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March 13, 2018

Mar 13 14:09

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April 19, 2018

Apr 19 19:15

Police Testing Controversial Portable DNA Machine

By Aaron Kesel

For the last 10 months, Houston police have been testing a new mobile DNA machine called rapid DNA that runs tests in under two hours.

HPD launched a pilot program with the company ANDE to test a machine that runs DNA tests in under two hours...

Apr 19 18:53

How to use uBlock Origin advanced user mode tutorial 2018

uBlock Origin has very confusing user interface in the advanced user mode if you haven't read the lengthy documentation. This video tutorial explains how to use uBlock Origin in advanced user mode and all the advanced settings to protect your online privacy. With this uBlock Origin video, you'll learn how to use it to protect your online privacy and security. The biggest benefit of this tutorial is that you'll learn how to block scripts with uBlock Origin. uBlock Origin is essential to learn how to protect your online privacy, and can replace other extensions like uMatrix, Request Policy, Adblock Plus, Privacy Badger, and many other blockers.

Apr 19 18:27

AMP boss Meller quits after scandals revealed at banking royal commission

AMP boss Craig Meller steps down, company apologises after scandals revealed at banking royal commission
By business reporter Stephen Letts

AMP's chief executive officer Craig Meller has quit his job with immediate effect after a series of scandals were revealed at the banking royal commission.
Key points:

CEO Craig Meller first senior executive to lose job as result of royal commission
Resignation accompanied by unreserved apology to customers
AMP lied to watchdog ASIC, charged customer fees for advice not delivered

The resignation was accompanied by an unreserved apology from AMP to its customers.

The royal commission heard AMP lied to the corporate watchdog ASIC for almost a decade to cover its practice of charging customers fees for advice that was never delivered.

Apr 19 18:23

The Clinton campaign disguised the Steele dossier funding by covering up payments to Fusion GPS on mandatory disclosures to the FEC

– why hasn't the government looked into this? Great question by @RepDeSantis



Apr 19 18:08

California Churches pledges to Stop Calling the Police for Anything at All

Social Justice Warrior Church

Apr 19 15:08

243 years ago today, Colonial militias met British regulars on the field of battle

in the towns of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts

Apr 19 15:06

Catherine Herridge: Did James Comey Lie Under Oath?

New Details - The walls are closing in on Comey...

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Apr 19 15:02

The New World Order is Dead On Arrival



Apr 19 14:58

Joe Biden in 1993: No improper motive by feds at Waco, the Davidians "committed suicide"

In reviewing the excellent 1997 documentary Waco: The Rules of Engagement, the final minutes of the film reveal Congressional testimony from the hearings on Waco in which Biden and a gaggle of other disgusting government apologists pronounce that the government was blameless in the entire ordeal. This despite the fact that the Davidian survivors who were charged with murder of federal agents afterwards were acquitted of all charges.

Apr 19 14:58

TRUMP NOT A TARGET IN MICHAEL COHEN CASE

More Great News - Now we know why Trump was so cryptic yesterday...

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Apr 19 14:52

Reporter wanted to nail Trump with a 'gotcha' on human trafficking, instead she stepped on a rake



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Apr 19 14:50

US debt load ballooning, set to outpace some African countries in 5yrs – IMF

The US debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to jump to 116.9 percent by 2023, leaving behind Italy, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In five years, the American debt burden will also be worse than some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Mozambique or Burundi.

Apr 19 14:48

Turkey ‘may face sanctions’ for buying Russian S-400 missiles and not toeing US line – diplomat

Ankara’s decision to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia exposes Turkey to possible US sanctions and may bar it from getting F-35 jets, a State Department official said, adding that Turkey should “align with the West.”

The warning came on Wednesday from Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell, who spoke to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of his department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Apr 19 14:48

SOVEREIGN DEBT DEBACLE

Apr 19 14:47

‘Zero real evidence’ Assad behind chemical attack – US congressman

US government officials offered “zero real evidence” that the Syrian government was behind the alleged chemical attack in Douma, relying instead on information circulating online, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) said.



Apr 19 14:46

48 million social media users’ data leaked by yet another analytics company

LocalBlox, a data analytics company, describes on its website how it “automatically crawls, discovers, extracts, indexes, maps and augments data” from a variety of sources, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Zillow to build a “360 Degree people view,” that is then sold to marketers.

While the comprehensive range of data is scraped from publicly accessible sources, LocalBlox left a 1.2 terabyte file containing the personal data of 48 million individuals in an Amazon ‘storage bucket,’ password unprotected and accessible to anyone.

Data contained in the leak included names, physical addresses, dates of birth, scraped LinkedIn job histories, public Facebook data, and Twitter handles. Somebody with access to this data could theoretically use it to commit fraud, identity theft, or to aid in a social engineering scam like phishing.

Apr 19 14:44

No matter how hard George Soros & Brussels try, no illegal migrants will be admitted to Hungary – FM

Budapest will continue to uphold its strong anti-immigrant stance, despite attempts by the EU and media moguls to portray migration as a positive process and a basic “human right,” Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

“No matter how many times George Soros goes to Brussels, no matter how many times the issue of illegal immigration is placed on the agenda, and no matter how many allies George Soros has in Brussels, we will not back down. Illegal immigrants will continue to not be allowed entry into Hungary in [the] future,” the official said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apr 19 14:42

Rudy Giuliani to join Trump’s legal team

joins Trump’s legal team to ‘negotiate an end’ to Mueller Probe (wsj.com)

Apr 19 14:38

Remarkable evolution of 'Indonesian fish people' revealed: Bajau tribe have spleens 50% larger than normal allowing them to hold their breath for 13 minutes when diving

A population of Indonesian 'fish people' have evolved spleens are 50 per cent larger than normal people, enabling them to free dive to depths of more than 200 feet (61 metres).

The genetic change discovered in the Bajau tribe - who can hold their breath for 13 minutes - is the first known example of a human adaptation to deep diving, researchers found.

For more than 1,000 years, the Bajau - known as 'Sea Nomads' - have wandered the seas of southern Asia in house boats, catching fish by free diving with spears.

Apr 19 14:37

Will Apple release a lineup of more affordable devices? Filings suggest firm may launch a new SE and version of the iPhone X that costs HALF the current price

Longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who has correctly predicted the firm's moves in the past, believes a 6.1-inch iPhone may be on the way that has many of the same features as the iPhone X but features a cheaper price point.

Apr 19 14:35

Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in 'Big Brother' satellites capable of streaming 'live and unfiltered' HD footage of the planet

Microsoft's Bill Gates is backing a start-up that will provide 'live and unfiltered' high definition footage of every inch of Earth.

The startup, EarthNow, plans to launch 500 satellites to cover Earth's atmosphere in 'Big Brother' real-time video surveillance.

As well as Gates, SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and aerospace giant Airbus are also backing the project.

The price of the project could run to $1 billion (£700m), although the value of the investment by the companies has not been disclosed.



Apr 19 14:35

This $233 Trillion Bomb Is Set to Blow

Apr 19 14:33

The cost of being an alpha male: Study reveals testosterone-fueled hedge fund managers like those in 'Wolf of Wall Street' are more likely to LOSE money, commit fraud, and get fired

For the study, researchers measured the facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) -- a feature that has been linked to high testosterone levels in adults -- of 3,228 male hedge fund managers from 1,901 investment firms.

They discovered that male hedge fund managers with a wider face -- a proxy for testosterone levels -- underperform those with a lower facial width-to-height ratio by 5.8% each year.

This contrasts with the images often portrayed in popular culture that glorify the bullish behavior of investment bankers, traders and hedge fund managers.

Think of billionaire corporate raider Gordon Gekko in 'Wall Street' or rogue trader Jordan Belfort in the 'Wolf of Wall Street'.

Not only are these managers more likely to produce lower returns, but they're also more likely to get fired, commit fraud and make risky investment decisions.

Apr 19 14:30

ProPublica Reporter Talia Buford Co-Hosts “Hot Mess,” New PBS Digital Series on Climate Change

PBS Digital Studios launched today its new original YouTube program, “Hot Mess,” dedicated to explaining both the scientific impacts of climate change and how it impacts our daily lives. Published every Thursday, episodes showcase climate stories through the lens of one of its three hosts: ProPublica reporter Talia Buford, who covers disparities in environmental impacts; Joe Hanson, a biologist, science writer and host of the PBS Digital Studios show “It’s Okay to Be Smart”; and environmental journalist Miriam Nielsen.


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Apr 19 14:29

Visit to the Mount Carmel Branch Davidian Massacre Site (Video)

My wife and I were in the Waco area so we stopped by and took some video of the current site of the 'Waco' tragedy, for a virtual tour of what the place looks like over two decades after the siege. Upon our arrival we were surreally greeted by two very nice labs... On April 19, 1993 the government slaughtered 82 innocent men, women, and children at the property. One year later, the survivors were acquitted of all murder charges in the deaths of four federal agents. The jury found that the Davidians acted in self defense. This is a little known fact by the general public, who are basically told that a pervert child molester and his cult group committed mass suicide.

Apr 19 13:59

CIA 'inadvertently' left explosive training material under school bus

The material, characterized as “stable” by the CIA and “benign” by the school district, was characterized by a district spokesperson as a “putty-type” explosive requiring the use of a detonator, according to the Washington Post. A container holding the material was placed in the engine block of the bus as part of the training exercise, according to the CIA. At some point, however, a portion of the explosive material fell from the container into the engine compartment and was not recovered until it was discovered by a district mechanic.

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Apr 19 13:37

BREAKING | Rosenstein Tells Trump He Is NOT A Target Of ANY PART Of Mueller Probe…

Just hit the wires. There are going to be some very upset snowflakes after reading this.

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Apr 19 13:34

20-Something Slowly Climbing Out Of Debt...

Apr 19 13:31

Death by Hypocrisy and Demon Worship; the Israeli Way

Dog Poet Transmitting.......

Please forgive the use of bad language to punctuate bad behavior. There is no culture on Earth more evil and Satanic than that of Israel founded on the Nazi formula of Theodor Herzl and financed by the Satanic first family of arch-devils, Rothschild clan. The evil of the AshkeNAZI empire had its origin in the translation of the Ashkenazim into Khazar's. In the 9th century, King Bulan of Khazaria got hoodwinked by a filth peddling Talmudist. The Ashka-nimrods object to this linkage which is all the proof needed that it is so. If they say something is so, it is not and if they say something is not so, it is. This is a good rule of thumb to measure them by and it is always a spiritual affirmation to stick that thumb up your ass for emphasis and their version of an holy oil immersion process.

Apr 19 13:18

The US Is Being Prepared For An Economic Collapse Transition

Another dump was made in Bitcoin, this time it was 50 million worth of digital currency, this drop came one day after the third largest bicoin wallet unloaded 50 million. Trump opposes the TPP, looked at it and it will not fit into the new trade system that he is creating.

Apr 19 13:11

BOEHNER'S MARIJUANA LOBBYING IS SYMPTOMATIC OF SPECIAL-INTEREST PROBLEM

The former Speaker of House, John Boehner, and former Massachusetts Governor, Bill Weld, were added to the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, an investment company heavily involved in the legal cannabis industry. This pair of former conservative leaders will certainly help to bring bipartisan support for the pro-legalization movement. They’re also part of an emerging trend of conservative revolving door lobbyists working on behalf of the legal marijuana industry.

Apr 19 13:07

Justice Dept Inspector General Sends Criminal Referral of Andrew McCabe to U.S. Attorney…

Multiple media outlets are now confirming the DOJ Office of Inspector General, Michael Horowitz has sent the U.S. Attorney a criminal referral over the unlawful issues which led to the firing of FBI Asst. Director Andrew McCabe.



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Apr 19 12:59

22 Seconds of Kurt Schlichter SLAMMING California…

Awesome clip. Straight-up truthtelling on the misery of California...

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Apr 19 12:58

Mother-of-two banking executive, 43, who was sucked out of a Southwest jet at 32,500ft died from blunt impact trauma to the head, neck and torso, coroner reveals

The Wells Fargo bank executive who died on a Southwest jet after its engine blew at 32,500 feet was killed by blunt impact trauma to the head, neck and torso, according to the coroner.



Taboola
Apr 19 12:57

Why did Stone Age humans perform brain surgery on a COW? Mystery after scientists find a hole created by a crude surgical tool in a 5,400-year-old bovine skull

Trepanation, or the practice of drilling holes in skulls, is 10,000 years old
But this is the first time scientists have found ancient trepanation hole on a cow
People may have been practicing trepanation on animals before moving to peers
Another theory suggests brain surgery was performed to save the animal, but researchers say this is unlikely as cows weren't that precious in the area

Apr 19 12:56

Embattled Fox Host Sean Hannity Slams CNN's Anderson Cooper as 'More Like Jerry Springer Than a Newscaster'

Fox News host Sean Hannity likely isn't having the best week of his life—having been revealed this as the secret client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's lawyer who was in court after being raided by the FBI.

Apr 19 12:53

Global Cyber Attacks Blamed On Russia Right Before Spiking Internet Outages Occur - Live Attack Map Shows Attacks From Within 

Twitter went down worldwide, came back up and then went down again, with Down Detector racking up over 6,000 reports in one hour, but Twitter wasn't alone in suffering outages, as multiple communications networks also saw a spike in reports overnight, with the live outage maps from different companies showing the same geographical locations being hit.

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Go to the Norse tracking map and you will see that the hack attacks are mostly internal to the US, with little or no activity coming from Russia.

Apr 19 12:47

Missiles over Damascus courtesy of monsters in Washington

Lawrence Davidson examines the impulses and traits behind the decision of US President Trump to bomb the Syrian capital for an alleged chemical weapons attack without any hard evidence that the Syrin state was responsible for the attack.>>

Apr 19 12:47

BREAKING: Syrian Troops Find Chemical Weapons Made In Salisbury

Syrian government troops have found chlorine bombs of western production, said spokeswoman for Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“In the liberated territories of Eastern Ghouta, Syrian government troops have found containers with chlorine – the most terrible type of chemical weapons – the containers are from Germany, as well as smoke flasks from – attention! – Salisbury,” she said at a briefing in Moscow. The Porton Down laboratory is located not far from the city of Salisbury in Great Britain, whereby an alleged poisoning of the Skripals took place last month.

Apr 19 12:46

Russia Warns Of ‘Precise And Painful’ Response To Any Future US Sanctions

Russia is continuing to warn the West of further attacks against Russia. Whether it be in the form of missiles or sanctions, the former Soviet Union doesn’t seem like they wish to play “war games” any longer.

The United States this month added several Russian firms and officials to a sanctions blacklist in response to what it said were the Kremlin’s “malign activities.” Moscow says those sanctions are unlawful and has warned that it will retaliate in a “painful” manner.

“No one should be under any illusions,” said Valentina Matvienko, who is closely aligned with the Kremlin, was quoted as saying by the Interfax News Agency. Matvienko, the speaker of the Russian upper house of parliament, said on Wednesday that Moscow’s response to any United States sanctions will be targeted and painful, Russian news agencies reported.

Apr 19 12:44

Surf hero Laird Hamilton rescues dozens of residents and tourists stranded by Hawaii floodwaters as more than TWO FEET of rain falls

Dozens of people were rescued after floodwaters swept the Hawaiian island of Kauai by legendary surfer Laird Hamilton.

Several homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed after more than 28 inches of rain over the 24-hour period this past weekend.

Residents and tourists alike were left stranded following landsllides or washed out roads.

Among them was the Gwilliam family from Encitas, California. Jamas and Erin Gwilliam and their three children were vacationing in the town of Hanalei in a house along the river when the torrential downpour began.

The family told NBC 7 that they were stranded because the rains were so strong that the nearby roads and surrounding bridge were washed away.

Apr 19 12:44

Chemical Laboratory Warehouse of Militants Discovered in Douma

On April 17, Russian troops uncovered a lab in Douma, which, according to chemical defense specialist Alexander Rodionov, could have been used by terrorist groups for the production of chemical weapons.

"The substances discovered, such as thiodiglycol and diethanolamine, are necessary for the production of sulfur and nitrogen mustard gas. In addition, a cylinder with chlorine, similar to that used by militants to set up the widely spread fake story, was found in the warehouse. It can be concluded that this laboratory was used by illegal armed groups for the production of poisonous substances," Rodionov said.

Apr 19 12:15

HILARIOUS | ANTIFA Ridiculed In New Song…

This is fantastic. So immensely satisfying to watch...

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Apr 19 11:56

Homeless People on Tracks Slow California Trains

The Los Angeles Times reports that “L.A. County’s homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures.” Rather than “despite,” they might have said “because of,” since the more taxpayer money is bestowed upon the homeless, the more will be drawn from around the country — and the world. The situation is so bad that California trains have been slowed down by all the homeless people on the tracks:

Trains along the popular Capitol Corridor are running later than before, and homeless camps are partly to blame.

Rail officials say more people have trespassed on train tracks in the last year, forcing engineers at times to hit the brakes to avoid a possible crash – and at times tragically unable to. That’s left trains loaded with commuters or freight grinding to a halt in the middle of nowhere. …

If a person is killed by a train, it may be held in place for two to three hours as coroners, police and track inspectors do post-mortem work, officials said.

Apr 19 11:55

Hillary Clinton's popularity has plunged since election, poll finds

Hillary Clinton, well over a year after she lost the 2016 election to President Trump, is less popular than ever, according to a poll released this week.

Only 27 percent of those polled had a very or somewhat positive view of the former secretary of state, according to The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

That makes her less popular than President Trump, whose popularity registered at 35 percent. It is a new low for her in the poll, which clocked her popularity at 30 percent in August 2017.

A Journal analysis of the poll notes that the poll is a reminder of “just how unusual” Clinton is in terms of her unpopularity -- even among recent losing presidential nominees who have typically experienced a post-election decline, but not to the extent Clinton has. At the time of the election, 40 percent had a positive view of her.

Apr 19 11:55

BREAKING | Horowitz Sends CRIMINAL Referral On Andrew McCabe To U.S. Attorney…

Full details here. Story just hit the wires...

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Apr 19 11:55

Steyer Endorses Feinstein’s Primary Challenger in California Senate Race

The widening chasm between progressive and establishment Democrats in California was exemplified this week by an endorsement from liberal billionaire and environmentalist Tom Steyer.

Steyer waded into California Senate race Wednesday to endorse Kevin de León, the primary challenger to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), according to the Los Angeles Times.

The race between de León, seen as the most viable challenger, and the long-serving Feinstein has intensified in recent weeks. The two have openly sparred over universal health care and how California's elected officials should respond to President Donald Trump.

In his endorsement, the environmentalist billionaire applauded the 51-year-old de León as a strong progressive who emulated California, more so than the 84-year-old Feinstein.

Apr 19 11:54

Iran's Rouhani: We will not wait for approval to produce weapons

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has declared that Tehran will not wait for any permission to produce the weapons it needs to defend the country.

In a speech marking Iran's Army Day on Wednesday, Rouhani said a strong military is an effective deterrence against foreign threats.

"If there is any weapon we need, we will develop it for the most part, or procure it if necessary," Rouhani was quoted by Iran's Mehr news agency as saying.

Apr 19 11:54

The Entire Political Establishment Agrees On The War Against Assad

A strong, clear anti-war anti-interventionist stance is only among a minority in the USA.

Apr 19 11:54

Walls of snow and disappearing lanes remain a nuisance for drivers

Cleaning up after the weather is a tall, sometimes slushy order. And when we are out on the road, we are only as safe as we want to be.
Snow banks and tight-fitting lanes are two of the more noteworthy concerns drivers are facing.
Keeping your head on a swivel won't hurt you.

"Making sure that we know what's around us, that we're allowing that extra space and extra time for other drivers," said Capt. Jody Lemmens from the Brown County Sheriff's Office. "Just being courteous."

Sometimes the snow can spill over onto the road, causing some shoulder lanes to run out of room fast.

"Even though there's a lane there, [passing] is not always encouraged," she said.

She recommends using the left-hand lane to avoid any tricky situations if your lane decides to pull a vanishing act.
And for drivers we spoke to, many of them wished people would give the accelerator a break.

Apr 19 11:51

IRAN SWITCHES FROM DOLLAR TO EURO

Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington.

Central bank governor Valiollah Seif said last week that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had welcomed his suggestion of replacing the dollar with the euro in foreign trade, as the “dollar has no place in our transactions today”.

Iran does hardly any trade with the US due to decades of economic sanctions. It’s most important trading partner is the UAE, which accounts for around 24 per cent of all Iranian imports and exports. China is not far behind with 22 per cent, followed by Turkey, India and the EU, all of which account for around six per cent of Iran’s trade.

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This further delink from the US dollar, is what ultimately got Iraq and Libya invaded; looks like the next target for "regime change", after Syria, will be Iran, something for which the Israeli and Saudi government have been cheerleading for quite some time.

But President Trump needs to understand, clearly, and with zero misconception; both Israel and Saudi Arabia want the costs of such an invasion and occupation to be borne solely in American blood, and American money.

Apr 19 11:50

Brazil Accuses EU Of Instigating "Trade War", Threatens WTO Complaint

Brazil's agriculture minister is accusing the European Union of trying to start a trade war with South America's largest economy after it threatened to cut off imports of domestic Brazilian chicken following a food-contamination scandal Bloomberg reported.

With the European Commission set to discuss restrictions on imports from BRF, Brazil's largest packaged-food producer and leading poultry supplier, Blairo Maggi is apparently turning up the rhetoric in hopes of averting a potentially devastating export ban.

Apr 19 11:50

Blackwater Founder May Train Arab Forces To Dominate Syria

Blackwater founder Erik Prince says he has been informally contacted by Arab officials looking to marshal a multi-national force in Syria which would be able to fill any "security vacuum" left by a United States withdrawal - similar to the one which allowed ISIS to flourish when President Obama pulled US troops out of Iraq.

Apr 19 11:49

Russia Threatens To Halt Critical Rocket Engine Exports To The U.S.

Despite earlier reported hopes that Putin seeks a deal with Trump, as opposed to escalating tensions, it appears Russia is planniong to do just that.

Last Friday (the 13th), just before the US, UK and France launched 105 Tomahawk missiles at Syria, we noted that as part of Russian countermeasures against US sanctions, it could halt titanium exports to the US, critical for the production of Boeing airplanes, which promptly sent Boeing's stock lower.

As it turns out Russia has leverage not only over the biggest US exporter of airplanes and military equipment: what piqued our interest, is the United States Department of Defense (DoD) dependency on Russian-manufactured rocket engines to launch military satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO).

Apr 19 11:49

The Death Of Retail Real Estate Continues: 77MM Sq.Ft Of Shopping Space Closed In 2018 Already

Retail real estate carnage is going to continue this year with no signs of slowing up, as Bloomberg reported this morning that over 77 million square feet of retail real estate has closed this year and that 2018 will easily pass 2017's record of 105 million square feet closed. The latest example was the fall of the once massive Toys 'R' Us name:

The fall of the Toys “R” Us chain, with more than 700 U.S. stores, shows how much retail real estate has changed in just the last decade. When KKR & Co., Bain Capital, and Vornado Realty Trust took over the company in 2005, the buyers justified the $7.5 billion price, in part, because of the supposedly valuable properties that came with the deal.

If there was ever to be any silver lining to the complete carnage in the retail real estate space, it was the argument that has been perpetuated over the last decade or so: despite retail stores closing, the real estate would eventually be worth something.

Apr 19 11:48

Dick’s Sporting Goods Will DESTROY All Guns Removed From Shelves

Dick’s Sporting Goods pulled all of their guns they determined to be “assault weapons style” from the shelves in the wake of the Parkland Florida school shooting. Now, they’ve announced that they will destroy all guns that weren’t sold because they took them off the shelves.

“We are in the process of destroying all firearms and accessories that are no longer for sale as a result of our February 28th policy change,” a spokesperson from Dick’s Sporting Goods told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “We are destroying the firearms in accordance with federal guidelines and regulations.” Instead of returning them to the manufacturer, the sports retailer decided to destroy the “assault-style rifles.”

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And of course Dick's will get a big tax write-off for the loss, while using the PR to try to lure customers back.

Apr 19 11:47

China Jammed US Navy Jet’s Equipment as It Patrolled South China Sea

When the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier cruised through the South China Sea last week, one US Navy pilot encountered Chinese jamming technology interfering with his plane’s equipment, according to a report.

"The mere fact that some of your equipment is not working is already an indication that someone is trying to jam you," an EA-18G Growler pilot told GMA News on April 14, adding that "we have an answer to that." The Growler is a carrier-based, electronic warfare variant of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

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Maybe the equipment just wasn't working.

Apr 19 11:46

Lockheed Martin ‘Ready to Assist’ With More Missiles for US After Syria Strike

The joint US-UK-France missile strikes on targets in Syria last Friday featured the debut of the US Air Force’s newest extended-range joint air-to-surface standoff missile (JASSM-ER), a weapon the US military is planning to buy in bulk.

The company said it stands "ready to assist" the Pentagon should it need more missiles following the attack on Syria. "While we do not comment on the nature or circumstances of those operations, we stand ready to assist our customers in their efforts worldwide. Lockheed Martin is proud to partner with the DoD to equip them with advanced weapon systems, such as JASSM, to conduct effective military operations," a Lockheed Martin spokesman said Monday.

Apr 19 11:45

Carry your riot gear at all times in case Mueller is fired! Police in Pittsburgh are warned mass protests will roil city if Trump moves against special counsel

Pittsburgh police detectives are being ordered to bring riot gear to work to be prepared for protests that may break out in the event President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.

Detectives on the city force were urged in an email to bring their 'full uniform' and 'protective equipment' to work until further notice because of what a commander in the force to prepare for a nearly spontaneous protest.

The email cites a potential 'large scale protest' in the city's central business district – but doesn't cite any specific intelligence information.

'We have received information of a potential large scale protest in the Centra Business District,' according to the email from commander Victor Joseph, which was published by WTAE.

Apr 19 11:43

California to deploy 400 National Guard troops, including some to US-Mexico border

- California will send up to 400 National Guard troops to several places, including the US-Mexico border after Gov. Jerry Brown made an announcement Wednesday saying guard members will combat criminal gangs, human traffickers, and illegal firearm and drug smugglers.

Brown announced the deployment in a late afternoon message to the media.

The announcement comes as President Trump has been accusing Brown of trying to back out of sending the National Guard troops to the border.

RELATED: National Guard Colonel denies rejecting plan to send troops to border

Brown says the guard will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier.

The personnel will deploy within the state, along the coast, and at the border.

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Considering how brilliantly unsuccessful California's law enforcement has been in these endeavors in the past, this feels like sound and fury, signifying nothing.

And since when does a state defy the country's President and the rule of Federal law?!?

Apparently, Governor Brown believes he is perfectly within his rights to do so; that has to change, and quickly.

And of course, we all know how brilliantly California's economy has impacted the homeless, under Governor Brown's watch:

The California Housing/Homeless Crisis

And of course, you have the following reality in California:

Tucker: Violent Criminal Illegals Now a ‘Protected Class’ in California

It is no bloody wonder that Californians are leaving the state in droves:
Californians, fed up with housing costs and taxes, are fleeing the state

These elements, taken together, might offer reasons for a sane state government to alter its course; but in Governor Brown's California?!?

All that comes to mind is the catchphrase of the TV show, The Sopranos, and its lead character, Tony Soprano, when he frequently said: "fuggetaboutit!!"

Apr 19 11:41

Staged suffering? Interview with boy in Douma video raises more doubts over ‘chem attack’

He was eventually found by his father, who said he didn’t hear about any chemical attack that day. “I went to the hospital, walked upstairs, and found my wife and children. I asked them what had happened, and they said people outside were shouting about some smell, and told them to go to the hospital. At the hospital, they gave dates and cookies to the kids,” he said.

One of the medical workers, who was reportedly on shift at the time, said he was surprised by the sudden influx. “Some people came here and washed people. They said: ‘Chemical attack. Chemical attack.’ We didn’t see any chemical attack symptoms,” he added. He did, however, say that there were many people with respiratory problems as a result of dust from recent bombings in the city.

Apr 19 11:39

OAN ON THE GROUND IN SYRIA - REMOVED FROM YOUTUBE RIGHT AFTER IT WAS UPLOADED!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No chemical weapons attack. No wonder YouTube yanked it as soon as it was posted!

Apr 19 11:38

Michael Cohen withdraws lawsuits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, has withdrawn lawsuits against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS over the publishing of a controversial dossier compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

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