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December 17, 2019

Dec 17 16:56

Linux Mint

For someone coming off of Windows 7 hands down the best,the easiest to use Linux OS on The Planet. Software Manager,Synaptic and Gdebi. Lots of stable software. If you want to learn the command line and terminal you can put a whole lot more interesting software programs on your machine. Available in Linux Mint OS as well as the latest Debian OS. A breeze to install and fast.

Dec 17 16:48

This is Manjaro (Arch Linux for Dummies)

Beginners can use this. Geeks can have fun using the command line and terminal. Tons of available software of all kinds,but some is unstable. It uses a Rolling Release update. Was unstable in the early days. You can really tweak this one.
Based on one of the geekiest forms of Linux OS's Arch Linux.

For people who want a reliable and fast desktop

This edition is supported by the Manjaro team and comes with XFCE, a reliable desktop with high configurability.

Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly.

https://www.archlinux.org/

Dec 17 16:46

Why You Should Prepare for Another Credit Crisis



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Dec 17 16:33

Italian Bank Still in Trouble

Dec 17 16:31

MX Linux

Rated #1 Linux system in downloads. Based on Debian. Smooth and fast. Somewhat limited in software. Only totally stable versions of various software are used and some newer still unstable software isn't. Never could figure out how to put Brave Browser on it.

Easy to download,especially by torrent. Easy to install and setup.Updates super fast. Software manager,Synaptic and gdebi installers.

Libre Office will do just fine with Microsoft Office. Somebody sends me an attachment in Office,Libre displays and prints it just fine.

Main disadvantage? Just had to download and reinstall on machine. No upgrade like Linux Mint.

MX Linux is a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS communities, using the best tools and talents from each distro. It is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.

Dec 17 16:18

UK: Boris Johnson to Pass Anti-BDS Law, Says Senior Conservative Politician

Days after winning a landslide majority in the UK general elections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a law combating the anti-Israel boycott campaign, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), a senior Conservative politician revealed on Sunday.

The proposed legislation will forbid public sector organizations from boycotting Israel, former chairman of the Conservative Party Eric Pickles said at a conference in Jerusalem. “BDS is antisemitic and should be treated as such,” Pickles added.

Dec 17 16:12

Zorin OS 15.1 is Released: A Better Way to Work, Learn and Play

One of your best Linux systems for someone coming off of Windows 7.

Just over 6 months ago, we launched Zorin OS 15, our most advanced and refined operating system ever. Since then, it’s been downloaded over 550,000 times around the world. Over 65% of these downloads were coming from Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring the power of Linux to people who’ve never had access to it before. We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for making this release as big and impactful as it has been.

Today, we’re excited to announce that Zorin OS is getting even better with the release of version 15.1. We’ve paid close attention to your feedback and worked hard to make the desktop experience better for work, learning, playing, and everything in between. We’ve focused on making the desktop feel even more familiar and user-friendly to new users, especially those moving away from Windows 7 leading up to the end of its support in one month.

Dec 17 16:09

Washington DC’s role behind the scenes in Hollywood goes deeper than you think

State officials have described Washington DC and Hollywood as being “sprung from the same DNA” and the capital as being “Hollywood for ugly people”. That ugly DNA has embedded far and wide. It seems the two cities on opposite sides of the United States are closer than we ever thought.

Dec 17 15:57

In blow to Macron, France pensions reform tsar resigns

France's minister for pension reform resigned on Monday over a potential conflict of interest, dealing a blow to President Emmanuel Macron as trade unions staged a 12th day of strikes and prepared for more street protests against the planned changes.

Jean-Paul Delevoye, the High Commissioner for Pensions, was one of Macron's most trusted allies and one of few with cabinet experience. He quit after failing to publicly declare more than a dozen posts he held in addition to his cabinet job.

Dec 17 15:37

Cosmic radiation around us reaching record high levels as the Sun sets Space Age record for most days without spots

In 2019, the Sun has been without spots for 270 days or 77%, as of December 16, which is the highest number of spotless days on the Sun since the Space Age began in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union.

The current Solar Minimum, the same as the previous one (2008/2009), is very deep -- referred to as 'century-class' minimum. The only year with more spotless days was 1913 with 311.

The previous Space Age record for the year with most spotless days was set in 2008 with 168.


Dec 17 15:19

Furious parents hit out after children aged 12 were given homework assignment on the Manchester bombing and whether terrorists should be forgiven

Year 8 pupils at Bridlington School in Yorkshire were asked to pretend they were the parents of one of the young people killed in the horrific Manchester Arena attack in 2017.

Teachers asked them: 'Write a response to the point of view that: ''All terrorists should be forgiven''.

Dec 17 15:15

World's wealthiest people are using 'reputation management companies' to wipe their embarrassing stories from Google search results

A new kind of tech company has emerged to help people outrun their bad online reputations.

Reputation management companies will execute comprehensive plans to ensure past controversies and bad publicity fade out of someone's Google search results.

One of the industry’s biggest movers is Status Labs in Austin, which has been listed on Inc.’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America in 2019.

A new report in the Wall Street Journal sheds some light on how Status Labs and company's like them operate, flooding the internet with fake news sites that post positively-slanted stories about their subjects.

Dec 17 14:47

Watch: Climate Activists Are "Nearly Run Over" Trying To Halt Coal-Laden Freight Train

The "end of the world" apocalyptic hyper-gloom-and-doom rhetoric of Greta Thunberg and other self-anointed climate prophets are leading followers to take greater and greater risks in attempts at "staving off climate disaster" — increasingly endangering themselves and public safety.

As a case in point, climate activists in the northeast United States have for the past month been physically trying to halt coal-filled freight trains, in some cases by literally jumping on the tracks.

Dec 17 14:32

Moms Reclaim Vacant Home Amid National Attacks on Homeless People

She later found out the program had been misappropriating funds, with checks going at least one company that was not properly licensed. Worse, the program had placed people in garages infested with rats and black mold, and women in dangerous housing situations that made them vulnerable to sexual assault.


Dec 17 14:14

Research Traces Cannabis Plant Origins to the Tibetan Plateau 28 Million Years Ago

A fascinating new study published in the journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany , on May 14, details the work of a team of researchers from the University of Vermont who present their evidence that the cannabis plant “evolved 28 million years ago at a specific area on the Tibetan plateau.”

Titled, “Cannabis in Asia: its center of origin and early cultivation, based on a synthesis of subfossil pollen and archaeobotanical studies”, the study aimed at establishing the oldest common ancestors of the cannabis plant . Led by John McPartland from the University of Vermont the team of investigators analyzed ‘wild-type plant distribution’ data including ‘155 fossil pollen studies.’

Dec 17 14:05

New 4000-Mile Trail Will Let People Bike Across US on One Path

For the first time in history, a coast-to-coast bike trail will connect nearly 4,000 miles of the country from Washington, D.C. to Washington State.

The Great American Rail-Trail was announced last month by the non-profit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which has been working with state and local governments to transform former railroad corridors into multi-purpose public paths for the last year and a half.

Dec 17 12:50

Mitch McConnell Shreds Schumer For Making Ridiculous Impeachment Demands

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tore into Chuck Schumer and Democrats for requesting that the Senate trial involving President Trump’s impeachment be run under a different set of rules.

After watching House Democrats rush through their impeachment sham, McConnell has no designs on going in-depth for the Senate Trial.

The top Republican said that America had just witnessed the “most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history” having wound down “just after 12 weeks.”

“The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it,” McConnell chastised from the House floor.

Dec 17 12:24

Corbyn’s defeat has slain the left’s last illusion

Corbyn's defeat has slain the left's last illusion. Jonathan Cook argues that the entire British political system and media are structurally biased against any advocate of real progressive change – not just Jeremy Corbyn – and that it is time to “head to the streets… to reclaim the public space, to reinvent and rediscover it”. >>


Dec 17 11:51

U.N. Climate Talks Collapse

Dec 17 11:48

BIG Court Battle: Hillary Clinton fights to keep secret "after action" memo on her deletion of 33,000 emails PLUS Judicial Watch seeks court permission to question her under oath.



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Dec 17 11:36

Davao quake death toll climbs to 8

My friend in the Philippines got hold of me about 5 minutes after this happened. She said people were running out of their houses into the streets.

(UPDATED) The casualty count from the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that hit Davao on Sunday, December 15, has climbed to eight.

Rescuers recorded three fatalities in Padada, two in Matanao, one in Hagonoy, one in Magsaysay, and one in Bansalan.


Dec 17 11:36

BREAKING NEWS: Paul Manafort, 70, is treated in hospital for 'cardiac event' - on eve of New York court date and as his former deputy gets just 45 days in weekend jail after taking a plea deal

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been hospitalized after suffering a 'cardiac event' he suffered while suffering a seven-year jail sentence, it emerged Tuesday.

Manafort, 70, was to appear in court in New York Wednesday, although his attorney has been informed he won't be showing and the hearing will go ahead without him.

He is being treated at a hospital close to FCI Loretto, the central Pennsylvania federal prison where he is serving his sentence.

He has been recovering since Thursday, ABC News reported, and is being guarded by prison officers.

Dec 17 11:12

"The Art Of The Deal" & How To Lose A "Trade War"

This past Monday, on the #Real Investment Show, I discussed that it was exceedingly likely that Trump would delay, or remove, the tariffs which were slated to go into effect this Sunday, On Thursday, that is exactly what happened.

Dec 17 11:08

Is a trap being set for Trump in the Senate trial?

Can 20 U.S. senators withstand the potentially irresistible temptation to reverse the results of the 2016 election and remove a president a number of them openly or privately dislike?

Since Donald Trump announced his intention to run for the White House on June 16, 2015, many of the entrenched elites across the various power centers of Washington and beyond have spent many of their waking hours trying to stop or unseat him.

The political charade of an impeachment “investigation” is but the latest example. But that impeachment charade could harbor the greatest threat to Trump’s presidency.

Dec 17 11:05

Trump's Big Mistake: He Hasn’t Withdrawn From Syria But Doubled Down

Three times in the past eighteen months Trump has announced American troops would be withdrawn from Syria. Three times senior administration figures or influential advisors walked him back.


Dec 17 10:36

Airports of the Future: Surveillance by Design

By Edward Hasbrouck

As we’ve seen in the ongoing debate over biometric identification of travelers at Sea-Tac Airport, and as we’ve seen before elsewhere, airlines and government agencies want to pretend that each of their initiatives to identify and track travelers is a discrete, limited project, not part of any common agenda for government and commercial surveillance.

Don’t believe a word of this soothing blather...

Dec 17 10:06

Josh Bernstein: Record Breaking Numbers From ICE You Won't Hear Reported On CNN Or MSNBC


Dec 17 10:04

Democrat Rep Elissa Slotkin Confronted By Voters Angry Over Impeachment: ‘That’s A Lie!’

Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI) was confronted by a large crowd of constituents during a town hall event on Monday where she was repeatedly yelled at by people in her district who were angry at her decision to back a purely partisan impeachment effort.

Dec 17 10:03

Seattle official hired transgender stripper for homeless conference — and there's video

A Seattle-area official has been placed on administrative leave after a conference that she hosted to combat homelessness featured a transgender stripper who twerked on attendees as entertainment.

Dec 17 10:02

Chernobyl Was Once a Beautiful City in Ukraine. How It Looks Today? Heartbreaking

On April 26, 1986, the worst and costliest accident in the history of the world happened in Chernobyl, Ukraine. It was a catastrophic nuclear accident with an estimated 125,000 casualties. Right after the accident, 200,000 people were evacuated. It has become a ghost city since then.

Dec 17 10:00

Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ Under Fire For Calling Out The Press; Here Are Some Other Films That Did The Same

I’ve always considered journalism to be a noble profession. A career spent digging through false leads and trivia in order to get to the truth of a story must be pretty harrowing at times. In some countries, this actually puts journalists in mortal danger. But, in the end, it’s worth it, because they’re helping to get the word out about important stories. Indeed, it is a noble and vital profession.

Dec 17 09:57

What Everyone Is Missing About The Afghanistan Papers

Barely a few hours following the Post’s publication, Congress rewarded the Pentagon for its stellar efforts with a $22 billion budget increase. How can we as a society justify this?



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Dec 17 09:43

UK PM Johnson Boycotts Davos Trip, Bans Ministers From Drinking "Champagne With Billionaires"

Just as President Trump refused to attend the globalist elites' party in Davos, so newly-crowned UK PM Boris Johnson has reportedly banned any of his ministers from attending the Swiss World Economic Forum snowfest next year (including himself).

As The Daily Mail's Jason Groves reports,

"Boris Johnson has banned ministers from attending next month's Davos summit - the annual gathering of the global elite.

Govt source: 'Our focus is on delivering for the people, not champagne with billionaires'"

Most notably, Johnson is now branding his administration as “the people’s government,” an image that might be undermined by the sight of him or his team brushing shoulders with the global elite at a Swiss ski resort.

Dec 17 09:37

Is Eric Ciaramella Connected to Rudy Giuliani’s Accusations of Biden-Burisma Money Laundering?

If the CIA “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella is a Ukraine specialist, why was he focused so intently on the Baltic countries in late 2015 and into 2016?

Dec 17 09:37

California’s New Law That Vox Supported Just Cost Hundreds Of Vox Writers Their Jobs

Left-wing outlet Vox supported California’s controversial new law targeting “gig” workers — including contractors who work for ride share companies and freelance writers — arguing that those sounding the alarm over the law fail to understand how it’s really going to “protect” independent contractors. With the law going into effect in January, Vox Media has just informed hundreds of its freelancers that they’ve been cut. Out of the hundreds, only about 20 will potentially get a part-time or full-time job with the company.

Dec 17 09:37

Fox Host Blasts Shameless Comey: Did You Hear What Horowitz Just Said?

Ahead of the former FBI director’s appearance on Fox News, President Donald Trump blasted the network for putting James Comey on the air.


Dec 17 09:34

Euro plunged into crisis by Germany after 11TH month of contraction - and worse to come

Figures form IHS Markit showed the country’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI) fell to 43.4 in December from 44.1 the previous month, the first downward movement in three months. The result was worse than the 44.5 reading predicted by economists in a survey by Reuters. And the eurozone also saw a drop in the PMI, an index of prevailing direction of economic trends in manufacturing and services.

A survey showed it fell from 46.9 in November to 45.9 in December, marking 11 months in a row of contraction.

Dec 17 09:19

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DECEMBER 17, 2019: ASSAD SENDS WARNING TO US FORCES IN SYRIA

The US-led coalition is selling oil looted at oilfields in southern Deir Ezzor to Turkey, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with China’s Phoenix Television. Assad said that “the Turkish regime plays a direct part in selling the oil, previously with Jabhat al-Nusra, later with ISIS and today with the Americans.” The President said that there are no prospects for the US presence in the country and if US troops remain, they will face a popular resistance and “pay the price”.

Despite Assad remarks, by now US forces had faced little difficulties with their presence in the oil-rich part of eastern Syria. No attacks on US troops by some local resistance or major security incidents of this kind took place during the last few months. However, this may change if the situation in the region escalates.

Dec 17 09:19

IT’S OVER! Supreme Court Ruling DESTROYS Trump Impeachment: “Greatest Danger” Realized!

The Supreme Court has decided to hear three cases that involves the Executive office refusing to cooperate with the Congressional subpoenas. The mere fact they decided to hear this case shows the potential for resounding support by the Supreme Court of the President’s claims that he need not comply and sets the basis for yet another element of support proving the basis that many claim that the entire House Kangaroo Court proceedings are Partisan Politics over Process and are simply the weaponization of Impeachment against a duly elected President they do not feel deserves to be in power against the will of the American people.

Dec 17 09:17

‘Major Warning Signs’ For Democrats: Focus Group Shows Impeachment Helping Turn Obama/Trump Swing Voters Into Full MAGA

The results of a new focus group study of Michigan “swing” voters has Axios sounding the alarm over “major warning signs for the Democratic Party in a crucial swing county that will be a pivotal area to win in 2020.”



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Dec 17 08:47

So you want to keep running Windows 7? Good luck with that, small businesses

Anyone who administers Windows PCs in a large organization with an active volume licensing contract has it easy. They can deploy ESU to Windows 7 devices by downloading a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) from the Volume Licensing Service Center and then installing a few servicing stack updates and using a command-line tool to register the new key.

Businesses that aren't big enough for a volume licensing contract, however, are not so lucky: Microsoft says you small fry have to purchase Windows 7 ESUs through one of its partners in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. Sounds easy, right?

It's not.

Dec 17 08:32

Israel Bars Entry of Winter Clothing as Palestinian Detainees Suffer Harsh Winter Conditions

The Palestine Prisoners Centre for Studies has called on international humanitarian and human rights institutions, foremost of which is the Red Cross, to exert pressure on Israeli Prison Services (IPS) to provide winter clothing and covers desperately needed during the severe cold season.

The spokesperson for the Centre, Riyad Al-Ashqar, explained that Palestinian detainees in all facilities suffer harsh conditions in the winter season, due to acute shortage of clothes, winter blankets, and heating devices, especially in prisons located in the desert areas — namely the Negev, Nafha, Beersheba, and Rimon. This is in addition to the fact that some sections in a number of prisons are composed of tents that do not protect from the cold, many of which are old and worn out, allowing rain water to enter.

Dec 17 08:30

REMINDER: MELT THE PHONES! Here are the 31 Freshmen Democrats — Let Them Know How You Feel on This Sham Impeachment

Nancy Pelosi, Serial liar Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and Democrats continue to lose the trust of the American public as they pursue their unprecedented politically motivated impeachment of President Trump.

Dec 17 08:30

Schumer Opposed Witness Testimony During Clinton Impeachment, But Demands It For Trump Sham Trial

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is demanding that current and former Trump administration officials testify in the coming impeachment trial of President Trump, but he said before the trial of Bill Clinton that no witnesses were needed.

Dec 17 08:20

STUNNING! Democrats Make Up Wire Fraud Charge to “Criminally” Indict Trump — And Suggest 20 YEARS IN PRISON!

These people are attempting a communist takeover of America!!
The House Judiciary Committee released a 169-page report in the dead of the night Monday alleging President Trump committed criminal acts including bribery and wire fraud.

Dec 17 08:20

BREAKING: Judge Rejects Flynn Lawyer Sidney Powell’s Request For Brady Material – Sets Sentencing For January 28

Mr. President, please pardon General Mike Flynn!
Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan on Monday rejected Sidney Powell’s request for additional Brady Material and announced Flynn will be sentenced on January 28.

Dec 17 07:46

Doctors pronounce worship leader's infant dead. Worship leader asking for prayers to resurrect child 3 days later.

Bethel worship leader and songwriter Kalley Heiligenthal is asking for her fans, followers, and fellow Christians to pray for her 2-year-old daughter, Olive, who died on Saturday.

Dec 17 07:46

Dems contend President Trump committed ‘multiple federal crimes’ worth at least 20 years in prison in Judiciary Committee summary report

In a House Judiciary Committee report set to accompany articles of impeachment this week, Democratic lawmakers contend that President Donald Trump committed "multiple federal crimes" worth at least 20 years in prison.

Dec 17 07:45

Sheriff's deputy fired for viciously body slamming middle school student twice in hallway

A sheriff's deputy in Vance County, North Carolina, was fired Monday after security camera footage from a middle school showed him picking up a student and slamming him to the ground twice before dragging him down the hallway, according to WNCN-TV.

Dec 17 07:45

Brawl Breaks Out At Adam Schiff Speech After Protesters Unfurl Trump 2020 Flag — And It's All On Video

Video captured a brawl between supporters of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and protesters who unfurled a Trump 2020 flag during his town hall event on Saturday.

Dec 17 07:44

New York DMV Offices Overwhelmed First Day Illegal Immigrants Allowed To Apply For Driver's Licenses

Motor vehicle offices across New York were bombarded with license applicants Monday, the first day illegal aliens in the state were allowed to apply for a driver's license under the new Green Light Law.

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