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CURRENT EVENTS

Sep 22 14:33

New scientific breakthrough: Babies grown in labs?

The Japanese have now found a way to create human egg cells from blood using a new stem cell science.

Sep 22 14:16

Trump considers executive order allowing feds to investigate social media bias

A low-key White House document obtained by Bloomberg allegedly reveals that President Trump may be moving toward the signing of an executive order that will allow federal investigators to probe Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook, and other social media platforms for bias and antitrust violations.

Sep 22 12:02

Heart-stopping moment a daredevil raccoon scales nine stories of a New Jersey apartment block before doing a flying leap off the side - but it doesn't end how you think....

One brave raccoon performed a Mission: Impossible style move that left a crowd of concerned onlookers in awe.

Sep 22 12:02

How popular is your child's name? Oliver and Olivia top the charts for the second year running while Edith makes a return after 84 years...but more boys were called Muhammad thanks to its different spellings

The most popular baby names in England and Wales were Oliver and Olivia for the second year running, the Office for National Statistics said.

Sep 22 12:01

Cyclist escapes with his life after car driven by joyrider, 13, ploughs into him removing a tree in its path before slamming into a garage

This is the shocking moment a cyclist miraculously escaped with his life after a car driven by a 13-year-old joyrider ploughed into him.

Sep 22 11:57

Feds probe threat against Kavanaugh family

Citing an unnamed, high-ranking Trump official, the Wall Street Journal and CNN report at least four vulgar messages were sent to Ashely Kavanaugh’s work email address. In one instance, Mrs. Kavanaugh was sent an email which reads, “May you, your husband and your kids burn in hell.” Another message states “Hi, Ashley,” you should tell her husband to “put a bullet in his … skull.”

Sep 22 11:39

Alcohol causes one in 20 deaths worldwide, says WHO

Report finds 13.5% of deaths among people in their 20s are linked to alcohol

Sep 22 11:38

2018 Is The Year Of The Queer Woman Pop Star

The days of “fauxmosexual” singers playing gay for the male gaze are (mostly) gone. But as more out queer woman pop stars rise, what kinds of representation do we want from them?

Sep 22 11:24

Mother arrested after taking away child’s cell phone for disciplinary measure

A Michigan mom who was arrested for theft after taking away her teen daughter’s cellular phone as a means of punishment for her bad behavior at school has been vindicated.

Sep 22 11:21

"No You Can't" - Broad Coalition Rallying Against Obama Center

The community organizer has managed to inspire unusual unity:

Fiscal conservatives worried about our insolvent state object to how some $200 million was quietly appropriated in Illinois’ recently enacted budget for roadways around the center. Federal taxpayers will reimburse Illinois for 80% of that money, which was the subject of our recent Wall Street Journal article.

Local folks have long objected, claiming the Obama Foundation, which is building the center, isn’t directing enough jobs and benefits towards them. No surprise. When I visited the site a few weeks ago it looked like most of the work was being done by the usual Chicago union white guys. The Nation earlier criticized the absence of some form of community benefits agreement.

Many University of Chicago graduates, who serve as de facto guardians of the architectural and intellectual standards of the neighborhood, don’t want a scar on the area. Some are behind the federal lawsuit now pending to stop construction.

Sep 22 11:09

Yemen’s Hodeida Offensive: Once Avoidable, Now Imminent

The coalition’s strategy seems to be to seal the Houthis into Hodeida and squeeze.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pompeo knew he was signing off on a lie, to protect US weapons sales:

Pompeo Lied to Congress About Yemen To Protect Arms Sales ("Originally appeared on The American Conservative.)

The article goes on to state:

Mike Pompeo’s certification earlier this month that the Saudi coalition was working to reduce harm to civilians in Yemen was an obvious sham. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, Pompeo made the decision to lie for the Saudis and Emiratis because he feared it would hurt arms sales:

Mr. Pompeo overruled concerns from most of the State Department specialists involved in the debate who were worried about the rising civilian death toll in Yemen. Those who objected included specialists in the region and in military affairs. He sided with his legislative affairs team after they argued that suspending support could undercut plans to sell more than 120,000 precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a classified State Department memo and people familiar with the debate."

Foreign policy in this country is never about protecting "We the People"; it is about protecting the wealth of "Those the Monied", as in defence contractors, who contribute so lavishly, overtly, and covertly, to national campaigns.

And if your national Presstitute Warrespondents has not covered the plight of Yemen, under the B.O.Y.'s watch, the following images will make clear why not: (Warning: very graphic)

Images: Yemeni kids slaughtered and maimed for life by Saudi bombing runs

Images: Yemeni kids starving through the US-enabled Saudi blockades of Yemen's ports

Images: Yemeni kids dying from cholera outbreak

If you nearly lost your breakfast in looking at this, there is still hope that you may be somewhat human. But what we need to do, on a national scale, is very peacefully, and logically, call this government out on what amounts to aiding and abetting war criminals in Saudi Arabia, in their genocide of Yemen.

In the Wikipedia article about him, I find it thoroughly astonishing that this man identifies himself as a Christian, while performing as the "Assistant Merchant of Death in Chief" for his military industrial complex buddies. Perhaps, he sees no conflict whatsoever; I have to wonder how he cannot.

Sep 22 10:44

'Is UKIP in danger of a first step to Muslim concentration camps?’: Party is blasted after putting forward Muslim-only prisons plan 'to stop extremists converting fellow inmates'

UKIP has called for Muslim-only jails to stop extremist prisoners converting fellow inmates to their ideology.

Sep 22 10:44

When will it end? Florence's floodwaters rising in Carolinas

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it will never end.

Sep 22 10:43

GOVERNMENT CAN SPY ON JOURNALISTS IN THE U.S. USING INVASIVE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PROCESS

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents.

Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Department’s highest-ranking officials, the documents show.

In two 2015 memos for the FBI, the attorney general spells out “procedures for processing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting known media entities or known members of the media.” The guidelines say the attorney general, the deputy attorney general, or their delegate must sign off before the bureau can bring an application to the secretive panel of judges that approves monitoring under the 1978 act, which governs intelligence-related wiretapping and other surveillance carried out domestically and against U.S. persons abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely typical for the 21st century's Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika!!

The Constitution and Bill of Rights has just been thrown under the proverbial bus by a succession of Amerikan governments, and are truly no longer any thing more than a couple of pieces of paper.

Americans now live under the illusion of being citizens in a democratic republic; but that no longer exists.

The very wealthy and monied buy the government policies they want, like Sheldon Adelson, having outsourced US Middle East policy to Israel, by funding President Trump to the hilt.

Sep 22 10:43

'I find this an insult': Loose Women star India Willoughby slams 'gender-fluid' Credit Suisse boss who sometimes wears a wig and dress to work after he was named in the top 100 WOMEN in business

A transgender Loose Women star has lashed out at a male bank director who occasionally dresses as a woman for accepting a place on a list of the Top 100 Women in Business.

Sep 22 10:36

Pompeo: US Preparing a ‘Series of Actions’ Against Venezuela

Citing the US desire to increase pressure “against the Venezuelan leadership folks,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that in the days to come, the administration will announce a series of actions against Venezuela.

Pompeo declined to offer any specifics, which is probably going to lead to speculation of something major coming, since recent reports of US policy toward Venezuela has been uniformly hostile.

President Trump threatened to attack Venezuela back in August of 2017, and this summer reports are that he’d repeatedly had to be talked out of such attacks. Early this month, the administration was confirmed to be engaging in secret coup talks with Venezuelan rebels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would think that, with all the wars, present and coming, in which and with which the US military is embroiled, the plan may well be destabilization and regime change in Caracas, courtesy of hired rebels and mercs.

"Erik Prince, white courtesy telephone, please; Erik Prince, white courtesy telephone."

Sep 22 10:32

As Afghan Military Deaths Soar, Officials Struggle to Keep Toll Secret

The last official figures on Afghan military deaths came out in 2016. 22 soldiers were killed on an average day, and this was so bad that Afghan and US officials decided that death tolls would subsequently be kept secret

Things have just gotten worse, and 22 deaths would be a comparatively mild day compared to media reports on the death tolls in recent days. In the past week, the average day has seen roughly 57 deaths among Afghan security forces.

The Pentagon’s recent decision to more heavily publicize Taliban body counts, to try to sell the war to the administration, likely comes from the same place as the decision to keep Afghan military deaths secret, as this will just reveal the extent of the conflict’s failure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let's call this one as what it is: a 17-year, unmitigated disaster.

IF US and NATO officials had one brain cell to share on this issue, they would immediately withdraw all Coalition troops as quickly as it would be safe to do this, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline, rare earth, and opium poppy rights.

Ah, but of course, they won't, because such actions... would actually be logical.

Sep 22 10:26

Army misses 2018 recruiting goal, which hasn't happened since 2005

The Army fell short of its recruiting goal for 2018, missing its mark for the first time since 2005 as it looks to grow its force strength in the face of growing threats from competing world powers such as Russia and China.

The Army has launched a large-scale review of its recruiting practices, senior service officials said Friday. The service will pour millions of dollars into revamping recruiting facilities and bolster its recruiting force after falling about 6,500 recruits short of its goal for fiscal year 2018, which will end Sept. 30. The Army had hoped to enlist 76,500 recruits in 2018, a goal that was lowered from 80,000 in April after more soldiers than expected elected to remain in the service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please do not be surprised, right after the mid-terms, to see the draft reinstituted in the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika.

Sep 22 10:23

LEAKED MEMO SHOWS US OVERLOOKED MASS CIVILIAN DEATHS IN YEMEN TO PRESERVE ARMS SALES

On rare occasion a story is unearthed in the mainstream media which demonstrates in stunning clarity how major foreign policy decisions are really made in Washington, especially when it comes to waging perpetual war in the Middle East often under the official rhetorical guise of “protecting civilians”.

A bombshell Wall Street Journal report details a leaked classified memo which shows Secretary of State Mike Pompeo decided to continue US military involvement in the Saudi war on Yemen in order to preserve a massive $2 billion weapons deal with Riyadh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These days, the governance in this country, is never about really, honestly taking care of the needs and concerns of We the People; it is about how financially morbidly obese defense corporations can squeeze more money out of wars to which the US government should have never committed our military in the bloody first place.

Sep 22 10:18

WINNING THE WAR ON DRUGS? COLOMBIAN COCAINE OUTPUT SOARS TO RECORD LEVELS

Colombia is producing more cocaine now than it ever has, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The amount of land planted with coca shrubs is up 17% last year, rising to 171,000 hectares, which surpasses levels prior to US president Bill Clinton’s "Plan Colombia" counter-narcotics program.

Almost all of the world's cocaine comes from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Colombia produces more than half of the total cocaine in the world. Under Clinton’s plan, the aid provided to Colombia over the course of the last six decades was "stepped up dramatically". Colombia has repaid the world by cranking out record levels of cocaine - probably not the solution Clinton, or other advocates for aid-giving, were seeking.

Colombia's 171,000 hectares is enough raw material to produce 1,379 tons of cocaine, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It’s also more than triple the output of five years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The alleged "War on Drugs" is, and always has been, a complete sham.

There are too many people, and institutions, making obscene amounts of money from the drug trade, for those in power to ever want it to end.

Sep 22 10:15

THE GAMIFICATION OF TYRANNY

It looks like we’re headed for a brave new world where all citizens are rated on their loyalty to the state and are punished for wandering from its narrative.
Call it the gamification of repression.

In China, the supposedly communist state—in fact, it is an advanced form of crony capitalist authoritarianism that Marx would have disapproved—is busy setting up a rating system for all citizens. According to a paper written by an academic at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, scores are based on professional conduct, corruption, type of products bought, peers’ own scores, and tax evasion.

The author left something out, however. This social credit system will also be used to marginalize and stigmatize those who criticize the state.

China’s nominally communist government says the system and its massive database will allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND... such a "social credit scoring system" is already happening here in the US, courtesy of Apple.

Sep 22 10:13

'Another nail in Labour's coffin': Fury as Corbyn ally praises hard-Left 1980s Militant council in Liverpool that passed illegal budgets condemned as 'grotesque' by Kinnock

A close ally of Jeremy Corbyn caused fury among fellow Labour MPs today by heaping praise on the hard-Left council that ran Liverpool in the 1980s.

Sep 22 10:12

SAUDI ARABIA FEARS US SANCTIONS FOR BUYING RUSSIAN MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Russia has revealed his hope that the US will not impose sanctions on his country for its plans to buy the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Friday.

Raed Ben Khalid Qarmali made his comment when asked if Saudi Arabia is going ahead with its plan to purchase the system, just one day after America imposed sanctions on China for a similar deal with the Russians.

“I hope that no one imposes sanctions on us,” said Qarmali. He noted that 14 memorandums were signed during the visit of Saudi King Salman to Moscow, including four military deals. “The implementation of three has just started,” the ambassador added.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on China after Beijing bought aircraft and other military equipment from Russia. The Chinese government described the American move as a “flagrant violation of the rules of international relations.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because Saudi Arabia's Royal leader, the B.O.Y. (AKA, the Butcher of Yemen) is so idolized by President Trump as "a guy who can get things done in the Middle East (like the genocide of the Yemeni people), I would doubt seriously that President Trump will have a problem with this; but he may well surprise me.

Sep 22 10:07

DOZENS DEAD IN IRAN AFTER GUNMEN ATTACK MILITARY PARADE, SAUDI ARABIA BLAMED

At least 25 people are dead and 53 wounded after an army parade in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz came under attack by militants on Saturday, according to state media.

Nearly half of the dead are members of the Revolutionary Guards, according to state news agencies, making this one of the worst attacks ever on the elite force.

While the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, there are conflicting reports over who is behind it. A spokesman for Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Ramezan Sharif, said the attackers were funded by Sunni arch rival Saudi Arabia.

"Those who opened fire on civilians and the armed forces have links to the Ahvazi movement," Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif told ISNA.

"They are funded by Saudi Arabia and attempted to cast a shadow over the Iranian armed forces."

Zarif vowed Iran would "respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives". -France24

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the "Usual Suspects" (read: the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia) appear to be hell-bent on starting a war against Iran, and I am deeply concerned that this attack against the Revolutionary Guards being one of the opening salvos, other than economic, in that war.

I would like to strongly caution those who believe it would be such a "good idea" to do this, to remember the degree of Russia's assistance to Bashar Al Assad in Syria, where Russian intervention was successful in turning the tide against the rebels there.

So not believe for one moment, should Iran be attacked, that Russia (and ultimately, China) will fail to come to its aid, as evidenced by the following:

2015: Russia and Iran sign a military cooperation pact

And we need, also, to look at Russia's strengthening of ties to Iran this year, during the following meetings:

Russia and Iran deepen ties to challenge Trump and the United States

July, 2018: Russia and China have Tehran's Back

So, a global war against Iran, featuring the US, NATO, Israel, and Saudi Arabia on the one hand, and China, Russia, and Iran on the other?!?

The kind of devastation such a war would bring to this planet, is both unimaginable, and most probably irrevocable.

Sep 22 09:57

Why These Five States Would Be Better Independent Countries

States would sink or swim on their own merits. No help from DC. And no interference either…

Plus, not a single US state would even be close to the smallest country on earth, by population or land area. Much tinier countries do just fine on their own.

California has plenty of reason to become its own country. It is the most progressive state without much in common with DC or many other states.

Californians are still being prosecuted by the feds for owning state-legal marijuana dispensaries. California wants liberal immigration policy, while the US government thinks otherwise.

It’s also the most populous state. It would be the 36th largest country on earth by population. Larger than Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Poland. Slightly smaller than Spain, Argentina, and Ukraine.

California has the 5th largest economy in the world. That’s ahead of Great Britain despite having less than 2/3 the population.

Sep 22 09:46

GOOGLE SUPPRESSES MEMO REVEALING PLANS TO CLOSELY TRACK SEARCH USERS IN CHINA

GOOGLE BOSSES HAVE forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details about a plan to launch a censored search engine in China, The Intercept has learned.
The memo, authored by a Google engineer who was asked to work on the project, disclosed that the search system, codenamed Dragonfly, would require users to log in to perform searches, track their location — and share the resulting history with a Chinese partner who would have “unilateral access” to the data.

The memo was shared earlier this month among a group of Google employees who have been organizing internal protests over the censored search system, which has been designed to remove content that China’s authoritarian Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Google does this here in the US is, for the moment, far more subtle, by using a combination of algorithms which can get a blog pushed so far down in search results, that it becomes deplatformed.

Couple that with a monetary service which used to take contributions for various blogs, like Pay Pal, but suddenly refuses to do so, and you have a website devoid of both viewers and operational cash.

Sep 22 09:44

'Code for no black people': New York bar's 'racist' dress code sparks online debate

Rochester, N.Y., resident Herbert Smith wasn’t aware of the controversy he was about to create when he was moved to post a photo of a local bar’s dress code to his Facebook page. But since he took to social media to share the long list of items that can’t be worn inside the Murphy’s Law Irish Pub in his neighborhood, some people are calling out the bar for enforcing a “racist” dress code.

Sep 22 09:43

Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight for the House majority is over.
At least that's the sense from a growing number of Democrats who are increasingly confident in their quest to seize control of at least one chamber of Congress six weeks before Election Day.

Sep 22 09:42

'You make me crazy shouting, yelling, swearing': Wife of smuggler accused of murdering her at sea told him she was 'afraid' of his temper in a series of texts before she vanished

A woman allegedly murdered at sea on her honeymoon was scared of her husband and 'afraid to get home', text messages have revealed.
Isabella Hellman went missing in a catamaran off the coast of Cuba in May last year while her husband Lewis Bennett, of Poole, Dorset, was rescued in a life raft.

Sep 22 09:36

CHINA THREATENS US WITH "CONSEQUENCES" IF IT DOES NOT "IMMEDIATELY" REVOKE SANCTIONS OVER RUSSIAN WEAPONS DEAL

Just hours after Beijing called off trade talks with the US in the biggest escalation of the trade feud between the two nations, the war of words between China and the US ratcheted up on Saturday, when Beijing lashed out again at Washington, saying that China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia is "a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries" and the United States has "no right to interfere", defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Saturday.

"The U.S. approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries," Wu said in a notice posted on the Chinese defense ministry’s official Wechat account according to Reuters.

He also warned that the US would face "consequences" if it did not immediately revoke the sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; I understand that even the most elemental study of history bores you to tears, but I would like you to consider the following dark, brutal reality: those individuals who do not understand history, are doomed to repeat it.

I would like to suggest that you take a look at the economic realities in both Germany and Japan before the advent of World War II, where ultimately trade wars became shooting wars.

Even the cabal of warhawks with which you have managed to surround yourself, to the utter and complete detriment and contempt of any efforts toward peaceful resolutions of geopolitical issues, cannot possibly be so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid as to desire war with China and Russia at this moment in our military's history.

And I say this, because at this point in its history, our Military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money to ensure a positive outcome to a conventional war with either, or both countries.

Which means mushroom clouds, Mr. President.

Sep 22 09:16

Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 25

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Gunmen disguised as soldiers attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least 25 people and wounding 60 in the bloodiest assault to strike the country in recent years.
The attack in Ahvaz saw gunfire sprayed into a crowd of marching Revolutionary Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser. Suspicion immediately fell on the region's Arab separatists, who previously only attacked unguarded oil pipelines under the cover of darkness.

Sep 22 09:12

Rosenstein's fate could turn on which account Trump believes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could turn on whether President Donald Trump believes the account of an ex-FBI official who, as Trump once asserted in a tweet, had "LIED! LIED! LIED!"

Sep 22 08:50

Here’s how much Miami’s new restroom for the homeless cost – complete with needle exchange

Homeless advocates are praising Miami for the installation of the first public restroom in the downtown area – complete with a needle exchange.
“A beacon of hope”
The $300,000 project was spearheaded by the Downtown Development Authority, a “semi-autonomous tax-funded agency.”
“On the one hand, [the bathrooms are] a beacon of hope for those in need,” said Miami mayor Francis Suarez at the ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.

Sep 22 08:49

PETA tries to mock Trump Jr. with a Halloween costume – he fires right back at them

An odd feud between the son of President Donald Trump and PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, erupted on social media after the animal rights organization marketed a Halloween costume meant to mock his hunting hobby.

“A twist on the trophy-hunting photo”
PETA, which is opposed to hunting animals, is selling the “Donald Trump Jr. Hunting Halloween” costume for $169 on its website. The costume features a hunter being attacked by a plush animal leopard, with bloody results.

Sep 22 07:52

Customer Leaves A One-Star Review For Restaurant, Unluckily For Her, The Owner Remembers Her Too Well (15 Pics)

Running a successful restaurant has become a whole lot more difficult in recent years, with a surge in competition meaning only the very best survive, and customer power at an all-time high.
One bad review online isn’t necessarily the end of the world, but if you know it’s unjust, that blemish on an otherwise flawless reputation can really get under your skin. Replying aggressively to obnoxious and entitled customers won’t do you any favors, so sometimes to best way to make a point is with polite restraint, while clearly stating your case and correcting the falsehoods in the review.
This response to a one-star review, shared , is a perfect example of this. The restaurant and the customer are both unknown, save for the name ‘Monica,’ but if you run a business and encounter unfair reviews, this is a great example to learn from.

Sep 22 07:51

Pro-Vegan Guy Attacks iPhone Case Makers For Killing Animals To Make Cases, And Company’s Reply Goes Viral (19 Pics)

Leather is the material. It’s used to make clothing, footwear, furniture, automobile seats, you name it. However, while the earliest record of leather artifacts date back to at least 2200 BC, a lot of today’s consumers have boycotted goods made from this material for an ethical reason. Killing animals. A good example of this is a recent comment one man left under a video about the making-of of a leather iPhone case.

Sep 22 07:43

Colorado ‘pay-what-you-can’ cafe at risk of shutting down: ‘It kind of snuck up on us.’

FoCo Café in Fort Collins, Colorado, is a nonprofit that operates under a “pay-what-you-can” model, meaning customers make a donation of whatever they can afford under an honor system.
But the restaurant and food pantry has fallen on hard times and is making a plea to the community to help keep it afloat.
What’s the situation?
FoCo opened on Thanksgiving Day 2014 and was at first run entirely by volunteers. Now the eatery has four paid employees, which is affecting overhead — including a spike in health insurance costs and workers compensation premiums. According to KCNC-TV, the cafe is also required to pay sales tax whether or not a patron pays for their meal.

Sep 22 07:42

Michigan mom charged with larceny for taking away daughter’s phone as punishment

Jodie May of Grandville, Michigan, was forced to appear before a district judge earlier this week on a larceny charge for taking away her daughter’s cellphone as punishment.
May took the iPhone 6 from her 15-year-old daughter in April after the teenager got in trouble at school, according to reports.
“I was just being a mom, a concerned parent and disciplining my daughter,” May told WOOD-TV.

Sep 22 05:42

TALKING SMACK: Trump Will Fail Just Like Saddam

Trump will fail just like Saddam, says Iran's Rouhani
US leader will fail in his confrontation with Tehran, says Iran's president in speech marking the end of Iran-Iraq war

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Sep 22 03:43

Interview: Miko Peled gives an insider's views on the Zionist project

"'Only a focused and well coordinated strategy to delegitimise and bring down the Zionist regime can bring justice to Palestine. BDS has the best potential for that.'

"Miko Peled, an Israeli general’s son and himself a former Israeli soldier, is nowadays a noted peace activist and a tireless worker for justice in the Holy Land. He is considered to be one of the clearest voices calling for support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against the Zionist regime and for the creation of a single democracy with equal rights on all of historic Palestine.

Sep 22 01:22

Fisherman performs C-SECTION on dead shark and releases 98 pups into the sea

Trump tweeted that the woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of a teenage sexual assault should produce a police report to prove it
There is no evidence Ford, then 15 years old, told her parents about an incident at the time, or reported it to law enforcement
'It's victim-shaming,' a Senate Democratic aide said Friday. 'It's inexcusable'

Sep 22 01:15

'There's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of it': Trump warns 'the bad ones' in the Justice Department after report claims Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein 'wanted to wear wire' to record the President and discussed invoking the 25th amendment

Trump spoke to a fired-up crowd in Springfield, Missouri, on Friday night
The president told the crowd: 'Just look at what is being exposed' in Justice

Sep 22 01:13

Teacher who hit airport official with his car in road rage row over £3 drop-off fee AVOIDS jail - because judge agrees the charges are an 'absolute disgrace

A judge spectacularly refused to jail a teacher who drove an airport official off on his bonnet in a row over a £3 'dropping off' fee after he deemed the charges an 'absolute disgrace'.

Sep 21 22:57

Tony Hawk Keeps Tweeting When People Don't Recognize Him And It's Freaking Hilarious

Let's go over something real quick: This is what pro skateboarder Tony Hawk looks like.

Sep 21 22:56

Chequers is a step in the right direction: Tusk says a deal IS still possible and the EU will compromise hours after furious Theresa May demanded respect from European leaders who humiliated her

Donald Tusk has said he 'remains convinced that a compromise, good for all, is still possible' after Theresa May berated EU leaders following her humilation in Salzburg.

Sep 21 22:55

Pound slumps as investors see UK crashing out of EU with no deal after Theresa May reveals disaster at Salzburg

The pound slumped against the world's major currencies this afternoon as investors bet that the UK is set to crash out of the European Union without a deal after Theresa May revealed the extent of the 'impasse' at the Salzburg negotiations.

Sep 21 17:12

A Helpful Reminder Why Due Process Matters

In this age of social media justice mobs, the accused are often convicted in the court of (liberal) public opinion long before any substantial evidence emerges to warrant an investigation or trial. This is certainly true for Kavanaugh. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, cannot recall the date of the alleged assault and has no supporting witnesses, yet law professors are ready to ruin his entire life and career. Not because they genuinely believe he’s guilty, but because he’s a pro-life Trump nominee for the Supreme Court.

It goes without saying: to “sink Kavanaugh even if” Ford’s allegation is untrue is unethical, unconstitutional, and undemocratic. He has a right to due process, and before liberals sharpen their pitchforks any further they would do well to remember what happened to Brian Banks.

Sep 21 13:07

Preparing for their return to hell: Wounded soldiers perform weapon drills at the end of medical treatment in Paris in colourised images bringing the horrors of World War One to life

Incredible images show British soldiers smiling in the trenches and Indian cavalry at the Somme in 1916

Sep 21 13:07

Thunderstorms will lash Britain with hail and 60mph gusts this weekend causing more flooding after twin storm chaos left trees down, roads blocked and two dead

Fierce winds reaching 78mph have battered Britain - with further severe weather expected on Sunday

Sep 21 13:06

Three baby girls - including one just three days old - are stabbed along with two adults at Chinese daycare in Queens where female worker, 52, went on knife rampage then tried to kill herself

The stabbing took place at a daycare center on 161st street in Queens, New York
Three baby girls who are all aged under one month old were slashed

Sep 21 12:23

'Tanorexic', 55, who had a sunbed in her room and covered herself in baby oil and COCA-COLA in a bid to bronze reveals her habits have left her with cancer and the skin of an 85-year-old

Former beauty queen Beverley Dodds, 55, spent years addicted to tanning
She had a sunbed in her room and covered herself in Coca-Cola to boost the tan
Beverley was diagnosed with skin cancer in her 30s and now has painful sores
She has 'the skin of an 85-year-old' and warned women to protect themselves

Sep 21 12:22

Schoolgirl Mylee Billingham's father 'covered his daughter's mouth to silence her screams as he fatally stabbed her in the heart after cutting the eight-year-old's tiny hands as she tried to fight off his brutal knife attack'

An eight-year-old girl struggled against her father as he placed a hand over her mouth and stabbed her to death, a court has heard.

Sep 21 12:22

Millions of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers locked out as website and app CRASH for five hours due to IT glitch

Millions of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank customers were locked out of online banking for five hours today after yet another UK bank suffered a nationwide outage.

Sep 21 12:16

The Odd Chabad Connection Between Putin and Trump

Let’s begin here:

Starting in 1999, [Vladimir] Putin enlisted two of his closest confidants, the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, who would go on to become Chabad’s biggest patrons worldwide, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Chabad rabbi Berel Lazar, who would come to be known as “Putin’s rabbi.”

Sep 21 12:13

Putin is a Chabad Lubavitch puppet

While RT and a lot of alternative news outlets portray Putin as some sort of savior, the reality is that he is just playing his role in the Jewish Babylonian messianic soap new world order. Instead of expelling jewish influence in his country after the fairly recent satanic mass slaughter of up to 80 million of his Russian brothers and sisters by jews after the "Bolshevik" revolution, Putin is calling for harder punishments for anti semitic expressions in Russia. He proposed to members of the European Jewish Congress, that Jews facing a rising tide of anti-Semitism and bigotry farther west should move to Russia, where he said they would be better accepted. Readers of the Jerusalem Post have chosen Putin as their person of the year.

Sep 21 11:48

"Transphobic" Swedish Professor May Lose Job After Noting Biological Differences Between Sexes

A university professor in Sweden is under investigation for "anti-feminism" and "transphobia" after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are "biologically founded" and that genders cannot be regarded as "social constructs alone," reports Academic Rights Watch.

For his transgression, Germund Hesslow - a professor of neuroscience at Lund University - who holds dual PhDs in philosophy and neurophysiology, may lose his job - telling RT that a "full investigation" has been ordered, and that there "have been discussions about trying to stop the lecture or get rid of me, or have someone else give the lecture or not give the lecture at all."

“If you answer such a question you are under severe time pressure, you have to be extremely brief — and I used wording which I think was completely innocuous, and that apparently the student didn't,” Hesslow said.

Sep 21 11:36

The ultimate race! Supercar, superbike, F1 car, private jet and fighter jet go head to head... so who wins?

Three supercars, a superbike, a Formula 1 car, a private jet and a fighter jet went head to head at a tech festival in Istanbul yesterday.

Sep 21 11:35

Indiana man, 34, who impregnated 10-year-old girl, gets over 100 years in prison

An Indiana man found guilty of molesting a 10-year-old girl multiple times, which led to her becoming pregnant, was sentenced Thursday to more than 100 years in prison.

Sep 21 11:34

3 infants, 2 adults stabbed at home-operated daycare; suspect in custody: Police

Three babies were among five people stabbed at a private daycare facility in New YorkCity early Friday, police said.
The victims were found just before 4 a.m. inside the home-operated daycare in the Flushing neighborhood of the city's borough of Queens, police said.

Sep 21 09:14

Transgender shooter, who complained of feeling 'alienated' and 'wanting to pick a fight', before opening fire on Rite Aid distribution center - killing three co-workers before committing suicide

Coley told the Baltimore Sun Moseley had come out to her family as transgender in December 2016 and wanted to begin hormone therapy.

At present, it is not known if she did commence hormone therapy, or if Moseley, known to friends as 'Sno', used male or female pronouns.

Coley and Moseley were intending to create a documentary on Moseley's life before she died, based off a manuscript the Rite Aid worker had written.

Other friends paid tribute to her on social media, claiming she had been consumed by mental illness and had reached out for help multiple times before shooting at her colleagues.

Sep 21 07:56

MERCENARIES LEADING ASSAULT ON YEMEN PORT CITY WERE TRAINED BY IDF IN ISRAEL

According to U.S. officials close to the House Intelligence Committee with knowledge of the operation, hundreds of mercenaries from various nationalities that fight on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Yemen had recently received “instance combat training” at training camps in the Negev desert that were created through a secret agreement was reached between the UAE and Israel. Mercenaries at the camp were trained under the “personal supervision” of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Sep 21 07:49

CHINA’S CHILLING ‘SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM’ IS STRAIGHT OUT OF DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI, AND IT’S ALREADY SWITCHED ON

China’s “Social Credit System” – which is expected to be fully operational by 2020 – doesn’t just monitor the nation’s almost 1.4 billion citizens. It’s also designed to control and coerce them, in a gigantic social engineering experiment that some have called the “gamification of trust”.

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