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  • The true extent of Russian meddling in Brexit remains murky

    In late October, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Damian Collins called upon Facebook and Twitter to report back with any evidence of Russian meddling in the UK's vote to leave the EU. It's an evolution of the committee's inquiry into the problem of fake news, which Collins considers a pretty serious "threat to democracy." Responses from Facebook and Twitter have landed this week, and if you haven't been following along, it's safe to say Collins isn't particularly impressed with how deep the social networks are digging to identify the true scale of political misinformation and...
  • New Mexico School Shooter Had Secret Life on Pro-Trump White-Supremacy Sites

    12/16/2017 8:30:58 PM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 15, 2017 | BRANDY ZADROZNY, BEN COLLINS
    For years before William Edward Atchison killed two students and himself, he lived a shadow life online—one full of crude alt-right memes and praise for school shooters. In real life, William Edward Atchison—people called him Bill—lived in a little yellow house with his parents, about a mile away from the Giant gas station where he worked and from Aztec High School, where he shot and killed two students and then himself last Thursday. At the murder scene, police found a thumb drive with a note that read, “If things go according to plan, today would be when I die. I...
  • Bombshell: “House To Be Rocked In Next 72 Hours… Over A Dozen Congressional Members May Resign”

    12/16/2017 3:56:13 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 66 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 12-16-2017 | Mac Slavo
    What started as an attack on then-candidate Donald J. Trump leading into the 2016 Presidential election appears to have been flipped completely on its head as scores of media, music, movie and political resignations over sex scandals have left shock waves across the country. Not a week has gone by without some high ranking member of the star-studded elite getting taken down by what overtly looks to be a viral movement under the #MeToo hashtag. It’s no secret that back in the 1990’s President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill that would shield sexually deviant Congressional members from being revealed to the public....
  • Rep. Speier: ‘Rumor on the Hill’ is Trump to Fire Mueller Before Christmas

    12/16/2017 2:47:56 PM PST · by mandaladon · 77 replies
    KQED ^ | 16 Dec 2017
    Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) told KQED Newsroom on Friday that she believes Republicans are trying to shut down the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Speier also said, “The rumor on the Hill when I left yesterday was that the president was going to make a significant speech at the end of next week. And on Dec. 22nd, when we are out of D.C., he was going to fire Robert Mueller.” If this were to happen, Speier said, it would cause a constitutional crisis. “That is Saturday massacre 2.0,” she said. “Without a...
  • Donald Trump brands FBI's Russia investigation a 'DEMOCRAT HOAX' in furious outburst

    12/16/2017 8:18:39 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    The Express (UK) ^ | December 16, 2017 | Abigail Morris
    President Donald Trump said the FBI probe into whether the Trump Administration colluded with Russia in meddling in the 2016 Presidential election as “an excuse” by Democrats for “losing the election”. Speaking to journalists on the White House's South Lawn Friday morning, President Trump said: “Let’s put it this way, there is absolutely no collusion that has been proven. “When you look at the committees whether its the Senate or the House, everybody walks by, my worst enemies walk out, they say there is no collusion but we’ll continue to look.
  • Final GOP tax bill repeals ObamaCare mandate

    12/15/2017 4:33:43 PM PST · by springwater13 · 76 replies
    The final Republican tax-reform bill unveiled Friday repeals ObamaCare’s individual insurance mandate, leaving the GOP poised to blow a significant hole in the health-care law next week. The change, which takes effect in 2019, removes one of the least popular parts of ObamaCare, but one that many experts warn is necessary to make the law function smoothly. Without a mandate, there is less incentive for healthy people to enroll and balance out the costs of the sick. That is expected to lead to premium increases and could lead insurers to drop out of markets, potentially leaving some areas of the...
  • Mike Tyson: “Hillary Clinton is America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer”

    12/15/2017 9:46:27 AM PST · by ptsal · 31 replies
    The Narrator ^ | 12-13-2017 | Staff
    **money quote**“How many more witnesses do we need to commit suicide by two bullets to the back of the head just before they about to testify against the Clinton’s before we start to say ‘Hey, something here sure smells fishy?'” Mike Tyson is currently testing out his one man live show in Las Vegas called Undisputed Truth 2 to small crowds, since Las Vegas is apparently pretty quiet right now. It doesn’t have anything to do with Tyson, but all to do with that horrendous mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay earlier this year, which has seemingly gone through a...
  • Americans pessimistic about Trump, country: AP-NORC Poll

    12/15/2017 5:51:47 PM PST · by mdittmar · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 1/15/2017 | JULIE PACE and EMILY SWANSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump frequently casts his first year in office as a string of successes and campaign promises fulfilled. But less than a quarter of Americans think Trump has made good on the pledges he made to voters while running for president, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
  • WSJ: There's Mounting Evidence of 2016 Election Meddling Coming From the FBI

    12/15/2017 5:21:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 180 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 15, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    There is something rotten at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I mean all of this is just absurd. We have two FBI agents texting one another, one of which is having an extramarital affair with the other, cryptically talking about “insurance” against a Trump presidency. That text between these two agents was delivered on August 15, 2016. You also have Andrew Weissmann, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top lieutenant, voicing praise for then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enact President Trump’s executive order on immigration, which got her fired. Then, there’s another DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, who was demoted...
  • Americans are less religious, largely unconcerned about alleged ‘War on Christmas’ poll finds

    Americans are getting a little less religious in their Christmas observance, though the vast majority still celebrate the holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, according to the Pew Center on Religion and Public Life. Pew regularly polls Americans on religious beliefs and observance, asking the same questions over time in order to follow trends in American religion. Here are some of the results of their poll of 1,503 Americans: In the 2017 poll, 66 percent believe Jesus was born to a virgin, compared to 73 percent in the 2014 poll. This year, 51 percent of Americans plan to...
  • FBI officials’ text message about Hillary Clinton said to be a cover story for romantic affair

    12/15/2017 4:32:56 PM PST · by Reverend Wright · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Devlin Barrett
    People familiar with the matter said that, although Page’s message may appear to suggest that she and Strzok used a separate communications channel for discussing the Clinton case, the point of her text was to advise Strzok how to explain to his wife why the two of them had been texting each other. Page and Strzok used their work on the Clinton case as a cover story for the affair, these people said, adding that there was not a separate set of phones for untraceable discussions of the Clinton case. The text had nothing to do with the Clinton investigation,...
  • A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

    12/15/2017 3:54:40 PM PST · by BackRoads775 · 20 replies
    https://www.theguardian.com ^ | Friday 15 December 2017 02.00 EST | by Ed Pilkington
    Los Angeles, California, 5 December “You got a choice to make, man. You could go straight on to heaven. Or you could turn right, into that.” We are in Los Angeles, in the heart of one of America’s wealthiest cities, and General Dogon, dressed in black, is our tour guide. Alongside him strolls another tall man, grey-haired and sprucely decked out in jeans and suit jacket. Professor Philip Alston is an Australian academic with a formal title: UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. General Dogon, himself a veteran of these Skid Row streets, strides along, stepping over...
  • Americans pessimistic about Trump, country: AP-NORC Poll

    12/15/2017 8:29:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2017 11:17 AM EST | Julie Pace and Emily Swanson
    President Donald Trump frequently casts his first year in office as a string of successes and campaign promises fulfilled. But less than a quarter of Americans think Trump has made good on the pledges he made to voters while running for president, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Among Republicans, just half say Trump has kept his promises, which included vows to overhaul his predecessor’s health care law, withdraw the United States from a nuclear accord with Iran and invest millions in new projects to fix the nation’s aging infrastructure. None of...
  • Cashing Out From the Climate Casino

    12/15/2017 6:02:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2017 | By BILL McKIBBEN
    It’s hard to be optimistic about climate action, not in a week when federal scientists reported that “the Arctic shows no sign of returning” to the “reliably frozen region of recent past decades.” Not in a month when California’s wildfires show every sign of burning straight through Christmas. And not in a moment when the federal government keeps scrubbing basic climate information from its websites. But something big is starting to shift. After years of effort from activists, there are signs that the world’s financial community is finally rousing itself in the fight against global warming. A foretaste came last...
  • Retiring New York Times publisher to be replaced by his son

    12/15/2017 1:14:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2017 4:37 PM EST | Karen Matthews
    The publisher of The New York Times Co. is stepping down after 25 years and will be succeeded by his 37-year-old son, the Times announced Thursday. Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. will retire as of Dec. 31 but will remain as chairman of the board of directors, the Times said. His son and current deputy publisher, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, will take over as publisher. “It is the greatest honor to serve The Times — and the people who make it what it is — as the next publisher,” the younger Sulzberger, known as A.G., said in a staffwide email. Sulzberger praised...
  • The Atlantic: Internet Porn Is Killing the Environment

    12/15/2017 12:54:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Breitbart Tech ^ | 14 Dec 2017 | Charlie Nash
    The Atlantic claims online pornography is killing the environment at a greater pace than physical pornography ever did, in an article this week. “So many people watch porn online that the industry’s carbon footprint might be worse now that it was in the days of DVDs and magazines,” declared Atlantic writer Matt Kessler. […] … “Using a formula that Netflix published on its blog in 2015, Nathan Ensmenger, a professor at Indiana University who is writing a book about the environmental history of the computer, calculates that if Pornhub streams video as efficiently as Netflix (0.0013 kWh per streaming hour),...
  • Report: Rich to get still richer as world inequality grows

    12/15/2017 12:36:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2017 2:36 AM EST | Elaine Kurtenbach
    Global inequality has stabilized at high levels in recent years, a report said Friday, despite gains among the poor in China and much milder disparities in incomes and wealth in Western Europe. The World Inequality Report 2018 is based on a massive, interactive collection of data compiled by an international team of researchers that includes renowned economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez. It shows inequality has soared since 1980, although the global top “1 percent” saw their share of global income slip slightly after the 2008 financial crisis, to just above 20 percent. At the same time, the share of...
  • Study: 1/4 of California kids seen as gender nonconforming

    12/14/2017 10:20:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2017 4:03 PM EST | Amanda Lee Myers
    More than a quarter of California schoolchildren between 12 and 17 believe their peers see them as “gender nonconforming,” meaning those boys are perceived as more feminine and the girls as more masculine, according to a new study that is among the first of its kind in the U.S. The study made public Wednesday found that the 27 percent of California children perceived as gender nonconforming are more than twice as likely to experience psychological distress, such as bullying, as their gender conforming counterparts. The study did not find that gender nonconforming children have statistically significant higher levels of suicide,...
  • Senate may put off most anticipated Russian probe findings

    12/14/2017 8:50:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 14, 2017 10:55 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump’s campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections from foreign tampering. Recommendations on how to counter the threat from attempted election hackers could be the first written product from congressional committees examining Russian interference into the 2016 election that put Trump in the White House. An early bipartisan report could be an attempt to boost confidence in the panel’s probe, as lawmakers worry that other issues could be lost if they...
  • NY Times Reports Obama Only Told 18 Falsehoods During Entire Presidency

    12/14/2017 12:28:14 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 80 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 12/14/2017 | Alex Griswold
    The Times set out to compare the trustworthiness of Obama compared to President Donald Trump. "In his first 10 months in office, [Trump] has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure," the piece reads.