Friday, November 30, 2018

Fighting to keep FISA warrants hidden

"FISA declassification will assure all the actors who tried to harm America are finally exposed," George Papadopoulos wrote on Twitter last week. "Alexander Downer, the Australian government, UK, and GCHQ (British intelligence). If FISA is not declassified, these foreign governments will try to interfere again in 2020 to hurt Trump and the movement."

Meanwhile, the British spies who tripped up Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Michael Flynn, and others are demanding that Trump stop the release of any Obamagate docs. "UK spy chiefs in fight to stop Trump exposing their sources," ran the headline on a Sydney Morning Herald story last week.

"MI6 chiefs are secretly battling Donald Trump to stop him publishing classified information linked to the Russian election meddling investigation," according to the story. "The UK is warning he will undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers."

"British spy chiefs have ‘genuine concern’ about sources being exposed if classified parts of the wiretap request are made public, according to figures familiar with the discussions," continued the story. "‘It boils down to the exposure of people,’ said one US intelligence official, adding: ‘We don’t want to reveal sources and methods.’"

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U.S. doesn't lead the world in mass shootings

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Chicago Tribune on our new updated research on comparing mass public shooting rates across countries....

"This doesn't happen anywhere else on the planet," said California's Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. "We stand alone in the world in the number of mass shootings," echoed U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. These were typical comments after an alleged shooter murdered 12 people in Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

People have been acting for a long time like the United States is the world’s hotbed of mass public shootings. Following a 2015 mass shooting during his administration, President Barack Obama declared: "The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world."

This belief is constantly used to push for more gun control. If we can only get rid of guns in the United States, we will get rid of these mass public shootings and be more like the rest of the world, gun-control supporters preach.

But America doesn’t lead the world in mass public shootings. We’re not even close. Just last month, a school shooting in Crimea, Russia, claimed 20 lives and wounded 65 others. But Americans usually don’t hear about such events.

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China's industrial espionage in Europe

German prosecutors are pressing criminal charges against a former employee of chemicals maker Lanxess for allegedly stealing trade secrets to set up a Chinese copycat chemical reactor.

The case underscores fears among German officials and executives about industrial espionage in Europe’s largest manufacturing nation.

State prosecutors in the city of Cologne, where the company is headquartered, told Reuters they had brought criminal charges in June against a Chinese-born German national based on a complaint filed with police by Lanxess about two years ago.

There have been several reports in Germany of manufacturers with operations in China catching local staff doing work for copycat rivals. But the alleged data theft at Lanxess is a rare case in which a suspected leak has been identified at home.

German intelligence agency BfV in July warned companies in its annual report that China could resort to intellectual property theft as it aspires to become an exporter of high-tech products, adding that it is hard to distinguish between state and industrial espionage.

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Jeffrey Epstein

Palm Beach, Florida
November 2004

Jane Doe No. 2

Michelle Licata climbed a narrow, winding staircase, past walls covered with photographs of naked girls. At the top of the stairwell was a vast master bed and bath, with cream-colored shag carpeting and a hot pink and mint green sofa.

The room was dimly lit and very cold.

There was a vanity, a massage table and a timer.

A silver-haired man wearing nothing but a white towel came into the room. He lay facedown on a massage table, and while talking on a phone, directed Licata to rub his back, legs and feet.

After he hung up, the man turned over and dropped his towel, exposing himself. He told Licata to get comfortable and then, in a firm voice, told her to take off her clothes.

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Meanwhile, in southern Mexico

Police used tear gas Saturday in Chiapas against members of the one caravan in Mexico whose destination is not the United States.

The caravan made up of as many as 500 displaced indigenous people had been marching from San Cristóbal de las Casas to the capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, arriving in time for the annual report to the state Congress by Governor Manuel Velasco Coello.

Police responded with tear gas when the marchers attempted to enter the building, which triggered a counterattack in which the latter threw rockets, stones and other projectiles at police.

The protesters also set fire to a truck and took down a section of the security fence set up around the Chiapas Congress.

Later, the Tzotzil people requested the intervention of the human rights commissions, alleging repression.

They weren’t the only ones with a beef against the government. Also on hand were health workers, teachers and teaching students who were demanding salaries and bonuses and scholarships in the case of the students that allegedly had not been paid.

Police disbanded the protest but several injuries were reported in the process.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Why didn't we get to vote on it?

"No one asked the people of the UK if we wanted our culture and way of life destroyed." So said Janice Atkinson, an independent Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England, in a recent interview. The stateswoman, author of the book Migrant Crime Wave: The EU Cover-Up Revealed, also lamented that Britons "have imported the third world, and are now suffering from third world practices."

In the interview, published on Thanksgiving Day by Jihad Watch, Atkinson takes an uncompromising stance toward Islam, whose adherents have changed Britain’s face over the last two decades.

The MEP also complained about a culturally cowed U.K. that has enabled this transformation, telling interviewer Joshua Winston, "We have allowed this [Muslim] minority to exist in their own multicultural bubble which has festered hate, mistrust, misogyny and abhorrent practices such as FGM, child marriage, arranged marriage and Sharia law. And, of course, child sexual grooming, which is conducted by 80% Pakistani/Pakistani heritage men."

Atkinson is referring to outrages such as the Rotherham child rape-gang scandal, in which the sexual abuse and torture of approximately 1,400 native British girls by primarily Muslim perpetrators was allowed to continue for 16 years because cowardly British authorities were afraid of "racism" accusations.

In fact, a U.K. official who blew the whistle on the scandal was forced into "diversity training" and was told, "You must never [again] refer to Asian [Muslim] men," and your "awareness of ethnic issues" needs to be raised.

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Joke of the day, Obama takes credit for oil boom

Obama in 2012: "We can't just drill our way to lower gas prices."

Obama on Tuesday: "Suddenly America is the largest oil producer, that was me, people ... say thank you."

Hahaha.

Gasoline prices per gallon on the day he said we could not drill our way to lower prices: $3.91.

On Tuesday: $2.73.

Thank him?

He tried to kill fracking. Last December, The Hill reported, "The Trump administration will take its final step to repeal the Obama administration’s 2015 rule setting standards for hydraulic fracturing on federal land."

Hahaha.

The man is slowly disintegrating before our eyes. The loss of his socialist policies are driving him to distraction.

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Remaking the West

We’ve already seen an early step involving language manipulation, with illegal aliens euphemistically rebranded "undocumented workers." But the larger goal, if British politician Janice Atkinson is correct, is to remake the West through massive Third World migration.

Atkinson, an independent member of the European Parliament for South East England, is warning about the "Global Compact for Migration" (GCM), a little known United Nations scheme. As she wrote in a recent Voice of Europe piece:

The ‘Global Compact for Migration’, in the works since April 2017, is a rather hushed up plan to move large numbers of people from the third world to countries with a strong, sustainable economy.

In other words, the United Nations along with all the countries who have signed up to this plan want to move large numbers of people from Africa, the Middle East and Central America into Europe, North America and East Asia.

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Quote of the day


After-birth abortion

We were warned about the slippery slope of legalizing abortion.

Legalizing abortion has already led to legalizing euthanasia, euphemistically called "physician-assisted suicide".

The latest in the slippery slope is a call for infanticide.

In an article, "After-birth abortion: Why should the baby live?," published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Medical Ethics, two philosophers propose that mothers should have the right to kill their newborn, which the two philosophers call "after-birth abortion". The two authors are:

Alberto Giubilini, who was at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Australia, and is now a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, England.

Francesca Minerva, who was at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Australia, and is now a post-doc research fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

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Rise and Fall of Venezuela

As Venezuela falls into the abyss of economic collapse the economy has halved in five years, a contraction worse than the Great Depression or the Spanish Civil War a simplistic narrative in the American press has formed, which starts with the Chavez regime seizing control of the country in 1998.

(The charismatic populist Hugo Chavez is, after all, the leader most Americans are familiar with when talking about Venezuela, as he made worldwide headlines with his 2006 UN speech where he called U.S. President Bush "a devil" while celebrities like Sean Penn and Michael Moore cheered him on.)

In the 1950s, Venezuela enjoyed its place among the top 10 richest countries on a per-capita basis. How has it turned into a country where more than 2.3 million of its 30 million citizens have fled since 2015 due to starvation? A toxic mix of creeping interventionism, institutional decay, private property seizures, irresponsible fiat monetary policy, and wide-ranging corruption are the main culprits. But Chavez wasn’t the instigator of this mess; the story goes back much further and should serve as a cautionary tale about one country’s faithful adherence to the tenets of socialism to the bitter end.

Gaining its independence from Spain in 1811, Venezuela started out as one of Latin America’s most politically unstable countries, remaining that way until the early 20th century. During this period, Venezuela was primarily a coffee exporter, but the game changed when its first oil field was completed in 1914. From that point forward, Venezuela went from a regional backwater to Latin America’s richest country in a matter of decades.

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Merkel's folly


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Do you hear the people?

Glenn Reynolds has deactivated his Twitter account citing the banning of Jesse Kelly for no apparent reason as the immediate cause of his disillusionment with the platform. Explaining his decision he wrote "why should I provide free content to people I don’t like, who hate me? I’m currently working on a book on social media, and I keep coming back to the point that Twitter is far and away the most socially destructive of the various platforms. So I decided to suspend them, as they are suspending others. At least I’m giving my reasons, which is more than they’ve done usually."

He may have beaten the digital bouncers to the door by only a little. The Thought Police are rushing to ensure that everyone toes the line. The Straits Times reports that "Facebook will allow French regulators to 'embed' inside the company to examine how it combats online hate speech, the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, President Emmanuel Macron said."

The trial project is an example of what Mr Macron has called "smart regulation", something he wants to extend to other tech leaders such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

The move follows a meeting with Facebook's founder, Mr Mark Zuckerberg, in May, when Mr Macron invited the chief executive officers of some of the biggest tech firms to Paris, telling them they should work for the common good.

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American Liars

Americans generally take a dim view of lying and liars. We venerate George-"I cannot tell a lieWashington and those giving testimony in court must swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth and those lying under oath risk being be found guilty of perjury, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison in federal cases. Particularly relevant is how universities punish those falsifying research. All in all, while deceitfulness may be ubiquitous in today’s morally challenged environment, mendacity has yet to become a valued cultural norm.

Why, then, do so many university administrators, including presidents at elite schools, tell bold-faced lies regarding race-related issues? (We assume that campus administrators know that reality differs from what they assert and this, technically, makes them liars) On the advice of counsel, I’ll prudently skip naming names but these lies are all too familiar: we don’t discriminate on race, affirmative action admittees are academically equal to non-AA admits, there are no racial quotas, African Americans are not disproportionately found at the bottom of class rankings, diversity enriches campus intellectual life, students of color struggle academically due to invisible white privilege, unconscious faculty bias, retention will work if we just supply adequate remediation, and on, and on.

These falsehoods are remarkable insofar as they often emanate from administrators who as faculty spent decades pursuing truth and nothing but the truth knowing that exposure as a cheat would be career-ending. Indeed, if federal research funds are used in bogus research, the culprit might face criminal changes and be forced to return the funds. Do professors receive an official lying license when moving from the Physics Department to the Provost’s Office? Does the administrative job description include a talent for knowing how to keep a straight face when telling former colleagues that standards are not being lowered in the latest drive to increase faculty diversity? Might the new big salaries of administrators be compensation for the awaiting humiliation that comes with public dishonesty, a sort of combat pay in today’s contentious universities?

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Some jobs are downright dangerous

Ambulance crews will not attend incidents at more than 1,400 homes in England without a police escort, shocking new figures have revealed.

The North West service, with 756 addresses red-flagged was the country’s worst area for assaults.

Around eight paramedics are subjected to a serious attack every day as they try to carry out their work saving the public.

Some have been stabbed, throttled and even sexually assaulted in their line of work.

Assaults on ambulance crew members have soared by 36 percent in just five years, according to figures seen by the Sunday People.

More than 2,800 staff were attacked on duty last year, a rise from just over 2,000 in 2013-14.

The figures cover ten of the 11 ambulance trusts in England.

In London, injuries sustained by staff included asphyxiation, spinal cord damage, burns, dislocations, fractures and concussion.

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Queer Theory

The establishment of an official doctrine on gender identity is an unprecedented threat to academic freedom. Sex and gender should be subjects for debate.

My university has recently established an official doctrine on gender, promulgated by its Equality and Diversity Unit. The University of Oxford declares that sex is not determined at conception but rather ‘assigned’ at birth, presumably on the whim of the midwife or obstetrician. Sex must be replaced for all practical purposes by an individual’s sense of gender identity, which may be chosen from a llengthy menu including nonbinary and genderqueer.

Oxford is not peculiar, for the same doctrine is being instituted across British universities. This doctrine is derived from queer theory, an outgrowth of postmodernism. To understand how this esoteric discourse became the new orthodoxy, we need to follow the work of Gendered Intelligence, the charitable interest company that translates queer theory into public policy. Its chief executive is Jay Stewart MBE, a transman with a doctorate in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. The company started with a grant of £50,000 from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Now most of its revenue comes from selling training to the public sector, boosted by a gift of £116,000 from BBC Children in Need.

‘Queer theory was the roadmap to my own self-understanding’, declares Stewart. The theory’s high priestess, Judith Butler, argues that ‘the body is not a "being," but a variable boundary, a surface whose permeability is politically regulated, a signifying practice within a cultural field of gender hierarchy and compulsory heterosexuality’. The upshot is that gender identity bears no relationship to biology. According to Gendered Intelligence, ‘A woman is still a woman, even if she enjoys getting blow jobs. Thus Stewart was the prime mover in persuading the prison service to prioritise gender identity over sex. The policy recently enabled a convicted rapist to be incarcerated in a women's prison, simply because he called himself a woman; he then sexually assaulted other inmates.

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The day citizens overthrew the local government

The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946. The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of predatory policing, police brutality, political corruption and voter intimidation.

Concern over the election of Abraham Lincoln brought the Southern States to consider secession. The Northern and middle Southern states were opposed. Tennessee citizens voted 69,675 to 57,798 against disunion. Much of the anti-secession votes came from the mountainous Eastern portion of Tennessee, such as McMinn county with a vote of 1,144 against and 904 in favor. Following the attack on Fort Sumter, Tennessee seceded along with the rest of the middle tier of Southern States, although the mountainous counties of these states remained largely pro-Union. The mountainous counties of Virginia formed West Virginia while East Tennessee rose up in revolt and fell into guerrilla disorder until the Union Army arrived in 1863. Then almost 30,000 Eastern Tennessee men joined the Union Army. McMinn County raised 12 regiments for the Union, but only 8 for the Confederacy. For the next 74 years, McMinn county was politically divided, despite many Republicans usually holding local offices.

In 1936 the E. H. Crump political machine, which occupied Tennessee, appeared in McMinn County with the introduction of Paul Cantrell as the Democratic candidate for sheriff. Cantrell, who came from a family of money and influence in nearby Etowah, tied his campaign closely to the popularity of the Roosevelt administration and rode FDR's coattails to victory over his Republican opponent in what came to be known as "vote grab of 1936" which delivered McMinn County to Tennessee's Crump Machine. Paul Cantrell was elected sheriff in the 1936, 1938, and 1940 elections, and was elected to the state senate in 1942 and 1944, while his former deputy, Pat Mansfield, a transplanted Georgian, was elected sheriff. A state law enacted in 1941 reduced local political opposition to Crump's officials by reducing the number of voting precincts from 23 to 12 and reducing the number of justices of the peace from fourteen to seven (including four "Cantrell men"). The sheriff and his deputies worked under a fee system whereby they received money for every person they booked, incarcerated, and released; the more arrests, the more money they made. Because of this fee system, there was extensive "fee grabbing" from tourists and travelers. Buses passing through the county were often pulled over and the passengers were randomly ticketed for drunkenness, whether guilty or not. Between 1936 and 1946, these fees amounted to almost $300,000.

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Slippery slopes


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

BREXIT in name only

EU leaders have signed off on the Brexit agreement negotiated with Theresa May, described as "the worst deal in history" by Leavers.

The Remain-voting Prime Minister’s deal with the European Union if ratified by the British Parliament and European Parliament could condemn the United Kingdom to "perpetual purgatory" or even no Brexit at all, as Britain’s departure would be followed by a lengthy "transition" period in which it would remain subject to all the rules and regulations of an EU member-state, but without representation in the EU’s institutions.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, Theresa May herself, and EU leaders including Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte are all claiming the agreement is "the only deal possible" a coded and likely co-ordinated warning to Brexiteer MPs in the House of Commons who have said they will vote it down and argued for a rapid renegotiation.

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The UK doesn't want transparency, neither does the FBI and DOJ

The UK's Secret Intelligence Service, otherwise known as MI6, has been scrambling to prevent President Trump from publishing classified materials linked to the Russian election meddling investigation, according to The Telegraph, stating that any disclosure would "undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers."

Trump's allies, however, are fighting back - demanding transparency and suggesting that the UK wouldn't want the documents withheld unless it had something to hide.
The Telegraph has talked to more than a dozen UK and US officials, including in American intelligence, who have revealed details about the row.

British spy chiefs have "genuine concern" about sources being exposed if classified parts of the wiretap request were made public, according to figures familiar with discussions.

"It boils down to the exposure of people", said one US intelligence official, adding: "We don’t want to reveal sources and methods." US intelligence shares the concerns of the UK.

Another said Britain feared setting a dangerous "precedent" which could make people less likely to share information, knowing that it could one day become public. - The Telegraph

The Telegraph adds that the UK's dispute with the Trump administration is so politically sensitive that staff within the British Embassy in D.C. haver been barred from discussing it with journalists. Theresa May has also "been kept at arms-length and is understood to have not raised the issue directly with the US president."

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Quote of the day

James Walsh, former Associate General Counsel of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service....

"Immigrants devoted to their own cultures and religions are not influenced by the secular politically correct façade that dominates academia, news-media, entertainment, education, religious and political thinking today. They claim the right not to assimilate, and the day is coming when the question will be how can the United States regulate the defiantly unassimilated cultures, religions and mores of foreign lands? Such immigrants say their traditions trump the U.S. legal system. Balkanization of the United States has begun."

~
 

Serial killer with more than 90 victims

A group of friends slashing their dirt bikes through the woods outside Saucier, Mississippi, found Julia Critchfield. It was January 1978. The 36-year-old mother of four was naked, her body sprawled on a roadside. She had been strangled. Her killer had draped a black dress over her frame.

Nearly 500 miles away and four years later, Rosie Hill's body was discovered near a hog pen in Marion County, Florida. The 21-year-old was last seen four nights earlier leaving a bar with a stranger in August 1982. She also had been strangled.

Nearly 700 miles east, Melissa Thomas turned up in a church cemetery in Opelousas, Louisiana. It was January 1996. Again, strangled.

The three cases -- separated by hundreds of miles and spread over three decades -- each stumped local law enforcement. Eventually, the crimes slid into obscurity. The passing years chipped away at witnesses' memories. Evidence sat in storage, or was misplaced, or swallowed up by hurricanes. Family members mourned publicly, then sank into the private ritual of grieving for the victim of an unsolved crime. Over the years, cold-case detectives would try to kick loose new information. A local television station might run a story to mark a grim anniversary.

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Pascal's Wager

Pascal's Wager is an argument in philosophy presented by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal (16231662). It posits that humans bet with their lives that God either exists or does not.

Pascal argues that a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.), whereas he stands to receive infinite gains (as represented by eternity in Heaven) and avoid infinite losses (eternity in Hell).

Pascal's Wager was based on the idea of the Christian God, though similar arguments have occurred in other religious traditions. The original wager was set out in section 233 of Pascal's posthumously published Pensees ("Thoughts"). These previously unpublished notes were assembled to form an incomplete treatise on Christian apologetics.

Historically, Pascal's Wager was groundbreaking because it charted new territory in probability theory, marked the first formal use of decision theory, and anticipated future philosophies such as existentialism, pragmatism and voluntarism.

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Nicole Kidman


Monday, November 26, 2018

No thanks

As people gather at dinner tables for home-cooked meals, family reunions and to count their blessings during the Thanksgiving holiday, Native Americans will commemorate the day too, but with a different perspective and account of their history and plight in the United States.

"We’re certainly not against giving thanks. As indigenous people we give thanks every day ... The issue here with the Thanksgiving holiday as celebrated in the United States is that it perpetuates this myth that the wonderful Pilgrims came here from Europe and were so kind and good to the Native people who were here and lived happily ever after," said Mahtowin Munro, co-leader of the United American Indians of New England.

President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving an official U.S. holiday in 1863 but Ms. Munro said the holiday in reality has bloody roots. It was an official day was proclaimed in colonial times to give thanks that a militia had returned safely from massacring more than 700 Pequots, she said. Many of victims were elders, women and children, Ms. Munro said.

That is part of why every year, her organization holds a National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass., to honor Native ancestors and current struggles of Native people. This year marks the 42nd gathering.

Native Americans have the highest rate of suicide in the U.S. at 16.25 per 100,000 for 2002-2006 per the Centers for Disease Control, she noted. Millions upon millions of Native Americans have died in European-perpetrated genocide, just as Africans did. And the root of America’s wealth really is in the theft of indigenous land, the genocide of Native people, and the enslavement of Black men and women, Ms. Munro continued.

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Men claiming to be abused

Record numbers of men are reporting domestic abuse by their partners to police - as the proportion of women victims turning to police has fallen, official figures have revealed.

The proportion of male victims who told police about their domestic abuse increased from 10.4% in 2014-15 to 14.7% this year as charities said more men were shaking off the stigma of talking about their suffering.

However, the figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed it coincided with a sharp drop in the proportion of women victims reporting their abuse to police, down from 25.8% to 18.4% over the same period.

Campaigners suggested one reason could be increasing delays in over-stretched police forces being able to send officers promptly to domestic abuse incidents, giving the perpetrators more time to bully their victims into not making a complaint.

Just over one in 25 men (4.2%) of men said they had suffered domestic abuse - which includes violence, a similar level to the previous year. The proportion of women who experienced domestic abuse rose slightly from 7.5% to 7.9%.

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Facebook apparently likes child brides

Facebook has been criticised for allowing a 16-year-old child bride in South Sudan to be auctioned off to the highest bidder on its platform.

Her father received 500 cows, two luxury cars, two bikes, a boat, some mobile phones and $13,800 in exchange for his daughter.

It is the largest dowry ever paid in the civil war-torn country, according to the Government.

Five men bid on the girl, including high-ranking South Sudanese government officials, according to children's rights organisation Plan International.

The post advertising the girl was first shared on October 25, but it took Facebook until November 9 to remove the post six days after she was married off to the winning bidder.

She became the man's ninth wife.

George Otim, country director of Plan International South Sudan, likened the auction to slave markets and slammed Facebook for allowing it to take place on the company's platform.

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What is Britain trying to hide?

The headline in the Telegraph was fascinating, "MI6 battling to stop Donald Trump releasing classified Russia probe documents."

What is Theresa May's government hiding?

The Telegraph reported, "MI6 chiefs are secretly battling Donald Trump to stop him publishing classified information linked to the Russian election meddling investigation.

"The UK is warning that the US president would undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers.

"However Trump allies are fighting back, demanding transparency and asking why Britain would oppose the move unless it had something to hide.

"It forces the spotlight on whether the UK played a role in the FBI's investigation launched before the 2016 presidential election into Trump campaign ties to the Kremlin."

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True Polar Wander

Earth’s latest ice age may have been caused by changes deep inside the planet. Based on evidence from the Pacific Ocean, including the position of the Hawaiian Islands, Rice University geophysicists have determined Earth shifted relative to its spin axis within the past 12 million years, which caused Greenland to move far enough toward the north pole to kick off the ice age that began about 3.2 million years ago.

Their study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters is based on an analysis of fossil signatures from deep ocean sediments, the magnetic signature of oceanic crust and the position of the mantle "hot spot" that created the Hawaiian Islands. Co-authors Richard Gordon and Daniel Woodworth said the evidence suggests Earth spun steadily for millions of years before shifting relative to its spin axis, an effect geophysicists refer to as "true polar wander."

"The Hawaiian hot spot was fixed, relative to the spin axis, from about 48 million years ago to about 12 million years ago, but it was fixed at a latitude farther north than we find it today," said Woodworth, a graduate student in Rice’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. "By comparing the Hawaiian hot spot to the rest of the Earth, we can see that that shift in location was reflected in the rest of the Earth and is superimposed on the motion of tectonic plates. That tells us that the entire Earth moved, relative to the spin axis, which we interpret to be true polar wander."

By volume, Earth is mostly mantle, a thick layer of solid rock that flows under intense pressure and heat. The mantle is covered by an interlocking puzzle of rocky tectonic plates that ride atop it, bumping and slipping against one another at seismically active boundaries. Hot spots, like the one beneath Hawaii, are plumes of hot solid rock that rise from deep within the mantle.

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Climate change


Saturday, November 24, 2018

Odds and ends

If Wikileaks had published Republican e-mails they would have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, right?

Hispanics comprise 17% of Utah's public school students.

74,000 asylum seekers are now living in Greece.

Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell (California) calls for confiscation of semi-automatic weapons in the U.S.

Rep. Swalwell doesn’t want U.S. troops on the border protecting Americans, but does want to use military force to confiscate firearms from law-abiding Americans

Bill Gates of Microsoft announced at an international family planning conference in Rwanda that he and his wife will be donating $18 million to "family planning programs" through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Headline....Loggers support Trump's claim that wildfires are caused by poor forest management.

Less than 5% of Americans smoked cigarettes in 1900, while in 1965 it rose to 42%. (in 1900, cigars and pipes were also popular)

Twitter’s crusade against "hate speech" has vanquished yet another meany face. A prominent Canadian feminist says that the company flagged a tweet she wrote which meekly suggested that men aren’t women. Isn’t Twitter fun?

The Democrats lost four incumbent senators. Each voted against Judge Kavanaugh. Joe Manchin's vote for Kavanaugh sealed his re-election in West Virginia.

Rahm Emanuel reduced the number of homicide detectives in Chicago, where only one in six murders now is solved.

From 1989....A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of "eco- refugees," threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program, or UNEP.

Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan’s new cybersecurity minister, recently left the whole world dumbfounded after admitting that he has never used a computer.

A million Americans live full-time in RVs, according to the RV Industry Association. Some have to do it because they can't afford other options, but many do it by choice.

Headline....‘Indivisible’ Anti-Trump Strategy..Obstruct. Disrupt. Sabotage. Delay. Defame. Accuse. Investigate. Agitate. Impeach.

Jonestown mass suicide happened 40 years ago this month.

Larry King...."Jim Acosta is childish. CNN is no longer a news network."

Newton N. Minow, 1961...."When television is good, nothing not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there for a day without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland."

NFL is still experiencing lots of empty seats at their games.

Brenda Snipes, elections supervisor of Broward County Florida...."I think I have served the purpose that I came here for, which was to provide a credible election product for our voters."

Governor Jerry Brown of California thinks coming climate disasters will convert even the "worst" skeptics in five years.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez...."The three branches of government are The Presidency, The Senate, and the House."

Hundreds of Mexicans protest 'illegals' in Tijuana, 'Trump is right, this is an invasion!'

Los Angeles Times....The anti-migrant demonstration in Tijuana today featured Mexicans protesting Hondurans: "We are not with Trump he has spoken horribly about Mexicans but he is right in that every country has a right to defend its borders."

Jerry Jones says he wouldn't accept anything less than $10 billion to sell the Cowboys.

Ever notice that Antifa only does these kinds of actions in areas where they know they are protected. You don't see them going to rural areas to start problems. You NEVER see ANTIFA go to states where there is Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground Laws. Anyone ever wondered why that is?

California governor Jerry Brown...."In less than five years, even the worst skeptics will be believers."

Orange County, a traditionally conservative enclave in Southern California turned all blue after Democrats found tens of thousands of votes post election day. Just two years ago in 2016, only 2 Congressional districts in Orange County voted bluenow just two years later every single district voted blue.

A Michigan college (Eastern Michigan University) canceled "The Vagina Monologues" because "not all women have vaginas."

Obama...."The reason we don't invest in climate change policies is because we are still confused, blind, shrouded with hate, anger, racism mommy issues."

One of President Trump's top economic advisers has suggested there could be a case for "evicting China" from the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

67% of Democrat Voters STILL Believe The Russia Collusion Theory.

Headline in Brussels....Man Shouting Allahu Akbar Stabs Policeman, "Motive Unclear"

Florida’s Department of Law Enforcement and the Office of Statewide Prosecution said they’ve opened a criminal investigation into allegations of election fraud by Democrats. Evidence reported to the Department of State suggests Democrats possibly had voters fix ballots after the state’s deadline in at least four counties.

Romania touts the highest rates of home ownership in the world. According to Eurostat data, 96% of Romanians live in owner-occupied dwellings.

Prosecutors have charged nine people with a dozen felony counts for allegedly offering money and cigarettes to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

The Clinton Foundation saw contributions dry up approximately 90% over a three-year period between 2014 and 2017, according to financial statements. 2015 Total Contributions: $182.5M, 2016 Total Contributions: $135.4M, 2017 Total Contributions: $22.8M

Populist parties have more than tripled their support in Europe in the last 20 years, securing enough votes to put their leaders into government posts in 11 countries and challenging the established political order across the continent.

According to Disney’s recently released annual report, sports network ESPN has lost 2 million domestic subscribers over the course of 2018.

University of Oregon....the university led up to the Thanksgiving holiday with an event urging students to skip the holiday which the university labeled as a "celebration" of "ongoing genocide."

Ron DeSantis got 18% of the black female vote in the Florida governor's election. And he ran against a black guy.

The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1960 World Series over the New York Yankees in 7 games. The Yankees outscored the Pirates 55 to 27 over the 7 games.

Mike Espy, the Democrat vying to capture a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, paid off more than $267,000 in outstanding income taxes shortly after undertaking a lucrative lobbying contract with an African despot accused of crimes against humanity.

A Portland, Oregon man looking to get rid of his estranged wife pleaded guilty Tuesday to offering a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent several thousand dollars to deport her and her daughter from a previous relationship.

The New York Times suggested future global warming would be worse than the plagues unleashed on Egypt in the Bible’s Old Testament.

The Canadian federal government has paid nearly $2.3 million to house asylum seekers in Toronto hotels from August to the end of October, after the city complained earlier this year that its shelter system was overflowing from the influx of refugee claimants.

The United Nations, in a non-binding agreement that almost all UN member states will sign at a ceremony in Morocco in early December, is making migration a human right.

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Cloward-Piven on steroids

Break the Welfare system - break the asylum/immigration system - break the election system.

Many of us who follow politics are either familiar with or have at least heard of Cloward and Piven Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven. They were `60s era radicals dressed up as Columbia University professors. Of course, we can probably describe most college professors in the same manner.

The famous, or infamous article describing their plan was originally crafted in the 60’s, and re-released in 2015 on The Nation.com website as part of "The Nation’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue."

The article is entitled, "The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty."

The essence of their scheme was/is, "A mass strategy to recruit the poor onto welfare rolls would create a political crisis that could result in legislation that brings an end to poverty."

The strategy was/is to overwhelm the system to so overburden government agencies with so many new welfare candidates, that the system collapses on itself. The theory is that the system could then be reset and reconfigured to resemble the redistributionist Marxist utopia these radicals have so long envisioned.

But now we can see the Cloward and Piven strategy to transform America being utilized across a whole spectrum of the left’s political ambitions from redistribution of wealth, to immigration, to elections and voting.

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Wait a minute! This law helps the Republicans

Georgia House Democrats are proposing a repeal of what they're calling an "undemocratic" law passed by the state's Democrats in the 1990s allowing the secretary of state to purge inactive voters from the rolls.

Democratic House Minority Leader Bob Trammell brought the repeal legislation forward on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

"With today’s technology, there’s no excuse that justifies making voting harder rather than simpler," he said. "The process of purging people from the voter registration rolls solely because they haven't voted in recent elections is undemocratic and corrosive to the integrity of our elections process."

Known as the "Use It or Lose It" law, the bill was passed by a Democratic legislature and signed into law by Georgia Gov. Zell Miller (D.) in 1997. During this year's contentious gubernatorial race between Republican secretary of state Brian Kemp and Democratic state senator Stacey Abrams, Abrams and progressives fumed over the cancellation of nearly 1.5 million voter registrations in Georgia since 2012, accusing Kemp of systematic voter suppression.

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Neutered doormats

I have a confession to make.

This isn’t easy, and I’ve taken a long time to summons up the strength to do it.

I’m aware that just by admitting to what I’m about to admit, I will subject myself to all manner of global shame and ridicule.

I’ll be taunted, abused, shunned and reviled.

But as Sir Winston Churchill once so rightly said: ‘You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.’

OK, here goes…

I am a man.

Yes, on International Men’s Day 2018, I am hereby identifying as the biological sex that I was born to.

This alone is enough to risk making me a social pariah these days, but that’s not even the worst of it.

I’m a man who’s actually proud of being a man, and who also likes being MASCULINE.

Sorry.

I realise this is a horrendous thing to say, and I can only offer my insincere apologies to all the radical feminists now exploding with rage as they read my shocking statement.

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Rehabilitated malls

Converting malls into multi-service mini villages may be the key to using unoccupied real estate in the retail market, said Amanda Nicholson, professor of retail practice at Syracuse University.

"We don't need all the mall space we have just for shopping," Nicholson told CNBC on Monday.

Instead, Nicholson suggested integrating residential units, health clubs, grocery stores and upscale restaurants into malls to create more experiences.

"You'd have a place to live with a place to shop, with a place to work out, with a place to maybe go to a luxury movie theater and have dinner," Nicholson said on "Power Lunch."

Nicholson said certain longstanding rules about how malls are run should be broken.

"You don't have residential units in malls," she said. "Well, why not? Why are we always segregating so much?"

Retailers such as Toys R Us, Best Buy and Sam's Club have all announced mass store closures this year, leaving the fate of many malls across the nation uncertain and landlords desperate to fill empty spaces.

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Death by Debt


Friday, November 23, 2018

Lame duck session

The session of Congress that occurs after the justcompleted election and the swearing in of the new Congress in January is called a lame duck session. It will last four weeks.

These are the last weeks Republicans will be in control of both houses of Congress and the White House. This was supposed to be a golden age of conservative accomplishment. In reality, it was two more years of the Can’tDo Caucus telling voters what they promised on the campaign trail at home, can’t be done in DC.

Next year the charade will be over, because the left will control the House.

This brief session will constitute another Gohmert Moment, which I’ve named after Louie Gohmert, the genuine Texas conservative congressman.

When Gohmert first entered Congress he and other freshmen were excited about the prospect of passing truly conservative legislation. That was before he met the timid, country club conservatives who comprise House leadership.

Gohmert explained at his first GOP House conference the leadership’s caretaker conservatives were worried. They acknowledged the campaign has promised big things. But in Washington there was "a small chance" Republicans might lose the majority in two years. To play it safe, leadership wanted to do small things, win the election and keep the majority.

Then, leadership promised it would be time to do big things.

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Prosecute them!

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., called for the criminal prosecution of multiple former FBI and Justice Department officials after the release Friday of the Republican memo about surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser.

Gosar said in a statement posted to Twitter Friday that he will be co-authoring a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking the "criminal prosecution" of former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for their "illegal misconduct and abuse of FISA."

"I will be leading a letter to the Attorney General seeking criminal prosecution against these traitors to our nation," Gosar said in a statement.

The House Intelligence Committee released the memo on Friday after voting to declassify it. President Trump approved the release, which he had the power to block.

The memo was compiled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and other Republican lawmakers, and explains how FBI and DOJ officials depended on information from a dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to obtain and renew a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

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Racial justice Democrats

Democrats thinking about running for president in 2020 are dramatically changing the way the party talks about race in Donald Trump’s America: Get ready to hear a lot more about intersectionality, allyship, inclusivity and POC.

White and nonwhite Democratic hopefuls are talking more explicitly about race than the party’s White House aspirants ever have and shrugging off warnings that embracing so-called identity politics could distract from the party’s economic message and push white voters further into Donald Trump’s arms.

While the 2020 primary will feature debates about Medicare for all and college affordability, the Democratic base also wants to know how candidates will address systemic racism and what they think it means to be an ally to people of color.

The shift is largely a response to Trump. His words and actions on issues infused with race from NFL players protesting police violence during the national anthem, to proposing a ban on all Muslim immigration, to family separations at the southern border have roused Democratic activists to demand a full-throated response, according to interviews with dozens of progressive activists and aides to several potential 2020 candidates.

So with mixed results, white Democrats such as Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand are earnestly embracing the language of racial justice advocates. And potential candidates of color like Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Julián Castro are leaning into race in a way that Barack Obama did not and felt he could not throughout his first campaign and much of his presidency.

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Republicans know how to lose

In the post-election aftermath, Republicans are wondering about how they can capture that missing 2-5 percent of the electorate that lost them the House of Representatives.

Could they pry away 40 percent of the institutionalized Democratic Latino vote on delivery of a full-employment economy of rising wages? Can they win over 20 percent of the African-American electorate on the basis of more jobs and less competition from illegal immigrants?

Can Trump tone down his ad hominem invective and tweeting to reassure an additional 10 percent of independent and middle-class suburban women that his national security agenda, free-market prosperity, traditionalism, law-and-order, and national sovereignty policies ensure greater tranquility, safety, and opportunityeven if they are not packaged in the manner of his more mellifluous and vacuous "presidential" predecessor?

Republicans, in deer-in-the-headlights-style, appear shocked that they are increasingly prone to winning the vote on Election Day only to lose it in the ensuing weeks when absentee ballots and what-not filter in with astounding Democratic majorities. Someone is spending a lot of money to get the absentee voting ballot out, correctly marked, and returned. And whatever that "lot" is, it is killing Republican candidates.

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How to destabilize India

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been accused of inciting hate against India’s highest caste after being photographed holding a poster declaring ‘smash Brahminical patriarchy’ during a visit to the country.

Dorsey was snapped holding the offending poster alongside six women who participated in a discussion last week on the role of Twitter in India, where caste is a flashpoint issue and grievances can turn violent.

The reference to Brahmins, the traditional priestly class who sit atop the rigid caste hierarchy, outraged some Hindus when the photograph was posted online Sunday evening.

‘Do you realise that this picture has potential of causing communal riots at a time when several States are going to Assembly Elections in India,’ tweeted Indian police officer Sandeep Mittal.

‘Even now an apology is not offered. Actually its (sic) a fit case for registration of a criminal case for attempt to destablise (sic) the nation,’ he added.

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Blacks ride Metro for free

The Washington Post and D.C. City Council have finally figured out why 91 percent of Metro fares evaders are black: Racist transit police are targeting black people and ignoring white people who do the same thing.

That is why the city council this week voted to decriminalize citations for the free riders. And why the Metro says it will continue to lose $25 million a year on the turnstile jumpers a small price to pay to correct 40, 4,000, 4 million (take your pick) years of racial injustice directed at black people, say members of the city council.

Writing tickets to black people is "endemic of a systemic issue" of white racism, said city councilman Charles Allen. And that is why the City Council voted to change their citation scheme to a system where police can still write tickets, but the Metro will not be able to do anything to collect the fines if the perps refuse to pay.

Under the old system, people were not allowed to register their cars, for example, if an unpaid ticket was on their record. The Washington Post explains it all to us:

Allen and his ilk on the council "pointed to a disparity in fare evasion arrests that shows police disproportionately target African Americans."

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Stolen


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Jorge Ramos doesn't like Latinos who vote for Republicans

In a recent interview with the Spanish media outlet El Intermedio, Univision’s senior news anchor, Jorge Ramos, was completely upfront in revealing his disdain for the sizeable segment of U.S. Latinos who vote for Republicans, including for Donald Trump.

When El Intermedio correspondent Guillermo Fesser asked Ramos to explain how it is possible that Republicans nationally consistently capture about a third of the Latino electorate (and in a prime battleground state like Florida, significantly more) Ramos candidly responded that these are the Latino voters who (evidently unlike himself, and Democrat voters) are "totally identified" with the United States, and who have socially conservative values that more closely align with the GOP.

JORGE RAMOS, SENIOR NEWS ANCHOR, UNIVISION: There are people that feel totally identified with this country, that believe the same things that Donald Trump believes. If you vote for someone, you partially resemble that. And also that, among Latinos, there are very conservative values that are commonly held with the Republican Party, President Trump’s party. The, the religious issue, the importance of family, the abortion issue. This explains, in part, why one out of three Hispanics vote for Donald Trump and is so conservative.

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Most distrusted journalist

A Morning Consult poll shows CNN’s Jake Tapper is the most mistrusted journalist in America.

The poll surveyed 2,206 adults, has a margin of error of plus or minus two percent, and asked a number of questions about the news media in general and 50 specific American media personalities specifically.

When asked "How much do you trust the following" media personality, 35 percent said of Tapper "not much" or "not at all." This high level of mistrust for Tapper placed the left-wing CNN anchor in tenth place on a list of the most mistrusted media personalities.

What is notable, though, is that Tapper is only so-called "journalist" on that top ten list.

Here are the others…

Sean Hannity (46 percent), Joe Scarborough (41 percent), Mika Brzezninski (40 percent), Stephen Colbert (39 percent), Rachel Maddow (38 percent) Shepard Smith (37 percent), Chris Matthews (37 percent), Tucker Carlson (36 percent), and Don Lemon (36 percent), are all more mistrusted than Tapper. Steve Doocy, Juan Williams, and Lawrence O’Donnell are all tied with Tapper at 35 percent.

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Wonderful migrants

Mexican journalist Alex Backman is exposing the truth about the ‘wonderful’ migrants attempting to cross our border illegally.

He says the migrants are robbing and stealing in Mexico. They carjack cars when they see there is just one occupant. And they are raping people. Many of the migrants will not let people film them. If they see someone filming them through a car window, they stop the car and demand the phone. Mr. Backman thinks it’s possibly because they have criminal histories.

Backman says President Peno Nieto hasn’t done anything about it except to provide them with supplies and medical help. Nearly half of Mexicans disapprove of the massive invasion, but the government doesn’t care.

The caravaners are throwing large rocks at police that could kill them. Mexican law enforcement vehicles have iron mesh over all of their windows due to the rock throwing.

A man within the Mexican government told Backman there are more caravans coming from Brazil, Columbia, and Venezuela. Officials in Baja California say there are currently 9,000 migrants moving through Mexico in caravans.

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Sorry excuse for a Right

One of the things people come to realize, when they make the journey to this side of the great divide, is that America lacks an authentic Right. In fact, it may have always lacked an authentic Right, as the country was formed by people who explicitly rejected the ideal of inherited rule and a hierarchical society. That’s certainly debatable, but what is not debatable is the fact that modern America lacks an authentic opposition to the prevailing orthodoxy, which is founded in radical egalitarianism and the blank slate.

Since Gettysburg, Progressivism has been ascendant, first controlling the federal state, then slowly and methodically taking total control of the culture and politics. It’s opponent, what Robert Louis Dabney called Northern Conservatism, what we just call conservatism, was never an authentic Right, but "merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition." Instead of offering an alternative vision of society, the American right offers a series of tweaks and modifications to the Progressive vision.

The result is that the Left comes up with some new radical idea, conservatives throw their dresses over their heads and a make big deal out of opposing it. They rarely offer an alternative, in the case of a real public policy debate. If they do offer an alternative, it is one that accepts the morality that is driving the Left’s interest in the subject. The result is the "opposition" to every radical idea is just a different radical idea, that is rooted in the radical morality of the Left. The obvious example is homosexual marriage.

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Acosta's return


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Migrants get free health care

Illegal immigrants cost the U.S. billions a year in health care costs that the illegals never pay for, a Forbes Mag. report says. And that is even though federal law supposedly prohibits this spending.

Federal law claims that no federal dollars can go to pay for health care for illegals. Unfortunately, this is a smoke screen because literally BILLIONS of our tax dollars go to fund medical care for illegals anyway.

Forbes magazine’s Chris Conover recent ran the numbers and came up with at least $18.5 billion of our tax dollars wasted on health care for illegal immigrants.

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Global change (or warming) did not cause these disasters

In 1976, a magnitude 7.5 earthqake hit Tangshan, China. Official casualty figure is 255,000 deaths. Estimated death toll as high as 655,000.

Damage extended as far as Beijing, 100 miles away. This is probably the greatest death toll from an earthquake in the last four centuries, and the second greatest in recorded history.

The largest death toll was in Shensi, China in 1556. It was been estimated that there were about 830,000 deaths due to a magnitude 8.0 earthquake. Damage extended as far away as about 270 miles northeast of the epicenter, with reports as far as Liuyang in Hunan, more than 500 miles away.

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536 A.D.

Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults. But 536. In Europe, "It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year," says McCormick, a historian and archaeologist who chairs the Harvard University Initiative for the Science of the Human Past.

A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and nightfor 18 months. "For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year," wrote Byzantine historian Procopius. Temperatures in the summer of 536 fell 1.5°C to 2.5°C, initiating the coldest decade in the past 2300 years. Snow fell that summer in China; crops failed; people starved. The Irish chronicles record "a failure of bread from the years 536539." Then, in 541, bubonic plague struck the Roman port of Pelusium, in Egypt. What came to be called the Plague of Justinian spread rapidly, wiping out one-third to one-half of the population of the eastern Roman Empire and hastening its collapse, McCormick says.

Historians have long known that the middle of the sixth century was a dark hour in what used to be called the Dark Ages, but the source of the mysterious clouds has long been a puzzle. Now, an ultraprecise analysis of ice from a Swiss glacier by a team led by McCormick and glaciologist Paul Mayewski at the Climate Change Institute of The University of Maine (UM) in Orono has fingered a culprit. At a workshop at Harvard this week, the team reported that a cataclysmic volcanic eruption in Iceland spewed ash across the Northern Hemisphere early in 536. Two other massive eruptions followed, in 540 and 547. The repeated blows, followed by plague, plunged Europe into economic stagnation that lasted until 640, when another signal in the icea spike in airborne leadmarks a resurgence of silver mining, as the team reports in Antiquity this week.

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Taxpayer dollars to pay for illegal immigrants legal bills

In defiance of President Trump's hardline stands on immigration, more jurisdictions are going beyond "sanctuary city" policies and actively using taxpayer dollars to pay for legal representation for immigrants facing deportation.

This week Denver officials announced plans to set aside $385,000 to expand an immigrant legal defense program, Mayor Michael Hancock said.

"There is no greater responsibility that I have as mayor than to keep all residents of Denver, undocumented or not, safe and secure and when we have challenging language that comes out of Washington that threatens that very covenant that we have with all of our residents it makes it doubly difficult for us to help people feel safe in their city," he said.

Others committing to designating public dollars for attorneys in immigration courts include lawmakers in Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C.; New York; Austin, Texas; Atlanta, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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Eliminating borders

Billionaire investor George Soros has confirmed he wants to bring down Europe’s borders, following the accusation made last week by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Last week, Mr Orban accused Mr Soros who was born in Hungary of deliberately encouraging the migrant crisis.

"This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other by those (human rights) activists who support everything that weakens the nation-state," Mr Orban said.

"This Western mindset and this activist network is perhaps best represented by George Soros."

Mr Soros has now issued an email statement to Bloomberg Business, claiming his foundations help "uphold European values", while Mr Oban’s actions in strengthening the Hungarian border and stopping a huge migrant influx "undermine those values."

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Invasion


Monday, November 19, 2018

Tesla's cold weather complaints

The Tesla Model 3's inaugural winter hasn’t really even started yet and already owners are beginning to have issues with their vehicle, according to a new report by pro-Tesla blog electrek.

Even though Tesla technically began delivery of its Model 3 vehicles last year, the first few months of deliveries took place in California where there was no notable cold weather. It took some time for the Model 3 to make its way east and to colder climates, but it finally has, spurring a litany of complaints.

The recent cold front coming through Quebec, where temperatures went slightly below freezing for the first time this year, resulted in a number of reports from local Model 3 owners facing issues with things like door handles, windows and charge ports.

Owners are reporting that the Model 3 door handles are becoming extremely difficult to use because of the cold weather. They are usually activated by pressing on one side of them to pop them out. This is usually followed by the corresponding window rolling down slightly, something that other owners are reporting is not happening as it should.

But don’t take it from these reports, take it from the editor of the pro-Tesla blog electrek himself, Frederick Lambert. He decided to do some testing of his own after reading this report and, on a whim, arrived at the exact same problems. He documented his problems on a YouTube video.

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If I didn't win then let's have another election

Oprah came to Georgia for Stacey Abrams, Obama came to Georgia for Abrams, Actor Will Ferrell came to Georgia and knocked on doors for Abrams, singer John Legend came to Georgia for Abrams, and rapper Ludicrous helped to raise a massive amount money for her campaign.

Even the heavily armed New Black Panthers came out for Abrams, as they patrolled the streets in their neighborhood, yelling into the windows of cars passing by, telling them to vote for Abrams. In spite of all of the attention Georgia’s Democrat Socialist candidate for governor received from the Democrat Party, Hollywood, and the adoring mainstream media, Stacey Abrams still fell short by 58,150 of her goal to defeat her Republican opponent Brian Kemp and become Georgia’s first black female governor.

Since Abrams was unable to defeat Kemp in the traditional way, by counting votes, she and her team have decided to try a new approachsuing to force the entire state of Georgia to vote again for governor. Her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp leads Abrams with 50.2% of the vote, which is just above the 50% threshold needed for a runoff election in December.

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Citizenship status along with the 2020 Census?

The Supreme Court announced Friday it will grant an expedited hearing on the Trump administration’s request to add a question concerning citizenship to the 2020 census.

The justices set oral argument for February, converting what had been a narrow request involving one part of the case into a full grant of review.

At stake is one of President Trump’s key goals asking people to disclose their citizenship when they take part in the 2020 count.

Anti-Trump state attorneys general and immigrant-rights groups sued to stop the question, arguing it will scare immigrants, both legal and illegal, away from taking part in the census, skewing the count. That, they say, will mean some states won’t get the congressional representation nor federal money they are entitled to.

A federal judge in New York has ruled that asking the question isn’t inherently illegal indeed, it was part of censuses up to 1950, and is still asked by the Census Bureau to some smaller sample sizes. But the judge questioned the motives of the Trump administration in asking it.

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He assaults daughter, He becomes She, She goes to Female prison

If you have been wondering just how far the media will go in accepting the ludicrous premises of the transgender movement, consider this recent headline from Canada’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star: "Transgender woman gets 18-month sentence for sexually assaulting daughter."

You could be forgiven for initially thinking, upon reading this headline, that this is one of those rare, horrible cases where the mother rather than a male relative was the sexual predator. In fact, the first sentence of the news article seems to confirm that misconception, as the Star obediently refers to the person in question as a female: "A Quebec City transgender parent who sexually assaulted her young daughter will be serving a sentence in a woman’s jail after undergoing a sex change between the time of the crime and the conviction."

The devil, as is often the case, is in the detailsif that strange fact seemed somewhat confusing, everything is cleared up in the following lines: "The 33-year-oldthe victim’s biological fatherhad pleaded guilty to crimes that took place in 2013 when the girl was just three. The accused was separated from the girl’s mother at the time, and in the months following the assaults, she underwent a sex change." Well, he actually underwent a sex change in order to become a she. But these things can be confusing.

Of course, now that he has become a she, this sexual predator can now be sent off to a prison for ladies, which has the dual benefit of being full of women (which this "biological father" is not, despite any drugs and nips and tucks acquired between sexually assaulting a little girl and being sentenced) and not being full of men, who have a reputation for treating sexual predators that get locked in with them very, very badly.

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We stand determined in the UK

Fed up families left furious by police have set up a 400-strong vigilante group as they vow to keep their community safe following a spate of violent attacks.

Formed on social media just three weeks ago, community watchdog group 'We Stand Determined' are working together to report danger to residents across Birmingham.

At first, the group attempted to get more police officers in the area through petitioning local authorities.

But when that failed, the group decided to take action themselves, becoming another of a rising trend of community action groups hoping to fight back against criminals.

Organisers Wayne, Tracy and Michael founded the group after discovering a friend had been attacked in his home in Birmingham by thieves armed with hammers. They now organise twice-weekly patrols across the city.

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No escape?


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Odds and ends

Midterm turnout was the highest in 50 years. Why? Millions of non-citizen illegals are said to have voted.

Trump....In the 2016 Election I was winning by so much in Florida that Broward County, which was very late with vote tabulation and probably getting ready to do a "number," couldn’t do it because not enough people live in Broward for them to falsify a victory!

Tom Luongo, The Daily Coin...."Everybody knows now. Even if Trump is not successful at draining the swamp. Trump has been successful at exposing who is a member and how deep the swamp goes."

28% of U.S. wealth is invested in real estate while in China it is about 75%. It is estimated that 50 million apartments in China are sitting empty.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who was just elected to Congress to represent Michigan’s 13th District is a fervent anti-Semite, who supports the one-state solution by wiping Israel off the map and giving the country to Palestinians. At her victory party, there was no American flag at all and she wrapped herself up in the Palestinian flag.

Tom Steyer...."Trump denying climate change is a reason why he must be impeached."

The last Republican Mayor of Seattle was James d’Orma Braman, who left office March 23, 1969.

Wall Street Journal says Hillary will run again in 2020.

Michelle Obama...."I stopped even trying to smile during Trump's inauguration." (still classy, right?)

Swedish prisons are full, according to the Swedish Prison and Probation Service. The maximum capacity is estimated at 85-90 per cent. The occupancy rate is now between 97-99 percent.

On the eve of the midterms, the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg dumped $5 million into a self-serving ad bashing President Donald Trump, promoting Democrats, decrying border enforcement and preaching about a "higher purpose" in Washington.

The number of people on food stamps has fallen from 43.2 million when Trump was elected to under 38.9 million today.

French President Emmanuel Macron...."Nationalism is treason."

Headline....HAVE YOU NOTICED THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A LATE-FOUND VOTE-HOARD THAT GIVES VICTORY TO REPUBLICANS?

Woman in the UK has just delivered her 21st child. Says it will be her last.

World War I....The advent of mustard gas and chlorine gas along with trench warfare, made the casualties rate much higher than previous conflicts...

Headline....Texas woman celebrates divorce by blowing up wedding dress.

Lindsey Graham....The Democratic Party is nothing but organized crime on a massive level.

Republicans are composed of little mice like Jeff Sessions who are afraid of their own shadows. Meanwhile, Democrats on Dec. 12 say they have 85 subpoenas ready. They are loaded for bear and Republicans are wringing their hands.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) won re-election for the third time by 22 points last week. But a new report suggests it was nothing to brag about. He handily won NYC, but won only seven of the counties north of the city. In all, he lost 47 of the Empire State's 62 counties.

French president Emmanuel Macron...."Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism."

Someone on Twitter is promising to sue CNN for ruining air travel. (haha)

Defense spending in the U.S. hit $716 billion dollars last year. That’s four times larger than China’s and ten times Russia’s military budget.

Even spending that much money for defense makes some people question if we can beat China or Russia. Hell, we can't even control our border.

Headline....Climate Hoax: Not A Single G-20 Country Is Close To Hitting CO2 Emission Targets

Rock Legend Billy Idol became a US citizen last week in a naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles, California.

Headline....Climate change could impair male fertility, scientists warn.

Demand for coal rose for the first time in two years in 2017 with China and India burning more than anyone else, a blow for environmental groups hoping to limit use of the dirtiest fossil fuel.

Canada has a population of about 37 million people. About 85% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border.

The USPS is said to have lost $4 billion in 2018.

Ted Cruz got 16% of the black male vote in his successful reelection.

An ISIS group claims California wildfires are retribution, vows "you'll see more fires in the future."

Some 37,000 people in Mexico are categorized as "missing" by the government. The vast majority are believed to be dead, victims of the country’s spiraling violence that has claimed more than 250,000 lives since 2006.

The number of killings in London so far this year has now soared past the total in the whole of 2017. A week of violence in the capital earlier this month and two further suspected murders yesterday have taken the total number of homicides to 121.

Five years ago....On November 15, 2013, then-host Martin Bashir of MSNBC unleashed a shocking, vulgar attack on Sarah Palin, suggesting that someone needed to "S-H-I-T" in her mouth.

Headline....More Americans died from drug ODs in 2017 than guns, car crashes, and suicide together.

Murder is the third-leading cause of death among indigenous women, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which also found violence on reservations occurs at ten times the national average.

Kamala Harris....ICE = KKK

Headline....Study: U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars since 2001.

Stacey Abrams’ Georgia gubernatorial campaign amassed nearly three dozen lawyers on Friday to challenge the validity of the Georgia gubernatorial election. (She lost)

An increasing number of Americans are lugging their student debt into retirement. In 2018, Americans over the age of 50 owed more than $260 billion in student debt, up from $36 billion in 2004, according to the Federal Reserve. Nearly 40 percent of borrowers aged 65 and older are in default, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found.

CEOs are worried that the Federal Reserve's hawkish interest rate agenda could stifle economic growth. (Obama suffered through no rate hikes)

Trump says it is ironic that members of the migrant caravans are waving flags of the dangerous countries they are fleeing.

General Philip Sheridan...."If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent Texas and live in Hell."

A total of two counties in Florida did not submit the election results of the recount in the expected time frame, which would have otherwise raised the Republican candidates’ leads over their Democrat opponents, Tampa Bay Times reports.

Headline....Why is the DOJ indicting Julian Assange but not Hillary Clinton?

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Gone to the dogs

After Bill O’Reilly was forced out of Fox News, he launched a podcast four nights a week and he seems happy with it. He has been careful to avoid criticizing the network, until this week.

"Fox News is not what it was three years ago," O’Reilly told the Boston Herald radio. "It’s different people running the operation," O’Reilly said.

Fox filed an amicus brief this week, joining CNN and Acosta in their lawsuit against the President. This was after Acosta’s press badge was canceled when his bad behavior became insufferable. O’Reilly called it a frivolous lawsuit and said it is an example of the changes at Fox News.

O’Reilly told the Boston Herald radio the "Acosta thing isn’t about freedom of the press, it’s about how you behave as a reporter. It was obvious to anyone that Jim Acosta was not trying to get information to the viewers of CNN he was trying to provoke a confrontation."

"CNN’s lawsuit is a PR stunt," O’Reilly added.

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Voter fraud, by the Democrats

They’re the gang that couldn’t count straight. Or maybe they simply refuse to. But as Florida is counting and recounting ballots, and with leftists having long insisted that vote fraud is like unicorns, two truths should be noted.

First, there are more than 1,100 documented cases of vote fraud including 1,019 criminal convictions spanning 47 states.

Second, despite public protestations to the contrary, Democrats have already admitted vote fraud is a problem.

The 1,019 criminal convictions real people who’ve committed real vote fraud and been convicted by real courts of law are found in the Heritage Foundation’s voter-fraud database. There you can follow links to the actual names of perpetrators and the government documents relating to their cases. By the way, every case in it that I analyzed involved Democrats.

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Knife violence in the UK

Police officers should be exempt from race discrimination laws in order to target black youths in high crime areas, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.

Trevor Phillips said that "white liberals" need to stop "hand-wringing" and admit the truth that the wave of knife crime is black children killing black children.

He called for officers to target high-risk inner-city areas and to be exempt from laws which prevent them discriminating on the basis of someone's race or ethnic origin.

Police dealing with gangs also need to be given greater powers akin to anti-terror laws which would allow them to detain the leaders who give the orders rather than wielding the knife, Mr Phillips said.

The comments come amid a rising wave of violence which has seen 250 stabbing deaths in the UK this year, with five of those murders occurring in London in the past nine days.

Describing the dead as "sacrifices in an unwinnable war", Mr Phillips said that the political response had been "pathetic" and too focused on police numbers when there is no evidence that this will help.

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When robots go rogue

In the name of scientific "progress," Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of a surgical robot that it tasked with repairing a patient’s damaged heart valve, only to have the machine go completely bonkers and ultimately kill the man on the operating table.

According to reports, this first-time-use robot not only physically assaulted a living medic while attempting to conduct its programmed surgery, but also implanted stitches into the patient’s heart in a manner that physicians present during the fiasco described as not being in "an organised fashion."

A situation that can only be described as total chaos, with human surgeons, doctors, and nurses having to scream at each other in order to overcome the "tinny" sound coming from the robot as they were trying to control it, the attempted surgery ended up being nothing short of a complete failure. And in the end, retired music teacher and conductor, Stephen Pettitt, the guinea pig patient in this medical experiment, ultimately lost his life.

During a hearing that followed this catastrophe, lead surgeon Sukumaran Nair admitted that he lacked proper experience in controlling and using the surgical robot, stating that he was "running before he could walk." In other words, it was truly a case of medical negligence and malpractice on steroids.

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Google Cloud is busted

Perhaps it is a good thing that Google employees convinced their management not to do business with the Pentagon, thereby pulling out of participating in a $10 billion cloud computing contract called JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure).

On November 12th, Google's services were hit by a massive hack allegedly carried out by Russians, Chinese, and Nigerians. The hack redirected all of Google's search, business, and cloud computing operations through servers run in these countries using a hack called the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). This gave the hackers unprecedented access to extremely sensitive information on users and direct access to any data that was not independently encrypted (one presumes that the typical computer network security protocols were automatically compromised by being run through servers that did not belong to Google). Even more critically, it gave the three countries complete control over all of Google's operations and data. While the hack only lasted about an hour and a half, it demonstrated in clear terms just how vulnerable computer networks are and showed that the critical infrastructure could have been taken down, had the hackers wanted to do so.

For the record, the Google Cloud and Google's G-Suite business services have good security practices, and the Google Cloud in particular has some security features that are quite advanced. But that did not stop the BGP hack, because BGP hacks exploit the IP addresses and information routing addresses that are built into the modern internet. Worse yet, computer experts say that current technology can't stop a BGP hack.

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