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Feb 09 10:48

Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else

THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER HAS engaged in behavior so lowly and unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the world’s richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim.

On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer’s parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between the two through their iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a series of demands involving silence about the company’s conduct.

In a perfect world, none of the sexually salacious material the Enquirer was threatening to release would be incriminating or embarrassing to Bezos: it involves consensual sex between adults that is the business of nobody other than those involved and their spouses. But that’s not the world in which we live: few news events generate moralizing interest like sex scandals, especially among the media.

Feb 09 10:44

VENEZUELA: AMERICA'S 68TH REGIME-CHANGE DISASTER

The US government has been opposed to Venezuela’s socialist revolution since the time Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998. Unbeknownst to most Americans, Chavez was well loved by poor and working class Venezuelans for his extraordinary array of social programs that lifted millions out of poverty. Between 1996 and 2010, the level of extreme poverty plummeted from 40% to 7%. The government also substantially improved healthcare and education, cutting infant mortality by half, reducing the malnutrition rate from 21% to 5% of the population and eliminating illiteracy. These changes gave Venezuela the lowest level of inequality in the region, based on its Gini coefficient.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Propaganda, economic sanctions, and low-key military destabilization; all of these are the toolcraft of US wars, most generally fought for resources of another country (Like Venezuela's most-probable regime-change in the not so distant future).

When Karl Marx observed that all wars are economic in their origin, he has been proven absolutely correct, in following all the wars which the US government has created, and in which this country has been enmeshed since World War II.

I would love to see Mike and I become citizens of any other country on this planet which doesn't indulge in war crimes, but unfortunately, we are both too broke, and far too old, to make that happen.

Feb 09 10:44

Charles-Henri Sanson: The Royal Executioner Of 18th-Century France

On Jan. 5, 1757, King Louis XV of France departed the Palace of Versailles. While he was walking toward his carriage, a strange man suddenly shoved past the palace guards, striking the king in the chest with a penknife.

Feb 09 10:35

SAUDI ARABIA ACCUSED OF HELPING CITIZENS CHARGED WITH RAPE & CHILD PORN TO FLEE 8 US STATES

Saudi Arabia appears to have been systematically helping its US-based citizens to evade American justice for serious crimes, possibly by providing fake passports and private planes.

Late last year, the Oregonian reported five cases of suspects successfully fleeing charges in the state of Oregon, which was temporarily home to about 1,000 students from Saudi Arabia. But the same news outlet has now discovered a total of 17 cases across eight states and even Canada, suggesting the ploy is an established practice.

Most of the cases involve a similar scenario: after an arrest, the Saudi consulate hires a legal team and eventually posts bail, which in two cases constituted $1 million and $500,000. Once the suspect is released, even if they had surrendered their international travel passport, they somehow manage to leave the country, before then appearing back in Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; you need to have a conversation with your BFF, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, about this; because understanding that this has gone on right under your nose, is making you look like a fool to the rest of the world.

The only other option I can think of here, is that because it hasn't mattered that much to you and your agenda with Saudi Arabia, you have decided to let these little murders and rapes go as un-noticed as long as possible.

Feb 09 10:27

CHASE BANK SHUTS DOWN PROUD BOYS LEADER'S PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNT

Enrique Tarrio, who is the Chairman of the Proud Boys fraternal organization, had his personal Chase bank account shut down abruptly earlier this week.

In a letter obtained exclusively by Big League Politics, the bank informs him that he must shut down all of his accounts by April 1st, 2019, without giving a reason.

This comes just days after Chase Bank’s payment processor, Chase Paymentech, de-platformed him on a website he runs that allows groups and charities to sell merchandise, and raise money for causes. The website, 1776.shop, is most known for selling the famous “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” shirts which Stone was spotted in during the late-night arrest at his home.

Tarrio has been facing months of backlash for his affiliation with the Proud Boys, first getting onto the radar in an article published on The Daily Beast, which asserts that people of color are joining white supremacist organizations. Tarrio is both Cuban, and black, and was profiled in that article.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This happens so frequently as to barely really create a ripple in the codswallop which passes for "corporate news" in the US, but this club of deplatforming is being held over the heads of all who do not accept the current government "Propagenda", (That is, the US government's propaganda, which forwards its agenda, which is nearly exclusively martial in its trajectory.)

The US government is currently conducting failed, endless wars in Afghanistan; Yemen; Somalia; Libya; Iraq; but not content with these military disasters the US government is now trying to achieve regime change in Russia; Iran, and Venezuela.

One would have to guess that the "logic" among those in the bowels of DC is, "We can't compete with emerging economies, like Russia and China, so let's just blow them up to smithereens, so that they will have to start all over again."

And as ugly and immoral as this might seem, the actions of the US government telegraph to me that this is precisely where it is going, into a round of other endless wars for conquest and profit.

I do not know what odds the bookies in Vegas have put on the resurrection of the draft in this country; but were I a betting woman, I would bet that it will not be long before this happens.

To all our readers on the Mainland and beyond, if you have not already picked a point to run to should things get horrific where you are living, now is the time to scope someplace out where you, your family, and your supplies will be safe, at least for a little while; this is as necessary for your prepping as is making sure your kit is current, and you are well provisioned.

Feb 09 10:02

U.S. sues Lockheed, others for alleged kickbacks on nuclear site cleanup

The United States has sued Lockheed Martin Corp, Lockheed Martin Services Inc, and Mission Support Alliance LLC, as well as a Lockheed executive for alleged false claims and kickbacks on a multibillion-dollar contract to clean up a nuclear site, the Justice Department said on Friday.

The complaint alleges Lockheed paid more than $1 million to Mission Support Alliance executives in order to win a $232 million subcontract for providing management and technology support at the Hanford, Washington site from 2010 through the middle of 2016 at inflated rates.

It also says the defendants lied about the amount of profit included in Lockheed's billing rates.

A Lockheed Martin spokeswoman denied the allegations, saying the company "rejects the suggestion that the corporation or its executives engaged in any wrongdoing. Lockheed Martin will defend this matter vigorously."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; how soon will the US government sue its weapons makers for not delivering on time, delivering equipment which does not perform as promised, and has obscene cost overruns?!?

Feb 09 09:58

URGING DEFECTIONS, TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REPORTEDLY HOLDING SECRET TALKS WITH VENEZUELAN MILITARY

In an effort to encourage defections from Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro, the Trump administration is reportedly holding secret talks with members of the Venezuelan military as top U.S. cabinet officials continue to issue aggressive threats and push for regime change.

According to Reuters, which cited an anonymous senior White House official, the U.S. "is holding direct communications with members of Venezuela's military urging them to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and is also preparing new sanctions aimed at increasing pressure on him."

"The Trump administration expects further military defections from Maduro's side," Reuters reported, "despite only a few senior officers having done so since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president last month, earning the recognition of the United States and dozens of other countries."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most blatant, in-your-face attempts at regime change I think I have ever witnessed this life time.

And trust me, this is not "for the good of Venezuelan people"; it is for massive control of one of the most huge stores of oil on the planet, including more oil just discovered in the Orinoco Basin of Venezuela.

I feel very sorry for the Venezuelan people, for what they have suffered, under American sanctions, and will suffer, as the increasing instability in their country becomes "the new normal."

There have been some conflicting accounts as to how many special Russian troops have been sent to Venezuela; some may be Spetsnaz troops, and others from an independent, Russian mercenary group, like The Wagner Group; but it is very certain that Russia's investment will not be lost without a fight.

This could well set the stage for a "proxy war" over Venezuela's oil holdings, between the US and Russia, and I am seriously hoping that will not happen. But everything I am seeing seems poised to go in that direction.

Feb 09 09:58

Hordes flock to Portland stores as snow moves in

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A snowstorm is closing in on the Portland area and people are stocking up on last-minute supplies.

Local grocery stores were packed all day Friday and checkout lines were dozens of people deep. Employees rushed to keep shelves stocked but many stores had a difficult time trying to keep up.

Everything from bread to milk and apples to bananas practically flew off the shelves at the Safeway in Portland's Pearl District. Produce aisles were picked clean at the Walmart in Tigard; bacon went extinct at the Fred Meyer in Wilsonville.

Feb 09 09:56

Watch live: Continuing KGW Sunrise coverage of winter storm

Watch live: Continuing KGW Sunrise coverage of winter storm.

Heavy snow is falling in Southwest Washington and east Clark and Multnomah counties this morning as the expected winter storm started to hit the region.

Feb 09 09:53

Snow has arrived for many in metro area: Will keep falling Saturday, forecasters say

Close to a foot here in The Gorge.

Residents in many parts of the Portland area are waking up Saturday to an inches-thick blanket of snow. Yet others -- including those in Beaverton -- have yet to see anything stick.

The snow appears to be moving from the north and east -- where places such as Camas received several inches in the pre-dawn hours -- to the south and west. Some suburbs -- including Hillsboro, Tualatin and Wilsonville -- had received very little snow and still had bare, wet exposed streets.

Feb 09 09:38

TOP US NAVY ADMIRAL SLAMS $500MN RAILGUN PROJECT AS A ‘CASE STUDY’ IN FAILED INNOVATION

A $500-million project to develop an American electromagnetic railgun, in the makings for over a decade, should be used as a failed “case study” on how not to develop new weapons systems, a top US admiral has said.
“I would say that railgun is kind of the case study that would say 'This is how innovation maybe shouldn't happen,'” the chief of naval operations, Adm. John Richardson, told the Atlantic Council. “It's been around, I think, for about 15 years, maybe 20. So ‘rapid’ doesn't come to mind when you’re talking about timeframes like that.”

The futuristic weapon has been in development since 2005 and already cost the US taxpayer a whopping $500 million – and is not expected to enter service in the foreseeable future, if ever, the admiral admitted. Originally the Pentagon envisioned installing the completed weapon on Zumwalt-class destroyers by the mid-2020s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This project has "failed boondoggle" written all over it.

To spend $500 million on a project which cannot work, is an obscene waste of taxpayers' money, and this has to stop.

Shouldn't the military, and the corporations which support them, have a time and cost ratio, and if a developed weapon fails at a far earlier phase than sopping up 500 million dollars, to be abandoned, with all research saved for the next incarnation of a weapon which might have the chance of actually working?!?

Because here it is painfully clear, that there was zero congressional oversight, and no clear exit from the development of this useless concept, which would really put us ahead of Russian or Chinese military technology; and this should be the "gold standard" of any weapon created for our military, and quickly.

Feb 09 09:29

WORRISOME NONSTICK CHEMICALS ARE COMMON IN U.S. DRINKING WATER, FEDERAL STUDY SUGGESTS

Olga Naidenko, EWG’s senior science adviser, notes that it is unusual for researchers to detect PFAS chemicals in drinking water above the EPA advisory level. And she believes the agency’s existing advisory levels for PFOS and PFOA “are not sufficiently protective.” Communities with high concentrations, she says, should be informed.

The stakes surrounding studies of PFAS prevalence, concentrations, and human health impacts are immense. Stricter standards could force U.S. drinking water suppliers to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to remove the chemicals. And they could require those who used the chemicals—including industrial facilities, fire fighters, and the U.S. military—to pay for cleanups and potentially even damages for people who can show their health was harmed by the substances.

Feb 09 09:26

THE U.S. FACES A CATASTROPHIC FOOD SUPPLY CRISIS IN AMERICA AS FARMERS STRUGGLE : SOURCE: MAC SLAVO @ SHTFPLAN.COM

American farmers are battling several issues when it comes to producing our food. Regulated low prices, tariffs, and the inability to export have all cut into the salaries of farmers. They are officially in crisis mode, just like the United States’ food supply.

“The farm economy’s in pretty tough shape,” said John Newton, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. “When you look out on the horizon of things to come, you start to see some cracks.” Average farm income has fallen to near 15-year lows under president Donald Trump’s policies, and in some areas of the country, farm bankruptcies are soaring. And with slightly higher interest rates, many don’t see borrowing more money as an option. “A lot of farmers are going to give the president the benefit of the doubt, and have to date. But the longer the trade war goes on, the more that dynamic changes,” said Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, according to Politico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Occasionally, one of the Big Box stores has a sale on survival food and gear; the next time that happens, it would make sense for you to invest in something like this.

If you haven't already figured out what you and your family need to "hunker down" for awhile, if it is safe enough where you live to do this, please do so now. This means potable water, dried food, and whatever meds in advance of needing them.

This also means, if you have a kid in school, that you become very familiar about the circumstances of getting your kid OUT of school, should the excrement hit the ventilation system, and which adults (or older siblings) may take them out of school, at your request.

Have a bug-out kit prepared for the car, if you need to get out of town quickly.

Prepping is not some wild, fool's errand; it is an investment in your own, and your family's future, should things go south in this country.

Feb 09 09:17

"WTF IS GOING ON IN DOWNTOWN LA?": ARMY WAR DRILLS CONTINUE ACROSS LOS ANGELES

Having started on Monday, the US Army continues its war drills across the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area through Saturday with the goal of enhancing Army Special Forces skills by "operating in urban environments", Army Special Operations Command said in a statement.

“The local terrain and training facilities in Los Angeles provide the Army with unique locations and simulates urban environments the service members may encounter when deployed overseas,” the Army told CBS.

Downtown Los Angeles residents were shocked Monday night when a fleet of Boeing A/MH-6M Little Bird and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters swooped in around them.

This is not the first time residents of a major metropolitan area across the US have experienced a military exercise. For instance, in 2015, Texas residents prepared for Jade Helm 15, an army training exercise which took place in multiple states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The latter possibility makes the most sense; And I say this, because there are many things about to fail, economically, and socially, that might get people protesting to the point of riots which, of course, would have to be put down "with extreme prejudice" by our military, even if it means killing their own citizens.

Feb 09 09:07

JEFF BEZOS PROTESTS THE INVASION OF HIS PRIVACY, AS AMAZON BUILDS A SPRAWLING SURVEILLANCE STATE FOR EVERYONE ELSE

THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER HAS engaged in behavior so lowly and unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible storyline: the world’s richest billionaire and a notorious labor abuser, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, as a sympathetic victim.

On Thursday, Bezos published emails in which the Enquirer’s parent company explicitly threatened to publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his mistress, which were apparently exchanged between the two through their iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a series of demands involving silence about the company’s conduct.

In a perfect world, none of the sexually salacious material the Enquirer was threatening to release would be incriminating or embarrassing to Bezos: it involves consensual sex between adults that is the business of nobody other than those involved and their spouses. But that’s not the world in which we live: few news events generate moralizing interest like sex scandals, especially among the media.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony in the morning

Feb 09 08:17

The Story of the Tollund Man

Would you believe this peaceful, careworn face is that of a 2,000-year-old bog body? Discovered by accident in 1950 in the bogs of the Danish Jutland Peninsula by some peat farmers.

Feb 09 08:09

The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is known as the best selling novelist of all time. She wrote a total of 80 novels, 66 detective novels and 14 short stories. Her books have only been outsold by The Bible and Shakespeare. Regardless of her success as an author and novelist, she is also very well known for her mysterious disappearance on the evening of December 3, 1926.

Feb 09 08:04

Hudson Bay Point Blankets: Important Trade Good or Gift of Death?

We might not think that a common, household object like a blanket could have an impact on history, but that has happened with the iconic Hudson’s Bay point blankets. The Hudson’s Bay Company, or HBC, first began producing and selling their point blanket in 1779 in posts around Canada and very quickly, the durable, distinctive wool blankets became popular among the settlers and indigenous tribes of Canada. For the white Europeans, the Hudson’s Bay point blankets represented the fur trade and pioneering settlements of the vast Canadian wilderness. But among the native people of North America, the wool blankets symbolized the evils colonialism and the introduction of deadly diseases.

Feb 08 15:21

BREAKING *SECOND* (!!!) allegation of rape drops against the Democratic Lt. Gov of Virginia Justin Fairfax.

Meredith Watson says her rape by Justin Fairfax occurred in 2000 and matched a similar account of another woman alleging sexual assault against Fairfax.

Feb 08 13:10

50 Days Until America’s ‘Brexit Prize’ Becomes Reality

The New Republic reports as other publications do that – “A web of wealthy think tanks, lobbying groups, and organizations that seem to blur the line between such distinctions are behind the Brexiteers. These individuals and organizations are bound by a shared dream of deregulating the British economy and opening it up to U.S. markets—billed as the “Brexit prize.”

The American magazine continues:

“The main proponents of a hard Brexit are radical free-market Conservatives with a history of trans-Atlantic ties. A recent blueprint for a future U.K.-U.S. trade policy post-Brexit shined a light on the shared interests their project entails. The proposal listed as contributors a nexus of British and American libertarian organizations and received glowing endorsements from Brexit’s most influential figures.“

Feb 08 13:07

Scott Adams: Warren’s Apology Tour, Bezos Exposing Pecker, Healthcare, Green New Deal

Cringe-worthy apologies by Elizabeth Warren
She doesn’t appear to have a sense of humor
Different handling, could have salvaged her political career
Jeff Bezos handling of private pictures that have become public
Pushed back against what he calls blackmail, A+ handling
Universal Healthcare graph that puts everything in context
1. Current amount of taxes being collected
2. How much more taxes are needed for AOC Green Deal?
AOC is over-asking and priming us, softening us up…
…just like President Trump does negotiating
Will U.S. be selling our climate change solutions to the world?
CO2 scrubbers are a good example
The good versus weak and bad climate change people
Border security committee finally brought in the experts
If we don’t see a plan from both sides, waste of time
Orange versus blue book cover for my new book
Winning cover design is orange with blue bubbles

Feb 08 12:52

Is slavery alive and well in the United States prison system?

Prison Labor: Modern SLAVERY?

Feb 08 12:51

35 Mind Blowing Facts About America That Previous Generations Of Americans Never Would Have Believed

The only thing that seems to be constant in our society is change, and today America is changing at a pace that is more rapid than we have ever seen before. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? For a moment, I would like for you to imagine what it would be like for a group of average Americans from 1919 to suddenly be transported to our time. How do you think that they would feel about what we have become? Certainly they would be absolutely amazed by our advanced technology, but beyond that they would almost certainly have very strong opinions about the current state of our society. Similarly, if any of us were suddenly transported 100 years into the future, I am sure that we would be completely and utterly shocked by how things had changed. The decisions that we make today are going to echo long into the future, and if we make very bad decisions there might not be a future for our country at all.

Feb 08 12:27

Another big year expected for gun control in the states

After a significant year for the gun control movement in 2018, momentum for stricter firearms laws in states across the country likely will accelerate this year.

Feb 08 11:51

New Green Deal Mocked Widely, Triggers Predicted Dem Civil War

Pelosi has already dismissed it as stupid

Feb 08 11:33

US Congresswoman: Trump Supporting Al-Qaeda, Saudis Main Sponsors of Terrorism

US Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard strongly criticized President Donald Trump for supporting Al-Qaeda terrorist group, and said the Riyadh government is the main state supporter of terrorism in the region.

"Trump says he is going to focus on counter-terrorism while simultaneously supporting/helping al-Qaeda and partnering with the Saudis, the actual leading state sponsors of terror, who spread the extremist ideology that fuels the likes of ISIS (ISIL) and al-Qaeda," Gabbard wrote on his Twitter account while referring to a recent report by CNN on Saudi Arabia's support for terrorist groups, specially al-Qaeda.

A new report by CNN found that Saudi Arabia gave US-made weapons to al-Qaeda-linked fighters in Yemen, in violation of a US-Saudi arms deal.

Feb 08 11:00

How Early Plastic Surgery Procedures Looked Like

Plastic surgery skills were first mastered by Sir Harold Gillies, a talented surgeon. Gillies wanted to help soldiers who’ve been disfigured fighting the World War I battles in the front lines.

Feb 08 10:53

One giant step for Virgin: Richard Branson claims he'll fly to space in JULY to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing

British billionaire says that he plans to travel to space within four or five months
His wish is to go up on the anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission landing
Virgin Galactic along with Blue Origin is working on sending tourists into space
They want to send hundreds of people on these short 'suborbital' flights
Other space flight companies like SpaceX are also working towards this goal

Feb 08 10:41

2 Million Syringes Still Missing As San Francisco's Drug Addicts Outnumber High-School Students

In an effort to reduce infections and disease transmission among injection drug users, San Francisco handed out a record 5.8 million free syringes last year - about 500,000 more than in 2017.

“The drugs of choice among the homeless appear to be heroin during the day, and methamphetamine at night - to stay up,” said Eileen Loughran, who heads the city’s syringe access and recovery program. Loughran said on average an addict shoots up three times a day, “but some people do more.”

Feb 08 10:22

Caltrans: All lanes of Richmond-San Rafael Bridge reopen after being shut down twice

The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge was shutdown twice Thursday during ongoing emergency safety inspections prompted by falling concrete chunks that crashed onto at least one vehicle and shut down the bridge spanning the northernmost portion of the San Francisco Bay.

As of 9 p.m. Thursday night, all lanes on the bridge were open. Caltrans workers installed metal plating on the bridge’s upper deck and completed emergency inspections, according to Caltrans spokesman Vince Jacala.

Sonoma resident Graham Edwards was the only person to reportedly suffer vehicle damage as a result of falling concrete, and his wife made the initial report to CHP about the danger on the bridge.

Feb 08 10:21

Video Shows Rats Inside L.A. City Hall Amid Typhus Outbreak That May Force Removal of the Gov’t Hub’s Carpets

All carpets at Los Angeles City Hall may need to be replaced amid a Typhus outbreak that may have infected one city employee while at work, according to a motion filed by Council President Herb Wesson on Wednesday.

Wesson first became aware of a vermin issue in November 2018, contacted pest control experts and removed all his office's carpets, according to the motion.

The motion reported cleanup issues and a noticeable increase in rodents in the area, which could have contributed to the outbreak.

On Thursday, Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez provided to KTLA video showing rats running through City Hall offices. Spooked staffers could be heard shrieking in the background.

Feb 08 10:02

Planned Parenthood Has A Plan To Expand Abortion To 40 Weeks In All 50 States

The nation’s leading abortion providers has a new strategy in creating an even larger profit for itself.

In a three-part initiative called "Care for All", Planned Parenthood plans to expand abortion access and lessen restrictions across the country. The plan that first was first proposed last year has vowed to "kick off the 2019 legislative session by doubling down on this work."

Feb 08 09:59

Cindy McCain Apologizes After Police Refute Human Trafficking Claim

Cindy McCain, the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) widow, tweeted an apology Wednesday after police refuted her claim she saved a child from a human trafficking attempt at an airport.

“At Phoenix Sky Harbor, I reported an incident that I thought was trafficking. I commend the police officers for their diligence. I apologize if anything else I have said on this matter distracts from ‘if you see something, say something,’” McCain tweeted.

Feb 08 09:58

New California Transgender Driver’s Licenses Force Young Women to Subsidize Young Men

California’s new law providing for “non-binary” genders on the state’s driver’s licenses reportedly have the unintended consequence of requiring young women to subsidize teenage boys by paying higher auto insurance rates.

The law — signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017 to meet transgender needs — allows California drivers to mark their gender as “X” instead of male or female.

After the law’s passage, Dan Morain notes at the CALmatters blog, the state’s insurance commissioners barred “the use of gender in automobile insurance rating,” which typically favors women, who are lower-risk drivers than men, at least younger men. Six other states have similar regulations.

Feb 08 09:56

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Defends Radical Abortion Law: ‘I Am a Former Altar Boy’

Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York defended himself against criticism that he rejected his self-proclaimed Catholic faith by signing into law a bill that allows abortion up until birth, asserting, “I was educated in religious schools, and I am a former altar boy.”

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Cuomo insisted, “My Roman Catholic values are my personal values. The decisions I choose to make in my life, or in counseling my daughters, are based on my personal moral and religious beliefs.”

“My oath of office is to the Constitutions of the United States and of the State of New York – not to the Catholic Church,” the governor said.

Feb 08 09:53

GENE SIMMONS SAYS HE WAS ‘WRONG,’ ‘NOT INFORMED’ ABOUT CANNABIS

Gene Simmons has said he was “wrong” and “not informed” about cannabis as he began his role as “chief evangelical officer” for Canadian cannabis company Invictus. The announcement last week took many fans by surprise since the Kiss star had always been outspoken about the use of any form of drugs, and has always insisted he’d never used anything other than prescription substances.

“I was wrong and I was not informed,” Simmons told the Toronto Sun in a recent interview. “Well, drug abuse, you don’t have to be a genius [to reject it] and alcohol abuse, everybody knows that’s wrong, but I’ve been dismissive of cannabis. And I didn’t know much about it. I just dismissed it out of hand.

“I have to man up and admit," he continued, "in the past, I used to dismiss lots of things because of ignorance and arrogance. About three years ago when I did my own research, I found out astonishing new information that doctors and researchers were talking about with regards to cannabis.”

Feb 08 09:53

Two Women Accused Him Of Sexual Assault And He Was Expelled. A Judge Determined The School Was Wrong.

A male student at California State University-Fresno was expelled after his school investigated the claims of two women who said he sexually assaulted them. Based on available evidence, a judge has called for the school to overturn its decision.

Feb 08 09:53

The 5 Most Hilarious And Insane Things In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' Proposal

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has finally released her much-hyped "Green New Deal" proposal. The plan — if you can call it that — is to totally upend and reshape our economy while eliminating all carbon emissions. And she does mean all carbon emissions.

Feb 08 09:38

The Value-Free Society

If most people retain anything of their first philosophy course, it is likely to be the convenient distinction between "facts" and "values" that was fashionable during the heyday of logical positivism. According to this still popular doctrine, we cannot derive "ought" from "is." An impassible gulf separates them. On one side are provable, objective realities; on the other, merely subjective preferences. Or: on one side science, on the other religion, esthetics, ethics.

In these terms, a notable change has occurred in the abortion debate. The advocates of legal abortion used to claim the facts. While their cause was in the ascendant, their constant theme was that "the question when life begins is essentially a moral and religious question, not a scientific one." Nobody could say, they held, when, as a matter of fact, life begins.

Feb 08 09:32

Former NFL star says men are responsible to step up and prevent abortion: ‘Men are protectors. We are providers.’

During Wednesday night's episode of Fox News' "The Story with Martha MacCallum," Watson offered host Martha MacCallum an explanation as to how men could help eradicate abortions.
"We're living in a time, Martha, of abortion on demand," Watson — an outspoken Christian — explained. "We're living in a time of relativism.

Feb 08 09:17

The Way Bill Gates Explained Why He Isn’t The World’s Most Generous Philanthropist Is Brilliant

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the U.S, with the noble aims of enhancing healthcare and reducing extreme poverty around the world. The Microsoft founder has become synonymous with philanthropy, making a pledge to give away at least half of his vast fortune to global issues such as malaria and sanitation, issues that are often ignored by governments and other organizations.

Feb 08 09:17

Man's request for a vanity plate denied because his last name could cause offense

A Canadian man says that his request for a personalized license plate has been rejected on the grounds that it contains an “unacceptable slogan.”
The CBC reports that Dave Assman, who pronounces his last name as “Oss-men,” has been prohibited from putting his last name on his license plate — and he’s determined to fight the ban.

Feb 08 09:13

“No-Knock Raid” is Just Another Term for “Violent Home Invasion”

On January 28, home invaders murdered 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas and 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle of Houston, Texas. Nicholas and Tuttle wounded five of the (numerous) armed burglars before being slain.

That’s not how the news accounts put it, of course. Typical headline (from the Houston Chronicle): “4 HPD officers shot in southeast Houston narcotics operation, a fifth injured.”

A number of claims relating to the fateful “no-knock raid” remain in dispute, not least whether or not Nicholas and Tuttle were, as the search warrant leading to the raid alleged, selling heroin from their home (their neighbors characterized them as quiet people who didn’t have lots of company, and scoffed at the notion that they might be drug dealers).

Setting aside those disputes, let’s give the benefit of doubt to Houston police chief Art Acevedo on two things.

Acevedo says that his officers “announced themselves as Houston police officers while simultaneously breaching the front door.”

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What happens if real criminals just decode to shout "Police!" as they break into your home?

Feb 08 09:11

Machete-armed hoodlums wearing clown masks ambush a Texas couple, and get beat down with a scooter instead

A Texas couple escaped being robbed by two men wearing clown masks with a machete by giving them a beatdown that included using their grandchild's scooter as a weapon.
Aretha Cardinal and her husband Joseph Nelson said the altercation happened while they sat in their car in the driveway of their Texas City home early on Friday evening.

Feb 08 09:10

White cop filmed dragging handcuffed black girl, 18, to the ground by her HAIR as she cries for him to get off because she has asthma

This is the stomach churning moment a Pennsylvania law enforcement officer was seen dragging a teenage girl to the ground by her hair before seemingly pinning her to the road with his body weight.
In the minute-long clip from Wednesday afternoon after cops began banging on the windows of a car she was in with friend Khalil Harvin, the black woman can be heard telling the Philadelphia Police Department officer: 'Get the f**k off me.

Feb 08 09:08

'I'm mad, y'all!' Ocasio-Cortez wipes away a tear as she vows to defund ICE over death of 7-year-old migrant and claims Trump hates ALL immigrants – while saying Latinos can't be illegals because America is 'native land'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wiped away a tear Thursday during a press conference held by a liberal group to protest the continuing flow of taxpayer dollars to Immigration and Custons Enforcement.
The 29-year-old New York lawmayer, who self-identifies as a democratic socialist, said at a MoveOn.org event that shutting down ICE is 'one of the more urgent moral issues and crises that we have in America right now.'

Feb 08 09:04

Antique store stands by KKK figurine: 'I'm sorry if you're offended, but we feel it's a part of history'

Ericka Boussarhane, 45, was shopping at Uncle Billy’s Antique Mall in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday, when she saw the ceramic figure dressed in KKK gear, a white robe and a hood. “I stopped in my tracks and thought, am I dreaming? Because obviously, this can’t be happening,” Boussarhane tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I took a moment to gather myself and asked the manager why she was selling it.”

Feb 08 09:03

Kellyanne Conway Speaks About Alleged Assault At Restaurant

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway revealed Friday that a woman has been charged for grabbing and shaking her while Conway was eating out with her teenage daughter in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Somebody was grabbing me from behind, grabbing my arms, and was shaking me to the point where I felt maybe somebody was hugging me,” Conway told CNN’s Dana Bash. “She was out of control. I don’t even know how to explain her to you. She was just, her whole face was terror and anger. She was right here, and my daughter was right there. She ought to pay for that.”

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