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  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    “Trump's AG pick Jeff Sessions didn't disclose oil holdings
    January 10, 2017

    “President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions didn’t disclose revenue-making oil interests he holds in Alabama, despite federal ethics rules requiring him to do so, an examination of state records shows.
    “The conservative Alabama senator owns subsurface rights to fossil fuels spanning more than 600 acres of land in his home state, records obtained by the Washington Post shows. Some of the oil reportedly lies below a federal wildlife preserve.
    “’I am troubled by any omissions,’ said Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is set to hold confirmation hearings for Sessions on Tuesday. ’But this is particularly troubling because this ownership interest involves oil and gas holdings connected to a federal wildlife refuge.’

    “The holdings only produce roughly $4,700 a year in revenue, but rules set by the Office of Government Ethics unambiguously states that even small assets must be disclosed ahead of confirmation hearings for Cabinet picks….”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/jeff-sessions-didn-disclose-oil-holdings-article-1.2941993

  • razzz razzz

    'Deutsche Bank Predicts Massive US Economic Growth Under Trump'

    "…CNBC cites a Deutsche Bank forecast that claims Trump's economy-boosting agenda could drive 2.4 percent growth in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018. Under President Barack Obama, the economy grew by an average of 1.6 percent during his eight years in office.

    CNBC noted Obama is the first president since Herbert Hoover who has not overseen the economy grow by at least 3 percent in one year of their administrations.

    The Deutsche Bank report predicts the world economy will grow as well, increasing its 2017 GDP forecast from 3 percent to 3.4 percent…"
    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/economic-growth-Deutsche-Bank/2017/01/09/id/767611/

    'Trump – Taxes – World Capital Flows'

    "…American citizens cannot open accounts overseas, so the only way to full service our clients worldwide is to go public in Hong Kong due to FATCA. If Trump realizes that FATCA is causing serious problems internationally and repeals that, then we could go public in the USA. So this whole tax issue is absolutely vital and the world economy is trying to balance on the head of a pin right now. The Democrats always propose higher taxes and support Marxist policies, yet never admit that is their model any more than they admit the founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, supported slavery."
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/taxes/trump-taxes-world-capital-flows/

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Not going to happen and any numbers quoted are not growth at all…these percents are inflation and increasing interest rates will drive up all costs and therefor will inflate all the bullshit numbers being spewed.

  • razzz razzz

    In the first link, Dutchsinse zooms in on old nuke craters where earthquakes strike the weaken crust of the earth.

    In the second link, Dutchsinse warns of larges earthquakes and volcano eruptions resulting from the newest very deep 7.3 quake which will cause larger surface quakes.

    '1/09/2017 — Nightly Earthquake Update + Forecast — New Pacific unrest brewing — New deep EQ's'
    https://youtu.be/xBkWp6hfvNU?t=26m50s

    '1/10/2017 — Philippines M7.0+ earthquake forecast direct hit + Edmund K. North Pole EQ's'
    https://youtu.be/UDbEe0V8ndE?t=29m28s

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Dutchsinse predicts up to an 8.5 might hit near or at coast of Honshu, Japan in the next couple of days… but we might get lucky and just get a bunch of 6 magnitude swarms…

      Anyway, still time to restart some NPPs, Japan! The Olympics needs more radioactive DNA scramblers for 2020.

      On the bright side:

      The paper bag around FDNPP reactor unit 4 should keep the large chunks contained if there is a tsunami. Any atoms smaller than a few inches in diameter might get through the radiation fence, but what are the odds finding itty bitty atoms? Unit 1 is uncovered so it should get washed off and we won't have to worry about anything but the AWOL core.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        watch the video, he says they just had a deep 4.5 off Japan.
        Just an excerpt from the forecast, watch the whole thing, there's a bunch more to his forecast. I don't want to put words in his mouth…

        What an alarmist, that Dutch! Who ever heard of an earthquake in Japan?

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          Another part of the video says up to a 7.9 quake was being looked for area south of Japan.

          Just checked for approaching typhoons. None. Wow. good news. Probably have a volcano at Sendai NPP with our luck.

          New Zealand also under alert. Damn, they don't have nuclear plants. I'm sure the nuclear industry is disappointed because they are looking for their finest, finest hour

        • GOM GOM

          uni

          He must be entering the 'Fake News' arena, [que Twilight Zone music] soon to be censored..

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Environmental Poisoning Agency does it again.
    "EPA Sends Over 1 Million Pounds of Toxic Metals Into Lake Powell "
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-KaAL0h69E

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Old Jesuit Book Reveals True Agenda !!!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixZrnHDrESg

  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    M7.3 Strikes Alert Star, Climate Report | S0 News Jan.10.2017

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n1ZHTdTVUk

    Plenty of good stuff/good logging to follow up.

    Between dutchsince and S0, a lot of ground has been broken.
    No pun intended.

  • irhologram

    Big Ag worse than Big Oil in ocean acidification!
    THE PROBLEM: We're loosing oxygen…a fact…because 2/3 of it is produced by phytoplankton, faced with death by agriculture!

    Big Ag's pesticide and nitrogen-fertilizer run off is causing massive dead zones, and its stripping carbon from the soils, which ends up in the oceans and creates acidification.

    In a few decades there won't be much ocean life left as the phytoplankton dies—all because of how we grow food.

    SOLUTION: Cool earth and seawater, while removing excess carbon from the sea, by regenerative agriculture.

    The Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at California State University, Chico, and the Carbon Underground group have created this concise definition:
    "Regenerative Agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity —resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle."

    Facts RE: Climate change survivability.
    – [ ] a) Industrial agriculture is worse than Chevron, Exxon and the entire transportation industry combined
    – [ ] b) Regenerative agriculture can reverse phytoplankton death and oxygen loss.

    Like we didn't know this for thousands of years. Rotate pasture lands. Plow under and rest sections of land, then rotate the crop.

    Cont.

  • irhologram

    Or…Maybe they can salt it with microbes or something fancy, but if this stuff is THIS SIMPLE, as I suggest that it is, we need to get on this.

    Remember a week ago when I said I refused to believe there was no answer to excess carbon in the ocean and atmosphere? And everyone said, "You crazy? Can't be done!"? And then I found that 3 companies right now (Bill Gates, Microsoft's Jabe Bloominthal, and oil billionare N. Murray Edwards are investors…so…not so nuts?) who are betting they can profitably extract sell atmospheric CO2 for use in several modes of fuel production.

    So here's another solution. We need to be all over Big Ag. IMHO their acidification of the ocean is equal or worse than force fed GMOs.

    You say this isn't relevant to your prime directive RE: nuclear? Really? Who's gonna man the NPPs when a majority are in respiratory distress?

    Oh, but some here have crossed over into "Don't worry, be happy" mode. Kind of a shelter-in-place family haven. Where have I heard that before? OMG, its all about smiling enough like the Japanese Prime Minister said?

    No offense, but that's just another way to express nihilism, and also kind of reminds me of "Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil" monkeys. There is such a thing as balance. I can be happy while protecting myself AND the earth, as well as my family. Spiritually, I can walk and chew gum.

    http://www.ecowatch.com/regenerative-farming-ocean-acidification-2175984298.html

    • earthsmith earthsmith

      Let's see here Bill gates, Murray Edwards hahahahahaha. Yeah we should trust those guys. Humans will only continue to rape and deplete for profit not sustainability. There sure is a whole lot people on the planet and the resources are quickly depleting. Then there is China and their ambitious plans….. the list is becoming rapidly infinite.
      Yes absurd.

      • irhologram

        Earthsmith. Of course I don't trust BIll Gates. Its HIS money where his mouth is, not mine!!

        Your knee jerk reaction missed the point. Technology believes there's a profit in CO2 reclaimation, and so, therefore, it may happen that atmospheric carbon will be removed.

        As far as China, had you opened the link, you would have seen that one of the collection sites is in Scandanavia. It doesn't matter WHERE the collection point is. Its in the air.

  • freebywill

    Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline Site in West Texas Consecrates New Indigenous-Led Resistance Camp http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39031-lockdown-at-trans-pecos-pipeline-site-in-west-texas-consecrates-new-indigenous-led-resistance-camp

    An Indigenous Water Protector and an Alpine, Texas, resident were arrested Saturday morning after locking themselves to pipe-laying equipment at an Energy Transfer Partner (ETP) easement and work site in Presidio County, Texas. The lockdown temporarily halted construction on the company's 143-mile Trans-Pecos pipeline that, if completed, would carry 1.4 billion cubic feet of fracked gas from West Texas to Mexico every day.

    The action was the first to be organized by a new Indigenous-led prayer and resistance camp on private land in far west Texas' pristine Big Bend region. The camp is acting in solidarity with the Sacred Stone and Oceti Sakowin camps' historic standoff against the Dakota Access pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The same Dallas-based company is behind both the Trans-Pecos and Dakota Access pipelines.

  • razzz razzz

    'Pravda: ‘Scientists Now Warn Of A New Ice Age’ As Temperature Plummets to – 80°F In Russia'

    "…Warning of an impending ice age

    So in the face of all the earlier global warming predictions, it is now only ironic that yesterday the German-language Pravda TV site here published an article warning of an impending ice age. The article cites Yale scientist Wei Liu and a recent paper he published on the “overlooked possibility of a collapsed Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation“. Should the ocean heat conveyor collapse, then there would be “a prominent cooling over the northern North Atlantic and neighboring areas, sea ice increases over the Greenland-Iceland-Norwegian seas and to the south of Greenland.”

    Useless models

    The Pravda report summarizes Liu’s paper as follows:

    CO2 has nothing to do with it, rather the influence of the sun is the dominant factor: less sunspots (Climate: solar physicists project global cooling (video)), weakening of the earth’s magnetic field, impact on the jet stream are decisive factors that can quickly lead our climate into an ice age (Scientists: Consensus 2016: the climate models are useless (Video)).”

    Pravda also describes how some experts say today’s climate models fail to take the known ocean and solar factors in account."
    http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/01/10/pravda-scientists-now-warn-of-a-new-ice-age-as-temperature-plummets-to-80f-in-russia/

  • razzz razzz

    Looks like foreign companies are positioning to avoid possible Trump tariffs. That and along with tax breaks for setting up shop inside the US. Lowering corporate tax rates will help too.

    Trump is not even sworn in yet but the potential of US consumers spending their future tax breaks can drive world manufacturing. Competition should help keep prices down.

    'LG & Samsung Set to Announce Future Plants in the U.S. Due to President-Elect Trump's 'Made in America' Pledge'

    "In November Patently Apple posted a report titled "The Chinese Seem Eager to Open Plants in the US instead of Whining like some in Silicon Valley," followed by a report in December titled "Softbank to Invest $50 Billion in the U.S. to create 50,000 new Tech Jobs and Somehow Foxconn is Included in the Deal." Today we're learning that South Korea's two largest electronics companies are considering building factories in the U.S. for the production of home appliances in view of incoming President Donald Trump's "Made in America" pledge.

    Several reports out of Asia today note that LG Electronics is set to announce its plan to invest in the U.S. to construct production lines for washers and refrigerators while Samsung Electronics is mulling a similar plan ahead of the real estate billionaire's inauguration on Jan. 20…"
    http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2017/01/lg-samsung-set-to-announce-future-plants-in-the-us-due-to-president-elect-trumps-made-in-america-pledge.html

  • razzz razzz

    'Man shoots at wife after she eats his grilled cheese sandwich'

    "A man who got upset when his wife took a bite of his grilled cheese sandwich opened fire inside his home and sparked an hours-long standoff with police, according to authorities.

    Baltimore County police worked to diffuse the bizarre situation Sunday night.

    During the standoff, a woman and three teenagers ran outside the home and told officers a man started shooting through the basement floor after he found out someone ate a piece of his sandwich…"
    http://www.kptv.com/story/34222166/man-shoots-at-wife-after-she-eats-his-grilled-cheese-sandwich

  • DUDe DUDe

    "They" where already openly (in magazines among their peers) aiming at total slavery of the globe inbetween the WorldWars..so every step taken since then..including those that looked the opposite..has been consequent and systematic towards this goal..

    In to the woodchipper with those "principal men"..all of them..then dry the chips and sell as fishfood to aquaponic system owners lol..or use piranhas and skip the woodchipper lolol..morally speaking..

    "..Capital must protect it self in every possible way , both by combination and legislation. Debts must be collected , mortgages foreclosed as rapidly as possible.
    When trough the proces of law the common people lose their homes , they will become more docile and more easely governed trough the strong arm of government applied by a central power of wealth under leading financiers.
    These truths are well known among our principal men who are now engaged in forming an imperialism to govern the world.
    By dividing the voter trough the political party system we can get them to expend their energies in fighting for questions of no importance.
    It is thus by discreet action we can secure for ourselves that which has been so well planned and so succesful accomplished.."

    -1924 US Banker's Association Magazine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI7UA4J2CO4

  • razzz razzz

    I started this video link where Dutchsinse begins talking about one of his first ever quake predictions when he called for Japan to get hit two days before 3/11.

    '1/10/2017 — Large EQ potential — M7.3 deep earthquake in West Pacific = M8.3 to M9.3 possible '
    https://youtu.be/EviSzJeMM7I

    • Sam Sam

      Volcanic eruptions in the ring of fire in West Pacific arc will (vent)
      help alleviate the stresses from the deep 7.3 near S. Phillipine Islands.
      Let hope they vent and make the earthquakes smaller that will occur.
      Be catastrophic if an 8.3 or 9.3 occurs near coast of Honshu or on land.

      It is raining cats and frogs and salamanders here in N. Ca….. nobody
      ever mentions rads in the rains….. to bad we are so "NORMALIZED"

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    from one of Hillbilly's links'
    A Navy destroyer opened fire Sunday in the Strait of Hormuz after four Iranian patrol boats harassed the ship. At the same time, Obama approved transfer of enough uranium to Iran to make ten nuclear bombs.

    In April, the administration acted as Iran’s financial advisor and helped them secure billions that they have admitted will be used, at least in part, for military purposes and terrorism.

    After giving $1.7 billion in gold and cash to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in the dark of night, the U.S. administration helped Iran secure another $10 billion in sanctions relief.

    In 2013, Obama promised Iran billions if they kept talking to the US and their European cohorts

    • Sam Sam

      Iranian rug diplomacy.
      Looks like bribery to me.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      and the first link…

      Energy Fuels Inc. (TSX:EFR,NYSEMKT:UUUU), a leading producer of uranium in the United States, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (the “BLM”) has issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (the “EIS”) and Record of Decision (the “ROD”) for the Company’s 100%-owned Sheep Mountain Project located in the Crooks Gap Mining District of central Wyoming.

      Speaking of BLM…

      http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/locked-out/178943 Her husband will never return to trail the cows to winter range again, but Jeanette Finicum is determined that she will get the job done, eventually.

      Although she’s provided a check to fully cover fines assessed over the last year, the Arizona rancher continues to be locked out of both her winter and summer grazing ranges.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy:
    The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern universities has concluded.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/major-study-finds-that-the-us-is-an-oligarchy-2014-4 "

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Deepest Quake in Recorded History has Struck/Magma Layer "
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjFPxiqHvi4

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    (coal) "Power Plant Explosion In Ohio Destroys Half the Building, Six People Injured " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McKLk6HX8bQ

    • DUDe DUDe

      Good idea HHD , they should do this with mines too asap..detonated or not in xtime..start biodegrading..would be the next best thing behind forbid them totally..

      Dont forget the nukes lol

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Obama’s farewell speech:
    16 minutes ago

    “…’…Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.’

    “He reiterated that belief again, saying, ‘the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.’

    “…The stark warning he offered in his farewell address went far beyond such cautions. He told his country that its cherished Constitution was useless, a scrap of paper, without a vigorous defense of its ideals. And as this wise and thoughtful leader left the stage, to be followed soon by an impulsive, bullying man-child, the implications of that warning seemed to linger. To watch Obama walk away into the darkness was an unnerving sight….”
    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/obama-farewell-address-defends-democracy-against-trump.html

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    “Top U.S. intelligence officials have briefed leaders in Washington about an explosive — but unverified — document that alleges collusion between Russia and President-elect Donald Trump, NPR has learned.

    “The brief, which NPR has seen but not independently verified, was given by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain to FBI Director James Comey on Dec. 9. Details from it have been part of presentations by Comey and other intelligence leaders to Trump, President Obama and key leaders in Congress.

    “On Tuesday night, Trump and his attorney named in the report separately characterized the document as untrue. Without mentioning the report directly, Trump tweeted, "FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"

    “Trump has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday — his first since one in July in which he quipped that Russia should hack materials related to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The alleged intelligence document appears likely to dominate the upcoming session.

    “Trump has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday — his first in 166 days, following a quip in which he invited Russia to hack materials related to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

    “NPR is not detailing the contents of the brief because it remains unverified, but it describes a concerted effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to cultivate a relationship with Trump and his camp.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Intel chiefs briefed Trump, Obama on unverified, salacious allegations concerning Russia and president-elect

    “During a special briefing last Friday, leaders of the intelligence community gave President-elect Donald Trump a synopsis of unsubstantiated and salacious allegations that Russian operatives had obtained potentially compromising personal and financial information about the president-elect, a U.S. official confirmed Tuesday….”
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/10/russian-hacking-cnn-information-election-trump/96414062/

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    In a new interview, Trump reveals he has no idea what’s going on with Obamacare
    Calls for quick replacement of the ACA with … something.
    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/10/14228776/trump-obamacare-repea-replace

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

      Donald Trump contradicts Paul Ryan on ObamaCare repeal
      January 10, 2017

      “Contradicting Republican leaders, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday called for a repeal of ObamaCare “probably sometime next week” — even without a replacement immediately in place.

      “It won’t be repeal and then two years later go in with another plan,” he told the New York Times. “The replace will be very quickly or simultaneously, very shortly thereafter.”
      “Just hours earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan assured GOP lawmakers who are balking at repealing ObamaCare without a replacement that won’t happen….”
      http://nypost.com/2017/01/10/donald-trump-contradicts-paul-ryan-on-obamacare-repeal/

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    “A dossier making explosive — but unverified — allegations that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him has been circulating among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists for weeks.

    “The dossier, which is a collection of memos written over a period of months, includes specific, unverified, and potentially unverifiable allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives, and graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians. BuzzFeed News reporters in the US and Europe have been investigating various alleged facts in the dossier but have not verified or falsified them. CNN reported Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the report was given to President Obama and Trump.

    “Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.
    “The document was prepared for political opponents of Trump by a person who is understood to be a former British intelligence agent. It is not just unconfirmed: It includes some clear errors. The report misspells the name of one company, “Alpha Group,” throughout. It is Alfa Group. The report says the settlement of Barvikha, outside Moscow, is 'reserved for the residences of the top leadership and their close associates.'

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    “The study comes in the wake of congressional Republicans’ stated intentions to rescind methane-limiting standards for the natural gas industry.”

    Methane from food production could be wildcard in combating climate change, Stanford scientist says
    Reports co-authored by Stanford Earth scientist show concentrations of methane approaching an internationally recognized worst-case scenario and highlight opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and fossil fuel use…."
    http://news.stanford.edu/2016/12/11/methane-food-production-wildcard-combating-climate-change/

    “The study comes in the wake of congressional Republicans’ stated intentions to rescind methane-limiting standards for the natural gas industry.”

    “A major opportunity for avoiding climate change’s worst impacts lies in reducing methane emissions, particularly from food production, according to a pair of new studies.

    “Cattle, which emit methane through bodily functions and manure, are among the reasons agriculture is the largest contributor to global methane emissions, according to a new study."

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

      “…Unchecked, this increase could see temperatures rise as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius), speeding sea level rise and more extreme weather….

      “The alarming increase in methane draws attention to managing those emissions for climate change mitigation. While most mitigation efforts have focused on carbon dioxide, the more common greenhouse gas, methane’s warming potential is about 28 times greater on a 100-year horizon, and its lifespan in the atmosphere is much shorter. In other words, it can do major damage, but getting it under control could tip the climate change equation relatively rapidly.

      “’Methane presents the best opportunity to slow climate change quickly,’ said Jackson. ‘Carbon dioxide has a longer reach, but methane strikes faster’….”
      http://news.stanford.edu/2016/12/11/methane-food-production-wildcard-combating-climate-change/

  • DUDe DUDe

    Robin Hood in reverse: Eliminating Affordable Care Act taxes, tax credits means billions for the wealthy

    "..Republicans in Congress have already voted to cut the taxes that pay for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Up to now these tax cuts have been vetoed by President Obama. But with the inauguration of Donald Trump, Republicans in the Senate and House will be free to cut ACA taxes and give hundreds of billions of dollars to the richest Americans.

    The ACA taxes include a 3.8% tax on investment income, which mainly goes to the top 1%. Investment income is not taxed to pay for Medicare or Social Security. There is also a 0.9% tax on individuals with very large salaries, which is also not taxed to pay for Social Security. Social Security taxes only tax the first $127,200 in earned income; any income above that or investment income is not taxed.

    What this means is that eliminating the taxes for the ACA would provide the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of Americans an average tax cut of almost $200,000 a year, which would be almost 75% of the total dollar tax cut.."

    http://www.fightbacknews.org/2017/1/10/robin-hood-reverse-eliminating-affordable-care-act-taxes-tax-credits-means-billions-wealth

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    GOP National-Security Veterans: Trump Would Be ‘Dangerous President’
    Aug 8, 2016

    "Fifty Republican national security veterans released a letter Monday saying 'none of us will vote for Donald Trump,' voicing alarm about the GOP nominee’s views on foreign policy and national security. Former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, and former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson were among those […]”
    http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2016/08/08/gop-national-security-veterans-trump-would-be-dangerous-president/

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

      50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump
      August 8, 2016

      • A group of GOP national security experts claims Donald Trump is too erratic for the Oval Office
      • Many high-ranking former George W. Bush administration officials signed the letter

      “Its signatories include former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Eric Edelman, who was Vice President Dick Cheney's national security adviser and has worked closely with Michele Flournoy — a candidate for secretary of defense in a prospective Clinton administration — to forge a centrist group of defense experts on key military issues….

      “Its signatories include former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Eric Edelman, who was Vice President Dick Cheney's national security adviser and has worked closely with Michele Flournoy — a candidate for secretary of defense in a prospective Clinton administration — to forge a centrist group of defense experts on key military issues.
      It also includes two Homeland Security secretaries under Bush, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, and Robert Zoellick, a former World Bank president, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state.

  • razzz razzz

    'California storms add 350 billion gallons to parched reservoirs'

    "…More importantly, the recent storms have sent reservoirs swelling.

    The 154 largest reservoirs tracked by the state Department of Water Resources added 1.1 million acre feet of water from Jan. 1 to Monday, boosting their capacity to 97 percent of historic average, said Maury Roos, longtime state hydrologist.

    “It’s excellent news,” said Roos. “I don’t make the decision on the official drought, but from the Bay Area north we are in good shape for this time of the season.”

    Specifically, Loch Lomond, the main reservoir serving Santa Cruz, filled to capacity. All seven reservoirs that serve the Marin Municipal Water District were 100 percent full. Pardee Reservoir, the main reservoir that provides water to 1.3 million people in Alameda and Contra Costa County, spilled on Monday.

    Lexington Reservoir, near Los Gatos, has gone up 31 feet since New Year’s Day, surging to 93 percent full from 42 percent full a week ago.

    Perhaps most dramatic was San Luis Reservoir, California’s fifth largest, located between Gilroy and Los Banos. Sitting at 10 percent full in August, it now is 66 percent full, having risen 134 feet. At current rates, it may fill to the top for the first time since 2011, said Roger George of Fresno, a professional guide who leads fishing trips for striped bass there…"
    http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/01/09/california-storms-fill-drought-parched-reservoirs/

    • GOM GOM

      10 day storm cycle..Nevada State of Emergency

      California and Nevada [my home state] are under siege from a MASSIVE storm anomaly known as an Atmospheric River. The wild card is a levee break.

      Northern California received more than a foot of rain over a 72-hour period. 5 people died. A second round was underway Tuesday, promising even more rainfall that may lead to additional flooding.

      The San Francisco Bay Area is facing a coastal flood advisory from Tuesday through Friday, with a forecast of up to 7-foot "king tides" that could pose a flooding risk for coastal roadways, Steve Anderson of the National Weather Service in Monterey.

      In Nevada, residents voluntarily evacuated at least 400 homes, impacting some 1,300 residents in a south Reno neighborhood as the Truckee River breached its banks.
      The Truckee River was expected to peak about six feet above flood stage in neighboring Sparks, and several feet of water was likely to flood an industrial area where 25,000 people work.

      The Nevada National Guard has deployed high-water vehicles to help evacuate residents in one town east of Reno.

      https://weather.com/news/weather/news/atmospheric-river-california-impacts

  • razzz razzz

    'The Military Wants Biodegradable Ammo That Turns Into Plants'

    "…But the Pentagon isn't stopping there. It also wants spent ammunition and casings to contain bioengineered seeds that would, after several months, grow environmentally friendly plants that would remove soil contaminants. The proposal even specifies that animals "should be able to consume the plants without any ill effects".

    It's important to note that this is not ammunition that would be used in combat, but rather on training ranges here in the United States and friendly countries such as Germany, Italy and Japan. Ammunition used in combat is too important to tinker with, but at friendly training ranges where ammunition is expended for years and even decades, the issue of pollutant contamination is a real one."
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a24690/us-military-biodegradable-ammo/

  • irhologram

    Too funny. Ene new story and 1/2+ of posts are on OT. Goes to show the power of trained response through long term use. Lol

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      What's next, invisible 'micro-drones'?
      Highly recommend the videos, and some butterfly nets.

      Maybe it's not bad vision or my imagination?
      Just the DOD strafing me. 😆

      I can only imagine how this turns out, tax dollars hard at work. 🙁

      http://www.activistpost.com/2017/01/pentagon-drone-swarm-test-california-skies.html

      Thanks irh for posting that site. 😉

      • irhologram

        Drones! New killer bee, complete with collective decision-making! Double as a pollinator, now that we killed the honeybees? Maybe the honey comb easier to harvest?

        “The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviors such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing”
        “Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronized individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature”
        “Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team.”

        Better than sonic skin-heat to break up crowds! And wow, better than African dart-shot instant poison… probably can carry multiple doses!

        Ahh. But can they be hacked?

        This one-distributed-brain idea has me connecting dots to elements of the Ft. lauderdale shooter. Sonic voice thought projection into the human brain, on its' face, suggests that mind control can be COLLECTIVE.

        Would that explain how so many believe this year, to the point of heated argument, what they don't remember NOT thinking a few years back, i.e. Russia, with whom we shared ISS, and with no cold war, has now always been the foe?

        We used to joke "Its in the water," (which it is with Flouride), but I'm thinking if they aren't programming US sonically through the air as COLLECTIVE drones, THEY WILL.

        SHAKE IT OFF!

        • AirSepTech AirSepTech

          One only has to view a few 'SJW' or 'Snowflake' videos to be convinced there is 'something' amiss. Sad.

          Imagine trying to have your own thoughts, concerns, goals, belief

          GroupThink. It will turn out bad for many. Just getting started.

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            for less group programming, turn off the TV and never look back

            • irhologram

              That's only one way its in the air. B'leev me, Not having had cable the last two years, it curls around like second hand smoke, here and everywhere. The suggestion we're discussing is "ring leaders" in a kind of microwaved rippleing air-pool may be or will at sometime soon, receive broadcasts congealing a collective mind.

              The "hive mind" if you will, like the micro drones. If you think TV is effective, imagine straight-to-brain beaming.

    • razzz razzz

      Tell us again how anyone can stop the radioactive flows from the three Daiichi melts.

      Most of the mainstream media reporting on Fukushima is old news by now here on enenews.com. Maybe if a quake levels a fuel pool then reporters might ask why fuel pools were not made safer for storage or emptied before they fell and released all their radioactive poisons into the atmosphere.

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Scientists puzzled by discovery of new human organ called ‘mesentery’
    Now they can tell the surgeons 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UaHD8fo9Ug

  • irhologram

    Sadie…DaVinci drew it, defined function of this "newly discovered" human organ, but a hundred or so years ago, medicine ignored that and went off on a false path?

    Well, Sadie, you should take heart. People, including doctors…will believe anything they are TOLD to believe….ignore evidence in plain sight in every surgery, and ignore the logic that such an organ HAD to exist.

    I wonder if the docs who caught on, contrary to accepted "wisdom," were ridiculed? Or knew better than to even bring it up, lest they be labeled quacks. Conspiracy theory docs, when "everybody knows," what is true is goes contrary to plain sight.

  • freebywill

    7 mins | Chevron Texaco's Dirty History | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibYAX_pQ_mU

    Published on Sep 13, 2016

    Abby Martin exposes Chevron Texaco's scandalous history—from supporting Nazis to backing war crimes—all while attacking its victims.

    29 mins | Untouchable Big Oil Threatens All Life On Earth | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvUpJW2Ax5Q

    Published on Jan 19, 2016

    All life on Earth is threatened by catastrophic climate change–the main culprit is so powerful that the U.S. government is setup to serve it, rather than regulate it.

    full documentary about Chevron

    108 mins | Chevron vs. the Amazon | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MssnB31PmZI

    Published on Sep 13, 2016

    The complete version of Abby Martin's three-part series covering Chevron's disaster in Ecuador, on teleSUR's The Empire Files.

    Abby launches a deep investigation into Chevron Texaco's intentional spilling of 19 billion gallons of oil and waste in Ecuador's pristine Amazon rain forest–and the 25-year-long legal battle that followed.

    Featuring interviews with victims, expert and Ecuadorean heads of state, this documentary reveals the full breadth of Chevron's crime, and its outrageous acts against it's victims ever since.

    [ from The Empire Files series narrated by Abby Martin and presented on teleSur, a great series. The Empire Files covers a broad range of topics exposing the criminal cabal masquerading as the US government. These 3 are well suited to this site ]

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Trump the Torturer Spurs Fear in Military, Congress

    176 top officers penned a letter to the president-elect raising concern, while Congress considers blocking Trump’s defense secretary nominee.
    Jan. 10, 2017

    "176 top officers penned a letter to President-elect Donald Trump raising concern for Trump's consideration of torture. (Drew

    "Citing a combined 6,000 years of combat and command experience, 176 flag officers penned a letter last week to Donald Trump insisting the president-elect not follow through on campaign promises to torture U.S. enemies.

    "We are concerned about statements made during the campaign about the use of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody," the generals and admirals wrote in a letter dated Jan. 6, a copy of which was released by advocacy group Human Rights First. The authors call torture unnecessary and unlawful, counterproductive and in violation of "our core values as a nation."
    http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-01-10/military-chiefs-remain-concerned-about-president-elect-donald-trumps-consideration-for-torture

    The letter issued Jan. 6.
    http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/sites/default/files/torture-generals-admirals-letter-to-trump.pdf

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Trump proposed labor secretary: starving wages for US workers, women are slaves.

    Tell the U.S. Senate: Oppose and resist anti-worker Puzder nomination.
    “Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, is a longtime sexist with an utter disdain for working people – a whole lot like Trump himself.1 And with his nomination hearing coming up soon, we’re running out of time to stop him.
    “Puzder hates the minimum wage and President Obama’s reforms to increase overtime pay. As CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, he has faced lawsuits for discrimination and for not paying employees what they are owed, known as wage theft. He is a former anti-abortion activist who is most famous for his company’s sexist commercials featuring bikini-clad women.2
    “Putting Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor is like making an arsonist fire chief. We need to make sure Republicans know there is a price to pay for supporting this radical of a candidate, and that Democrats do everything they can to oppose this nomination.
    “Tell the Senate: Oppose and resist anti-worker Puzder nomination. Click here to sign the petition.
    “Puzder is just about the opposite of what you want in a labor secretary:

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

      Petition to the U.S. Senate:
      "Oppose Andrew Puzder’s nomination as labor secretary and do all you can to resist his confirmation. A man who led low-paying companies accused of wage theft and putting workers at risk has no place in the Department of Labor."

      • “Hates the minimum wage. Puzder is a longtime opponent of the minimum wage, even threatening to replace workers with robots if wages go up. He’s a CEO in a fast food industry that features far worse pay than other industries, even though his own salary is roughly 300 times the minimum wage.3
      • “Accused of stealing from, mistreating and putting workers at risk. Puzder and his companies have faced – and settled – repeated lawsuits from workers, including claims of wage theft, discrimination, failure to provide breaks and dangerous workplace environments.4
      • “Long history of sexism and anti-abortion activism. Puzder called his company’s sexist advertisements showing scantily clad women, some of which were too outlandish for TV, a reflection of his own personality. The ads are infamous, but Puzder’s leadership in the anti-abortion movement, including writing a restrictive, anti-abortion law in Missouri, is far more troubling.5
      • “Opposes overtime pay. The last two administrations, Republican and Democrat, have both raised the overtime salary threshold to keep it up to date with expenses. pay reforms. No surprise, coming

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

        But Puzder has promised to seek to deny millions raises by opposing the Obama administration’s overtime pay reforms. No surprise, coming from a man whose companies have been accused of denying employees earned overtime pay.6

        “Few Americans want a cruelly out-of-touch CEO looking out for them as labor secretary. We need to make Puzder as toxic as possible by speaking up loudly right now.

        “Tell the Senate: Oppose and resist anti-worker Puzder nomination. Click here to sign the petition.

        “The Department of Labor is supposed to protect working people, including taking action against companies that deny pay and put workers at risk. Puzder’s job will be to regulate the same fast-food industry that he just left – yet another blatant conflict of interest in the Trump administration. “
        http://act.credoaction.com/sign/puzder?source=share_email&referring_akid=a248852478.11070550.qaiVa8

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      This speaks about Trump's racism. From a Kevin Johnson's Black American website, "BlackSphere."

      http://theblacksphere.net/2016/12/homeless-trump-tower-squatter-speaks-out/

      Did you know Trump gave an apartment in Trump Tower to a homeless woman who was "squatting" there? She has lived there for 10 years.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        He also ensures she gets three meals a day. All at no charge.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        OK, eight years, as of the time of the video.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Kevin Johnson is a Black American conservative.

        About Kevin Johnson, for whom values and character are more important than race.

        http://theblacksphere.net/about/about-kevin-jackson/

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Um, I'm not big on some of the conservative talk-show hosts (most of them, Glenn Beck, Hannity, etc.), but it's nice to see someone who is DIFFERENT and thinking for himself.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        "Destruction of Black America by the Democratic Party."

        Here, here.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Recently listened to a "person of color" who will remain un-identified (as to cultural heritage, ancestry) lecture a poor white woman in a thrift store about how she was a "recipient of white privilege."

        The woman was understandably incensed. The person making the comment was a store employee.

        What gave her the right to read the cultural riot act to someone she didn't know at all?

        The cultural/racist dialect and diatribes both ways, or if you count "whites" and persons of color in the racial dialective, it cuts many ways ….

        Humans have a history of hating and pointing the finger at others different from themselves.

        When will we stop this idiocy and realize we all have the same red blood running through our veins?

        I'm tired of the politics of hatred and finger-pointing.

        Can't we all do something more constructive and ADULT with our time and gifts?

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Report: Mattis, Trump Team Clashing Over Picks for Top Pentagon Jobs

    The retired Marine general reportedly disagrees with the president-elect's transition team over influential Defense Department positions.

    “Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, is already clashing with the president-elect and his transition team over choices for senior positions in the Pentagon, according to The Washington Post.

    “Citing unnamed officials familiar with staffing decisions leading up to the inauguration, the Post reports Mattis has been rejecting ‘large numbers of candidates’ Trump advisers have put forth for top civilian jobs in the defense department. Mattis was "furious," one source told the newspaper, that Trump chose Vincent Viola, an Army veteran turned businessman and Trump ally, to serve as secretary of the Army without his knowledge.

    "’It made him suspicious of the transition team, and things devolved from there,’ the source said of the Viola pick. …”
    http://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-01-06/report-jim-mattis-donald-trump-clashing-over-picks-for-top-pentagon-jobs

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Crystallization method offers new option for carbon capture from ambient air" Discovered by accident http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Crystallization_method_offers_new_option_for_carbon_capture_from_ambient_air_999.html

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Obama is the first president to keep the US at war for the entirety of his eight-year regime. During 2016 alone the US dropped 26,171 bombs on wedding parties, funerals, kid’s soccer games, hospitals, schools, people in their homes and walking their streets, and farmers tilling their fields in seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2017/01/05/bombs-dropped-in-2016/ "
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46197.htm

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    Articles mostly not in the corporate news.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/

  • freebywill

    Massive Iceberg Poised to Break Away From Antarctica, Scientists Say http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/06/massive-iceberg-poised-break-away-antarctica-scientists-say

    One of the largest icebergs ever recorded is about to break off from Antarctica—which could cause collapse of large northern ice shelf

    A rift separating the iceberg from Larsen C has been steadily developing for years, but increased suddenly by 11 miles within the latter half of December.

    In a statement, scientists tracking the ice shelf from the UK's Project Midas explained: "The Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica is primed to shed an area of more than 5000 sq. km following further substantial rift growth. After a few months of steady, incremental advance since the last event, the rift grew suddenly by a further 18 km during the second half of December 2016. Only a final 20 km of ice now connects an iceberg one quarter the size of Wales to its parent ice shelf."

  • razzz razzz

    Everyone seems to ignore the nuclear elephant in the room.

    'Xi Jinping: “In 10 Years We Can Expect a New World Order” '

    "…Richard E. Nesbett wrote a good book entitled “The Geography of Thought, How Asians and Westerners Think Differently … and why.” He attributed his work to a Chinese student who said, “You know, the difference between you and me is that I think the world is a Circle, and you think it’s a line.” He goes on to quote him:

    “The Chinese believe in constant change, but with things always moving back to some prior state. They pay attention to wide range of events; they search for relationships between things; and they think you can’t understand the part without understanding the whole. Westerners live in a simpler, more deterministic world; they focus on salient objects or people instead of the larger picture; and they think they can control events because they know the rules that govern the behavior of objects.”

    This is the best description I have encountered of the difference between east and west. It is right on point. We think everything is a straight line (linear) and in Asia they see it as a cycle. So you can say Xi Jinping is following our model. Yes, perhaps. But on the other hand, they know it is a cycle without me. Granted, he may be using us for the timing. But the end game – that is inevitable."
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/china/xi-jinping-see-a-change-in-the-world-in-10-years/

    • razzz razzz

      According to this writeup, nuke power supplies the world with a paltry 3% of all power sources. I wonder if they subtract the amount of energy needed to keep spent fuel cool during reactor shutdowns and in pools.

      'Nuclear power in China'

      "…As of November 2016, the People's Republic of China has 36 nuclear reactors operating with a capacity of 31.4 GW and 20 under construction with a capacity of 20.5 GW.[1][2][3] Additional reactors are planned, providing 58 GW of capacity by 2020.[4] China's National Development and Reform Commission has indicated the intention to raise the percentage of China's electricity produced by nuclear power from the current 2% to 6% by 2020 (compared to 20% in the United States and 74% in France).[5][not in citation given] Nuclear power contributed 3% of the total production in 2015 – 170 billion kWh…"
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_China

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        what if you subtract the cost of losing entire towns, like Fukushima, or entire countries like Belarus? How can one put a price on the million killed from Chernobyl or the 60 million killed by the bomb test era, or the billion calculated by Rosalie Bertell for the entire nuclear effort? What is the cost of losing the pacific fishing resource, if you can call it that

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          These are/must be considered crimes against humanity and the planet and all other species present.

          Our human legacy.. 🙁

          • DUDe DUDe

            Sure its human lol..

            Secret Alien Intelligence Agenda Is Driving US Domestic and International Policy (Video)

            "..A stunning Federal Security Services (FSB) report on the nearly two million highly classified top-secret documents obtained from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) run National Security Agency-Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) by the American ex-patriot Edward Snowden states that this information is providing “incontrovertible proof” that an “alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” is driving US domestic and international policy, and has been doing so since at least 1945.."

            "..On the subject of alleged alien abductions, Dr. David Jacobs Ph.D a recently retired Associate Professor of History at Temple University and specialized in the research of alien abductions, states the abduction phenomenon is not a benevolent, other-dimensional spiritual experience like so many people report.."

            "..Rather, Jacobs’ research through hypnotic regression with alleged alien abductees suggests that alien-human hybrids are engaged in a clandestine program of the secret regime of infiltration into human society worldwide.."

            http://beforeitsnews.com/paranormal/2017/01/secret-alien-intelligence-agenda-is-driving-us-domestic-and-international-policy-video-2520353.html

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

    Trump Organization handover plan slammed by ethics chief
    12 January 2017

    “Soon after, Mr Shaub said that the arrangement would not remove conflicts of interest for Mr Trump since, unlike in a blind trust, he would still see information about the businesses and deals being made in the newspapers and on television.

    "’His sons are still running the businesses and, of course, he knows what he owns,’ he said at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington DC.

    “Describing Mr Trump's plan as ‘wholly inadequate", he said: "Nothing short of divestiture will resolve these conflicts.’

    “A whirlwind of condemnation: analysis by John Mervin, BBC News, New York

    “If Mr Trump and his lawyers thought this was going to satisfy the ethical and constitutional concerns that have been raised, they'll need to think again.

    "’As I listened, my jaw dropped. Trump's workaround is a totally fraudulent runaround,’ tweeted Professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard University, one of the leading constitutional lawyers in the US.

    "’Trump's announced structure is cleverly designed to dazzle and deceive, but it solves none of the serious ethical or legal issues. Trump's lawyer would flunk constitutional law at any halfway decent law school. At least if the lawyer wasn't just joking.’

    “The biggest objection arises from the so called emoluments clause of the US constitution.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar

      It expressly forbids anyone in government from receiving gifts or benefits ('emoluments') from foreign powers. If Donald Trump still owns his companies, then even if he's not managing them, the argument goes, he will still be the beneficiary of many of the Trump Organization's foreign businesses.

      “Professor Richard Painter, who was President George W Bush's chief ethics lawyer, stated frankly: ‘The plan we heard today does not comply with the law.’

      “Professor Norman Eisen, who did the same job for President Obama, agreed with that and also offered an ominous forecast for the president-elect.

      "’What Donald J Trump has done today is contrary to the most fundamental law of the United States of America,’ he said. ‘The emoluments clause is no minor feature of the constitution… So these conflicts of interest are core. I do not believe that any of the branches of government will stand for it.’

      “The ethics agency director compared the Trump plan to what he characterised as secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson's successful efforts to make a "clean break" from Exxon, where he was chairman and chief executive.

      "’He clearly recognises that public service sometimes comes at a cost,’ Mr Shaub said of Mr Tillerson.

      “Although presidents are not subject to the same conflict of interest rules as other government employees, previous commanders-in-chief have placed their investments into a blind trust to prevent any question of corruption.

  • DUDe DUDe

    Finally..someone in politics somewhere officially "gets it"

    Corbyn Backs High-Earnings Cap as Part of Labour Brexit Plan

    Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the U.K.’s opposition Labour Party, said he backs introducing a cap on high earnings to prevent inequality increasing in Britain after Brexit.

    “I would like there to be some kind of high-earnings cap,” Corbyn told BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday. “We cannot set ourselves up to be a grossly unequal bargain-basement economy on the shores of Europe.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-10/corbyn-backs-high-earnings-cap-as-part-of-labour-brexit-plan

  • DUDe DUDe

    Karma for the Fake News block..warning..article is written by a psychopathic fucktard..the end is shocking..

    Donald Trump Shocks These SIX ‘Fake News’ Outlets By Pulling Their White House Press Passes

    "..We will sit down with news outlets individually, find out what they already know and fill them in with the information we feel they deserve according to how they’ve treated this administration. Some will get the whole story, like the tried and true Fox News and Breitbart and some will get next to nothing, like the horrible Politico and NPR.

    When asked where CNN, which he refused questions from at the press conference because he considers them “fake news,” Trump said:

    They’re gone. No more. Their press credentials won’t be re-issued. CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Univision and The New York Times will have to read about what happens in the White House.

    Asked whether or not he was concerned that denying media outlets access to publicly elected officials was a violation of the 1st Amendment, Trump said that he’s not worried about it:

    With my new addition to the Supreme Court I AM the Constitution. The country elected me to lead, not be held back by ancient laws we can just change. We want jobs, a wall and to rip up the Iran deal. Period.."

    http://thelastlineofdefense.org/donald-trump-shocks-these-six-fake-news-outlets-by-pulling-their-white-house-press-passes/

    • DUDe DUDe

      If this is true..CNN is toast..

      “The Office of Inter-Agency Media Planning, which handles contracts with media outfits for state dinners, planned social events and inter-office birthday parties will be instructed to cancel all of CNN’s contracts, totalling $4.2 billion over the next four years.”

      When asked to comment, Trump had only two words for CNN:
      “You’re Fired.”

      http://thelastlineofdefense.org/breaking-trump-just-cost-cnn-4-2-billion-with-nothing-but-these-two-simple-words/

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        This is a very dangerous move..

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            Yes… but what real options is he given..given the basic fact that the MSM.. has no intentions on reporting on his presidency without bias?

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              Biased repotting.. or no reporting..
              I'd start training my own Secret Service immediately.
              He doesn't understand it ..but senses he is a victim..

              • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                Lol.. and stop the propaganda… lol.

                Obama and Michelle's cutest moments.
                Look how Presidential Obama looks swimming?
                (never mind you can't see the person's face it could be anyone.
                Obama off to his crime ridden sanctuary city..Chicago to make further plans for insurrection via use of social need.
                Soon no longer president.. just the common every day leftist radical.

              • irhologram

                Yes, Heart, that's how I see it.

                But more. This alleged salacious blackmailable video Putin was accused of recording
                1) Putin denies
                2) Trump wasn't in Russia at the time, nor was Michael Cohen
                3) Was ignored while circulating around DC for 8 mo. BECAUSE it was bogus
                4) Was released by John McCain
                5) Was disclosed as inuendo by CNN first, then published by BuzzFeed
                6) The 2 pages (may be) on cheap paper with spelling errors, not the stuff of the CIA
                7) CNN had ALREADY been allowed 1 question
                8) CNN staked out 6 front row seats by arriving at 5:45 a.m.
                9) The 2nd CNN reporter shouted, demanded to be recognized, and would not sit down

                I doubt MSM will be barred from Press Conferences, but please remember that CNN's defense in allowing apriori approval of Clinton articles was so they could have future ACCESS. So, the idea that maintaining press access depends on a friendly relationship with POTUS is not new.

                But this isn't that. The very standards of what differentiates between Yellow Journalism and responsible reporting is at stake. And that's not new either. Hearst newspapers were filled with so much fake news in the 1890s that they flamed up the Spanish American war for Teddy Roosevelt, among other things.

                News coverage is a pendalum whose swing is influenced by how far the public will be swayed by news used as a mouthpiece for power. When TPTB go too far, they are reset.
                It has become clear that CNN has gone too far. They will be reset.

                • DUDe DUDe

                  "..It has become clear that CNN has gone too far. They will be reset.."

                  Yep , that's a good thing..i was the first to wish them and their owners some unpleasantness..no mercy as far as i'm concerned for them..

                  BUT..i guess we are in this moment in time where it remains to be seen if the punishment of the press will be based on principle or personal handpicking..the latter ..is very dangerous..for the litle man..imo

                • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                  Through them out of the building, boycott ..or listen to the endless drone of propaganda?
                  The future of journalism is at stake to dystopian actions by the MSM.
                  The problem is the masses are being robbed of adequate access to the lawmaking process.

                  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                    Usual typo.. Throw them out.
                    The pendulum swings.. the Dems will use all of Trump's activities they find helpful to them.. and hand picking the press will heighten.. the conservative media will be denied access, etc.
                    Goebells is proud.

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      McCain and Graham 'slighted' by not being picked for Trump's cabinet.
                      Claiming it was about..when people like David Brock were paying hard cash for trash on Trump?

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      I wouldn't look at it as punishing the press.. I'd look at this as 'standing clear'.
                      With major consequences.. sad.

                      BBL

                    • DUDe DUDe

                      Draining the swamp press..

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      "CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Univision and The New York Times will have to read about what happens in the White House."

      Now that there is 'news'.

      What most of these blowhards put out is 'political commentary' infused with just enough of the 'story' to push their agenda.
      'News'? That is just something to grease their wheels.

      The other politically extreme news orgs aren't lily white either.

      Balance? That's pretty hard to dig up, sometimes the truth hurts.

      These folks, IMO, are playing a political game of 'Pay it Forward'.

      'Blame and Shame it Forward', hoping to hide their miserable failures.
      Journalistically and politically.

      The people have been asking, begging for a 'non-politician' PotUS.
      'News Flash'—Win!

      That any of these 'MSM/Fake news bullshitters' feel they are getting roasted? Self-inflicted failure IMO. Pour some fuel on it! 😆

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      "warning..article is written by a psychopathic fucktard..the end is shocking.."

      😆 Possibly one of us see's something 'different'? Black Humor?

      "It should be fun to watch the liberals cry as Trump rips healthcare and public safety nets out from under the poor and forces them to work after abolishing the minimum wage. How high and mighty will all the lazy takers feel when they’re forced to work for $3 an hour and have to live in the dumpster behind the McDonalds they scrub?

      This is change we can believe in, conservatives! Change for the better!! GOD BLESS YOU, DONALD TRUMP!!!"

      AND

      "CNN should have just kept their traps shut and covered other people if they knew what was good for them. By the time Trump is done he’ll have the American press whittled down to a fraction of itself so dedicated to pushing Trump’s narrative that noted English political propagandist and famous teller of the truth Joe “Two Snaps and a Circle” Goebells would be proud.

      America just got a little bit stronger. God bless you, Donald Trump."

      'Stryker is a constitutional conservative who can't stand the lazy, crybaby , fantasy world liberals live in. Knowledge is power. The truth will set you free. May the good Lord bless and keep the United States of America.'

      I do not believe 1 thing will happen re the puns

      That is what makes it funny, that people do.

      But then I like George Carlin, The Trunk Monkey, Ron White,,,,

      "This is change we can believe in…" 😆

  • PlowboyGrownUp

    "Fraud Exposed in NIST WTC 7 Reports — Part 5 of 5" 'the non-existent diesel fire' http://www.ae911truth.org/news/321-news-media-events-fraud-exposed-in-nist-wtc-7-reports-part-5.html

  • DUDe DUDe

    Tillerson Called Out for 'Lying About Climate' During Confirmation Hearing

    'Listening to his hearing, it would be easier to conclude Tillerson is under criminal investigation than under consideration for secretary of state'

    At his senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, U.S. secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson on Wednesday dodged questions about ExxonMobil's long history of denying climate science, lending credence to claims his tenure would be a disaster for the planet.

    When pressed by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) about the major charges unearthed by the ongoing ExxonKnew investigation—namely, that the oil company hid evidence going back to the 1970s of how the burning of fossil fuels impacts the climate, and funded misinformation campaigns to spread skepticism about growing scientific consensus—former Exxon CEO Tillerson "essentially pled the fifth," said Oil Change International executive director Stephen Kretzmann.

    "Since I'm no longer with ExxonMobil, I'm in no position to speak on their behalf," said Tillerson, who recently separated from the company after 42 years. "The question would have to be put to them."

    Kaine asked as a follow-up question: "Do you lack knowledge to answer my questions or are you refusing to answer my question?"

    Tillerson responded: "A little of both."

    http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/11/tillerson-called-out-lying-about-climate-during-confirmation-hearing

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      The halls of Congress is the place to hash this out.

      The Republicans will have to defend their stance.. and the Dems will have to sling it for 'virtue alone' for awhile…
      Like.. Thunderdome in the Borg…. lol.

      " Resist….( ding, ding, ding. Hi, there, Homeland!)

      So what? I'm in a playful mood…. lol.

      • DUDe DUDe

        I wish a have a nice witty response or something to share with you Heart..but i dont have any at the moment..but i'm glad your in a playful mood for ya..it was a long week without you lol

        "..The halls of Congress is the place to hash this out.."

        Yes but..so is ENE lol

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