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More Than 1,700 Red Flag Orders in 2018: Law allows for temporary seizure of firearms from those deemed a threat to themselves or others

More than 1,700 court orders to temporarily seize guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others across more than a dozen states were issued last year, according to an Associated Press report published this week. Red Flag laws became the most popular gun legislation at the state level, surpassing permitless or “constitutional” carry, after the murder of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last year. Florida, Delaware, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Vermont all passed versions of the law in the past year. Connecticut, California, Indiana, Washington, and Oregon already…

Faking Hate-crime Statistics, ADL Claims “Right-wing” Violence Greatest Threat

“Figures don’t lie, but liars do figure,” the saying goes. Enter the Anti-Defamation League’s Jonathan Greenblatt, who just made an interesting claim. To wit: “Right-wing extremist violence is our biggest threat.” “The numbers don’t lie,” Greenblatt further avers. But the ADL does, according to FrontPage Mag’s Daniel Greenfield, who writes that “Greenblatt’s ADL has become notorious for undermining its mission by putting out fake hate crime statistics. And these fake statistics were as surreally egregious as they were confusing.” Greenfield continues: The executive summary of the ADL’s annual report claimed that, “2018 was a particularly active year for right-wing extremist…

An explosion in auto debt threatens consumer finances, advocacy group warns

As Americans’ appetite for new cars continues unabated, an advocacy group is sounding the alarm over the growing level of auto debt carried by U.S. consumers. In a report issued Wednesday, U.S. PIRG warns that the continuing rise in auto debt is putting many consumers in a financially vulnerable position, which could worsen during an economic downturn. The report comes on the heels of data released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showing that at least 7 million Americans were in serious delinquency on their car loan — 90 or more days behind — at the end…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes aim at Equifax and credit scoring

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took aim at the credit reporting agency Equifax over the weekend, criticizing the company — which disclosed a massive data breach in 2017 — and its peers for fueling what she described as a “broken” system of credit scoring that can affect people’s ability to get loans, secure housing and gain employment. “Also a good moment to note that in the wake of the Equifax scandal, privatized credit scoring is a dice game & the credit score system is very broken too,” she said Saturday on Twitter. Ocasio-Cortez was responding to another Twitter user who…

Nearly one-third of Americans have more credit card debt than savings

Despite a thriving economy with historic low unemployment, an increasing number of Americans – 74 million, or nearly one-third of the population – have more credit card debt than savings. The number of American households with more emergency savings than credit card debt, 44 percent, is the lowest since 2011 when an annual survey of financial health by Bankrate.com began. The survey found that 29 percent of Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings, the highest in the history of the survey. Of those surveyed, 18 percent have neither credit card debt nor emergency savings, up sharply from…

China Says Space Is Not U.S. ‘Private Property’

Beijing has criticized a recent U.S. report accusing China and Russia of attempting to militarize outer space, the apparent justification for President Donald Trump’s ambitious global missile defense plan. In a report published Monday, the Defense Intelligence Agency found that “China and Russia, in particular, have taken steps to challenge the United States” in space, including through the development of weaponized satellites, energy weapons and surveillance networks. Such accusations previously appeared in Trump’s 2019 Missile Defense Review, which, among other things, called for the installation of space-based missile interceptors. Reacting to the report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Tuesday:…

America’s Most and Least Dependable Cars

Of the 31 automobile brands ranked in the 2019 U.S. vehicle dependability study conducted by J.D. Power, the Lexus brand from Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) topped the ranking for the eighth straight year. Porsche and Toyota brand tied for second. For the first time in the 30 years that J.D. Power has conducted this survey, mass-market brands scored better overall than luxury brands. The Lexus had a problem per 100 (PP100) score of 106, slightly better than the Porsche and Toyota brands that both scored 108. The Chevrolet brand from General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) posted a score of…

Google, Apple Called Out For Hosting Saudi Government App That Allows Men To Track Their Spouses’ Movements

Seems like this would be something that would go without saying: if you’re an American tech company, don’t willingly assist oppressive regimes in the oppression of their populace. Twitter is forever helping the Turkish government silence critics and journalists. Facebook has allowed governments to weaponize its moderation tools, quite possibly contributing to government-ordained killings. Now, Ron Wyden is calling out both Apple and Google for making it easier for Saudi Arabian men to treat their spouses (and employees) like possessions, rather than people. Apple and Google have been accused of helping to “enforce gender apartheid” in Saudi Arabia, by offering…

Industrial Agriculture Poisoning Wells and Streams

Animal waste and fertilizer runoff are two of the largest contributors to water pollution and contamination. Rising productivity on industrial factory farms is single-handedly impairing drinking water supplies across the country, polluting with key culprits like nitrogen, phosphate, insecticides and pesticides. In the Midwest, Iowa is the leader in U.S. corn and soy production and a major producer of hogs, eggs, cattle and chickens raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).1 Over 55 percent of the rivers and streams in the state fall short of federal water quality standards and in the greater Des Moines area, the water filtration system…

States Consider Cracking Down On Car Seizures

State legislatures around the country are considering laws to make it more difficult for police from taking cars away from motorists who have not been convicted of breaking any laws. In Hawaii, Michigan, North Dakota and Utah, lawmakers have advanced bills to reform civil asset forfeiture proceedings that are used to take property — primarily cars, but also cash and other property — on the mere accusation that the owner may have been involved in the drug trade. Sale of the cars and other property at auction generates millions for state and local budgets, but activists at the American Civil…

15 Years in Prison for Clicking on Terrorist Propaganda Even Once – New UK Law

Upon the adoption of a new legislation, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said that the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act “gives the police the powers they need to disrupt plots and punish those who seek to do us harm.” The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 has received Royal Assent on 12 February, making the bill an Act of Parliament. The act makes provision in relation to terrorism, enabling persons at ports and borders to be questioned for national security and updating the offence of obtaining information likely to be useful to a terrorist to cover material that is only viewed or streamed, rather than downloaded to form a permanent record. The act sees…

Read this first BEFORE you buy pre-washed vegetables

Vegetables are naturally healthy. However, if you bought them pre-washed, you may want to read this article first. Researchers at the University of Cagliari in Italy examined various pre-washed vegetables and found that they contain contaminants called trihalomethanes (THMs), which are toxic byproducts of water sanitation. THMs, such as chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform, are a group of chemicals that can be found in public water supplies. They are formed from water treatment and are the byproduct of chlorine reacting with the different organic and inorganic substances that are already present in the water. These compounds can be absorbed by…

Mom Gets BUSTED & JAILED In Front Of Her Kids For Calling A TransWoman A Man Via Twitter

Remember how the left insisted that it was ‘fearmongering’ to say that people would be punished for stating biological truths? Yeah, about that… The rapid shift from relying on objective, biological science to subjective, ‘gender theory’ is causing some pretty big problems. Advocates for embracing transgender identity are pushing back against anyone that dares to question their ideology and in the United Kingdom, they’re now using the law to strong-arm people into submission. Suffolk police issued a warning to a 74-year old woman who was criticizing the Gender Recognition Act which would allow anyone to legally change their identity without any…

Gitmo Preps for an Upgrade: This monument to the war on terror is still open, and it’s costing taxpayers a fortune.

Whether the U.S. manages to broker a peace with the Taliban or not, one legacy of the war on terror remains—the prison at Guantanamo Bay (also called Gitmo). At its height, this symbol of Bush administration power held 600 people. And as miserable as the infrastructure reportedly is down there, its commander, Navy Rear Admiral John Ring, says he could fit 200 more people if given an increase in the same number of soldiers. He’d rather have an influx of money, however. So there were once 600 prisoners. Now there are only 40. Forty people being watched over by 1,700…

Analysis: The Green New Dealers want $100 trillion dollars Over 10 Years

People keep asking what the Green New Deal will cost, but that is the wrong question. The question is how much do they want? It turns out the New Dealers are pretty clear about the answer — around $100 trillion over ten years. They are working to a very big budget. What gets done depends on the money, not vice versa. Representative Ocasio-Cortez (who has a degree in economics) and her crew have a clear idea of where the money for the Green New Deal is going to come from and roughly how much they want. As with WW2, the…

How to Ban Private Gun Ownership in America

It can be done. You just can’t do it in one fell swoop. You must do it in steps. You take the first step in 1934 by making some kinds of guns bad, requiring them to be registered with the government and levying a special tax on them. This is to establish the idea that while some guns are OK, other guns are bad. This will be handy later on. You take the next step in 1968. You pass laws adding more restrictions on gun ownership and sales, most notably establishing the requirement of a government-issued license for a business…

FAILED: Dick’s Sporting Goods ends efforts to lobby congress for gun control

Almost nine months after the Parkland shooting, Ed Stack — the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods — stood up in the audience of a New York Times conference. He got up to talk about restricting gun sales at his stores. He had done it many times before, but this time, he got personal. “I’m not embarrassed to say I’m viewed as a relatively tough guy,” Stack said. “I wouldn’t characterize myself as a crier. And that weekend, I watched those kids, and I watched those parents, and I hadn’t cried as much since my mother passed away.” His highly publicized…

Senator Rand Paul Announces He Will Vote “No” On AG Nominee Bill Barr, ‘Too Many Concerns About His Views’

On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate invoked cloture to end debate on AG nominee Bill Barr and passed in a 55-44 vote. The Senate could vote to confirm Bill Barr as President Trump’s new Attorney General as early as Wednesday or Thursday. On Tuesday evening, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said he was unable to support Bill Barr’s nomination because of his overall “troubling” record on the 2nd and 4th Amendments. “I am unable to support Bill Barr’s nomination to be the next Attorney General. While I support President Trump and have supported most of his nominees, I have too many concerns…

Tulsi Gabbard Wants to Legalize Marijuana, Punish Big Pharma and End Private Prisons

Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii’s democratic congresswoman and one of many entrants in the crowded 2020 presidential race, is already turning heads thanks to her anti-interventionist foreign policy approach and progressive stance on a variety of issues, making her an outlier among establishment Democrats. If her pre-campaign messaging and campaign launch speech are any indicator, the potential presidential contender has no intention of backing down – especially when it comes to her strong advocacy of medical marijuana and harsh criticisms of the criminal justice system and pharmaceutical industry. Declaring her formal entrance into the Democratic Party presidential primaries, Gabbard issued a rousing…

A record 7 million Americans are 3 months behind on their car payments, a red flag for the economy

A record 7 million Americans are 90 days or more behind on their auto loan payments, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday, even more than during the wake of the financial crisis. Economists warn that this is a red flag. Despite the strong economy and low unemployment rate, many Americans are struggling to pay their bills. “The substantial and growing number of distressed borrowers suggests that not all Americans have benefited from the strong labor market,” economists at the New York Fed wrote in a blog post. A car loan is typically the first payment people make…

Being Marco Rubio: The boyish senator from Florida is owned by the Israel Lobby

Americans consistently indicate in opinion polls that they approve of congress less than any other part of the federal government. The approval rating is sometimes in the single digits. As the congress was intended, per the Founders, to serve as the direct link to the American people, there is a certain irony in its being the most despised branch of government. One can blame the two major parties for much of the negativity, as the process whereby candidates for office rise through the system that seems designed to weed out anyone who has ever expressed any viewpoint that is not…

FDA Sued for Recommending Untested, Unlicensed Flu Vaccine for Pregnant Women

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, the FDA has admitted, for the first time, that government agencies, including the CDC, are recommending vaccines for pregnant women that have neither been licensed for pregnant mothers by the FDA nor tested for safety in clinical trials. The lawsuit, filed by Children’s Health Defense (CHD) attorney, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on behalf of Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), a vaccine safety advocacy group, sought all clinical trial data used by FDA to approve influenza vaccines for pregnant women. The FDA’s terse reply: “We have no records responsive to your requests.”…

Most Americans “just one serious illness away from bankruptcy.”

For many Americans, putting one’s health first can mean putting one’s financial status at risk. A study of bankruptcy filings in the United States showed that 66.5% were due, at least in part, to medical expenses. The study, led by Dr. David Himmelstein, Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Hunter College and Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, indicates that about 530,000 families each year are financially ruined by medical bills and sicknesses. It’s the first research of its kind to link medical expenses and bankruptcy since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. “Unless…

More than 26 million people have taken an at-home ancestry test….

As many people purchased consumer DNA tests in 2018 as in all previous years combined, MIT Technology Review has found. Surging public interest in ancestry and health—propelled by heavy TV and online marketing—was behind a record year for sales of the tests, which entice consumers to spit in a tube or swab their cheeks and ship the sample back to have their genomes analyzed. By the start of 2019, more than 26 million consumers had added their DNA to four leading commercial ancestry and health databases, according to our estimates. If the pace continues, the gene troves could hold data…

China set to launch 1,000 medical clinics with no human doctors, just AI

Last year, Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform from China, piloted unstaffed clinics that employ artificial intelligence called “One-minute Clinics” in the Wuzhen Scenic Area outside of Shanghai, which connect patients with a clinician on Ping An Good Doctor’s in-house medical team. Just last week, the company announced that it had placed its One-minute Clinics across 8 provinces and cities in China and signed service contracts for nearly 1,000 units, providing healthcare services to more than 3 million users. The clinics currently provide online consultations for more than 2,000 common diseases, and can immediately answer tens of…

Hungary offers lifetime tax exemption for mothers of four children

Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country’s prime minister has said. The measures announced by Viktor Orban during his “state of the nation” speech are meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary’s population decline. The benefits include a lifetime personal income-tax exemption for women who give birth and raise at least four children. A subsidy of 2.5 million forints (€6,821) toward the purchase of a seven-seat vehicle for families with three or more children; and a low-interest loan of 10 million forints (€27,286) for women under age…

Interesting Jeff Bezos divorce conspiracy theory

Keep a close eye on Jeff Bezos in the near. I have a theory about his recent divorce. As many of you may know, the economy will be having a major correction soon. Stocks could easily go down 50% or more. Bezos, being close with the CIA and the richest man in the world, probably knows this. He knows that he will lose tens of billions of dollars. So what does he want to do? Sell as much Amazon stock as possible. Because his entire net worth is in Amazon stock. But imagine if Bezos suddenly started offloading billions in…

America’s Next Phony War: Will Iran Be Trump’s Iraq?

The president was upset. Watching TV in his White House residence, his usual morning routine, Donald Trump saw his intelligence chiefs kick the legs out from under yet another of his pet campaigns: Iran. Trump and two of his top national security officials had been suggesting for two years that the Islamic republic was still in pursuit of a nuclear weapon and posed a mortal threat to its neighbors and the West. But now, Dan Coats, his national intelligence director, was ­in a Capitol Hill hearing room saying that wasn’t true: Iran was living up to the letter of the…

Court ordered gun seizures spike nationally….

Courts are issuing an unprecedented number of orders to seize firearms from people they deem to be mentally ill or threats to others, following a rash of state-level legislation aimed at curbing mass shootings across the country. Even as conservatives sound the alarm about potential Second Amendment violations, supporters — sometimes across party lines — say these “red flag” laws are among the most promising tools to reduce the nearly 40,000 suicides and homicides by firearm each year in the country. “I think we’re seeing a building consensus in blue states and red states that this is a good way to…

Violent Video Game Tax Proposed In Pennsylvania to Stop School Shootings

Lawmakers from Pennsylvania have put forth a bill that proposes a 10% excise tax on violent video games. House Bill 109 seeks to impose the so-called “sin tax” on games sold at retail that are rated by the ESRB as M for Mature or Adults-Only. The money would go into a fund called the “Digital Protection for School Safety Account” that aims to enhance security measures at schools in the wake of the school shootings in Parkland, Florida and Newtown, Connecticut. State representative Chris Quinn, a republican, initially put forth the bill in 2018, but it never made it out…

China ushers world into cashless payment era

Leading without even noticing, Chinese people living in Tang Dynasty roughly a thousand years ago were among the first in the world to use banknotes. A millennium later, the country has once again taken the lead in a global transaction trend, but this time, China may become the first country to phase out cash. China’s increasing global economic status and favorable policies have led to the fast development of an almost-cashless society. According to Statistics from the Payment and Clearing Association of China, from 2013 to 2016, the number of transactions made through non-banking mobile apps increased from 3.777 billion…

Report: Space will likely be a battlefield in any U.S. conflict with China, Russia

A new U.S. intelligence report warns that both China and Russia are investing in weapons that could attack U.S. satellites and assets in space, and that both nations are now preparing to use space as a battlefield. Last month, the Defense Intelligence Agency released a report about China’s military capabilities, warning that the Asian country was making advances in counterspace technology that could threaten U.S. satellites responsible for communications, reconnaissance, GPS and early warnings of missile launches. But a new DIA report, “Challenges to Security in Space,” warns that both China and Russia are making advances in space technology, and…

France winter ‘flu epidemic worsens as 1,000+ die, virus appearing largely resistant to the ‘flu vaccination’

The seasonal ‘flu epidemic in France is the most serious of recent years, with more than 1,000 people having already died, and two strains of the virus appearing largely resistant to the ‘flu vaccination. An epidemic has been declared in all regions of mainland France. More than 1,100 people have died so far this winter, according to the weekly bulletin from health agency Santé Publique France (SPF). All figures from medical sources – such as the number of doctor appointments, and admissions to hospital – suggest that the ‘flu virus is still spreading, and may be worsening. More than 12,000…

Mars One, which offered 1-way trips to Mars, declared bankrupt

Mars One, a Dutch company that planned to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars and start the first human colony on the Red Planet, has been declared bankrupt. The declaration was made in a Swiss court on Jan. 15 — and posted on Reddit this past weekend — officially dissolving Mars One Ventures AG. “We are currently working with the administrator and an investor to find a solution moving forward, though at this moment that is all we can share,” the company said in an email. The bankruptcy affects the company’s commercial arm, Mars One Ventures AG, but does not affect the…

Facebook under pressure to halt rise of anti-vaccination groups

Facebook is under pressure to stem the rise of anti-vaccination groups spreading false information about the dangers of life-saving vaccines while peddling unfounded alternative treatments such as high doses of vitamin C. So-called “anti-vaxxers” are operating on Facebook in closed groups, where members have to be approved in advance. By barring access to others, they are able to serve undiluted misinformation without challenge. The groups are large and sophisticated. Stop Mandatory Vaccination has more than 150,000 approved members. Vitamin C Against Vaccine Damage claims that large doses of the vitamin can “heal” people from vaccine damage, even though vaccines are…

$100,000 in savings gone in one night… from Wells Fargo

Hey guys, I don’t really post often but I really needed to get this out there, in case this happened to someone else recently. Okay so my parents have been Wells Fargo customers for years and had a large amount saved up in a Certified Deposit account. Well, a few nights ago they decided to check their balance and were shocked to see that their account value was $0! There was nothing there and no inbound or outbound transfers! They panicked and thought that their account had been hacked or something. After two days of worrying and calling customer support,…

Record Number Of Gun Confiscated By TSA In 2018

By now, one would think that gun owners would know how little the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) appreciates the reasons you have a firearm on your person when you try to go through security. The TSA catches a lot of well-earned flak over some of the gun-shaped objects it will confiscate, but it does find real guns from time to time. And, it seems the TSA found a record number in 2018. The Transportation Security Administration marked what it called a “milestone year” with the release of its “TSA Year in Review: A Record Setting 2018” on Thursday. Among other statistics, the…

Roswell Crash Site Sold to New Private Owners and Will Remain Off-Limits

The site of one of America’s most legendary and mysterious encounters with the unknown has recently changed hands and is now under new private ownership. A 78-acre ranching property located in Lincoln County, New Mexico 75 miles northwest of Roswell has been sold to Dinwiddie Cattle Co. LLC for an undisclosed amount. The parcel of land is only part of a larger land transaction, but it’s what happened on this particular parcel that makes this real estate transaction so noteworthy – and potentially depressing for those of us who need to know the truth about what happened in Roswell. The…