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  • Exile Guo Wengui casts shadow over China’s party congress

    10/18/2017 8:08:25 AM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 1 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 17, 2017 | Lucy Hornby
    Please use the sharing tools found via the email icon at the top of articles. Copying articles to share with others is a breach of T&Cs and Copyright Policy. Email to buy additional rights. Subscribers may share up to 10 or 20 articles per month using the gift article service. More information can be found at If anyone thought that what happens in the Chinese Communist party stays in the Chinese Communist party, a determined gadfly ensconced in New York has proven them wrong. This week’s five-yearly party congress will reveal which top officials will serve...
  • The 350-year-old trick to get people to change their mind

    10/16/2017 6:19:57 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 45 replies ^ | October 17, 20178:08am | Ally Foster
    “One of the first things you have to do to give someone permission to change their mind, is to lower their defences and prevent them from digging their heels in to the position they already staked out,” Marman told SBS. “If I immediately start to tell you all the ways in which you’re wrong, there’s no incentive for you to co-operate. But if I start by saying, ‘Ah yeah, you made a couple of really good points here, I think these are important issues,’ now you’re giving the other party a reason to want to co-operate as part of the...
  • Concealed Carry by State - Springfield Armory quick reference infographic

    10/14/2017 12:37:14 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies
  • So it's the White House that's being unreasonable about a DREAMER deal?

    10/09/2017 6:25:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 10/9/2017 | Monica Showalter
    To hear the press tell it, President Trump is making unreasonable demands by asking for a deal to allow the illegal immigrants known as DREAMERS to stay in the U.S. In fact, he's making tradeoff demands so outrageous that no Democrat could possibly say yes to them. His real aim in asking for tradeoffs, must be to scupper the deal. Get a load of these headlines:
  • That scary-looking crosswind A 380 landing

    10/08/2017 8:04:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 10/8/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Millions of people have been viewing and forwarding or posting an alarming-looking video (embedded below) of a giant A 380 airliner landing in heavy crosswinds at Dusseldorf. It’s scary-fun, but actually nothing unique to the Airbus or all that unusual. There is an entire genre of crosswind landings on YouTube. But owing to size, it is impressive.
  • Exiled Chinese billionaire blasts 'kleptocracy' running China, warns of spy infiltration in US

    10/05/2017 8:29:21 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 5, 2017 | Brendan McDermid
    Exiled billionaire Guo Wengui (aka Miles Kwok) claimed China is being controlled by a small clique of crooked high-level officials. Guo also said Chinese security officials earlier this year authorized an escalation of espionage efforts in the United States. Guo's earlier scheduled appearance at a Washington think tank was postponed due to what he said was heavy pressure by China. A controversial Chinese billionaire in self-imposed exile blasted on Thursday what he said was a small clique of corrupt "kleptocrats" running China — as he also warned of a wave of Chinese spies being dispatched to the United States in...
  • Trump administration reverses Obama-era listing of the walrus as endangered

    10/05/2017 6:50:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 10/5/2017 | Rick Moran
    The Pacific walrus will not be designated as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday, reversing an Obama administration finding that the walrus deserved protections because of the effects of global warming and receding Arctic sea ice. "Their thorough review, driven by the best available data and science, found that the population of Pacific walrus is robust and healthy, and has proven that it can adapt to the changing conditions in the Arctic," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
  • Melania Trump Departs White House in Victoria Beckham-Designed Turtleneck And Stilettos (trun)

    10/04/2017 6:13:52 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 42 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 3 Oct 2017 | John Binder
    First Lady Melania Trump departed the White House for Puerto Rico on Tuesday with her husband, President Donald Trump, with the First Lady wearing a navy ensemble designed by style icon Victoria Beckham. Melania stepped out in a navy blue wool turtleneck jumper by Victoria Beckham, which retails for $1,102 at Swedish retailer FarFetch. The over-sized sweater was paired with black cigarette pants, one of the First Lady’s favorite silhouettes and Manolo Blahnik navy, suede stilettos. The First Lady hid her eyes from the cameras in square turtle-shell faded sunglasses with her famous tousled hair blowing in the wind. When...
  • Government Cleared in Deaths at Waco Old Article

    10/03/2017 7:13:37 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | SEPT. 21, 2000 | IM YARDLEY
    A federal judge today dismissed the wrongful death civil lawsuit brought by Branch Davidians, clearing the government of any wrongdoing in the deaths of about 80 members of the religious sect during the disastrous 1993 standoff at the group's compound near Waco, Tex. The judge, Walter Smith Jr. of Federal District Court in Waco, issued an order that found that federal agents had acted legally and could not be held liable for the deaths. His ruling ended a legal battle that lasted nearly seven years and came after an advisory jury in the case and a special counsel, former Senator...
  • Should You Switch to a Geriatrician?

    09/30/2017 7:51:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Assocation of Mature American Citizens ^ | September 29, 2017 | Andrea Rogers
    Approximately one in five Americans are over the age of 65, and that number is quickly growing. As baby boomers reach retirement, many decide to make the move from a primary care physician to a geriatrician – primary care doctors who have special training in offering health care to seniors. The health care needs of people change as they age, and many begin to experience new medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, renal failure, or heart disease. Some inevitable signs of aging take place over time, such as a slower metabolism, and lead to a decline in physical activity. Some...
  • Theodore Roosevelt supported the death tax

    09/30/2017 8:04:42 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 53 replies
    Chalk another one up for big government progressivism. I recently posted about progressive republicans and the 16th amendment, having learned during that research that this was the case: I did not know previously that TR supported the death tax. Here is what he said in 1906: As a matter of personal conviction, and without pretending to discuss the details or formulate the system, I feel that we shall ultimately have to consider the adoption of some such scheme as that of a progressive tax on all fortunes, beyond a certain amount, either given in life or devised or bequeathed upon...
  • FBI Eyes China in Posting Hacked Documents on Chinese Dissident

    09/29/2017 6:01:17 PM PDT · by RohanKapoor · 1 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 29, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    Hackers linked to China electronically stole documents from a Washington law firm, Interpol and a Hong Kong bank that were then published online in a bid to discredit a dissident wanted by Beijing. FBI agents are conducting an investigation into the cyber attack earlier this month that penetrated information systems at the law firm Clark Hill, according to people familiar with the investigation. Private cyber investigators later traced the cyber attack to China and South Korea. The hacking and release of sensitive documents on Twitter mirrors the Russian intelligence operation to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in...
  • When did the progressives realize they needed to specifically target the commerce clause?

    Social reform requires big government. Big government requires an obedient court, which fosters a "living constitution". In "Social reform and the Constitution", progressive reformer Frank Johnson Goodnow wrote the following regarding the courts: (page 31) The result is that the constitutional law of the country is not, either necessarily or actually, uniform. For a state court may declare unconstitutional from the point of view of the federal constitution an act of a state legislature which would have been regarded as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court. If, therefore, the state courts are more conservative than the Supreme Court, and...
  • A Conversation With Guo Wengui -- Hudson Institute Event

    09/28/2017 8:17:58 AM PDT · by RohanKapoor
    Hudson Institute ^ | September 27, 2017 | Hudson Institute
    On October 4th, 2017, Hudson Institute will host Guo Wengui (also known as Miles Kwok) for his first public appearance in the United States. Mr. Guo will discuss high-level corruption in Chinese politics and its implications for the upcoming Party Congress, as well as the threat China’s kleptocracy poses to the United States and its allies. The New York Times described corruption allegations made by Mr. Guo against senior Party officials as “the biggest political story in China this year.” In a recent Washington Times article, Mr. Guo described his revelations as an effort to “expose the leviathan Chinese Mafia...

    09/25/2017 7:20:44 AM PDT · by knarf · 47 replies
    THESE ARE THE VERY FIRST STATEMENTSIt is a privilege to be part of the National Football League. Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL. This includes owners, coaches, players, other team employees, game officials, and employees of the league office, NFL Films, NFL Network, or any other NFL business. Conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL. We...
  • Blame progressive republicans for the 16th amendment

    09/23/2017 10:06:15 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 11 replies
    Far too often, articles or books are written about how bad the 16th amendment is(which it absolutely is) but then the authors turn around and point to Woodrow Wilson. This is historical malpractice. It is said that 42 states ratified the 16th amendment, and 40 of those did so prior to March 4, 1913, which was when Wilson was inaugurated. Massachusetts ratified the 16th on the same day, March 4th, and New Hampshire followed a few days later on March 7th. So let me get this straight: Woodrow Wilson as president was so strong and powerful that he reached back...
  • Melania Trump: It Is Parents’ Responsibility to Raise Children Who Have Moral Clarity(trun)

    09/22/2017 5:47:57 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 72 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 20 Sep 2017 | Penny Star
    Melania Trump said on Wednesday that peace, human rights, and human dignity — especially for vulnerable children — will be the pillars of the work she does in her role as first lady of the United States.But she repeatedly said that it is, first and foremost, parents’ responsibility to raise their children to be moral, charitable, and to have love of country. Speaking to the spouses of dignitaries from around the globe who attended the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the first lady said family is at the heart of instilling values in children. Trump...
  • Fox News, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News - All Web Sites Look Similar Now. [Vanity]

    09/20/2017 7:48:16 AM PDT · by Boomer · 29 replies
    News Sites ^ | 9/20/17 | Self
    Fox News Website now looks too similar to the MSM to be a coincidence. Part of a larger goal to move left or simply to conform to a perceived current norm? Not the same but quite similar...
  • Henry George and the turning point of big government in America

    09/17/2017 9:09:25 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 35 replies
    As I have written in the past, Progressivism would not exist at all if not for Henry George. John Dewey was influenced by George, many of the British Fabians, Margaret Sanger; one of the most proud proclaimations of progressive achievement in the early 20th century is Initiative, Referendum, and Recall - that entire movement was based on Georgist ideals (and dishonest ones at that.) The early unions, many of them were not socialist, they were Georgist. The Knights of Labor, Samuel Gompers, and others. But understanding the link between big government and Henry George is not well understood. The fact...
  • Philadelphia Eagles Call Out Shaun King(talcum X) for Spreading False Story About Kaepernick

    09/15/2017 12:54:01 PM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 9/15/2017 | Alex Griswold
    The Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday called out Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King for an inaccurate tweet that went viral. King got more than 8,000 retweets for claiming that Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he would never hire former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem. The owner of the Eagles said he wouldn't hire Colin because of his anthem protest, but hired a white player who called black people "nigger" — Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 14, 2017 Sportswriters on the Eagles beat immediately pointed out that King was mischaracterizing Lurie's comments, but their complaints fell...