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Brutal Russian Nightclub Fight Turns Into Dramatic Shooting [VIDEO]

The Daily Sheeple - 11 hours 37 min ago

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A fight at a nightclub Saturday in the Zheleznodorozhny district of Moscow, Russia turned into a point-blank shooting, a video posted to LiveLeak shows.

According to the video description on LiveLeak, the fight broke out between visitors of the nightclub. One man fired a single shot from a “traumatic gun,” a non-lethal pistol often used as a starting gun or a flare gun.

Police later identified the gunman as a 22-year-old resident of Moscow.

WATCH:

This is a savage fight, worthy of Russia’s reputation. One thing to keep in mind is all these brawlers are almost certainly stone-cold drunk off the cheapest vodka available. This is not a silly stereotype, just the facts.

OK, it’s definitively a stereotype. But I bet I’m right.

Usually drunk fights are just pitiable bozos with beer bellies embarrassing themselves, yet this one is a true brawl. That’s the Russian advantage.

Anyway, this is why I support improving our relationship with Russia.

Seriously, do we really wanna pick a fight with these guys?

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Obama-era CIA director admits endorsing Hillary Clinton, ostracizing Trump was short-sighted

The Blaze - 11 hours 42 min ago

Michael Morell, who served as the deputy head of the CIA in the Obama administration and was twice promoted to acting CIA director, believes the intelligence community was too harsh on President Donald Trump during the 2016 election.

What did Morell say?

In a recent interview with Politico Magazine, a reporter asked Morell whether his decision to endorse Hillary Clinton last year was a mistake. Morell said he doesn’t think he made a mistake but described the decision as very short-sighted.

“I was concerned about what is the impact it would have on the agency, right? Very concerned about that, thought that through,” Morrell said. “But I don’t think I fully thought through the implications.”

What were the implications?

Morell said that when he made the decision to go political, he didn’t put himself in Trump’s shoes to think about how the then-future president might see the political decisions of the intelligence community.

“So, let’s put ourselves here in Donald Trump’s shoes. So, what does he see? Right? He sees a former director of CIA and a former director of NSA, Mike Hayden, who I have the greatest respect for, criticizing him and his policies. Right? And he could rightfully have said, ‘Huh, what’s going on with these intelligence guys?’ Right?” Morell explained, adding:

And then he sees a former acting director and deputy director of CIA criticizing him and endorsing his opponent. And then he gets his first intelligence briefing, after becoming the Republican nominee, and within 24 to 48 hours, there are leaks out of that that are critical of him and his then-national security advisor, Mike Flynn.

And so, this stuff starts to build, right? And he must have said to himself, “What is it with these intelligence guys? Are they political?”

Then he becomes president, and he’s supposed to be getting a daily brief from the moment he becomes the president-elect. Right? And he doesn’t. And within a few days, there’s leaks about how he’s not taking his briefing. So, he must have thought—right?—that, “Who are these guys? Are these guys out to get me? Is this a political organization? Can I think about them as a political organization when I become president?”

“So, I think there was a significant downside to those of us who became political in that moment,” Morell said.

Morell finished by saying he doesn’t know if he would have made a different decision had he thought through the implications of endorsing Clinton.

He also said he is very encouraged by the positive relationship between Trump and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Though Morell said he doesn’t know how intelligence briefings are going these days, he explained he is confident in Pompeo’s CIA.

Poll: Majority of voters say the Senate should expel Roy Moore if he is elected

The Blaze - 11 hours 58 min ago

A majority of voters say the Senate should vote to expel Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore if he wins Tuesday’s special election, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll.

What did the poll find?

According to the poll, 40 percent of registered voters said they find allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore credible. Another 40 percent said they were unsure, while 20 percent said they do not believe the allegations are credible.

Moore faces accusations from multiple women that he pursued sexual encounters with them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. One of the women, Leigh Corfman, said that Moore molested her when she was 14. Moore has claimed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fabricated the allegations. After the allegations came to light, McConnell said Moore would immediately face an ethics probe if elected.

The poll found that 61 percent of voters said Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he wins the election. Just 17 percent said he should not be expelled, while 22 percent offered no opinion.

Seventy-seven percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents said Moore should be expelled. A plurality of Republicans — 45 percent — said Moore should be expelled, while 29 percent of Republicans said he should not be kicked out.

According to the poll, 52 percent said it was wrong for the Republican National Committee to reinstate its support for Moore after initially cutting ties with him. Just 20 percent said it was right for the RNC to resume making financial contributions to Moore’s campaign.

CBS News Poll Reveals Anti-Gun Rights Bias

The Truth About Guns - 12 hours 23 min ago

“As the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School approaches, one third of Americans –  and women in particular – say the level of gun violence in the United States today is a crisis,” CBS News reports, “and most call it at least a very serious problem.” That’s the news network’s take away from a […]

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North Korea: Starved To Death Prisoners’ Bodies Fed To Dogs In Brutal Regime

SHTFplan.com - 12 hours 23 min ago

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As North Korea continues to violate human rights on almost every level, news is now surfacing that the tyrannical regime doesn’t just starve their political prisoners.  Kim Jong-Un’s brutal dictatorship also feeds the corpses of those starved to death to the dogs.

In difficult to hear testimony in front of United Nations, North Korean defector Ji Hyeon-A explained how government officials in the hermit kingdom beat her and fed her only rotten food. Ji has escaped the regime three times now, and all three times, she said she was sent back to face horrific punishments in the impoverished nation. Ji was repatriated three times to North Korea after she was caught in China, before eventually escaping the brutal regime for good when she made it to South Korea in 2007.

According to the Express, Ji is now reunited with her mother and brother, as well as her younger sister – who was trafficked and sold into slavery after a failed escape attempt. But the family has still heard nothing about their father.

Ji described the conditions at one detention center as overly gruesome.  She said that the inmates were regularly starved to death while Kim Jong-Un gorges on expensive imported Swiss cheese and French red wine with no regard for his citizens. It’s obvious Kim hasn’t missed any meals.   She also explained that when the prisoners are fed, they are given raw locusts and skinned frogs and rats as food.

But the most horrific thing the woman witnessed while imprisoned in harsh conditions, was the feeding of corpses to dogs. After prisoners were starved to death, government officials would feed the dead bodies to dogs where other prisoners could see the disturbing display. Ji-Hyeon-A described North Korea as “a terrifying prison and the Kim’s are carrying out a vast massacre and it takes a miracle to survive there.”

Ji also described how North Korean women who got pregnant in China were forced to have abortions. “Pregnant women were forced into harsh labor all day,” she said. “At night, we heard pregnant mothers screaming and babies died without ever being able to see their mothers.”

The third time Ji Hyeon-A got caught and sent back to North Korea she was three months pregnant. She tearfully described how she was forced to have an abortion without medication at a local police station because North Korea has banned mixed-race babies.  “My first child passed away without ever seeing the world,” she said with tears in her eyes, “without any time for me to apologize.”

Ji-Hyeon-A urged the U.N. and leaders worldwide to fight for North Korean defectors, especially those who are repatriated.  She asked China to stop sending North Koreans back to their native country because now they know what goes on once they return.

Earlier in the day, China had attempted to stop the Security Council meeting convened by Japan on the human rights situation in North Korea. China only had the support of Russia and Bolivia and failed in its attempt to stop the meeting from moving forward.

The Deep State Would ‘Nuke A US City’ To Murder Trump And Blame North Korea

The Daily Sheeple - 12 hours 39 min ago

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There isn’t anything the deep state wouldn’t do to eliminate Donald Trump should he get in their way too much. It’s now becoming clear to some that they would even nuke a city in the United States and blame it on North Korea if the opportunity presents itself.

According to Mike Adams from Natural News, the deep state has been trying to get Trump out of office since the moment he was elected. They have tried everything, and are now becoming desperate in their quest to eliminate the most immediate threat to their agenda. But just how far would the deep state go? According to Adams, they aren’t afraid to nuke a city and blame it on North Korea.

“The deep state will do anything and everything to get Trump out of office,” Adams said. If they have to shoot Air Force One out of the sky, they will.  If they have to kill tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Americans, the deep state will do it because they don’t care, they only need Trump gone. “Would they drop a nuke on Seattle to kill Trump? You bet they would,” Adams says. “The deep state is desperately trying to cling to power.”

 Adams continues saying that what the deep state has planned now is “orders of magnitude” larger than what took place on September 11, 2001. He also made a prediction in the event that the deep state succeeds in ridding the White House of Donald Trump:

Now, I predict…and this is not condoning such actions, I’m analyzing it…I’m predicting that any elimination of Trump, either just eliminating him from office or killing him will set off a civil war. An armed revolt across America, probably converging on Washington D.C. where the people..you know, the second amendment activated people who elected Trump into office will finally say to themselves ‘they’ve had enough.’ They’re gonna take their country back.  Mike Adams

Adams says that democracy is now gone because the deep state will simply remove who they dislike.

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Man shot after breaking into Summerville apartment

NRA-ILA - 12 hours 40 min ago
A man is in the hospital after Summerville Police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, only to be shot by the woman’s current boyfriend.

Homeowner holds alleged burglar at gunpoint

NRA-ILA - 12 hours 42 min ago
A Port St. Lucie homeowner held a burglar at gunpoint Sunday night until police arrived, investigators said

Trump attacks Gillibrand after she calls for his resignation; Dems call remark sexually suggestive

The Blaze - 12 hours 43 min ago

President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after the New York Democrat called for the president’s resignation — and Democrats argued the president’s attack was sexually suggestive.

What did Gillibrand say?

Gillibrand told CNN on Monday that Trump should resign because multiple women have accused him of sexual assault.

“President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign,” Gillibrand said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a Monday press briefing that Trump “has denied the allegations, as have eyewitnesses … several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the president’s claim in this process, and again the American people knew this and voted for the president and we feel like we’re ready to move forward in this process.”

How did Trump respond?

Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to call Gillibrand “a total flunky” for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

He wrote that Gillibrand “would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them).”

Trump also hit Gillibrand for being “disloyal” to former President Bill Clinton. Gillibrand said last month that Clinton should have stepped down from the presidency following his affair with then-intern Monica Lewinsky.

Trump reportedly donated thousands of dollars to Gillibrand in 2007 and 2010.

What was the response?

Some characterized the president’s tweet as sexist and sexually suggestive.

Gillibrand responded to Trump on Twitter, writing, “You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office.”

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said on “Morning Joe” Tuesday that Trump is “suggesting that Kirsten Gillibrand would have sex with him in order to get campaign contributions. The president actually tweeted that this morning.”

In a tweet, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) accused the president of attempting to “slut-shame” Gillibrand.

The Left Is Trying To Use The #MeToo Movement As A Weapon To Destroy Donald Trump

SHTFplan.com - 12 hours 51 min ago

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse

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The left is willing to use any means necessary to get rid of Donald Trump, and so it should be no surprise that they are now using the #metoo movement as a weapon in their crusade against him. Personally, I have been a big fan of the #metoo movement, and I have been thrilled to see so many sexual predators exposed in recent months. I applauded the exposure of Hollywood giants such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, and I believe that the resignations of Al Franken and John Conyers will be followed by many others as the truth about what has been happening on Capitol Hill continues to come out.

But we need to be very careful, because this kind of a thing can become a feeding frenzy, and in this type of environment it can be way too easy for false accusers to seem like they are telling the truth.

Every claim of sexual misconduct should be taken extremely seriously, and we should also never jump to conclusions. A single false allegation can permanently ruin someone’s life, and those that are wealthy or famous are easy targets.

On Monday, Megyn Kelly interviewed three women that had formerly made allegations against President Trump. The following comes from CNN

On Monday morning, a trio of women — Rachel Crooks, Samantha Holvey and Jessica Leeds — went on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show to reiterate allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump that they first aired during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“We’re private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try to show America who this man is and especially how he views women and for them to say, we don’t care … it hurt,” Holvey told Kelly about how the allegations against Trump were handled during the 2016 campaign. “It’s just like, all right, let’s try round two. The environment’s different. Let’s try again.”

Millions of Americans are going to assume that since three women are all making allegations against Trump that they must be true.

But we already knew that the story that Jessica Leeds is telling is not accurate. It turns out that there is an eyewitness that was sitting directly across the aisle from Leeds and Trump on the plane ride where the misconduct allegedly took place, and he says that it never happened.

The eyewitness is a British man named Anthony Gilberthorpe, and according to People magazine, he says that Trump didn’t do any of the things that Leeds is claiming…

“I have only met this accuser once and frankly cannot imagine why she is seeking to make out that Trump made sexual advances on her. Not only did he not do so (and I was present at all times) but it was she that was the one being flirtatious,”claimed Gilberthorpe, who is British.

And during an extended interview with Breitbart, Gilberthorpe gave an account of the flight from beginning to end…

“It was back in the days. I’d only visited America one time previous to that. I’m not familiar, as I’m sure with respect to a lot of American listeners tonight wouldn’t be familiar with a lot of our British businessmen,” he explained. “But he was nice. We were talking, we were laughing, he was reading, I was reading, et cetera. She came on, and she hogged the limelight. She wanted to talk to him in a most animated, exaggerated way. About 45 minutes after she had taken her seat and we had taken off, he went to use the toilet.”

Gilberthorpe said that during Trump’s absence, Leeds told him who his fellow passenger was, excitedly explaining that he was “one of the richest men in the world.”

“And her quote, not mine: ‘Oh, I can’t believe that I’m sitting next to him. I can’t believe it! This is the man I want to marry!’ Okay, it was all said in jest and joke, but she was so excited about having the chance, the opportunity, of sitting next to this man. I attempted to talk over to Trump, but she wasn’t really having much of it. I was talking to her, to him, for the remaining two-and-a-half hours of the journey. We landed in New York. Having landed, he politely said, ‘Goodbye,’ shook my hand, and shook hers. He didn’t kiss her, didn’t kiss her. And she and I left the plane together. She and I exchanged kisses. I went for my luggage. She did not go for her luggage. That’s another marker I’m putting down tonight,” he said.

After examining the evidence, I have come to the conclusion that Leeds is simply lying. And that is a horrible thing to do, because she is discrediting the entire #metoo movement.

But the fact that Leeds is not telling the truth is not stopping Democratic lawmakers from using these allegations to hammer President Trump. In fact, on Monday Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for Trump to resign.

But that isn’t going to happen, and the White House is fighting back hard against these false allegations

The White House released a fresh statement early Monday decrying the “false” claims of the women at the press conference.

“These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement. “The timing and absurdity of these false claims speaks volumes and the publicity tour that has begun only further confirms the political motives behind them.”

It is funny how the mainstream media never even wanted to address the very serious allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill and Hillary Clinton that kept arising, and yet anyone with any sort of a claim against Trump gets front page coverage.

Once again, every single allegation of sexual misconduct needs to be taken extremely seriously, and when there is a contested claim it is absolutely imperative that we take the time to figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying.

In our legal system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we should apply the same approach in the court of public opinion as well.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

GetPreparedNow-MichaelSnyderBarbaraFixMichael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

If you want to know what is coming and what you can do to prepare, read his latest book Get Prepared Now!: Why A Great Crisis Is Coming.

Professor says academic ‘rigor’ results in ‘dirty deeds’ and ‘white male heterosexual privilege’

The Blaze - 13 hours 18 min ago

Academic “rigor accomplishes dirty deeds,” according to the head of Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education — among them “white male heterosexual privilege.”

“Understanding how rigor reproduces inequality, we cannot reinvent it but rather must relinquish it,” Donna Riley wrote in the abstract to her article in the scholarly journal Engineering Studies.

Campus Reform looked deeper into Riley’s argument, noting her declaration that rigor “has a historical lineage of being about hardness, stiffness, and erectness; its sexual connotations — and links to masculinity in particular — are undeniable.”

That said, Riley’s “visceral reaction in many conversations where I have seen rigor asserted has been to tell parties involved (regardless of gender) to whip them out and measure them already,” the outlet reported.

What else does Riley’s article say?

  • Riley also stated that academic rigor reveals “how structural forces of power and privilege operate to exclude men of color and women, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, first-generation and low-income students, and non-traditionally aged students,” Campus Reform added.
  • Rigor also can “reinforce gender, race, and class hierarchies in engineering, and maintain invisibility of queer, disabled, low-income, and other marginalized engineering students,” she wrote, the outlet said.
  • Research also shows “a climate of microaggressions and cultures of whiteness and masculinity in engineering,” Riley noted, according to Campus Reform, adding that the discipline also harbors “inherent masculinist, white, and global North bias…all under a guise of neutrality.”
  • The professor also argued that “scientific knowledge” is “gendered, raced, and colonizing,” the outlet said.

What has Riley said in the past?

  • According to her faculty page at her previous position at Smith College, Riley said she wants to be “part of a paradigm shift” and move “diversity in science and engineering from superficial measures of equity as headcounts, to addressing justice and the genuine engagement of all students as core educational challenges.”
  • Riley also noted that she wants to “revise engineering curricula” by “integrating concerns related to public policy, professional ethics and social responsibility …”

What are others saying about Riley’s positions?

  • Another engineer professor criticized Riley’s point of view in an article for the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.
  • “Riley’s purpose seems not to be how best to train new engineers but to let everyone know how bad engineers have been, how they continue to ‘oppress’ women and persons of color, how much we need ‘diverse perspectives,’ and how the ‘struggle’ continues to level all distinctions and differences in society,” wrote Indrek Wichman, a professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University.

Campus Reform asked Riley multiple times for comment, the outlet said, but didn’t immediately receive a response.

No, Journalists Have Not Done a “Pretty Good” Job Covering Trump/Russia

FixThisNation - 13 hours 21 min ago

Showing what is either a stunning lack of self-awareness or a shameful circle-the-wagons approach to media criticism, reporter Carl Bernstein – famous for unearthing the Watergate scandal in the 1970s – said this weekend that he was proud of the way the American news media had covered Ye Olde Collusion story.

“Our record as journalists in covering this Trump story and the Russian story is pretty good,” Bernstein said on CNN, miraculously not drawing guffaws from off camera.

Not only is that statement laughable on its face, any reporter or media critic who doesn’t characterize the press’s approach to Trump/Russia (or just Trump) as some of the worst journalism in the history of this nation is smoking something good.

Not that we would expect much better from Bernstein, whose star has fallen since his heyday. In fact, it was Bernstein himself who was involved in the CNN story that brought the Trump/Russia dossier to public light in December 2016 with salacious reporting. Reporting that failed to mention, naturally, that this dossier was the product of Hillary Clinton’s opposition research funding. It was – and is – scandalous tripe that was complied so that Clinton could win the election. And the fact that she never used it is proof that even she saw it for the phony baloney that it was.

But we digress, because reporting on the dossier is only one of many ways the American news media has failed the public this year. We’ve never seen a period of 12 months filled with so much inaccurate, after-the-fact-corrected stories. And while we appreciate that journalists have been fired and otherwise disciplined when caught peddling fiction to the public, there’s one big problem with that: These stories should have never passed editorial muster in the first place. A “correction” never hits as hard as the original story, meaning it is of the utmost importance that these outlets get it right the first time. But when it comes to Trump and Russia, that’s seldom the case.

Reported: That Robert Mueller subpoenaed Trump’s Deutsche Bank records. FALSE.

Reported: That Donald Trump Jr. got a heads-up in advance when WikiLeaks was set to publish leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee. FALSE.

Reported: That the Trump/Dossier had been proven largely correct. SO FALSE.

Reported: That Trump, as a candidate for president, told Michael Flynn to contact the Russians. FALSE.

And we didn’t have to stretch back more than a week to get these stories. It’s not as if this has been a particularly bad week for Trump/Russia reporting, it’s that this is indicative of a constant, yearlong onslaught of barely-vetted reporting that is either being shoveled out for ratings or for the purpose of turning the American people against the president. Likely both.

Either way, it is quickly deteriorating the public’s trust in the media, as is evident from a number of recent polls.

If this is “pretty good” reporting, we’d hate to see what bad journalism looks like.

 

Question of the Day: Does America’s “Violent Culture” Glorify “Gun Violence?”

The Truth About Guns - 13 hours 22 min ago

“Our culture seems to have taken a road that glorifies violence,” James Lubker writes at wcfcourier.com. “Television and computer-video games provide an endless source of violence . . . Consider that we now have games people “play” by pointing guns at each other and shooting a variety of projectiles at other human beings. We live […]

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Kids’ Climate Change Lawsuit Goes Forward Thanks to 9th Circuit 3-Judge Panel

The Daily Sheeple - 13 hours 33 min ago

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The headline on an article by Mercury News reads “Kids’ climate change lawsuit against Trump administration lands in San Francisco court.” The headline, while technically true, doesn’t really paint the full picture. The lawsuit that has made its way to the Ninth Circuit court of appeals was actually begun in 2015, so, technically, it’s a lawsuit against the Obama administration, now extended to include the Trump administration.

The lawsuit itself is extremely troubling from a liberty perspective.  A bunch of high-born, self-righteous, central-gov-supporting adults gathered up a group of kids and manipulated them to bring a lawsuit against the Federal government because they’re not doing enough to stop climate change.

Despite what you may have heard from the central-goverment-loving statist left, the science is NOT settled on climate change, so the fact that children can bring a lawsuit against the Federal government that could force the government (and I’m sure the government would be extremely upset at being forced to take more control over the lives of the people it rules over) to seize the means of production in the name of saving the planet for these poor, traumatized kids.

A three-judge panel listened to the arguments for this case, including arguments made by Team Trump to dismiss this lawsuit because, well, it has no merit, it’s incredibly broad, and, if these kids actually won, you would be circumventing the rights of millions, ostensibly to protect the ‘rights’ of these kids to impose their beliefs and ideologies on everyone else.

On the face of it, one would imagine in a sane world, a world where this mythological rule of law actually existed, that these kids would be shown the door promptly, and told to stop wasting time, and wasting tax payer dollars, bringing such useless garbage into a court of law.

Well, you might now have to admit what many of us have known for some time. We don’t live in a world with even a modicum of sanity, and rule of law in this land isn’t even a viable myth. The proof of that comes from a report in the Mercury News that two of three judges on the near-Marxist Ninth circuit’s panel have actually expressed, brace for it, SKEPTICISM that the government has a case to dismiss this lawsuit.

That’s right, grown adults who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to dedicate a decade or more of study to understanding constitutional law have come to the conclusion that a lawsuit brought by a bunch of kids demanding that the federal government do something about climate change is NOT a frivolous lawsuit that should be thrown out.

If you actually lived in the land of the Rule of Law, I would imagine these judges would be arrested possibly, and tried for treason, or at least impeached and removed for fundamentally violating the Rule of Law. Any judge who even considers this lawsuit is proving they are one of three things, grossly incompetent, completely insane, or purely ideologically (and thus unconstitutionally) driven. Either one of these possibility merits immediate remove from any court.

By the way the Mercury News article characterized the lawsuit, it’s very clear that they fully support this attempt to subvert the rights of millions to satisfy the unmerited claims of a bunch of well-coached kids presumably from central-gov worshiping families.

They call it “a novel and potential precedent-setting lawsuit.” No, it’s not novel, its outright insane, it’s completely unbalanced and dangerously psychotic to grant these kids a trial in which the potential outcome includes forcing the federal government (I say forcing, but really, again, the federal government, at least most of the folks who comprise that body, will probably revel in this newfound power, granted to them by a bunch of kids) to literally seize the means of production, to go full Marxist, all in the name of protecting these snowflakes from a boogey man that, even if it was real, would not be FIXED by the incompetency that is the Federal government.

One well-coached tyrant-enabling wanna-be Marxist, a 10-year old named Levi Draheim (which Mercury News somehow felt compelled to add was “a frizzy-haired 1o-year old,” no doubt to paint a picture intended to reach the emotions of the reader, a picture of a cute kid, a victim of climate change), said “If we don’t stop climate change, I might not have a home when I’m older.”

Why is he in this lawsuit? Well, he’s claiming damages because Hurricane Irma flooded his street. Now, never mind that there’s little proof that climate change caused Hurricane Irma. Also, never mind that there really is no consensus on the cause of climate change, even if most ‘experts’ agree climate change is real.  Is it manmade or part of a cycle beyond the capacity of what man could ever do?

As Mercury News itself admits, the groups behind this lawsuit have filed similar cases, trotting out the cute kids in the hopes of reaching emotions since facts, logic, reason are not at all on their side (and by that I am referring to the merits of bringing these lawsuits to courts, not the degree to which climate change is real or the degree to which it might be manmade). It is no surprise that the place where this lawsuit is going forward happens to be Commiefornia, no surprise at all.

The fact that Mercury News decided to write what amounts to a fluff piece that helps push the narrative that these statist leftist groups want to be pushed tells me all I need to know about this news outlet.

They are, by their fruits, merely another agit prop tool of the statist left. They wrote up what was ostensibly a straight news article but they used subtle techniques to intentionally push the narrative that advanced the very dangerous cause of these lawfare terrorists, who mean to circumvent everyone’s rights using the courts, courts occupied by statist leftist sympathizers and fellow activists.

The fact that this 3-judge panel has not immediately thrown out this case should convince those of you who still believe this is the land of Rule of Law that you live in a land where ideology alone drives your court system, ideology and power, power in the form of wealth and power in the form of political alliances.

There is no rule of law, there is only rule of power, and right now, because it’s in their Marxist-driven interest, the Ninth circuit is giving power to a small group of kids to potentially destroy even a vestige of a free market in America.  But, it’s okay – it’s for the kids, right?

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North Korean state media claims Kim Jong Un can control the weather

The Blaze - 13 hours 43 min ago

North Korean state media’s latest claim says that its leader, Kim Jong Un, can control the weather.

The report, lauded by the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency and reported by the Daily Mail and other outlets, is only the latest in a string of incredible accomplishments claimed by North Korea on behalf of its dictators over the years.

What are the details?

Standing atop an Mount Paektu — an active volcano on the North Korea/China border — the KCNA referred to Kim Jong Un, their “peerlessly illustrious commander,” who “controls the nature.”

According to USA Today, North Korea’s official state newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported that when the North Korean leader “ascended” to the top of the mountain, a blizzard stopped and “fine weather unprecedented” commenced.

What are the other claimed accomplishments of North Korea’s dictators?

Other accomplishments North Korea has claimed include, but are likely not limited to:

  • Kim Jong Il was born atop the above-pictured Mount Paektu, and at the moment of his birth, a new star lit up the sky, winter suddenly became spring, and a double rainbow appeared.
  • Kim Jong Il invented the hamburger.
  • The first time Kim Jong Il picked up a golf club, he hit no less than 11 holes in one.
  • Like his son, Kim Jong Il was also able to control the weather.
  • Kim Jong Il never needed to use the restroom. Ever. It was because his body was so well-calibrated that he didn’t need to relieve himself.
  • A glowing message appeared on the rocks of Mount Paektu when Kim Jong Il died in 2011.
  • As a 3-week-old baby, Kim Jong Il began to walk. At 8 weeks old, he began to speak.

NRA Statement on Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

NRA-ILA - 14 hours 13 min ago
National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action executive director, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement on Tuesday regarding President Donald Trump's signature on the National Defense Authorization Act

Three Bubbles/Strikes and You’re Out

The Daily Sheeple - 14 hours 15 min ago

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Those betting on a fourth bubble of even greater extremes will find their time at bat has come to an end.

The conventional investment wisdom holds that central banks will never let markets decline. This is an interesting belief, given that two previous asset bubbles based on central bank “easy money” both imploded, impoverishing believers in central bank omnipotence.

 

So perhaps we can say that the conventional investment wisdom holds that any asset bubble that bursts will quickly be reflated into an even more extreme asset bubble. That’s certainly been the history of the past 17 years.

But there’s a case to be made that bubbles are like strikes, and you only get three. A recent article, Deutsche: “We Are Almost At The Point Beyond Which There Will Be No More Bubbles”, made a nuanced case for “3 bubbles and you’re out” based on volatility and other inputs.

I propose a much simpler case for “3 bubbles and you’re out”:

1. Every policy yields diminishing returns as the positive results follow an S-curve.
2. What every trader knows no longer has any predictive power.
3. Policy extremes have become normalized, leaving central banks with unintended and unpredictable consequences should they push even more extreme policies in the next bubble burst.

Radical new central bank policies work wonders in the initial boost phase (see diagram below) because the sums being deployed are so large and the policy is so extreme: quantitative easing / purchase of assets by central banks, for example: never before have central banks conjured trillions of dollars, yuan, yen and euros out of thin air and used this new currency to buy bonds, stocks and debt instruments in vast quantities for eight years running.

But over time, the novelty and effectiveness of the radical policies wear off. Participants habituate to the policies, which become a given that can not be removed without disrupting the markets.

Traders are always seeking an edge, and front-running central bank policy has proven to be a very effective strategy. But once everyone starts using the same strategy, it stops working. Put another way, there’s no predictive power left in what everyone knows.

So central banks suppress volatility–everybody knows that. Central banks jump in and buy every dip, stopping any decline in its tracks with unlimited buying of assets. Everybody knows this.

Eventually, everyone is on the same side of every trade. At that point, there is only one movement left–a reversal that catches everyone by surprise.

The third dynamic is that central banks are visibly getting nervous about the unintended and unpredictable consequences of their extreme policies. It’s all fun and games when central banks are buying trillions of assets with money created out of thin air, but how do you stop the asset purchases when everyone depends on them as the foundation of the markets?

Are there no consequences from holding interest rates near zero for eight long years?

What about political blowback from the rising wealth inequality that central banks have fueled?

Policy extremes trigger unintended consequences as a result of being extreme. You can’t throw around trillions and not generate expectations, incentives and blowback from those who don’t benefit from the extreme policies.

Central banks don’t control the consequences of their policies. If they respond to the popping of the current bubble with tens of trillions in new asset purchases, they might find this policy is nowhere near as effective as when it was unleashed in 2008.

Once markets grasp that central banks have lost control of the consequences of their policies, confidence, faith and trust in central banks “saving the day” will evaporate. The likely result of this realization is that markets will plummet to new lows rather than reach new highs.

Three bubbles/strikes and you’re out. Those betting on a fourth bubble of even greater extremes will find their time at bat has come to an end.

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The Deep State Would ‘Nuke A US City’ To Murder Trump And Blame North Korea

SHTFplan.com - 14 hours 23 min ago

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There isn’t anything the deep state wouldn’t do to eliminate Donald Trump should he get in their way too much.  It’s now becoming clear to some that they would even nuke a city in the United States and blame it on North Korea if the opportunity presents itself.

According to Mike Adams from Natural News, the deep state has been trying to get Trump out of office since the moment he was elected. They have tried everything, and are now becoming desperate in their quest to eliminate the most immediate threat to their agenda.  But just how far would the deep state go? According to Adams, they aren’t afraid to nuke a city and blame it on North Korea.

“The deep state will do anything and everything to get Trump out of office,” Adams said. If they have to shoot Air Force One out of the sky, they will.  If they have to kill tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Americans, the deep state will do it because they don’t care, they only need Trump gone. “Would they drop a nuke on Seattle to kill Trump? You bet they would,” Adams says. “The deep state is desperately trying to cling to power.”

 Adams continues saying that what the deep state has planned now is “orders of magnitude” larger than what took place on September 11, 2001. He also made a prediction in the event that the deep state succeeds in ridding the White House of Donald Trump:

Now, I predict…and this is not condoning such actions, I’m analyzing it…I’m predicting that any elimination of Trump, either just eliminating him from office or killing him will set off a civil war. An armed revolt across America, probably converging on Washington D.C. where the people..you know, the second amendment activated people who elected Trump into office will finally say to themselves ‘they’ve had enough.’ They’re gonna take their country back.  Mike Adams

Adams says that democracy is now gone because the deep state will simply remove who they dislike.

PepsiCo reserves 100 Tesla electric Semi trucks

The Blaze - 14 hours 28 min ago

PepsiCo has joined a dozen other companies Tuesday in preordering Tesla’s new electric Semi trucks, which boast a 500-mile range between charges. According to Reuters, the snack and beverage company’s reservation of 100 Tesla big-rigs marks the largest order yet by one company.

The announcement follows Tesla’s campaign to introduce itself into the freight truck market. By offering an affordable, solidly built alternative to diesel semitrucks, the company hopes to reshape the way semitruck drivers view electric trucks. The diesel market currently produces roughly 260,000 heavy-duty big wheelers.

Tesla engineers have crafted the new vehicle to replace diesel semitrucks, which are 20 percent more expensive to drive and maintain than the new Tesla Semi trucks. Tesla is known for its technologically advanced luxury cars, so the addition of electric semitrucks came as a surprise.

In total, Tesla has 267 orders of the trucks to a number of prominent companies that include Anheuser-Busch, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and Sysco Corp.

Tesla unveiled the sleek, futuristic-looking Semi truck at a Nov. 16 ceremony in Hawthorne, California, also introducing the world’s quickest car, the Tesla Model S.

At the unveiling ceremony, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed that the new Semi trucks are equipped with advanced computers and sensors.

“Even with 80,000 pounds, it’ll get to 60 mph in 20 seconds,” Musk said.

The electric big-rig incorporate Tesla’s trademark look, as designed by Franz von Holzhausen.

So far, neither Tesla nor any of the dozen companies who have purchased the new Semi truck have disclosed the price tag. Tesla started orders at a $5,000 deposit per truck, but that number has increased to $20,000, according to the Reuters article.

The Tesla Semi trucks are scheduled to be released in 2019.

Former Facebook exec criticizes social media in expletive-laden rant: ‘You are being programmed’

The Blaze - 15 hours 12 min ago

Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive, delivered a speech accusing the social network of “ripping apart” the fabric of society.

What did he say?

Palihapitiya, Facebook’s former vice president for user growth, aired his grievances during a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business last month. During the address, he admitted that he felt a “tremendous guilt” in helping to amass users on the social networking site.

“We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” Palihapitiya told the attending audience.

He suggested that people take a “hard break” from social networking — which he described as “short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops” — at large.

Palihaptitya also told the audience that filters of illusion contribute to curating “lives around this perceived sense of perfection” in exchange for rewards. Those rewards, Palihaptitya explained, are “short-term signals” such as “hearts, likes,” and “thumbs up.”

“We conflate that with value and we conflate it with truth, and instead, what it really is is fake, brittle popularity that’s short term and leaves you even more vacant and empty before you did it,” Palihaptitya added.

Palihaptitya claims to no longer use social media.

“I don’t have a good solution,” Palihaptitya admitted. “My solution is I just don’t use these tools anymore. I haven’t for years.”

As for his own children, “They’re not allowed to use this s**t.”

Palihapitiya’s language grew more colorful as his speech became more impassioned.

“Your behaviors — you don’t realize it but you are being programmed,” he added. “It was unintentional, but now you gotta decide how much you are willing to give up, how much of your intellectual independence.”

“And don’t think, ‘Oh yeah, not me, I’m f***ing genius, I’m at Stanford,'” he mocked. “You’re probably the most likely to f***ing fall for it, ’cause you are f***ing check-boxing your whole God**** life.”

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Is there more?

Palihapitiya isn’t the only former Facebook executive to take aim at the social media giant.

Former Facebook President Sean Parker told Axios in November that he believes social networking is changing the way humans relate to one another and is doing great damage in its ever-expanding wake.

“It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker said. “It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Palihapitiya’s comments echoed those of Parker, who also said that social media gives users “a little dopamine hit every once in awhile.”

“It’s a social validation feedback loop,” Parker explained.

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