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  • Vietnam scraps South China Sea oil drilling project under pressure from Beijing: BBC

    03/22/2018 11:01:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Staff
    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s state oil firm PetroVietnam has ordered Spanish energy firm Repsol to suspend its “Red Emperor” project off the country’s southeastern coast following pressure from China, the BBC reported on Friday. {snip} The block lies near the U-shaped “nine-dash line” that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions. The field can produce 25,000-30,000 barrels of oil and 60 million cubic meters of gas a day, Vietnamese news provider reported last month. Repsol spent around 33 million euros ($41 million) on exploration in Vietnam...
  • Nobody Knows Anything About China: Including the Chinese Government

    03/22/2018 10:52:54 PM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 2 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | March 21, 2018 | James Palmer
    As a foreigner in China, you get used to hearing the retort “You don’t know China!” spat at you by locals. It’s usually a knee-jerk reaction to some uncomfortable modern issue or in defense of one of the many historical myths children in the mainland are taught as unshakeable facts about the world. But it’s also true. We don’t know China. Nor, however, do the Chinese — not even the government. We don’t know China because, in ways that have generally not been acknowledged, virtually every piece of information issued from or about the country is unreliable, partial, or distorted....
  • In Profanity-Laced Interview, Hogg Says NRA Could Have Children's Blood On Their Faces ...

    03/22/2018 10:21:25 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 18 replies ^ | March 22, 2018 | R Saavedra
    GWP links to DailyWire: Recently, a left-wing activist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School accused the NRA of being "pathetic f***ers that want to keep killing our children," adding that they could have the blood of murdered children on their faces but they wouldn't do anything because they are somehow greedy. In an interview with The Outline, David Hogg attacked pro-gun politicians and the NRA, saying, "It just makes me think what sick f***ers out there want to continue to sell more guns, murder more children, and honestly just get reelected." "What type of s***ty person does that?" Hogg continued....
  • Preparing For The Worst: Poland’s Military Modernization – Analysis

    03/22/2018 10:13:44 PM PDT · by tlozo · 2 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | March 23, 2018 | Felix K. Chang
    No one needs to remind Poland of the strategic dangers arising from its geography...During World War II, its mostly flat and open terrain made it particularly vulnerable to the mechanized armies of Germany and the Soviet Union. Today, Poland’s position is less tenuous, but still fraught. While its western and southern borders are anchored by friendly NATO countries, its eastern border abuts Russia’s military stronghold of Kaliningrad, Belarus (a close Russian ally), and Ukraine (a country riven by Russia). ...the last decade has seen the emergence of a militarily stronger and more aggressive Russia...reforms sought to streamline Russian combat units,...
  • Goodlatte subpoenas DOJ for documents related to Clinton email probe, FISA abuses

    03/22/2018 10:00:05 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 11 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 22, 2018 | By Brooke Singman
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte subpoenaed the Justice Department on Thursday for documents regarding the charging decisions in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the recommendation from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Goodlatte, R-Va., who has said he would not seek re-election in November, penned a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, attached to the document subpoena. Goodlatte requested documents related to the Clinton email investigation and noted that only a “fraction” of those documents had...
  • Cambridge Analytica Played Roles in Multiple African Elections

    03/22/2018 9:53:48 PM PDT · by · 5 replies
    voice of america/ Africa Division ^ | March 22, 2018 | Salem Solomon
    People walk past the building that houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London, March 20, 2018. Share WASHINGTON — Long before its controversial roles in the 2016 Brexit vote and U.S. presidential election, Cambridge Analytica influenced elections in Africa. The data mining company, under fire for its alleged use of 50 million Facebook accounts to shape campaign messages for then-candidate Donald Trump, also played a role in elections in Kenya and Nigeria, according to new reports. The company's first involvement in Africa dates to the general election in South Africa in 1994. That election marked the end of...
  • Adam Schiff Hits Panic Button Over Bolton

    03/22/2018 9:22:54 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 29 replies ^ | March 22, 2018
    President Trump announced on Thursday that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster will resign in April. Schiff panicked after Trump announced John Bolton will be replacing McMaster as his National Security Advisor. Just like Trump’s new lawyer, Joe DiGenova, John Bolton believes Obama’s FBI conspired to frame Trump. Schiff tweeted: John Bolton once suggested Russian hack of DNC may have been a false flag operation by Obama Admin. He joins Joe diGenova, another Fox contributor, who thinks the FBI conspired to frame the President.
  • Russia Report: Leaks “Potentially Endangered Lives” and “Damaged National Security”

    03/22/2018 9:22:27 PM PDT · by bitt · 4 replies ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    Chairman Nunes says report paves path to thwart future foreign election meddling House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has submitted the committees much anticipated fourteen month long Russia investigation report to the intelligence community Thursday for a declassification review so that a redacted version of the classified report can be made public, the committee said in a statement. The committee’s findings revealed that classified leaks alleging the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia dramatically increased after the election and some of those leaks “correlate to specific language found in the Intelligence Community Assessment,” which had not been released at...
  • Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, the FBI and the Mob

    03/22/2018 9:18:40 PM PDT · by bitt · 3 replies ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sara A. Carter
    Mueller and Weissmann involved in the two biggest scandals in FBI history Special Counsel Robert Mueller III and lead attorney in the Special Counsel’s Office Andrew Weissmann have been connected to one another throughout most of their careers, and both men moved quickly to the top tackling major crime syndicates and white-collar crime. Ironically, both men were also connected in two of the biggest corruption investigations in FBI history. But rarely are Weissmann and Mueller’s past cases discussed in the media. Their past is relevant because it gives a roadmap to the future — now that these two longtime colleagues...
  • Tariffs Were Killing New Zealand’s Economy. Free Trade Turned It Around.

    03/22/2018 9:08:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | March 16, 2018 | Patrick Tyrrell and Caleb Pascoe
    The new tariffs announced by President Donald Trump have generated intense controversy. With the debate ongoing, it might be useful to examine how other countries have dealt with similar policy debates in the past. New Zealand now ranks third in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom and is one of the champions of economic freedom around the world. But it wasn’t always so. In the mid-1980s, New Zealand was facing an economic crisis, with its domestic market and international trade both heavily regulated. Unemployment had reached 11 percent, and inflation was a sky-high 15 percent. In response, the government...
  • The Second Amendment rights of more than 4 risk thanks to Republicans in Congress

    03/22/2018 9:07:42 PM PDT · by familyop · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2018 | John R. Lott
    Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love. All of this is wrapped up in the giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that the House of Representatives approved Thursday on a 256-167 vote and sent to the Senate.
  • Lindsey Graham on Bolton: 'Bad News for America's Enemies'

    03/22/2018 9:06:32 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3-22-18 | Todd Beaman
    Sen. Lindsey Graham called John Bolton's appointment Thursday as national security adviser by President Donald Trump "good news for America's allies and bad news for America's enemies." "He will do an outstanding job as President Trump's new national security adviser," the South Carolina Republican said in a statement. "He has a firm understanding of the threats we face from North Korea, Iran, and radical Islam."
  • FLASHBACK: Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation (2014)

    03/22/2018 9:06:29 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 1 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Jun 29, 2014 | Alex Wilhelm
    FLASHBACK 2014: Facebook caught manipulating users: A recent study conscripted Facebook users as unwitting participants during a weeklong experiment in direct emotional manipulation. The study set out to discover if the emotional tone of a users’ News Feed content had an impact on their own emotional makeup, measured through the tone of what they posted to the social service after viewing the skewed material. Nearly 700,000 Facebook users were shown either more positive, or more negative content. The study found that users who were given more positive news feeds posted more positive things, and users who were given more negative...
  • POLL...Should All Oregon Schools be Gun Free Zones

    03/22/2018 8:36:01 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 26 replies
    Keizer Times, ^ | 3/22/18 | Keizer Times
    A newspaper in Oregon is running this poll...
  • Crowds Protesting Stephon Clark Shooting Take Over Downtown Sacramento

    03/22/2018 8:27:10 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies ^ | 3/22/18 | ROWENA SHADDOX
    SACRAMENTO -- Four days after 22-year-old Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police officers in his grandparents' backyard, protesters gathered inside and outside Sacramento City Hall. Officers believed Clark had been breaking into cars in the neighborhood and shot him because they say they thought he had a gun. He was only holding a cellphone. "The death of one more man of color is one too many," Mayor Darrell Steinberg said earlier Thursday before the protest began. Protesters clogged major downtown Sacramento streets near City Hall as the Thursday commute was about to begin. Earlier in the day, the...
  • Pelosi and Schumer Cheer Omnibus: “We Were Able to Accomplish More Than When We Held Majority" (tr)

    03/22/2018 8:04:30 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 63 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | March 22, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer rushed out to celebrate the $1.3 trillion Omnibus bill that passed Congress today. The record spending bill funds all of the Democrat Party’s pet projects and denies funding for Trump’s border wall Democrats loved it! Chuck Schumer cheered the bill: “In a certain sense we were able to accomplish more in the minority than we had the presidency or were even in the majority.” Minority leader Nancy Pelosi added: “I think one of the reasons they rushed it through they didn’t want their colleagues to see what was in...
  • Giddy Up – DOJ Admits They Have a Grand Jury Empaneled in FBI and DOJ Investigation…

    03/22/2018 7:43:47 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 126 replies
    Today chairman Bob Goodlatte sends a formal subpoena to the DOJ (Inspector General Michael Horowitz) for documents regarding the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. However, it’s not the subpoena that should make the news. Pay close attention to the DOJ response: Chad Pergram @ChadPergram DoJ on Hse Judiciary Cmte's subpoenas: We are individually reviewing the remaining documents to ensure that they do not include grand jury information, information about ongoing law enforcement actions involving...
  • Trump and Joe Biden's Twitter feud proves how threatened Trump is by men who can cry

    03/22/2018 7:40:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | Mar.22.2018 / 5:19 PM ET | Kurt Bardella
    President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to attack former Vice President Joe Biden, declaring that “he is weak, both mentally and physically…he doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way…” Setting aside the reality of a one-on-one cage match between septuagenarians, what stood out to me was Trump’s use of “weak” and “crying.” It was a stark reminder of how trapped Trump is in within his arcane mindset that the only emotions worth showing — if you are a “real man” — are bravado and machismo. I always thought one of...
  • Officials ID 2 firefighters killed in York building collapse, 2 others injured expected to survive

    03/22/2018 7:14:39 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies ^ | 22 March A.D. 2018 | Wesley Robinson
    Officials in York have identified two firefighters killed in a structure collapse earlier today. Ivan Flanscha, 50, and Zachary Anthony, 29, and died from injuries sustained when the building collapsed just before 4 p.m. on the 100 block of North Broad Street in York. Both were later pronounced dead at York Hospital. Crews were at the scene of the the fire -- which broke out Wednesday evening at the former Weaver Organ and Piano -- trying to suppress parts of the fire that had reignited, York fire Chief David Michaels said at a news conference Thursday. Those remnants could have...
  • Trade war approaches: China plans tariffs on $3 billion of U.S. imports, retaliating against Trump

    03/22/2018 7:12:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 75 replies
    LA LA Times ^ | MAR 22, 2018 | 6:45 PM | BLOOMBERG
    <p>China announced plans for reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S. — including wine and fruit, which are California specialties — after President Trump's move to order levies on a variety of Chinese goods sent markets plunging.</p>