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Jan 10 18:06

Top secret Zuma satellite DID fall into the Pacific after SpaceX launch, government officials confirm

A top secret billion-dollar spy satellite plummeted into the Indian Ocean after a SpaceX mission over the weekend, but Elon Musk's company has insisted they are not to blame.

The satellite, codenamed Zuma, launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Sunday night, but it reportedly failed to remain in orbit, officials said Wednesday.

The classified intelligence satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corp, failed to separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and is assumed to have broken up or plunged into the sea, said two officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Jan 10 18:05

Cloud server giants mull dumping Intel after Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws found

Some of Intel Corp's data center customers, whose thousands of computers run cloud networks, are exploring using microchips from the market leader's rivals to build new infrastructure after the discovery of security flaws affecting most chips.

Whether Intel sees a slew of defectors or is forced to offer discounts, the company could take a hit to one of its fastest growing business units.

Intel chips back 98 percent of data center operations, according to industry consultancy IDC.

Jan 10 17:37

Court Order Confirms DNC Fraud Lawsuit Appeal Will Proceed

Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the DNC Fraud Lawsuit received good news from the 11th Circuit Court of Federal Appeals earlier today. The Becks stated via social media that “After posing two separate jurisdictional questions, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has found jurisdiction sufficient for the case to proceed on appeal.

Jan 10 17:09

Why Is The FBI Afraid Of Encryption?

By Derrick Broze

FBI Director Christopher Wray declared the bureau’s inability to access encrypted electronic devices a “major public safety issue.”

New York City – On Tuesday the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations discussed the danger posed by encryption of electronic devices. Speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York, FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke about challenges that encryption presents to law enforcement...

Jan 10 16:51

TRUMP Blasts ‘SNEAKY Dianne Feinstein’ For Releasing Transcript

Feinstein only cares about transparency if it helps Democrats...


Jan 10 16:42

SUPERCUTS | Media Hypocrisy Over Fake News ‘Fire And Fury’

Free Beacon did a super cut clip of all the media hypocrisy and bias over the fake news Michael Wolff book. The bias revealed from so-called impartial reporters is disgusting.


Jan 10 16:31

Former Idaho State Rep Commits Suicide After Sexual Assault Allegations

Another Republican state legislator has killed himself following allegations of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

According to the Idaho Statesman, Former Caldwell Rep. Brandon Hixon has died, according to the Canyon County Coroner’s Office.

Hixon’s suicide follows the suicide of Kentucky state lawmaker Dan Johnson, who shot himself in the head after pulling off the side to the side of the highway. Johnson left an emotional social media post blaming the media for his suicide, and denying allegations that he had molested children.

Jan 10 16:22

AWESOME | Donohue Nails It: ‘It’s The People’s Money, It Doesn’t Belong To The Government’…

You will never hear these words on CNN or MSNBC...


Jan 10 16:22

The New York Times Admits the Anti-Trump Movement Is Dying a Slow Death with Every Trump Win

Although they raised the minimum wage in Ontario, they have also raise the cost of products to help pay for this minimum wage along with not increasing anyone else’s salaries. Now you have the minimum wage employees still not been able to afford the items and those employees that were making a little more than minimum-wage can now afford less than they were able to before.

People have to realize that the money junkies always make it sound good. Whatever they appear to be giving you they’re taking double the amount elsewhere.

Jan 10 16:05

FACE THE NATION | John Dickerson Tells Rand Paul The Scalise Shooting Was Republican’s Fault

The snide comment from Dickerson is completely ridiculous...


Jan 10 15:52

Wintry Conditions Freeze US Navy Ship at Canadian Port

The US Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, unveiled by shipyard workers in a snow-covered ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 16, was supposed to have completed its journey to Florida by now, but is instead stuck at a port in Canada.

"Icy conditions delayed the ship's departure due to a limited number of tugs," Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson told the Navy Times on Tuesday. The ship's departure from Buffalo, New York, was postponed from December 16 to December 20. The ship then made a routine port call in Montreal, Canada, where it remains docked, Buffalo News reported.

Jan 10 15:49

The crazier his critics like De Niro get, the more sane and stable Trump looks - and on tax, Korea, immigration and ISIS there really IS some method in his madness

A miracle occurred in Washington DC yesterday.

President Donald Trump held a 55-minute bipartisan meeting at the White House to discuss immigration, notably the controversial DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program set up under his predecessor Barack Obama.

Throughout the meeting, Trump was lucid, competent, confident, charming and informed. Indeed, he looked, sounded and behaved like a capable president running a very important gathering of some of America’s most senior politicians.

Jan 10 15:44

WATCH | Trump Comments On Possible Mueller Interview During Press Conference, Calls Collusion A ‘Democrat Hoax’...

Here's the clip from an hour ago at the White House. Trump nails the Grande Hoax, a Democrat-inspired and media-enabled attempt at a White House coup.


Jan 10 15:31

Retail Investors Finally “Up To Their Chest” in Stocks, Become True Believers with Record Exposure

One of the “bigger fears”: dip buyers get burned, turn into sellers, “get an exponential move to the downside.”

Jan 10 15:24


AT 5 O’CLOCK on the morning of November 13, more than 200 Haitian police officers raided the Grand Ravine area of Port-au-Prince. There was a series of loud explosions, followed by gunfire. For the next six hours, the commotion didn’t stop. The neighborhood was under siege.

What had started as an anti-gang operation in a poor and largely forgotten neighborhood — in a poor and largely forgotten country — ended in the summary execution of innocent civilians on a school campus.

The police officers were working with the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti. It was launched in October, a reboot of a previous mission that had begun in 2004, when thousands of U.N. troops were sent to Haiti following a coup d’etat, tasked in part with restoring stability and reinforcing national police capacities.

Jan 10 15:22

Red Robin Eliminate Bus Boys After Minimum Wage Hike | Tim Hortons Restaurants Cuts Benefits For Employees…

Remember, Democrats told us minimum wage increases don't lead to more unemployment.


Jan 10 15:15

The Municipal Debt Crisis Begins

Jan 10 15:10

Ellen DeGeneres Posts Stunning Mudslide Photo...

Some good photos here of the mayhem...


Jan 10 14:59

North Korea: "All Our Atomic Bombs And ICBMs Are Aimed At U.S., Not At Southern Brethren, China Or Russia"

While there were some tentative signs of a diplomatic detente and mending of relations between North and South Korea after today's summit between the two nations, the first in more than two years, it appears any attempts to ameliorate tensions hit a sudden hurdle when the United States is brought into the equation. Case in point, as Reuters reports, North Korea said that it would not discuss its nuclear weapons with Seoul because they were aimed only at the United States, not its “brethren” in South Korea.

Jan 10 14:59

Meritocracy Is A "Tool Of Whiteness", Math Professor Claims

A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that “meritocracy” in math classes is a “tool of whiteness.”

Jan 10 14:58

"Looking For A Savior In A President Is A Slave Mentality"

In 2017, I wrote a lot about how dangerously centralized our political system in the U.S. has become, and how we need to decentralize governance in order to restore power, liberty and policy experimentation to the local level. This notion that a sprawling and culturally diverse nation of 325 million individuals should constantly battle to the death over the ring of political power in Washington D.C. so as to impose their view on the other half of the country which completely disagrees is patently ludicrous. States, and even metro areas themselves, should be making most of the important decisions that impact their citizens’ lives on a day to day basis.

Jan 10 14:54

FLU OUTBREAK: Dallas County Flu Deaths On The Rise, Now At 18

This year was projected to be a rather tough year for the flu. Coupled with this year’s ineffective vaccine, this season’s flu outbreak is shaping up to be one of the worst.

All of the patients who have succumbed to the flu in Dallas County have had other health conditions that complicated their body’s ability to fight off the virus. But that doesn’t change the fact that 18 people have now died. And it isn’t just Dallas that has struggled to fight this year’s flu. California is experiencing a medication shortage while the outbreak is taking lives in Oregon and Idaho as well.

Jan 10 14:53

WW3 Fears Spiked After Ground Shaking Explosion Occurred Over Russia

A mysterious flash over Russia has spiked fears that the third world war has begun. Many were worried that the ground shaking explosion over Russia was that of the United States striking North Korea with a weapon of mass destruction.

According to the Daily Mail, the phenomenon was seen and felt over thousands of miles in Russia but was especially evident in three regions: Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, and Tatarstan. The flash was so bright, that witnesses said it turned the night into day.

Although some think the flash was nothing more than a meteor, others were concerned. “Probably it was the testing of some military weapon if even the ground was shaking,” said Firaya Zaripova commenting early Monday morning. “I saw the flash in Menzelinsk. There was also the sound of an explosion and then a vibration, I felt it,” said Ilnaz Shaykhraziev.

Jan 10 14:52

South Korean Envoy Vows 'Watertight' Coordination with U.S. on North Korea #POTUSVSG

"I plan to have various discussions here as part of our efforts for watertight coordination between South Korea and the U.S. on Korean Peninsula issues," Lee told Yonhap upon arriving at Dulles airport.

See also: http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/07/05/solving-the-north-korea-situation/

Jan 10 14:50

7 Reasons Why You Should Go For Gold in 2018

Jan 10 14:35

Trader Joe’s Donated – Instead Of Wasting – 35,000 Pounds Of Food When Coolers Malfunctioned

Trader Joe’s had ample opportunity to chuck their perishable goods into the dump after refrigerators unexpectedly malfunctioned. Many grocery stores do...

...city code enforcers in the U.S. are going crazy by stopping people from feeding the hungry, and are trashing perfectly good food.

Jan 10 14:25

Consumer Credit, Small business index, JOLTS, Rig counts

Things are starting to add up better with this jump in consumer borrowing. With real disposable personal income growth near 0, and spending growing at just over 2.5% through November, it’s now looking like consumers ‘dipped into savings’ by running up their credit card balances which tends to be followed by reductions in spending

Jan 10 14:23

Judge: Sailors’ Fukushima Radiation Case Doesn’t Belong in US

A federal judge on Friday dismissed without prejudice the latest class action filed by hundreds of U.S. sailors exposed to radiation in the Fukushima, Japan, nuclear disaster, finding a San Diego courtroom isn’t the right place for the case.

U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino issued a 15-page order dismissing the class action against Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TepCo) and General Electric, finding the service members who were stationed aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego have failed to establish how the Japanese utility’s acts were directed at California.

Jan 10 14:17

INTENSE VIDEO | Firefighters Work 6 Hours To Rescue 14 Year-Old Girl Trapped In Cali Mudslide…

Scenes from the California apocalypse. Firefighters are some damn good people. This rescue is pretty intense.


Jan 10 14:13

Route 91 concert goer: ‘It sounded like more than one machine gun’

Yet another concert goer who endured and survived the deadly October 1 massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival says that it sounded like there were ‘more than one’ guns being fired that night.

Jan 10 13:55

O’KEEFE STRIKES AGAIN | Undercover Video Reveals Twitter’s Plan To Sabotage President Trump

James O'Keefe and Project Veritas released a new undercover sting video this morning targeting Twitter. This is some seriously shady shit Twitter is trying to pull off.


Jan 10 13:41


When you think of causes of fire in Australia, you might think of lightning or arsonists – but you probably don’t think of birds. But at least three birds of prey species spread wildfires in Australia, according to a new paper incorporating indigenous knowledge. Penn State University geographer and lead author Mark Bonta told National Geographic, “We’re not discovering anything. Most of the data that we’ve worked with is collaborative with Aboriginal peoples…They’ve known this for probably 40,000 years or more.”

Jan 10 13:38

Monsanto Uses Codex to Hide GMOs from Consumers

At the recent Codex meeting in Berlin, there was an attempt to define genetically engineered (GE) food ingredients as ‘biofortified’ and therefore mislead consumers. This contravened the original Codex mandate for defining biofortification. That definition is based on improving the nutritional quality of food crops through conventional plant breeding (not genetic engineering) with the aim of making the nutrients bioavailable after digestion. The attempt was thwarted thanks to various interventions, not least by the National Health Federation (NHF), a prominent health-freedom international non-governmental organization and the only health-freedom INGO represented at Codex. But the battle is far from over.

Jan 10 13:36

Hungary's PM: "We Don't See Them As Refugees, We See Them As Muslim Invaders"

In an interview with German newspaper Bild, Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban called the migrant crisis an invasion.

Jan 10 13:35

Afghanistan - U.S. Special Forces Commit Drive-By Murder

A recent video mashup provided by some U.S. Special Force soldiers in Afghanistan seems to show evidence of a warcrime.

A military truck passes a civilian truck on a paved road at normal traveling speed. A soldier fires directly and intentionally at the driver of the civilian truck without any discernible reason.

Jan 10 13:35

Trump’s new nuke ‘posture’: Draft allows nuclear response to conventional attack and new warheads

The Trump administration is expected to reveal a new, hawkish nuclear doctrine, which reportedly incorporates more cases in which it would use nuclear weapons, and also mandates the development of smaller-yield, simpler warheads.

The new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is expected to be revealed sometime after President Donald Trump’s state-of-the-union address in late January and will be the first update of the key strategy document in eight years.

According to Jon Wolfsthal, a former special assistant to Barack Obama on arms control and non-proliferation, the final draft that he reviewed is pretty hawkish, but some of the more aggressive suggestions from the initial variant have been dropped. Wolfsthal described the document to The Guardian.

Jan 10 13:34

Gold Hits All-Time Highs Priced In Emerging Market Currencies

Gold at all time in eight major emerging market currencies
– A stronger performance than seen when priced in USD, EUR or GBP
– As world steps away from US dollar hegemony expect new gold highs in $, € and £
– Gold is a hedge against currency debasement and depreciation of fiat currencies

Jan 10 13:34

Flu season is off to a bad start, bringing fears of what’s next

By the end of December, the tally of flu-like illnesses in the state exceeded the peaks in the two previous seasons, when the biggest number of cases occurred in February and March.

And while it’s unclear whether the annual flu epidemic will be worse this year, or just arrived earlier, fears have been stoked by the severity of the flu in Australia during its most recent season and the fact that the vaccine may protect against the predominant strain of the flu only 30 percent of the time.

Jan 10 13:33

Modern Israel and the Strong Delusion of the Christian Elect

Modern Israel is a painful subject to write about due to the prophecy obsessed culture in many U.S. churches. Any negative criticism of the state of Israel, or its roll relative to prophetic interpretation opens one up to the wrath of potentially millions. For many Christians, the modern, political state of Israel has become a symbol of prophetic fulfillment, and thus worthy of their undying devotion and praise.

Jan 10 13:33


The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Tiger Forces and their allies have continued to advance in the Abu al-Duhur Airbase area in southern Idlib and have liberated the villages of Jakusiyah, al-Rahjan, Miraya, Tamakh, Miyal, al-Adiliyah and others from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda).

According to pro-government sources, the SAA also started a bombing campaign against positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the airbase itself and the Tiger Forces even attacked militant positions in its vicinity.

Should the SAA keep the current tempo of its advance, it will reach Abu al-Duhur within the next two-three days.

The ISIS branch in Daraa province, the Khalid ibn Al-Waleed Army reportedly captured Al-Jubayliyah from its counterparts, ie from other militant groups in southern Syria.

Jan 10 13:31


When a New York City police officer shoots a civilian, should the public see video of the shooting captured on police body cameras? Or should that footage be shielded the same way that performance evaluations and disciplinary actions are?

Jan 10 13:24

Republicans CELEBRATE In Virginia As Appeals Court Rules In GOP Favor In TIED Race...

Lots of new developments in this story today...


Jan 10 13:24

The Bizarre Story Behind the FBI’s Fake Documentary About the Bundy Family

Ryan should have trusted his instincts. Johnson and his colleagues were not documentarians. They were undercover FBI agents posing as filmmakers. By the time they sat down with Ryan, Johnson and his team had spent eight months traveling to at least five states to film interviews with nearly two dozen people about the Bundy standoff, all part of an FBI effort to build criminal cases against the Bundys and their supporters.

Jan 10 13:22

The FBI Wants to Put You at Risk To Make Its Job Easier

The FBI doesn’t like encryption. They are concerned that they cannot properly investigate criminals.

Often they have enough evidence to justify a search of a suspect’s device. But they do not have the actual ability to search many encrypted smartphones and computers.

The only solution they can think of is to violate your rights, my rights, and the rights of tech companies. They want to force companies to make their products vulnerable to attacks, in order to make their investigations and prosecutions easier.

Jan 10 13:21

The Most Dangerous Gangs Operating in the United States

America is home to some dangerous places. We have our sketchy cities and states where you’ll want to watch your back, even though the “bad” parts of the United States tend to be much friendlier than the dangerous areas in other countries. Still, we have a culture that has ingrained a “watch your back” type of mentality. While generally trusting and friendly, we Americans retain a sense of skepticism. We know that anybody could turn out to be a cloaked villain of some sort. Or, they might even be in a gang.

Jan 10 13:20

Deep State’s ‘Plan B’ To Remove Trump In Full Force: Lawmaker Introduces ‘Stable Genius Act’

The deep state’s plan to oust president Donald Trump is well underway and has been since it became clear that Mueller’s “Russian meddling” investigation was going to yield nothing. The “Stable Genius Act” introduced by a Pennsylvania lawmaker is one more step toward Trump’s removal.

Representative Brendan Boyle has introduced a new bill requiring presidential candidates to undergo full medical exams and release the results to the public. Boyle’s “Stable Genius Act” comes almost a week after President Donald Trump responded to claims made in a new book, which raises questions about the President’s mental stability.

Jan 10 13:19

Bankruptcy Looms As Sears Warns "Will Consider All Options" If New Financing Process Fails

Sears Holdings, the one-time giant retailer that has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy for years now, announced this morning that, following yet another disappointing holiday season (shocking), they've initiated new discussions with lenders aimed at renegotiating terms on some $1 billion of "non-first lien debt."

According to a press release from the company, the debt concessions would be accompanied by another $200 million of cost cuts.

Jan 10 13:19

The Richest Member Of Congress, Republican Darrell Issa, Announces Retirement

In an ironic twist, just moments after Trump requested a "tough primary" for California Senator Dianne Feinstein for leaking the Fusion GPS interview transcript, he is losing California Republican Rep, and the richest member of Congress, Darrell Issa, who announced moments ago that he is retiring and won't seek re-election.

Jan 10 13:18

Loonie, Peso Plunge On Report US Pulling Out Of NAFTA

The Canadian Loonie and Mexico Peso are plunging in kneejerk response to a series of Reuters headlines, according to which government sources report that the US will shortly announce it is pulling out of Nafta.

Jan 10 13:18

Trump To Extend Iran Nuclear Deal, Sanctions Relief

It’s unlikely that Congress will have a comprehensive plan to improve the Iran deal ready by Friday, when the waiver of US sanctions against the Iranian regime is set to expire, the Associated Press reported.

So it’s up to Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser HR McMaster to convince President Donald Trump that there’s enough momentum behind a bipartisan accord on addressing Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support for Hezbollah to justify extending the US waiver and keeping the Iran deal intact.

Jan 10 13:17

Pakistan Suspends Military And Intelligence Cooperation With US

In the wake of President Trump’s twitter outburst last week, alleging that Pakistan has given the U.S. “nothing but lies and deceit” accompanied by the suspension of US financial aid, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan declared that military and intelligence cooperation with the United States are suspended, during an address at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Jan 10 13:13

Second Developer Of WikiLeaks-Inspired "SecureDrop" Commits Suicide At 36

A second member of a three-man team who created a secure system for whistleblowers to submit information to news outlets has committed suicide at the age of 36, reports the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Software engineer James Dolan took his own life nearly five years to the day after the death of "SecureDrop" co-creator and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz.

Jan 10 12:59

Chap. 11 Bankruptcies Spike 107% from Year Ago

What caused the biggest jump since the Financial Crisis?

Jan 10 12:29

Las Vegas Metro Police captain who previously went missing introduced ShotSpotter gunshot detection program one-month prior

The Las Vegas Metro Police Department captain that went missing at 2 a.m. on Dec. 21, 2017, was the same captain that introduced the city’s new ShotSpotter gunshot detection program on Oct. 16, 2017, just two-weeks after the Oct. 1 Harvest Music Festival massacre.

Jan 10 12:27

Sessions Goes After “Dangerous” Marijuana, Grants Opioid Maker Rights To Synthetic THC

Here is a tragic joke: Why is synthetic THC deemed safe but natural marijuana is considered dangerous? Punchline: Because the government said so.

Jan 10 12:16

WATCH | The Failed Launch of Zuma Spy Satellite By SpaceX

Here's the Cape Canaveral launch video. Everything looks routine but the multi-billion dollar satellite was a 'total loss' according to officials. Was it Elon Musk's fault?


Jan 10 12:11

Consumer Credit - Borrowers go all in

Jan 10 11:44

BREAKING BOOM! | House Chairman Formally Asks Paul Ryan To Declassify All DOJ And FBI Dossier Documents

This is huge. Hopefully, now we're all going to see what was in the FISA warrants, and much more. Here's the formal request sent last night by Chairman of House Oversight Cmte.


Jan 10 11:34

Most Americans Cannot Name Even a Single Living Scientist

Where would we be without scientists? Despite the indispensable contributions to society from the great minds of this amazing field, a shocking number of Americans are unacquainted with the scientific community and those responsible for scientific advances.A new survey from Research!America reveals 81 percent of Americans cannot name even a single living scientist.
Yep, you read that right. Not. One.

Jan 10 11:26

Police Drone Battle Continues After LAPD Approves New Purchase and Officer Training

By Nicholas West

The general concern over police spying continues to be addressed by the Los Angeles public. As I have been covering over the last several years, that concern heightened even further when the LAPD acquired drones from the Seattle PD and began to discuss guidelines for implementation. Despite assurances that any deployment would be only for extreme circumstances, a new donation of $31,500 by the Los Angeles Police Foundation has been approved, continuing the controversy over their eventual use...

Jan 10 11:23

Pentagon Program to Revive Afghan Economy Failed to Account for $675Mln

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that the Department of Defense's program had spent hundreds of millions to revive Afghan economy, but can't provide reliable data on where the money actually went.

A US Department of Defense program called the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) spent $675 million on the Afghan economy from 2011 to 2014, but left few records to show where the money went, a report said.

"DOD was unable to provide reliable data showing the extent to which TFBSO projects created jobs, facilitated foreign direct investments, increased exports, or increased Afghan government revenues," the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said on Tuesday.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andy Veres, left, Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul commander, re-enlists Master Sgt. James Sandifer, Forward Operating

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think that any of these funds will ever see the light of day, and have just been expropriated by other corporations and national entities upon whichm the US government has absolutely zero oversight.

Jan 10 11:13

BREAKING | Darrell Issa Announces Retirement From Congress

Just hit the wires. This is a tough blow for Republicans in California.


Jan 10 11:09

Human muscle tissue grown from stem cells: US study

Working human muscle has been grown from stem cells in the lab in a breakthrough that holds promise for sufferers of degenerative muscular diseases, scientists said on Tuesday.

The team from Duke University in North Carolina said they were the first to achieve this feat using adult skin or blood cells which were "reprogrammed" into a juvenile, versatile state.

These are called "induced pluripotent stem cells" or iPSCs. Like naturally-occurring stem cells found in embryos, they can become any other type of human cell.

In this case, the iPSCs were coaxed into becoming skeletal muscle cells, which grew into "functioning human skeletal muscle," the team reported in the science journal Nature Communications.

"It's taken years of trial and error, making educated guesses and taking baby steps to finally produce functioning human muscle from pluripotent stem cells," study co-author Lingjun Rao said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow! If these reports prove true, this technology will surely be a boon to humankind.

Jan 10 11:05


As opposed to the current patchwork of states that have legalized either medical marijuana, its recreational use, or both, the analysis looked at what could happen if the U.S. government made it legal to sell marijuana nationwide and included these major findings:

If full legalization occurred in all 50 states today, there would be an excess of 782,000 jobs, and would increase to 1.1 million jobs by 2025.
Full legalization would result in more legal businesses participating in the market, more consumers participating in the legal market, and more employees on official payrolls, resulting in $4 billion in payroll taxes. By 2025, payroll deductions would increase to $5.9 billion.
Assuming a sales tax at the federal level was implemented at 15%, the total tax revenues from 2017–2025 would theoretically be $51.7 billion. This amount of revenue would be entirely new revenue to the U.S. Treasury, as there are currently no federal sales or excise taxes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but you see: this... would be logical.

And, of course, by working against the legalisation of marijuana, Jeff Sessions understands that his "good ol' boys" will profit even more extensively from the private prisons in which they are involved:

Jeff Sessions' marijuana crackdown helps Boca Raton's Geo-Group

Jan 10 10:55

15 States Failing Big Time And Producing Financially Illiterate Students

Massive debt is a widespread problem, so it shouldn’t be surprising that people in all 50 states are financially illiterate and have problems with money.Unfortunately, things aren’t shaping up any better for the next generation. Low wages and tons of student loan debt are saddling millennials. Personal finance is a problem right now.

Jan 10 10:55

Americans Think These Are The USA’s Most Dangerous Enemies

The world is fraught with danger. Whether you’re discussing the ongoing developments with Russia or contending with new economic powers like China and India, America is in a precarious position. The United States may be a global superpower — the only one for quite a stretch — but others are hot on our heels. Rival nations, or our geopolitical enemies, if you want to call them that, are catching up in terms of military strength, technological prowess, and economic muscle, and that makes a lot of people very nervous.

Jan 10 10:54

Man Fatally Stabbed Wife After She Changed the TV Channel, Police Say

(CARLISLE, Ark.) — Investigators say a central Arkansas man fatally stabbed his wife after she changed the TV channel from a football game while he was outside smoking.
Court records say 58-year-old Tony Thomas of Carlisle was charged Monday with capital murder. Investigators say he admitted he killed his wife during an argument after she switched the TV channel in November. He’s been jailed since the incident.

Jan 10 10:52

Canadians Are Mad as Hell at Tim Hortons

Boycotts and pickets are some of the responses to Tim Hortons franchisees stripping paid breaks and benefits to their workers.

Jan 10 10:51

“He needs to apologize to somebody, if nothing else the individuals of color in his own community,” she told the Wichita Eagle.

A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday.

Jan 10 10:50

Lawmaker Says Black People Can't Handle Marijuana Because Of 'Genetics'

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: A Kansas lawmaker thinks marijuana should be illegal because he said black people are genetically unable to handle its effects.
State Rep. Steve Alford (R) spoke out on Saturday against legalizing pot using the type of racist “logic” commonly heard when “Reefer Madness” was considered a serious documentary.

Jan 10 10:47

CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

The problem arises because the Meltdown patch involves moving the kernel into its own private virtual memory address space. Usually, operating systems such as Windows and Linux map the kernel into the top region of every user process's virtual memory space. The kernel is marked invisible to the running programs, although due to the Meltdown design oversight in Intel's modern chips, its memory can still be read by applications. This is bad because it means programs can siphon off passwords and other secrets held in protected kernel memory.

Certain antivirus products drill deep into the kernel's internals in order to keep tabs on the system and detect the presence of malware. These tools turn out to trash the computer if the kernel is moved out the way into a separate context.

In other words, Microsoft went to shift its cookies out of its jar, and caught antivirus makers with their hands stuck in the pot.

Jan 10 10:36

Trump Administration Waives Punishment For Convicted Banks, Including Deutsche — Which Trump Owes Millions

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.

Jan 10 10:35

South Korea’s Leader Credits Trump for North Korea Talks

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea warned on Wednesday that North Korea would face stiffer sanctions if it resumed weapons tests, while crediting President Trump with helping force the North to resume dialogue and strike a broader agreement to improve Korean ties.

Jan 10 10:34

Microsoft: No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix

Your antivirus must be compatible with Microsoft's Meltdown-Spectre fixes for you to get patches this month or in future.

Jan 10 10:30

If you genuinely back the Palestinian cause, you must support the right of return

There are some Israeli movements and individuals who show support for the Palestinians, but hide the fact that they are Zionist. There are also international activists that genuinely believe in these groups and support them because they are not aware of their real intentions. These groups, such as Breaking the Silence and others, do not recognise a clear definition of the two-state solution, one that is based on several UN resolutions – starting with Resolution 194, adopted in 1948, which stipulates the Right of Return for the Palestinian refugees.

Jan 10 10:30

'Aussie flu' is 'more severe than the Swine flu' pandemic of 2009 which killed nearly 300,000 people across the world, expert warns

Professor Peter Horby, of Oxford University, says this may be 'worse than others'
His fears come amid the emergence of H3N2, an aggressive strain of influenza A
It rocked Australia during its winter and caused triple the usual number of cases
However, Britain is being attacked by several aggressive strains simultaneously
The spread of a strain of influenza B/Yamagata has left some experts concerned
This isn't covered in a vaccine widely given to the elderly and those adults at risk

Jan 10 10:29


Once viewed as a pariah by the so-called Nationalist camp in Israel, Kahana has effectively become a symbol of pristine ideology as his ideas are being adopted as a manual for action by the entire right camp in the Jewish state.

Jan 10 10:26

Israel issues BDS blacklist against 20 organizations– ‘badge of honor,’ Munayyer says

“Israel’s new McCarthyism is reaching a new low. By waging an all-out war on the peaceful BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning international human rights organizations and advocates from entry, Israel’s desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring.

Jan 10 10:26

Here Are Obvious Signs You Live in a Corrupt City

Nothing turns Americans’ stomachs quite like the smell of government corruption. Every day, we hear elected officials speak in the loftiest terms about public service and making the community better. When we learn they were accepting bribes and otherwise acting in a corrupt fashion, we feel lied to and manipulated. No one likes double standards.

Jan 10 10:25

'Funny I've never heard you mention my name': Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick slams Oprah for addressing #MeToo movement in Golden Globes speech

Not everyone was fawning over Oprah Winfrey's barnstorming speech from Sunday's Golden Globe Awards

Juanita Broaddrick, who has alleged that former President Bill Clinton raped her during his 1978 campaign for Arkansas governor, called out the media mogul for addressing the #MeToo movement during her speech.

Broaddrick, 75, tweeted on Monday morning: 'Hey @Oprah #GoldenGlobes. Funny I've never heard you mention my name. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? Guess not. My rapist was/is your friend, Bill Clinton.'

Jan 10 10:25

The Most Dangerous Gangs Operating in the United States

America is home to some dangerous places. We have our sketchy cities and states where you’ll want to watch your back, even though the “bad” parts of the United States tend to be much friendlier than the dangerous areas in other countries. Still, we have a culture that has ingrained a “watch your back” type of mentality. While generally trusting and friendly, we Americans retain a sense of skepticism. We know that anybody could turn out to be a cloaked villain of some sort. Or, they might even be in a gang.

Jan 10 10:24

Surrounded by Neocons

A recent op-ed in the Times by Bret Stephens is a perfect example of warmongering mischief wrapped in faux expert testimony to make it palatable. Stephens is the resident neocon at the Times. He was brought over from the Wall Street Journal when it was determined that his neocon colleague David Brooks had become overly squishy, while the resident “conservative” Russ Douthat had proven to be a bit too cautious and even rational to please the increasingly hawkish senior editors.

Jan 10 10:23

New York State Assemblywoman Pamela Harris Indicted on 11 Counts of Fraud and Tampering

It’s more than apparent that Democrats can’t be trusted with the taxpayer dollars they were elected to watch over and protect for the American people. It seems each week, one major Democrat has found his or her name on court dockets because of a major crime, usually one including theft or fraud.

Jan 10 10:22

US spy plane circled between Russian airbase & port facility during Syria drone attack – MoD

Moscow has noted “strange coincidences” surrounding a terrorist attack on a Russian airbase and port facility in Syria, in which guided combat drones were deployed by militants. These include a US spy plane spotted in the area.
The Russian Ministry of Defense consciously didn’t point any fingers when talking about the January 6 attack on Russia’s airbase and port facility in Syria, the Tuesday statement said, but added that technology used in the attack was telling.

Jan 10 10:18

Gilad Atzmon Expains the Murder of the West by Identity Politics

Strange, isn’t it, that one Jew, Gilad Atzmon, understands the dire situation of the Western World far better than does the entirety of the Western intellectual class, including its large Jewish component.

Read this and if you are successful in doing so, that is, not too handicapped by the low level of education to which Western “education” has degenerated, you will understand very much.

It is likely that Identity Politics has put the Western World into a situation from which recovery is impossible. All the rest of the world need do is to wait.

Jan 10 09:37

CHP Seizure of Legal Cannabis Outrages California Farmers

This is what is wrong with this country.Our employees will not obey their sovereigns and the law. Time for the sovereigns to rein in these so-called public servants!

On Friday night Dec. 22, three days before Christmas and ten days before California ushered in legal retail sales of marijuana for adult use, California Highway Patrol officers pulled over the truck of a locally-licensed marijuana distributor near North State Street and Pomo Lane, just north of the Mendocino County seat of Ukiah.

The truck for Old Kai Distribution was carrying 1,875 pounds of plant material from three local farms. It was to be sorted and inventoried at the company’s Ukiah factory, given traceable bar codes, sent out for sample testing at cannabis laboratories and, eventually, shipped to licensed concentrate manufacturers.

Jan 10 09:18

What We Can Learn 100 Years After the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918

It has been 100 years since the Spanish flu infected 500 million people around the globe and wiped out an estimated 20 million to 50 million of them.

And here we are, potentially on the cusp of another influenza pandemic. Here's what we can learn from the last major pandemic.

Jan 10 09:09

SEC Halts Trading in my Biggest “Blockchain Stock” Hero

11 days after I lambasted the outfit. Billions went up in smoke already.

Jan 10 09:04

Police Capture Mom and Boyfriend Accused of Torturing and Killing Her 4-Year-Old Daughter

Unites States Marshals have captured a Michigan couple accused of torturing and murdering the woman’s young daughter in Georgia, PEOPLE confirms.
Candice Renea Diaz, 24, and her boyfriend, Brad Edward Fields, 28, were arrested near Lake Park, Georgia, Tuesday after Michigan police announced they were wanted in the death of Diaz’s 4-year-old daughter.

Jan 10 09:04

Leaked CNN transcript reveals Stephen Miller's off-camera argument with Jake Tapper: 'You should be ashamed of yourself'

Donald Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller continued a heated argument with a CNN presenter even after the interview was abruptly ended, a leaked transcript showed.

Jan 10 09:00

Dad turns in teenage son after finding child pornography on cell phone

Andrew Spensberger, 17, was charged with possession of child pornography after photos of a 2-year-old were found on his cell phone, according to the O’Fallon, Missouri Police Department. The 2-year-old was reportedly a relative of his dad's girlfriend.

Jan 10 08:47

The Trump Peace Plan: How Israel hopes to make Palestinian refugees disappear

Israel has confirmed that it aims to destroy UNRWA, the UN agency that provides basic health, education and other humanitarian services to more than five million Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

This comes days after the Trump administration suggested it planned to cut funding to the agency in retaliation for the Palestinian Authority’s objections to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The US is UNRWA’s largest single donor and a funding cut off could have disastrous humanitarian consequences. In Gaza alone, one million Palestinians – half the population there – rely on UNRWA emergency rations>>>

Jan 10 08:25

The Economy Is In The Process Of Being Re-Worked For The Transition

GoPro is cutting 250 employees. Regis closing 600 salons in Walmart. The American people believe the economy is improving and they are charging like crazy as their personal savings declines.

Jan 10 08:24

Trump’s Top Banking Regulator Heads Back to His Wall Street Clients

KEITH NOREIKA, THE former corporate lawyer thrust into the role of acting comptroller of the currency last year, has returned to his corporate law firm, where he’ll consult large domestic and international banks on precisely the issues handled by the agency he recently led.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where Noreika worked before joining the Trump administration, announced the hire yesterday. Noreika, who will again become a partner at the firm, has previously advised Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, TD Ameritrade, and U.S. Bancorp. According to the Wall Street Journal, he will occupy the same office at Simpson Thacher.

Last May, Noreika was tapped as acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates national banks, replacing Barack Obama’s OCC chief Thomas Curry. He served as a “special government employee,” a designation allowing him to evade formal gift and payment statutes that prohibit outside sources of income and restrict outside employment, as well as certain conflict of interest burdens. Noreika never signed the Trump-era “ethics pledge,”>>>

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Jan 10 08:22

PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to kickstart BJP’s drill for 2019 Lok Sabha elections over dinner

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already started readying the Bharatiya Janata Party for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. And the first step in this regard is expected to be taken as early as Thursday.

Kickstarting the BJP’s drill for the 2019 General Elections, the Prime Minister has invited general secretaries and state in-charges of the party for a dinner on Thursday.

Jan 10 08:01

A Different Strategy For A Different Ambition

I have just read through the new United States National Security Strategy released by President Trump in December 2017. There have been many comments on it most of them focusing on the hostility in the document towards Russia and China but also some question of what the Strategy is. Well, after reading page after page of delusions, bombast, bragging, bullying, lies, fantasies and deep-seated megalomania, you discover that there is no strategy. They don’t have one. The only use that document has is as irrefutable evidence that the government of the United States is what they like to call a Joint Criminal Enterprise intent on seizing control of the world for its sole interests. Fortunately, they have, apparently, no idea how they are going to achieve that goal except through war, war, and more war, and if that doesn’t work some more war until they collapse from exhaustion, like a mad, rabid dog.

Jan 10 07:45

It Turns Out That Saving CHIP Would Actually Save the Government $6 Billion

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage to some 9 million lower-income kids, is in danger of exhausting its funding in some states as soon as this month, because Congress can’t agree on how to pay for its reauthorization.

Jan 10 07:44

On-Duty Police Deaths Were Near a 50-Year Low in 2017

The number of police officers killed on duty dropped to near a 50-year low in 2017. As of December 28, 2017, 128 officers died in the line of duty. That's down 10% from 2016, when 143 officers died, according to new data from National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Jan 10 07:40

What You May Not Know About Today’s Economic War

Many people believe the world is spiraling in a downward freefall toward Armageddon. At the same time billions on Earth feel the sting of crippling poverty, sanctions, and austerity imposed by the elites – the numbers of billionaires have risen geometrically. And so have those billionaire’s profits. It’s time we took a closer look at where we stand as of 2018, if we are to be left anything at all to cling to. From the steppes of Russia to the ancient lands of the Minoans, economic terror now reigns.


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Jan 10 07:37

Bank loans and macro analysis

Bank lending began to decelerate after oil related capital spending collapsed late in 2014, and then collapsed further about the time of the presidential election

Jan 10 07:35

Heartless Apple investors claim kids getting hooked on iPhones could be a GOOD thing (for them) amid growing addiction row

Apple investors are shrugging off concerns raised by two shareholders about kids getting hooked on iPhones, saying that for now a little addiction might not be a bad thing for profits.

Hedge fund JANA Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) pension fund said on Saturday that iPhone overuse could be hurting children's developing brains, an issue that may harm the company's long-term market value.

But some investors said the habit-forming nature of gadgets and social media are one reason why companies like Apple, Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc added $630 billion to their market value in 2017.

Jan 10 07:33

Thousands of Netflix customers targeted by phishing fraudsters as streaming service warns users to check for VERY convincing scam email

Netflix customers have been warned not to fall for a sophisticated new scam targeting subscribers to the video streaming service.

New South Wales Police alerted social media users on Wednesday, posting a screengrab of a fake email used in the scam.

The email is sophisticated and well-designed, and aims to fool Netflix customers into handing over their credit card details.

Jan 10 07:30


Jan 10 07:29

“It’s a war between the Jews and the non-Jews”

Henry Kissinger: “It’s a war between the Jews and the non-Jews”

Henry Kissinger is known for using political flamethrowers. He is also known for being involved in covert operations in countries like Germany, Chile, Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan, etc. He is unequivocally a war criminal.
In any event, Kissinger seems to think that he is invincible because he has been able to say interesting statements and get away with them. In response to Michael Wolf’s Fire and Fury, Kissinger has recently declared that the ideological war goes very deep. “It’s a war between the Jews and the non-Jews,” he said.[6]

The Daily Mail commented: “It appears that the remark was an attempt to characterize the clash between former Trump chief adviser Steve Bannon on one side, and Jewish Trump family members Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on the other.”[7]

Jan 10 07:20

More stuff broken amid Microsoft's efforts to fix Meltdown/Spectre vulns

More examples have emerged of security fixes for the Meltdown vulnerability breaking things.

Patching against CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre) and CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown) borks both the PulseSecure VPN client and Sandboxie, the sandbox-based isolation program developed by Sophos.

PulseSecure has come up with a workaround for affected platforms, which include Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 but not Windows 7.

Sandboxie has released an updated client to solve compatibility issues with an emergency fix from Microsoft, as explained here. We've asked Sophos for comment.

Jan 10 07:19

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

The Ecuadorian government has reportedly sought a plan to end Julian Assange's world's longest couch surfing stint record attempt at its London embassy.

Ecuador's foreign minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa told the AFP news agency her country would look to bring in a mediator to help settle the legal dispute that has lead to Assange spending the last five years claiming asylum in its embassy.

"From a human point of view, [it] is not sustainable," Espinosa said of Assange's current arrangement.

"A person cannot live forever in these conditions, and we are searching in a very respectful way with the United Kingdom ... for a solution." She added that a third country might help out by offering Assange a new couch.

Jan 10 07:15

Trump Administration Waives Punishment For Convicted Banks, Including Deutsche — Which Trump Owes Millions

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.