Monday, October 31, 2016

LGBT can be bullies too

One of the core beliefs of the movement for LGBT equality has always been that anti-gay bullying, especially of young people, must end. And yet, in recent days, thousands of online comments and threats from LGBT people have been directed against two young gay men who expressed their opinions about the current presidential race.

At a Donald Trump rally in Cincinnati on October 13, Wall Street Journal video reporter and senior producer Jason Bellini interviewed a gay couple who are both supporters of the GOP candidate. Although Bellini initially did not name them, a gay activist later "outed" the duo as 31-year-old Dewey Lainhart and his 22-year-old fiance, Cody Moore. When asked if they were comfortable being affectionate at the rally, Lainhart replied, "Yeah. Ain’t nobody saying nuthin’ about us" and "I have a lot of gay friends who support Trump."

Lainhart said he works in the steel industry, and is "tired of the bullsh*t government. Time for a change. Trump’s the man for it." Moore added he believes Trump "would bring more jobs to the country."

That was essentially the entire substance of the interview, which has provoked an astonishing backlash. Hundreds of thousands of online views have led to thousands of comments, most of them furious with Lainhart and Moore, who have been ridiculed as "hillbilly morons" and "rednecks."

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Quote of the day


Getting elected is sometimes only half the battle

Arguably the first documented U.S. election recount in which the candidate verified as elected by the board of elections did not ultimately take office was that of my grandfather, Christopher Del Sesto, in his race for governor of Rhode Island 60 years ago.

Not for nothing did Rhode Island earn the nickname Rogue Island as a nascent colony. The state is famous for being home to crooked politics and a one-way street called Friendship. Now, during one of the nation’s ugliest presidential elections, maybe the littlest state in the union can serve as a cautionary tale: Getting elected is only half the battle.

After Rhode Island’s 1956 election, the New York Times devoted its Dec. 17, 1956, Man In The News column to the Rhode Island’s new Republican governor, Chris Del Sesto, writing that he was a "newcomer to politics, but he’s an old-timer in political administration." By the next afternoon, Providence’s Evening Bulletin headline read: "Democrats Open Legal Attack." Two weeks later, in a scenario that can only be described as Runyonesque, the former governor refused to relinquish his job.

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Mexico's immigration laws

Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:

Foreigners are admitted into Mexico "according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress." (Article 32)


Immigration officials must "ensure" that "immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance" and for their dependents. (Article 34)


Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets "the equilibrium of the national demographics," when foreigners are deemed detrimental to "economic or national interests," when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when "they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy." (Article 37)


The Secretary of Governance may "suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest." (Article 38)


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Birthrates in the U.S.

Moms in the United States illegally gave birth to 275,000 babies in 2014, enough birthright U.S. citizens to fill a city the size of Orlando, Florida, according to an analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

The data showed that newborns to illegals accounted for 7 percent of all births in 2014, according to the analysis from the Pew Research Center.

"In 2014, about 275,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in the U.S., accounting for about 7 percent of all U.S. births, and 32 percent of all U.S. births to foreign-born mothers," said Pew's newly released report.

The report reviews births to unmarried foreign-born and American born women. Those who are foreign born, including illegals, are seeing their birthrate drop, though it is still making up for the decline in births by American women.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Odds and ends

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex) denounced "Wikipedia" for leaking Hillary emails. Haha. She is as dumb as a box of rocks.

"During a 1997 visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, Jackson Lee, who was then serving on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees U.S. space policy, asked a guide whether the Mars Pathfinder would be able to show an image of "the flag the astronauts planted there before." When it was subsequently pointed out that the flag to which she was referring was in fact the one that Neil Armstrong had planted on the Moonnot Marsin 1969, Jackson Lee complained that she was being mocked by bigots. "You thought you could have fun with a black woman member of the Science Committee," her then-chief-of-staff wrote angrily in a letter to the editor."

Headline....Americans Are More Afraid of Clowns than Climate Change

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics....33% of jailbirds are White; 37% are Blacks and 22% are Hispanics.

Hillary...."the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment. And I am going to make that case every chance I get."

If God does not exist, everything is permissible. --Fyodor Dostoevsky

Video Headline....Watch One Woman's Plea to Alien Lizard People to Leave Her Alone

Texas jewelry store...."Shotgun wedding sale, buy a ring and get free gun"

Headline....Colin Powell says he will vote for woman who blamed her email screw up on him

Parents in the German town of Rendsburg were fined 300 Euros for refusing permission for their 13-year old son to participate in a school field trip to a mosque.

Headline of the day....To Protest Racism, UC-Berkeley Students Block White People From Using Campus Entrance

Cities across the U.S. are in a flux. When whites leave it's called white flight. But when they move into distressed neighborhoods it is disparaged by calling it gentrification.

84% of Russians approve of President Putin's job performance, according to a recent poll.

Football culture....The Wall Street Journal reports that Baylor University in Waco, Texas has had 17 women accuse 19 football players of sexual or domestic assault during the past 5 years.

Obama's economy....Thirty-five thousand New York Teamsters Union members may have to sacrifice a portion of their retirement income to bail out their pension fund.
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Chinese spies are good (or someone's helping them)

Chinese spies repeatedly infiltrated U.S. national security agencies, including official email accounts, and stole U.S. secrets on Pentagon war plans for a future conflict with China, according to a forthcoming congressional commission report.

"The United States faces a large and growing threat to its national security from Chinese intelligence collection operations," states the late draft report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

"Among the most serious threats are China’s efforts at cyber and human infiltration of U.S. national security entities."

Chinese intelligence activities have "risen significantly" in the past 15 years and are conducted through several spy services, including the Ministry of State Security (MSS), the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and Communist Party military organizations such as the PLA General Political Department and the Party’s United Front Work Department.

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Austin Liberals don't like gentrification

More than a dozen people participated in a heated protest against gentrification outside an East Austin cafe Friday evening, but organizers denied being involved in the vandalism discovered at the business earlier today.

The protest was organized by Defend Our Hoodz, which pointed at Blue Cat Cafe, located at East Cesar Chavez and Navasota streets, as one of many examples of gentrification in the area.

"It's not ours," one protester said of the graffiti. "It came from the community."

The protest was heated at times. At one point, a few of the protesters surrounded and yelled at the cafe's owner, who argued with them while standing outside the cafe.

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Bad schools are unconstitutional

At one Detroit school, just 4 percent of third graders scored proficient on Michigan’s English assessment test. At another, 9.5 percent did. Those students are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed last month that asserts that children have a federal constitutional right to the opportunity to learn to read and write.

Illiteracy is the norm at those "slumlike" schools and others in Michigan’s biggest city, according to the plaintiffs. The facilities are decrepit and unsafe. The first thing some teachers do each morning is clean up rodent feces before their students arrive. In some cases, teachers buy the books and school supplies, even the toilet paper.

Lawyers for the students are arguing, in effect, that Michigan is denying their clients the right to a minimally adequate education, an issue that has been raised over the years in courts in other states under their state constitutions.

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Sheriff Joe might be in trouble

Maricruz Ramirez can’t even vote, but she’s doing everything she can to get others to turn out on Election Day to defeat Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

An illegal immigrant from Mexico, Ms. Ramirez led a group of immigrant rights activists Saturday as they went door to door, hoping to find young or infrequent voters they could entice to turn out, emboldened by the prospect of taking out the Republican lawman who’s been dubbed "America’s Toughest Sheriff."

This could well be the year.

After cruising to election in his first five races, Sheriff Arpaio barely topped 50 percent of the vote in a three-way race in 2012, and Paul Penzonethe Democrat who was part of that three-way race the last timeis leading the sheriff in the latest polling this year. In fact, it’s not even close: An Arizona State University/Arizona Republic poll released last week put Mr. Penzone at 45.9 percent support and Sheriff Arpaio at just 31.1 percent.

Some analysts have questioned that poll’s sampleand the timing. It was taken just as the Justice Department announced it was pursuing criminal contempt charges against the sheriff, accusing him of continuing racial profiling against Hispanics despite a court settlement that ordered him to cease.

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California needs a lot of upgrading

California State Route 99 is the north-south highway that cuts through the great Central Valley. And it has changed little since the mid-1960s.

A half-century ago, when the state population was about 18 million not nearly 40 million as it is today the 99 used to be a high-speed, four-lane marvel. It was a crown jewel in California’s cutting-edge freeway system.

Not now.

The 99 was recently ranked by ValuePenguin (a private consumer research organization) as the deadliest major highway in the nation. Locals who live along its 400-plus miles often go to bed after seeing lurid TV news reports of nocturnal multi-car accidents. Then they wake up to Central Valley radio accounts of morning carnage on the 99.

The 99 is undergoing a $1 billion, multi-decade upgrade to increase its four lanes to six. Promises have been made to build off- and on-ramps in place of haphazard exits and entries from the old days of cross traffic.

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White identity politics

Many political commentators credit Donald Trump’s rise to white voters’ antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities. However, we believe this focus on racial resentment obscures another important aspect of racial thinking.

In a study of white Americans’ attitudes and candidate preferences, we found that Trump’s success reflects the rise of "white identity politics"an attempt to protect the collective interests of white voters via the ballot box. Whereas racial prejudice refers to animosity toward other racial groups, white identity reflects a sense of connection to fellow white Americans.

We’re not the first to tie Trump’s candidacy to white identity politics. But our data provide some of the clearest evidence that ongoing demographic changes in the United States are increasing white racial identity. White identity, in turn, is pushing white Americans to support Trump.

When we talk about white identity, we’re not referring to the alt-right fringe, the white nationalist movement, or others who espouse racist beliefs. Rather, we’re talking about everyday white Americans who, perhaps for the first time, are racially conscious.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Bugs

From the "in a word, no" department and the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY comes this same tired old story we keep hearing from eco-activists that believe bugs are more "sustainable" than beef. Because cattle make methane, and that will set the world on fire someday.

The idea of eating bugs has created a buzz lately in both foodie and international development circles as a more sustainable alternative to consuming meat and fish. Now a report appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry examines how the nutrients particularly iron provided by grasshoppers, crickets and other insects really measures up to beef. It finds that insects could indeed fill that dietary need.

Edible bugs might sound unappetizing to many Westerners, but they’ve long been included in traditional diets in other regions of the world, which are now home to more than 2 billion people, according a report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. The report also notes that about 1,900 insect species have been documented as a food source globally. That they’re a source of protein is well established, but if the world is to turn to bugs to replace meat, the critters will need to offer more than protein. Iron is a particularly important nutrient that is often missing in non-meat diets, causing iron-deficiency anemia, which can lead to lower cognition, immunity, poor pregnancy outcomes and other problems. In light of these concerns, Yemisi Latunde-Dada and colleagues wanted to find out whether commonly eaten insects could contribute to a well-rounded meal.

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Illegal alien and $61 million damage

Angel Gilberto Garcia-Avalos had been deported five times in just the past four years, yet each time he has managed to sneak from Mexico back into the U.S., where he ended up in more mischief: driving without a license, attempted burglary and felony weapons charges.

In August, he graduated to full-fledged mayhem, sparking a fire in the Sequoia National Forest that has already cost the government $61 million and left some of the country’s most beautiful landscape scarred for years to come.

Garcia, who pleaded guilty last month and faces 13 months in prison, had only recently been released from the Kern County Jail. He likely would have been deported again, but local authorities were unable to report him to immigration authorities because of California’s new sanctuary city law, which prohibited the sheriff from communicating with federal agents.

Federal agents now say they will kick Garcia out of the country once he serves his latest sentence, but the damage has already been done.

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Reciter of the Quran, and rapist

After failed attempts by top Iran officials to cover up the scandal, the nation’s leading reciter of the Quran and close friend of Ayatollah Khamenei has been accused of raping 19 of his students and charged with "advocating corruption."

Saeed Toosi, 46, winner of the first prize for reading the Quran, both internationally and locally, fell under suspicion after a broadcast by Persian Voice of America banned for viewing by Tehran in which three alleged rape victims came forward with written and audio evidence and described sexual assaults by Toosi, reported Al Arabiya.

In an audio recording, Toosi said that Khamenei knew of the sexual assaults and, together with the head of Iran’s judicial authority, had agreed to a cover-up to protect the reputation of the nation’s quranic institution and the regime.

One document has Toosi admitting that his actions with his students had been a "mistake." One of the victims a recent first-place winner in a quranic competition claimed he was raped when he was 12 while traveling abroad with Toosi to attend a competition. The mentor, according to the charge, booked the pair in a single hotel room where the attack took place.

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Quote of the day

The West is a gift from Allah to be looted at will for their benefit, just as they looted Persia, the Levant, North Africa, and Spain in their original conquests. And there will be no appreciation on the part of the Muslim immigrants for Europe or Germany offering them refuge. Muslims are fatalists; everything is under the control of Allah. If they find themselves in Germany, Inshallah … if Allah wills it. German law and German hospitality means nothing to them. Only Allah’s will as expressed in the Koran and the Hadiths matter.

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Plagues

The medieval Italian poet Petrarch, describing the onslaught of the Black Death in 1348, was prescient. Today, we can’t imagine its lived reality. To sense what the Black Death was really like, you have to imagine that a third of the people you know, or of the human beings you can see walking down the street, suddenly vanish. The known world with a third fewer of its people within a span of six years is unthinkable. And it happened only once in history.

During the onslaught, there’d be no place to bury all the bodies; people would lie abandoned in the street, or curled up on the sidewalk, choking for air until they died. You’d meet a friend for lunch; by nightfall he’d be dead, dining with his ancestors in Paradise, as the Italian poet Boccaccio put it. You would never know whom the arrow would strike next your wife, your children, your friends, your parents, or you yourself. A large, exquisitely painful swelling might erupt under your arm or in your groin, or worse you might feel well one minute and the next start spitting blood. And that blood-spitting was always fatal.

There had been terrible epidemics before: the Athenian Plague of 430 BCE, which decimated Periclean Athens (and was probably caused by typhus); the Antonine Plague of 165-180 CE, which made dramatic inroads on the Roman Empire of Marcus Aurelius, and which was likely smallpox; and, worst, the Justinian Plague, 541 CE, which killed millions, spreading around the Mediterranean and up into France, Germany and perhaps the British Isles.

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Stopping migrants at home

In a tiny classroom in a small hamlet in the murder capital of the world, the U.S. government is testing the theory one child at a time that helping young Central Americans at home might convince them to stay put rather than joining the flood of migrants fleeing for the U.S.-Mexico border.

One is an 11-year-old Salvadoran girl named Yaritza, who stood in front of her fifth-grade classmates this spring with a U.S.-provided workbook in her hands. On the open page was a list of questions based on the reading materials.

Question No. 2: "What have you heard recently about gangs and violence?"

Her answer: "That there are a lot of murders."

It’s something of an understatement. At last count, El Salvador had the highest murder rate on the planet and, if apprehensions on the southern U.S. border are a good guide, Salvadorans are migrating to the United States at higher rates than the citizens of any other Latin American country, according to a Texas Tribune analysis.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Take the money and deport yourself

The UK government is giving £2,000 of taxpayers’ cash to illegal immigrants to get them to leave the country amid the publishing of new figures which show the UK borders are at crisis point.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who was responsible for immigration until she assumed responsibility for running the country, is facing mounting pressure to bring the situation under control as it’s revealed asylum claims are at their highest level in 12 years.

Each day immigration officials are forced to deal with queues of thousands of people desperate to secure their status in the country.

And to tackle it the Home Office has confirmed illegal immigrants are now being offered £2,000 each to leave as well as a flight home paid for by British taxpayers.

The Government confirmed they have made "assisted return" payments to a total of 529 people since they developed the strategy which was implemented in January of this year.

They say the money is offered on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum value of £2,000 per person.

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Migrant with four wives, 22 children

Outrage is building in Germany after it was revealed that a Syrian refugee is claiming social benefits for his FOUR wives and 22 children.

Ghazia A. - whose full name has not been disclosed - fled Syria in 2015 and headed to Germany via Turkey, accompanied by his four wives and 23 children - but one of the daughters has now married and is currently living in Saudi Arabia.

According to Muslim tradition, a man is allowed to have up to four wives as long as he can support them financially.

Germany does not officially recognize polygamy but is footing the bill for his clan nonetheless.

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The Medusa System

It was a power piece of technology created for an important customer. The Medusa system, named after the mythical Greek monster with snakes instead of hair, had one main purpose: to vacuum up vast quantities of internet data at an astonishing speed.

The technology was designed by Endace, a little-known New Zealand company. And the important customer was the British electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ.

Dozens of internal documents and emails from Endace, obtained by The Intercept and reported in cooperation with Television New Zealand, reveal the firm’s key role helping governments across the world harvest vast amounts of information on people’s private emails, online chats, social media conversations, and internet browsing histories.

The leaked files, which were provided by a source through SecureDrop, show that Endace listed a Moroccan security agency implicated in torture as one of its customers. They also indicate that the company sold its surveillance gear to more than half a dozen other government agencies, including in the United States, Israel, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Spain, and India.

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Now migrants in Germany want a stop to open borders

German migrants are hitting out at Angela Merkel’s open door immigration policy and the influx of new migrants saying it has wrecked their standard of living.

The news comes after public broadcaster Rbb24 took to the streets of Berlin’s Berlin’s Neukölln and Kreuzberg districts to discuss the worsening crisis with the public.

And the shocking comments show the scale of resentment brewing in the country as its tries to cope with an influx of millions of people.

Last year Germany welcomed 1.1 million people alone but millions more have flooded into the country over the past five years.

Now foreign nationals who have lived in the country have expressed their concerns about the impact it is having on their standard of living.

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Chinese porcelain in Mexico


Mexican archaeologists have uncovered thousands of fragments of a 400-year-old shipment of Chinese "export-quality porcelain" that was long buried in the Pacific Coast port of Acapulco.

The shipment of rice bowls, cups, plates and platters dates from the reign of the Ming Dynasty's 13th emperor, Wanli (1572-1620), and is believed to have arrived in Acapulco aboard the China Galleon, which regularly sailed between Asia and the New World.

"During its 250 years of cabotage along the coasts of the Pacific in the Americas, the China Galleon left an indelible trail," Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), said in reporting on the find.

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Faking the data

A global warming research center at the London School of Economics got millions of dollars from UK taxpayers by taking credit for research it didn’t perform, an investigation by The Daily Mail revealed.

The UK government gave $11 million dollars to the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in exchange for research that the organization reportedly never actually did.

Many papers CCCEP claimed to have published to get government money weren’t about global warming, were written before the organization was even founded, or were written by researchers unaffiliated with CCCEP. The government never checked CCCEP’s supposed publication lists, saying they were "taken on trust," according to the report.

"It is serious misconduct to claim credit for a paper you haven’t supported, and it’s fraud to use that in a bid to renew a grant," Professor Richard Tol, a climate economics expert from Sussex University whose research was reportedly stolen by CCCEP, told The Daily Mail. "I’ve never come across anything like it before. It stinks."

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cost of Obamacare going up...again


Insurers are raising the 2017 premiums for a popular and significant group of health plans sold through HealthCare.gov by an average of 25 percent, more than triple the increase for this year, according to new government figures.

The spike in average rates for the 38 states that rely on the federal marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act was announced by federal health officials on Monday. The figures serve broadly to confirm what has become evident piecemeal in recent months: Prompted by a burden of unexpectedly sick ACA customers, some insurers are dropping out while many remaining companies are struggling to cover their costs.

In disclosing the 2017 rates, officials played down the impact of higher prices on consumers. They said that more than eight in 10 consumers will qualify for ACA subsidies that will cushion them from sticker shock. And they noted that as premiums go up, more Americans will be eligible for the tax credits.

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Scandal in Jewish day school

An Orthodox Brooklyn yeshiva has agreed to pay two of its former students $2.1 million for alleged sexual molestation they suffered at age six from a senior rabbi on the school’s facultythe first known case of such a settlement by a Jewish day school.

Yeshiva Torah Temimah, a prominent school on Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway with more than 600 students, originally made the court settlements secretly with the plaintiffs. But the settlements were disclosed Sunday by the New York Post, which reported that attorneys for the two students had filed papers complaining that the yeshiva had failed to make the payments.

"This is unheard of," Rabbi Yosef Blau, a spiritual adviser at Yeshiva University in Manhattan, told the Post. "I am not aware of any other settlements," said Blau, who is a longtime advocate for victims of child sexual abuse.

In fact, most such suits are peremptorily dismissedor never filedbecause New York State law bars alleged victims from filing a civil complaint after they turn 23; one of the strictest statutes of limitation for child sex abuse allegations in the country.

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The digital divide

The digital divide is back. But you may be surprised to find out who is on which side of it.

It used to be that we worried about lower-income, less educated people having insufficient Internet access. Educators, politicians and policy makers were concerned that in our great technological revolution, these folks were being left behind. Well, it turns out now that the digital haves may turn out to be the economic have-nots.

A recent report from the Brookings Institution looked at data from the American Time Use survey and concluded that less-educated Americans were spending more time on screens and less time on "active leisure" than their better-educated counterparts. Active leisure included things like socializing, reading, writing, art, sports and exercise. And while those things are associated with positive outcomes in health and general life satisfaction, screen time largely is not.

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Mexico has immigration problems too


This sweltering Mexican village sits about 1,200 miles south of Texas, but the complaints about foreigners would sound familiar in the Lone Star State: People crossing the river illegally from the south are driving down wages, taking over neighborhoods and taxing social services. Others are gaming the country’s legal immigration system by overstaying their visas.

Tens of thousands of Central American migrants have passed through here fleeing their homelands, most trekking northward to seek asylum in the United States. But an increasing number are stopping and settling just north of the Suchiate River, the shallow body of water that separates Guatemala and Mexico.

Whether they are biding their time or looking for permanent residency, the uninvited arrivals have tapped into a nativism that puts more pressure on an already tense and poverty-stricken region of Mexico.

"In Arriaga, there are neighborhoods that are made up entirely of immigrants from El Salvador and Guatemala," said Jose Maria Morales Cruz, a retired teacher who was born and raised in the small town. "And those who live here now don’t want to continue to the other side. Here, they are supported by their fellow countrymen."

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I thought he wanted to be raped

A Muslim migrant who was convicted of raping a child at an Austrian pool has had his sentence overturned: "He didn’t know the boy didn’t want to be raped." Do you mean in Muslim countries little boys want to be raped?

What kind of vicious islamophiliac pedophiles serve on Austria’s Supreme Court, to free a rapist who violently assaulted and anally raped a 10-year-old boy? The Supreme Court overturned this monster’s conviction, saying the court had not done enough to ascertain whether or not the rapist realized the child was saying no. What? The child suffered severe anal injuries which had to be treated at a local children’s hospital, and is still plagued by serious post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Driverless cars and road bullies


It's a jungle out there on US roads. There's a near-constant jockeying for position as everyone attempts to get where they're going as fast as they can via overcrowded highways and streets.

In reality, drivers all exist somewhere along a spectrum, with the unnecessarily aggressive on one end, the overly cautious on the other, and the rest falling somewhere in between. Drivers are constantly processing information and anticipating what their fellow motorists may do based on a variety of factors, often without consciously thinking about it.

Whether we want to admit it or not, most of us size up other drivers based on their age, sex, race, and the vehicle they're driving. For example, if you spot a young person driving an expensive sports car, you may deducebased on your own attitudes and their actionsthat they're either a reckless ne'er-do-well or a timid teen out joyriding in their parents' vehicles.

Most experienced drivers innately assess such situations, but they will soon have to contend with autonomous vehicles (AVs) being thrown into the mix. Like humans, AVs will have to react to the actions of other drivers, but also other drivers' reaction to them. More aggressive drivers could take advantage of AVs' hesitancy, while others may not know how to socially relate to robo-cars. Things could become really complicated, according to a recent study.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

George Soros and voting machines

Concern is growing over revelations that voting machines in a significant number of states could be linked to a company tied directly to billionaire leftist George Soros and his personal quest to create a nationless, borderless global state.

The U.K.-based Smartmatic company posted a flow-chart on its website that it had provided voting machines for 16 states, including important battleground states like Florida and Arizona. Smartmatic Chairman Mark Malloch-Brown is a former U.N. official and sits on the board of Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Since the story first broke, the flow-chart has disappeared from Smartmatic’s website, raising further questions about the real status of the Soros-tied voting equipment and whether it is truly being deployed in U.S. elections.

According to a spokesperson for the National Association of Secretaries of State, Smartmatic is not on a list of federally certified providers for election systems and that officials in several states’ have contested that their equipment came from Smartmatic. Why, then, had Smartmatic bragged about providing over 50,000 voting machines for U.S. elections?

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Australian gun buyback scheme was a failure


The Australian government has begrudging and indirectly admitted the failure of their strict gun control laws, which included a gun buyback scheme that has been ignored by hundreds of thousands of citizens.

In a desperate attempt to get guns out of the hands of citizens who refuse to give them up, the Justice Minister has lamely offered an amnesty that amounts to whining, "won't you please hand over your liberty?"

Australia on Friday announced a gun amnesty for next year after a criminal intelligence report estimated there were 260,000 illegal firearms in the country.

Australia introduced tight curbs on gun ownership after the massacre of 35 people by a lone gunman in and around a cafe at a former prison colony in Tasmania in 1996.

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Mexifornia

Vicente Sarmiento remembers when the local Republican Party here posted uniformed guards at polling stations in a closely fought State Assembly race three decades ago and they hoisted signs in English and Spanish warning that noncitizens were prohibited from voting. The guards were removed after state elections officials threatened legal action.

Such tactics would never take place today in this city 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, where Mr. Sarmiento is now the mayor pro tem. All seven members of the City Council, including Mr. Sarmiento, are Latino, as are 78 percent of the 343,000 people who live here.

These days, Santa Ana stands as the face of a new California, a state where Latinos have more influence in everyday lifeelectorally, culturally and demographicallythan almost anywhere else in the country.

There are limits to the transformation here, both in economics, where Latinos still lag far behind the state as a whole, and in politics, where remarkable gains in Latino power have not yet translated to the most powerful statewide offices. But the Latino progress in this state offers a glimpse of how much of the country will probably look in coming decades.

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Giving jihadis love and understanding

A programme to rehabilitate former Isis fighters and other extremists with housing, employment, education and financial support is being trialled in Sweden.

Local authorities in the city of Lund say the controversial measures aim to reintegrate returned jihadis into society and prevent them reverting to their former networks.

Anna Sjöstrand, the municipal coordinator against violent extremism, acknowledged the proposals were controversial but argued that the same approach should be taken to Isis defectors as to those leaving organised crime and neo-Nazi groups.

"When this subject came up we thought: ‘Oh god, how should we handle this’," she told national broadcaster Sveriges Radio.

"Pretty quickly we realized that we should deal with this in the same way.

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What's causing a tilt in the Sun?


Planet Ninethe undiscovered planet at the edge of the Solar System that was predicted by the work of Caltech's Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown in January 2016appears to be responsible for the unusual tilt of the sun, according to a new study.

The large and distant planet may be adding a wobble to the solar system, giving the appearance that the sun is tilted slightly.

"Because Planet Nine is so massive and has an orbit tilted compared to the other planets, the solar system has no choice but to slowly twist out of alignment," says Elizabeth Bailey, a graduate student at Caltech and lead author of a study announcing the discovery.

All of the planets orbit in a flat plane with respect to the sun, roughly within a couple degrees of each other. That plane, however, rotates at a six-degree tilt with respect to the sungiving the appearance that the sun itself is cocked off at an angle. Until now, no one had found a compelling explanation to produce such an effect. "It’s such a deep-rooted mystery and so difficult to explain that people just don’t talk about it," says Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Assange target of smear campaign?

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks is claiming that an elaborate and somewhat wacky smear campaign has targeted the group’s founder, Julian Assange, to paint him as a pedophile and Russian client.

WikiLeaks said the smear efforts, which it’s outlined in tweets and a series of documents over the past two days, include a sham offer from the Russian government to pay Assange $1 million to promote a women’s dating site and a separate scheme to link Assange to a criminal case in the Bahamas.

The assertions are the latest twist in events that have kept Assange and WikiLeaks at center stage of the presidential campaign. The smears come as WikiLeaks releases tens thousands of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and from the personal email account of campaign chairman John Podesta.

Assange, an Australian who has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London for more than four years, had been accelerating the release of the hacked material this month in a drive to embarrass Clinton. Ecuador cut his internet connection Saturday, saying it did not want him interfering in U.S. domestic affairs.

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Rigged Primary, Rigged media, Rigged candidate


After months of exposing damaging internal information from both the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, much of which actually points to criminal behavior but seemingly has no impact on the polls, Julian Assange has concluded that "There is no US election. There is power consolidation. Rigged primary, rigged media and rigged 'pied piper' candidate drive consolidation."

Sadly, it is difficult to disagree with the assessment. That an establishment democratic candidate could endure an extended FBI investigation, in which multiple federal laws were clearly and intentionally broken, and clear evidence of corruption and collusion between the FBI and State Department is mind boggling. Throw in evidence from WikiLeaks clearly linking the DNC to criminal efforts to incite violence at rallies, numerous examples of pay-to-play activities at the Clinton Foundation, blatant media collusion, etc, etc, and it actually becomes quite frightening.

And, while no amount of corruption or scandal seems to sway an American electorate that is intent upon driving the bus off the cliff, Assange has promised a "surprise" for Tim Kaine and the "persecuted christian woman", Donna Brazile.

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How to get rich

Double Eagle Energy Permian is a unicorn roaming the barren landscape of West Texas.

Founded by a retired NFL player and his high school buddy with land deals signed on the hood of a pickup the Fort Worth oil and gas company is now worth nearly $3 billion, according to a half dozen bankers who have examined its value.

That's triple the $1 billion threshold for a so-called unicorn, the moniker most often used in Silicon Valley for high-value private companies. An IPO would be a crowning achievement for John Sellers and Cody Campbell, who co-founded predecessor companies starting in early 2009.

The valuation is based on prices paid for mineral rights in the Permian Basin, where the duo has leased more than 65,000 net acres of oil-rich land in the past two years. Demand has soared here because of new drilling techniques that can extract crude at a profit despite low oil prices.

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Quote of the day

"When did atheists become so evangelical? I mean, if you don’t believe something to be true, wouldn’t you just ignore it? That’s certainly what I do. Whether it’s leprechauns or a congressional debt reduction plan if I’m convinced it’s fiction, I simply put it out of my mind. Not the atheists. They are obsessed with faith and religious practice. Their identities and their works are one big reaction to that which they hate. No longer content to simply dismiss God and those who follow in Him, the New Atheists have created a cult of unbelief."

Laura Ingraham
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Climate change and Texas

After pushing forwards its "climate change" propaganda full force, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is being accused of fraud.

RealClimateScience.com, which refers to itself as "The Deplorable Climate Science Blog," maintains that Texas has been cooling since 1895, but this observation reportedly "doesn't suit NOAA's global warming agenda."

Using animation, the blog illustrates the fact that the NOAA keeps manipulating and cooling down the past temperatures of the Lone Star State further and further to create the appearance of a warming trend.

OneNewsNow sought comment from Dr. Pat Michaels of the Cato Institute's Center for the Study of Science on the matter.

"There are a bunch of adjustments that are done to the raw data, and one of them is called a time of day adjustment," says Michaels, who is the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists. "It turns out when you measure the temperature if you're just taking the high and the low for the day, [it] has some influence on the record, [and] that's probably what most of the adjustment is."

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Odds and ends

Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been ordered to stand trial on hate speech charges. His crime was to ask supporters whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccan immigrants to be allowed into the country.

Question of the day...If colonialism is to blame for African nations being left behind by progress then why is Hong Kong and even Canada, who were both once under colonial rule, now enjoying First World status?

Headline....Green Party's Jill Stein tells progressives: "Don't waste your vote on corporate Democrats who betray you."

The Donald J. Trump Campaign for President announced Saturday in a statement that it has hauled in a total of $360 million from a record-breaking 2.6 million individual donors.

Milwaukee Country Sheriff David Clarke, who is Black and Republican, says it is time for torches and pitchforks.

According to Wikileaks, at the same time Hillary Clinton was wooing the support of radical greens, at a behind closed doors meeting with pro-energy unions, she was telling those same radical greens to get a life.

According to Wikileaks, the Clinton camp was hoping San Bernardino shooter was some white guy shooting Muslims.

Vice President candidate Tim Kaine had a campaign rally in Miami last weekend and only 50 people showed up.

Only 1/3 of Republicans said they believe votes on Election Day will be counted fairly, according to a recent poll.

Remember the actress Sarah Miles? According to Wikipedia she's been drinking her own urine for over 30 years, as she feels it positively affects her health in a variety of ways.

Rudy Guiliani....Dead people generally vote for Democrats.

Flying the flag of the Islamic State is now legal in Sweden. A Syrian migrant had been investigated for hate speech over his display of the ISIS flag, but the prosecutor determined that since the man is declaring his animosity towards everyone in the world, he is not being discriminatory, and therefore the flag does not rise to the level of "hate speech".

The media in the 1980s portrayed Reagan as a man out-of-touch who lived in a fantasy world that mistook movies for reality.

Rush Limbaugh says this is the first election in his memory where the economy is not a campaign issue, even though the economy is in bad shape.

One third of younger generation respondents believe that more people were killed under George Bush’s tenure than the former Soviet Union dictator, Joseph Stalin.

Brandolini's Law....The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.

Stephen Colbert says Trump doesn't have a shred of integrity. But he is strangely silent on Hillary.

Headline....People are More Afraid of Clowns than Climate Change

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Aboriginal children terrorizing Australian town

Children as young as eight are terrorising a town in retaliation after an Aboriginal man was shot by police.

Residents in Cowra, in central west New South Wales, are so terrified they are sleeping with weapons next to their beds.

Dennis John ‘DJ’ Doolan was shot by police on September 28, prompting angry members of the Aboriginal community to chant ‘black lives matter’ until elders had to stop them rioting.

The 32-year-old accused thief is still in hospital recovering following the shooting.

Now the town is being terrorised by a mob of mostly Aboriginal children, believed to be as young as eight years old, who are raiding homes to steal jewelry, power tools and electronics, Daily Mail Australia can reveal.

Handwritten notes have been placed in a number of letterboxes threatening people following break-ins across the town.

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Racing to the bottom

The federal government is trying to increase the number of minorities in the teaching profession by, in part, allowing institutions to maintain a low bar for entry into teaching programs.

Teacher preparation programs don’t need to be selective in accepting students under new federal rules released by the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, "so long as they maintain a high bar to exit, to allow programs to recruit a more diverse student body while maintaining the requirements for quality preparation as shown by graduation."

The final rules, which apply to traditional, alternate, and online programs, come after a nearly two-year wait from their initial introduction, during which the U.S. Department of Education sought public input about the proposed rules.

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They've found a moderate muslim

An Oxford-based Muslim cleric has called for Britain to ban the burqa, arguing that the wearing of a face veil is not Islamic but the product of a misogynistic culture.

In a statement made to a conference on Islam held over the weekend, Dr. Taj Hargey of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford called on the British government to follow other European countries such as France and Belgium in outlawing face veils, arguing that not only are they hostile to Western ideals of gender equality, but they are also not Islamic.

"Since the burqa and niqab are ancient habits and not mentioned in the Koran, it is, therefore, pre-Islamic, not Koranic and ipso facto un-Muslim."

He points to similar bans made within the Islamic world itself, including in Mecca, one of the holiest sites within the Islamic religion, where some scholars say women should be unveiled.

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Austria doesn't enforce their laws either

Up to 90 percent of the asylum seekers that have had their applications rejected in Austria still remain, never having been deported, Austria’s defense minister said, adding that the majority of these migrants come from Africa.

"At the moment, it doesn’t make much difference whether someone gets a negative or positive decision on their asylum application, because we are unable to implement any decision in between 80 and 90 percent of cases," Hans Peter Doskozil, Austria’s defense minister said, as cited by the Austria Press Agency.

The majority of such rejected applications come from the citizens of African countries, he added. According to the minister, the problem may even worsen as the population of Africa will "double by 2050," and people will invariably continue to flee and arrive in Austria.

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Tolerant leftists in action

Members of UCLA’s "Revolution Club" disrupted a guest lecture event by Sabine Durden, an anti-illegal immigration activist.

Durden’s lecture focused on the death of her son, who was killed at the hands of an illegal immigrant. She is also a passionate supporter of Donald Trump, due to his strong support for national security and securing the border.

UCLA students, who had a strong reaction to Breitbart Senior Editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ recent visit to campus, crashed Durden’s event by rushing into the auditorium and attempting to shout the speaker down.

Outside of the auditorium, protesters called for a communist revolution and stamped their feet on the American flag.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Cheap labor, the new slavery

Four of Buffalo’s most popular Mexican restaurants found themselves with some unexpected visitors Tuesday federal agents looking for undocumented workers and criminal suspects.

By the end of the day, 25 people were arrested and the restaurants’ owner, Sergio Ramses Mucino, was facing charges that he and two others harbored workers living in the country illegally.

At the heart of the case is the allegation that Mucino, 42, used undocumented workers from Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala and elsewhere at his four restaurants Don Tequila on Allen Street, Agave on Elmwood Avenue, El Agave in Cheektowaga and La Divina Mexican Store in Kenmore.

He is also accused of grossing about $50,000 a week at each of the restaurants but failing to report that as income for purposes of state and federal taxes.

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Polygamy in the UK

Polygamy is "commonplace" within Muslim communities in Britain, with husbands fathering as many as 20 children by four wives, a Peer has said. She has called for a change in the law so that Muslim women know their rights under British law not to be discriminated against.

Although it has long been recognised that polygamy occurs in Muslim communities, it is typically seen as very rare.

But in a statement delivered to a conference on Islam in the UK on Sunday, Baroness Cox, a cross-bench member of the house of Lords, told the audience that polygamy in some communities is "commonplace" and that, as the marriages are Islamic ceremonies which have no legal status in British law, women who find themselves in polygamous marriages are being left without any rights.

Furthermore, the situation is being enabled by the acceptance of sharia councils in the UK, which Baroness Cox called a "parallel legal system".

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Swedes...We want our country back

Police in Sweden say an asylum center near the capital has burned to the ground in the second such incident in a week.

Spokeswoman Karina Skagerlind says both blazes are being treating as possible arson by investigators.

Skagerlind says nine asylum seekers and two staff were evacuated as Friday's fire engulfed the building in Sigtuna, north of Stockholm.

She could not say whether it was linked to the blaze early Sunday in a Stockholm asylum center that led to the evacuation of 37 people. No one was injured in either fire.

The Scandinavian country, which had a record 163,000 asylum applications last year, has seen an increase in anti-migrant attitudes with several attacks on refugee centers.

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Racial identity is biological nonsense?

Two weeks ago Theresa May made a statement that, for many, trampled on 200 years of enlightenment and cosmopolitan thinking: "If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere".

It was a proclamation blasted by figures from all sides, but for Kwame Anthony Appiah, the philosopher who on Tuesday gave the first of this year’s prestigious BBC Reith lectures, the sentiment stung. His lifehe is the son of a British aristocratic mother and Ghanian anti-colonial activist father, raised as a strict Christian in Kumasi, then sent to British boarding school, followed by a move to the US in the 1970s; he is gay, married to a Jewish man and explores identity for a livingmeant May’s comments were both "insulting and nonsense in every conceivable way".

"It’s just an error of history to say, if you’re a nationalist, you can’t be a citizen of the world," says Appiah bluntly.

Yet, the prime minister’s words were timely. They were an example of what Appiah considers to be grave misunderstandings around identity; in particular how we see race, nationality and religion as being central to who we are.

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Voter registrations are pathetic


Approximately 24 millionone of every eightvoter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.

More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters.

Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.
 
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To be white is to be racist

There are startling accusations against a Norman teacher.

A student said the premise of his lecture stated all white people are racist.

The Norman North student said the teacher was lecturing on how to "heal the racial divide."

She was stunned by what was being taught, so she pulled out her phone and started recording.

In the audio you can hear the teacher say, "to be white is to be racist, period."

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nothing to see here, move along

Between 11/21/2009 and 6/24/2016, Robert Creamer appears to have visited the White House 342 times, 340 times as ‘Robert Creamer’ and twice as ‘Bob Creamer’.

47 of those visits were direct visits with Obama. Several of those visits included Michelle Obama.

In the video where Democratic operatives talk about how to conduct mass voter fraud, Scott Foval describes Creamer in the videos as the ‘black hat’ guy who has taught him so much. Creamer also shows up on another video which covers inciting violence at Trump rallies. Creamer states on video that Clinton is aware of his work, and that his firm, Democracy Partners, has a daily telephone call with the Clinton campaign to coordinate.

Creamer is a convicted felon....

(He's also the husband of Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky)

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Gangs of Texas

It’s the savagery that most bothers veteran police officer George Rhyne. He can't name other gangs in Houston or anywhere else that he's aware of that have used machetes to hack their enemies to death.

For state Department of Public Safety Regional Commander Philip Duane Steen, it’s the brutality combined with the gang’s propensity for bucking one of the traditional rules adhered to by most foreign gangs: Don’t draw attention to yourself in the United States.

Whatever the reasons, the Mara Salvatrucha, better known as the MS-13, has steadily risen to the top of the state’s list of notorious gangs, now considered more of a threat to Texas public safety than larger and older criminal groups including the Aryan Brotherhood, the Bandidos motorcycle club and the border-based Barrio Azteca gang.

The gang's roots can be traced to 1980s California, when imprisoned Central American immigrants coalesced to protect themselves from rival Hispanic prison gangs.

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Quote of the day

To make this election even more bizarre is the way the press has ignored the biggest story in political history since Watergate. The Wikileaks stuff is explosive. It is what political reporters used to pray for, back when we had political reporters. The stuff in those e-mails is the sort of stuff that used to end careers and bring down governments. Despite the caterwauling from the stray moonbat, the media has ignored the story, preferring to spend all their time talking about the Trump bimbo hoax.
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Trump signs

Some stood alongside heavily trafficked highways, big enough to read a quarter-mile away.

Others occupied quiet corners on dusty county roads.

But an overwhelming majority had one thing in common: They heralded the name TRUMP.

Over the course of eight days, while traveling some 3,000 miles by motorcycle across the northern United States, I was steadily confronted by presidential yard signs.

I idly recorded those in support of Donald J. Trump until, after the first few days, the number approached 100. I eventually lost count.

Those in support of Hillary Clinton were comparatively easy to keep track of: I traveled nearly 2,500 miles before I saw a single one.

By the end of my trip, I’d spotted a whopping five.

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Illegals increasing in numbers

The southwest border has cracked open over the last year as illegal immigrants into the U.S. spiked some 23 percent, according to the latest Homeland Security numbers released Monday.

Nearly 409,000 illegal immigrants were nabbed at the border in fiscal 2016up from about 331,000 a year earlierand Homeland Security officials say the increased arrests also means an increase in the number that are sneaking by them.

Worse yet, the number of illegal immigrants traveling as families, fleeing rough conditions in Central America and enticed by the promise of lax enforcement in the U.S., reached a record high of 77,674. Unaccompanied minorsthose children traveling without their parentsalso rose to nearly 60,000, though that was still shy of the record set in 2014.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chicago, we have a problem

A thousand more people have been shot in Chicago this year compared with the same time last year after a weekend that saw eight people killed and at least 40 wounded, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune.

At least 3,475 people had been shot in the city as of shortly after midnight Monday compared with 2,441 people shot this time last year, an increase of 1,034, according to Tribune data. There have been at least 595 homicides this year compared with 409 this time last year, an increase of 186.

The gun violence over the weekend was at levels usually seen in the summer when shootings typically spike.

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Voter registration irregularities in Indiana

Indiana's chief elections official said Tuesday that thousands of voter registrations were altered, raising concerns about possible fraud and prompting her office to warn voters to check whether their information is correct online and vote early to avoid problems on election day.

Secretary of State Connie Lawson said in a statement that Indiana's online voter registration database had not been hacked but records were changed on paper forms, online and at Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices.

"At this time, my office is not sure why these records were changed, but we have evaluated the Statewide Voter Registration System and have found no indication it has been compromised," said Lawson, a Republican.

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Snippet of the day

On his second attempt, Thomas Jefferson’s bill outlawing slavery in the Virginia Colony was enacted by an almost unanimous vote in 1765. However, George III vetoed the bill and demanded that the colonists accept and put to work all the negroes that were sent to the colonies. Cotton was big business and the English textile mills needed to remain busy as that cash cow was repaying the monies owed from the French & Indian Wars.
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Massive problem with migrants

Dr Sigrid Meierhofer, mayor of ski resort town Garmisch-Partenkirchen, wrote a leaked letter to the government describing the "massive problem" of migrants locally.

She pleaded for support, begging action be taken to "secure public safety and order" after local police clashed with migrants in public brawls.

Dr Meirhofer said she is particularly concerned about the Abrams Centre, a registration centre in the town which houses 250 asylum seekers.

She said the migrants, which local media claim are mostly single men from Africa, have become "problematic" and are threatening "public order".

The mayor said: "There has been an increasingly worsening situation in recent weeks around the Abrams registration centre."

Police have responded to more incidents in the past six weeks around the centre than in the past 12 months, according to local media.

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Science is racist and must be decolonized

A discussion on science devolved into the truly bizarre this week at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

The meeting of activists and faculty of UCT featured one student saying "Science as a whole is a product of Western modernity and the whole thing should be scratched off. Especially in Africa."

The group of students, insisting that science is racist and must be "decolonised", have created the hashtag #ScienceMustFall to describe their "fallist" movement. The student expanded on what "decolonizing" science means, saying, "Decolonising the science would mean doing away with it entirely and starting all over again to deal with how we respond to the environment and how we understand it."

The student also brought up South African witchcraft as an argument against the Western dominance in science.

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Newsday writer goes to Trump rally


For one sun-drenched Saturday afternoon in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Donald Trump gave a peek at the outsider candidacy that might have been. Mostly. He also flashed traces of why that grounded, vital candidacy doesn’t seem to have come to fruition.

Trump estimated the crowd at 7,000 New Hampshire police said it was closer to 3,000 and there wasn’t a whit of "deplorable" behavior. No racism, no sexism, no xenophobia, not even any nasty T-shirts, at least by current standards. Nor was there a surly or aggrieved mood coursing through the pack. Folks were upbeat, there to have a good time.

What inspired the 300-mile drive Friday night from Long Island toward a noon rally up north was the sense that after a week of "Access Hollywood" tape replays and sexual assault allegations, Trump might finally be ready to completely blow his stack, start roaring and foaming and biting the heads off of members of the media.

What transpired was foundationally different: Most of Trump’s speech focused on specific problems facing the people of New Hampshire and the United States, and the steps a Trump administration would take to address them.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Yemeni rebels fire missile into Saudi Arabia

Yemeni rebels fired a long-range missile at a military base deep inside Saudi Arabia on Sunday evening, a day after the Saudi-led coalition bombed a funeral in Sanaa killing over 140 people.

Houthi rebels gave no reason why they fired the ballistic missile toward the King Fahd military base in the Saudi city of Taif, which is near Mecca.

However, the attack came less than 24 hours after the Saudi-led coalition was blamed for bombing a funeral in the Yemeni capital denounced by the United Nations as a "horrendous and heinous" attack.

Saudi state television broadcast a brief clip of what appeared to be the missile landing in Taif, with emergency vehicles attending the scene after an explosion was seen on camera.

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Saudi Arabia losing its mojo?

For decades Saudi Arabia evoked images of wealth: sheiks shopping in London, princely yachts anchored on the Riviera, and bottomless donations to politicians in Washington. Now the reality is changing. The KSA is losing a foreign war, facing internal unrest, and nearing actual bankruptcy. Tim Worstall says in Forbes that unless oil prices rise substantially in the next two years the kingdom will go under. Broke. Oil revenues are down and look to stay down due to the fracking revolution.

The traditional Saudi tactic of flooding the market with cheap oil to destroy competitors doesn't work because "a fracking well just isn’t a high capital cost operation. ... We’re down to single digit millions to drill one these days, the vast majority of the return comes in the first couple of years. ... And as AEP points out, the costs of this are dropping all the time." The kingdom wasted its resources on this outmoded tactic and is now going bust. Michael Rubin argues in Newsweek that America might have to help out Saudi Arabia, otherwise the Saudis might become unstable and vulnerable to terrorism.

The Kingdom gambled by keeping prices artificially low over the past few years, calculating that they could undercut Iran’s financial health while also collapsing the shale industry not only in the United States but also in China.

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Public life now less authentic than professional wrestling


It is one thing when the news is slanted. People adjust to the bias. We are in a strange age in that the mass media is entirely made up. None of it is on the level. It’s layers and layers of manufactured stories, crowding out real news, to the point where it is impossible to take any of it at face value. You can’t even be sure the people in the stories are real. The Clinton campaign is planting child actors in crowds, posing as adorable local kids, to ask questions. Our public life is now less authentic than professional wrestling.

Is this the result of the breakdown of public trust? Are we just seeing the logical result of a ruling class that no longer has any trust in the people whom it rules? Maybe this is just the natural end of a mass media age. No one knows, as this is the first time one has existed. Maybe in the fullness of time, we’ll know that mass media cultures always decay into a liar’s ball, where nothing is on the level, nothing is what appears to be and the only thing you can know is no one can be believed. Perhaps this is what Hell is like.

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Rant of the day

America became great with men eating bacon and eggs and beef and potatoes. And smoking and nicotine. Almost every famous person you've ever heard of (and most you haven't heard of) lived on this kind of diet. And they drank stuff too. They launched missiles into space and to the moon. Every console in the LCC had an ashtray. KSC was full of cigarette smoke everyday all of the time while men were going to the moon. Women were secretaries and men were engineers. And engineers eat bacon and eggs for breakfast. How do I know? I was there. They built ships, big ships. They built bridges. They got out and did stuff. Everyday. After having bacon and eggs for breakfast, leftover meatloaf sandwiches for lunch and roast beef and mashed potatoes for dinner. Mashed potatoes and rolls with gravy and real butter. It's possible that a few of them did not live as long as some of the vegan flowers but they lived more glory in one Apollo launch than any vegan flower or SJW will live their entire, sad, pitiable lives. There were no safe places in engineering. Only constant, grueling, never ending math problems. That most of them only mastered after long, grueling, constant application and study. And they didn't go out drinking on Friday night because they sat all week in a classroom full of sissies talking about feelings. After Friday night drinking and several hamburgers and sleeping in Saturday they spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday doing math. Then they went into the chem lab Monday and blew stuff up. Then they became rocket scientists, engineers, jet pilots, astronauts, technicians, electricians and plumbers. Then worked their butts off for 40 years. There ain't no rocket scientists who subsist on lettuce.

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The little Wagner Act

In 1958, New York City mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. issued an executive order that permitted municipal employees to be represented by unions for collective bargaining. This order came to be called the "little Wagner act," not because it was insignificant (its effects would be vast), but because it followed the "big" Wagner act, the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 authored by the mayor’s father, United States senator Robert F. Wagner, Sr.

When he became president, John Kennedy observed that Junior’s "little act" had revolutionized New York City politics. Democrat officials and union leaders now shared an interest in lavishly spending public money on public salaries and pensions, which would circle back to the unions in the form of increased dues, and then back to the politicians themselves in the form of campaign contributions and advertising. It was a virtuous circle in which all were winners, except the taxpayers who financed it.

With his Executive Order 10988 in 1962, President Kennedy imposed the "little Wagner act" on the entire country. Now federal employees could join unions and negotiate wages, hours and overtime, vacations and holidays, work rules, and job security. Other cities and states followed suit. Politicians became entrenched with union support, the unions grew rich on Democrat largesse, the Democratic Party became the Party of Government, and the costs of operating government began to soar.

We’re still paying the consequences of that little act. Our national debt doubles every eight years. But no amount of money, it seems, is enough to improve the performance of employees who cannot be fired. In recent years, we’ve learned of mind-numbing incompetence and spirit-sapping malfeasance by federal employees. In "Fast and Furious," the ATF sold guns to Mexican drug cartels then lost track of them with predictable consequences. Homeland Security failed to find 95% of smuggled weapons and explosives in a security test. The EPA accidentally poisoned Colorado’s Animas River with three million gallons of toxic sludge. The Department of Veterans Affairs wasted $6 billion on artwork, furniture, bloated contracts, and employee bonuses, while veterans died waiting for medical treatment. Terrible tales of bungling have similarly tainted the CDC, the GSA, the IRS, the Pentagon, the Department of Justice, and the FBI, and even the Secret Service.

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Hillary says she knows how to fuel economic growth

Hillary Clinton argued that expanding food stamps and other safety net programs is essential to fuel economic growth at a speech to General Electric executives, according to an excerpt of the transcript made public by WikiLeaks Friday.

"Economic growth will take off when people in the middle feel more secure again and start spending again," Clinton said in her speech at General Electric’s Global Leadership Meeting in January, 2014.

The speech excerpt was part of 80 pages of transcripts from Clinton’s speeches at private business events that her campaign flagged as potentially damaging if released. The file, compiled by campaign researchers, was attached to an one of the leaked emails of John Podesta.

Clinton made the remarks while the Republican-controlled House of Representatives was debating reducing funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

FBI outfoxed by Hillary

The FBI could not review all of the Hillary Clinton emails under investigation because:
The Clintons’ Apple personal server used for Hillary Clinton work email could not be located for the FBI to examine.

An Apple MacBook laptop and thumb drive that contained Hillary Clinton email archives were lost, and the FBI couldn’t examine them.

2 BlackBerry devices provided to FBI didn’t have their SIM or SD data cards.

13 Hillary Clinton personal mobile devices were lost, discarded or destroyed. Therefore, the FBI couldn’t examine them.

Various server backups were deleted over time, so the FBI couldn’t examine them.

After State Dept. notified Hillary Clinton her records would be sought by House Benghazi Committee, copies of her email on the laptops of her attorneys Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were wiped with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn’t review them.

After her emails were subpoenaed, Hillary Clinton’s email archive was also permanently deleted from her then-server "PRN" with BleachBit, and the FBI couldn’t review it.

Also after the subpoena, backups of the PRN server were manually deleted.

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