protecting their citizens, often by the same people who double lock their own doors, have elaborate security systems and . . . well, yes, even a wall surrounding their property. (Yes, former president Barack Hussein Obama (D), I'm talking about you. And you too, "no barriers, no walls" singer Katy Perry.)

And now Turkey has announced it is building a wall along its border with Iran to stop Kurdish separatists from entering. The Kurds, a religious and ethnic minority in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, want their own state but those same countries who endorse a phony Palestinian state will not allow a Kurdish state.

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U.S. workers sue, and win

Justice Department announced today that Barrios Street Realty LLC, a company based in Lockport, Louisiana, has paid approximately $108,000 to 12 U.S. workers pursuant to a settlement with the department. The payments are part of a March 2016 settlement that resolved claims that Barrios discriminated against U.S. workers in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

In its investigation leading up to the settlement, the department determined that from 2014 through 2015, the company and its agent, Jorge Arturo Guerrero Rodriguez, failed to consider or improperly rejected U.S. workers who applied for positions as sheet metal roofers or laborers, and then sought to fill the vacancies with foreign workers under the H-2B visa program. According to the department, the company’s petition for foreign workers falsely claimed that it could not find qualified U.S. workers. Refusing to consider or hire qualified U.S. workers because of their citizenship violates the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.

The settlement required Barrios to pay $30,000 in civil penalties and up to $115,000 in back pay to compensate U.S. workers who were denied employment because of the company’s reliance on H-2B visa workers. After entering the settlement, the department determined that 12 U.S. workers were entitled to receive back pay totaling approximately $108,000, and the company made the final payments to the workers last week.

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Witch hunts

It is now a year since the Democratic National Committee’s mail system was compromiseda year since events in the spring and early summer of 2016 were identified as remote hacks and, in short order, attributed to Russians acting in behalf of Donald Trump. A great edifice has been erected during this time. President Trump, members of his family, and numerous people around him stand accused of various corruptions and extensive collusion with Russians. Half a dozen simultaneous investigations proceed into these matters. Last week news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had convened a grand jury, which issued its first subpoenas on August 3. Allegations of treason are common; prominent political figures and many media cultivate a case for impeachment.

The president’s ability to conduct foreign policy, notably but not only with regard to Russia, is now crippled. Forced into a corner and having no choice, Trump just signed legislation imposing severe new sanctions on Russia and European companies working with it on pipeline projects vital to Russia’s energy sector. Striking this close to the core of another nation’s economy is customarily considered an act of war, we must not forget. In retaliation, Moscow has announced that the United States must cut its embassy staff by roughly two-thirds. All sides agree that relations between the United States and Russia are now as fragile as they were during some of the Cold War’s worst moments. To suggest that military conflict between two nuclear powers inches ever closer can no longer be dismissed as hyperbole.

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