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Hudson H9 — Come and Shoot It! at the TTAG Get Together, December 18, 7 – 9pm

The Truth About Guns - 8 hours 25 min ago

“Few guns shoot as well as the Hudson H9,” our Jeremy S. asserts in his four-star review. “Everybody who tried it instantly loved it, as it shoots as flat and as soft as a pancake and it’s faster than a greased Usain Bolt. The H9 points naturally, moves quickly, has great sights for self-defense and timed competition, and rewards with […]

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OUTBREAK ALERT: Indonesia To Mass Vaccinate In Order To Contain Diphtheria

SHTFplan.com - 8 hours 25 min ago

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Indonesia is seeing an outbreak of diphtheria which is scaring civilians and government officials alike.  The disease continues to spread as officials desperately work to contain the bacteria before it becomes a pandemic.

The bacteria that causes diphtheria ravages the human body. It causes a thick covering in the back of the throat and it has so far, infected hundreds in Indonesia. The disease is spreading quickly and not only to regions with limited health service but also to the country’s capital Jakarta, where health services are much better.

Between January and November 2017, the government has recorded 593 diphtheria cases, spread across 95 regencies in 20 provinces. The death toll has reached 32. The World Health Organization data on diphtheria shows that the number of cases in Indonesia has fluctuated since the 1980s. –Medical Xpress

Diphtheria is a life-threatening communicable disease that spreads through air containing Corynebacterium diphtheriaewhich can lead to breathing difficulties, heart failure, paralysis, and even death if left untreated. The bacteria attacks the upper respiratory system, leading to symptoms such as high fever, sore throat, difficulties in swallowing, and shortness of breath. The bacteria can also spread through spits and coughs and contaminated objects. When they enter the body, they release toxins which spread through the blood and can cause damage to the body system, especially the heart and nervous system. These complications can lead to death.

Since diphtheria is caused by a bacteria, antibiotics are normally a simple and effective treatment if administered in time. But government officials are blaming the outbreak on an “anti-vaccination” movement growing in Indonesia, prompting the mass vaccination of children.  Some eight million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive a vaccination in an attempt to prevent further spreading of the disease

Perhaps an even bigger issue, however, is that many diseases that were once easily treated are developing antibiotic resistance. About 75% of Indonesian children have already been vaccinated against diphtheria, but the efficacy of antibiotics to fight the disease is also decreasing at a rapid rate.

Some research was carried out in 2015 about patterns of antibiotics resistance against the diphtheria bacteria. It found an 84% susceptibility pattern against the bacteria in penicillin and 91.2% susceptibility in erythromycin. The antibiotics susceptibility pattern shows the effectiveness to kill the bacteria. In 1982, both antibiotics had a 100% susceptibility rate – meaning they worked 100% of the time they were administered to treat the infection.

The aggressive mass-vaccination program started from Monday in three of the country’s most populous provinces, including the capital Jakarta, and could continue into next month, officials said. “Diphtheria cases have been rare for a long time in Indonesia, so people were no longer aware of the danger and did not take their children for vaccinations,” senior ministry official Jane Soepardi told Agence France-Presse.

Adding more concern to the issue is the landmark study which found that the DTP vaccine is also toxic and not entirely effective, so a high vaccination rate is not wholly helpful.

“It was not scary at all. My teacher told me we all must be vaccinated and it did not hurt either,” Ragil Setiawan, a 10-year-old student at an elementary school in Tangerang, just outside of Jakarta, said Monday after getting his shot.

However, data from the Information and Data Centre at the Health Ministry published in 2016 shows that the vaccine may not be all that effective at diphtheria prevention.  “Routine data” taken annually from 2007 to 2015 shows very high vaccine coverage data in 2013: 99.3%. With that kind of coverage, incidences of diphtheria SHOULD have been scarce – yet the outbreak persists.

According to Medical Xpress, the increasing number of cases from year to year means medical officials need to take a close look at the effectiveness of DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) vaccines.

A 20-minute Uber to the hospital cost this man thousands — and Uber support said it was correct

The Blaze - 8 hours 45 min ago

There are expensive Uber rides (thanks, surge pricing), and then there is the fare Hisham Salama of Toronto was charged Friday night.

Salama went to visit a friend in the hospital — about a 20 minute drive. When he got his receipt on the app, however, he found that drive cost him $18,518, or more than $900 per minute on the road.

How did Uber initially respond?

Salama did what anyone in his position would have done (besides pass out in shock). He contacted Uber support to get a solution to what was surely a mistake.

Here’s the response he received from Uber:

“Hisham,

I double checked your trip, and it looks like the destination of drop off wasn’t the destination initially entered in the app when the trip was requested.

The upfront fares are based on the exact pickup and drop off locations that you input, so when that trip is changed, our system switches to charging based on the time and distance of the actual trip instead, using the rates that apply to the vehicle option you selected, I can confirm that based on the pickup and drop off locations of the trip you took, this fare is correct.

Please let me know if I can help you with anything else.”

To recap, a man was charged nearly $20,000 for a 20-minute trip, and an Uber employee looked at that and somehow said “Yep, looks right to me!”

How did it get resolved?

Because of this embarrassing failure by Uber customer support, Salama had to take to social media to get some help with the situation.

In the end, he got a refund for the original fare, and a $150 credit to his account.

Salama told Vice News that the manager he spoke to said the first support representative “was confused with the trip and issue.”

As bad as it gets?

For reference on just how ridiculous Salama’s fare was, some of the highest fares come during New Year’s Eve.

One user recorded a fare of $1,114.71 for a ride of relatively short distance that took an hour because of traffic. The surge pricing on that ride was x8.9. Still not even close to Salama’s hospital trip.

(H/T Vice News)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies of heart attack at 65

The Blaze - 9 hours 5 min ago

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who aided the city’s tech-industry boom, died early Tuesday morning, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He was 65.

Lee had a heart attack about 10 p.m. while shopping at a local grocery store, the paper said. An ambulance rushed Lee to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:11 a.m., with family and friends at his bedside.

San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor, Lee got his start as a civil rights lawyer, then rose to the rank of city administrator, before being elected to mayor in 2011.

Residents of San Francisco will remember him for his role in increasing the minimum wage, reducing the homeless population, and cementing the city’s status as a sanctuary city. In May, he approved a $44 million project to build housing for teachers.

He was married and had two daughters.

Lee’s office announced that Board of Supervisors President London Breed will serve as acting mayor. Flags at City Hall were lowered to half staff.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his daughters Tania and Brianna, and his entire family,” Breed told reporters outside Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital early Tuesday.

When news broke that Lee had died, colleagues, friends and citizens responded with outpouring of grief and deference, recalling the mayor with fondness.

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) released a statement Tuesday: “On behalf of all Californians, Anne and I extend our deepest condolences to Mayor Lee’s family, his many friends and the entire City of San Francisco. Ed was a true champion for working people and epitomized the California spirit. He’ll truly be missed.”

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) knew Lee and valued his work.

“Ed was an excellent mayor of a great but sometimes challenging city,” Feinstein said. “His equanimity and quiet management style was effective and allowed him to solve problems as they occurred. My heart and thoughts are with Ed’s family and friends and the city I love.”

California state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) also released a statement Tuesday, commending Lee’s work as mayor and describing him as “a great leader.”

“Ed served as mayor during a period of unprecedented growth in our city and an unprecedented housing shortage,” Wiener said. “Ed never got the credit he deserved as arguably the most pro-housing mayor in the history of San Francisco, with a huge amount of affordable housing created or approved under his administration.”

Like so many of the people Lee worked with, San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen described his genuine charm.

“Sometimes he wasn’t the most brilliant public speaker and he didn’t seem super comfortable in that role, but when he talked to people on the street and in the Navigation Center, it was another side of Ed Lee,” she said. “He was comfortable and natural and respectful.”

Ammo Inc. Announces STREAK Visual Ammunition, Non-Incendiary Tracers

The Truth About Guns - 9 hours 24 min ago

If you’ve never used tracer ammunition, it can be…informative. And, let’s face it, fun. The military uses it to walk in automatic fire, but the average Joe or Josephine can benefit (and be entertained) by watching the path of their shots, too. But there’s one big problem. Conventional tracer ammo burns. It can and does […]

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Stories from an SHTF Christmas: An Interview with Selco

SHTFplan.com - 9 hours 24 min ago

This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper

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Have you ever thought about what an SHTF Christmas would be like after an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it event? I’m not talking about a minor issue that just affects a few people, but a full-on disaster that changes everything.

Today, we have a first-hand look at what a post-collapse holiday is really like. I interviewed my friend Selco, of SHTF School, and his answers are really food for thought. I have learned more about long-term survival from Selco than probably anybody else and have based a lot of my own plans on things I’ve learned from him. For most of us who write about preparedness, it’s research and theory. For Selco, it’s real life.

This interview is in his own words.

I read over the answers to his questions at least a dozen times and thought about how fortunate we are. Even our most difficult times here, in our society, would have been the height of luxury during the war in Bosnia.

But will we always be this lucky?

First, give us a little bit of background. What was going on? Please describe the circumstances in Bosnia during this time.

War in the Balkan region (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia…) started during the 1991 and went on until 2000 (if you include war at Kosovo and NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999), but historians mainly narrow it to a period of 1991-1995 if you do not count Kosovo war and NATO bombing. In some literature, you’ll find the name “Yugoslav Wars“ which is same (all above-mentioned Balkan countries used to be states in Federation of Yugoslavia (Jugoslavija or roughly translated to English it is “country of south Slavs“).

…Yugoslavia (as a socialistic-communist country) founded after WW2 in 1945, and stop to exist in 1991 with the start of the wars. Shortly prior the war socialistic system (communistic) fell apart as a part of bigger events (fall of Soviet Union, fall of Berlin wall…) and democracy came, together with democracy, rivalry between states that wanted to stay in the Yugoslavian union and states who wanted independence raised sharply, that resulted in riots and small and isolated fights, leading to full use of Yugoslavian army (JNA) which was 4th largest military force in Europe in that time.

Wars had all features: Independence fights, aggression between states, civil war, genocide, re-alignments, or switching of allegiances as the operational situational changed, backing up from foreign forces (Such as US and NATO)… through periods of it  you could say that it was an ethnic war or even religious in parts, but in the essence it was war for territory and resources between factions who were in power, based on personal gain of wealth and influence only.

I went as a civilian and later as a soldier through the whole period of wars, I was in different regions during that period. Harder period of those wars (because of numerous reasons) happened in Bosnia, and one of the main “feature“ of that period were “sieges“ of a couple of cities that lasted from few months to a couple of years.

Some of those sieges were complete, in terms that everything normal stop to exist in city- electricity, water, police, medical services and everything else that makes normal life, every normal service. Death from sniper or shelling was an everyday thing, but also death from gangs because law stop to exist, or death from malnutrition, lack of medicines or simply lack of proper hygiene.

I found myself in one of those sieged cities. I lived like that for a year and I survived.

Every day, for almost a year, for me was a constant fight for survival, I was constantly either trying to defend myself or to look for resources, for usable water, food or simply firewood. We scavenged through the destroyed city for usable items because everything was falling apart and we have to “reinvent“ things in order to survive, like the best way to stay warm, to stay clean and safe or simply to make home medicine for diarrhea or high blood pressure.

When Christmas rolled around, it was obviously very different than any other holiday people had ever experienced. Can you tell us the usual Christmas traditions in Bosnia BEFORE this all happened?

As said, I grew up in Yugoslavia, which was socialistic and communistic country. One of the thing in that country and system was that religion was not forbidden, but it was strongly, let’s say “advised“ that religion is way down in the list of life priorities.

On the other side, it was strongly “advised“ that we put aside our differences (we had many different ethnic groups in Yugoslavia, and a couple of main religions) in order to build one “ethnicity“ – Yugoslavian. As the result of that all different religions kinda know each other very well, and people from different religions celebrated more or less or know all religions.

Christmas for most of the folks was very much connected to the New year holiday (again something that is connected to the official socialistic system) and it was just like everywhere in the world I guess, holiday of presents and gathering of family. For example, going on midnight mass was matter of being together with family and friends, and meeting each other-not so much matter of religion not too many “real“ religious people).

I was a teenager more or less, but my memories of that holiday prior the war are: peace, good food, family gathering and presents, and of course Santa.  It was huge and “mandatory“ thing that kids gonna get big presents then.

I’m sure that then, everything was very different. What were some of the changes? How did you celebrate?

Everything was different when SHTF, yes. Living was hard, comfort was gone and everything was stripped“\ down to the bare survival. Lot of small commodities that we usually do not think about (we take it for granted) was simply gone because of obvious reasons (the whole system was out) but also because simply life becomes full of hard duties, to finish simple tasks and obtain resources becomes hard, dangerous and time-consuming.

Celebrations become rare and not so happy and big (not even near) but in the same time they become more precious and needed too.

Get-togethers (family) become even more important because people lean much more on each other between group or family, simply because they needed much more support – psychological. too – than in normal times.

A lot of religious people lost their faith when they saw family members dying. On the other side lot of people found God in that desperate times – as an only hope.

Being together with family members for small “time off“ become almost like small rituals, like a ritual of finding inner strength and support in order to push more through hard times.

Yes, religion was a big part of it, but it was not only about religion, it was about finding strength in you and people close to you – family, and sharing it between each other.

Without access to storebought presents, what kinds of gifts did people give?

It could be divided in two groups:

Things that help you in the new reality:

All kind of things that helped you to solve all kind of problems that SHTF brought. For example, people who were skilled in handcrafting used to made cigar holders out of wood and bullets casing, it was very popular for smokers and the reason for that was because cigarettes were rare, and people usually smoked bad tobacco rolled in bad paper and good cigar holder (as a combination of cigar holder and pipe) was essential for smoking that stuff.

It was small thing but really important if you were a smoker in that time.

Another example was small handmade stove. It was made from thin metal, and in some cases it was portable. Point was that kind of stove needed really small amount of wood ( fuel for fire was important and hard and dangerous to get in urban settings) to make it really red hot and cook something quickly or boil water.

So cool and usable kind of inventions.

Things that connect you to normal

In this other group were all kind of things that connect you to the normal (prior SHTF) life. It was not only cool and nice to have those presents, but also it was important psychologically to taste something that actually makes you feel normal again.

For example after living for months through collapse, one simple bottle of beer could make you feel human again, and it would somehow gave you strength.

Sweets (Candy), beer, spice, or even few songs that someone play on guitar for you were precious.

What did you do for the children at Christmas to make it special?

Kids were somewhat “forgotten“ in the SHTF times. Quite simply not many people paid attention to them other then keeping them safe from dangers.

People did not have enough time to take care about their needs.

During the holidays people usually wanted to give some kind of joy for them, or to “keep the spirit“ of holiday alive for them.

In majority of cases it was very poor imitation of holidays in normal times, for example I remember that making pancakes (jam was made out of tomato juice and very expensive sugar) was considered alone like a holiday. Special food, or attempts to make some special food, for kids, were usual holiday presents for kids in that time. Today that kind of food would look ridiculous and not even edible probably, but in that time it was precious.

What did families serve for Christmas dinner in Bosnia during this time?

Traditionally for Christmas and New Year holidays in this region here, we ate huge amounts of meat, and drink wine, so people during the collapse tried to keep that tradition.

Again it was mostly unsuccessful in terms of normal, but in that time having hot stew kind of meal from MRE was considered holiday dinner, and actually it was very very tasty and a “holiday spirit“ dinner considering what we usually ate.

Wine was out of the option most of the time but hard alcohol was there.

In general, were people happy and joyous to find a chance to celebrate, or was it grim and depressing because it was so different?

General picture looked like this: we were cold, more or less hungry, dirty, tired and unsure in future, but yes we appreciate feeling of getting together for holiday and we were trying to keep “spirit alive“.

Truth is that sometimes it worked, sometimes not.

But generally yes, psychologically it was important, it had its place, it had a sense to get together, take some time to try to feel normal again, to remember that we are still humans.

Definitely those moments were not bright and happy, like in normal times but on the other hand those moments were appreciated and were much more real than in peacetime.

Do you have any holiday stories you can share from this time? (Doesn’t matter if they are happy stories or sad – I’d really like to show the reality of post-collapse holidays.)

It is big thing (I guess just like everywhere) to leave presents under the tree for Christmas and New Year here.

It is custom here to buy big bags (kids motifs of cartoons, fairy tales and similar) and fill it with favourite snacks, sweets and toys of each kid and leave that bags under the tree (we did not had custom of socks and similar, we had those bags, to literally translate the name would be “kid package“).

Of course, it was out of the question to have the bags and sweets and toys in the middle of SHTF.

My uncle in that time came into an opportunity to make a deal with local small “warlord“ or gang leader if you like.

The deal was about giving some weapon for food (the guy had a connection with outside world) and my uncle “made a condition“ on the whole deal with the term that he will give a weapon for food but the additional deal was that he also need 3 “kids packages.”

In that time and particular moment, taking into consideration with what kind of people he was making a deal it was like he was asking a serial killer, to his face, to sing a gentle lullaby, and my uncle said that those guys simply could not believe what he asked.

Everybody was looking for or offering weapon, drugs, violent contract deals or even prostitutes from those people but he was looking for “kids packages“.

But they indulge him, and my uncle said that he thought they indulged him simply out of the fun, and out of the fact that it is gonna be a very interesting urban legend that someone could obtain kids packages in that time.

The guy even wrote down the list of sweets and toys that my uncle asked from him.

I think those sweets and toys when they came were one of the most unreal items in that time and place, but they were worth the effort.

It really gives you something to think about.

What a reality check. And how fortunate we are. Our version of “things were really tight this Christmas” is laughable in comparison to what is described above. I can’t thank Selco enough for sharing his stories with us.

I’ve often recommended prepping with things like cake mix, birthday candles, extra Christmas cards, and items that support your family traditions, and after reading what Selco had to say, I believe it’s even more important. You can’t overstate the psychological aspect of being able to provide that sense of normalcy.

More information about Selco

Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution.

In his online works, he gives an inside view of the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares today.

He never stopped learning about survival and preparedness since the war. Regardless what happens, chances are you will never experience extreme situations like Selco did. But you have the chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months.

Real survival is not romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, hard and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world.

Read more of Selco’s articles here: https://shtfschool.com/blog/

And take advantage of a deep and profound insight into his knowledge and advice by signing up for the outstanding and unrivaled online course. More details here: https://shtfschool.com/survival-boot-camp/

Commentary: I’ve never had an abortion, but I’ve had a miscarriage. They’re not the same.

The Blaze - 9 hours 29 min ago

Feminist writer Danielle Campoamor penned an article last week on Romper titled, “I’m Miscarrying Right Now, & It’s Only Strengthening My Beliefs About Abortion.”

In her article, Campoamor admitted to losing four pregnancies — three to miscarriage, and one to abortion.

Campoamor effectively wrote that, in her eyes, a loss to an abortion was no different than a loss to miscarriage.

What’s in her article?

Campoamor wrote the article in the messy, emotional throes of a miscarriage. A natural, unassisted miscarriage can last from hours to weeks.

There is a common misconception that the mom who miscarries is a very different person than the woman who aborts, but I’m here to say there is no difference. I am both of those women. I have had five pregnancies, one live birth, three miscarriages, and one abortion.

She later added that “miscarriage and abortion are sisters.”

Miscarriage and abortion are sisters. Just like my body knew what to do when an abnormal embryo implanted itself in my uterus, my mind knew what to do when a healthy embryo found its way to the soft lining of my uterine wall back when I was 23 years old, in an unhealthy relationship, living paycheck-to-paycheck, unwilling and unable to be a mother. … I do not regret my decision to have an abortion.

Not only does Campoamor not regret her abortion, she said that her most recent miscarriage has only strengthened her beliefs about abortion, but does not seem to offer a concrete reason as to why.

A woman can sit at her desk, 24 hours after losing a very wanted pregnancy, and still advocate for the right for women to abort their pregnancies.

This writer’s perspective

Any woman — or man — who has experienced this type of loss can sympathize with Campoamor.

I had a miscarriage a couple of weeks ago. My first miscarriage. I have two living children; this child would have been my third.

I can viscerally recall the moment the ER doctor told me that my surprise pregnancy was in the process of ending.

“No longer viable,” he said in a monotone, as if he were referring to something I’d planted in my garden in warmer months.

“No longer viable,” he said, as if I didn’t have enough of a down payment to close on a personal loan.

“No longer viable,” he said, as if we were casually discussing the economy.

Leaving, I can recall walking the antiseptic hallways of the hospital, tracing geometric patterns of the floor tile with my eyes as I tried to avoid making eye contact with passers-by.

I left the facility to drive myself home, where I’d have to explain to my husband, two children, and eventually family, close friends, and even acquaintences that there wouldn’t be a new addition to the family.

While Campoamor’s assertion that abortions and miscarriages are both types of loss, they couldn’t be more different in that one is a choice — one is not.

There is a sea of difference between abortion and miscarriage, and suggesting that they are the same — or even related — is hurtful and insensitive to women who have experienced the death of their unborn babies, and not by choice.

Here’s another perspective: the gnawing, dreading, heartbroken feeling that you know you’re losing your baby against your will is likely the same thing a baby might feel if they could rationalize that their mother was taking away its right to live.

All unborn babies are of value and deserving of love — not just the ones we want to keep.

At the end of the day, while both can be experienced simultaneously, guilt and grief are not interchangeable emotions.

Campoamor’s miscarriage may have strengthened her belief in abortion.

But my miscarriage strengthened my belief in God and His plan, even if it’s a plan that I don’t understand.

Poll: Americans say religious aspects of Christmas emphasized less than in the past

The Blaze - 9 hours 44 min ago

Americans say the religious aspects of celebrating Christmas are declining and are emphasized less now than in the past, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.

What did the survey find?

According to the survey, 56 percent of respondents said the religious parts of celebrating Christmas are less prominent now than in the past, while 12 percent said they are emphasized more. Another 30 percent said there hasn’t been a change.

Most say religious parts of Christmas are now emphasized less, but relatively few are bothered by it

Most Americans said they celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, including 46 percent who said it is more of a religious holiday than a cultural holiday and 9 percent who said they will celebrate Christmas as both a religious and a cultural holiday. Thirty-three percent said they celebrate Christmas as more of a cultural holiday.

A slim majority — 51 percent — said they will attend a church service for Christmas, while 45 percent said they will not.

The vast majority of Americans said they will gather with family and friends for the holiday.

Half of Americans plan to attend church on Christmas

A majority of Americans still believe that the biblical Christmas story reflects events that actually took place, although Pew noted this majority is declining.

Declining majority of Americans believe biblical Christmas story reflects historical events

The poll also found that a majority believes that Christian displays like nativity scenes should be permitted on government property during the Christmas season, either on their own or accompanied by symbols of other faiths. Another 26 percent said the displays should not be permitted on government property.

Fewer now say Christian displays should be allowed on government property without representation from other religions

‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?

Over half of Americans say a business’ choice of seasonal greetings doesn’t matter to them, 32 percent said stores should greet customers by saying “Merry Christmas” and 15 percent said “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings.”

About half say it ‘doesn’t matter’ how stores greet customers for holidays

North Korean defector details horrific treatment: forced abortions and dead bodies fed to dogs

The Blaze - 10 hours 15 sec ago

North Korean defector Ji Hyeon-A described the horrific treatment she endured at the hands of the North Korean regime during an event on human rights Monday held by Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

According to Fox News, the panel, called “The Terrifying Experience of Forcibly Repatriated North Korean Women,” was sponsored by the U.S., the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, France, and Canada.

China, alongside Bolivia and Russia, reportedly attempted to stop the event.

What is Ji Hyeon-A’s story?

According to Ji Hyeon-A, now a human rights activist in South Korea, Chinese authorities sent her, a defector, back to North Korea three times.

During the event, Ji Hyeon-A detailed her forced abortion while incarcerated in a North Korean prison camp, among other instances that left her greatly disturbed.

“Pregnant women were forced into harsh labor all day,” she reported. “At night, we heard pregnant mothers screaming and babies died without ever being able to see their mothers.”

At one of the prison camps — which she said were “terrifying” prisons where “the Kims are carrying out a vast massacre” — Ji Hyeon-A said that many prisoners were starving to death and noted that when prisoners did finally die, their bodies were fed to guard dogs.

Ji Hyeon-A detailed her own pregnancy terrors at the hands of the regime.

She revealed that at three months pregnant, she was forced to have an abortion without the assistance of any medication, and reported that the incident occurred at a local police station.

“My first child passed away without ever seeing the world, without any time for me to apologize,” she recalled.

Ji Hyeon-A eventually found her freedom in South Korea in 2007, where she was reunited with her mother and siblings.

Rand Paul: ‘I Cannot Vote To Add More To The Already Massive $20 Trillion Debt’

The Daily Sheeple - 10 hours 25 min ago

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Senator Rand Paul said Tuesday that he cannot vote to add more to the national debt. The lawmaker wrote in a post on Twitter that “I promised Kentucky to vote against reckless, deficit spending and I will do just that.”

Rand Paul may be one of the few fiscally conservative Republicans in politics today.  Paul’s tweet didn’t suggest he would oppose the GOP tax bill due to deficit concerns.

 

The lawmaker clarified in a follow-up tweet that tax cuts “are never the problem.”

Senators voted Thursday to approve a two-week spending bill that averted a government shutdown. It is unclear how Paul’s stance will affect negotiations to keep the government running beyond December 22. The temporary spending bill that passed Thursday went through overwhelmingly, with 81 voting in support. Which really isn’t a surprise.  The government isn’t going to shut itself down, nor will they willing reduce their size and power.

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According to CNBC, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the Senate’s tax plan would add more than $1 trillion to the federal budget deficit over 10 years. Paul initially supported even deeper tax cuts than the GOP proposed. The White House has said that increased economic growth will pay for the tax cuts.

 

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Russian-speaking cybercriminals uncovered, but not before they stole $10 million

The Blaze - 10 hours 25 min ago

Group-IB, an international cybersecurity firm, recently uncovered a gang of cyberthieves who have hijacked more than $10 million from U.S. and Russian banks in less than two years, according to the firm’s new report.

The Russian-speaking hackers, dubbed by Group-IB as MoneyTaker, successfully attacked at least 20 financial institutions, legal firms, and financial software vendors in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Russia, the report said.

In 2016, there were 10 known attacks. Among those, six attacks were on U.S. banks; one on a U.S. service provider; one on a United Kingdom IT-company; and two on Russian banks. Ten more attacks have taken place this year. The targets were eight U.S. banks, one law firm, and one bank in Russia.

“Criminals have changed tactics and are now focusing on banks rather than their clients, as was [the] standard operating procedure in the past,” Dmitry Volkov, Group-IB co-founder and head of intelligence, told Bloomberg.

How did they do it?

MoneyTaker’s first known scheme was a debit card-processing attack that took place in May 2016, which Group-IB says is relatively simple to carry out.

The attackers take over the bank’s network and connect to its card-processing system. Next, they legally open or buy bank cards for the system they just hacked. The hackers then remove or increase the bank card withdrawal limits.

Money mules, criminals who make the cash withdrawals, take the activated cards and start withdrawing money from ATMs once the operation is activated.

“They understand that banks — especially community banks with limited resources — are the easiest marks,” Volkov told Bloomberg.

The average loss from one attack was about $500,000, Group-IB said in its report. The hackers also removed overdraft limits, which made it easier to overdraw even on debit card accounts.

How does MoneyTaker go undetected?

MoneyTaker continually changes its tools and tactics that bypass antivirus software. But most importantly, according to Group-IB, once it completes an operation, it carefully eliminates all traces of the transaction using malware that destroys itself after reboot.

In some of the cases, the Moscow-based hackers used the infamous Citadel and Kronos banking trojans. The latter was used to deliver point-of-sale malware dubbed ScanPOS, which obtains credit card and debit card information by reading the device memory from the retail checkout system.

“MoneyTaker uses publicly available tools, which makes the attribution and investigation process a non-trivial exercise. In addition, incidents occur in different regions worldwide and at least one of the U.S. Banks targeted had documents successfully exfiltrated from their networks, twice,” Volkov said in the report.

The hackers also created fake certificates using well-known brands such as Bank of America Corp. and Microsoft Corp. to cover their tracks.

What’s next?

It’s not immediately clear whether any person or persons have been identified as being part of MoneyTaker’s criminal group.

“The more we dig, the more we’ll find,” Group-IB’s Volkov said. “This report doesn’t represent the full picture, and I can say with 100 percent certainty that there are more victims that haven’t been identified yet.”

WAR: Chilling Satellite Images Show Alarming Activity At North Korean Nuclear Test Sites

SHTFplan.com - 10 hours 25 min ago

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Chilling satellite images are showing fresh new activity at North Korea’s nuclear test facility.  The activity is likely to further increase tensions with Washington and spark fears of an inevitable third world war.

Watchdog 38 North reports that there has been a “consistently high” level of activity at the West portal of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site.  The images show nothing new has been added to the site, but the presence and movement of the equipment at the site has significantly increased. Mining carts, vehicles, and personnel have been seen at the site suggesting a tunnel excavation is underway, as Pyongyang readies the tunnel for further nuclear testing.

North Korean intelligence recently reported “construction had resumed at a fourth tunnel (West Portal), making it unable to be used ‘for a considerable amount of time.’” So far, the West Portal tunnel complex has not been used.  Five of the past six nuclear tests were conducted at the North Portal, but no vehicles or equipment have been seen there since September.

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Some are guessing that the recent tremors near the site have damaged the nuclear test facility, but satellite imagery cannot confirm this. It wouldn’t be the first time that North Korea inflicted damage upon itself either. The images have surfaced at the same time as CNN reported on the rogue regime’s development of bioweapons.

Kim Jong-un could be developing bioweapons amid escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, sparking more fears that he’s shifting gears, and plowing into an even more disturbing territory.  Kim is said to have sent experts around the world to get degrees in microbiology and is making moves that suggest he will build more factories and laboratories to manufacture biological weaponry.

The leader of the hermit nation has also steadily been acquiring new machinery that could be used to churn out deadly microbes, some United States and Asian intelligence officials have claimed. US analysts are concerned that the research could mean the regime is producing dangerous microbes and pathogens that could be loaded into bioweapons.

A US official told the Washington Post that it is known that the North Koreans have biological agents by various means. “The lingering question is, why have they acquired the materials and developed the science, but not yet produced weapons? If it started tomorrow we might not know it, unless we’re lucky enough to have an informant who happens to be in just the right place.”

North Korea has been quieter about their biological weapons advancements than they have been about their desire to acquire nuclear weapons.

10 Best Home Defense Firearms

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Surveillance Video of NY Terrorist Released Immediately, Still Not 1 Image from Vegas Months Later

The Daily Sheeple - 10 hours 54 min ago

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New York, NY — On Monday morning, a 27-year-old alleged terrorist by the name of Akayed Ullah walked into the underground tunnel between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and detonated a crudely-made pipe bomb. Luckily no one but Ullah was seriously injured.

After the blast, which happened at 7:20 am during rush hour, the suspect was almost immediately identified and a profile of him released.

Ullah is from Bangladesh and had been living in Brooklyn. He arrived in the United States in February of 2011 and had a visa. He came in with his parents and 3-4 siblings and subsequently obtained a Green Card and became a permanent U.S. resident, according to CBS news.

“They’ve been bombing in my country and I wanted to do damage here,” law enforcement sources reportedly told the NY Post.

He told cops he was inspired by ISIS, but police don’t believe he had any direct contact with the group, sources said.

Currently, police are claiming Ullah is a lone wolf attacker and they are saying there is no reason to believe any other attacks are forthcoming.

“NYPD will be adjusting and adapting the way they always do. Right now, they don’t believe there’s any follow-up attack immediately planned, but there are still several weeks to go before Christmas, two weeks from today,” said Rep. Peter King.

During the press conference, New York’s governor took to the microphone to blame the internet for the attack.

“With the internet now, anyone can go on the internet and download garbage and vileness on how to put together an amateur-level explosive device,” said N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Clearly missing the point and hinting at a possible agenda of internet censorship, Cuomo conveniently ignored the fact that people can also securely and easily send those files to one another via cheap satellite antennas, cell phones, dark web, or any other number of ways—without the evil internet.

Within minutes of the attack, surveillance footage from the tunnel was released which shows Ullah detonate the bomb. The footage from a Port Authority surveillance camera monitor shows commuters walking through a narrow hall on the way to the A, C and E trains moments before the blast, according to the NY Post.

“It’s the guy in the hoodie,” one off-camera voice can be heard saying, referring to the suspect as he enters the frame and the bomb goes off.

It is amazing how fast an investigation can go when the attacker is called a terrorist. If we contrast the tragic massacre in Las Vegas last month with this tragic attack in New York, a telling picture begins to appear.

Within only hours, Ullah’s history both inside and outside the United States was made public. We were informed that Saipov lived in Brooklyn, was a licensed cab driver, and that he arrived in the United States in February of 2011 and had a visa. He came in with his parents and 3-4 siblings and subsequently obtained a Green Card and became a permanent U.S. resident.

All this information was immediately released to the public without anyone having to demand it. Contrast this with Vegas—as millions continue to demand answers to very simple questions about Stephen Paddock—and it is the exact opposite.

It took close to a week to learn that Stephen Paddock allegedly traveled outside of the United States. In fact, it hasn’t been ‘officially’ released at all. We were simply told by CNN, through a confidential law enforcement source that Paddock took several cruises that included stops at ports in Spain, Italy, Greece, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

As the investigation into the New York act of terror shows us, it is quite easy to find out where people travel to and from inside and outside of the US. Why haven’t we been told exactly where Paddock has traveled?

What’s more, as the video above illustrates, Ullah was caught surveillance cameras and this was all quickly published online. However, in spite of the tens of thousands of cameras throughout the Las Vegas area and inside the Mandalay Bay Casino—not a single video nor even a still image from a surveillance camera has been released.

Why haven’t authorities released a single image of Paddock carrying a bag into the hotel? Why haven’t authorities released a single image of Paddock sitting down at one of the many slot machines at which he was alleged to have used his girlfriend’s point card?

Indeed, there was surveillance footage released of Stephen Paddock immediately after the shooting. However, this video was obtained by NBC news—from a different hotel, six years ago.

How is it that NBC was able to get surveillance footage from six years ago, almost immediately after the shooting, and police can’t release a single image of Paddock at the Mandalay Bay Casino during his stay and before he shot himself in his hotel room?

It is ridiculous to consider the fact that most of the information the public has about Stephen Paddock and what went on inside Mandalay Bay has not come from police. Instead, it has come from citizens with access to certain information and leaked to the press. In fact, police seem to want the public to remain entirely in the dark about what happened as they continue to change their story and they actually publicly noted that they wanted to punish the person who leaked the photos of Paddock’s suite to the news.

Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill noted in October:

“There was a question about the validity of the crime scene photos that somebody had leaked. I can confirm those are, in fact, photos from inside of the room; they are in fact photos of our suspect, and as the sheriff mentioned previously, we have all opened up an internal investigation to determine the source of the leaks of those photos to the public.”

Why is it that we already know more about an attack and attacker that happened this morning than we do about an attack and an attacker that happened over two months ago? If authorities want to dispel these so-called ‘conspiracy theories’ popping up online, they need to stop changing their stories and release what they know—now.

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Home intruder fatally shot by 84-year-old was a relative. Here’s why he’s ‘glad’ he pulled trigger.

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When 84-year-old Don Lutz confronted two men who broke into his home after midnight Friday and fatally shot one of them, the Army veteran had no idea the dead intruder was his niece’s husband.

But Lutz still told KDKA-TV he’s “glad” he pulled the trigger.

Why?

The man he shot — Dennis Mercadante, 49 — had a long criminal record marked by drug abuse, police told the station.

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“I knew he was no damn good before that,” Lutz told KDKA. “I’m glad I did it for my niece ’cause I felt that she was in danger all the time. I think if he ever had a fight with her, he would’ve killed her.”

What happened during the break-in?

Lutz — who told WXPI-TV he sleeps with his gun under his pillow — was awakened about 1:30 a.m. by the intruders breaking through the front door of his home in Ellport, Pennsylvania.

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And the man, who spent 16 months on the front lines in the Korean War, didn’t hesitate using his .380 Taurus.

“I shot him, and in the darkness you couldn’t even see the hand in front of your face,” Lutz told KDKA. “And I didn’t have my glasses on or anything.”

Police are still searching for the other suspect who took off running, the station added.

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No one was able to identify Mercadante at the crime scene, KDKA reported, adding that police took fingerprints and pictures of his tattoos.

“We had an officer drive the prints to the lab to try to ID him, and while he was on his way to the lab, we identified him through facial recognition,” Ellwood City police Lt. David Kingston told KDKA.

Lutz told KDKA he didn’t realize the intruder he killed was his niece’s husband until Saturday morning when police called him to the station and showed him a picture.

What was Lutz’s reaction after learning the dead man’s identity?

“It was quite a shock,” Lutz added to KDKA.

Police met with Mercadante’s wife and family, and Kingston told KDKA “they’re understanding of what happened.”

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Lutz told the station that he knows why Mercadante and his accomplice broke into his home.

“I know one thing for sure: they came here to kill me,” Lutz told KDKA. “They came here to get a gun off of me, and they came here to kill me — and I know that now, and I didn’t have an alternative to do what I did.”

He also credited his faith as the reason he survived the ordeal.

“God has always been with me, and I’m a hard believer in God and Jesus Christ,” Lutz told WXPI. “And God is with me tonight. Believe me he’s there, honey — don’t ever doubt that he’s there.”

Canadian Doctor Finds Limited Evidence That The ‘Man Flu’ Is The Real Deal

The Daily Sheeple - 11 hours 9 min ago

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A Canadian doctor is saying that the “man flu” (when men get much sicker than women with the same cold) is the real deal.  The new article in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal explores the science behind a debate that has annoyed sniffling, coughing men and infuriated women for years.

Most of us know the story.  When men get sick, they tend to complain about their symptoms much more than their female counterparts.

But one doctor says it’s time to take men’s colds and flu seriously. Would it surprise you to know that the doctor who studied this is a man?

Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine at Memorial University in St. John’s, decided to study the available research to see if he could settle the debate with science. He concluded that there is a little evidence, albeit very limited, that the man flu is actually nothing to sneeze at. “I think the symptoms are real,” Sue said. “And they’re worse.”

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Dr. Sue was starting to take the “man flu” personally. “I’ve been criticized for exaggerating my symptoms when I had the flu,” he told CBC News from Arviat, Nunavut, where he’s the community’s only doctor. “I thought. You know what? This would be an interesting topic to look into,” he said.  “Since about half of the world’s population is male, deeming male viral respiratory symptoms as ‘exaggerated’ without rigorous scientific evidence could have important implications for men,” he wrote.

 

Most of the studies he found involved mice, and several of them showed female mice have stronger immune responses than males.  A study that isolated cells from 63 healthy people and infected the cells with a common virus found the cells from women had a stronger immune response than those from men.

Other findings included a seasonal flu study from 2004-10 in Hong Kong which found men had a higher risk of hospital admission than women.  A United States observational study from 1997-2007 showed men had higher rates of flu-associated deaths compared to women and women are more responsive to vaccination than men. In an unscientific survey, men suffering from the flu reported taking more time off from work than women. Sue says these studies point to men having weaker immune systems than women overall.

“Testosterone is a hormone that actually acts as an immunosuppressant. Whereas estrogen works in the opposite direction. They stimulate the immune system,” he told CBC News. “So men with higher testosterone actually end up being more susceptible to viral respiratory and tend to get them worse.”

Sue admits the evidence is limited, particularly since much of it involved mice. He says more higher-quality research needs to be done to determine conclusively whether man flu is an actual medical phenomenon.  “The whole point of doing this article is to prove that men are not wimps,” he said in an interview. “Actually, we are suffering from something we have no control over … [We] should be given the benefit of the doubt rather than being criticized for not functioning well during the flu or the common cold.”

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But, in keeping with the cheerful spirit of the season — and with tongue firmly planted in cheek —  Sue also wrote about the benefits to having a “less robust immune system.” In times of illness, it allows men to conserve their energy by lying on the couch or not getting out of bed. –CBC News

“Perhaps now is the time for male-friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort,” said Sue.

 

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Shkreli’s Bros: Drug Company Raises Everyday Vitamin Price by 800 Percent

The Daily Sheeple - 11 hours 14 min ago

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Following the lead of pharma-bro Martin Shkreli, a US drug company has hiked the price of a prescription version of vitamin B3 pills by over 800 percent. A drug used to treat respiratory ailments also got a price hike of nearly 2,500 percent.

Avondale Pharmaceuticals raised the price of Niacor, a prescription-only version of niacin (vitamin B3), by 809 percent last month. This means a bottle of 100 tablets went from costing $32.46 to $295, according to figures sent to the Financial Times.

While the drug is available over the counter, some doctors prefer to prescribe a version that has US Food and Drug Administration approval. The drug is used to lower cholesterol to reduce the chance of having a heart attack.

The company also acquired another generic, SSKI, and increased its price by 2,499 percent, taking a 30ml bottle from $11.48 to $295.

The Birmingham, Alabama-based company raised its prices shortly after acquiring the rights to the drugs in a “buy-and-raise” deal made notorious by Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund investor recently convicted of securities fraud.

Shkreli became mired in controversy when he raised the price of a drug used by cancer and HIV patients by 5,500 percent.

The price hikes by Avondale were first noticed by Truven Health Analytics, according to The Independent.

According to the Financial Times, Avondale Pharmaceuticals was set up in August by a registered agent, Acrogen Pharmaceuticals, seemingly for the sole purpose of drug acquisition. Acrogen was started in 2016 by Mark Pugh, an executive behind several pharmaceutical companies.

“This is the latest example of an inefficient US market where the consumer, payer, and doctor don’t have all the information available to make a financially sound choice,” Michael Rae, CEO of Rx Savings, told FT. “They are caught in a web of inefficiency and are being taken advantage of.”

Price gouging is a controversial but established strategy whereby firms buy up the rights to a drug that faces little or no competition, before massively inflating the price and enjoying the profits.

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Liberal students condemn, trash Kate Steinle vigil setup by UC-Berkeley College Republicans

The Blaze - 11 hours 14 min ago

Students at UC-Berkeley vandalized and trashed a memorial for Kate Steinle last week, ripping a poster of the murdered woman and trashing it.

What happened?

Last Thursday night, UC-Berkeley College Republicans held a vigil for Steinle, whose 2015 murder brought the issue of sanctuary cities to the national spotlight. Steinle was shot by an illegal immigrant while walking with her father and a friend along Pier 14 in San Francisco.

The students laid down flowers, spelled out Steinle’s name in candles and had a large poster of her smiling face. The students told the Daily Californian they held the vigil in light of Steinle’s killer, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, being acquitted of murder on Nov. 30. About 20 people attended the vigil.

While the vigil was ongoing, UC-Berkeley CR Vice President Naweed Tahmas told The College Fix, protesters showed up.

“They were shouting during my remarks, and throughout the vigil. Before, during and after,” he explained. “I couldn’t make out everything they were shouting, but it’s usually: ‘In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist regime.’”

To add insult to injury, the next morning, a member of the Republican group found the large poster of Steinle ripped and trashed.

What did the group say about the vandalism?

“This is typical at UC Berkeley, where honoring the legacy of someone who was killed by a 7-time felon and 5-time deportee is offensive,” the group posted on its Facebook page, along with photos of the vandalized poster.

Another UC-Berkley CR leader, Matt Roannau, told KNTV-TV what happened to the vigil was “very disrespectful.”

“Regardless of what your political views are, I don’t think that’s appropriate,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tahmas said intolerant liberal students won’t break his group’s spirit.

“The left’s ideological monopoly on campus is under threat and they are lashing out,” he told The College Fix. “They want to frustrate us and exhaust our spirit, but their intimidation tactics will not stop us. Our organization will continue to bring to light the issues that the left is trying to censor on campus.”

Who was responsible for the vandalism?

According to a member of the Republican group who spoke to Fox News, a group called “Refuse Fascism” was responsible.

“An Antifa organization, Refuse Fascism, sent a paid activist to basically desecrate the memorial, to interrupt it, call us fascists, bigots, whatever,” Troy Worden told Fox News. “Our message of honoring Kate was totally lost.”

Unfortunately, he said it wasn’t the first time the Republican group had been a target.

“This isn’t unique … a few days before the vigil we had actually put up at night posters with Kate’s face on them that said, ‘she had dreams too’ and unfortunately, those were taken down too,” he said.

What did Refuse Fascism say?

A member of the group, Raphael Kadaris, condemned the College Republicans and accused them of politicizing Steinle’s death.

He told the Daily Californian: “These people don’t care about Kate Steinle. They are using the tragic death of Kate Steinle to incite hatred and bigotry against immigrants.”

Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day – David H

The Truth About Guns - 11 hours 25 min ago

As a babysitter, you have to be ready for every eventuality. And from the look of his gear, David H can handle anything that happens when he’s watching his charges. See what he’s carrying at Everyday Carry . . .

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Port Authority bomber’s family expresses ‘outrage’ over the behavior of law enforcement

The Blaze - 11 hours 30 min ago

The family of Akayed Ullah — the suspect in the Port Authority explosion, which injured four, including the suspect — on Monday said that they were not happy with the way law enforcement handled the investigation surrounding their relative.

What are the details of the Port Authority incident?

Ullah, a Bangladesh immigrant who lived in Brooklyn, partially detonated an “improvised low-tech explosive device” strapped to his body near a Port Authority bus terminal. Law enforcement reported that Ullah intended to completely detonate the device in a crowded passageway.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill was asked during a Monday news conference whether the suspect had any ties to the Islamic State. O’Neill admitted that Ullah “did make statements,” but declined to elaborate at the time.

However, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton told MSNBC that the attack was ISIS-inspired, and the New York Daily News reported that Ullah told authorities that he attempted to execute the attack in retaliation for recent Israeli actions in Gaza.

Bratton said that Ullah “was supposedly setting the device off in the name of ISIS.”

Ullah on Tuesday was charged with a variety of offenses, including criminal possession of a weapon, support act of terrorism, and making a terroristic threat.

Federal charges, later announced, included providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction, and bombing a public place.

What did Ullah’s family say?

In a statement provided to the New York Chapter Council for Islamic Relations, the family expressed their heartbreak and outrage.

“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” a statement from the family read via Albert Fox Cahn, the legal director for the N.Y. Chapter Council for Islamic Relations.

The statement continued, “But we’re also outraged by the behavior of the law enforcement officials who held children as small as 4 years old out in the cold and who pulled a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without lawyer, without his parents.”

“These are not the sorts of actions we expect from our justice system,” the statement added, and noted that the family has “every confidence” that the U.S. justice system would “find the truth behind this attack and that we will, in the end, be able to learn what occurred.”

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