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  • How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control

    11/14/2018 11:34:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2018 | By ANGUS BERWICK
    Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The "fatherland card," already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond. At the headquarters of Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp, they learned how China, using smart cards, was developing a system that would help Beijing track social, political and economic behavior. Using vast databases to store information gathered with the card’s use, a government could monitor everything from a citizen’s personal finances to medical history and voting activity. As part of a $70 million government...
  • Stocks wipe out early gains!

    11/14/2018 11:32:18 AM PST · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    Yahoo.Finance ^ | 11/14/2018 | Emily McCormick
    US equities fell Wednesday, turning around after opening higher.
  • Florida Man Arrested After Police Say He Made 'Mother of Satan' Bombs

    11/14/2018 11:24:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | 11/13/2018 | Staff
    A Florida man was arrested after police found enough explosive material to "blow up the block" when they searched his home. Officers received a tip that 37-year-old Jared E. Coburn was building bombs, and at his home they discovered mason jars filled with triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, an explosive compound using by terror groups like ISIS. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said that the volatile explosive powder, which is used by terrorist organizations to make what they call the "Mother of Satan" bombs, had to be detonated underground at a nearby field. Coburn told police that he was making fireworks,...
  • Opinion: On climate change, our plan is to wait for emergency evacuation of the planet

    11/14/2018 11:24:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2018 | By Tom Toles, Editorial cartoonist
    There are tentative efforts being made to put a few people on Mars to try and survive in a bunker under constant high radiation in sub-frigid temperatures in an atmosphere 100 times thinner than Earth’s. If we make good progress on this endeavor, we will be able to evacuate the population of Earth into space around the year Never. But this is apparently our plan to deal with climate change, because we don’t have any other one. Because the best current estimates are that we need to start significant action on the problem right now, and what we see is...
  • Florida Dems: Count Votes From Non-U.S. Citizens

    11/14/2018 11:22:15 AM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | November 10, 201 | Jeffrey Lord
    Gillum, Nelson in court demanding ballot from non-American be counted. Stunning. A transcript of a court hearing on the voting in Florida reveals a startling fact. The campaigns of Democrat Andrew Gillum, the gubernatorial nominee, and Democrat Bill Nelson, the incumbent U.S. Senator are both demanding in a court hearing that the vote of a non-American citizen be counted. Gillum and Nelson lost their respective races to Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis and Governor Rick Scott. As it stands at the moment, both Scott and DeSantis have the lead but are hemorrhaging votes as evidence piles up that local officials are...
  • Fox News to file amicus brief in support of CNN suit over Jim Acosta’s revoked press pass

    11/14/2018 11:16:47 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 34 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 11/14/2018 | Sarah Toy
    The administration-friendly network Fox News has declared its support for CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump White House over the revocation of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass and said Wednesday that it plans to file a friend-of-the-court brief as a third party in support of its rival cable-news organization. “Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court. Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the...
  • Lawyers seek ‘Apprentice’ tapes in Trump immigration suit

    11/14/2018 11:14:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Columbian ^ | November 14, 2018 | Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press
    Lawyers suing President Donald Trump over his decision to end special protections shielding certain immigrants from deportation are seeking unaired footage from his reality TV show “The Apprentice” to try to bolster their case alleging the move was racially motivated, the attorneys said Wednesday. Lawyers for Civil Rights, which sued Trump in February , has issued subpoenas to MGM Holdings Inc. and Trump Productions LLC demanding any footage shot during the production of the show in which Trump “uses racial and/or ethnic slurs” or “makes remarks concerning race, nationality and/or ethnic background.” Former White House staffer and fellow reality-TV star...
  • Climate change may be dissolving the ocean floor. Here's why we should be worried.

    11/14/2018 11:07:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 14, 2018 | By Shoshana Wodinsky
    From heat waves to severe storms and wildfires, the effects of climate change are visible all around us - and new research suggests that the impact of a warming world extends all the way to the bottom of the ocean. A study published Oct. 29 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that high levels of carbon dioxide - the heat-trapping greenhouse gas that is a key contributor to Earth's warming climate - have made parts of the North Atlantic Ocean and the Southern Ocean so acidic that the chalky white mineral that makes up the...
  • Scientists behind ocean warming study say errors were made

    11/14/2018 10:59:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | November 14, 2018 | by Laura Smith-Spark
    Scientists behind a study that found the world's oceans were warming faster than previously believed have said their work contained errors, which means they cannot reach conclusions with such certainty. The issues "do not invalidate the study's methodology or the new insights into ocean biogeochemistry on which it is based," said co-author Ralph Keeling. But they do mean the scientists must redo their calculations. Since publication, two problems had come, Keeling said, one of them related to incorrectly treating systematic errors in the measurements of oxygen. "We expect the combined effect of these two corrections to have a small impact...
  • The Oceans Are Boiling! Oh, Wait—Never Mind

    11/14/2018 10:57:42 AM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | November 14, 2018 | Steven Hayward
    About ten days back Nature magazine generated a lot of media attention for a study it published that purported to prove that the oceans were warming considerably faster than previously thought–up to 60 percent more. Naturally this set off the climatistas (“The study drew considerable media attention, including from The Post,” as the Washington Post laconically put it), as though they need additional confirmation of their eschatology. There’s just one problem—one big problem. The study is riddled with errors. In a long blog post at Judith Curry’s website, Nic Lewis blew big holes in the paper. Here’s the key bit...
  • Sperm don't like heat, so climate change could damage male fertility, study says

    11/14/2018 10:53:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
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  • Judiciary Committee processes Trump nominees over Democrats' objections

    11/14/2018 10:51:11 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 11/13/18 | Alex Swoyer
    Senators returned to Washington Tuesday and immediately picked up where they left off — processing President Trump’s judicial nominees, over the objections of Democrats. The Judiciary Committee held a hearing for Paul B. Matey, nominated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and for four district court picks. Mr. Matey’s nomination is particularly controversial because it marks another round in the fight over Senate traditions and courtesies and their abuse in the era of Mr. Trump. Mr. Matey is slated to fill a seat on the appeals court that’s traditionally ascribed to New Jersey. But that state’s senators, both...
  • Marine Le Pen buoyed by ‘growing discontent’ in France ahead of European parliamentary election

    11/14/2018 10:50:26 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | 2018-11-14 | Rachel Holman
    With the European parliamentary elections just six months away, polls by Ifop and Odoxa show Le Pen’s National Rally in a dead heat with Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move party, each with around 20 percent of the intended vote. "There is growing discontent over high taxes, rising fuel prices and controversial reforms. Macron’s popularity has reached record lows,” Nona Mayer, research director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, told FRANCE 24. Since taking office in May 2017, Macron’s approval ratings have steadily plummeted to between 20 and 25 percent. His image has been hurt by a number...
  • The Watcher

    11/14/2018 10:48:43 AM PST · by conservative98 · 8 replies
    The Cut ^ | NOV. 13, 2018 | Reeves Wiedeman
    The Watcher A family bought their dream house. But according to the creepy letters they started to get, they weren’t the only ones interested in it. One night in June 2014, Derek Broaddus had just finished an evening of painting at his new home in Westfield, New Jersey, when he went outside to check the mail. Derek and his wife, Maria, had closed on the six-bedroom house at 657 Boulevard three days earlier and were doing some renovations before they moved in, so there wasn’t much in the mail except a few bills and a white, card-shaped envelope. It was...
  • Justice Department Memo Says Whitaker Appointment Is Legal

    11/14/2018 10:47:42 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies ^ | Kevin Daley
    The Department of Justice issued an advisory opinion confirming the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general Wednesday, as legal authorities across the ideological spectrum suggested the move violated a federal statute and the Constitution. The memo, prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), reveals that the Justice Department previously counseled President Donald Trump on the matter and defends the president’s right to designate temporary office holders under the 1998 Vacancies Reform Act (VRA) and as a matter of history. OLC advises the AG and the president on a wide range of legal issues. Its conclusions are...
  • Orban: Hungary-US Ties ‘Excellent’

    11/14/2018 10:39:47 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Hungary Today ^ | 2018.11.14.
    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed Hungarian-US relations and central Europe’s energy supply with United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry in Parliament on Tuesday, his press chief told MTI. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán discussed Hungarian-US relations and central Europe’s energy supply with United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry in Parliament on Tuesday, his press chief told MTI. The meeting, which was also attended by David B. Cornstein, the US ambassador to Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó and Antal Rogán, the cabinet chief, also covered general political issues, Bertalan Havasi said. Parties at the talks agreed that historical traditions and Christian roots...
  • School Punishes Male Teacher For Refusing To Watch A Naked Girl In The Boys’ Locker Room

    11/14/2018 10:36:31 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyColonel · 34 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 14 Nov 18 | Joy Pullmann
    A Florida school district allowed a self-described transgender female student regular access to the boys’ locker room, with no advance warning to the boys or their parents. The first time she walked in, she caught “boys (literally) with their pants down, causing them embarrassment and concern by the fact that they had been observed changing by an obvious girl,” says a complaint letter to Pasco County School District from Liberty Counsel, a pro-bono constitutional law firm. With a “gag order,” school administrators forbade teachers from talking about the change, and ordered a male P.E. teacher to supervise the potentially undressed...
  • Federal Prosecutors Discover Altered Election Documents in Broward County Tied to Florida Democrats

    11/14/2018 10:35:00 AM PST · by grundle · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 14, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Federal prosecutors in Florida are reviewing date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots. Feds discovered the dates were altered by the Florida Democrat party in four different counties, including Broward. “Cure affidavits” are due by 5 PM the day before the election, however prosecutors have discovered these altered documents show the ballots could be turned in on Thursday, one day after the election. Democrats have produced tens of thousands of ballots several days after the election–even worse, Broward County refused to disclose how many ballots they had left to tabulate which allowed them to count however many they...
  • Polish defense minister to talk ‘Fort Trump’ in US

    11/14/2018 10:29:37 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Radio Poland ^ | 13.11.2018
    While in the US capital, Mariusz Błaszczak was scheduled to sit down for talks with officials including Defence Secretary James Mattis, Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported. During his previous trip to Washington at the end of last month, Błaszczak held talks with President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton as part of a flurry of efforts by the government in Warsaw to have more US troops stationed in Poland amid fears of Russian aggression. Błaszczak told reporters he was optimistic about talks on setting up what officials and the media have dubbed “Fort Trump” in Poland. Błażej Spychalski,...
  • Man who obscenely harassed Tucker Carlson’s teen daughter was a board member at ‘Women’s Initiative’

    11/14/2018 10:26:05 AM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 4, 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    I have always regarded men who make a big deal out of supporting feminist causes as potential exploiters and phonies. When Harvey Weinstein, with his track record of vocal and financial support for pro-abortion groups was accused of extreme abuse of actresses, I was not in the least surprised. While some people are attracted to activism or charity out of pure motives, I have seen enough corruption and hypocrisy to make me suspicious of the motives of every male, especially a showboater who proclaims his love of women’s causes. So, it comes as only a slight surprise to learn that...