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November 15, 2018

Nov 15 19:50

INSANE & BROKE.... PlayStation TAX hits Chicago (video)

Nov 15 19:41

UK signs multi-billion pound contract to double its F-35 fleet by 2022

The UK has signed a multi-billion pound contract which will double its F-35 fleet, the country's defense secretary has announced. The deal will see Britain own 35 stealth jets by the end of 2022.

Nov 15 19:40

Successful failure: Pentagon admits it never even expected to ‘pass’ multi-million audit

The US Department of Defense spent over $360 million to confirm there are problems in the $2.7 trillion organization, but the Pentagon leadership considers the mere fact that this “first-ever” audit happened was a great success.

“We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters on Thursday, announcing the end of the eleven-month process.

Nov 15 17:03

You can't make this shit up

Broward's recount was uploaded two minutes late to the state and was rejected. The state will use original numbers instead, officials said.



Nov 15 16:53

Man discovers he does NOT have cancer after misdiagnosis led to five years of chemotherapy and biopsies

James Salaz, of Montrose, Colorado, was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) in 2012 after 'abnormalities' were found in his left lung

LCH is a rare form of cancer in which an excess of immature white blood cells cause tumors to form throughout the body

Salaz was on chemotherapy and painkillers for five years, but the 'abnormalities' were not disappearing

After his primary doctor was dismissed in 2017, Salaz found another doctor who told him he never had cancer

Salaz was actually suffering from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels

The chemotherapy he was on has also given him pancreatitis he will have to live with for the rest of his life

Nov 15 16:51

Pentagon Fails Audit as Official Admits 'We Never Thought We Were Going to Pass'

The Pentagon has failed its first-ever audit, according to the second highest ranking Pentagon official.

"We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn't even do the audit," Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Thursday at the Pentagon, as quoted by Defense News. The DoD's Office of Inspector General is expected to release the full-scope audit Thursday.

Nov 15 16:23

‘Get it right!’ Israeli consulate spars with US journalist over Gaza headlines

An American journalist who pointed out the extensive edits the New York Times made to its article about the Israeli bombing of Gaza found himself in a heated Twitter argument with the Israeli consulate.

A Twitter account “Editing The Gray Lady,” which tracks edits to the Times, revealed on Monday how the US paper of record changed its headlines and copy to describe the events in Gaza.

“Incredible propaganda,” Ben Norton, a New York-based writer for The Real News, commented on the edits, adding that the Times “bent over backward and rewrote its article to erase how Israel initiated the violence in Gaza, obscuring the fact that Gaza's self-defense was ‘retaliatory’ and instead pushing the covert Israeli operation until the end.”

Nov 15 16:22

US senators seek to stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

A newly proposed bill in the US Senate would suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and block refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen, as punishment for the death of a Washington Post columnist.

A group of senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, led by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced the “Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018.” It was sponsored by three Democrats and two Republicans.

Menendez, who is the top Democrat on the committee, said that sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals introduced earlier on Thursday by the Trump administration were “not enough” to ensure a credible investigation of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and pressure Riyadh into ending the war in Yemen.

Nov 15 15:59

JIM ACOSTA CLAIMED MIGRANTS WOULDN’T CLIMB BORDER, BUT THEY’RE DOING EXACTLY THAT

Members of the migrant caravan are currently trying to climb over the U.S.-Mexico border wall, despite CNN’s Jim Acosta’s claim that they would not “be doing that.”

Last week during a testy exchange with President Donald Trump at a post-midterm press conference, Acosta debated the president on whether or not the migrant caravan is an “invasion.” The White House correspondent rejected the notion that members of the caravan would try to climb walls and fences to get into the United States as depicted in a Trump campaign ad.

“Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on, but they’re not going to be doing that,” Acosta claimed.



Nov 15 15:50

Tulsi Gabbard : “It is long overdue that we end US complicity in Saudi Arabia’s atrocities. (Nov 14)

We must end all US support for Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen now.”

Nov 15 15:47

The Vatican is preparing for the Pope’s resignation in February 2019….



Nov 15 15:31

Broward County finishes its recount of top Florida races minutes before state deadline

14 minutes before the state-mandated deadline,

Nov 15 15:22

FLASHBACK - Lawsuit: 100,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Pennsylvania.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, which has identified similar noncitizen voting problems in studies of VA and NJ, said Pennsylvania officials have admitted noncitizens have been registering and voting in the state “for decades.”

Nov 15 15:18

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida officials are now saying that nearly 200,000 voters may not be U.S. citizens.

Earlier in the week, state election officials announced they had identified more than 2,600 people who are in Florida legally but ineligible to vote.



Nov 15 15:04

SWEDEN: GREEN PARTY SUGGESTS CONFISCATING CITIZENS’ HOMES TO GIVE THEM TO MIGRANTS

The Green Party in Sweden has suggested confiscating the homes of citizens and giving them to migrants if the property is deemed to be too large or if the owner has more than one residence.

Blogger Katerina Janouch reveals how the party wanted to introduce a new law which would allow “Municipalities to seize housing to give them refugees.”

Under the proposal, authorities would be able to “evacuate people who have too large housing,” for example “couples where the children moved home or cohabited where the partner has a residence elsewhere.”

Under any such legislation, homeowners wouldn’t even be compensated, whereas before the government would have had to pay them at least 125% market value

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taking a page out of the South Africa's, and Zimbabwe's play-book, are you, Sweden?!?

Should this insane notion get passed, expect massive, public protests to occur with a strength and ferocity that will astonish the current government.

Oh, and it will also be the last time that any Swedish politicians who supported this, will be ever be elected... again.

You're welcome, Sweden!

Nov 15 14:52

Judge Rejects Bill Nelson’s Recount Deadline Extension Push Right Before Florida County Misses Deadline

A federal judge rejected a push by Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson to extend the machine recount deadline in a Thursday ruling in which the judge labeled Florida a “laughingstock” because of its election failures.

“We have been the laughingstock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said in the ruling, which he handed down on the same afternoon that Florida’s Palm Beach County missed the machine recount deadline at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Walker decided that Florida’s 67 counties will still have to submit machine recount results at 3 p.m. Thursday, reported the Associated Press. However, Walker ruled earlier Thursday morning to grant 4,000 Florida voters an extension until 5 p.m. Saturday to verify their mail-in and provisional ballots if they were rejected for signature mismatches.

Nov 15 14:32

Travel chaos as deadly Winter Storm Avery prepares to dump up to six inches of snow on the East Coast from DC to Boston, closing schools and snarling airports with 80 million in its path

Winter Storm Avery has struck New York City, continuing up the East Coast and causing travel chaos and school closures after killing at least five.

More than 80 million people braced for the Arctic blast on Thursday as winter storm alerts were issued from St Louis through the Appalachian Mountains to New York and New England.

Nearly half a million people across the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast were left without power after the storm struck last night.

The storm was forecast to dump as much as six inches on parts of New England, while in the Midwest the St Louis area saw the highest accumulation with up to eight inches of snow on Thursday morning.

The storm has already wreaked havoc on roads in the South, where icy roads led to fatal crashes in Mississippi and Arkansas on Wednesday night.

Nov 15 14:08

FLORIDA RECOUNT: The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections has announced that a "substantial number of votes" ARE NOW MISSING!

BREAKING: Palm Beach unable to finish even Senate recount. Will not make state machine recount deadline for any of the races. [Source]

Nov 15 13:56

Atheist United Church minister keeps her job; 'heresy trial' called off

A United Church minister who had faced an unprecedented ecclesiastical court hearing over her professed atheism is no longer in danger of a defrocking after the two sides reached an agreement in the long-running case.

In an unexpected development this week, Rev. Gretta Vosper and the church settled ahead of what some had dubbed a "heresy trial," leaving her free to minister to her east-end Toronto congregation.

"It's going to be wonderful," Vosper said in an interview Friday. "We'll be out from underneath that heavy cloud. Now we'll be able to really fly."

The settlement, the terms of which are confidential, came during what was supposed to be a week of routine preliminary motions ahead of the full hearing later in the month.

Nov 15 13:46

Florida man pleads not guilty in political pipe bombs case

The Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges carrying a potential penalty of life in prison.

Cesar Sayoc entered the plea through his lawyers during his appearance in Manhattan federal court.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff set a July 15, 2019, trial date.

The judge suggested earlier dates, but Sayoc's attorneys said they needed more time to prepare given the amount of discovery in the case and a lack of staffing at the federal public defenders' office of New York.

"This is a slightly more complex case than the average one," federal defender Sarah Baumgartel told Rakoff.



Nov 15 13:42

Israeli Coalition on Brink of Collapse as Hawks Rage Over Gaza Ceasefire

In Israeli politics, wars against the Palestinians tend to be winning issues, especially for far-right governments. That’s why Monday’s flare-up in Gaza thrilled hawks in the current coalition. Peace, however, is another matter. Peace threatens to collapse the coalition government outright.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, an outspoken opponent of the ceasefire in Gaza, quit on Wednesday morning. Education Minister Naftali Bennett could be close behind, as he’s demanding the defense portfolio job, or he’ll pull his party out as well.

Though Netanyahu desperately wants to avoid early elections, it’s not clear how he’s going to be able to. Indications are that he wants to keep the defense ministry for himself, and even then giving it to Bennett, who reportedly laid out a plan for conquering Gaza during the security cabinet, is probably not a real option.

Nov 15 13:40

Multiple departments battle 300-ton haystack fire at Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville

Multiple agencies and water tankers responded to a massive haystack fire reported Wednesday in Bunkerville, Nevada, when hundreds of tons of burning hay kept firefighters busy for more than five hours.

Early Wednesday evening firefighters were dispatched to what was initially called in as haystack and structure fire at the Bundy Ranch on Riverside Road and Gold Butte, Bunkerville Fire Chief Mike Wilson said.

Fire crews found the large haystack engulfed in flames, while the residence located nearby had no signs of smoke or flames.

“Our main goal at that point was to keep the fire from spreading to the home that was in close proximity to the fire, as well as several other structures on the property,” Wilson said.



Nov 15 13:36

Judge postpones decision in CNN lawsuit over Jim Acosta's press pass

Lawyers for CNN and the Trump administration are awaiting an initial ruling on the network's federal lawsuit over press access to the White House.

And they're going to have to wait a little while longer.

Judge Timothy J. Kelly heard nearly two hours of oral arguments about CNN's request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on Wednesday. Then he said court would reconvene Thursday at 3 p.m.

But on Thursday afternoon, he rescheduled the next hearing for Friday at 10 a.m.

If Kelly grants CNN's requests on Friday, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta would get his press pass back for a short period of time. If it's denied, Acosta's pass will remain suspended.

Nov 15 13:32

Worlds Most Hated Bank to cut 1,000 jobs…



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Nov 15 13:30

'Design errors' faulted in Florida bridge that collapsed: agency

the Obama funded "diversity" design team

Nov 15 13:29

Bolton’s Met His Match – Melania!

We don’t really hear all that much about Melania Trump in the media except occasional digs at her immigration status and a few daring photos. That’s because the FLOTUS is one of the few unreservedly good things about this administration, and of course the media doesn’t want to go there. Her grace, her reserve, her remarkable calm at the epicenter of a tumultuous White House, and, strikingly, her sense of style (and I don’t just mean her clothes) puts her on a different plane from the Washington circus that surrounds her.



Nov 15 13:06

Clapper’s Credibility Collapses

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper’s key role in helping the Cheney/Bush administration “justify” war on Iraq with fraudulent intelligence was exposed on Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington by his own words quoted back to him from his memoir “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence.” Hard truths, indeed.

Clapper was appointed Director of National Intelligence by President Barack Obama in June 2010, almost certainly at the prompting of Obama’s intelligence confidant and Clapper friend John Brennan, later director of the CIA. Despite Clapper’s performance on Iraq, he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Obama even allowed Clapper to keep his job for three and a half more years after he admitted that he had lied under oath to that same Senate about the extent of eavesdropping on Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA). He is now a security analyst for CNN.

Nov 15 13:06

Judge Extends Deadline for Recounting Votes in Heated Florida Races

A federal court judge on Thursday ruled that thousands of voters whose votes weren’t counted because of issues with their signatures on their mail-in or provisional ballots have two more days to challenge the decision to reject their votes.

The order from U.S. District Court judge Mark Walker came hours before a 3 p.m. deadline for counties to report the results of a machine recount for the U.S. Senate, governor and agriculture commissioner contests, throwing more uncertainty over a process that faces a spate of legal challenges.

Nov 15 12:26

BREAKING: Democrat Jared Golden wins election to U.S. House in Maine's 2nd congressional district

NOV 15TH, and Dem's still winning elections

Nov 15 12:25

Federal judge: Florida is 'laughing stock of the world'



Nov 15 11:24

PG&E Cash Sweep Sends Distress Sign to California Lawmakers

PG&E Corp.’s decision to shore up cash is a clear signal to California legislators that it may need help to stave off the fiscal threat posed by wildfires.

The state enacted a law earlier this year to help utilities cover costs of last year’s wildfires, including by selling bonds backed by customer bills. But the measure didn’t specifically address how to handle the costs of any fires in 2018. So PG&E may need to turn to lawmakers for another fix.

“We think Sacramento will likely step in to protect the utility and its customers,” Citigroup Inc. analyst Praful Mehta wrote in a research note Wednesday. PG&E, owner of California’s largest utility, has lost more than $12 billion in market value, about half, since the deadliest wildfire in state history broke out Nov. 8.

Nov 15 11:19

About a dozen members of migrant caravan arrested for trying to illegally cross US border, source says

More than a dozen members of the migrant caravan were arrested Wednesday night along U.S.-Tijuana border, a border patrol source in the San Diego sector told Fox News.

A small group was arrested near the beach in an area called Playas de Tijuana. A large group was arrested in the mountains east of Otay Mesa, a San Diego community that straddles the Mexican border, the source said. All were arrested for trying to cross the border illegally, the source said.

Separately, a fight broke out Wednesday night in Tijuana between local Mexicans and Hondurans arriving in the caravan. The migrants complained that the locals were yelling: "Go home. We don’t want you here!" Members of the caravan complained to reporters that local police made no attempt to break up the fight.

More than 2,000 members of the caravan. Several hundred began arriving in Tijuana on Tuesday. (Fox News)



Nov 15 11:16

Wisconsin Company Gives Employees Guns For Christmas As Gifts

A Wisconsin company has decided to give its employees revolvers as Christmas gifts this year. The company says the gifts will promote team building and personal safety.

Nov 15 11:03

Rees-Mogg twists the knife: Brexiteer names FOUR contenders (not including himself) who could do a better job of Brexit after launching humiliating attack on PM in the Commons and making a bid to oust her as leader

Jacob Rees-Mogg sensationally launched his bid to remove Theresa May today threatening her position in the Commons before holding a press conference naming possible successors.

The hardline Brexiteer insisted his putsch was not about personal ambition and named Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, David Davis and Penny Mordaunt as 'very capable of leading a proper Brexit'.

But he said Mrs May was delivering on Brexit as he joined the ranks of Tory MPs formally calling for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

If 48 Tory MPs write to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of their backbench 1922 Committee, a vote will be held.

Mr Rees-Mogg's dramatic move today makes it almost certain the threshold has been met.



Owl 3
Nov 15 11:02

In Close Vote, House Blocks Debate on Yemen WarVote was tied to bill cracking down on gray wolves

On Wednesday, in a vote heavily along party lines, the House passed the Manage our Wolves Act 201-187. The vote effectively blocked all debate on the war in Yemen, and precluded that conflict from coming up for a future vote.

This is the second straight year that an attempt to challenge America’s unauthorized involvement in the Yemen War under the War Powers Act has been derailed by House leadership through last minute rule changes. This time, it required tying the rule change to a vote about gray wolves.

This led to a bizarre situation where they were debating the constitutionality of the Yemen War on one side, and the desire to shoot gray wolves on the other side. This was meant to give cover to lawmakers, to say they were voting because of the wolves instead of the unpopular Saudi-led war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How could you expect anything less from "alleged" representatives, when our President is rapidly earning his "merchant of death - in chief" title?!?

You have to wonder; how stupid, or plain crazy, was this move to tie it ton issue resolving the gray wolf problem?!? Perhaps they knew this conflation would be the KOD (Kiss of Death) in the issue of the US-Enabled Saudi War against Yemen?!?

And one has to wonder; just how much did Saudi Arabia "contribute" to the campaigns of those who chose to scotch the deal?!?

In this part of the 21st century's US political cycle, politicians are simply ""assets", to be sold to the highest corporate/state-sponsored bidder; they utterly no longer represent We the People; they represent "Those the Monied"

Forgive my cynicism here, but I am almost to the point of believing that if elections really changed anything in this country, they wouldn't be allowed to happen.

Nov 15 10:55

It’s snowing in Shreveport. See video.

It’s snowing in Shreveport, according to a video posted early Tuesday morning (Nov. 13) from the National Weather Service. It’s just a light dusting so far, but, hey, it’s still snow. Or should we say sneaux?

Here’s the video from the National Weather Service’s Shreveport office.

Nov 15 10:55

Pelosi unfazed as unhappy Dems claim votes to block her rise

As a steadfast Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but dared potential rivals for the gavel to come forward, a group of restive House Democrats vowed Wednesday to produce enough votes to block her from becoming the House’s new speaker.

For two days now, disgruntled Democrats have claimed they have 17 names on a letter opposing Pelosi’s leadership, promising to air the document soon. They say those signing on are pledging to vote against the Californian when the full chamber elects the next speaker on Jan. 3.

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., confirmed the letter Tuesday, and an aide to an organizer of the effort said it stood at 17 names as of Wednesday. The aide was not authorized to discuss the letter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Pelosi, asked by a reporter about her message to rebellious colleagues, challenged them to put forward an alternate candidate for speaker.

“Come on in, the water’s warm,” she said.



Taboola
Nov 15 10:54

Democrats get cold feet on Michael Avenatti after domestic-violence charges

On the day porn-star attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on domestic-violence charges, some Democratic officials began to get queasy about the 2020 presidential campaign he is pondering.

The Vermont Democratic Party had two events planned for this weekend with the anti-Trump lawyer, one each in Burlington and White River Junction.

But after the news of the felony domestic-violence case against him broke, party officials started getting cold feet.

“The Vermont Democratic Party has canceled Mr. Avenatti’s forthcoming scheduled appearances in Vermont, and will be refunding all ticket sales,” state-party spokesman R. Christopher Di Mezzo said in a statement posted on social media.

Nov 15 10:54

Pelosi Thanks Al Sharpton for ‘Saving America’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Wednesday praised MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton and thanked him for "saving America."

Pelosi spoke at the National Action Network's (NAN) legislative and policy conference, where she laid out the Democratic Party's agenda before introducing Sharpton, who founded the non-profit civil rights organization in 1991. The organization was focused on turning out voters during the midterms.

Nov 15 10:52

FIVE SAUDIS FACE DEATH PENALTY OVER KHASHOGGI KILLING; CROWN PRINCE CLEARED

Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to "interrogate" Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had "no knowledge" of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well now, THAT sure didn't take long!!

Nov 15 10:51

Top Pence aide resurfaces as leading candidate to replace Kelly

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers has reemerged as a leading candidate to succeed White House chief of staff John Kelly, according to several White House officials and others close to the presidential orbit.

Nov 15 10:50

U.S. says defendant in Elliott Broidy hacking case has diplomatic immunity

The former U.N. diplomat accused of helping steal and distribute Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy's emails is entitled to diplomatic immunity, the U.S. government tells NBC News.

It's the latest blow to Broidy's legal campaign against Qatar and the individuals he says hacked him on its behalf. Several other defendants in lawsuits filed by Broidy including Qatar itself have already convinced the court to dismiss them from the case, which criss-crosses the murky worlds of cybercrime, the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis and pay-to-play politics in Trump era.

Nov 15 10:50

As PG&E Implodes, These Hedge Funds Are Getting Destroyed

One day after investors were stunned when troubled California utility, PG&E, drew down the full available balance of its revolving credit facilities, sending the stock into a tailspin, the pain has continued and on Thursday, PG&E shares extended losses, last down more than 21%, and tumbling more than 50% in the past week, with Mizuho the latest bank to cut its price target, saying company could face wildfire-related liabilities of $13 billion.

To be sure, things aren't looking good: as Bloomberg reports, 15 minutes before a fire was reported among the trees north of Sacramento - the spark that would explode into the deadliest blaze in California history - a PG&E power line in the area went offline. A week later, at least 56 people have been found dead - and PG&E Corp. is facing its gravest crisis yet over whether its equipment has ignited another devastating wildfire.

Nov 15 10:49

US’ $6 Trillion War on Terror Bill Expected to Grow Larger

The US War on Terror rages on after more than 17 years, during which time the US has become involved on the ground in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the war is poised to reach a total cost of $6 trillion by the end of 2019.

That's enough money to end world hunger for 200 years using the metric of $30 billion annually, which is provided by the United Nations.

The $6 trillion figure comes from the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University in their annual "Cost of War" project.

The total cost estimated by the researchers is higher than that of the US military's costs because it includes War on Terror-related spending like the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.

Because the US goes to war with loans, estimates that don't include interest, such as this one, are considered conservative.

Nov 15 10:48

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the abandoned hospital where selfless vets have set up a makeshift clinic to save wild animals and pets left for dead in the California wildfires

Selfless veterinarians and nurses have set up a makeshift animal clinic in an abandoned hospital to treat hundreds of animals that were left to be burned alive in the California wildfires.

There are 576 at the Del Oro County Hospital building in Oroville and all are being cared for the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.

Among the residents are 258 cats, 188 dogs, 76 chickens, 41 birds – including a handful of brightly colored parrots – and five rabbits.

Larger animals have been transported to the Butte County Showgrounds in Gridley, California and another is being operated in Chico.

‘We work with Butte County Animal control and we’re sheltering close to 600 animals – chickens, ducks, geese,’ said shelter lead, Karen Falconer, 62, of Oroville, California.

Nov 15 10:48

White House Weighs Kicking Out Cleric Gulen From US To Appease Erdogan; Lira Surges

In what is the most shocking geopolitical news of the day, NBC reports that the Trump administration is weighing extraditing the nemesis of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, cleric Fethulah Gulen who has been living for years in relative seclusion in rural Pennsylvania, from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to the NBC report, Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing the exiled Turkish cleric in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government. The effort includes directives to the Justice Department and FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status, four sources told NBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard double face palm, upon reading this!!

The White House HAS to know that this guy will get tortured to say ANYTHING Erdogan wants him to stay, and "publicly confess", and that he is able to absolutely bend DC to his will on this issue.

Nov 15 10:47

'They lined their pockets at expense of safety': Devastated Paradise residents sue power company accused of ignoring faults to protect their BONUSES as sparks are blamed for two of California's biggest wildfires

Several victims of California's Camp Fire have filed a lawsuit against the power company they believe is to blame for the devastating blaze that has killed 48.

The suit accuses Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) of being responsible for the horrific fire, claiming it failed to properly maintain its equipment and infrastructure.

And one lawyer has claimed that PG&E bypassed preventative measures just a day before the fire, claiming it wanted to protect company bonuses instead.

PG&E informed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that a high-voltage power line experienced a problem near the origin of the Camp Fire just minutes before the blaze broke out.

Nov 15 10:46

Another biased pro-Israel ‘NY Times’ report about the latest violence in Gaza

Once again, the New York Times puts a pro-Israel slant on the latest violence in the beleaguered open air prison of Gaza. The paper’s correspondents, who are veterans at distortion, deployed some of the usual time-honored techniques in an article that appeared today:

Dwell on victims in Israel, but brush past dead or injured Palestinians. One person died in Israel, but he got 10 full paragraphs of coverage. We learned about his personal history, his family, and what his apartment in Ashkelon looked like after the Palestinian missile hit it. (The dead man, Mahmoud Abu Asaba, turned out to be a Palestinian himself, originally from the West Bank, who worked inside Israel as a contractor.)

Here was the Times article’s lead paragraph, which describes how Abu Asaba’s wife barely escaped:

Nov 15 10:44

Paul Tudor Jones Sees "Really Scary Moments" As Fed Rate-Hikes Trigger Credit Crisis

Speaking at at the Greenwich Economic Forum this morning, Jones explained to investors that another hike in interest rates triggered by faster growth from U.S. tax cuts may cause the bubble in credit to pop.

“We’re going to stress test our whole corporate credit market for the first time...”

“From a markets perspective, it’s going to be interesting. There probably will be some really scary moments in corporate credit.”

Nov 15 10:42

NOVEMBER SNOW IN TEXAS? EXPERTS WARN DECREASED SOLAR ACTIVITY WILL SHATTER ALL GLOBAL CLIMATE MODELS

Our sun has been behaving very strangely, and this unusual behavior is really starting to affect our weather patterns. There have been virtually no sunspots in 2018 as solar activity has dropped to alarmingly low levels. As a result, our atmosphere has been cooling and shrinking, and experts are warning that we are heading for a bitterly, bitterly cold winter. And even though the official start of winter is well over a month away, winter weather is already sweeping the nation. As you will see below, a giant winter storm is about to slam into the east coast, but what is happening in Texas is even more unnerving. On Wednesday morning, the temperature in San Antonio plummeted to just 23 degrees, and that absolutely shattered the old record…

Webmaster's Commentary: 

..So much for "global warming" and the Goricle!!

Nov 15 10:42

Four-year-old boy is among 23 'illegal' immigrants caught trying to enter UK on three separate boats in space of 12 HOURS by crossing English Channel

In three separate incidents yesterday, 23 migrants including a four-year-old children risked their lives travelling across some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world in small, open boats to reach Britain.

It brings the number of migrants picked up by emergency services on the Kent coast to 47 in just 48 hours.

Nov 15 10:39

‘GOLDMAN SACHS IS IMPLICATED IN HISTORY’S LARGEST FINANCIAL CON – BUT WILL IT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE?’

Even by Wall Street standards of gouging customers this was one hell of a skim.

In 2012 and 2013, the Malaysian government was raising $6.5bn (£5bn) from investors to establish a sovereign wealth fund and finance various domestic infrastructure investment projects. And the cut for Goldman Sachs – the most prestigious investment bank in the world – for arranging the fundraising from the global capital markets? Ten per cent, or $600m.

Now we can have a guess as to why the Malaysian authorities were so insouciant about those extortionate fundraising costs: because they themselves were, apparently, going to loot the pot in one of the biggest frauds in history.

Malaysian politicians, officials and financiers had effectively bought Goldman Sachs’ blue chip reputation to pull in naive investors to the “1MDB” state investment fund. Ten per cent probably seemed a reasonable cut in the circumstances.

The question is: what did Goldman know about the theft?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to the question asked in the title of this story, is no.

The monied rarely eat their own.

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