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Nov 27 11:54

Why Trump Gets An A+ For Judicial Nominees…

Winning big in the Judiciary while the media chases Trump's latest tweet.

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Nov 27 11:50

U.K. Begins Another Gun Surrender Initiative Amid Increase in Gun Crime

The United Kingdom's National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) is conducting a new gun surrender program from Nov. 13 to Nov. 26 after gun crime in England and Wales increased by more than a quarter in the past year.

The Office for National Statistics found a 27 percent increase in crimes involving firearms during its most recent review of crime data. Despite a near ban on the civilian ownership of handguns the review found crimes committed with handguns increased by 25 percent and accounted for the majority of gun crimes. The agency said the increases in 2016 were part of a multiyear trend.

"The latest rise continues an upward trend seen in firearms offences in the last few years, however, offences are still 31 percent below a decade ago," the most recent annual report from the agency said. "Over the last year, over two-thirds (32 of the 439) of police forces recorded a rise in offences involving firearms."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the knotheads in NABIS; the baddies will not surrender their guns, making the next rise in gun crime after this "surrender" a dead moral certainty!!

Nov 27 11:45

AMERICA’S SECRET WEAPON IN THE OIL WAR

As Saudi Arabia spins from crisis to crisis, U.S. oil hasn’t missed a beat. It’s stronger and more resilient than ever--and it has nothing to do with OPEC oil production cuts.

In this war, U.S. oil wins, and the recent purge of billionaire princes in Saudi Arabia is icing on the cake.

But when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrested key members of the royal family on corruption charges two weeks ago all of them his rivals--oil shot up. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) spiked more than $2 a barrel, closing around $57 a barrel—a nearly two-year high.

OPEC cuts have done little to boost oil prices, and Royal Family arrests are welcome news for oil tycoons the world over, but it’s still not what’s kept the U.S. on the winning side in this war: Fracking bust the U.S. through the front line, and major advancements in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) are cementing the victory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this technology works as advertised, this will be a major, positive step for the oil industry.

Nov 27 11:43

Van Tries To Cut Off President’s Motorcade…

The Resistance has no shame - expletives and middle fingers included.

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Nov 27 11:42

Keystone's existing pipeline spills far more than predicted to regulators

TransCanada Corp’s (TRP.TO) existing Keystone pipeline has leaked substantially more oil, and more often, in the United States than indicated in risk assessments the company provided to regulators before the project began operating in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters.

The Canadian company is now seeking to expand the pipeline system linking Alberta’s oil fields to U.S. refineries with its proposed Keystone XL project, which has U.S. President Donald Trump’s backing.

The existing 2,147-mile (3,455 km) Keystone system from Hardisty, Alberta, to the Texas coast has had three significant leaks in the United States since it began operating in 2010, including a 5,000-barrel spill this month in rural South Dakota, and two others, each about 400 barrels, in South Dakota in 2016 and North Dakota in 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I completely unsurprised by this?!?

Nov 27 10:24

Susan Sarandon Says 'We Would Be At War' If Hillary Clinton Had Won

Actress Susan Sarandon doesn’t seem to have any regrets over her staunch opposition to Hillary Clinton during last year’s election.
“I did think she was very, very dangerous. We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president],” she told the Guardian. “It wouldn’t be much smoother. Look what happened under Obama that we didn’t notice.”

Nov 27 10:23

3 Teens Plotted to Kill New Classmate Who 'Disrupted' Social Order: Police

Three teenagers were discovered to have allegedly plotted to murder a classmate who they said “disrupted the flow” of social order at their Washington State school, authorities said.

Nov 27 09:14

Homeless veteran who received over $360K now wants to pay it forward, 'I just want to do the right thing'

A homeless veteran, who received a reward he never expected after he spent his last $20 to help a stranded woman buy gas, now says he wants to touch other people's lives the way his was touched.

Nov 27 09:14

The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs

Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay.

Nov 27 09:11

Founder of non profit “Unlocking Autism” found dead in canal ruled days later as accident

Beck was traveling with her son, who is autistic. Police say she went outside to smoke but never came back. The next night, police found her deceased in a canal behind the Rodeway Inn where they were staying. 1 Police said almost immediately they do not suspect foul play, which many experts have found absurd.

We have talked to several in Beck’s camp, one of whom said that if she were murdered, they do not believe it had anything to do with her autism advocacy.

Nov 27 08:51

Holocaust survivor: I'm giving $1 million to help wounded American veterans, to express my thanks

At 83 years old, I am one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors – thanks to the American troops who rescued me in what seems like a lifetime ago.
Since World War II, I’ve felt a deep connection to American troops for saving my life – a feeling that resurfaces every year on Veterans Day and throughout the holiday giving season.
And so this year I’m saying “thank you” to the American soldiers of the 1940s by donating $1 million to organizations serving wounded American veterans today.

Nov 27 08:50

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

The amount of energy used by computers "mining" bitcoin so far this year is greater than the annual usage of almost 160 countries, according to new research.

Nov 27 08:40

They're Trying to Ban Another Harmless Plant That Helps People - Truthstream Media


There is a solution to these buttheads that has been around for awhile. Ole Étienne de La Boétie wrote it out some time ago in his "The Politics of Obedience: The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude"

https://mises.org/library/politics-obedience-discourse-voluntary-servi...

Nov 27 08:37

Liberal media airs segment calling for entire Republican Party to be jailed

During a segment on Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” the liberal network allowed a Democratic pollster to call for his political enemies to be arrested and put in prison for failing to adhere to a variety of left-wing viewpoints.

Nov 27 08:31

California Church Pressured to Stop Serving Meals to the Homeless Because it Lures the Needy

A church in the upscale neighborhood of Malibu, California has been told by officials to stop serving food to the homeless because they were attracting too many homeless people.

Nov 27 08:30

More Than 180 Women Across the US Have Reported Sexual Assault at Massage Envy

A new investigation from BuzzFeed News found that more than 180 U.S. women have filed sexual-assault lawsuits, police reports, and state-board complaints against Massage Envy, the country’s largest massage franchise that promotes affordable services at its 1,200 spas nationwide. The reports have been filed against the national company, individual spas, and their employees.

Nov 27 07:46

Mail carriers accuse USPS of faking Amazon delivery records so customers don't get free stuff

Getting an Amazon package after it's due may come with a silver lining.

CBS46 is uncovering how post offices in every corner of metro Atlanta are running behind schedule on deliveries, and if you're expecting to get something important in the mail, it's frustrating.

Nov 27 07:46

Norway's $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Steps Up 'No' Votes on CEO Pay

When Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund said it wanted companies to curb excessive and opaque top-management pay, it meant business.

Nov 26 21:52

What to expect when ‘We the People’ win over illegal .01% US rogue state empire: 1) temporary depression, 2) massive Truth, 3) unimaginable inspiration/breakthroughs. Are you ready?

*hyperlinks live at source*

The US is an lying and illegal rogue state empire (full documentation and video walkthrough here). This is ongoing history of empire: taking over as much of the world possible to control resources (natural and humans as work animals), and with propaganda in corporate media and public education for pretense of a constitutional republic. Importantly, the Roman Empire devolved from a republic into tragic-comic .01% oligarchic “eat their own” self-destruction, as did ancient Greek democracy voting for the death of Socrates rather than face his obvious questions about virtue within that wanna-be empire.

There are three possible outcomes of this human condition:
The empire wins, with tighter control over We the People to serve them.
We the People win, after an Emperor’s New Clothes breakthrough of truth and .01% arrests for obvious crimes centered in war, looting, and lying.

Nov 26 15:42

Where is Zionism taking us?

Lawrence Davidson says given the Zionist lobbies' hold on governments and their subversion of human rights institutions, the onus is on organised civil society, mainly BDS, to end apartheid in Israel and restore Palestinian rights.>>

Nov 26 11:26

Desperate for electricity, Puerto Rico children's hospital goes solar

Puerto Rico is slowly rebuilding its electrical grid and the generating stations damaged by hurricane Maria, but for some residents the sun holds the best promise of restoring light.

Nov 26 11:26

World's richest are waging war on the poor, says Columbia University professor

The world's richest people are waging a war on poor people, a Columbia University economics professor has said.
Jeffrey Sachs urged Republican senators not to support tax cuts or proposed changes to health care, which he warned were examples of "populism by the super rich."

Nov 26 10:53

Judge Jeanine Has A Solution To Sexual Harassment In Congress

This should solve the problem pretty quickly.

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Nov 26 10:47

Colorado Man Sentenced To Longest Human Trafficking Sentence In U.S. History

A convicted child sex trafficker from Colorado was sentenced to 472 years in prison on Tuesday, the longest sentence for a human trafficking case in U.S. history.

Nov 26 10:47

‘Organic’ Eggs Don’t Require Chickens To Have Open-Air Pens, USDA Says

Strolling through a flock of free-roaming rust-colored hens, Christopher Nichols admits that no one truly knows whether his chickens are happier because they can strut around and wander outside.

Nov 26 10:24

Affidavit: Colorado Springs pastor impregnated 14-year-old girl, she had his child

The minister accused of sexually assaulting a teen girl had sex with her at least four times and fathered the child of the girl, who had just turned 15 when she birthed the child in September, new police documents reveal.

Nov 26 10:24

US tobacco companies forced to run ads admitting cigarettes are addictive and smoking kills

Millions of Americans have opened their Sunday morning newspapers to find full page advertisements from tobacco companies with statements saying that smoking kills and cigarettes are intentionally designed to get people addicted.

Nov 26 10:18

Alan Dershowitz On Possibility Flynn Could Turn On Trump

Excellent case analysis. This is good tv.

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Nov 26 10:17

Judge Jeanine: Washington is a swamp in more ways than one

Fox News host Judge Jeanine laid her plan to tax the “deviants” in Washington for what their scandals have cost the American people on her Saturday broadcast of “Justice.”

Nov 26 10:16

Camouflaged Police With Assault Weapons To Patrol NT Streets At Night To Reduce Youth Crime

The Northern Territory's Police Commissioner has revealed plans to send a unit of camouflaged, specialised police with military-grade assault weapons to patrol Darwin and Alice Springs at night.

Nov 26 10:16

Nazis Are Just Like You And Me, Except They're Nazis

“The water is almost ready,” he said, bending down to look for the little bubbles. “Once you see the bubbles rising to the surface, you know the water is hot enough to cook the pasta.”

Nov 26 10:04

11/25/2017 — ALABAMA MYSTERY “BOOMS” SOLVED — “BAMA BOOMS” FROM SEISMIC PRESSURE TRANSFER

“Residents in Alabama were shaken Tuesday afternoon when a mysterious boom jolted the central part of the state.

AL.com reported that NASA scientists were stumped, but reported that evidence points to a sonic boom from an aircraft or a meteor.”

Nov 26 09:59

'I'm Tired of You All.' Man Kills 8-Year-Old Twin Boys and Himself in Fire, Police Say

Greek police say an air force non-commissioned officer has set fire to his apartment, killing himself and his 8-year-old twin boys.

Nov 26 09:59

Amazon Workers Go On Strike Just As CEO Jeff Bezos’ Net Worth Reaches $100 Billion

On one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, Black Friday, thousands of Amazon employees decided it was also a good day to walk off the job. Warehouse workers in several distribution centers in Germany and Italy took the day off to demand higher wages and better treatment. In sharp contrast, on the same day, the net worth of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos hovered around $100 billion, easily making him the wealthiest person on the planet.

Nov 26 09:53

Millions of donkeys 'beaten to death with hammers' to make traditional Chinese medicine

New footage released by animal rights group PETA shows donkeysin Chinese farms being hit on the head with a sledgehammer in a bid to make ejiao, a medicine made from donkey skin.

Nov 26 09:52

NYPD cops tried to intimidate teen accusing officers of rape, lawyer claims

An 18-year-old woman who accused two NYPD cops of raping her in the back seat of their police van was visited by a group of their co-workers in her hospital room in a bid to bully her out of bringing sex assault charges, her lawyer claims.

Nov 26 09:25

ISIS Last Stand; End Times for the Caliphate

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On Monday, Lebanese media reported that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), joined by combat troops from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, recaptured the city of Abu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province. The city was the last bastion for the terrorist group, ISIS, which, at one time, controlled a vast swathe of land stretching from northern Iraq to central Syria. Now the group has been chased from its last urban hideaway and scattered across the arid wastelands like a nomadic tribe wandering the dessert. Abu Kamal was ISIS’s “last stand”, the final chance to fend off the advancing loyalist forces and reverse the course of the war. But the three-pronged attack proved to be too much for the demoralized jihadists who fled the city northward or surrendered to Syrian troops on the perimeter. Thus, ISIS no longer occupies any of the major towns or cities that once comprised the emerging Wahhabi proto-state. The group has been soundly defeated, its leadership is in tatters and the star-crossed Caliphate has met its end.

What happens next in Syria is of critical importance.>>>

Nov 26 09:19

Syria War, Sochi Peace

The main take away of the trilateral, two hour-long Russia-Iran-Turkey summit in Sochi on the future of Syria was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an All-Syrian Congress for national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society.”

In practice, that means Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministries and defense departments are tasked to “gather delegates from various political parties, internal and external opposition, ethnic and confessional groups at the negotiating table.”
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In Danang, Putin and Trump may not have held a crucial bilateral. But Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson did issue a joint statement on Syria – without, crucially, mentioning Astana; instead, the emphasis was on the slow-moving UN Geneva process (a new round of talks is scheduled for next week).

An extremely divisive issue – not exactly admitted by both parties – is the presence of foreign forces in Syria. From Washington’s perspective, Russian, Iranian and Turkish forces must all leave.

But then there’s the Pentagon, which is in Syria without a UN resolution (Russia and Iran were invited by Damascus).

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Nov 26 09:12

LAPD Has 28 Open Sex Crimes Investigations Of Hollywood And Media

The Los Angeles Police have 28 open sex crime cases involving Hollywood and media figures under active investigation, according to Police Chief Charlie Beck. He added that more investigations are likely to be opened as more claims come in.

Nov 26 09:12

Russia may label McDonald's a "foreign agent" hell-bent on damaging people's health

A Russian politician proposed labeling American fast food chains like McDonald's and KFC as foreign agents on Friday, following recently passed legislation which provides the same classification for international news outlets.

Nov 26 08:55

Hitchhiker, 52, becomes the THIRD Las Vegas massacre survivor to die in a crash just weeks after the deadly mass shooting

A 52-year-old man has become the third Las Vegas massacre survivor to die in a crash just weeks after the deadly mass shooting.

Roy McClellan was mowed down and killed in the hit and run while hitchhiking just outside of Las Vegas on State Route 160 in Pahrump, Nevada, on November 17.

His death occurred just over a month after California couple Dennis and Lorraine Carver were killed when their vehicle crashed outside their gated community in Riverside County, California bursting into flames, on October 16.

Nov 26 08:47

Pentagon to Admit to 2,000 Troops in Syria

US officials said on Friday that the Pentagon is expected to concern confirm that there are “about 2,000” US ground troops in Syria, a major increase from the roughly 500 that they officially claim is the case.

The US has overtly lied about troop levels in Syria>>>

Nov 26 08:39

Observatory Estimates 340,000 Killed In Syrian War

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported on Friday that they have a new estimated on the overall death toll of the Syrian War since March 2011, saying they’ve documented 343,511 deaths, with over 100,000 civilians among the killed.

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Nov 26 08:34

Incredible moment brave DOG stops a woman being robbed in the street by a hoodie-wearing thug

They're called 'man's best friend' for a reason. And this video shows why.
Incredible footage shows the moment a brave dog stops a woman from being robbed in the street by a thug.

Nov 26 08:34

Council proposes £1,000 fines for homeless people sleeping in tents

A council has been called “cruel and callous” for proposing £1,000 fines to homeless people sleeping in tents in the city centre.

Nov 26 08:13

Huge spike in US military non-combat plane crash fatalities in 2017 – report

The number of US servicemen killed in plane crashes has “skyrocketed” in 2017 compared to last year. The gruesome revelation comes just days after three US sailors were killed in a plane crash in the Philippine Sea.

According to Fox News, 22 US military planes have crashed so far this year while flying non-combat operations – up 38 percent from last November.

Thirty-seven US service members have died in these accidents. The current death toll is 130 percent higher than the number of servicemen killed in non-combat crashes from the year before.

The most recent incident occurred Wednesday>>>

Nov 26 07:53

The $47mn question of Trump’s friendly words to Putin

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This all sounds well and good, but how much importance or substance can be imputed to Trump’s friendly words?
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The question is though: what value is there in Putin seeming to have Trump’s support on these and other foreign policy matters?

Does Trump even have control or knowledge of what his military and intelligence agencies are doing in Syria and elsewhere?

Embarrassing reports have emerged of his National Security advisor General HR McMaster deriding President Trump as a “dope” on international relations – a put-down which echoes earlier reported comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling Trump a “moron.” Of course, denials have subsequently been issued, but the doubts remain.

Moreover, there’s plenty of evidence US forces have been colluding with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists in Syria, giving the militants safe passage or air cover from advancing units of the Syrian Arab Army backed by Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah. The Russian ministry of defense has been one of the sources providing evidence of collusion between the US military and terror groups in Syria.

The Pentagon denies it>>>

Nov 26 07:27

Mistakenly Posted Photos Allegedly Expose UK Training Saudi Forces in Yemen War

According to The Daily Mail, the secret training program is allegedly aimed at teaching so-called "irregular warfare" combat skills to Saudi forces and involves some 50 UK military personnel.

The British military is training Saudi forces to fight in Yemen, where a conflict between the Riyadh-backed government and rebels has claimed over 12,000 lives, The Daily Mail reported Sunday.

The program, codenamed Operation Crossways, involves nearly 50 British military personnel from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, according to the report. They are teaching "irregular warfare" techniques to officers from the Royal Saudi Land Forces Infantry Institute.
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The British military involvement is a "shameful complicity" in the suffering Yemenis are facing in the ongoing conflict, Tory lawmaker and former Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell told the newspaper.

"The UK has been shamefully complicit in Saudi’s role in Yemen," Mitchell said.

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Nov 26 07:22

Man Pays For $10K In Layaway Items At NJ Toys R Us

A man in New Jersey spent $10,000 to make sure kids' Christmas wishes get fulfilled this year.

Nov 26 07:21

Three high school football players rape 14-year-old girl at gunpoint outside Pa. fair, police say

Three 16-year-old boys have been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint after leaving a Pennsylvania fair, according to court documents.
Those arrests came at the end of a two-month investigation by the West York Police Department and the York County District Attorney's Office.

Nov 25 19:11

Japan wants to push a million tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean

Japan has still not come to a consensus on what to do with a million tons of nuclear water six years after their primary nuclear power plant in Fukushima was rocked by a tsunami.

Nov 25 13:36

3-mile-wide 3200 Phaethon asteroid named after a Greek god who almost destroyed Earth will brush 'quite close' to our planet next month

3200 Phaethon will brush 'quite close' with Earth on December 17
It will pass 6.4 million miles (10.3m km), relatively close in space terms
The asteroid is half the size of Chicxulub, the rock that wiped out the dinosaurs
Its unusual orbit will see it pass closer to the sun than any other named asteroid

Nov 25 13:01

‘Lucky’ Larry Silverstein Set to Receive Another $95 Million in New 9/11 Settlement

The developer of the World Trade Center in New York has reached a $95.2 million settlement of all claims against American Airlines Group Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc and other aviation defendants stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which involved the carriers’ hijacked planes.

Nov 25 12:52

Student, 22, was left with five-inch gash and needing plastic surgery on her face after being hit with a cobblestone hurled by neo-Nazi protesters

Abbie James, 22, was struck by a cobblestone ripped out of St George's Hall plateau in Liverpool during the violent disorder on February 27 last year
She was left with a five-inch scar to her forehead and later had plastic surgery
Afterwards, she was taunted by celebrating fascists gloating online

Nov 25 12:40

Woman says she was sexually harassed at Suri Cruise's $43,000-a-year Manhattan school where co-worker 'called her a "stupid dirty s**t"'

Ciara Rosado worked for Compass, a food services group, at The World School
She says a fellow Compass employee sexually harassed and verbally abused her
Rosado, 25, alleges the man also threw a garbage bin at her during work hours
She claims she reported it to Compass but says they ignored her allegations
Rosado, who is from Queens, is now suing Compass and the employee
The World School is a $43,000-a-year private school in Chelsea, Manhattan

Nov 25 12:23

Running of the Sheeple: Videos of Black Friday Brawls and Stampedes in America

As the Sheeple lined up and mobbed retail stores after Thanksgiving dinner and early Friday morning for deals to kick off the holiday season, one person has already been shot, fights have shut down malls, and a baby (!) was hit with a shoe.

Many people lost all sense of perspective as they got caught up in it at Walmart, Macy’s, and other stores during this grim holiday tradition in American stupidity.

Nov 25 11:55

Real-life tomb raider dubbed 'Indiana Joan', 95, is accused of looting $1MILLION in ancient artefacts from Egypt and the Middle East

Joan Howard boasts a collection of antiquities amassing upwards of $1 million
She dug for them in a series of Middle Eastern expeditions in the 1960s and 70s
Egyptian archaeologists are slamming her for illegally taking sacred artefacts

Nov 25 11:54

Toddler Remains Free From Seizures Thanks To Hemp Oil

An Illinois 2-year-old is now free from seizures thanks to hemp oil! Kiana Algire noticed seizures and corresponding developmental delays in her son after...

Nov 25 11:49

Self-driving cars programmed to decide who dies in a crash

It’s a bright, sunny day and you’re alone in your spanking new self-driving vehicle, sprinting along the two-lane Tunnel of Trees on M-119 high above Lake Michigan north of Harbor Springs. You’re sitting back, enjoying the view. You’re looking out through the trees, trying to get a glimpse of the crystal blue water below you, moving along at the 45-mile-an-hour speed limit.

As you approach a rise in the road, heading south, a school bus appears, driving north, one driven by a human, and it veers sharply toward you. There is no time to stop safely, and no time for you to take control of the car.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a scenario right out of "I Robot", the 2004 film staring Will Smith, where just such a calculation was made, and spares the Smith's character at the price of a little girl, mortally injured in the other car in the crash, and left to die.

But science fiction morphs into science fact at a really rapid pace in the 21st century, and such technology will become the norm faster than we can calculate at this point.

Nov 25 11:35

FANTASTIC VIDEO | Steven Crowder Asks ‘Alexa’ Political And Social Questions, And She Answers Like A Leftist

This is frightening. Amazon's Alexis is a flaming SJW.

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Nov 25 11:17

US military to develop genetically modified plants to spy in environments ‘unsuitable for traditional sensors’

The US military wants to deploy plants as “the next generation of intelligence gatherers”.

Genetically modified plants could be employed as self-sustaining sensors to gather information in settings unsuitable for more traditional technologies.

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is responsible for the development of emerging technologies in the US military, has called for scientists to submit ideas for how to harness the power of plants.

In the past, DARPA has produced information-gathering technologies such as the satellites and seismographs employed to ensure Soviet compliance with the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

But in this new initiative, termed the Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) programme, the agency is looking to the natural world for help.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know about you, but even though I am doing absolutely nothing wrong, the thought of my aloe vera plant spying on me gets me very nervous!!

Nov 25 11:11

Turn off cameras and tracking devices in children's Christmas presents to prevent hacking, Information Commissioner tells parents

Parents should turn off the cameras and automatic tracking devices in their children’s Christmas presents because of the risk of hacking, the Information Commissioners’ Office has warned.

With a rise in the number of ‘smart’ toys and devices gracing the wish list this year, parents should consider the safety of them being connected directly to the internet before giving them as gifts, according to the data regulator.

When adults are not going to personally use cameras in toys to view what is happening remotely then they should consider turning the function off all together, Deputy Commissioner Steve Wood said.

The warning comes amid growing concerns about the ability of criminals to hack into toys containing sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage and other multi-media capabilities.

Nov 25 11:09

50,000 children in Yemen have died of starvation and disease so far this year, monitoring group says

An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.

Save the Children said late Wednesday that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels is likely to further increase the death rate. It says over 50,000 children are believed to have died in 2017.

Saudi Arabia blocked Yemen's ports after a rebel missile attack near Riyadh. It said Monday the coalition would lift the blockade after widespread international criticism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; this genocide of Yemen's children is precisely the outcome the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, eagerly wants to bring about, courtesy of US military collusion in Saudi war crmes.

In fact, I am rather amazed that he has not ordered the complete carpet bombing of Yemen at this point; perhaps that is his "next tactical step".

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