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  • The Implicit Desperation of China’s “Social Credit” System

    11/18/2018 12:36:31 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum
    SFGate.com ^ | November 15, 2018 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Other governments are keenly interested in following China’s lead. I’ve been pondering the excellent 1964 history of the Southern Song Dynasty’s capital of Hangzhou, Daily Life in China on the Eve of the Mongol Invasion, 1250-1276 by Jacques Gernet, in light of the Chinese government’s unprecedented “Social Credit Score” system, which I addressed in Kafka’s Nightmare Emerges: China’s “Social Credit Score”. The scope of this surveillance is so broad and pervasive that it borders on science fiction: a recent Western visitor noted that train passengers hear an automated warning on certain lines, in Mandarin and English, that their compliance with...
  • Dozens of House Republicans object to gay rights language in NAFTA replacement deal

    11/18/2018 12:03:35 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/16/2018 | Sean Higgins
    A group of 45 House Republican lawmakers wrote President Trump Friday stating that they were "deeply concerned" by the inclusion of "sexual orientation and and gender identity language" in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement on trade. The representatives said the inclusion was "inappropriate and insulting to our national sovereignty" and urged Trump to remove the language. The letter suggests the president may loose some key Republican support when the deal, which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, comes before before Congress for approval next year. "A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy," the GOP lawmakers wrote,...
  • PERSPECTIVES ON IMMIGRATION: Cut Legal Admissions by Two-Thirds (Harry Reid op-ed, 1994)

    11/18/2018 11:46:10 AM PST · by rintintin · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 10, 1994 | U.S. Senator Harry Reid
    The federal government has been grossly irresponsible in its neglect of mounting immigration problems, even as these problems place unbearable burdens on states like California. It is regrettable that states have reached a point where the only avenue they have for justice is the courts. It is even more regrettable that this Administration and this Congress stand by and allow the federal courts to decide the nation's immigration policies. Taxpayers simply cannot continue to sustain new populations the size of San Diego or the state of Nevada every year. California is sending up the red flag tat Washington should heed.Unprecedented...
  • Migrant caravan faces opposition from angry Tijuana residents

    11/18/2018 11:31:25 AM PST · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 18, 2018 | Hollie McKay
    Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has referred to the arrivals as “bums” and questioned whether a referendum in the city of 1.6 million is needed to determine whether or not they should be allowed to stay. “Human rights should be reserved for righteous humans,” Gastelum lamented
  • Gorka: John F. Kennedy wouldn't be allowed in Democratic Party

    11/18/2018 11:30:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/18/18 07:01 AM EST | JOHN BOWDEN
    Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka took aim at Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and progressive members of the Democratic Party in a new interview, asserting that former President Kennedy would not be welcome in the modern-day incarnation of his party. In an interview airing Sunday on AM 970 in New York, Gorka tells "The Answer" host John Catsimatidis that a "hardcore, pro-nationalist" such as Kennedy would be unwelcome in the party. ADVERTISEMENT "Today, a hardcore, pro-nationalist politician like John F. Kennedy would not be allowed in the Democrat party. That’s how bad it is," Gorka says, adding: “The lunatics are...
  • Trump: So funny to see little Adam Schitt talking that Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate

    11/18/2018 10:45:25 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 58 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 18, 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!
  • Democratic 2020 candidate wants government-sponsored ‘social credit’ system comparable to China’s

    11/18/2018 10:41:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | November 18, 2018 | Peter Hasson
    New York entrepreneur and Democratic 2020 candidate Andrew Yang wants to implement a system in which a government-run mobile app rewards Americans with “digital social credits” (DSCs) for good behavior. Americans would receive DSCs under Yang’s system for things such as “participating in a town fair,” “fixing a neighbor’s appliance” or “tutoring a student,” his presidential campaign website explains. “As individuals rack up DSCs, they would have both a permanent balance they’ve earned over their lifetime and a current balance. They could cash the points in for experiences, purchases with participating vendors, support for causes, and transfer points to others...
  • ‘ROBBED.’ Dem Gil Cisneros defeats Repub Young Kim proving Orange Cty. CA is sexist AND racist...

    11/18/2018 10:35:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 8:31 am on November 18, 2018 | Sam J.
    FULL TITLE: ‘ROBBED.’ Dem Gil Cisneros defeats Repub Young Kim proving Orange Cty. CA is sexist AND racist (that’s how this works, right?) Republican Young Kim who originally held the lead on Election Day has magically lost her race to Democrat Gil Cisneros. Gosh, is it our imagination or does there seem to be a lot of this going on? *adjusts tinfoil hat*
  • Final Florida Senate Count (Scott wins by 10003).

    11/18/2018 10:29:55 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 80 replies
    Florida Department of Elections ^ | 11/18/2018 | Florida Department of Elections
    United States Senator Rick Scott 4,099,505 50.05% Bill Nelson 4,089,472 49.93% Machine and Manual Recounts Completed
  • Estonia is the fifth EU nation leaving the UN migration pact – Prime Minister

    11/18/2018 10:13:38 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 16 November 2018 | Paul Dijks
    After Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Estonia has also left the UN migration pact. “In forming the governing coalition, we agreed that we make decisions only by consensus. The government has today failed to reach agreement at the Cabinet meeting on support for the UN migration pact. Therefore, the government will not join the agreement, “wrote Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center Party) on Thursday on Facebook.The comprehensive management of immigration is important for all countries, emphasised Ratas. However, the laws of Estonia are already in line with democratic and European principles. This also applies to the future. For the...
  • The Mainstream Media Is Not Independent:

    11/18/2018 10:04:45 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 18, 2018, 12:01 am | BRANDON J. WEICHERT
    Rather, they’re proudly dependent on an unaccountable globalism If you want to know where media bias resides, simply look at who the media isn’t questioning. The most recent row between CNN’s Jim Acosta and President Donald Trump reinforced this observation. On the heels of the Trump Administration’s decision to revoke the press pass for Jim Acosta (which a D.C. judge has since ordered the White House to reinstate), the “mainstream” media backed Acosta in decrying the purported assault on America’s hallowed First Amendment. Piggybacking on the mainstream media’s argument, the New York Times’ “True Conservative™,” Bret Stephens, shared his fear...
  • Error in major climate study revealed – warming NOT higher than expected

    11/18/2018 9:54:28 AM PST · by ETL · 32 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 17, 2018 | Maxim Lott | Fox News
    A major new climate study in the journal Nature got worldwide media coverage for finding that the oceans warmed dramatically faster than previously thought — but now the researchers have retracted that conclusion after a man in the United Kingdom blogged about flaws he discovered in the paper. Just two weeks after publication, the study authors have revised their paper, and now conclude that the oceans are warming fast -- but at the same rate as other measurements have found. A study co-author took responsibility for the error. “I accept responsibility for these oversights because it was my role to...
  • Ocasio-Cortez prepares for war… on her own party

    11/18/2018 9:41:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | November 18, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    She hasn’t even drawn her first paycheck as a member of Congress yet and won’t be casting any votes for a couple of months, but the political media is already flitting around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez like moths surrounding a streetlight. And she’s responding to all the attention by setting a big agenda for herself. Rather than worrying about expanding the Democratic majority in the House two years from now or taking back the Senate, however, the newly elected socialist from New York has a different target in mind. She’s heading up a new coalition aimed at removing more Democrats in the...
  • Please keep those donations coming in, folks. Let's get this FReepathon moving again. [XLIX]

    Please get your donations in so we can wrap this baby up!! Would be great if we can get 'er done by the end of November!! Go, FReepers, GO!! Prayers up for continuing progress and success. FR is funded solely by contributions made by the liberty loving patriots who love and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No advertisers, no outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. Definitely no government subsidies or tax breaks. No 501c or other IRS non-profit status. This means no commercial ads. No annoying pop-ups. No ad tracking. No mail campaigns. No...
  • PM May - Getting rid of me risks delaying Brexit

    11/18/2018 9:05:32 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | November 18, 2018 | Kylie MacLellan, William James
    British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday toppling her would risk delaying Brexit and she would not let talk of a leadership challenge distract her from a critical week of negotiations with Brussels.
  • Britain's May: Get Rid of Me and Brexit Is Doomed

    11/18/2018 8:53:14 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    Britain's besieged Prime Minister Theresa May is warning that a leadership change wouldn't make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her. May insisted she hasn't considered quitting as furious Conservative rebels try to gather the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote. She told Sky News in an interview that "a change of leadership at this point isn't going to make the negotiations any easier and it isn't going to change the parliamentary arithmetic." ... Britain's former Brexit secretary has slammed May for lacking political will and resolve when dealing with the European Union over...
  • Anti-Trump mayor of Portland, Ore., mutters he 'can't wait' to leave office

    11/18/2018 8:52:13 AM PST · by chief lee runamok · 15 replies
    fox ^ | 11/18/2018 | Luis Casiano
    Being mayor of Portland, Ore., may have gotten to Ted Wheeler. On Thursday, after finishing a speech at the Oregon Health Forum in which he was heckled, Wheeler mumbled, “I can’t wait for the next 24 months to be over,” indicating he may not seek re-election, the Oregonian reported.
  • Video: Texas Poll Worker Admits 'Tons' of Non-Citizens Allowed to Vote [AUDIO]

    11/18/2018 8:23:09 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 53 replies
    Project Veritas ^ | 11-8-2018 | John Nolte
    James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released undercover video Tuesday of a Texas poll worker admitting that "tons" of non-citizens are being allowed to vote. In the video (embedded below), a woman tells two Travis County poll workers that her boyfriend, a DACA recipient, is in the car because he is nervous about not being able to vote. She let's both poll workers know that the boyfriend is not a citizen. "If he has his ID that's all he needs — if he's registered," the first election worker reassures the Project Veritas journalist. "It doesn't matter that he's not a citizen?" the...
  • Adam Schiff deems Matt Whitaker a 'flawed appointment'

    11/18/2018 8:17:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 77 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Rep. Adam Schiff of California on Sunday said Democrats will be keeping a close eye on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, deeming him a “flawed appointment” who cannot be trusted to guide the Russia investigation. Mr. Schiff, who is poised to become chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said his panel will root out and expose any efforts Mr. Whitaker takes to curb special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential interference in the 2016 election. The acting attorney general has criticized the scope of the investigation in the past. Mr. Schiff also said Mr. Trump’s decision to tap Mr. Whitaker...
  • Beleaguered Florida election boss says RACISM was 'probably a factor'

    11/18/2018 8:10:52 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 32 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Leah Simpson
    Beleaguered Florida election boss says RACISM was 'probably a factor' in the backlash she and her office faced for the shambolic recounts after more than TWO THOUSAND ballots were lost Broward County Supervisor of Elections Snipes sent ballot recount results to the Florida secretary of state two minutes late on Thursday A manual recount was ordered on Thursday after a machine recount showed less votes in the county than the total number reported to the state on November 10 She said 2,040 ballots had been 'misfiled' but insisted they were in the building When asked Friday she said racism was...