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Mass. bump stock ban proposals to get public hearing

NRA-ILA - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:37
A public hearing on legislation to ban “bump stocks" in Massachusetts will be held Wednesday morning at the State House.

California: New gun control measure could require locking up firearms at home

NRA-ILA - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:36
Two weeks after a man gunned down 58 people at an outdoor Las Vegas concert, the Bay Area’s largest city could pass a law requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms when they leave the house — a new gun control measure far stricter than state legislation.

Reflecting On Family, Freedom And Friends - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:57
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CIA Urges POTUS Trump to Delay Release of 3,000 Never-Before-Seen Documents on Assassination of John F. Kennedy

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:54

More than 3,000 never-before-seen documents from the FBI, CIA, and Justice Department on the assassination of John F. Kennedy are scheduled be released, with many experts fearing that such a large release of secret JFK assassination documents will spur “a new generation of conspiracy theories.”

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Vegas Survivor Who Died Suddenly Had Planned Group to Expose Cover-Up - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:50

This report was originally published by Adan Salazar at Infowars


A woman who died days after surviving the ill-fated October 1 country music festival in Las Vegas wanted to organize a survivor’s group in order to flesh out the strange event, Facebook conversations reveal.

Kymberley Suchomel, 28, died suddenly on October 9 at her Apple Valley, California, residence five days after posting her version of events to Facebook.

In the days following the massacre, friends reached out to Suchomel over a October 4 post in which she described someone setting off “fire crackers” near the venue, and detailed being chased by numerous people, concluding at one point “There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one.”

One longtime friend of Suchomel’s, who asked to remain anonymous, provided Infowars with screenshots of a conversation he’d had with her, in which she indicated planning to “organize a group of survivors” in order “to piece things together.”

“You can share my comment for sure. And you can leave my name,” Suchomel says in a Facebook message to her friend. “I’m trying to organize a group of survivors so if anyone wants to contact me they can. Because this fucked up shit doesn’t make sense and we are trying to piece things together.”

“The media can suck it. They have no idea what went down!” she added.

Suchomel goes on to tell her friend, who told Infowars he’d known her for years, that she was compiling a “second by second story” detailing her experience, and pinpoints on an image where she’d been seated with her friends.

Important to note is that much of Suchomel’s lengthy account – now deleted from Facebook, but available here – appears to contradict the lone wolf shooter narrative provided to the public from law enforcement.

Another friend of Suchomel who organized a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses says her family made the decision to deactivate Kymberley’s Facebook account due to “an overwhelming amount of messages” from conspiracy theorists claiming her friend was “murdered.”

“They believe she passed away from a grand mahl seizure but the autopsy report has not been finalized,” Suchomel’s friend wrote on Facebook Sunday.

In comments to the Victorville Daily Press, Suchomel’s grandmother, Julie Norton, told a reporter she believed “Suchomel may have died in her sleep after her husband, Mike, left for work at 4:30 a.m.”

“Kymberley had epilepsy and she’s always been prone to seizures — she told her friend that she recently had three focal seizures,” Norton told reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz, who personally knew Suchomel. “I believe the stress from the shooting took her life.”

Before she met her untimely demise, Kymberley had told De La Cruz she was consumed with fear by the gruesome events she’d witnessed.

“My heart starts racing when I hear loud noises,” Kymberley stated. “I’m afraid because my heart keeping pounding and it won’t stop.”

De La Cruz also reports Suchomel had been taking medication to treat a pituitary tumor.

Kymberley was also a charity organizer in California and had also created the High Desert Phoenix Foundation, which helps citizens of the region pay for costs associated with tragedies.

Kymberley is survived by her daughter Scarlett, 3, and her husband Michael. A YouCaring fundraiser dedicated to her can be found here.

Read Kymberley’s Facebook post from October 4-5:

Update: Revision adds Suchomel was treating pituitary tumor.


In Tweetstorm, Trump Slams Comey Who “Lied And Leaked And Protected Hillary Clinton”, Rips NFL, Democrats - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:17

This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge


In an early Wednesday tweetstorm, Trump blasted fired FBI Director James Comey and questioned the DOJ, following the FBI’s confirmation that Comey began drafting his statement about Hillary Clinton’s private email server use long before the investigation was complete.

Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete. Many people not interviewed, including Clinton herself.”

Trump then accused Comey of perjury, and asked why the DOJ has not addressed this yet: “Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this-obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?”

Trump also accused Comey of lying and leaking to protect Clinton. “He was the best thing that ever happened to her!”

On Monday, the FBI posted a document revealing Comey began drafting a letter in July of 2016 in which he did not recommend charges against Clinton.  FBI official James Rybicki in mid-May requested in an unclassified email that officials “send any comments on this statement so we may roll it into a master doc for discussion with the Director at a future date.” Comey would make his announcement roughly two months later, criticizing Clinton for being “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

Trump also took aim at Senate Democrats, and Republicans, urging “all Senate Republicans” to vote for “the largest Tax Cuts in U.S. history.”

Speaking on Monday at the White House Rose Garden, Trump said “If we get it done, that’s a great achievement,” while standing next to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “But don’t forget it took years for the Reagan administration to get taxes done. I’ve been here for nine months, a little more than nine months.” Despite the president’s efforts, the only 52 percent of Americans in a new CNN poll say they oppose the president’s tax reform plan, while only 34 percent say they support it.  Trump is set to meet with the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday to discuss tax reform efforts.

Trump then moved on to the NFL, which he ripped for its decision to allow players to kneel during the national anthem, saying it shows “total disrespect for our great country!”

“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!” the president said in a tweet.

Trump’s anger was prompted by the NFL decision on Tuesday not to implement a rule that would require players to stand during the national anthem.  The NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport was the first to report the decision. Trump has taken aim at players who kneel during the anthem to protest racial and social injustice in the U.S.

Finally, Trump ripped Rep. Frederica Wilson, saying the Florida Democrat’s claim that he made an insensitive comment about a fallen soldier’s wife was “totally fabricated.”

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”

Wilson said on Tuesday that she overheard Trump tell the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger nearly two weeks ago, that Johnson “knew what he signed up for..but when it happens it hurts anyway.”

Wilson told CNN that she was in a car with Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, during a trip to meet her husband’s casket when Trump called, and that Myeshia was “very distraught after the call.”

“She has just lost her husband, she was just told that he cannot have an open casket funeral which gives her all kinds of nightmares about what his body must look, what his face must look, and this is what the president of the United States says to her,” Wilson told CNN. Trump launched a fresh round of controversy on Monday when at a press conference he made the claim that his predecessors did not call the families of fallen soldiers. He then attempted to walk back the claim at the same press conference.

Poll: 46 percent think the news media fabricates stories about Trump

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:04

Nearly half of voters believe the news media fabricates stories about President Donald Trump and his administration, according to a new Politico and Morning Consult poll.

What did the poll find?

According to the poll, 46 percent of voters believe the news media makes up stories about Trump and his administration, while 37 percent of voters do not believe the media fabricates stories. Another 17 percent were undecided.

The poll found that the divide is very partisan — 76 percent of Republican voters think the news media invents stories about Trump and his administration, while just 11 percent don’t think they make up stories. Among Democrats, 20 percent said the media makes up stories about Trump, while a 65 percent majority said they do not. Forty-four percent of independent voters think the media fabricates stories about Trump, while 31 percent said they do not.

Among voters who said they strongly approve of Trump’s job performance, 85 percent said the media invents stories about the president and his administration.

What about censorship?

After objecting to an NBC News report last week, Trump asked when it would be “appropriate” to challenge NBC’s “license.”

According to the poll, just 28 percent said the government should be able to revoke broadcast licenses of major news organizations if it says they are fabricating news stories about a president, while 51 percent think the government should not have that power. Another 21 percent said they are undecided.

A majority of Democrats, 68 percent, think the federal government should not be able to revoke broadcast licenses of news organizations it objects to. Meanwhile, 46 percent of Republicans said the government should have that power, while 33 percent said they should not.

What does it mean?

Throughout his presidency and his bid for the White House, Trump has dismissed critical coverage as fake news, and has attacked numerous political commentators, reporters, and media outlets (including TheBlaze).

On Tuesday, Trump called major news networks “fiction writers.”

“Voters, particularly Trump supporters, have become disenchanted with the national media,” Kyle Dropp, chief research officer and co-founder of Morning Consult, told Politico. “Even 20 percent of Democrats think that the national media fabricate stories on President Trump and his administration. That being said, many are still not willing to let the federal government censor the media.”

The poll, which was conducted Oct.12-16, surveyed 1,991 registered voters. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

(H/T Axios)

Gun Review: DPMS GII Compact Hunter

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:00

DPMS, purchased by Remington about a decade ago, is one of the largest manufacturers of AR-15 and AR-10 rifles in the world. They’ve developed the DPMS GII as the ultimate...

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New Study: ‘Powerful Superflares Can Serve As Plausible Drivers of Extinction Events’ - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:00

Magnificent CME Erupts on the Sun - August 31

According to a new paper, there’s a solid chance that a massive super flare storm could impact Earth within 100 years. And the consequences of this magnitude of a solar storm could include extinction.

In The Astrophysical Journal, a new paper was published detailing the outcome of a super flare. Avi Loeb and Manasvi Lingham, two renowned astrophysicists at Harvard University, have been concerned with the prospect of a so-called “superflare” for some time now. Unlike most, they’re far more worried about superflares than asteroid impacts or volcanic super-eruptions.  They also warn that “powerful superflares can serve as plausible drivers of extinction events.”

The two scientists also point out that “the risk posed by superflares has not been sufficiently appreciated.”  Not only would a superflare annihilate electrical circuits in a world covered in them, but it would also generate $10 trillion worth of damage.

Back in 1859, a powerful storm on the Sun launched colossal solar flares towards Earth, and the subsequent electrical surge triggered the shutdown of telegraph systems all over the planet.  Should a storm of that magnitude occur again, global power grids will go down and the consequences would be far greater.  Just one superflare generates enough energy to satiate the electricity demands of the entire planet for 14,700 years.

Using the geological record, along with data from other Sun-like stars, the pair worked out the frequency of various types of superflares impacting the Earth. They found that extreme, atmosphere-eroding, extinction-level superflares occur on the Sun once every 20 million years. Additionally, they found that the chances of one being able to cause major ecological and technological damage occurring within the next century is around one-in-1,000. A weaker superflare that just causes damage to electrical systems is even more likely. Those chances are about one-in-eight.

By comparison, the chance of witnessing a supervolcanic blast in your lifetime is around 90,000 times less likely than that of experiencing a type of superflare. But the good news is that these two researchers have also penned a study detailing how an Earth-sized magnetic shield could be used to defend ourselves from such an event. Although prohibitively expensive, many think that it’s something that humanity should consider if the chances of a superflare event are this high. Considering most humans lack basic survival skills, a superflare storm could be a catastrophe and an extinction level event.

If a superflare is extremely energetic, the planet’s magnetic field will experience a huge increase in its electric current. This can trigger a geomagnetic storm, which if powerful enough, has the potential to knock out satellites and electrical grids, and even partly strip away the ozone layer. There was actually a near-miss in 2012 when an explosion on the Sun produced not only plenty of flare-based electromagnetic radiation but a coronal mass ejection (CME) – a fountain of highly-magnetized solar plasma particles.

Five Reported Shot in Maryland Office Park Shooting

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:57

“Five people have been shot at an office park in the Maryland community of Edgewood, and the shooter is believed to be on the loose, a deputy with the Harford...

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Senate Launches Probe Into Russian Nuclear Bribery Case That Netted Clintons Millions

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:54


As the media continues to lose their collective minds over $100,000 worth of Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russians during the 2016 election, the Senate Judiciary Committee has finally decided they’re going to take a look into a shady Russian deal that handed Putin 20% of America’s uranium reserves, was approved by the Obama administration during an ongoing FBI investigation into charges of bribery, extortion and money laundering by the Russian buyer and netted the Clintons millions of dollars in donations and ‘speaking fees.” Here’s more from The Hill:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a full-scale probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration in 2010 approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, gets his first chance to raise the issue in public on Wednesday when he questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing.

Though the hearing was scheduled for other purposes, aides said they expected Grassley to ask Sessions questions about a story published in The Hill on Tuesday that disclosed the FBI had uncovered evidence showing Russian nuclear officials were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving bribes, kickbacks and money laundering designed to expand Russian President Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business on U.S. soil.

“It has recently come to the Committee’s attention that employees of Rosatom were involved in a criminal enterprise involving a conspiracy to commit extortion and money laundering during the time of the CFIUS transaction,” Grassley wrote in one such letter addressed to Sessions.

“The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a U.S. intelligence operation apparently around the time CFIUS approved the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction raises questions about whether that information factored into CFIUS’ decision to approve the transaction,” the chairman added.

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As we pointed out last summer when Peter Schweizer first released his feature documentary Clinton Cash, the Uranium One deal, as approved by the Obama Administration, netted the Clintons and their Clinton Foundation nearly $150 million in donations and ‘speaking fees’ from Uranium One shareholders and other Russian entities.

Russian Purchase of US Uranium Assets in Return for $145mm in Contributions to the Clinton Foundation – Bill and Hillary Clinton assisted a Canadian financier, Frank Giustra, and his company, Uranium One, in the acquisition of uranium mining concessions in Kazakhstan and the United States.  Subsequently, the Russian government sought to purchase Uranium One but required approval from the Obama administration given the strategic importance of the uranium assets. In the run-up to the approval of the deal by the State Department, nine shareholders of Uranium One just happened to make $145 mm in donations to the Clinton Foundation. Moreover, the New Yorker confirmed that Bill Clinton received $500,000 in speaking fees from a Russian investment bank, with ties to the Kremlin, around the same time. Needless to say, the State Department approved the deal giving Russia ownership of 20% of U.S. uranium assets.

Now, thanks to newly released affidavits from a case that landed one of the Russian co-conspirators, Vadim Mikerin, in jail, we learned just yesterday that not only was the Obama administration aware the Russians’ illegal acts in the U.S. but it may have also been fully aware that “Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow.” Per The Hill:

Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

And guess who ran the FBI’s investigation into this particular Russian plot? As The Hill noted, the Mikerin probe began in 2009 under Robert Mueller, now the special counsel in charge of the Trump case, and ended in late 2015 under the controversial, former FBI Director James Comey who was relieved of his duties by President Trump.

Ironically, when the DOJ finally arrested Mikerin in 2014, following 5 years of investigations in a massive international bribery and money-laundering scheme, rather than publicly celebrate, they seemingly swept it under the rug.  In fact, there was no public release concerning the case at all until a full year later when the DOJ announced a plea deal with Mikerin right before labor day.

Bringing down a major Russian nuclear corruption scheme that had both compromised a sensitive uranium transportation asset inside the U.S. and facilitated international money laundering would seem a major feather in any law enforcement agency’s cap.

But the Justice Department and FBI took little credit in 2014 when Mikerin, the Russian financier and the trucking firm executives were arrested and charged.

The only public statement occurred an entire year later when the Justice Department put out a little-noticed press release in August 2015, just days before Labor Day. The release noted that the various defendants had reached plea deals.

By that time, the criminal cases against Mikerin had been narrowed to a single charge of money laundering for a scheme that officials admitted stretched from 2004 to 2014. And though agents had evidence of criminal wrongdoing they collected since at least 2009, federal prosecutors only cited in the plea agreement a handful of transactions that occurred in 2011 and 2012, well after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’s approval.

The final court case also made no mention of any connection to the influence peddling conversations the FBI undercover informant witnessed about the Russian nuclear officials trying to ingratiate themselves with the Clintons even though agents had gathered documents showing the transmission of millions of dollars from Russia’s nuclear industry to an American entity that had provided assistance to Bill Clinton’s foundation, sources confirmed to The Hill.

So, what if James Comey really was looking out for Hillary all along?

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Sheriff’s highway billboard pushes back against NFL anthem protests — and locals absolutely love it

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:39

For one Virginia sheriff, NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem is disrespectful to the flag, the military and America.

So Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown put his money where his mouth is and paid for a highway billboard that pushes back against the protests, declaring in no uncertain terms what law enforcement stands for — and kneels for.

The billboard reads, “Law enforcement stands & places hand over heart for National Anthem! We kneel when we pray!” and can be seen on Route 460 near the Bedford County entrance from Lynchburg, WSET-TV reported.

 WSET-TV video screenshotImage source: WSET-TV video screenshot

“I applaud demonstrating for social justice, that’s great, but do it some other way than disrespecting our great country, and this flag,” Brown told the station.

Brown added to WSET that he’s always been a Washington Redskins fan — and a pro football fan in general — but that he doesn’t watch games anymore because of the player protests. And Brown’s billboard is his way of making his own statement about America.

“It’s the greatest country in the world,” he told the station. “It’s been that way because of our military and our law enforcement.”

 WSET-TV video screenshot)Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown (Image source: WSET-TV video screenshot)

Locals seem to love the billboard — a lot.

“It definitely shows the law enforcement is behind the community,” Sherri Stayton, a Bedford County resident, told WSET. “I’m proud of it absolutely.”

Jeff Scott, also of Bedford County, told the station that he feels a “sense of pride” when he sees Brown’s billboard.

“It shows respect for our country and the freedoms that we have,” Scott told WSET. “Everything is related to that flag.”

 WSET-TV video screenshot)Jeff Scott (Image source: WSET-TV video screenshot)

Brown — an Army veteran who serves in the Military Police Corps — added to the station that he’s creating a bumper sticker based on his billboard slogan for all the sheriff’s department vehicles.

In case you’re wondering, Brown added to WSET he’ll also provide bumper stickers to all who want them until supplies last.

And for those who take issue with his sentiments, Brown had a message for them on Facebook late last month, saying “guess what, I could care less!”

Ellen Degeneres Interviews Mandalay Bay Security Guard Jesus Compos, Reveals Shooting Details [VIDEO]

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:36

“The Mandalay Bay security guard who sparked national interest after disappearing from the public spotlight surfaced this week on Ellen DeGeneres’ show,” reports. “In a pre-recorded interview set to...

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About Antarctica

The Daily Sheeple - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:30

It’s the coldest, windiest, and (arguably) loneliest place on the planet: Antarctica. But did you know that the bottom of the world has a bar? And that large parts of Antarctica used to be a rain forest? There are a ton of Antarctica facts to learn about this desolate place – from information on its history that only scientists or the few rare tourists know, to its unique geography. Here’s a closer look at the secrets Earth’s newest continent has to offer.

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Trump Slams NFL For Refusing to Make Players Stand for Anthem

FixThisNation - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:18

In an early morning tweet on Wednesday, President Trump criticized the NFL for announcing that they would not introduce a rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem.

“The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem,” Trump wrote. “Total disrespect for our great country!”

The day before, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with owners at their annual conference in New York City. In a subsequent statement, the NFL and the Players Association released a statement saying that they would “work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities.”

But while the NFL considered a rule that would require players to stand for the anthem, the general consensus after the meeting was that such a rule would not be forthcoming.

“Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military,” the statement said. “In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.”

Goodell clearly understands what this controversy is doing to the health of the league; in a letter to executives last week, he encouraged teams to move beyond this particular method of protest.

“The current dispute over the national anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country,” Goodell wrote. “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.”

The executives and owners know they will have chaos on their hands if they “force” players to stand for the national anthem, but they also know that these protests are costing them enormously in the areas of fan loyalty, TV ratings, ticket sales, and merchandising. Unfortunately for the league, the liberals who support the players and their protests are not, by and large, the kind of people who fill the stadium stands on Sunday afternoon. And ultimately, the fans will have the final say. The players may continue to kneel for the national anthem…but they may eventually do so in a stadium that looks more like a ghost town.


Russia to Donate Thousands of AKs to the Philippines

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 07:09

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte announced on 11 October that Russia would donate a substantial amount of defence hardware in support of the Philippine military’s fight against pro-Islamic State militants that have occupied city of Marawi since May. While exactly what equipment will be donated has not yet been confirmed the donation is said to […]

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NY Times: Economy’s getting better, and here’s how that might kill you

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:16

**Written by Doug Powers

With the mainstream media being what it is, the Trump era means that even good news is bad news. Below is one such example featuring the two top economic stories from a Google search. How’s this for a shot & chaser?


The Dow hit another record high this week and there are other signs of economic turnaround, but don’t get too excited about any of it. According to an article in the NY Times, an improved economy could kill you:

But a surging economy does more than generate greater income. An industrial economy also pumps out more air pollution as more goods are produced. Polluted air, it turns out, is a major contributor to the mortality-increasing effect of an economic boom. In their analysis of how economic growth increases mortality, David Cutler and Wei Huang, of Harvard University, and Adriana Lleras-Muney, of U.C.L.A., found that two-thirds of the effect can be attributed to air pollution alone.
Other factors contribute to rising mortality during expansions. Occupational hazards and stress can directly harm health through work. Some studies find that alcohol and tobacco consumption increases during booms, too. Both are associated with higher death rates. Also, employed people drive more, increasing mortality from auto accidents.

During recessions, people without jobs may have more time to sleep and exercise and may eat more healthfully. One study found that higher unemployment is associated with lower rates of obesity, increased physical activity and a better diet.

We’d better have a good old fashioned economic depression fast or we’re all gonna die of heart & lung disease along with a lack of sleep.

**Written by Doug Powers

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IMI Systems Quote of the Day: Some Docs Still Want to Talk GLOCKs – Enter to Win 1000 Rounds of IMI 9mm Ammo

The Truth About Guns - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:00

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NEW: FightLite Industries RAIDER 5.56/.300BLK Pistol

The Firearm Blog - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:00

Every gun must serve a purpose. Said the most boring person in the world. The truth is, the new RAIDER pistol from FightLite Industries looks nearly useless in every defensive scenario I can think of in today’s world. However, for some strange reason (maybe it’s my new found love in the 870 with the short […]

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‘He saw the relevance of the resurrection’: Famed pastor shares details on Hugh Hefner’s beliefs

The Blaze - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:55

Famed author Lee Strobel has revealed how Playboy founder Hugh Hefner reacted when Strobel — a well-known atheist-turned-Christian speaker and apologist — went to Hefner’s famous mansion just over a decade ago and shared the gospel with the magazine publisher.

Strobel sparked quite a bit of intrigue and speculation with a Sept. 27 tweet revealing that he once shared the gospel with Hefner and that Hefner “saw significance of the resurrection, but had never checked the evidence.”

On Thursday, Strobel appeared on “The Billy Hallowell Podcast” to offer more details about what unfolded. Listen to him explain how the surprising — and fascinating — conversation with Hefner came to pass below:

It all started back in 2004 when Strobel was hosting a national TV show called “Faith Under Fire.”

One of his producers had a connection with someone who was employed by Playboy and Strobel’s team ended up successfully pursuing an interview with Hefner about his views on theology, life and the Almighty.

“We went over to the Playboy mansion, which for me was just freaky,” Strobel said. “It was the last place I ever expected to go.”

Yet, Strobel one day found himself in the living room of the infamous mansion waiting for Hefner to emerge. The Playboy magnate didn’t disappoint, either, as he emerged donning “his typical pajamas and smoking jacket.” Hefner immediately offered Strobel a tour of the mansion, to which the author responded, “No, thank you.” From there, the duo had a captivating conversation.

“He was quite engaging in terms of the conversation. We talked about what he believed and he had a very minimalistic, deistic view of God,” Strobel said. “He said he has a minimal belief in God.”

It was a theological stance that Strobel said is “quite convenient” for people like Hefner, because it removes any real and viable moral responsibility on behalf of human beings.

“A God like that, of course, does not put any moral demands on anybody,” he said. “[Hefner] said, ‘The God of Christianity is a little too childlike for me.’”

At one point in the interview, Hefner seemed surprised to realize, though, that Strobel was a Christian, with Strobel reflecting on the moment years later with some laughs. He said, “Apparently nobody had told him that I was an evangelical Christian.”

But despite Hefner’s surprise, Strobel said the two continued to have “a great conversation” that took an interesting turn when the author brought up Jesus and, in particular, the resurrection. While Hefner said he didn’t think Jesus was the “son of God” anymore than any other human being is, he “perked up” when it came to the resurrection.

In fact, the Playboy founder said that any evidence for Jesus’ resurrection and return would drop “a series of dominos” that would prove a number of theological claims, including the existence of an afterlife. Strobel said that Hefner told him he was at “the head of the line hoping it’s all true” but that the rational part of him held him back from embracing such sentiment.

“He saw the relevance of the resurrection, he saw the significance of it,” Strobel said, adding, though, that Hefner never had considered that there could actually be evidence that it really unfolded — and Hefner hadn’t really investigated.

It was after the cameras turned off, though, that Strobel said he had a deeper conversation with Hefner and presented him with the gospel, explaining how humans are “separated by our sin, by wrongdoing” and that Jesus “offers forgiveness as a free gift of his grace.”

Strobel also revealed that he, himself, had once been an atheist journalist who went on a quest to disprove Christianity and ended up embracing the faith due to overwhelming evidence; Hefner reportedly listened intently.

“He wasn’t dismissive,” Strobel said. “He seemed genuinely curious.”

Strobel left Hefner with a copy of his bestselling book, “The Case for Christ” and expressed his hope that he would read it.

While Strobel left thinking that it could have been the beginning of an ongoing friendship and dialogue, Hefner didn’t reach out for further meetings; he did, however send Strobel a Christmas card that year.

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