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51  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mattis gaining power in Trump's cabinet on: June 20, 2017, 11:51:50 AM
http://thehill.com/policy/defense/338508-mattis-gaining-power-in-trumps-cabinet
52  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Trump's accomplisments and promises kept on: June 20, 2017, 11:36:06 AM
5) MS 13 deportations https://nypost.com/2017/06/14/trumps-pledge-to-wipe-out-ms-13-gang-paying-off-in-ny/
53  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Ilgan Mayor says on: June 19, 2017, 08:47:06 PM
http://www.interaksyon.com/clean-your-weapons-iligan-mayor-tells-gun-owners-as-military-bares-maute-plan-for-city/
54  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / JW: NSC buries Susan Rice unmasking materials at Obama Library on: June 19, 2017, 08:46:18 PM
BOMBSHELL:

Judicial Watch today announced that the National Security Council (NSC) on May 23, 2017, informed it by letter that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” have been removed to the Obama Library. The NSC will ***not*** fulfill a Judicial Watch request for records regarding information relating to people “who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.” Specifically, the NSC told Judicial Watch: 'Documents from the Obama administration have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library. You may send your request to the Obama Library. However, you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.' Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said: “Prosecutors, Congress, and the public will want to know when the National Security Council shipped off the records about potential intelligence abuses by the Susan Rice and others in the Obama White House to the memory hole of the Obama Presidential Library. We are considering our legal options but we hope that the Special Counsel and Congress also consider their options and get these records.”
55  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Make money as a drone operator on: June 19, 2017, 08:23:22 PM
second post

http://www.dronecommandlive.com/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fbad&utm_term=new&utm_content=fbad&utm_campaign=dclevent
56  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fishy USS Fitzgerald story 3.0 on: June 19, 2017, 08:07:35 PM
http://therightscoop.com/video-military-officials-say-terrorism-is-possible-in-cargo-ship-collision-with-uss-fitzgerald/
57  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS/Bots on: June 19, 2017, 07:31:32 PM
WE NEED EMP RAY GUNS!!!
58  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Intel History: The commies DID penetrate, and McCarthyism on: June 19, 2017, 07:27:43 PM
http://www.claremont.org/crb/article/a-closer-look-under-the-bed/
59  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Tucker Carlson in hospital for appendicitis on: June 19, 2017, 07:18:43 PM
Get well soon Tucker!  We need you!!!
60  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: US-China (& Japan, South China Sea-- Vietnam, Philippines, etc) on: June 19, 2017, 01:39:12 PM
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/18/world/asia/path-ship-hit-uss-fitzgerald.html?_r=0
61  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Things about to go seriously FUBAR? on: June 19, 2017, 01:34:39 PM
http://americanmilitarynews.com/2017/06/russia-says-it-will-now-target-us-aircraft-and-come-after-them-following-downed-syrian-jet/?utm_source=colddeadhands&utm_campaign=alt&utm_medium=facebook
62  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Asylum seekers on holiday back home on: June 19, 2017, 01:32:30 PM
Caveat lector-- its Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/16/asylum-seekers-going-back-native-countries-holidays/
63  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / You vill use the words we tell you to use on: June 19, 2017, 01:24:13 PM
http://news.nationalpost.com/opinion/bruce-pardy-meet-the-new-human-rights-where-you-are-forced-by-law-to-use-reasonable-pronouns-like-ze-and-zer
64  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wesbury: QE did not work on: June 19, 2017, 01:03:34 PM
Monday Morning Outlook
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QE Didn't Work To view this article, Click Here
Brian S. Wesbury, Chief Economist
Robert Stein, Deputy Chief Economist
Date: 6/19/2017

Last week the Federal Reserve hiked the federal funds rate by ¼ of a percentage point for the fourth time since December 2015. The funds rate is still below the rate of inflation, which means the Fed is still a long way from becoming tight.

The Fed also presented a relatively detailed plan to begin unwinding its balance sheet. However, this plan means that fully ending QE will take at least a few years, probably more. In a policy environment where banking rules are (hopefully) moving away from the irrational toughness of the last several years, these reserves have the potential of spurring more economic growth and more inflation even as the Fed raises rates. In other words, it's hard to see the Fed making monetary policy "tight" anytime soon.

While these slow-motion maneuvers grab all the headlines, the real news is that QE didn't work. It was very hard to convince anyone of that between 2008 and 2015, but maybe now more people will listen to the evidence.

Yes, the Fed bought bonds. Lots of them. $3.5 trillion of them. And, yes, the Fed created new money – bank reserves – to pay for them. Most of those reserves, about 90%, ended up being stored as Excess Reserves – money that exists but is not circulating in the economy.

Those reserves did not boost the money supply. Those reserves did not boost stock prices. Those reserves did not boost bond prices. QE did not work. How do we know? Because the Fed stopped Quantitative Easing and the stock market continued to move higher – to record highs. Because the Fed stopped buying bonds and interest rates have not moved higher. Because the Fed has now announced that it will reduce its bond holdings and the stock and bond markets yawned.

More specifically, we know QE didn't work because M2 never accelerated when the Fed bought $3.5 trillion in bonds. Between January 1995 and September 2008, the M2 measure of money – all deposits in all banks – grew 6% at an annual rate. From September 2008 (the month the Fed started QE) to today, the M2 measure of money has grown at a 6% rate.

Milton Friedman said, "watch M2!" And the growth rate of M2 has not changed. What's more important is that economic growth actually slowed. Between January 1995 and September 2008 (which includes the 2001 recession), real GDP expanded at a 2.9% annual rate. During the current recovery, in spite of QE, real GDP has grown just 2.1% at an annual rate.

If QE was effective, then real GDP would have accelerated. Don't be fooled when political economists say the reason real GDP hasn't accelerated is because businesses aren't investing.

C'mon, think about it. First, if there wasn't enough investment, there would be shortages of something. Second, if zero percent interest rates and all the free money in the world can't make people invest more, what can? And, third, excluding the energy sector, US corporations are earning record profits. They must be investing, and that investment must be profitable. But, it's not low interest rates that make them do it, it's the return on high-tech inventions, which get cheaper every day.

The decline in prices of high-tech goods are masking an investment boom. Over the past three years, real (inflation-adjusted) business investment as a percent of overall real GDP is the highest it has ever been. The benefits of those investments have caused profits to boom.

That's why stocks are up. Because profits are up. Not because of QE. QE didn't work.

There are those who say foreign QE took over when the Fed stopped. But if this were the case, then US QE would have driven foreign stock markets higher. It didn't.

So many analysts have been blinded by an obsession with QE that they have missed the forces that are truly driving the underlying economy. More to the point, by ignoring the great things going on with new technology, and crediting the Fed with causing stock prices to rise, many conservative economists are undermining their own beliefs.

By saying QE, not entrepreneurial success, lifted stocks, they are setting the stage for the Fed to do it all over again in the next recession. This would be a mistake. Government interference in the economy causes slow growth and slow recoveries. Giving credit to the Fed encourages more of it.
65  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, related matters on: June 19, 2017, 12:16:57 PM
OTOH, quite a bit of this is shockingly shallow:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/07/us/politics/trump-russia-flynn-kushner.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=RelatedCoverage&region=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article
66  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / POTH: How Michael Flynn’s Disdain for Limits Led to a Legal Quagmire on: June 19, 2017, 12:14:47 PM
Yes, yes, it is Pravda on the Hudson, but there is a lot to chew on here:


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/us/politics/michael-flynn-intel-group-trump.html?rref=collection%2Fnewseventcollection%2FThe%20Trump%20White%20House&action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=Collection&region=Marginalia&src=me&version=newsevent&pgtype=article


WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In the summer of 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic militants — Mr. Flynn was fired, bringing his military career to an abrupt end.

Mr. Flynn decided that the military’s loss would be his gain: He would parlay his contacts, his disdain for conventional bureaucracy, and his intelligence career battling Al Qaeda into a lucrative business advising cybersecurity firms and other government contractors. Over the next two years he would sign on as a consultant to nearly two dozen companies, while carving out a niche as a sought-after author and speaker — and ultimately becoming a top adviser to President Trump.

“I’ve always had that entrepreneurial spirit,” Mr. Flynn said in an interview in October 2015. In the military, he added, “I learned that following the way you’re supposed to do things isn’t always the way to accomplish a task.”

But instead of lofting him into the upper ranks of Beltway bandits, where some other top soldiers have landed, his foray into consulting has become a legal and political quagmire, driven by the same disdain for boundaries that once propelled his rise in the military. His business ties are now the subject of a broad inquiry by a special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates. That investigation now includes work Mr. Flynn did for Russian clients and for a Turkish businessman with ties to that country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Mr. Flynn sometimes seemed to be trying to achieve through business what he could not accomplish in government. He believed that the United States was engaged in a “world war” against Islamist militants, and that Washington’s national security elite had so thoroughly politicized the country’s intelligence agencies that few left in government could see the threat. The United States, he believed, needed to take a tougher line against the Islamic State, and it needed to cultivate Russia as an ally in the fight.

“He got out of the service and had a passion to reform the intelligence community, where he saw some deficiencies,” said Todd Wilcox, a former Green Beret and C.I.A. officer who founded Patriot Capital, a Florida-based defense contractor that named Mr. Flynn to an advisory board in 2015.

But Mr. Flynn also became entangled with controversial clients. One company that paid him, OSY Technologies, is part of a cyberweapons company whose software has been used to hack Mexican activists and an opposition leader in the Middle East. Another, a Boston company selling a technology to replace lie detectors, is accused by its former chief scientist of marketing a counterfeit version of his technology to foreign clients.

Dozens of interviews and a review of public documents suggest that Mr. Flynn’s business was as scattershot as it was ambitious — and that there were few opportunities he would pass up. His clients ranged from a drone manufacturer in Florida to major software companies; at one point, Mr. Flynn took a $5,000 gig as an expert witness in a personal injury case. Some of his clients came through a tight-knit circle of Iranian-Americans, one of whom became a key partner in Mr. Flynn’s businesses.

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Bijan R. Kian, second from right, with Mr. Flynn, right, in 2014. Mr. Kian, a business partner of Mr. Flynn’s, supervised much of the political work they did for Turkish interests. Credit Alfredo Flores/Alfredo Flores Photography, via Associated Press

Mr. Flynn’s work paid well — while it lasted. Financial disclosure forms released in March showed income of between $1.37 million and $1.47 million for a period that roughly covered 2016, the bulk of it from the Flynn Intel Group.

Mr. Flynn closed the Flynn Intel Group at the end of 2016, as he planned to join the Trump administration. But within months, he was fired as Mr. Trump’s national security adviser; the White House has said he was forced out for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the nature of conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Now under scrutiny by the F.B.I. and congressional investigators, Mr. Flynn faces legal bills that are well into the six figures, and former clients are scrambling to distance themselves from the ex-general whose counsel they once avidly sought.

Mr. Flynn declined to comment for this article, and his lawyer, Robert Kelner, declined to answer questions from The New York Times. But in an interview not long ago, Mr. Flynn expressed pride in his moneymaking skills. “I’m a capitalist at heart,” Mr. Flynn said in October. “If I’ve discovered anything, it’s that I’m a good businessman.”

A New Consulting Business

In the fall of 2014, Mr. Flynn registered his new company, Flynn Intel Group, from an Alexandria, Va., townhouse owned by Stanley A. McChrystal, a friend and fellow general-turned-consultant. Among his first clients was Palo Alto Networks, a rising Silicon Valley firm seeking to win more government contracts. A few months later, he inked a deal with the software giant Adobe, which paid him a six-figure fee to provide “periodic counsel to Adobe’s public sector team,” according to a company spokeswoman.

But Mr. Flynn also joined the board of a little-known company called GreenZone Systems, which marketed secure mobile communications systems. GreenZone was run by Bijan R. Kian, an Iranian-American businessman who served until 2011 as a director of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. A friend of Mr. Kian, the businessman Nasser Kazeminy, also hired Mr. Flynn as an adviser.

Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kian soon found a third partner: Philip Oakley, a former Army intelligence analyst, longtime Flynn friend, and owner of two small companies that provided software for defense and intelligence clients. They restarted Flynn Intel Group in June 2015, according to Delaware corporate records, pitching themselves as a premier private intelligence and cybersecurity advisory firm.

None of the partners responded to repeated attempts to contact them. But their business interests were closely intermingled. Beginning in 2015, Mr. Oakley’s firms employed Mr. Flynn as an adviser and paid him $90,000 in salary over 11 months.

Jim McGuire, a business partner of Mr. Kazeminy, said in an email that Mr. Flynn had provided guidance on public sector business opportunities.
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Nasser Kazeminy, a businessman, also hired Mr. Flynn as an adviser. Credit Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

Mr. McGuire declined to say whether GreenZone had won any government business during Mr. Flynn’s tenure as an adviser, which ended last fall. If Mr. Oakley thought joining with Mr. Flynn would turbocharge his business, he may have been disappointed: Mr. Oakley’s companies do not appear to have received any new contracting work directly from the federal government, though government databases do not reliably include subcontractors.

Mr. Flynn continued to collect advisory board memberships, however: His credentials were a marketable asset. Fledgling contractors like Patriot Capital, Mr. Wilcox said, use advisory boards to “build some gravitas.”

Links to Russian Firms

Yet even as Mr. Flynn consulted for American cybersecurity companies, he was developing closer financial ties to Russia, a country whose own intelligence apparatus was moving aggressively to penetrate United States government systems. In 2015, Mr. Flynn accepted a payment from Kaspersky Lab, a Russian research firm that works to uncover Western government spyware and whose founder has long been suspected of having ties to Russian intelligence services.

In 2015, the firm’s American subsidiary, Kaspersky Government Security Solutions Inc., paid him $11,250. The same year, Mr. Flynn received the same amount from Volga-Dnepr Airlines, a Russian carrier that has been examined by the United Nations for bribery.

Both payments were for unspecified “services” provided by Mr. Flynn, according to a letter sent to the White House in March by Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, which is examining Mr. Flynn’s financial dealings. Kaspersky has said that Mr. Flynn was paid for remarks he delivered at a 2015 cybersecurity forum in Washington.

In December 2015, Mr. Flynn traveled to Moscow for a paid speaking engagement on behalf of RT, the Kremlin-financed news network that American intelligence agencies say is a Russian propaganda outlet. RT paid Mr. Flynn $45,000 for the trip, which also included an invitation to a lavish anniversary party for the network, where he was photographed sitting at the elbow of President Vladimir V. Putin.

The three payments from Russian companies are among the issues being investigated by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading the Justice Department inquiry.

Mr. Flynn believed that Moscow could be cultivated as an ally against Islamist militants. As director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, he had even visited the headquarters of the G.R.U., the Russian military intelligence service.

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Mr. Flynn, center left, sat beside President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, center right, at a dinner in Moscow on Nov. 17, 2016. Credit Pool photo by Mikhail Klimentyev

His colleagues in the American intelligence community took a less favorable view, especially when he continued to push for closer ties after Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014. They believed Mr. Flynn was willing to be used by Russia if he could advance his views on forging a united front to battle the Islamic State.
A Growing List of Clients

By early 2016, Mr. Flynn’s public profile was rising. He had signed a book deal and began hitting the public speaking circuit. The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria seemed to validate his criticism of Obama administration policy, and Mr. Flynn soon become a regular adviser to Mr. Trump’s insurgent presidential campaign.

But behind the scenes, his client list was also expanding.

That May, Mr. Flynn joined the advisory board of OSY Technologies, part of the NSO Group, a secretive cyberweapons dealer founded by former Israeli intelligence officials. He also consulted with Francisco Partners, an American private equity firm that controls NSO Group.

The same year, the company’s products were linked to an attempt to hack the cellphone of Ahmed Mansoor, a human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates. They were also used to harass public health advocates of a Mexican soda tax, who began receiving threatening text messages.

In a statement, NSO said it “only develops the software, and is not involved in any way, shape or form in operating the system.”

Steve Eisner, the general counsel of Francisco Partners, suggested that Mr. Flynn had served the company in a relatively limited advisory role.

“We routinely engage consultants to help us understand industries that we are investing in,” Mr. Eisner said. Mr. Flynn was paid a little more than $40,000 by OSY, and “less than $100,000” by Francisco, Mr. Eisner said.

Another client was Brainwave Science, a tiny Massachusetts company that purports to have technology that can scan the brain to determine if someone is lying.


Dr. Lawrence A. Farwell, the company’s former chief scientist and inventor of its technology, said in an interview that Brainwave was using a counterfeit version of his work and was the target of a federal investigation related to its product. He declined to provide further details.

A man previously listed as one of the company’s board members, Subrahmanyam M. Kota, the head of an I.T. consulting firm called the Boston Group, was caught in a sting in the 1990s and accused of trying to sell secrets to the K.G.B. As part of a deal that involved his testimony against another defendant, he eventually pleaded guilty to charges related to theft and tax evasion.

Mr. Kota denied in an interview that he had served on the board of Brainwave; Dr. Farwell said Mr. Kota was actually the principal investor. A lawyer for Brainwave declined to answer questions about the dispute with Dr. Farwell or Mr. Flynn’s work for the company.

Dr. Farwell added that he had warned Mr. Flynn against getting involved with the company. “I’m not going to make any representations as to what Flynn’s positions or words were, but I was in communication with him directly, and with his staff,” Dr. Farwell said.

A Slapdash Effort

By the fall of 2016, Mr. Flynn was spending significant time on the campaign trail with Mr. Trump. Back in Washington, Mr. Kian brought in a new client: A prominent Turkish businessman named Ekim Alptekin, who headed a Turkish trade association with ties to the country’s government.

Mr. Alptekin had come to know Mr. Kian during Mr. Kian’s days at the Export-Import Bank, Mr. Alptekin said in an interview this month. Last fall, after the failed July 2016 coup against the Turkish president, he wanted to fight back against those whom Mr. Erdogan blamed for the attempt: members of the Islamic religious movement led by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999.

“Like many Americans rolling up their sleeves in 9/11 to do something, I decided to do something,” Mr. Alptekin said.

His public explanations for hiring the Flynn Intel Group have not always been consistent: In March, he told a reporter that Mr. Flynn had been hired “to produce geopolitical analysis on Turkey and the region” for an Israeli energy company.

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Ekim Alptekin, a Turkish businessman, said he hired Mr. Flynn’s firm to lead a public relations campaign against a group that Turkey’s president blames for orchestrating a failed coup. Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Mr. Alptekin now says that he wanted to hire a credible American firm to lead a public relations campaign against the Gulenists. Mr. Kian suggested the Flynn Intel Group, Mr. Alptekin said — though without disclosing his own involvement with the firm.

“You need independent work; you need research that is done by Americans,” Mr. Alptekin said. “Flynn was well credentialed; he was a head of D.I.A.”

The Flynn Intel Group promised what sounded like a sophisticated research and lobbying effort, employing former intelligence and military veterans, and led by Mr. Flynn himself. The company would produce a documentary and seek to persuade members of Congress that Mr. Gulen ought to be extradited. Mr. Alptekin agreed to pay $600,000 for the work.

But the effort appears to have been slapdash from the start, according to several people involved in the effort, who asked for anonymity because of the continuing federal investigations.

Mr. Flynn had little to say during meetings, though he would hand out signed copies of his book at each one. A former United States intelligence operative named Mike Boston appeared to be quarterbacking the assignment, but according to one person involved, he mostly sat in the corner or paced around the room saying nothing.

Mr. Flynn’s partners also appeared unsure of what legal requirements they faced, according to another person involved in the project. Yet another Kian friend, a lawyer named Robert Kelley, was brought in for advice, and later filed a lobbying disclosure on the company’s behalf, indicating that its client was Mr. Alptekin’s company, Inovo BV.

Mr. Kian later disclosed that he met twice in October 2016 with staff members for the House Committee on Homeland Security. According to a report in The Daily Caller, Mr. Kian at first pitched them on technology developed by GreenZone, the contracting firm he also ran. But at the second meeting, Mr. Kian initiated a discussion of the Gulen research, surprising the Hill staffers.

Mr. Flynn did not attend those meetings. But the day after the election, he published an op-ed calling Mr. Gulen “a shady Islamic mullah” and comparing his movement to the Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Alptekin said he advised Mr. Kian against publishing the op-ed and that the Flynn Intel Group eventually refunded the lobbying portion of his payments.

But the op-ed caught the attention of Justice Department lawyers, who opened an investigation into whether Mr. Flynn was in fact working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey — a matter that is now part of Mr. Mueller’s broader inquiry into Mr. Trump’s inner circle.

Months later, in March, Mr. Flynn and Mr. Kian filed additional disclosures under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The new disclosures acknowledged that the Gulen project “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey.”

Around $270,000 worth of the fees Mr. Alptekin paid to Flynn Intel Group are not accounted for in the foreign agent disclosure, which details payments to roughly a dozen other individuals and firms associated with the Gulen project.

Mr. Alptekin says he does not know where the money went.

Danielle Ivory contributed reporting, and Doris Burke contributed research.
67  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hillsdale: The Decline of Journalistic Standards on: June 19, 2017, 12:10:16 PM
https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/2016-election-demise-journalistic-standards/
68  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / POTH: Congress reasserts role in foreign policy on: June 19, 2017, 10:58:55 AM
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/us/politics/world-leaders-wary-of-trump-may-have-an-ally-congress.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=politics&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Politics&pgtype=article
69  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / SCOTUS: "Offensive Trademarks" on: June 19, 2017, 10:47:32 AM
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/us/politics/supreme-court-trademarks-redskins.html?emc=edit_na_20170619&nl=breaking-news&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
70  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Britain: Hit on Muslims coming out of Mosque on: June 19, 2017, 10:40:41 AM
The apparent logic of the van driving into Muslims coming out of their mosque in London last night is what it is.

Apart from the deep moral failings of this tactic, my guess is that it will be used in furtherance of a moral parity paradigm and as such a failure as defined by its goals.
71  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gerrymandering cases go to the Supreme Court on: June 19, 2017, 10:33:28 AM


http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338404-supreme-court-to-consider-wisconsin-gerrymandering-case

In 2012, after the map was introduced, Republicans won 60 seats in the 99-seat Assembly, even though the party’s candidates won 48.6 percent of the two-party vote, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.  (Marc:  NOTE THIS)

Federal courts have previously ruled that maps that employ “racial gerrymandering” are unconstitutional. In racial gerrymandering, lines are drawn to lower the influence of minority voters, sometimes by scattering them across different districts.

The challenge to Wisconsin’s legislative lines are different because the challenge revolves around whether district lines can be drawn for a partisan advantage.
72  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / BBC, nailed with dishonest headline and article, apologizes on: June 18, 2017, 04:37:54 PM
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4977323,00.html
73  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / MSNBC surprises on: June 18, 2017, 04:34:03 PM
http://informedfolks.com/this-msnbc-host-went-off-script-and-admitted-the-truth-that-no-trump-hater-wants-to-admit/
74  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fishy USS Fitzgerald story on: June 18, 2017, 04:25:18 PM
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/06/something_is_fishy_about_uss_fitzgerald_story_we_are_getting_from_the_media.html#.WUaTrr8ACRU.twitter
75  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Britain; London Mayor Sadiq Khan 2.0 on: June 17, 2017, 11:57:34 PM
https://www.jihadwatch.org/2017/06/londons-muslim-mayor-refuses-to-cancel-pro-jihad-terror-anti-israel-demonstration
76  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump's accomplisments and promises kept on: June 17, 2017, 11:14:49 PM
Let's start keeping a list.

1) The anti-lobbyist EO
2) Rejecting TPP
3) Rollback of Obama's Cuba EO
4) Price reduction on F-35
77  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Canada-US on: June 17, 2017, 03:49:36 PM
I would like to see that.

I agree with your assessment.

Here is another yet different example of a government not protecting its people:

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/16/canada-passes-law-criminalizing-use-of-wrong-gender-pronouns/
78  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Canada: Soldiers of Odin, Three Percenters Canada on: June 17, 2017, 03:04:31 PM


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9NdN4a6D_g


https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/the-birth-of-canadas-armed-anti-islamic-patriot-group?utm_source=vicefbcaads&utm_campaign=global
79  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Philippines: Rumint of a US supported coup coming on: June 17, 2017, 01:59:23 PM
http://www.mintpressnews.com/a-u-s-led-military-coup-could-be-brewing-in-the-philippines-to-oust-duterte/228838/
80  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Fire and remove clearances on: June 17, 2017, 01:35:47 PM


http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/06/ishmael-jones-a-modest-proposal.php
81  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The New Yorker on Rosenstein on: June 17, 2017, 01:28:30 PM
http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/why-trump-attacked-his-own-deputy-attorney-general?mbid=nl__daily&CNDID=50142053&mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20%28182%29&CNDID=50142053&spMailingID=11283996&spUserID=MjAxODUyNTc2OTUwS0&spJobID=1181492685&spReportId=MTE4MTQ5MjY4NQS2
82  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WT: Mueller faces tough obstruction case on: June 16, 2017, 11:52:18 PM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/15/robert-mueller-faces-tough-obstruction-case-agains/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTm1Vd016STFZVEV4T0RWaiIsInQiOiJweDJcL05qdXArVUlcL2t3VUxUMit3cG52Q2R3cndvSVpJRzF4eDlWdHhLK3loWGhVbkF5XC9uT01CZFo2bVhuSFNqZVNKWTBiYlJMcTNteEJwNDJ5TlBmR3N0Z0RzRDY0Z3pkc1MxNm1KMXNHVm5vWVJGem1lM1lUM1p4VFJUZnpJbyJ9
83  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 80 years of Russian meddling in American elections on: June 16, 2017, 11:47:11 PM
https://toinformistoinfluence.com/2017/06/15/moscows-assaults-on-american-democracy-began-80-years-ago/
84  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump's financial disclosure released on: June 16, 2017, 11:32:56 PM
In that accusations will be made regardless of the facts, I post this here:


http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/338208-trumps-financial-disclosure-released
85  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump chooses event planner for NY housing programs on: June 16, 2017, 07:33:35 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-chooses-family-event-planner-run-n-y-housing-programs-article-1.3251314
86  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Interesting data on: June 16, 2017, 07:29:04 PM
http://www.thedailyliberator.com/facts-neither-side-wants-admit-gun-contro/#rJBkvchs2mX8u3RZ.99
87  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / AI develops its own language on: June 16, 2017, 06:06:11 PM


https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/06/artificial-intelligence-develops-its-own-non-human-language/530436/
88  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Glick: Burying Saddam's legacy on: June 16, 2017, 02:17:19 PM
http://carolineglick.com/burying-saddams-legacy/
89  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The war on the rule of law on: June 16, 2017, 01:39:32 PM
Read with care-- it is a "refuse to confirm or deny".
90  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Iran testing US Navy in Straights of Hormuz on: June 16, 2017, 12:09:50 PM
http://www.businessinsider.com/iran-laser-spotlight-us-navy-bataan-2017-6?utm_content=bufferb0266&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-bi
91  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / What could go wrong? Cons overlooking cops in Oakland on: June 15, 2017, 11:49:46 PM
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-recruiting-ex-cons-to-oversee-cops-11217777.php?cmpid=fb-premium
92  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The Left goes after the Founding Fathers on: June 15, 2017, 11:00:46 PM
http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/after-banning-confederate-memorials-dems-now-focus-on-destroying-the-founders
93  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Forever Young on: June 15, 2017, 10:48:16 PM
Well, be that as it may, his headline fight on Saturday was pretty awful cheesy  Both he and his opponent were gassed halfway through the first round.
94  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Senate votes to expand Russia and Iran sanctions on: June 15, 2017, 05:15:42 PM
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/russia-iran-sanctions-senate-vote-239594
95  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Extremism experts starting to worry about the Left on: June 15, 2017, 05:02:42 PM
https://news.vice.com/story/extremism-experts-are-starting-to-worry-about-the-left

96  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / The day feminism died , , , again on: June 15, 2017, 04:56:56 PM


https://pjmedia.com/parenting/2017/06/14/transgendered-track-star-proves-were-all-insane/
97  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Political Humor on: June 15, 2017, 04:53:00 PM
http://joeforamerica.com/2014/05/mass-murderers-democrats/
98  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy, Sedition, and Treason? on: June 15, 2017, 04:46:54 PM
Ummm , , , but what about the money Flynn took from the Turks and did not report even as he advised Trump on dealings with the Turks?

99  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Common thread: Failed masculinity on: June 15, 2017, 04:44:50 PM
http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2017/06/the-common-driver-of-public-violence.html

100  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 10 apps for Travel on: June 15, 2017, 12:19:44 PM
https://www.westernunion.com/blog/best-apps-for-living-abroad/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=3MI&utm_medium=ResendTouch3&utm_term=US&utm_content=readmore

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