#Apple, #Facebook, #Spotify, and #YouTube Accelerate Censorship Effort

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One by one, social media giants Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube have found strength in numbers to kick popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off their platforms — and feed his conspiracy theories at the same time.

Apple set off the chain of action when it removed five of six Infowars podcasts from iTunes and the podcast application on Sunday. By Monday morning, Facebook announced it removed four pages related to the Infowars media empire for “repeated violations of Community Standards.”

Spotify also moved to take down a show by Jones on Monday, which had several episodes removed last week. After multiple warnings over several months, YouTube on Monday removed Jones’s channel, followed by almost 2.5 million subscribers.

The move from “Big Tech” certainly gives him material. In a promo for a show, Infowars wars that “the war on your mind is in full swing as globalists remove outlets of liberty and truth, starting with the tip of the spear: Alex Jones.”

The last major platform Jones has is, of course, Twitter. Though users are still begging the social media site to properly remove hate speech, it did feel moved enough to start label posts containing “sensitive material” with a warning before giving users the option to view it.

via Social Media Giants Deplatform Alex Jones – August 6, 2018 – SF Weekly

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More on #LesMoonves and the #sexcrimes at #CBS

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The CBS board of directors is expected to meet today and discuss the sex crimes said to have been committed by network CEO Les Moonves.

Some board directors have discussed whether Moonves should step aside. It’s interesting that there is any debate considering the egregious charges being made.

Moonves isn’t alone at CBS. Sex crime charges have been leveled at “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager as well. Six former employees say Fager groped them.

via Les Moonves: How CBS reported on sexual misconduct allegations

#60Minutes #sexcrime bombshells continue to rock #CBS

The piece by Ronan Farrow concludes by detailing the situation at 60 Minutes, where there was what one producer describes as “a very toxic culture toward women.”

Farrow also publishes new allegations against the executive producer of 60 Minutes, Jeff Fager, who was previously the chairman of CBS news from 2011-2015.

According to six former employees, Fager would touch women inappropriately at company parties.

Others alleged that Fager shielded men beneath him who were accused of misconduct and even promoted them into leadership roles.

Said one former employee: “Fager seemed to encourage that climate. It wasn’t even that he turned a blind eye toward it.”

“A lot of my memories of ‘60 Minutes’ are of other women coming into my office, closing the door, and just breaking down because of working as a woman at CBS,” said another woman who eventually left the network. “Toward the end of my time there, I thought, God, I love the stories, I love the work, but this has to be easier somewhere else.”

via http://www.vulture.com/amp/2018/07/biggest-bombshells-from-the-les-moonves-harassment-report.html

Churches will pay taxes under GOP tax bill

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The 2017 tax bill forces nonprofits, including churches, to pay a 21 percent tax on the value of certain employee benefits.

Short of legislative action, a public relations nightmare could be awaiting lawmakers who voted for the tax bill back home.

“This is an issue that will not go away,” said Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Fiscal Accountability. “When you stir up 100,000 houses of worship, and then hundreds of thousands of nonprofits on top of that, you have a pretty mighty force that is going to get attention on this issue.”

Tucked away in the new tax law congressional Republicans passed late last year with no Democratic support is a provision slapping certain nonprofits and charities, including churches, with a 21 percent tax on the value of some employee benefits.

The expectation is the tax would relate to parking spaces and public transit passes. But those affected by the provision are genuinely unsure what exactly would qualify as a taxable expense because they still haven’t received official guidance from the Treasury Department.

“Treasury is aware of the change … and we have been talking to the impacted constituencies about the concern,” said a Treasury spokesperson in a statement to McClatchy. “We are working to address the issue and provide clarity for taxpayers.”

The new tax on the value of employee benefits means that many institutions are going to have to prepare tax forms for the very first time — a convoluted and potentially costly exercise.

via Churches could pay taxes under GOP tax bill | The Sacramento Bee

Mexican President-Elect Obrador stealing a page out of President Trump’s play-book?

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It what appears to come right out of the “Make America Great Again” playbook, Mexico’s president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Sunday released a seven-page letter he sent to U.S. President Donald Trump detailing how he plans to improve Mexico’s economy and security when he takes office in December so that Mexicans do not feel the need to migrate.

“There will be many changes,” he promised in the letter. “And in this new atmosphere of progress with well-being, I’m sure we can reach agreements to confront together the migration phenomenon as well as the problem of border insecurity.”

Lopez Obrador also suggested the two countries draft a development plan backed by public funds and invite Central American countries to join, with the aim of making it “economically unnecessary” for Central Americans to migrate.

Marcelo Ebrard, who is slated to become Mexico’s foreign minister, read the letter aloud to reporters gathered at Lopez Obrador’s political party headquarters. Ebrard said Trump had received the letter.

The incoming Mexican president plans to cut government salaries, perks and jobs. Savings from those cuts, he says, will be directed toward social programs and infrastructure. He also plans to reduce taxes for the private sector in the hopes of spurring investment and job creation.

Making Mexico Great Again….??? This isn’t going to set well with The Resistance.

via https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/07/22/mexican-president-elect-lopez-obrador-vows-to-deter-migration.html

In retaliation, #FBI agent says colleagues are fed up with GOP

Screenshot 2018-07-16 at 08.29.31.pngTaking their political activism to a new public level, Josh Campbell, a former FBI supervisory special agent, told CNN on Friday that law enforcement officials are getting completely fed up with the Republican Party’s regular attacks on their work.

Campbell told CNN that many within the FBI are furious watching President Donald Trump and his party trying to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe by impugning the integrity of the FBI.

Recent hearings on Capitol laid bare the FBI’s aggressive campaign to undermine President Trump. This is the clearest signal yet that the FBI is planning on retaliating against Republicans, especially conservatives who have outed the agency for its pro-Clinton work and its disdain for the U.S. Constitution.

via Ex-FBI agent says colleagues are fed up with GOP attacks on their work | Salon.com

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition, saying it’s too risky to leave to tech industry alone

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Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important and potentially dangerous for tech giants to police themselves.

On Friday, company president Brad Smith urged lawmakers in a blog post to form a bipartisan and expert commission that could set standards and ward against abuses of face recognition, in which software can be used to identify a person from afar without their consent.

“This technology can catalog your photos, help reunite families or potentially be misused and abused by private companies and public authorities alike,” Smith said. “The only way to regulate this broad use is for the government to do so.”

via Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition, saying it’s too risky to leave to tech industry alone – The Washington Post

#EliteMedia pressures #Facebook to ban #conservative websites

Screenshot 2018-06-04 at 07.29.59Facebook invited a group of journalists to a presentation on how the social network is combating fake news, according to CNN. But when pressed about why Facebook won’t take down InfoWars, an extreme right-wing media outlet that peddles false conspiracy theories, Facebook said InfoWars did not violate its community standards and highlighted the company’s commitment to free speech.

On Thursday, Facebook — on Twitter — clarified its stance about why it will not remove InfoWars from its platforms, saying there are outlets on both ends of the political spectrum producing what some may consider fake news.

“We see Pages on both the left and the right pumping out what they consider opinion or analysis – but others call fake news,” tweeted Facebook. “We believe banning these Pages would be contrary to the basic principles of free speech.”

via Facebook: InfoWars won’t be banned from the social network

The Fourth Of July: Viva La Independencia!

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Centuries of European domination of North and South America began to erode and eventually mostly disappear when a courageous group of English subjects signed their names to a proclamation written by Thomas Jefferson on the July 4, 1776. The world would change forever when that declaration was signed.

Its worldwide effect is best described by Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis, a Spanish diplomat and finance minister to the West Indies.

“What is not being thought about at present, what ought to occupy the whole attention of politics, is the great upheaval that in time the North American revolution is going to produce in the human race.”

The first to break away from European domination was America, soon to be named the United States. Next came Mexico (1810 to 1821) and Central and South American countries eventually named Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the other Spanish colonies south to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

via The Fourth Of July: Viva La Independencia! | The Daily Caller

92-year-old woman guns down son because he wanted to put her in an assisted living facility

Screenshot 2018-07-04 at 08.10.08.pngA 92-year-old woman shot and killed her 72-year-old son because he wanted to put her in an assisted living facility.

Anna Mae Blessing is facing one charge each of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.

Blessing was had been living with her son, Thomas Blessing, and his girlfriend in the girlfriend’s condo.

She shot her son twice before turning the gun on his 57-year-old girlfriend.

Blessing is still in jail, held on a $500,000 cash bond.

via MCSO: 92-year-old Fountain Hills woman shot, killed son over ass – Arizona’s Family

Trump administration rescinds Obama-era affirmative action

Screenshot 2018-07-04 at 07.49.23.pngThe changes do not outlaw affirmative action, which the Supreme Court has upheld several times, most recently in 2016.

Opponents and proponents of affirmative action said Tuesday’s move sent the strongest message yet that the Trump administration could be ready to fight the policy in court or investigate institutions it views as relying too much on affirmative action.

via Trump administration rescinds Obama-era policies encouraging affirmative action and backs race-neutral school admissions

Three Truths About Abortion and the Supreme Court

In short: Most Americans do not want a ban on abortion, and favor its availability especially early in pregnancy and in cases of rape and incest, threats to the mother’s life, and severe fetal abnormality.

But they also favor restrictions that are incompatible with current Supreme Court jurisprudence.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-07-03/three-truths-about-abortion-and-the-supreme-court

What is WeChat? Chinese-language app could be fueling Chinese-American conservatism

WeChat, the hugely popular social media app developed by Chinese internet company Tencent, has grown to become an indispensable tool in the lives of both Chinese citizens and first-generation Chinese-speaking immigrants in the U.S.

Part Facebook, part Twitter, part WhatsApp, WeChat helps to forge social connections among groups of people with similar interests, in everything from consumerism to politics. And it also provides its 1 billion monthly active users worldwide with news and information.

http://www.sleeping-giant.com/wechat-chinese-language-app-fueling-chinese-american-conservatism.html

Workers afraid to take bathroom breaks inside Amazon’s fast-paced warehouse world

Screenshot 2018-07-03 at 10.14.34James Bloodworth spent several weeks at Amazon working the requisite 10-hour shifts, four days a week, at a warehouse in the West Midlands countryside. Seeking to write about the plight of the working class, he also worked at a call center, as an Uber driver, on a building site and as a home aide caring for the elderly.

“Amazon was the worst employer, easily,” the author said by phone.

When he took a day off sick, he received a “point.” Earn six and you’re fired, he said.

Bloodworth said he heard of one person getting a point because she had to leave early to see her child in the hospital, and he talked to another who got a point for failing to hit her rate.

At the warehouse where he worked, Amazon monitored everbody’s rate through a handheld device — tracking “our every move as if we were convicts out on house arrest,” he writes.

via Under pressure, afraid to take bathroom breaks? Inside Amazon’s fast-paced warehouse world | The Seattle Times

Walmart’s ‘Impeach 45’ apparel causes social media outcry, boycott

Screenshot 2018-07-03 at 08.18.30.pngThe “Resistance” movement against President Donald Trump is less than a year-and-a-half old. And so are some of its newest members.

At least, that’s what Walmart is promoting with its new baby clothes.

The retail giant is selling “Impeach 45” and “Impeach Trump” baby and adult apparel for opponents of the controversial 45th president of the United States. But Walmart’s “resistance” appeal has met — for lack of a better term — resistance of its own.

via Walmart’s ‘Impeach 45’ apparel causes social media outcry, boycott

Denham locked out of child immigrant center

The cry of a child could be heard just inside the nondescript, brown detention facility in Pleasant Hill, California, a San Francisco suburb, and Rep. Jeff Denham wanted to see for himself what was inside.

He knocked on the door and waited about five minutes, alternatively silent, knocking some more and asking the security guard if employees inside were aware he was out there. The guard eventually told him the employees inside had been instructed to not answer the door, not to even speak to him.

He’d been trying for more than a week to tour the facility.

Denham, who faces one of the nation’s most competitive re-election battles this year, said he made the journey to the center to see conditions for himself as Congress considers immigration legislation and confronts the outcry over separated families.

The facility is run by Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit being paid by the federal government to care for the children.

a Rep. Jeff Denham locked out of child immigrant center | The Modesto Bee

AT&T is hiking the price of DirecTV Now after promising lower consumer prices in Time Warner trial

AT&T Inc. told a federal judge this year that its landmark merger with Time Warner Inc. probably would result in lower prices for its DirecTV customers. But the telecom giant is now saying that it will raise the price of DirecTV’s online streaming service, DirecTV Now, by $5 a month for new and existing customers.

The decision affects all service tiers of the product. AT&T said its decision was driven by industry trends.

The price hike takes effect July 26 for new customers and possibly later for existing customers based on their billing dates. If applied across DirecTV Now’s entire user base of nearly 1.5 million customers, the price increase could mean more than $87.5 million a year in new revenue for AT&T.

via AT&T is hiking the price of DirecTV Now after promising lower consumer prices in Time Warner trial

Now is the moment to revisit the legality of the U.S.-Mexico border

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Take the matter out of Congress’ hands.

Put it in the hands of the American and Mexican people.

Go back — all the way back — to its source: the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

So let’s disrupt the current impasse and innovate the Treaty of Guadalupe 2.0. Impossible? Not really.

via Now is the moment to revisit the legality of the U.S.-Mexico border – SFChronicle.com

India is World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women, US 3rd

Screenshot 2018-07-02 at 10.24.49.pngIndia is the world’s most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts released on 26 June.

War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women’s issues, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

The only Western nation in the top 10 was the United States, which ranked joint third when respondents were asked where women were most at risk of sexual violence, harassment and being coerced into sex.

via India is World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women, US 3rd: Survey  – The Quint

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador commits to NAFTA after landslide win

Screenshot 2018-07-02 at 10.02.50.pngLopez Obrador, who will take office in December, said he would discuss NAFTA with President Enrique Pena Nieto in their first meeting after the election, set for Tuesday.

He also said he would pursue a frank dialogue and friendly relations with the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been openly antagonistic to Mexico over trade and migration since his own presidential campaign. The current NAFTA talks began last year after Trump called for the agreement to be renegotiated to better serve U.S. interests.

via Mexico’s Lopez Obrador commits to NAFTA after landslide win | Reuters

With Mexico presidential election, another step in global populism — but this time from the left

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Populism has been making a comeback, especially in Europe, for more than a quarter-century, and primarily on the right, said Matthew Goodwin, a political scientist at the London-based Chatham House think tank.

It led to the election in the late 1990s and again in every race since 2010 of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, on a virulently anti-immigrant platform and what he calls “illiberal democracy” that includes cracking down on a free press. It drove the so-called Brexit referendum in 2016, when British voters approved their country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

And it has bolstered the far right in France, Poland and Italy, where Europe’s first fully populist post-World War II government is taking seat.

Even in a country with as strong and established a democracy as the United States, populism fueled by economic anxiety was in part the wave on which Trump rode to victory.

“It is hard to conclude that it will disappear anytime soon,” said Goodwin, author of the forthcoming “National Populism: The Revolt against Liberal Democracy.” “We are in a new period of political volatility.”

via With Mexico presidential election, another step in global populism — but this time from the left

How a surprise deal to boost oil supply could ‘stir the pot’ in the Mid East, and test Saudi Arabia

According to President Trump, the world’s 3rd largest oil producer will inject up to 2 million barrels a day to world oil markets — a figure Saudi officials did not immediately verify in a readout confirming the call between Trump and Salman. In a statement issued later in the day, the White House softened the 2 million barrel target, saying that Salman “affirmed” its spare capacity, “which it will prudently use if and when necessary” to smooth out oil markets.

Gas prices have risen in tandem with crude, ramping up political pressure on Trump as he fights a multi-front trade dispute that has roiled markets and threatens the global growth outlook.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/30/oil-deal-may-stir-the-pot-in-the-middle-east-and-test-saudi-capacity.html

Facebook gave preferential treatment to 61 companies after restricting user data back in 2015


Facebook has admitted that it gave dozens of companies access to its users’ data after saying it had restricted access to such data back in 2015, the latest wrinkle in a firestorm over how the social network manages user information.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/01/facebook-says-it-gave-companies-access-to-user-data-after-restricting-.html

Newsweek: Paranormal Researcher Claims He Discovered a Time Warp Outside Las Vegas

Though Warren didn’t make his discovery with conventional science, NASA scientists found similar wrinkles in the time-space fabric. The agency’s Gravity Probe B asserted Einstein’s claims that Earth’s gravity affected space and time travel. Researchers observed gyroscopes and found small changes in the direction they spun in as they moved around Earth’s gravitational pull, NBC Newsreported in 2011.

http://www.newsweek.com/time-warp-discovered-outside-vegas-man-claims-1002695?utm_source=GoogleNewsstandTech&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Partnerships

The Guardian: Mexico election: leftist Amlo set for historic landslide victory

As an estimated 89 million voters descended on polling stations on Sunday it became clear that Mexicans – fed up with political sleaze, soaring violence and poverty – had overwhelmingly voted for change and to reject the only two parties to hold the presidency since the end of one-party rule in 2000.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/02/mexico-election-leftist-amlo-set-for-historic-landslide-victory

The Hill: Maxine Waters on criticism from Schumer: Leadership will do anything to protect their power

“You know, I was surprised at Chuck Schumer, you know reached into the other house to do that,” Waters said when asked by MSNBC host Joy Reid if she was surprised to see leaders in her own party criticizing her. “I’ve not quite seen that done before. But one of the things I recognize, being an elected official, is in the final analysis, you know, leadership will do anything that they think is necessary to protect their leadership.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/395092-maxine-waters-on-criticism-from-pelosi-schumer-leadership-will-do-anything

#Sexcriminal #HarveyWeinstein to surrender to police tomorrow

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Harvey Weinstein

Great News! Sex criminal Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to police tomorrow.  Insiders tell CalNews.com that Weinstein is to be charged by the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Weinstein’s career has been pock-marked by sexual assaults of women then paying them or forcing them through threats to stay quiet..

According to the New York Times, he will face charges in connection to at least one accuser, Lucia Evans, who has said Mr. Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during a business meeting in 2004.

Prosecutors in Manhattan have also been investigating allegations that Mr. Weinstein raped an actress, Paz de la Huerta, in her home in New York City in 2010.

Investigators in Los Angeles and London have also been investigating sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.

In Manhattan, federal prosecutors have broadened their inquiry into possible financial improprieties to include accusations that Mr. Weinstein violated federal stalking laws.

 

#NBC investigates itself, and wouldn’t you know it, no more #sexualpreditors

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NBC sex criminal Matt Lauer.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that NBC News’ internal investigation following Matt Lauer’s firing says it doesn’t believe there is a culture of sexual harassment at the division.

Yeah right.

Furthermore, the network assures everyone that current management wasn’t aware of Lauer’s behavior until the complaint that doomed him.

Yeah, right. As if NBC has any credibility on this issue.

The humiliated network admits more needs to be done to ensure its more than 2,000 employees can complain about bad behavior and not fear retaliation.

Like obeying state and federal law maybe??? Duh!

That’s a good idea since everybody on the planet knows the network has a culture of sexual brutality that makes the exploitation of women routine.

We think NBC News Chairman Andy Lack needs to be investigated. After all, management leads by example right?

All of this is really fake news since NBC turned to its general counsel, Kim Harris, to conduct the investigation.

NBC claims the work of its all-female investigative team, whose jobs no doubt depended on how their report turned out, was reviewed and approved by two outside firms.

Yeah, right.

After all the investigating, investigators found no evidence that anyone “in position of authority” at NBC News knew that Lauer had sexual relationships with others in the company until the Nov. 27 complaint by a woman about an affair that began at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Two of the four women who complained about Lauer say management did know. No surprise there.

In the end, “the investigation team does not believe that there is a widespread or systemic pattern of behavior that violates company policy or a culture of harassment in the News Division,” Harris’ report said.

Naturally.

#Privileged #elites to feel the backlash from #Starbucks #racism

Screenshot 2018-04-17 at 13.41.28The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Starbucks Corp. plans to close its more than 8,000 company-owned U.S. stores for several hours to conduct racial-bias training for their nearly 175,000 U.S. workers.

According to the report, the move is the coffee chain’s latest response to the controversial arrest of two African-American men at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia.

A clearly racist Starbucks employee asked two African-American men to leave because they wanted to wait for their friend to arrive before placing an order. White people do this all the time but somehow it’s a problem when African-Americans do it.

In order to mitigate the legal exposure, Starbucks said it will close its stores and Seattle corporate offices during the afternoon May 29 “to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores.”

The privileged elites, who frequent Starbucks stores around the nation, will feel the backlash from Starbucks’ racism. Normal people probably could care less, and continue to wonder why paying $6.50 for a cup of coffee is a good deal.

During the store closures, employees “will go through a training program designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome,” a Starbucks executive told the media.

The only people “safe and welcome” in Starbucks are the privileged elites. That’s not going to change anytime soon, no matter how many times Starbucks closes.

Secret database reveals #NYPD brutality

Screenshot 2018-04-16 at 06.54.17.pngBuzzFeed News is making public what they say is one of the New York Police Department’s most fiercely guarded secrets: a database of disciplinary findings for about 1,800 NYPD employees who faced departmental misconduct charges between 2011 and 2015.

This information has been closely guarded for years, and completely off-limits since 2016, when the NYPD removed them from public view, citing a controversial state law that shields police officers’ misconduct.

As a result, New Yorkers who are charged with a crime have no simple way to find out if the officer who arrested them has a misconduct record that might affect their credibility with a jury.

And taxpayers as a whole have no way to assess how their police department is policing its own.

The files were provided by a source who requested anonymity. Their legitimacy was verified through more than 100 calls to NYPD employees, visits to officers’ homes, interviews with prosecutors and defense lawyers, and a review of thousands of pages of court records.

These documents formed the basis of our investigation, published last month, which identified at least 319 NYPD employees who had committed offenses serious enough to merit firing but who were allowed to keep their jobs.

This database covers a wide range of offenses, from showing up late to work, to drunk driving, to holding a handcuffed prisoner down while another officer stomped on the person’s head.

 

Psycho #Leftists attack wrong #LauraIngraham

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Laura Ingraham from Fox News, and Leftist journalist Lauren Ingram from Australia.

According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s been a tough week for Laura Ingraham…and for Lauren Ingram.

Laura Ingraham, the wildly popular Fox News commentator who rightly slammed Parkland High School dilettante David Hogg, sparked a social media firestorm of outrage from psycho Leftists.

That’ apparently is bad news for Lauren Ingram, a Left-wing Australian journalist who wound up on the receiving end of a lot of that vitriol.

Duh! Their names aren’t even spelled the same.

However, they are both women, blonde and white. That was apparently good enough for the obviously near-illiterate Leftists.

Making matters worse for the Australian Ms. Ingram, “When I tweeted saying, ‘I’m not Laura Ingraham, I’m a feminist journalist from Australia and I don’t like guns,’ then I started getting abuse from Trump supporters and supporters of Ingraham,” she said.

Bummer for her.

The #PoliceState cuts off #JulianAssange’s internet access…again

Screenshot 2018-03-29 at 07.32.20Multiple media sources are reporting that Ecuador’s government has suspended internet access for Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder and privacy defender has lived in the Ecuadoran embassy in London for the last six years.

The pressure mounting from Great Britain and the European Union has been tremendous, and it looks like Ecuador is starting to cave in.

This was not the first time Ecuador had cut off Mr. Assange: It did so in October 2016, saying it feared being sucked into efforts to interfere in the American election. That was fake news.

Mr. Assange went to the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about rape allegations. The charges were exposed as another example of fake news, and Sweden eventually dropped the matter.

 

Like millions of Americans, #Prince loved drugs

Screenshot 2018-03-27 at 07.05.47.pngThis should come as no surprise to people who live in a nation that is the world’s leading consumer of illegal drugs.

NBC News is reporting that a toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin.

The experts say the numbers leave no doubt that fentanyl killed the wildly popular singer.

Like we always say…Americans love drugs.

Clueless #FBI director denies the bureau tried to rig the election

Screenshot 2018-03-24 at 07.42.04.pngIn an Orwellian interview, FBI chief Chris Wray told NBC News that the bureau has over 3,000 open terror investigations, a higher number than previously disclosed.

More bizarre, Wray claims that in his nearly eight months as director of the FBI, he has not seen “a politicized organization.”

Seriously?

Wray pushed back at criticism from some in the Trump administration and Congress who accuse his agency of favoring Hillary Clinton at the expense of the president.

In the interview, Wray also surveyed some of the biggest threats facing America. Countering terrorism remains a top mission, and Wray said the FBI now has more than 3,000 open investigations nationwide.

The Chinese government and Chinese companies aggressively go after a range of U.S. targets, from firms in the Fortune 500 to small start-ups, he said, seeking trade secrets as varied as the details of control systems for wind turbines in Massachusetts to the genetic makeup of corn seeds in Iowa.

Asian-Americans groups blasted the FBI director for telling Congress in February that Chinese businessmen, students and scholars present such a threat that it demands a “whole of society” response by the U.S.

Wray defended those remarks. Right, China, not the Islamics, are our biggest threat.

#Leftists brutally mock Vice President #Pence’s family, #Christian faith

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The new face of the Christian hating left.

It’s no secret that the Leftists hate Christians and everything they believe in. So in that vein, the East Bay Times has published a piece that is a frontal assault on Vice President Pence’s Christian beliefs.

The piece centers on John Oliver’s book mocking a kids’ story produced by the family of Vice President Mike Pence.

Sitting atop Amazon’s current best-seller list is “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” the children’s book produced by Oliver and his talk-show staff.

“Marlon Bundo’s a Day in the Life of the Vice President” places a distant fourth. The latter children’s fare was written by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Karen.

“It’s getting ridiculous,” said Oliver. “I just found out, I just got the latest figures this afternoon, it sold 180,000 copies so far, which is definitely more than we were prepared for.”

The parody trolls the vice president’s Christian beliefs.

Psycho #Islamics sent to jail for attacking cop

Screenshot 2018-03-22 at 08.05.45.pngIslamic teenager Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home, capping a case that sparked uproar in Israel, turned her into a Palestinian hero and attracted international attention according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tamimi’s Israeli lawyer, Gaby Lasky, said Tamimi, 17, agreed to the sentence as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that allowed her to avoid more serious charges that could have imprisoned her for years.

The judge agreed to a similar plea deal for Tamimi’s mother, Nariman, who has been charged with incitement.

#YouTube will now censor gun videos

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that YouTube will ban videos that provide instructions on how to make a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazines and accessories such as bump stocks and silencers.

The ban includes showing viewers how to install the accessories or modifications. YouTube also prohibits content about the sale of guns or firearms accessories.

Enjoy your #PoliceState.

#Google begins censoring the news

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The bleating by the hapless losers in last presidential election had gotten noticed at Google. Google is now in the “quality journalism” business.

To kiss and make-up with 2016’s sore losers, Google plans to invest $300 million in the new Google News Initiative.

The Google News Initiative will “elevate and strengthen quality journalism; evolve business models to drive sustainable growth; and empower news organizations through technological innovation.”

Sure it will.

According to the fake news media, misinformation has been a persistent thorn in its side. The “misinformation” is a big problem because it routinely debunks false narratives like the ones claiming Russia-linked accounts used Google’s advertising network to interfere with the 2016 election.

What is really behind all this is the fake news media’s falling behind Google and Facebook for advertising dollars. Nothing more.

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The #elitemedia wonders if #VladimirPutin can keep #Congress in the #GOP’s hands

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Vladimir Putin, owner of the U.S. election process.

Facebook was totally tooled by Russia if you believe the elite media.

The narrative goes like this: Russia never would have been able to conduct “information warfare” against the United States in the way it did in the 2016 presidential election without Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Oh yes, and candidate Donald Trump pulled all the strings behind the scenes.

This raises “disturbing questions about the roles of both Facebook and Russia” according to the conspiracy theorists.

Clueless Facebook clearly denies everything. They probably aren’t lying. They sell ads. In a free society where businesses operates under the protection the First Amendment that’s a good thing. (Too bad Facebook doesn’t think as much about the rest of the Bill of Rights.)

In the elite media’s false narrative, which exists to resurrect the failed campaign of Hillary Clinton, Facebook and the other social media platforms were negligent, reckless or tools of a diabolical Donald Trump/ Vladimir Putin axis of evil.

Espionage by foreign agents is suddenly everywhere in our society the elites scream at us…never mind that the U.S. has been conducting similar “information warfare” campaigns around the globe for decades.

In the new paradigm, the Russians will be coming after us in the 2018 mid-term elections.  So if the GOP keeps the House and the Senate it will be because Vladimir Putin saved them.

#Democrats in #Congress consider internet platforms like #Facebook no different than the tobacco industry

A toothless Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is demanding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify before the Senate Judiciary committee following reports that a data firm took Facebook users private information for President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

More collusion….it just keeps coming and coming.

“This is a major breach that must be investigated. It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves. I’ve called for more transparency & accountability for online political ads. They say “trust us.” Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify before Senate Judiciary,” Klobuchar, a member of the committee, wrote on Twitter.

According to The Hill, her comment came in response to the news that Cambridge Analytica, the data firm used by the Trump campaign, obtained private information of more than 50 million people without their permission for campaign uses.

It was also reported that senior members of Cambridge Analytica met with Russian business executives ahead of the 2016 campaign.

More collusion….it just keeps coming and coming.

Klobucar also said that Cambridge Analytica taking data on Facebook users is further justification for regulating technology companies via her Honest Ads Act. She introduced the bill in late 2017, which would hold internet platforms like Facebook to similar political ad disclosure standards as radio, TV and print outlets.

Democrats in Congress consider social media platforms and the companies that operate them no different than the tobacco industry.

Greedy airlines lobby Congress to make flying even more miserable

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According to the Los Angeles Times, airlines want most consumer protection laws repealed. Among the rules airlines are targeting is the “tarmac rule” that requires carriers to let fliers off planes during extensive delays. Above, an American Airlines flight.

The so-called “tarmac delay rule” — adopted in 2009 after a series of incidents in which passengers were trapped in planes for hours — was just one of dozens that either airlines or an industry trade group targeted in response to the request.

“The airlines are pretty clear that they want every consumer protection law repealed or not enforced,” said Paul Hudson, president of Flyersrights.org, a nonprofit group with more than 60,000 members. “I’m concerned that they would try to repeal the few consumer-protection regulations that are out there.”

Beyond the tarmac rule, other popular regulations that could be changed include one that requires airlines to advertise fares that include all fees and taxes. Another mandates that passengers be informed about how to file a service complaint with the department.

The deregulation push comes as the industry is basking in profit. Airlines reported a combined $17.6 billion in profit last year, a dramatic improvement from the nine years after the 9/11 terrorist strikes when the entire U.S. airline industry lost a combined $65 billion.

#Islamics continue to own Washington, Silicon Valley

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Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is coming to Washington on a cross-country trip to court government officials, Silicon Valley techies, big-buck investors and one of his biggest fans: President Trump.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne already has curried favor with the Trump administration, winning over the president and his family, and played a key role in restoring the desert kingdom to favored-ally status after years of tension under President Obama.

The prince will meet with Trump at the White House on Tuesday and then is expected to travel over the next two weeks to Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston and Houston, where he will confer with oil and energy executives.

Trump made his first overseas trip as president to Saudi Arabia last year, where he and the Saudi king, the crown prince’s father, inked new agreements to fight terrorism, to counter Riyadh’s bitter regional rival Iran and to plan billions of dollars in business deals, most of which have yet to materialize.

Mohammed is keen to take the next step: attracting American investment, business and expertise in a bid to diversify and modernize a sclerotic economy that historically has relied on oil and foreign guest workers. He is promoting a development blueprint he calls Saudi Vision 2030.

 

Lying #FBI agent fired

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Andrew McCabe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has booted former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe lied to Congress about the bureau’s work on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The lying crybaby McCabe immediately disputed the findings in his own statement, saying the firing was part of a Trump administration “war” on the FBI.

Yeah, right.

McCabe’s squealing is evidence enough to us that he put his partisan politics ahead of his role as a law enforcement officer, just like his predecessor James Comey who was also fired for helping Clinton.

 

Ruthless flight attendant orders dog put to death

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A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a ruthless flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin.

The dog was in a small pet carrier designed to fit under an airline seat, which is the approved method for having pets in an airline cabin.

The Associated Press reports that passengers reported that they heard the suffering animal barking during the flight.

United Airlines has a history of brutality directed against passengers and their pets.

Russian President #Putin humiliates #MegynKelly and #RobertMueller

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Russian President Vladimir Putin,  the United States interferes in Russian elections “all the time”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he doesn’t care about alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election because the actions weren’t connected to his government.

In an interview with American broadcaster NBC News, Putin also suggested that some of the 13 Russian nationals indicted by the United States may not be ethnically Russian.

Putin put interviewer Megyn Kelly in her place when asked if he condoned the interference that was alleged in last month’s U.S. indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“It’s all the same to me. To me it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government,” Putin answered, according to the Russian-language interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin.

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Megyn Kelly bombs another high profile interview.

Putin said Russia has neither the tools nor the will to meddle in elections. He repeatedly complained during the interview that Washington has brushed off Russian initiatives to work together on cybersecurity issues.

“But the U.S. refuses to work like this and instead throws 13 Russians to the media,” he said, going on to list the possible ethnicities that would make the suspects “not even Russian.”

“Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the U.S. paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know, either,” the Russian leader said.

Putin claimed that the United States interferes in Russian elections “all the time” but that it was “impossible for us” to do the same.

“First, we have principles whereby we do not allow others to interfere in our domestic affairs and do not get into the affairs of others. … Secondly, we don’t have this quantity of tools,” he said.

#SteveBannon tears up the #RaceCard

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The National Front’s “France First” motto rallied French voters for years.

For decades, one of the the Left’s favorite smears against anyone who opposed them has been the label “racist”.

Steve Bannon could care less.

The former White House strategist is in France lending his support to the National Front party.  He told Marine Le Pen’s nationalist supporters: “History is on our side.”

According to the Associated Press, Bannon’s appearance in France was part of a European tour as he seeks an international platform for his secure-borders message that helped Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency.

“Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes. Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor,” Bannon told the crowd at the party congress.

“You’re part of a worldwide movement bigger than France, bigger than Italy,” Bannon told National Front supporters, denouncing central banks, central governments and “crony capitalists.”

His European tour centered on last weekend’s Italian election, which Bannon called “an earthquake” after populist and anti-immigration parties outperformed traditional parties. The outcome has boosted conservative movements across Europe and was seen as a victory for the forces that elected Trump and voter approval for Britain to leave the European Union.

“History is on our side,” Bannon said to hearty cheers.

 

“Pharma Bro” gets 7 years in the slammer

Screenshot 2018-03-10 at 09.06.11.pngTo the relief of virtually everyone in America, “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

It’s where he belonges.

Besides jail, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto ruled that Shkreli would have to forfeit more than $7.3 million in a brokerage account and personal assets.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Shkreli, 34, became notorious for raising the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000% and trolling critics on the internet with his snarky “Pharma Bro” persona.

#PharmaBro must cough up $7.4 million and stay in jail

Screenshot 2018-03-06 at 07.58.13.pngA judge has slammed Martin Shkreli with a court order that says Pharma Bro must cough up $7.4 million.

The hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical executive cheated his investors.

Shkreli, who was convicted and is in jail, is waiting to be sentenced for defrauding investors in hedge funds he ran by lying to them about his track record and performance as well as a fraud scheme involving Retrophin Inc., a company he founded.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Shkreli cost his investors more than $20 million by inducing them to put millions of dollars into his two hedge funds, which operated essentially like Ponzi schemes.

Shkreli is also known for boosting the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000%.

#WhiteHouse meeting proves President #Trump is the only one serious about guns

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President Trump told lawmakers they needed to get their act together on gun regulations if they wanted him to sign a bill.

Democrats and Republicans squabbled like children in an extraordinary White House session open to reporters. It was a perfect example of why things never get done in Washington, and why Trump is continuing to prove to be the leader the country needs.

The President is right, the nation needs a leader on gun safety, and legislation which will focus on age restrictions and mental health. There is nothing wrong with stronger background checks, assuming the police and FBI can get their acts together. So far their leadership on this issue has been non-existent and their epic failures, fatal.

The President was noncommittal when a couple of lawmakers called for a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. That type of ban hasn’t done anything to stop the violence in neighboring Mexico where civilian ownership of military style rifles is banned by the Mexican Constitution.

Feckless Republican and Democratic lawmakers cowered at the thought the NRA would turn against them in the upcoming election. These are they types of leaders in Washington we don’t need — people who put themselves before the country.

It was clear by the end of the meeting that the President was the only serious leader willing to craft an effective compromise on this issue.

Putin says Russia has developed nuclear weapons that can avoid any missile defense systems

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The nearly two-hour speech to top Russian officials and members of parliament by Russian President Vladimir Putin has the elite media in the U.S. in a panic.

The Russian leaders says his country has developed nuclear weapons that can avoid any missile defense systems. He plans to bolster Russia’s arsenal with nuclear-powered cruise missiles capable to hitting any point on the globe.

Putin also declared that Moscow would consider any nuclear attack, of any size, on it or its allies an attack on Russia that would lead to an immediate response.

The Russian leader continues to tool the hapless leaders of Western Europe and the pathetic U.S. Congress.

Clearly Russia views the West as fools. Why not based on Europe’s pathetic leadership and an America more interested in expanding sanctuary cities?

#Microsoft protects criminal drug dealers by storing their emails outside the U.S.

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The story in the Los Angeles Times is amazing.

The Times says “Supreme Court justices sounded skeptical Tuesday about Microsoft’s refusal to turn over emails sought by U.S. law enforcement agents with a criminal search warrant but stored by the software giant in overseas servers.”

No kidding. What kind of company makes such a stupid claim?

In 2013, federal agents investigating criminal drug crimes went to court there and obtained a search warrant based on probable cause for “all emails” for a still-unidentified Microsoft customer.  Feckless Microsoft refused to turn over the contents of the emails, saying they were held in a data center in Dublin, Ireland.

So the drug dealers are off the hook…for now. Great Microsoft, thanks.

The Justice Department appealed to the Supreme Court.

 

Backlash against #EliteMedia attacks on gun owners

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The backlash at the elite media’s vitriol against gun owners is increasing. Social media savvy activists recently nailed the Miami Herald using a new tactic. It isn’t just the elite media who peddles fake news any more.

The Sacramento Bee reports the incidents came in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida.

In one incident, a perpetrator used a software tool to create two fake tweets that looked like they came from the account of Alex Harris, a Herald reporter preparing tributes to the slain students. One fake tweet asked for photos of dead bodies at the school and another asked if the shooter was white.

The reporter almost immediately began getting angry messages.

“It seems to be consistent with a pattern of people trying to disparage or discredit the news media,” said Edward Wasserman, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Wasserman is a former executive business editor at The Herald and columnist on the media for McClatchy.

Ya think? Brilliant analysis Ed…brilliant. Quite a commentary on your profession.