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Native American Nathan Phillips Lied About Being a Vietnam Veteran, WaPo Admits

Native American Nathan Phillips Lied About Being a Vietnam Veteran, WaPo Admits

January 23, 2019 Sean Adl-Tabatabai News, US 2

Native American Nathan Phillips lied about being a Vietnam veteran

The Native American man who falsely claimed “harassment” by a group of Catholic teens also lied about being a “Vietnam veteran”, the Washington Post has been forced to admit.

According to a correction buried at the bottom of this WaPo article, far-left activist Nathan Phillips never set foot in Vietnam.

The correction states:

Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.

Information Liberation reports: This man is a liar and a fraud and our media is an absolute disgrace.

Native American Nathan Phillips Lied About Being a Vietnam Veteran, WaPo Admits

January 23, 2019 Sean Adl-Tabatabai News, US 2

Native American Nathan Phillips lied about being a Vietnam veteran

The Native American man who falsely claimed “harassment” by a group of Catholic teens also lied about being a “Vietnam veteran”, the Washington Post has been forced to admit.

According to a correction buried at the bottom of this WaPo article, far-left activist Nathan Phillips never set foot in Vietnam.

The correction states:

Correction: Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that Native American activist Nathan Phillips fought in the Vietnam War. Phillips served in the U.S. Marines from 1972 to 1976 but was never deployed to Vietnam.

Information Liberation reports: This man is a liar and a fraud and our media is an absolute disgrace.

The Gateway Pundit reports Phillips raised money off of the claim he was a Vietnam vet:

In 2012, over $6,000 was raised for a documentary about his life in which he claimed to be a Vietnam veteran.

In a video about the documentary, director Maria Stanisheva explained that her documentary was about Phillips’ belief that he could pray cancer away from his wife.

Stanisheva explained in the footage that Phillips had been sent to a Catholic boarding school at the age of five. From the sound of it, he resents the experience.

“Nathan’s past is a difficult one. He was forced out of his family at the age of five to be integrated into a Catholic school — like so many other Native Americans — not being allowed to see his family for ten years,” Stanisheva stated.

Stanisheva goes on to say that “he was then a Marine in Vietnam — and right after that he became an alcoholic for 20 years.”

One of the first news outlets to run with this Covington Catholic story, Indian Country Today, reported on January 19th:

In a previous interview with Phillips, he told Indian Country Today that returning from Vietnam was not easy as a veteran. “People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.”

They stealth edited the article to now read: http://archive.is/3ZjhV#selection-951.0-951.185

In a previous interview with Phillips, he told Indian Country Today that the Vietnam era was not easy as a marine. “People called me a baby killer and a hippie girl spit on me.”

It’s possible they just made that up as I can’t find that quote anywhere else. I messaged the writer for comment but he’s yet to respond. Regardless, it’s absolutely clear Phillips has made little effort to correct the widely made false claim he was a Vietnam veteran.

https://newspunch.com/native-american-nathan-phillips-lied-vietnam-veteran-wapo/

Based retards chant "Build that wall" and "Go back to your own country" to Native Americans

Students in 'MAGA' hats taunt indigenous elder in Washington, tell them,"Go back to your own country."

A Native American who was seen in online video being taunted outside the Lincoln Memorial said Sunday he felt compelled to get between two groups with his ceremonial drum to defuse a confrontation.

Nathan Phillips said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was trying to keep peace between some Kentucky high school students and a black religious group that was also on the National Mall on Friday. The students were participating in the March for Life, which drew thousands of anti-abortion protesters, and Phillips was attending the Indigenous Peoples March happening the same day.

Other videos also showed members of the religious group, who appear to be affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, yelling disparaging and profane insults at the students, who taunt them in return. Video also shows the Native Americans being insulted by the small religious group as well.

In later footage, one teen stands directly in front of and stares at Phillips, an elder in Omaha, as he sang an intertribal song, Native American media reported.

Marcus Frejo, a member of the Pawnee and Seminole tribes who is also known as Chief Quese Imc, said he had been a part of the march and was among a small group of people remaining after the rally when the boisterous students began chanting slogans such as "make America great" and then began doing the haka, a traditional Maori dance. In a phone interview, Frejo told the AP he felt they were mocking the dance.

During the incident, Phillips said he heard people chanting "Build that wall" or yelling at native americans, "Go back to your own country."

https://abc7chicago.com/politics/boys-in-maga-hats-mock-indigenous-elder-in-dc-video/5097427/

Oregon About To Pass Anti-American Law Mandating Government Surveillance In All Parent's Homes

IN TOTAL DISDAIN AND DISREGARD FOR 4TH AMENDMENT

Every new parent feels some measure of anxiety about their newborn. Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and ensuring that they are well fed, safe and happy can feel overwhelming at times. For this reason, many families get help from parents, in-laws or others in the early days, as the new little family settles into a good routine. Ultimately, within a few weeks, taking care of a baby feels simple, easy and natural and, despite the lack of instructions, parents do figure things out.

What parents do not need when they take their babies home from the hospital is unwanted governmental interference and oversight. And yet that is precisely what Oregon Governor Kate Brown is pushing for. Brown’s latest proposed budget includes Senate Bill 526, which mandates that the Oregon Health Authority urgently “study home visiting by licensed health care providers.” In a bid to expedite the bill, lawmakers have labeled it an “emergency” in need of urgent resolution by the end of the year. The 18 sponsors of the bill claim that it is “necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety.”

Essentially, Bill 526 would mandate that each family with a newborn receive visits from appointed healthcare workers in the early weeks after the baby comes home. According to PJ Media, the Beaver Valley Times explained the bill as follows:

When the program is complete, every new parent — this includes adoptions — would receive a series of two or three visits by someone like a nurse or other health care practitioner. The visits could include basic health screenings for babies; hooking parents up with primary care physicians; linking them to other services; and coordinating the myriad childhood immunizations that babies need.

The bill is nothing more than a way for the government to get early access to and control over children. It is a declaration of official lack of trust in the abilities of parents to care properly for their own children, and a way for children to quickly fall under the watchful eye of Big Brother. And it is a very clever way for the government to make sure babies are receiving “the myriad childhood immunizations” that they deem necessary, but which many parents are opposed to.

While proponents of the bill insist that this type of monitoring will quickly determine which kids are being neglected and abused so that they can be removed from the home and receive the necessary help, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. As reported by PJ Media, children in the Oregon foster care system are abused at twice the rate of the rest of the nation. Clearly, the state cannot take care of the vulnerable children already under its care, so why would it want to take on the surveillance of a further 40,000 children born each year?

No state agent could ever be an adequate substitute for a loving parent, but clearly, not everyone agrees. Proponents of home surveillance cite child abuse statistics and highlight horrific cases of neglect and abuse, glossing over the fact that most of these cases involve families who were known to law enforcement authorities and social services agencies that were unable to protect the children from their abusers.

Clearly, this bill is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to monitor and control parents and to gain early access to children so that they can be molded into the “system.”

https://archive.ph/zpRkW

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-20-oregon-about-to-pass-a-law-that-would-mandate-government-surveillance-of-your-newborn-baby.html

CNRP activist arrested for alleged fake news

Kong Mas, an activist from the Supreme Court dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday for incitement and allegedly disseminating fake news.

Ministry of Interior spokesman General Khieu Sopheak said the action was taken after the Phnom Penh municipal court issued an arrest warrant. “He had both written and circulated fakes news and was guilty of incitement.”

Sopheak added that Kong Mas, a resident of Svay Rieng province, committed the offences before the 2018 national election.

He said authorities saw inflammatory pictures Mas distributed locally, as well as around 100,000 leaflets about his work.

“We do not think this was a case of acceptable and normal freedom of expression,” Sopheak said.

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cnrp-activist-arrested-alleged-fake-news

New Microsoft Mobile Spy Gadgets Built In With Real News Filtering

Corporate neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its unreliable news censor to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.

Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on Android and Apple devices will be harrassed when reading real news with red alert popups.

Among the green-rated websites: Voice of America, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as left-leaning upstarts such as Vice News and Refinery 29.

Ones that are given the red warning label of “failing to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”: RT and Sputnik (obviously enough) and the right-wing Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, in addition to hundreds of other non-mainstream news websites such as Wikileaks.

Not only does the integration ensure that NewsGuard is present on every browser, and is easier to use than to ignore, but by making it a fundamental Microsoft-provided feature, the company gives it inherent level of trustworthiness.

None of this is the slightest bit alarming if you believe that NewsGuard is an absolutely fair arbiter of what constitutes real news or propaganda.

Anyone who buys this crap likely deserves to be spied on and told what to read and how to live. You fucking slave goyim sheep.

I, however, will be sticking with my old linux operating system.

PR: https://www.rt.com/news/449530-newsguard-edge-browser-media-integrated/

RN: https://archive.fo/tkOhf

Texans prepared to fight expropriation of their land for the wall. Years in court. Duh no wall

https://apnews.com/0b3d63c524214bbdbfb58ce8f61589f0

"As President Donald Trump traveled to the border in Texas to make the case for his $5.7 billion wall , landowner Eloisa Cavazos says she knows firsthand how the project will play out if the White House gets its way.

The federal government has started surveying land along the border in Texas and announced plans to start construction next month. Rather than surrender their land, some property owners are digging in, vowing to reject buyout offers and preparing to fight the administration in court.

“You could give me a trillion dollars and I wouldn’t take it,” said Cavazos, whose land sits along the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas. “It’s not about money.”

Standing near the Rio Grande, Trump was asked Thursday how quickly border wall construction could start if he declared an emergency.

“I think very quickly,” he said, adding that while someone “perhaps” might sue to stop construction, “we would win that suit, I believe, very quickly.”"

Federal Prosecutor To Investigate Terror Threats Made Against Catholic Students

RELATED: >>>/n/731265 | https://archive.ph/2uv6P

Finally, a prosecutor has decided to start throwing lunatic, Leftists in prison for promoting terrorism and violence against schoolchildren. “Rob Sanders, a Kenton County Prosecutor, confirmed Tuesday that there are multiple investigations into Twitter users who made terroristic threats against Covington Catholic High School,” reports The Gateway Pundit:

“We’ve got multiple ongoing investigations into numerous, numerous threats,” Mr. Sanders said Tuesday in a podcast interview with 700 WLW. “There’s probably a dozen law enforcement agencies, if not more involved in this — it’s growing, it’s spreading, there are other jurisdictions now involved in this,” Sanders added.

It’s about damn time. So far, there have been zero consequences for deranged, lunatic Leftists making death threats against President Trump and repeatedly threatening violence against Trump supporters. These are the same left-wing lunatics who declare themselves “defenders of schoolchildren” after every school shooting. But now, they’re demanding that Covington Catholic School students be burned alive, executed with firearms, murdered and organ harvested in order to appease the vile liberal mob that now runs roughshod over America’s social media landscape.

In other words, according to the lunatic Left, the only thing wrong with the Sandy Hook school shooting was that it didn’t happen to Covington Catholic School first. Leftists are now openly “pro school shooting” as long as the students are Trump supporters.

The Gateway Pundit goes on to report:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/01/ky-prosecutor-confirms-multiple-investigations-underway-into-twitter-users-for-terrorist-threats-against-covington-kids/

Hollywood producer Jack Morrissey said the ‘MAGA hat kids should go into a woodchipper’ and LA DJ Michael Buchanan AKA ‘House Shoes’ called for Covington HS to be burned down with the teens locked inside.

“There is. It’s called ‘terroristic threatening’ in Kentucky and it is a felony offense punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison to make a threat of violence to an educational institution, so everyone who makes a specific threat.”

Michael Buchanan lives in Los Angeles, and the LAPD is apparently going to get involved in the investigation. Buchanan is a hip hop producer and DJ who goes by the name “House Shoes.” At least for now. Once he ends up in prison, a more accurate name might be “House Bitch.” In prison, this guy is going to get passed around more than a piped-up bong at a Michael Phelps reunion party.

https://archive.ph/Y3N0o

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-22-left-wing-twitter-users-are-about-to-go-to-jail-over-making-terroristic-threats-against-catholic-school-students.html

FOX: U.S. forces will remain in Syria until key benchmarks are met, troops could stay for years

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bolton-attempts-to-clarify-us-next-step-in-syria-troops-could-stay-for-a-while-report

Trump declared victory over ISIS in a tweet. His decision to pull out troops was met with resistance and took many off guard. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., said at the time that he was “blindsided,” but then said he felt “pretty good” about Syria after a lunch with Trump.

Graham said an early withdrawal by the U.S. would expose Kurd fighters and lead to their slaughter.

Trump insisted that he did not give a timeline on when he’d pull the troops in his December announcement.

Bolton, who was in Israel, said he expects American troops to eventually leave, but “the timetable flows from the policy decisions that we need to implement.”

Mariah Carey and ex-manager accused by ex-assistant of sexual abuse and pee pee punishment

Mariah Carey's ex-personal assistant has accused the singer and her former manager of subjecting her to "severe sexual harassment and discrimination".

Lianna Shakhnazaryan has filed a legal case against the pop star and Stella Bulochnikov in Los Angeles.

She accuses Ms Bulochnikov of calling her a "whore" and urinating on her, and Carey of physical and emotional abuse.

Representatives for Carey and Ms Bulochnikov did not immediately return requests for responses.

It's the latest twist in a legal battle between Carey and her former assistant. On Wednesday, it was revealed that the singer had sued Ms Shakhnazaryan, also known as Lianna Azarian, for breaking a nondisclosure agreement, negligence and theft.

Carey and Ms Bulochnikov parted ways in 2017 and were also reportedly embroiled in their own legal battle, which was settled last year.

The new legal case from Ms Shakhnazaryan says she worked for the chart-topping US singer and her manager between 2015 and 2017.

She accuses Ms Bulochnikov of yelling racial insults at her, slapping her buttocks and breasts, holding her down and urinating on her, and allowing her to be urinated upon in the presence of others.

Such behaviour took place in Carey's presence, but the star didn't take any action to stop it, Ms Shakhnazaryan claims.

The case also says she reported Ms Bulochnikov's behaviour to Carey in October 2017, but was fired the following month.

She says the singer herself also committed acts of "physical and emotional/psychological abuse", but the case doesn't go into detail.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-46924549

Crabs take over electric signboard at train station

It’s not unusual to stumble across something out of the ordinary while waiting on a station platform to board a Japanese train. Over the years, commuters have seen secret milk stands, heard the voice of an adult video game voice actress over the speakers, and boarded carriages to the tune of "Star Wars" jingles.

Now commuters are talking about another bizarre discovery, thanks to a series of images taken by Twitter user @absol161 at Nishi-Funabashi Station in Chiba, Tokyo’s neighboring prefecture.

The image above shows a signboard, usually reserved for displaying train arrival and departure times, lit up with a series of bright orange crabs. And they weren’t the only colored crabs taking over the display, as they were soon followed by another set of cheeky crustaceans, only this time they were going for a joyride on a train.

https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/crabs-take-over-electric-signboard-at-train-station-in-chiba-pref

Chris Brown,rape artist,detained on suspicion of rape...again

The Rape star was taken into custody after a 24-year-old woman alleged she was rapped at Brown's hotel suite last week.

One of the others detained is Brown's bodyguard, an official told the Press Association.

Brown, originally from Virginia, was detained on Monday on potential charges of aggravated rapping and drug infractions and remained in custody on Tuesday, a judicial official told Associated Press.

They report investigators have another two days to decide whether to let him go or file preliminary charges.

According to AP, the alleged victim said she met Brown and his friends at the club Le Crystal in the 17th arrondissement of northwestern Paris.

His alleged victim did an interview where she describes the rapping as being “brutal and violent” and lasting for 25-30 minutes.

She claims the group then went to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Concorde Plaza in central Paris.

https://news.sky.com/story/singer-chris-brown-detained-in-paris-on-suspicion-of-rape-11614412

Sen. Rand Paul scheduled to have hernia surgery in Canada

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's attorneys say in a court filing that he plans to undergo hernia surgery in Canada because of injuries he suffered when a neighbor attacked Paul while he was doing yard work at his Kentucky home.

The filing in Paul's lawsuit against Rene Boucher says the senator will travel to Ontario, Canada, for outpatient surgery scheduled later this month.

The document says the surgery is related to the 2017 attack. Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced to 30 days in prison. Federal prosecutors are appealing the sentence.

A Paul spokeswoman didn't immediately explain why Paul is having the surgery in Canada, where medical care is publicly funded and universally provided. Paul touts private-market approaches for U.S. health care problems.

https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Sen-Rand-Paul-scheduled-to-have-hernia-surgery-in-Canada-504324681.html

(((Affirmative Action))): This is who takes care of you when you become totally incapacitated

Police in Arizona say they have arrested a nurse after a patient at a care facility gave birth.

The suspect has been named as Nathan Sutherland, 36, who worked at the Hacienda Healthcare clinic.

He is being charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of abusing a vulnerable adult.

The 29-year-old patient, who has reportedly been in the care of the clinic since she was a toddler, gave birth on 29 December.

Staff at the facility said at the time that they were unaware she was pregnant until she went into labour.

The child, a boy, is now in the care of the patient's family.

After the birth, a police investigation into the sexual assault was launched and DNA samples were collected from male staff.

Authorities said Mr Sutherland is a licensed practical nurse who was responsible for caring for the victim during the time the sexual assault took place.

He is being held at the Maricopa County Jail.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46978297

Lazy Millennials Pay Someone to Walk Their Fur Baby; It Gets Squashed and Dies LOL

Dog-walking app Wag has been accused of trying to silence a couple whose dog died in the care of one of their dog walkers.

Sara and Nick Moore, from Houston, Texas, say Wag offered them financial compensation in return for signing a non-disclosure agreement.

Winnie, a wheaten terrier, was hit by a car on a walk arranged through the app.

The company says it is "deeply saddened by what happened".

The couple used the "ASAP" feature of the app, which allows pet-owners to "order" a dog walker to arrive within the hour.

Mr Moore wrote on Facebook they had suspected something was wrong after not receiving the usual notification Winnie's walk was complete.

"When Sara called the walker, the walker answered and assured Sara that Winnie was home safe," he wrote.

"Five minutes later, Sara received a call from a Wag representative saying that Winnie was not home safe but had been hit and did not survive."

https://web.archive.org/web/20190123214400/https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46978661

Officials in anti-vaccination ‘hotspot’ near Portland declare an emergency over measles outbreak

A quickly escalating measles outbreak around Portland, Ore., has led health officials in nearby Clark County, Wash., to declare a public health emergency as they warn that people infected with the highly contagious virus have visited schools and churches, a dentist’s office, a Costco, an Ikea and an Amazon locker pickup station.

Someone with measles was at Concourse D of the Portland International Airport on Jan. 7, the county’s public health department advised. An infected person attended a Portland Trail Blazers home game Jan. 11.

At the beginning of last week, there were only a handful of confirmed cases. On Friday, the day the emergency was declared, there were 19. By Sunday, that number had grown to 21. The latest update came Tuesday, when county officials said they had confirmed 23 cases and were investigating two more suspected cases. The vast majority of those who have fallen ill had not been immunized.

The outbreak makes concrete the fear of pediatric epidemiologists that a citadel of the movement against compulsory vaccination could be susceptible to the rapid spread of a potentially deadly disease.

“It’s alarming,” Douglas J. Opel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Any time we have an outbreak of a disease that we have a safe and effective vaccine against, it should raise a red flag.”

State data shows that 7.9 percent of children in Clark County were exempt in the 2017-2018 school year from vaccines required for kindergarten entry, which includes the two-dose course for measles that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is 97 percent effective. Only 1.2 percent of the children had a medical dispensation, meaning that nearly 7 percent were not immunized for personal or religious reasons. Nationally, about 2 percent of children went without required immunizations for nonmedical reasons.

The high rate of nonmedical exemption for vaccines is what makes the Portland area, which sits across the Columbia River from Clark County, a “hotspot” for outbreaks, according to Peter J. Hotez, a professor of pediatrics and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

“This is something I’ve predicted for a while now,” he said of the public health emergency in Clark County. “It’s really awful and really tragic and totally preventable.”

Of the confirmed cases, 18 patients are between the ages of 1 to 10 years old. Twenty of the infected individuals had not been immunized against measles, and the vaccination history of the other three remained unverified. One person was hospitalized.

Experts advised that the outbreak could still be in its infancy. The incubation period of the virus averages two weeks, and it can be spread four days before a rash makes its onset obvious.

Because measles is among the most highly contagious of all infectious diseases, it is bound to flare up in areas with low vaccination rates, Hotez said. He tracked this effect in a paper last year in the Public Library of Science, linking the number of philosophical exemptions, which has climbed since 2009 in 12 of the 18 states that allow them, to increasing outbreaks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/01/23/an-anti-vaccination-hotspot-near-portland-suffers-public-health-emergency-over-measles/

Nigeria may overtake India as number one in open defecation

>https://www.premiumtimesng.com/health/health-features/297205-world-toilet-day-experts-worried-nigeria-may-overtake-india-as-number-one-in-open-defecation.html

“We go to the stream, we don’t have water here, even toilets; we usually use the bush. A woman was bitten by a snake while defecating in the bush and another one was bitten when she went to pick firewood for cooking,” Hannatu Peter, an internally displaced person at the New Gongola IDP camp in the Federal Capital Territory, said.

“We want the government to help us, especially on these toilet and water issues. Some women urinate anywhere and get infected; the majority of us are having infections and treating infections in hospitals is quite expensive.”

Strange as the testimony may sound, this is a typical scenario in several communities, particularly in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across Nigeria, as poor living conditions and the dearth of sanitation facilities are peculiar features of such neighbourhoods.

A major outcome of the lack of sanitation facilities is open defection which, according to experts, usually provokes the outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery in such communities, particularly among the children.

According to Nigeria Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostics Report, the country’s sanitation sector is in a critical condition.

The report shows that the economic growth of Nigeria, which has an estimated population of over 183 million, has not translated into rapid poverty reduction.

Therefore, concerned observers insist that the country has been lagging behind in the accumulation of physical and human capital, with poor access to WASH services being a key factor.

The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, warned at the National Council on Water Resources meeting, held in Abuja between November 13 and 15, that if India was able to exit from its number one position in the list of countries with poor sanitation and open defecation by the middle of 2019, it would be a “national shame’’ for Nigeria not to.

“I was in India recently, the country has been adequately mobilised on issues of sanitation and open defecation. It is, therefore, a civic responsibility for all of us, ” Mr Adamu said.

“Three years ago, only 40 per cent of Indians were using toilets but now, 95 per cent of Indians are practising full sanitation practices.

“The Indians have not only stopped to defecate in the open, they are also recycling their waste into usable products; they have experienced a lot of transformation within three years.

“In the last three years, the Indians have built 80 million toilets; we need this kind of quantum leap in our country.

“By next year, wherever you go in the world, you would hear that Nigeria is number one in open defecation; that is a national shame which we must not allow to happen,” he said.

Globalist Kikes To Upload Their Brains Into AI Chips, Implant In Slave Subjects To Live Forever

IF YOU THOUGHT LIFE IS HELL FOR HUMANITY NOW…

Richard Skellett, a founder of Digital Anthropologist and an expert for Future of Work, has warned of a future in which British workers have chips inserted underneath their skin.

The process has already been trialled with company BioTeq fitting 150 implants in the UK.

And Sweden-based firm Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph that it is in discussions with several British companies about microchipping.

But as humans and machines become more in-sync, it could open up all sorts of possibilities – including being able to live forever.

Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Skellett explained: “There’s a lot of talk at the moment about microchipping employees and there are some companies that are actually doing that.

Chips will be able to store medical data and other personal information.

Mr Skellett added: “Living forever might sound crazy at the moment because the technology isn’t quite there, but we already have the technology to clone.

“The only thing is that something may be an exact replica in terms of DNA but it may be nothing like you because we are made up of both nature and nurture.

“Well I would say that nurture is all to do with learning, you are a product of everything you have experienced, your likes and dislikes and that’s arguably your soul.

“Your soul is you, it’s your beliefs, it’s your values.

If humanity does not refuse this, and complies, then humanity will be enslaved and doomed forever.

https://archive.fo/uo2cq

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/754342/science-news-microchips-live-forever-ai-immortality-richard-skellett

Davos Scared of Ocasio-Cortez's proposed tax hikes

The 70 percent tax rate on earnings above $10 million proposed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has the elite financiers attending Davos worried.

"It's scary," Scott Minerd, global chief investment officer for $265 billion Guggenheim Partners, said in an interview.

"By the time we get to the presidential election, this is going to gain more momentum," said Minerd, who added that he would probably be personally impacted by it. "And I think the likelihood that a 70 percent tax rate, or something like that, becomes policy is actually very real."

Stephen Schwarzman, the billionaire CEO of private equity giant Blackstone and Republican megadonor, said sarcastically that he is "wildly enthusiastic" about the lawmaker's proposed tax hike. He added that "the U.S. is the second most progressive tax regime in the world,"

Despite the bipartisan appeal of a tax increase on the wealthy, another billionaire financier dismissed the idea's chances, saying that Democrats angling for a 2020 victory wouldn't move that far to the left.

"It's not going to happen – trust me"

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/22/davos-billionaires-are-scared-of-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-tax-proposal.html

How Artificial Intelligence Will Leave Many Human Beings 'Obsolete', Stealing Jobs

Maybe a miracle will happen and we will avoid the nuclear holocaust that appears to be heading our way. Maybe we will get spending under control and pay down the national debt and avoid economic and social collapse. Maybe we won’t have a civil war after all, and perhaps we will even get our border under control. I guess miracles can happen…and it looks like it will take several miracles to save us.

But then we would be faced with another problem, one we have failed to really think about. Automation, robots, AI (artificial intelligence) threaten to make most people obsolete, stealing their jobs and leaving them unemployed and impoverished, and, ultimately, homeless and starving. Eternal optimists assure us that robotics will eliminate menial, unpleasant, low-paying jobs but will somehow create other jobs. This is true up to a point, as robots will require computer software designers and maintenance people.

Also, automation will allow our companies making running shoes in Bangladesh to bring their factories back to the US, eliminating shipping costs, and replacing the foreign workers with robots and at least a handful of Americans to program and service the machines. But for every new job created, most available to the small subset of the population capable of mastering the required skills, several jobs will be lost…after all, that is the whole purpose of robotics, to save money for corporations by eliminating all those payrolls.

So far we have seen industrial robots assembling and welding, replacing workers on assembly lines, and computer filing and word-processing technology has replaced many clerical workers and secretaries. Old style telephone operators were replaced long ago by automation. One of the most available jobs today is driving vehicles, including delivery trucks, taxis, buses, trains, or big rigs, and driverless vehicle technology is advancing very, very fast.

Even for aircraft, fly by wire technology can evolve into real robot aircraft, even airliners. Automated tellers have replaced many human bank tellers. Stores and fast food restaurants are beginning to evolve into high-tech super vending machines, needing no clerks, cooks, dish washers, or waitresses. Farmers will have self-driving tractors and combine harvesters, and even jobs requiring sight, a delicate sense of touch, and precise hand movements, from picking fruit and vegetables to cleaning chicken or fish, will soon be automated.

It is all very well to say that these were often stressful, dirty jobs, often performed under poor working conditions, and it is true that human beings are not designed to perform menial, repetitive tasks for hours on end. We seem designed to do a variety of things with minimal supervision, the sort of work done by hunter-gatherers or subsistence fishermen, or to be writers, musicians, and artists. But there will not be a lot of paying positions in these fields. And we are clearly not designed to be idle.

Parasites are degenerate life forms; I spent years as a Social Security Claims Representative and a Welfare Department Eligibility Worker, and, believe me, fourth generation welfare recipients are parasites, and they are degenerates. If everyone had a guaranteed income with no work required, most people would go downhill rapidly. This is the “moral hazard” of a guaranteed minimum income. And could we, as a society, even afford to pay everyone enough to subsist on? I am assuming that simply allowing eighty percent or more of the population to fall into poverty and then starve to death is not an option. (And if they did, who would buy all the products churned out by the robots?)

Looked at one way, the costs would be astronomical. But our economy for many decades supported a thriving middle class. Our productivity is greater than ever, so it is obvious that we still can. But what entity will provide the funds, subject to what conditions? Almost certainly the government would have to do it, bringing us back to the socialism many of us wanted to escape. As the saying goes, a government that can give you anything can take everything. With most of the population dependent on the government, freedom could soon be lost. And whom would the government tax, if most citizens had no independent income?

At least part of the funds would have to come from increased corporate income taxes, another socialist relic many of us would like to abolish. Perhaps, as I have suggested previously, the government could do, officially, openly, and subject to strict limitations, what the major banks in the Federal Reserve system have been doing all along…create fiat money out of thin air. Like the present system, this would devalue the currency and act as a tax on everyone, only paid to the (presumably federal) government, not the banksters.

http://allnewspipeline.com/AI_No_More_Jobs_William_B_Stoecker.php

The biggest beneficiaries of the government safety net: Working-class whites

"Working-class whites are the biggest beneficiaries of federal poverty-reduction programs, even though blacks and Hispanics have substantially higher rates of poverty, according to a new study to be released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Government assistance and tax credits lifted 6.2 million working-class whites out of poverty in 2014, more than any other racial or ethnic demographic. Half of all working-age adults without college degrees lifted out of poverty by safety-net programs are white; nearly a quarter are black and a fifth are Hispanic."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/16/the-biggest-beneficiaries-of-the-government-safety-net-working-class-whites/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.262fb662ce38

Facebook Now Censoring Talk About Politics And Religion At Work

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It's not just social media users that are being censored, now its social media employees.

According to a new report by Business Insider, citing an internal company memo, Facebook is now telling its employees what they can, and can't, talk about at work.

Business Insider reviewed an internal company memo where Facebook's CTO claims to have put together "a set of ground rules for open and respectful communication at work, and a central moderation model."

The memo states: "We're keeping it simple with three main guidelines: Don't insult, bully, or antagonize others. Don't try to change someone's politics or religion. Don't break our rules about harassing speech and expression."

Facebook uses Workplace, an app that allows chat, for internal communication. Employees use it for work related projects, but also occasionally for small talk. The app is targeted as the main area where these new rules will apply.

The memo continues: "These guidelines apply to all work communications including Workplace, email, chat, tasks, posters, whiteboards, chalkboards, and face-to-face. Since Workplace is where most of these discussions happen, we are investing engineering resources there."

Facebook has also made it easier for employees to report one another when somebody says something that "offends" someone else. The memo continued:

"We are making it easier to report posts and comments, and those reports will go straight to a trained moderator who'll moderate as needed. We're also developing more tools to help proactively."

We can't help but wonder, "Who is training the moderator?"

https://archive.fo/BTNEn

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-17/facebook-now-censoring-talk-about-politics-and-religion-work

German Government Seeks To Ruin German Unlimited Top Speed Autobahn

Germany is about to become a lot less fun and a lot more draconian if a new series of draft proposals aimed at [carbon taxation and population control] would eliminate segments of the autobahn famous for no speed limit, instead capping drivers at 130 km/h (80 MPH), according to Reuters.

So no more of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISI_2togzyw

The proposals would also eliminate a tax break for diesels, raise fuel taxes by 2023, and set quotas on the sale of electric and hybrid cars. [That's right, government-run markets!]

The proposals, outlined in a draft paper seen by Reuters, could prove controversial in car-mad Germany, whose decades-old motorway network is famous for “no limits” sections where drivers can put even the fastest cars through their paces.

Germany could be hit with heavy EU fines if it fails to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and poisonous nitrogen oxides. Transport emissions, which have not fallen since 1990, are a particular target for reductions.

The proposals - which are still in their infancy, aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half. The National Platform on the FUture of Mobility is due to reports its findings at the end of March, which German legislators will then incorporate into a climate change law to be enacted later this year.

"Not every instrument and every measure will be accepted," the draft report acknowledges. "It will take political deftness, diplomatic skill and a willingness to compromise to achieve the climate change goals."

Ask Macron how hiking fuel taxes have been working out…

https://archive.fo/A3Qa5

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/germanys-autobahn-lose-unlimited-top-speed-under-proposed-climate-change

After Years of Big Pharma Shills Bashing Hemp As Medicine, Big Pharma Patents Hemp As Medicine

THE CURE FOR CANCER: >>>/prepare/53 | https://archive.fo/31Ylw

Big Pharma has patented the exclusive rights to a cancer cure using cannabis, preventing others from using THC and CBD to treat the disease.

British company, GW Pharmaceuticals, had previously developed cannabis-based drugs for multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. Now, they hold the rights to treat cancer.

Rxleaf.com reports: https://archive.fo/67mbv

That’s right. Big Pharma now holds the patent for cancer treatment using cannabis. Let. That. Sink. In. For. A. Moment.

In 2009, GW went forward with a patent application, alongside collaborator Otsuka Pharmaceutical. At the end of September, GW announced that they had received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent Office to go forward with production of their cannabis-based cancer treatment, Sativex.

Numerous studies have shown that cannabis can be used to treat cancer by eradicating cancer cells and stopping metastasis, in most types of cancer. The latest GW drug will harness the power of THC and CBD to treat gliomas, which are a rare form of brain cancer.

The now-patented pharmaceutical uses a ratio of THC and CBD ranging from 1:1 to 1:20 (THC:CBD) to “reduce cell viability, inhibit cell growth or reduce tumor volume”, according to the company. It is interesting to note that GW’s treatment, Sativex, grew out of a long history of pre-clinical trials and anecdotal evidence that show the use of cannabis and cannabis-based products for tumor reduction.

The company went ahead with clinical trials in August 2018 to test the efficacy of Sativex. This trial will look at efficacy of Sativex when combined with more traditional mainstream cancer treatments. Sativex and the chemotherapy drug, temozolomide, has been administered to 20 patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). This is a rare and very deadly type of brain cancer.

The original patent application was sent in 2009, but has been subsequently changed to accommodate FDA requirements. Changes would include specifics like THC and CBD ratios in the medication, as well as the forms of cancer that Sativex may be able to treat.

https://archive.fo/m1WSX

https://newspunch.com/big-pharma-patents-cannabis-cancer-treatment/

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Twitter Allows Death Threats Against Trump Supporting Children While Censoring Conservative News

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In the wake of the mainstream media further destroying their reputation and any remaining semblance of being trustworthy after they piled on the #CovingtonBoys following a viral video that only showed part of what really happened, leftist lunatics all across America are calling for violence upon Trump supporters, with one 'crazy' calling for the kids school to be burned down with all of the children locked inside while also recently tweeting, apparently with twitter's full approval, "I want you to fire on any of these red hat bitches when you see them. On sight".

With the mainstream media proving once again that they truly are the "enemy of the American people" via their only showing one small part of the total events that went on in Washington DC over the weekend, showing they'll drop to the lowest of lows to take down and dox President Trump supporters, even children, as Susan Duclos reports within this new ANP story, their narrative has totally backfired as more video came out of the incident providing proper context yet the damage has been done.

And now, as we'll see detailed below, twitter actually claims that the crazy, leftist lunatic calling for MAGA hat wearing kids to be 'shot on sight' isn't a violation of their terms of service. Seriously?! If a so-called 'white supremacist' called upon black or American Indian children to be 'shot on sight', the FBI and local police would have the address of the perp within a moment, and exactly as it should be. Why are children who are supporters of President Donald Trump apparently 'fair game during wide open hunting season' in the eyes of twitter and the mainstream media?

And so we must ask, with all of this now unfolding and leftists calling for violence against children, how long might it be until all-out civil war breaks out in America with even members of the US Congress recently coming close to fisticuffs as LMT Online reported within this January 19th story? As their story reports, "One political rule of life is never ask a question unless you really want to know the answer. Example: It cannot possibly get worse in Washington, can it?"

Proceeding to then detail for us an event which recently happened at the Capitol with tensions flaring and lawmakers actually walking provocatively towards each other in the well of the House, their story reported that the chance of a very real physical confrontation seemed to grow each moment, what their story called "a cross between a Spike Lee movie where one remark turns an entire neighborhood into flames and a moment inside the regular brawls that occur in Taiwan's parliament." (Who wouldn't love to see video of either of those two happen in US Congress?!)

With many on the left actually having come to believe that they are the 'chosen people' and morally superior to everyone else after the 8 year 'reign of terror' over America by Barack Obama, how long might it be until one leftist lunatic takes the lies from the mainstream media too far and attacks a Conservative, Christian school for their support of POTUS Trump? As one commenter recently pointed out, America is absolutely a powder keg, ready to explode, all it might take is one spark.

And while we'll continue to pray that a bloody civil war in America remains a thing of the late 1800's and will never happen again within our lifetimes, should another civil war break out in America today, those on the left now calling for violence against children could eventually see their very worst nightmares coming true with America transformed into something that looks like a 3rd world, with Americans fighting Americans due to mainstream media inflicted 'Trump derangement syndrome'.

And while the mainstream media absolutely deserves their fair share of the blame for whipping America into a frenzy that could very well lead to civil war, much of the divisiveness in America can be blamed directly upon the ongoing Russia-collusion investigation that was created out of thin air as the Demonrat/globalists insurance policy against President Trump.

https://archive.ph/FsFsh

http://allnewspipeline.com/Leftists_Call_For_Violence_Push_America_To_Breaking_Point.php

They’re Coming For YOUR Money

BE PREPARED: >>>/prepare/1 | https://archive.fo/elYwR

https://web.archive.org/web/20180910185746/https://8ch.net/prepare/res/1.html

Every so often throughout history, the peasants grab their pitchforks and come for the elite. It happens when the wealth gap grows too extreme… when people feel like they are getting left behind, with no opportunity to advance.

Central banks around the world have printed trillions of dollars over last decade, and pushed interest rates to zero, and sometimes below. And all of that stimulus went directly into the pockets of the wealthy.

Since 2009, the world’s billionaires more than DOUBLED their combined wealth. All the billionaires in the world had $3.4 trillion in 2009. By 2017, they amassed $8.9 trillion.

Mark Zuckerberg multiplied his wealth almost 20 times over, from $3 billion in 2009, to over $58 billion in 2019.

$8.9 trillion is a massive, almost incomprehensible amount of wealth.

For the last ten years, we’ve seen a huge asset price inflation in everything from the stock market, to bonds and real estate, and even fine art and wine.

But if you’re a wage earner without assets, you’ve been left out. Wages and median household wealth have stagnated.

And this is a global issue…

The combined wealth of the poorest half of the world–3.8 billion people–fell by 11% just last year, according to Oxfam, a group working to alleviate poverty.

The New York Times claims the richest 8 people on the planet have more wealth than the poorest 3.8 billion.

And Forbes says the 3 richest Americans have as much wealth as the poorest half of the country’s population.

People feel trapped, like they have no path to prosperity. They see money thrown around by the government, and the rich. They see stocks and real estate boom… but where is theirs?

Meanwhile a tiny group got embarrassingly rich.

I’m not trying to sound like some radical, left-wing, social justice warrior. I just know that throughout history, whenever the wealth gap gets large enough, everything falls apart.

Sometimes that happens through legislation and sometimes it happens through violence. People demand that their politicians forcefully redistribute the wealth. And the politicians, always hungry for more power, are happy to step up to the plate.

[NOTE these are the same politicians who bailed out the major banks when their corrupt fraudulent mortgage bond market collapsed in 2008! They helped make these billionaires get richer off America's expense already!]

We’re starting to see this in America today.

https://archive.fo/aZZZs

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-22/get-ready-theyre-coming-your-money

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Trump Will Meet With Covington Kids Who Were Bullied By Leftist Propagandist Media

According to Fox News' Laura Ingraham, President Trump will meet with the Covington Catholic students at the center of a viral encounter with a Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (who has lied about the incident), after the left was whipped into a bigoted frenzy over the image of a grinning student Nick Sandmann standing his ground while the tribal elder pounded away at his drum.

Liberals seized on the short clip to condemn the Trump-supporting students, only to backpedal furiously after footage of the entire incident exonerated the kids.

EXCLUSIVE on the new #LauraIngrahamPodcast — the Covington Catholic students threatened by the leftist internet mob will be meeting with @realDonaldTrump at the White House as early as tomorrow. @iTunes @PodcastOne

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 22, 2019

Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs has refuted Ingraham's report, however, tweeting "Don’t think this is true. As of right now, they have not been invited, I’m told. The Covington students aren't coming to the WH tomorrow, or this week."

Trump weighed in on the encounter on Tuesday, tweeting: "Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!"

Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good - maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019

Following the left's shameful knee-jerk reaction to the incident, several Covington Catholic High School families plan to sue media outlets which participated in a mob-rule campaign against the students - which resulted in doxing and death threats, according to PJ Media.

Los Angeles attorney Robert Barnes offered to represent the Covington kids for free in a Sunday tweet, and told PJ Media that he was working with families to sue media outlets which smeared the Trump-supporting teens.

I will represent the kids for free if they want to sue @maggieNYT for obvious libel. https://t.co/VmqVqIVNoe

— Robert Barnes (@Barnes_Law) January 20, 2019

https://archive.fo/UWwsS

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-22/covington-maga-kids-lawyer-high-school-closes-after-death-threats

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"Far right 'recruiting vulnerable children at primary school age,' warns UK secret police officer"

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu singled out the neo-Nazi group National Action as a “prime example” of extremists targeting young children.

He said: “National Action were the prime example of this who have used some similar techniques to try and influence the young and the malleable and that has been very disturbing.”

Asked on LBC’s Nick Ferrari show how young people were being targeted, he warned of the dangers of “online propaganda” on children’s mobile phones, saying: “It doesn’t matter if it’s Islamist ideology or whether it’s far-right, extreme right-wing white supremacy or hate crime – that medium, that mechanism is an insidious threat.”

He also spoke of a “shifting dynamic” in terms of the threat of far right extremism, adding: “My point about the far-right threat is the far-right threat is a political rhetoric from people who think they’ve got a legitimate political point.

"My biggest concern is when that morphs into extreme right-wing terrorism and that is the bit that we’ve got to stop.”

In a separate interview Mr Basu also warned that the divisive potential of Brexit could lead to a “creeping rise” in people being radicalised by far-right extremism.

He said the “febrile” atmosphere surrounding Brexit could give rise to division, allowing a way in for far-right extremist ideology.

Mr Basu said there was no intelligence pointing to an increased risk of terror attacks after Brexit, but he was concerned about a potential rise in hate crime.

The Scotland Yard officer said: “What’s most concerning me about Brexit is its potential to divide communities and set communities against each other.

“So what we saw after the referendum was a rise in hate crime, and a rise in far-right rhetoric, and we have seen the growth of organisations like National Action, and what I want to make absolutely clear is that we are concentrating very heavily on making sure that doesn’t get a foothold in this country.

“I’m really proud to be a UK citizen in a country that is largely tolerant, and we haven’t seen an explosion in that threat.”

He added: “What I’m concerned about is the creeping rise of that threat, and if we aren’t clear that we are combating that threat then that’s my concern.

“It’s still a relatively small threat compared to what we have faced from al Qaida in the past and Islamic State over the last four years or so.”

Mr Basu said the number of terror plots foiled in the last two years rose to 18, comprising four far-right extremist plots and 14 Islamist terror plots.

He warned of a “dramatic” fall in the number of pieces of information passed to police by members of the public.

In 2017 and 2018, around a fifth of the information passed to police from the public had a “significant” role in thwarting attacks, he said.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/far-right-recruiting-vulnerable-children-at-primary-school-age-warns-top-counter-terror-officer-a4046491.html

Florida woman shot after performing sex act for $5 and some Pringles

A woman was shot Monday night outside a gas station after she performed a sex act in exchange for $5 and some potato chips, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Police said they were called to a Shell station around 10:30 p.m. Monday because a person had been shot.

They found a woman, whose name was not released, with a gunshot wound to her shoulder. She was taken to a hospital, and her injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The woman told investigators that she agreed to perform a sex act with a man in exchange for $5 and some Pringles potato chips. After the act, she said, the man demanded the $5 back and then shot her in the shoulder and ran off.

The JSO said detectives are investigating. They did not release a suspect description, but said he had a rather large head.

https://www.local10.com/news/florida/florida-woman-shot-after-performing-sex-act-for-5-pringles-police-say

Trump thinks fed workers can just ask Daddy for more money

https://insider.foxnews.com/2019/01/09/pelosi-blasts-trump-after-white-house-wall-shutdown-meeting-walk-out

"'He Thinks They Can Just Ask Their Father for Money': Pelosi Blasts Trump After Shutdown Mtg Walk-Out"

During a press conference, Pelosi said that Trump is "insensitive" to the plight of federal workers who are either furloughed or working without pay.

"He thinks maybe they can just ask their father for more money. But, they can't," she said.

Shepard Smith noted the line was an apparent reference to Trump's own familial wealth.

The president's late father, Frederick Trump Sr., was a wealthy outer-borough developer in New York City, and young Donald had already amassed a several-million-dollar fortune before he was a teenager."

Bill Gates Gets A Huge Public Erection After He Says 30 Million People Will Die In 15 Years

Microsoft founder Bill Gates warns that over 30 million people will be dead within the next 15 years as a result of a biotechnology attack.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in 2017, Gates warned that the next worldwide epidemic will likely originate from terrorists using biotechnology to spread a dangerous “supervirus” around the globe.

“The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus … or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu,” he told the audience.

“Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years,” he warned.

Rt.com reports: https://archive.fo/aBN4S

Gates said the link between health security and international security is underestimated adding that governments are not paying enough attention to this threat. “We ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril.”

The absence of deadly epidemics in recent history shouldn’t lull the world into a false sense of security as such “doomsday scenarios” can occur. Gates reminded the audience of the scale of the 1918 flu pandemic which infected around 500 million people and claimed between 50-100 million lives according to various estimates.

“Most of the things we need to do to protect against a naturally occurring pandemic are the same things we must prepare for an intentional biological attack.”

https://archive.fo/HH0PO

https://newspunch.com/bill-gates-30-million-dead/

McConnell Calls Votes On Competing (And Probably Doomed) Funding Bills As Shutdown Enters 33rd Day

Now in its 33rd day, the unprecedented government shutdown is creating serious strains for the 800,000 federal workers who are either furloughed or going without pay. Some have started looking for new jobs. Others have turned to Uber, Lyft and other gig-economy jobs. Still others are calling out out of frustration. The FBI is complaining that the shutdown is hampering investigations and is calling for lawmakers to at least authorize enough funding to get the DOJ up and running again. Some workers are turning to unemployment assistance. Others are starting to frequent soup kitchens.

But despite it all, Trump and Congressional Democrats are refusing to yield. And a series of votes expected to be held Thursday on competing proposals - one a bid to temporarily reopen the government being pushed by Democrats, the other a compromise proposed by Trump over the weekend that was immediately rejected by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer - have little chance of passing, according to Reuters.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he planned to hold a vote on Thursday on a Democratic proposal that would fund the government for three weeks but does not include the $5.7 billion in U.S.-Mexico border wall funding demanded by President Donald Trump.

Its prospects appeared grim. The House of Representatives has passed several similar bills, but Trump has rejected legislation that does not include border wall funding. McConnell previously said he would not consider a bill the Republican president refused to sign.

McConnell also planned to hold a vote on legislation that would include border wall funding and relief for “Dreamers,” people brought illegally to the United States as children, a compromise Trump proposed on Saturday.

No matter what Trump proposes, it's likely to meet a frosty response from the Dems, who are insisting that the government be reopened before any deal on immigration can be struck (which effectively means that there wouldn't be a deal).

Many Democratic leaders dismissed the deal as a "non-starter" and said they would not negotiate on border security before reopening the government. Democrats have said they would not trade a temporary restoration of the immigrants’ protections from deportation in return for a permanent border wall they view as ineffective. In 2017, Trump moved to end the Dreamers’ protections, triggering a court battle.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-23/mcconnell-calls-votes-competing-and-probably-doomed-funding-bills

Manhattan DA Hails ‘First Conviction Of A White Supremacist On Terror Charges In New York State’

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/01/23/james-jackson-murder-terror-conviction/

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An Army veteran from Baltimore pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a black man in a racially motivated attack nearly two years ago in New York City.

James Jackson, 30, fatally stabbed Timothy Caughman, 66, in the back with a sword on March 20, 2017 near Times Square.

Jackson told police he traveled to the city to pull off a “political terrorist attack” and “inspire white men to kill black men, to scare black men, and to provoke a race war,” according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Jackson pleaded guilty to all charges against him, including murder in the first degree in furtherance of an act of terrorism and murder in the second degree as a hate crime. He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole – the maximum sentence allowed.

Queen Elizabeth May Be The One To Save Brexit

Queen Elizabeth is set to block any attempt by traitorous British politicians who intend to subvert democracy and stop Brexit.

According to government sources, the Queen will be advised to refuse to grant the Royal Assent to any parliamentary legislation that blocks the UK from leaving the EU.

Breitbart.com reports: https://archive.fo/bwyKn

The confirmation came from a senior minister who spoke to the Telegraph following publication of a Policy Exchange paper on the subject by Sir Stephen Laws QC, a former First Parliamentary Counsel.

Remain MPs are currently advancing various plots to take control of the Brexit process from Theresa May, who is at least nominally opposed to delaying exit day, scheduling a re-run of the 2016 referendum, or ruling out a clean, No Deal withdrawal from the EU.

The most controversial of these is a scheme devised by Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney-General, who wants to allow a minority of MPs to take control of the parliamentary timetable.

This would be unprecedented, but the Remain-backing Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, already broke with centuries of precedent to allow Grieve to amend an “unamendable” business motion, against the advice of parliamentary clerks, shortly after a meeting with the Tory MP in his grace-and-favour apartments in the Palace of Westminster.

“[M]ight not a Government in [this] situation think that this was precisely the last resort for which the Royal Assent process is retained?” asked Sir Stephen rhetorically.

“It could raise a question whether the Government would be entitled or might feel required to reassert its constitutional veto by advising the Queen not to grant Royal Assent to the Bill.”

“I have seen Sir Stephen Laws QC’s view – he is quite right. Dominic Grieve and Co had better think long and hard before potentially involving the Queen in such controversy,” a senior minister told the Telegraph.

“If Parliament publishes an act against Government policy, what are we left with? Do we just surrender meekly? No, I don’t think we do. We have to think about the position they are putting the Palace in,” they added.

The Royal Assent has not been refused to a Bill since the reign of Queen Anne in the 1700s, largely because the British constitutional system, which blends the executive with the legislature, makes it very unlikely that a Bill opposed by the Government would pass all the parliamentary hurdles necessary to reach the monarch.

It is highly unlikely the Queen would, as a constitutional monarch, refuse the Royal Assent to a Bill on her own initiative, but would instead do so “on the advice of her ministers” — with it being open to Parliament to depose said ministers in a vote of no confidence if they were sufficiently unhappy with this.

https://archive.fo/SrVtx

https://newspunch.com/queen-elizabeth-block-traitorous-politicians-stop-brexit/

Attention Whore Falls to Her Death LOL

A Taiwanese hiker known for posting bikini clad photos from her summits has died after falling into a ravine during a solo trek.

Gigi Wu managed to contact emergency services but bad weather delayed rescue operations, local media reports say.

The 36-year-old is thought to have died of hypothermia.

She was a popular figures on social media figure and messages on her Facebook pages pay tribute to her as an inspirational hiker.

Ms Wu was alone on a multi-day tour of a mountain range in Taiwan's Yushan National Park, the reports say.

While she was famous for posting pictures of herself in bikinis from summits, she was an experienced hiker, appearing to use proper equipment and precautions during her expeditions.

https://web.archive.org/web/20190122043538/https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46955645

Russian NPCs are losing faith in Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Public trust in President Vladimir Putin has fallen to its lowest level in 13 years, according to a Russian state pollster, a setback for the Kremlin which works hard to burnish Putin’s image as a wise father-of-the-nation-style leader.

The poll, by the Public Opinion Research Centre, found that trust in Putin had fallen to 33.4 percent, its lowest level since 2006.

The results do not pose an immediate problem for Putin who won a landslide election victory and a new six-year mandate in March last year, but could embolden would-be successors to begin what is likely to be a long game of jostling for position.

Putin’s overall approval rating, which is different from his trust rating, is still high at just over 60 percent.

His approval rating has slipped from its peak of nearly 90 percent amid dismay over falling household incomes and unpopular government moves to raise the retirement age and hike value added tax.

Putin’s trust rating hit a high of 71 percent in July 2015 after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea the previous year.

On the eve of last year’s presidential election, it stood at 55.3 percent. Since then, public trust in him has dropped sharply, falling to 38.3 percent three months later, ending 2018 at 36.5 percent.

Putin remains far more trusted than any other politician in Russia however, the same poll showed.

The second and third most trusted politicians in the poll were Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who received trust ratings of 13.7 percent and 9.3 percent respectively.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-poll/trust-in-russias-putin-falls-to-13-year-low-state-pollster-idUSKCN1PF1TL

TRUMP NEWS: Trannies BTFO

The United States Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of banning certain transgender people from the military.

The court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking the policy while challenges continue in lower courts.

The (((four liberal judges))) on the court opposed the ruling.

The policy prohibits "transgender persons who require or have undergone gender transition" from serving.

The president announced on Twitter in 2017 that the country would no longer "accept or allow" transgender Americans to serve in the military, citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption".

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46963426

TRUMP NEWS: Man linked to 4 killings suspected of being in US illegally

RENO, Nevada (AP) — Authorities investigating four recent Nevada killings say murder charges are pending against a man suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

Wilbur Martinez-Guzman, 20, was arrested Saturday in Carson City and is being held on possession of stolen property, burglary and immigration charges.

Authorities say they expect to file murder charges against him in the coming days in the shooting deaths of an elderly Reno couple and two women who lived near the town of Gardnerville.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said at a Sunday news conference that federal immigration authorities told his office Martinez-Guzman had lived in Carson City for about a year and was in the country illegally.

Furlong said Monday he didn’t know where Martinez-Guzman is originally from, and a message left with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not immediately returned. President Donald Trump mentioned the killings Monday in a tweet calling for his long-promised border wall.

Authorities say Connie Koontz, 56, was found dead Jan. 10 in her home in Gardnerville Ranchos, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Carson City. Three days later, 74-year-old Sophia Renken was found dead in her home about a mile from where Koontz lived.

On Wednesday, the bodies of 81-year-old Gerald David, and his 80-year-old wife, Sharon, were found in their home on the southern edge of Reno, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Carson City.

Furlong said the investigation is ongoing and it’s too soon to comment on a possible motive. He said Martinez-Guzman didn’t yet have an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

https://apnews.com/e822ce6b8e574afd99dc4028d7889019

Corrupt World 'Health' Organization Threatening To Shut Down Alternative News Sites

IN TOTAL DISDAIN AND DISREGARD FOR 1ST AMENDMENT

The World Health Organization, a criminal cartel front for the vaccine industry, has just declared war on the so-called “anti-vax” movement. The W.H.O. is the same group that spiked vaccines given to women in Africa with abortion / infertility drugs. The W.H.O. is also the same fraudulent group that falsely declared H5N1 bird flu to be a “stage 6 pandemic” in order to create global panic that generated billions of dollars in vaccine sales to world government (which stockpiled the vaccines and then later spent a fortune having the unused vaccine destroyed).

Now, the W.H.O. says that anti-vaxxers are one of the greatest public health threats of 2019, ranking the “vaccine hesitancy” movement right alongside Ebola as a public health threat. “Vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases,” claims the W.H.O. in a global health threat ranking document that also claims global warming — a quack science hoax fabricated by globalists — is also going to destroy humanity if we don’t surrender world economies to Al Gore.

The real goal is to criminalize vaccine skepticism and shut down all online speech that’s critical of vaccine safety.

From sources inside the vaccine deep state, I’m being told that this declaration by the World Health Organization is just the first step in a major assault being unleashed against Natural News and other independent journalism sources that rightfully question the lack of safety in toxic vaccines. With this declaration in place, the next steps will include:

Passing laws in Australia, the United States and Europe that criminalize all online speech which is critical of vaccine safety.

Arresting and imprisoning individuals who discuss the truth about vaccine ingredients such as Thimerosal, squalene or aborted human fetal cells (i.e. aborted human baby parts).

Blacklisting all scientists who study vaccine composition.

Seizing all domain names of independent publishers who report the truth about vaccines.

Censoring all “anti-vax” content across all search engines, mobile devices and social media.

Banning all “anti-vax” films and movies by claiming they are “spreading disease” when, in reality, they are spreading the truth about vaccine dangers.

I’ve just posted a hugely important video that explains the W.H.O. agenda to silence and criminalize all truthful speech about vaccines and vaccine ingredients.

This is a must-watch video, and you can find it only on Brighteon.com: https://www.brighteon.com/5991683887001

https://archive.ph/L9zGb

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-20-vaccine-deep-state-plots-to-seize-naturalnews-criminalize-speech.html

Secret Service Agent Files RICO Lawsuit Against Clintons, Podesta

A former Secret Service Agent has filed a civil lawsuit against Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta and a list of others from the Deep State.

Gary J. Byrne, a Secret Service Agent under the Clinton administration, is suing for breaches of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Conservativebase.com reports: Byrne is regarded as a top federal protection officer who has served with distinction a number of federal law enforcement assignments for almost thirty years beginning with his stint with the U.S. Air Force Security Police, his White House post with the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, and most recently as a Federal Air Marshal under the Homeland Security Department

“It’s amazing that a story like this is ignored by most of the nation’s news media since it opens the door to more extensive probes by the GOP of Democratic Party members, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and a number of so-called journalist who espouse their hatred for President Trump and anyone who supports him,” said Claude Rheinhold, a retired police commanding officer.

In addition to the Clinton Family’s scandalous activities such as the Uranium deal with Russia and suspected money laundering , Byrne fingers a number of Clinton associates and supporters as lawsuit defendants, including:

Clinton Foundation

Clinton-Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canadian “charity” organization

Media Matters For America (A fake news outlet, such as

Correct the Record

American Bridge 21st Century

Shareblue

David Brock

George Soros

John Podesta

Byrne also names fellow veteran Secret Service Agent and CNN Law Enforcement Analyst Jonathan Wackrow as a defendant in the lawsuit, a

As of Wednesday, electronic summons had been issued to all named defendants and Byrne had filed a certificate of disclosure titled “Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests.”

Among the many charges that appear in the filing is the charge that a criminal syndicate involving the Clintons, David Brock, Donna Brazile, and George Soros murdered Seth Rich.

Byrne is reportedly seeking damages of $1 billion, and refused to provide an address because he feared assassination.

https://archive.fo/41RJb

https://newspunch.com/secret-service-agent-rico-lawsuit-clintons-podesta/

Federal Reserve Confesses Sole Responsibility For All Recessions

In a surprisingly candid admission, two former Federal Reserve chairs have stated that the Federal Reserve alone is responsible for creating all recessions in the United States.

First, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke said that

Expansions don’t die of old age. They get murdered.

- MarketWatch

To clarify this statement, former Chair Janet Yellen placed the murder weapon in the Fed’s hands:

Two things usually end them… One is financial imbalances, and the other is the Fed.

Think that through, and you quickly realize that both of those things are the Fed. Is there anyone left standing who would not say the Fed’s quantitative easing in the past decade was the biggest cause of financial imbalances all over the world in history? Moreover, whose profligate monetary policies led to the Great Financial Crisis that gave us the Great Recession?

So, the Fed loads the gun with financial causes and then pulls the trigger. In fact, I think it would be hard to find a major financial imbalance in the US that the Fed did not have a hand in creating or, at least, enabling. Therefore, if those are the only two causes, then it is always the Federal Reserve that causes recessions by its own admission.

And, yet, those Fed dons look so pleased with themselves.

Yellen went on to say that when the Fed is the culprit, it is generally because the central bank is forced to tighten policy to curtail inflation and ends up overplaying its hand. (She didn’t mention that the Fed’s monetary policy may have a hand in creating financial imbalances.)

Exactly, nor did she mention that the inflation they were “forced” to curtail always happens because of financial imbalances the Fed created or enabled. That is why I call our expansion-recession cycles, rinse-and-repeat cycles. Therefore, the Fed is only forced by its own ill-conceived actions. First you have to create the imbalance, which causes the economy and stocks to inflate, then you have to pull the trigger to shoot that down by tightening into a recession, which the Fed always does:

Bernanke elaborated on Yellen’s point, accusing the central bank of, in essence, murder. It takes an aggressive act on the part of the monetary authority to bring an expanding economy to a halt and cause it to shift into reverse.

Yellen and Bernanke were speaking at the annual meeting of the American Economic Association in Atlanta earlier this month in the company of current Fed Chair Jerome Powell.

As I demonstrated in my two earlier articles this week (“Does Inverted Yield Curve Indicate Recession?” and “What is an inverted yield curve and what does it mean?“), the Fed carries out this act of econocide by getting the yield curve to invert via its forced interest changes. As shown in those articles, every recession has been immediately preceded by a Fed-created inversion of the yield curve — the Fed’s smoking gun.

As noted in those articles, today’s yield curve has already slipped into its penultimate inversion. First (on December third), three-year notes started paying more interest than five-year notes. (The five-year was at 2.83% interest, while the three-year hit just over that at 2.84%.) In essence, investors were betting the economy would be a tad better in five years than it would in three.

Within a matter of weeks, the three-year notes were paying more than seven-year notes. Then, just about Christmastime, they started paying more than eight-year notes, inverting the yield curve even further out. The orange recession indicator light comes on when they take the next step of paying more than ten-year notes; and above that we go full recessionary red! The first three came all within in a month, so the rest may come just as quickly.

In fact, we’re so close that one more rate increase by the Fed could pull the trigger. This is why Powell can be so reassuring about pulling back soon on targeted interest-rate increases. He knows he’s already operating with a hair trigger because of the Fed’s other tightening action in rolling bonds off of its balance sheet.

Like a skilled sharp-shooter, Powell recently said the Fed is “watching and waiting” before it pulls the trigger with its next rate increase. At the same time, he suggested his balance-sheet reduction won’t end for awhile (and, of course, the Fed knows that its balance sheet reduction is skewing the yield curve faster than the Fed’s targeted interest-rate increases.

Read the rest here:

https://archive.fo/m4IbX

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-21/federal-reserve-confesses-sole-responsibility-all-recessions

Taiwan 'bikini hiker' freezes to death

Taiwanese rescue teams are trying to retrieve the body of a hiker who became famous on social media for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini.

Gigi Wu - dubbed the "Bikini Climber" by fans - used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell friends she had fallen down a ravine in Taiwan's Yushan national park and badly injured herself. Rescue helicopters struggled to reach her because of bad weather and officials eventually located her lifeless body on Monday.

Officials said Wu had told friends she was taking a selfie in her bikini when she stepped too close to the cliff edge and it gave way and she tumbled to the bottom.

She was unable to move the lower half of her body after the fall of some 20-30 metres (65-100 feet) but was able to give her coordinates.

New Taipei City native Wu, 36, built up a sizeable social media following through photos of herself at the top of mountains dressed in bikinis.

She usually wore hiking clothes to scale the mountains, only changing into a bikini once she reached the top.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/22/taiwan-bikini-hiker-freezes-death-falling-ravine-solo-climb/

Man arrested in theft of backhoe

Louisville Metro police have charged a man in the theft last year of a piece of construction equipment valued at $68,000.

Newland R. Rigney, 25, of Louisville, was arrested Friday on a charge of receiving stolen property over $10,000.

LMPD detectives said the 2005 Caterpillar tractor backhoe was reported stolen on November 16 from N. 7th Street and River Road. It was recovered November 27 at 24th and Maple Streets in the California neighborhood.

Police say their investigation led them to Rigney who gave them a recorded statement that he had drive the backhoe to move pallets from the Maple St location to a home on S. 22nd Street. Detectives also said Rigney gave them the name of the man who stole the backhoe.

Rigney was already in custody at LMDC on other receiving stolen property charges.

http://www.wave3.com/2019/01/22/man-arrested-theft-backhoe/

Marine files $1M suit over strip search, calls it 'demeaning,' 'degrading,' violation of her

https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-marine-sergeant-strip-searched-claims-civil-rights-violated-calls-it-demeaning-degrading-lawsuit-says

"A former Marine Corps sergeant has filed a $1 million federal lawsuit, claiming her civil rights were violated in 2017 when sheriff's deputies from an Illinois county strip-searched her.

An attorney for Zandrea Askew, 28, said Tuesday that three female deputies from LaSalle County stripped his client as she lay face down on the floor of a holding cell screaming loudly, according to reports.

“Why do you need to take someone’s clothes off if they’re not cooperating with you?” attorney Terry Ekl said. “This was not a strip-search where they were looking for contraband. This was a form of punishment.”

"Askew was arrested after deputies reported finding her “very disoriented and confused” in her car on the side of a road. Court records show misdemeanor DUI and resisting arrest charges were later dropped after it was determined authorities lacked sufficient evidence to make the traffic arrest.

Ekl said Askew pulled her car over because she was ill, adding that his client did not break any traffic laws and cooperated with the deputies’ instructions. Askew also told deputies she had taken prescription medication, according to the arresting deputy’s incident report."

Child Hurt Falling Into Rhino Exhibit in Florida Zoo

Officials say a 2-year-old girl has been injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo.

Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said the girl was taken to an Orlando hospital for treatment Tuesday afternoon. Her mother was also taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

The zoo's executive director Keith Winsten tells Florida Today they don't believe the rhino's horn touched the child. The extent of her injuries wasn't immediately known.

He says she fell through the steel poles that separate guests from rhinos during a hands-on experience.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/child-hurt-falling-into-rhino-exhibit-at-brevard-zoo-503763761.html

LeBlanc, a Republican who voted for Trump, said Trump’s tariffs will cut his profits this year in ha

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/factories-tariffs-trump/2019/01/06/id/897050/

Complaints Grow Among US Factories That Trump's Tariffs Harm Their Profits

Complaints are intensifying across the industrial United States that President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported parts are disrupting factory operations and harming profits, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

"It’s killing us," said Pat LeBlanc, chairman of the Michigan-based EBW Electronics company.

LeBlanc, a Republican who voted for Trump, said Trump’s tariffs will cut his profits this year in half.

"If we fail because the company is being harmed by the government, that just makes me sick," he said.

Covington students caught in other videos acting like animals

Another viral video is on Twitter, where you can hear a Covington boy clearly say: “it’s not rape if you enjoy it,” as recorded below.

Second: In another video posted to Twitter as of Monday, a group of boys wearing MAGA hats taunt a young woman walking by. You can hear one boy shout “slut!” at her. The Twitter poster (who is also the woman in the video) says these boys were also from Covington.

https://twitter.com/MeloStreetVybz/status/1087549546404691969

https://twitter.com/roflinds/status/1087486166939680768

Study Suggests Hermit Crabs Evolved Long Penises to Defend Against Shell Thieves

Hermit crabs may have evolved longer penises so they can avoid being robbed during sex, according to new research.

Most hermit crabs live in the discarded shells of other creatures such as snails, moving into a larger shell when they outgrow their old one. But suitable shells are often in short supply. This presents a problem for amorous hermit crabs, since they must come part way out of their shells in order to mate. As a crab emerges, it can create an opportunity for another crab to rush in and steal the shell.

Mark Laidre, a biologist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, reasoned that longer penises might solve this dilemma for males, allowing them to reach out to a female while keeping the rest of their bodies firmly inside their shells. To test this idea, he measured 328 hermit crabs preserved as museum specimens.

The specimens represented nine species with different approaches to shell use. Three of the species modify the interiors of shells, a laborious undertaking that increases the value of the shell to its owner. Another five species use un-modified shells – still valuable, but easier to replace. In the final species, shells are only used by juveniles, so mating adults have nothing for other crabs to steal.

As predicted, Laidre found that the longest penises (relative to body size) belonged to the hermit crabs with the most to lose: those that modified their shells. Indeed, the more a species invested in remodeling, the longer its penis tended to be. The five species that used un-modified shells tended to have medium-length penises on average, while the penises of the shell-less species were among the shortest.

The findings, published today in the journal Royal Society Open Science, suggest that hermit crab penises have indeed evolved partly as anti-theft devices. Laidre calls this idea the "private parts for private property" hypothesis – although it could be argued that if only the penis emerges, it is actually its owner's least private part.

https://www.insidescience.org/news/study-suggests-hermit-crabs-evolved-long-penises-defend-against-shell-thieves

Support for Donald Trump's Impeachment is Higher Than His Approval Rating

President Donald Trump isn't exactly popular right now.

In fact, a new poll showed more folks seem to support impeaching him than approve of the job he's doing in the White House.

The survey from Public Policy Polling—a Democratic polling firm that also does public polls—pegged Trump's approval rating at just 40 percent, while 57 percent disapproved. Forty-six percent of voters, meanwhile, supported impeaching Trump, while just 44 percent opposed impeachment, according to Public Policy Polling.

The survey from Public Policy Polling polled 760 registered voters from January 19 through 21. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

https://www.newsweek.com/support-donald-trump-impeachment-higher-approval-rating-vs-new-poll-1300633

The Yellow Vest Movement Has Gone Global And Nothing Can Stop This Now

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The Yellow Vest anti-government movement started in France on November 17, when over 300,000 people across France protested a carbon tax on fuel that French President Emmanuel Macron touted as evidence of France's leadership when it comes to mitigating climate change.

The Yellow Vest protests quickly evolved into a general anti-government movement - with hundreds of thousands of angry French citizens taking to the streets for ten straight weeks of mostly peaceful protests marked with pockets of violence, looting and mayhem.

What's more - the movement has gone worldwide - with perhaps the most notable protests outside France taking place in Belgium, where Brussels riot cops have dealt with week after week of protesters blocking oil depot and throwing hard objects at them.

#YellowVests march on #Brussels amid ongoing political turmoil pic.twitter.com/hNBgxiFGaX

— srb news (@srbnews0) January 20, 2019

On December 8, Belgians attempted to breach a riot barricade while calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel, resulting in around 100 arrests.

And while most of the protests outside of France happened last month, this is a good list to note where discontent is mounting.

https://archive.fo/9lRMd

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-20/yellow-vest-movement-has-gone-worldwide

Cohen on poll rigging report: 'What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of' Trump

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/425805-cohen-responds-to-report-on-poll-rigging-what-i-did-was-at-the

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen on Thursday said that he acted at "the direction of and for the sole benefit of" President Trump after a Wall Street Journal report detailed how he hired a small polling firm to rig two online polls in the president's favor.

Cohen, who was sentenced last month to three years in prison for a series of crimes he committed while working for Trump, tweeted that he "truly regret[s]" his "blind loyalty" to the president, adding that Trump did not deserve his support.

"As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging, what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it," Cohen wrote.

Cohen is accused in the Journal's report by John Gauger, director of RedFinch Solutions LLC, of hiring Gauger's firm to rig two online polls to show increased support for Trump, a plan Gauger says was unsuccessful.

Gauger also told the Journal that Cohen paid for RedFinch's services with a Walmart bag full of $12,000 to $13,000 in cash, less than what was owed. The president's former attorney denied that accusation in a statement to the newspaper, maintaining that he had paid for Gauger's services by check.

Cohen was sentenced in December for multiple financial crimes, including campaign finance violations related to the 2016 election and his payments on behalf of the president to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who threatened to come forward with stories of affairs with Trump in the final weeks of the election.

Bad! Norway Adopts Totalitarian GPS-based Carbon Tax, Despots' Wet Dream

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority is now arguing that GPS based taxation, for the amount of kilometers driven by car, can be done within 5-6 years!

Norwegians trust the government way too much, because they believe that this system will eliminate the need for road tax, fuel tax, toll roads and reduce the cost of car insurance.

No way will the tax be reduced! GPS based taxation is a governments dream! Who is to stop them from issuing parking fees or speeding tickets?

Norway also has a high number of electric cars, and an electric car is sold without any tax or VAT, has reduced road tax, free of reduced toll road passage and does not contribute to fuel taxation. With GPS active, the government can finally collect taxes from electric cars without the messy environmentalists meddling.

In the worst case, a corrupt government can use the system against its people to create implications, push the burden of proof over to a troublesome citizen, in court.

Norway may be a great country regards to statistics, but will be some kind of self-imposed totalitarianism if this nonsense continues. Stay away from Norway if you cherish your hard-earned cash!

The political-economic system post-World War II has been a socialist driven agenda. “Vote for me and I will give you other people’s money.”

This system cannot be sustained when those in power have promised themselves pensions. As government workers retire, they need to be replaced. The growth rate of government has started to explode. Instead of looking at the problem objectively, they are simply looking from paycheck to paycheck on how to meet the next payroll. This leads them to become more and more aggressive in hunting things to tax. Any rational person would look at this economic model and see it leads to massive civil unrest.

They pretend that socialism is to help people, but they come first. As this gets far worse, nothing trickles down to the people.

Even former President Grover Cleveland, who was a Democrat, saw the insanity his party unleashed with the Silver Democrats. Taxing the rich does not present a solution. They will simply leave. The rich, through their investments, create jobs.

This proposal to use GPS to track movements for taxes will allow the government to end tolls, and thus reduce their own workforce and pension liabilities.

https://archive.fo/tjjqF

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-17/norway-readies-big-brother-gps-based-taxation-mile-driven

Popular Youtuber Censored, Moves To Real.Video Brighteon Alternative

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An incredibly popular video channel called “Think About It,” which features intriguing, informative analysis on a wide variety of important topics, has announced it is moving a significant portion of its videos to the Brighteon.com platform.

In a video entitled, “Societal Breakdown Is Happening At The Rate Of Speed,” the creator of the Think About It channel explains, “For all of my YouTube subscribers, I have a big announcement. Because of YouTube’s policy to silence free speech and the truth, I’ve decided to… put all of the [censored] videos on Brighteon. Please go to my Brighteon channel… and I promise you every video that I do will be there for you to watch.”

So far, Think About It has uploaded 99 videos. See them all at:

https://www.brighteon.com/channel/ThinkAboutIt

Here are more details about you can help support Think About It:

Websites: https://thinkaboutit.online AND https://thinkaboutit.news

Brighteon Video Channel: https://www.brighteon.com/channel/thinkaboutit

Minds: https://www.minds.com/ThinkAboutItNow

Gab: https://gab.com/ThinkAboutIt

Steve’s move of his Think About It channel to Brighteon underscores exactly why we created Brighteon in the first place. With the insane level of censorship now in place across all the tech giants like Facebook, YouTube, Google and even Apple, creators of valuable content need an online destination where they can exercise free speech without being molested by the tech companies.

We launched Brighteon last July, and we have big news for this year: Brighteon is about to get even better. Coming this year, we have significant advances that content creators will greatly appreciate.

https://archive.fo/IXuft

https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-01-19-think-about-it-video-channel-announces-move-to-brighteon.html

Elwood, Illinois (Pop. 2,200), Has Become a Vital Hub of America’s Consumer Economy. And It’s Hell.

In a few short years after the Intermodal opened, Elwood became the largest inland port in North America. Billions of dollars in goods flowed through the area annually. The world’s most profitable retailers flocked to this stretch of barren country, while the headline unemployment rate plunged. Wal-Mart set up three warehouses in Will County alone, including its two largest national facilities, both located in Elwood. Samsung, Target, Home Depot, IKEA, and others all moved in. Will County is now home to some 300 warehouses. A region once known for its soybeans and cornfields was boxed up with gray facilities, some as large as a million square feet, like some enormous, horizontal equivalent of a game of Tetris.

Fifteen years before Amazon’s HQ2 horserace, Elwood had won the retail lottery. “Nobody envisioned what we have out here,” said Jerry Heinrich, who sat on the board of the planning commission that first apportioned the land for development in the mid-1990s. “It was never anticipated that every major business entity would end up in the area.”

But this corporate valhalla turned out to be hell for the community, which suffered a concentrated dose of the indignities and disappointments of late capitalism in the 21st century. Instead of abundant full-time work, a regime of partial, precarious employment set in. Temp agencies flourished, but no restaurants, hotels, or grocery stores ever came, save for the recent addition of a dollar store. Tens of thousands of semis rumbled through Will County every day, wreaking havoc on the infrastructure. And as the town of Elwood scrambled to pave its potholes, its inability to collect taxes from the facilities plunged it into more than $30 million in debt.

https://newrepublic.com/article/152836/elwood-illinois-pop-2200-become-vital-hub-americas-consumer-economy-its-hell

US Army Struggles Recruiting New Troops Because of Endless Wars, What A Big Surprise

Army recruiters are having a challenging time convincing Americans born between 1995 and 2005 to sign up and serve. The situation is so dire that Army Recruiting Command has turned to e-Sports video game tournaments.

“It is incredible, the amount of coverage that you get and the amount of the Z Gens that are watching these games,” Gen. Frank Muth, the head of Army Recruiting Command, told NPR.

Sponsoring video game tournaments is an effort to boost recruitment after the Army fell short of its 76,500 recruitment goal by 6,500 people last year.

“Calling the Z generation on the phone doesn’t work anymore,” Gen. Muth told NPR. “We’re really giving the power back to our recruiters to go on Twitter, to go on Twitch, to go on Instagram, and use that as a venue to start a dialogue with the Z generation.”

NPR noted that a recent e-Sports tournament featured an Army recruiter as an announcer and went viral with more than 2 million views, adding that "Half [the views] were from people aged 17 to 24."

To further implement the strategy, the Army is now screening more than 4,000 applications from soldiers who want to play video games.

Army Recruiting Command will select 30 of the service's top gamers to be on the new Army e-Sports Team to compete in national gaming tournaments.

Generation Z soldiers are part of this subculture, according to Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Jones, a noncommissioned officer overseeing the Army e-sports Team.

https://archive.ph/Ig3vv

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-12/army-struggles-reach-generation-z-tries-recruiting-video-game-tournaments

Exposed! Trump’s Shocking 5G Secret, It’s Not What He Did, It’s What He Undid

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=018_nBo7DNU

https://www.bitchute.com/video/018_nBo7DNU/

You find information when you least expect it. It is necessary, at all times, to keep your mind open to the many fronts that evil will attack you from. When it comes to 5G it is an all-out war on good verse evil; this battle knows no party lines.

What I have come across in regards to our long term security as a people and a nation will beyond shock you. What our President has undone left me speechless, angered and outraged. I can only hope there was some hidden reason not exposed to us for removing what he did. I will be drafting a letter to him personally to ask for answers; this is how devious and deceptive what was done appears to be.

I hope you will watch this video to learn more!

God Speed and God Bless,

Justus

PS: About "we are going to allow this."

Speak for yourself, I'm not going to use ANYTHING that is associated with this 5G SHIT!

Famed Doctor DIES From Vaccine Within Minutes After Shot, Media Rushes To Cover-up!

Vaccine shot killed famed cancer doctor in mere minutes from “total organ failure” … state-run media desperately tries to cover it up!

Dr. Martin Gore, a widely celebrated cancer doctor credited with “saving thousands of lives” died from “total organ failure” just minutes after receiving a vaccine shot yesterday. Dr. Gore was a professor of cancer medicine at the Institute of Cancer Research based in London. He “died suddenly yesterday after a routine inoculation for yellow fever,” reports The Times (UK).

“His death highlights the increased risks associated with the vaccine for the growing number of older travellers visiting exotic destinations,” the paper explains.

It also underscores the horrific price of believing in Big Pharma, chemotherapy and vaccines. Throughout his career, Dr. Gore oversaw the harming of tens of thousands of children who were subjected to toxic chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Ultimately, he was killed by his own false belief in the safety of vaccines, another weaponized form of toxic medicine. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

So far, the U.S. media has completely blacked out the story in yet another effort to silence any truth about the deadly dangers of vaccines. There isn’t a single establishment news outlet in the United States that has accurately reported on this vaccine-induced sudden death of a cancer doctor. In truth, vaccines kill people, yet the CDC-directed U.S. media pretends no one ever dies from vaccines in order to deliberately mislead the public, resulting in more people being killed by vaccine injuries.

Even the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity where Dr. Gore also worked withheld the truth in their own Facebook announcement about his death, saying, “It is with deep sadness that The Royal Marsden announces the sudden death of Professor Martin Gore CBE who died this morning,” utterly failing to mention he died from a vaccine jab.

The BBC also tried to hide the truth about this vaccine-induced fatality by eliminating any word of "vaccine" from the headline of the story announcing his death. "Royal Marsden's leading cancer expert Martin Gore dies," states BBC News, deliberately misleading readers because the BBC is, of course, state-run fake news.

The BBC even goes on to misleadingly claim, "The cause of his death is not known." We wonder what Dr. Gore would think if he knew the BBC was using his death to promote more vaccines that will kill more people, all while burying the truth about the serious risks associated with vaccine shots.

Regardless of what your position on vaccinations is, any rational person cannot deny that the ingredients in vaccines are toxic. In fact, almost every single ingredient in any immunization is toxic to the human body. Besides the vitamins and minerals, nobody in their right mind would drink a concoction with any one or combination of most of the vaccine ingredients. Most vaccinations are directly injected into our bodies, allowing the ingredients to directly enter the bloodstream, which rationally, seems like an even more dangerous approach.

Vaccine ingredients (adjuvants and preservatives) and substances used in the manufacturing process, including vaccine-production media that are present only in trace quantities, include: sucrose, fructose, dextrose, potassium phosphate, FD&C Yellow #6, aluminum lake dye, fetal bovine serum, sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate, aluminum hydroxide, benzethonium chloride, lactose, aluminum potassium sulfate, peptone, bovine extract, thimerosal, ammonium sulfate, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, bovine extract), calf serum, aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxphosphate sulfate, squalene and ethanol. Vaccinations also contain many inorganic minerals, vitamins, amino acids, salts, and sugars.

Much of the vaccine material will not leave the body without assistance, especially with a typical modern lifestyle and diet.

https://www.sott.net/article/404720-Vaccine-shot-killed-famed-cancer-doctor-in-minutes-from-total-organ-failure-state-run-media-desperately-tries-to-cover-it-up

Video: Arkansas Cop Casually Shoots a 9-pound Dog

Graphic video released Friday show's a sheriff's deputy in Faulkner County, Arkansas casually shooting a small dog after the owner refused to walk outside of his yard to talk to the deputy, in what the owner says was an act of retaliation.

According to local news outlet NEA Report, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of an aggressive dog in the town of Conway. When deputy Keenan Wallace arrived outside of Conway resident Doug Canady's house, Canady refused to walk out to the sidewalk to talk to him.

"OK, I'm going to come to you, and if your dog gets aggressive, I'm going to shoot it," Wallace responds in cell phone video captured by Canady.

The dog in question was more chihuahua than pit bull, but nevertheless, Wallace strode onto the lawn, and when the small animal started yapping at him from several feet away, he shot it in the face.

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/05/video-arkansas-cop-casually-shoots-a-9-p

https://www.gofundme.com/reeses-the-dog-being-shot-by-the-deputy

The Tech Education Con

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/01/stem-coding-bootcamp-education-scam-philanthropy

It is impossible to talk about tech education and philanthropy without talking about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its younger equivalent, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Created from the immense wealth of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, respectively, these organizations — aside from helping these billionaires keep their money isolated from public coffers and democratic control — have their eyes set on expanding tech education in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.

In the same way the American military uses the idea of “freedom” as a reason to invade other nations, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg initiatives use philanthropic means to exploit some of the poorest and most vulnerable regions in the world. For Gates and Zuckerberg, foreign tech education is a way to develop cheap labor for their corporate empires — and a way to garner praise while doing it.

Gates and Zuckerberg are both backers of Bridge International Academies (BIA), a for-profit education business that provides low-fee, private, and informal schools throughout Africa. Highly profitable, BIA streamlines their education system by collecting massive amounts of data on student performance and compares students across classes, regions, and countries, making standardized testing and score-based performance central to their education system. By backing companies like BIA, Silicon Valley investors yield sizable profits at the expense of some of the world’s most marginalized children while also delegitimizing public education in those countries.

While not exactly technical training, BIA’s tech-driven education builds the foundation for many students in Africa to enter the tech job market. It’s no coincidence that one of Microsoft’s largest international investments is in “transforming the [African] continent.” Named 4Afrika, this initiative is a large recruiter for local workers. Through the initiative, Microsoft has invested millions in “educating the next generation of African web developers” in order to galvanize the massive and largely untapped market in Africa.

Gates and Zuckerberg have a long track record when it comes to privatizing public education in the US as well. Zuckerberg donated $100 million to replace Newark public schools with charters. Gates was a primary backer of Pearson’s Common Core system, a now-widely adopted curriculum for K-12 that emphasizes standardized testing for its efficiency and low costs. Pearson and Microsoft signed a deal to put the Common Core courses on Microsoft devices, allowing Microsoft to compete against Google’s Chromebooks and Apple’s iPads for school district spending. Gates, who is still a major shareholder of Microsoft stock, is cashing in on this, too.

Summit Learning, Facebook’s attempt at education software has been adopted by over three hundred schools nationwide. Students have complained about the ineffectiveness of the application, and last November students in New York City walked out in protest of the teaching method. This should come as no surprise given that the tool was built largely by Facebook engineers, none of whom are trained in pedagogy.

And while the short-term financial gains can seem significant, the broader project of privatizing education isn’t just about making a quick buck for these companies. It’s also a long-term transformation that benefits capital in multiple way, from new (and often unregulated) business opportunities to make money to churning out the next generation of pliant workers, in tech and elsewhere.

The tech giants are obsessed with technical training initiatives for poor and marginalized students. Microsoft works with Girls Who Code, while Google backs the National Society of Black Engineers. Amazon launched a program, blatantly named Amazon Future Engineer, that encourages more black, Latino, and female students to code.

For the tech giants, it’s a clever move. They get showered with good PR for practicing diversity and inclusion (despite their own companies not actually being diverse) and save on hiring costs by paying women and black tech workers lower-than-average salaries — women and black software engineers both make 8 percent less money on average than their male and white counterparts, respectively.

People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds

Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic — including party affiliation.

The role of fake news in influencing voter behavior has been debated continuously since Donald Trump’s surprising victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. At least one study has found that pro-Trump fake news likely persuaded some people to vote for him over Clinton, influencing the election’s outcome. Another study found that relatively few people clicked on fake news links — but that their headlines likely traveled much further via the News Feed, making it difficult to quantify their true reach. The finding that older people are more likely to share fake news could help social media users and platforms design more effective interventions to stop them from being misled.

Today’s study, published in Science Advances, examined user behavior in the months before and after the 2016 US presidential election. In early 2016, the academics started working with research firm YouGov to assemble a panel of 3,500 people, which included both Facebook users and non-users. On November 16th, just after the election, they asked Facebook users on the panel to install an application that allowed them to share data including public profile fields, religious and political views, posts to their own timelines, and the pages that they followed. Users could opt in or out of sharing individual categories of data, and researchers did not have access to the News Feeds or data about their friends.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/9/18174631/old-people-fake-news-facebook-share-nyu-princeton

Hermit crabs grow ‘extra-long penises to have sex without leaving comfort of shell’

Hermit crabs grow ‘extra-long penises to have sex without leaving comfort of shell’

cocks grow to 60% of their body length

Thursday 17 Jan 2019

Hermit crabs may have evolved to have extra-long penises so that they can have sex without fearing the loss of their home. According to a new study, crustaceans with valuable shell-homes are more likely to have larger genitals, some of which can grow to 60% of their body length. While even those with less precious ‘easily stolen property’ have larger penises than those carrying no property at all.

In a new paper published in the Royal Society Open Science, Mark Laidre of Dartmouth College studied the ‘rarely explored’ relationship between the homes of creatures and penis size evolution. According to the ‘private parts for private property’ hypothesis, hermit crabs are extremely vulnerable when having sex.

Reproduction requires both crabs to bring their shell openings face-to-face and they must come ‘at least partway’ out of their homes. The male then ejaculates into the female’s shell. Laidre goes on to predict that ‘enlarged penises evolved to prevent the theft of property during sex’, whereby the male can still participate while staying inside his shell.

‘Species carrying more valuable, more easily stolen property had significantly larger penis size than species carrying less valuable, less easily stolen property, which, in turn, had larger penis size than species carrying no property at all,’ he said. He continued on to add that hermit crabs with longer penises likely evolved the trait to ‘facilitate safe sex,’ allowing them to hang onto their home ‘by extending a long penis outside the shell to copulate.’

https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/17/hermit-crabs-grow-extra-long-penises-sex-without-leaving-comfort-shell-8353927/?ito=cbshare

Generation Z Looks a Lot Like Millennials on Key Social and Political Issues

Only about three-in-ten Gen Zers and Millennials (30% and 29%, respectively) approve of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as president. This compares with 38% of Gen Xers, 43% of Boomers and 54% of Silents. Similarly, while majorities in Gen Z and the Millennial generation say government should do more to solve problems, rather than that government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals, Gen Xers and Boomers are more evenly divided on this issue. For their part, most Silents would like to see a less activist government.

When it comes to views on race, the two younger generations are more likely than older generations to say that blacks are treated less fairly than whites in the United States today. And they are much more likely than their elders to approve of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of protest.

The younger generations are also more accepting of some of the ways in which American society is changing. Majorities among Gen Z and the Millennial generation say increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. is a good thing for society, while older generations are less convinced of this. And they’re more likely to have a positive view of interracial and same-sex marriage than their older counterparts.

As a recent Pew Research Center report highlighted, Gen Z is the most racially and ethnically diverse generation we have seen, but this isn’t all that’s driving the attitudes of this generation when it comes to issues surrounding race and diversity. There are significant, if more modest, generational differences on these issues even among non-Hispanic whites.

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2019/01/17/generation-z-looks-a-lot-like-millennials-on-key-social-and-political-issues/

Oy Vey !

Analysis - Israel and Iran Are on a Collision Course in Syria – and the U.S. and Russia Don't Care

>Sunday's escalation in Damascus shows what happens when the two global powers' inaction create a vacuum in the Middle East

>The escalation in the conflict between Israel and Iran in the skies over Syria in the past 24 hours has brought their secret war of the last two years well and truly into the open.

>On Sunday, Israel carried out a rare daylight series of airstrikes in the Damascus area, followed by an Iranian attempt to fire a mid-range missile toward northern Israel. Overnight Monday, at 1 A.M., Israel not only launched a second, much wider series of attacks against Iranian targets in Syria, but for the first time announced in real time that they were taking place.

>Israel and Iran are now engaged in direct and open conflict in Syria – which is perhaps not so surprising, considering how the events of the last eight years since Syria was plunged into civil war have led to this moment.

>What is remarkable is how this latest development is happening without either of the world powers – the United States and Russia – trying to exert any significant influence on the outcome.

>In recent years, geopolitical analysts have talked about the world and the Middle East transitioning from an international system where the United States was the only superpower to a more “multipolar” balance. What is happening in Syria now is a nonpolar situation. Neither side, Israel or Iran, seems to want to go all the way to all-out war, but without any restraining hand that could well happen.

>Russia pretends to have plans for Syria’s future, but doesn’t seem to be doing much to implement them. The United States, meanwhile, doesn’t even pretend. It is now well into its second White House administration that quite clearly does not consider Syria and the surrounding region important enough for any meaningful U.S. intervention.

>On December 19, President Donald Trump ordered a “full” and “rapid” withdrawal of the U.S.’ 2,000 troops from Syria, declaring the Islamic State defeated. Over a month later, it is still unclear how soon “rapid” will be and whether the withdrawal will indeed be “full.”

>Since ISIS has obviously not been beaten (though it has lost most of its strongholds and is now a more traditional insurgent movement, without fixed bases) and the United States still claims to be at the forefront of the regional struggle against Iran, there remains the distinct possibility that at least some of the U.S. troops – particularly those near Syria’s border with Iraq – may remain for the time being. But while these will have some tactical, and even strategic, importance, they hardly change the balance of power within Syria.

>Two recent ISIS attacks against U.S. forces in Manbij, and the incoherent relationship between the Trump administration and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have placed even more question marks on the administration’s Syria policy, if it even has one.

>Last year, Russia promised to keep Iranian forces at least 60 kilometers (nearly 40 miles) away from Israel’s border. It also said it would greatly upgrade Syria’s anti-aircraft capabilities and, through its various media patsies, darkly warned of reining in Israeli attacks.

>In reality, none of this has happened. Nothing Russia has said or done in recent months has had any real effect on the ground.

>Russian military police have occasionally been deployed to checkpoints on the Golan Heights, but they haven’t prevented Iran from establishing outposts overlooking Israeli positions. Neither has Russia done anything to remove the base south of Damascus where Iran is currently stationing thousands of its Fatemiyoun battalions (Shi’ite mercenaries from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq).

>Russia may have shipped new surface-to-air missile batteries to Syria, but it hasn’t resulted in a noticeable upgrade – certainly not enough to hinder Israeli airstrikes, which continue unabated despite Moscow’s obvious displeasure.

more…

https://news.google.com/search?q=Israel%20and%20Iran%20Are%20on%20a%20Collision%20Course%20in%20Syria&hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US%3Aen

Sexy Indonesian scientist eaten alive as croc climbs 8' wall to get at tidbit

A female scientist was eaten alive by a crocodile, at an Indonesian research facility on Friday. It is believed that the 17-foot long crocodile attacked the researcher, Deasy Tuwo, who was feeding it, by jumping up an 8-foot tall enclosure wall and dragging her in.

. Tuwo’s remains were discovered late in the afternoon by her colleagues, when they noticed a “strange shape” in the water, according to several media reports.

The Times, a British news website, reported that the crocodile, named Merry, had ripped off Tuwo’s left arm and mutilated her upper torso. Terrified, Tuwo’s colleagues reported the matter to the police, who strugggled to extricate the researcher’s remains from the violent crocodile, according to the The Daily Mail website. The crocodile has since been moved for tests to a wildlife rescue centre in Bitung, according to reports.

The primary consensus has pinned the blame on Merry, who has previously been known to attack other crocodiles and hot scientists

Alexandra Ferguson posted on Facebook: “I hope that beautiful creature will not be sliced open and killed for what is nature to them.”

She, went on,"Perhaps they could wait until the reptile digested it's meal and defecated, and the feces could be given a proper funeral service"

https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/scientist-eaten-alive-by-crocodile-social-media-says-it-might-be-scientistss-mistake-1.61449897

Girl who survived fatal snow fort collapse is released

A girl who survived the collapse of a snow fort in suburban Chicago while another girl died has been released from a hospital.

Relatives say the 9-year-old is recovering but has been crying over the death of 12-year-old Esther Jung outside Rothem Church in Arlington Heights. The girls were playing in a snow fort Sunday when it collapsed.

Esther is the daughter of the church pastor. Police are calling her death a tragic accident. Some placed flowers at the snow pile in memory of the girl.

Sophia Shin told relatives that she called for help but apparently wasn't heard. The temperature at the time was about 14 degrees. Sophia was treated for hypothermia.

https://www.wndu.com/content/news/Girl-who-survived-fatal-snow-fort-collapse-is-released-504710451.html

Trump Demands That Reports on Waste and Fraud in Afghanistan Be “Locked Up”

President Donald Trump’s tenuous relationship with the military he commands took another awkward turn last week when he ordered the Pentagon to block the publication of independent reports that have been harshly critical of reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.

“What kind of stuff is this?” he asked during a televised meeting with his Cabinet, suggesting that information released by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) could be a security risk. “The enemy reads those reports; they study every line of it…. I don’t want it to happen anymore, Mr. Secretary. You understand that.”

Over the past 11 years, SIGAR has probed the management of the more than $130 billion spent in Afghanistan, holding the United States and its Afghan partners accountable for embezzlement and waste in what has became the most expensive reconstruction effort in American history. By its own estimation, the office has recovered more than $951 million from fines and settlements. Its most recent report, released in October, contained the startling conclusion that Afghan government forces now control the least amount of territory of any point in the past three years.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/inspector-general-afghanistan-reports-classify-sigar/

Kentucky boys school shuts down amid fallout over Washington videos

A Kentucky boys’ school shut down its campus on Tuesday as a precaution and a small protest was held outside the offices of their diocese as fallout continued over an encounter involving white teenagers, Native American marchers and a black religious sect outside the Lincoln Memorial last week.

President Trump tweeted early Tuesday that the students at Covington Catholic High School “have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be” but says he hopes the teens will use the attention for good, and “maybe even to bring people together.”

The recorded images that initially generated outrage on social media were tightly focused on the students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats who seemed to laugh derisively as they surrounded a Native American man beating a drum.

Longer videos from wider perspectives emerged later over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. They revealed that the drummer — Omaha Nation elder Nathan Phillips — had intervened between the boys and the religious sect at a moment when the teens seemed to be getting rowdier and the black street preacher who had been shouting racist statements against both groups was escalating his rhetoric.

Soon, all sides were pointing fingers, speaking their own truths about feeling victimized and misunderstood.

“We just don’t know what the volatility of the situation is with these people that react and they don’t know the full story. And it’s very scary,” Jill Hamlin of Cincinnati, who was there to chaperone as the boys attended an antiabortion rally, told Fox News on Tuesday morning.

https://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-kentucky-covington-catholic-school-20190122-story.html

The Oceans Are Warming Fast, and Our Lives Are About to Change

Last week, an important uncertainty was resolved – and, like most news about climate change these days, it’s not a happy story. A paper published in the journal Science shows that the Earth’s oceans are warming at a rate that’s about 40 percent faster than indicated in the 2013 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Because the world’s oceans work like a giant flywheel, capturing heat energy and then spinning it out over time, warmer oceans have huge implications for everything from the rate of sea-level rise to hurricane intensity for generations to come.

During the last century, as the world heated up from pumping fossil fuels into the atmosphere, about 90 percent of the extra heat going into the climate system has been absorbed by the oceans. “If the ocean wasn’t absorbing as much heat, the surface of the land would heat up much faster than it is right now,” Malin L. Pinsky, an associate professor in the department of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, told The New York Times. “In fact, the ocean is saving us from massive warming right now.”

The authors the new paper resolved the dilemma by using new data from a network of thousands of autonomous robots – called Argo floats –that dive down to depths of 2,000 meters or so and measure temperature, salinity, pH and other ocean characteristics as they slowly ascend. Once the Argo floats surface, the data they have collected is relayed back to scientists by satellite. The upshot of this new data: The climate models were right after all, and the oceans are warming much faster than anyone understood.

The implications are huge.

Fast-warming oceans are devastating to coral reefs. Coral reefs are vanishing five times more frequently than they were 40 years ago, and will be gone entirely within your lifetime.

Fast-warming oceans intensify hurricanes. For example, one recent paper linked the disastrous rains associated with Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston in 2017, with the amount of heat stored in the ocean. Harvey dumped 60 inches of water on Southeast Texas (the most ever recorded from a single storm in U.S. history).

The study, published in the journal Earth’s Future, argued that the added ocean heat content not only increases a storm’s rainfall but also “invigorates and enlarges the storm,” turning it into an even bigger rain-producer. Two independent studies found climate warming boosted Harvey’s rainfall by about 20 to 35 percent.

Hotter oceans also means faster sea-level rise, in part because as water warms, it expands.

But fast-warming oceans are also melting the great ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica from below, which has the potential to greatly increase the rate and height of sea-level rise. The warming of the Southern Ocean is particularly alarming, because it could destabilize West Antarctica and lead to the collapse of ice sheets that could raise global sea levels by 10 feet.

Fast-warming oceans also mean that Big Fix technologies like geoengineering and carbon removal, which are increasingly seen as last resort measures to cool the planet, will be less effective. It’s one thing to throw up a sun shade beside a pool; it’s another thing entirely to try to cool down the water in the pool itself.

If there is an upside to this recent paper, it’s this: It’s further proof that climate science — and knowledge about the risks we face in the future — are getting better, more accurate and more sophisticated. We may or we may not be doomed, but we can’t say we weren’t warned

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/oceans-temperatures-rising-778581/

Blizzard quietly confirms another LGBTQ Overwatch hero

In a new short story titled “Bastet,” Blizzard Entertainment confirms that Soldier: 76 (aka Jack Morrison) is the second LGBTQ character in the Overwatch universe.

Former sniper Ana comes across a wounded Soldier: 76 in the streets of Cairo, and takes him back to her hideout. It’s the first time they’ve been reunited since the explosion rocked the Overwatch headquarters in Switzerland — neither of them knew the other one was alive for sure until now. She catches a glimpse of him going through a few photos, and sees an old one of him with a dark-haired man named Vincent.

https://www.polygon.com/2019/1/7/18172470/overwatch-soldier-76-gay-bisexual

Theresa May loses Brexit deal vote in parliament

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46885828

>Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.

>MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March.

>Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has now tabled a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election.

>Mrs May said she would make time for a debate on the motion on Wednesday.

>Mr Corbyn said the confidence vote would allow the Commons to "give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government".

>A Democratic Unionist Party source has told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg they will back Mrs May in a confidence vote.

>If MPs vote to back a no confidence motion, the government, or anyone else who can command a majority, would get 14 days to win a further confidence vote. If they can't win that, a general election will be then held.

>Some 118 Conservative MPs voted with the opposition parties against Mrs May's deal.

>In normal times, such a crushing defeat on a key piece of government legislation would be expected to be followed by a prime ministerial resignation.

>But Mrs May signalled her intention to carry on in a statement immediately after the vote.

>"The House has spoken and this government will listen," she told MPs.

>She offered cross-party talks to determine a way forward on Brexit.

>President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said he regretted the outcome of the vote and that he urged the UK government to "clarify its intentions with respect to its next steps as soon as possible".

Man hurt in fire: Landlord: Propane heater fire possible cause of fire

A mobile home fire in Marion sent one person to the burn center with third-degree burns on Monday night, according to reports.

At approximately 8:31 p.m. Monday, fire and emergency agencies responded to 35 Hall Estates Drive in the Dysartsville area after receiving reports of a structure fire with injury.

Upon arrival of first responders and EMS paramedics to the rented trailer, the resident - Ellis R. Barnwell of Marion – was found to have serious burns.

Although fire officials said the initial ignition of the fire was undetermined on Wednesday afternoon, landlord Mark Church told The McDowell News that a speculative cause of the fire was a propane heater that was placed too close to Barnwell’s bed, catching it on fire.

“That’s all I was told about it,” said Church.

According to Dysartsville Fire Chief Nick Washburn, the trailer was considered a total loss.

MedCenter Air transported Barnwell to NC Baptist Burn Center in Winston-Salem in serious condition, according to Emergency Services Director William Kehler.

“I called to check on him yesterday, but he can’t talk because he’s in ICU with third-degree burns,” said Church.

Dysartsville, Marion, Nebo and Glenwood Fire Departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue, McDowell County Sheriff's Office and MedCenter Air were dispatched to the incident.

https://www.mcdowellnews.com/community/man-hurt-in-fire-landlord-propane-heater-possible-cause-of/article_20d89a06-19cb-11e9-8f59-1b6f8cb04fc0.html

Suspected Cosplay Stalker Destroys Seven Cars During Anime Con

A suspected arson attack, allegedly carried out by an “obsessed stalker”, has torched seven cars in the parking lot of a hotel where Anime Los Angeles attendees have been staying over the weekend.

The incident took place early on Sunday morning, just before 2am. The night manager of the Azure Hotel & Suites in Ontario, California told ABC News that surveillance footage “showed a man walk up to the main vehicle, pour two cans of gasoline all over it and then [flick] a match on it”.

That car belonged to cosplayer Julia Moreno Jenkins, who says her vehicle was “targeted and set on fire by an obsessed stalker”. Once it was in flames, the fire then spread to nearby cars. As a precaution, the hotel was evacuated.

https://cosplay.kotaku.com/suspected-arsonist-destroys-seven-cars-at-anime-con-1831718923

Anti-vaxxers retards are the top 'threats to global health' in 2019, WHO declares

Anti-vaxxers have been named one of the top threats to global health in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The anti-vaccine movement joined air pollution and climate change, HIV, and a worldwide influenza pandemic on the list released on Monday.

'Vaccine hesitancy', as the WHO calls it, 'threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.'

The organization added in its statement: 'Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease - it currently prevents [two to three] million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6603077/Anti-vaxxers-threats-global-health-2019-declares.html?ito=social-facebook

This crab could save your life - if humans don't wipe it out first

Peeps in the world are aware their wellbeing may one day depend on a blue-blooded crab that looks like a cross between the facehugger from Alien and a gigantic louse. Fewer still realise this ancient creature now faces its greatest threat in more than 450m years.

The American horseshoe crab outlived the dinosaurs and has survived four previous mass extinctions, but is now menaced by the pharmaceutical industry, fishing communities, habitat loss, climate change and, most recently, choking tides of red algae off the east coast of the United States.

Abundant three decades ago, this living fossil, which is actually more closely related to spiders than crabs, was put on the vulnerable list by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 2016. Scientists say the crab’s decline symbolises the huge economic and health costs of biodiversity loss worldwide.

This will be underscored by a UN report this month that will show humanity is running down the natural capital of the Earth at a “startling” rate. Since 1992, more than 30% of the planet’s ecological wealth – the estimated value of species, forests, rivers and soil – has been lost, with profound consequences not just for conservation but for the health and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of people.

To address this, many wildlife campaigns focus on pandas, tigers and other cute megafauna, but the biggest economic damage is being done to less charismatic species such as insects, worms, plants, fish and crabs.

The copper-based blood of the horseshoe crab is used to make the most sensitive indicator of bacteria ever discovered, limulus amoebocyte lysate. The lysate is vital to identifying contaminants in medical equipment before surgical operations, pacemaker fittings and many vaccinations.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/03/horseshoe-crab-population-at-risk-blood-big-pharma

2 hurt in propane explosion in northern Indiana

Two people were hurt Saturday afternoon in a gas line explosion in this town of about 150 people in northern Indiana.

Bluffton Police Department at 2:39 p.m. sent multiple fire departments to an address in the 6700 block of South Meridian Road. It's a rural homestead a short distance south of Poneto.

Firefighters remained on the scene seven hours later.

A ruptured propane line on a wall-mounted heater is believed to have caused the explosion.

The two people were taken to St. Joseph Regional Burn Center in Fort Wayne for treatment. The identities and conditions of the two people hurt have not been released.

https://www.wishtv.com/news/local-news/2-hurt-in-propane-line-explosion-in-northern-indiana/1679449149

Charlottesville: Ex-Mason student sentenced to 3 years in prison for 'vicious' beating

An ex-Mason High School student was sentenced to more than three years in prison Monday for maliciously wounding a black man during the 2017 white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore sentenced Daniel Borden, 20, to three years and 10 months in prison for beating DeAndre Harris with a 6-foot wooden plank in a parking structure near the University of Virginia during the rally.

The assault was captured on video and sparked national outcry.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/01/07/charlottesville-man-sentenced-beating-charlottesville/2501487002/

Propane Stocks Near Average

U.S. propane/propylene stocks decreased by 1.2 million barrels last week to 67.5 million barrels as of January 11, 2019, 0.4 million barrels (0.6%) lower than the five-year (2014-2018) average inventory levels for this same time of year. Gulf Coast inventories decreased by 0.8 million barrels, Midwest inventories decreased by 0.6 million barrels, and Rocky Mountain/West Coast inventories decreased slightly, remaining virtually unchanged. East Coast inventories increased by 0.2 million barrels. Propylene non-fuel-use inventories represented 8.1% of total propane/propylene inventories.

https://agfax.com/2019/01/16/fuel-report-diesel-5-cents-below-last-year-propane-stocks-near-average/

Ruth Bader Ginsburg shows 'no evidence of remaining disease,' Supreme Court says

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recovery from surgery is "on track" but she will miss oral arguments next week, the Supreme Court announced Friday. Ginsburg is still recuperating from surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lungs.

"Post-surgery evaluation indicates no evidence of remaining disease, and no further treatment is required," said court spokesperson Kathleen Arberg.

Ginsburg, 85, who missed oral arguments this week, has not been on the bench since her surgery last month, but she has participated by reading briefs at home.

Her absence comes as the court is considering whether to take up several controversial issues including the administration's decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and its ban that blocks most transgender individuals from serving in the military. The justices met behind closed doors earlier on Friday to discuss pending petitions and Ginsburg participated by proxy.

Monday marked the first time she had ever missed oral arguments due to her health. She has survived two other bouts of cancer.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/11/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-recovery/

Real estate agent shot dead while trying to evict tenants

A Utah real estate agent was allegedly gunned down by tenants he was trying to evict — and his body was found inside a crawl space in the apartment, according to a report.

David Stokoe, a dad of four, had gone to the Salt Lake City home Thursday after letting his renters know they needed to be out by 6 p.m., according to the Salt Lake Tribune. His body was found the next day.

One of the tenants, Manuel Velasquez, told police he got into a fight with Stokoe on Thursday evening because the landlord kicked the door and put him into a “very serious” chokehold, court documents obtained by the paper say.

Velasquez, 31, told cops that while he was being subdued, he grabbed a handgun inside the fannypack he was wearing and shot Stokoe multiple times.

https://nypost.com/2019/01/21/real-estate-agent-shot-dead-while-trying-to-evict-tenants/?

Malaysian Government To Goldman Sachs: Pay Us $7.5 Billion And We Will Drop Criminal Charges

The Malaysian government has a message for Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon: Your disingenuous, blame-deflecting apology for Goldman's role in one of the biggest financial frauds ever perpetrated in Asia isn't going to cut it.

According to Bloomberg, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters on Friday that Malaysian prosecutors might consider dropping the criminal charges brought last month against the bank, several Asian subsidiaries and two of its employees (who have also been indicted in the US) if the bank agrees to pay back the total amount that the Malaysian government believes was looted during the fraud.

That amount? A staggering $7.5 billion.

"Goldman Sachs should understand the agony and the trauma suffered by the Malaysian people as a result of the 1MDB scandal," Lim said in the administrative capital of Putrajaya. "An apology is just not sufficient. Not enough. There must be the necessary reparations and compensations."

Earlier this week, Solomon apologized to the Malaysian people during an earnings call with analysts, where he blamed senior banker Tim Leissner (who is now believed to be cooperating with federal authorities to testify about the bank's "culture of corruption") for the scandal and claimed Malaysia was “defrauded by many individuals" who - as was implied - just happened to work at Goldman Sachs.

Lim characterized Solomon's apology as "insufficient", presumably because media reports have revealed that senior Goldman execs, including former CEO Lloyd Blankfein blithely ignored concerns raised by the bank's compliance department and did everything in their power to court Malaysia's business (Blankfein himself was involved in several meetings with then-Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is now awaiting trial on corruptoin charges, and fugitive financier Jho Low, who is believed to have masterminded the scheme).

Goldman earned $600 million in fees on the $6.5 billion in bonds it underwrote for 1MDB, which was launched by Razak as a sovereign wealth fund intended to fund public works projects.

https://archive.fo/ZNoG0

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-18/malaysia-offers-drop-goldmans-1mdb-charges-if-bank-pays-75-billion-fine

3-mile trail extension opens to public

After more than three years of construction, a much-anticipated path connecting trails in Bolton and Manchester opened to the public Friday.

The approximately 3-mile trail extension connects Manchester’s Charter Oak Greenway to Bolton’s Hop River State Park Trail. This creates a 20-mile trail system connecting three towns, as Bolton’s trails continue into Vernon.

The extension also connects the trails to the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile route stretching from Maine to Florida. The route is composed of about 30 percent trails, with the remainder running along roads.

Construction on the extension, which was headed by the state Department of Transportation and funded with state money, began in October 2015. The extension was originally slated for a May 2017 completion date.

Former Bolton Selectwoman Gwen Marrion, who is a longtime advocate of the trail extension, said construction was more challenging than on other trails.

“With some trails … there is already an existing railroad bed,” Marrion said. “Turning that into a trail is a lot simpler than creating a new trail” out of nothing.

In addition, Marrion said, the trail had to somehow get from the south to the north side of Route 6/44. This meant a bridge had to be built, so the trail could go over top of the highway.

With the extension now open to the public, recreational and commuter bicyclists can rest easier.

Barbara Amodio, co-chairwoman of Bike Walk Bolton, said the extension would move commuting bicyclists from the roadways they used to share with cars to the much safer trail space.

For “commuters who are coming from Bolton and from Willimantic and from the Coventry area, for them to be able to commute on a safe space has been pretty exciting,” Amodio said.

Marrion said she foresees the path having positive impacts on not just the biking community, but on local businesses and the statewide community.

“This is such an important gap between trail segments that it’s going to open up a flow of trail users,” Marrion said. “I believe the commuter lot (that sits on the trail) is going to become a site where people can park their cars and start and then go to local businesses.”

Marrion said the trail access points, especially the commuter lot, are now full of potential for new businesses, from coffee and ice cream shops to bike rental and repair shops.

The trail completion is “going to bring people in,” Marrion said. “I’m really hoping that the businesses will flourish as a result of the additional traffic.”

Although the trail extension opened to the public Friday, Bolton First Selectwoman Sandra Pierog said there would be a trail celebration scheduled for the spring. The exact date has not yet been selected.

https://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/manchester/mile-trail-extension-opens-to-public/article_85a588fa-0598-11e9-8351-17b5a5bc29af.html

Trump Wants Trade Deal With China to Boost Stock Market, Sources Say

Chump panics because his tariffs are tanking the economy. Trumptards cheer!

President Donald Trump is increasingly eager to strike a deal with China soon in an effort to perk up financial markets that have slumped on concerns over the trade war, according to people familiar with internal White House deliberations.

Talks between mid-level U.S. and Chinese officials in Beijing were extended for a third day into Wednesday, adding to optimism fueled by tweets from Trump that the two sides are making progress toward an agreement.

Inside the White House, some key economic advisers are campaigning for a quick resolution to the trade conflict to help soothe battered markets. The S&P 500 Index has fallen about 8 percent since Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on a 90-day truce at a Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina.

“Talks with China are going very well!,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, the latest in a series of upbeat messages from him on the negotiations since both his meeting with Xi and the December market turmoil.

According to people familiar with the matter, Trump’s willingness to cut a deal with Beijing is driven in large part by his desire for markets to rally.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-08/trump-said-to-want-trade-deal-with-china-to-boost-stock-market?srnd=premium-canada

Leaky propane tank leads to evacuation

Neighbors in a trailer park were evacuated Wednesday afternoon as firefighters worked to vent a home after a propane tank leak caused dangerous levels of gas to build up in a vacant trailer overnight, fire officials said.

A resident at Village Park Inc., a trailer park at 35 Main St., may have been moving their belongings out of the trailer when something hit the home’s propane tank and caused the leak, Fire Chief Kevin Cooney said. The trailer was vacant overnight on Tuesday.

Firefighters responded to reports of a gas leak around 3 p.m. Wednesday and could detect the smell of propane from outside the trailer. They evacuated the three closest neighbors in case of an explosion.

Firefighters had the power to the trailer shut off before entering to vent the gas.

Cooney said the heavy odor they encountered led firefighters to believe the propane tank had been leaking since Tuesday.

The trailer was fully vented within an hour, and neighbors were let back into their homes at that time, he said.

https://www.journalinquirer.com/towns/south_windsor/leaky-propane-tank-leads-to-evacuation/article_930e515a-1a76-11e9-917e-e330838977be.html

Tree Disease Closes Trail

Hanover — A cherished trail in Pine Park likely will be closed for at least a year, and other areas will be temporarily closed because of a bevy of diseased pine trees across more than 4 acres of the park north of downtown Hanover.

A hiker’s tip in November about numerous dead trees leaning over the Cathedral Aisle Trail — named because of the arching, canopy-like effect of the towering pines within it — got the attention of Dartmouth College arborist Brian Beaty, according to Pine Park Association President Linda Fowler.

A subsequent visit from Kyle Lombard, New Hampshire’s forest health program coordinator, revealed that dead trees spanning 4 to 5 acres in the park have suffered from various fungal afflictions. They include Rhizosphaera, or needle cast, an airborne disease that strips pines of all but their youngest needles, and root rot, which attacks the tree from underground.

The dead trees — eyesores amid an otherwise pristine landscape in a popular and historic park abutting the Connecticut River and Hanover Country Club — also may have been attacked by turpentine beetles, which bore into the bark of stressed or diseased pines.

Many of the trees are more than 100 feet tall and nearly as many years old.

“It’s hard to know what started it, but trees are more susceptible when there is a high density of large trees in close proximity,” Lombard said on Thursday. “Needle cast is something that has been affecting forests across New Hampshire. We had a wicked drought in 2016 and it was hard on a lot of our forests, especially in areas near rivers, where the soil is sandy. Once needle cast sets in, things tend to snowball from there.”

While the trees are yet to be counted or marked, they’re visible in blighted swaths along southern portions of the approximately quarter-mile Cathedral Aisle Trail, which connects the center-of-the-park Esker Trail to the Girl Brook Trail, which circuits the park and is its most used trail.

Cathedral Aisle has been closed since early December as the Pine Park Association, the town of Hanover and Dartmouth College have begun plans to remove the dead trees. (Under an agreement dating to 1913, the nonprofit association owns the park’s roughly 95 acres while the town and college oversee its maintenance).

The removal project could last two to three weeks, depending on weather conditions, and will result in closings of most of the trail network as well as the parking lot on Hilton Field Road abutting the Hanover Country Club golf course, which will be used as a staging area, Fowler said. The portion of the golf course near the parking lot that is popular for sledding also will be off limits during the project, she added.

Dartmouth facilities operations and management staff on Thursday indicated they hope the project will be underway in the coming weeks to avoid potential conflicts during mud season. A Pine Park Association document regarding the situation lists Jan. 23 to Feb. 6 as a possible window.

“We know we want it to take place in the winter, because the area can get very muddy if you wait too long,” said Tim McNamara, Dartmouth’s associate director of facilities and operations. “There are a lot of logistics and things to consider in terms of what methods to use, because it’s a narrow trail and we’ll be bringing (the felled trees) across part of a golf course.”

Fowler, a professor of government emerita at Dartmouth, is wary of the potential proliferation of invasive species once the trees are felled, especially since deer will be wont to snack on the non-invasive young growth that replaces them. Deer overpopulation has been an issue for years in Hanover, which last year attempted to address it in part by piloting a special hunting program that granted 100 hunters with permits to take up to two antlerless dear, a first for a New Hampshire municipality.

https://www.vnews.com/Pine-Park-Addresses-Diseased-Trees-22687264

KWA employees get raise

1,200 current employees of Korean Women’s Association (KWA) are getting a raise. At the December board meeting, the proposal to increase KWA’s starting wage to $15 per hour received a unanimous vote of approval.

“As an organization designed to help people find ways out of poverty, it was impossible to justify paying some of our staff wages that kept them in poverty,” said KWA Board Chair Grace (Myung Sook) Kim.

Employees will see the raise implemented in their first paycheck of 2019. They include in-home caregivers, as well as staff in other programs including domestic violence, immigration, nutrition, and health navigation.

http://nwasianweekly.com/2019/01/kwa-employees-get-raise/

Four men receive hefty fines for catching 98 undersized crabs at Coodanup Reserve

Four men received hefty fines in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday for catching and planning to eat 98 undersized crabs from Coodanup Reserve.

Hsin-Feng Hsieh, Ka Chun Wong, Yi-Fi Zou and Lixiang Lin entered endorsed guilty pleas to their charges and did not appear in court.

Fisheries prosecutor Dean Gregory told the court the men were sharing one scoop and one steel glove and putting the crabs into two buckets, about 10.30pm on November 17, 2018.

https://www.mandurahmail.com.au/story/5841289/four-men-receive-hefty-fines-for-catching-98-undersized-crabs-at-coodanup-reserve/

Tracking Horseshoe Crabs by Acoustic Telemetry May Bring New Insights to Habitats

–Horseshoe crabs have been on earth since before dinosaurs, and they are an important part of the life ecosystem, as multiple marine animals, such as migratory shorebirds and Loggerhead sea turtles, depend on horseshoe crabs for food. Horseshoe crabs also play an integral role in human health advancements, as compounds in their blood can detect bacterial pathogens. These have been used in medical supplies to reduce the risk of infection. Therefore, being able to track the underwater seasonal movements of Atlantic horseshoe crabs would provide insight into their habitat use and help facilitate horseshoe crab management strategies. Justin Bopp, a Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) PhD student, is using a method of acoustic telemetry to track horseshoe crab movements.

Two technologies are required to carry out the research – a passive acoustic receiver that is placed underneath the water’s surface and “listens” for sound signals emitted by acoustic transmitters, which are attached to the shell surface of each horseshoe crab.

So far, Bopp has tracked more than 80 crabs in the New York region. He hopes the research will lead to new understandings of important horseshoe crab habitats, migration patterns, and conservation practices.

The research is funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation through the Ocean and Great Lakes award.

https://www.newswise.com/articles/tracking-horseshoe-crabs-by-acoustic-telemetry-may-bring-new-insights-to-habitats-conservation-practices

Dead Newborn Found in Amazon Distribution Center Restroom

A newborn girl has been found dead inside a woman's restroom at an Amazon distribution center in Arizona.

The baby was discovered Wednesday night at a distribution center in Phoenix, AZ Family reported. Police responded to a call about a dead child around 8:30 p.m., and when firefighters responded to the scene, they confirmed the newborn's condition.

In a statement to the media outlet, Amazon said the incident is "terribly sad and tragic." The company is working with authorities to "support their investigation."

"The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority," the company said.

Authorities said the newborn was near- or full-term, and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office will determine a cause of death. According to AZ Family, police had identified the mother Thursday morning and were speaking with her.

Authorities would not reveal the woman's name or if she was an Amazon employee. An Arizona law passed in 2001 allows mothers to leave their newborns with someone at a safe-haven facility without fear of prosecution. Such facilities include hospitals, churches, fire stations and adoption agencies.

Authorities have not announced what, if any, charges the newborn's mother will face.

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-01-17/dead-newborn-found-in-amazon-distribution-center-restroom

Russian Startup Wants to Put Ads in Low-Earth Orbit to Ruin The Sky For Everybody

MICHELLE STARR

16 JAN 2019

Will there be no end to people trying to muck up the night sky? Around this time last year it was a disco ball sent into low-Earth orbit. Now a Russian startup has had the colossally dense idea of sticking beaming billboards up there, to shine advertising back down to Earth.

Putting aside the fact that advertising is already ubiquitous, the notion of adding a significant source of light pollution to the night sky has astronomers - professional and amateur alike - fuming.

The startup is called StartRocket, and it hopes to use an array of tiny cubesats to create a programmable display in the night sky.

Orbiting at a low-Earth altitude of 400-500 kilometres (248-310 miles), according to the startup's website, these satellites would each bear a collapsible sail that is capable of reflecting the light of the Sun to form a single pixel.

Because it would be dependent on the Sun, it would only be able to display at dawn and dusk.

All up, the "billboard" would have an area of 50 square kilometres (19 square miles). This Orbital Display, as it is being called, could then be programmed to display logos to people around the globe, for 6-minute intervals, around 3 or 4 times a day - theoretically, at least.

"We are ruled by brands and events," project leader Vlad Sitnikov told Futurism.

"The Super Bowl, Coca Cola, Brexit, the Olympics, Mercedes, FIFA, Supreme and the Mexican wall. The economy is the blood system of society. Entertainment and advertising are at its heart.

"We will live in space, and humankind will start delivering its culture to space. The more professional and experienced pioneers will make it better for everyone."

But, as the response indicates, "better" is a matter of opinion, mainly because of the light pollution the Orbital Display would generate.

"It's a threat to the ability to do astronomical research from the ground," astronomer John Barentine of the International Dark Sky Association told Astronomy.com. "Every one of those moving blips of light in the night sky is something that can interfere with our ability to collect photons from astronomical sources."

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-russian-startup-wants-to-put-advertising-in-low-earth-orbit-because-they-re-capitalist-scum

A Day After Alex Jones’ New Infowars Channel Launches, Roku Removes It

Roku, the streaming video company, said Tuesday that it would no longer include a channel for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars network on its platform — less than a day after the new channel first went live.

Roku’s Infowars channel came months after several media and tech companies — Twitter, Vimeo, Facebook, Apple, Spotify — removed Jones and his content from their platforms.

A judge recently ordered Jones to turn over Infowars financial and marketing documents to the families of Sandy Hook victims that sued Jones over his characterization of the 2012 elementary school shooting massacre as a hoax.

A spokesperson for Roku told NBC News that Jones had previously been on the platform, but that his content was “not used much” and required a subscription and authentication. That old channel and the new channel launched Monday were both removed from the Roku platform, the spokesperson told NBC News.

The report noted that Roku initially told Digiday Tuesday that “to our knowledge, InfoWars is not currently in violation of [Roku’s] content policies,” and that “we do not curate or censor based on viewpoint.”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/a-day-after-alex-jones-new-infowars-channel-launches-roku-removes-it

University Of Glasgow Commits To Pay Reparations For Profiting From African Enslavement

The University of Glasgow has announced it made £200 million ($255 million) from the transatlantic slave trade according to a comprehensive report, and because of that, will make reparations through a “reparative justice program” and by establishing ties with the University of the West Indies. (Photo: National Library of Jamaica.)

Even as those who oppose reparations argue it is unfeasible or too costly, one British university is proving that it is both possible and necessary to make amends for the enslavement and genocide of African people. While the steps made so far may not seem so substantial, this institution could provide a model for others to follow.

The University of Glasgow made £200 million ($255 million) from the trans-Atlantic slave trade, according to a comprehensive report, and because of that will make reparations through a “reparative justice program” and establishing ties with the University of the West Indies. Reparative justice — which is known by various terms such as “restorative justice,” “communitarian justice,” “making amends,” “positive justice,” “relational justice” and “community justice” — responds to criminal behavior by balancing the needs of the community, the victims and offenders, according to the United Nations.

As opposed to retributive justice — which focuses on criminal punishment for the offender of an individual act, such as retaliation or “an eye for an eye” — reparative justice is about a people’s collective responsibility for committing wrongs, for stealing that which they had no legitimate right to own during times of enslavement or genocide. The reparations do not necessarily take the form of a cash payment to victims to alleviate suffering. According to Restorative Justice International, a global criminal justice reform association advocating for an expansion of victims-driven restorative justice, such a system places victims first, while holding the offenders accountable by having them learn how to make things right from the victims’ perspective.

“Restorative justice repairs the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational,” notes the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation.

https://popularresistance.org/university-of-glasgow-commits-to-pay-reparations-for-profiting-from-african-enslavement-providing-a-model-for-others-to-follow/

Texas pastor who prayed for Pulse club victims’ deaths resigns because he's into prostitutes

Another day, another grotesquely hypocritical “Christian” leader goes down. The Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, was once pastored by a man name Donnie Romero. If you don’t remember Donnie Romero, he was the pastor who said he was “praying” for the deaths of critically injured victims of the Florida Pulse nightclub shooting. A really spiritual guy. In a shocking* turn of events, Romero announced the following to his flock last week, at an hour-long meeting of the congregation. He was very weepy.

Anderson: I'm just gonna mention, you know, what the sins were without going into detail. Basically the major sin involved was being with prostitutes. And then there were also marijuana and gambling that were also discovered."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOkt4-gAkYc

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/10/1825084/-Texas-pastor-who-prayed-for-Pulse-club-victims-deaths-resigns-because-he-likes-prostitutes

Secretive security agency in Moscow holds US citizen over spying allegations

TRUMPTARDS CHEER!

An American citizen has been detained in Russia over spying allegations leveled by the country’s domestic security service, Reuters reported early Monday.

The FSB, the country's main security arm, said the unidentified American was detained in Moscow on December 28 and there is a criminal case against him, according to the report.

The FSB said the American faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted, TASS news agency reported.

The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

The FSB, which conducts domestic intelligence and counterintelligence, is a spin-off from the KGB after the collapse of the Soviet Union. A former KGB agent, Vladimir Putin ran the FSB before ascending to the presidency.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/russia-reportedly-detains-american-over-suspected-spying

GoFundMe Will Refund All Donations Made to Florida Veteran’s ‘Fund the Wall’ Campaign

Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran, has since created a 501(c) (4) nonprofit “We Build the Wall, Inc.,” and is asking people to send their donation to the new organization instead. Kolfage blamed Washington gridlock in part, saying that “the federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.”

GoFundMe Director of North America Communications Bobby Whithorne said in a statement that all donors will automatically receive a refund unless they decide to send the money to Kolfage’s nonprofit, which is classified by the IRS as a “social welfare organization.”

“There was a change in the use of funds,” Whithorne said. “When the campaign was created, the campaign organizer specifically stated on the campaign page, ‘If we don’t reach our goal or come significantly close we will refund every single penny.'”

Among the members of “We Build the Wall,” Kolfage names former Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, Blackwater founder Erik Prince and former Kansas Secretary of Sate Kris Kobach, among others.

Kolfage believes the organization can complete “significant segments of the wall” faster than the government, according a statement he added to the GoFundMe description.

Kolfage, who urged donors to look him up to make sure the campaign was legitimate, was running a page titled Right Wing News – along with affiliated sites – which was purged by Facebook for publishing false news and conspiracy theories, according to NBC News.

He also operates a website Fight4FreeSpeech that was created shortly after Right Wing News was taken down, according to NBC News. There is a GoFundMe campaign owned by Kolfage under the same name with the update, “We have moved our campaign to a new website,” with a link to an outside site.

Kolfage told NBC he didn’t disclose the fundraising effort in the wall GoFundMe because he didn’t want to “mix the two,” saying, “my personal issues have nothing to do with building the wall.”

https://ktla.com/2019/01/11/border-wall-gofundme-campaign-to-refund-donations-after-missing-goal/

Gamblers Made $270,000 Betting That Trump Would Lie a Bunch in His Address

Trump's Oval Office address Tuesday was mostly a waste of time. He may not have declared a national emergency to secure funding for the border wall, but he did manage to rattle off a bunch of his usual false and misleading immigration lines, all in a bafflingly low-energy monotone. The only real takeaway from the entire thing is that Trump still can't read off a teleprompter too well.

But there were at least a few people out there who benefitted from the thing: namely, the gamblers who placed bets on how much he'd lie, BuzzFeed News reports.

An online gambling house called BookMaker took bets on how many "false statements" Trump would make in his eight-minute speech, with the over-under set at 3.5. BookMaker's odds consultant, John Lester, told the New York Daily News that the site intentionally avoided calling them "lies," so it wouldn't have to "prove that the President is intentionally misleading the public."

According to Lester, the site had pulled in "over $100,000 in action on this wager in the first twelve hours alone," and it sounds like the people who bet on Trump's, uh, tenuous relationship with the truth made some serious cash.

"With all the cable networks agreeing to air the speech, it came down to, how many times is the president willing to exaggerate the truth to accomplish his agenda when he knows the world will be scrutinizing his every word?" Lester told BuzzFeed News.

The answer, according to the Washington Post, was a lot. Over the course of his short address, Trump reportedly dropped eleven untruths, from misrepresenting the new trade deal with Mexico to claiming that a wall will stop the flow of heroin across the border, even though 90 percent of drugs are smuggled through legal ports of entry.

Now, BookMaker has to shell out a reported $276,424 in total wins. "It's a bad day for Truthiness and Bookmaker," Lester told BuzzFeed. "We knew we were in trouble early with this one."

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ev3eq7/people-bet-on-how-much-trump-would-lie-address-make-270000-vgtrn

Police officer accused of having hundreds of child porn files

A North Branford police officer was arrested after allegedly being found with hundreds of pornographic media files involving children.

Hamden police arrested 58-year-old Anthony DeLuise on Monday after officers executed a search and seizure at his home on Sebec Street in July.

DeLuise is a North Branford police officer but has been absent from his position since Feb. 14, 2018.

During the search and seizure, police found multiple media storage devices containing upwards of 1,000 still image and movie files of suspected child pornography.

Police said the investigation into DeLuise and his address began in January 2018.

In July, police said they were granted an arrest warrant from Meriden Superior Court.

DeLuise was charged with Possession of Child Pornography in the 1st Degree and released on a $25,000 bond.

He is due in Meriden Superior Court on Jan. 8.

In a statement, North Branford Police Chief James Lovelace said “The charges against Mr. DeLuise are disturbing and troublesome, however, they are the actions of a single person and do not reflect the behavior of the dedicated men and women of the NBPD.”

DeLuise is a sergeant with the North Branford Police Department and was the president of the police union.

https://fox6now.com/2019/01/05/police-officer-accused-of-having-hundreds-of-child-porn-files/

January Blue Crab Trap Closure Cancelled Due to Lack of Derelict Traps in the Panhandle

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has canceled the blue crab trap closure previously scheduled for Jan. 5-14, 2019, for all waters from Escambia through Franklin counties.

Recreational and commercial blue crab traps may remain in the water during this period.

This cancellation is due to reports of a lack of derelict traps in the Panhandle as well as impacts to the region from Hurricane Michael.

Lost and abandoned blue crab traps are a problem in the blue crab fishery because they can continue to trap crabs and fish when left in the water.

They can also damage sensitive habitats and pose navigational hazards to boaters on the water.

http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/12/january-blue-crab-trap-closure-cancelled-due-to-lack-of-derelict-traps-in-the-panhandle/

'McJesus' sculpture to be removed from museum after violent protest

Hundreds of Arab Christians demonstrated at the museum last week to call for the sculpture's removal, the Times of Israel and Associated Press reported. According to the AP, police said protesters threw a firebomb at the museum and stones that wounded three police officers. Police used tear gas and stun grenades in response, per the AP.

According to the Guardian,Arab Christians only account for 2 percent of Israel's population.

Museum director Nissim Tal told the AP that the backlash surprised him given that the exhibit had been on display for months. The work's loan began in June, per the agreement Kalisch Rotem tweeted.

The museum's website says the exhibit, called "Sacred Goods," "focuses on the responses of contemporary artists to issues of religion and faith in the contemporary global reality, which is dominated by the consumer culture."

The museum described Leinonen's work and others in the exhibit as "subversive" and "provocative works that address the collaboration between religious systems and the consumer culture."

The artist told the Jerusalem Post earlier this week that he didn't intend for the sculpture to be shown in Haifa.

The protests "came to me as an upsetting surprise, particularly because my work is in the exhibition against my wishes," Leinonen told the newspaper.

Leinonen also said that he had asked the museum to remove the work and that he supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement – aimed at pressuring Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories.

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev had also called for the work's removal, but the museum had resisted, citing freedom of expression.

"Without any connection, we believe in freedom of speech as a cornerstone of democracy," Kalisch Rotem tweeted, according to the Times of Israel's translation. "We regret the distress experienced by the Christian community in Haifa, and the physical injury and violence that followed. We thank the heads of the Christian churches and priests in Haifa for the dialogue and desire to bridge, the effort to reach a solution, and to prevent violence."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/01/17/mcjesus-sculpture-removed-haifa-museum-kalisch-rotem-says/2604432002/

We Have a Right to Boycott Israel

The bill, appropriately titled the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, establishes criminal and civil penalties of up to $1 million for American persons and companies who engage in actions “which have the effect of furthering or supporting . . . restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by any international governmental organization against Israel.” While it’s unclear how strictly the act would be enforced, it is clearly a gross infringement on free speech — targeting Americans who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights and engage in an organized boycott.

The Senate measure was conceived after the United Nations Human Rights Council voted in 2016 to create a “blacklist” of companies that do business in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Building on a 1979 law designed to counteract the Arab League’s boycott of Israel, the Cardin-Portman legislation would extend the existing prohibition to cover boycotts against Israel called for by international organizations like the United Nations and the European Union.

The legislation, which currently enjoys the support of fifty senators, both Democrats and Republicans, faces uncertain prospects in the new Congress, where Democrats will control the House and new members, like Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), have publicly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS). Senators like Bernie Sanders and, more surprisingly, Dianne Feinstein have also pushed back against the Cardin-Portman bill, and a lawsuit filed by Bahia Amawi — a Palestinian-American who recently lost her job at a Texas elementary school for refusing to sign a “pro-Israel loyalty oath” — has provided additional ammunition.

But whether the bill passes or not, it is part of an ominous trend to curb Palestinian grassroots activism and silence political speech critical of Israel. “Since 2014,” the advocacy group Palestine Legal reports, “at least 102 anti-BDS measures have been introduced in state/local legislatures across the country. As of November 2018, 26 states have enacted anti-BDS laws.” The law that ensnared Amawi mandated that she promise that she wouldn’t boycott or “otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm” on Israel.

Boycotting goods is a longstanding American tradition. The American Colonists refused to buy imported British manufacturers to protest excessive taxes. Abolitionists and antislavery activists swore off slave labor–produced products in favor of “free goods.” The New York Manumission Society organized boycotts against New York merchants and newspaper owners involved in the slave trade.

The tradition carried over into the twentieth century. In March 1933, the Jewish War Veterans of America staged a mass rally in New York City, where congressman William W. Cohen told those gathered that “any Jew buying one penny’s worth of merchandise made in Germany is a traitor to his people.” Civil rights activists staged boycotts of segregated buses and streetcars in the South in the middle of the century. Antiwar activists boycotted US defense contractors during the Vietnam War and published detailed lists of military contracts held by GE and other companies. The anti-apartheid movement refused to purchase South African wines and oranges, declined to compete with all-white Olympics teams, and shamed US businesses that profited from the racist system.

The fundamental principle guiding these activists was that boycotting goods to protest injustice was not only a civil right, but also a civic duty.

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/12/boycott-divestment-sanctions-movement-cardin-portman-bill

Colorado man accused of killing his missing fiancee is due to appear in court Monday.

Patrick Frazee was arrested Dec. 21 on suspicion of murder and solicitation of murder in the death of Kelsey Berreth, who was last seen on Thanksgiving. Investigators haven't released details about what led to his arrest or how the flight instructor died. However, they have said evidence suggests she was killed at her home in a mountain town near Colorado Springs and that her cellphone was tracked to Idaho three days after Thanksgiving.

They haven't said whether they have found her body.

Berreth and Frazee have a 1-year-old daughter.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/colorado-man-accused-of-killing-missing-fiancee-due-in-court

Crazed raccoon captured after pair of attacks that left woman bloodied, dog injured

Officials on Thursday captured a raccoon that attacked an 83-year-old woman and likely sunk its teeth into a dog within less than 24 hours in the same Monmouth County neighborhood.

The raccoon was set to be euthanized and tested for rabies after the pair of attacks in Belmar, said Monmouth County SPCA Chief of Law Enforcement Ross Licitra.

In the first reported incident, a borough resident was on her back porch when the animal lunged at the woman, biting her hand, back and ankle Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. A neighbor reportedly used a shovel fight off the vicious mammal before it fled.

https://www.nj.com/monmouth/2019/01/crazed-raccoon-captured-after-pair-of-attacks-that-left-woman-bloodied-dog-injured.html