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Flu spread by "migrants"  or the flu shots themselves - that can't be true ...  Oh "get your flu shot "

Virus shedding is common following FluMist — and can transmit flu

CDC Funded Study Shows the Vaccinated Shed 6.3 Times More Flu Virus, Just by Breathing
The injectable flu vaccine DOES NOT SHED!, in the sense that the vaccinated person spreads the virus from the vaccine. The live virus vaccine can shed, though this article does not discuss that topic. Those vaccinated, when infected with the flu, SHED/SPREAD more of the naturally acquired infection. I hope this helps. View this blog/video for more clarification.
the National Academy of Sciences proves that people who are vaccinated spread the virus more, are not protected, and prior vaccination is harming people's immunity!

Does the flu vaccine protect you or those around you? Well according to the research, the opposite would be true. The findings of the study found that those individuals who had received the flu vaccine were "shedding" 6.3 times more virus than the unvaccinated!

Higher viral shedding means that those who were vaccinated were breathing out more influenza virus and would be spreading it more than the unvaccinated. So when doctors, health departments, or health "authorities" like the CDC push the vaccine by saying things like "the vaccine protects you and those around you," "everyone needs the vaccine because of 'herd' immunity," or "you have to get the vaccine so you protect the very young, the elderly and the very weak/cancer patients etc.," they would actually be lying.

6.3 times more aerosol shedding means that those who were vaccinated were spreading more virus into the air around them just by breathing when compared to those who had not received the vaccine that same year and/or the flu vaccine from the previous year. The implications of this finding now show that those who are vaccinated pose a greater risk to the immune compromised, i.e. cancer patients, the elderly and the very young and that the unvaccinated spread the disease less and protect others better! In essence, the vaccine does the exact opposite of what people have been told and explains why we are seeing more and more people get sick earlier each year and more people die from the flu.

Millions sickened across America as flu season ramps up
By David Matthews
New York Daily News |
Dec 20, 2019 | 8:31 PM

The flu virus continues to spread across the U.S. with millions of illnesses estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the CDC, an estimated 3.7 million people have had the flu already this year with 32,000 requiring hospitalization.

Nearly 2,000 people, including 19 children, have died so far, claimed the CDC.

There is elevated flu activity in nearly every state and 30 states report the virus as widespread.

Experts are encouraging people to get the flu shot if they still haven't. The vaccine is safe for anyone over 6 months of age, asserts the CDC.

[ people with ther shot are shedding the virus !!! ---->>>> ]

After getting the shot, it is recommended people cover their mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing and washing hands regularly with soap and water.

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Doctors protested Border Patrol to offer flu vaccines to detained migrants. They left in handcuffs and without answers.

Katie Shepherd
Dec. 12, 2019 at 2:42 a.m. PST

As police handcuffed two men in doctor's coats and scrubs who were lying on the ground in protest of the government's refusal to offer vaccinations to migrants held in detention, protesters gathered this week in front of U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in San Diego sang in a chorus of constant chants.
Sparked by the deaths of three migrant children in the last year due to complications from the flu while in federal custody, the three-day protest attracted left-leaning immigration activists and volunteer doctors, including four other demonstrators who were arrested on Tuesday, who offered to help vaccinate willing detainees for the winter.
"Of course Border Patrol isn't going to let a random group of radical political activists show up and start injecting people with drugs," the Department of Homeland Security's press secretary tweeted this week.
In a statement, CBP told The Post that the agency has never vaccinated migrants held in its custody, in part because most people will either be released or transferred to another federal agency within 72 hours of entering a Border Patrol facility. Long-term detention centers run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services do vaccinate immigrants housed in their facilities.

"It has never been a CBP practice to administer vaccines and this not a new policy," an agency spokeswoman said. "We would encourage those who wish to volunteer medical services to go to shelters and NGO facilities, both in the U.S. and in Mexico, to donate their time and services."

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Meanwhile: There is no shot ....

STD superbug running rampant after mutating into incurable form

Shigellosis is less well-known than chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis but a new strain of the disease is rapidly taking hold
ByMichael MoranAudience Writer
10:36, 21 DEC 2019

An antibiotic-resistant superbug that can be spread either though food poisoning or sexual contact is running rampant throughout Australia.

The disease, called shigellosis, is caused by the Shigella bacterium. It's common around the world, and causes bloody diarrhoea, high temperature fever, and severe stomach cramps.
Cases of sexually transmitted shigellosis have been spreading much more virulently among gay men, and the drug-resistant form is becoming increasingly common.

No existing antibiotics have any effect on this new, more aggressive form of the disease
This comes just a year after a new drug-resistant form of widespread STD gonorrhoea was identified by Public Health England.

The World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation, has launched a campaign to increasing awareness of the growing menace of drug-resistant infections.

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Shattering The Overton Window
Authored by Robert Gore via StraightLineLogic.com,
Aim your rocks at glass houses.

The Overton window is the range of policies politically acceptable to the mainstream population at a given time. It is also known as the window of discourse. The term is named after Joseph P. Overton, who stated that an idea's political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within this range, rather than on politicians' individual preferences. According to Overton, the window frames the range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme to gain or keep public office given the climate of public opinion at that time.

Heaven forbid anyone appear too extreme. Our rulers keep discourse safely within the Overton window by allowing debate about the details of what the government does or doesn't do. However, those who question the necessity of particular government agencies or programs, or government in general, are beyond-the-pale extremists and cast into the Abyss of the Unacceptable, one zip code over from the Abyss of the Deplorable.

We're not yet to the point where shattering questions are asked about central banks or other government or government-aligned institution, but we're well into stage one: the realization that the status quo is not working for anyone but a small sliver of the population.

Stage two has also launched: recognition that promoters of the status quo lie incessantly.

So too has stage three: things keep getting worse.

Fifty billionaires on superyachts occupied the Caribbean island
By Andry Kut -

On the eve of Christmas 52 superyachts "invaded" the shores of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean sea. It is reported Bloomberg.

Presumably, the billionaires agreed to meet there for Christmas. For this court, since mid-November, began to leave ports in the United States, Italy, Spain and France and headed to the Caribbean.

Among the superyachts was spotted Eclipse of Roman Abramovich.

It is noted that the yacht Ecstasea owned Pakistani billionaire certain, when docking was wrecked, rammed the pier.


Jeff Bezos' girlfriend Lauren Sanchez enjoys Christmas on the Caribbean beach
Published on Dec 25, 2019

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez's seasonal getaway to the French Caribbean island is a popular celebrity enclave has seen them rub shoulders with other uber wealthy friends.

Superyacht plows into bridge on Sint Maarten

A superyacht sailed into a bridge on the Caribbean island Sint Maarten on Sunday, fully ripping off the jutted-out observation station from one side of the open drawbridge, reports The Daily Mail.

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Gore Vidal on the "United States of Amnesia," 9/11, the 2000 Election and the War in Iraq


GORE VIDAL: The United States is not a normal country. We are under—we're a homeland now, under military surveillance and military control. The president asked the Congress right after 9/11 not to conduct a major investigation, "as it might deter our search for terrorism, wherever it may be in the world." So Congress obediently rolled over.
I realized the country has totally changed, that the government is not responsive to the people, either in protecting us from something like 9/11, which they should have done, could have done, did not do, and then, when it did happen, to investigate, investigate, investigate. So I wrote two little books, one called Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, in which I try to go into the why Osama bin Laden, if it were he, or whoever it was, why it was done. And I wrote another one, Dreaming War, on why we were not protected at 9/11, which ordinarily would have led to the impeachment of the president of the United States who had allowed it to happen. They said they had no information. Since then, every day the New York Times prints another mountain of people who said they had warned the government, they had warned the government. President Putin of Russia, he had warned us. President Mubarak of Egypt, he had warned us. Three members of Mossad claim that they had come to the United States to warn us that sometime in September something unpleasant might come out of the sky in our direction. Were we defended? No, we were not defended. Has this ever been investigated? No, it hasn't. There was some attempt at the midterm election. There was a pro forma committee in Congress, which has done nothing thus far. What are we? Three years later. This is shameful.
This government is culpable of, if nothing less, negligence. Why were we not protected? With all the air bases, fighter planes, up and down the Eastern Seaboard, not one of them went aloft while the hijackings took place. Finally, two from Otis Field in Massachusetts arrived at the Twin Towers, I think at the time the second one was hit. If anybody had been thinking, they would have gone on to Washington to try and prevent the attack on the Pentagon. They went back to Otis, back to Massachusetts. So I ask these questions, which Congress should ask, does not ask, which the press should ask, but it's too frightened. It's a reign of terror now.

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Mark Zuckerberg's personal wealth rose by $27.3billion this year bringing his fortune to $79.4BILLION despite controversy over Facebook political ads and privacy concerns amid social media monopoly probes

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's fortune is up by $27.3billion this year
New total wealth is $79.4billion and he is the fifth wealthiest person despite growing criticism of his monopoly on social media
In October, Zuckerberg testified before the House Financial Services Committee about concerns regarding his ownership of Whatsapp, Instagram and Facebook
In the past couple of years the Federal Trade Commission and 46 state attorneys general have opened probes into non-competitive behavior
The 500 wealthiest people in the world gained $1.2trillion in 2019 and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos topped the list with $116billion despite losing $9billion 

By Leah Simpson For Dailymail.com and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
Published: 00:41 EST, 30 December 2019 | Updated: 03:08 EST, 30 December 2019

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's fortune is up by $27.3billion this year, despite growing criticism of his monopoly on social media.

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China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for internet Balkanization
Jonathan Shieber@jshieber / 4:45 am PST • December 28, 2019

Friday, China announced that it would complete its competitor to the U.S.-operated global positioning system network by the first half of next year, increasing the pace of its decoupling from U.S. technologies.

China's Beidou network of satellites — named after the "Big Dipper" constellation — will be the first service to compete with the U.S. Air Force's global positioning system and already has a potentially massive user base as more than 70% of Chinese smartphones are now ready to use its positioning services, according to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review.

The Beidou network is integral to China's long-term plans to dominate the next generation of telecommunications services and — coupled with China's advances in fifth-generation wireless communications technology — represents a significant challenge to the U.S. hegemony over telecommunications infrastructure.

China plans to launch by June 2020 the final two satellites needed to make the Beidou system operational, according to a statement from the project's director, Ran Chengqi quoted by The Associated Press. ...

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So how do you think they launder billions of dollars in drug money ? SWIFT ....
But you need to be in the gang to get away with it ....   

SWIFT Transaction Leads to Money Laundering Charges Linked to Drug Trafficking Ring

A Colombian was charged with money laundering last week for allegedly receiving some $1.5 million USD in payments related to cocaine trafficking in his bank account through the international SWIFT interbank transaction system, according to the country's attorney general.

In a statement, the office of the attorney general said that Eudes Javier Nieto Clavijo, who was apprehended in the city of Bucaramanga, was involved in a drug-dealing operation that shipped narcotics to the Caribbean in speed boats. It has evidence that his bank account received funds via SWIFT from the United States, Spain, China, and Hong Kong, according to law enforcement.

The "sum was received, hidden, and later incorporated into the national financial system under the auspices of a structure that facilitated the laundering of illegal assets," stated the attorney general's office..


Colombian authorities believe that Nieto is linked to a large drug-trafficking network that has been operating for more than a decade. At least 84 alleged members of the organization have been captured and extradited since 2005, according to the attorney general.

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The Australian anti-money laundering (AML) regulator's case against Westpac for more than 23 million alleged reporting breaches will shine an international spotlight on SWIFT data reporting avoidance.

SWIFT manoeuvres

The banking sector has a number of dark secrets. One is that many institutions around the world put complex systems in place following the 2009 SWIFT reporting changes to ensure they could continue to facilitate lucrative transactions in the shadows. The U.S. Department of Treasury's recent case against UniCredit, for example, found that the Italian-headquartered bank had sought specific advice from consultants on circumventing the SWIFT reporting obligations.

The settlement agreement said UniCredit engaged a German consulting firm, which helped it "construct the evasive process by which UniCredit AG carried out this illegal conduct, apparently conducted a compliance analysis at the AG NY Branch in or about 2006."

In internal emails bank staff made it clear that this was designed to mask payments to "sensitive" countries, such as Sudan, Syria, Iran, Cuba, Myanmar, Belarus, North Korea. The aim was to ensure there was no data in field 72 of the SWIFT message for transactions involving a U.S. bank.

"Over the past 20 years I have been concerned that not enough is being done to readily identify cross-border funds transfers, whether the funds arise from corrupt practices, drugs, fraud, people smuggling and trafficking, or any other serious crime.
since the early 1990s that we have 'left the door open' to sophisticated criminals to launder money through the global financial system and that we need to start to close that door by having ready access to these transactions in real time," Jensen said in an article for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence.

By Nathan Lynch, MichaelWest.com.au, 22 November 2019
The bank was intentionally avoiding oversight from the fearsome U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

As the AUSTRAC statement of claim has demonstrated, however, some banks had developed an even simpler way to avoid submitting SWIFT data. With its LitePay and ACM products for international cross-border payments, Westpac could bypass the SWIFT rails completely.

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Globalist want your land ? well they may just burn you out to get it ...
The Globalist new colonialism ...

Barium Salts and Chemtrails
Barium levels found in chemtrail samples were at 6.8 ppm or "more than six times the toxic level set by the EPA."

So, how does the 2030 Agenda morph into the arrival of a one-world government?

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
... 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda.

Australia Confronts Arson as Bushfires Burn
By Phil Mercer
November 29, 2019 09:12 AM

SYDNEY - A volunteer firefighter in Australia has been accused of arson following an unprecedented bushfire crisis.

Fire chiefs say the alleged arson south of Sydney was the "ultimate betrayal" of emergency crews risking their lives on the front line.  They said the accusations could tarnish the reputation of the entire service.  Investigators believe the teenage suspect lit the blazes and then later returned as part of his duties as a volunteer firefighter.

Dozens of fires continue to burn in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, where more than 50 people have been charged with arson since August. Another 150 suspects are being interviewed by investigators.

More than 2 million hectares of land, including vast areas of forest, have been scorched in eastern Australia's bushfire crisis.   Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and six people have died.

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On red-hot days, police try to track arsonists – but firebugs still strike
Nov 21, 2019

Around the country, police are ramping up their surveillance of known arsonists as the threat of bushfire escalates.

But many firebugs go undetected.

More than 85 per cent of the blazes burning across the nation are being caused by humans – and within that figure, over half are deliberately lit or suspicious, data from the Productivity Commission shows.

Arson is a disturbingly common crime: In NSW alone, 54 people have been charged with bushfire-related offences since August.

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Aerial footage shows bushfire crossing a railway line in New South Wales
Duration: 00:59 12/19/2019


Council asks billionaire Elon Musk to help build rail trail
Updated Saturday, 5 May, 2018 by www.tweeddailynews.com.au

THE future of the Tweed's Rail Trail could be placed in the hands of visionary billionaire Elon Musk, if Tweed Shire Council gets its wish.

Council has written to the pioneer of driverless cars company Tesla to ask for his help in building the 24km rail trail.

In a letter to Mr Musk, Mayor Katie Milne asked the entrepreneur, who has spent time in the Northern Rivers attending music festivals, whether he had any "thoughts or ideas for transport options for regional areas."

Cr Milne pleaded the shire's case that a solution to the public transport crisis was needed, after trains were decommissioned 14 years ago.

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Satan's Lair - This blog was the beginning of Devil's Dictionary

Google hits an all-time high as investors shrug off antitrust investigations
Published Mon, Jan 6 2020

Key Points

Google parent company Alphabet rose 2.7%, sending the stock to its highest close ever.
Facebook rose almost 1.9% on the day, closing at $212.60 per share, a 52-week high.
The mega-cap FANG stocks outperformed the market on Monday as investors grappled with geopolitical concerns in the Middle East.

Shares of internet giant Alphabet closed out the day at an all-time high on Monday as big tech companies saw gains that defied the rest of the market.

Google-parent Alphabet closed up 2.7% at $1,397.81 per share, which brings the company's market cap to $964 billion.

Facebook rose almost 1.9% on the day, closing at $212.60 per share, which makes the social media giant worth $606.3 billion -- a 52-week high, and just 3% off its all-time high of $218.62, set on July 25, 2018.

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Don't look up ...

Don't Look Around, Look Up!


Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite 'Project Kuiper' constellation
by Alan Boyle on April 4, 2019 at 6:00 am
Project Kuiper's first public step took the form of three sets of filings made with the International Telecommunication Union last month by the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of Washington, D.C.-based Kuiper Systems LLC. The ITU oversees global telecom satellite operations and eventually will have to sign off on Kuiper's constellation.

The filings lay out a plan to put 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit — including 784 satellites at an altitude of 367 miles (590 kilometers); 1,296 satellites at a height of 379 miles (610 kilometers); and 1,156 satellites in 391-mile (630-kilometer) orbits.

In response to GeekWire's inquiries, Amazon confirmed that Kuiper Systems is actually one of its projects.

"Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world," an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement. "This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision."


The United Nations estimates that almost 4 billion people around the globe are underserved when it comes to internet access, which is becoming increasingly important as the world grows more connected.

Some of the world's best-known companies have been working for years on plans to serve that market.

Last year, SpaceX launched the first two prototype satellites for its Starlink broadband data constellation, which is projected to grow to nearly 12,000 satellites in low Earth orbit. SpaceX's facility in Redmond, Wash., is playing the lead role in the development effort. SpaceX's billionaire founder, Elon Musk, has said he expects revenue from the Starlink internet service to help fund his vision of building a city on Mars.
OneWeb had its first six broadband satellites launched in February, and plans to put hundreds more in place over the next year or two. Last month, the consortium announced a $1.25 billion funding round, led by SoftBank Group, to support the ramp-up in operations.
Telesat put its first prototype broadband satellite in low Earth orbit last year, and plans to have hundreds more launched to provide first-generation broadband services in the early 2020s.
Facebook, Boeing and Luxembourg-based LeoSat also have laid out plans for space-based internet access.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski It is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control them
Published on Aug 19, 2013

Former National Security Adviser under Carter discusses how, as people are becoming more politically aware, that it is now infinitely easier to kill a million people than it is to control a million people.

Brzezinski: It Is Infinitely Easier To Kill Than Control A Million People
September 24, 2016

The former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Washington geostrategist and Obama's handler, Zbigniew Brzezinski, says it is easier to kill than control the masses.

Brzezinski, a big-time New World Order globalist insider and his mates want to depopulate the world.

It would then be easier for the elites to handle the selected remaining masses under a one world government.

Talk about eugenics.

The Reality Of Vaccine Dangers
Citizens react to UN scientist admitting truth in leaked video
Savanah Hernandez | Infowars.com - January 13, 2020

After the Chief Scientist for the World Health Organization was caught on leaked footage admitting that vaccines can lead to death and long-term injury,

Action 7 hit the streets to inform the public about this information that has been hidden from the public view.


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Global Vaccine Safety Summit
2 – 3 December 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

Purpose of the event

The Global Vaccine Safety Summit is a 2-day event, from 2 to 3 December 2019, organized by the World Health Organization and held at the WHO's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the WHO's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), the Global Vaccine Safety Summit will be an opportunity to take stock of GACVS accomplishments and look towards priorities for the next decade.

At the Summit, WHO will present the Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint 2.0 strategy 2021-2030 to key stakeholders and collect their input for the final version, due for publication in the new year.


The Summit is meant for vaccine safety stakeholders from around the world, including current and former members of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), immunisation programme managers, national regulatory authorities, pharmacovigilance staff from all WHO regions, and representatives of UN agencies, academic institutions, umbrella organizations of pharmaceutical companies, technical partners, industry representatives and funding agencies.

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Top U.N. Scientist Admits Vaccines Killing People During 'Vaccine Safety Summit'
January 10, 2020 Constitutional DrunkUncategorized

A top scientists for the United Nations admitted in leaked video that vaccines are dangerous and are killing some individuals, just days after assuring the public that vaccines were one of the safest tools humanity has.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization,
admitted that some vaccines are killing people during the WHO Global Vaccine Safety Summit last December in Geneva, Switzerland.
"I don't think we can overemphasize the fact we really don't have very good safety monitoring systems in many countries and this adds to the miscommunication and the misapprehensions," Swaminathan said.

"Because we're not able to give very good clear-cut answers when people ask questions about the deaths that have occurred due to a particular vaccine, and this always gets blown up in the media."

"One should be able to give a very factual account of what exactly is happening, what the cause of deaths are, but in most cases there's some obfuscation at that level and therefore there's less and less trust in the system," she added.

This scientist's admission begs the question: if vaccines are killing people, why does the establishment push them as completely safe and constantly demonize people who question their safety?

Alex Jones explains in the following video the globalists' diabolical plan to use vaccines as a means of population reduction and control to usher in their A.I. takeover:

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Vaccines work - Global Vaccine Safety Summit
Published on Dec 12, 2019

Video message from WHO Director-General Dr Tedros on WHO's Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety marking its 20th anniversary. Vaccine safety means monitoring vaccines at every stage of the process, in research & development, production, delivery, and follow-up.

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Head on ? What are the chances ? Far-Lefty suicide ? 

One dead and several injured after a bus carrying Covington Catholic High School students on the way back from the March for Life rally in DC collides with 'wrong-way' driver

Authorities said driver of the car crashed into the charter bus on AA Highway
The bus was carrying Covington Catholic High School Students back from DC
Students had been attending the March for Life rally that took place Saturday

Police said the driver, who hasn't been identified, was killed in the collision
Several students and the bus driver were injured and treated at local hospitals

By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
Published: 09:06 EST, 26 January 2020 | Updated: 09:10 EST, 26 January 2020

A charter bus carrying students from a Catholic high school collided with a car Saturday morning in northern Kentucky, killing the car's driver, police said.

The crash on the AA Highway in Campbell County happened around 7.20am as the bus was bringing Covington Catholic High School students back from the March for Life rally in Washington, DC, according to WLWT-TV.

The driver of the car, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was not immediately identified by Campbell County police.

Witnesses at the scene said the driver who was traveling southbound, entered the northbound lanes of the highway, hitting the charter bus head-on.
According to WLWT, a priest with the Diocese of Covington performed a final blessing over the driver of the car killed in the crash.

Covington Catholic High School wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday: 'God is our refuge and strength. Thank you for prayers for our school and community.'

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The Seven Plagues begin ?
Billions of locusts threaten food security in East Africa

'This is huge': Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades
January 25, 2020

KATITIKA, Kenya (AP) — The hum of millions of locusts on the move is broken by the screams of farmers and the clanging of pots and pans. But their noise-making does little to stop the voracious insects from feasting on their crops in this rural community.

The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the bugs swarm into the East African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia.

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Anne and Susan Wojcicki: Meet the Self-Made Millionaires | Money

23andMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline, CEO says she was 'surprised' to see market turn
Published Thu, Jan 23 2020

Key Points

23andMe is laying off 100 people, as consumer DNA tests are down.
CEO Anne Wojcicki didn't have a clear explanation for that, but cited a variety of factors, including both recession fears and privacy concerns.
Wojcicki said she anticipated that DNA testing would explode when she co-founded the business in 2007, but is now looking ahead to a retracting market.

Home DNA-testing company 23andMe is laying off about 100 people, or 14% of its staff, on Thursday, in the wake of declining sales.

The layoffs include the operations teams, which were focused on the company's growth and scaling efforts, as well as other teams. In the coming months, the company plans to tighten its focus on the direct-to-consumer business and its therapeutics arm while scaling back its clinical studies arm.

CEO Anne Wojcicki told CNBC she's been "surprised" to see the market starting to turn.

Wojcicki has theories, but she doesn't have clear proof for why consumers are shying away from getting tests that reveal their percentage of Irish heritage, propensity for a favorite ice cream flavor, or whether they have a limited set of variants that are associated with breast cancer. Either way, she notes, she's downsizing because it's "what the market is ready for."

"This has been slow and painful for us," she said.
The first clear signs of a slowdown in the space came last summer when Francis deSouza, chief executive of Illumina, maker of DNA sequencing machines, noted in its earnings call that the entire segment was down. DeSouza didn't share an explanation, but said his company is taking a "cautious view" of the market for ancestry and health tests. Illumina's customers include Ancestry and 23andMe.


Early in his career, he worked at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center and then in management consulting.[11][12] DeSouza co-founded and served as CEO of Flash Communications, a provider of corporate instant messaging that was acquired by Microsoft in 1998.[13]


Following Microsoft's acquisition of Flash, deSouza joined Microsoft and became a product unit manager, where he led the team responsible for the development of the company's enterprise real-time collaboration offerings, including instant messaging, chat, Voice over IP and NetMeeting.[14]
In February 2018 deSouza was elected to the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.[27]

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Homero Gómez González, prominent butterfly activist in Mexico, found dead in a well
By Amanda Woods
January 30, 2020

A man known as Mexico's most prominent butterfly activist was found dead in a well, and his family fears he may have been a casualty of cartel violence, according to new reports.

Homero Gómez González, a former logger who became one of the most vocal defenders of central Mexico's monarch butterfly population, disappeared Jan. 13 — alarming environmental activists throughout the country and the US, the Washington Post reported.

Rights groups immediately suspected that angry loggers or criminal groups in the town of Ocampo in Michoacán state — known for its violent gangs — may have targeted González, according to the report.

His body was found floating Wednesday in a well not far from the El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Preserve he managed.

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BREAKING: Open The Books has Sued the State of California
January 13, 2020
04:58 PM

According to Plaintiffs' investigative efforts, California is the only state to refuse to produce its line-by-line spending information to government watchdogs and the interested public. The Controller openly admits to paying 49 million bills annually, totaling approximately $320 billion in payments. See Overview of the State Controller's Office, Calif. State Controller Betty T. Yee, available at https://bit.ly/2MSjTsh; see also Adam Andrzejewski, California's Accounting System Cost Taxpayers $1.1 Billion and Still Can't Produce a State Checkbook, Forbes, Dec. 12, 2019, https://bit.ly/39D2nSw. The Controller nevertheless claims that it cannot meet its obligations under the CPRA to provide copies of the records reflecting its most basic handling of taxpayer dollars.

Making A Fortune: 19 Million Public Employees Across America Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1 Trillion
Authored by Adam Andrzejewski via Forbes.com,

For the first time in history, 19 million public employee salaries at every level of government across America have been mapped and posted online.

The work of our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com tells a compelling story: Public service is supposed to be about serving the people. However, the good intentions of America's 19 million public employees come at a very high price for the people – nearly $1 trillion. In many cases, taxpayers generously fund these employee salaries.

Our online database is free to use  https://www.openthebooks.com/  and includes most employees within the federal, state, and local governments. You can search in your backyard or across the nation. Find out just how much public employees made last year. The salary records include name, salary, position title, and employer for 2017.

The data is full of stunning examples.

    Tree trimmers in Chicago lopped off $106,000.
    New York City school janitors cleaned off $165,000 while out earning the principals at $135,000.
    Lifeguards in Los Angeles County, California, made up to $365,000.
    In the small school district in Southlake, Texas (8,000 students), the school superintendent earned $420,000.

Help the reform-minded mayors, school superintendents, legislators and members of Congress by finding the waste, overspending, and bloated government in your very own neighborhood.

Search our interactive map of the top 2 million most highly compensated public employees across America. Just click a pin (your ZIP code) and scroll down to see the results that render in the chart beneath the map. Click here to access the map below.

Last year, we found 1.7 million public employees earned $100,000 or more. The vast majority – 1.3 million six-figure earners – worked at the state and local levels. There were 105,000 local and state government employees out-earning every governor of the 50 states at a salary of $190,000 or more.


Across the country, some of the largest salaries were paid out to athletic coaches at public universities. The retired football coach at University of Oregon received a $558,689 annual pension, and the fired Arizona State football coach got a $15 million payout. Nick Saban, at the University of Alabama, made $11 million.

Before complaining about Washington, D.C., people must insist on good government where they live. The people have the power to hold local politicians accountable for tax and spend decisions. Our mission is to make this information available to citizens and policymakers.

Government payrolls are the No. 1 issue affecting every service: public safety, healthcare, and welfare. Pay, perks, and pension benefits for public employees must be a priority in budgeting and deserve a rigorous, fact-based public debate.


Now, it's up to you to call out waste and inefficiency in your government bodies. Use our interactive map and search by ZIP code, the top 2 million public employees making more than $95,000. Or, use our website to see all 19 million salary records.

Open the books on your local taxing body. See how they are spending your property, sales, and income taxes. Then, raise your voice and demand better government in your own backyard.

Remember, it's your money.



Legend has it that Brigham Young and his pioneer entourage scrambled to the top of Ensign Peak upon arrive in the SLC valley. They surveyed the mountain peaks to the east the salt lake to the west and decided that they indeed found "the promise land." The monument at the peak is dedicated to them, and is an important landmark for members of the LDS Church.

The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World.
A look inside the vast but little-known fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 'We've tried to be somewhat anonymous.'
By Ian Lovett and
Rachael Levy
Updated Feb. 8, 2020 5:07 pm ET

For more than half a century, the Mormon Church quietly built one of the world's largest investment funds. Almost no one outside the church knew about it.

Some of that mystery evaporated late last year when a former employee revealed in a whistleblower complaint with the Internal Revenue Service that the fund, called Ensign Peak Advisors, had stockpiled $100 billion. The whistleblower also alleged that the church had improperly used some Ensign Peak funds. Officials of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, colloquially known as the Mormon Church, denied those claims.

They also declined to comment on how much money their investment fund controls. "We've tried to be somewhat anonymous," Roger Clarke, the head of Ensign Peak, said from the firm's fourth-floor office, above a Salt Lake City food court. Ensign Peak doesn't appear in that building's directory.
Its assets did total roughly $80 billion to $100 billion as of last year, some of the former employees said. That is at least double the size of Harvard University's endowment and as large as the size of SoftBank's Vision Fund, the world's largest tech-investment fund. Its holdings include $40 billion of U.S. stock, timberland in the Florida panhandle and investments in prominent hedge funds such as Bridgewater Associates LP, according to some current and former fund employees.


Mr. Clarke said he believed church leaders were concerned that public knowledge of the fund's wealth might discourage tithing.

"Paying tithing is more of a sense of commitment than it is the church needing the money," Mr. Clarke said. "So they never wanted to be in a position where people felt like, you know, they shouldn't make a contribution."
Some members are now asking why details about the fund have been tightly held for so long, what the money is for, and whether tithing so much to the church should still be the standard practice.
A majority of the money held by Ensign Peak is from returns on existing investments and not member donations, according to Mr. Clarke. In recent years, the fund has gained about 7% annually, he said.

The firm doesn't borrow money–the church warns members against going into debt. It also doesn't invest in industries that Mormons consider objectionable—including alcohol, caffeinated beverages, tobacco and gambling. Mr. Clarke said the fund has pulled some of its money from an investment firm called Fisher Investments after the founder, Ken Fisher, made remarks last year that Mr. Fisher later called "inappropriate." A spokesman for Fisher declined to comment.

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The Untold Story of How The Mormon Mafia Built Las Vegas Into What It Is Today 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a fascinating history. From its founding in the 1820s by Joseph Smith to the its modern-day prevalence in Utah, the religion continues to intrigue believers and skeptics alike. Aspects of Mormonism are shrouded in mystery to outsiders - but would you believe that there are rumored ties between the mob and the LDS church?

Before your imagination goes into overdrive, know that the Mormon church isn't rife with organized crime. True, there are bizarre tales of Mormons and Howard Hughes; the eccentric billionaire's business holdings were controlled by the so-called "Mormon Mafia." And then there's the religion's roots in Las Vegas - Mormons built the first permanent settlements in the area, and were largely responsible for creating its mega casinos. But for all its ties to Sin City, the Mormon Church is actually as anti-mob as you can get.
Steve Wynn Was Financed By Mormon Interests

In the late 1960s, Steve Wynn was a small-time investor in real estate and a minority owner of the Frontier Hotel. E. Parry Thomas became a mentor to Wynn, and helped him acquire his first big Vegas property, the downtown Golden Nugget Casino.

Wynn went on to acquire or build many of the city's most prominent casinos, including The Mirage, Bellagio, and Treasure Island. He remains one of the most successful and high-profile figures in the international gambling industry.
Mormons Found A Workaround For Sinful Gambling

Traditionally, Mormons have opposed gambling as acquiring "money from the person who may be possessed of it without giving value received in return." But that hasn't prevented Mormons from helping turn Las Vegas into the largest gaming operation in the United States. In fact, many Mormons work in casinos in Las Vegas; the Church's stance seems to be "don't touch the dice."

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Mormon Senators

There are 100 senators, two from each of the 50 U.S. states.
This is a list of the 4 Mormon Senators of the United States Senate (116th United States Congress).

Utah Republican Senator

Mitt Romney is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Utah. Romney was elected to the office on November 6, 2018. Romney was the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States. He served as Governor of Massachusetts from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007.


Democratic leader Harry Reid wears a bandage on the Senate floor on February 24, 2015.

"Casino" is a historical mob drama chronicling the rise and fall of mafia involvement in the Las Vegas casino industry. Based on real events, "Casino" is Nicholas Pileggi's adaptation of his own book, Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas (1995).

Two significant characters in "Casino" are Latter-day Saints, or based partially on real-life Latter-day Saints. One character ("John Nance") is called an "old Mormon" by Joe Pesci's character "Nicky" approximately 8 minutes, 28 seconds after the start of the film. Another character ("Senator Harrison Roberts") is based partially on real-life Latter-day Saint politician Senator Harry Reid, who served as a Nevada state senator at the time period depicted in "Casino," and eventually became the Senate Minority Leader for the U.S. Senate.

The Senator: Casino character based partially on Latter-day Saint politician Sen. Harry Reid
The mafia-run casino is able to operate its legal, quasi-legal, and sometimes illegal operations in Las Vegas in part because it curries favor with powerful Nevada politicians. A character known in the film and screenplay as the "Senator" represents some Nevada politicians. The Senator is played by Dick Smothers (of the famous "Smothers Brothers" comedy duo). The character was based partially on real-life Nevada Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat and a devout Latter-day Saint. Sen. Reid made headlines by fighting against mafia-related corruption in the Las Vegas casino industry. In "Casino," some of the actions taken by the Senator are based directly on Sen. Reid's battle against mafia influence.

The name of the "Senator" is never mentioned in the "Casino" screenplay. The Senator's name is never spoken aloud in the film. But we know that the influential Senator character is named "Harrison Roberts." The Senator's name is shown prominently on a placard in front of him at the Senate Gaming Commission hearing at which Sam Rothstein's gaming license is revoked. The name of Senator "Harrison Roberts" is intentionally similar to Senator Harry Reid's name. They share the same initials, and "Harrison" would likely be called "Harry" for short.

Harry Reid's Years On The Nevada Gaming Commission

it's his five years as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, during the late 70s, that is at the center of a new video being featured at the  Mob Museum.

"Facing Down the Mob: Harry Reid's Years on the Nevada Gaming Commission," documents Reid's efforts to put up a fight against some of the mob figures controlling Las Vegas casinos at the time, including Tony Spilatro and Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal.

The era and the fights between the mob and gaming officials were documented in the book "Casino" by Nicholas Pileggi, which became the award-winning Martin Scorsese movie by the same name.

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Jeff Bezos just gave his friend David Geffen $100 million ....

Jeff Bezos sets record with $165 million Beverly Hills home splurge

The Amazon.com founder agreed to pay $165 million for a Beverly Hills mansion on nine acres, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, setting a record for a Los Angeles-area home.

The property designed for Hollywood film titan Jack Warner in the 1930s was described by Architectural Digest in 1992 as the "archetypal studio mogul's estate," built in Georgian style with expansive terraces and its own nine-hole golf course.

The purchase of the Warner estate, described by the person on condition they not be named, was reported earlier Wednesday by the Wall Street Journal. The property has belonged to David Geffen since 1990, when he paid $47.5 million.

Bezos was seen socializing on the entertainment mogul's mega-yacht last summer, visible in an Instagram post with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s former chief, Lloyd Blankfein.



Billionaires vacation: Jeff Bezos and Lloyd Blankfein on 138m superyacht Rising Sun
Alina Andriyanova
August 8, 2019

Aside from the recent buzz in the media regarding his probable ownership of the 136-metre Lürssen charter superyacht Flying Fox, the richest person in the world Jeff Bezos (Forbes) has been photographed on-board another Lürssen giant, the 138-metre Rising Sun, reports Bloomberg, in the company of her owner David Geffen and Lloyd Blankfein, according to Yacht Harbour.

On Tuesday, David Geffen posted the shot on his Instagram account, with the caption: 'Having a great time in the Balearics.' On the shot, the company is joined by a group of people including Lauren Sanchez, the model Karlie Kloss and her husband, Josh Kushner, reports Business Insider.

Hollywood's richest man and the co-founder/founder of film studio DreamWorks and record labels Asylum Records, Geffen Records and DGC Records, David Geffen's net worth is estimated at $8.3 billion. He is also known for sparing time for philanthropy, pledging $150 million to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or donating to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

With a reported net worth of $1.1 billion, Lloyd Blankfein remains CEO of Goldman Sachs. The company boasts nearly $1.5 trillion in assets for corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. In early 2018 it was reported that Blankfein would retire at the end of the year, but he distanced himself from the reports.

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an aside:

Joshua Kushner (born June 12, 1985) is an American businessman and investor. He is the founder and managing partner of the investment firm Thrive Capital, co-founder of Oscar Health, and the son of real estate magnate Charles Kushner. His brother is Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and senior advisor of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kushner grew up in a Jewish family in Livingston, New Jersey.[2] He graduated from Harvard College in 2008, and Harvard Business School in 2011.[3][4]

They named the company Oscar after Kushner's great-grandfather, in order to bring a human element to the ethos of the healthcare company.[5] Oscar began selling insurance for the same year[6] that the Affordable Care Act exchanges and individual mandate went into effect for the 2014 plan year. In its first year, Oscar secured 16,000 members. In 2015, Oscar expanded coverage to New Jersey and grew to about 40,000 members.

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Italy: Salvini Facing Show Trial For "Kidnapping" Migrants

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 09:20
Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

The Italian Senate has voted to strip former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of parliamentary immunity so that he can face kidnapping charges for refusing to allow migrants to disembark from a ship at a port in Sicily.

If Salvini, who leads the anti-mass-migration party, Lega (League), is found guilty, he faces a ban on holding political office and up to 15 years in prison. He has said that he acted in Italy's national interest and that the charges against him are politically motivated, aimed at silencing criticism of the country's open-door migration policy.

Under Italian law, ministers enjoy immunity for actions taken while in office — unless the Senate votes to lift that protection. On February 12, the Italian Senate voted 152-76 in favor of lifting Salvini's immunity, after a parliamentary committee on January 21 recommended the action.

In December, the Court of Ministers in Catania, Sicily, ruled that Salvini should be indicted for "aggravated kidnapping" for depriving 131 migrants onboard the Gregoretti coastguard ship of their liberty by refusing to allow them to disembark. The incident, which occurred over a four-day period in July 2019, was part of Salvini's "closed ports" policy against illegal immigration and an attempt to force EU member states to share the burden of mass migration.

More than 600,000 migrants have arrived in Italy over the past four years. Under EU rules — known as the Dublin Regulationmigrants must seek asylum in their country of arrival, which, for reasons of geography, places an inordinate burden on Italy.

After five other EU member states agreed to take in most of the migrants onboard the Gregoretti, Salvini on July 31 allowed them to disembark in Augusta, Sicily, from where they were transferred abroad.

In September, Sicilian prosecutor Carmelo Zuccaro said that the kidnapping accusations against Salvini were "groundless" and recommended that he be acquitted of all charges. The Court of Ministers, however, overruled Zuccaro, who is now, paradoxically, required to proceed with prosecuting Salvini, even though he has already found him to be innocent.

The charges against Salvini appear to be part of a political vendetta against him as well as his opposition to mass migration.

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Facebook Will Fork Over $550M in Giant Biometric Privacy Settlement
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January 31, 2020 by Daniel Stoller

Facebook Inc. agreed to pay $550 million to resolve claims it collected user biometric data without consent in one of the largest consumer privacy settlements in U.S. history.

The accord, which requires a judge's approval, will avert a trial that may have exposed the social networking company to billions of dollars in damages. Facebook fought unsuccessfully to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to derail the class action case. The users alleged that the company's photo-scanning technology violated an Illinois law by gathering and storing biometric data without their permission.

"We decided to pursue a settlement as it was in the best interest of our community and our shareholders to move past this matter," Facebook said.
While Facebook has weathered controversy over privacy almost since its inception, the company has come under particularly harsh scrutiny in recent years, both in the U.S. and in Europe. Facebook reached a historic $5 billion deal in July with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to settle an investigation into its privacy practices stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal that came to light in early 2018. The company is also facing probes by New York, California, Massachusetts and others over its third-party data practices.


Facebook has for years encouraged users to tag people in photographs they upload in their personal posts
and the social network stores the collected information. The company has used a program it calls DeepFace to match other photos of a person.


The settlement will push technology companies to pay closer attention to users' concerns over biometric technology, said Pam Dixon, executive director of nonprofit advocacy group World Privacy Forum.

"This will cause a lot of discussion on the Biometric Information Privacy Act as very few companies could afford a settlement like this and survive," she said.

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You think you are an American US citizen ? well welcome to the collective ...


Airports warn of chaos as up to 181 MILLION Americans rush to get new IDs before October because state-issued driver's licenses will no longer be valid on domestic

Two thirds of 276 million state driver's licenses do not comply with new law
Fears have been sparked that the measure could drastically dent tourism
More than half of Americans are unaware that they will need the ID
The law means that all travelers will need a REAL ID to fly domestically
A warning has been issued that passengers could be left stranded at airports  and there will be 'a real crisis' if the deadline of October 1 is not extended

By Hannah Skellern For Dailymail.com

Airports warn of chaos as up to 181 MILLION Americans rush to get new IDs before October because state-issued driver's licenses will no longer be valid on domestic

Two thirds of 276 million state driver's licenses do not comply with new law
Fears have been sparked that the measure could drastically dent tourism
More than half of Americans are unaware that they will need the ID
The law means that all travelers will need a REAL ID to fly domestically
A warning has been issued that passengers could be left stranded at airports  and there will be 'a real crisis' if the deadline of October 1 is not extended

By Hannah Skellern For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:25 EST, 22 February 2020 | Updated: 09:52 EST, 23 February 2020

Most American travelers will need to apply for a new ID because two thirds of 276 million state driver's licenses do not comply with a security law, sparking fears that the measure could drastically dent tourism.

In the U.S. there are 181 million people who still do not have a 'REAL ID' and more than half of Americans are unaware that they will need the ID to board a flight, according to research by the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) conducted last fall.

The law, enforced after recommendations following 9/11, means that all travelers will need a REAL ID to fly domestically.

Published: 23:25 EST, 22 February 2020 | Updated: 09:52 EST, 23 February 2020

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YouTube Isn't A Public Forum: PragerU Loses Conservative Censorship Case

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 22:25

Social media platforms accused of politically biased, selective enforcement policies will be allowed to continue discriminating against conservatives, according to a Wednesday court ruling from the Ninth Circuit court of appeals - which has been heavily criticized for anti-Trump rulings on immigration and other matters.

A California federal judge first dismissed the 2017 complaint in March 2018 on the grounds that YouTube isn't a public forum and can regulate content as they see fit, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Jello Biafra on origin of name Dead Kennedys ('82) + Black Flag interview ('84)


Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958), better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is an American singer, musician, and spoken word artist. He is the former lead singer and songwriter for the San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

Initially active from 1979 to 1986, Dead Kennedys were known for rapid-fire music topped with Biafra's sardonic lyrics and biting social commentary, delivered in his "unique quiver of a voice."[1] When the band broke up in 1986, he took over the influential independent record label Alternative Tentacles, which he had founded in 1979 with Dead Kennedys bandmate East Bay Ray.

In a 2000 lawsuit, upheld on appeal in 2003 by the California Supreme Court, Biafra was found liable for breach of contract, fraud and malice in withholding a decade's worth of royalties from his former bandmates and ordered to pay over $200,000 in compensation and punitive damages; the band subsequently reformed without Biafra.[2] Although now focused primarily on spoken word performances, Biafra has continued as a musician in numerous collaborations. He has also occasionally appeared in cameo roles in films.

Politically, Biafra is a member of the Green Party of the United States[3] and supports various political causes. He ran for the party's presidential nomination in the 2000 presidential election, finishing a distant second to Ralph Nader.[4]

He is a staunch believer in a free society, and utilizes shock value and advocates direct action and pranksterism in the name of political causes.
[3] Biafra is known to use absurdist media tactics, in the leftist tradition of the Yippies, to highlight issues of civil rights and social justice.

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Chaos As Thousands Of Refugees Charge Greek Border En Masse; 15,000 Surge Into EU Border Town
Sun, 03/01/2020

True to Erdogan's prior threat that Europe would see 18,000 to as many as 30,000 refugees pour across European Union borders on Saturday after Turkey 'opened the gates,' it's being reported that the number of migrants at Evros — a key land border between Turkey and Greece —  has now reached 15,000.

Throughout Saturday the area became a war zone as thousands of refugees, urged on by Turkish authorities, attempted to cross into Greece en masse.

In places like the now completely closed Kastanies crossing (sealed by the Greek side as Turkish guards stood down and let migrants pass freely), thousands are stuck in 'no man's land' between the borders, with the situation fast descending into chaos.


Germany's Der Spiegal published footage showing migrants hurling tear gas grenades at Greek police, reportedly canisters provided by Turkish security themselves. 


Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis earlier vowed that "no illegal entries into Greece will be tolerated" - and has authorized a militarized response to seal border crossings with Turkey, which has included naval patrols in the Aegean to thwart migrant boats from passing.

At the Kastanies crossing Greek guards were seen firing tear gas on tightly packed groups of hundreds of migrants:


It's been confirmed that well over 30,000 mostly Syrian refugees and migrants on the their way to European border areas.

Unconfirmed reports say Athens may now even be sending tanks in support of commandos and helicopters already said to be there assisting in sealing the Evros border area.

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Greece blocks 10,000 migrants at Turkey border
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Greece says it has stopped nearly 10,000 migrants crossing over the land border from Turkey.

Separately, Greek police say at least 500 people on seven boats have reached the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios, where camps for migrants are already severely overcrowded.

Turkey has vowed to open its doors for migrants to travel to the EU.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it cannot deal with the amount of people fleeing Syria's civil war.

His decision came after at least 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in air strikes in Idlib province in northern Syria this week.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called a meeting for his country's national security council later on Sunday.



By Dana Mattioli
April 23, 2020 9:53 am ET

Amazon.com Inc. employees have used data about independent sellers on the company's platform to develop competing products, a practice at odds with the company's stated policies.

The online retailing giant has long asserted, including to Congress, that when it makes and sells its own products, it doesn't use information it collects from the site's individual third-party sellers—data those sellers view as proprietary.

Yet interviews with more than 20 former employees of Amazon's private-label business and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal reveal that employees did just that. Such information can help Amazon decide how to price an item, which features to copy or whether to enter a product segment based on its earning potential, according to people familiar with the practice, including a current employee and some former employees who participated in it.


In one instance, Amazon employees accessed documents and data about a bestselling car-trunk organizer sold by a third-party vendor. The information included total sales, how much the vendor paid Amazon for marketing and shipping, and how much Amazon made on each sale. Amazon's private-label arm later introduced its own car-trunk organizers.


Last year, the European Union's top antitrust enforcer said that it was investigating whether Amazon is abusing its dual role as a seller of its own products and a marketplace operator and whether the company is gaining a competitive advantage from data it gathers on third-party sellers.


The Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission and Congress also are investigating large technology companies, including Amazon, on antitrust matters. Amazon is facing scrutiny over whether it unfairly uses its size and platform against competitors and other sellers on its site.
"We knew we shouldn't," said one former employee who accessed the data and described a pattern of using it to launch and benefit Amazon products. "But at the same time, we are making Amazon branded products, and we want them to sell."
If access was restricted, managers sometimes would ask an Amazon business analyst to create reports featuring the information, according to former workers, including one who called the practice "going over the fence." In other cases, supposedly aggregated data was derived exclusively or almost entirely from one seller, former employees said.


The majority of Amazon's sales—58%—come through third-party sellers, primarily small and medium-size firms that list their items for sale on Amazon's Marketplace platform. (Amazon also buys items directly from manufacturers and sells them directly in "first-party" sales.)

Amazon started making its own products in 2007 with its Kindle e-reader, and it has steadily added new categories and other private-label brand names. Some of its private-label products, such as batteries, have been home runs. Investment firm SunTrust Robinson Humphrey estimates Amazon is on track to post $31 billion in private-label sales by 2022, or nearly double retailer Nordstrom Inc.'s 2019 revenues.

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So every indication was that the "Pan-demic" was planned ....

A typical depiction of the pastoral god Pan with goat legs and horns. 1st century BCE, from near the theatre of Pompey, Rome. (Capitoline Museum, Rome).

Bohemian Club Cremation of Care Ritual

These are your world leaders ,.Captains of industry,..Government,..Media,..
All disposing of any "dull care" for mere mortals for the year,..
in front of their Canaanite god Moloch

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America's Super-Rich See Their Wealth Rise $282 Billion In Three Weeks Of Pandemic
Authored by Alan Macleod via MintPressNews.com,

A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies found that, while tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, America's ultra-wealthy elite have seen their net worth surge by $282 billion in just 23 days. This is despite the fact that the economy is expected to contract by 40 percent this quarter.

The report also noted that between 1980 and 2020 the tax obligations of America's billionaires, measured as a percentage of their wealth, decreased by 79 percent.

In the last 30 years, U.S. billionaire wealth soared by over 1100 percent while median household wealth increased by barely five percent.

In 1990, the total wealth held by America's billionaire class was $240 billion; today that number stands at $2.95 trillion.

Thus, America's billionaires accrued more wealth in just the past three weeks than they made in total prior to 1980.

As a result, just three people ­– Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffet – own as much wealth as the bottom half of all U.S. households combined.

The Institute for Policy Studies' report paints a picture of a modern day oligarchy, where the super-rich have captured legislative and executive power, controlling what laws are passed. The report discusses what it labels a new "wealth defense industry" – where "billionaires are paying millions to dodge billions in taxes," with teams of accountants, lawyers, lobbyists and asset managers helping them conceal their vast fortunes in tax havens and so-called charitable trusts. The result has been crippled social programs and a decrease in living standards and even a sustained drop in life expectancy – something rarely seen in history outside of major wars or famines.

Few Americans believe their children will be better off than they were. Statistics suggest they are right.

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Former pope Benedict complains of attempts to 'silence' him
AFP• May 4, 2020


"A century ago, anyone would have thought it absurd to talk about homosexual marriage. Today those who oppose it are excommunicated from society," Benedict says.

"It's the same thing with abortion and creating human life in the laboratory," he says, adding that it's "only natural" for people to "fear the spiritual power of the Antichrist" -- an evil force seeking to supplant Jesus Christ.

"The real threat to the Church... is in the global dictatorship of purportedly humanist ideologies," he warns.

Sgt. Fred Elbert, USMC, Vietnam Veteran, P.O.W. survivor, tells his story

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