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  • Bill Ayers ‘Dancing in the Aisles’ Over Obama’s Pardon of FALN Member Oscar López Rivera

    01/18/2017 3:12:47 PM PST · by detective · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Jan 2017 | Aaron Klein
    Former Weather Underground terrorist group leader Bill Ayers on Tuesday said he was on an airplane “dancing in the aisles” over news that President Obama commuted the sentence of FALN activist Oscar López Rivera, whose group was linked to over 100 bombs placed in U.S. cities in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Russia..Accuses UK, Germany And France Of "Grossly Interfering" In The US Election

    01/18/2017 3:04:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Having listened stoically for the past two months to accusations without evidence that Moscow "hacked the US election", and that Hillary's loss was indirectly due to Putin's alleged meddling, which resulted in Obama's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, on Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finally snapped, and lashed out at the ongoing US election scapegoating fiasco, saying that leaders and top officials from the UK, Germany, and France have “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump.
  • Trump nominee questions US funding of UN

    01/18/2017 3:03:29 PM PST · by Innovative · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 18, 2017 | Nicole Gaouette
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be UN ambassador, questioned Wednesday at her Senate confirmation hearing whether the US's funding of the world body is worth it. And she diverged sharply from many of the foreign policy views Trump has expressed, telling senators that she expected the President-elect's views to evolve under the counsel of his national security team. Haley rapped the UN for its treatment of Israel and indicated that she thinks the US should reconsider its contribution of 22% of the annual budget. "Are we getting what we pay for?" she asked. Haley...
  • Ben Lomond Person Receives First Intersex Birth Certificate

    01/18/2017 3:03:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Santa Cruz Good Times ^ | JANUARY 17, 2017 | ANNE-MARIE HARRISON
    Sara Kelly Keenan says she’s living proof that gender isn’t binarySara Kelly Keenan was sitting in a booth with her father at Santa Cruz Diner eight years ago this month when he admitted that doctors had wanted to assign her a gender when she was born: “They said that they could make you a 3-inch penis if I wanted them to, but I said, ‘Hell no, that’s my daughter, she’s a girl!’” “That’s when I realized that he knew I was genetically a male,” says Keenan. It took 49 years and the onset of advanced Alzheimer’s for Keenan’s father to...
  • OU football player suspended indefinitely following CTX armed robberies arrest (Waco, TX)

    01/18/2017 2:51:18 PM PST · by bgill · 15 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | Jan. 18, 2017 | Kandace Thomas
    University of Oklahoma defensive back and former La Vega High School football player Parrish Cobb turned himself into police Tuesday night, after being accused of three armed robberies in Central Texas, according to Waco Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Patrick Swanton. Cobb, 19, is facing an aggravated robbery charge for an armed robbery that happened near the Baylor campus on Jan. 10. He's also accused of being involved in the armed robbery that happened on campus outside the McLane Student Life Center on Jan. 7. The Bellmead Police Department had also issued a warrant for his arrest after an armed robbery...
  • FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump

    01/18/2017 2:45:29 PM PST · by Mariner · 45 replies
    McClatchy via Sacramento Bee ^ | January 18th, 2017 | By Peter Stone and Greg Gordon
    WASHINGTON The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said. The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said. Investigators are examining how money may have moved from the Kremlin to covertly help Trump win, the two sources said....
  • How US Charities Fund Terror -- Some With Your Tax Dollars

    01/18/2017 2:44:46 PM PST · by detective · 2 replies
    The Clarion Projest ^ | January 17, 2017 | Sam Westrop
    What You Need to Know About American-Based Terror Funding: A Summary Under the Obama administration, the federal government appeared to ease up on prosecutions of American Islamist charities linked to terror.   This was a marked change from the years after 9/11, when scores of charities were shut down after prosecutors found financial and logistical links to terrorist groups across the globe. This effort culminated in 2008, when the Holy Land Foundation was found guilty of financing terrorism. Islamist charities do not just provide a means to move money; they also offer legitimacy to American Islamist organizations struggling to free themselves...
  • Chuck Todd Compares Trump’s Twitter Account To Clinton Sex Scandals [VIDEO]

    01/18/2017 2:34:59 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies ^ | 1/18/17 | Kipp Jones
    Chuck Todd likened Donald Trump’s Twitter usage to former President Bill Clinton’s many well-documented sexual improprieties Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily.” Todd opened the show by speaking at length about a number of polls purportedly showing Donald Trump’s favorability numbers slumping during a panel discussion. (RELATED: Fake Polls? How CNN And ABC Are Fudging The Numbers To Tank Trump’s Favorability) “We’ve got new numbers hot off the presses right now from our NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, and they show a bit of a growing crisis of confidence in a
  • Public Hearing LD 71 (Atlantic Time Zone For Maine)

    01/18/2017 2:34:37 PM PST · by Steven Scharf · 3 replies
    Facebook link on a public hearing at the Maine State House on adopting Atlantic Standard Time year around. There was a previous thread on Massachusetts considering this also. This has previously been discussed by the Maine legislator.
  • Rewinding the Tape: How Obama Failed to Deliver on His 13 Main Promises

    01/18/2017 2:29:39 PM PST · by tomselliott · 2 replies
    Grabien News ^ | 01/18/2017 | Grabien
    With mere hours remaining in his presidency, we can now return to the promises then-Senator Obama made as a candidate and see how he actually performed as president. In reviewing his speeches the 2007-2008 campaign season, we've identified 13 promises that became regular features in his stump speech. The record shows Obama failed to deliver on every one. Here’s the tale of the tape.
  • Joy Behar Freaks About Perfectly Normal Scenario (no 'checks and balances') As Threat to 'Democracy'

    01/18/2017 2:23:06 PM PST · by drewh · 31 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 18, 2017 | 12:35 PM EST | By Kristine Marsh |
    On Wednesday’s The View, co-host Joy Behar had a meltdown about America’s “democracy” being under threat because there was no longer any “checks and balances” for Donald Trump as President since Republicans were in the majority in both houses of Congress. Behar called the situation “sad and upsetting,” apparently not realizing this type of scenario has happened dozens of times before. During a discussion on Chelsea Manning’s pardon and Wikileaks, Bila called for both parties to be consistent in their stance on Wikileaks and leaked documents. Seemingly out of the blue, Behar brought up how upset she was at Republicans...
  • Santa Ana's status as sanctuary city made official

    01/18/2017 2:21:15 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | JESSICA KWONG
    Three days before Donald Trump assumes the presidency, Orange County’s second-largest city has enacted a law making it a sanctuary for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
  • The Daily Rattle (Pre-Inaugural Edition)

    01/18/2017 2:19:36 PM PST · by OddLane · 1 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 18, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    President Obama’s last week in office has brought with it a flood of breaking news. The biggest story, of course, is his commutation of Chelsea Manning’s 35 year prison sentence. My own impression is that his decision is designed as a cynical bit of legacy-building, with the added benefit of perhaps inducing Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy. Although that prospect appears increasingly remote, it very well might have factored into his judgement. Overlooked in news coverage of the Manning commutation is the grant of clemency to Oscar Lopez Rivera, a leader of the Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican terror group...
  • Oxfam Counts Highly Paid Millennials with Student Debt Among the World’s Neediest

    01/18/2017 2:17:37 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Cato ^ | 18 January 2017 | Chelsea Follett
    Every year, Oxfam releases a report meant to shock the public about the extent of income and wealth inequality. This year’s report claims that the eight richest people on Earth have as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population (3.6 out of 7.2 billion people). That’s certainly shocking. It’s also profoundly misleading. As others have pointed out, Oxfam reached that number with a questionable methodology, which also led them to several other absurd conclusions. According to their own graphs, more poor people live in North America and Europe than China (see the far left of the chart...
  • Obama’s Legacy: War Without End

    01/18/2017 2:13:50 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    American Conservative, the ^ | 16 January 2017 | Daniel Larison
    Obama has been able to do this in part because he has had the luxury of facing virtually no organized opposition to any of his wars on any grounds. Media coverage of his interventions has tended to be favorable or neutral, and even when his policies have come under some criticism it has never been sustained for long enough to do him much political damage. He has faced scant opposition within his own party, and in most cases he has faced even less from his otherwise vehement political opponents. Even when he is challenged on waging unauthorized wars, very few...
  • AFL-CIO Proud to Partner with the Women’s March on Washington(Barf Alert!)

    01/18/2017 2:12:32 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 1/18/2017 | AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
    Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Women’s March on Washington:The AFL-CIO is proud to support the Women’s March on Washington. Thousands of our 12.5 million members—women and men alike—will come together this weekend to stand up for gender justice, equality and opportunity for all.The incoming Administration and Congress—both in words and actions—pose a serious threat to these core labor values. So we are mobilizing for an economy that works for all of us, including strong unions, equal pay and health care for all, and renewing our pledge for women’s rights, just immigration and racial justice.Working people know this...
  • The official Brexit song.

    01/18/2017 2:06:51 PM PST · by Vanders9 · 8 replies
    The People's charter ^ | 01/18/2017 | The People's charter
    After recently witnessing that hideous effort by John Oliver (who IS he anyway?), I bring before you a much more accurate and less scatalogical effort. Enjoy.
  • Court Victory: Federal Judge Orders Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Other Top DHS...

    01/18/2017 2:04:36 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 18, 2017
    Full title: Court Victory: Federal Judge Orders Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Other Top DHS Officials, to Preserve Email Records Sought by Judicial Watch “Specifically, the Court will order the individuals to copy any emails from the relevant time period in any private email accounts that might contain responsive materials onto portable thumb drives, to be kept in the individuals’ personal possessions.” – U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss has ordered Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johnson and three other top DHS officials to...
  • Obama Says He Would Speak Out If Trump Targets 'Dreamers'

    01/18/2017 2:00:16 PM PST · by drewh · 52 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | JAN. 18, 2017, 12:01 P.M. | David Lauter and Christi Parsons
    President Obama said he would regard any effort to round up and deport Dreamers as an attack on American "core values" that would cause him to speak out publicly. The so-called Dreamers, young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, "for all practical purposes are American kids," Obama said at what is expected to be the final news conference of his tenure. "The notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn't do something themselves ... would merit my speaking out," he said. Obama's administration has protected more than 700,000...
  • Fake News Police Arrive in Germany

    01/18/2017 1:58:36 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 16 January 2017 | Mike “Mish” Shedlock
    On behalf of Merkel-sponsored Russophobia, including threats of fines, Facebook rolls out fake-news filtering service to Germany. “Germany is to become the first country outside the US to benefit from Facebook’s crackdown on fake news as the social media group tries to control the proliferation of media hoaxes ahead of elections in the country this year. The world’s largest social network is bringing its test of fake news filtering tools to Germany in the coming weeks after the spread of false stories such as one claiming Germany’s oldest church was set on fire by a mob of 1,000 people. German...
  • Barbed wire, Swiss Army and no-fly zones amount to $36.9M security package for Davos

    01/18/2017 1:46:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    source content cannot be posted due to copyright issues | 16 January 2017
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  • KFC is using facial recognition technology to predict customer's orders based on how they look

    01/18/2017 1:43:28 PM PST · by Lorianne · 41 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | 12 January 2017 | Libby Plummer
    A KFC in Beijing is using facial recognition software to predict what customers will order.
  • John Lewis’s Record in Congress Is Less Than Heroic

    01/18/2017 1:34:48 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Jason L. Riley
    John Lewis’s Record in Congress Is Less Than Heroic The Democrat deserves an honored place in history. But Trump has a point about what he’s done lately. Jason L. Riley If Donald Trump had been referring to Rep. John Lewis’s civil-rights record when he wrote on Twitter Saturday that the congressman was “all talk” and “no action,” the president-elect might need a refresher course in U.S. history. One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest allies, Mr. Lewis was on the front lines of the successful fight to end Jim Crow. But for anyone who bothers to check out the...
  • Mattis Approved by Senate Armed Services Committee to Be SecDef

    01/18/2017 1:30:33 PM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies ^ | 1/18/17 | Madeleine Weast
    Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis was approved on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Armed Services to serve as secretary of defense in Donald Trump’s administration. Mattis sailed through the committee, which voted 26-1 for him to lead the Pentagon. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) was the only member of the Senate panel to vote against the retired four-star general, who enjoys bipartisan support to head the Defense Department under President-elect Trump. Gillibrand has previously said she would oppose confirming Mattis because he only retired from the Marine Corps in 2013, while federal law requires a seven-year break between military...
  • Austin restaurants, bars to protest inauguration by donating profits (TX)

    01/18/2017 1:20:14 PM PST · by bgill · 16 replies
    kvue ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | Jason Puckett
    On Friday, Jan. 20, any profits made at Bouldin Creek Cafe, a vegetarian establishment, will go directly to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Owner Leslie Martin said it's a way to protest the inauguration and "maintain hope" in their community. "We wanted to make a statement," Martin said. "We have concerns about gay rights, minorities - how they're going to be treated and how their civil rights will be protected. There were a large number of people that we feel are living in fear right now wondering what's going to happen."
  • White House says Obama’s release of Manning serves ‘justice’

    01/18/2017 1:19:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 33 replies ^ | 1/18/17 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama granted clemency for transgender military secrets leaker Chelsea Manning “in pursuit of justice,” and accused congressional Republicans of hypocrisy for criticizing the commutation. “Chelsea Manning was convicted of serious crimes,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “She also took responsibility for those crimes. She expressed remorse for those crimes.” He said Manning’s 35-year prison term was “much longer than the sentence that was handed down to people who committed similar crimes that got much less attention.”
  • TIME George HW Bush, Barbara Bush both hospitalized, spokesman says

    01/18/2017 1:13:41 PM PST · by fision · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/18/2017 | Jamie Gangel
    Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalized, his spokesman said Wednesday. President Bush, 92, was admitted to intensive care at Houston Methodist Hospital to address "an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation," his spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement. Barbara Bush also was admitted to the hospital Wednesday morning as a precaution after "experiencing fatigue and coughing," McGrath said in the same statement.
  • A high school band has driven two Portland politicians to socialism (Portland, ME)

    01/18/2017 1:06:14 PM PST · by Steven Scharf · 10 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | January 17, 2017 | Dan MacLeod
    A high school band has driven two Portland politicians to socialism January 17, 2017 News, The Express BDN Portland’s evening email newsletter. By Dan MacLeod A high school band has driven two Portland politicians to socialism — A high school band’s performance at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration has struck the wrong chord with some on Maine’s far left. Tom MacMillan, a 2015 candidate for Portland mayor, and Seth Baker, who lost a November bid to represent the city in the state Senate, say they’re leaving the Maine Green Independent Party because a party leader will be attending the presidential inauguration....
  • When Obama became family [Barf/ROTFLOL]

    01/18/2017 12:58:28 PM PST · by Charlemagne on the Fox · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/18/17 | Lolly Bowean
    Like Obama, I grew up in a single-parent home. I had the audacity to have big dreams and to hope. . . . As Obama' tenure comes to an end, I see with fresh eyes that the decision to adorn my wall with his image was loaded with meaning. In my modest apartment, I have framed pictures of my family members lining the mantel and leaning along the bookshelves. Only Obama has a sacred place on the wall.
  • Pipeline in Canada needs replacing after 'mischief': police

    01/18/2017 12:45:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2017
    A section of an intra-provincial oilfield pipeline under construction in Canada's oil heartland of Alberta needs replacement after being damaged by an act of "mischief," authorities said on Monday. The incident happened in Hythe, about 500 km (310 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Edmonton, late on Saturday and was reported to police on Sunday. It involved a pipeline belonging to Paramount Resources Ltd, according to the Alberta Energy Regulator(AER). No product was leaked as the pipeline is not yet operational. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it appeared the culprit or culprits tried to used construction equipment on...
  • Trump loyalist Roger Stone claims he was POISONED with polonium (Truncated)

    01/18/2017 12:45:36 PM PST · by pgkdan · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 01/18/2017 | Jennifer Smith
    Roger Stone has sensationally claimed he was poisoned by political enemies who wanted to kill him before he could 'debunk' their 'lie' that he knew Russians would hack the US election. The longtime Trump supporter claimed to have been told by doctors that a mysterious and debilitating virus he was suddenly struck with in December was in fact polonium poisoning. At the time, Stone had just been accused by the Obama administration of having prior knowledge Vladimir Putin was planning to meddle in the election. He says the poisoning was an attempt to stop him from testifying at a Congressional...
  • International players likely sellers as Canadian oil crash survivors hunt for bargains

    01/18/2017 12:44:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Financial Post ^ | 16 January 2017 | Claudia Cattaneo
    Whole title: International players likely sellers as Canadian oil crash survivors hunt for bargains and big mergers After a slow couple of years, merger and acquisition activity in the energy sector is expected to rebound in 2017 as oil prices stabilize, strong companies hunt for bargains, and international and struggling Canadian players keep unloading non-core assets. Adam Waterous, who is leaving his job as global head of investment banking at Scotiabank to start his own private equity company and bet on the next Alberta drilling boom, predicted a very busy year as “legacy” companies continue to restructure and cut costs....
  • WATCH LIVE: President Obama Gives Final White House Press Conference

    01/18/2017 12:31:36 PM PST · by yoe · 79 replies
    The White House ^ | January 18, 1017 | POTUS
  • Right-wing parties to hold EU Counter-summit on Trumps first day as President

    01/18/2017 12:28:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Express (UK) ^ | 13 January 2017 | Nick Gutteridge
    EUROPE’S right-wing parties are set to meet up in Germany amid an apparent rift in Germany’s populist movement over how close to get to France’s Marine Le Pen. ___ Leaders of eurosceptic movements from France, Germany and Italy will come together in the city of Koblenz to discuss a possible political pact which could hand them more influence within the EU. Symbolically, they will get together on January 21 - the first day of billionaire tycoon Donald Trump's stint as US President and a day after his inauguration. The meeting will bring together Ms Le Pen, the French presidential candidate...
  • Why Obamacare’s ‘20 Million’ Number Is Fake

    01/18/2017 12:25:02 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 13, 2017 | By Genevieve Wood
    The Obama administration claims 20 million more Americans today have health care due to Obamacare. The reality is that when you look at the actual net gains over the past two years since the program was fully implemented, the number is 14 million, and of that, 11.8 million (84 percent) were people given the “gift” of Medicaid. And new research shows that even fewer people will be left without insurance after the repeal of Obamacare. Numbers are still being crunched, but between statistics released by the Congressional Budget Office and one of the infamous architects of Obamacare, the Massachusetts Institute...
  • A roundup of illegal guns in Washington, D.C. proves telling

    01/18/2017 12:24:39 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 5 replies ^ | 1-18-17 | Jazz Shaw
    (Skip) Back in 2015 we had a similar discussion after Joe Scarborough did an interview where he pointed out that only a tiny fraction of guns used in crimes were purchased legally. (Skip) There have been some studies that peg the number at around three percent, which is the one Scarborough quoted. Others have put it as high as 11% but that seems to be an outlier. It’s a difficult problem to put an exact figure on, but the general consensus is that somewhere between three and eight percent of gun crimes are committed with legally purchased and owned firearms....
  • Atlanta averaging murder every other day in 2017

    01/18/2017 12:23:26 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    WSB TV (Atlanta) ^ | 01/12/2017 | Mark Winne
    Atlanta’s deputy police chief says he’s concerned about an upward trend in murders across the city. So far this year, there have been six homicides in the city of Atlanta. That’s three times the amount the city had at this time last year. “We're concerned about the trend, anytime you have homicides, you’re concerned. But this time last year, we had two,” APD Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson said. By the end of January 2016, there were just eight homicides in the city. Tolleson said four additional detective slots have just been added to the APD homicide unit. Last year, Atlanta...
  • Hungary set to turn screws on Soros-backed NGOs

    01/18/2017 12:22:13 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 16 January 2017 | Peter Murphy
    Hungarian NGOs have long felt the heat under strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- but they now fear that, emboldened by Donald Trump's victory, the right-wing premier will turn the screws even tighter. First in line may be groups backed by Hungarian-born billionaire financier George Soros, whose foundation once funded the Oxford studies of a young Orban more than 25 years ago. Last week the deputy head of Orban's ruling party Fidesz, in power since 2010, said that non-governmental organisations should be "cleaned out of here". Szilard Nemeth said that criticism of government policies by "fake" civil organisations set up...
  • Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia

    01/18/2017 12:19:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 16 January 2017
    Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia. Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow's assertiveness. Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina landed a little after 10 am CET (0900 GMT) at a snow-covered Vaernes airport near Trondheim,...
  • President-Elect Calls [NATO] Alliance 'Obsolete' In Interview With London Newspaper

    01/18/2017 12:16:34 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 16 January 2017 | Lydia O'Neal
    In an interview with the Times of London published Monday, President-elect Donald Trump called the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance “obsolete,” sparking alarm among other NATO members. The comments were especially worrisome to many in the West given the intense scrutiny of Trump’s ties to Russia —both substantiated and unsubstantiated. The Times interview marked yet another instance of Trump’s veering away from decades of nearly unconditional U.S. support for its allies in the pact—namely, Canada and most of Europe, including his current wife’s country of Slovenia, formerly part of the Soviet state Yugoslavia. On the campaign trail in July, Trump told...
  • Davos Elites Call For a Ban on Physical Cash... in the US.

    01/18/2017 12:09:45 PM PST · by Lorianne · 94 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 17 January 2017 | Tyler Durden
    Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist, thinks so. Phasing out currency and moving towards a digital economy would, over the long term, have “benefits that outweigh the cost,” the Columbia University professor said on day one of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos… “I believe very strongly that countries like the United States could and should move to a digital currency,” he said, “so that you would have the ability to trace this kind of corruption. There are important issues of privacy, cyber-security, but it would certainly have big advantages.”
  • Colleges Hiring ‘Working Class Officers’ to Stop Poor People From Feeling Oppressed

    01/18/2017 12:07:04 PM PST · by pabianice · 7 replies
    Heatstreet ^ | 1/18/17 | Spence
    Students in Manchester, London and Oxford in the UK are pumping out a new breed of bureaucrat to address supposed social problems at institutions. Manchester – one of Europe’s top institutions – advertised for two officers, both of whom must consider themselves working class, and one of whom must be a “self-identifying woman”. A specification for the position has been posted online here. Their job will be to “facilitate dialogue” between their poor fellows and middle-class students, which presumably did not occur before. They will also organize events and campaigns, according to the Manchester Tab.
  • Trump's Inaugural Pastor Getting Blasted by 'Very Strong' Hate

    01/18/2017 12:03:11 PM PST · by Maudeen · 27 replies
    WND ^ | 1/18/2017 | Joe Kovacs
    A Christian pastor who will be among the faith leaders at Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump as the next president is being flooded with messages of “very strong” hate, but says he’s unfazed by the vicious comments. “Some are very, very strong in their emotions about me doing this,” Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, who leads Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit, told TMZ. “I’ve been called a sell-out.”
  • Lavrov: Kosovo Albanian forces should not be in northern Kosovo

    01/18/2017 11:56:24 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 9 replies
    B92/Sputnik ^ | January 17, 2017 | Sputnik
    Lavrov: Kosovo Albanian forces should not be in northern Kosovo Russian Foreign Minister on Tuesday said that a new war in the Balkans must be avoided, and that Albanian forces should not be in northern Kosovo and Metohija. Lavrov is seen in Moscow on Tuesday (Tanjug/AP) Speaking during his annual news conference in Moscow, Lavrov touched on the latest tensions between Belgrade and Pristina. "The forces of Kosovo Albanians should not be present in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, which is inhabited by Serbs," said Lavrov. He also commented on the talk of "a war in the Balkans." "I...
  • Girls Scouts Defend Their Involvement in Donald Trump Inauguration

    01/18/2017 11:54:06 AM PST · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    NBC ^ | January 18, 2017
    The Girl Scouts of America, the popular, over 100-year-old youth organization, defended their participation in the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday in the wake of some criticism for their involvement. It was revealed this week that the Girl Scouts would march in an inaugural parade on Friday. The Boy Scouts of America, as well as several military and veterans' organizations, will also be participating, but the presence of the Girl Scouts has stoked controversy in light of Trump's well-documented history of making sexist statements about women, as well as numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault that...
  • Sweden refuses to provide statistics over crime by immigrants

    01/18/2017 11:52:50 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 22 replies
    Total blackout: The Swedish government says no, and refuses to submit statistics on immigrant crime. They are also reluctant to explain why. On Sunday, the issue of mapping the various groups represented in crime statistics was discussed in SVT's Agenda, on national TV. It is 11 years since the last time such statistics were put forward in Sweden. Would they consider doing it again? No, not a chance! And not only that, they would not even debate the issue. Not with the Sweden Democrats (SD) at least. The entire left - the governing parties plus the supporting party V -...
  • Trump Jobs Boom Continues Before Inauguration Day [WINNING]

    01/18/2017 11:51:43 AM PST · by · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Jan 2017 | Warner Todd Huston
    The number of companies announcing investment — and in many cases a return to investment — in the U.S.A. with a corresponding rush to create jobs for Americans has continued to grow even before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. In the weeks after his election on November 8, a series of large corporations announced major initiatives to expand in the U.S. but, since then, the number has only grown. By the middle of December, several companies had announced new jobs and expansion plans for the U.S., including Carrier Air Conditioner Manufacturing (1,000 Jobs), SoftBank Telecommunications (50,000 Jobs), U.S. Steel (10,000...
  • Donald Trump to Swear on Two Bibles, Including Abraham Lincoln's, at Inauguration Ceremony

    01/18/2017 11:47:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/18/2017 | Samuel Smith
    President-elect Donald Trump will swear on two different Bibles during his inauguration ceremony at the United States Capitol on Friday, one of which will be the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln during his first inauguration. The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced on Tuesday that Trump, who will be sworn in as the 45th president, will use his own Bible and a Bible used by Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, when he took his first oath of office on March 4, 1861. In addition, it was also announced that Chief Justice John Roberts will conduct Trump's swearing-in ceremony....
  • Protester sets himself on fire outside Trump hotel

    01/18/2017 11:45:05 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 72 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 18, 2017 | By Daniel Halper
    <p>A man set himself on fire outside Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, to protest what he described as the president-elect’s lack of “respect” for the US Constitution.</p> <p>The unidentified 45-year-old was rushed to the hospital around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was being treated for burns on 10 percent of his body, according to the Washington Post.</p>
  • Russia Snaps, Accuses UK, Germany And France Of "Grossly Interfering" In The US Election

    01/18/2017 11:38:19 AM PST · by RummyChick · 20 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 1/18 | durden
    Having listened stoically for the past two months to accusations without evidence that Moscow "hacked the US election", and that Hillary's loss was indirectly due to Putin's alleged meddling, which resulted in Obama's expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, on Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov finally snapped, and lashed out at the ongoing US election scapegoating fiasco, saying that leaders and top officials from the UK, Germany, and France have “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump.