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Jan 05 20:28

After Djibouti, China to build second foreign naval base in Pakistan

After Djibouti, China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in Pakistan, according to a South China Morning Post report.
The base is most likely to come up near Gwadar, according to Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming.

Jan 05 20:27

Donald Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

The Trump administration has proposed spending USD 18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico, providing one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge.
The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometres) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometres), or nearly half the border, according to a U.S. Official with direct knowledge of the matter.

Jan 05 19:41

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Jan 05 19:05

France accuses U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia of trying to spark war with Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron has accused the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia of instigating a war as their mutual foe, Iran, was rocked by a week of protests.

Jan 05 17:54

North Korea warned it faces a 'strong US military' response if talks fail

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that while diplomacy was preferred “those diplomatic efforts are backed by a strong military option if necessary”.

Jan 05 17:25

Intel’s processor flaw is a virtualization nightmare

And here’s the kicker: AMD has minimal if any exposure and said so, despite Intel saying it is at risk. Even though AMD came up with 64-bit extensions, which Intel licenses, the two firms implemented their 64-bit architectures in completely different ways.

The difference is AMD’s chips don’t do speculative loads if there is the potential for memory access violations. They don’t load data beyond the branch point, so no predicting is done. Intel does the exact opposite. It’s more aggressive in its use of branch prediction and it bit them.

Jan 05 16:59

Sharyl Attkisson With A Shocking Detail On James Comey Leak…

Memos that ex-FBI Director Comey leaked to a professor to defend Comey in the press are so sensitive, the lead Senator was only allowed to view them in secret room SCIF.

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Jan 05 16:49

France goes after companies for deliberately shortening life of hardware

Printer manufacturers “deliberately shorten the life of printers and cartridges,” a French environmental and consumer protection group claims. That's against the law in France, and government prosecutors have agreed to investigate the claims.

If the lawsuit against the printer company, Japan-based Epson, is proven, the firm could be found guilty of breaking a little-known French law that stipulates vendors can’t purposefully lower the lifespan of a product to ramp up replacement rates.

A conviction could be significant for tech hardware manufacturing overall. Nabbing Epson would likely affect not only how hardware is built and sold in France, but it also could mean laws get adopted in other European territories —individual nations are involved in the functioning of the EU bloc overall.

Jan 05 16:47

It's All Closing In Aournd The Cabal, Only Option Left Is..

The DOJ is looking into the Clinton email case, the investigation is about to begin. Comey's memos that was passed to the NYT might have been classified. The US says their will not be a drill during the olympics in South Korea.

Jan 05 16:46

America's dirty little secret: 42 million people are suffering from hunger

While families across the country gather around the dinner table during this holiday season, there is a different, far less cheery scenario playing out for millions of other Americans. They're the ones who go hungry, and for whom food — and enough of it — is a daily struggle. According to Feeding America, more than 42 million people now suffer from hunger throughout the nation.

In the midst of a recovering economy, low unemployment and nearly nonexistent inflation, the fact remains that nearly 1 in 7 Americans still goes to bed hungry each night. According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15.8 million U.S. households — that's 12.7 percent of the total — didn't have enough food to eat at some point last year, the latest period for which numbers are available.

Jan 05 16:45

It's officially a record: Storm tops Blizzard of '78 for high tide

in Boston that were spurred by yesterday's powerful winter storm can now be associated with a record high tide, according to the National Weather Service.

Boston recorded a high tide of 15.16 feet (4.88 feet above the astronomical tide), breaking the previous record of 15.1 feet that was recorded during the Blizzard of 1978.

Jan 05 16:38

Critical flaws revealed to affect most Intel chips since 1995

One example of a worst-case scenario is a low-privileged user on a vulnerable computer could run JavaScript code on an ordinary-looking web page, which could then gain access to the contents of protected memory.

Jan 05 16:36

Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

The severe design flaw in Intel microprocessors that allows sensitive data, such as passwords and crypto-keys, to be stolen from memory is real – and its details have been revealed.

On Tuesday, we warned that a blueprint blunder in Intel's CPUs could allow applications, malware, and JavaScript running in web browsers, to obtain information they should not be allowed to access: the contents of the operating system kernel's private memory areas. These zones often contain files cached from disk, a view onto the machine's entire physical memory, and other secrets. This should be invisible to normal programs.

Thanks to Intel's cockup – now codenamed Meltdown – that data is potentially accessible, meaning bad websites and malware can attempt to rifle through the computer's memory looking for credentials, RNG seeds, personal information, and more.

Jan 05 16:33

Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: Fix for Intel CPU flaws could slow down PCs and Macs

Again, the CPU exploits in play here are extremely technical, but in a nutshell, the exploit allows access to your operating system’s sacrosanct kernel memory because of how the processors handle “speculative execution,” which modern chips perform to increase performance. An attacker can exploit these CPU vulnerabilities to expose extremely sensitive data in the protected kernel memory, including passwords, cryptographic keys, personal photos, emails, or any other data on your PC.

Meltdown is the more serious exploit, and the one that operating systems are rushing to fix. It “breaks the most fundamental isolation between user applications and the operating system,” according to Google. This flaw most strongly affects Intel processors because of the aggressive way they handle speculative execution, though a few ARM cores are also susceptible.

Spectre affects AMD and ARM processors as well as Intel CPUs, which means mobile devices are also at risk.

Jan 05 16:30

Shocking claims Tony Blair led a mass migration conspiracy to ensure Labour's rule

TONY Blair betrayed Britain for his own political ends by overseeing a massive conspiracy to flood the country with millions of migrants, an explosive book has claimed.

Jan 05 16:30

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like 1937

Jan 05 16:27

Congressman DeSantis | ‘The Steele Dossier was fabricated garbage and Democrats tried to pass it off as intelligence product’…

90 seconds from the next governor of Florida as DeSantis savages the FBI and Steele...

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Jan 05 15:41

Latest NYT Leak Shows Mueller Has Given Up On Russian Collusion

Hooray, hooray, the witch hunt has moved on to another completely useless area, now that no proof of Russian collusion has been found.

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Jan 05 15:31

Begging for Global Warming as Global Cooling Becomes Obvious

We are not ready for any of this mentally or in any other way thanks to people like former president Obama, the Pope, and let’s never forget Al Gore. Some of the most unscrupulous people have been championing the cause of manmade global warming even though the science and actual conditions on the ground have been showing for ten years that there is no such thing as manmade warming.

It has been a big snow job, pure propaganda and now the gig is up as it starts snowing in Florida of all places. Now we have temperatures crashing, almost the entire continental United States frozen over, snow accumulating in record amounts and ice forming in the great lakes at breathtaking speed. It is not just record breaking cold but record breaking snow fall that is showing us just how difficult global cooling will be compared to global warming.

Jan 05 15:15

Feds investigate Clinton Foundation over corruption and pay to play politics

Arkansas attorneys and the FBI are now actively investigating the Clinton Foundation for ‘pay to play’ corruption and other illicit activities.

Jan 05 15:13

Charles Payne | ‘Goods-producing jobs were up 600% last year under Trump, that is absolutely remarkable’…

30 seconds from Charles Payne on Fox Biz this morning.

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Jan 05 15:07

Private prison industry sees boon under Trump administration

Sessions war on Cannabis is nothing more than a payoff for the $500,00 these 2 private prison gave to the Trump campaign.

When it comes to private prisons in the US, the two biggest names are CoreCivic — the new name for the Corrections Corporation of America — and GEO Group. Management & Training Corporation, another company with prison operations, is not publicly traded.

Both companies welcomed the Trump era with large donations.

In January, GEO Group’s Pablo Paez, the company’s vice president of corporate relations, told USA Today it donated $250,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee. OpenSecrets’ list of inauguration donors noted the GEO Group donation, as well as CoreCivic’s $250,000 contribution.

The month before the election, GEO Group hired two former Sessions aides as lobbyists: David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux, according to Politico.

Jan 05 14:51

Follow the Money: Former Sessions Aides are Lobbyists for Private Prisons Group

For activists working on reducing mass incarceration as a cornerstone of criminal justice reform, the future looks more than a little daunting.

On Friday, NPQ wrote about the new memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that brought private prisons back into play on the federal level. We pointed out that stocks for private prisons plummeted when then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates ordered they be phased out last year. We reminded you that the day after Trump’s election, those stocks soared. Now, we read in The Nation that in October, just before the election, two of Sessions’ former Senate aides, David Stewart and Ryan Robichaux, became lobbyists for GEO Group, one of the two largest private prison companies, and that the two were specifically engaged to lobby on government contracting.

Jan 05 14:49

Jeff Sessions just said something the private prison industry will love

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday made clear his intentions to reverse an Obama-era decision to phase out the federal use of private prisons.

In a memo addressed to the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons, obtained by MSNBC, Sessions said the DOJ’s announcement last August “changed long-standing policy and practice” and “impaired the bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”

Jan 05 14:49

BOOM! Senators Send Referral To FBI Recommending CRIMINAL Investigation Of Dossier Author Christopher Steele

Fresh off the wires. Here's a copy of the criminal referral sent to the FBI from two Senators.

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Jan 05 14:36

Crimes without Consequences – The Clinton Amendment

The time has come to face reality.  Some American citizens are superior to others as far as justice under the law is concerned.  They just are.

Jan 05 14:32

Check Out This Nugget | Obama Justice Dept Stopped Clinton Foundation Probe During The Election…

Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold picked this out of the CNN piece this morning. Very interesting. No interviews with witnesses and no subpoenas were allowed by Loretta Lynch.

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Jan 05 14:30

Scott Adams Warns Donald Trump on Marijuana: ‘I’m Gonna Turn on This President’

Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to stop states from legalizing marijuana, warning: “I’m gonna turn on this president faster than anyone has ever turned on him.”

Jan 05 14:03

Ann Coulter On Steve Bannon | ‘He's Completely Insane’

Ann Coulter sounds off on Bannon and the Wolff book obsession gripping liberal media.

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Jan 05 13:52

Jeff Sessions’ Marijuana Adviser Wants Doctors to Drug-Test Everyone

An adviser on marijuana policy to Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to see doctors make drug testing a routine part of primary-care medicine and force some users into treatment against their will, he told The Daily Beast.

Dr. Robert DuPont was among a small group of drug-policy experts invited to a closed-door meeting with Sessions last month to discuss federal options for dealing with the rapid liberalization of state marijuana laws. California became the sixth state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use on Jan. 1.

Jan 05 13:50

Switzerland too Falls Out of Love with the EU

Did someone say “referendum?”

Jan 05 13:45

America's Dark History Of Lying To Go To War...

From Vietnam to the first Gulf war; the more recent Iraq war, and then Libya and now Syria, the U.S. government has a long dark history of lying to justify invading other countries...

Jan 05 13:31

Judicial Watch | There Were Actually At Least 18 Classified Emails Found On Anthony Weiner’s Laptop

Update on the Huma Abedin story from Judicial Watch. It was worse than we thought.

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Jan 05 13:15

Trump takes credit for no air travel deaths in 2017

President Trump on Tuesday took credit for the safest year on record in commercial aviation.

“Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news - it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!” Trump tweeted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump has to stop trying to take credit for everything good that happens. It makes him look like a grand-stander.

Jan 05 13:14

Ron DeSantis Announces He’s Running For Governor Of Florida

Here's the video from this morning where DeSantis makes his announcement live on-air.

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Jan 05 12:49

Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire backer of Bannon and Trump, chooses sides

The rift between the two deepened Thursday, when the notoriously press-shy Rebekah Mercer — whom Newsmax Media owner Christopher Ruddy has admiringly called “the First Lady of the alt-right” — publicly rebuked Bannon and stood by the president in a statement. “I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected,” Mercer said. “My family and I have not communicated with Steve Bannon in many months and have provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.”

Jan 05 12:43

Frigid Chicago Cold Streak Could Tie Record Set in 1936, 1895

It hasn't been this cold in Chicago for this many days in a really, really long time.

Friday marked Day 11 of daytime high temperatures below 20 degrees, a cold streak expected to continue into Saturday. If it reaches the 12th day, the city will tie previous records set in 1895 and 1936.

That's right. We haven't seen such frigid daytime temps for 12 days in a row since 1936, and before that 1895.

Jan 05 12:42

US storm to bring record-breaking low temperatures

North America's East Coast is shivering in a record-breaking freeze just a day after a deadly "bomb cyclone" dumped snow as far south as Florida.

In parts of US and Canada, temperatures are expected to fall below -20F (-29C), said the National Weather Service.

In Canada, high winds have knocked out power for tens of thousands of residents in Nova Scotia.

Jan 05 12:42

New York, Boston May See Coldest Temperatures on Record

As a monster winter storm rolls out, East Coast residents will face a record deep freeze Friday from the Mid-Atlantic to New England, the National Weather Service reports. “Numerous record lows and record low highs are expected with this Arctic air mass with some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded expected for Boston and New York City,” said Weather Channel forecaster Michael Palmer. Coastal areas in the Northeast may experience temperatures in the single digits, with wind-chill factors making it feel as cold as negative 15 degrees from Philadelphia to Boston.

Jan 05 12:39

Former Secret Service Agent Says Clinton’s Secret Trips to Visit Mistresses Endangered Lives

Former President Bill Clinton’s late-night jaunts to meet women endangered the lives of Secret Service agents according to one former officer, and in one particular case left a man severely injured.

While the media is pouncing on a new tell-all book about the Trump White House, another book revealing new details about Clinton is largely fading into the background.

Jan 05 12:38

Processor flaw exposes 20 years of devices to new attack

All week, the tech world has been piecing through rumors of a potentially catastrophic flaw in an entire generation of processors — but with all developers subject to a non-disclosure agreement, there were few hard facts to go on.

Now, new details have emerged on how severe and far reaching the vulnerability truly is. ZDNet and the New York Times are reporting that two critical vulnerabilities — dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre” — affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. The result, one researcher told ZDNet, is that "an attacker might be able to steal any data on the system.”

Jan 05 12:23

WINTER PROTESTS IN IRAN 2017-2018

In late December, anti-government protests sparked across the country. Over 20 people were killed, hundreds injured and thousands detained because of clashes between security forces and the protestors. The protests emerged due to internal economic factors and the activity of foreign adversaries of Iran. The main factors behind the protests were government imposed barriers to small businesses, a strict regulation of daily life by the government, corruption, high level of the social differentiation and economic variance within the population as well as the infiltration of patterns of the Western consumerist society into the country.

On December 28, protests broke out in the northern city of Mashhad. Over the next few days, these protests spread across the country and reached the Iranian capital, Teheran. In some areas, protestors attempted to storm police stations and government buildings. This became the main reason for the casualties.

Jan 05 12:14

Why there won’t be a revolution in Iran – Pepe Escobar

Regime change is unlikely but what is in play is setting the scene for a further renewal of economic sanctions

What Rouhani should have explained to Iranians in detail is the direct consequences of hard economic times and United States sanctions, which are affecting the country.

These were coupled with financial threats against western firms now back in business, or at least contemplating opening up operations, in Iran.

Jan 05 12:11

A Wolff in wolf’s clothing: Trump tell-all book cannot be trusted

Be very careful with Wolff’s explosive book on the Trump White House until it has been completely fact-checked. Slate, yesterday:

Wolff is notorious for making provocative claims without backing them up … he was once described by one of his own editors as having no skill greater than creating the “appearance” of knowing things he does not in fact know. So you might want to take Wednesday’s reports with a mogul-size grain of salt.

Jan 05 11:30

Cash-strapped Venezuela offers to pay for medicines with diamonds

With hospital shelves bare and the government stumped on how to settle $5 billion in arrears to pharmaceutical companies, cash-strapped Venezuela recently offered some foreign suppliers alternative compensation: diamonds, gold and coltan, the rare metal used to make cellphones and Playstations.

Jan 05 11:28

24 States Pass Laws Protecting Israel

Wisconsin is the latest of two dozen states that have passed laws intended to punish companies and individuals that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BDS, movement that intends to stop Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. But is this action by states unconstitutional, in light of the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution?

Jan 05 11:25

The FCC Cited Zero of the 22 Million Consumer Comments in its 218-Page Net Neutrality Repeal

"Despite the millions of comments, letters, and calls received, this Order cites, not even one consumer comment."

Jan 05 11:24

CRYPTOCURRENCY INVESTORS LOSE MAJOR TAX BREAK UNDER NEW U.S. TAX CODE

The new U.S. tax code amends IRC Section 1031 (a)(1) regarding “like kind exchanges,” excluding all cryptocurrencies from a previous legal loophole and making all cryptocurrency trades a taxable event.

Jan 05 11:18

GARY COHN | ‘Trump's Tax Reform Is Already Paying Off For More Than 1 Million Workers’

60 seconds of Gary Cohn with Stuart Varney this morning. Tax cut law is already helping American workers, and it's only been a week. This is good tv.

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Jan 05 11:17

Peter Thiel Planning Launch Of Conservative News Outlet With Mercer Family After Bannon Fiasco

According to Wolff, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and Peter Thiel were set to discuss the idea of a conservative news outlet last May - however Ailes slipped and fell two days before the meeting, hitting his head and dying before the discussion could occur.

Jan 05 11:17

Oregon sues Monsanto, alleges company knowingly sold toxic PCBs for decades

Oregon sued the agricultural chemical giant Monsanto on Thursday, alleging the company withheld information about the toxic effects of its products for decades, leading to widespread contamination across the state and health risks for humans, plants and animals.

Jan 05 11:17

Comey's Original Clinton Memo Revealed, Shows Deletions Of Felony Evidence

For months, speculation has swirled around what exactly former FBI Director James Comey said about Hillary Clinton's private email server (and handling of classified material). While much has been leaked, and admitted to, thanks to Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), we now have the complete original Comey statement... and the subsequent rounds of deletions and edits that watered down the felonious Clinton actions to an embarrassing wrist-slap.

Jan 05 11:15

A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of not one but two superbugs

Two bacterial strains that have plagued hospitals around the country may have been at least partly fueled by a sugar additive in our food products, scientists say. Trehalose, a sugar that is added to a wide range of food products, could have allowed certain strains of Clostridium difficile to become far more virulent than they were before, a new study finds.

The results, described in the journal Nature, highlight the unintended consequences of introducing otherwise harmless additives to the food supply.

Jan 05 11:15

These Are The 103 Stores That Sears Announced It Will Be Closing

Just hours after Macy's announced it would lay off another 5,000 workers and shutter an additional 7 stores as part of its operational overhaul, bringing the total number of stores shut since 2015 to 124 as Amazon slowly but surely wins the game, Sears Holdings, the parent company of Sears and Kmart stores, announced on Thursday that it will be closing an additional 100 stores this year.

The breakdown consists of 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores, all of which are expected to shut between early March and April, with the company explaining the move as follows: "we will continue to close some unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members."

The good news - if only for shoppers - is that like in Macy's case, liquidation sales will begin as early as Jan. 12 at the closing stores.

Jan 05 11:14

Macy's Announces 5,000 Job Cuts, Closure Of 7 More Stores; Stock Tumbles

On Thursday morning, former retail giant Macy's, announced that was preparing to fire 5,000 job cuts, including closure of seven previously unidentified stores and other cuts at remaining locations, as it seeks stability in a tumultuous climate for "physical retail." The retailer's cost reductions come as it announced that its comparable holiday sales rose a modest 1.1% for the Nov/Dec period relative to 2016.

Jan 05 11:14

Tesla Bonds Tumble - Now 'Riskier' Than Indonesia

After missing expectations for Model 3 deliveries (by 50%), delaying production goals once again, it appears the bond market is starting to give up on Elon Musk's dreams for Tesla's future.

While stocks are rebounding, bonds are not...

Jan 05 11:13

Flu Outbreak: Deadly Influenza Virus Ravages Oregon And Idaho

Oregon is one of 36 states nationwide reporting high levels of a flu outbreak, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. More than 120 Oregonians have been hospitalized for the flu in the week leading up to Christmas.

Jan 05 11:13

Deep State Coup Underway! Lawmakers Discussed Trump’s ‘Mental Health’ With Psychiatrist

Lawmakers have called in a psychiatrist to discuss president Donald Trump’s “mental health.” The psychiatry professor at Yale, who believes President Trump’s mental health is a mounting emergency, made her case to more than a dozen members of Congress last month.

This appears to be “Plan B” right out of the deep state’s playbook. Yesterday, SHTFPlan reported on an interview with Roger Stone, in which Stone details the lengths the deep state will go to in order to oust Trump.

Jan 05 11:12

Pakistan brings Chinese yuan on par with US dollar for investment & trade with Beijing

Pakistani companies have been given a green light to use the Chinese yuan in trade with Beijing, which could potentially sideline the US dollar and other currencies used there. The move coincides with a US-Pakistan aid row.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said it “has taken comprehensive policy-related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY,” according to a statement issued late on Tuesday. CNY is now effectively on par with the US dollar, euro and other international currencies in the country.

Jan 05 11:09

Blizzard Triggers a 60-Fold Surge in Prices for U.S. Natural Gas

Natural gas surged to 60 times the going rate as howling blizzard conditions stoked demand for the furnace fuel across the U.S. Northeast.

Spot prices for the fuel used to heat homes and generate power reached a record $175 per million British thermal units in New York, according to Consolidated Edison Inc. That’s a far cry from the $2.93 that U.S. gas futures have been averaging on the New York Mercantile Exchange this winter.

Jan 05 10:55

North Korea accepts South's offer to meet for talks

North Korea has accepted South Korea's proposal for official talks in what will be the first high-level contact between the two countries in more than two years.
South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told reporters Friday that North Korea informed Seoul by fax that it has accepted the offer to initiate talks.

The person-to-person talks will be held Tuesday -- the day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's birthday -- at the Peace House in the village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, Baik said.

Jan 05 10:50

Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI to Find Hate Symbols on Twitter

In August of this year, a white supremacist plowed through a crowd of protesters gathered in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The attack injured around 20 people and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The violent clashes that weekend shocked Americans, among them Emily Crose, who wanted to be there to protest against the white supremacists but couldn’t make it. A friend of hers was there, and was attacked and hurt by neo-Nazis.

Jan 05 10:50

The Banks with the Most Consumer Complaints: A Dive into CFPB’s Database

Under pressure from the banks, the government may take down the site.

Jan 05 10:49

Global Debt Hits Record $233 Trillion

Global debt rose to a record $233 trillion in the third quarter of 2017, more than $16 trillion higher from end-2016, according to an analysis by the Institute of International Finance. Private non-financial sector debt hit all-time highs in Canada, France, Hong Kong, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey.

Jan 05 10:48

RAW VIDEO | Watch The Agony Of Defeat For Shelley Simonds In Virginia - Her Entire Body Shakes

Here's the raw video from yesterday's 'drawing' to decide the tied race in Virginia. Democrat Shelley Simonds was not prepared to lose.

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Jan 05 10:48

Toshiba Dumps Westinghouse For $4.6B

Toshiba has sold its U.S. nuclear power business, Westinghouse, for US$4.6 billion to a group of investment companies led by Brookfield Asset Management. The deal puts an end to a major headache for the Japanese conglomerate, which last year warned that it might have trouble surviving if it didn’t find a buyer for the nuclear power plant constructor, which it acquired in 2006 for US$5 billion.

Jan 05 10:35

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his appearance at CES because of death threats

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai canceled his scheduled appearance at a major upcoming tech industry trade show after receiving death threats, two agency sources told Recode on Thursday.
It’s the second known incident in which Pai’s safety may have been at risk, after a bomb threat abruptly forced the chairman to halt his controversial vote to scrap the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules in December 2017.

Jan 05 10:17

64-year-old man found frozen to death on Akron porch by Mobile Meals worker

AKRON, Ohio - A 64-year-old Akron man was found frozen to death on his front porch Tuesday. He was discovered by a Mobile Meals worker who was delivering food in the area.
The man was found at his home on 2nd Avenue SW by the worker, who spotted him next to his wheelchair on his enclosed porch.

Jan 05 10:11

There's Now "Very Strong Evidence" That Alcohol Can Directly Damage DNA

There is an increasing body of evidence linking alcohol consumption to an increased cancer risk - and now scientists in the UK believe they have found a plausible explanation.

Jan 05 10:11

Comcast Fired 500 Despite Claiming Tax Cut Would Create Thousands Of Jobs

Comcast reportedly fired about 500 salespeople shortly before Christmas, despite claiming that the company would create thousands of new jobs in exchange for a big tax cut.

Jan 05 10:00

HP is forced to recall laptops yet AGAIN over risks their batteries could burst into flames: Here's how to check if you're affected

Issue affects devices sold worldwide from December 2015 to December 2017

Jan 05 09:59

Intel says its security updates will make 90% of modern PCs and phones IMMUNE to bugs that could expose billions of people's private data to criminals (but experts warn the flaws are 'unfixable')

Intel expects to provide automatic security updates via partner companies for most processors created within the past five years.

But experts warn the bugs result from a 'design flaw' which is 'unfixable'.

They say such patches are simply a temporary fix, and a more permanent solution will have to be physically built into future microprocessors.

Jan 05 09:57

Apple reveals ALL iPhones, iPads and Macs are at risk from devastating Intel and ARM chip 'design flaws' that could expose billions of people's personal data to hackers

Every iPhone, iPad and Mac device could be at risk of being hacked.

Apple has confirmed that almost all of its devices are affected by Intel and Arm chip 'design flaws' that could expose billions of people's personal data to cyber criminals.

The flaws leave the devices open to the devastating 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' bugs, discovered by security researchers.

The tech company has warned its customers to only download software for its platforms from trusted sources, like the App Store.

Jan 05 09:55

Candidate Trump v. President Trump

Throughout his campaign for president, Donald Trump attacked Goldman Sachs during both the primary and general elections, claiming the bank had gained “total, total control” over political rivals like Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He “accused Goldman of colluding with [Clinton] to ruin the U.S. and enrich the elite.” [1]

Trump even ended his campaign with a television ad derided by many as anti-Semitic, which accused the CEO of Goldman Sachs of being part of the “global power structure” responsible for having “robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.” [2]

Despite the attacks of Candidate Trump on Goldman Sachs, President Trump has seen fit to hire many current and former Goldman Sachs executives to positions that include three top administration posts, his nominee for chair of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), and his nominee for Treasury Secretary.

Trump’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, is a second-generation Goldman Sachs partner, while Jay Clayton, his nominee for SEC chair, is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, which has been Goldman Sachs’ “go-to law firm for more than a century.” Three of Trump’s highest-ranking advisors have prominent Goldman Sachs ties. Goldman partner Dina Powell is taking on a senior administration role in Trump’s White House; his chief strategist Steve Bannon “loved” working at the bank in the mid-1980s; and his newly named top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, is the current president and COO of the company.

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Jan 05 09:48

Man Wrongly Taken Into Custody, Forced To Take Antipsychotic Drugs. Given $50 Gift Card As Apology.

A Meadville man is suing over a case of mistaken identity.
Eugene Wright, 63, says he still has nightmares after what happened to him just six months ago.
Wright, now retired, said he was outside his home in June of last year when Meadville police and a representative with Stairways Behavioral Health confronted him.

Jan 05 09:40

Justice Department Launches New Clinton Foundation Probe

Wow, that’s a hell of a one-two punch for the ‘lock her up’ crowd.

First, Justice Department officials announced they would be taking “a fresh look” into Hillary Clinton’s illegal home private email server, which was definitely hacked by foreign agents.

Now, the Justice Department has said they’ll be taking another fresh look, this time at the Clinton Foundation and whether or not it was engaged in ‘pay to play’ schemes or other illegal activities during her time at the State Department.

Jan 05 09:39

Cliven Bundy-FBI debacle: Another example of why the feds need to be leashed

The Justice Department was caught in another high-profile travesty last month that continues to reverberate through the western states. On Dec. 20, federal judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and others after prosecutors were caught withholding massive amounts of evidence undermining federal charges. This is the latest in a long series of federal law enforcement debacles that have spurred vast distrust of Washington.

Bundy, a 71-year old Nevadan rancher, and his sons and supporters were involved in an armed standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) beginning in 2014 stemming from decades of unpaid cattle grazing fees and restrictions. The Bundys have long claimed the feds were on a vendetta against them, and 3,300 pages of documents the Justice Department wrongfully concealed from their lawyers provides smoking guns that buttress their case.

Jan 05 09:36

LG Electronics to Sell Robots to Replace Hotel, Airport, Supermarket Employees

LG Electronics is planning to sell robots that will replace human workers in hotels, airports, and supermarkets.

According to CNBC, “LG said it will showcase three new ‘concept robots’ at the global consumer electronics show, CES, in Las Vegas next week,” designed for “commercial use at hotels, airports, and supermarkets.”

Though an LG spokesman claimed that the robots are just “concept” products, and are “a long way from ready to go public,” they will eventually be able to replace numerous service jobs in each sector.

Jan 05 09:36

Boston drowns in historic 15ft flood of ice water - trapping people in cars and homes - as 'bomb cyclone' storm causes travel chaos across the Northeast and kills 14 - with the aftermath looking even more deadly

Boston experienced historic flooding on Thursday, as a 'bomb cyclone' winter storm hit the Northeast, causing travel chaos across the region, but officials have predicted that the aftermath may be deadlier than the storm.

While most people have kept their eyes on Winter Storm Grayson that has claimed the lives of 14 people across the Northeast, the National Weather Service has predicted 'life-threatening' cold overnight Friday and Saturday for much of the region.

In the next 24 hours, the Northeast will be sent into a deep freeze that could cause roads and streets to be covered with a sheet of snow and ice for days.

From Baltimore to Caribou, Maine efforts were underway to clear roadways of ice and snow as wind chill temperatures were to plunge during the day, reaching -40F (-40 C) in some parts after sundown, according to the National Weather Service.

Jan 05 09:35

Fire and Fury released early in defiance of attempt to ban tell-all Trump book

The US publisher of an explosive new book exposing chaos behind the scenes at the White House has brought publication forward to Friday in defiance of an attempt by Donald Trump’s lawyers to try to shut it down.

The book’s author, Michael Wolff, tweeted: “Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr President.”

Jan 05 09:35

A Revolutionary New Type of Lens Focuses All The Colours of The Rainbow Into a Single Point

A brand new type of lens called a metalens has just passed a major hurdle. A metalens is a flat surface that use nanostructures to focus light, and it could change optics forever by replacing the traditional bulky, curved lenses we know.

Jan 05 09:31

Steve Bannon Planned to Refute Quotes by Controversial Author Michael Wolff

As Michael Wolff set the MAGA world on fire with quotes that he claims came from Steve Bannon in his new book, it is important that his history of sensational deceit is taken into consideration — especially since those close to the former White House chief strategist deny the accusations.

Jan 05 09:30

Medicinal Marijuana Vote to Be Held in June

It has been a long road, but Oklahoma voters will get their say in the medical marijuana legalization issue this summer. Governor Fallin Thursday set June 26 as the election date for State Question 788 on the Primary Election ballot.

Jan 05 09:17

Angela Merkel facing fresh coalition battle as Hungary’s Orban hits out at migrant policy

EU REBEL Viktor Orban is set to arrive in Germany today to offer his views on defending Europe’s borders as Angela Merkel faces growing pressure to toughen her immigration stance.

Jan 05 09:16

EU trade war: Brussels demands €1.4BILLION from Russia after Putin bans imports of EU PORK

The bloc will make the case for financial compensation to a World Trade Organisation arbitration panel after the trade regulator ruled the bacon ban was illegal in 2017.

It is asking for €1.4 billion in compensation, which would be collected by withdrawing tariff reductions Brussels granted to Russia under WTO rules.

The amount is equal to the yearly volume of pork exports to Russia prior to the trade embargo.

Russia has already rejected the idea of paying compensation to the EU.

Jan 05 09:15

Trump-Bannon Battle Heats Up: Former Ally ‘Wants the President to Fail’

US President Donald Trump and Stephen K. Bannon, former chief strategist to the White House, vowed that Bannon’s exit from the White House would be graceful and the duo would stay allies. It’s turning out to be just the opposite: the past few days have seen the former allies malign each other as dishonest, pathetic or flatly insane.

Jan 05 09:15

Iran’s Attorney General Names CIA Mastermind Of Iran Protests

Attorney General Montazeri on Thu. revealed that the mastermind behind the eruption of protests in the country was a US-Israeli-Saudi think tank that had been plotting for the rallies since four years ago.

Jan 05 09:15

Why there won’t be a revolution in Iran

Regime change is unlikely but what is in play is setting the scene for a further renewal of economic sanctions

Jan 05 09:12

FLASHBACK - Soros vs Murdoch: The battle for the soul of America

Who knew that Rupert Murdoch and George Soros, two billionaires of not so tender years, had it in them? But consider.

While the one means to impose a right-wing "dictatorial democracy" on America, the other is a "master puppeteer" bent on collapsing the dollar and forming a socialist world government.

Cartoonish this may be, but a joke it is not.

Jan 05 09:11

Deutsche Bank in TURMOIL as shareholders REVOLT demanding £660M compensation

DEUTSCHE Bank has plunged into turmoil after more than 30 German and international investors sued the national bank over a takeover deal which left them short-changed.

Jan 05 09:10

We will have REMAIN majority by 2020 – 450,000 Brexiteers die yearly SLAMS Newsnight guest

“As it happens the pollster Peter Kellner was listening in and he shared some calculations he’d made about when, other things being equal, the Brexit majority would be reduced to zero by that most natural of wastage.

“It went something like this: 600,000 voters die every year, given the age profile of Brexit voters, 450,000 of them would be among the deceased, as against about 150,000 Remainers.

“In addition, new voters are added and if they voted in the same way as their slightly older brothers and sisters, then by the time we leave in 2020, we would have a remain majority.

Jan 05 09:07

Germany's Merkel vs. Austria's Kurz - She's the Past, He's the Future

Meet Angela. She is a fusty, cantankerous, lonely old woman who smells vaguely of rotting cabbage. She has trouble making friends because she thinks everybody hates her, while hating people who want to make friends with her.

The only thing she loves are her Third World pets, but of course they despise her the most.

Jan 05 09:04

Sleeping Less Than 8 Hours Can Drive Anxiety And Depression

People with anxiety and/or depression often think that they have some moral defect to cause their ruminating, intrusive thoughts. But this couldn’t be further from the truth...

Jan 05 09:01

RT Goes Live in French - Elites Freak Out, Try to Block It, RI Attends Paris Opening Party

RT opens in France to rock the boat for mainstream propaganda outlets and offer a home for journalists who want to report the truth.

Jan 05 09:00

“OH MY GOD, THIS IS SO F---ED UP”: INSIDE SILICON VALLEY’S SECRETIVE, ORGIASTIC DARK SIDE

From reports of those who have attended these parties, guests and hosts include powerful first-round investors, well-known entrepreneurs, and top executives. Some of them are the titans of the Valley, household names. The female guests have different qualifications. If you are attractive, willing, and (usually) young, you needn’t worry about your résumé or bank account. Some of the women work in tech in the Bay Area, but others come from Los Angeles and beyond, and are employed in symbiotic industries such as real estate, personal training, and public relations. In some scenarios, the ratio of women to wealthy men is roughly two to one, so the men have more than enough women to choose from. “You know when it’s that kind of party,” one male tech investor told me. “At normal tech parties, there are hardly any women. At these kinds of party, there are tons of them.”

Jan 05 08:57

Swarthmore College Offers ‘Queering the Bible’ Course with ‘Trans Readings of Scripture’

An elite liberal arts college is offering a class called “Queering the Bible” for the 2018 fall semester, in which it promises to “destabilize long held assumptions” about what the Bible says about gender.

According to the course description published in the Swarthmore College Catalog, the course will survey “queer and trans* readings of biblical texts,” while introducing students to “the complexity of constructions of sex, gender, and identity in one of the most influential literary works produced in ancient times.”

Jan 05 08:57

‘White Genocide’ Professor Claims NYU Has Hired Him as a Visiting Scholar

Controversial former professor George Ciccariello-Maher, who recently resigned from Drexel University, claims that New York University has hired him. NYU confirmed his status as a visiting scholar but states it is an “unpaid appointment.”

Ciccariello-Maher, known best for his “All I want for Christmas is White Genocide” tweet, which he claimed was an attempt to poke fun at the paranoid fantasy that the left wants to decrease the amount of white Americans, recently stepped down from his position at Drexel University. Towards the end of his tenure at Drexel, Ciccariello-Maher was relegated to teaching online courses, as the university was concerned for his safety when he was on campus.

Jan 05 08:56

German Court Rules Transsexual Can’t be ‘Mother’

Germany’s top court has ruled that a transsexual woman whose frozen sperm was used to fertilize an egg can only be registered as the child’s father.
The Federal Court said Thursday it rejected the woman’s appeal against a lower court ruling preventing her from being legally listed as the child’s mother.

The woman changed sex in 2012 and her partner gave birth to a child three years later, having used the plaintiff’s sperm.

The registry office refused to list the sperm donor as the mother.

Jan 05 08:55

EXCLUSIVE — Sadiq’s Response to Knife Crime Epidemic: £10,000 on ‘Knife Wands’ for Schools, But City Hall WON’T Track Uses or Knives Captured

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response to the knife crime epidemic overtaking his city has been to issue metal-detecting ‘knife wands’ to schools — but City Hall is not tracking how many times they are being used, or how many knives are being confiscated, if any.

Jan 05 08:55

Poland and Hungary Unite Against Eurocrats: ‘We Don’t Want to Live in an Empire’

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland have predicted a “year of great battles” with the EU establishment at a summit in Budapest.

Jan 05 08:54

Delingpole: The Frozen U.S. Is Paying a Terrible Price for Green Lies

This determination to argue, against all evidence, that the planet is in a warming phase and that we must do more to try to cool it down would be quite funny if it didn’t have such terrible real world consequences.

One of these is the current energy crisis being experienced across New England. Blue states which bought into the man-made global warming narrative, shut down their coal-fired power stations, rejected the Access Northeast Pipeline and instead, despoiled their landscapes with more ugly, expensive, bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco crucifixes are now paying a bitter price.

Jan 05 08:53

New mail policy in Michigan prisons: Billionaires profit at the expense of prisoners, their families and friends, and U.S. Postal Service

Effective Nov. 1, 2017, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) has instituted a new mail policy, which they falsely claim will stem the flow of contraband, primarily the controlled substances suboxone and fentanyl, into Michigan prisons, when they well know over 80 percent of all contraband is smuggled into prisons by employees, as confirmed by multiple studies.

Jan 05 08:53

Brooklyn boy, 6, comes home from school with both arms broken, education officials pointing fingers

A Brooklyn mother was shocked when she picked her son up from his Bushwick school: both of the 6-year-old student's arms were broken.

Jan 05 08:52

Doug Casey: The War on Some Drugs

Longtime readers know that although I personally abstain from drugs and generally eschew the company of abusive users, I think they should be 100% legal. Not just cannabis. All drugs.

The most important reason is moral and ethical. Your primary possession is your own body. If you don’t own it, and don’t have a right to do whatever you want with it, then you in fact have no rights at all. That’s the main reason why the drug war itself is criminal, and morally insane. The economic, medical, practical, and many other reasons to repeal prohibition are important, but strictly secondary.

Jan 05 08:52

‘Wrong on ERM. Wrong on Euro. WRONG ON BREXIT!’ Nigel Farage destroys Blair with one tweet

TONY Blair has sparked a furious backlash after telling Britons its not too late to reverse Brexit and calling for a second referendum.

Jan 05 08:51

Why Intel x86 must die: Our cloud-centric future depends on open source chips

Perhaps the Meltdown and Spectre bugs are the impetus for making long-overdue changes to the core DNA of the semiconductor industry and how chip architectures are designed.

Jan 05 08:50

A rare and honest police chief

Today the average police chief is a careerist and politician with ethics not much better than a gangster.

They burn millions of tax dollars every year protecting criminal cops who should be off the force, if not in jail.

If the DEA pays them bounties for “drug cases”, they turn over every car at a traffic stop to find a seed or stem to claim a “drug bust” to get the money regardless of the injustice of it.

Jan 05 08:49

Why we need a new approach to North Korea

That North and South Korea apparently are prepared to talk is progress. But any negotiations concerning North Korea’s nuclear program should be designed to avoid repeating the same approaches that doomed past negotiations, including the so-called “Six Party Talks”, which collapsed in 2009. Among other things, some believe those negotiations were unsuccessful because their principle focus, which was on Pyongyang’s nuclear program, raised North Korean fears that the international community’s ultimate goal was regime change. This fear continues, and has helped create the current deadlock.

Jan 05 08:44

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JANUARY 5, 2018: MILITANTS RETREAT FROM MORE VILLAGES IN SOUTHERN IDLIB

On January 4, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Tiger Forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, captured the villages of Rsm al-Abid, al-Fhail, Rubaida, Msheirfeh, al-Qasr al-Abyad, Rabeeah Musa, Haqiyah and Umm Rjaim Hill in southeastern Idlib.

According to pro-government sources, at least 7 militants were killed and a vehicle was destroyed during the SAA advance.

On the same day, the Sham Legion reportedly destroyed a SAA battle tank with an anti-tank guided missile near the town of Atshan in northern Hama.

Now, government troops are developing their advance on the town of Sinjar.

Jan 05 08:43

Unlike 49 States, New Jersey Bans Selling Home-Baked Goods

Unlike 49 other states, selling baked goods made at home is illegal in the Garden State. Baking and selling just one cake, cookie or muffin risks fines as high as $1,000. When Heather learned she had to shut down her cake pop sideline, the news was “crushing,” she said.

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