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Jan 26 11:14

SARA CARTER | Key Paragraph From FBI Source

New article from Sara Carter on how Michael Horowitz was able to get access to the supposed 'LOST' FBI messages so easily. Sources think the FBI purposely misled Congress. Here is the key paragraph and full link.

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Jan 26 11:07

OSHA CITES KOCH FOODS IN GAINESVILLE, ALLEGES SAFETY, HEALTH VIOLATIONS

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $208,977 for Koch Foods' poultry processing operation in Gainesville.

According to a media release from the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA cited Koch Foods of Gainesville LLC for a repeat violation of allegedly failing to provide machine guarding, exposing employees to amputation hazards.

"Fourteen serious citations were issued for failing to provide fall protection, not identifying which employees were using hazardous energy control locks, and failing to train employees exposed to noise hazards," officials stated in the release.

The proposed penalty and citations were part of OSHA's Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That $200,000 fine is just a slap on the proverbial list, looking at the kinds of profits this company is making.

Estimated Revenue, Koch Brothers, 2015:
US $100 billion (2015)

IF OSHA really wanted to make a difference here, they would have on-the-ground inspectors at every plant the Koch brothers own, to prevent issues like this from happening.

However, unfortunately, that will only happen when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, and hell freezes over, and for the following reason: despite their personal loathing for then-candidate Trump, they did support him monetarily in the runup to the 2016 election:

Kochs' Ground Game in Election Will Support Trump No Matter What

Jan 26 11:06

Russia mocks Gavin Williamson's attack warning

Russia has ridiculed a UK minister for suggesting it could cause "thousands and thousands and thousands" of deaths by crippling British infrastructure.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Daily Telegraph Moscow was spying on energy supplies which, if cut, could cause "total chaos" in the country.

But Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Mr Williamson had "lost his grasp on reason".

The comments were worthy of a Monty Python sketch, Mr Konashenkov added.

Jan 26 10:56

Online Vendors Try to Make a Quick Buck as Cape Town Runs Out of Water

Day Zero—currently predicted to be April 12 by local officials—is the exact day when the city of Cape Town in South Africa will run out of water.

This may sound like a far-fetched, dystopian hellscape. But Cape Town has been dealing with ongoing drought for three years now because of a host of factors, including poor government planning, all aggravated by climate change. The dams and reservoirs that supply the city of an estimated 4 million people are running dangerously low. Already under water use restrictions, residents will soon have to collect rations of water piped into the city at centralized points, protected by armed guards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not mentioned in this article is a complete lack of care for existing water resources, resulting in crumbling infrastucture here, coupled with extensive government corruption.

Jan 26 10:52

CHINA UNVEILS HUGE PLANS FOR THE ARCTIC, WITH ‘POLAR SILK ROAD’ ON THE WAY

Beijing has announced plans to extend the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping routes.

In a white paper released on Friday, the country said it expects to have a “major role in expanding the network of shipping routes” and noted that “as a result of global warming, the Arctic shipping routes are likely to become important transport routes for international trade.”

It added that it would encourage enterprises to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages, paving the way for Arctic shipping routes that would form a “Polar Silk Road.”

Land territories in the Arctic cover an area of around 8 million square km, with sovereignty belonging to Russia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Canada and the United States. The Arctic Ocean is more than 12 million square km, where coastal and other countries share maritime rights and interests according to international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing that interests me with the current Chinese business culture, is that the captains of industry here are far happier making deals, and creating win/win business opportunities to get what they want than in waging war to do so.

Jan 26 10:50

N.C. Woman Murdered Husband's Co-Worker Because She Mistakenly Thought They Were Having an Affair

A North Carolina woman was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing her estranged husband’s co-worker in a jealous rage because she mistakenly thought the woman was having an affair with him, PEOPLE confirms.

Jan 26 10:49

HENRY KISSINGER Is Still Not Dead

The war criminal testified before Congress yesterday, along with 97 year-old George Schultz. Here are some photos of the deathly duo in the Senate.

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Jan 26 10:49

Kylie Jenner Spotted Out In Public For The First Time In Months

After months of hiding out, Kylie Jenner has been spotted out in public for the first time since September.
TMZ published exclusive photos and video of the 20-year-old reality TV star on Thursday, clad in all-black, walking around a construction site in Hidden Hills, California. Kris Jenner and Jordyn Woods joined Jenner on the excursion.

Jan 26 10:49

DOWNTIME OF A TOP CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER COULD COST U.S. ECONOMY $15 BILLION

Businesses in the United States could lose $15 billion if a leading cloud service provider would experience a downtime of at least three days. A new study finds that if a top cloud provider went down, manufacturing would see direct economic losses of $8.6 billion; wholesale and retail trade sectors would see economic losses of $3.6 billion; information sectors would see economic losses of $847 million; finance and insurance sectors would see economic losses of $447 million; and transportation and warehousing sectors would see economic losses of $439 million.

Businesses in the United States could lose $15 billion if a leading cloud service provider would experience a downtime of at least three days.

Lloyd’s, in partnership with the risk modeler, AIR Worldwide, on Tuesday released a new report, Cloud Down: The impacts on the U.S.economy, which analyzes the financial impact of the failure of a leading cloud provider in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why in the name of heaven would anyone want to put ANYTHING on the cloud, knowing the potential downside, particularly when product or service liability doesn't exist for the computer industry?!?

The sad state of software liability

The article goes on to state:

"Software license agreements are typically crammed with boilerplate language freeing the software provider from virtually all forms of liability while binding the commercial user to severe use restrictions. Unhappy with that? Too bad. Anyone who has ever installed software after “consenting” to the terms of the accompanying clickwrap, shrinkwrap or browsewrap understands that the disgruntled user has exactly two choices when it comes to mass market license agreements: take it or leave it.

Jan 26 10:47

FBI Agent Fatally Shot Kidnapping Victim During Operation to Save Him 22 MINS AGO 1 MINUTEREAD

FBI Agent Fatally Shot Kidnapping Victim During Operation to Save Him
An FBI agent fatally shot a Texas man who had been kidnapped and held for ransom in northeast Houston during an attempt to rescue him Thursday.
The man, who has yet to be identified, was killed during the raid after his family notified local authorities of his kidnapping.

Jan 26 10:37

Pro-Weed, Anti-GMO Dennis Kucinich Announces Bid For Ohio Governor . . . And He Might Just Win

Former Mayor, U.S. Congressman, and famous peace advocate Dennis Kucinich formally announced his run for Governor of the state of Ohio on January 17, 2018. With current Governor John Kasich stepping down due to...

Jan 26 10:33

Graphic: Saudi-led mercenaries suffer another day of utter slaughter in Yemen at the hands of relentless Houthi rebels

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – Mercenary forces fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen have endured another, rather typical, day of utter slaughter and destruction at the hands of Houthi rebels with one of their bases being annihilated during a surprise attack.

Jan 26 10:29

Mexico Registers Its Highest Number Of Homicides On Record

More than a decade after Mexican soldiers deployed in the streets and mountains to fight a U.S.-backed drug war, Mexico has something to show for it: more killings than ever.

Mexico recorded 29,168 homicides last year, according to preliminary government data published this week. While the tally won't be finalized for several months, security experts are already certain the 2017 figure will mark the country's highest murder rate at least since official statistics began in 1997 — and potentially the highest in the nation's modern history.

"It comes back to a failed security strategy that has been completely exhausted," says Francisco Rivas, director of the Mexican research group the National Citizens' Observatory.

Jan 26 10:18

President Trump Gets Rock Star Reception At Davos

No, it's not Beyonce, it's President Trump taking Davos by storm. Excllent montage of what's happened so far in Switzerland.

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Jan 26 10:17

A guided tour of the big guns at the Big Sandy Shoot (VIDEO)

And we will have fun,fun,fun!

At the most recent Big Sandy Shoot, big gun expert Robert Bigando gave us a tour of the nearly two dozen big guns on display at the event.

The Big Sandy Shoot is a biannual event that takes place near Wikieup, Arizona, in April and October of each year. The event attracts hundreds of shooters, machine guns and large caliber guns. The most recent shoot was held from Oct. 20-22. It saw the largest turn out of big guns in the event’s 30 year history. This included the largest civilian owned gun — the 152mm Russian D20 howitzer.

“A good Bofors gun can probably be picked up for $25,000.” he said. “So you got to ask yourself, what would you rather have? An M-16, or a 37mm Bofors?”

Which gun would you rather have?

Jan 26 09:58

DNA map of Ireland reveals the Irish have Viking and Norman ancestry and are far more genetically diverse than previously thought

It reveals lasting contributions from British, Scandinavian and French invasions
Researchers compared genetic data from 1,000 Irish and 2,000 British people
They found 50 distinct genetic clusters, separated by geographical boundaries
These are most distinct in western Ireland, but less pronounced in the east
The findings are significant because they could be used in future studies to identify the underlying genetics of various diseases in specific regions

Jan 26 09:57

Stormy Daniels Smirks When Asked If She Had Affair With Donald Trump

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the going price for a knowing smirk?
That’s the response porn actress Stormy Daniels gave to “Inside Edition” when reporter Jim Moret asked her point-blank whether she had a “sexual affair” with President Donald Trump.

Jan 26 09:56

Why stop at work requirements for food and health care? Let's go all the way | Opinion

I'm fed up with lazy, poor families who mooch off industrious citizens and waste our hard-earned tax dollars. I agree with Sen. John Kennedy: They aren't entitled to health care through the state's Medicaid system.

Jan 26 09:46

U.S. Opts Out Of Test Designed To Teach Students To Spot Biased Reporting

The United States - along with the U.K and 42 other countries - has opted out of a standardized test designed, in part, to assess whether children can spot "biases" in news reports, the international Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development confirms to ABC News.

Jan 26 09:46

Trump Will Try to Fire Mueller. Again.

Last summer, the president of the United States, who is the nation's chief law-enforcement officer, tried to fire the federal appointee overseeing an investigation into whether the president or his advisers had broken the law by, among other things, obstructing justice.

Jan 26 09:44

The Las Vegas Massacre – Court Proceedings – New Information

There are some interesting facts coming out in court right now in the Las Vegas shooting case.  

Jan 26 09:37

There’s A Line Between Justice And Vengeance. Larry Nassar’s Judge Crossed It.

Rosemarie Aquilina, the judge who presided over the astounding sentencing hearing of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar this month, has emerged as a heroine for victims of sexual assault.

Jan 26 09:36

Arizona woman shot in head during Las Vegas massacre to leave hospital after 'profound' recovery

A young Arizona mother who was shot in the head during the nation's deadliest mass shooting is preparing to leave the hospital after making a "profound" and "amazing" recovery, according to her physicians.
Jovanna Calzadillas was one of the hundreds injured during the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. She was attending the concerts with her husband Francisco 'Frank' Calzadillas, who is a Salt River police officer.

Jan 26 09:34

46 tons of Mardi Gras beads found in clogged catch basins

Aside from leaves, mud and sundry sludge, there's one festive item that cleaning crews sucking out thousands of storm drains in New Orleans have found in droves recently.
Mardi Gras beads. Tons of them.

Jan 26 09:33

James Franco Digitally Erased from Vanity Fair Cover After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

James Franco was removed from the cover of Vanity Fair‘s Hollywood issue, featuring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and a host of other stars, following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

Jan 26 09:32

Proposed Illinois law would ban kids under 12 from playing tackle football

CHICAGO (WLS) --A proposed Illinois law unveiled Thursday would ban kids under the age of 12 from playing tackle football.

Named the Dave Duerson Act for the former Chicago Bear, it would reportedly ban anyone under the age of 12 from playing tackle football in organized youth sports.

Jan 26 09:04

‘El Chapo’ promises not to kill any jurors from upcoming federal trial

Notorious drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán promises not to kill any jurors during his upcoming federal court trial, his defense lawyer said.
Prosecutors have asked Brooklyn Federal Court Justice Brian Cogan to impanel an anonymous jury and provide members with armed guards to and from a secure location during the monthslong trial that's expected to begin in September.

Jan 26 09:04

Chinese tourist is locked up for 15 hours during a trip to Hull after police arrested her for driving TOO SLOWLY and she couldn't pay the £100 fine

A Chinese tourist has called the police 'cruel' and said they showed 'no mercy' after she was locked in a police cell for 15 hours when she was unable to pay an on-the-spot fine because she was driving too slowly.
Qiaoyon Wang was on her way to visit friends in Hull when police stopped her in the eastbound carriageway on the A63 at Hessle on Wednesday.

Jan 26 08:33

San Jose mayor says he’s quitting FCC broadband committee because Big Telecom is running it.

Last year, the FCC, under Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, launched an advisory committee on high-speed internet access, saying it planned to bring broadband to more people. But according to San Jose’s mayor, who quit the committee in protest today, the telecommunications industry has taken hold of the initiative, advancing its own interests at the expense of consumers.

Jan 26 08:33

German police sue American woman for slander for calling them 'Nazis'

An angry American traveler found herself plunged into German legal waters this month after allegedly calling federal police officers "Nazis" during a dispute at Frankfurt International Airport.
Police say the woman, a 49-year-old professor, became "unreasonable and irritated" when they told her she had too many liquids in her carry-on during a screening for explosives.

Jan 26 08:07

Donald Trump tells Theresa May he won't visit the UK unless she bans protests

Donald Trump is refusing to visit the UK unless Theresa May can ensure that he is not met with protests.

Bloomberg revealed that Trump complained in a phone call to May about the "negative coverage" he has received in the British press.

May told the US president that that was how the UK media operated and she could do little to change it.

Jan 26 08:07

Police had to be called when French shoppers began fighting over 70% discounted Nutella.

A discount on Nutella has led to violent scenes in a chain of French supermarkets, as shoppers jostled to grab a bargain on the sweet spread.
Intermarché supermarkets offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 (£3.90) to €1.40.
But police were called when people began fighting and pushing one another.

Jan 26 08:00

President Trump urges investors to pour hundreds of billions of dollars into American economy

President Donald Trump gave an amazing speech to investors at the World Economic Forum on Friday, and even scooped up a group of ultra-elite who plan to invest hundreds of billions of dollars into America’s newfound robust economy.

Jan 26 08:00

Cruel carer is let off with a caution after she was caught slapping dementia-suffering woman, 78, on hidden camera footage live-streamed to victim's daughter's phone

A CARER caught slapping a sobbing dementia patient on camera was let off with a caution.
We have the moment a furious daughter confronts her mother's carer after catching her slapping the elderly woman.

Jan 26 07:58

'It can't be racism': Mother is furious as her mixed-race son, 11, is excluded from school for using the 'n-word' to refer to a friend

A mother has defended her son after he was overheard by another child using the term ‘n****r’ at school. Irene Sexton insists that because he is mixed-race, son Leo Okenibirhe-Sexton, 11, should be able to use the term because of his black heritage.

Jan 26 07:43

Oxford admits more British women than men for first time in its more than 1,000-year history.

The University of Oxford offered more undergraduate places to British women than men last year for the first time in its more than 1,000-year history.
Of the total figure, female sixth-formers also outnumbered their male peers, according to data published from Ucas, the university and college admissions body.

Jan 26 07:42

Men face fines of £80 if they comment about a woman's body or appearance in public under new French proposals

Men will face fines of up to £80 if they comment on a woman's body or appearance in public.

The new proposals put forward to the French government are aimed at combatting the levels of harassment rife on the streets of the country's cities.

Jan 26 07:31

Accused of assaulting 3 young girls, man says he's boy trapped in adult's body

A Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting three young girls told prosecutors he considered himself a boy in a man's body, according to Cook County court documents.

Joseph Roman, 38, is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault stemming from repeated attacks on three girls who were 6 to 8 years old at the time, according to prosecutors. Roman was a friend of the girls' families at the time of the attacks between 2015 and January of this year.

During a hearing Wednesday, prosecutors said Roman admitted to some of the attacks and told Chicago police "he is a 9-year-old trapped in an adult's body." He was ordered held without bail.

Prosecutors said the attacks began when the family of one of the girls moved into Roman’s home for 10 weeks. Roman is accused of regularly assaulting her between August 2015 and December 2017 while the other family members were sleeping. The girl was 6 when the assaults began.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

Jan 26 07:14

Historic milestone: PM Narendra Modi writes article for 27 newspapers in 10 languages on the visit of ASEAN leaders

In an op-ed published in as many as 27 newspapers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described the visit of the ASEAN Head of States to India on the occasion of the country's 69th Republic Day as a "historic milestone".
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In the op-ed, which was published in 10 languages, PM Modi said that the decision to invite the ASEAN leaders to be the chief guests of the 69th Republic Day also marks an important turning point in the country's time-tested and age-old relationship with the 10-member bloc.

Jan 26 06:44

Man Incarcerated for 6 Years Without a Trial Because He Demanded a Speedy Trial

Federal authorities arrested Joseph Tigano III in 2008 and charged him with running a marijuana-growing operation. Tigano entered a plea of not guilty and insisted that his case move quickly to trial. Instead he languished in pretrial detention—jail—for nearly seven years before he finally appeared before a jury, which convicted him in 2015. In an opinion issued this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit dismissed Tigano's indictment "with prejudice" on the grounds that his "oppressive period of pretrial incarceration" violated his constitutional right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment

Jan 26 06:42

The Internet Makes Life Better and Safer for Sex Workers. Obviously.

A large new study out of the U.K. formalizes what sex workers have been saying on protest signs, private forums, and social media for years: The internet has revolutionized erotic industries for the better, making sex work safer, less isolating, and less open to exploitation.

Jan 26 06:18

Beware the Last Apartheid Regime in the World

The Trump White House should hold its head in shame. Instead of reversing President Donald Trump’s universally-condemned decision to declare Al-Quds as Israel’s new capital, it sent this week Vice President Mike Pence to the Israeli Knesset to give a speech loudly praising “the miracle of Israel,” and presenting America’s support for Israel as a question of siding with good over evil.

Far from it, America has sided with evil over good and the desperate attempt by Pence to focus heavily on defending President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem Al-Quds as Israel’s capital, citing biblical stories about the city, and suggesting that King David’s declaration of it as the capital millennia ago still applies, won’t change the irrefutable fact that this is still an apartheid regime condemned and isolated the world over.

Not surprising, Pence used his speech to also appease Tel Aviv by attacking the Iran nuclear deal, terming the pact as a “disaster,” and accusing Iran of being a brutal dictatorship that seeks to dominate the entire Arab world. He vowed the US would “no longer certify” the deal, leading to applause from the Israeli MPs.

Lest the pro-Israel US vice president forgets, the country he criticized is the same country that helped Iraq and Syria defeat the terrorist group of ISIL, Al-Qaeda and their affiliates in the Levant.>>>

(*Still; I haven't yet seen where Pence has resorted to profanity to make his case . An improvement regardless of how slight deserves mention)

Jan 26 05:42

Seeing triple! Photoshop fail leaves Oprah with THREE HANDS while Reese Witherspoon appears to have an extra leg in Vanity Fair cover shoot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz

Oprah Winfrey, 63, posed with Reese Witherspoon, 41, on her lap for the magazine's 24th annual 'Hollywood' issue
In one of the images, Oprah has a hand on her hip, a hand on her lap, and then a third hand wrapped around Reese's waist
Meanwhile, Reese appears to have a third leg in the photo featured on the cover
People took to Twitter on Thursday to poke fun at Vanity Fair for the mistakes
On Thursday it was revealed that James Franco was digitally removed from the cover after the magazine learned of his sexual misconduct allegations

Jan 26 03:15

Trump To Netanyahu: Palestinians 'Disrespected' Pence And Stand To Lose Aid

President Donald Trump said Palestinians disrespected Vice President Mike Pence when they snubbed him this week and threatened to cut off assistance to the Palestinians unless they returned to the negotiating table.

“When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands, that money’s on the table, that money’s not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace,” Trump said Thursday at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland.

Palestinians declined to meet with Pence during his visit to the region, blaming Trump’s decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.>>>

Jan 26 02:50

Mayor quits FCC committee, says it favors ISPs over the public interest

AJIT PAI ACCUSED OF TILTING BROADBAND COMMITTEE TOWARD INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES.

Jan 26 02:49

How BBC kept Leavers off the air for a decade: Analysis finds that just 3.2% of guests talking about the EU on the Today Programme over ten-year period were pro-Brexit

Only 132 of 4,275 guests talking on Today between 2005 and 2015 were Leavers
Since the vote to leave, 6.5% of speakers were pro-Brexit, Civitas report finds
BBC described the analysis as flawed and maintained it was impartial

Jan 26 02:48

Labour peer Lord Mendelsohn is sacked by Jeremy Corbyn after attending the sleazy all-male Presidents Club dinner where women were 'groped and sexually harassed'

Lord Mendelsohn sacked after attending controversial Presidents Club dinner
He was probed by Labour officials and asked to stand down by Jeremy Corbyn
Young women were allegedly groped and sexually harassed at the charity event

Jan 26 02:08

Nets set priorities for defending Bucks’ ‘Greek Frea

MILWAUKEE — The Nets say Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is as difficult a cover as there is in the NBA. Naturally, the Greek Freak is back from injury just in time to face the Nets on Friday.

Jan 26 02:06

Seeing triple! Photoshop fail leaves Oprah with THREE HANDS while Reese Witherspoon appears to have an extra leg in Vanity Fair cover shoot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz

Oprah Winfrey, 63, posed with Reese Witherspoon, 41, on her lap for the magazine's 24th annual 'Hollywood' issue
In one of the images, Oprah has a hand on her hip, a hand on her lap, and then a third hand wrapped around Reese's waist
Meanwhile, Reese appears to have a third leg in the photo featured on the cover
People took to Twitter on Thursday to poke fun at Vanity Fair for the mistakes

Jan 25 20:47

Republic Day 2018: All the unique highlights from the parade that you need to know

India will celebrate her 69th Republic Day today and people began gathering from early Friday morning to witness the parade at Rajpath. With passionate patriotism written on their faces and palpable excitement in the air, Indians cutting across all ages braved the cold to walk through layers of security cover.

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