Hillary's MASSIVE MELTDOWN at Commander-in-Chief Forum - YouTube
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:14
New Podesta Email Exposes Playbook For Rigging Polls Through "Oversamples" | Zero Hedge
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:23
Earlier this morning we wrote about the obvious sampling bias in the latest ABC / Washington Post poll that showed a 12-point national advantage for Hillary. Like many of the recent polls from Reuters, ABC and The Washington Post, this latest poll included a 9-point sampling bias toward registered democrats.
"METHODOLOGY '' This ABC News poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone Oct. 20-22, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 874 likely voters. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 36-27-31 percent, Democrats - Republicans - Independents."
Of course, while democrats may enjoy a slight registration advantage of a couple of points, it is nowhere near the 9 points reflected in this latest poll.
Meanwhile, we also pointed out that with huge variances in preference across demographics one can easily "rig" a poll by over indexing to one group vs. another. As a quick example, the ABC / WaPo poll found that Hillary enjoys a 79-point advantage over Trump with black voters. Therefore, even a small "oversample" of black voters of 5% could swing the overall poll by 3 full points. Moreover, the pollsters don't provide data on the demographic mix of their polls which makes it impossible to "fact check" the bias...convenient.
Now, for all of you out there who still aren't convinced that the polls are "adjusted", we present to you the following Podesta email, leaked earlier today, that conveniently spells out, in detail, exactly how to "manufacture" the desired data. The email starts out with a request for recommendations on "oversamples for polling" in order to "maximize what we get out of our media polling."
I also want to get your Atlas folks to recommend oversamples for our polling before we start in February. By market, regions, etc. I want to get this all compiled into one set of recommendations so we can maximize what we get out of our media polling.
The email even includes a handy, 37-page guide with the following poll-rigging recommendations. In Arizona, over sampling of Hispanics and Native Americans is highly recommended:
Research, microtargeting & polling projects- Over-sample Hispanics- Use Spanish language interviewing. (Monolingual Spanish-speaking voters are among the lowest turnout Democratic targets)- Over-sample the Native American population
For Florida, the report recommends "consistently monitoring" samples to makes sure they're "not too old" and "has enough African American and Hispanic voters." Meanwhile, "independent" voters in Tampa and Orlando are apparently more dem friendly so the report suggests filling up independent quotas in those cities first.
- Consistently monitor the sample to ensure it is not too old, and that it has enough African American and Hispanic voters to reflect the state.- On Independents: Tampa and Orlando are better persuasion targets than north or south Florida (check your polls before concluding this). If there are budget questions or oversamples, make sure that Tampa and Orlando are included first.
Meanwhile, it's suggested that national polls over sample "key districts / regions" and "ethnic" groups "as needed."
- General election benchmark, 800 sample, with potential over samples in key districts/regions- Benchmark polling in targeted races, with ethnic over samples as needed- Targeting tracking polls in key races, with ethnic over samples as needed
And that's how you manufacture a 12-point lead for your chosen candidate and effectively chill the vote of your opposition.
Here is the full report of "Polling & Media Recommendations" from "The Atlas Project."
DONALD TRUMP & DEUTSCHE BANK: DID CLINTONS LEAN ON US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT? '' The Slog.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:14
Before we get into the meat of this thing, let me make two things very clear:
The evidence presented here is not the usual half-checked/chosen at random/doctored stuff we're used to in madcap conspiracy rumours. Everything shown here is a matter of undisputed public record '' a rare thing in this Presidential campaignI'm not trying to prove a theory here, as I lack the resources to do so. I am merely using informed logic to establish those four things required to build any credible case: behavioural track record, means, motive and opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that in terms of capability of performing dirty tricks, the Clinton campaign ticks all four boxes.The Clintons' track record on dirty tricksNegative advertising, smear rumour, making rally halls look more full/empty on TV and innate media bias have all been obvious for many years in Western election campaigns. Not surprisingly, during Presidential campaigns this is heightened by the physically more personal nature of the contest.
Huffington Post banned The Slog from commenting in 2012 after I alleged the use of troll swarms by Obama to mess up Republican sites. Three months later, his White House CoS casually confirmed the story.
This is truth bending, and isn't illegal. But the Clinton track record against Bernie Sanders is of a quite different order. I was given first-hand evidence, for example, of blatant threats to Democratic National Convention (DNC) workers that anyone helping organise Sanders rallies would have no future or place in a Clinton White House. But there is also disturbing evidence of electoral irregularity as well.
October 2015 '' over 120,000 voting registrations lost in Brooklyn '' & rock solid Sanders neighbourhood, plus nearly a third of Sanders supporters complaining that, on pitching up to vote, their Party registrations had been changedOver nine straight 2015 primaries, Sanders won seven: in the other two, ''massive voter irregularities'' were reported. Hillary won them.The supposedly neutral DNC is stuffed with overt Clinton activists. The private company collecting sensitive poll/registration information NPG van has close ties to Bill Clinton and worked for him in 1992. Leaks from NPG are, to say the least, recurrent.On the eve of the Democratic party's convention in Philadelphia, a whopping 20,000 emails were made public by Wikileaks showing supposedly 'neutral' senior party officials tried to undermine Mr Sanders's insurgent left-wing campaign by publicly portraying him as an atheist.Solidly Sanders locations in Arizona's Maciopa County found their polling booths available reduced from 200 to 60. Odd behaviour during a Primary campaign.Undercover videos just four days ago showed two senior DNC operatives openly admitting to paid interference with Trump rallies and voter registration manipulation.These days, one talks to Washington pundits who '' sadly '' shrug and say ''both sides are at it '' they cancel each other out''. But what I've shown above is just a fraction of highlights compared to the total media exposure of Clinton criminality. Doing a quick count from 78 sites, press titles and broadcasters last night, allegations against the Clinton campaign outnumber all others by 5/2.
However, it's at this point that we go beyond even electoral irregularity and into suggestions of Hillary Clinton perverting the course of events at the Department of Justice (DoJ). Here, we segue neatly into 'means'.
The means to destroy TrumpWithout any shadow of doubt, the biggest bubbling-under scandal of the campaign (until complaints about Trump's locker-room and sex abuse behaviour 'surfaced') was that involving emails sent by Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State.
The headline here is this: while heading up State, she only used her own personal and heavily abuse-protected server to send official emails '' rather than official State Department email accounts maintained on federal servers. On leaving that job, the State Department hurriedly classified all the emails retrospectively.
This suggestive of the fact that Ms Clinton has something to hide. Her behaviour was also highly irregular, and cannot solely be explained by national security concerns: if there are fears about how secure State is, then we may as well all pack up and go home. (There are as it happens; but their security is a hundred times more sophisticated than hers).
Hillary maintains that her behaviour did not break federal rules, and there are precedents to show that. The hole in her defence is that there are no precedents for all the emails to have produced on her private server.
Having seen the content of some 150 emails, the FBI began by being quite bullish on the subject of an investigation. But then suddenly it wasn't. An anodyne report was eventually issued in July 2016, criticising her ''extreme carelessness''.
Her behaviour does not support that finding. Over at the DoJ, Dan Metcalfe, head of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy (FOIA), said this gave her even tighter control over her emails by not involving a third party such as Google, and helped prevent their disclosure by Congressional subpoena. He added: ''She managed successfully to insulate her official emails, categorically, from the FOIA, both during her tenure at State and long after her departure from it'--perhaps forever'', making it ''a blatant circumvention of the FOIA by someone who unquestionably knows better''.
But neither State nor the DoJ did anything. The former issued a report making it clear that Secretary Clinton had lied to employees about the 'permission' she had, and confirmed that permission had never been sought. She also lied to the media about never sending classified material via her own server: a review of the 55,000-page email eventually released found ''hundreds of potentially classified emails''.
There is a clear '' very clear '' scenario that scopes out here: that of an ambitious wannabe US President conspiring to hide her guilt about stuff in perpetuity. Among the forty emails held back by US security agencies are those assumed to refer to the Benghazi Compound disaster, during which the Ambassador lost his life in the most bestial manner.
However, the FBI having been quietly told to pipe down, the job facing the Clintons now was to get the DoJ onside. Bill went right to the very top.
In late June 2016, it was reported that Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on her private plane on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Three days later, a Justice Department official categorically told the media that Attorney General Lynch will accept ''whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton's personal email server''.
Washington sources confirm that Lynch ''already pretty much knew what the FBI would say''.
Did the Clintons have a strong motive?Nothing is ever conclusive in these areas. But the overwhelming suggestion from these events is that the Clintons most certainly do have the means to influence the activities and output of the Justice Department.
However, it's easy to argue that Candidate Clinton had little to fear from Trump; the media almost universally dismissed him as a no-hoper. So why take the risk of, potentially, using the DoJ to put her adversary in a spot?
It's easy to argue that, but the US media have been wrong about Donald Trump since Day One. And the facts don't support the argument.
Last night, the BBC released this trend map of the poll support for each candidate throughout the campaign:
On this diagram, I have indicated in green ink the two points at which Clinton and Trump are neck and neck. In early to mid July '' following embarrassing email revelations '' Clinton's support dips, and Trump briefly overtakes her.
From the word go, the Clinton campaign saw Trump's financial background, practices and exposure as an obvious weakness. Having pressed hard for his tax returns, once his official election as the GOP presidential nominee was confirmed '' June 19th 2016 '' they began demanding to see his financials.
In fact, they already knew of one unfortunate link: on March 20th, the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal had featured a piece showing Donald Trump's massive dependence on Deutsche Bank as a credit supplier. The Murdoch press is campaigning solidly for Hillary, and Rupert himself has given substantial donations to her presidential bid. His motives towards her and Deutsche have been detailed by The Slog elsewhere.
The dates here are key '' particularly the dates from which Deutsche Bank ceases to be 'troubled' in the background, and increasingly becomes a foreground, front-page crisis.
In early to mid June, Trump racks up his support and closes the gap with Clinton.Other financial papers pick up on the WSJ story'....despite the fact that Trump's cash flow and personal salary alone would be enough to pay off all the Deutsche loans. At this point, the International Monetary Fund releases a report saying that Deutsche Bank ''appears to be the most important net contributor to systemic risks in the global banking system.''
The IMF '' and its boss Christine Lagarde '' are prime movers in aiding Clintonian foreign policy relating to the EU and North Africa. But still Trump's support leaps from 34-40%. Then early July, S&P Global Ratings lowers its outlook on Deutsche Bank to negative. At the same time, Deutsche Bank's U.S. unit fails the U.S. Federal Reserve's stress test. The story filters down into non-specialist media. Clinton consolidates her lead.
But by this time, DB is starting to look like a basket case '' which it has been for years '' and the 'ailing' bank gets kicked out of the STOXX blue-chip Europe 50 index.
And yet, the Donald starts to recover momentum. By mid September, he's back to almost neck and neck. It's now that the DoJ Establishment goes for the throat.The Justice Department chooses this precise moment '' September 16th '' to splash with the news that Deutsche Bank faces a whopping $14.5 billion malpractice fine. Within hours, its shares go into freefall.
Between September 20th and 28th, a broader media blitz and online campaign openly calls Trump ''massively dependent on Deutsche loans''. Counterspin from the Deutsche camp claims negotiations to reduce the DoJ fine are well in hand. Two days later Justice splashes again: no, it alleges, they haven't even started yet.
But still, general awareness of the Trump-Deutsche link remains low'....and Trump himself steadies his poll ratings. Locker rooms, pussy grabbing abuse allegations suddenly sprout via close Clinton ally David Farenthold. Donald's poll ratings dive.
Donald Trump is just beginning to recover his position. Already pro-Democrat sites are switching tack to say that Trump ''is a puppet candidate of foreign banks'' '' a silly allegation, given that he only works with one, and it's more dependent on his business than vice versa. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has Deutsche CEO John Cryan by the balls; as far as the Clintons are concerned, it holds all the cards.
OpportunityFor myself, I doubt very much that Hillary & Co will go any further down the 'dodgy credit' road. With only two weeks to go to Election day, an imminent Deutsche collapse would play into Trump's allegedly wandering hands: it is, after all, the US unit that faces the fine, and Trump's populism is anti Wall Street.
I think an equal (if not bigger) force behind pushing Deutsche Bank into the limelight is that of forcing it into a Middle East role where it can be a Rottweiller controlled by State, its old boss Hillary Clinton, and massive regional investor Rupert Murdoch.
But while the opportunity was there, it's obvious that Bill Clinton had all the influence his wife needs to help her get elected. Indeed, by being so unpopular in his own Party, Donald Trump has made this a much easier task: nobody but nobody in the US (C)lite wants Trump in the White House.
As I endeavoured to stress at the outset, the object in this post is not to prove a conspiracy, but rather to present an avalanche of evidence to support one simple '' and widespread '' observation about the Hillarybillies: as their power has increased, so too has their megalomania inflated to a frightening degree.
Where once there were only crooked land deals and cigars to go on, today it is easy to argue that this creepy couple are operating at the kind of level where the American systems of Law, foreign policy, power separation and democracy itself are being perverted. This much has been obvious for some time; but American voters need to make their minds up by November 8th which they want least '' Donald Trump in the White House, or Mr and Mrs Clinton doing the bidding of corporate globalism'...while dragging the US further and further towards geopolitical confrontation.
Looked at in that way, while this has probably been the most superficial and childish Presidential contest in American history, it will probably also turn out to have been the most important.
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Report: Votes Switched From Trump to Hillary in Texas >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:23
Residents of at least two cities in Texas are complaining that they voted for Donald Trump only to see the voting machine switch their ballot to Hillary Clinton.
Early voting for the 2016 presidential election started yesterday for people in some areas who have been given the opportunity to avoid the long lines on November 8.
However, in Amarillo, a woman was shocked to see her ballot flip from Republican to Democrat.
''Gary and I went to early vote today,'' wrote Lisa Houlette on Facebook. ''I voted a straight Republican ticket and as I scrolled to submit my ballot I noticed that the Republican straight ticket was highlighted, however, the Clinton/Kaine box was also highlighted!''
''I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn't get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket,'' she added.
Meanwhile, in Arlington, Texas, another voter reported a similar experience.
''I had a family member that voted this morning and she voted straight Republican,'' wrote Shandy Clark. ''She checked before she submitted and the vote had changed to Clinton! She reported it and made sure her vote was changed back. They commented that It had been happening.''
Social media forums are also ablaze with concerns about votes being switched.
''Multiple reports on my Facebook, Periscope, Snapchat, and Twitter from my friends in Texas, and all of them had their vote switched to Clinton automatically,'' one post on The Donald Reddit is headlined.
The reports are alarming, especially given the fact that the media, Hillary Clinton's campaign and even President Obama himself have all attempted to dismiss Donald Trump's concerns about vote rigging as a baseless conspiracy theory.
A good person to ask about reports of vote rigging in Texas would be Texas Director of Elections Keith Ingram, but given that he ran away from our reporters '' that might prove to be difficult.
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Inside Donald Trump's Self-Congratulatory Hotel Opening Extravaganza
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:28
On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump appeared at an unusual hybrid event in Washington, part campaign rally, part ceremonial ribbon cutting, part televised infomercial pushing his new Trump International Hotel, now open at the Old Post Office, two blocks away from the White House. Should Trump fail to win the White House on November 8, the ribbon-cutting offered some clues about his future. His apparent strategy is to liquidate the bonanza of free attention surrounding his candidacy into capital that he can use to expand his business ventures and personal brand.
The event was open to some 400 media and 300 ''VIP'' guests, but not the public. It offered some bizarre juxtapositions'--a private commercial enterprise in a formerly public space, supported by the the mass publicity that is usually attached to a presidential campaign, not the opening of a luxury hotel. Secret Service agents and police guided three hundred guests through a metal detector, beside a stack of booklets touting the hotel's spa, in-room Nespresso machines and the 860 square-foot ''Ivanka Suite.''
The closest thing to celebrities at the event were Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, and Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama. ''People change, polls change,'' said Sessions, when asked about the election. Ivanka Trump bragged that the Trump family had taken possession of one of capital's crown jewels. ''With the exception of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, she said, ''this is the most coveted piece of real estate in Washington, D.C.''
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his family cut the ribbon at the new Trump International Hotel on Oct. 26, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Trump's brief speech was delivered in the hotel's ''Presidential Ballroom'' between two gilded easels with the day's mantra: ''Under budget, ahead of schedule.'' Trump took the stage 28 minutes late. In a slightly hoarse voice, he explained how building a hotel was a lot like running the country. He said it was a ''metaphor,'' although he did not say whether that metaphor extended to overpromising, massive borrowing, or slapping one's name on projects that one does not actually own. Trump arranged for $200 million in renovations for the Old Post Office. His 2015 financial disclosure form values his stake in the hotel at between $5 million and $25 million; his 2016 form values it at $50 million or more.Trump did spend some time lamenting the state of the country: ''Everything our country touches, it breaks '... our military is so degraded '... the tax code is broken '... the education system is broken.'' He seemed to be of two minds about the Old Post Office itself, a massive and ornate building that the Trump Organization is leasing from the federal government for $3 million a year. Trump castigated the federal government for allowing the structure to fall into disrepair, even as he praised the ''great, great professionals, amazing professionals'' at the General Services Administration. An investigation by BuzzFeed showed that the agency awarded Trump the contract to develop the site despite his failure to make good on assurances that he would be partnering with a $28 billion real estate fund and an architect familiar with the site.
The ribbon-cutting itself, held in the hotel's atrium, seemed to have been conceived as a demonstration of Trump's appeal to the multiracial service industry workforce in his employ. The faces of Trump hotel workers glowed as they presented his family with ceremonial shears. ''I've never seen scissors that look so beautiful!'' Trump exclaimed. Two more workers held the ends of a long red ribbon so the Trump family could make their ceremonial cuts. Eric, Donald, and Donald Jr. held onto their pieces. Melania, Tiffany, and Ivanka let theirs fall to the floor.
Outside, Sam Curreri, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from Baltimore, was holding a sign in protest of Trump's treatment of unionized workers at his Las Vegas hotel. ''The jobs he's creating are short-term,'' Curreri said of Trump. As for the campaign, ''he's carried himself terribly. Unprofessionally. He's nowhere near presidential.''
Lame Cherry: Hillary Clinton carves off America to Bribe Al Gore
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:32
As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.If you recall a week ago, there was fat old Al Gore with fat old sick Hillary Clinton, on the same Florida stage?
Vice President AlGore praised HillaryClinton's credentials on climate change at a Florida rally Tuesday.Ever ask yourself why Al Gore was with Hillary Clinton? After you read the Wikileaks emails below, perhaps you will begin asking, "Just what did Hillary Clinton promise Al Gore, because Al Gore HATES Hillary Clinton with a venom."
I have the original Wikileaks email below, but desire you to read this gossip as it started, as Al Gore really had the Clinton camp dancing in this exchange.
It starts out with a stooge mailing Cheryl Mills about Gore, in Hillary Clinton's criminal gatekeeper.
TOP TALKER -- "Gore Declines to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President," by People's Sandra Sobieraj Westfall: "Gore, who served two terms with former President Bill Clinton, politely but firmly declined when PEOPLE asked him if he supports Hillary ... 'It's still too early, in my opinion, to endorse a candidate or pick a candidate,' Gore told PEOPLE in an interview to preview his 24-hour climate-changetelethon, which starts on Friday."Huma Abedin immediately jumps on this email with her own. Yes he warned us
John Podesta immediately jumps like the Don of the Mafia has appeared and wants to know what kind of threat Al Gore had sent in dead horse head deliveries.Huma Abedin then answers with:
that he wouldnt endorse this was months ago, close to beginning of campaign Cheryl Mills then drops her insider knowledge: curiuos - why? as he clearly expected her to endorse him as vp when he ran
Oh, so that is it, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton did not endorse Al Gore, because they wanted fellow GOP neocon George Bush to win in 2000, and if W was to win or brother Jeb, then it would be Hillary easily winning in 2008.Hillary Clinton stabbed Al Gore in the back.
Next comes Huma weighing in again with the history of it all.
well that was 16 years ago. hard to put on email but there is no love lost in this relationship. reminder that he also refused to endorse in 2008!!!
So Huma knows with pillow talk from Hillary Clinton, that this feud has been festering for 16 years. Huma Abedin can not explain all the gory details, but the fact is Hillary and Al Gore hate each other, and Gore screwed Hillary over in 2008 in payback to HRC's treachery.So now you know that this has been festering with Al Gore for 16 years. Yet Al Gore now appears with Hillary Clinton in Florida, looking like the fat old bloated beach fish he is.
What did Hillary Clinton promise Al Gore for this quid pro quo?
Inquiry points to Hillary Clinton is going to have Al Gore appointed to lead the United Nation's Climate Change as a sort of Storm Trooper Climate Dictator.
It is just one more of the criminal trades of Hillary Clinton in bargaining America away for Hillary's gain. Again though it is something we would not know, if Huma Abedin had some self control in keeping her fingers quiet. This Huma simply does not shut up in emails in revealing damning things in the most emotional way.
Once again another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.
Re: GoreFrom:firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Date: 2015-11-11 20:13 Subject: Re: Gore well that was 16 years ago. hard to put on email but there is no love lost in this relationship. reminder that he also refused to endorse in 2008!!! On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM, Cheryl Mills curiuos - why? as he clearly expected her to endorse him as vp when he ran On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Huma Abedinthat he wouldnt endorse this was months ago, close to beginning of campaign On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 4:44 PM, John PodestaWhat did he say to warn? On Nov 11, 2015 4:10 PM, "Huma Abedin" wrote: Yes he warned us On Nov 11, 2015, at 3:55 PM, Cheryl MillsTo: Cheryl MillsTOP TALKER -- "Gore Declines to Endorse Hillary Clinton for President," by People's Sandra Sobieraj Westfall: "Gore, who served two terms with former President Bill Clinton, politely but firmly declined when PEOPLE asked him if he supports Hillary ... 'It's still too early, in my opinion, to endorse a candidate or pick a candidate,' Gore told PEOPLE in an interview to preview his 24-hour climate-changetelethon, which starts on Friday." agtG
The Affordable Health Care Act | The Deplorable Climate Science Blog
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:25
As a matter of conscience, President Obama promised to save you $2,500 per year on health care costs. He called it ''The Affordable Health Care Act''
by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American and cut the cost of a typical family's premiums by up to $2500 a year. That's not simply a matter of policy or ideology '' it's a moral commitment.
BarackObama.com | A Politics of Conscience
Obama was lying, like he does about everything else. He made health care completely unaffordable.
Arizona Obamacare Plan To Jump By 116 % When Premiums Go Up Next Year CBS New York
The Obamacare architect said they had to lie to the stupid American people to get the bill to pass.
Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical to get for the thing to pass.
Obamacare Architect: Yeah, We Lied to The ''Stupid'' American People to Get It Passed '' Katie Pavlich
Congressional Democrats said they had to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.
23 Mar 2010, Page 11 '' The Cincinnati Enquirer at Newspapers.com
Paul Ryan said he couldn't repeal Obamacare without a Republican president, so he is working tirelessly to make sure that doesn't happen.
The only chance we have to rescue this country is to elect Trump. The rest of Washington is completely insane.
More On The Donna Brazille 1988 Campaign Fraud
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:03
Brazille's career became the latest casualty.
George Bush owes it to the American people to fess up. The American people have every right to know if Barbara Bush will share that bed in the White House.
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Rear Window: When Wellington said publish and be damned: The Field Marshal and the Scarlet Woman | The Independent
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:59
ONE morning in December 1824, the Duke of Wellington received an unpleasant letter. 'My Lord Duke,' it began, 'in Harriette Wilson's Memoirs, which I am about to publish, are various anecdotes of Your Grace which it would be most desirable to withhold, at least such is my opinion. I have stopped the Press for the moment, but as the publication will take place next week, little delay can necessarily take place.'The letter, signed by one Joseph Stockdale, a pornographer and scandal-monger, was a naked attempt at blackmail. The Duke was a field marshal, cabinet minister, national hero, husband and father, while Harriette Wilson was a famous London courtesan past her prime, then living in exile in Paris. Wellington was being asked to pay money to be left out of her memoirs.
His response is famous: 'Publish and be damned]' And they did. Through 1825 the memoirs appeared by instalments, each with a dramatis personae listing the notables named in order of rank - 'Dukes: Argyll, Beaufort, de Guiche, Leinster . . .' and so on through earls and viscounts down to humble esquires.
London society was thrilled and scandalised. Half the aristocracy was named in the book, and painted in a most unflattering light. The memoirs went through 31 editions in one year; excerpts were pirated and sold as illustrated broadsheets and French and German editions quickly appeared to delight the gossips of the Continent.
Stockdale, the impresario, and Wilson, the scarlet woman, were said to have made pounds 10,000 from the enterprise, but their good fortune did not last. Stockdale was soon ruined by libel suits, while Harriette was down on her luck again within a few years, and died in obscurity.
What did her memoirs reveal about the Duke? He was, she wrote, her 'faithful lover, whose love survived six winters'. He was 'my own Wellington, who sighed over me and groaned over me by the hour, talked of my wonderful beauty, ran after me . . .' and he was 'my constant visitor', a 'modern Bluebeard', 'my old beau'.
Her story was that they became lovers in 1805, not long after he returned from India a general and a minor celebrity (and not long after he was married). They had a halting relationship for some years, interrupted by the Peninsular War, and eventually drifted apart. There was one last meeting, in Paris in 1814, when they swapped memories and he stopped her laughter by 'kissing me by main force'.
She felt she and Stockdale had acted fairly by giving him the chance to buy his way out of her book - others, she wrote, had seized the offer with gratitude - and she did not spare him in print. Not only was he named among her throng of clients, he was also mocked and belittled for his lack of charm and style. The Duke, she said, was 'most unentertaining', 'very uphill work', and 'in the evenings, when he wore his broad red ribbon, he looked very much like a rat-catcher'.
Elizabeth Longford, biographer of Wellington, dismisses much of Harriette's story as 'choice lies', pointing out errors of detail and chronology which render some of the scenes impossible. But she detects a germ of truth. Wellington was a lady's man caught in a loveless marriage; he is known to have patronised the procuress in Berkeley Street, who acted for Wilson; and the dialogue in the memoirs, it was noted at the time, accurately captures the Duke's speech.
Although Wellington's answer to Stockdale's blackmail letter does not survive in his own hand, there is no reason to doubt he used those famous words. But his stance was less bold than they suggest, for he also threatened to sue 'if such trash is published'.
The threat was ignored but the Duke did not issue a writ, perhaps because others got there before him, or perhaps because there was too much truth in what Wilson wrote. Either way, his reputation did not suffer and he was not forced to resign for reasons of security or hypocrisy or anything else. On the contrary, he remained the nation's hero and went on to become prime minister.
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Who Makes the IoT Things Under Attack? '-- Krebs on Security
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:54
As KrebsOnSecurity observed over the weekend, the source code that powers the ''Internet of Things'' (IoT) botnet responsible for launching the historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against KrebsOnSecurity last month has been publicly released. Here's a look at which devices are being targeted by this malware.
The malware, dubbed ''Mirai,'' spreads to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the Internet for IoT systems protected by factory default usernames and passwords. Many readers have asked for more information about which devices and hardware makers were being targeted. As it happens, this is fairly easy to tell just from looking at the list of usernames and passwords included in the Mirai source code.
In all, there are 68 username and password pairs in the botnet source code. However, many of those are generic and used by dozens of products, including routers, security cameras, printers and digital video recorder (DVRs).
I examined the less generic credential pairs and tried to match each with a IoT device maker and device type. As we can see from the spreadsheet above (also available in CSV and PDFformats), most of the devices are network-based cameras, with a handful of Internet routers, DVRs and even printers sprinkled in.
I don't claim to have special knowledge of each match, and welcome corrections if any of these are in error. Mainly, I turned to Google to determine which hardware makers used which credential pairs, but in some cases this wasn't obvious or easy.
Which is part of the problem, says Will Dormann, senior vulnerability analyst at the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC).
''Even when users are interested in and looking for this information, the vendor doesn't always make it easy,'' Dormann said.
Dormann said instead of hard-coding credentials or setting default usernames and passwords that many users will never change, hardware makers should require users to pick a strong password when setting up the device.
Indeed, according to this post from video surveillance forum IPVM, several IoT device makers '-- including Hikvision, Samsung, and Panasonic '-- have begun to require unique passwords by default, with most forcing a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
''As long as the password can't be reversed '-- for example, an algorithm based off of a discoverable tidbit of information '-- that would be a reasonable level of security.'' Dormann said.
Some readers have asked how these various IoT devices could be exposed if users have configured them to operate behind wired or wireless routers. After all, these readers note, most consumer routers assign each device inside the user's home network so-called Network Address Translation (NAT) addresses that cannot be directly reached from the Internet.
But as several readers already commented in my previous story on the Mirai source code leak, many IoT devices will use a technology called Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) that will automatically open specific virtual portholes or ''ports,'' essentially poking a hole in the router's shield for that device that allows it to be communicated with from the wider Internet. Anyone looking for an easy way to tell whether any of network ports may be open and listening for incoming external connections could do worse than to run Steve Gibson's ''Shields Up'' UPnP exposure test.
HELP! I NEVER CHANGED THE DEFAULT PASSWORD!Regardless of whether your device is listed above, if you own a wired or wireless router, IP camera or other device that has a Web interface and you haven't yet changed the factory default credentials, your system may already be part of an IoT botnet. Unfortunately, there is no simple way to tell one way or the other whether it has been compromised.
However, the solution to eliminating and preventing infections from this malware isn't super difficult. Mirai is loaded into memory, which means it gets wiped once the infected device is disconnected from its power source.
But as I noted in Saturday's story, there is so much constant scanning going on for vulnerable systems that IoT devices with default credentials can be re-infected within minutes of a reboot. Only changing the default password protects them from rapidly being reinfected on reboot.
My advice for those running devices with the default credentials? First off, make sure you know how to access the device's administration panel. If you're unsure how to reach the administration panel, a quick search online for the make and model of your device should reveal an address and default credential pair that can be typed or pasted into a Web browser.
If possible, reset the device to the factory-default settings. This should ensure that if any malware has been uploaded to the device that it will be wiped permanently. Most devices have a small, recessed button that needs to be pressed and held down for a several seconds while powered on to reset the thing back to the factory default settings.
When the device comes back online, quickly fire up a Web browser, navigate to the administration panel, enter the default credentials, and then change the default password to something stronger and more memorable. I hope it goes without saying that any passwords remotely resembling the default passwords noted in the image above are horrible passwords. Here's some advice on picking better ones.
Unfortunately, many of these devices also require periodic software or ''firmware'' updates to fix previously unknown security vulnerabilities that the vendor discovers or that are reported to the hardware maker post-production. However, relatively few hardware makers do a good job of making this process simple and easy for users, let alone alerting customers to the availability of firmware updates.
''When it comes to software updates, automatic updates are good,'' Dormann said. ''Simple updates that notify the user and require intervention are okay. Updates that require the user to dig around to find and install manually are next to worthless. Devices that don't have updates at all are completely worthless. And that can be applied to traditional computing as well. It's just that with IoT, you likely have even-less-technical users at the helm.''
Only after fixing any problems related to default credentials should readers consider checking for firmware updates. Some hardware makers include the ability to check for updates through a Web-based administration panel (like the one used to change the device's default password), while others may only allow firmware updates manually via downloads from the manufacturer's site.
Firmware updates can be tricky to install, because if you fail follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter you may end up with little more than an oversized paperweight. So if you decide to go ahead with any firmware updates, please do so carefully and deliberately.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORESeveral readers have pointed out that while advising IoT users to change the password via the device's Web interface is a nice security precaution, it may or may not address the fundamental threat. That's because Mirai spreads via communications services called ''telnet'' and ''SSH,'' which are command-line, text-based interfaces that are typically accessed via a command prompt (e.g., in Microsoft Windows, a user could click Start, and in the search box type ''cmd.exe'' to launch a command prompt, and then type ''telnet'' to reach a username and password prompt at the target host).
The trouble is, even if one changes the password on the device's Web interface, the same default credentials may still allow remote users to log in to the device using telnet and/or SSH.
Brian Karas, a business analyst with IPVM '-- a subscription-based news, testing and training site for the video surveillance industry '-- said in his experience often times IP camera users can change whatever settings they want in the device's Web interface, but that's no guarantee the changes will affect how the device can be accessed via Telnet or SSH.
''The problem is there's no hard and fast rule,'' Karas said. ''What often happens is Telnet and SSH are an operating system-level login, and the [Web interface] tends to be more of an application level login. Sometimes changing a password on one changes the password on the other, but more often the Web [interface] is completely different, and changing the password there may not change the underlying password'' needed to access the device remotely via SSH and Telnet, he said.
Case in point: In February 2016 I published This is Why People Fear the Internet of Things, which examined a whole slew of IP cameras sold by Chinese Web camera giant Foscam that '-- by default '-- included a feature which would quietly phone home to a vast peer-to-peer (P2P) network run by the company. As I explained in that piece, while the Web interface for those P2P cameras included a setting allowing users to disable the P2P traffic, disabling that option didn't actually do anything to stop the device from seeking out other Foscam P2P cameras online.
Interestingly, Karas said he's been pressing Dahua '-- whose IoT devices are heavily represented in the above default password list '-- to tell him how many of their devices are vulnerable. Karas said Dahua told him that although the company's newest models didn't have this problem, the company was preparing to launch a trade-in program for customers with default-insecure devices.
''They didn't give me a straight answer on this one, but that that tells me is they have a whole bunch of devices that may not be firmware updatable, which means they can't make those devices more secure without swapping out the underlying hardware.''
Update, 8:30 p.m. ET: Added final section with the sobering caveat that all of this hassle in changing the default passwords and updating the firmware may not actually solve the problem for many (if not all) of the affected devices.
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Chinese webcam maker recalls devices after cyberattack link | Technology | The Guardian
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:22
Researchers have accused the firm of shipping its products with basic security errors. Photograph: Andrew Brookes/Getty Images/Cultura RF
Chinese electronics firm Xiongmai is initiating a product recall after the enormous hacking attack that took down much of the internet on the eastcoast of the US and also affected Europe on Friday.
The root of the attack, which took the form of a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), was a network of hacked ''Internet of Things'' devices, such as webcams and digital recorders, many of which were made by Xiongmai.
Researchers have accused the firm of shipping its products with basic security errors, such as the inability to set a password on some forms of connection, which led to them being co-opted into the ''Mirai'' botnet, a multimillion-strong network of hacked devices.
After the accusations, Xiongmai announced a recall of some its products sold in the US.
The electronics components firm, which makes parts for surveillance cameras, said in a statement on its official microblog that it would recall some of its earlier products sold in the United States, strengthen password functions and send users a patch for products made before April last year.
It said the biggest issue was users not changing default passwords, adding that, overall, its products were well protected from cyber security breaches. It said reports that its products made up the bulk of those targeted in the attack were false.
''Security issues are a problem facing all mankind. Since industry giants have experienced them, Xiongmai is not afraid to experience them once, too,'' the company statement said.
Friday's cyber attack alarmed security experts because it represented a new type of threat rooted in the proliferation of simple digital devices such as webcams. These often lack proper security, and hackers found a way to harness millions of them to flood a target with so much traffic that it couldn't cope.
The main products Xiongmai is to recall are all webcam models, it said.
Speaking to the security journalist Brian Krebs, researcher Zach Wikholm of Flashpoint said that there were basic security errors in a number of the vulnerable devices. ''The issue with these particular devices is that a user cannot feasibly change this password,'' Wikholm told Krebs. ''The password is hardcoded into the firmware, and the tools necessary to disable it are not present. Even worse, the web interface is not aware that these credentials even exist.''
The Mirai malware which is used to create the botnet can be cleared by simply restarting affected devices. But there are so many hacked devices on the internet that a vulnerable system will likely be reinfected within five minutes of restarting, unless some other protection is put in place.
The hacker who first wrote the code for seizing control of vulnerable devices released the source code to the public in October, allowing other opportunistic attackers to enslave their own networks of hacked webcams, routers and digital video recorders.
DDOS attacks raise questions from lawmakers
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:16
DDOS attacks raise questions from lawmakersBy Chase GunterOct 25, 2016In the wake of last week's distributed denial-of-service attack that crippled high-profile websites by attacking underlying infrastructure, several lawmakers have called on the government to improve cybersecurity protections and consider new rules for potentially risky web traffic.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), co-founder of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, is seeking answers from the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Homeland Security on the resources available and needed to keep cyber malefactors from breaching consumer products.
In an Oct. 25 letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Warner asked what network management practices could be adopted by internet service providers to repel traffic that might emanate from botnets and whether it is possible to assess the risks associated with the devices that make up the internet of things, apprise consumers of those risks and encourage users to download operating system and firmware updates when they are available.
"The weak security of many of the new connected consumer devices provides an attractive target for attackers, leveraging the bandwidth and processing power of millions of devices, many of them with few privacy or security measures, to swamp internet sites and servers with an overwhelming volume of traffic," Warner wrote.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the attack on internet infrastructure provider Dyn has been mitigated. In a statement, he added that the attack was potentially caused by the Mirai botnet, a massive network of hijacked IoT devices that directed waves of traffic to Dyn systems and took them off-line.
Johnson also said DHS plans to publish a set of strategic principles for IoT security in the coming weeks.
In an Oct. 25 speech before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper attributed the attack to a non-state actor but did not say which hacker group might be responsible.
Separately but also in response to the attack, two members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have asked President Barack Obama to work with Congress to bolster the government's ability to identify and quickly react to weaknesses in cyber networks.
Sens. Angus King (I-Maine) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Obama on Oct. 24 requesting his involvement in developing standardized, governmentwide policies for detecting vulnerabilities and enlisting the private sector's help in fixing them.
"The recent intrusions into United States networks and the controversy surrounding the Federal Bureau of Investigation's efforts to access the iPhone used in the San Bernardino attacks have underscored for us the need to establish more robust and accountable policies regarding security vulnerabilities," King and Heinrich wrote.
The senators cited the expansion of bug bounty programs -- which the private sector and recently the Pentagon have used to reward hackers who report security vulnerabilities -- as a cost-effective way to discover and patch potential network trouble spots.
The senators also called for new legislation governing the Vulnerabilities Equities Process that would require agencies to report serious security vulnerabilities to technology manufacturers and for broader use of the authorities afforded under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.
About the Author
Chase Gunter is a staff writer covering civilian agencies, workforce issues, health IT, open data and innovation.
Prior to joining FCW, Gunter reported for the C-Ville Weekly in Charlottesville, Va., and served as a college sports beat writer for the South Boston (Va.) News and Record. He started at FCW as an editorial fellow before joining the team full-time as a reporter.
Gunter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where his emphases were English, history and media studies. Connect with him on Twitter: @WChaseGunter
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VIDEO-Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance finished, prefect says
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:35
Tap to find outFrench authorities have finished clearing the shanty town known as the ''Jungle'' outside Calais, saying were confident of dispersing the last of its inhabitants around France.
Some tents and shelters were set on fire in a last gesture of defiance but the operation was mostly peaceful.
The authorities said about 5,000 migrants had gone through a processing centre before being transferred away by bus.
''Today it really is the end of the jungle, an important, powerful moment. A lot has happened, an incredible human experience has taken place within this camp, with all its different communities. But we are turning the page now, and it is a positive page because these people are going to be welcomed in France and are going to be able to start a new life,'' said regional prefect Fabienne Buccio.
About 1,000 migrants were said to be still awaiting transfer to other centres. Up to 8,000 people were said to have been living there before the clearance began, and it is feared some may have disappeared and may show up again in other parts of Calais.
The ''Jungle'' has been home to thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
They saw their future as being in Britain '' which refused to accept the vast majority.
A group of African women staged a protest, saying they wanted to go to England to reach their families.
The UK is allowing in a number of unaccompanied child migrants who are being processed separately.
VIDEO-French government pledges '¬250 million extra funding for French police
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:30
Faced with the growing anger of French police, the government has met with unions in Paris in an effort to defuse tensions.
Spontaneous protests by officers have sprung up in the last week over a lack of resources, an ever-increasing workload and a lack of up-to-date equipment to protect them from attack.
One police woman at the protest said she was there to 'tell the government we're unhappy with the current situation' saying the , the police are suffering from 'a lack of consideration, means and workforce', she added 'we can't go on like this'.
Earlier this month a petrol-bomb attack on four police officers near Paris left two officers severely wounded, further fuelling discontent.
Following the meeting with the unions, the Interior Minister pledged 250 million euros would be set aside for new equipment, as well as a raft of measures to help protect officers, which will be presented to parliament by the end of November.
VIDEO-Little sign of Brexit vote downturn for UK economy
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:20
Tap to find outBritain is still waiting for the big downturn that was predicted after its vote to leave the European Union.
Economic growth in the UK slowed only slightly in the three months after the referendum.
Britain's statistics office said the economy grew by 0.5 percent in the July to September period. That was down from the previous quarter's 0.7 percent growth but beat forecasts for 0.3 percent growth.
The services sector improved, but manufacturing, construction and agriculture all contracted.
Tough times ahead
Brexit supporters said this showed the pre-vote predictions of a slump were scaremongering.
But economists warned the real challenge is yet to come as inflation shoots up and companies postpone investment.
Finance minister Philip Hammond said the GDP data show the resilience of Britain's economy: ''They are very strong figures which show that not only was the economy stronger than we thought going into the referendum but it has been much more resilient than many people predicted following the referendum.''
But he also warned of tougher times ahead saying the government has to ''prepare to support the economy '... to make sure that we get through this period of uncertainty'' as London gears up for difficult Brexit negotiations.
There was little reaction on the London Stock Exchange and the pound gained slightly against the dollar.
The International Monetary Fund has admitted its warning of a post-Brexit-vote financial crash was too pessimistic.
It now believes Britain will be the fastest growing of the G7 leading industrial nations this year with 1.8 percent expansion, that should dip to 1.1 percent next year.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperations and Development has similar forecasts, also with 1.8 percent growth this year and 1.0 percent next year. That is half what it was originally predicting for 2017. The OECD too talks about a high level of uncertainty in its forecasts.
The GDP growth numbers make it less likely the Bank of England will feel the need to cut interest rates further in order to stimulate the UK economy when its policymakers meet next week.
As the GDP information was released, Japanese carmaker Nissan said it would build two new models at its north of England plant despite concerns over Brexit.
Reuters reported that the decision to build them there rather than elsewhere in Europe, was won with what a source described as a package of support pledged by May's government to counter any damage from leaving the EU.
Last month, Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said he could scrap new investment in Britain unless he was given a guarantee of compensation for costs related to any new tariffs resulting from Brexit.
Britain's big carmakers are nearly all foreign-owned and ship more than half of their exports to the other 27 countries in the European Union.
They had collectively warned that the June Brexit vote would make Britain a less-attractive destination for foreign investment. Nissan in particular had threatened to halt spending unless the government guaranteed it would be protected.
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VIDEO-Pussy Riot: Straight Outta Vagina a riposte to Donald Trump
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:12
Tue, Oct 25, 2016, 18:02 Updated: Tue, Oct 25, 2016, 18:14
Pussy Riot performing at the closing party for Banksy's Dismaland exhibition in Weston-Super-Mare, England, in September 2015. File photograph: Getty Images
Pussy Riot are to release a new song celebrating the vagina, in what they are labelling an unashamed feminist riposte to Donald Trump and his recorded boast about grabbing women ''by the pussy''.
The Russian punk band's latest music video, Straight Outta Vagina, released on Tuesday, features Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova wearing white clerical robes and a trademark balaclava, plus a chorus line of men and women sitting in toilet cubicles and standing at urinals. There is also an inflatable duck.
In typically provocative style, the video includes the lyrics: ''If your vagina lands in prison, then the whole world's going to listen.'' And: ''Don't play stupid, don't play dumb, vagina's where you're really from.''
Tolokonnikova said she recorded the song in February with US musician, guitarist and producer Dave Sitek, whom she described as ''one of the biggest feminists I've ever met''. The video was shot in Los Angeles.
Tolokonnikova said Sitek was inspired by her phrase: ''Does your vagina have a brand?'' ''So it made total sense to write a song which celebrates [the] vagina with him,'' she said.
''This song could be considered an answer to Trump. But I believe the idea of powerful female sexuality is much bigger than any populist megalomaniac man - vagina is bigger than Trump.''
Populism and nationalismPussy Riot are expected to release two more videos commenting on both US and Russian politics as the band responds to the growing influence of populism and nationalism.
Tolokonnikova said the spread of ''patriarchal and misogynist ideas'' was akin to sexually transmitted disease. ''Politicians are praising strong leadership. Trump openly supports the authoritarian methods of Vladimir Putin. And it's scary. It's not the world in which I want to live.''
Tolokonnikova is no longer working creatively with Pussy Riot co-founder Masha Alyokhina, who is currently touring with the Belarus Free Theatre.
The pair spent 16 months in a Russian jail following their anti-Putin ''punk prayer'' in Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral.
VIDEO-Videogame Voice Actors Go on Strike - WSJ
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:46
Updated Oct. 23, 2016 2:06 p.m. ET A union representing thousands of voiceover actors has called for a strike against 11 videogame companies, including industry powerhouses Electronic Arts Inc.EA-0.43% and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.,TTWO-1.24% over a pay dispute.
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Arts, or SAG-AFTRA, has been negotiating terms for a new contract with a coalition of nine videogame companies for nearly two years. The union represents actors, whose voices and likenesses are pervasive in videogames.
For example, Take-Two's hit series ''Grand Theft Auto'' has included the voices of actors Gary Busey, Burt Reynolds and other Hollywood stars. ''Call of Duty'' games from Activision Blizzard Inc.,ATVI-1.38% another major publisher the union is striking against, have also included the voices of actors such as Heather Graham and Kit Harington. Lesser-known actors also fill key roles in games, some of which feature episodic story lines that have been adapted for movies, television series and books.
At the heart of the disagreement is actors' demands for a portion of the revenue from game sales, on top of the industry's standard average baseline rate of about $825 for a four-hour session.
''Secondary compensation is what allows professional performers to feed their families in between jobs,'' said a spokeswoman for SAG-AFTRA in a prepared statement.
Members will picket Electronic Arts on Monday at its Los Angeles studio, according to a release issued early Friday morning confirming the strike is on.
Scott J. Witlin, an attorney for the publishers' coalition, said they had offered additional pay beyond the standard hourly rate, tied to the number of recording sessions an actor completes and not a game's sales performance.
''We are disappointed,'' Mr. Witlin said. ''Anytime any workers go on strike it's disruptive.''
SAG-AFTRA has more than 160,000 members, including about 5,000 who specialize in videogame voice-over and other acting-related work. It is unclear how many are participating in the strike, which SAG-AFTRA has been promoting on Twitter and other social media.
''Given the long production cycle for a console game, the strike would have to go on for a very long time for it to have an impact,'' Mr. Witlin said.
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VIDEO-Big threat to our nation of an election-night hack says cybersecurity expert
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:43
Aaron Josefczyk | Reuters
Voters cast ballots as early absentee voting began ahead of the U.S. presidential election in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 12, 2016.
The biggest threat facing our nation right now could involve election night, she said. "You could have a series of cyberattacks that, lets say on election night, denial-of-service attacks on state election boards and major news outlets that would make it impossible to access returns would cast this sort of uncertainty, distrust, about the election process."
As a leader in the analytics directorate, Medina has vast experience dealing with briefing CEOs and government officials about tech vulnerabilities. Her advice: "Two things I would tell you. First, you got to understand how that person absorbs information. If that person is emotional, you have to brief with some emotional resonance. And second, bad news '-- you've got to deliver bad news early and often. I think a lot of people when they are briefing their superior, they try to sugarcoat the bad news, and in today's world that's a mistake."
Speaking later on Tuesday from the Net/Net event in New York City, Adam Segal, director of the digital and cyberspace policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations, said concerns about hacks like the ones attributed to the Russians against the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign chief John Podesta are legitimate.
"They're just enough to create doubt and uncertainty about what you can trust in these incredibly complex systems," Segal said. "I don't think it's very likely they could change the outcome of elections. ... But you can create enough doubt and uncertainty that you can create a level of chaos that we don't really want."
VIDEO-Indiana State Police provide update on voter registration fraud investigation | 13 WTHR Indianapolis
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:34
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A record number of Indianapolis voters are voting early in these hotly contested federal and state elections. At the same time state police and continuing their investigation in to possible fake and falsified voter registrations.
Superintendent Doug Carter told Eyewitness News some people will get to the polls and not be able to vote. Tuesday afternoon, the organization under investigation fired back, claiming the state's voter registration records are mismanaged and inaccurate.
Almost 14,000 Marion county voters have already voted, the clerk's office said, without one single problem.
Russell Hollis is deputy director of the clerk's office.
"No bad registrations, no fraud and the lines are moving quickly," he said.
But at the same time, Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said detectives are finding evidence of voter registration fraud and forgery. The investigation covers in Marion and 55 other counties.
"I think there will be people that will get to the voting booth and won't be able to vote," Carter said
Carter explained that voters' names, addresses and other information have been changed. In some cases, registration forms were filled in with fake information.
How widespread is the problem?
"Pure speculation at this point," Carter explained. "But enough to believe we have to keep going."
State Police seized computers and records of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, which Carter said was the source of some of the questionable voter registrations. "Yes, a lot of them are," Carter said.
"There has been changed information...whether that be a name a date of birth, whether it be an address. I know to do the right thing we have to figure our what is happening. We have a duty and responsibility to evaluate every one of them," said Carter.
"Are they mistakes or signs of a crime?
"I believe both," he answered.
A spokesperson for Patriot Majority USA, the organization of the Indiana Voter Registration Project, insisted the allegations don't make any sense. Spokesperson Bill Buck claimed there is a partisan effort to raise questions about election.
Carter denied the accusation, "The notion that Mike Pence [Indiana governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate] has tried to influence this with me as superintendent of the state police is ridiculous," Carter said.
To get a ballot, voters have to provide a driver's license or other government-issued identification. The information has to match the voter registration records.
The investigation has found instances of existing records being changed and new voter registrations for people and addresses that don't exist.
What do voters think? Carla Williams waited in line to vote early. Asked if she trusted the system, she answered immediately, "Absolutely."
Roland Hodges said he trusts the system, too. "But any system can be manipulated with enough money and influence," he said.
Ellen Lane had no doubts. "I am neither concerned or worried. I am cautious," she said.
Lane went to the polls confident her vote would count.
In a statement released Tuesday, Patriot Majority USA claimed an independent analysis found thousands of duplicate records, out of date addresses and roughly 7,500 registered Hoosier voters who are 106 years old or older. - some in their 120s.
Carter says it's too early to determine how many ballots may be involved or how long the investigation will take.
Based on the conversation, it appears as if the investigation will last well past Election Day.
The investigation has led to a bitter partisan fight, with Democrats sharply criticizing Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Carter blasting the Indiana Voter Registration Project and Patriot Majority USA over allegations of forged data.
That fight escalated Tuesday, with the release of a statement by Patriot Majority and Lawson's response.
Patriot Majority released the following statement:
"Hundreds of thousands of the Indiana Voter File records are inaccurate, duplicative, outdated, erroneous, invalid, inconsistent, and/or clearly the product of poor data management by Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson. Lawson admitted two years ago that one-of-eight records in her voter file were inaccurate. Some of the inaccuracies in Lawson's voter files include individuals who are long deceased.
According to Bill Buck, spokesperson for Patriot Majority USA, 'Lawson's incompetence in managing the Indiana Voter File is a disservice to the citizens of Indiana and to the County Clerks who submitted voter-registrations to the Secretary of State in order to update the Indiana Voter File.'
In its extensive audit of the Indiana Voter File, TargetSmart found the following gross deficiencies in Lawson's data management:
' 837,163 voters updated their addresses with the postal service, but the Indiana Secretary of State had not updated their addresses as of the October 2016 file
' 4,556 duplicate records for 2,278 individual voters as of the October 2016 file
' 3,478 voters whose dates of birth make them older than 106, and 2,552 voters older than 110 as of the April 2016 file
o NOTE: There are no records of any supercentenarians living in Indiana as of May 3rd, 2016 when Mrs. Ollie Roberts passed away. There are only 52 supercentenarians in the world
' 1,485 voters have a voter registration date before 1910, indicating they are over 124 years of age as of the April 2016 file
' More than 3,000 records with no date of birth, as of the October 2016 file
' 2,856 voters do not have a voter registration date, as of the October 2016 file
' 2,466 duplicate records for 1,233 individual voters, as of the April 2016 file
' 31 records with dates of birth that would signify the voters were under the age of 17 as of April 2016 file
In addition, TargetSmart's analysis identified unusual patterns of changes between file dates, including alterations of formatting and inclusions of names, dates of birth, and other data elements. For example, middle names between Voter File versions move from blank to populated, or populated to blank, or initials to full middle names, or full middle names to initials. Similarly, date of birth may go from blank to populated or vice-versa. This points to poor file management over time and illustrates a lack of consistent application of business rules.
'Connie Lawson caused a statewide panic one month ago based on ten registration applications that contained omissions and inaccuracies, when in fact her voter file has hundreds of thousands of problems. These inaccuracies are her responsibility after four years in office, and they make Indiana's voter file one of the very worst in the country,' said Patriot Majority USA spokesperson Bill Buck.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson released this statement Tuesday:
"Patriot Majority has continued to attack me and my office to distract from the ongoing investigation by state police into their practices.
Unlike Patriot Majority, we believe only a voter should be able to change their registration record. Which is why in 2014, my office began doing statewide voter list maintenance to ensure voting list in Indiana are accurate. Voter list maintenance is necessary and required by federal law to remove from the list voter registration records of people who move and die. I used a Pew Research Center statistic that said across the nation, 1 of every 8 voter registrations in the United States is no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate. This statistic is referring to old voter registrations of people who move or die - not current voters who had their voter registration changed without their knowledge.
My office has been doing voter list maintenance now for 4 years, but it won't be until after this election that old voter registration records can be removed in accordance with federal law.
My office has been very transparent with two paid and earned media campaigns educating the public on our efforts to update Indiana's voter list. In addition, we mailed postcards to all voters in an effort to update records.
Clearly I take voter list maintenance very seriously. I am not sure why Patriot Majority is so defensive unless they are trying to distract people with this information. Why is Patriot Majority not concerned for these voters who may be disenfranchised if their information was changed without their knowledge?
I would never go so far as to say someone is incompetent like the Democrat Party and Patriot Majority did to me. We may disagree on a lot of things, but I appreciate that every day we all get up and work hard for our families and fellow citizens. For Patriot Majority and Indiana Democrats to call me an incompetent racist, and chastise me for partisan behavior when I only provided information to Indiana State Police and did my job is extremely disappointing and hypocritical.
And where did Patriot Majority get their file to do this analysis? I suspect they got this list from the State Democrat Party who also instead of worrying about these voters, have chosen to attack me.
I think Hoosiers should know that there appears to be a nexus between the Indiana Democrat Party and Patriot Majority. Quite frankly, Hoosiers deserve better. As was the case with my office, we only turned over reports and information related to the investigation to the Indiana State Police '' not party officials and activists. I'm disappointed that Indiana officials are more concerned about pushing an inaccurate narrative than Hoosiers whose voter registration was changed without their knowledge."
VIDEO-Chris Matthews gives Biden boxing gloves so he can take Trump 'behind the gym' | Video | TheBlaze.com
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:26
MSNBC host Chris Matthews gave Vice President Joe Biden boxing gloves during an interview Tuesday so he can fight Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Last week, while discussing allegations that Trump sexually assaulted several women, Biden said, ''I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym.''
Matthews presented Biden with boxing gloves ''that might be helpful to you in your new endeavor.''
''These are worn boxing gloves,'' Matthews said. ''These are the real things.''
Biden joked that he is ''ready'' to take on Trump but said he was ''trying to make a point.''
Several women have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct after the publication of a 2005 video tape in which Trump states that he can ''do anything'' to women because he is a ''star,'' including grabbing them ''by the pussy.'' Trump has denied the allegations and characterized the remarks as ''locker-room talk.''
Biden said that characterization doesn't reflect his own experiences in the locker room as an athlete.
''People didn't act in the locker room like he he talks about,'' Biden said. ''That's not true. And you and I both know, if in the locker room, in a school I went to, one of the guys said, this is what I'm going to do because I'm the star halfback or quarterback, I'm the boss, and my sister and her girlfriends are out there, I would take the guy behind the gym.''
''The point I was making is that he is trying to dumb down '-- he's insulting everybody in the neighborhoods I come from, and the people who played ball,'' he added.
''This is just absolutely unacceptable behavior, period,'' Biden concluded.
VIDEO-'It's not a big increase': Obamacare architect on skyrocketing premiums | Video | TheBlaze.com
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:24
One of the chief architects of President Barack Obama's failing health care law, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, recently brushed aside news that health care premiums under the law are going to skyrocket.
News broke Monday that premiums are set to soar 22-25 percent on average for users of most Obamacare health care plans next year, despite claims that the law would curb rising costs.
That's only a national average, however, as many states could see their premiums more than double. In the case of one state, Arizona, some residents are looking at potential premium hikes of more than 116 percent.
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But according to Emanuel, the premium increases are actually ''not a big increase'' at all. Or at least that's what he claimed Tuesday during an interview with Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC after she asked him why Americans should have ''faith'' in the ailing health care law.
''First of all, for those people who are getting insured on the exchanges, that 22 percent price rise is for the premium,'' Emanuel explained. ''But 83 percent of them get subsidies.''
''For those people who are getting subsidies, the vast majority of people, there will be no real change in their premiums because they get subsidies and the subsidies are linked to the premium increases,'' he added.
Emanuel's jargon-filled answer did not satisfy Ruhle. ''Doctor, that's so confusing,'' she interjected.
''It's not a big increase,'' he responded, before alleging that health care costs are ''down at historic lows for most people.''
''Why does it have to be this complicated?'' Ruhle inquired. ''People just want to take care of their families, and they want to be able to afford it.''
Emanuel responded by saying that 77 percent of people who use Obamacare can find plans that have premiums of $100 per month or less.
Jonathan Gruber, the mastermind behind the law, also failed to acknowledge the law's problems Wednesday, saying during an interview on CNN that the law is working for most Americans.
VIDEO-Bill Clinton makes glaring error while reciting wife's two-word campaign slogan | Video | TheBlaze.com
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:15
Bill Clinton on Tuesday forgot his own wife's presidential campaign slogan.
The 42nd president made the glaring error during a campaign stop for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with just 14 days to go until the election. Instead of quoting her actual campaign slogan, which is ''stronger together,'' the 70-year-old got one word wrong.
''But we were growing together. This campaign slogan of Hillary's, 'growing together,' is more than just two words that sound good,'' Clinton said while he was standing behind a podium with the actual campaign slogan clearly printed on the front.
The Clinton campaign also released a book titled ''Stronger Together'' that is a essentially a summary of Clinton's policy proposals. The book, which the New York Times labeled a ''flop,'' sold just 3,000 copies in its first week.
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)
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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:14
VIDEO-CBS Hypes: Hillary 'Calling on the Sisterhood to See Her Through' | MRCTV
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:49
[See NewsBusters for more.] According to CBS This Morning's Nancy Cordes on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is ''calling on the sisterhood'' in the final weeks of the presidential election. The journalist used the loaded language while co-host Norah O'Donnell hyped the Democrat's attempts to ''finish off her opponent.'' Cordes excitedly related, ''When the race first began, Clinton was reluctant to draw too much attention to her gender, to imply the people should vote for her because she is a woman.'' She continued, ''But with just two weeks to go, she is flipping the script and her top women supporters are now calling on the sisterhood to see her through.''
VIDEO-Shocker: CBS Alerts Viewers to Gun-Grabbing Hillary's Plans | MRCTV
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:44
[See NewsBusters for more.] The three network newscasts have not been interested in alerting Americans to just what Hillary Clinton has in mind for the Second Amendment. In a surprising twist, however, CBS This Morning on actually had a serious discussion about her plans and leaked audio of the Democrat on guns. Talking to Ted Olson, who has repeatedly argued before the Court, Norah O'Donnell reminded, ''There is leaked audio of Hillary Clinton at a fund-raiser in which she said this. This came up at the debates. She said this: 'The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment and I'm going to make that case every chance I get. So we will need your help on that.'"
VIDEO-Wasserman Schultz: Let's 'Iron Out the Kinks' in Obamacare - YouTube
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:14
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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:37
VIDEO : Huma Abedin on Hidden Cam Admits Hillary will Open U.S. Borders to ''Syrian Refugees'' '' TruthFeed
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:29
VIDEO : Huma Abedin on Hidden Cam Admits Hillary will Open U.S. Borders to ''Syrian Refugees''Wow this is chilling and shows how easily Hillary will become a willful accomplice to bringing crime from Islamic countries into the USA.
Part 1 shows Huma's love-fest for Syrians ''Refugees'' as she states ''we can not turn these people away.''
Part 2 shows ''Syrian Refugees'' in Greece captured on undercover video hoping to get to Germany and US by any means necessary including illegal fake passports.
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VIDEO-Liberal CNN commentator blames Republicans for Obamacare's rising premiums - YouTube
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:21
VIDEO-Veteran describes being left 'nearly penniless' by being forced to repay enlistment bonus - YouTube
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 03:08
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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:06
VIDEO-James O'Keefe Video #4 '' $20,000 Wire Transfer From Belize'... | The Last Refuge
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:49
(Via Project Veritas) In the effort to prove the credibility of the undercover donor featured in the videos and to keep the investigation going, Project Veritas Action made the decision to donate twenty thousand dollars to Robert Creamer's effort. Project Veritas Action had determined that the benefit of this investigation outweighed the cost. And it did.
In an unexpected twist, AUFC president Brad Woodhouse, the recipient of the $20,000, heard that Project Veritas Action was releasing undercover videos exposing AUFC's activities. He told a journalist that AUFC was going to return the twenty thousand dollars.
Woodhouse said it was because they were concerned that it might have been an illegal foreign donation. Project Veritas Action was pleased but wondered why that hadn't been a problem for the month they had the money.
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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:46
VIDEO-ObamaCare Architect Admits ''Law Working as Designed'' '' Wants ''Bigger Mandate Penalty'''... | The Last Refuge
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:40
Exactly as we shared three days ago the design of ObamaCare is to collapse the healthcare system in cost increases. Today, ObamaCare key architect admits the law is working as designed, and incredibly admits his desire to see a larger ''mandate penalty'' enforced:
CNN's CAROL COSTELLO: ''So let's talk about how exactly you can fix Obamacare. I just need you to be specific because I think people really want answers. So Hillary Clinton says she can fix Obamacare. So what would one fix that would drive premiums down?''
JONATHAN GRUBER: ''Look, once again, there's no sense it has to be fixed. The law is working as designed. However, it could work better. And I think, probably the most important things experts would agree on is we need a larger mandate penalty'''...
[ Just as we previously shared ] ObamaCare was never designed *not* to overwhelm you with the shifting of massive costs. ObamaCare was designed to crush you in costs.
ObamaCare architects (ex. J Gruber) had three key political special interest groups from K-street involved. The primary two were Labor Unions and Corporations (Wall Street); the secondary (useful politically only) group was social progressives.
'... Union Lobbying '' DEMOCRATS '' The goal was to rid labor unions of exorbitant (unsustainable) healthcare retirement costs. Hence Andy Stern (SEIU) was primary lobbyist.
'... Wall Street '' REPUBLICANS '' The goal was to remove healthcare from cost of goods sold, serviced, or produced. Hence Tom Donohue (US CoC) was primary lobbyist.
'... Political Narrative '' The socially progressive wing of the '08/'09 Dem Congress pushed the 30 million uninsured narrative. That emotional narrative was the primary media narrative for why action needed.
The political narrative was a ruse. The 30 million ''uninsured'' became covered by an expanded Medicaid program. If covering the 30 Million was the end-all reason the quick solution would have been to just raise the income cap on coverage eligibility for state subsidy/reimbursement and *presto* done'....
'....But that would not have removed the Healthcare cost from Union Retirement packages, or from U.S. Wall Street Corporations; which were the real reason for the construction.
Both Democrats and Republicans, had an interest in the redistribution of healthcare costs to the individual, that's the heart of the UniParty agenda.
[Another significant Uniparty agenda item includes blocking campaign finance reform (Dem) / keeping Citizens United in place (Rep). = same/same ]
The ObamaCare cost shift means the individual carries the burden.
The beneficiary on the corporate side is the business who doesn't need to provide the employee coverage; they just pay a flat fee to drop their insured and the fee (tax) becomes a predictable cost of doing business. The U.S. CoC (Donohue) gets healthcare out of his Wall Street balance sheets, and stock evaluations (bottom line) improve.
The beneficiary on the Labor Union side is the union itself. Like the corporations, the union drops the cost of coverage from its liabilities. [Initially, there was going to be a fee on contracted healthcare benefits (Cadillac Tax), that was later dropped.] Without the liability the sustainability of Labor Union finances improve immediately.
When you accept the following framework things make more sense:
'... ObamaCare was never designed sustain itself. It was never designed to survive. It was built with failure as the intended outcome.
'... ObamaCare was designed to be too cost prohibitive for the individual (employee or self-employed) to carry without a significant increase in wages. The shift in coverage from employer to employee did not have any underlying increase in wage mechanism.
'... ObamaCare was built to move the responsibility of healthcare from the private market system (free market) into a government market system (single payer).
'... ObamaCare is succeeding.
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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:31
VIDEO AUDIO-What We Learned From Five Hours of Trump on Tape - NYTimes.com
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:22
By MICHAEL BARBARO
Michael D'Antonio never planned to release the recordings of his interviews with Donald J. Trump. The intimate conversations, which totaled five hours, were a research tool for his 2015 biography of the real estate mogul.
But something changed. A year later, Mr. Trump decided to run for president. And Mr. D'Antonio was deeply alarmed by the kind of campaign that Mr. Trump decided to wage. So a few weeks ago, the biographer allowed me to listen to the taped interviews.
Those recordings, which capture Mr. Trump in unusually candid, searching and unguarded ways, are the basis for a special two-part episode of The Run-Up. In both, Mr D'Antonio and I explore Mr. Trump's emotional life, pyschology and behaviors, relying heavily on Mr. Trump's own words from the tapes.
The recordings reveal dimensions of Mr. Trump we rarely see. He describes his lust for fighting in high school. He revels in the first time his name was mentioned in a newspaper. And he acknowledges a fear that the adoration of strangers, a sustaining force in his life, may someday fade away.
Episode No. 1 focuses on Mr. Trump's reluctance to confront the traumas of his childhood: his parents' decision to send him off, at age 13, to a distant and discplined miliary academy; his difficult relationship with his father; and the tragic death of his older brother.
Audio | The Run-Up | The Trump Tapes Part I Michael D'Antonio, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a biographer of Donald J. Trump, shares hours of audio interviews he conducted with Mr. Trump, three of his children and his first wife. We interview Mr. D'Antonio and draw on those tapes in Part I of our two-part psychological portrait of Mr. Trump.
''What's kind of tragic about Donald is, he doesn't know himself and he really doesn't want anyone else to know him,'' Mr. D'Antonio tells me in Episode No. 1. He goes on:
His former wives, Marla and Ivana, both told me that they're not sure they really know him, and these are women who have known him, you would think, for decades. They've been acquainted with him for decades, they shared his bed, they had his children. But even they say that they're not quite sure that they get this guy. And I think that's partly his modus operandi, I think he doesn't want to be understood because that would make him vulnerable, but I also think that he doesn't even know himself well enough to share what he considers to be genuine. His genuine reality is the most superficial one that you can imagine.
Mr. D'Antonio expands on that idea of a superficial reality later in our interview, as we talk about Mr. Trump's lavish lifestyle. ''I think there is something about him that pursues this display of luxury as a signal to the world,'' he says. ''He thinks that we think that this is what a billionaire's life is supposed to look like. So it's not even Donald Trump's life that he's living. What he's living is the life of an imaginary billionaire.''
Episode No. 2 further explores the grown man Mr. Trump became: fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status and contemptuous of those who fall from grace.
Audio | The Run-Up | The Trump Tapes Part II We hear more from Michael D'Antonio, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and a biographer of Donald J. Trump. After discussing in Part I Mr. Trump's reluctance to confront the traumas of his childhood, in Part II we explore the grown man Mr. Trump became: fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status, and contemptuous of those who fall from grace.
That episode also tackles the question of why Mr. Trump decided to run for president.
''Donald Trump is a bottomless pit of need, and the presidency was the only object big enough that he could imagine seizing to fill up that hole,'' Mr. D'Antonio says. ''It's not going to be enough, were he to win.
''And the fact that he's perhaps going to lose is going to be so trying for him to absorb, and it's going to mean that that big space remains empty and unfilled,'' Mr. D'Antonio continued. ''He is likely to go around the world trying to seek attention in the style of a president '-- even though he's not actually holding the office '-- in an attempt to compensate for it.
''If we think we've seen and heard a lot from Donald Trump this year, I think we haven't seen or heard anything yet.''
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VIDEO AUDIO-Exclusive: what Theresa May really thinks about Brexit shown in leaked recording | Politics | The Guardian
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:11
Theresa May privately warned that companies would leave the UK if the country voted for Brexit during a secret audience with investment bankers a month before the EU referendum.
A recording of her remarks to Goldman Sachs, leaked to the Guardian, reveals she had numerous concerns about Britain leaving the EU. It contrasts with her nuanced public speeches, which dismayed remain campaigners before the vote in June.
Speaking at the bank in London on 26 May, the then home secretary appeared to go further than her public remarks to explain more clearly the economic benefits of staying in the EU. She told staff it was time the UK took a lead in Europe, and that she hoped voters would look to the future rather than the past.
In an hour-long session before the City bankers, she also worried about the effect of Brexit on the British economy.
''I think the economic arguments are clear,'' she said. ''I think being part of a 500-million trading bloc is significant for us. I think, as I was saying to you a little earlier, that one of the issues is that a lot of people will invest here in the UK because it is the UK in Europe.
May at an EU council meeting this month. Jean-Claude Juncker replied 'Pfff' when asked how talks went. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP''If we were not in Europe, I think there would be firms and companies who would be looking to say, do they need to develop a mainland Europe presence rather than a UK presence? So I think there are definite benefits for us in economic terms.''
Her warning about the importance of the UK's membership of the EU comes in marked contrast to her positioning in recent weeks.
May said at the Conservative party conference that she wanted to prioritise reducing immigration over being part of the single market. In her speech, she said British companies needed the ''maximum freedom to trade and operate in the single market'' but not at the expense of ''giving up control of immigration again'' or accepting the jurisdiction of judges in Luxembourg.
At Goldman Sachs, May also said she was convinced Britain's security was best served by remaining in Europe because of tools such as the European arrest warrant and the information-sharing between the police and intelligence agencies.
''There are definitely things we can do as members of the European Union that I think keep us more safe,'' she said.
The disclosures could prove embarrassing for the prime minister, who faced criticism for lying low during the referendum campaign and offering only luke-warm support for the remain side.
In April, May gave a speech in which she set out some of the reasons for staying in the EU, warning that it could have an impact on the development of the single market for the rest of the EU if the UK left. But her comments at the Goldman Sachs event a month later go further in warning about the dangers to the British economy from businesses relocating to continental Europe.
During the referendum campaign, May infuriated senior Conservative colleagues on the remain side by largely staying out of the day-to-day arguments in favour of staying in the EU. One of her major pro-remain interventions was overshadowed by an announcement that she would like to take the UK out of the European convention on human rights, which she quickly ditched when running for the party leadership.
Her refusal to participate much in the campaign led Craig Oliver, David Cameron's former chief of communications, to wonder if she was secretly an ''enemy agent'' for the other side. However, others have suggested she believed in the arguments for staying in but was keeping her powder dry in case of a pro-Brexit vote.
May went to Goldman Sachs as a guest speaker and answered questions from the floor. In relaxed exchanges, she praised Cameron, the then prime minister, and said he had returned with important concessions from his EU summit earlier in the year.
She sidestepped a question about whether she wanted to be prime minister and focused on explaining why Britain should stay in the EU. May said: ''That is one of my messages in terms of the issue of the referendum, actually we shouldn't be voting to try to recreate the past, we should be voting for what is right for the future.''
Goldman Sachs confirmed May had spoken to staff but was not paid. She accepted an invitation as part of the bank's Talks@GS programme, in which high achievers from all walks of like are given a chance to reflect on their experiences and answer questions.
Previous speakers in the series include double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes, David Benioff, the co-creator of the Game of Thrones TV series, and Loyd Grossman, the man behind the eponymous sauces. Some of the speakers are listed online, although May is not.
Theresa May told bankers in a pre-referendum event that Britain should take the lead in Europe. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PAIn the US, the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, made three private speeches to Goldman Sachs staff in 2013, the contents of which she originally refused to divulge during a bitter primary contest with leftwing rival Bernie Sanders. She was paid $675,000 (£554,000), and transcripts eventually released by WikiLeaks show her taking a much softer line on Wall Street than she had publicly claimed.
Introduced in her private session at the bank as the ''longest-serving home secretary this century'', May spoke in much more explicit terms than ever before about the need for the UK to act from the front in Europe.
''What I do think is that the UK needs to lead in Europe,'' she said. ''I think over the years the UK has tended to take a view that Europe is something that is done to us, we have taken a rather backseat position to Europe, I think that when we go out there, when we can take the initiative and when we lead, we can achieve things. So I do think we need to make sure we are taking the lead.''
She dismissed concerns of senior figures in the military who had claimed that the EU ''was making life more difficult for soldiers''.
''Actually very often when people talk about it I suspect, and I haven't spoken to them, I suspect that they are not talking about the European Union, but the European convention on human rights and the European court of human rights, which is separate from the European Union.''
Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, said it was ''disappointing that Theresa May lacked the political courage to warn the public as she did a bunch of bankers in private about the devastating economic effects of Brexit''.
He added: ''More disappointing is that now she is supposedly in charge, she is blithely ignoring her own warnings and is prepared to inflict an act of monumental self-harm on the UK economy by pulling Britain out of the single market.''
Phil Wilson, a Labour MP speaking for the Open Britain group campaigning for the UK to stay in the single market, said: ''It's good to know that privately Theresa May thinks what many of us have been saying publicly for a long time '' leaving the single market would be bad for businesses and for our economy.
''Now she is prime minister, Theresa May is in an unrivalled position to act on her previous concerns '' starting by putting membership of the single market at the heart of her government's negotiating position.''
Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP and former shadow business secretary, said May was ''right then '' and it underlines why single market membership should be her ambition now''.
A No 10 spokesman said: ''Britain made a clear choice to vote to leave the EU and this government is determined to make a success of the fresh opportunities it presents.
''David Davis made very clear in the House of Commons last week the importance the government places on financial services across the UK in the negotiation to come, as has the chancellor in recent weeks.
''We want a smooth and orderly exit from the European Union, which would be in the interests of both Britain and the EU.''
VIDEO-Exclusive Look at the US Forces Aiding the Fight Against ISIS - ABC News
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:57
As Iraqi troops move within just a few miles of Mosul, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz got an exclusive look at some of the U.S. outposts supporting the mission to defeat ISIS.
''What we've seen is the enemy is really disrupted, they are on the offensive,'' Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the commander of U.S. ground forces in Iraq, told ABC News. ''They are trying to do some spoiling attacks, but they're not working.''
Those spoiling attacks have often been carried out by ISIS militants in suicide vehicles speeding towards Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga troops on the front lines, and in villages and towns where ISIS militants have been able to conceal themselves.
With U.S. ground forces advising and assisting, and the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes from above, the Iraqis and Kurds have been able to repel the resistance, U.S. officials said.
''What's different this time than what was here the last time when you and I were here,'' Volesky told Raddatz, referring to a trip the pair made to the region in 2009, ''is this isn't the same Iraqi army. They have been trained to do a decisive action, conventional operation against conventional forces, and they are gaining confidence. You can see it.''
One of the small outposts Volesky and Raddatz visited was built only a few days ago, and is manned by less than 200 U.S. and Iraqi personnel.
Another was originally built only 3.5 kilometers from the front lines, but as the Iraqis have advanced, it is now 22 kilometers away. But the posts were built to be movable, and when the time is right, they will move to follow the Iraqi forces toward Mosul.
From these outposts, U.S. personnel conduct intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance from aircraft overhead -- information gathering that is often referred to as ''eyes in the skies.'' U.S. troops can also fire heavy artillery with longer ranges, such as Howitzers, which can fire 105-150 millimeter shells around 20 miles. A team firing a Howitzer said their operations have been ''pretty constant'' since the assault began.
But as the fight gets closer to the city, Volesky said the effort will only become more difficult.
''It's the complexity of the environment in Mosul. You know how tight those streets are, how narrow they are. And there's a million people there,'' he told Raddatz.
The Iraqi army has been spreading word to the civilians still living in Mosul not to congregate where ISIS militants are, as those areas will likely be targeted by U.S. airstrikes. U.S. forces have received indications this week that ISIS is murdering more and more civilians who refuse to fight for them.
''The closer the Iraqis get, the better it will be for the people,'' Volesky said.
As ISIS has been pushed out of the villages and towns leading into Mosul, the militants have left destruction in their wake. They have burned oil fields, leaving acrid smoke clouds hanging over huge swaths of the countryside.
''It's really disheartening to see,'' Lieutenant Col. Shawn Unbro told ABC News. ''There are people that will come back here and they don't know what they're going to see when they come back. The only two buildings that were left standing in this village were two mosques, the only two buildings. Not a single wall anywhere else.''
For Volesky, that level of destruction underscores the importance of defeating the enemy to help Iraq regain stability. And the threat is not limited to Iraq. As ISIS fighters flee the area, U.S. forces have been vigilantly watching for them to attack elsewhere, keeping an eye on the future of this fight, Volesky said.
''Every time they lose a piece of key terrain or they get defeated, they try to lash out somewhere else to deflect people's attention ... to show that they are still relevant, when in reality, they are losing," Volesky said.
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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:46
VIDEO-Sweden crumbles under open-door migrant policy amid rise in sex attacks and violence | World | News | Daily Express
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:28
For years Sweden has regarded itself as a ''humanitarian superpower'' - making its mark by offering refugee to those fleeing war and persecution.
But people's patience with their visitors is wearing thin following a year of violence, sickening sex assaults and the death of social worker Alexandra Mezher, 22, who was knifed to death at an asylum centre for unaccompanied children at the hands of a Somalian migrant who claimed he was 15.
At the time, her grieving mother, an immigrant herself from the Middle East said: ''Immigration has destroyed Sweden.''
Sweden, a country of 9.8million, took 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015.
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Increasing violence among the migrant population has led some to question Sweden's goodwillSweden, a country of 9.8million, took 163,000 asylum seekers in 2015
The influx included 35,400 unaccompanied minors - nine times more than 2015.
But nothing could prepare Stockholm for the rise in crime and an abuse of the criminal system.
And so much so, a nation, which once prided itself on giving a warm welcome to outsiders, has reported a rise in arson attacks against migrant shelters, while support for the right-wing Swedish Democrats has surged.
In January, authorities were forced to admit there were at least 70 girls in migrant centres were asylum child brides, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, officials fear many migrant children are slipping through the net by lying about their age. Some 667 minors reportedly had their ages adjusted by officials in 2015.
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In one horrific case, a Afghan called Ali Bahaman reportedly raped a 15-year-old girl at a children's psychiatric clinic in Stockholm.
He claimed to be 15, but dental examinations showed he was actually around 19-years-old.
And with initial good intentions, now comes the heavy backlash as the famously liberal nation crumbles under the pressure of the influx of refugees who are believed to have double the chance of becoming employed than a native Swede.
The Swedish Migration Board now keeps the location of migrant centres confidential - a decision made after a note was posted on the door of a hotel housing migrants in north Sweden saying: ''This is the last warning. Leave our town.''
Nothing could prepare Stockholm for the rise in crime and an abuse of the criminal system.While welfare and housing benefits to asylum seekers have been cut.
But not everyone is hostile - Lutheran Bishop Eva Brunne called on churches in Sweden to remove crosses so it didn't offend Muslims, which was met with an almighty backlash.
Tim Stanley, writing for the Daily Telegraph added: ''Liberals beware: evidence is mounting the open borders are unpopular and will not stay open for long.
''An act of generosity is likely to be followed by an act of intolerance - as Sweden's asylum seekers will tell you.''
The number of asylum seekers to Sweden is expected to be reduced to about 60,000 this year .
Related articlesBut the drain on the public purse remains high as fewer than 500 of the 160,000 2015 arrivals have managed to secure jobs.
Concerned about the strain placed on the economy of the country, which was expected to spend about one per cent of its GDP on asylum seekers in 2016.
This is half the amount NATO expects members to spend on DEFENCE budgets.
A Government scheme has been in place since 2013 offering grants of up to 30,000 Kronor (£3,500) to individuals and 75,000 Kronor (£8,600) to families who return to their country of origin voluntarily.
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VIDEO-Haitians are urging people not to give money to American Red Cross | The Independent
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:10
As the death count after Hurricane Matthew approaches 900 and reports of deadly cholera outbreaks begin to surface, Haitians have sent out desperate pleas for help.
Government officials estimate at least 350,000 people needed assistance after the devastating storm.
Yet accompanying many requests for aid comes a warning '' do not give your money to the American Red Cross (ARC).
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Trust in the ARC, and in foreign aid more widely, has been badly shaken by a 2015 report that found donations had been squandered.
Despite collecting nearly half a billion dollars to provide relief after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and pledging to build 700 permanent homes, the ARC has been accused of only building six.
''In the coming days, many of you are going to write and ask me how you can 'help Haiti','' one woman said on Twitter after the hurricane, ''Do not give to the American Red Cross.''
She asked people to give instead to Haitian organisations and requested people not send goods that could be sourced locally.
The joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR found rampant mismanagement at the heart of the ARC and charged it with consistent misrepresentation of the success of its projects, particularly in housing.
The group has also beenimplored to hire more Haitiansin its highest ranks.
Responding to the report, the American Red Cross said in a statement it was ''disappointed, once again, by the lack of balance, context and accuracy in the most recent reporting by ProPublica and NPR''.
The allegations against the ARC came amid complaints against the failure of the entire international community to manage the 2010 Haitian disaster.
After the earthquake, close to £9bn was pledged to help the country in its recovery.
Yet critics argue that the money was not used so Haiti could be ''built back better'', as officials had promised.
Instead, an estimated 55,000 Haitians are still living in tents or other makeshift shelters and few advances in disaster planning have been implemented.
Following Hurricane Matthew, in Grand Anse alone there were 66,000 houses destroyed and a further 20,000 badly damaged, according to Unicef.
Government officials estimate that at least 350,000 people needed assistance, and concern was growing over an increase in cholera cases following widespread flooding unleashed by the deadly storm.
An ongoing cholera outbreak has already killed some 10,000 people and more than 800,000 have been made ill since 2010, when the infectious disease was introduced into the country's biggest river from a UN base.
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Former CIA Agent and Republican congressional policy advisor Evan McMullin seems to have a resume that would be good for becoming a wealthy defense contractor in Washington, D.C. Instead, he's running for president as a ''conservative'' third-party candidate, along with former Twitter employee Mindy Finn as his VP running mate.
While a vast majority of Americans have never heard of McMullin, he is playing a key-role in multiple battleground states, and is polling well among voters in Utah who aren't supporting Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. His lead in Utah is 31%.
But with limited resources, a tiny base of support, and limited ballot access, McMullin keeps his campaign going. Why? Who is donating to his campaign, and why is he determined to win over a small percent of right-leaning voters in states.
Now, and a candid moment, McMullin has finally admitted it: His goal is to ensure Hillary Clinton destroys America.
Here's the full transcript:
QUESTION: How many states are you going to be on the ballot would you say?
EVAN MCMULLIN: Right now we're either on the ballot or registered as a write-in in 34 states. By the time we get to November 8th it will be 40 to 45. And that's plenty for our strategy which is not a conventional strategy. We're not trying to win 270 votes. Of course that would be great but it's just not going to happen, his is a three-month presidential campaign'...we will be happy to have prevented someone who I believe is a true authoritarian from taking power in the United States and that's Donald Trump.
McMullin might as well have just admitted he is part of Hillary Clinton's presidential strategy for 2016. With a limited resume, his only job is to be placeholder for undecided voters to turn to, in hopes of putting an end to Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign.
McMullin isn't just a spoiler. He's supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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