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  • Leverage Maneuver – Trump Talks Openly With Taiwan President…

    12/02/2016 8:13:19 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 21 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Sundance
    Ok, this one strategic maneuver has just pegged my too-much-winning needle on max overdrive. Donald Trump took a congratulatory phone call from the President of Taiwan, and now the Chinese will be apoplectic. Those of you who have been with us for a while, will note our arguments against China’s MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status have continually fallen on deaf ears within DC. Why? Because they are political ears paid to remain necessarily deaf, while various Chinese national interests have taken influence over our legislative priorities on trade and commerce.
  • Mexican Gets Life Term Over 2013 Lawyer Slaying in Texas

    12/02/2016 7:59:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Dec 2, 2016
    A Mexican man must serve life in a U.S. prison for stalking and helping arrange the 2013 Texas slaying of a lawyer who'd been the acting head of a Mexican drug cartel. Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes was sentenced Thursday in Fort Worth. The case involved the shooting death of Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa in Southlake, near Dallas. Cepeda-Cortes in May was convicted of interstate stalking, conspiracy to commit murder for hire and tampering with documents or proceedings. Officials said the tampering involved efforts to destroy evidence on his computer. His cousin, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder...
  • On Sunday Austria To Choose Between Globalism or Populism

    12/02/2016 7:55:08 PM PST · by aquila48 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Dec 2016 | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    On Sunday the people of Austria will vote one again for the new President of the country and the choice has come down to an anti-mass migration populist and a left wing globalist. This year’s Austrian presidential election has been the longest in the history of Austria’s second republic and is finally coming to an end on Sunday after controversy and scandal. The Austrian voters have two choices for their new head of state, the anti-mass migration populist Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party or the Left wing pro-European Union candidate Alexander Van der Bellen. The first round of the...
  • PA Tally Complete: Trump Wins by 45,000 Votes (Recount Complete)

    12/02/2016 7:50:04 PM PST · by LS · 70 replies
    per @RichardWeaving (Twitter) | 12/2/2016 | self/Twitter
    Pennsylvania final numbers Trump Beat Hillary by over 45,000 votes Decision Desk HQ Trump 2,961,875 Clinton 2,915,440
  • China Flight-Tests 10 DF-21 Missiles

    12/02/2016 7:46:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 2nd, 2016 | BY: Bill Gertz
    China’s military conducted a salvo of 10 missile flight tests late last month in a show of force during the transition to the Donald Trump administration. Chinese state media reported Thursday that the simultaneous flight tests of 10 DF-21 intermediate-range ballistic missiles were carried out in China. The missiles “can destroy U.S. Asia-Pacific bases at any time,” the dispatch from the official Xinhua news agency reported. The flight tests were disclosed by China Central Television on Nov. 28 and coincide with President-elect Donald Trump’s high-profile announcements of new senior government officials. Disclosure of the missile salvo launch comes as Trump...
  • Aging white population speeding diversity

    12/02/2016 7:44:46 PM PST · by BJ1 · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/2016 | Reid Wilson
    Share to Facebook 4KShare to Twitter Share to Google+ This is a modal window. Seniors switching to Medicare Advantage, study finds Finding a bumper sticker America's Energy Landscape - continuing the conversation America's Energy Landscape - continuing the conversation Obama had credit card declined on date Justices decline to halt gay marriage in SC America's Nuclear Energy Future - Continuing Conversation Obama hails Syria strikes, argues ISIS is not America's fight alone A rapidly aging white population and fast-growing younger minority groups are speeding demographic changes across the nation, hastening a political divide likely to have long-term ramifications. The percentage...
  • With Populist Anger Rising, Italy May Be Next Domino to Fall (Sunday's Referendum)

    12/02/2016 7:42:27 PM PST · by aquila48 · 8 replies
    NYTimes ^ | DEC. 2, 2016 | JASON HOROWITZ
    Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, only 41, once seemed to have solved the riddle of how to survive Europe’s populist, anti-establishment tempest. But with a critical national referendum on Sunday, the populist wave is now threatening to crush him and plunge Italy into a political crisis when the European Union is already reeling. From Washington to Brussels to Berlin, fears are rising that Italy may be stumbling into its own “Brexit” moment. What should be an inward-looking referendum on whether to overhaul Italy’s ossified political and electoral system has taken on much broader import. Financial analysts warn of a potential...
  • Al Sharpton: Trump 'Surprised' Me With Phone Call

    12/02/2016 7:42:02 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 1, 2016 | Todd Beamon
    Al Sharpton: Trump 'Surprised' Me With Phone Call By Todd Beamon | Thursday, 01 Dec 2016 The Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump "surprised" him with a phone call — out of the blue. "We did talk briefly," Sharpton told The New York Post. "I was surprised and candid about our sharp disagreements, and so was he." Sharpton said he was convening a meeting of the board of the National Action Network when the call came.
  • Black Man Arrested for Anti-Black Racist Graffiti [and yet another fake hate crime]

    12/02/2016 7:31:56 PM PST · by grundle · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 2, 2016 | Mark Dice
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozmndLVMHak
  • Virginia school district bans classic novels over racial slurs

    12/02/2016 7:26:14 PM PST · by dynachrome · 33 replies
    WTVR.com (see-BS) ^ | 12-1-16 | WEB STAFF
    ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. -- They've been in classrooms for decades, but two classic American novels are now temporarily banned from Accomack County Public Schools. Use of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and “To Kill a Mockingbird” were suspended after a parent raised concerns about their use of the N-word. “There's so much racial slurs and defensive wording in there that you can't get past that,” the mother said during last month’s school board meeting. “Right now, we are a nation divided as it is." She filed a complaint through a “Request for Reconsideration of Learning Resources” form.
  • Ford Open to Deals With Trump to Keep Jobs in U.S., CEO Says

    12/02/2016 7:24:31 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 40 replies
    bloomberg ^ | December 2, 2016 | Keith Naughton
    ‘Our position is very different than the Carrier position’ Carmaker concerned about currency manipulation, tax reform Ford Motor Co. is willing to work with Donald Trump to keep jobs in the U.S. if he puts the right policies in place, the automaker’s chief executive officer said. “We will be very clear in the things we’d like to see,” Mark Fields said in an exclusive interview at Bloomberg offices in Southfield, Michigan. “We’ll continue to advocate for currency-manipulation rules to promote free and fair trade. One of our priorities is making sure fuel-economy standards reflect market realities, tax reform in general...
  • Sarah Palin calls Trump’s deal with Carrier ‘crony capitalism’

    12/02/2016 7:22:39 PM PST · by Mariner · 92 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 2nd, 2016 | By Brian Murphy
    Former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who is reportedly under consideration for a spot in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, criticized Trump’s recent deal with Carrier to keep jobs in the United States. Trump visited the Carrier plant in Indianapolis on Thursday and touted the deal during a speech after the visit in front of a Carrier banner. Carrier will keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana, instead of moving them to Mexico. In exchange, the state of Indiana is giving the company about $7 million in incentives. Vice president-elect Mike Pence in the current governor of Indiana. “When government steps in...
  • New Poll: More British Muslims Blame Jews for 9/11 Terror Attacks Than Al-Qaeda

    12/02/2016 7:18:24 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 11 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 12/2 | Barney Breen-Portnoy
    Only 4% of British Muslims believe Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist group was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, a new poll published on Friday found. According to the poll results — which were based on a survey of 3,000 British Muslims conducted by ICM for the Policy Exchange think tank — 31% of respondents said the US government was behind the devastating September 2001 terrorist attacks — in which nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia — while 7% pointed a finger of blame at Jews. A majority — 52% — said they did not know...
  • Howard Dean quits DNC chairman race

    12/02/2016 7:15:51 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 22 replies
    Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison are still vying for the chair. Dean told MSNBC on Wednesday that his generation shouldn't be "in the forefront anymore" when it comes to taking on leadership roles within the Democratic party.
  • USC faculty member fatally stabbed on campus, suspect in custody

    12/02/2016 7:13:41 PM PST · by usar91B · 30 replies
    Daily News ^ | 12/2/2016 | By Staff and wire reports
    One person, a male faculty member, has been fatally stabbed on the USC campus and a suspect is in custody. The victim is a man, approximately 25 years old, says Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Just after 4:30 p.m., firefighter paramedics responded to a reported stabbing on the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue, located on campus near the Seeley G. Mudd building and the school’s running track. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Stewart said. No other injuries have been reported. USC’s college newspaper The Daily Trojan reported on Twitter that police locked down the...
  • What 'are so many of them doing?' 95 million not in US labor force

    12/02/2016 7:10:41 PM PST · by aquila48 · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/2/16 | Jeff Cox
    The November jobs report looked pretty good on the surface except for one number that popped off the page: 95 million. That's the number of Americans now counted as not in the labor force, a historic high that has confounded economists and policymakers. The total — 95.06 million to be more exact — has been rising consistently but surged by a gaudy 446,000 last month. The jump occurred as the U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs and the headline unemployment rate dropped sharply. Explaining the consistent increase in those leaving the labor force is complicated, with factors divided between an aging...
  • It's FZ Time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9DqykUsqRY
  • National Guard Wildfire pilots praise pond-filling family [Video] (Trump Voters For Sure)

    12/02/2016 6:55:43 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 13 replies
    conservativevideos.com ^ | November 30, 2016
    Helicopter pilots fighting wildfires in Blount County took all of the water from a backyard pond, then watched as the family generously ran several garden hoses to the pond to help keep it replenished.
  • Courtney Saul, B.C. Student, Sentenced For Drowning Baby Before Exam

    12/02/2016 6:46:07 PM PST · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 15 replies
    Huffington post ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Tim Petruk
    A mother who drowned her newborn son in a sink before leaving her home to write a university exam has avoided time behind bars, though a judge described her actions as "abhorrent.'' Courtney Saul, 19, was sentenced to two years' probation in provincial court in Kamloops, B.C. Saul was a student at Thompson Rivers University when her baby, George Carlos, was born on Dec. 15, 2011. Court heard Saul gave birth alone in the bathroom of a basement suite where she was living. "She held the baby for some time, but she had an exam that day,'' Crown lawyer Will...
  • 22,000 Trump votes of lead disappears in PA per CNBC

    12/02/2016 6:35:40 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 143 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/2/16
    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/02/recount-news-heres-the-latest-on-the-recount-efforts-in-mi-wi-and-pa.html
  • How Trump’s Calls to World Leaders Are Upsetting Decades of Diplomacy (New York Slimes alert!)

    12/02/2016 6:14:03 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 12/02/2016 | MAX FISHER and JOSH KELLER
    President-elect Donald J. Trump has broken with decades of diplomatic practice in freewheeling calls with foreign leaders. Dec. 2 Mr. Trump talks to the president of Taiwan, becoming the first U.S. president or president-elect to do so since 1979. Why it matters The call with President Tsai Ing-wen risks infuriating China, which considers Taiwan a breakaway province governed by Chinese rebels. By honoring the Taiwanese president with a formal call, Mr. Trump’s transition team implicitly suggests that it considers Taiwan an independent state. The U.S. has declined to recognize Taiwan since 1979, when it shifted recognition to the government in...
  • Armstrong: Let's help Spelman grads plan epic sendoff for Pres. Obama [3 bag barf]

    12/02/2016 6:13:44 PM PST · by Charlemagne on the Fox · 19 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 12/2/16 | Jenice Armstrong
    Ět will be hard to say goodbye to President Obama. But what if instead of sulking about the next four years, we plan an epic sendoff to end all sendoffs? I picture a festive parade with bands playing and people lining the streets holding signs as Obama's motorcade slowly makes its way from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the final time. I envision Obama's being so moved by the outpouring of love and emotion that he and Michelle Obama emerge from their limousine and walk down the street just as they did during both Inauguration parades. We could make it into...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Countdown To Christmas ~ Fabulous 50s ~ 03 December 2016

    12/02/2016 6:13:27 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 117 replies
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  • Silicon Valley Chiefs Notably Absent From Trump’s Cabinet of Business Advisers

    12/02/2016 6:08:25 PM PST · by Mariner · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 2nd, 2016 | By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED
    In President-elect Donald J. Trump’s newly named kitchen cabinet of business advisers, Wall Street is in. Silicon Valley is out. Mr. Trump has named 16 business leaders to serve on what’s being called the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, described as a group meant to guide his administration on economic matters. The list is notable for leaning toward New York executives and industries — finance in particular. The list echoes Mr. Trump’s picks for a number of major economic positions, including Treasury secretary (the former Goldman Sachs partner and hedge fund manager Steven T. Mnuchin) and commerce secretary (the billionaire...
  • Seduced and Betrayed by Donald Trump

    12/02/2016 6:07:52 PM PST · by AndyJackson · 89 replies
    NY TImes - Opinion ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Paul Krugman
    The white working class is about to be betrayed by Trump just like the students at Trump University.
  • The Inquirer Daily News

    12/02/2016 5:54:46 PM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 4 replies
    The InquirerDaily News ^ | 12/02/2016 | Claudia Vargas
    Some snapped pictures, others watched intently as an official recount of 75 Philadelphia voting divisions took place Friday afternoon at the city's massive voting machine warehouse in Nicetown. The recount of 4 percent of the city's 1,686 voting divisions was the result of a recount campaign launched by Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein in various counties and states throughout the country. Philadelphia City Commissioners, who make up the Board of Elections, agreed to recount ballots in 75 divisions in which there were at least three affidavits for each division from voters asking for a recount. They rejected the request...
  • Obama blocks proposed takeover of Germany's Aixtron

    12/02/2016 5:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 6:06 PM EST
    Citing a national security risk, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese investor’s proposed takeover of Aixtron SE, a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a rare move that drew objections from Beijing and complaints that the U.S. was injecting politics into the deal. Obama ordered Fujan Grand Chip to “fully and permanently abandon” its proposed acquisition of Aixtron SE’s California-based subsidiary, Aixtron, Inc. The decision upheld a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies. The decision threatens to jeopardize the larger deal, which is under scrutiny [by] Berlin...
  • EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

    12/02/2016 5:40:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 8:01 PM EST | Matthew Brown
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill. The proposal follows a 2016 agreement reached under court order for the government to enforce a long-ignored provision in the 1980 federal Superfund law. The requirement would apply to hardrock mining, which includes mines for precious metals, copper, iron, lead and other ores. It would cover mines and processing facilities in 38 states, requiring their owners to set aside sufficient money to pay for future clean ups. The...
  • Scammers Ran A Fake U.S. Embassy In Ghana For A Decade Before Being Shut Down

    12/02/2016 5:26:53 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Consumerist ^ | December 2, 2016
    The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is a large, secured office building in the bustling West African port city of Accra, but for a decade scammers convinced some folks that their humble two-story structure — without security fencing, U.S. military guards,… or Americans of any sort — was indeed the office of the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana. According to the State Department, Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime members operated the “embassy” three days a week, selling bogus visas and other government documents. While the building looks nothing like the actual embassy, the scammers did fly a U.S. flag outside and decorated...
  • CBS Boston Freelancer Tweets ‘Trump Died Sleeping’ Calms Him, Network Denies Employment

    12/02/2016 5:15:20 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 30, 2016 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    Twitter is a great place for journalists to vent and to leak their liberal bias for all to see. And exactly that happened Tuesday night when CBS Boston Freelance Writer David Leavitt tweeted, “’Trump died sleeping’ #CalmMeDownIn3Words.” Leavitt’s tweet has garnered over 900 retweets, more than 2,300 likes, and almost 2,000 responses, many of them negative. "Trump died sleeping" #CalmMeDownIn3Words — David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) November 30, 2016 As outrageous has Leavitt’s tweet was, CBS Boston’s public relations kneejerk reaction was flat out ridiculous. The local news outlet responded to more than 100 irate twitter users, first proclaiming, “Mr. Leavitt is...
  • OK, I get it: Companies Clamor for Cheap Labor, Fed Delivers

    12/02/2016 5:05:39 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 29 November 2016 | Wolf Richter
    Despite all the frothy excitement about the stock market’s new highs, and the drooling today over the new highs reached by Housing Bubble 2, exceeding the prior crazy highs of Housing Bubble 1 even according to the Case-Shiller Index, and despite eight years of super-low interest rates, and a million other things that are hyped constantly, median household incomes, the crux of the real economy, is still a dreary affair. Sentier Research released its median household income measure for October today. Adjusted for inflation, it edged up 0.6% from a year ago to $57,929. But it’s down 1.3% from January...
  • Andrew Sachs, Hapless Waiter on the BBC Sitcom ‘Fawlty Towers,’ Dies at 86

    12/02/2016 5:02:15 PM PST · by stylecouncilor · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec. 1, 2016 | Christopher Mele
    Andrew Sachs, who starred in the British television comedy series “Fawlty Towers” as Manuel, the earnest but bumbling waiter who was regularly recruited into the schemes of the hotel owner Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese, died on Nov. 23 at a care facility near his home in London. He was 86. The cause was vascular dementia, his son John said.
  • Bad news for farmers, good news for children: Brussels sprouts crop faces Christmas ruin [UK]

    12/02/2016 5:00:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 42 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 30 November 2016 | Leon Watson
    For some, it threatens to ruin Christmas; for others, perhaps of younger generations, it is the promise of joyous relief. Brussels sprouts could be off the menu this year as the crop could be ruined by a plague of immigrant moths invading the UK. Supplies of the vegetable are already running low after several farmers' festive crops were decimated by armies of the cabbage-loving diamondback insects. And now there are fears the insect – also known as a cabbage moth – could wipe the traditional trimming off the festive menu for families across the UK. The invasion is said to...
  • The Orwellian War on Skepticism

    12/02/2016 4:55:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 01 December 2016 | Robert Parry
    Official Washington’s rush into an Orwellian future is well underway as political and media bigwigs move to silence Internet voices of independence and dissent ___ Under the cover of battling “fake news,” the mainstream U.S. news media and officialdom are taking aim at journalistic skepticism when it is directed at the pronouncements of the U.S. government and its allies. One might have hoped that the alarm about “fake news” would remind major U.S. news outlets, such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, about the value of journalistic skepticism. However, instead, it seems to have done the opposite....
  • Ex-Trump campaign manager: unlike Romney, Trump bragged about his wealth — and it worked

    12/02/2016 4:55:26 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 18 replies
    VOX News ^ | December 2, 2016 | JOSH EDELSON
    CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts — One by one, the political operatives sitting around the table at Harvard’s campaign managers conference Wednesday afternoon explained why they thought their candidate could win — even though he or she ended up losing. And then came Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski explained how he joined Donald Trump’s team in January 2015, and helped run “the most unconventional race in the history of the presidency” before his eventual firing 18 months later. “Embracing Mr. Trump’s wealth and not running from it,” Lewandowski said, “was a strategic decision that we made early on.” He continued: “The reason we did that...
  • Criminal Charges Filed Against Anglican Priest Praying Outside Planned Parenthood [public property!]

    12/02/2016 4:53:13 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Allison Aranda
    Fr. James Linton and Family Father James Linton was arrested last month outside the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood for offering to pray with women entering the abortion facility. Police held him for six hours and later charged him with criminal trespass. If convicted, Father Linton could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and a $400 fine. When he was arrested, Father Linton, an Anglican pastor, was standing on a public easement offering incoming mothers and fathers alternatives to abortion and praying for them to change their minds. “The arrest of Father Linton is an outrageous violation...
  • US health care tab hits $3.2 trillion; fastest growth in eight years

    12/02/2016 4:52:25 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 14 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 12/02/16 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The nation’s health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama’s law and by costly prescription drugs, the government said Friday. The growth of 5.8 percent in 2015 boosted total health care spending to $3.2 trillion. That’s an average of $9,990 per person, although the vast share of that money is spent caring for the sickest patients.
  • Official Washington’s ‘Info-Wars’

    12/02/2016 4:52:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Consortium News ^ | 01 December 2016 | William Blum
    Organs of Official Washington, such as the State Department and The Washington Post, are becoming unhinged over their weakening grip on the narratives that the people are supposed to believe __ On November 16, at a State Department press briefing, department spokesperson John Kirby was having one of his frequent adversarial dialogues with Gayane Chichakyan, a reporter for RT (Russia Today); this time concerning U.S. charges of Russia bombing hospitals in Syria and blocking the U.N. from delivering aid to the trapped population. When Chichakyan asked for some detail about these charges, Kirby replied: “Why don’t you ask your defense...
  • Mall of America Hosts First Black Santa

    12/02/2016 4:48:57 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 36 replies
    WISC TV Channel 3000 ^ | December 2, 2016 | Jamie WHITE
    For the first time ever, the Mall of America is hosting an African-American Santa. Santa's real name is Larry Jefferson, and he hails from Texas. (Don't let your kids read this.) "It's no big deal, I'm still Santa, I just happen to be a Santa of Color," Jefferson told CNN affiliate WCCO. Jefferson will spend four days taking pictures with families and listening to Christmas wishes, by appointment only. "We are looking to have a Santa for everyone," Santa Experience owner Landon Luther told WCCO. Luther met Jefferson at the Santa Convention in Missouri over the summer, and out of...
  • French power cuts more likely after UK link outage

    12/02/2016 4:45:56 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01 December 2016 | Bate Felix
    Power cuts in France are more likely this winter because of problems with electricity cables linking the country to the United Kingdom and prolonged outages at nuclear reactors, French power grid operator RTE said on Thursday. RTE warned in November it could impose cuts this winter due to shortages caused by a record number of nuclear reactors being offline for maintenance or safety checks. Britain's National Grid, which operates the 2,000 megawatt (MW) Interconnexion France-Angleterre (IFA) with RTE, said on Tuesday that four of its eight cables had been severed, cutting capacity by 50 percent until the end of February....
  • Angry Mobs Lock Up Indian Bankers As Cash Chaos Soars: "We Are Fearing The Worst"

    12/02/2016 4:43:38 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-30/ ^ | 01 December 2016 | Tyler Durden
    India's demonetization campaign is not going as expected. Overnight, banks played down expectations of a dramatic improvement in currency availability, raising the prospect of queues lengthening as salaries get paid and people look to withdraw money from their accounts the Economic Times reported. While much of India has become habituated to the sight of people lining up at banks and cash dispensers since the November 8 demonetisation announcement, bank officials said the message from the Reserve Bank of India is that supplies may not get any easier in the near future and that they should push digital transactions. “We had...
  • In His Final Days, Obama Quietly Expands War Powers Before Handing Them Off To Trump

    12/02/2016 4:40:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | Mike Masnik
    While we knew it was impossible for President Obama to truly rein in the massive executive powers that he helped expand (following on the massive expansions from previous administrations) concerning national surveillance and war -- we had still hoped that maybe his concern about a President Trump would let him do a few small things to limit some of the most egregious powers. Instead, it appears that President Obama is doing the opposite, and expanding his war powers, just as he's about to hand them to someone that he, himself, has loudly criticized as being unfit for the Presidency. For...
  • Philadelphia starts an election recount of 4 percent of divisions

    12/02/2016 4:36:53 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 79 replies
    Philly.Com News ^ | December 2, 2016 | Claudia Vargas
    Some snapped pictures, others watched intently as an official recount of 75 Philadelphia voting divisions took place Friday afternoon at the city's massive voting machine warehouse in Nicetown. The recount of 4 percent of the city's 1,686 voting divisions was the result of a recount campaign launched by Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein in various counties and states throughout the country. Philadelphia City Commissioners, who make up the Board of Elections, agreed to recount ballots in 75 divisions in which there were at least three affidavits for each division from voters asking for a recount. They rejected the request...
  • First Day Of Wisconsin Recount Nets Hillary One Vote

    12/02/2016 4:34:55 PM PST · by simpson96 · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/2/2016 | Blake Neff
    The first day of Wisconsin’s presidential recount narrowed the gap between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President-elect Donald Trump by precisely one vote. Trump defeated Clinton in Wisconsin’s initial tally by about one percent, or just over 22,000 votes. Nevertheless, Green Party candidate Jill Stein (who finished a very distant fourth) is demanding a full recount after suggesting fraud or technological glitches may have swayed the results. In response to Stein’s demand, Wisconsin began recounting all its ballots Thursday. But the first results to emerge suggest the final tally will be rather close to the original one. Only...
  • Ronald Gasser did not stand over Joe McKnight when he shot him, JPSO, coroner say

    12/02/2016 4:30:24 PM PST · by BBell · 35 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 12/2/16 | Jonathan Bullington, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Ballistic evidence and autopsy results show Ronald Gasser, the man authorities say admitted to fatally shooting Joe McKnight, did not fire on the former NFL player while standing over him, Jefferson Parish authorities said. "The wounds are not consistent with being shot from above while on the ground," Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich said, as he discussed McKnight's autopsy during a press conference Friday (Dec. 2). The information contradicts a witness account given at the scene of McKnight's death Thursday at a Terrytown intersection. The witness had said she saw Gasser shoot McKnight twice, then stand on top of...
  • Trump files lawsuit to block Michigan recount

    12/02/2016 4:27:58 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 17 replies
    Detroit Free Press | December 2, 2016 | Paul Egan
    Blocked due to copyright.
  • Fake News List Death Knell for MSM - Paul Craig Roberts

    12/02/2016 4:18:22 PM PST · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    USA Watchdog ^ | 30 November 2016 | Greg Hunter intervies Paul Craig Roberts
    Videocast 41:35 Dr. Roberts also adds, “You can be in office, but not in power. If anything is going to change, Trump has to be in power. The government has to belong to him in order to get anything done.”
  • Two arrested for arson in Tennessee, at least one ignited wildfire

    12/02/2016 4:14:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    fox17.com ^ | November 15, 2016 | WZTV Staff
    ***Editors Note: These arrests were made prior to wildfires which struck Gatlinburg, Tennessee on Monday, November 28th. This story was published on Nov. 15 and has not been shared by Fox 17 since that day. ***** ALSO SEE: Gatlinburg, Sevier County fires one for "the history books" says Fire Chief Two men have been arrested for separate arson cases in Tennessee, one which ignited a wildfire. *This story started gaining traction following wildfires in Gatlinburg, these arrests are not related to that fire.* Matthew Ryan Wallace, 27, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. is charged with setting a wildfire along Standdifer Grant Road...
  • Mexico on Carrier deal: 'Trump is telling the truth' about saving US jobs

    12/02/2016 4:07:26 PM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 2, 2016 | Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
    A Mexican official from the city that just lost out on 1,000 jobs it expected to take from an Indiana Carrier plant says that Donald Trump is "telling the truth" when he rails against U.S. job losses . Jaime Garcia Astorga, secretary of economic development of Santa Catarina in the state of Nuevo Leon, told CNBC on Friday that "nobody" believed the president-elect was serious when he "made a lot of declarations" to voters about keeping U.S. jobs in the United States.
  • DOJ confirms: Bergdahl requests pardon from President Obama, US officials

    12/02/2016 4:00:28 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 02, 2016 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl--held captive for five years after being captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan--has requested a pardon from President Obama, Fox News has learned from two senior US officials. According to a well-placed source, Bergdahl thanked the president for rescuing him in May 2014 in a controversial exchange for five Taliban prisoners from Gitmo, in addition to asking for a pardon in the letter. The Secretary of the Army was copied on the letter to the president, but the pardon was not formally requested through the military chain of command. A Justice Department official confirms that it received...