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Sen. Cory Booker Claims Toy Guns More Regulated Than Real Ones

Sen. Cory Booker is making damn sure no one forgets that he’s anti-gun. A good bit of his campaign at the moment revolves around his anti-gun proposals. However, while trying to sell gun control during the Democratic primary, Booker’s made a very bizarre claim, one that makes absolutely no sense. “Most people don’t know that consumer product safety literally — one industry that’s been exempted is the gun lobby. So we have different regulations for toy guns and no regulations for the weapons on our streets that are killing so many people.” — Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), interview on CNN,…

Armed patriots vow continued patrols as monthly border crossings reach 100,000

An armed group of citizen patriots patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico have vowed to continue operations to assist Border Patrol despite an eviction from their previous camp. Jim Benvie, spokesman for the newly formed Guardian Patriots, told the Las Cruces Sun News numerous “volunteer patriots” continue to patrol sections of the New Mexico border and work in conjunction with Border Patrol officials, though they’ve moved to a new location on private property. “Nobody who’s been on the border left. There’s been no breakup. Everyone is still here,” Benvie said, disputing media reports that the group had packed up…

Top Adviser to Richard Nixon Admitted that ‘War on Drugs’ was Policy Tool to Go After Anti-War Protesters and ‘Black People’

A decades old quote from President Nixon’s administration is making front page news and being shared widely around the web. The quote from John Ehrlichman, who served as President Richard Nixon’s domestic policy chief gained new notoriety after appearing in a cover story in Harper’s Magazine by author Dan Baum. “You want to know what this was really all about,” Ehrlichman, who died in 1999, said, referring to Nixon’s declaration of war on drugs. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying.…


Coca-Cola billionaire arrested after search of private jet reveals 5,000 alleged cannabis plants

Isle of Man resident Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. He has been charged with Possession with Intent to Supply, Possession of Controlled Drugs and Importation of a Controlled Drug into the Federation after his plane was stopped by customs authorities. David is a member of the Leventis family, who run the biggest commercial bottling facilities in Europe after a merger with beverage behemoth Coca-Cola bumped the family’s net worth to approximately £4.6 billion. David himself is estimated to be worth £2.6 billion. David claims the plants are “pure hemp,”…

Bayer must pay $2bn to couple in Monsanto cancer trial, jury rules

A California jury on Monday awarded more than $2bn to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, marking the third consecutive US jury verdict against the company in litigation over the chemical. The jury in San Francisco superior court in Oakland said the company was liable for plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a spokeswoman for the couple said. It awarded $18m in compensatory and $1bn in punitive damages to Alva Pilliod and $37m in compensatory and $1bn in punitive damages to his wife, Alberta Pilliod. The jury found Roundup had been…

A decade after the recession, 40% of U.S. families still struggling

Four in 10 Americans sometimes face what economists call “material hardship,” struggling to pay for basic needs such as food and housing, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. Even middle-class families routinely struggle financially and are occasionally unable to pay their bills.  The finding is striking given the U.S. has experienced a decade of economic growth in the decade since the recession ended. The unemployment rate is at its lowest in half a century, and the stock market has enjoyed a decade-long bull run. But for many Americans, incomes haven’t kept up with the rising cost of necessities…

Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs

Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders. The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelops them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters. Amazon has considered installing two machines at dozens more warehouses, removing at least 24 roles at each one, these people said. These facilities typically employ more than 2,000 people. That would amount to more than 1,300 cuts across 55…


Supreme Court greenlights Apple customers’ lawsuit over App Store price-fixing

The Supreme Court has ruled on a key question in Apple Inc v Pepper, a class action suit arguing that the App Store violated antitrust law by driving up prices through the monopolistic tactic of prohibiting users from buying apps from third parties, and then taking a 30% commission on every app sold, which led software companies to raise prices in order to remain profitable after Apple had taken its cut. Apple had asked the Supreme Court to prevent the case from moving forward on the grounds that Apple customers were really buying apps from the software vendors, and not…

Yes, CNN actually claims unborn babies “aren’t human”

During a recent segment of “Primetime with Chris Cuomo” on CNN, New York City Democratic politician Christine Quinn angrily defied science by squawking her deranged belief that, “when a woman is pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her.” Completely serious, Quinn spewed such nonsense in response to conservative guest Rick Santorum, who maintains – like most normal, rational people do – that unborn human babies are, in fact, human. But in Quinn’s view, human babies are actually not human at all, but are instead part of women’s body – thus making them disposable, should women decide to…

Twitter Admits To ‘Inadvertently’ Collecting, Sharing Location Data Due To “Bug”

Twitter announced on Monday that it ‘inadvertently” collected and shared iOS location data due to a software bug. In a blog post, the company admitted: “We have discovered that we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location data with one of our trusted partners in certain circumstances,” adding “Specifically, if you used more than one account on Twitter for iOS and opted into using the precise location feature in one account, we may have accidentally collected location data when you were using any other account(s) on that same device for which you had not turned on the precise location feature.” …

Stock Markets Fall After No Deal in US-China Trade Talks

Stock markets fell on Monday after trade talks between the United States and China wrapped up without an agreement, with economists warning that the escalating dispute over trade and technology would likely hurt economic growth. The CAC 40 in Paris dropped by 0.5% to 5,298 in midday trading while Germany’s DAX gave up 0.7% to 11,970. The FTSE 100 in Britain edged down 0.1% to 7,194. In New York, Wall Street appeared headed for heavier losses upon opening, with the future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 1.2% at 25,656. The future for the S&P 500 fell 1.3%…


Journalist: The Beginning Of The End Of American Journalism Was The Lewinski Scandal

American journalist Matt Taibbi has said that the American press began its rapid decline during the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked Bill Clinton during his presidency. The mainstream media is no longer even attempting to portray objectivity, but simply “packaging anger” for the brainwashed American public. In a new “On Contact” episode, host Chris Hedges and Taibbi dive into the roots of the decay of journalism in the United States, which preys on prejudices and fear while pitting people against each other and paving the way for demagogues. According to RT, Taibbi says this all started back when Bill Clinton…

TECHNO-DICTATORSHIP: Apple bans Natural News for publishing true climate science stories that Apple claims are “rejected by the scientific community”

As part of the accelerating techno-dictatorship sweeping across the online world, Apple News has banned Natural News for expressing views which Apple claims are “rejected by the scientific community.” This ban was received shortly after Natural News published a rebuttal to the junk science climate change narrative which falsely claims that carbon dioxide is a poison that will destroy the planet. (Only someone who is scientifically illiterate or completely brainwashed could believe such a falsehood.) Natural News dares to state the simple scientific fact — now confirmed by NASA — that carbon dioxide boosts the growth of green plants all…

In the Land of the Free, Cops Raid a Journalist’s Home, Kidnap Him After He Refused to Name Source

In the land of the free, journalists are now being raided by SWAT teams in an effort to find out their sources and this is in spite of the law protecting journalists from this very act. Freelance journalist Bryan Carmody just fell victim to the police state in California as multiple San Francisco cops with sledge hammers and weapons began breaking down his door last week in an effort to find out his source for a leaked police report. As the Society for Professional Journalists points out, California’s Shield Law protects journalists from being held in contempt for refusing to…

Kind of a Calming Feeling’: GOP Slams Rashida Tlaib Over Holocaust Description

On Friday Rep. Rashida Tlaib said that thinking of the Holocaust makes her feel “kind of” calm. The statement was made soon after Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah and provoked a robust reaction from US Republicans, calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “take action.” Speaking on the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” US Representative from the Democratic Party, Rashida Tlaib, discussed the conflict between Israel and Palestinians in the familiar provocative manner she had been criticized for on multiple occasions in the past. “There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust,…


New Zealand: Citizens Receiving Home Visits From ‘Political Police’

New Zealanders are receiving home visits from police to check on their political views, with one individual claiming that authorities asked him if he supported Donald Trump. The visits are taking place as a response to March’s Christchurch mosque massacre. In one clip, armed police arrive at a man’s home on Sunday morning to question him in relation to his political beliefs. “The reason we’re here, basically it’s down to the recent events in Christchurch, with the shooting there, a number of people have been identified who we’ve been asked to go and speak to, so you’re one of those…

New Study Finds Chemicals In Sunscreen Break Through Your Skin & Seep Into Your Bloodstream

Collective Evolution has been creating awareness about the potential dangers of sunscreen since the beginning of 2009. When we started to, despite presenting credible peer-reviewed scientific publications and interviews with doctors and scientists, many simply thought this wasn’t true. The idea that our federal health regulatory agencies are really looking out for our health and the idea that we can put absolute trust into these agencies as well as the products that they approve are no longer valid. Enormous amounts of corruption have been exposed over the past decade, which goes to show that we really need to rely on…

Cops Fine Mother, Handcuff and Jail 13yo Autistic Boy, for Allegedly Pulling a Fire Alarm

Detroit, MI — In the modern day police state, typical schoolyard shenanigans—like pulling a fire alarm—no longer land children in detention. Now, even children with special needs and autism, who may not even understand what they are doing, will be handcuffed, arrested, and thrown in jail. Angela Miller, mother of 13-year-old Jerel, just learned this the hard way when her son was handcuffed at school, arrested and brought to jail last for a similar incident. Last week, Miller received a phone call from the Detroit police department telling her that her son was in jail. Shocked that her autistic son…

Bayer Apologises for Monsanto Collecting Personal Data Amid French Probe

The German giant acquired the US agrochemical firm in 2018 and inherited numerous problems, including lawsuits over the probable toxic effect of its weed killer Roundup. After shedding more than 30 billion euros from its market capitalisation, Bayer has had to deal with an investigation in France about data being collected on Monsanto’s critics. German-based Bayer is commissioning an external law firm to investigate claims about its US agrochemical firm, Monsanto, assembling lists of influential journalists and lawmakers, criticising or making complaints about the company.  The pharmaceutical giant purchased the weed killer producer for $63 billion in 2018 and recently announced the move after an internal…

America’s Defense Budget Is Bigger Than You Think

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And keep one thing in mind: that $750 billion represents only part of the actual annual cost of our national security state. There are at least 10 separate pots of money dedicated to fighting wars, preparing for yet more wars, and dealing with the…

Nineteen Eighty-Four Turns 70 Years Old In A World That Looks A Lot Like The Book

This month, George Orwell’s legendary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 70 years old, and the warnings contained within the story are now more relevant than ever. Orwell’s predictions were so spot on that it almost seems like it was used as some type of accidental instruction manual for would-be tyrants. In the world of Nineteen Eighty-Four, there is an all-encompassing surveillance state that keeps a watchful eye on everyone, in search of possible rebels and points of resistance. Censorship is the norm in this world, and is so extreme that individuals can become “unpersons” who are essentially deleted from society because their…

Chelsea Manning Warns the Trump Administration ‘Clearly Wants to Go After Journalists’

Facing the possibility of being imprisoned yet again in the coming days for refusing to testify before a secretive grand jury, U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning on Sunday warned of the grave threat the Trump administration poses to press freedoms. “I think that ultimately what they really want is, they want to go after journalists,” Manning said during an interview on CNN when asked whether the Trump administration’s effort to extradite WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange to the U.S. is a danger to the free press. “This administration clearly wants to go after journalists,” Manning said. “I think that…

Economic Doom: China Says That There Will NEVER Be A Trade Deal Until The U.S. Agrees To Their Demands

Unless someone backs down in a major way, this trade war is going to last for a very long time, and the Chinese have made it exceedingly clear that they are never going to back down on the core issues.  So that means that the only way out is for President Trump to back down, and with an election looming in 2020, his advisers are telling him that now is the time to be very tough with China.  Bernie Sanders and other top Democrats have staked out positions that are just as tough on China as Trump is being, and…

Assange’s Defence to Protest Ecuador Move to Pass Docs From UK Embassy to US

The defence team for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will appeal against a decision by Quito to give Assange’s documents currently at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to Washington, Assange’s Ecuadorian lawyer Carlos Poveda told Sputnik. According to Poveda, this decision was taken on 1 May by a court in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. “We will protest this decision… We will appeal against it tomorrow morning [Monday] both in court and in the prosecutor’s office, and we will wait for the decision of these instances”, Poveda said. The lawyer recalled that Assange remains an Ecuadorian citizen, and since no investigation is being conducted against him in this country, the material evidence related to him…

Researcher finds tree older than Christianity in North Carolina swamp

Scientists documenting the ages of bald cypress along the Black River in southeastern North Carolina have discovered an ancient tree whose annual growth rings show it to be at least 2,624 years old. That means the cypress was alive centuries before the advent of Christianity, the Roman Empire and the English language. The new research finding released Thursday also means bald cypress ranks fifth among all tree species on Earth for tree longevity. The study says a nearby cypress in the same river swamp is at least 2,088 years old. Scientists believe other, unsampled 2,000-plus-year-old trees exist along the 66-mile-long…

Dog to human disease confirmed in Iowa

State officials are warning the public about a disease in dogs that can be passed to humans.  State Veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand has confirmed several cases of “canine Brucellosis” coming from a commercial small-dog breeding facility in Marion County. The sickness is known to only affect dogs and humans, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. “We are in the process of notifying the individuals who have custody of the exposed dogs,” a Friday news release from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship states. “Both the animals and the facilities are quarantined while the dogs undergo clinical testing.” The zoonotic…

Pentagram deploying Patriot anti-missile battery to Middle East to further deter Iranian threat

The U.S. military is deploying a Patriot anti-missile battery to the Middle East to further deter threats from Iran, the Pentagon announced on Friday. The Pentagon would not specify the location but a senior military official said it would arrive “relatively soon.” The decision follows an announcement earlier in the week that the U.S. would deploy a carrier strike group and bomber task force to the region in response to indications that Iran and its proxies were preparing to attack U.S. forces and interests in the region.(MORE: Intelligence on Iran that prompted US carrier move came on Friday afternoon) In…

A reporter declined to reveal his source. Then police showed up at his front door with guns.

Bryan Carmody, a freelance reporter in San Francisco, awoke Friday to the sounds of someone trying to break into his house. About 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department were bashing the front gate of his home in the Outer Richmond neighborhood with a sledgehammer, he said. It was just after 8 o’clock in the morning. Carmody called out and said he would let them into the house. The officers showed him a search warrant and proceeded to go through his home — from “top to bottom” he says — with their guns drawn. “They treated me like I…

Ads results on the top of Google search results load slower so that you unintentionally click them as they suddenly appear while clicking another top result.

They always take a few more seconds to load so if you click on an actual search result they would suddenly appear underneath tricking you into clicking it. I’m pretty sure that’s done on purpose so that Google would trick you into clicking the ads and it makes no sense that GOOGLE would unintentionally have slower loading ads -The very thing that makes them money. SOURCE: REDDIT

“FBI Discovers Homegrown Islamic Terror Compound In Alabama” They found ANOTHER compound led by the same man as the one in New Mexico that was training children.

The FBI has uncovered a homegrown, jihadist compound in the small Alabama town of Macon County. The FBI‘s search warrant described the property as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course” in a story first reported by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The land where the group gathered reportedly looked like an “abandoned dump,” and was led by Siraj Wahhaj, who allegedly trained children to commit school shootings in a similar terrorist breeding ground in New Mexico last year. (RELATED: After Dropped Charges, FBI Re-Arrests Five ‘Extremist Muslim’ New Mexico Compound Suspects) Wahhaj and four other alleged Islamic extremists were indicted on terrorism, kidnapping,…

Your most sensitive data is likely exposed online. These people try to find it

Justin Paine sits in a pub in Oakland, California, searching the internet for your most sensitive data. It doesn’t take him long to find a promising lead. On his laptop, he opens Shodan, a searchable index of cloud servers and other internet-connected devices. Then he types the keyword “Kibana,” which reveals more than 15,000 databases stored online. Paine starts digging through the results, a plate of chicken tenders and fries growing cold next to him. “This one’s from Russia. This one’s from China,” Paine said. “This one is just wide open.” From there, Paine can sift through each database and…

Cuba starts giving out free preventive HIV pill

Cuba started giving out free pre-exposure prophylaxis pills (PrEP) to prevent the spread of HIV in healthy people, a program that is currently in the trial phase. The pills, which reduce by 90% the probability of acquiring the virus, have been given since last March 6 to 28 to people from the municipality of Cárdenas, in the western province of Matanzas, where 234 people with HIV live and every year about 30 new cases are registered. These persons were selected for the pilot plan in Cárdenas for having “a risky behavior and, consequently, a high possibility of contracting the disease,”…

Exposed: How Amazon destroys millions of new items it can’t sell with everything from TVs to kitchen equipment, books and nappies dumped in landfill sites

Amazon destroys millions of brand-new items including televisions, books and nappies it cannot sell, an investigation has revealed. Lorry-loads of goods, many still in their packaging, are dumped in sprawling landfill sites or incinerated. The shocking waste was revealed by undercover investigators who secretly filmed in one of the multi-billion-pound company’s enormous warehouses. Reporters posing as Amazon workers discovered an area called the ‘destruction zone’ where they covertly filmed staff loading pristine toys, unused kitchen equipment and flat-screen TVs into skips to be transported to dumps. Later, cameras fitted to a drone tailed a truck crammed with expensive consumer goods…

Mayor of Flint, Michigan accused of stealing water crisis donations, whistleblower witness testifies

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver asked employees to redirect charitable donors to a nonprofit fund she created shortly after taking office in 2015, an ex-city official testified during a federal whistleblower trial in Detroit on Wednesday, May 8. Weaver, who took the stand briefly Wednesday and may testify further Thursday, said she created the fund at the recommendation of other mayors or advisers from across Michigan, including former Lansing Mayor Virgil Bernero and Lansing Bishop David W. Maxwell, who assisted in the fund’s creation. The mayor testified that Lansing-based Martin Waymire public relations firm recommended she devote a half-day per week…

Parents no longer can claim personal, philosophical exemption for measles vaccine in Wash.

Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The state saw more than 70 cases of measles this year, and Inslee signed the bill at Vancouver City Hall, in the county where most of those cases were centered. The new law takes effect at the end of July. Inslee said that while the bill was an important step in public health, he warned…

WARNING: Facial recognition is being used EVERYWHERE

In August 2017, a woman contacted the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado with what seemed like a simple case: After a date at a bowling alley, she’d discovered $400 missing from her purse and asked the manager to review the surveillance footage, which showed her companion snatching the cash while she bowled a frame. But despite the clear evidence, the search for the bowling companion floundered. The woman knew only his first name. He’d removed his profile from the dating site on which they’d met. His number, now disconnected, was linked to a hard-to-trace “burner” phone. Security video captured…

President Trump takes over Fourth of July celebration, changing its location and inserting himself into the program

President Donald Trump has effectively taken charge of the nation’s premier Fourth of July celebration in Washington, moving the gargantuan fireworks display from its usual spot on the Mall to be closer to the Potomac River and making tentative plans to address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, according to top administration officials. The president’s starring role has the potential to turn what has long been a nonpartisan celebration of the nation’s founding into another version of a Trump campaign rally. Officials said it is unclear how much the changes may cost, but the plans have already…

Hackers still causing havoc in Baltimore City ransomware attack

The FBI is investigating a ransomware attack on Baltimore City’s network, while city officials try to bring back the network to its full capacity. Although city services are no longer are being affected, hackers are still accessing the system, according to Mayor Jack Young. “These people are so sophisticated that their job is just to disrupt,” Young said. “I wish they would use it for more good than they are for just bad in trying to extort money from cities and companies. It’s just not right.” It was discovered Tuesday that the system was taken offline, and technicians continue to…

A new camera can photograph you from almost 28 miles away

Long-distance photography on Earth is a tricky challenge. Capturing enough light from a subject at great distances is not easy. And even then, the atmosphere introduces distortions that can ruin the image; so does pollution, which is a particular problem in cities. That makes it hard to get any kind of image beyond a distance of a few kilometers or so (assuming the camera is mounted high enough off the ground to cope with Earth’s curvature). But in recent years, researchers have begun to exploit sensitive photodetectors to do much better. These detectors are so sensitive they can pick up…

The Intercept doesn’t protect whistleblowers, it burns them

Early Thursday morning, the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against Daniel Everette Hale — a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force and National Security Agency (NSA) and later a defense contractor working for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) — for providing a reporter with classified government information. The reporter in question, although unnamed in the indictment, is Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of and journalist for the online publication The Intercept. The indictment against Hale makes him the third Intercept source to be charged with leaking classified information to the outlet in less than two years. Notably, both of…

Oregon Elementary School Teacher Tried to Convince 8-Year-Old Student He’s Transgender

It doesn’t get much crazier than this. According to KPTV-TV, an Oregon elementary school teacher tried to convince an 8-year-old student that he was transgender. The schoolteacher did this without involving the parents. The result? The boy is now aggressive, depressed, and confused. The teacher at Nellie Muir Elementary School in Woodburn targeted the boy for transgender indoctrination when he started using the staff restroom after a stomach issue made him feel uncomfortable about using the boys’ toilet. The teacher took the 8-year-old aside, spoke shortly to him, and then proceeded to share all kinds of transgender literature and videos…

Cal Poly faculty vote to remove Chick-fil-A from campus

Cal Poly’s Academic Senate, the governing body for the university’s faculty, voted Tuesday overwhelmingly in favor of removing a Chick-fil-A restaurant outlet from the university’s San Luis Obispo campus. The resolution was proposed in light of recent news the fast food chain’s charity arm, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, continues to give money to anti-LGBTQ organizations. The vote by the Academic Senate comes after another university and two cities moved to block Chick-fil-A outlets from opening in recent weeks due to the company’s perceived opposition to the LGBTQ community.  Thomas Gutierrez, the Academic Senate’s vice-chair, introduced the resolution.  “[Cal Poly’s] values statement…

Jeff Bezos Has Plans to Extract the Moon’s Water

Between the shipping and handling, the web servers, the groceries, and the newspapers, Jeff Bezos never stopped thinking about the moon. He was 5 years old when Americans first walked on the lunar surface, and he remembers the grainy black-and-white footage from that historic moment. “It had a huge impact on me,” Bezos said. “And it hasn’t changed.” Bezos, in addition to leading Amazon and owning The Washington Post, runs a spaceflight company called Blue Origin. Blue Origin has been working on something for the past three years, and on Thursday, Bezos unveiled it: a giant spacecraft designed to touch…

The US military doesn’t know how many websites it runs …‘between 2,000 and 5,000 is the estimate’

The Department of Defense isn’t sure how many websites it runs. Stars and Stripes reports that at an event last month, US Army Colonel Paul Haverstick, the acting director of the Defense Media Activity at Fort Meade, Maryland said that the number of websites that the Pentagon runs is “undefined.” The Defense Media Activity is the US military’s multimedia outreach operation, covering the publication of official outlets, such as Army News, Air Force News, Marines News, and Navy News, and communications education for military and civilians. It also provides hosting and web development for the Department of Defense. But it…

Japanese railway company starts testing 249mph bullet train speeds

This week, Japanese railway company JR East showed off its new Alfa-X, a high-speed bullet train that is designed to achieve a top speed of 400kph, or 249mph, which would make it the fastest commercial train in the world. In day-to-day operations, the train would shuttle passengers at 360kph, or roughly 224mph. On Friday, JR East will begin testing the Alfa-X, without passengers, on its railways. According to Bloomberg, the 10-car train will make the trip “between the cities of Aomori and Sendai at night” for the next three years during a testing phase. JR East hopes to use the…

Illinois proposes $1K annual registration fee for electric cars

Owners of all-electric vehicles in Illinois may get a huge shock to the wallet — thanks to a proposed $1,000 annual registration fee. The proposed hike is more than 57 times the current yearly fee of $17.50 for electric vehicle owners in the state. It’s part of proposed legislation that also targets the owners of gas-fueled vehicles to help fund $2.4 billion in projects such as roadway improvement. Under the bill, the state’s gas tax would jump from 19 cents a gallon to 44 cents and the cost of standard vehicle registration would increase from $98 to $148, the Chicago…

Waiter returns $424,000 check to customer who failed to tip…

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – that’s karma. A Manhattan woman who almost bankrupted herself when she left a $424,000 cashier’s check at Patsy’s Pizzeria over the weekend was saved from ruin by an unlikely source — the waiter she’d stiffed at lunch. Instead of 20% of the bill, a folded up envelope was the only thing left on a table at the East Harlem institution on Saturday when waiter Armando Markaj went to clean it off. Yet the tipless waiter, a medical student working his way through school, had nothing but kind words…

Where’s the Money? US government records $160.3 billion April surplus

The federal government recorded a $160.3 billion surplus in April as revenues for the month jumped to an all-time high. But even with a flood of tax receipts, the deficit so far this year is running 37.7% higher than a year ago. The Treasury Department reported Friday that the deficit for the first seven months of the budget year that began Oct. 1 totals $530.9 billion, compared to a deficit of $385.5 billion for the same period a year ago. The Trump administration projected in March that this year’s deficit will hit $1.1 trillion, up from last year’s deficit of…

Veterans Fight Efforts to Remove Bible From POW/MIA Memorial

The conservative legal advocacy group First Liberty Institute has come to the defense of a POW group fighting to keep a World War II POW’s Bible on display at a Vermont veterans center. Fox News reported that an “atheist group” supposedly representing a veteran unhappy over the presence of the Bible on government property filed a lawsuit demanding that the Bible be removed from a memorial dedicated to POWs and missing veterans. The group argued that the Bible’s presence in the memorial was unconstitutional and an “outrage.” The Bible was donated to the Manchester, Vermont, Veterans Medical Center by Herman…

After Losing Nearly $4 Billion Last Year, Postal Service on Track to Lose $7 Billion This Year

The U.S. Postal Service lost more than $2 billion during the second quarter of the fiscal year, putting it on track to finish the current year more than $7 billion in the red—way worse than the nearly $4 billion in losses it posted last year. In its quarterly fiscal report, published today, the Post Office reported small decreases in mail volume and overall revenue compared to the same quarter of 2018. Its big losses are driven by a sharp increase in expenses, primarily workers’ compensation costs, pension liabilities, and payments for retirees’ health benefits. For the fiscal year that ended on…

Guardians of the Warfare State

[Editor’s Note: Trump is reportedly set to nominate Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, as Secretary of Defense. Given his background, Shanahan looks to fit the typical bill for the job. In this 2013 article, historian Hunt Tooler discusses where secretaries of state come from, and why they are all so similar in background.] An analysis of the U.S. secretaries of war and defense (the name was changed from secretary of war to secretary of defense in 1947) gives us some insight into the nature of the relationships within the “military-industrial complex.” Though these secretaries are not…

Frontier receives $283.4m/year in taxpayer money, neglects network, rips off customers — and Trump’s FCC won’t investigate

Frontier Communications is a telcoms company so naturally they’re a terrible company (a telcoms company is just a collection of regulatory subsidies wrapped up in a layer of greed and malpractice); the company is one of the nation’s leaders in the use of fraudulent accounting to evade taxes, and it takes in $283.4 million every year in tax-funded subsidies to provide services to rural Americans, while ripping them off like crazy and cutting corners by neglecting its network and allowing it to fall into dangerous disrepair. In Minnesota, the situation is so bad that state senators have petitioned the FCC…

Recession Alert: Credit Card Delinquencies Reach 8-Year Highs

When the average everyday American begins to have trouble paying their bills, it’s most often a sign that the economy is not doing that well and we’ve reached that point.  Credit card delinquencies have now reached and 8-year high, with no reprieve in sight. As Michael Snyder pointed out at The Most Important News, the truth is that you can’t say that we have a booming economy until we have a year when the U.S. economy grows by at least 3 percent, and at this point, we haven’t had that since the middle of the Bush administration. There are all…

More ridiculous Civil Asset Forfeiture shenanigans

Each Friday we highlight a number of important, and often bizarre stories from around the world that my team and I are closely following: Chicago police run a vehicle impound racket Imagine dropping your car off at the local mechanic because you need to get your engine tuned up. A few days later you come back to pick up your car, only to find out that it has been impounded by the police. That’s what happened to one couple in Chicago. It turned out that one of the mechanics took their car out for a joy ride. He was driving…

Is America Ready for John Bolton’s War With Iran?

National Security Advisor John Bolton’s announcement this week that the U.S. is deploying a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region seemed perfectly framed to put America on a war footing with Iran. And it is. Claiming that the decision was made in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” Bolton declared that “the United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime.” But, he added, “we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.” It took…

CIA and Mossad conflating intelligence to push US into military conflict with Iran: Expert

America’s CIA and Israel’s Mossad are conflating and distorting intelligence to push the United States into a military conflict with Iran, according to Scott Bennett, a former US military psychological warfare officer and political commentator. Bennett made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Thursday while commenting on a statement by American Muslim Representative Ilhan Omar who has accused the Donald Trump administration of preparing the ground for direct confrontation with Iran using inflated intelligence data. The lawmaker said on Wednesday that the US intelligence community was making up excuses to justify hostile anti-Iran policies just as it…

It Is Being Projected That U.S. Consumers Will “Pay 40% To 85% More For Vine-Ripe And Other Fresh Tomatoes” By The End Of 2019

It has been quite a year.  In March, catastrophic flooding in the Midwest absolutely crippled thousands of farms and “as many as a million calves” were lost in Nebraska alone.  Then in April we learned that African Swine Fever has wiped out “150-200 million pigs” in China.  To put that in perspective, that is more pigs than the entire U.S. pork industry produces in an entire year.  And now on top of everything else, the price of fresh tomatoes is about to go skyrocketing.  But this time a natural disaster is not to blame.  Instead, it is an action by…

The CIA is Secretly Launching ‘Meteors Full of Swords’ at Terrorists

The new nature of warfare in many parts of the world has made it increasingly difficult to identify who is a target and who is an innocent civilian. Terrorist groups, in particular, often have no reservations about placing their leadership among civilian populations or even schoolchildren in order to shield them from attacks. To combat this, the U.S. and its allies have been testing new methods of “reducing collateral damage,” or “blowing up innocent people” to use a non-sterilized term. While this has most often meant reducing the explosive payloads of traditional munitions, it turns out that the CIA has…

More Guns Get Sold Because Democrats Scare People, and We Love It!

According to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System; gun sales soared 60 percent under Obama’s eight year in office. Of the roughly 190 million firearms-related background checks during Obama’s presidency, more than 50.6 million of these checks were processed in the last two years. The AR patterned firearms were purchased because of the fear of Federal bans and gun confiscations. The predecessor to today’s AR15 rifle, the Colt Sporter was first sold in 1964. The gun was a dud. No one wanted one. Now about 20% of all firearms are Modern Sporting Rifles. In the past…

NYT Compares Joe Biden’s Run to Hillary Clinton’s

The New York Times compared Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s 2020 bid to Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential bid, pointing out the similarities of two older white establishment candidates who are poised to generate significant backlash among a restive base. “He doesn’t talk about shattering glass ceilings,” wrote Times reporter Lisa Lerer. “Pantsuits aren’t really his style. And no one is talking much about his spouse. Even so, the opening days of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s third presidential campaign are giving some Democrats flashbacks to another presidential front-runner: Hillary Clinton. Mr. Biden’s first fund-raiser? Hosted by a Philadelphia-area donor who…

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Signs Seven Anti Gun Bills in a Single Day

Washington’s Demorat Gov. Jay Inslee signed seven bills into law Tuesday (May 7) that will add yet more draconian restrictions to civilian gun ownership. The new laws are a litany of re-hashed left wing feel good anti-gun pablum, which will have virtually no effect on reducing crime or improving safety. But they will serve to further the left’s desire to disarm, and thus control the populace. Inslee, who has entered the race for president, apparently is a true believer in trying to destroy the 2nd Amendment. He has a long history of voting for anti-gun legislation. In 1994, he voted…