Today’s News: December 18, 2019

World News

Video: Australian PM makes emotional apology in Parliament for Satanic Ritual Abuse
100+ Doctors Demand Assange Receive Safe Passage to Hospital “Before It Is Too Late”

A group of over 100 doctors on Monday urged the Australian government to end its “refusal to act” in the case of Julian Assange and insist the British government release the WikiLeaks founder from prison so he can be safely sent to an Australian hospital before “it is too late.”

In an open letter addressed to Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the doctors say that “the most fundamental human rights of an Australian citizen are being denied by the British government.”

The international medical experts, who hail from countries including the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, called upon Payne to abide by his “undeniable legal obligation to protect your citizen against the abuse of his fundamental human rights, stemming from U.S. efforts to extradite Mr. Assange for journalism and publishing that exposed U.S. war crimes.”

Assange has been in London’s Belmarsh prison since April for skipping bail seven years ago when he first took refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He’s facing possible extradition to the United States for alleged violations of the Espionage Act.  His time at the embassy and at Belmarsh had led to “medical neglect and fragile health,” the doctors said, adding that Assange continues to suffer psychological torture at the London jail.

It’s not the first time the medical group has sounded alarm on Assange’s deteriorating health conditions.

In a letter sent last month to British Home Secretary Priti Patel and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott,  the group expressed “real concerns, on the evidence currently available, that Mr. Assange could die in prison.” U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer has also accused the U.K. government of “outright contempt for Mr. Assange’s rights and integrity.” In May Melzer said Assange exhibited “all symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture.”

The doctors referenced Melzer’s concerns as well as their letter to the U.K. authorities, saying that document fell on deaf ears.

Judge grants government proceeds from Edward Snowden’s book

Bloomberg – Edward Snowden can’t profit from his recently released memoir because he failed to get pre-publication clearance from U.S. security agencies, a judge ruled. The former Central Intelligence Agency employee and National Security Agency contractor exposed top-secret surveillance programs, including hacking of private internet systems, in 2013. He fled to Russia, where he still lives.

In his memoir “Permanent Record,” which was released in September, Snowden reveals how he helped build the surveillance system and why he exposed it. The government sued to stop him from profiting from the book, although it didn’t try to prevent its publication. By failing to submit the book — “Permanent Record” — to the CIA and NSA for review of classified content, Snowden violated a series of employment contracts that he signed, U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady said in a ruling issued Tuesday.

“Permanent Record contains information which both the CIA and NSA secrecy agreements obligated Snowden to submit for pre-publication review,” O’Grady said.

The judge rejected Snowden’s argument that the U.S. indicated it wouldn’t review the materials in good faith and within a reasonable time. Snowden can’t make that argument because he didn’t try, O’Grady said.

“It’s far-fetched to believe that the government would have reviewed Mr. Snowden’s book or anything else he submitted in good faith,” Brett Max Kaufman, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Center for Democracy, said in an email. “It’s more clear than ever that the unfair and opaque pre-publication review system affecting millions of former government employees needs major reforms.”

No school, no trains, no Eiffel Tower: France on strike

French union activists cut electricity to nearly 100,000 homes or offices. Eiffel Tower staff walked off the job. Even Paris opera workers joined in Tuesday’s nationwide protests across France, singing an aria of anger as workers rallied against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age to 64.

Despite 13 days of crippling train and subway strikes, French President Emmanuel Macron and his government stayed firm. The prime minister declared his “total” determination to reshape a pension system that unions celebrate as a model for the rest of the world but that he calls unfair and destined to collapse into debt.

Lighting red flares and marching beneath a blanket of multi-colored union flags, thousands of workers snaked through French cities from Brittany on the Atlantic to the Pyrenees in the south.

Hospital workers in scrubs, Air France staff in uniforms, lawyers wearing long black robes — people from across the French workforce joined in the strikes and protests in higher numbers than the last cross-sector walkout last week.

The retirement reform that has brought them together is just one of their many gripes against Macron, a business-friendly centrist they fear is dismantling France’s costly but oft-envied welfare state.

Workers from the hard-left CGT union on Tuesday carried out what they called “targeted” blackouts on electricity networks around Lyon and Bordeaux to call attention to their grievances, and their power.

U.S. News, Politics & Government

Trump Said What??? Here Are The Top 10 Zingers In President Trump’s Historic Letter To Nancy Pelosi

Michael Snyder – The bitter feud between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just gone to an entirely new level.

On the brink of being impeached, Trump sent an absolutely scathing letter to Pelosi on Tuesday in which he accused her of “declaring open war on American Democracy”, “breaking your allegiance to the Constitution” and “interfering in America’s elections”.

In the letter, Trump said that he wrote it “for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record”.

Of course Trump knew that he would not be able to affect the ultimate outcome of the impeachment vote, but he wanted future generations of Americans to be able to look back and clearly understand what was being done to him.

Trump definitely understands that the primary reason why they are trying to impeach him is because they deeply hate him, and the six page letter that he just sent to Pelosi was full of emotion

President Donald Trump, on the verge of becoming the third US president to be impeached, sent an extraordinary letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday, excoriating House Democrats and casting himself as a victim of an attempted coup.

A day before the full House is set to vote on articles of impeachment accusing him of abusing his power and obstructing lawmakers’ investigations, Trump wrote in his indignant six-page missive that Democrats would come to regret their efforts when voters cast ballots next fall.

For both Trump and Pelosi, this feud has become deeply personal.  Never before has the president of the United States sent such a letter to the speaker of the House, and we may never see such a letter again.  The following are ten of the key highlights from that letter…

#1 “This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.”

#2 “By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy.”

#3 “Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying you pray for the President when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense.”

#4 “You know full well that Vice President Biden used his office and $1 billion dollars of US aid money to coerce Ukraine into firing the prosecutor who was digging into the company paying his son millions of dollars.”

#5 “Now you are trying to impeach me by falsely accusing me of doing what Joe Biden has admitted he actually did.”

#6 “You have developed a full-fledged case of what many in the media call Trump Derangement Syndrome and sadly, you will never get over it!”

#7 “You view democracy as your enemy!”

#8 “You are the ones interfering in America’s elections. You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy.”

#9 “More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.”

#10 “Any member of Congress who votes in support of impeachment against every shred of truth, fact, evidence, and legal principle, is showing how deeply they revile the voters and how truly they detest America’s Constitutional order.”

If you would like to read the entire letter for yourself, you can find it right here.  It only takes a few minutes to read, and I think that most of you will find it very enjoyable.

When asked about the letter, Pelosi tried to claim that she hadn’t “fully read it”, but apparently she had read enough of it to come to the conclusion that it is “really sick”…

CNN In Disbelief Over Own Poll Showing Impeachment Support Collapsing — Among Democrats!

Infowars – A CNN panel expressed disbelief over its newly-released poll showing impeachment support collapsing — among Democrat voters.

Host Alisyn Camerota first downplayed the implications of the CNN poll, noting that Democrat support of impeachment has “softened a little bit.”

The poll conducted between December 12-15 shows Democrat support of impeachment at 77%, a 13-point drop since last month.

“I don’t believe that poll for one second,” CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said of the internal CNN poll. “The 90 to 77 percent. It’s just – you know, I don’t believe it. Like, it makes no sense that that number would change like that.”

CNN political director David Chalian tried to defend the network’s polling methodology.

“I don’t know what’s not to believe,” Chalian said. “You call people on the telephone, you get their information. You pop out a survey. This is what those that we polled told us.”

Toobin, still dissatisfied, outright rejected CNN’s poll, saying it was plain wrong.

“I get it, but, I mean, you know, life mean — life has shown us that polls are sometimes wrong. And, David, that poll is wrong. Just because I said so, OK?”

Weird flex, but okay.

House Democrats are set to vote on two articles of impeachment against Trump on today and it’s likely they have enough votes to pass them to the Senate.

Latvian government says it flagged ‘suspicious’ Hunter Biden payments in 2016

John Solomon Reports – As the U.S. presidential race began roaring to life in 2016, authorities in the former Soviet republic of Latvia flagged a series of “ suspicious” financial transactions to Hunter Biden and other colleagues at a Ukrainian natural gas company and sought Kiev’s help investigating, according to documents and interviews.

The Feb. 18, 2016 alert to Ukraine came from the Latvian prosecutorial agency responsible for investigating money laundering, and it specifically questioned whether Vice President Joe Biden’s younger son and three other officials at Burisma Holdings were the potential beneficiaries of suspect funds.

“The Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity … is currently investigating suspicious activity of Burisma Holdings Limited,” the Latvian agency also known as the FIU wrote Ukraine’s financial authorities.

The memo was released to me by the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office and confirmed by the Latvian embassy to the United States.

Latvian authorities said they did not get any incriminating information back from Ukraine to warrant further investigation and did not take additional action in 2016.

But the memo adds to the mounting evidence that there was ongoing investigative activity surrounding Burisma Holdings and Hunter Biden’s compensation as a board member in the weeks just before Joe Biden forced the firing of the Ukraine prosecutor overseeing the Burisma investigation in spring 2016.

The Latvian law enforcement memo identified a series of loan payments totaling about $16.6 million that were routed from companies in Beliz and the United Kingdom to Burisma through Ukraine’s PrivatBank between 2012 and 2015.

The flagged funds were “partially transferred” to Hunter Biden, a board member at Burisma since May 2014, and three other officials working for the Ukrainian natural gas company, the Latvian memo said.

US acting ambassador to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, to step down

BBC – Acting US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, whose testimony helped build the case for impeaching Donald Trump, is to leave his post next month.

Mr Taylor will step down in January when his temporary appointment is due to expire, the New York Times reported.

His tenure could have been extended by the Republican-controlled Senate but no such move has been made.

Mr Taylor took up the post in June after Mr Trump controversially withdrew the then ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch.

Ms Yovanovitch has said she was the victim of a smear campaign by Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

A replacement for Mr Taylor has not yet been announced.

News of his departure was met with concern by Senator Robert Menendez, the most senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He said he feared it would create a vacuum in Ukraine, which is still grappling with Russian-backed separatists.

In his testimony before the impeachment inquiry last month, Mr Taylor said that a member of his staff overheard a telephone call in which President Trump inquired about “the investigations” into Mr Biden.

Virginia Activates Official Militia After Gun Confiscation Threats. Lawmakers Want To Make This A Felony

ZeroHedge – Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

As Virginia lawmakers prepare to pass a draconian gun control bill that would make most guns in the state illegal, Tazewell County has formed an official active militia as per the Second Amendment to the Constitution.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

To all of those who like to mock gun owners and ask if they’re going to fight tyranny in a militia, Virginia’s answer is a clear and adamant “yes.” That’s exactly what they’re planning to do.

Here’s a little bit of background on the proposed weapons ban from my last article.

After the most recent election, the state’s House and Senate are both Democrat majorities and they haven’t wasted a moment in attempting to gut the gun laws in what has historically been a permissive state.

The so-called “assault weapon ban” is SB16 and has that perilously vague wording we all know to be incredibly dangerous. In some interpretations, this law, if it passes, could make illegal the ownership or transportation of any semi-automatic gun because extendable magazines are available for it – and you don’t even have to have the extendable mags. (source)

Unsurprisingly, a lot of Virginians are outraged by the idea of this and discussion of a “grandfather clause” that allows you to keep your semi-autos as long as you register them has done nothing to assuage the ire of gun owners.

Counties across the state quickly organized into Second Amendment sanctuaries – as of Dec. 16, 89 counties, cities, or municipalities have passed “sanctuary” resolutions and 6 have passed resolutions to protect the Second Amendment rights of citizens, but refuse to use the word “sanctuary.” Other locations are still debating their stances.

Then to really stir the pot, State Representative Donald MacEachin had the bright idea of calling up the National Guard to squelch the rebellion.

McEachin also noted that Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam could call the National Guard, if necessary.

“And ultimately, I’m not the governor, but the governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law,” he said. “That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be. But that’s obviously an option he has.” (source)

As you can imagine, that didn’t go over well.

The National Guard’s Response

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia’s National Guard responded rather vaguely via Twitter.

We have received multiple questions regarding proposed legislation for the 2020 General Assembly session and the authority of the Governor of Virginia to employ the Virginia National Guard in a law enforcement role.

We understand and respect the passion people feel for the U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights. We will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard.

WA gun rights initiative in trouble as recall filed against AG Ferguson

Conservative Firing Line – An ambitious grassroots effort to qualify a citizen initiative to the Washington Legislature appears to be falling short of its 320,000 signature goal, and backers are pulling out all the stops with days to go before the deadline.

Initiative 1094 would repeal a 2018 gun control measure that placed restrictions on so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles.” That initiative is also being challenged in federal court.

One backer posted on Facebook Tuesday that the effort was “still about 120,000 signatures short,” reinforcing the notion that initiative campaigns face uphill odds unless paid signature gatherers are enlisted. Volunteers have been working feverishly to gather signatures at gun shows, sporting goods retailers including Bass Pro Shop and at gun stores across the state.

One can find the complete list of signing locations here.

But there is a darker side to this. Many Evergreen State gun owners have not signed, even after months of complaining about the new mandates imposed by gun control Initiative 1639, passed last year by about 60 percent of those casting ballots. It does raise the question: Are Washington gun owners “all mouth?”

Meanwhile, an Eatonville man has reportedly filed a petition to recall Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, according to KONA News. Ferguson, a Democrat, has supported gun control efforts and he also known for filing at least 50 lawsuits against the Donald Trump administration.

Ferguson has also been carrying on a strong legal effort against initiative guru and anti-tax activist Tim Eyman, who recently announced his candidacy for governor as an Independent.

A recall against Ferguson poses an even more daunting challenge than the I-1094 effort.

According to KONA, supporters must collect about 750,000 signatures in order to qualify for the 2020 ballot.

There already is an online petition to “impeach” Ferguson and Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee over their gun control support. As of Tuesday morning, that online petition, which has no force of law, had already garnered more than 71,000 online signatures in about six days, with more signatures posting every minute. That petition, at Change.org, was posted by a Kennewick man identified as Austin Thornhill. It suggests there is some momentum from gun owners, but they don’t make the effort to find a location to sign I-1094. Their enthusiasm stops at a computer keyboard.

Georgia removes more than 300,000 ‘inactive’ voters from rolls

CNN – The Georgia Secretary of State this week removed hundreds of thousands of registered voters it classified as “inactive” from its voting rolls, amid a legal challenge from a voting rights group to block the purge of a portion of the names.

The removal comes as part of a new state provision signed into law earlier this year. Under the provision, the state must remove registration records from the voter rolls that have been deemed “inactive” for more than three years. A voter is categorized as “inactive” if they don’t vote in two general elections and have had no contact with board of elections in that time, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office.

About 313,000 voters were removed from the list, or about 4% of all registered voters in the state, according to the Secretary of State. The “inactive” voters were marked for removal after failing to respond to a pre-addressed, postage paid confirmation card within 30 days; the card asked voters to confirm or update their information.

State officials mailed out notices to the last known address of voters and posted the list of people online.

Fair Fight Action, a voting rights organization founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, filed an emergency motion in federal court on Monday challenging the removal of a portion of the list — 120,000 voters who were removed due to inactivity since the 2012 presidential election.

The group is in the midst of a federal case against Raffensperger over the so-called “use it or lose it” policy, which allows registrations to be canceled after voters fail to participate in elections for several years.

Secret FISA court issues highly unusual public rebuke of FBI for mistakes

NBC – The secret federal court that approves orders for conducting surveillance on suspected foreign terrorists or spies issued a strong and highly unusual public rebuke to the FBI on Tuesday, ordering the agency to say how it intends to correct the errors revealed last week by a Justice Department report on one aspect of the FBI’s investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the FBI made serious and repeated mistakes in seeking under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to conduct surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

The FBI’s submission to the court made assertions that were “inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation,” the report said.

Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, said in the unusual public order that the report “calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.” She ordered the FBI to explain in writing by Jan. 10 how it intends to remedy those problems.

Collyer said the FBI’s handling of the Page case “was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor” required by the law that established the surveillance court. Judges on the court rely entirely on the government’s submissions. Because they are the only documents the court sees, the government has a heightened duty of candor, she said.

Secret Surveillance court demands answers from FBI for errors, omissions in campaign investigation

NBC – The secret federal court that approves orders for conducting surveillance on suspected foreign terrorists or spies issued a strong and highly unusual public rebuke to the FBI on Tuesday, ordering the agency to say how it intends to correct the errors revealed last week by a Justice Department report on one aspect of the FBI’s investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the FBI made serious and repeated mistakes in seeking under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to conduct surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser.

The FBI’s submission to the court made assertions that were “inaccurate, incomplete, or unsupported by appropriate documentation,” the report said.

Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, said in the unusual public order that the report “calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.” She ordered the FBI to explain in writing by Jan. 10 how it intends to remedy those problems.

Collyer said the FBI’s handling of the Page case “was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor” required by the law that established the surveillance court. Judges on the court rely entirely on the government’s submissions. Because they are the only documents the court sees, the government has a heightened duty of candor, she said.

Donald Trump Urges Americans to ‘Say a Prayer’ on Impeachment Day

Breitbart – President Donald Trump urged Americans to pray on Wednesday, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi prepared to lead the House of Representatives in a vote to impeach the president.

“Can you believe that I will be impeached today by the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats, AND I DID NOTHING WRONG!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “A terrible Thing. Read the Transcripts. This should never happen to another President again. Say a PRAYER!”

With The US Constitution Murdered & The Republic Lost, ‘Justice’ Is Dead With A Deeply Corrupted Deep State Rewarding And Protecting Their Own And A Global Elite Dedicated To Evil

– With California Officially A ‘Schiff-Hole State’, If The Left Has Their Way, America Will Follow

All News Pipeline – Today, it often seems as if America is ruled by unelected judges. Their rulings become more extreme and outrageous almost daily, and no one…not even Trump…seems to have the courage to stand up to them and defy their more insane rulings. And judicial activism, although it grows steadily worse, has a long history in America.

But it really became an issue in 1953 when Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren as Chief Justice; he held that position until 1969. As a Republican California Attorney General he supported the WWII internment of Japanese immigrants, including those who were US citizens, and not just immigrants, but even those Japanese Americans born in the US. These people were never convicted or even accused of any crime, and the internment was ordered by leftist Demoncrap FDR.

But, in a pattern we have seen many times since, the same Earl Warren who happily imprisoned innocent citizens with no trial later was responsible for so-called Miranda rights for anyone arrested. He also ruled in favor of forced integration of schools, a noble cause, perhaps, but nothing in our late, great Constitution gives the federal government such power. Warren would later head the Warren Commission and ensure the cover-up of the JFK assassination conspiracy.

But it is not only judges who have made it extremely difficult to convict criminals or to protect our borders against invaders. Some prosecutors, while quite adept at railroading innocent Americans for political reasons, simply adore truly vicious rapists, robbers, and murderers, and seemingly want the entire Third World to move here right away. Railroading the innocent and freeing the guilty is classic Luciferian inversion.

Remember the Baltimore riots when Freddie Gray, a Black criminal, was arrested by police and died in the van transporting him to jail? There is no evidence of police wrongdoing, and several of the officers were also Black, but Black District Attorney Marilyn Mosby went all out to prosecute them for nonexistent crimes, and advocated giving the rioters “space” to riot. Again, punish the innocent and allow criminal thugs free rein to destroy. We used to be assured that if only more women and “people of color” were in positions of power, America would become a utopia. How is that working out?

Rachael Rollins, another female “person of color,” became DA for Suffolk County, Massachusetts, including Boston. She ordered her employees to spy on ICE agents, and gave an easy plea deal to African immigrant Bampumim Teixeira, who already had a criminal record when he did a home invasion and murdered two people.

He served only nine months in prison. Of course, he should have been deported long before the two known murders, or, better yet, executed or imprisoned for life. But there is no justice in our former Republic. Reportedly, Rollins and other leftist DAs have been given campaign concentrations from a George Sauron PAC.

In 2017 Lawrence S. Krasner became DA for Philadelphia. He was a graduate of the “University” of Chicago and Stanford Law School; our masters always get their tickets punched in such “prestigious” leftist indoc centers. Comrade Krasner had a long career as a “civil rights” and defense attorney before being elected DA by the enlightened and progressive citizens of Boston. He defended BM (Black Lives Matter) thugs.

He favors reduced sentences for most crimes, the elimination of bail payments for “minor” offenders, and less supervision of parolees. He has refused to prosecute felons illegally carrying firearms…leftists only want to disarm the honest citizens. On taking office he gutted his department, firing 31 prosecutors (if only Trump had been similarly ruthless with the deep state denizens). Philly was already becoming another schiff-hole city; the process is now accelerating.

But the new DA in San Francisco is the champion of all of them. San Francisco, long ruled by leftists, has been a center of Satanic cults like the Bohemian Club (they operate the Bohemian Grove north of the city), Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, and Lt. Col. Michael Aquino’s Temple of Set in the Presidio, which was approved of by the Army brass. It has long been a kind of Mecca for homosexuals and other perverts.

Mass murderer Jim Jones, with the aid of the Demoncrap machine in the city (including Diane Slimestein), recruited many of his victims in the City by the Bay. Under Mayor Gavin Noisome (now Governor of the failed state of California) the city became a virtual sewer, with schiff and garbage piled up on the streets, the tents of the “homeless” blocking the sidewalks, stolen shopping carts left in the streets, drug addicts shooting up in public, crime increasing daily, and citizens being threatened and harassed by bums.

Small businesses, already suffering from high taxes and excessive regulation, are failing. San Francisco has become a schiff-hole city and California is becoming a schiff-hole state. The rest of the country, God help us, seems headed in the same direction.

But even this is not enough for the “progressive intellectuals” who dominate the city and county. They have elected a new DA, Chesa Boudin, who wants to free most criminals and prosecute ICE agents and police. He says supervising parolees is “racist,” as is prosecution of gang members (to leftists, everything is racist). San Francisco is already a “sanctuary” city (but not a sanctuary for honest American citizens), but Chesa wants to give special free visas to illegal aliens.

And just who (or what) is Chesa Boudin? He is the son of Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, two violent leftist scum who murdered two police officers and one private security guard in an armored car robbery. His father, who was spared the death penalty he deserved, is still in prison, but his mother was later released and is now an assistant “professor” at Columbia Indoc Center.

The deep state protects and rewards its own; it is truly amazing how many leftist terrorists and Islamists have been given cushy “university” jobs, despite a complete lack of qualifications. So Chesa was raised by his parents’ terrorist comrades, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. This charming couple played a major role in the start of Hussein Obama’s (or whatever his name is) political career. They were arrested for terrorism, and there is a mug shot of young Billy, with his head cocked to one side and an arrogant smirk on his face. He knew he would face no serious punishment, for he was the son of Thomas Ayers, CEO of Commonwealth Edison.

Nothing quite like being raised in wealth and privilege and inheriting a few million. Dohrn was from an upper middle class family and greatly admired Charles Manson, which pretty much tells us everything we need to know about her. Following a brief wrist slap, Ayers and Dohrn were released and given cushy do-nothing jobs as “teachers” at “universities.”

There is no justice in America. Our Constitution has been murdered and we have lost our Republic. Ironically, some leftist protesters shout “no justice, no peace.” That should be our mantra, not theirs…and we need to follow it up with action…very extreme action.

Economy & Business

BREAKING: Wall Street Journal investigation finds Amazon.com selling actual “dumpster trash” food and supplements as NEW

Items you purchase on Amazon.com that you think are new might actually have been packaged by dumpster divers who scour trash bins to find food items they can repackage and sell on Amazon, a shocking Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

The bombshell investigation reveals that Amazon.com is literally selling dumpster trash as “new” food and dietary supplements.

“Late one night several days before the store opened, reporters with flashlights and blue latex gloves visited Clifton, Clark and Paramus, N.J., scouring dumpsters behind outlets such as a Michaels craft store and a Trader Joe’s grocery,” reports the WSJ. “The bins were a humid mess of broken glass and smashed boxes, a stench of rot in the air. Several products were in original packaging, some soiled with coffee grounds, moldy blackberries or juice from a bag of chicken thighs.”

Among the trash, WSJ reporters found a jar of discarded lemon curd from Trader Joe’s.

House approves $1.4 trillion spending deal to avert shutdown, sends to Senate

Reuters – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $1.4 trillion spending package to avert a partial government shutdown that also would raise the U.S. tobacco purchasing age to 21 and permanently repeal several of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) taxes.

The spending package now heads to the Senate, where lawmakers aim to approve it before current government funding runs out on Saturday, avoiding the type of messy budget battle that resulted in a record 35-day interruption of government services late last year and early this year.

The legislation, worked out between leading lawmakers and the Trump administration, denies President Donald Trump the full $5 billion he requested to help build his signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, keeping funding static at $1.37 billion for border barriers.

White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said Trump is nevertheless expected to sign the $1.4 trillion bill this week. “He’s very happy with what he’s learned the final contents are expected to be,” Conway told reporters at the White House.

Science & Technology

FACEBOOK says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

AFP – Facebook can determine where users are even if they opt out of having their whereabouts tracked, the company revealed in a letter sent to US senators.

In the missive, which was widely shared on social media Tuesday, Facebook explained ways it can still figure out where people are after they have selected not to share precise location data with the company.

The social network, which was responding to a request for information by two senators, contended that knowing a user’s whereabouts has benefits ranging from showing ads for nearby shops to fighting hackers and battling misinformation.

“There is no opting out. No control over your personal information,” Republican Senator Josh Hawley said in a tweet.

“That’s Big Tech. And that’s why Congress needs to take action.”

Facebook said that clues for figuring out a user’s location include being tagged in a photo at a specific place or a check-in at a location such as at a restaurant during a dinner with friends.

People may share an address for purchases at a shopping section at Facebook, or simply include it in their profile information.

Russia to build Moon base run by robots

Daily Star – Russia is planning to build an observatory on the moon capable of tracking Earth-threatening asteroids, according to reports.

The observatory forms part of an ambitious lunar base that the state hopes to build on the southern pole of the Moon that will be powered with nuclear energy, officials say.

Russia’s space agency – Roscosmos – says it hopes to build a permanent base on the Moon that will serve as part of “global system for tracking asteroid and comet threats”.

“The location selected for the base is southern pole of the moon. It has favourable relief and conditions: enough light for solar panels, constantly shadowed craters with ice reserves for fuel and raw material,” Aleksandr Bloshenko, chief executive for science and advanced projects, explained.

Bloshenko added that Russia does not expect to see any commercial return on the space venture, but that the project will bring scientific value and become and important instrument in defending earth from asteroids.

AMAZON ADDS ALEXA FEATURE TO CHANGE SUBJECT DURING CHRISTMAS ARGUMENTS

PA Media – Amazon’s Alexa can now be used to change the subject during family disputes that take place over the Christmas period.

Research by the online retailer found 6.30pm on Christmas Day is the time when family arguments are most likely to break out.

As a result, the tech giant has added a feature to its smart speakers that prompts virtual assistant Alexa to step in with a “distraction technique”.

Using the phrase “Alexa, change the subject”, the AI-powered assistant will try to spark a new debate by asking questions such as: “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?”

It could also ask: “What would your superpower be and why?”

Questions about whether jam or cream are added to scone first and who is each person’s celebrity crush are also among the questions Alexa could ask, Amazon said.

Until now, most would offer around food and drink or suggest going for a walk as a way of distracting from an argument, the research indicates.

According to Amazon’s survey, money is the issue families are most likely to fall out over, ahead of what to watch on television, bad behaviour or someone being a sore loser after a Christmas game.

The research suggests arguments are most likely to break out between siblings or with mother.

Health

FDA Will Allow States to Import Prescription Drugs From Other Countries

Newsmax – The Trump administration on Wednesday moved forward on its plan to allow Americans to safely and legally get access to lower-priced medicines from abroad.

Health officials unveiled a proposed regulation that would allow states to import many brand name drugs from Canada, with federal oversight. A second draft plan would let pharmaceutical companies seek approval to import their own drugs, from any country.

It’s unclear whether either idea will have an impact on patients’ costs ahead of the 2020 election, but the Trump administration has advanced beyond its predecessors in trying to set up a supervised system for importing drugs. Medicines cost less in other advanced countries because the governments take an active role in setting prices.

“A new pathway for importation can move us to a more open and competitive market,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said.

“We will not take steps that would put patients or our drug supply at risk,” he added.

The steps taken Wednesday follow the outline of an announcement by the White House in July.

More Evidence Artificial Food and Hair Dye May Be Deadly

Mercola – The FDA believes synthetic food dyes have no effect on health or behavior. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement associating food coloring with exacerbations of ADD/ADHD.

Food coloring is strictly regulated in Europe, where products must carry warning labels. Many European companies choose to use natural color dyes, but only a few American companies have followed suit.

Recent data find hair dye and hair straighteners increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, showing the risk disproportionately affected different groups of women.

There are several modifiable risk factors affecting the level of risk for developing breast cancer, including diet and metabolic flexibility, which improve with a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting

STUDY:  GOOD SLEEP PATTERN REDUCES RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE

Medical Express – For the first time researchers have assessed the impact on the risk of heart or blood vessel problems from the combination of sleep patterns and genetic susceptibility to cardiovascular disease.

The study, which is published in the European Heart Journal today, found that even if people had a high genetic risk of heart disease or stroke, this appeared to be offset to some extent by good sleep patterns.

The researchers, led by Professor Lu Qi, Director of Tulane University Obesity Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, USA, looked at genetic variations known as SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that were already known to be linked to the development of heart disease and stroke. They analysed the SNPs from blood samples taken from 385 292 healthy participants in the UK Biobank project and used them to create a genetic risk score to determine whether the participants were at high, intermediate or low risk of cardiovascular problems.

Prof Qi and his colleagues also created a new, “healthy sleep score” by asking the participants whether they were a “morning” or an “evening” person, how long they slept for, and whether or not they suffered from insomnia, snoring or frequent, excessive daytime sleepiness. The healthy sleep score ranged from 0 to 5, with 5 being the healthiest sleep pattern, representing a ‘morning” person, who slept between 7-8 hours a night, without insomnia, snoring or daytime sleepiness.

The researchers followed the participants for an average of 8.5 years, during which time there were 7280 cases of heart disease or stroke.

Prof Qi said: “We wanted to test whether the relation between sleep scores and cardiovascular outcomes was different according to the genetic risk. This is the first time this has been done.

“We also wanted to estimate the proportion of cardiovascular problems that would not have occurred if all participants had a healthy sleep pattern, if we assume there is a causal relationship.”

The researchers found that compared to those with a sleep score of 0-1 (unhealthy sleep pattern), participants with a score of 5 had a 35% reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, and a 34% reduced risk of both heart disease and stroke.

Good News

It’s Move-In Day! Homeless Veterans Arrive At Their Village Of Tiny Homes

Disclose.tv – One of the most marginalized groups within many societies are military veterans. The ex-servicemen and sometimes women are often forgotten after dedicating their life to their country.

Many of which due to various circumstances are unable to reintegrate back into society and live a normal life as a result of their war experiences. Subsequently, the Canadian city of Toronto, in addressing this grave issue, has built a tiny house village that will facilitate Canadian veterans. In the town of Calgary lies the recently built village that is set to receive its first new tenants. The Homes for Heroes Foundation is responsible for this noble project which will be dedicated to struggling ex-servicemen/women through house provision.

According to a veteran support worker, Don Mcleod, the objective is to unite veterans with other fellow servicemen/women, so that they are able to interact and provide support for each other. Once found, Mcleod states that the veterans will be housed and given the opportunity to participate in programs that will beneficial to their lives. Mcleod reports that he had carried out an interview with approximately sixteen veterans as of now. He went on to further state majority of these servicemen have experienced mental health, financial and substance abuse difficulties.