Friday, June 22, 2018

McCain helped weaponize the IRS

It has long been suspected; the footprints and fingerprints were always present; McCain repeatedly denied it…. now the evidence surfaces.

For those who remember the issues when the IRS, White House and DOJ organized the post 2010 election "shellacking" targeting of Tea Party groups, the latest discovery from Judicial watch is confirmation of a long-held opinion. John McCain was instrumental in supporting the weaponization of the IRS to target tea party groups.

In the full notes of an April 30, 2013, meeting, McCain’s high-ranking staffer [Henry] Kerner recommends harassing non-profit groups until they are unable to continue operating. Kerner tells Lerner, Steve Miller, then chief of staff to IRS commissioner, Nikole Flax, and other IRS officials, "Maybe the solution is to audit so many that it is financially ruinous." In response, Lerner responded that "it is her job to oversee it all:"

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Thirty Year War on Carbon

This is the 30th anniversary of James Hansen’s testimony to Congress regarding "global warming". It was his testimony that set off the disastrous 30 Year War on Carbon. There have been articles in the press celebrating the anniversary of his testimony and lauding Hansen’s role, but I see nothing to celebrate. It has been a war with lots of casualties, mostly among the poor who can least afford it. It’s a war that has increased my electricity price by 50%. I can afford that … but there are many who can’t. It’s a war that has plunged thousands of people into a new kind of poverty, "fuel poverty". Fuel poverty is where in midwinter, you have to make a choice between heating and eating …

I shudder to think about what that choice must be like.

And sadly, one of the main casualties of this mad war is the reputation of climate science itself. The disreputable actions of far too many activist scientists have blackened the names of every honest climate scientist and indeed of the entire field.

How did we get into this insane fight against a natural component of the atmosphere? Much of it traces back to a very successful underhanded scam pulled off by James Hansen surrounding his Congressional testimony during that summer thirty years ago.

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Code of the Khipus

The Inca Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. Instead of words or pictograms, the Incas used khipus knotted string devices to communicate extraordinarily complex mathematical and narrative information.

But, after more than a century of study, we remain unable to fully crack the code of the khipus. The challenge rests not in a lack of artifacts over 1,000 khipus are known to us today but in their variety and complexity.

We confront tens of thousands of knots tied by different people, for different purposes and in different regions of the empire. Cracking the code amounts to finding a pattern in history's knotted haystack.

Using locally available materials such as camelid fleece and cotton, the khipukamayuqs (Quechua for 'knot-makers/animators') encoded administrative data such as census figures and tax allocation in the twisted strings of these ancient spreadsheets.

The Inca bureaucrats used these data to keep tabs on the largest empire in the pre-Columbian Americas. We have known for about a century that the accounting khipus follow a base-10 knot scheme (imagine an abacus made out of string).

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Majority of Indians are racist

EFF leader Julius Malema has once again angered the Indian community by saying that the majority of Indians are racist.

According to eNCA, Malema was addressing a Youth Day event at Matlosana Stadium in Klerksdorp in the North West when he said: "We were not all oppressed the same. Indians had all sorts of resources Africans didn't have, coloureds as well. The majority of Indians are racist. I'm not saying all, I'm saying [a] majority.

"They deliberately distort what we say. I'm telling all those Indian journalists that organised a mob against us - we are not scared. You will fail. We are not made by the media - we are made by the masses of our people."

He also defended EFF chief whip in Parliament, Floyd Shivambu, for his attack on Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat. Shivambu sparked outrage when he accused the seasoned mathematician of undermining Africans at National Treasury and of being part of an Indian "cabal" in the apartheid years, which worked to undermine the Mass Democratic Movement.

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Detaining children in Canada

…Canada has also detained migrant children and in some cases, has restricted access to their asylum-seeking parents despite its stated policy to do whatever possible to avoid it.

Last year, 151 minors were detained with their parents in Canadian immigration holding centres.

Eleven others were held in custody unaccompanied by an adult, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. The CBSA would not speculate on the circumstances surrounding why a minor was unaccompanied. […]

The Canadian holding centres, which are off limits to the public, resemble medium-security prisons. They are surrounded by razor-wire fences and kept under surveillance by guards.

There are three such facilities across Canada, in Vancouver, Toronto, and Laval, Que. In some provinces, asylum seekers are detained in prisons.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Huber is working with IG Horowitz

Professor Jonathan Turley, a top national legal expert on government investigations, commented on Thursday about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to bring in U.S. Attorney John Huber. Turley called it "brilliant" to combine all the powers of the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general with a prosecutor who can bring charges, seek indictments, and get results for President Trump far more quickly than a second special counsel.

Turley is a law professor at George Washington University, who attained national fame during the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton as a top legal authority on special counsels and congressional investigations of government wrongdoing, including criminal wrongdoing. His reputation has only grown during the intervening 20 years, as he has weighed in on scandals and investigations of public officials from both political parties.

Sessions sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), informing them that Huber is conducting a full-fledged criminal investigation into all the matters Republicans are calling for a special counsel to investigate. Huber has been investigating these possible crimes for five months, since November 13, 2017.

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The vision held by many blacks is entirely wrong

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: "Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder that it is still alive and more insidious than ever. We hold race up to shield us from what we do not want to see in ourselves."

Dr. John McWhorter, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, lamented that "victimology, separatism, and anti-intellectualism underlie the general black community’s response to all race-related issues," adding that "these three thought patterns impede black advancement much more than racism; and dysfunctional inner cities, corporate glass ceilings, and black educational underachievement will persist until such thinking disappears."

In the 1990s, Harvard professor Orlando Patterson wrote, "America, while still flawed in its race relations … is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; (and) offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa."

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Racism in Northern Ireland

Racism is a "huge problem" in Northern Ireland, Amnesty International has said.

The human rights charity has called on the government to act following the results of a new Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey.

It comes just six months after PSNI statistics revealed how almost three people from ethnic minorities are attacked in some way, every day.

More than half of those surveyed admitted they would have a problem with a Muslim or Irish traveller marrying into their family and a quarter would not willingly accept an ethnic minority co-worker.

While 47% said they think there is more racial prejudice than five years ago.

"This scale of racial prejudice in 2018 should shock us to our core," said Patrick Corrigan, Northern Ireland Programme Director for Amnesty International.

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Anti-profiling is killing black pedestrians

From time to time, the media tell the truth about issues that have a racial edge, usually by accident. Such was the case in February of this year, when a local TV news crew visited a largely black St. Louis neighborhood to follow up on a hit-and-run incident.

A speeding car had struck two ten-year-old boys and kept on going. Local people were outraged. School principal Stella Erondu told the reporter, "It’s just like the wild, wild west. Anyone can do whatever, drive however they want on these streets." Other neighbors echoed her comments.

The reporter on the scene had no reason to doubt the neighbors. While he was there monitoring the intersection in question, an estimated 50 percent of the drivers blew right through the stop sign.

Back at the studio, the news anchor expressed shock at the "blatant disregard for children, the laws, everything in this neighborhood." He called the situation "unbelievable." It may have been unbelievable in the anchor’s neighborhood, but in urban St. Louis, reckless driving is something of a norm.

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Muslim students

Swedish teachers are concerned over Muslim students’ open hostility to non-Muslims allegedly learned from their extracurricular Koran studies.

Kent Karlsson, a teacher at a school with students from grades three to six in Borlänge, said Muslim students wouldn’t listen to him because he was white or a non-Muslim.

"... Students question teachers who do not have [a] Muslim background by saying, ‘I do not listen to you because you are white’ or ‘You are not Muslim, why should I listen to you?’" He said. "This occurs in all age groups, from six-year-olds to thirteen-year-olds."

"It worries me if some of the children in the Koran school interprets that it is only Muslim men and women to listen to."

The additional course-load is reportedly taking a toll on the young students’ performance as Koran studies can be three to five days a week after normal school hours.

Other teachers who wished to remain anonymous said the Muslim students are not doing their homework or even passing because of the workload learning Islamic scriptures requires.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

All those critics support abortion though

The pundit class have officially snapped over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance border enforcement policy. Since Friday, the collective breakdown has yielded a total of 22 instances in which cable news commentators compared the separation of parents and children illegally entering the country to World War II-era war crimes and human rights violations.

The Holocaust was invoked 12 times across CNN and MSNBC between June 15 and the 18th, generally in the form of comparisons between DHS detention centers and Nazi concentration camps. There were also six mentions of Japanese-American internment camps, as well as four comparisons to slavery.

On Friday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough opened Morning Joe with a tasteless Holocaust reference. "Children are being marched away to showers," he intoned, "just like the Nazis said they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back. You’d think they would use another trick."

Over the weekend, CNN political commentator Dave Jacobson threw a miniature tantrum over the policy. On Saturday’s CNN Newsroom during the 10 a.m. hour, he opined, "Donald Trump increasingly looks like Hitler in Nazi Germany." The following day, he appeared again on Newsroom in the afternoon to embellish on his already hysterical take: "Increasingly, Donald Trump is turning this nation into Nazi Germany and turning these [detention centers] into concentration camps."

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Quote of the day

Bella Dodd, a Catholic-turned-Communist, later recanted, saying, "In the thirties, we put 1,100 men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church." She told of a national Communist convention held in 1944 in Madison Square Garden. "I attended a private dinner where Alexander Trachtenberg, a known socialist, got up and said, 'When we get ready to take the U.S. we will not take it under the label of communism. We will not take it under the label of socialism. These labels are unpleasant to the American people and have been spared too much. We will take the United States under labels we have made very lovable. We'll take it under Liberalism, under Progressivism, under Democracy. But take it we will!'"...

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Britain's pretend Navy

Britain's six Type 45 destroyers, described as the backbone of the Royal Navy, spent 80 per cent of last year in dock.

The ships, costing £1billion each, need a multi-million pound refit after repeatedly breaking down in the Persian Gulf. But the work is not due to start until 2020.

Two of the cutting-edge warships, HMS Dauntless and HMS Defender, did not go to sea at all during 2017 which had been hailed by officials and ministers as 'the year of the Navy'.

All six warships, which entered service from 2008, were made with an engine system which cuts out in warm seas, leaving sailors stranded for hours in total darkness.

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U.S. Press loved fascism in Italy and Germany prior to WWII

How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, racism and the encouragement of violence? Does the press take the position that its subject acts outside the norms of society? Or does it take the position that someone who wins a fair election is by definition "normal," because his leadership reflects the will of the people?

These are the questions that confronted the U.S. press after the ascendance of fascist leaders in Italy and Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.

Benito Mussolini secured Italy’s premiership by marching on Rome with 30,000 blackshirts in 1922. By 1925 he had declared himself leader for life. While this hardly reflected American values, Mussolini was a darling of the American press, appearing in at least 150 articles from 1925-1932, most neutral, bemused or positive in tone.

The Saturday Evening Post even serialized Il Duce’s autobiography in 1928. Acknowledging that the new "Fascisti movement" was a bit "rough in its methods," papers ranging from the New York Tribune to the Cleveland Plain Dealer to the Chicago Tribune credited it with saving Italy from the far left and revitalizing its economy. From their perspective, the post-WWI surge of anti-capitalism in Europe was a vastly worse threat than Fascism.

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Coping with migrants

It has been said a nation can have either welfare or open borders -- but not both -- in the same way one can have a cool air-conditioned room in a blazing desert or an open door -- but not both. It is the inequality between the outside and inside temperatures that the door is intended to preserve.

The problem of keeping the room cool while leaving the door open is now consuming Angela Merkel's European Union as the refugee problem grows in political size. Can the EU have no internal borders if it lacks an external one? If there's no way of keeping benefits in, what is the meaning of out?

That in a nutshell is the problem posed by the 21st century European migrant crisis where millions, mostly "from Muslim-majority countries of regions south and east of Europe, including Western Asia, South Asia and Africa," have streamed into the continent. They predominantly enter through nations bordering on the Mediterranean and Turkey yet disproportionately settle in the Northern European high-wage areas of the continent. The resulting disruptions have fueled a succession of local rebellions from countries disproportionately affected by the inrushing tide. Each straining member country is demanding at least a partial return of control over their internal border in order to cope.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

So which state has the most psychos?

Sometimes, it can feel like there are psychopaths everywhere. If you live in the United States, it’s now possible to move to less psychopathic environs, thanks to new research ranking 48 contiguous states by psychopathy.

Connecticut wins the dubious award of most psychopathic state in the US, followed by California in second, and New Jersey third. New York and Wyoming tie for joint fourth place, followed by Maine. The least psychopathic state is West Virginia, followed by Vermont, Tennessee, North Carolina, and New Mexico.

The psychopathy evaluation for each state is an estimate, notes Ryan Murphy, professor at Southern Methodist University and author of the study, published on Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The calculation is based in part on previous research that established the levels of big five personality traits (extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience) in each state.

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Low rates of solving crimes in the UK

Less than one in 20 street robberies and burglaries are being solved in the UK, shocking new figures have revealed.

Official police data shows that just four per cent of robberies and three per cent of burglaries were solved in England and Wales in 2017.

The figures will fuel concerns that there is a crisis in the nation's policing, with one MP describing London as 'the Wild West'.

In more than 1,000 neighbourhoods with at least 30 crimes, the police failed to catch and punish any of the suspects, The Sunday Times report.

Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, south Buckinghamshire, south Cambridgeshire, Blackpool and Preston had the lowest rates of solved crime, according to figures.

Meanwhile the most crimes, 26 per cent, were solved in Uttlesford in Essex last year, followed by Boston, Merthyr Tydfil, Darlington and County Durham.

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Some FBI agents became whistleblowers

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) revealed that in late September 2016, "Good FBI agents" stepped forward as whistleblowers to tell them about additional Hillary Clinton emails "sitting" on Anthony Weiner's laptop.

"I've never actually said this before," said Nunes. "We had whistleblowers that came to us in late September of 2016 who talked to us about this laptop sitting up in New York that had additional emails on it."

In other words, the New York FBI "rebelled" - as Rudy Giuliani puts it - which former FBI Director James Comey tried to quash, twice.

The FBI sat on the revelation that previously unknown emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server were recovered on the laptop of sex-crimes convict Anthony Weiner for just under a month, according to a review by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General.

The stated rationale was to prioritize the Russia investigation, which was a decision made by Peter Strzok, a top FBI agent involved in both investigations and who texted his lover that he would "stop" Donald Trump from becoming president. -Daily Caller

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More illegal migrants are on the way

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has warned that another "high tide" of mass migration is approaching, and that financial speculators like George Soros hope to profit from the "ruination of Europe" via that mass migration.

In a Kossuth Radio discussion on the growing flood of illegal migrants into Balkan countries just outside the European Union Bosnia has seen arrivals surge by 600 to 700 per cent in recent months Prime Minister Orbán warned Europe was "seeing signs of a new migration wave, of a rising tide following a low tide; it’s rising now, and this poses a challenge."

"We’ve managed to ensure that now every migrant knows that they shouldn’t follow the path marked by the signpost pointing to Hungary," he said, referring to the robust border wall he built at the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, and the anti-illegal immigration ‘Stop Soros’ legislative package currently passing through the Hungarian parliament.

Tens of thousands of migrants are simply rerouting around Hungary to reach the generous welfare states of Western and Northern Europe, however with the new Orbán-aligned populist coalition in Austria warning that it may seal its southern border with Slovenia as a result. Bosnia, in turn, warns that they will respond by sealing their southern borders with Serbia and Montenegro, to forestall a situation where migrants travelling north through their territory en route to Austria become bottled up after their path is blocked.

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Google's employees

Google's employee attrition rates are highest for black and Hispanic employees.

That's according to the company's annual diversity report, released this week. For the first time, the report included data around employee attrition to gauge retention of certain cohorts of employees.

According to the report, Google's difficulty in retaining black Google employees has offset some of its hiring gains and led to smaller increases in representation than if it had been able to keep employees already at the company.

"Attrition rates in 2017 were highest for Black Googlers followed by Latinx Googlers, and lowest for Asian Googlers," the report said. "Black Googler attrition rates, while improving in recent years, have offset some of our hiring gains, which has led to smaller increases in representation than we would have seen otherwise."

Google's black and Hispanic employees make up 2.5% and 3.6% of US employees, according to the report.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Hall of mirrors

The professionally written and admirably researched IG report is in some sense a hall of mirrors, with all sorts of reflections that are contorted and warped, and into which all parties claim to see reality.

Often the euphemistic conclusions are not supported by the data produced. The only constant to Obama-era FBI and DOJ behavior is the universal assumption that Hillary Clinton would be president, and what might be assumed as improper or illegal conduct in the present, would likely in the future be excused or rewarded.

On the question of "bias," the report exhaustively catalogues communications in which government investigators and attorneys systematically deprecate Trump, and the Trump voter, and in explicit terms boast about stopping him.

Apparently the IG can conclude that there is not actionable bias (although at times admitting he could not rule it out), because he did not find something such as "documentary" memos or texts outlining explicit behaviors, or some fantasy such as an admission that "the Trump voter is a POS who smells and therefore that fact is going to unprofessionally guide my investigations" as if bias and prejudice are ever in professional life so clumsily documented in a formal, self-incriminating manner.

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No chickens allowed

A Russian politician has told Nigeria soccer fans they cannot take live chickens to 2018 FIFA World Cup matches.

The chickens are seen as lucky mascots but the government has slapped a ban on taking them into games ahead of Nigeria’s opening World Cup match against Croatia on Saturday.

Andrei Ermak, minister of culture in Kaliningrad, told Russia’s Interfax news agency that "fans from Nigeria asked if it’s possible to go to the stadium with a chicken, it’s their symbol, [and they take] them to matches. We told them it is impossible."

Nigeria supporters may be allowed to take their chickens to areas away from the Kaliningrad Stadium, providing they do not try to take them into the ground.

"We will, of course, advise them where the chicken can be [taken]," Ermak said. "We are ready to satisfy the most eccentric inquiries."

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Academic fraud

The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.

The study took paid participants and assigned them to be "inmates" or "guards" in a mock prison at Stanford University. Soon after the experiment began, the "guards" began mistreating the "prisoners," implying evil is brought out by circumstance. The authors, in their conclusions, suggested innocent people, thrown into a situation where they have power over others, will begin to abuse that power. And people who are put into a situation where they are powerless will be driven to submission, even madness.

The Stanford Prison Experiment has been included in many, many introductory psychology textbooks and is often cited uncritically. It’s the subject of movies, documentaries, books, television shows, and congressional testimony.

But its findings were wrong. Very wrong. And not just due to its questionable ethics or lack of concrete data but because of deceit.

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Lee Trevino, Texas legend

Lee Trevino is a Texas legend. He was known as the "Merry Mex" and "Supermex". He was the chief competitor to Jack Nicklaus back in the 70's and 80's. His sense of humor is legendary.

Throughout his career, Trevino was seen as approachable and humorous, and was frequently quoted by the press. Late in his career, he remarked, "I played the tour in 1967 and told jokes and nobody laughed. Then I won the Open the next year, told the same jokes, and everybody laughed like hell." At the beginning of their 1971 playoff for the U.S. Open, he threw a rubber snake at Jack Nicklaus. In his early career, much attention was given by the press to a plastic "BandAid" he wore on his forearm to cover a tattoo of the name of his ex-wife. He has since had this tattoo removed by a plastic surgeon using a laser technique.

After he was struck by lightning at the 1975 Western Open, Trevino was asked by a reporter what he would do if he were out on the course and it began to storm again. Trevino answered he would take out his 1 iron and point it to the sky, "because not even God can hit the 1 iron."

Trevino has also said: "I've been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years. I've traveled the world and been about everywhere you can imagine. There's not anything I'm scared of except my wife."

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General Pershing and Chinese refugees

A Southern Pacific special pulled into the San Antonio train station on Jun. 15, 1917, and more than 400 Chinese nationals poured onto the platform to take a peek at their new home.

The American Punitive Expedition failed to find Pancho Villa, but the footsore soldiers did not come back from Mexico empty-handed. Although the March 1916 attack on Columbus, New Mexico went unavenged, Gen. John J. Pershing had nearly 3,000 refugees to show for his time and trouble.

Once the Army escorted them safely across the border, the Americans and Mexicans that made up the vast majority of exiles at least had someplace to go. Not so for 427 Chinese, who under U.S. law were about as welcome as the plague.

To stem the tide of Oriental immigration, Congress took the drastic step in 1882 of slashing to zero the quota for Chinese. The ban became permanent 20 years later.

In spite of this prohibition, Gen. Pershing refused to leave the helpless pariahs behind in Mexico, where their lives were in serious jeopardy, and insisted upon humanitarian grounds that they be allowed to enter the country. Immigration authorities reluctantly agreed to provide sanctuary but only until the danger passed down south.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Odds and ends

True or False?....Islam is so thoroughly evil that it can't be presented in its true, ugly form to the West. Muslims must sugarcoat it to the point where a sex-slave-owning, genocidal, pedophile is presented as a totally super cool progressive dude.

The point of life is for old men to plant trees in whose shade they will never stand.

Poll....71% of voters say economy has improved under Trump.

Headline....Canada is looking to crack down on illegal immigration at its southern border.

HBO host Bill Maher is "hoping for" an economic collapse because that is the only way the president's opponents can "get rid of Trump."

More than two years after the allegation of Russian hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election was first made, conclusive proof is still lacking and may never be produced...

Headline....Turkey condemns Austria's "racist" move to close 7 mosques - weeks after Turkey seized all Christian churches in historic city.

George Soros....complaining about Trump, "everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong" and "Trump is willing to destroy the world."

Forty years ago, Intel released the 8086 processor, introducing the x86 architecture that underlies every PCWindows, Mac, or Linuxproduced today.

The following is an attempt to begin compiling a more complete list of individuals with possible involvement or affiliation in Trump Surveillance, Steele Dossier and/or the Russia Narrative.

There have been at least 65 reported stabbings in London this year - with 22 knife-related deaths in March meaning London's murder rate surpassed New York's.

Prior to the 2016 election few people understood that DC politicians don’t actually write legislation, lobbyists do. Politicians don’t write laws, their role is to sell legislation created by lobbyist groups. That is the modern legislative model; that’s how it really works.

Every second, millions of emails, clicks, and searches happen via the world wide web with such fluidity that the internet seems almost omnipresent. As such, people often mistakenly assume that internet traffic happens by air our mobile devices, after all, aren't wired to anything.

Boris Johnson...."I am increasingly admiring Donald Trump. There's method in his madness."

According to Swedish police, 62% of all crime in Stockholm is now committed within a 500 meter radius of a subway station.

Dennis Rodman...."Obama didn't give me the time of day."

Alec Baldwin on running for president...."If I ran, I would win. I would absolutely win. I one thousand percent would win." (dream on, fool)

Is De Niro thinking about running for office when he bashes Trump? Does he see himself as a presidential candidate? (dream on, fool)

Trump refers to De Niro as "Punchy" as in punch-drunk.

Tesla is cutting 9% of its workforce because of a cash crunch.

While protestors in Venezuela are marching in the streets resisting socialism... protestors marching in the streets of the US and Europe are demanding it.

For over a year, the state of Florida did not run FBI background checks on tens of thousands of residents applying for concealed weapons permits starting in February 2016 - because an employee forgot the password to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Newt Gingrich...."Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning."

The year 1896 had record heatwaves around the planet, including one which killed 1,500 people in New York City. Australia’s worst heatwave occurred during January, 1896. Arizona also had their record heatwave that year, with Parker, Az over 120 degrees every day from June 11 to June 17.

SOTOMAYOR The wise Latina is a partisan hack.

Katie Pavlich...."Obama is frustrated that Trump has destroyed his legacy."

Ever notice that there's no muslims in Star Trek movies? That's because it's set in the future.

Mexico registered a record 29,168 homicides in 2017.

Peter Strzok text message...."We'll stop Trump from becoming president."

The administration of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who was sharply critical of President Donald Trump after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico last year, is reportedly being investigated by the FBI for alleged corruption.

Wolf Blitzer...."We are not the enemy of the American people, we love the American people."

Nicole Kidman....Stanley Kubrick said Pedophiles run the world.

Headline....Trump reportedly told Japan's prime minister he'd send him 25 million Mexicans to give him a taste of what the U.S. and Europe are experiencing.

Recently assassinated Mullah Fazlullah led the attack on a Pakistani school which slaughtered nearly 150 innocent children several years ago.

Headline....Elizabeth Warren lives "every day filled with terror" at midterms going Trump's way.

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Coming clean?

Despite misleading headlines, the inspector general's report on the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails shows a powerful law enforcement agency hobbled by bias and dishonesty. The press has seized on the IG's statement that he "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative decisions we reviewed." But that is simply Inspector Generalese for, "No one confessed or left a paper trail."

In fact, several agents expressed a toxic hatred of Donald Trump and even, as one employee texted, a conviction that all Trump supporters were "poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS." The entire investigation seems to have taken place under the assumption that Hillary would not be prosecuted and that investigators were just going through the motions as political kabuki. Even James Comey's "insubordinate" decision to announce his conclusions in July of 2016 was taken to create "a sense of justice more broadly in the countrythat things are fair not fixed." Why would such a sense be needed if it weren't for the fact that, in the words of agents' texts, the whole investigation was clearly "a lot of work and bulls**t for a political exercise," and "no one at DOJ is going to prosecute." Even leaving pure political bias aside, the agents apparently knew that Hillary was going to win and felt it was best not to antagonize her by investigating too hard. As senior FBI official Lisa Page texted, "She might be our next president. The last thing you need [is] us going in there loaded for bear."

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Republican Party is no longer a political party

For a long time, I’ve made the point that the Republican Party is not really a political party, in the sense that it is a coalition held together by common interests. Instead, it is more like a dumping ground for politicians, who no longer fit in with the Democrats. About a third of Republican office holders would prefer to be huddling with the Democrats, but the voters of their home district or state have decided the Democrats are too crazy, so ambitious politicians run as Republicans. The result is a party held together by convenience.

You see that with the immigration disaster brewing in the House. As it stands the GOP could simply do nothing on immigration and ride the wave of popular support into the election. That would be the smart thing. Instead, they are trying to pass an immigration bill, that has no chance of making it through the Senate. Now, this could be good politics, if it is popular with their voters. Instead, they are about to pass a bill highly unpopular with their voters and sure to remind Trump supporters why they hate the GOP.

A leaked draft of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) amnesty deal could lead to the "biggest" amnesty for illegal aliens in United States history, experts tell Breitbart News. Ryan’s immigration deal would go beyond giving amnesty to only the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens who are enrolled in the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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Albert Einstein, racist

The publication of Albert Einstein’s private diaries detailing his tour of Asia in the 1920s reveals the theoretical physicist and humanitarian icon’s racist attitudes to the people he met on his travels, particularly the Chinese.

Written between October 1922 and March 1923, the diaries see the scientist musing on his travels, science, philosophy and art. In China, the man who famously once described racism as "a disease of white people" describes the "industrious, filthy, obtuse people" he observes. He notes how the "Chinese don’t sit on benches while eating but squat like Europeans do when they relieve themselves out in the leafy woods. All this occurs quietly and demurely. Even the children are spiritless and look obtuse." After earlier writing of the "abundance of offspring" and the "fecundity" of the Chinese, he goes on to say: "It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races. For the likes of us the mere thought is unspeakably dreary."

Ze’ev Rosenkranz, senior editor and assistant director of the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology, said: "I think a lot of comments strike us as pretty unpleasant what he says about the Chinese in particular.

"They’re kind of in contrast to the public image of the great humanitarian icon. I think it’s quite a shock to read those and contrast them with his more public statements. They’re more off guard, he didn’t intend them for publication."

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Jordan Peterson

Vox recently invited Kate Manne, a professor of philosophy at Cornell University, to critique Jordan Peterson, the Canadian psychologist whose meteoric rise to fame and unflinching criticism of political correctness has launched a thousand takes, at Reason and elsewhere.

Manne raises some interesting points. Unfortunately, she also commits a glaring errorone that is more obviously wrong than anything she identifies in Peterson's work. Asked to identify the biggest mistake ("moral, philosophical, or otherwise") in Peterson's bestselling book 12 Rules for Life, Manne points to Peterson's analysis of "mass shootings in general, and school shootings in particular," which he says are caused by a kind of social angst, or "crisis of being."

I don't find Peterson's explanation particularly convincing, though existential angst is a broad enough diagnosis that I suppose it could be correct in some fairly useless and non-falsifiable sense. But while Peterson might be wrong about what causes mass shootings, Manne is certainly mistaken about who commits them. By blaming this angst, she writes, Peterson "takes on a huge burden of explaining why white women, people of color, nonbinary folks, and so on, almost never act on our existential angst and despair in this way. Because, as you know, the vast majority of school shooters have been white men."

Yes, most mass killers are whitebut white people represent three-quarters of the U.S. population. If anything, mass killers are disproportionately non-white. According to Slate's Daniel Engber, who parsed Mother Jones's mass shooting database earlier this year, about 56 percent of mass shooters are white....

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Illegals on welfare

More than half of all non-citizen children and teens in the United States are receiving taxpayer-funded welfare, mostly Medicaid, while nearly half of all non-citizen adults legally in the country are on welfare, according to a new report.

In a just-released study of welfare use by U.S. born Americans, naturalized citizens and non-citizen aliens, the Migration Policy Institute found that of the 22 million non-citizens in the country, 10.3 million are on at least one welfare program.

The report said that 54.2 percent of children and teens up to age 17 receive at least one of four major public welfare benefits while its 46.3 percent for those aged 18-54 and 47.8 for older aliens.

By comparison, 32 percent of the U.S. born population of 270 million receive some welfare. Of those, 45.8 percent are children and teens, 30 percent are aged 18-54 and 22.5 percent are age 55 and older.

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Legal kidnapping

America has a dark secret that no one wants to admit. Talk of this secret will get you labelled as a conspiracy theorist, fake news, and outlets who report on it will have their organic reach throttled by social media and Google alike. Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many in the mainstream media and the government refuse to see this very real epidemic of child sex trafficking in the United States. What’s more, according to the government’s own data, the vast majority of a portion of these trafficked kids are coming from the country’s own foster care system.

Children are being needlessly ripped from homes at such an alarming rate that hundreds of parents in one state have gone so far as to create a counter-kidnapping organization to stop it.

As TFTP reported last week, a parents’ rights organization filed a letter in federal court last Tuesday asking a federal judge strike down Minnesota’s current child protection laws for being too expansive and removing children from loving and safe homes without due process.

"Families are being abused, and in some cases, destroyed, as a result of laws that are inappropriate," said Dwight Mitchell, the lead plaintiff in the case and founder of the parents’ association. "This is legal kidnapping."

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California divided


Friday, June 15, 2018

It really is so much worse

However bad you thought it was, it really is so much worse.

However rotten and ungovernable you thought the federal swamp was, it really is so much worse.

Indeed, it will take a hundred Donald Trumps to carve out all the cancer riddling this federal government.

Behold, Rod Rosenstein, the very face of the swamp Leviathan.

Geeky and bespectacled, he is the cancer that even America’s Founders could not imagine when they crafted a set of checks and balances designed to temper even the most monstrous of human nature.

Mr. Rosenstein, one of the most powerful men in the Department of Justice, threatened to investigate members of Congress and their staff if Congress continued to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to oversee the increasingly rogue federal department.

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At least for now

Julius Malema says he has not called for the murder of white people, "at least for now."

In an interview with TRT World, published on Monday, Malema said he could not guarantee what would happen in the future, and warned that a revolution would happen if things continued as they are now.

"I’m saying to you, we’ve not called for the killing of white people, at least for now. I can’t guarantee the future."

Asked by the presenter if he understood that to some this might sound like a "genocidal call", Malema responded, "Cry babies, cry babies!"

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Education in the UK being disputed

The head of the UK’s largest teaching union has warned that plans to move towards a ‘knowledge-based’ curriculum risks "hurtling" England into the past.

Dismissing plans for a traditional, academic curriculum as outdated, National Education Union (NEU) joint general secretary Mary Bousted argued the importance of including "identity"-focused figures to inspire people from minority groups.

Delivering a speech at Bryanston Education Summit, she said: "As an English teacher, I have no problem with Shakespeare, with Pope, with Dryden, with Shelley.

"But I knew in a school where there are 38 first languages taught other than English that I had to have Afro-Caribbean writers in that curriculum, I had to have Indian writers, I had to have Chinese writers to enable pupils to foreshadow their lives in the curriculum."

According to Bousted, whose union represents more than 500,000 education workers, teachers should be focused on developing skills like "resilience" in pupils rather than engaging them with great works of literature, because the literary canon is conservative and too white.

"If a powerful knowledge curriculum means recreating the best that has been thought by dead, white men then I’m not very interested in it," the Times Educational Supplement reported her saying.

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Quote of the day

Matt Walsh....

"We live in an empty culture. We have fled from God, from meaning, from purpose, and the suicide epidemic is a direct result. People are wallowing in despair, believing that there is no transcendent truth or beauty to be found in life."

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Norway''s IQ scores are dropping

A pair of researchers with the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Norway has found that IQ test scores have been slowly dropping over the past several decades. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Bernt Bratsberg and Ole Rogeberg describe their study and the results they found. They also offer some possible explanations for their findings.

Prior studies have shown that people grew smarter over the first part of last century, as measured by the intelligence quotienta trend that was dubbed the Flynn effect. {snip} But, now, according to the researchers in Norway, that trend has ended. Instead of getting smarter, humans have started getting dumber.

The study by the team consisted of analyzing IQ test results from young men entering Norway’s national service (compulsory military duty) during the years 1970 to 2009. In all, 730,000 test results were accounted for. In studying the data, the researchers found that scores declined by an average of seven points per generation, a clear reversal of test results going back approximately 70 years.

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Turkey not happy with Austria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday strongly criticised Austria’s move to close mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams, slamming the decision as anti-Islamic and promising a response.

"These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

The crescent is a symbol associated with Islam.

His comments came the day after the Austrian government announced it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and would shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on "political Islam", triggering fury in Ankara.

Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), the junior partner in Austria’s coalition government said the move concerned imams with alleged links to the Turkish-Islamic Cultural Associations (ATIB) organisation, a branch of Turkey’s religious affairs agency Diyanet.

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