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101  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Release the memo! on: January 19, 2018, 02:56:26 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/373438.php

We the people need to see it.
102  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: CA automatically registering illegal aliens starting April 1. on: January 19, 2018, 11:53:23 AM

Of course.
103  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Options on: January 19, 2018, 11:52:51 AM
Stop using anything google. www.startpage.com and ixquick.com and Firefox as a browser. Gab rather than twitter.
104  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Islam in Sweden? Govt may sends troops into no-go zones on: January 18, 2018, 06:37:28 PM
What changed in Sweden? 

For the first time since World War II, Sweden is preparing to distribute a civil defense brochure to some 4.7 million households, warning them about the onset of war.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-violence/swedish-pm-does-not-rule-out-use-of-army-to-end-gang-violence-idUSKBN1F629L

Swedish PM does not rule out use of army to end gang violence

... linking public concern about the rising crime rate to a large increase in the numbers of immigrants...

criminals who throw hand grenades "as if it were war".

"I am prepared to do whatever is necessary to make sure that serious, organized crime is stamped out."

"This is not a script for a dystopian crime story. This is Sweden in 2018, Kristersson said.

https://www.svt.se/nyheter/inrikes/lofven-utesluter-inte-att-satta-in-militar

I am so old, I can remember when Muslim no go zones in Europe were a right wing myth.
105  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Immigration issues - Dreamers?? on: January 18, 2018, 03:26:24 PM
One of my pet peeves about politics is the way the Left is stealing our language, a word and a phrase at a time, affordable housing, affordable healthcare, smart growth, choice, for examples.  In this case, these people aren't "Dreamers", they are the most politically active of all the illegal aliens, opposing the sanctity of our laws. We don't owe them something.  IF we extend a preference to them it would be out of the goodness of our hearts AND because it is in the best interest of the country.

Are they are no different than us except for lacking formal legal status?  

We have already offered them free education (free everything?) and yet they are more than three times as likely to become high school dropouts:  http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/11/the-numbers-behind-the-dreamers/

For some reason it is wrong to point out the heinous crimes committed by individual members of this group but perfected fine to talk about individual members who have done great things.  

A better idea than the current daca dreamer drama might be to judge people one by one on their merits instead of in a such a wide ranging group.


Like all illegal aliens, so-called dreamers are free to return to their countries and apply to lawfully enter the US.
106  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces on: January 18, 2018, 01:17:23 PM
ccp:  "... none of this means it is a good idea to call black countries shit holes especially knowing how the left will drum this into " he is a nazi , a clansman, a bigot , white racist , insensitive rich prick theme to drum the anger and voting desires of the Blacks , the Browns, the Yellows, and the Latinos.

I agree with you.  I'm sick of making excuses for him.
OTOH:
 - As Crafty wrote, it was a private statement (and likely misquoted)
 - Documented is that some of these places are literally fecalized.
 - Barack Obama said exact same thing, see media post this am.
 - Cry wolf, cry wolf, then see a real wolf?  The Left said the same of Mitt Romney.
 - Trump's support is going up within some of these groups.
 - Black unemployment at a is 14 year low?
 - Unknown to all political analysts, Trump already had a relationship with black and Hispanic
 - Americans:  "The Apprentice drew a mass audience that pulled in an especially high proportion of
black and Hispanic viewers..."  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-06/the-remaking-of-donald-trump

I am tired of having to pretend that what everyone knows is true isn't because it hurts feelings.
107  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Amazon wiretap device on: January 16, 2018, 02:00:44 PM
https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-echo-wiretap-hack/

The wiretap device can be used as a wiretap.

Be sure to put one in your home.
108  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Will Trump Go Sloppy and Soft on Illegal Immigration? on: January 16, 2018, 12:29:55 PM
https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/01/15/will-trump-go-sloppy-and-soft-on-illegal-immigration-n2434509

109  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump's accomplishments and promises kept on: January 14, 2018, 01:42:48 PM
"Things have moved well past the point of being polite. The left is actively working, and is damn close to utterly destroying America and the western world. F*ck them and their feelings."

True.  I am less concerned about the feeling of D - NERo and BRuffalo but I am concerned about feeling of those in the middle
And just insulting whole groups of people like Mexicans and Blacks is making matters worse.

The GOP has no hope of getting any in those groups on our side if we got a big mouth blindly insulting all of them.

I agree with the overall jist of what he says but I really believe the younger generation is being corrupted with all loss of civility

just my 2 cents

Calling shithole countries what they are isn't insulting Mexicans and blacks. Illegal aliens aren't here because they like snow.

"You can't deport the Dreamers! Mexico is a....um....."

Civility? The FCC commissioner couldn't attend CES because of death threats from the left. The FCC officials that did attend CES had Close Protection teams due to threats to them. How are Steve Scalice and Rand Paul doing after their recent encounters with leftist civility?
110  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: I am not swayed on: January 13, 2018, 10:37:35 PM
https://www.city-journal.org/html/crudeness-and-truth-15668.html

Like I said, I find it hard to believe the Right's defense of being crude and rude.

Sounds an awful lot like it is "just about sex after all.........."

I thought we used to try to be honorable

Things have moved well past the point of being polite. The left is actively working, and is damn close to utterly destroying America and the western world. F*ck them and their feelings.
111  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Stacking the deck on: January 13, 2018, 12:18:57 PM
http://coldfury.com/2018/01/12/stacking-the-deck/


Stacking the deck
 Posted on 1/12/2018      by Mike     

The Left badly needs a new electorate. And they’ve been working hard as they can to get themselves one.

Why do we have an immigration system that favors countries on fire vs countries not on fire?

I’ve spoken to a British immigration lawyer who told me how hard it is for Brits to move to this country. If you have something to contribute to this country, stay out. If you’re going to be on welfare for the next three generations, go to the head of the line.

The left would never admit that it’s policy, but it’s policy.

It’s not purely partisan. That hypothetical Norwegian immigrant is very far from a sure GOP vote. It’s quite possible that a Norwegian immigrant is as statistically likely to vote Dem as a Haitian immigrant. And may even be more professionally left-wing.

But that’s not the only issue.

The left doesn’t just want likely voters that lean their way. Many welfare immigrants will never bother to get citizenship and have poor voter turnout rates. But they utilize as much of the system as possible. And that’s where the real money is.

Remember, elections come and go, but the bureaucracy endures.

Yep—and dependency on Uncle Sugartit is forever. But it really is about more than just stuffing more Wards ‘O The State into the maw of the Machine:

The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age — so-called “Dreamers” — a “critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.”

The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

Their ideology is stagnant, their policies stale, their programs the same old reliable failure they’ve always been; Trump’s remarkable ascension, stunning as it was to the business-as-usual DC remoras, would seem to demonstrate that enough voters now realize it to send them packing.

Admittedly, cobbling together a new electorate isn’t the entire Democrat Socialist motive for bringing in hordes of unskilled, illiterate, no more than half-bright immigrants that nobody really wants or needs, just as Daniel argues. But it’s certainly an important part of it—and if you don’t think so, just ask those among them like Palmieri who are at least smart enough to see the writing on the wall. Ultimately, though, their problem is even bigger, as Limbaugh glancingly mentioned today during a discussion of the Trump tax cuts:

The increase in your standard of living this year is money that the government did not get because the Republicans cut your taxes. And that’s it in a nutshell. And this is something, again, not one Democrat voted for. This is something that pretty much every member of the Democrat leadership lied about. This is something that no Democrat, not only didn’t vote for, but probably doesn’t support. This is a threat to Democrats! Rising economic stability, rising standards of living, less dependence on government?

Those are not good things. As I said yesterday, the Democrat Party is the one political party that profits from poverty, the one political party that attempts to grow and enrich itself with poverty. The Democrat Party is the Democrat Party that stakes its future on a constant underclass in poverty. Yet they claim they’re for the little guy.

And this right here—their cynical reliance on widespread, intractable poverty as a mechanism for gaining and maintaining power, their despicable pimping of helplessness and hopelessness—is why they’re almost certainly doomed. As I’ve said right along, they have revealed themselves as being unalterably, implacably opposed to the very idea of Making America Great Again. How does any party so twisted and perverse transform itself into something most normal Americans would ever want to vote for—especially at the moment those Americans are experiencing real, practical benefit from an America throwing off its Democrat-forged shackles and slowly but steadily rising to its feet once more?

Trump is undeniably getting results, and Americans are seeing the fruits of his labor in their own wallets, which means more to them than just about anything else, I’d bet. No, he hasn’t made good on every last promise he made as of yet, sure enough, and there’s nothing wrong with holding his feet to the fire when he looks like needing it. But the bottom line is this: can anybody out there remember a President that achieved so much of such profound benefit to the nation so quickly—in his first year alone? I’ve been paying attention to this stuff for a long time now, and I sure can’t.

Better still, every move Trump makes in implementing the MAGA agenda amounts to pounding another nail into the Democrat-Socialist coffin—or tossing another golden shovel-full onto their grave, more like. Which, burying them once and for all will likely prove to be the biggest step towards truly making America great again we could ever take, all by itself.

Best of all? Honestly, I cannot for the life of me see a single damned thing they can do about it. After all, they dug that hole themselves, and were so pleased by the excellence of their work that they went and just jumped right on in. Their GOPe handmaidens jumped in with them, following their lead as they always have. All we needed was to find a guy unafraid to take up the shovel himself and start filling in on top of the damned fools.

And so we did.

The Democrat Socialists badly need Trump to be every bit as stupid as they’ve assumed he was all along to bail them out via an immigration botch. He has shown absolutely no evidence to date of that being the case—NONE. Quite the opposite, actually. They now find themselves in the worst position imaginable: the only one who can save them from Trump is…Trump.

Yep, we’re gonna need those Midwestern farmers to grow us a HELL of a lot more corn for popping before all is said and done, I figure
112  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump's accomplishments and promises kept on: January 13, 2018, 11:46:22 AM

I spent the last week at CES. After English, Mandarin was the most commonly spoken language.
113  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: President Trump on: January 12, 2018, 07:38:31 PM

Exactly.

I call on all shithole nations to start an immediate boycott of the US. Not one more refugee/illegal alien sent here until Trump apologizes!
114  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: yup Trump keeps setting us back decades on: January 12, 2018, 07:34:12 PM
with minorities with impulsive thoughtless comments:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455408/donald-trump-haiti-africa-comments-identity-politics-worst

we need a thread with Trump screw ups not just

Yawn. You mean people who won't vote Republican, won't be voting Republican because of Trump?
115  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Environmental issues on: January 12, 2018, 07:31:02 PM
Funny, they we're predicting the end of snow because of global warming.
116  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Wesbury: Boom! on: January 07, 2018, 05:08:47 PM

Nice to know I have lived long enough to see Wesbury's predictions be accurate again.
117  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / location tracking through wi-fi on: January 07, 2018, 04:45:50 PM
I'm pretty sure it's by tracking the presence of devices connected to WiFi at the time the movie is played.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/2925590/microsoft-subnet/smartphone-location-tracking-via-wi-fi-signals-and-via-motion-sensors-for-subway-riders.html
118  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) and the 4th & 9th Amendments on: January 07, 2018, 03:43:24 PM
I'm pretty sure it's by tracking the presence of devices connected to WiFi at the time the movie is played.
119  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Yale jerks again on: January 07, 2018, 01:15:54 PM
Mass extinctions - I think they were four .  I believe one was due to volcanoes and others may to asteroid hits .

Next one is due to Donald Trump:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-could-destroy-entire-human-133625198.html



Funny and pathetic.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/left-wants-talk-mental-health-lets-start/

120  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Yale jerks again on: January 07, 2018, 12:51:34 PM
Mass extinctions - I think they were four .  I believe one was due to volcanoes and others may to asteroid hits .

Next one is due to Donald Trump:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-could-destroy-entire-human-133625198.html



Funny and pathetic.
121  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Operation Condor on: January 07, 2018, 06:48:32 AM
Haven't had a chance to give this a proper read.  Not familiar with the source-- is this all it thinks it is?

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/05/operation-condor-how-nsa-director-mike-rogers-saved-the-u-s-from-a-massive-constitutional-crisis/

At first glance, it's pretty compelling.
122  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Representative Keith Ellison; DNC Chair Tom Perez on: January 06, 2018, 09:46:22 PM

He was just quoting Obama's Rasheed Khalidi speech.
123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) and the 4th & 9th Amendments on: January 06, 2018, 10:15:28 AM
How about through Facebook?  That would connect you to your relative and maybe "likes and dislikes".

I presume Zucker shit would deny it - while doing it.

I don't have Facebook as an app on any device.
124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Orlando shooter's wife admits to knowing on: January 06, 2018, 10:12:11 AM
Moving CCP's post to here:

I am shocked....... rolleyes

This is a complete opposite story we were force fed from Obama Holder jive:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/06/wife-orlando-nightclub-massacre-knew-would-do-something-bad-officials-say.html

Shocking!

 rolleyes
125  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Big escalation on: January 05, 2018, 04:02:32 PM

About fookin time.
126  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Privacy, Big Brother (State and Corporate) and the 4th & 9th Amendments on: January 05, 2018, 12:16:36 PM
GM,

did you pay for the film with a credit card
for certain out credit card transactions are being sold .  as I notice I might order something then see pop  up on my computer within a day for same thing. 

I have learned from having to question the motives of everything and look over my shoulder at everyone that coincidences do happen but also we are being screwed as well

with the data mining. 

No credit card transaction involved. I just selected the movie and watched it.  I wonder if my cellphone was tracked using the wifi. Unsure at this time.
127  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Netflix is tracking you...and me on: January 04, 2018, 06:46:36 PM
So, I like many people have a Netflix account. I had the movie "Bright" saved to watch when I could. I finally did get the chance to watch it at a relative's home. It was through their Netflix account. Their home is hundreds of miles away from mine. I don't have a Netflix app on any cell phone or tablet. I never logged into my Netflix account at that location.

So, when I returned home, "Bright" is now on my Netflix account under the category of "watch it again".

Trying to figure out how that happened.

I guess we are all living in a "Black Mirror" episode now.
128  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Grassley: The Memos James Comey Illegally Leaked to His Buddy (To Leak to the NY on: January 04, 2018, 02:28:16 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/373248.php

January 04, 2018
Charles Grassley: The Memos James Comey Illegally Leaked to His Buddy (To Leak to the NYT) Are So Sensitive That I Could Only View Them in a SCIF
Grassley has written a letter to conspirator Rod Rosenstein, demanding answers to questions about Comey's lawbreaking, but of course Rosenstein will ignore these questions, as he ignores all questions about the DOJ's and FBI's behavior in this matter.

This Committee has previously written to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the memoranda that former Director Comey created purportedly memorializing his interactions with President Trump.[1] My staff has since reviewed these memoranda in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) at the FBI, and I reviewed them in a SCIF at the Office of Senate Security. The FBI insisted that these reviews take place in a SCIF because the majority of the memos are classified.
Of the seven memos, four are marked classified at the "SECRET" or "CONFIDENTIAL" levels. Only three did not contain classified information. FBI personnel refused to answer factual questions during the document reviews, including questions about the chain of custody of the documents I was reviewing, the date that they were marked classified, and who marked them as classified.

According to press reports, Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School stated that Mr. Comey provided him four of the seven memoranda and encouraged him to "detail [Comey's] memos to the press."[2] If it's true that Professor Richman had four of the seven memos, then in light of the fact that four of the seven memos the Committee reviewed are classified, it would appear that at least one memo the former FBI director gave Professor Richman contained classified information.[3] Professor Richman later read a portion of one of the memos to a New York Times reporter.[4]

When the Committee contacted Professor Richman seeking copies of the memos Mr. Comey had provided him, he refused to provide them, did not say how many he had received from Mr. Comey, and refused to say whether he retained copies.[5] It is unclear whether any of the memos reviewed by the Committee were retrieved from Professor Richman. The Committee has accordingly not determined which of the seven memos Mr. Comey provided him.

Sean M. Davis highlighted this on Twitter. Seb Gorka had a good response:



If you don't get that -- on Twitter, James Comey offers up a lot of self-righteous, self-aggrandizing quotes, often drawn from the Bible.

129  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: coming ban on autonomous driving on: January 02, 2018, 12:49:56 AM
This is a major issue on the horizon.


[I forgot, what is GSW?]

I had the opportunity to drive a friend's top of the line Tesla this past year.  Besides accelerating 15-85 in 2 seconds with all wheel drive traction, you tap the cruise control twice and it shifts into 'self drive' mode.  Change lanes with the tap of a turn signal and keep a safe distance from the car in front of you - without your attention.  This is amazingly cool technology that will soon be reasonably affordable to many new cars and has great safety enhancement possibilities.  But I too fear / know that the central planners would love to use this power to stop us from driving, and control who can use our roads, when, at what speed, by what route, etc etc.

When they say switch to driverless vehicles, I say show me that you solved the hacking and cyber warfare issue for good.  But even then, this is an issue of liberty.  In spite of the dangers and costs, it was and is one of the most liberating moments of your life when you get your own car and can go where you want, when you want.  You were now in charge instead of your parents or school bus driver.  Therefore, it will be one of the greatest losses possible when they take that away - in the name of 'safety' and 'public health', and then the state is in charge, not you.
130  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Politics of Health Care on: January 02, 2018, 12:47:46 AM
GSW=Gunshot wounds
131  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: coming ban on autonomous driving on: December 30, 2017, 04:31:13 PM
***At some point in the future, be it years, decades, or a century hence, the federal government will seek to ban driving. This, I’m afraid, is an inevitability. It is inexorably heading our way. The dot sits now on the horizon. As is common, the measure will be sold in the name of public health. ***   

and from same article:

****Our debate will rest largely upon charts. The American Medical Association will find “no compelling reason to permit the citizenry to drive,” and Vox will quote it daily. Concurring in this assessment will be The New England Journal of Medicine, the Center for American Progress, and the newly rechristened Mothers against Dangerous Driving,.. ****

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/455018/autonomous-vehicles-will-spark-government-efforts-ban-driving

Mr Charles Cooke is EXACTLY right that medical organizations have in the past few yrs become propagandist  tools for the LEFT radicals.  Health care has never been more political . 

A recent JAMA (journal of the American [left wing] medical association ) had recent articles about firearms and now this month's Annals of Internal Medicine had half the journal dedicated to LEFT wing propaganda and again telling all doctors it is their duty to discuss guns with all patients and be a force for action (political activism ) for an assault on the Second Amendment .

Check out all these articles just from ONE journal this past month .  One could just imagine the authors are from Hollywood, the DNC or from faux - Pochahantus ' family:

http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2659346/state-interstate-associations-between-gun-shows-firearm-deaths-injuries-quasi

http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2659347/firearm-injury-after-gun-shows-evidence-gauge-potential-impact-regulatory

http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2658284/what-you-can-do-stop-firearm-violence

http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2658283/health-care-professional-s-pledge-protecting-our-patients-from-firearm

There will be a direct and undeniable connection from those trying to take away guns from free people and those would be gun grabbers suffering GSW.
132  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / SecNav Spencer on: December 29, 2017, 07:06:40 PM
http://raconteurreport.blogspot.com/2017/12/teddy-roosevelt-lives.html

Nice to see who we now have as Secretary of the Navy.
133  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: California vote by mail. on: December 28, 2017, 05:05:23 PM

I'm sure California will be very careful to make sure no vote fraud occurs.
134  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Happy Kwanzaa! on: December 27, 2017, 08:56:11 PM
https://lidblog.com/kwanzaa-fraud-holiday-created-racist-goal-criminal-madman/
135  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: WSJ: Total Surveillance State against the Uighurs; test run for all of China? on: December 25, 2017, 11:17:08 AM
Funny how quiet the international community is about this. Too busy condemning the US and Israel.




China

Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life
The government has turned the remote region into a laboratory for its high-tech social controls
Pedestrians pass a “convenience police station” in the Erdaoqiao neighborhood of Urumqi.
by Josh Chin and Giulia Marchi for The Wall Street Journal
Updated Dec. 19, 2017 10:58 p.m. ET
Pedestrians pass a “convenience police station” in the Erdaoqiao neighborhood of Urumqi.


URUMQI, China—This city on China’s Central Asia frontier may be one of the most closely surveilled places on earth.

Security checkpoints with identification scanners guard the train station and roads in and out of town. Facial scanners track comings and goings at hotels, shopping malls and banks. Police use hand-held devices to search smartphones for encrypted chat apps, politically charged videos and other suspect content. To fill up with gas, drivers must first swipe their ID cards and stare into a camera.

China’s efforts to snuff out a violent separatist movement by some members of the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group have turned the autonomous region of Xinjiang, of which Urumqi is the capital, into a laboratory for high-tech social controls that civil-liberties activists say the government wants to roll out across the country.

It is nearly impossible to move about the region without feeling the unrelenting gaze of the government. Citizens and visitors alike must run a daily gantlet of police checkpoints, surveillance cameras and machines scanning their ID cards, faces, eyeballs and sometimes entire bodies.


Life Inside China’s Total Surveillance State




China has turned the northwestern region of Xinjiang into a vast experiment in domestic surveillance. WSJ investigated what life is like in a place where one's every move can be monitored with cutting-edge technology.
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When fruit vendor Parhat Imin swiped his card at a telecommunications office this summer to pay an overdue phone bill, his photo popped up with an “X.” Since then, he says, every scan of his ID card sets off an alarm. He isn’t sure what it signifies, but figures he is on some kind of government watch list because he is a Uighur and has had intermittent run-ins with the police.

He says he is reluctant to travel for fear of being detained. “They blacklisted me,” he says. “I can’t go anywhere.”

All across China, authorities are rolling out new technology to keep watch over people and shape their behavior. Controls on expression have tightened under President Xi Jinping, and the state’s vast security web now includes high-tech equipment to monitor online activity and even snoop in smartphone messaging apps.

China’s government has been on high alert since a surge in deadly terrorist attacks around the country in 2014 that authorities blamed on Xinjiang-based militants inspired by extremist Islamic messages from abroad. Now officials are putting the world’s most state-of-the-art tools in the hands of a ramped-up security force to create a system of social control in Xinjiang—one that falls heaviest on Uighurs.

At a security exposition in October, an executive of Guangzhou-based CloudWalk Technology Co., which has sold facial-recognition algorithms to police and identity-verification systems to gas stations in Xinjiang, called the region the world’s most heavily guarded place. According to the executive, Jiang Jun, for every 100,000 people the police in Xinjiang want to monitor, they use the same amount of surveillance equipment that police in other parts of China would use to monitor millions.


Authorities in Xinjiang declined to respond to questions about surveillance. Top party officials from Xinjiang said at a Communist Party gathering in Beijing in October that “social stability and long-term security” were the local government’s bottom-line goals.

Chinese and foreign civil-liberty activists say the surveillance in this northwestern corner of China offers a preview of what is to come nationwide.

"A woman undergoes a facial-recognition check at a luxury mall in Urumqi."
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“They constantly take lessons from the high-pressure rule they apply in Xinjiang and implement them in the east,” says Zhu Shengwu, a Chinese human-rights lawyer who has worked on surveillance cases. “What happens in Xinjiang has bearing on the fate of all Chinese people.”

During an October road trip into Xinjiang along a modern highway, two Wall Street Journal reporters encountered a succession of checkpoints that turned the ride into a strange and tense journey.

At Xingxing Gorge, a windswept pass used centuries ago by merchants plying the Silk Road, police inspected incoming traffic and verified travelers’ identities. The Journal reporters were stopped, ordered out of their car and asked to explain the purpose of their visit. Drivers, mostly those who weren’t Han Chinese, were guided through electronic gateways that scanned their ID cards and faces.



 

Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life


Farther along, at the entrance to Hami, a city of a half-million, police had the Journal reporters wait in front of a bank of TV screens showing feeds from nearby surveillance cameras while recording their passport numbers.



Surveillance cameras loomed every few hundred feet along the road into town, blanketed street corners and kept watch on patrons of a small noodle shop near the main mosque. The proprietress, a member of the Muslim Hui minority, said the government ordered all restaurants in the area to install the devices earlier this year “to prevent terrorist attacks.”

Days later, as the Journal reporters were driving on a dirt road in Shanshan county after being ordered by officials to leave a nearby town, a police cruiser materialized seemingly from nowhere. It raced past, then skidded to a diagonal stop, kicking up a cloud of dust and blocking the reporters’ car. An SUV pulled up behind. A half-dozen police ordered the reporters out of the car and demanded their passports.

An officer explained that surveillance cameras had read the out-of-town license plates and sent out an alert. “We check every car that’s not from Xinjiang,” he said. The police then escorted the reporters to the highway.



"A security camera has been erected next to the minarets of a mosque in the Uighur village of Tuyugou."
 
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At checkpoints further west, iris and body scanners are added to the security arsenal.

Darren Byler, an anthropology researcher at the University of Washington who spent two years in Xinjiang studying migration, says the closest contemporary parallel can be found in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where the Israeli government has created a system of checkpoints and biometric surveillance to keep tabs on Palestinians.

In Erdaoqiao, the neighborhood where the fruit vendor Mr. Imin lives, small booths known as “convenience police stations,” marked by flashing lights atop a pole, appear every couple of hundred yards. The police stationed there offer water, cellphone charging and other services, while also taking in feeds from nearby surveillance cameras.


Always Watching

In Xinjiang, China's government has put the world's most state-of-the-art surveillance tools in the hands of security forces.

License-plate camera


Used to track vehicles breaking law, on watch list or from outside Xinjiang


Iris scanner


ID technology used at some checkpoints.


Location tracker


Mandatory in all

commercial vehicles.


Voice-pattern analyzer


Can identify people by speech patterns.


Smartphone

scanner


Searches for encrypted chat apps and other suspect content.


ID scanner


Used to check identification cards.


QR code


Knife


Includes ID number and other personal information


Buyer identification information is marked by laser on blade.


Sources: Government procurement orders; iFlyTek Co.; Meiya Pico Information Co; Darren Byler, University of Washington; Human Rights Watch; police interviews; interviews with Uighurs in exile.


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Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life


Young Uighur men are routinely pulled into the stations for phone checks, leading some to keep two devices—one for home use and another, with no sensitive content or apps, for going out, according to Uighur exiles.

Erdaoqiao, the heart of Uighur culture and commerce in Urumqi, is where ethnic riots started in 2009 that resulted in numerous deaths. The front entrance to Erdaoqiao Mosque is now closed, as are most entries to the International Grand Bazaar. Visitors funnel through a heavily guarded main gate. The faces and ID cards of Xinjiang residents are scanned. An array of cameras keeps watch.

After the riots, authorities showed up to shut down the shop Mr. Imin was running at the time, which sold clothing and religious items. When he protested, he says, they clubbed him on the back of the head, which has left him walking with a limp. They jailed him for six months for obstructing official business, he says. Other jail stints followed, including eight months for buying hashish.

The police in Urumqi didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Imin now sells fruit and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice from a cart. He worries that his flagged ID card will bring the police again. Recently remarried, he hasn’t dared visit his new wife’s family in southern Xinjiang.



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At a checkpoint in Kashgar, passengers get their ID cards and faces scanned while police officers check cars and drivers.


Chinese rulers have struggled for two millennia to control Xinjiang, whose 23 million people are scattered over an expanse twice the size of Texas. Beijing sees it as a vital piece of President Xi’s trillion-dollar “Belt and Road” initiative to build infrastructure along the old Silk Road trade routes to Europe.


Last year, Mr. Xi installed a new Xinjiang party chief, Chen Quanguo, who previously handled ethnic strife in Tibet, another hot spot. Mr. Chen pioneered the convenience police stations in that region, partly in response to a string of self-immolations by monks protesting Chinese rule.


Surveillance Economy

The value of security-related investment projects in Xinjiang is soaring.


 


8 billion yuan


7


6


5


4


3


2


1


0


2015


2016


2017*

*January-March

Source: Industrial Securities Co.

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Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life


Under Mr. Chen, the police presence in Xinjiang has skyrocketed, based on data showing exponential increases in police-recruitment advertising. Local police departments last year began ordering cameras capable of creating three-dimensional face images as well as DNA sequencers and voice-pattern analysis systems, according to government procurement documents uncovered by Human Rights Watch and reviewed by the Journal.

During the first quarter of 2017, the government announced the equivalent of more than $1 billion in security-related investment projects in Xinjiang, up from $27 million in all of 2015, according to research in April by Chinese brokerage firm Industrial Securities .



 
Police Officers Wanted

Advertisements for policing positions in Xinjiang have risen sharply.


 
Twelve Days in Xinjiang: How China’s Surveillance State Overwhelms Daily Life


Government procurement orders show millions spent on “unified combat platforms”—computer systems to analyze surveillance data from police and other government agencies.

Tahir Hamut, a Uighur poet and filmmaker, says Uighurs who had passports were called in to local police stations in May. He worried he would draw extra scrutiny for having been accused of carrying sensitive documents, including newspaper articles about Uighur separatist attacks, while trying to travel to Turkey to study in the mid-1990s. The aborted trip landed him in a labor camp for three years, he says.

He and his wife lined up at a police station with other Uighurs to have their fingerprints and blood samples taken. He says he was asked to read a newspaper for two minutes while police recorded his voice, and to turn his head slowly in front of a camera.

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Later, his family’s passports were confiscated. After a friend was detained by police, he says, he assumed he also would be taken away. He says he paid officials a bribe of more than $9,000 to get the passports back, making up a story that his daughter had epilepsy requiring treatment in the U.S. Xinjiang’s Public Security Bureau, which is in charge of the region’s police forces, didn’t respond to a request for comment about the bribery.

“The day we left, I was filled with anxiety,” he says. “I worried what would happen if we were stopped going through security at the Urumqi airport, or going through border control in Beijing.”

He and his family made it to Virginia, where they have applied for political asylum.



Annotations in red added by The Wall Street Journal. Notes: * Xinjiang considers it suspicious for Uighurs to visit a list of 26 mostly Muslim countries, including Turkey, Egypt, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. ** “Persons of interest” refers to people on the police watch list; “special population” is a common euphemism for Uighurs seen as separatists risks. Sources: Tahir Hamut (provided the form), Uighur Istiqlal TV and Adrian Zenz (confirmation of 26-country list).
Chinese authorities use forms to collect personal information from Uighurs. One form reviewed by the Journal asks about respondents’ prayer habits and if they have contacts abroad. There are sections for officials to rate “persons of interest” on a six-point scale and check boxes on whether they are “safe,” “average” or “unsafe.”

China Communications Services Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of state telecom giant China Telecom , has signed contracts this year worth more than $38 million to provide mosque surveillance and install surveillance-data platforms in Xinjiang, according to government procurement documents. The company declined to discuss the contracts, saying they constituted sensitive business information.

Xiamen Meiya Pico Information  Co. Ltd. worked with police in Urumqi to adapt a hand-held device it sells for investigating economic crimes so it can scan smartphones for terrorism-related content.

A description of the device that recently was removed from the company’s website said it can read the files on 90% of smartphones and check findings against a police antiterror database. “Mostly, you’re looking for audio and video,” said Zhang Xuefeng, Meiya Pico’s chief marketing officer, in an interview.



Inside China’s Surveillance State

Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S.
China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces
China’s Tech Giants Have a Second Job: Helping Beijing Spy on Its People
Jailed for a Text: China’s Censors Are Spying on Mobile Chat Groups
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Near the Xinjiang University campus in Urumqi, police sat at a wooden table recently, ordering some people walking by to hand over their phones.

“You just plug it in and it shows you what’s on the phone,” said one officer, brandishing a device similar to the one on Meiya Pico’s website. He declined to say what content they were checking for.

One recent afternoon in Korla, one of Xinjiang’s largest cities, only a trickle of people passed through the security checkpoint at the local bazaar, where vendors stared at darkened hallways empty of shoppers.

Li Qiang, the Han Chinese owner of a wine shop, said the security checks, while necessary for safety, were getting in the way of commerce. “As soon as you go out, they check your ID,” he said.

"Shopkeepers perform an antiterrorism drill under police supervision outside the bazaar in Kashgar."   
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Authorities have built a network of detention facilities, officially referred to as education centers, across Xinjiang. In April, the official Xinjiang Daily newspaper said more than 2,000 people had been sent to a “study and training center” in the southern city of Hotan.

One new compound sits a half-hour drive south of Kashgar, a Uighur-dominated city near the border with Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by imposing walls topped with razor wire, with watchtowers at two corners. A slogan painted on the wall reads: “All ethnic groups should be like the pods of a pomegranate, tightly wrapped together.”

Villagers describe it as a detention center. A man standing near the entrance one recent night said it was a school and advised reporters to leave.

Mr. Hamut, the poet, says a relative in Kashgar was taken to a detention center after she participated in an Islamic ceremony, and another went missing soon after the family tried to call him from the U.S.

The local government in Kashgar didn’t respond to a request for comment.




Police officers at a gate in the Old City of Kashgar.   
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Surveillance in and around Kashgar, where Han Chinese make up less than 7% of the population, is even tighter than in Urumqi. Drivers entering the city are screened intensively. A machine scans each driver’s face. Police officers inspect the engine and the trunk. Passengers must get out and run their bags through X-ray machines.

In Aksu, a dusty city a five-hour drive east of Kashgar, knife salesman Jiang Qiankun says his shop had to pay thousands of dollars for a machine that turns a customer’s ID card number, photo, ethnicity and address into a QR code that it lasers into the blade of any knife it sells. “If someone has a knife, it has to have their ID card information,” he says.

On the last day the Journal reporters were in Xinjiang, an unmarked car trailed them on a 5 a.m. drive to the Urumqi airport. During their China Southern Airlines flight to Beijing, a flight attendant appeared to train a police-style body camera attached to his belt on the reporters. Later, as passengers were disembarking, the attendant denied filming them, saying it was common for airline crew to wear the cameras as a security measure.

China Southern says the crew member was an air marshal, charged with safety on board.

—Fan Wenxin, Jeremy Page, Kersten Zhang and Eva Dou contributed to this article.

136  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Is your cell phone wiretapping you? on: December 23, 2017, 10:28:49 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5200661/Is-phone-listening-word-say.html

Is your phone listening to your every word and WATCHING you through your phone's camera? How thousands of people are convinced 'coincidence' adverts are anything but
Writer Jen Lewis posted viral image to Twitter of a Facebook ad featuring women wearing identical outfit to her
Tweet went viral with hundreds sharing their stories of social networks 'listening in' on conversations
Journalist Julia Lawrence (with the help of daughter Lois) investigated the powers of online advertising for the Daily Mail 
By JULIA LAWRENCE FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 20:44 EST, 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:52 EST, 21 December 2017


We were sitting in a rooftop restaurant, 30 storeys up, overlooking the Empire State building in New York, when my daughter confessed that she thought she was being spied on by a professional network of cyberspooks.

‘Look at this,’ said Lois, presenting me with her smartphone, where an advert for a snazzy little instamatic camera was displayed. It had popped up a few seconds earlier, when she’d logged on to Instagram.

She met my quizzical ‘so what?’ face with exasperation.

‘What were we talking about? Just now? In the street, down there?’ she said.

Picture perfect: Jen Lewis (left) and the alarmingly similar advert sent on Facebook shortly after    +5
Picture perfect: Jen Lewis (left) and the alarmingly similar advert sent on Facebook shortly after

Sure enough, we’d been window shopping before our lunch reservation, and spotted a little gadget shop. I remembered Lois had commented on the instamatic cameras on display (dropping a few hints for her forthcoming 21st birthday, I suspected).

We’d had a brief conversation about how they were all the rage in the Eighties, and how one of my memories of Christmas parties at my parents’ house was listening to that familiar ‘whirrr’ and watching the wealthier guests flapping about the instant photos, as everyone waited for them to dry.

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They were the selfies of their day, and good fun (if you could afford the camera film). How lovely that they were making a comeback, I commented. And we moved on.

Then, less than 20 minutes later, an advert popped up on Lois’s phone, for the exact same product. Same colour, same model, same everything.

‘They’re listening, they’re watching,’ she said.

‘Oh don’t be daft,’ I replied. ‘Who’s listening? Who’d want to listen to us?’

‘I’m serious,’ said Lois. ‘This keeps happening. This is no coincidence. Someone is listening to our conversations. Advertisers. They’re listening via our phones’ microphones.’

Our activity on websites and apps and demographic information is gathered using increasingly sophisticated technology to bring us personalised adverts (stock image)    +5
Our activity on websites and apps and demographic information is gathered using increasingly sophisticated technology to bring us personalised adverts (stock image)

A little melodramatic and paranoid, you might think. I certainly did. I assumed Lois had simply been researching the product online before we flew to New York, and had forgotten.

We all know ‘targeted advertising’ has been prevalent for some years now, via our social media apps and search engines. Facebook was one of the first to introduce it four years ago. It’s no big secret: go on the John Lewis website and choose a blouse, or Google Nigella’s smart eye-level oven, and the next time you log on to Facebook or Instagram, there’s a good chance they’ll pop up as adverts there.

While it felt a little uncomfortable and intrusive to begin with, we’ve all sort of got used to it.

Our activity on websites and apps and demographic information is gathered using increasingly sophisticated technology to bring us personalised adverts.

People’s electronic markers — known as ‘cookies’ — from websites they visit are gathered and passed to advertisers so they can target us with products relevant to our tastes and interests (and ones we’re more likely to buy).

Facebook categorically denies it uses smartphone microphones to gather information for the purposes of targeted advertising    +5
Facebook categorically denies it uses smartphone microphones to gather information for the purposes of targeted advertising

It is not illegal. Although under the Data Protection Act 1998, a person has to actively consent to their data being collected and the purpose for which it’s used, few people actually take time to police what they consent to.

The terms and conditions and privacy statements you sign up to when you buy a smartphone or download an app are rarely scrutinised before we tick the box and wade in.

But Lois swore she hadn’t Googled an instamatic camera. That was the first time she’d ever had a conversation about them. ‘I’m telling you, they’re listening,’ she said, and I admit I stuffed my own phone a little deeper into my bag. Could she be right?

Well, hundreds of other people seem to think so. Stories on Twitter of these ‘blind coincidence’ adverts are abundant.

And not just restricted to voice snooping either — some are convinced their phones are spying on them via their cameras, too.

Last month, a creepy story swept social media about an American woman called Jen Lewis who was shown an advert on Facebook for a bra — featuring a model wearing exactly the same clothes she was wearing at that moment. The same pink shirt and skinny jeans.

Lewis, a writer and designer, recreated the model’s pose and posted the near-identical pictures side-by-side on Twitter where they went viral with more than 20,000 likes.

While Facebook insisted the ad was a coincidence, hundreds of horrified social media users commented — many suggesting the ad could have been targeted with image recognition software, using Jen’s laptop or smartphone camera as a spy window into her life. ‘Seriously, cover up your camera lens,’ warned one, as stories were swapped of people receiving adverts for wedding planners, minutes after popping the question, and cat food after merely discussing whether to buy a cat.

People’s electronic markers — known as ‘cookies’ — from websites they visit are gathered and passed to advertisers so they can target us with products relevant to our tastes  (stock image)   +5
People’s electronic markers — known as ‘cookies’ — from websites they visit are gathered and passed to advertisers so they can target us with products relevant to our tastes  (stock image)

One Facebook user is so convinced his conversations are being monitored that he switched off the microphone on his smartphone — and, sure enough, there haven’t been any more ‘strange coincidences’ since.

Tom Crewe, 28, a marketing manager from Bournemouth, was immediately suspicious in March when he noticed an advert on Facebook for beard transplant surgery. Only hours earlier he’d joked with a colleague about them both getting one, as they remained smooth-faced, despite their age.

‘I had my phone’s Facebook app switched on at the time. Within a few hours, an ad came through for hair and beard transplants,’ he says.

‘I just thought: “Why have I been targeted?” I’d never Googled “hair or beard transplants” or sent an email to anyone about it or talked about it on Facebook.’

The fact that the ad for beard transplants was so unusual and specific made him suspect his phone had been eavesdropping.

He became convinced when later that month he received an advert to his phone — again weirdly and quite specifically — for Peperami sausages.

Companies have developed algorithms that can look for patterns and determine potentially useful things about your behaviour and interests (stock image)    +5
Companies have developed algorithms that can look for patterns and determine potentially useful things about your behaviour and interests (stock image)

‘Again, it was a casual conversation in the office. I’d just eaten a Peperami, and it was a few hours before lunch, and a colleague joked how he didn’t think this was a particularly good thing to have for breakfast.

‘Again, I’d never Googled the product or mentioned it on Facebook or anywhere online. It’s just something I buy during my twice-a-week shop at Tesco.

‘Then I get an advert for it. This happened within two weeks of the beard incident.’

It so disturbed him that he researched it and saw others talking about it.

‘I saw articles and got information and turned off the Facebook app’s access to my phone’s microphone. I’ve not noticed it happening since then.’

Facebook categorically denies it uses smartphone microphones to gather information for the purposes of targeted advertising.

A spokesperson said being targeted with an advert for a beard transplant was just an example of heightened perception, or the phenomenon whereby people notice things they’ve talked about.

With 1.7 billion users being served tens of adverts a day, there’s always going to be something uncanny. Google and WhatsApp also categorically deny bugging private conversations, describing the anecdotal evidence as pure coincidence.

One thing technology experts agree on, though, is that the ability to create technology that can randomly sweep millions of conversations for repeated phrases or identifiable names, definitely exists.

Companies have developed algorithms that can look for patterns and determine potentially useful things about your behaviour and interests. Whether they are being used by the companies with access to your phone, however, remains unproven.

Not convinced? Consider the Siri or Google Assistant functions, designed to understand your voice and pick out key phrases, and with a huge vocabulary in their grasp.

I saw articles and got information and turned off the Facebook app’s access to my phone’s microphone. I’ve not noticed it happening since then
It’s not too big a stretch to think of this technology developed to sweep conversations as a marketing tool. ‘Smartphones are small tracking devices,’ says Michelle De Mooy, acting director for the U.S.’s Democracy and Technology Privacy and Data project.

‘We may not think of them like that because they’re very personal devices — they travel with us, they sleep next to us. But they are, in fact, collectors of a vast amount of information including audio information. When you are using a free service, you are basically paying for it with information.’

As yet, however, there’s no concrete evidence that we are being listened to. Any complaints about spying would be dealt with by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which handles legislation governing how personal information is stored and shared across the UK.

They say no one has complained officially. Tales of cybersnooping haven’t gone beyond ‘shaggy dog stories’ on Twitter and Facebook.

When approached by the Mail, an ICO spokesman said: ‘We haven’t received any complaints on the issue of Facebook listening to people’s conversations.

‘Businesses and organisations operating in the UK are required by law to process personal data fairly and lawfully, this means being clear and open with individuals about how information will be used.’

That law, however, is struggling to keep up with technology, according to Ewa Luger, a researcher and specialist in the ethical design of intelligent machines, at the University of Edinburgh. ‘I think this is a problem ethically,’ she says. ‘If I had an expectation that this application was recording what I was saying, that’s one thing, but if I don’t, then it’s ethically questionable. I may be having private conversations and taking my phone into the bathroom.

‘This is a new area of research — voice assistance technology. We have only been looking at this for 12 months. It takes a while for research to catch up.’

In the meantime, Lois and I have turned off our microphones. It’s easy to do via your phone’s Settings.

To be honest, I don’t think there are people with earphones in a bunker, desperate to know what car I’m thinking of buying, but I’d rather, in this increasingly public world, maintain a bit of privacy. You really don’t know who’s listening.

■ Additional reporting Stephanie Condron

137  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Media "Fact Checkers" Claimed Economy could NOT hit 4% growth on: December 21, 2017, 08:22:38 PM
This just proves the economy is very, very racist.


AP, CNN AND BLOOMBERG FACT CHECKERS CLAIMED ECONOMY COULDN'T HIT 4%

http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/268772/ap-cnn-and-bloomberg-fact-checkers-claimed-economy-daniel-greenfield

But the fact checkers and economists told us it couldn't happen.

Here's CNN.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/11/news/economy/trump-four-percent-growth-economists/index.html

Trump promises 4% growth. Economists say no way. - CNN

Donald Trump has a big promise for the U.S. economy: 4% growth.

No chance, say 11 economists surveyed by CNNMoney. And a paper published Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco backs them up.

"No, pigs do not fly," says Robert Brusca, senior economist at FAO Economics, a research firm. "Donald Trump is dreaming."

The Republican presidential nominee made the promise in a speech in New York in September. "I believe it's time to establish a national goal of reaching 4% economic growth," he said.

So what's realistic? The San Francisco Fed estimates the "new normal" for annual economic growth to be 1.5% to 1.75%. That's far lower than the period from World War II to 2004, when growth typically hovered between 3% and 4%.

It's time to embrace the malaise. The era of greatness is done.
 
But wait, the pigs are flying.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-fact-check-trump-imagines-percent-growth-51626346

AP FACT CHECK: Trump imagines 6 percent growth - AP

President Donald Trump is holding out the prospect of 6 percent growth in the U.S. economy. Put that down to puffery.

By most signs, economists say the country will be lucky to achieve consistent annual growth much over 2 percent.

A look at the president's remarks at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday:

TRUMP:

—"So we're at 3.3 percent GDP. I see no reason why we don't go to 4 percent, 5 percent, and even 6 percent."

—Speaks of GDP "getting up to 4, 5, and even 6 percent, because I think that's possible."

THE FACTS:

Federal Reserve officials and most mainstream economists expect economic growth to hew closer to 2 percent. There are no signs the economy is capable of delivering a phenomenal and rarely achieved growth rate on the order of 6 percent.

These aren't facts. They're opinions. But lefties have long ceased being able to distinguish between the two. They shout things that they feel and then insist that anyone who denies them hates science.

Trump is officially making an economic promise that will be nearly impossible to keep - Business Insider

"To get the economy back on track, President Trump has outlined a bold plan to create 25 million new American jobs in the next decade and return to 4 percent annual economic growth," reads the White House site.

The 4% GDP promise is one that Trump has made before, but now it is the official promise of the White House and the president.

The only problem is delivering on this promise will be incredibly difficult.

Currently, the US is stuck in a slow growth pattern since the financial crisis and has been unable to escape the 1.5% to 2.5% annual growth corridor over the past seven years. This is lower than the 3.1% percent average annual GDP growth we've been experiencing since 1950.

While there are a number of reasons for this — sluggish corporate investment, Americans saving more of their income, low wage growth, and more — it would take a monumental task to return the US to nearly double its current annual growth rate.

Reversing the course of this will be difficult, especially in just four years,

How about one?
http://fortune.com/2017/12/07/trump-us-gdp-growth-rate-economy-6-percent/

Trump Thinks the U.S. Could See 6% Economic Growth. The Data Says Otherwise. - Fortune

According to Bloomberg, Trump claimed that the combination of high consumer confidence, job creation, and tax cuts would create this considerable growth. Trump claimed that he sees “no reason why we don’t go to 4, 5, even 6%.”

Unfortunately, Trump didn’t explain exactly how this jump would happen, and few economists support his claim. In a Bloomberg survey of 80 economists, only one forecast showed a growth above 4%.

We have a winner.
138  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Venezuela: Beleaguered Maduro regime kills guilty, innocent alike in poor barros on: December 21, 2017, 08:21:41 PM
The young men had already been tortured at an army base when soldiers piled them into two jeeps and transported them to a wooded area just outside the Venezuelan capital.

Stumbling in the dark, with T-shirts pulled over their faces and hands tied behind their backs, they were steered to an open pit. Soldiers then used machetes to deliver blow after blow to the base of their necks. Most suffered gaping wounds that killed them before they hit the ground.

Others, bleeding profusely but still alive, crumpled into the shallow grave as their killers piled dirt over their bodies to hide the crime.

“We think they were alive a good while as they died from asphyxia,” said Zair Mundaray, a veteran prosecutor who led the exhumation and investigation that pieced together how the killings unfolded. “It had to be a terrible thing.”

For Mr. Mundaray and his team of investigators, the massacre in this area east of Caracas in October 2016 was the most bloodthirsty of killings by security forces in a country riven by unspeakable violence.

Prosecutors, criminologists and human-rights groups say it was only one of many recurring and escalating lethal attacks carried out by police or soldiers.

The full scope of the alleged atrocities is beginning to surface publicly now.

WSJ excerpt from PJmedia: https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/283971/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuelas-brutal-crime-crackdown-executions-machetes-and-8-292-dead-1513792219



Marxists murdering people in pursuit of eutopia? I think this may have happened a time or two before...

139  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: PRI treasurer in corruption trouble on: December 21, 2017, 08:19:43 PM

Wait, corruption in Mexico? NFW!

 shocked
140  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The endless joys of Somali immigration! on: December 19, 2017, 10:02:28 AM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/10/tuberculosis-comes-to-minnesota.php

Somali immigrants bring diversity and tuberculosis to Minnesota!

At least I hear they make great cops!
141  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Eli Lake, Bloomberg: Obama decision to go soft on Hezbollah on: December 19, 2017, 09:58:26 AM

It's almost as if he was on their side...
142  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / File under "Insurance Policies" on: December 14, 2017, 05:55:48 PM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/372960.php

December 14, 2017
Early Drafts of Comey Exoneration Memo Said That Hillary Clinton's Secret Serve Was "Likely" Hacked and Accessed by Hostile Powers;
This Was of Course Omitted By the Time Comey Publicly Exonerated Her, Softened to "Possible"
Insurance policies.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, released copies Thursday of the edits to Comey's highly scrutinized statement.
One showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as "extremely careless" as opposed to "grossly negligent." This is a key legal distinction.


Johnson, writing about his concerns in a letter Thursday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the original "could be read as a finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified material."

"The edited statement deleted the reference to gross negligence – a legal threshold for mishandling classified material – and instead replaced it with an exculpatory sentence," he wrote.

The edits also showed that references to specific potential violations of statutes on "gross negligence" of classified information and "misdemeanor handling" were removed.
The original also said it was "reasonably likely" that "hostile actors" gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account. That was later changed to say that scenario was merely "possible."

143  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The "Insurance Policy" chart on: December 14, 2017, 01:23:37 PM
144  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The leftist Eloi and the muslim Morlocks in Europe continue the process on: December 14, 2017, 01:21:22 PM
https://pamelageller.com/2017/03/muslims-gang-rape-teen.html/

Sweden: Muslim classmates gang rape 14-year-old girl in school, remain enrolled because “rapists are victims too,” says principal
By Pamela Geller - on March 7, 2017


Any civilization that sacrifices its young girls to an invading army has no future at all.

Sweden is a stunning indictment of liberal polices of multiculturalism, political correctness and “tolerance” (of evil)  in action. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

“All three youths involved were our students here and all three are, in a way, victims in this case.“
Sweden is done, finished. Cooked, like the Ramadan goat.


SWEDEN: CLASSMATES GANG RAPE 14Y/O GIRL IN SCHOOL, REMAIN ENROLLED BECAUSE “RAPISTS ARE VICTIMS TOO,” SAYS PRINCIPAL
Searchlight Germany, March 7, 2017:

A 14-year-old Swedish girl who was sexually abused in her school by two boys is now receiving her education at another school, while the attackers remain enrolled at their current school. One of them, a 16-year-old carrying the Arab name Ajuub, suffers from an “impaired ability to understand what is right and wrong,” the verdict stated. He was therefore punished mildly. Other school kids’ parents, as well as the principal, are now unhappy with the situation.

The gang rape was committed on the 30th of May last year at the restrooms of a school in Skane, in the south of Sweden. Both boys, Ajuub plus an unnamed 15-year-old, raped the victim vaginally as well as orally. They were sentenced in December, Sydsvenskan reports. Ajuub was convicted to 100 hours of youth service plus 24 meetings with a social worker “in order to learn to make better decisions,” while the 15-year-old is considered by Swedish law to be too young to be held criminally responsible and has thus been set free.
The first few days following the sex assault, the girl, called Tindra, was too afraid to tell her mother about the ordeal, not daring to go back to school again. Apparently, the youngest assailant had spread rumours about the victim for several months, calling her “a whore that sells sex for money.” He also threatened the girl with violence.

‘RAPIST IS A VICTIM TOO’
The school principal, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he “struggles” with the case and thinks about it “every day and every hour.” He’d furthermore like a “dialogue with the government” on the issue.
When addressing parents’ concerns, the principal says he didn’t feel the need to officially notify them since:

“there is no obligation for a school to go out and announce that there’s a student who has been convicted of rape.”

He then suddenly starts talking about “taking the whole picture into account,” and the interview takes an even odder twist:

“All three youths involved were our students here and all three are, in a way, victims in this case. The boy who was convicted has gotten a pretty harsh punishment, which turns him into a victim as well.”

‘Feminist moral superpower’ fails miserably
Ann Heberlein, a woman whose friend has a daughter in the school, recently wrote about the case, demanding much harsher punishment for the perpetrators of sexual violence. “Who cares about Tindra,” she wonders.

“Swedish schools that have gender and equality enshrined in their value system, which emphasizes gender perspective in their curricula, that invites feminists to teach girls self-defense, and that provide lessons in sex education to girls in order to strengthen them into not doing stuff that they do not want, and admonishing the boys to obtain the girls’ consent if they want to have sex with them, have completely lost it. How can a country that aspires to be a ‘moral superpower’ and a government that prides itself on being ‘feminist’ fail so miserably in living up to its own ambitions?”
“School should be a safe place. The fact that our children won’t have to be in the same classroom as a convicted criminal, should go without saying – and that a girl who has been raped will not have to face their rapists on her way to school or when she is out walking her dog, should be the minimum requirement that can be asked from our rule of law.”

Another school rape
Besides the scandal mentioned above, Swedish media yesterday reported on another school rape, this time in Kalmar, also in the south of Sweden.
In this case, both the victim and the assailant are under 15 years of age, SVT reports, so the attacker will go free. Even though the school board was obliged to immediately notify the social services on the sex crime, it waited for several days.
145  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / I was told this wouldn't happen... on: December 14, 2017, 01:07:03 PM
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/13/marijuana-and-nicotine-vaping-popular-among-teens-according-to-study.html

Nearly one-quarter of teens are using pot
Of eighth, 10th and 12th graders surveyed, 24 percent said they've used marijuana in the past year, according to research from the University of Michigan.
Fewer high school seniors disapprove of using marijuana and see "great risk" in smoking it occasionally.
Students are vaping marijuana and nicotine. Critics warn it's not just the flavors but the sleek and discreet design of some e-cigarette brands, such as market leader JUUL, that attract kids.
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Nearly one quarter of teens are using marijuana, according to a new survey.

Of eighth, 10th and 12th graders surveyed, 24 percent said they've used the drug in the past year, according to research from the University of Michigan. The 1.3 percent increase is the first significant rise in seven years.

The increase in teens using marijuana comes as more states legalize pot for medical and recreational use.

This year, 14.1 percent of high school seniors said they see "great risk" in smoking marijuana occasionally, down from 17.1 percent last year. Also, 64.7 percent said they disapprove of using the drug regularly, down from 68.5 percent last year.

Those statistics indicate marijuana use among teens could continue to grow, the study's principal investigator Richard Miech said.

"It should raise eyebrows," Miech said. "And people should be alert to the possibility that marijuana is about to launch."

Marijuana's popularity has flipped with cigarettes', the survey found. The percent of seniors smoking cigarettes daily has plummeted to 4.2 percent from 24.7 percent at its peak in 1997. Meanwhile, marijuana use has increased to 5.9 percent from its lowest point in 1992.

Vaping has become a popular mechanism for using marijuana and nicotine. Within the past year, 1 in 10 high school seniors reported vaping marijuana, and 19 percent of them said they vaped nicotine, according to the survey.

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Daily smoking rate among high schoolseniors has plummeted over the past 20years
1995
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Source: University of Michigan
"We're certainly surprised by (the number of seniors vaping nicotine), and it speaks to how popular these devices have become and how this represents a new concern for public health officials, parents and others that take care of or care about teens," said Wilson Compton, deputy director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the survey.

The findings are likely to give ammunition to public health advocates who have argued sleek devices and unique flavors are appealing to kids. The already fiery debate over e-cigarettes received even more fuel this summer when the Food and Drug Administration delayed impending regulations on the products until 2022.

Anti-smoking advocates like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids argue flavors entice adolescents. The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act prohibited cigarettes from containing characterizing flavors, excluding menthol. Yet they're pervasive in vaping products.

Critics warn it's not just the flavors but the sleek and discreet design of some e-cigarette brands, such as market leader JUUL, that attract kids.

Percent
More teens are vaping
6.6%6.6%
3.5%3.5%
1.6%1.6%
5.3%5.3%
13.1%13.1%
8.2%8.2%
16.6%16.6%
11%11%
4.9%4.9%
9.7%9.7%
8th Graders
10th Graders
12th Graders
Any vaping
Nicotine
Marijuana
"Just flavoring"
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10%
15%
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Source: University of Michigan
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed to the devices when he called for the FDA reverse its decision.

"We're very concerned about anecdotal reports that JUUL has become a trendy popular new product with kids and young adults, and that's the kind of product the FDA ought to be reviewing now to see if it is attracting kids. Waiting four years to do that will likely be too late if these products do grow in popularity," said the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' vice president of communications Vince Willmore.

Like other e-cigarette makers, JUUL says its products are meant for adult smokers who are looking to switch from conventional products. In response to reports of adolescents using its products, the company has invested in education and prevention efforts such as "secret shoppers" who test to make sure retailers are not selling to minors.

"It's a really, really important issue," said JUUL Labs' chief administration officer Ashley Gould. "We don't want kids using our products."

146  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / "Insurance Policy" on: December 13, 2017, 11:31:21 AM
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/372933.php

December 13, 2017
Strzok Wrote That Trump Could Not Be Permitted to Become President, and That an "Insurance Policy" Was Necessary
Jim Jordan connected up two of Strzok's most conspiracy-suggesting outbursts to the timing of the the FBI's -- probably actually Strzok's -- application for a FISA warrant to "spy on Americans."

That video is below, but here are the two text chains he focuses on.

 
Shannon Bream

@ShannonBream
Strzok/Page texts

LP – And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. (links to NYT article)

PS – ... I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps
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So there you have Strzok saying he can "protect the country at many levels" from the "menace" of Trump in his position as an FBI agent.

Then he talks about a conversation that happened in Andrew McCabe's office-- remember, McCabe's wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat and was partly bankrolled by Friend of Hillary Terry MacAuliffe -- in which McCabe, Lisa Page, and Andrew Strzok apparently spent work-time discussing the menace of a Trump presidency.

Although Lisa Page threw out a "path" by which she claimed Trump could not win te race -- and we don't know what this "path" was about -- Strzok was still too worried about the prospect of it, and announced "I'm afraid we can't take that risk" and cryptically refers to an "insurance policy" against that possibility:

 
Bret Baier

@BretBaier
Text-from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page (Andy is Andrew McCabe): "I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy's office-that there's no way he gets elected-but I'm afraid we can't take that risk.It's like an insurance policy in unlikely event u die be4 you're 40"

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The video below begins mid-quotation, but Jordan is quoting from the texts above. He knits these together to show that Strzok was a man who considered himself the last insurance policy against a Trump presidency, which just might be why he then packaged up the Steele dossier and presented it to a FISA court to get warrants to begin spying on Trump associates.


147  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Not crooked at all... on: December 12, 2017, 09:57:02 PM
https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/283195/

DECEMBER 12, 2017
SO I JUST HAD AN INTERESTING EMAIL EXCHANGE WITH THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S PRESS OFFICE:

Me:

I’m hearing from a source that Lisa Page was involved in approving Peter Strzok’s warrant requests to the FISC and possibly elsewhere. Can you confirm or deny if this was the case? And please tell me what her job title and function are in your office. Thanks.

Them (via spokesman Joshua Stueve):

Lisa Page, who was an attorney on detail to the Special Counsel’s office, returned to the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel in mid-July.

Me again:

Thank you but that doesn’t answer my question. What role did Lisa Page have in the handling of warrant applications, and in particular those involving Peter Strzok?

Them again:

I’ll decline to comment further.

Well, then.

Page, remember, is the FBI lawyer with whom Strzok was having an extramarital affair and exchanging anti-Trump texts. Perhaps someone with more resources than I will be able to get to the bottom of this. (Bumped).
148  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wisconsin's Secret Police on: December 12, 2017, 01:14:01 PM
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/11/governmental-accountability-board-more-like-wisconsins-secret-police-glenn-reynolds-column/938988001/

Governmental accountability board? More like Wisconsin's Secret Police
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Opinion columnist Published 3:40 p.m. ET Dec. 11, 2017 | Updated 4:46 p.m. ET Dec. 11, 2017

We talk about the recent revelation that the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker gathered millions of pages of records from Republicans

It was a partisan witch hunt masquerading as an inquiry into campaign irregularities. And it might presage the outcome of the Mueller investigation.


The “Cheesehead Stasi.” That’s what Twitter humorist IowaHawk called a long-running and politicized investigation organized by Democratic politicians in Wisconsin, targeting supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The mechanism for this investigation was an allegedly nonpolitical, but in fact entirely partisan, “Government Accountability Board.”

In the course of its secretive “John Doe” investigation, the GAB hoovered up millions of personal emails from Republican donors and supporters, and even raided people’s homes, while forbidding them to talk about it:

“I was told to shut up and sit down. The officers rummaged through drawers, cabinets and closets. Their aggressive assault on my home seemed more appropriate for a dangerous criminal, not a longtime public servant with no criminal history,” Archer wrote in a June 30, 2015, Wall Street Journal op-ed. The column was published a day before she filed her civil rights lawsuit.

When the agents finally left her home, Archer said she took inventory of the damage. She found drawers and closets ransacked, her “deceased mother’s belongings were strewn across the floor.” Like so many other targets of the secret John Doe investigation, Archer was forced to watch her neighbors watch her — the star of a very public search-and-seizure operation. . . .

And like her fellow targets, she was told she could say nothing publicly about being a target of Chisholm’s probe. Doing so could have landed her in jail and hit with hefty fines. The secret investigations come with strict gag orders."


Now an investigation by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on behalf of the overseeing court has spelled out a long list of misdeeds by the investigators, and has called for punishments including contempt-of-court holdings and possible disbarment. And the stuff that it has uncovered is pretty awful.

In short, it was a partisan witch hunt masquerading as an inquiry into campaign irregularities. And confidential information gathered during that investigation was deliberately leaked in an effort (unsuccessful) to influence a pending United States Supreme Court decision.

The prosecutors felt justified in these actions because they had already made up their minds about their targets’ guilt. As the report says, “After reviewing the emails exchanged between the attorneys at GAB, it is apparent that GAB attorneys had prejudged the guilt of Governor Walker, Wisconsin Republicans, and related organizations that they were investigating and this dramatically influenced their ability to give competent legal advice. GAB attorneys did not act in a detached and professional manner. The most reasonable inference is that they were on a mission to bring down the Walker campaign and the Governor himself.”

The investigation continued despite its failure to find anything like the sort of violations it was ostensibly intended to investigate. It continued despite court orders to stop. And prosecutors retained evidence (including medical and other records about Republican officials and donors, kept in a file labeled “opposition research”) even after being ordered by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to turn all the information over. It was a lawless exercise of prosecutorial power, for political ends.



Wisconsin Democrats took Scott Walker’s victory very hard. They tried to recall him, and failed. And they tried to undermine his term in office through the abuse of legal institutions. Now some of them will face professional discipline, and judicial punishment, as a result. (Criminal charges would be appropriate, except that, as the Attorney General’s report notes, record-keeping was — conveniently — poor enough that it’s hard to be sure exactly who did what.)

Given the vast powers with which prosecutors are entrusted, it’s easy for an investigation to get out of hand, especially when the investigators are a partisan bunch lacking in political diversity, and start out with the certainty, shored up by political resentment, that their targets must be guilty of something. But these abuses can ultimately turn back on the abusers.

It’s too early to say, as one account does, that the Wisconsin debacle prefigured the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation into Trump’s campaign, though there are certainly similarities between the attitudes of “The Resistance” in Washington and the Wisconsin establishment’s response to Walker. Writing in The Washington Post last week, Ed Rogers wrote that, though he’d supported Mueller in the past, Mueller needed to get a handle on the overwhelming partisan slant of his prosecutors or he’d be discredited. 

It’s good advice. Mueller and his investigators should take care not to get wrapped up in partisan politics while conducting a criminal investigation. Because that seldom ends well.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor and the author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors. Follow him on Twitter: @instapundit.
149  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: *they" are outraged on: December 12, 2017, 12:43:23 PM

Which is strange, because you never see muslim outrage.
150  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: good question on: December 11, 2017, 06:12:29 PM
why is CNN always the station on at airports ?

I assume it is because most  airport employees are Democrats so they pick what gets played.



https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/time-get-cnn-airports-etc/

Imagine just how pathetic CNN's rating would be without forced viewership.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/07/06/ratings-collapse-cnn-now-losing-nick-nite-prime-time-ratings-war/
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