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  • Britain warns of Russian threat to undersea communications cables

    12/15/2017 9:01:06 AM PST · by b4its2late · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2017 | By L. Todd Wood
    Undersea cables carry 97% of financial, digital transactionsBritish defense officials have warned that Russia, in addition to possibly Iran and China, pose an existential threat to the Western way of life by developing capabilities to target undersea communications cables that carry 97 percent of all digital traffic and $10 trillion in daily financial transactions. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defense staff, in speaking to the Royal United Services Institute defense think tank, said Britain and Nato needed to prioritise protecting the lines of communication. He said it would “immediately and potentially catastrophically” hit the economy...
  • German government says it backs 'open and free internet' [after FCC Net Neutrality repeal]

    12/15/2017 8:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2017 7:54 AM EST
    The German government says it backs an “open and free internet” following the U.S. decision to repeal net neutrality rules. A spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry said Friday that Germany had “taken note” of the U.S. move but declined to comment directly on it. However, spokeswoman Beate Baron said the German government supports rules introduced across the European Union last year forbidding discriminatory access to the internet. …
  • Exclusive: Prominent lawyer sought donor cash for two Trump accusers

    12/15/2017 8:17:51 AM PST · by springwater13 · 20 replies
    well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 election, according to documents and interviews. California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill....
  • All of Hillary’s Men

    12/15/2017 8:16:58 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies
    american spectator ^ | George Neumayr
    The only picture of collusion emerging from the Russian probes is one that implicates Hillary’s. Across the U.S. government, political appointees and deep state hacks were helping Hillary and gunning for Trump. One of her partisans over at the FBI, Peter Strzok, performed a virtual hat trick of political espionage: he went from inoculating Hillary against criminal prosecution (by convincing Comey to soften his description of her mishandling of classified information) to joining the quest to nail Trump, all while writing to his mistress, also at the FBI, that they had a mutual duty to prevent Trump from winning the...
  • Kansas Dem Andrea Ramsey, Accused of Sexual Harassment, Will Drop Out of US House Race

    12/15/2017 8:04:04 AM PST · by LRoggy · 28 replies
    Kansas City Star Online ^ | 12/15/17 | Lindsay Wise and Bryan Lowry
    WASHINGTON Andrea Ramsey, a Democratic candidate for Congress, will drop out of the race after the Kansas City Star asked her about accusations in a 2005 lawsuit that she sexually harassed and retaliated against a male subordinate who said he had rejected her advances. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told The Star that the man reached a settlement with LabOne, the company where Ramsey was executive vice president of human resources. Court documents show that the man, Gary Funkhouser, and LabOne agreed to dismiss the case permanently after mediation in 2006. Ramsey, a 56-year-old retired business executive from...
  • Porn star August Ames kills herself after Twitter uproar (did not want to "work" with gay man)

    12/15/2017 7:56:33 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    Mercury News ^ | December 11, 2017
    August Ames, a performer in sex movies, was found dead Tuesday in her California home, two days after she became embroiled in a Twitter controversy. The Ventura County medical examiner declared the death a suicide by hanging. Ames, 23, had been the recipient of a barrage of critical tweets after she announced Sunday that she had turned down a job because it would have required sex with a man who had performed in gay porn movies. She said her decision arose from concern about sexually transmitted diseases, but it struck some people as homophobic. Her initial tweet drew hundreds of...
  • John McCain looking forward to returning to work (Trunc.)

    12/15/2017 7:56:14 AM PST · by libstripper · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec.15, 2017 | Rory Tingle
    John McCain wants to return to work as 'soon as possible' as he continues undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, according to a friend.
  • Friday's HOT MIC

    12/15/2017 7:47:11 AM PST · by x1stcav · 2 replies
    Hot Mic ^ | 12/15/17 | Liz Scheld
    Good Friday morning. Here is what's on the President's agenda today: In the afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will depart the White House for Quantico, VA, en route to the FBI National Academy, where he will participate in the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony. The President will then depart the FBI National Academy for the Quantico Landing Zone en route to the Marine Corps Air Facility, where he will visit Marine Helicopter Squadron One. In the afternoon, the President will depart Quantico, VA, en route to Camp David. Must-read of the day: Sara Carter writes about "Who’s spying on who?...
  • All I want for Christmas from Jeff Sessions...(Vanity)

    12/15/2017 7:35:55 AM PST · by Seraphicaviary · 15 replies
    None | 12/15/2017 | Seraphicaviary
    All I want for Christmas is for Jeff Sessions, on Christmas Eve, to have a press brief about the indictments of Hillary on a charge of "gross negligence" with classified material and lying to the FBI. Comey should catch an indictment as an accessory or for "Obstruction of Justice". Then buy popcorn stocks as the following ensues: 1) Merry Christmas for the American People, who would then know that there are not two justice systems; one for those named Clinton and one for everyone else, 2) Trump could then publicly ask Sessions to "Go easy on Hillary", and watch the...
  • Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call

    12/15/2017 7:35:10 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    Yahoo Noose (News to Choke Americans) ^ | December 15, 2017 | AFP via Yahoo
    Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program in a phone call Thursday, in which the US president took the unusual step of thanking his Russian counterpart for praising America's economy. The two heads of state discussed "the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula," the Kremlin said in a statement, without elaborating. The White House said the two "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea."
  • Academics Discover Masculinity

    12/15/2017 7:30:21 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 15, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Several years ago, a friend of ours, filmmaker Evan Coyne Maloney, attempted to lampoon the iconic field of women's studies by showing up at random campuses, on camera, and asking where he could find the men's studies department. It turns out that Evan may have been ahead of his time. "A few institutions have established centers of masculinity research and counseling," Peter Monaghan reports in the December 15, 2017 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. "Among them are the Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men's Development at Western Illinois University and the Men and Masculinities Center at...
  • Omarosa Manigault's ouster boosts Trump staff morale

    12/15/2017 7:26:57 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s ouster of Omarosa Manigault Newman this week has boosted the morale of the president’s West Wing team who saw her as a disruptive force. “There weren’t any tears shed over her being shown the door,” said one White House associate. “It was a morale boost for the staff,” added the insider. Manigault Newman said she resigned after meeting with Kelly. While loyal to the president, Manigault Newman was described as a diva who arrived with unusual demands. For example, they said that she wanted a personal assistant and tried to poach staff. What’s...
  • Sen. Ron Johnson: Trump accusations have already been vetted

    12/15/2017 7:25:00 AM PST · by x1stcav · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/14/17 | Sally Persons
    Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that he does not support investigating accusations against President Trump for sexual assault because the voters have already cast their ballots. “Trump’s problems were vetted during the campaign,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said on CNN. “The American people elected President Trump.” The senator said that if a new accusation were made during Mr. Trump’s presidency, then Congress should investigate that claim, but the senator said the voters have made their judgment with these allegations out in the public. Four women have come forward in recent days to retell their stories of sexual misconduct regarding Mr....
  • Cal State East Bay professor turns hate into art, movement

    12/15/2017 7:23:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 2 replies
    East Bay Times ^ | December 15, 2017 | Darin Moriki
    As a scholar, community organizer and artist, G.T. Reyes is no stranger to talking about discrimination, cultural suppression and racial oppression. But it’s a familiarity that was tested last month when five political and cultural posters on Reyes’ office door at Cal State East Bay were defaced. The posters, all crossed out with an indelible, purple marker, included one that read “Black Lives Matter.” Another vandalized poster read, “This is a safe zone. All students are welcome and valued here, whatever your ethnicity, sexual expression, gender identification, religion, political stance, or immigration status.”
  • Virgil — The Two Americas: One America Grows and Profits, the Other Shrinks and Dies

    12/15/2017 7:21:00 AM PST · by Bratch · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 14, 2017 | Virgil
    A headline in the Wall Street Journal last month put the matter plainly: There are “Two Americas.” One America that gains from globalization, and another, much larger, America that loses from globalization. And as we now know, this cleaving of the nation is not just a matter of economics, it’s also a matter of life and death. The Journal piece was an interview with the Nobel Prize-winning Princeton University economist Angus Deaton; two years ago, Deaton and his wife and fellow Princeton economist, Anne Case, burst into prominence with a rigorous study on the rising death rate of white Americans....
  • 3 Floridians, 5 foreigners charged in marriage fraud investigation

    12/15/2017 7:20:23 AM PST · by June2 · 5 replies
    WOFL, FOX 35 ^ | 12/14/2012 | WOFL
    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Federal officials on Thursday announced charges in a scheme to enter into fraudulent marriages in order to circumvent the nation's immigration laws. The marriage fraud ring allegedly operated out of Brevard County from 2015 to 2016. Indicted in the alleged conspiracy are: William Price, 31, of Cocoa; April Moore, 24, of Satellite Beach; Khagan Nabili, 24, from Azerbaijan; ....
  • Live thread-Trumps' Remarks to FBI Graduating Class

    12/15/2017 7:19:57 AM PST · by Be Careful · 25 replies
    Trumps' remarks to FBI graduating class...he got a standing o by the group on the stage...a sure repudiation of Meuller and Co.
  • Report: Pakistani, Afghan Nationals To Be Resettled in U.S. ‘Have Acute Mental Health Problems’

    12/15/2017 7:19:04 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Dec 2017 | JOHN BINDER
    Single men from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Myanmar expected to be resettled in the United States next year “have acute mental health problems,” according to a New York Times report, after President Trump failed to end a refugee deal with Australia that he committed to opposing. Former President Obama signed the Australian-U.S. refugee deal during his last months in office — promising to take 1,250 Middle Eastern refugees off Australia’s hands. The refugees – who are mostly adult males – were being held in detention centers on Manus Island and Nauru Island in Australia. Despite Trump’s original statement calling the deal...
  • Dollar Tree co-founder Macon Brock dead at 75

    12/15/2017 7:16:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    wtop.com ^ | 12/13/2017 | Staff
    Macon Brock, a retailer who co-founded the Dollar Tree chain of discount stores that grew into a Fortune 500 company, has died. He was 75. News outlets report Brock died Saturday at his home in Virginia Beach. His wife said he died of complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease. Brock was born and raised in Norfolk. In 1986, he and two others opened five stores called “Only $1.00” after having success in the retail toy business. The Chesapeake-based company changed its name to Dollar Tree in 1993. Brock and his wife made donations to colleges across Virginia, and...
  • Media have no doubts about Trump's sexual misconduct

    12/15/2017 7:15:24 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Eddie Scarry
    President Trump has long denied claims by several women who say he sexually harassed or assaulted them, but those denials are wearing thin in the eyes of the news media now that similar accusations have ended careers of several high-profile men in politics. Liberal feminist writer Lindy West wrote Wednesday in the New York Times that it is time for everyone to plainly accept that, “Yes, President Donald Trump has sexually harassed women.” “I am so tired of participating in the collective national farce that things happening right in front of our eyes might not really be happening,” she wrote....