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January 18, 2019

Jan 18 09:34

FDA Allows aspartame, a seizure triggering drugto be added to anti-seizure medication!

I don't know how much you know about all the fraud involving aspartame, the reason FDA asked for an indictment against G. D. Searle, but I'm giving you some information of the goings on from Mission Possible Holland: http://www.aspartaam.nl/ artikelen_eng/histfaq.php You will note it says the list of pivotal studies were protected. Later it was released.

Barbara Alexander Mullarkey, a columnist for the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park, Illinois, and author of Bittersweet Aspartame: A Diet Delusion , wrote the FDA for a list of the pivotal studies that approved aspartame. A letter from Dr. Rudolph Harris of the FDA [10] included SC 18862, a 52 Week Oral Toxicity Study in the Infant Monkey . Seven were fed aspartame, five had grand mal seizures, and one died. The FDA report of 92 symptoms lists four types of seizures.

Jan 18 09:33

Benghazi: Scandal 'Far Bigger Than Watergate' Still Haunts Clinton – Analyst

The recent ruling by US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth may become a breakthrough in the 5-year long Clinton email scandal, Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel told Sputnik, asking how it happened that the Obama administration, the CIA and FBI had apparently overlooked "one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency".

"The 'Benghazi' scandal likely involves national security offenses, money-laundering, campaign-finance crimes, charity fraud, and public corruption", says Wall Street analyst and investigative journalist Charles Ortel, commenting on a US federal judge ordering former Obama officials to answer the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch's (JW) questions on Hillary Clinton's private email issue and the Benghazi scandal.

Jan 18 09:33

'Gollum-May' Sings Brexit-Inspired Bohemian Rhapsody Song, Conquers Social Media

The parody features "May" narrating her Brexit-related woes and pokes at other political figures like David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jeremy Corbyn.

English actor and Lord of the Rings trilogy star Andy Serkis has delivered another jab at Brexit’s chief architect, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, via a hilarious video he recently uploaded on social media.

The skit, titled "Latest Leak From 10 Downing St…", once again features Serkis adopting the "Gollum-May" persona he came up with in his previous vid, singing a parody of Queen’s hit Bohemian Rhapsody.

"Was that the right deal? Or was that just fantasy? Are we stuck in the Union? No article fif-a-ty?" he sings in the voice of the Lord of the Rings character.

Jan 18 09:31

Trump Grounds All Congressional Air Travel on Gov't Planes Amid Shutdown Spat

The president remains locked in conflict with Democrats in Congress over his request for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. The dispute led to an impasse and the ongoing partial government shutdown - it is now the longest in US history.

The Trump administration has barred US lawmakers from traveling on any government-owned and operated aircraft without explicit approval from the White House, a memo seen by Reuters said.

Earlier, Trump took to Twitter, attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats for trying to take "a seven day excursion" abroad while 800,000 federal employees go unpaid due to the shutdown.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

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Jan 18 09:28

Laura Ingraham: Ocasio-Cortez must be taken seriously. Is America ready to be ruled by these new progressives?

The 2020 election cycle has already begun and the superstars of the Democratic Party are now more left-wing than ever before and they're already trying to outdo another on the compassion scale.

"Well the first thing I would do is restore what's been lost - The integrity and the compassion of this country," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. said.

"New York loves you if you are L or G or B or T or Q. If you are black or white or brown," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told an audience. "If you are Christian, a Muslim or you are Jewish. If you are new immigrant or an old immigrant, New York loves you. And what makes us great is we have no tolerance for hate in our state."

Jan 18 09:27

Shutdown standoff: Pelosi renews call to delay State of the Union, Trump says Dems 'hijacked' by 'fringe'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her call Thursday to delay the State of the Union address, saying the date is not “sacred” and President Trump should wait to deliver his message to the nation until the partial government shutdown ends.

The president, for his part, fired back minutes later during a missile-defense speech at the Pentagon as he alleged the Democrats have been "hijacked" by the fringe and Pelosi is holding up talks.

"While many Democrats in the House and Senate would like to make a deal, Speaker Pelosi will not let them negotiate," Trump said. "The party has been hijacked by the open-borders fringe within the party. The radical left becoming the radical Democrats. Hopefully, Democratic lawmakers will step forward to do what is right for our country, and what is right for our country is border security at the strongest level."

Jan 18 09:26

Irish diplomats visited US Marine accused of spying in Russia

Irish consular officials visited Paul Whelan in a Moscow jail and evaluated his detention conditions as “normal,” according to Whelan’s brother.

Jan 18 09:26

US plans for nuclear containment of China, Russia based on double standards – Beijing

The US is demanding that other countries reduce their research into arms development, but is continuing the development of their own weapons of mass destruction, she said.



Jan 18 09:25

Berlusconi runs for European Parliament with Forza Italia party

The three-time Italian premier, Silvio Berlusconi, is running for the European Parliament in the May elections. The 82-year-old announced his candidacy with his center-right Forza Italia party on Thursday in Sardinia, AP reports. He said he wants to “bring my voice to a Europe that should change, a Europe that has lost profound thinking about the world.”

Jan 18 09:24

Ex-Macron bodyguard Benalla in custody over use of diplomatic passports – prosecutor

Alexandre Benalla, the disgraced former security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron, has been placed in custody amid a probe into the use of diplomatic passports after resigning from the Élysée Palace.

Benalla, who was sacked last year after a scandal over his beating of protesters, continued to use his government-issued passports to travel to other nations, French media revealed in December. Paris prosecutors opened an investigation in response and have now taken the former official into custody, the office reported on Thursday.

Jan 18 09:24

UK army reservists put on standby as threat of no-deal Brexit looms

UK Defense Ministry has ordered army reservists to be placed on standby to quell potential unrest from a no-deal Brexit. PM Theresa May has been accused of trying to impose her deal with ‘doomsday’ forecasts in the past.

Announcing the order in the House of Commons on Thursday, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster declared that army reservists would be ready to help minimise any disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit from February 10, 2019 to February 9, 2020.

Jan 18 09:23

US will 'quit all treaties' & 'make militarization of space inevitable' with new Trump doctrine

President Donald Trump's promise to be "far worse than anybody, if need be" by developing space weapon tech "faster than the rest of the world" will spark a new arms race without ensuring US safety, says leading Russian expert.
"The militarization of space is inevitable, and the United States will quit any relevant non-proliferation treaty that stands in the way," Mikhail Khodarenok, military expert and retired colonel who served in Russian missile defense forces, told RT.



Jan 18 09:22

Fake Labour accounts fueling “anti-Semitism crisis”

From the start, reporting of the “anti-Semitism crisis” in the UK’s Labour Party has been characterized by dishonesty, exaggeration and outright fabrication.

The real target of this manufactured crisis is not genuine anti-Semites, but Jeremy Corbyn and the wider Palestine solidarity movement.

But now additional evidence has come to light of a disturbing trend which has been fueling the fire lit since Corbyn’s first leadership victory in September 2015.

An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has documented 10 fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters who have been posting virulent anti-Semitism.

The accounts share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them.

Without police involvement or a court case, it’s impossible to know for sure who is behind this troll network.

Jan 18 09:22

Collapsing Empire? Secret Germany Army Report Says EU Break Possible by 2040

A leaked German military report has revealed Germany's top military planners believe the breakup of the EU by 2040 is a conceivable eventuality - given the apparently irresistible rise of euroskeptic parties across Europe, such fears could be well-founded.

The Bundeswehr believes an end to the European Union in its current form in decades to come is entirely plausible, according to "Strategic Perspective 2040" — a 102-page report speculating on how global economic, military, cultural and social trends, and international conflicts, could shape German security policy in future.

?The document was released for internal use by the Bundesministerium der Verteidigung (Ministry of Defense) and kept under wraps subsequently, although German daily Der Spiegel obtained a copy through undisclosed channels.

Jan 18 09:20

A LEADER MURDERED BY THE CIA

Why are there so few great African leaders?

It could be because so many of them have been assassinated.

The story of Patrice Lumumba, murdered by the connivance of US and Belgian intelligence agencies which then turned the Congo over to a savage dictator…to make it easier to loot the country.

Patrice Émery Lumumba was a Congolese politician and independence leader who served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of the Congo) from June until September 1960. He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic. Ideologically an African nationalist and Pan-Africanist, he led the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) party from 1958 until his assassination.

Jan 18 09:19

Is It Time to Tax the Air We Breathe?

When California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a tax on drinking water as part of his newly unveiled budget, I started thinking: Wait a minute. Didn’t “we” already solve the problem of undrinkable water supplies in some largely impoverished parts of the agricultural San Joaquin Valley? In 2012, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law declaring that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.”

Apparently, declaring something a human right does not automatically solve the underlying problem, or do so even several years later. Who would have suspected as much? Does that mean that Newsom’s main legislative priorities — essentially creating newfound rights to healthcare and housing — might not lead to his desired goals? Go figure. For a variety of reasons, this water-tax proposal serves as an archetype of our state government and of government programs and priorities in general.



Jan 18 09:18

The Cloward-Piven Strategy to Replace Americans Is in Full Force in California

Gary Gileno explains that Americans have low fertility rates and little incentive to have children while immigrants are subsidized by welfare to have many children. The American system is deliberately being overwhelmed in order to cause it to crash. Out of the rubble, the plan is to build a totalitarian regime which most people will think is there to help them. This strategy was developed in the 1960s by two professors at Columbia University and is know as the Cloward-Piven strategy. It’s real.

Jan 18 09:18

William Barr’s Connection to Ruby Ridge, Defending FBI Snipers

After Randy Weaver, an outspoken white separatist living on a mountaintop in northern Idaho, was entrapped by an undercover federal agent, U.S. marshals trespassed on Weaver’s land and killed his 14-year-old son, Sammy. The following day, FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi killed his wife, Vicki, as she was standing in the cabin doorway. Horiuchi had previously shot Randy Weaver in the back after he stepped out of the cabin. The suspects were never given a warning or a chance to surrender and had taken no action against FBI agents. Weaver survived.

Jan 18 09:16

Trump’s Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind ‘Inhumane’ Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi

The government’s failure to comment on Hashemi’s detention makes it difficult to analyze specifically what her arrest means. However, her detainment should serve as a chilling wake-up call for journalists, Muslim Americans, and all U.S. citizens.

Jan 18 09:16

Massive blizzard impacting California mountains, Up to 100 inches of snow possible

A large storm is coming ashore on the California coast and it's bringing flooding rains and heavy mountain snow. Above 5,000 feet, the snow is being measured in feet. Multiple feet.

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Jan 18 09:08

Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, has excluded a Chinese company from its almost $1 trillion portfolio because of human rights violations, the Norwegian central bank said

Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's biggest, has excluded a Chinese company from its almost $1 trillion portfolio because of human rights violations, the Norwegian central bank said on Thursday.
Yarn, fabric and apparel manufacturer Texwinca is the main shareholder in Megawell Industrial, which has been criticised for working conditions at its factories in Vietnam.



Jan 18 09:06

Mitch McConnell Accuses Dems Of Trying To ‘Swing Elections’ With Anti-Corruption Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accused House Democrats of trying to “swing elections” with a major piece of legislation designed to clean up voting and campaign finance and strengthen government ethics.
McConnell described the so-called For the People Act as a “power grab” and a “naked attempt to change the rules of American politics to benefit one party” in a Thursday op-ed for The Washington Post.

Jan 18 09:05

JPMorgan raises boss Dimon’s pay to a sweet $31 million, topping pre-crisis record

Wall Street banking giant JPMorgan has awarded its chief executive Jamie Dimon $31 million in total compensation for his work in 2018. The pay exceeds his record compensation of $30 million in 2007 before the financial crisis.

It’s a 5.1 percent increase from 2017 as the bank raked in a record profit last year. Dimon’s pay package included $24.5 million of restricted stock tied to performance, an annual base salary of $1.5 million and a $5 million cash bonus, the New York-based bank said in a regulatory filing.

Jan 18 09:04

Solar Investment Plunges Amid Panel Glut



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Jan 18 09:04

Nigeria has lost 96% of its forests

The Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr Mutari Aminu-Kano, says Nigeria is losing about 400,000 hectares of its land to deforestation annually.
Aminu-Kano also stated that Nigeria had many environmental issues to contend with, including having the highest rate of deforestation in the world.
The DG spoke at the 17th Chief S.L Edu Memorial Lecture with the theme, ‘A quiet revolution – Faith and the environment’, in Lagos, on Thursday.

Jan 18 09:04

Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse of January 2019: Complete Guide

Get ready for an epic moon event this month. Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.
The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018.

Jan 18 09:04

Tesla to sack over 3,000 workers amid poor profits and Model 3 production challenges

Electric car maker Tesla is planning to fire around seven percent of its full-time staff, as the road ahead will be “very difficult,” according to an email sent to employees by CEO Elon Musk.

In the letter, published on Tesla’s website, Musk cited “tiny” profits and pressure to deliver lower cost Model 3 vehicles “in all markets” as the key reasons for the decision. He stressed that the company, which is younger than other players in the industry, will face difficulties in its long-term goal to sell affordable renewable energy products at scale.



Jan 18 09:03

Buddhist poker player wins $600G, donates all to charity

A Canadian Buddhist poker player is being hailed as the “people’s hero” after vowing to give away more than a half million dollars in prize money from a high-stakes gambling tournament in the Bahamas.
Scott Wellenbach, who came in third at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas, won $671.240 – and he’s donating it all to charity.

Jan 18 09:02

Hackers using fake ‘Flash Player’ Google Chrome extension to steal credit card data

Cybersecurity researchers are warning unsuspecting internet users about a year-old Chrome extension which steals credit card data from infected users via web forms on visited websites.

The surreptitious extension is spread by means of JavaScript injection attacks i.e. “You don’t have Flash installed, use this Chrome extension instead,” or something to that effect. When unsuspecting or careless users click on these links, it triggers an automated redirect to the malicious extension.

Jan 18 09:00

Singapore plans to buy F-35 jets ‘for evaluation’ – defense minister

Singapore’s defense minister has said that Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets were the most suitable replacement for its F-16 fleet, and it planned to buy “a few planes first” for evaluation.

Jan 18 08:55

How Easy Is It to Get a Gun Versus an Abortion in All 50 States?

Abortion may be legal in the U.S., but for thousands of women all over the country, it has become almost impossible to access. Across the 40,408 square miles that make up Kentucky, there is exactly one abortion clinic—one that was at risk of closing this year. In all 97,813 square miles of Wyoming, there’s only one provider that acknowledges they do terminations.

Jan 18 08:53

Driver attempts to destroy giant snowman, not realizing it's built on a large tree trunk

When a driver decided to destroy a giant snowman in Petersburg, Ky., on Monday, the culprit got a rude awakening. Instead of poor Frosty being murdered, the snowman got its revenge, since its base was a giant tree trunk in the yard of Cory Lutz.
Lutz was hosting his fiancée, Lucy, and her sister, Laura, who were visiting from Mississippi this weekend when Lucy experienced the “biggest snowfall she’s ever seen.” Naturally, Lutz wanted to make it special for the visiting women.

Jan 18 08:47

EXPOSED: “NewsGuard” organization founded by globalists to censor independent media has ties to pro-Monsanto American Enterprise Institute propagandists

How do you know if news is guaranteed to be fake? Just look for the “News Guard” shield symbol followed by a check mark and the words “News Guard Rating.” If you’re not pro-war, pro-GMO, and pro-Clinton, your news will be “ranked” and labeled as fake news when given the stamp of the oppressors, who are NeoCon-backed “fact checkers” funded by the most abhorrent journo-terrorists and presstitutes of our time. We’ve already witnessed the total purge of independent media from social media sites, and now we’re seeing the beginning of the end of truth media on the internet.

Jan 18 08:41

Shock And Awe In Mueller Probe – Rudy Giuliani Failing Trump – Country In Shambles



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Jan 18 08:39

German MPs approve plan to deter migrants from Georgia, 3 N. African nations

German lawmakers have approved a government plan to declare three North African nations and Georgia safe countries of origin. The move is meant to deter migrants from those countries and streamline the handling of asylum applications. Parliament’s Lower House on Friday voted 509-138, with four abstentions, to back declaring Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Georgia safe countries. However, the government’s plan requires approval by the Upper House, where the country’s 16 state governments are represented. Many of those governments include the opposition Greens, who object to declaring the North African countries safe. Currently, very few citizens of those countries obtain asylum. In 2017, the Upper House shot down a similar move.

Jan 18 08:39

Read the email Elon Musk sent to Tesla employees explaining the need for job cuts

Tesla (TSLA) Chief Executive Elon Musk sent an email to employees on Friday announcing the company would cut full-time staff by around 7 percent.
In the note, Musk says the firm faces a "very difficult" road ahead in its long-term goal to sell affordable renewable energy products at scale, noting the company is younger than other players in the industry.



Jan 18 08:37

Stephen King's take on the Trump shutdown is as blunt as you'd expect

Stephen King is certainly not one to mince his words — and that goes double when it comes to Trump.
The horror master spent a large chunk of 2018 berating the President on Twitter, and — judging by his tweets so far in 2019 — he isn't planning to stop any time soon.
On Wednesday night, King addressed Trump's government shutdown — and, as usual, he didn't hold back.

Jan 18 08:31

World economy headed for recession in 2019?

A new report authored by Michael Snyder suggests that the world may be headed into an economic recession in 2019 if things don’t change.

Jan 18 08:12

Metro (Washington DC) is losing $400,000 per day due to the government shutdown

In a letter addressed to four U.S. Senators in Maryland and Virginia Thursday, Metro says that ridership has dropped 16 percent on Metrorail and eight percent on Metrobus during the partial government shutdown, according to a preliminary analysis.

Jan 18 08:07

Extraterrestrial Mineral Harder Than Diamond Discovered In Israel

Geologists and the public alike are marveling at the recent discoveryof an entirely new mineral by the precious stone mining company Shefa Yamim in northern Israel this week.

During mining in volcanic rock in northern Israel’s Zevulun Valley near Mt. Carmel, the mineral was found embedded in sapphire and aptly named “carmeltazite” for the site of its discovery. After density testing, it was shown to be harder than diamond.

Jan 18 07:16

How to Feed Your Family When You’re Flat Broke

Feeding your family when you're flat broke isn't easy but it can be done. Here's how to prepare for a lean month when you're on a super-tight budget. (There's also an offer for a FREE cookbook for anyone who is having a difficult time right now.)

Jan 18 06:58

The Shutdown Show: How Sending Out Food Stamp Benefits Early Could Cause Another Problem in a Few Weeks

As I’ve written before, the government shutdown is a perfect demonstration of our politicians participating in partisan showmanship, with poor people as the victims of their theater. As individual states desperately attempt to take care of the people depending on them by sending out food stamp benefits early, the theater in Washington DC continues, completely unconcerned about the havoc being wrought.

Regardless of your thoughts about people who are on government assistance, it’s incontrovertible that people are seeing the rug yanked out from under their feet quite suddenly.

Jan 18 06:03

President Trump Just “Dunked” On Nancy Pelosi With A Power Move That “Has Never Happened In The Annals Of Congressional History”



Jan 18 05:38

Flashback: In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases

A second-year student named Rachel Beyda was seeking an appointment to the student government’s judicial board. A member of the student government, Fabienne Roth, asked her a question: “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community…. how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” (That is supposed to be anti-semitic!)
Note: Ms. Roth, in an email Thursday evening, expressed distress about the episode. “I have already apologized profusely for what happened during our council meeting and I deeply regret how I phrased my questions to Rachel,” she said.

Jan 18 05:36

The Economy Is Slowing

Jan 18 05:27

When Jewish Leaders Decide to Harass College Kids - To 'Support' Israel

In 2015, the Jewish community's strategy shifted. Leaders who favored aggressive confrontation with perceived enemies, particularly critics of Israel, won out. Jewish and pro-Israel groups both in the U.S. and Israel used significant resources to direct hard-line, often secretive tactics against their targets. In recent months, the Forward has reported on how this strategy played out: An online blacklist called Canary Mission, which went live in 2015, targeted college students critical of Israel. Professional pro-Israel operatives posed online as college students. Pro-Israel campus groups hired top-tier professional Washington, D.C. political consultants and sent them to work on college campuses. An Israeli spy firm pitched U.S. Jewish donors with a proposal to covertly undermine the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel.
Note: Please read this article slowly and absorb the evil.



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Jan 18 00:18

President 'ordered Michael Cohen to LIE to Congress about the extent of his involvement in Moscow Trump Tower project and wanted to visit Putin during 2016 campaign to help negotiations'

Two federal law enforcement officials claim Trump personally instructed Cohen to lie to Congress about when the negotiations for the tower ended
Report claims Trump, as well as Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka, also received regular updates about the development
Trump also allegedly wanted to visit Russia during his presidential campaign to personally meet with Vladimir Putin and begin negotiations on the tower
Trump reportedly hoped the tower could bring him $300million in profits

January 17, 2019

Jan 17 21:01

Palestinian Sniper Takes out Israeli Soldier - (GIF)

2009 flashback



Jan 17 20:03

Simon Mol has slept with over 300 Polish girls and infected over 40 of them with HIV - Many of them were activists in Poland’s human rights and antifa

In his writing Simon described these girls as ‘white mice’

- “sensitive, and adoring women who believed they were doing their duty

towards political correctness by helping the poor refugee."

Jan 17 19:41

Airbnb Patrons Are Finding More and More Cameras In Their Rooms -- Here's How To Check For Cameras

By Aaron Kesel

Airbnb is having more and more of its hosts hiding security cameras in rooms, and it doesn’t seem to be worried about the practice if innkeepers are disclosing the cameras and they aren’t in the bathrooms or bedrooms, according to a report by Fast Company...

Jan 17 19:04

Trump Plans Missile Interceptors, Sensors And Radars "To Shield Every City"

Thursday's presidential visit to the Pentagon for the long awaited Missile Defense Review — the first such congressionally mandated assessment of the state of the nation's defense systems since 2010 — gave Trump yet another chance to chastise NATO allies on his as yet unmet demand that they "step up" defense spending. He also hinted that he plans to stick by his recent deeply controversial decision to pull out of the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia.

“We are committed to establishing a missile defense program that can shield every city in the United States and we will never negotiate away our right to do this,” President Trump said.

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The problem is not that we cannot develop military technology; unfortunately, the cold, hard facts are that China and Russia do, and appear to be way ahead of the US right now in this weapons technology.

The lead time from developing to testing these can be intense, but I am certain that both President Putin and China's President Xi Jinping could tell you, probably to the day, how long it takes.

But first, this Country desperately need a foreign policy which doesn't turn heads of states away from dealing with the US as an equal partner and friend; and that, my friends, is the most depressing thing about US foreign policy right now.

Jan 17 19:02

This is what Google says search will look like under EU copyright laws

One of the most controversial segments of the Copyright Directive is Article 11, which gives publishers the right to demand paid licenses for using snippets of their stories. From Google’s point of view, that gives it two choices: start paying for licenses or don’t show snippets at all.

In “test” screenshots (first shared with Search Engine Land) the tech giant demonstrated what the latter approach might look like. If a user in the EU searches for “latest news,” they would simply see links to media outlets’ sites alongside some tantalizingly useless timestamps. No summaries of stories, no headlines or pictures — no nothing.

Jan 17 18:58

Zimbabwe Government Blocks Internet to Suppress Protests, Cuts Power as a Result

According to the Irish Times, the government ordered the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe to block Internet access provided by Zimbabwe’s two largest ISPs, Econet and TelOne. The intention was to prevent citizens from using social media to organize protests similar to those that erupted on Monday.

What happened next is a case study of the impact of unintended consequences and humanity’s ever-increasing reliance on the Internet. A Bloomberg story reports that because Zimbabweans use the Internet to pay for their electricity on a daily basis, many homes lost their electricity along with Internet access.

Jan 17 18:43

LA Teachers Strike: 73K Is Not Enough

Unfortunately for those who seek the truth, the coverage is void of facts.

For instance, what is often absent in the discussion is the political representation. L.A. has a Democratic mayor, California has a Democratic governor, Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature, and the courts are left-leaning. The right cannot be blamed for this one.

So, it’s really the left that is engaging in a war on teachers? Not exactly.

Let’s begin with the makeup of the school district: It boasts a $7.52 billion budget and more than 60,000 employees, including about 26,000 teachers, with the average annual salary being $73,000. While employment has gone up 16% since 2004, enrollment has dropped 10% in the same period.

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For Betsy De Vos, Director of Education: a word, please.

I can tell you precisely what these teachers are afraid of; a growing movement in this country is realizing the depth of failure in terms of overall student performance in public school.

Notice the reality that these horrendous attacks we've been seeing at the public schools, and not at the private ones; go figure.

You, my dear lady, needs to be talking with the highest CEO's of places like the Kumon School; the Montessori Schools, and the Wardorf Schools, and develop a program where kids will be taught in public schools, grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade, but by one of these three methods.

And set it in a neighborhood which is distressed and disadvantaged. See how the performances compare at every level.

Oh, and another thing about this: the teachers at these private schools are not unionized, but of course, you would want to present a reasonable, and fair package of benefits.This will put unionized teachers squarely on notice that when kids do well, teachers should be rewarded; if they are not "hitting the mark", they may be replaced by someone who is.



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Jan 17 18:21

Zimbabwe: President Claims Protests ‘Fizzling Out’ as Death Toll Climbs

Reports suggest that at least eight people have died in protests against skyrocketing gasoline prices in Zimbabwe as of this Wednesday, which continued into the day despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly claiming the demonstrations were “fizzling out.”

Riots throughout Harare triggered violent disputes and threatened businesses as opposition leaders called for only peaceful demonstrations against the ruling Zanu-PF party, which Mnangagwa has run since the forced removal of dictator Robert Mugabe in 2017. The government responded, according to opposition leaders, by beating and arresting opposition leaders and protesters. Some witnesses claim that police went door-to-door in opposition-held neighborhoods looking to beat and threaten men believed to be sympathetic to the protests. The government also temporarily shut down access to the internet in the country, arguing that opposition groups were succeeding too much at using social media to galvanize protesters.

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I think, ultimately, this will come down to who in his military will be loyal, and prevent, or contain, these demonstrations.

But the second that trust and support fizzle, and the military sides itself with the people of Zimbabwe... It will be all over.

Jan 17 18:17

WATCH: Rand Paul Spars With Brian Kilmeade Over Pulling Out Of Syria, Afghanistan

Senator Rand Paul appeared Thursday morning on Fox and Friends to discuss his meeting with President Trump on pulling out of Syria and Afghanistan.

Jan 17 18:16

Stephen Colbert On Gillette Commercial: 'I Was Sincerely Moved By This Ad'

Late night comedian Stephen Colbert said Wednesday that he was "sincerely moved" by Gillette's widely-panned ad on "toxic masculinity."

Jan 17 16:53

FLASHBACK - A List Of 23 Famous Obama Quotes That Turned Out To Be Broken Promises Or Cold-Hearted Lies

How many lies can one president tell and still retain any credibility? What you are about to see is absolutely astounding. It is a long list of important promises that Barack Obama has broken since he has been president. If he had only told a few lies, perhaps the American people would be willing to overlook that. After all, pretty much all of our politicians our liars. Unfortunately, many of the lies that Obama has told appear to have been quite cold-hearted in nature. For example, Barack Obama repeatedly made the promise that “you will be able to keep your health care plan” under Obamacare. But now we are learning that he knew that this was a lie all along. Not only that, the Democrats in Congress knew that this was a lie all along too. In fact, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, said the following when she was asked about Obama’s promise to the American people recently: “He should’ve just been specific.

Jan 17 16:22

Judicial Watch: Obama Travel Cost Now $105,662,975.27

Judicial Watch today announced it obtained travel records from the Secret Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, bringing the known total of travel expenses for former President Barack Obama and his family to $105,662,975.27. The latest records show President Trump’s travel expenses total slightly over $4 million.

Judicial Watch also announced that oral argument will be heard on Friday, September 15, 2017, in an additional FOIA lawsuit challenging the district court’s dismissal of Judicial Watch’s claim that Homeland Security has a history of violating FOIA’s requirements in the processing of Judicial Watch’s requests. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:15-cv-01983)). Judicial Watch sought discovery in this case.

Jan 17 16:14

REVEALED: When The Next Recession Starts

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