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Mar 21 19:15

MoviePass co-founder testing new 'PreShow' app that awards users free movie tickets if they agree to be WATCHED by facial recognition cameras

The co-founder of MoviePass has developed a new idea to get people to the theater.

Called PreShow, users would be able to earn free movie tickets if they agree to watch advertisements for blocks of time between 15 and 20 minutes.

There's also another, creepier, twist to the proposed app: It will only unlock with facial recognition and it also tracks your gaze using facial recognition technology to make sure you're actually watching the ads, according to CNET.

Mar 21 18:54

Don't have a heart attack but your implanted defibrillator can be hacked over the air (by someone who really wants you dead)

Medical gear maker Medtronic is once again at the center of a hacker panic storm. This time, a number of its heart defibrillators, implanted in patients' chests, can, in certain circumstances, be wirelessly hijacked and reprogrammed, perhaps to lethal effect.

On Thursday, the US government's Dept of Homeland Security issued an alert over two CVE-listed vulnerabilities in Medtronic's wireless communications system Conexus, which is used by some of its heart defibrillators and their control units. Conexus exchanges data between implanted devices and their control units over the air using radio-waves, with a range of roughly 25 feet without any signal boosting.

Mar 21 18:29

'Cancel Brexit' petition passes 2m signatures on Parliament site

A petition calling for Theresa May to cancel Brexit by revoking Article 50 has passed two million signatures.



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Mar 21 18:28

‘RUSSIAN COLLUSION!’ Nigel Farage calls out Remainer petition signed by MOSCOW residents

NIGEL Farage has called for an enquiry into a petition to revoke Article 50 which has been signed by more than one million Remainers - including Luvvies Hugh Grant and Annie Lennox - because signatures from North Korea, Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea have found their way onto the campaign.

Former UKIP leader Mr Farage retweeted a post from Guido Fawkes editor and Brexiteer Hugh Bennett, who revealed a huge amount of signatures had come from places outside of the UK, including Luxembourg. Mr Bennett also revealed a large amount of signatures had come from Russia, promoting Mr Farage to reply: “Russian collusion, we need an enquiry here.”

Mar 21 18:25

No deal Brexit NUCLEAR BUNKER set up beneath Whitehall by MOD - 3,500 troops on standby

Under Operation Redfold, troops will be on guard in a nuclear-proof bunker to help the Government with any disruption, if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal in just seven days time, Sky News reports. The move forms part of ‘Operation Yellowhammer’ which outlines the Government contingency plans, this includes up to 3,500 soldiers on standby to help transport food, fuel and other goods into and around the country.

Mar 21 18:22

An Outage is Bad for Facebook, but Great for PornHub

Last Wednesday, Facebook had a "server configuration change that triggered a cascading series of issues." This led to a global outage that prevented users from properly using Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp for an extended period of time.

While this was bad for Facebook, PornHub found that there was not only a dramatic increase in viewers during the outage, but a pretty interesting rise in particular keyword searches.

During the 1 PM lunch time break, PornHub received a 10% increase in viewers. When people were relaxing after work, viewership increased by 19%. For a site as large as PornHub, this would increase their viewership by millions of views and cause a large bump in revenue due to the outage.



Mar 21 18:18

‘No deal’ Brexit set for April 12, unless May unites British MPs to win extension for 40 more days

The UK will have to leave the European Union on April 12 unless British MPs agree on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. If the exit deal is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension to May 22.

“If the Withdrawal Agreement is not approved by the House of Commons next week, the European Council agrees to an extension until 12 April 2019 and expects the United Kingdom to indicate a way forward before this date for consideration by the European Council,” the communiqué reads. “The European Council agrees to an extension until 22 May 2019, provided the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by the House of Commons next week.”

Mar 21 17:16

Arrest of Juan Guaido's Aide

Roberto Marrero was taken into custody on Thursday as part of the government raid against a “terrorist cell” that plotted to carry out attacks against top Venezuelan politicians, the Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace, Néstor Reverol, said in a statement.

https://www.rt.com/news/454445-venezuela-terrorist-cell-guaido-aide/

Mar 21 16:11

CNN Contributor Rebukes Network for Charlottesville Hoax

CNN political commentator Steve Cortes has taken his own network to task for perpetuating the lie that President Donald Trump referred to neo-Nazis in the Charlottesville, Virginia, riot as “very fine people.”

Mar 21 15:53

Who's Really Responsible for the Christchurch Terrorist Attack on a Mosque?

Mar 21 15:30

Fentanyl deaths skyrocketed more than 1,000% over six years in the US. Here's who it's killing

Deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed more than 1,000% from 2011 to 2016, according to a report released Thursday.

The number of fatalities related to the drug held fairly steady between 2011 and 2012, hovering around 1,600 deaths in both those years. In 2013, the number increased to just over 1,900 fatalities.

Beginning in 2014, though, fentanyl-related deaths began to double each year. In 2014, fentanyl was involved in 4,223 deaths. In 2015, it was 8,251 deaths. And in 2016, fentanyl-related deaths had jumped to 18,335.

Mar 21 15:24

The digital detectives determined to get rid of shooting video

If you’re sharing or spreading footage of the Christchurch attack, there is a small team of digital detectives on your case.

A modest New Zealand government department of about 30 people is on a mission to rid the internet of the horrific footage and even jail those intent on circulating it.

Days after the terror attack, as tech giants woefully scrambled to pull down clips of the live-streamed massacre, New Zealand’s censors leaped into action.
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The country’s chief censor, David Shanks, classified the 17-minute video as “objectionable” meaning it was completely banned. The classification raised the prospect of a fine of up to $10,000 or up to 14 years’ jail for anyone who actively circulates the clip. Local authorities have called on companies like Facebook to hand over the names of those caught sharing.



Mar 21 14:31

A Judge Left Robert Mueller Stunned Into Silence With This Head Turning Decision

Mueller’s team argued that since Manafort repeatedly lied to them, they were no longer bound by the plea agreement the two sides entered into that would result in sentencing leniency for Manafort.

The judge ruled in Mueller’s favor on a few of the issues he raised.

Judge Berman Jackson held that Manafort did lie about another ongoing investigation, a payment that was funneled through a pro-Trump political group to cover his legal bills, and his contacts with Kilimnik.

However, Mueller did not score an overwhelming victory.

The judge ruled against the Special Counsel’s office on the two most crucial points.

First, Mueller failed to prove that, “on October 16, 2018, the defendant intentionally made false statements concerning Kilimnik’s role in the obstruction of justice conspiracy.”



Mar 21 14:30

US Navy’s F-35 jet allegedly in serious trouble: report

The U.S. Navy’s F-35C stealth fighter jet is not ready for combat-related activity, despite a proclamation from the commander of the U.S. Naval Air Forces about the aircraft being “ready for operations, ready for combat and ready to win,” the Task and Purpose publication reported this week.

According to Task and Purpose, the testing data that was obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) indicates that the F-35 variant’s “fully mission capable” rate — a key measure of a military aircraft’s readiness — collapsed from 12% in October 2016 to zero in December 2017 before remaining flat through 2018.

In addition to the Navy’s troubles, the Marine Corps’ F-35B has also experienced a lot of problems, Task and Purpose said, citing a POGO report.

Mar 21 14:25

Christchurch mosque attack: Kiwis lose jobs for sharing massacre video at work

Kiwi workers have been fired for watching the Christchurch shooter's livestream at work and sharing it with colleagues.

That's according to Cyber Research, which monitors internal computer use for around 50 companies - which include some of our biggest corporates.

At least one person has been fired for watching the video while other employees were around - while others have been let go for sharing it with workmates.

Mar 21 13:59

Democrat Insults Holocaust Survivors, Trump, and ALL His Supporters in One Fell Swoop!

In a recent interview with NBC News, Democratic congressman and House Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina compared America’s political climate under President Trump to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis treatment of Jews, and also the climate in the 1920s that would eventually lead to the Third Reich.

“Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany. And he went about the business of discrediting institutions to the point that people bought into it,” Clyburn told NBC. “Nobody would have believed it now. But swastikas hung in churches throughout Germany.”

“We had better be very careful,” Clyburn added.

REALLY?

Mind you, this is the same James Clyburn who earlier this month said that Muslim Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s experience in a Kenyan refugee camp was worse than what the children of Holocaust survivors have had to deal with.

Mar 21 13:59

Mistake sees Christchurch suspect charged with murder of woman who turned out to be alive

The list of victims of the Christchurch massacre has become shorter, after it was found that one of the women on it is alive. The error will have no impact on the court process, police stressed.

The woman, whose identity was not disclosed, is merely described as “connected” to the Friday attack on the mosques.

Mar 21 13:57

Operation Cyclone never ended: The history of the West’s support for Islamist extremists

Iain Davis argues that contrary to official narratives, the Western military-industrial-intelligence complex has been working with, arming, equipping, training and deploying Islamist extremist terrorist organisations for at least half a century.>>



Owl 1
Mar 21 13:27

Trump Tweet on British Opens Spring Offensive Against the Coup

March 20, 2019 - It has become entirely clear over the past 24 hours that the President and his defenders are on an all out offensive ahead of the release of the Mueller report, which many state is coming very soon. The President opened this campaign by attacking John McCain as part of the Russiagate fraud against him and went on to attack the British instigators and sustainers of the coup. On March 18, the President retweeted a tweet by William Craddick of Disobedient Media. Disobedient Media is one of the few outfits other than LaRouchePAC, and the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, with the guts to question the foundational premise of the coup, that the Russians hacked the DNC and Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta. Craddick had tweeted, "Russiagate was designed in part to help the UK counter Russian influence by baiting the United States into taking a hard line against them. Leaves us all with a more dangerous world as a consequence.

Mar 21 13:21

FLASHBACK - America, Meet Your (Acting) Secretary of Defense

It hasn’t received much attention, what with Donald Trump suddenly declaring victory against isis, ordering U.S. troops out of Syria, and provoking James Mattis to resign in protest.

But the man who is now the president’s principal adviser on the nation’s defense, tasked with leading the largest employer in the world and managing the fallout from Trump’s military retrenchment, has less experience in government (a year and a half) or the military (none) than any defense secretary since an oil magnate served as the acting head of the Pentagon for several weeks during Watergate 45 years ago.



Mar 21 13:10

President Trump to Order Colleges to Back Free Speech or Lose Funding

White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants.

NOBODY except for one alumnus was interested in assisting me with my thesis while attending the Art Institute of Seattle. (AiS suddenly shut-down a few weeks ago.)

Mar 21 12:55

The Ex-Model Who Claimed Silvio Berlusconi Hosted Satanic Rituals in His House Died From “Apparent Poisoning”

Imane Fadil was a Moroccan ex-model who became a celebrity after becoming a key witness in the 2013 “Rubygate” trials which accused the media mogul and ex-Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi of “child prostitution”. Fadil was also looking to be a witness in a related investigation (dubbed “Ruby ter”) that is still ongoing.

In 2018, Fadil claimed in an interview that Berlusconi’s infamous “parties” lead to dark, satanic rituals. She was also in the process of writing a tell-all book about Rubygate and the dark secrets of Berlusconi. The name of the projected book was quite evocative: I Met the Devil.

Mar 21 12:45

European Wikipedias have been turned off for the day to protest dangerous copyright laws

Websites and businesses across Europe today are protesting controversial changes to online copyright being introduced by the European Union.

Ahead of a final vote on the legislation next Tuesday, March 26th, a number of European Wikipedia sites are going dark for the day, blocking all access and directing users to contact their local EU representative to protest the laws. Other major sites, such as Twitch and PornHub, are showing protest banners on their homepages and social media.

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The law in question is the EU Copyright Directive, a long-awaited update to copyright law. Although the directive mostly contains common-sense changes for the internet age, two provisions have been singled out by critics as potentially dangerous.

These are Article 11, which lets publishers charge platforms if they link to their stories (the ‘link tax’), and Article 13, which makes platforms legally responsible for users uploading copyrighted material (the so-called ‘upload filter’).

Mar 21 12:32

The U.S. Economy Is In Big Trouble

“You’ve really seen the limits of monetary and fiscal policy in its ability to extend out a long boom period.” – Josh Friedman, Co-Chairman of Canyon Partners (a “deep value,” credit-driven hedge fund)

The Fed’s abrupt policy reversal says it all. No more rate hikes (yes, one is “scheduled” for 2020 but that’s fake news) and the balance sheet run-off is being “tapered” but will stop in September. Do not be surprised if it ends sooner. Listening to Powell explain the decision or reading the statement released is a waste of time. The truth is reflected in the deed. The motive is an attempt to prevent the onset economic and financial chaos. It’s really as simple as that. See Occam’s Razor if you need an explanation.



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Mar 21 12:31

Reuniting Korea's Families

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Lee Geum-Sum fled south with her young family.

On the way, she had to stop to feed her baby daughter and became separated from her husband and son. The conflict tore the family apart - they were divided by a border they were forbidden to cross.

For 68 years, Mrs Lee heard nothing from her husband and son. She built a new life with her daughter in South Korea's capital, Seoul, but never forgot the family she lost.

Then, at 91 years of age, Mrs Lee received a letter from the Red Cross, saying her son was still alive and in North Korea.

"That’s why I've lived so long! To see him!" Mrs Lee says.

Now, alongside dozens of other families, she has the chance to travel to North Korea and see the son she lost more than 60 years ago.

Mar 21 12:29

Schrödinger’s kittens: New thought experiment breaks quantum theory

The reasoning is that if quantum theory is a universally valid theory capable of making sense of reality, it should be able to describe people using quantum theory. But this turns out to be a thought experiment in the best tradition of quantum bamboozlement. It blows up, providing a nonsensical answer that, taken at face value, removes our last tenuous handholds on the nature of quantum reality.

Mar 21 12:27

Bernie Sanders Calls for Stripping of Second Amendment Rights Overnight

Ardern said sellers should halt the sales of the banned weapons immediately and warned shops to return their stockpiles to suppliers.

Residents caught with the banned guns will face the penalties, including fines of up to $4,000 and/or three years in prison.

Democrat presidential candidate and socialist Bernie Sanders endorsed the move right away and said it needs to happen in the United States. He wants to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights overnight.

Mar 21 12:26

Gold Fever? US Treasury Sanctions Venezuela Gold Mining Company

The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on Tuesday against Venezuela’s state-run gold mining company Minerven, which is part of the Venezuelan Guayana Corporation (CVG) holding.

As part of the ongoing sanctions and attempts to destabilize the Venezuelan government, the U.S. government announced the new measure that aims to block state mining assets and prohibit U.S citizens from dealing with the company. The decision comes after Uganda said it was investigating its biggest gold refinery for importing Venezuelan gold.

The state-run ferrous metals mining company, and its president, Adrian Antonio Perdomo Mata, were included in the list of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons (SDN), adding to more than half a dozen rounds of sanctions against the Venezuelan people and assets.



Mar 21 12:25

America Needs a Stronger Defense Industry? Trillions Down the Hole of Military Spending

Post-WW II, America’s only enemies were and remain invented ones.

No real ones existed since Nazi Germany and imperial Japan were defeated – none anywhere, clearly none today!

Yet the US consistently pours countless trillions of dollars down a black hole of endless waste, fraud and abuse – global militarism and belligerence supported by the vast majority of Republicans and undemocratic Dems, at the expense of world peace, equity and justice.

Trump regime director of trade and industrial policy Peter Navarro is a militant right-wing.

He’s part of the cabal in Washington, wanting US-controlled puppet rule replacing independent governments in China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and elsewhere.

Mar 21 12:25

Goodbye to the Internet: Interference by Governments Is Already Here

Be that as it may, if there were a modern version of the Rothschild comment it might go something like this: “Give me control of the internet and no one will ever more know what is true.” The internet, which was originally conceived of as a platform for the free interchange of information and opinions, is instead inexorably becoming a managed medium that is increasingly controlled by corporate and government interests. Those interests are in no way answerable to the vast majority of the consumers who actually use the sites in a reasonable and non-threatening fashion to communicate and share different points of view.

Mar 21 12:23

Monsanto Asks Trump EPA to OK Drift-prone Pesticide on 90 Million Acres of Corn

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it will consider allowing the highly drift-prone pesticide dicamba to be sprayed on up to 90 million acres of corn.

Dicamba is produced by Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer. Drift from dicamba sprayed on cotton and soybean fields has damaged an estimated 5 million acres of crops, trees and backyard gardens over the past three years. That has prompted several states to restrict its use.

“Use of this dangerous, uncontrollable toxin should be banned, not expanded,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “With millions of acres of crops, orchards and natural areas already harmed by this volatile herbicide, Trump’s EPA should reject Monsanto’s self-serving request to dramatically escalate its use.”

Mar 21 12:22

Forecasters warn of 'potentially historic' flooding in the South that could last for WEEKS as snow melting in the upper Midwest fills the Mississippi river

Historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks, scientists say.

The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook.

Experts plan a briefing on their flood forecast at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency further north as they reel from a 'bomb cyclone' last week.

Mar 21 12:20

Ebola outbreak spreads to new city in conflict-hit Congo

Home to nearly one million people, Bunia is the latest Congolese city to report an Ebola infection. The patient is a six-month-old baby, but authorities are baffled that its parents "appear to be in good health."



Mar 21 12:05

U.S. whiskey exports dry up as tariffs bite

(Reuters) - American whiskey exports slumped in the second half of 2018, taking a blow from higher duties by the country’s trading partners following President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, an industry group said on Thursday.

Canada, China, Mexico and the European Union slapped import duties ranging from 10 percent to 25 percent on U.S whiskey and bourbon last year, resulting in a 11 percent drop in U.S. whiskey exports in the second half, according to a report from the Distilled Spirits Council.

Mar 21 12:02

Bevin exposed his 9 kids to chickenpox, says vaccine not for everyone

In a move experts say is medically unsound — and can be dangerous — Gov. Matt Bevin said in a radio interview Tuesday that he deliberately exposed all nine of his children to chickenpox so they would catch the disease and become immune.

“Every single one of my kids had the chickenpox," Bevin said in an interview with WKCT, a Bowling Green talk radio station. "They got the chickenpox on purpose because we found a neighbor that had it and I went and made sure every one of my kids was exposed to it, and they got it. They had it as children. They were miserable for a few days, and they all turned out fine.”

Mar 21 11:55

Immigrant breaks the law in your country? Ban guns for legal law abiding citizens. That's totalitarian logic.



Mar 21 11:54

Hard Brexit SHOCK: EU facing ‘VERY SIGNIFICANT’ damage with Germany losing £10BN a year

A NO DEAL Brexit would “very significantly” harm the European Union, Barclays’ chairman said in a chilling warning to Brussels just hours before Theresa May issues her request to extend Article 50 for three months to the EU27.

John Thomas McFarlane OBE, Barclays’ chairman, said a no deal Brexit would cause serious damage to the EU. Speaking at a Brexit conference, he said: "In the event of a no-deal Brexit, it would hurt the EU very significantly." And in a bid to quash the worries of the financial sector in London, which has historically spoken out against leaving the bloc without an agreement securing the future relationship between Brussels and the UK, the Barclays’ boss added the EU is likely to strike a deal with London's financial services whatever form Brexit takes.

Mar 21 11:45

You’ve got 54 more days! Leaked document shows EU will give UK until May 22 to sort Brexit

EUROPEAN Union leaders will restrict Theresa May’s Brexit delay to just 54 days, draft conclusions from the crunch Brussels summit have revealed.

The EU27, in “draft conclusions still under consideration”, will limit the Prime Minister’s delay because of her refusal to consider European Parliament elections in Britain. Conclusions written by top European Council officials were presented to leaders in an envelope after they were addressed by Mrs May. They note reads: “The European Council commits to agreeing to an extension until May 22 2019, provided the withdrawal agreement is approved by the House of Commons next week.

“Given that the UK does not intend to hold elections to the European Parliament, no extension is possible beyond that date.”

Mar 21 11:39

Cambridge University Withdraws Visiting Fellowship of Academic Who Refuses to Refer to Transgender People by Chosen Pronouns

Cambridge University has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to controversial academic Jordan Peterson, who refuses to refer to transgender people by their chosen pronouns, after outcry from faculty and students.

The Canadian psychologist, who has hundreds of thousands of fans, styles himself as the "professor against political correctness", and has argued for enforced monogamy, and pushed the view that men are victims of gender discrimination.



Owl 2
Mar 21 11:32

What to Consider If You’re Retiring Abroad

Mar 21 11:12

Trump Pulls Out Map of Syria, Declares ISIS Defeated 'By Tonight'

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters said they were still searching territory captured from Islamic State at its final enclave in eastern Syria on Thursday and denied a report the jihadists had been finally defeated



Mar 21 11:07

Iraqi Parliament Prepares to Evict US Troops

US military's presence in Iraq falling out of favor across several political blocs.

In the wake of the ISIS War in Iraq, Pentagon officials will tell you what they’ve been saying all along, that America’s intention is to stay in Iraq, and that there is no consideration being given to leaving. It’s not clear the US has spoken to the Iraqi government about this, however.

While many Iraqis accepted the offer of help in the more desperate moments of the ISIS War, the US military has quickly worn out its welcome. Across a number of major political blocs in Iraq, there is growing consensus that the US, and indeed all foreign military forces, need to go.

This has been brewing for months. The Iraqis saw Trump’s visit to Iraq, during which he didn’t meet the Iraqi PM, as a sign of disrespect. That the Pentagon keeps insisting they’re staying in Iraq, without asking the Iraqis, only adds to the sense that the US isn’t really an invited guest in any real sense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, it appears that the US President and Military are both suffering from an acute, collective case of SMD (selective memory disorder), about the one guy who got the US military out of Iraq the first time, and now is one of the most powerful people in Iraq who holds no governmental office; Muktada Al Sadr.

Let's take a gentle WRH ride in our way-back machine to last year, and the following article, describing the win of his coalition in the Iraqi parliament last year:

Muqtada al Sadr's win in Iraq, is dredging up tough memories for US soldiers

Please remember; he was the official head of the Mahdi Army, which fought the US military tooth and nail, and then, in 2017 this was disbanded: Iraq disbands what used to be known as the "Mahdi Army

Mr. President, I am strongly cautioning you (not that you appear to be listening, but ... God loves His optimists) on this issue, to show the Iraqi government, and its military, just a small bit of respect, and I ask this for the following reasons.

Although the Mahdi Army has been officially disbanded, please don't bet on this Imam's NOT being capable of"pulling the band back together", if he believes, for one second, that the US government wants to occupy Iraq forever, which, it appears, is really the goal, to control who gets Iraq's oil, and in what currency it will be sold.

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against him doing this, sir; and he and his people know every inch of the country. And if he does this, how are you going to respond?!? With a second invasion of Iraq, let's say, Iraq 2.0- the "golden cut"?!?

Mar 21 11:06

EXCLUSIVE: Mounted police charging drunken teens, brawls on the sand, the scent of drugs in the air and sex in public: Spring Break is on as tens of thousands descend on beaches for debauchery

And this was last year.

But while a slice of the estimated $1 billion that Spring Break is thought to be worth to the US economy as a whole is welcome, the party comes at a price for police budgets and city residents.

Last year's revelry resulted in a 72 percent increase in police callouts to the beach compared to 2015 – with 131 911-calls during the month of March and 47 arrests.

On Friday alone, DailyMail.com witnessed eight incidents in which kids were hauled off the beach or cited for drug and alcohol possession within the space of 30 minutes.

Earlier, a mounted police unit was seen charging into the crowd after an empty can was thrown at one of the horses.

Another drunken boy was told 'want to go to jail?' after he snuck up on a police horse and touched its backside for a dare.

Mar 21 11:03

Crashed jets reportedly lacked key safety features because Boeing charged extra for them

Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia lacked two safety features in their cockpits because the company charged extra to install them.

The features could have helped pilots detect erroneous readings, which some experts believe might be connected to the planes’ failures, The New York Times reports.

Mar 21 10:37

Nine Years After Obama Snub, Trump Rolls Out Red Carpet for Netanyahu

President Donald J. Trump will host Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next week, displaying a significant shift in policy from President Obama.

Netanyahu will join Trump for a working meeting on March 25 during which they will “discuss their countries’ shared interests and actions in the Middle East,” according to the White House press release Wednesday. The U.S. President will then host Netanyahu at a dinner on March 26. This will be Netanyahu’s third visit to the Trump White House.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time Prime Minister Netanyahu uses his "frequent flyer miles" to get to DC, I get nervous, because, most usually, that means yet another misguided military intervention into a country to which the US military was not invited, like Syria, for example; and trust me, the US is not thinking of leaving there anytime soon, be the troop compliment at 400, or 1,000.

I don't know if any of our readers saw this on Faux TV, but the lower crawl indicated the Trump had tweeted that the Golan Heights should be considered as Israeli territory, possibly giving Netanyahu a "US-Generated lift" before ISraeli elections, which happen 9 April this year.

It was also yet another way to stick a finger in the eye of the Syrian government, the Syrian people, and Bashar Al-Assad, simultaneously, as well.

Mar 21 10:37

Israel And Egypt Compete To Become New Energy Hub

The discovery of the giant gas field Tamar off the coast of Israel in 2009 was the beginning of a new period for the Eastern Mediterranean as an energy hot spot. More recently Exxon and Qatar Gas have discovered another giant gas field off the coast of Cyprus, and Italy’s Eni found more energy deposits off the coast of Egypt. To put the numbers into perspective, the Eastern Mediterranean contains approximately 2,100 billion cubic meters of gas compared to the EU’s consumption in 2017 which was 410 bcm. It shows that the recoverable reserves are more than sufficient to supply the entire EU for a couple of years.

Mar 21 10:36

U.S. On The Hunt For Iranian “Ghost Tankers”

When Washington announced the return of economic sanctions against Iran, the main idea was pretty clear: cut exports of vital oil to zero to paralyze the economy and prompt a change in government. Waivers followed, however, as well as reports that, despite the sanctions, Iran was shipping more oil abroad than the amounts allowed under the waivers.

Oil data provider TankerTrackers.com first reported last year that Iranian tankers were turning off their transponders to hide the destination of their journeys. At the time, most tanker tracking data came precisely from transponders and port authorities, which made most Iranian tanker movement reports unreliable. This, in turn, contributed to the October-December oil price drop when it emerged that Iran was shipping more crude abroad than previously believed.

No wonder, then, that the United States is now targeting vessels transporting Iranian crude oil in violation of sanctions, a senior State Department official told VOA this week.



Taboola
Mar 21 10:36

U.S. ‘’Oil Weapon’’ Could Change Geopolitics Forever

U.S. oil production hit a staggering 12.1 million b/d in February, while that amount has been projected to stay around that production mark in the mid-term then increase in the coming years. The U.S. is the new global oil production leader, followed by Russia and Saudi Arabia, while Saudi Arabia is still the world’s largest oil exporter - a factor that still gives Riyadh considerable leverage, particularly as it works with Russia, and other partners as part of the so-called OPEC+ group of producers. However, Saudi Arabia's decades-long role of market swing producers has now been replaced by this coalition of producers, reducing Riyadh’s power both geopolitically and in global oil markets. In short, what Saudi Arabia could once do on its own, it has to do with several partners.

Mar 21 10:35

Turkish intervention could trigger Syria's 'second great war'

After a bloody and protracted five-year war, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition are on the verge of declaring victory against the Islamic State after the fall of its last crumbs of territory in Baghuz. With Islamic State cells continuing to operate to deadly effect in Syria and neighboring Iraq, it's too early to say "mission accomplished," cautioned Mazlum Kobane, the commander in chief of the SDF, in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor March 10 at a heavily guarded complex near al-Omar oil field in eastern Syria. The charismatic 50-year-old Syrian Kurd, whom coalition officials address as “general,” is seen as one of the chief architects of the battle against the jihadis.

Mar 21 10:33

Countdown To America's "Full Spectrum Dominance"

The US is formally committed to dominating the world by the year 2020. With President Trump’s new Space Directive-4, the production of laser-armed fighter jets as possible precursors to space weapons, and the possibility of nuclear warheads being put into orbit, the clock is ticking...

Back in 1997, the now-re-established US Space Command announced its commitment to “full spectrum dominance.”

Mar 21 10:33

Catholic priest accused of groping woman during last rites

A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge after he was accused of groping a woman in home hospice care while giving her last rites.

The Rev. Gerold Langsch, of Austin, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault by contact stemming from the Oct. 5 encounter. The 75-year-old priest is free on $15,000 bond. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a year in jail and fined up to $4,000.

Police contend in the arrest affidavit that the woman was in hospice care for complications from diabetes when Lansch went to her home to administer the sacrament of anointing the sick, a sacrament of absolution. The woman, who is still alive, reported that Langsch first anointed her chest with holy water, then began to apply lotion, massaging a breast, pinching a nipple and asking "Does that feel good?" He then tried to slip his hand inside her diaper but was unable to.

Mar 21 10:32

Will Washington State's Plan To Ban Trump From The 2020 Ballot Backfire?

Well, you’ve got to hand it to them. The progressive left continues to find new and creative ways to ensure that President Donald Trump is not re-elected in 2020. At the state level, Democratic politicians are taking actions, such as passing legislation supporting the National Popular Vote compact, that are designed to prevent Republicans from maintaining control of the White House.

The Washington state senate has passed a measure that could keep the president off the ballot if the house also passes the bill. Illinois is also considering similar legislation. But will it succeed?

Mar 21 10:31

America's Venezuela Strategy: Coup By Sheer Narrative Control

The Trump administration is working to overthrow the government of Venezuela. They are not at this time doing this by military invasion, nor by funneling thousands of armed militants into the country, nor even solely with starvation sanctions and CIA ops. The first and foremost means of overthrowing Venezuela’s government currently being utilized by the United States government is the low-risk, low-cost plan to simply control the stories that everyone tells themselves about who is in charge in Venezuela.

Mar 21 10:31

Iran vows to control prices, boost production despite U.S. sanctions

Iranian leaders vowed on Thursday to control soaring prices, bring stability to the national currency and create jobs as the nation marked the end of a year of economic crisis fueled by renewed U.S. sanctions.

Mar 21 10:30

It’s Happening – The Most Dangerous Volcano In North America Just Erupted And Shot Ash Nearly A Mile Into The Sky

A lot of us have been watching Mt. Popocatepetl for a very long time. Could it be possible that we are now on the verge of the most destructive volcanic eruption in the modern history of North America? On Monday night at precisely 9:38 PM, a massive explosion at Mt. Popocatepetl sent a column of volcanic ash nearly a mile into the sky. A “yellow alert warning” has been issued by the authorities, and they are ordering everyone to stay at least 12 kilometers away from the crater. They are stressing that the threat has not passed, and as you will see below, an evacuation plan is in place in case an even larger eruption follows. And if a much larger eruption does follow, the devastation could be off the charts. Mexico City is only 43 miles away from Mt. Popocatepetl, and approximately 25 million people live within a 60 mile radius of the crater.

Mar 21 10:28

AS RUSSIA COLLUSION FADES, UKRAINIAN PLOT TO HELP CLINTON EMERGES

After nearly three years and millions of tax dollars, the Trump-Russia collusion probe is about to be resolved. Emerging in its place is newly unearthed evidence suggesting another foreign effort to influence the 2016 election — this time, in favor of the Democrats.

Ukraine’s top prosecutor divulged in an interview aired Wednesday on Hill.TV that he has opened an investigation into whether his country’s law enforcement apparatus intentionally leaked financial records during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign about then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to sway the election in favor of Hillary Clinton.

Ukraine Prosecutor General Yurii Lutsenko’s probe was prompted by a Ukrainian parliamentarian's release of a tape recording purporting to quote a top law enforcement official as saying his agency leaked the Manafort financial records to help Clinton's campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Et Tu, Hillary?!?

One has to love reeking stench of hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle; and NO, it doesn't smell like "teen spirit". It frankly smells more like industrial strength fertilizer.

Mar 21 10:28

Brazilian Uranium Transport Convoy Caught In Gunfight With Gang By ‘Coincidence'

Members of a local gang in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro recently fired on police officers who were escorting a convoy of trucks transporting uranium to a nearby nuclear plant.

The Tuesday attack took place as the convoy and security detail drove past the gang-controlled Frade community, which is located some 19 miles from Angra dos Reis and the Angra 2 nuclear plant, the fuel's destination.

Eletrobras Eletronuclear, Brazil's government-run nuclear agency, explained in a statement that the series of events unfolded at roughly 12 p.m. local time after the police escort heard nearby gunshots. As a precaution, officers positioned themselves along the highway in order to guarantee the safety of the transport.

Mar 21 10:27

The Science Behind Snowflakes & The Danger of Over-Socialization

The millennial generation of Americans is often mocked for perceived emotional weakness and insecurity. What critics of liberal “safe space” culture often do not notice is that in addition to being less emotionally stable, younger Americans are also much more effectively manipulated and psychologically controlled.

Mar 21 10:26

After Bleeding Thailand Dry, Soros is Going in for the Kill

The highly controversial figure, George Soros has become one of the richest men on the planet by creating a great many hedge funds including Soros Fund Managemen. If Forbes is to be believed, his personal fortune exceeds the mind-boggling sum of 25 billion dollars, however, the dubious strategies that Soros would use to accumulate such an excessive amount of wealth are largely the reason why his name evokes an emotional outcry whenever it is mentioned publicly. It seems that at this point there’s more countries where people are not willing to put up with a myriad of his NGOs than those where his reputation doesn’t precede him. In fact, those ultra-liberal values promoted by his minions are nothing more than a pretext for new color revolutions to be staged which are designed to provide this so-called philanthropist with ultra-profits.

Mar 21 10:25

Report: Christian Persecution in India Jumps by 57% in 2019

Hate crimes and targeted violence against Christians in India during the first two months of 2019 showed a jump of 57 percent over the same period in 2018, a new report revealed.

During January and February, 77 incidents of “hate and targeted violence against Christians” were documented in India as compared with the 49 cases recorded during the same period last year, according to the Religious Liberty Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

The EFI report said that the official figures are invariably low, because most cases of persecution go unreported, either because the victim and witnesses are too frightened to speak out, or because the police ignore the harassment and fail to file mandatory First Information Reports.

Mar 21 10:25

BETO O’ROURKE SLAMS BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING ISRAEL HAS “OPENLY SIDED WITH RACISTS”

Beto O’Rourke denied on Tuesday that donations from supporters of Israel had influenced his approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and denounced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in stark terms, saying that Israel’s leader had “openly sided with racists.”

Beto taking the gloves off against Bibi… pic.twitter.com/QJascMyILA

— Jacob Kornbluh ? (@jacobkornbluh) March 20, 2019

As the Texas Tribune correspondent Patrick Svitek reported, the comments came during an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire, after O’Rourke was asked about rumors that he had taken “pro-Israel lobbyist money” during his failed Senate run in 2018.

O’Rourke explained that, in fact, he had taken no money from political action committees in that race — although J Street, a pro-Israel lobbying group that aids candidates who favor a two-state solution and oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, helped solicit $170,000 in individuals donations to his campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Beto, you cannot have it both ways.

And after this major public criticism of Israel, Beto's geopolitical career may well be close to over; AIPAC will insure that he gets eaten alive, well before the Democratic nominee is "chosen" (most probably by the party, but not by the people.)

Mar 21 10:25

Man Try To Put Stolen ATM On The Bus In Newark

Mar 21 10:24

Group of 170 Migrants Dug Under Arizona Border Fence, Say Feds

Border Patrol agents in Arizona continue to deal with “large” migrant groups exploiting weaknesses in outdated border technology to illegally enter the U.S. Most recently, human smugglers coordinated the border crossing by a group of more than 170 who dug under a portion of a barrier in the Yuma Sector.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials tweeted a video on Monday showing a group of 171 migrants digging under an outdated section of border fencing to enter the controlled space between barriers on U.S. soil. The migrants can be seen rushing toward the first Border Patrol agents they can find to surrender and most likely, make requests for asylum.

Mar 21 10:23

BOMBSHELL! Guess Who Just BANNED ALL Federal Gun Control Laws?!?

Mar 21 10:23

Citi To Sell Confiscated Venezuelan Gold From Maduro Deal

Reuters reports that Citigroup plans to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank on a $1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month.

As we detailed in February, back in April 2015, when Venezuela still had a somewhat functioning economy and hyperinflation was not yet rampant, the cash-strapped country quietly conducted a little-noticed gold-for-cash swap with Citigroup as part of which president Nicolas Maduro converted part of his nation's gold reserves into at least $1 billion in cash through a swap with Citibank.

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