973: Exit on the Floor

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October 15th, 2017
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A side note for the show...If you mention the following on the show, please keep me Anonymous as I don’t want a lawsuit thrown my way by Weinstein!
I had a run-in with Harvey Weinstein in a unique circumstance in 2009. It’s a long and silly story I can tell sometime if you’d like…I’ll TRY to keep it short here, but need to share details for context and validity I’d imagine; I was in Lake Havasu during spring break to promote an alcohol/party related product I’d developed as a side business. Had my wake boarding boat and a crew of friends and promo models with me. It just happened to be when they were filming "Piranha 3D" and we were approached to use our boat and people as extras in the party scenes…how could I say “no”?! The Weinstein Company was one of the production companies. The director threw a “party” for the cast and extras one night, and it was a pathetic flop...the cops were called by 11pm due to poor choice of neighborhood/house, despite a pretty chill event, and shut it down. My friends/partners and I took it upon ourselves to throw a real party for everyone at our rental house. Proper planing and neighbor networking produced a party of epic proportions that went until 2 hours after sunrise :) Most of the younger cast were there and Eli Roth spent a lot of time trying to make out with my girlfriend (who is now my wife:), but he had to settle for a BJ from some random party goer…apparently on the back of my damn boat while it was still covered in fake blood from the set…come to think of it, that’s probably why Eli was drawn to it!
Harvey Weinstein showed up with the director and the director's PA once the party was well in swing. House was packed to the gills, club music thumping, skinny dippers in the pool and plenty of dark corner shenanigans by this time…a frighteningly perfect environment for a creeper. And epic creeper he was! We immediately noticed him, as we were looking to promote a product and keeping our eyes peeled for VIP's. Unfortunately, he quickly started using our product as an excuse to creep on random young girls. In short order, the complaints of groping and strong, uninvited advances started to roll in. He was even trying to grope girls right in front of their boyfriends. With my eagle eye view as ad-hock DJ at a raised table, it was all very obviously a power trip for him. I brought the lights up and used my megaphone to thank Weinstein, Roth, Aja (director) and their staff for creating a fun experience for all us “extras”, and in doing so, paused everything long enough to create an opening for one of my business partners to saddle up to Weinstein and talk his ear off to protect all the women from his advances. It worked perfectly, clearly scaring him off as he left the party shortly after. Couldn’t count how many “Thank You’s” we heard after he left. He left a real stain that took some serious "party people" effort to wash off the crowd.
Not that you guys need any more proof of his nature, but watching him closely in that relatively “anonymous”, packed house party environment, I can report that he is absolutely on my top 10 list of most lecherous, creepy, groping douchebags I have ever met personally or witnessed in a club or party environment. I didn’t see him jerk off in a plant, but in hind sight, I’m glad my bedroom door was locked during the party!!
Hope you can pull some fun commentary from that story for the show :)
Cheers,
OMG! Singer Kaya Jones Exposes Pussycat Dolls As 'Prostitution Ring' In Shock Tweetstorm
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:17
October 13, 2017 by Joshua Caplan In a shocking tweetstorm Friday, pop star and ex-Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones revealed her former group operated more like a prostitution ring,' than a music group. The admission comes amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse bombshell.
''Tried to silence us,made us stronger.Tried to drug us,but we were wide awake.Tried to blacklist us,but fans followed.We arent kids anymore,'' tweeted Jones.
''The children you messed with that survived the abuse, we are adults now.Are you ready old ones to fight?Cause you all are looking mighty old.''
''My truth.I wasn't in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring.Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $.''
''How bad was it?people ask-bad enough that I walked away from my dreams,bandmates&a 13 million dollar record deal.We knew we were going to#1.''
''I want the den mother from hell to confess why another 1 of her girl group girls committed suicide?Tell the public how you mentally broke us.''
Jones continued, ''To be apart of the team you must be a team player.Meaning sleep with whoever they say.If you dont they have nothing on you to leverage.''
''Yes I said leverage. Meaning after they turn you out or get you hooked on drugs they use it against you.Correct.Victimizing the victim again.''
''That's why I have so much respect for our military. I've been through war. But my scars you can't see. At least real war is honest''
''Why don't we report it? Because we are all abused! I personally have been warned if I tell I will '... you know end up dead or no more career''
''Well '...killing you or killing your soul what's the difference. You do it for them.A teenagers go to jail for less. Will Hollywood?''
Weinstein Scandal: Was The Fappening a Hollywood 'Casting Couch' Leak? >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:57
Weinstein Scandal: Was The Fappening a Hollywood 'Casting Couch' Leak? >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!Weinstein Scandal: Was The Fappening a Hollywood 'Casting Couch' Leak? >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
A member of the Pussycat Dolls says the girl group was an abusive 'prostitution ring'
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:13
Popstar and ex-Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones has come forward with alligations about her former girl group. In a series of tweets, Jones claims the Pussycat Dolls were at the mercy of managers and industry execs, comparing the group's operation to a "prostitution ring.''
The allegations come amid a number of other entertainment industry horror stories after a New York Times expos(C) on film studio head Harvey Weinstein.
She describes her time with the group in a disturbing stream of Tweets"My truth. I wasn't in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who owned us made the money."
Kaya claims it was so bad she quit the group and abandoned a $13 million record deal"How bad was it? People ask '' bad enough that I waked away from my dreams, band mates, and a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to #1."
She blames an unnamed woman (speculated to be founder Robin Antin) for years of abuse"I want the den mother from hell to confess why another one of her girl groups committed suicide? Tell the public how you mentally broke us."
And alleges being a part of the team meant being forced to have sex"To be a part of the team you must be a team player, meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you don't they have nothing on you to leverage."
Kaya says they were addicted to drugs, which the unnamed abusers exploited"Yes I said leverage. Meaning after they turn you out or get you hooked on drugs they use it against you. Correct. Victimizing the victim again."
And she never reported any of it because she feared for her life"That's why I have so much respect for out military. I've been through war. But my scars you can't see. At least real war is honest."
"Why don't we report it? Because we are all abused! I personally have been warned if I tell I will . . . you know end up dead or no more career."
She ends the tweets by asking Hollywood if they'll finally take action"Anyone in Hollywood care to talk about the industry's sins? Nope no one . . ."
Her fans are horrified and reached out with supportive messagesWith accusations against Weinstein and other major Hollywood names popping up left and right, celebrities have begun speaking out about their personal traumatic experiences.
Kaya's claim comes only days after rumors that the Pussycat Dolls are reuniting, but it seems safe to assume that's not happening.
@carolinephinney
BOMBSHELL: Harvey Weinstein's Contract Allowed for Sexual Harassment [VIDEO]
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:04
In a blockbuster new report from celebrity news site TMZ, Hollywood mogul and Democrat moneyman Harvey Weinstein's contract with his company allowed for him to sexually harass women, as long as he personally forked over the financial damages as a result of lawsuits and paid penalties.
TMZ founder Harvey Levin, appearing on FOX News with Martha MacCallum on Thursday, made the startling announcement.
''The short story is this,'' Levin began. ''The Weinstein company allows for sexual harassment under the contract it signed with Harvey Weinstein,'' he reported.
Levin further reported that the contract had a laddered financial penalty depending on the number of sexual harassment or abuse cases Harvey Weinstein was presented with:
''Here's what we know. In October of 2015, Harvey Weinstein signed a new contract with them, and under the contract, it says that if Harvey Weinstein gets sued for sexual harassment '-- for any other kind of misdeed and the company has to pay the judgment or a settlement '-- Harvey Weinstein can make everything good by doing two things.
Number one, he has to pay the company back for what it paid the victim. Number two, Harvey has to pay a fine, and the way the fine is structured, the first time he has to pay a settlement '-- the first time the company has to pay '-- Harvey has to pay $250,000 fine. For the second judgment or settlement, he has to pay $500,000 fine. For the third, at $750,000.
For the fourth or any number thereafter, he has to pay a million dollars each time the company has to pay a settlement or judgment for any kind of sexual harassment.''
RELATED: Leftist Actor Ben Affleck Apologizes for Groping ActressIronically, the Left turned a blind eye to Hollywood Harvey Weinstein's serial abuse of women over the same time Democrats were desperately trying to label Republicans as somehow waging a ''war on women.''
RELATED: Belatedly and After Much Pressure, Obama and Hillary Finally Address Hollywood Harvey's War on WomenWatch below via FOX News:
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These Silent Hollywood Men Are Exactly Why Harvey Weinstein Got Away With It for So Long
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:25
Getty Images.Since Harvey Weinstein's firing from his own company, more and more celebrities have begun to speak out against him and the dangerous and disgusting culture that permitted and protected Weinstein's alleged behavior. Yesterday, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Glenn Close'--who had all collaborated with Weinstein in the past'--spoke out, along with Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, Emmy Rossum, Julianne Moore, Lena Dunham, and others.
But what about the men of Hollywood? While a few have spoken up, including Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater, Michael Keaton, and Milo Ventimiglia, some of the most powerful and well-known men in Hollywood have remained mum.
In a piece published last night, the Guardian stated it reached out to 26 different actors and filmmakers who have worked with Weinstein for comment, and not one of them responded:
The Guardian reached out to representatives of actors who have starred in Weinstein films, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Colin Firth, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Russell Crowe, George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, along with the directors [Quentin] Tarantino, [David O.] Russell, Ryan Coogler, Tom Hooper, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michael Moore, Rob Marshall, Robert Pulcini, Garth Davis, Doug McGrath, John Madden, Simon Curtis, Kevin Williamson, Martin Scorsese, John Hillcoat and John Wells.
It's hard not to imagine all 26 of these men and their PR reps sitting in a lair figuring out the best way to spin this. I suppose Matt Damon is a little bit busy right now dealing with his alleged participation in getting a 2004 story on Weinstein's treatment of women spiked.
Lin-Miranda Manuel did get around to commenting early this morning.
And late Monday night George Clooney told the Daily Beast:
''It's indefensible. That's the only word you can start with,'' he says. ''Harvey's admitted to it, and it's indefensible. I've known Harvey for 20 years. He gave me my first big break as an actor in films on From Dusk Till Dawn, he gave me my first big break as a director with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. We've had dinners, we've been on location together, we've had arguments. But I can tell you that I've never seen any of this behavior'--ever.''
Again, just because Clooney might not have ''seen'' any behavior firsthand doesn't mean shit for the women who were victimized and certainly doesn't mean he wasn't at least aware of the rumors that surrounded Weinstein.
Perhaps part of the delay (for those who aren't saving Puerto Rico) is that it's probably hard for these men who have never really been questioned to witness the downfall of one of the Boys Club's most famous and influential members. Not only have they lost a brother, but they've lost a very powerful person to have in their corner'--and if any of them have been more than just actively complicit in the abuse of women, perhaps they're shitting their pants right now.
As many have pointed out, women who have been targeted and abused by the rampant misogyny in Hollywood can only do so much. It is the men who stuck up for Weinstein, remained quiet, silenced women, and benefitted from allowing these abuses to continue. Perhaps we will start to see more and more of Hollywood's celebrated men turn on the disgraced Weinstein and stand up for their colleagues. If we're lucky, maybe we'll even see some acknowledge and apologize for championing such a well-known monster. I'm not getting my hopes up.
Vegas Massacre
Bomb Attack in Mogadishu Kills 231: Somali Senator - NBC News
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:21
MOGADISHU, Somalia '-- A huge truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital has killed 231 people and injured 275, Abshir Abdi Ahmed, a Somali senator said Sunday, citing doctors at hospitals.
It is believed to be the single deadliest attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation.
Doctors struggled to assist horrifically wounded victims, many burnt beyond recognition. Officials feared the toll would continue to climb from Saturday's truck bomb that targeted a busy street near key ministries.
Ambulance sirens still echoed across the city as bewildered families wandered in the rubble of buildings, looking for missing relatives. "In our 10 year experience as the first responder in #Mogadishu, we haven't seen anything like this," the Aamin Ambulance service tweeted.
Grief overwhelmed many. "There's nothing I can say. We have lost everything," wept Zainab Sharif, a mother of four who lost her husband. She sat outside a hospital where he was pronounced dead after hours of efforts by doctors to save him from an arterial injury.
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed declared three days of mourning and joined thousands of people who responded to a desperate plea by hospitals to donate blood for the wounded victims. "I am appealing all Somali people to come forward and donate," he said.
"The hospital is overwhelmed by both dead and wounded. We also received people whose limbs were cut away by the bomb. This is really horrendous, unlike any other time in the past," said Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the director of Medina hospital.
Overnight, rescue workers with flashlights searched for survivors trapped under the rubble of the largely destroyed Safari Hotel, which is close to Somalia's foreign ministry. The explosion blew off metal gates and blast walls erected outside the hotel.
Somalia's government has blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group for the attack it called a "national disaster." However, al-Shabab, which often targets high-profile areas of the capital with bombings, had yet to comment.
"They don't care about the lives of Somali people, mothers, fathers and children," Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said. "They have targeted the most populated area in Mogadishu, killing only civilians."
Somali soldiers helps a wounded civilian from the truck blast in Mogadishu, Somalia, Saturday. Farah Abdi Warsameh / AP
Somalia's information minister, Abdirahman Omar, said the blast was the largest the city had ever seen. "It's a sad day. This how merciless and brutal they are, and we have to unite against them," he said, speaking to the state-run radio station.
The United States joined the condemnation, saying "such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism."
The U.S. military has stepped up drone strikes and other efforts this year against al-Shabab, which is also fighting the Somali military and over 20,000 African Union forces in the country.Saturday's blast occurred two days after the head of the U.S. Africa Command was in Mogadishu to meet with Somalia's president, and two days after the country's defense minister and army chief resigned for undisclosed reasons.
Financial Foolery at MGM! '' STEVE PIECZENIK TALKS
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:51
From my FB page, a comment by a patriot'...
Insider Trading Vegas False Flag
Soros and MGM Stock Sell Short
Put options purchased 8/14
1.35 million shares
Soros manages an investment fund that has to file quarterly statements with the SEC to disclose its positions.
On 8/14, he filed a 13f. The one previous to that was filed on 5/15. By looking at these two forms, we can see the changes he made to the portfolio during that time.
When it comes to gambling stocks, he does not seem too interested, OTHER THAN MGM.
5/15:
LVS (Las Vegas Sands, Sheldon Adelson's casinos) '' Soros owned 5,000 shares.
WYNN (Wynn Resorts, Steve Wynn's casinos) '' Soros owned 3,500 shares.
MGM '' Soros held no position.
8/14:
LVS '' Soros sold 1,400 shares, leaving him with 3,600.
WYNN '' Soros sold all 3,500 shares, leaving him with no position.
MGM '' Soros bought put options, which means he was short the shares, to the tune of 1,350,000 shares.
CEO MGM James Murren was in on it too, probably connected to Soros.
Murren funded far left groups, to include CAIR. Murren also holds a position with Dept of Homeland Security.
He dumped most of his MGM stock ($13.7 million worth) in the months leading up to the shooting!
Also, on September 12, someone was placing much larger than normal bets that the MGM stock would go down! MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) was the target of unusually large options trading activity. Investors purchased 11,909 put options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 164% compared to the typical daily volume of 4,509 put options.
https://finance.yahoo.com/screener/insider/MURREN%20JAMES
SECRET SOCIETY?
MGM Resorts (Mandalay Bay, Luxor, etc) seem to have their very own secret society called ENLIGHTENED SOCIETY FOR GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION. Here's their trademark logo, originally registered by MANDALAY RESORT GROUP in 1995
The pyramid
https://www.trademarkia.com/enlightened-society-for'...
James Murren: CEO of Mandalay Bay/MGM Resorts International is a sitting member of the Homeland Security National Infrastructure Advisory Council-he's responsible for getting legislation and regulations passed for security & technology infrastructure in public places. Things such as x-ray backscatter machines. So the CEO of Mandalay Bay is a sitting member of the Homeland Security National Infrastructure Advisory Council? This is not normal people!!!
http://fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/potential'.../209280
Ceo Murren is on the list
The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) shall provide the President through the Secretary of Homeland Security with advice on the security of the critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems
https://www.dhs.gov/national-infrastructure-advisory-council
Mandalay Bay CEO Jim Murren funding extreme and radical groups with shareholder money. In bed with Islamic terrorist. Hillary praises Heather Mur
Murren declared that he'd match all donations from his employees to CAIR, and radical left-wing anti -Trump groups like Southern Poverty Law Center and ADL '' Anti-Defamation League. His wife, Heather Murren also worked for the Obama administration on Obama's ''Commission for Enhancing National Cybersecurity'' in 2016.
Las Vegas security guard disappears before TV interviews - NY Daily News
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:40
The security guard shot by Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock seemingly disappeared ahead of five scheduled television appearances while police clarified as MGM the time line of the deadly shooting.
Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos was shot in the moments before the 64-year-old gunman opened fire on concert-goers at the Route 91 Festival. He was slated to break his silence in a series of interviews Thursday, but he bolted, Fox News reported.
It wasn't immediately clear where he was Friday morning.
Debris litters festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay resort and casino Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) ''We were in a room, and we came out and he was gone,'' Campos' union president told ABC News' Stephanie Wash.
Vegas shooter fired at guard six minutes before concert massacre
Fox News' Sean Hannity told social media users curious as to why the interview didn't air that Campos ''canceled'' Thursday night.
Remembering the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting
Earlier in the day, Mandalay Bay hotel officials disputed the police timeline of the concert shooting. They claim Paddock, a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor, fired into the crowd just 40 seconds after shooting Campos.
The most recent timeline that had been offered by authorities has Paddock shooting 200 rounds into the hallway of the 32nd floor of the hotel, wounding Campos in the leg at 9:59 p.m. '-- six minutes before he shot into crowds watching Jason Aldean perform.
Paddock killed 58 and wounded nearly 500 other before turning his gun on himself and taking his own life.
Hotel worker recalls dodging gunman moments before Vegas shooting
On Friday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo amended the timeline, saying the security guard came to a barricaded stairwell door at 9:59 and wasn't shot until around 10:05 p.m. '-- which aligns with the hotel's version of events.
The shifting accounts have led to questions about whether the police bungled their response to the massacre.
''In the public space, the word 'incompetent' has been brought forward,'' Lombardo said. ''I am absolutely offended with that characterization.''
Newly released photo of Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock.(U.S. Government) Lombardo also confirmed earlier accounts that Paddock intentionally targeted jet fuel tanks near the concert and police officers responding to the carnage.
Officers made it to shooter's room within 12 minutes: police
Investigators are still searching for a motive.
With News Wire Services.
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Insider Trading and Financial Anomalies Surrounding the Las Vegas Attack
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:25
Oct 07, 2017Note: With this report, I make no claim to specific knowledge of any wrongdoing or improprieties. Instead, this report includes trading patterns, news releases and/or public record SEC filings.
We will examine the share price movements of two gun manufacturers (American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger) and the share price movement of MGM (which owns Mandalay Bay). We will also examine additional financial events surrounding MGM, including what can only be referred to as massive levels of insider selling in the shares of MGM, by the CEO/Chairman and MGM officers/directors. As you'll see, more than $200 million in MGM shares were sold in the weeks leading up to the attack.
Background. Interesting Trading Patterns in AOBC, RGR and MGM.
Over the course of my 32 years in the investment industry I have constructed a proprietary investing model that I refer to as the ''VRA Trading & Investing System''. In short, its design is to track money flows in the stock market and detect sector and stock analysis/movements that then alert me as to when/where money is flowing in the markets.
For example, prior to the 2016 Presidential Elections, the VRA System noticed that the share price of gun manufacturers had begun to decline rapidly. This was one of our first financial clues that Trump might beat Clinton (Trump's strong support of 2A). As you can see below, American Outdoor Brands (AOBC, formerly Smith & Wesson), hit a high of $31/share in August of 2016. As the bottom began to fall out, it would ultimately drop 55% in price, before hitting its low price of just over $13 on 9/11/17.
The market is referred to as a ''discounting mechanism'' and as such, it often predicts future events. It certainly did so in the case of the election and the share price of AOBC.
We see the same trading pattern in gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger (RGR). RGR traded as high as $73 in March of 2016 before ultimately dropping 37%, when it too bottomed within one trading day of AOBC hitting it's lows (9/8/17). Again, my system noted the rapid decline in gun stocks, which led me to believe that Trump may in fact win the election. Remember this point; both AOBC and RGR hit their lows at the same time, just over two weeks prior to the Las Vegas shooting.
Something Changed in September
Let's now examine the trading patterns of AOBC and RGR in detail, just over two weeks ''prior'' to the attack. As you can see, AOBC bottomed on 9/11/17 at $13.30 before the spike higher began. From 9/11 to just after the attack, AOBC rose 23% in price. It did so on a noticeable increase in buy-side trading volumes.
Below, we see the same chart and reaction in the shares of Sturm Ruger (RGR). From it's 9/8/17 lows, RGR bottomed at $46.25 and then spiked to $55.90 just after the attack, for a move higher of 21%.
After falling in price from early-mid 2016 to their early September 2017 lows, the two largest publicly traded gun manufacturers bottomed, then spiked higher, at almost exactly the same time. In addition, buy-side volume increases rose sharply as well.
And, while not covered in this report (more work is needed), we also saw a spike in call option purchases in both AOBC and RGR, in the days/weeks leading up to the attack.
This final chart shows the share price of MGM (owner of Mandalay Bay) in the days leading up to the attack to present. MGM shares declined more than 10%, from 9/7/17 to recent lows. This decline occurred as some $200 million in insider selling was taking place.
Bottom line: Beginning in early-mid September to this report, gun manufactures AOBC and RGR rose in price 23% and 21% (on higher trading volumes), while the shares of MGM fell in price by 11% (as $200 million in insider selling occurred).
MGM: Heavy Levels of Insider Selling
As the SEC insider transaction reports below detail, from 9/5/17 to 9/12/17, approximately 6 million shares of MGM were sold by officers and/or directors of the company, totaling approximately $200 million in proceeds to sellers. Included in this group is the selling of approximately 450,000 shares by MGM CEO and Chairman James Murren (a seller of size since late July) and who appears to have sold more than 85% of all holdings. We also see that MGM Board member Grounds William Warwick sold 176 million shares of his MGM stock on 9/6/17.
We have no indication that MGM insiders sold these 6 million shares due to any advance knowledge of the 10/1 attack. I am not making that claim. I am simply pointing out facts that cannot be in question.
But I will make a few observations:
1) If MGM/Mandalay Bay were to lose law suits associated with this attack, the downside risks to MGM share price may be extensive.
2) We also know that MGM CEO James Murren was appointed to the Homeland Security National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Obama in December 2013. This fact could make for some interesting depositions, as it relates to exactly what type of advanced security systems Mandalay Bay had in place, leading up to and on the night of 10/1/17.
''The National Infrastructure Advisory Council is tasked with providing the president with advice on the ''security of the critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems.'' The council is composed of a maximum of 30 members, appointed by the president, from private industry, academia and state and local government.''
3) I am also aware of the fact that MGM put options activity spiked as well (needs more work), beginning at the same time gun stocks were rising and MGM was falling in price.
4) For those curious about the trading in other major Las Vegas Hotel casino stocks, during this same time frame, this also needs more work. However, I can report that at the same time MGM's share price was falling, the share prices of Las Vegas Sands (LVS) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) were actually rising.
Closing:
In closing, let me repeat; I make no claims or assertions that anyone mentioned in this piece has done anything nefarious. They likely did not.
The question I might ask is, ''Did someone else profit from the heinous acts of 10/1/17? Possibly the planners?''
Like many of you, I am interested and I am asking questions. I also remember that during 9/11/01, reports surfaced widely in the financial media that ''many, many millions'' in profits were made off of the purchase of put options in the shares of United Airlines and American Airlines, the two airliners that operated the four aircraft that were hijacked on 9/11 (among other well-documented reports of large put option purchases in numerous companies that had the most exposure to a shocked US economy).
There's more'...like the recent trading pattern in OSIS, which makes ''detection systems'' of all kinds (similar to their subsidiary ''Rapiscan'', which makes the TSA body scanners that were put in place following 9/11). Many are wondering how long it might be before we are forced to walk through similar devices, as we enter hotels/casinos.
I will continue to follow this story. Should you have information that might assist in my research, you can reach me at kip@vraletter.com.
I am a proud American. I want the best for our country. Wherever the truth leads us, that is where we must go. Follow the money.
Kip Herriage
VRALetter.com
Ascension with Mother Earth and Current State of Affairs: MegaAnon (Anonymous 4Chan Leaker) - MegaAnon has a lot to say about what really went down in Las Vegas
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:25
Source Link: http://www.rumormillnews.com
In Response To: 4chan poster MegaAnon has a lot to say about what really went down in Las Vegas - It could have been much much worse (MrFusion)
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Anonymous ID:DnCchw/y Fri 06 Oct 2017 01:34:30 No.144216421 ViewReport
As you now realize... (((they))) lost. America (and really, the entire world) won. It's gonna get ugly but, look alive. This will be your happening and you'll never give a single fuck about North Korea, again. All will bow to Trump, the liberator.
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Anonymous ID:DnCchw/y Fri 06 Oct 2017 01:30:54 No.144215979 ViewReport
MegaAnon here. Trump went hard in his presser today so I'm going to drop a few HUGE BREADCRUMBS, but it's the first time I've really felt I need to tread lightly with info... so please, for fucks sake friends, pay attention to EVERY word I'm TYPING. 1. Internal reports floating around that Kelly's phone was stolen/hacked "a few days ago". 2. Remember, Kelly is a general and usually, "early reports" of shit like hacks/thefts are used as scapegoats to recall back to, when they later need to try and say that someone couldn't have said that, made that phone call, emailed that person, etc. their "device had been hacked/stolen", therefore compromised evidence. 3. You had a good dude tee you up about a "VIP"/"general" being escorted to Mandalay, also "a few days ago". Soon you'll see airport arrival times of high level officials seamlessly align with "suspicious activity" and claims of "shots fired" reported at the airport. Like Trump says, "you'll see".
4. Same good dude also told you a much larger scaled attack was the initial intent, but was thwarted/averted. Would've "killed thousands". Trump tweeted it was a "miracle" using condescending quotes. The miracle was their plan to kill thousands more, was thwarted. "Miracle" was a fuck you to McCabe.
5. Trump then confirmed in statement last night, he still has "no clue" if the shooter was connected to ISIS. Fuck you to Pompeo/Tillerson.
6. Tonight, he publicly confirms what candidly, we've ALL been working towards, for the last 11 months. Everyone always asks me what I "do". Well, there's lot of us and EXACTLY what we do. We are going to show you what WAS intended for Las Vegas, HOW EXTREME it was supposed to be, WHO coordinated it and WHY THEY DID. Trump isn't blowing a lid on Vegas when referring to "the storm". Trump's promised "storm" will prove that Vegas was supposed to be no different than 27 classified pages outlining what really happened on 9/11. Vegas was ONLY to STOP TRUMP FROM WHAT HE'S GOING TO TELL YOU.
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Anonymous (ID: tAoTzJUn) 10/06/17(Fri)13:16:04 No.144269535'–¶>>144270383
Morning y'all, "MegaAnon" here. Just an FYI, after you all came up with this nickname for me back in May or June, you had asked me to use it to ID myself so you could cap my posts and keep them together. So I had been doing that but last night after a series of posts I'd made over the last couple of days prior, I had tried to post under the name to ID my posts and I got a notification from 4Chan that the "MegaAnon" name was banned and though I could still post, I couldn't use that name to identify with my threads. It literally wouldn't let me post if "MegaAnon" was in the "Name" field of the comment box. So... I posted a few comments last night (pic related) and if anyone cares, I'll just identify myself by saying I'm MegaAnon first, before I proceed with my comment, in a thread. Stick with me though, I'm going to tell you exactly what I know and I've been on the ground, have accessed the suspects room, etc. I came home from Vegas Wednesday afternoon but I got back tonight for another 4-day stint.
1. You need to know that as of last Monday (mid-morning), the DC FBI was officially approved to assume federal jurisdiction over the Vegas investigation, via federal petition. Important to note that in the SAME appeal, they not only circumvented the LVMPD, but they also ousted their own NV FBI field office (this is A RARE MOVE, based on what limited and again, very loose documented intel they presented to support their appeal). At time of appeal, they informally presented undisclosed intel (usually this means this intel was NOT obtained or aggregated by US-based intel agencies. That's important because it lets them keep the source of the info confidential for "active investigation purposes", therefore remains completely unsourced and substantiated) indicating the suspect had "terror related ties".
Continued in thread...
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Anonymous (ID: tAoTzJUn) 10/06/17(Fri)13:28:59 No.144270383'–¶>>144270935 >>144271921
2. Hours after jurisdiction was approved and officially transferred, the name of the suspect was released - Steve C. Paddock and unironically less than 2 hours after that, ISIS took public responsibility for the attack, claiming that Paddock had "converted to Islam months ago" and that he was theirs.
Ask yourselves this... in which attacks over the last four years, has ISIS ever "waited" to publicly claim "responsibility" for? Answer: ALL OF THE ATTACKS THE FBI QUICKLY OVERSTEPPED LOCAL AUTHORITIES/STATE AGENCY FIELD OFFICES ON, FOR "JURISDICTION" OVER "INVESTIGATIONS". Once they can claim it's terror related and assemble a shitty, loosely substantiated appeal documentation, proving "terror", it goes federal. Remember that.
Why does ISIS wait for FBI jurisdiction in these scenarios? So they can "confirm" and "release" an FBI NAMED SUSPECT, while teeing up their public statement, to confirm "affiliations", based on ZERO EVIDENCE and SUPPORT. Simply put, they wait for the agency to tell them who their newest convert is.
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Anonymous (ID: tAoTzJUn) 10/06/17(Fri)13:48:27 No.144271921'–¶>>144273248
3. If this looks like a complete cluster fuck between LVMPD and agency, then ding, ding! You're right... IT IS! Why?! For the slow in the back, let me simplify... mass and scale. As much as the digital world benefits these goons, they've also realized exactly how much it hinders them. You no longer need the MSM, a few press conferences or the "authorities" to air, broadcast, publicize information and reports. You only need access to the internet. Know what's ultimately responsible for the 9/11 botch as opposed to other agency coordinated attacks?! Internet access. The mass ability of we, the people, to access exorbident information in real time, download, upload, archive and store that info then, DISTRIBUTE ON OUR OWN.
Example: Take all of those initial witness accounts and live interviews of people within the first 6 hours of 9/11. They reported additional explosions on random floors, flashes of lights, conflicting reports of what they were being told by first responders in terms of events/secured evacuation routes, unrelated fires on unimpacted floors, etc., remember that? Remember the live CNN interview on WTC 7 collapsing, aired an hour and 23 minutes before it actually did?! See, the MSM thought that by internally deleting the footage and never re-airing or commenting on it publicly again, they were saved. They underestimated the capability of the average person, to download, privately store, re-upload and mass distribute, INFORMATION once it's hit the internet.
That's where we are today! (((THEY))) can't keep up with us. As technology, availability and accessibility to everything from the internet, mass info distribution platforms like social media, video streaming applications, public board forums like 4Chan, etc. these people LITERALLY have been floundering in their desperate attempts to keep up. Over the last 2 decades, they've realized they CANNOT "dot every single i" or "cross every single t". Continued below...
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Anonymous (ID: tAoTzJUn) 10/06/17(Fri)14:05:41 No.144273248'–¶>>144273598 >>144274926 >>144275298
So for the better part of the last 20 years, they've scrambled to recruit search engines like Google, service providers like Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, etc., social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and streaming sites like YouTube, to assist them in their efforts. Hence you now see massive corruption via SEO skewing and info scrubbing, edited metadata tags, buried search engine results based on those tags, the complete erasure, blockage and shadow banning of social media and upload/streaming accounts, etc. all done in a coordinated effort to try and beat the public to the punch by proactively removing information they can identify upfront that is, will or may be, a problem For them in the future, while stifling your ability to find, research, locate, download/upload, store and disseminate information.
Since there are millions of people with the ability and accessibility to literally "debunk" ANYTHING they state, confirm, report, claim, visually show, etc. they are clammoring over themselves in an effort to keep their "stories" straight.
I can 100% CONFIRM that LVMPD absolutely KNOWS that in the end, they are being set up to fail. They will take the fall for anything misreported, misinterpreted, misinformed, incorrect, mishandled, etc. They are being forced to look like the front man though EVERYONE INTERNAL KNOWS that they are just running monitored and directed talking points they are being given. They are being forced into a "position of authority" that candidly, they HAVEN'T LEGALLY HELD JURISDICTION OVER, SINCE MONDAY. See how quick they jumped to to "publicly confirm" that they were opening an investigation into the "first leaked photos of the hotel room and dead suspect"?!? THE LVMPD WAS FORCED TO EAT THE FBI'S SHIT because the credibility of the FBI after the clusterfucks known as "Russia", Comey, etc. can't afford the implication that those photos were leaked under THEIR AUTHORITY... so the LVMPD publicly ate their fuck up...
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)15:34:53 No.144280649
...because once a local authority or an agency confirms they are running an investigation, it means that legally, whatever crime they are assuming the responsibility of investigating, falls under their jurisdiction. LVMPD really just wants to tell you all that they haven't collected, tagged, cleared or logged, A SINGLE PIECE OF FUCKING EVIDENCE THEMSELVES SINCE MONDAY MORN. WHEN AGENCY obtained all the LVMPD TAGGED, CLEARED AND LOGGED, FROM SUNDAY NIGHT TIL AGENCY TAKEOVER. If agency had to publicly confirm the date/time of their jurisdiction takeover, then EVERYONE would know the LVMPD shouldn't even be making statements the FBI's investigation AND they'd know ANY REPORTED SLIP UPS, like "LEAKED SCENE PHOTOS" were done under agency authority, NOT LVMPD. The "storm" Trump's refered to isn't Vegas itself. I confirm 100% that a MUCH larger event was planned/thwarted by (((them))), but was done to DIVERT TRUMP AWAY FROM declassifying/releasing "the storm" (a series of classified info that admin will disclose publicly on 3 different but HUGE, socially controversial topics. (((They've))) already delayed this TWICE. I'm not saying they fuck with the weather - think what you will BUT, they DID exploit the hurricanes/devastation to their advantage, by wrapping him in so much red tape re: resource distro/allocation, services/duty assembly/deployment, etc. Hence the "storm" reference was a "fuck you" to McCabe, Kelly, Tillerson, Pompeo, McCain, Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi, Schumer, etc. Anyone question timing of San Juan Mayor's emboldened comments, days before Vegas?! Done to get the PUBLIC focused on Trump/admin. and accused "inaction" in Puerto Rico. While the MSM distracted concerned public/Trump, it kept in him check as they geared up for Vegas. It's a "miracle" it didn't work.
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[from another poster: Thanks, anyway you can give insight on the 3 topics?]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)16:13:16 No.144284358'–¶>>144284702 >>144285031 >>144285208 >>144286053 >>144289607
I could but I won't and as a courtesy, here's why... I have never come on here to post bullshit. I don't hypothesize theories or possibilities... I post only what I know to be true. It's why I won't pidgeon-hold myself by providing very narrow, specific dates or timeframes (like "tomorrow" or "next week", even when I'm 95% confirmed. If I post on here with the intent of you taking me at face value, I have to build my credibility and that's only done through prolonged consistency and correctness on valuable info. I'm never trying to be vague, though sometimes I have to be, depending on the topic. I only post on here (hence is why I'm not very good with tripcodes, sifting through archives, archiving or capping shit myself, etc.) to drop paths of info that connect dots you're either missing or ignoring, that in reality, are the most important to focus on. Anyone being TOO specific, is fucking lying to you. No one at our level with everything to lose, would blow their entire load on 4Chan. I promise you, no one actually involved, would risk exposure. Hence, "blackwater Anon". Notice he was specific, yet just vague enough? He's one of "your guys". WHAnon?! Sadly he's the biggest long con LARP, I've seen on here in a while... it actually disappoints me how much attention and credit you've given him.
I will confirm that the 3 disclosures have been discussed and vetted thoroughly, for the last several months, here. Ok, fine... and while "pizza" is on the menu, it's not one of the 3 pending releases. Not in the way you want it to be. It will be discussed and Hollywood specifically will take a MASSIVE HIT in the very near future. Harvey was the first lowhanging takedown so just imagine how high-level this will go. But I assure you, while Hillary, the Clinton campaign/staff, Obama admin, establishment (both parties) and DNC as related to election fraud, etc. will eventually fall for epic crimes, you'll never see Hillary in an orange jumpsuit, for actual pizza.
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[from another poster: Ok, so this was posted yesterday, and it says "tonight" POTUS is going public. So did that happen? Is there a press conference that's being hushed up that we should be looking at, or tweets we should be analyzing? Or was it delayed, so we should expect it on a future date?]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)16:23:53 No.144285418
The MSM and public will only be given a few hours of notice on the day of each series of Presudential addresses and will NOT be given details or talking points, in advance. POTUS will choose a VERY select group of WH media correspondents to attend live, which BTW, is standard protocol for presidential addresses.
They will not be afforded the opportunity to tee up presser/subject related questions, which is done on purpose. Gives media no chance to build the public narrative or messaging in advance with a lot of unfounded pre-address "speculation" and hypothesizing for hours, based on a few pre-released talking point bones POTUS will usually throw in advance. When these series of addresses have concluded, NO ONE will be confused. He will be extremely clear and concise. He will leave no room for false narratives. There will be no gray areas left to fill.
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[from another poster: *IF* the exposure happens, the response from those of us that have been trampled will not be measured. It will be over the top and will not work out in our favor in the long run.
Be careful in the coming days.
Don't be deceived.]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)16:35:50 No.144287016'–¶>>144287696 >>144287771 >>144288850
The goal is that when it's all said and done, there will be no room for question, when it comes to the people. He won't have to disclose shit like 9/11, OKC, Vegas, Voter Fraud, Russia hacks or collusion, elections rigging, etc. specifically. When he's done, it will be a literal "mic drop" on the world's stage and you will no one ever again, will have the ability to question who's responsible for, involved coordinating, etc. ANYTHING that has ever happened and been considered a "conspiracy theory", ever again. When he's done, the entire world will just KNOW IT ALL. It really is THAT all-encompassing. Like Trump says, "you'll see". It just has to happen. We cannot be derailed. Ever again.
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[from another poster: Can you give us any indication on timing of when these disclosures will occur? Within days? Weeks? Months? Years?]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)16:51:57 No.144289068
Soon, but I won't pin myself to anything more than that because I literally can't. 2.5 weeks ago, I'd have said within 72 hours about this if I didn't know better. You'd then, would've called me a larp, and rightfully so, no?! I would've been wrong thanks to what we now call, a "Vegas attack". 8 weeks ago, I would've said it would happen within the week, with 100% certainty. I'd have bet my entire career on it and doxxed myself to prove my credibility... but alas, I've drudged through this "swamp" long enough to know that "timeframes" mean nothing. Scheduled dates on a POTUS's calendar mean nothing. Literally ever. It is a full on hourly, daily, weekly race to the finish... truth or corruption wins -whoever gets there first.
So, instead of trying to pidgeon-hold me by asking me "WHEN", I ask you to realize that your most important should be, "WHY NOT ALREADY" and your biggest concern should be "WHAT HAPPENS, BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN".
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[from another poster:
I don't believe this part (see No.144285418 above). I can't really explain why, but it just doesn't sound like him. Don't get me wrong, I would burst with joy & jump up & down like a crazy person if this did actually happen, I just can't see him doing a Presidential Address about it. Today is the perfect day to dump stuff it's Friday after all! Hopefully something juicy comes out today. I liked your posts, but this one made me think twice about you. Hmmm...If he really does this, I will apologize to you & give you anything you want. Live close to Upstate NY? Anything you want. IF you aren't a LARP. Let's all hope you are for real]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)17:15:59 No.144291647'–¶>>144292168 >>144292334 >>144292723 >>144294763 >>144296223
How about before doubting me, you first roll up your sleeves and dig into the formatting and protocol of a Presidential Address. Then, maybe you could slap your thinking cap on and ask yourself, "how else would a President formally address the entire American public at once, live and completely unedited, unfiltered and uncut, by the MSM and their corporate networks?"
Let me do half the homework for the slow in the back (you), when the President of the United States formally announces he will be making an official Presidential Address to the American public, the network's have to cover and broadcast it, unedited, unfiltered, uncut and IN FULL, from the time he starts until he's left, the podium. No broadcasting breaks, no side commentary, no commercials. Complete network silence when he speaks. This same protocol and procedure was initiated around radio broadcasted, Presidential addresses. It was legally protected so that station owners couldn't take advantage of the big crowds they knew would be tuning in, by selling and cutting to ads, in the middle of the Presudent's speeches. It is YOUR RIGHT as an AMERICAN CITIZEN to hear YOUR PRESIDENT, uncut, unfiltered, uninterrupted, unedited and his ability to do so is also protected by law. A Presidential address is the ONLY WAY he could do this. They'd literally ALL have to cut their live feeds simultaneously to stop him and if they did that, which they very well could, then that's all the proof you'd need, too. The networks would never be able to rationally explain, such a massive and simultaneous fuck up. They couldn't create enough blatant bullshit stories to spoonfeed the entire country trying to explain how that happened. They'd literally have to proactively shut down the ENTIRE power grid to make that happen on such a broad scale.
It's unfuckingbelievable anyone here, could be this degenerate... I give up.
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[from another poster: This is sounding more ridiculous by the minute.]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)17:35:26 No.144293569
I know it sounds ridiculous but that's simply because I'm trying to convey the broadness and scope of what will be publicly disclosed. My only point is that after it's all over, no one will be able to turn away from the truth. The masses will never again be able to claim with 100% certainty that 9/11 DIDN'T have inside, US sponsored and funded, department/agency coordination, allocated resources and assistance. No one will EVER be able to NOT believe that our own fucking agencies and departments and former admins. didn't play a huge role in shit like JFK, OKC, 9/11, ISIS, Pizza, Vegas, etc. They won't be able to turn a blind eye to what they consider "conspiracy theories", today simply because the MSM told them to.
The only thing that everyone will be able to agree on when it's all said and done is that we've all been horrifically lied to on incomprehensible levels and nothing we've been led to perceive as our "reality" for generations since the very fucking day GHB was sworn into the admin as Director of the CIA, has been the whole truth and nothing but. No one will be able to use ignorance as an excuse anymore. The people think they're in charge?! Haha, well now Trump is going to give it to them. He's going to give us all the fucking transparency we can handle and when he does?! That's when you'll truly see what "we, the people" are made of. You'll have people who can't handle it, begging to give the truth BACK to the admin. I want to make sure I'm being clear here, too... when I use terms like "disclose", "reality", etc. I am in NO WAY IMPLYING Trump is disclosing any of that stuff y'all bring up like "aliens", "Antarctica", etc. not saying I don't personally believe in some of it, but that's not the "storm" that's coming. Just to clarify...
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[from another poster: Well thats just it isn't it? Meganon said that Trump is preparing for 3 disclosures. Ok, so if thats the case then what can he say that will ultimately reveal any conspiracy theory ever created? It has to be pretty damn huge. What could that entail?]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)17:49:05 No.144294885
For fucks sakes /pol/. You fucking suck. 3 different disclosures...
A 3 letter (federal) agency
A 3 letter (central) department
And 3 letter (federally sanctioned) economic org.
These 3 HUGE FUCKING "ROCKS" ARE "FALLING" and once you're given the truth, the credibility and validity of all 3 will be erased for the last almost 60 years. If you're not picking up what I'm laying down, then I don't know what else to tell you. Go fap to fucking WHAnon archives and caps. He's why you'll fap forever.
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[from another poster: Please tell me he pulls the Hoodwinke off of the invisible power structure, not just the swamp and the Visible players but how they are connected with the "invisible". The UN, The Vatican and the Media.]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)17:58:15 No.144295779
Yes. Those who thrive in the dark, will perish in the light when exposed.
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[from another poster: i've got one side question: How doyou see /pol/ n this whole story? What is our purpuos in your view?]
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Anonymous (ID: vy3Y5hFc) 10/06/17(Fri)18:20:49 No.144298040
10-15 years ago, boards *like* /pol/, were amazing tools for people like me to dump nuggets on.
The boards were extremely useful because they weren't trolled. They were less known and rather untouched by the masses. We'd go hard on these boards too. We'd upload classified docs/Intel, burn sources, etc. the old boards had value and credibility and ultimately, that's what attracts good anons with actual Intel. I don't post on /pol/ or any other board today, like I and many others, used to post on similar boards of yesteryear. As related specifically to /pol/, you lose a lot of the older board crowd. Meaning, you give too much attention and waste to much time theorizing and entertaining blatant troll threats and larps that you do actually putting in the work. Nothing on /pol/ is relevant to people like me, because you don't have the stamina, clout, or record of telling us shit that candidly, we don't already know... and that's only on the shit you're right, on. You attract too many tweens, teens, and legal adults who don't seem to have the mental capacity to count change for a $20 without a calculator, let alone graduate high school... and worse?! You then actually encourage them to post, by engaging them in blatant race-bait, gender-driven threads that in reality, will never mean anything. You expect too much from people/insiders who have real careers, families, personal lives, responsibilities, etc. without giving them anything in return. Boards like this used to be give and take. YOU earned YOUR CREDIBILITY AND VALIDITY with US, YOU put the work in, to prove yourselves as legitimate and serious as we are and in return, we lit you up with shit you'd NEVER comprehend existed. Threads weren't started with publicly available PDF images of casino hotel rooms, entitled "PROOFS! GET IN HERE!" The only images ever attached were docs, pics, etc. people risked everything they'd worked for including their fucking LIVES, to secure and dump.
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Las Vegas Mass Shooting Cover-Up Explodes: Police Ban Independent Reporters From Attending Press Conference | The Daily Sheeple
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:15
In a move that is only furthering the now widespread belief that a cover-up is currently underway in Las Vegas, two conservative reporters who have broken multiple key stories about the strange and ever changing circumstances surrounding the horrific mass shooting were banned from attending the latest police press conference.
Laura Loomer and Mike Tokes were both denied entry by armed guards in what was a transparent attempt by the Las Vegas Police Department to stop anyone from asking real questions. Keep in mind, Loomer's reporting conclusively proved that supposed shooter Stephen Paddock had arrived at the hotel a full three days earlier than authorities had claimed. Eventually, the ''official story'' was changed, largely due to Loomer's reporting itself.
In other words, they knew exactly who they were keeping out of the press conference and were doing it to specifically stop any real information from getting released to the public.
Loomer first noted that police had randomly decided to start claiming that press credentials were needed to attend their press briefings when in the past they had been open to all.
Once it became clear that this was put in place to stop both Loomer and Tokes from attending and asking any questions, the pair began to expose this shocking attack on the independent media.
Loomer even noted that the police response time to banning independent journalists was exponentially better than their response time to the worst mass shooting in American history.
After news of her banning reached tens of thousands of people within an hour, Loomer was invited to appear on Infowars ''The War Room'' to discuss the situation.
Interesting, during the press conference in question, Sheriff Joe Lombardo specifically attacked ''conspiracy theories'' surrounding the Las Vegas mass shooting. Remember, Loomer was accused of spreading conspiracy theories before authorities eventually ''updated'' their timeline to include facts Loomer originally released.
''In a Friday press conference, Sheriff Joe Lombardo fought back against claims that there is a conspiracy between the FBI, between LVMPD and the MGM,'' to withhold information. Lombardo blasted reports that the Las Vegas police department and the FBI were operating in an incompetent manner,'' reported The Gateway Pundit.
''There is no conspiracy between the FBI, between LVMPD & MGM '-- & nobody is attempting to hide anything referenced in this investigation,'' claimed Lombardo.
To recap, two independent journalists were banned from attending a press conference that the sheriff then used to claim that no one was hiding anything from the public.
You literally cannot make this stuff up.
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BREAKING: @LauraLoomer Visits #MandalayBay Security Guard's House - GotNews
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:37
PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURA LOOMER
Investigative journalist Laura Loomer paid a visit to security guard Jesus Campos' house today.In a Periscope video outside Campos' residence, the former Project Veritas operative asked various questions that the mainstream media has been ignoring:
Investigative Journalist Laura Loomer visits Mandalay Bay "Hero" Security Guard Jesus Campos @ His House @miketokeshttps://t.co/6L0T6ADzPa
'-- Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 12, 2017
''During the joint LVMPD and FBI press conference that occurred Monday Oct 9, the public was informed of a major detail concerning the timeline of the shooting as well as the role of Mandalay security guard Jesus Campos,'' Loomer told GotNews. ''Nearly one week after he was declared a hero by Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, law enforcement said Campos was shot 6 minuets before Stephen Paddock began shooting onto concert goers, which means he could have possibly prevented the whole attack.''
Loomer went on to question Campos' alleged heroism. ''It also raises the question of whether or not it's appropriate to refer to Campos as a hero, since his actions didn't prevent anyone from being murdered,'' Loomer noted. ''In fact, the changes in the timeline make Campos more of a suspect than a hero since he clearly had contact with the shooter before the attack took place.''
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Yesterday, Loomer reported that Campos' name has been scrubbed from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino employee database. ''One day after I exclusively reported that Campos was scrubbed from the official MGM employee profile database 'WorkDay,' I decided to track him down and attempt to speak to him at his home in Las Vegas,'' Loomer explained. ''When I arrived, an armed security guard was standing in front of Campos's house. The guard, who identified himself as Troy Goff, said he works for a company called 'On Scene' that has been hired out to provide Campos with armed security protection.''
According to Loomer and fellow journalist Mike Tokes, On Scene is at best a dubious security company:
Interestingly enough, the business license for On Scene is expired (Jan, 2017) & their address is a virtual address. https://t.co/DL2RJ0bNwHhttps://t.co/3A6fzSwslz
'-- Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) October 12, 2017
On top of an expired business license, "On Scene" has a virtual address!
'-- Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 12, 2017
Loomer said this latest development strikes her as strange. ''It's rather odd that an alleged hero would need armed security,'' Loomer told GotNews. ''My investigative reports have exposed how the FBI and LVMPD have already lied and continue to lie to the American people about the official timeline and facts concerning the shooting. Thus, I have a great suspicion that they are also not telling the public the full truth about who Campos is and what role he truly played the night of the shooting. I will continue investigating on the ground in Las Vegas and plan on raising some of my questions at the press conference on Friday .''
Loomer has been teaming up with Tokes to expose several glaring inconsistencies in the authorities' official Las Vegas narrative:
Asking the questions the MSM is unwilling to ask! If you'd like to support my LV investigation, you can do so here: https://t.co/R0nF9qYu17https://t.co/tTv8I4Zb2o
'-- Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) October 12, 2017
Several days ago, she confronted FBI agents inside the hotel, alleging they have misled the public on the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
You can support Loomer's journalism by contributing to her FreeStartr. Donations to support Tokes' work can be made at PayPal.me/miketokes.
Interestingly, there were security guards outside Campos' residence, whereas there were none guarding gunman Stephen Paddock's house to stop a break-in over the weekend.
Campos has been at the center of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's recent narrative change. Police have said they now believe Campos was shot six minutes before the mass shooting of concertgoers, contradicting their earlier public statements.
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Las Vegas Shooting Witness Who Identified Multiple Shooters, Found Dead '' Anonymous Portugal Internacional
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:31
Kymberley Suchomel died suddenly after giving statement exposing multiple gunmen
Kymberley Suchomel was a key witness who had identified multiple shooters during Las Vegas attack A key witness in the Las Vegas shooting attack, who identified multiple shooters, has been found dead at her home.28-year-old Kymberley
Suchomel managed to escape the massacre, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, uninjured but made a public statement describing the attacks and how they were carried out by multiple gunmen that were firing weapons into the crowd.Her post on Facebook quickly went viral as it confirmed what many had already suspected:
The mainstream media ''official'' narrative that Stephen Paddock was a ''lone wolf'' gunman was false.Kymberley gave a detailed account of her horrific experience a few days after the event as she said she had struggled to think of the words to describe the ''nightmare'' she had been through.She said multiple gunmen were not only firing weapons in the crowd but chasing people and gunning them down.
She described how she was ''chased'' by one of the shooters: ''We were rounding some sort of corner maybe- and I looked to the right and I saw this large cowboy sitting down with his legs spread, holding a blood-soaked woman. ''I thought to myself 'we NEED to hide', but as I looked quickly for somewhere to go, the gunfire once again got closer and closer. ''We couldn't hide because they (and I do mean THEY) were chasing us.
''''I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. ''There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one.''She also stated that what was being reported by the mainstream news networks didn't match the events that actually took place, saying: ''I have bene [been] watching the news non-stop since I arrived back home to my family.
And it just doesn't make sense.''The story that are feeding everyone doesn't add up to our eyewitness accounts. There is something wrong with what they are saying & the evidence seems fake if you ask me.''There are multiple people stating that there was a lady towards the beginning of the evening who had made her way up to the stage warning people that we were all gunna die- her and her boyfriend were escorted off the premises.''Why has she not been mentioned by authorities? Every single survivor I have talked to also remembers multiple shooters, and at least one from the ground- why aren't we being taken more seriously? Tons of things don't add up.''
According to Sea Coast Online, Suchomel, 28, who was not injured during last week's shooting, died early Monday at her Apple Valley home, according to her grandmother, Julie Norton.Norton found Suchomel just after 8:30 a.m. when she arrived to care for her 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Scarlett. She believes Suchomel may have died in her sleep after her husband, Mike, left for work at 4:30 a.m.Norton told the Daily Press: ''I believe the stress from the shooting took her life.''Days after the shooting, Suchomel explained to the Victorville Daily Press how she and her friends escaped with their lives as a gunman, perched from a hotel suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, opened fire on some 20,000 concertgoers on Oct. 1.With 58 people killed by the gunman and nearly 500 wounded, the Las Vegas event is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. READ MORE: Las Vegas Shooting Victim: 'I Was Shot by a Gunman in the Crowd'''
That was the night that my life, and the lives of my friends, and so many others were changed forever,'' Suchomel told the Daily Press the day after the shooting. ''I might have escaped unharmed, but I know that I've been emotionally and mentally scarred for life.
''Suchomel shared her fear of trying to fall asleep at night as the ''sounds of gunfire'' become louder in her head and the images of ''broken and bloody bodies'' flashed through her mind.Major Cover-upKymberley Suchomel isn't the first key witness to have died since the shooting attack after a man killed himself and his disabled daughter in a horrific murder-suicide shortly after the FBI raided his home. READ MORE: Key Witness in Las Vegas Shooting Kills Self and Daughter Following FBI RaidJohn Beilman was wanted for questioning by federal agents in connection with a communications device discovered in suspected shooter Stephen Paddock's hotel room.Earlier this week, a valet worker from the Mandalay Bay hotel who parked suspected shooter Stephen Paddock's car, disappeared without a word to friends or colleagues.
Chad Nishimura mysteriously vanished shortly after he gave a statement to a local news network saying that Paddock was just a ''normal guy'' and that ''he didn't have many bags.
''Also, it was revealed today that the Mandalay Bay hotel security guard who was hailed a hero by the law enforcement and the mainstream media, Jesus Campos, has gone missing. READ MORE: Las Vegas Shooting Security Guard Jesus Campos Has Gone MissingCampos was due to appear on Fox News with Sean Hannity last night, which was 1 of 5 TV interviews he was scheduled for, but he didn't show.This discovery emerged shortly after it was revealed that Campos was shot before the shooting massacre has started, and not after as the ''official'' narrative had claimed.
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Exclusive: Even Pok(C)mon Go used by extensive Russian-linked meddling effort - Oct. 12, 2017
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:02
One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pok(C)mon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans, CNN has learned.
The campaign, titled "Don't Shoot Us," offers new insights into how Russian agents created a broad online ecosystem where divisive political messages were reinforced across multiple platforms, amplifying a campaign that appears to have been run from one source -- the shadowy, Kremlin-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency.
A source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN that the Don't Shoot Us Facebook page was one of the 470 accounts taken down after the company determined they were linked to the IRA. CNN has separately established the links between the Facebook page and the other Don't Shoot Us accounts.
The Don't Shoot Us campaign -- the title of which may have referenced the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" slogan that became popular in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown -- used these platforms to highlight incidents of alleged police brutality, with what may have been the dual goal of galvanizing African Americans to protest and encouraging other Americans to view black activism as a rising threat.
The Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts belonging to the campaign are currently suspended. The group's YouTube channel and website were both still active as of Thursday morning. The Tumblr page now posts about Palestine.
Related: Exclusive: Russian-linked group sold merchandise online
All of the aforementioned companies declined to comment on the Don't Shoot Us campaign. Representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, have agreed to testify before the Senate and House Intelligence Committees on November 1, according to sources at all three companies.
Tracing the links between the various Don't Shoot Us social media accounts shows how one YouTube video or Twitter post could lead users down a rabbit hole of activist messaging and ultimately encourage them to take action.
The Don't Shoot Us YouTube page, which is simply titled "Don't Shoot," contains more than 200 videos of news reports, police surveillance tape and amateur footage showing incidents of alleged police brutality. These videos, which were posted between May and December of 2016, have been viewed more than 368,000 times.
All of these YouTube videos link back to a donotshoot.us website. This website was registered in March 2016 to a "Clerk York" in Illinois. Public records do not show any evidence that someone named Clerk York lives in Illinois. The street address and phone number listed in the website's registration belong to a shopping mall in North Riverside, Illinois.
The donotshoot.us website in turn links to a Tumblr account. In July 2016, this Tumblr account announced a contest encouraging readers to play Pok(C)mon Go, the augmented reality game in which users go out into the real world and use their phones to find and "train" Pok(C)mon characters.
Specifically, the Don't Shoot Us contest directed readers to go to find and train Pok(C)mon near locations where alleged incidents of police brutality had taken place. Users were instructed to give their Pok(C)mon names corresponding with those of the victims. A post promoting the contest showed a Pok(C)mon named "Eric Garner," for the African-American man who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York Police Department officer.
Winners of the contest would receive Amazon gift cards, the announcement said.
It's unclear what the people behind the contest hoped to accomplish, though it may have been to remind people living near places where these incidents had taken place of what had happened and to upset or anger them.
An image promoting the Pok(C)mon Go contest run by Don't Shoot Us.CNN has not found any evidence that any Pok(C)mon Go users attempted to enter the contest, or whether any of the Amazon Gift Cards that were promised were ever awarded -- or, indeed, whether the people who designed the contest ever had any intention of awarding the prizes.
"It's clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission," Niantic, the makers of Pok(C)mon Go, said in a statement provided to CNN.
"It is important to note that Pok(C)mon GO, as a platform, was not and cannot be used to share information between users in the app so our platform was in no way being used. This 'contest' required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. Niantic will consider our response as we learn more."
The Tumblr page that promoted the contest no longer posts about U.S. police violence. It now appears to be devoted pro-Palestine campaigns.
Tumblr would not confirm to CNN if the same people who operated the Tumblr page about Black Lives Matter now operate the pro-Palestinian page, citing the company's privacy policy. Tumblr also would not say whether it is investigating potential Russian use of its platform before, during or after the 2016 presidential election.
Related: Facebook could still be weaponized again for the 2018 midterms
Don't Shoot Us also worked to spread its influence beyond the digital world.
It used Facebook -- on which it had more than 254,000 likes as of September 2016 -- to publicize at least one real-world event designed to appear to be part of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Just a day after the shooting of Philando Castile by police in a suburb of Saint Paul, Minnesota in July 2016, local activists in Minnesota noticed a Facebook event for a protest being shared by a group they didn't recognize.
Don't Shoot Us was publicizing a protest outside the St. Anthony Police Department, where Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who shot Castile, worked. Local activists had been protesting outside the Minnesota Governor's Mansion.
When an activist group with ties to a local union reached out to the page, someone with Don't Shoot Us replied and explained that they were not in Minnesota but planned to open a "chapter" in the state in the following months.
The local group became more suspicious. After investigating further, including finding the website registration information showing a mall address, they posted on their website to say that Don't Shoot Us was a "total troll job."
CNN has reached out to those local activists but had not heard back as of the time of this article's publication.
Brandon Long, the state party chairman of the Green Party of Minnesota, remembers hearing about the planned Don't Shoot Us event. He told CNN, "We frequently support Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations and we know pretty much all the organizers in town and that page wasn't recognized by anyone."
This was not the only event that Don't Shoot Us worked to promote.
In June 2016, someone using the Gmail address that had been posted as part of the Pok(C)mon Go contest promotion reached out to Brandon Weigel, an editor at Baltimore City Paper, to promote a protest at a courthouse where one of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray was due to appear.
The email made Weigel suspicious. "City Paper editors and reporters are familiar with many of the activist groups doing work in Baltimore, so it was strange to receive an email from an outside group trying to start a protest outside the courthouse," Weigel told CNN.
Weigel wasn't the only reporter to be on the receiving end of communications from Don't Shoot Us. Last January, someone named Daniel Reed, who was described as the "Chief Editor" of DoNotShoot.Us, gave an interview to a contributor at the now defunct International Press Foundation (IPF), a website where students and trainee journalists regularly posted articles.
"There is no civilised country in the world that suffers so many cases of police brutality against civilians," IPF quoted "Reed" as saying, among other things. (IPF was responsible for the British spelling of "civilised.")
The IPF contributor confirmed to CNN that the interview occurred through email and that she never spoke to "Reed" on the phone. The email address that "Reed" used for the interview was the same one that reached out to Weigel in Baltimore and that was included in the promotion for the Pok(C)mon Go contest.
"Reed" sent the answers to IPF's questions in a four-page Microsoft Word document. The document, which outlined what "Reed" described as problems with the American justice system and police brutality, was written entirely in English.
However, when CNN examined the document metadata, "Ð'азвание," the Russian word for "name," was part of the document properties.
Two cybersecurity experts who reviewed the document's metadata told CNN that it was likely created on a computer or a program running Russian as its primary language.
To date, Facebook has said that it identified 470 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, while Twitter has identified 201 accounts. Google has not released its findings, though CNN has confirmed that the company has identified tens of thousands of dollars spent on ad buys by Russian accounts.
Facebook and Twitter have submitted detailed records of their findings to both Congress and the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.
-- CNN's Jose Pagliery and Tal Yellin contributed reporting.
CNNMoney (New York) First published October 12, 2017: 3:00 PM ET
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Open Letter to Grads from LTC(ret) Heffington: '' Robert Ulisse '' Medium
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:41
(This was written by LTC (USA, ret.) Robert M. Heffington, as an open letter to graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point. It has only been edited for format, and may differ in that respect from the original. My apologies to Lt. Colonel Heffington if this has been misrepresented in any way)
Dear Sir/Ma'am,
Before you read any further, please understand that the following paragraphs come from a place of intense devotion and loyalty to West Point. My experience as a cadet had a profound impact upon who I am and upon the course of my life, and I remain forever grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of the Long Gray Line. I firmly believe West Point is a national treasure and that it can and should remain a vitally important source of well trained, disciplined, highly educated Army officers and civilian leaders. However, during my time on the West Point faculty (2006''2009 and again from 2013''2017), I personally witnessed a series of fundamental changes at West Point that have eroded it to the point where I question whether the institution should even remain open.
The recent coverage of 2LT Spenser Rapone'Š'--'Šan avowed Communist and sworn enemy of the United States'Š'--'Šdramatically highlighted this disturbing trend. Given my recent tenure on the West Point faculty and my direct interactions with Rapone, his ''mentors,'' and with the Academy's leadership, I believe I can shed light on how someone like Rapone could possibly graduate.
First and foremost, standards at West Point are nonexistent. They exist on paper, but nowhere else. The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point's publicly touted high standards on cadets, and, having picked up on this, cadets refuse to enforce standards on each other. The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline. The end result is a sort of malaise that pervades the entire institution. Nothing matters anymore. Cadets know this, and it has given rise to a level of cadet arrogance and entitlement the likes of which West Point has never seen in its history.
Every fall, the Superintendent addresses the staff and faculty and lies. He repeatedly states that ''We are going to have winning sports teams without compromising our standards,'' and everyone in Robinson Auditorium knows he is lying because we routinely admit athletes with ACT scores in the mid-teens across the board. I have personally taught cadets who are borderline illiterate and cannot read simple passages from the assigned textbooks. It is disheartening when the institution's most senior leader openly lies to his own faculty'Š'--'Šand they all know it. The cadet honor code has become a laughingstock. Cadets know they will not be separated for violating it, and thus they do so on a daily basis. Moreover, since they refuse to enforce standards on each other and police their own ranks, cadets will rarely find a cadet at an honor hearing despite overwhelming evidence that a violation has occurred.
This in turn has caused the staff and faculty to give up even reporting honor incidents. Why would a staff or faculty member expend the massive amount of time and energy it takes to report an honor violation'Š'--'Šincluding writing multiple sworn statements, giving interviews, and testifying at the honor hearing'Š'--'Šwhen they know without a doubt the cadet will not be found (or, if found, the Superintendent will not separate the cadet)? To make matters worse, the senior leadership at West Point actively discourages staff and faculty from reporting honor violations. I was unfortunate enough to experience this first hand during my first tour on the faculty, when the Commandant of Cadets called my office phone and proceeded to berate me in the most vulgar and obscene language for over ten minutes because I had reported a cadet who lied to me and then asked if ''we could just drop it.'' Of course, I was duty bound to report the cadet's violation, and I did. During the course of the berating I received from the Commandant, I never actually found out why he was so angry. It seemed that he was simply irritated that the institution was having to deal with the case, and that it was my fault it even existed. At the honor hearing the next day, I ended up being the one on trial as my character and reputation were dragged through the mud by the cadet and her civilian attorney while I sat on the witness stand without any assistance. In the end, of course, the cadet was not found (despite having at first admitted that she lied), and she eventually graduated.
Just recently a cadet openly and obviously plagiarized his History research paper, and his civilian professor reported it. The evidence was overwhelming'Š'--'Šthere was not the slightest question of his guilt, yet the cadet was not found. The professor, and indeed all the faculty who knew of the case, were completely demoralized. This is the new norm for the cadet honor system. In fact, there is now an addition to the honor system (the Willful Admission Process) which essentially guarantees that if a cadet admits a violation, then separation is not even a possibility. In reality, separation is not a possibility anyway because the Superintendent refuses to impose that sanction.
Academic standards are also nonexistent. I believe this trend started approximately ten years ago, and it has continued to get worse. West Point has stated standards for academic expectations and performance, but they are ignored. Cadets routinely fail multiple classes and they are not separated at the end-of-semester Academic Boards. Their professors recommend ''Definitely Separate,'' but those recommendations are totally disregarded.
I recently taught a cadet who failed four classes in one semester (including mine), in addition to several she had failed in previous semesters, and she was retained at the Academy. As a result, professors have lost hope and faith in the entire Academic Board process. It has been made clear that cadets can fail a multitude of classes and they will not be separated. Instead, when they fail (and they do to a staggering extent), the Dean simply throws them back into the mix and expects the faculty to somehow drag them through the academic program until they manage to earn a passing grade.
What a betrayal this is to the faculty! Also, since they get full grade replacement if they must retake a course, cadets are actually incentivized to fail. They know they can re-take the course over the summer when they have no other competing requirements, and their new grade completely replaces the failing one. STAP (Summer Term Academic Program) is also now an accepted summer detail assignment, so retaking a course during the summer translates into even more summer leave for the deficient cadet.
Even the curriculum itself has suffered. The plebe American History course has been revamped to focus completely on race and on the narrative that America is founded solely on a history of racial oppression. Cadets derisively call it the ''I Hate America Course.'' Simultaneously, the plebe International History course now focuses on gender to the exclusion of many other important themes.
On the other hand, an entire semester of military history was recently deleted from the curriculum (at West Point!).
In all courses, the bar has been lowered to the point where it is irrelevant. If a cadet fails a course, the instructor is blamed, so instructors are incentivized to pass everyone. Additionally, instead of responding to cadet failure with an insistence that cadets rise to the challenge and meet the standard, the bar for passing the course itself is simply lowered. This pattern is widespread and pervades every academic department.
Conduct and disciplinary standards are in perhaps the worst shape of all. Cadets are jaded, cynical, arrogant, and entitled. They routinely talk back to and snap at their instructors (military and civilian alike), challenge authority, and openly refuse to follow regulations.
They are allowed to wear civilian clothes in almost any arena outside the classroom, and they flaunt that privilege. Some arrive to class unshaven, in need of haircuts, and with uniforms that look so ridiculously bad that, at times, I could not believe I was even looking at a West Point cadet.
However, if a staff or faculty member attempts to correct the cadet in question, that staff/faculty member is sure to be reprimanded for ''harassing cadets.''
For example, as I made my rounds through the barracks inspecting study conditions one evening as the Academic Officer in Charge, I encountered a cadet in a company study room. He was wearing a pair of blue jeans and nothing else, and was covered in tattoos. He had long hair, was unshaven, and I was honestly unsure if he was even a cadet. He looked more like a prison convict to me. When I questioned what he was doing there, he remained seated in his chair and sneered at me that he ''was authorized'' because he was a First Class cadet. I proceeded to correct him and then reported him to the chain of command the next morning. Later that day I received an email from the Brigade Tactical Officer telling me to ''stay in my lane.''
I know many other officers receive the same treatment when attempting to make corrections. It is extremely discouraging when the response is invariably one that comes to the defense of the cadet.
That brings me to another point: cadets' versions of stories are always valued more highly by senior leaders than those of commissioned officers on the staff and faculty. It is as if West Point's senior leaders believe their job is to ''protect'' cadets from the staff and faculty at all costs. This might explain why the faculty's recommendations are ignored at the Academic Boards, why honor violations are ignored (and commissioned officers are verbally abused for bringing them to light), and why cadets always ''win'' when it comes to conduct and disciplinary issues.
It seems that the Academy's senior leaders are intimidated by cadets.
During my first tour on the faculty (I was a CPT at the time), I noticed that 4th class cadets were going on leave in civilian clothes when the regulation clearly stated they were supposed to be wearing a uniform. During a discussion about cadet standards between the BTO and the Dept. of History faculty, I asked why plebes were going on leave in civilian clothes. His answer astonished me: ''That rule is too hard to enforce.''
Yet West Point had no problem enforcing that rule on me in the mid-1990s. I found it impossible to believe that the several hundred field grade officers stationed at West Point could not make teenagers wear the uniform. This anecdote highlights the fact that West Point's senior leaders lack not the ability but the motivation to enforce their will upon the Corps of Cadets. This brings me to the case of now-2LT Spenser Rapone. It is not at all surprising that the Academy turned a blind eye to his behavior and to his very public hatred of West Point, the Army, and this nation. I knew at the time I wrote that sworn statement in 2015 that he would go on to graduate.
It is not so much that West Point's leadership defends his views (Prof. Hosein did, however); it is that West Point's senior leaders are infected with apathy: they simply do not want to deal with any problem, regardless of how grievous a violation of standards and/or discipline it may be. They are so reticent to separate problematic cadets (undoubtedly due to the ''developmental model'' that now exists at USMA) that someone like Rapone can easily slip through the cracks. In other words, West Point's leaders choose the easier wrong over the harder right.
I could go on, but I fear that this letter would simply devolve into a screed, which is not my intention.
I will sum up by saying this: a culture of extreme permissiveness has invaded the Military Academy, and there seems to be no end to it. Moreover, this is not unintentional; it is a deliberate action that is being taken by the Academy's senior leadership, though they refuse to acknowledge or explain it.
Conduct and behavior that would never be tolerated at a civilian university is common among cadets, and it is supported and defended by the Academy's senior leaders in an apparent and misguided effort to attract more applicants and cater to what they see as the unique needs of this generation of cadets. Our beloved Military Academy has lost its way. It is a shadow of what it once was. It used to be a place where standards and discipline mattered, and where concepts like duty, honor, and country were real and they meant something. Those ideas have been replaced by extreme permissiveness, rampant dishonesty, and an inexplicable pursuit of mediocrity.
Instead of scrambling to restore West Point to what it once was, the Academy's senior leaders give cadets more and more privileges in a seeming effort to turn the institution into a third-rate civilian liberal arts college. Unfortunately, they have largely succeeded.
The few remaining members of the staff and faculty who are still trying to hold the line are routinely berated, ignored, and ultimately silenced for their unwillingness to ''go along with the program.''
The Academy's senior leaders simply do not want to hear their voices or their concerns. Dissent is crushed'Š'--'ŠI was repeatedly told to keep quiet at faculty meetings, even as a LTC, because my dissent was neither needed nor appreciated.
It breaks my heart to write this. It breaks my heart to know first-hand what West Point was versus what it has become. This is not a ''Corps has'' story; it is meant to highlight a deliberate and radical series of changes being undertaken at the highest levels of USMA's leadership that are detrimental to the institution.
Criticizing these changes is not popular. I have already been labeled a ''traitor'' by some at the Academy due to my sworn statement's appearance in the media circus surrounding Spenser Rapone. However, whenever I hear this, I am reminded of the Cadet Prayer:
'''...suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretense ever to diminish. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.
'...that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice, and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy.''
West Point was once special, and it can be again. Spenser Rapone never should have been admitted, much less graduate, but he was'Š'--'Šand that mistake is directly attributable to the culture of permissiveness and apathy that now exists there.
MTV Apologizes Over Excrement-Spraying - ABC News
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00
Two teenage girls filed a lawsuit against cable music channel MTV, saying they were sprayed with excrement as they stood next to the stage during the taping of the aptly named Dude, This Sucks.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, is charging infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and battery over the incident, which took place last January at an MTV festival in Big Bear, a mountain community near the city.
Brian Graden, the network's president of programming, admitted the incident took place and apologized, vowing that the footage will never be aired.
Garden said, "This was a terrible incident. It was unintended, and we regret that it happened. I was not aware of the content of this segment prior to the taping and have taken steps to ensure that an incident of this nature never happens again. '... The footage from the show, part of a pilot taped on remote location, has never and will never air. We are sorry if these women were hurt. It is certainly never our intention to hurt anyone."
Monique Garcia and Kelli Sloat, who were 13 at the time, said they were invited to stand near the stage during taping of the show and were given no warning that two men calling themselves the "Shower Rangers" would defecate on stage.
"We were having a good time until the second act of Dude, This Sucks went on," Garcia, a middle-school student in Big Bear, said at a press conference to announce the lawsuit. "All of a sudden I was smelling something disgusting, and I started to gag. I looked around at my friends. They were covered in something. As I looked down at myself, I realized that I was, too."
Gloria Allred, a prominent Los Angeles attorney representing the two girls, said Garcia and Sloat attended Dude, This Sucks, expecting to see a new MTV variety show, and were ushered next to the stage by staff members.
Allred said the girls, along with four friends, watched crew members cover camera equipment with plastic tarps before the Shower Rangers, who are not named in the lawsuit, took the stage.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT hate group's annual summit | The Independent
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:48
Donald Trump is to address the annual conference of an anti-LGBT group which has been classified as a hate group.
The US president will become the first sitting president to address social conservative activists and elected officials at the Value Voters Summit in Washington DC on Friday.
President Trump has addressed the event which is hosted by the Family Research Council three times in total and did so last year as the Republican presidential candidate.
The Family Research Council opposes and actively lobbies against equal rights for LGBT persons. The conservative Christian group campaigns against same-sex marriage, same-sex civil unions, LGBT adoption, abortion, embryonic stell-cell research, pornography and divorce.
Every year the conference sparks controversy for its choice of speakers and in 2010 the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a legal advocacy organisation which specialise in civil rights, went so far as to classify the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group.
Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, condemned President Trump's decision to address the event.
''By appearing at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBT people and works to deny them of their equal rights," he told The Independent.
"His appearance puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBT community. Bigotry is not an American value, and our president should speak out against it.''
Tony Perkins, the president of Family Research Council, heaped praise on President Trump for his appearance the conference.
''Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America's mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation,'' he said in a statement.
''Values voters are coming to our nation's capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the eight years of relentless assault on the First Amendment.''
The event, which counts religious extremists, white supremacists, and far-right activists among its attendants, will also include speeches from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former White House aide Sebastian Gorka.
Phil Robertson, a professional hunter who starred on reality TV show Duck Dynasty, is another speaker. The businessman, who has called gay marriage "evil" and "wicked'', stoked controversy for remarks made during a GQ interview back in 2014.
He was asked what was sinful and replied: "Start with homosexual behaviour and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."
Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate who refused to answer a question about whether homosexuality should be punished by death, will also be addressing the summit.
This ties in with the views of the Family Research Council who have previously claimed "homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed" and it is "by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects."
The Family Research Council opposes civil rights laws to be expanded to encompass sexual orientation and gender identity as illegal bases for discrimination. On top of this, it supports a federal conscience clause which allows medical workers to refuse to deliver certain treatments to their patients, such as abortion, blood transfusion or birth control.
Back in February 2010, the organisation's Senior Researcher for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg, said on NBC's Hardball that gay behaviour should be outlawed and "criminal sanctions against homosexual behaviour" should be enforced.
The Southern Poverty Law Centre has condemned the beliefs of the Family Research Council and argue it makes untrue claims about the LGBT community founded on ''discredited research and junk science''.
''The intention is to denigrate LGBT people as the organisation battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military's ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' policy,'' it says in a statement on its website.
''To make the case that the LGBT community is a threat to American society, the FRC employs a number of 'policy experts' whose 'research' has allowed the FRC to be extremely active politically in shaping public debate. Its research fellows and leaders often testify before Congress and appear in the mainstream media. It also works at the grassroots level, conducting outreach to pastors in an effort to 'transform the culture'.''
President Trump touted himself as a champion of gay rights during his presidential bid but LGBT rights groups argue he has waged a war on their freedoms. On inauguration day, the Trump administration immediately erased all references to LGBT people and everyone living with HIV from whitehouse.gov.
What's more, days after being sworn in Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew his predecessor's guidance on protections for transgender students in public schools that allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
This summer, President Trump, who has long courted the evangelical Christian vote, announced a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military in a series of tweets. He then signed a directive reinstating a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military.
The most recent target on transgender people by the Trump team came this week when the Justice Department announced that an anti-discrimination law does not protect transgender workers. This has potentially opened people up to discrimination in the workplace because of their gender identity.
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Magic mushrooms can 'reset' depressed brain - BBC News
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:52
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A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can "reset" the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.
The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin.
Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity that lasted about five weeks.
However, the team at Imperial College London says people should not self-medicate.
There has been a series of small studies suggesting psilocybin could have a role in depression by acting as a "lubricant for the mind" that allows people to escape a cycle of depressive symptoms.
But the precise impact it might be having on brain activity was not known.
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The team at Imperial performed fMRI brain scans before treatment with psilocybin and then the day after (when the patients were "sober" again).
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports , showed psilocybin affected two key areas of the brain.
The amygdala - which is heavily involved in how we process emotions such as fear and anxiety - became less active. The greater the reduction, the greater the improvement in reported symptoms.The default-mode network - a collaboration of different brain regions - became more stable after taking psilocybin.Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, said the depressed brain was being "clammed up" and the psychedelic experience "reset" it.
He told the BBC News website: "Patients were very ready to use this analogy. Without any priming they would say, 'I've been reset, reborn, rebooted', and one patient said his brain had been defragged and cleaned up."
However, this remains a small study and had no "control" group of healthy people with whom to compare the brain scans.
Further, larger studies are still needed before psilocybin could be accepted as a treatment for depression.
However, there is no doubt new approaches to treatment are desperately needed.
Prof Mitul Mehta, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, said: "What is impressive about these preliminary findings is that brain changes occurred in the networks we know are involved in depression, after just a single dose of psilocybin.
"This provides a clear rationale to now look at the longer-term mechanisms in controlled studies."
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Oakland fills almost 3,000 potholes over 3 weeks
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:32
OAKLAND '-- Residents' complaints about potholes led to 2,787 being filled throughout the city over three weeks in September and October.
City workers in the newly formed Department of Transportation put in around-the-clock 12-hour shifts during the ''Road Repair Mini-Blitz,'' officials said during a press conference. Between this blitz and the one held annually across seven weeks in the summer, workers have filled 17,800 potholes and are on track to repair a record-setting 20,000 by the end of the year.
Though city officials are proud of the work they have done recently, years of dwindling street maintenance funding has the left Oakland with an extensive backlog of needed repairs. The cost to make those repairs is about $443 million, according to the Department of Transportation.
Oakland voters passed Measure KK in November, which will provide $350 million in bond funds over the next decade to chip away at that backlog. The Department of Transportation '-- with $25 million of Measure KK bonds approved by City Council to be used over the next two years '-- is ramping up its staff and equipment to put the money to work.
The mini-blitz is a taste of what's to come from the Department of Transportation, Mayor Libby Schaaf said at the press conference Oct. 5.
''This is the on-the-ground results of what this new department is producing for Oaklanders,'' Schaaf said. ''It's going to be safer, it's going to be smoother, and we need (Oaklanders) to continue to report those potholes as well as other safety dangers where we can come and make improvements.''
Workers fixed potholes that had received the most complaints and were not repaired during the summer road repair blitz. Workers also made minor repairs to 752 feet of street and sealed cracks along 31 blocks, according to the department.
The repairs were made across the city, said Department of Transportation director Ryan Russo. Workers spent three days fixing potholes in each council district.
''It's one of those things that is shared throughout the city,'' Russo said. ''We pretty much have poor street conditions in every neighborhood, and everyone deserves some improvement.''
Fruitvale neighborhood resident Sandra Diaz, who lives near East 16th Street where repairs were made, said potholes had been a headache for her and her neighbors for years.
''When I see cars jumping I say, 'Oh, they skipped a pothole,' '' Diaz said. ''I have sisters and family that comes to visit me and they say, 'Oh, we just ran over a pothole, now I've got to take it to the car shop.' ''
Diaz's sister had to repair her tires because of the damage caused by the potholes, she said; the bill came out to almost $400.
''Potholes are annoying for us car drivers; they do cost us at the mechanics' shop for alignment jobs,'' Schaaf said. ''But for bike riders, it could literally be life or death, and that is why we do look to prioritize road repairs in major bike routes.''
District 5 City Councilman Noel Gallo said the city ''pays a substantial amount of money'' in lawsuits filed by bike riders or drivers who are injured because of potholes.
''I would rather invest that to fix the potholes than to pay for legal actions against the city,'' Gallo said.
The Department of Transportation plans to make short-term repairs like filling potholes and patching cracks until the rainy season starts, Russo said. The department plans to ''reinforce that short-term work with more expensive, long-term work of repaving Oakland's roads,'' according to a news release.
''We're staffing up and using those Measure KK dollars to buy equipment so that when the rainy season ends this spring, we will hit the ground paving,'' Russo said.
REPORTING POTHOLESPotholes can be reported at 510-615-5566, callcenter@oakland.net, or through the SeeClickFix mobile app.
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Forget Catalonia, Flanders Is The Real Test Case Of EU Separatism! | Zero Hedge
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:30
Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review,
Catalonia's separatist campaign has dominated European headlines for the past couple of weeks, but it's really the northern Belgian region of Flanders which will serve as a barometer over whether large chunks of the EU will fall apart into a collection of identity-centric statelets prior to the bloc's reconstitution into a ''federation of regions''.
What's going on in Catalonia is of paramount importance to the geopolitical future of Europe, since it could very well serve as the catalyst for fracturing the EU if copycat movements elsewhere are emboldened by the Spanish region's possible separatist success. This was explained in detail in the author's recent analysis about ''The Catalan Chain Reaction'', which readers should familiarize themselves with if they're not already acquainted with the thesis put forth in that work. To concisely summarize, there's a very distinct possibility that the EU's liberal-globalist elite have been planning to divide and rule the continent along identity-based lines in order to further their ultimate goal of creating a ''federation of regions''.
Catalonia is the spark that could set off this entire process, but it could also just be a flash in the pan that might end up being contained no matter what its final result may be. Flanders, however, is much different because of the heightened symbolism that Belgium holds in terms of EU identity, and the dissolution of this somewhat artificially created state would be the clearest sign yet that the EU's ruling elite intend to take the bloc down the direction of manufactured fragmentation. Bearing this in mind, the spread of the ''Catalan Chain Reaction'' to Belgium and the inspiration that this could give to Flanders to break off from the rest of the country should be seen as the true barometer over whether or not the EU's ''nation-states'' will disintegrate into a constellation of ''Balkanized'' ones.
''The First Bosnia''In order to properly understand the state of affairs at play, it's necessary to briefly review the history of what could in some sense be described as ''The First Bosnia'', or in other words, Europe's ''first artificially created state''. Most of the territory of what is nowadays referred to as Belgium was unified with the modern-day Netherlands from 1482-1581 when the political entity was referred to as the Habsburg Netherlands. The southern part (Belgium) came under Spanish control from 1581-1714 when it was called the Spanish Netherlands. Afterwards, it passed under Austrian administration from 1714-1797 when it became the Austrian Netherlands prior to its brief incorporation into the First French Republic and later Empire from 1797-1815. It was during the Spanish and Austrian eras that Belgium began to consider Catholicism as an inseparable part of its national identity in opposition to the Netherland's Protestantism. Finally, Belgium was part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands from 1815-1839 until the Belgian Revolution made it an independent state for the first time in its history.
In essence, what ended up happening is that a majority-Catholic but ethno-linguistically divided population got caught up in the 19th century's wave of nationalism and created a hybrid Franco-Dutch state that would eventually federalize in the late-20th century, in a structural sense serving as a precursor to the dysfunctional Balkan creation of Bosnia almost a century and a half later.
It's important to mention that the territory of what would eventually become Belgium had regularly been a battleground between the competing European powers of the Netherlands, the pre-unification German states, France, the UK, and even Spain and Austria during their control of this region, and this new country's creation was widely considered by some to be nothing more than a buffer state. The 1830 London Conference between the UK, France, Prussia, Austria, and Russia saw the Great Power of the time recognize the fledgling entity as an independent actor, with Paris even militarily intervening to protecting it during Amsterdam's failed ''Ten Day's Campaign'' to reclaim its lost southern province in summer 1831. For as artificial of a political construction as Belgium was, it fared comparatively well during the 19th century as it leveraged its copious coal supplies and geostrategic position to rapidly industrialize and eventually become a genocidal African colonizer in the Congo. Although it was devastated in both World Wars, Belgium was able to bounce back in a relatively short period of time, partly because it could rely on its Congolese prison state.
In The Belly Of The BeastFlash forward to the present, and the only thing that modern-day Belgium has in common with its past self is its internal divisions. The post-colonial aftermath of ''losing the Congo'' and shortly beforehand agreeing to host the capital of the European Union opened up previously nationalistic Belgium to liberal-globalist influence, which contributed to what would eventually become its utter domestic dysfunction in recent years. It wasn't by chance that Brussels was chosen as the EU's headquarters either, since its inherent weakness was thought to make it an ideal ''compromise country'' for establishing the bloc's headquarters, as it would never become as powerful as France, for example, in potentially monopolizing the international organization's agenda. Again, Belgium's history as a buffer state/region came into relevant play in positioning it ''in the belly of the beast'' that's nowadays reviled by all sorts of individuals across the continent.
The administrative disconnect between its northern region of Flanders and the southern one of Wallonia, as well as what would eventually become its multi-tiered federal, regional, and community structure, was exploited by the EU's ideologically extreme elite to make the country the centerpiece of their ''multiculturalexperiment''. After decades of facilitating mass migration from civilizationally dissimilar societies of the ''Global South'', 5.9% of the country is Muslim while at least an astonishing 20% of Brussels follows Islam. Almost all of the capital's Muslims are immigrants, mostly from Morocco and Turkey, which isn't surprising considering that 70% of Brussels' inhabitants are foreign-born. Unfortunately for the native locals, the ''multicultural experiment'' has failed miserably, and Belgium is now Europe's jihadist leader in terms of the per capita number of fighters who have travelled abroad to join Daesh. All things considered, the ''utopia'' that the Belgians were promised by joining the EU and hosting its headquarters has turned into a dystopia, and the country now finds itself in the belly of the liberal-globalist beast.
It's little wonder than that some of Belgium's population wants to escape from the organization which is responsible for their socio-cultural and security challenges, ergo the Flemish independence movement which aims to see the country's northern region become an independent state because of the lopsided demographic-economic advantage that it has over Wallonia. Flanders contributes four times as much to Belgium's national economy as Catalonia does to Spain's, being responsible for a whopping 80% of the country's GDP as estimated by the European Commission, and it also accounts for roughly two-thirds of Belgium's total population unlike Catalonia's one-sixth or so. This means that Flemish independence would be absolutely disastrous for the people living in the remaining 55% of the ''Belgian'' rump state, which would for all intents and purposes constitute a de-facto, though unwillingly, independent Wallonia. Therefore, it's important to forecast what could happen if Belgium ultimately implodes with Flanders' possible secession.
Breaking The Buffer StateThis section should appropriately be prefaced by emphasizing that there's no guarantee that Flanders will actually secede from Belgium, or that it would be successful in holding an unconstitutional referendum such as the one that Catalonia did in attempting to ''legitimize'' its anti-state ambitions. Furthermore, the Belgian state or its EU superstate overseer might resort to force just as Madrid did in trying to prevent this region's secession, so the reader shouldn't take it for granted that Flanders will inevitably become an independent state. Having gotten the ''disclaimer'' out of the way, however, there's a very real chance that the ''Catalan Chain Reaction'' will spread to the ''belly of the beast'' in catalyzing a similar separatist process in Flanders, hence why the author argued in the introduction that the outcome of such a reenergized post-Catalan movement in this region will be the best barometer in gauging whether the EU's liberal-globalist elite do indeed plan to ''Balkanize'' the bloc into an array of regionally ''federalized'' identity-centric statelets.
Given the domestic and historical particularities of the Belgian case study, it appears likely that Flanders' successful secession (however it ends up coming about) would lead to a narrow range of geopolitical outcomes for the Western European country.
The first one is that Wallonia would be unable to function as a stand-alone ''rump''/''independent'' state given its measly 20% of unified Belgium's GDP, its one-third of the previous population, and presumed dependency on Flanders' port of Antwerp for most economic contact with the ''outside world' aside from France and Germany. For these reasons, it's conceivable that the French-speaking region could be taken over by France just like how the famous French diplomat Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-P(C)rigord originally envisioned in his unfulfilled eponymous ''Talleyrand partition plan'' that was first unveiled during the 1830 London Conference. As for Flanders itself, it could either attempt to remain an ''independent'' state or possibly confederate with the Netherlands, if there was any desire from both parties for this latter option.
Where things get tricky, however, is when it comes to the German-speaking community in eastern Wallonia, which might not want to become part of France. Also, for reasons of sensitive political-historical optics, they probably wouldn't be able to join Germany because it would carry uncomfortably strong shadows of Hitler's annexation of the Sudetenland during the pre-World World II dissolution of Czechoslovakia. Therefore, it's likely that this sub-region would remain within Wallonia, which itself would probably become part of France, albeit with possible autonomy guaranteed to the German speakers that Paris would be ''inheriting''. That said, this isn't the trickiest part of any Belgian breakup, as the status of Brussels would definitely occupy center stage in this scenario. The EU would be inclined to see to it that its capital becomes an ''independent'' city-state on par with similarly sized Liechtenstein, though with a much higher and more dangerous Salafist demographic to contend with, one which could make it the ''rightful'' capital of ''Eurabia'' if civilizational-geopolitical trends continue in that direction.
Concluding ThoughtsThe future of Flanders will be more of a harbinger of the EU's administrative-political future than Catalonia's will be, though the latter is indeed the trigger for sparking what might become the former's emboldened separatist push. If the host country of the EU's headquarters falls victim to the secessionist trend that might be poised to sweep across the bloc due to the ''Catalan Chain Reaction'', then it would confidently indicate that the EU's ruling liberal-globalist elite are determined to initiate the ''controlled Balkanization'' of the continent into a constellation of identity-centric statelets so as to ultimately satisfy their long-held goal of implementing a ''federation of regions.
There is no place in Europe more symbolically significant than Belgium, and especially its jihadist dystopian capital of Brussels, so if the European power structures ''allow'' Flanders to separate from ''the First Bosnia'', then it's all but certain that the rest of the bloc will feel the geopolitical reverberations within their own borders sooner than later.
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Shrinks take to streets to demand 'narcissistic' Trump's ouster | New York Post
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:11
They're not nuts about Trump.
Some 125 psychologists and other mental health professionals marched along lower Broadway Saturday to demand that President Trump be thrown out of office, based on a constitutional clause allowing presidents to be ousted when their cabinets decide they are '' unable to discharge the powers and duties'' of their job.
''We can sense the power of Trump's underlying fear that he is worthless and weak by how intensely he resists and retaliated against any criticism,'' said Harry Segal, a Cornell University psychologist.
''No matter how minor, he can't let anything go.''
Michelle Golland, also a clinical psychologist, agreed.
''We're actually suffering from his narcissistic personality,'' she said. ''He has no empathy. You can feel it, the way he spoke about the San Juan mayor'... She has PTSD and our president mistreats her. She is re-victimized. That is a narcissist.''
The marchers, dressed in black and wearing red plastic strips around their necks reading ''Danger,'' were led by psychologist Peter Fraenkel of City College, who carried a drum and beat out a funereal rhythm.
The psychologists and their political action committee, ''Duty to Warn,'' cites the 25th amendment which lays out the rules for removing a president from office.
George Lopez booed off stage after Trump jokes flop at gala | Page Six
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:16
Comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd.
We're told the flap began when Trump backer and Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei donated $250,000 but requested that Lopez cool it with the anti-Trump jokes at the Carousel Ball.
An attendee at the event '-- where tables sold from $5,000 to $100,000 to benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes '-- commented on a YouTube video that ''George was asked nicely to stop making Trump jokes by a man in front row [Maffei] who just donated $250K.'' But ''George doesn't, continues. Gets booed.''
We're told that Lopez responded to Maffei, ''Thank you for changing my opinion on old white men, but it doesn't change the way I feel about orange men.''
Trying to recover and sensing the audience turn, Lopez said, ''Listen, it's about the kids .'‰.'‰. I apologize for bringing politics to an event. This is America '-- it still is. So I apologize to your white privilege.''
We're told Lopez also told a joke about Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, saying, ''I guess you can get some Mexicans to do it cheaper and they wouldn't crush the tunnels ­underneath.''
When the audience did not respond well, he quipped, ''Are you El Chapo people?'' in reference to the drug kingpin who has used tunnels to evade authorities.
Lopez then announced a video segment '-- but he did not return to the stage, and a local newscaster took over the hosting duties.
TV host Chris Parente posted on Twitter, ''big controversy: host of HUGE charity #CarouselBall, @georgelopez, makes political comments about Trump, drops f-bomb and is escorted out.'' But a source close to the comedian insisted to Page Six that Lopez's segment was ''only supposed to be four minutes,'' even though he was listed as the night's emcee.
Lenny Kravitz performed at the gala, which raised $1.65 million.
Reps had no comment.
Finding her Footing
'Megyn Kelly Today': Celebrities Refuse to Appear as Ratings Collapse - Breitbart
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 03:39
Varietyreports that publicists have no desire for their clients to sit down with Kelly. Bad reviews and even worse ratings are only part of the problem. From out of the gate, Kelly bungled celebrity interview after celebrity interview. And now, no one wants to put a client through that potential embarrassment:
''I'm not booking anyone on her show,'' says a high-powered publicist, with a roster of big names, who asked for anonymity due to her overall relationship with ''Today.'' ''I literally haven't pitched anyone even from right out the gate. The buzz that is out there is so bad.''
Another well-known publicist, who represents one of the celebrities who has appeared on Kelly's show, wasn't pleased with the interview. ''I won't plan to have others go on,'' the publicist said. ''None specifically have been offered or asked to, but it'll be my preference not to.''
Page Six reports Kelly's ratings are so bad that she drags down the entire Today franchise. Kelly's own hour is down a whopping -32 percent compared to last year. The hour that follows with Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb is down 26 percent:
''Too many people are tuning out NBC. Hoda and Kathie Lee had been a bright spot in the mornings. People are alarmed,'' the source said of the slide. Another source told us that ''Today'' talent is concerned.
''The format for Megyn's show doesn't make sense. Her show distracts from the 'Today' franchise,'' the second source said.
Kelly's biggest problem is that she has no audience. The left will never forgive the former Queen of Fox News, and everyone else sees her as a grasping schemer who tried to tank Donald Trump's presidential campaign as a means to advance her own career.
As a result, everyone is rooting for her to fail, and as of now, for the first time in a long time, she is not letting anyone down.
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Sonic Weapons
Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:36
WASHINGTON (AP) '-- It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they're colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect.
The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana in a series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks. The recording, released Thursday by the AP, is the first disseminated publicly of the many taken in Cuba of mysterious sounds that led investigators initially to suspect a sonic weapon.
The recordings themselves are not believed to be dangerous to those who listen. Sound experts and physicians say they know of no sound that can cause physical damage when played for short durations at normal levels through standard equipment like a cellphone or computer.
What device produced the original sound remains unknown. Americans affected in Havana reported the sounds hit them at extreme volumes.
Whether there's a direct relationship between the sound and the physical damage suffered by the victims is also unclear. The U.S. says that in general the attacks caused hearing, cognitive, visual, balance, sleep and other problems.
The recordings from Havana have been sent for analysis to the U.S. Navy, which has advanced capabilities for analyzing acoustic signals, and to the intelligence services, the AP has learned. But the recordings have not significantly advanced U.S. knowledge about what is harming diplomats.
The Navy did not respond to requests for comment on the recording. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert wouldn't comment on the tape's authenticity.
Cuba has denied involvement or knowledge of the attacks. The U.S. hasn't blamed anyone and says it still doesn't know what or who is responsible. But the government has faulted President Raul Castro's government for failing to protect American personnel, and Nauert said Thursday that Cuba "may have more information than we are aware of right now."
"We believe that the Cuban government could stop the attacks on our diplomats," said White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Not all Americans injured in Cuba heard sounds. Of those who did, it's not clear they heard precisely the same thing.
Yet the AP has reviewed several recordings from Havana taken under different circumstances, and all have variations of the same high-pitched sound. Individuals who have heard the noise in Havana confirm the recordings are generally consistent with what they heard.
"That's the sound," one of them said.
The recording being released by the AP has been digitally enhanced to increase volume and reduce background noise, but has not been otherwise altered.
The sound seemed to manifest in pulses of varying lengths '-- seven seconds, 12 seconds, two seconds '-- with some sustained periods of several minutes or more. Then there would be silence for a second, or 13 seconds, or four seconds, before the sound abruptly started again.
A closer examination of one recording reveals it's not just a single sound. Roughly 20 or more different frequencies, or pitches, are embedded in it, the AP discovered using a spectrum analyzer, which measures a signal's frequency and amplitude.
To the ear, the multiple frequencies can sound a bit like dissonant keys on a piano being struck all at once. Plotted on a graph, the Havana sound forms a series of "peaks" that jump up from a baseline, like spikes or fingers on a hand.
"There are about 20 peaks, and they seem to be equally spaced. All these peaks correspond to a different frequency," said Kausik Sarkar, an acoustics expert and engineering professor at The George Washington University who reviewed the recording with the AP.
Those frequencies might be only part of the picture. Conventional recording devices and tools to measure sound may not pick up very high or low frequencies, such as those above or below what the human ear can hear. Investigators have explored whether infrasound or ultrasound might be at play in the Havana attacks.
The recordings have been played for workers at the U.S. Embassy to teach them what to listen for, said several individuals with knowledge of the situation in Havana. Some embassy employees have also been given recording devices to turn on if they hear the sounds. The individuals weren't authorized to discuss the situation publicly and demanded anonymity.
Cuban officials wouldn't say whether the U.S. has shared the recordings with Cuba's government.
Another big question remains: Even if you know you're under attack, what do you do? Still dumbfounded by what's causing this, the United States has been at a loss to offer advice.
The embassy's security officials have told staff if they believe they're being attacked, they should get up and move to a different location, because the attack is unlikely to be able to follow them, the commenting individuals said. The AP reported last month that some people experienced attacks or heard sounds that were narrowly confined to a room or parts of a room.
The State Department has said 22 Americans are "medically confirmed" to be affected and that the number could grow. The symptoms and circumstances reported have varied widely, making some hard to tie conclusively to the attacks. The incidents began last year and are considered "ongoing," with an attack reported as recently as late August.
Cuba has defended its "exhaustive and priority" response, emphasizing its eagerness to assist the U.S. investigation. Cuban officials did not respond to requests for comment for this story but have complained in the past that Washington refuses to share information they say they need to fully investigate, such as medical records, technical data and timely notification of attacks.
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Lederman reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Jake Pearson in New York and Matthew Lee, Robert Burns, Lolita C. Baldor and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed.
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An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the sounds as being between 7,000 kHz and 8,000 kHz. That sentence has been deleted.
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Pay-TV Companies Tank As Subscriber Losses Surge To Record Highs In 2017
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:34
As the broader markets casually melt-up to new record highs with each passing day, one small corner of the equity market is in full on meltdown mode: cable and satellite pay-tv providers. Down anywhere from 3-10% on the week, investors in this space seem to be finally admitting that record subscriber losses, quarter after quarter, just may end up being a bad thing.
As Bloomberg points out this morning, pay-tv subscriber losses are expected to set a new record in 2017, surpassing the 1.7mm homes that "cut the cord" in 2016, as industry analyst Craig Moffet warns "it is becoming increasingly clear that the wheels are falling off..."
Barring a major fourth-quarter comeback, 2017 is on course to be the worst year for conventional pay-TV subscriber losses in history, surpassing last year's 1.7 million, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. That figure doesn't include online services like DirecTV Now. Even including those digital plans, the five biggest TV providers are projected to have lost 469,000 customers in the third quarter.
AT&T sank 6.1 percent, the biggest one-day loss since November 2008. Dish, which also provides satellite service, declined 5.1 percent. Viacom dropped 2.5 percent while AMC Networks Inc. fell 6.8 percent after Guggenheim Securities LLC downgraded the two stocks to neutral from buy.
Dallas-based AT&T is pushing headlong into TV programming by acquiring HBO and CNN owner Time Warner Inc. in an $85.4 billion deal. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson has argued that the acquisition will let AT&T create compelling video packages for mobile subscribers and provide valuable targeting information for advertisers.
''It is becoming increasingly clear that the wheels are falling off of satellite TV,'' said Craig Moffett, an analyst at MoffettNathanson LLC, in a research note.
AT&T set off the selling panic earlier this week when they announced they would lose 390,000 pay-tv customers in 3Q 2017 alone. As a reminder, AT&T purchased DirectTV for $48.5 billion just 3 years ago...something tells us shareholders might like a 'do-over' on that colossal misallocation of capital.
AT&T, whose ownership of the DirecTV satellite service makes it the biggest U.S. pay-television provider, said late Wednesday it will report a third-quarter loss of 390,000 satellite and cable customers, echoing a similar warning weeks earlier from Comcast Corp. The same night, Viacom cautioned that its distribution deal with Charter Communications Inc., the second-biggest cable U.S. company, may lead to a blackout, potentially testing whether millions of viewers are willing to go without MTV and Nickelodeon.
Shares of both companies retreated Thursday, contributing to a broader selloff in the sector. The S&P 500 Media Index, which includes Comcast and ESPN owner Walt Disney Co., slid 2.3 percent to the lowest level since December.
Meanwhile, the bigger question that remains to be answered is whether cable providers will finally use this customer backlash to push back on content providers who have managed to force ridiculous annual price increases down the throats of American consumers for decades...Citi analyst Jason Bazinet seems to think so...
After decades of steadily increasing bills and ever-bigger packages of channels, the pay-TV ecosystem is in full-blown crisis mode. AT&T, Dish Network Inc. and others are offering cheaper, online-only versions of cable to lure customers back, but that means having to accept thinner profit margins.
''Those salad days of fat bundles, automatic carriage renewals and customary affiliate steps ups are long gone,'' Citigroup Inc. analyst Jason Bazinet wrote in a note this week. ''Today, every media and cable firm is jockeying for self-preservation. And we suspect the next chapter in this new era means Charter will drop -- or significantly curtail -- distribution of Viacom's content.''
Of course, some of these content owners are making the decision to drop the cable bundle much easier all on their own...
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War on Guns
Angered by gun control, this lawmaker drafted a bill to require licenses for journalists
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:40
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State Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from the southeastern part of Indiana and, drafted a measure to require licenses for journalists akin to those that pertain to handgun owners (WRTV6)A state lawmaker in Indiana has drafted a measure to require licenses for journalists akin to those that pertain to handgun owners, a proposal legal experts says directly violates the First Amendment.
The measure would require journalists '-- defined as anyone writing or broadcasting news for a newspaper, magazine, website or television or radio station '-- to be registered and fingerprinted by the police and vetted for their ''character and reputation.''
State Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from the southeastern part of Indiana and a vocal critic of his state's gun restrictions, drafted the bill by copying language from a state law that requires a license to carry a handgun in public.
With these laws proposed for journalists, Lucas's measure reads like satire.
Committing journalism without a license within 500 feet of school or on a school bus would bump the penalty up from a misdemeanor to a felony. Journalists with felony or domestic battery convictions would be prevented from getting licenses. And unlicensed people would still be able to engage in journalism on property they own or rent.
The proposal has not been submitted. And though Lucas says the measure was drafted in part to point out what he views as the hypocrisy of gun regulations, he would not rule out introducing the proposal in the state legislature in the future.
''I'm going to see,'' he told The Washington Post on Friday.
First Amendment experts said the proposal '-- first reported by the Indianapolis Star '-- has no chance of surviving a court challenge, should it ever be introduced, then passed.
''It's an absolute nonstarter,'' said Burt Neuborne, a New York University law professor and a civil liberties expert. ''The whole reason for the free press clause was to abolish licensing rules for the press.''
Neuborne added: ''Maybe we should license state legislators.''
Lucas's proposal comes amid heightened political tensions around the First Amendment.
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As America grapples with the increasing frequency and deadliness of mass shootings, politicians are turning to scripted reactions to respond to the tragedies. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)President Trump, who has demonized the news media as ''the enemy of the American People,'' alarmed free-speech advocates this week by writing on Twitter that NBC News should be punished by regulators after the organization published a report that he did not like.
The comment drew rebukes from people across the political spectrum, including Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who implied in a tweet that he believed the president was violating his oath of office.
Related: [Trump escalates threats against press, calls news coverage 'frankly disgusting']
In the wake of Trump's election, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states introduced or voted on legislation to curb protests, in what critics said amounted to an attack on civil liberties. One bill proposed shielding drivers who hit protesters in the street from liability. Another sought to seize the assets of those who took part in protests that turned violent.
Conservatives have accused the left of shutting down planned speeches on college campuses and other public spaces throughout the year.
In Indiana, Lucas said the proposal to license journalists was drafted in January, as his frustration grew with local news coverage and editorials about a gun-rights bill he had introduced to eliminate the permits needed to carry handguns in public.
''I was ahead of Trump on this,'' he said. ''I thought fair play '-- if the media thinks we should license one constitutional right, then the same standards should be applied to them, especially when they misrepresent the truth.''
Lucas, a Marine veteran who describes himself as a ''defender of the Constitution'' on his Twitter page, was first elected to the statehouse in 2012. He has tried unsuccessfully to repeal gun restriction laws in his state for years.
''If we're okay with someone getting a license to exercise their Second Amendment right, explain to me how that can't be applied to other constitutional rights?'' he said in a phone interview.
When asked about the extensive court rulings that inform the modern notion of a free press, Lucas said he does not believe legal precedence and case law are important.
''People can bring courts into it '-- that's obfuscation,'' he said. ''The Constitution meant what it said and said what it said. But through the course of centuries, we have tolerated five men and women in robes telling us what those words mean.''
Related: [Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states]
On Twitter, he has attacked journalists whose coverage he disagrees with, including a columnist who wrote critically '-- and, Lucas said, inaccurately '-- about his gun legislation.
As news of his journalism-license proposal began to circulate widely, Lucas took to Facebook, writing: ''The irony is that every despotic government has employed speech and propaganda in their rise to tyranny while freedom fighters use guns to fight them.''
For all of his broadsides about the press, however, he was quick to return a reporter's phone call.
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Rickards Warns "Prepare For A Chinese Maxi-Devaluation"
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:39
Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning,
China is a relatively open economy; therefore it is subject to the impossible trinity.
China has also been attempting to do the impossible in recent years with predictable results.
Beginning in 2008 China pegged its exchange rate to the U.S. dollar. China also had an open capital account to allow the free exchange of yuan for dollars, and China preferred an independent monetary policy.
The problem is that the Impossible Trinity says you can't have all three. This model has been validated several times since 2008 as China has stumbled through a series of currency and monetary reversals.
For example, China's attempted the impossible beginning in 2008 with a peg to the dollar around 6.80. This ended abruptly in June 2010 when China broke the currency peg and allowed it to rise from 6.82 to 6.05 by January 2014 '-- a 10% appreciation.
This exchange rate revaluation was partly in response to bitter complaints by U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner about China's ''currency manipulation'' through an artificially low peg to the dollar in the 2008 '' 2010 period.
After 2013, China reversed course and pursued a steady devaluation of the yuan from 6.05 in January 2014 to 6.95 by December 2016. At the end of 2016, the Chinese yuan was back where it was when the U.S. was screaming ''currency manipulation.''
Only now there was a new figure to point the finger at China. The new American critic was no longer the quiet Tim Geithner, but the bombastic Donald Trump.
Trump had threatened to label China a currency manipulator throughout his campaign from June 2015 to Election Day on November 8, 2016. Once Trump was elected, China engaged in a policy of currency war appeasement.
China actually propped up its currency with a soft peg. The trading range was especially tight in the first half of 2017, right around 6.85.
In contrast to the 2008 '' 2010 peg, China avoided the impossible trinity this time by partially closing the capital account and by raising rates alongside the Fed, thereby abandoning its independent monetary policy.
This was also in contrast to China's behavior when it first faced the failure of its efforts to beat impossible trinity. In 2015, China dodged the impossible trinity not by closing the capital account, but by breaking the currency peg.
In August 2015, China engineered a sudden shock devaluation of the yuan. The dollar gained 3% against the yuan in two days as China devalued.
The results were disastrous.
U.S. stocks fell 11% in a few weeks. There was a real threat of global financial contagion and a full-blown liquidity crisis. A crisis was averted by Fed jawboning, and a decision to put off the ''liftoff'' in U.S. interest rates from September 2015 to the following December.
China conducted another devaluation from November to December 2015. This time China did not execute a sneak attack, but did the devaluation in baby steps. This was stealth devaluation.
The results were just as disastrous as the prior August. U.S. stocks fell 11% from January 1, 2016 to February 10. 2016. Again, a greater crisis was averted only by a Fed decision to delay planned U.S. interest rate hikes in March and June 2016.
The impact these two prior devaluations had on the exchange rate is shown in the chart below.
Major moves in the dollar/yuan cross exchange rate (USD/CNY) have had powerful impacts on global markets. The August 2015 surprise yuan devaluation sent U.S. stocks reeling. Another slower devaluation did the same in early 2016. A stronger yuan in 2017 coincided with the Trump stock rally. A new devaluation is now underway and U.S. stocks may suffer again.
By mid-2017, the Trump administration was once again complaining about Chinese currency manipulation.
This was partly in response to China's failure to assist the United States in dealing with North Korea's nuclear weapons development and missile testing programs.
For its part, China did not want a trade or currency war with the U.S. in advance of the National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which begins on October 18.
President Xi Jinping was playing a delicate internal political game and did not want to rock the boat in international relations. China appeased the U.S. again by allowing the exchange rate to climb from 6.90 to 6.45 in the summer of 2017.
China escaped the impossible trinity in 2015 by devaluing their currency.
China escaped the impossible trinity again in 2017 using a hat trick of partially closing the capital account, raising interest rates, and allowing the yuan to appreciate against the dollar thereby breaking the exchange rate peg.
The problem for China is that these solutions are all non-sustainable.
China cannot keep the capital account closed without damaging badly needed capital inflows. Who will invest in China if you can't get your money out?
China also cannot maintain high interest rates because the interest costs will bankrupt insolvent state owned enterprises and lead to an increase in unemployment, which is socially destabilizing.
China cannot maintain a strong yuan because that damages exports, hurts export-related jobs, and causes deflation to be imported through lower import prices. An artificially inflated currency also drains the foreign exchange reserves needed to maintain the peg.
Since the impossible trinity really is impossible in the long-run, and since China's current solutions are non-sustainable, what can China do to solve its policy trilemma?
The most obvious course, and the one likely to be implemented, is a maxi-devaluation of the yuan to around the 7.95 level or lower.
This would stop capital outflows because those outflows are driven by devaluation fears. Once the devaluation happens, there is no longer any urgency about getting money out of China. In fact, new money should start to flow in to take advantage of much lower local currency prices.
There are early signs that this policy of devaluation is already being put into place. The yuan has dropped sharply in the past month from 6.45 to 6.62. This resembles the stealth devaluation of late 2015, but is somewhat more aggressive.
The geopolitical situation is also ripe for a Chinese devaluation policy. Once the National Party Congress is over in late October, President Xi will have secured his political ambitions and will no longer find it necessary to avoid rocking the boat.
China's President Xi Jinping awaits appointment to a second term at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, starting October 18. His reappointment is a foregone conclusion.
China has clearly failed to have much impact on North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions. As war between North Korea and the U.S. draws closer, neither China nor the U.S. will have as much incentive to cooperate with each other on bilateral trade and currency issues.
Both Trump and Xi are readying a ''gloves off'' approach to a trade war and renewed currency war. A maxi-devaluation of the yuan is Xi's most potent weapon.
Finally, China's internal contradictions are catching up with it. China has to confront an insolvent banking system, a real estate bubble, and a $1 trillion wealth management product Ponzi scheme that is starting to fall apart.
A much weaker yuan would give China some policy space in terms of using its reserves to paper over some of these problems.
Less dramatic devaluations of the yuan led to U.S. stock market crashes. What does a new maxi-devaluation portend for U.S. stocks?
We might have an answer soon enough.
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VIDEO - Las Vegas shooter intentionally fired at Las Vegas Airport fuel tanks | WEAR
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:23
Sheriff Joe Lombardo of the Las Vegas becomes emotional when speaking on the heroism of his officers, one who sustained four gunshot wounds but wanted to come back to work. PHOTO: FOX 17 News Nashville
LAS VEGAS '-- Clark County Sheriff Joel Lombardo provided the newest update to the October 1st mass shooting which left 58 people dead and hundreds injured at the Route 91 Festival.
As of today, there are 546 reported injuries, with 501 of the victims being discharged from the hospitals.
45 people are still in critical condition, Lombardo stating it is possible the death toll could climb depending on the recovery of those being treated for their wounds.
On the topic of fuel tanks located at the Las Vegas Airport, Lombardo says "it is believed fuel tanks were fired on with intent."
There has been an autopsy performed on Stephen Paddock, a visual inspection showing no abnormalities of his brain, though it has been sent off to a lab for microscopic study.
Lombardo says they continue to expand the investigation along with the FBI into Paddock's life and possible motives, life events leading up to the shooting.
Aaron Rouse, SAC for the FBI in Las Vegas, says to date there have been no signs of ideology or beliefs tied to Stephen Paddock as a reason for the shooting.
Sheriff Lombardo praised his officers for being among the thousands of heroes, specifically calling out Brady Cook, who sustained four gunshot wounds. Lombardo says Cook arrived on scene in a cruiser, at which time Paddock aimed for Cook's vehicle and others. Cook was struck in the shoulder, bicep, chest, and back.
Lombardo was overcome with emotion, saying despite the toll it has taken on Cook and other officers, Cook asked if he could come back to work today.
VIDEO - Jane Fonda: I knew about Weinstein, and I'm 'ashamed' I didn't say anything
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:39
The film star, who is also an active women's rights advocate, told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday that she "found out about Harvey about a year ago."
"I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then," Fonda said.
The Oscar award winning actress said that she was never assaulted by the movie mogul.
In the past week, multiple women have come forward accusing Weinstein of rape, assault and other misconduct.
The movie producer denies the charges and released a statement earlier this week, through a representative.
"Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual," the statement said.
The stories revealed that Weinstein's actions were something of an open secret in Hollywood.
Fonda, 79, said that her friend and fellow actor, Rosanna Arquette, had recounted a troubling experience with Weinstein.
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Fonda declined to discuss what Arquette told her. But Arquette is among the handful of actresses whose experiences with Weinstein were detailed in the New Yorker this week.
Arquette said she denied advances Weinstein made in a hotel room. "He made things very difficult for me for years," she told the New Yorker.
When asked why Fonda didn't say anything publicly after she spoke with Arquette, Fonda said, "I guess it hadn't happened to me, and so I didn't feel that it was my place."
Fonda, an Academy Award winner, spoke to Amanpour about her own past experiences with sexual harassment and abuse. She says she was abused as an 8-year-old child and explains why therapy was important for her recovery. "You realize what I'm feeling is ok because this person is sharing my pain," she said.
In recent years, she's championed women's issues and co-founded the Women's Media Center in 2005.
Fonda told Amanpour that Weinstein's pattern of abuse is not an isolated phenomenon.
Related: Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal grows as more women come forward
"Let's not think this is some unique, horrific [incident]. This goes on all the time," she said. "It's this male entitlement -- in Hollywood, and everywhere. In offices and businesses all over the world, in bars, and restaurants and stores, women are assaulted, abused, harassed and seen for just being sexual objects, there for a man's desire, instead of as whole human beings."
She added that President Trump's election marked a setback for the effort to combat such behavior. There are documented claims that Trump has harassed and insulted women, and he was also famously caught on tape bragging about being able to grab and touch women due to his social status.
"When you are a star, they let you do it," Trump said in his now infamous videotape.
"You can do anything," he boasted.
Fonda says the fact that Trump won the election "counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing, because a lot of men say, 'Well, our president does it, and he got elected even after people discovered that he was an abuser, so I'm just going to go ahead and do what I want to do."
"We have to stand up to them," Fonda added.
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VIDEO - Hillary Claims Trump Is 'Admitted Sex Assaulter' - It Immediately Blows Up In Her Face
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:53
"Clinton's inaccurate claims came during her interview with BBC's Andrew Marr ..."By Martin Walsh
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton falsely claimed President Donald Trump is an ''admitted sex assaulter,'' and also excused her husband's sexual misconduct allegations as being ''in the past.''
Clinton's inaccurate claims came during her interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, who asked her about the allegations of sexual misconduct levied against Democratic donor and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
''This kind of behavior cannot be tolerated anywhere, whether it's in entertainment, politics,'' Clinton said, according to Fox News. ''After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office.''
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Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax, was exposed last week in a bombshell New York Times report for allegedly sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades. The report said Weinstein paid off multiple women to remain silent.
After turning a question about Weinstein into a crusade against Trump, Marr said Clinton had previously dismissed allegations made by women against her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
''That has all been litigated,'' Clinton said, suggesting the claims were no longer relevant. ''That was subject of a huge investigation in the late '90s and there were conclusions drawn. That was clearly in the past.''
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Clinton was impeached in the House on Dec. 19, 1998 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
He also admitted to having a sexual relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky.
Clinton's claim that Trump was an ''admitted sex assaulter'' was in reference to the infamous Access Hollywood tape that was released in October 2016 during the final stretch of the presidential election.
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The video of Trump in 2005 showed him saying he could ''do anything'' to women and that he could ''grab them by the p'---.'' Trump has apologized for his comments, but has never admitted to sexually assaulting any woman.
Clinton admitted to Marr she was disappointed the tape didn't end Trump's presidential campaign.
''The really sad part of the campaign was how this horrific tape, what he said about women in the past, what he said about women during the campaign, was discounted by a lot of voters,'' she said.
Clinton, who is on a promotional tour for her latest memoir, What Happened, recently came under fire after she waited five days to release a statement condemning Weinstein.
According to CNN, a representative indicated that Clinton would donate the $13,000 to an unspecified women's organization.
Clinton said the money would cover what Weinstein donated to her 2000 Senate primary race, 2006 Senate primary and general election, 2007 presidential campaign during the Democratic primary, and the 2015 and 2016 presidential primary and general election.
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VIDEO - Geraldo Gets Back From Puerto Rico, Blows Lid Off What's Been Happening To Trump
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:41
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Contrary to the allegations of a biased media, the people of Puerto Rico were very happy that President Donald Trump came to the island to survey the damage from Hurricane Maria, Geraldo Rivera said Friday on Fox & Friends.
''He has been getting the worst, most dishonest press about his visit to Puerto Rico,'' Rivera said.
''It is staggering to me how unfair '-- how grotesquely unfair '-- the reporting has been,'' he added.
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Rivera, whose family lives in Puerto Rico, saw Trump's visit firsthand and said 90 to 95 percent of the people Trump met were enthusiastic about his visit.
He said the media distorts reality. For example, he noted that when Trump praised the island for its actions to ensure that the powerful Maria had a death toll of 16 as opposed to 1,800 from the less powerful Hurricane Katrina, he was attacked for seeming to downplay the loss of life on the island.
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Reports attacking Trump are ''fake news,'' Rivera said last wek, pointing out how New York Times columnist Paul Krugman falsely claimed on Twitter there was a cholera outbreak on Puerto Rico.
On Friday, Trump affirmed his support for the island and its people.
The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the H's. I will always be with them!
'-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2017
''The wonderful people of Puerto Rico, with their unmatched spirit, know how bad things were before the H's. I will always be with them!'' Trump tweeted.
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'...We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!
'-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
On Thursday, Trump had tweeted that first responders would not be on the island forever, ruffling some feathers.
But White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday that Trump's tweet reflects the proper disaster response.
''I think he said the U.S. military and FEMA can't be there forever. Right?'' he asked the reporter questioning him. ''First responders. The minute you go anywhere as a first responder '-- and this would apply, certainly, to the military '-- you are trying very hard, working very hard to work yourself out of a job.''
Kelly said the initial response teams are supposed to have limited time in any crisis location so they can be sent to the next one when disaster strikes.
''There will be a period in which '-- we hope sooner rather than later '-- to where the U.S. military and FEMA, generally speaking, can withdraw because then the government and the people of Puerto Rico are recovering sufficiently to start the process of rebuilding,'' he said.
''So this country, our country will stand with those American citizens in Puerto Rico until the job is done. But the tweet about FEMA and DOD '-- read: military '-- is exactly accurate. They're not going to be there forever, and the whole point is to start to work yourself out of a job and then transition to the rebuilding process,'' he said.
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VIDEO-President Trump Speech on Iran (video)'...
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:09
President Trump delivers remarks from the White House discussing Iran and the ongoing certification process for the Iranian Nuclear Deal.
One of the key aspects in the outlined policy is the definition of Iran's Republican Guard as an official terrorist organization. This designation positions the official military of a Nation State as terrorist groups.
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VIDEO - Las Vegas Shooting Update '' October 13th Press Conference (Video)'... | The Last Refuge
Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:07
An overly emotional Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, together with FBI special agent Aaron Rouse, held a press conference today delivering further information on the 1October Mandalay Bay Massacre. (Video Below ) New details on the timeline and sequence of events were shared but no questions were taken.
According to the latest information the ''Check-In'' date for shooter Stephen Paddock was confirmed as September 25th. A subsequent change in the hotel room registry on Sept 28th placed the registration of the room in the name of Paddocks girlfriend, Marilou Danley. The suite was occupied by Paddock from 9/25 throughout, with only the registration name changing on 9/28 to Danley.
Additionally, during a very defensive explanation, Sheriff Lombardo attempted to provide further clarification on the timeline and sequence of events.
Lombardo states that security guard Jesus ''Jose''' Campos responded to the report of a blocked stairwell door at 9:59pm. After not being able to open the emergency door at 9:59pm (from the stairwell side) Campos then walked around to the front of the exit door on the 32nd floor and arrived at 10:05pm, that's when he encountered nearby the Paddock suite door slightly ajar and Paddock began shooting at Campos.
This establishes the beginning time for the first shots at 10:05pm and reconciles Mandalay Bay reporting with LVMPD reporting. After responding to radio and cell phone calls from Campos, additional security and police arrived 12 minutes later at 10:17pm. When police and armed hotel security arrived on the 32nd floor, responding to the calls from Campos, there was silence. Sheriff Lombardo then stating all shooting of the crowd took place between 10:05pm and 10:15pm.
There was no reconciliation of the original outline of security guard Campos arriving at 10:05pm to the sound of drilling; so it is presumed from the information through today that Paddock stopped drilling and began shooting at Campos, then, seconds later, shooting at the crowd through the broken windows.
Here's the Presser Video (w/notes below):
'...Sheriff Lombardo:
17 medical facilities were utilized to treat injured and wounded victims.546 people transported to hospitals with injuries. 501 have been released.58 people deceased45 people remain hospitalized, some in critical condition, death toll could increase.The fuel tanks at the adjacent McCarren airport ''were fired upon with intent'' by Paddock. However, it is affirmed by McCarren officials that firing bullets into the fuel storage tanks would be ''very unlikely'' to ignite them.Paddock check-in date was September 25th. Paddock occupied room on Sept. 25th. Registration name changed on September 28th to Marilou Danley. However, occupant did not change.Initial autopsy of Paddock showed no physical brain abnormalities per coroner. Additional lab results on microscopic analysis of brain ongoing.Confusion over timeline and Sequence of events was not ''incompetence''. Lombardo states he is ''offended'' by claims of cover-up or incompetence.Timeline established via use of: security logs, Jose' Campos, CCTV, dispatch recordings, cameras and radio calls.9:59pm human entry into security log of fire door block.10:05pm shooting of Campos. Campos called via radio and cell phone. Campos under fire at 10:05pm.10:17pm police and hotel security arrive on 32nd floor and begin evacuating guests.Lombardo: ''No conspiracy''FBI and LVMPD working together. FBI working on comprehensive background research of Stephen Paddock.Lombardo: ''confidence there are no other actors''.FBI now taking over research and investigation aspects of events.'...Special Agent Aaron Rouse (Las Vegas FBI field office)
200 Agents working case. Many with specialized fields.No signs of shooter having any ideology or affiliation.2,000 leads have been investigated.Over 1,000 pieces of evidence.Technical forensics of electronic devices ongoing.Anyone with information use 1-800-CALL-FBI'...Sheriff Lombardo:
Desire to frame narrative of heroism for first responders.Lombardo overly emotional (considering 2 weeks past.)Discussed Paddock targeting police officers including: Brady Cook, 4 wounds, shoulder/arm/chest/back. Samuel Whitworth, broken leg '' remained on scene providing cover for ambulances. etc.Sheriff Lombardo heavily working the sympathy angle. Modestly over-the-top given the distance from events.Sheriff Lombardo and Agent Rouse refused to answer any questions.
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VIDEO - Angie Everhart Says Harvey Weinstein Masturbated In Front of Her and Everyone Knew | TMZ.com
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:55
EXCLUSIVE
Angie Everhart just told a stunning story on TMZ Live ... she says Harvey Weinstein broke into the room where she was sleeping on a yacht, held her at bay and masturbated ... she told everyone about it afterward, but no one cared.
Angie says the incident happened more than 10 years ago on a yacht during the Cannes Film Festival in France. She says she had just arrived from the United States, was jetlagged and went to a cabin and fell asleep. The next thing she knew, Weinstein was over her, blocking the door and pleasuring himself.
She says he told her not to tell anyone, but, "I told everyone." Angie says she told other actors, producers -- anyone who would listen -- and all they said was, "oh that's just Harvey." Angie says everyone knew that Weinstein committed such acts but no one did a damn thing until last week.
VIDEO - This Unplugged Version Of 'Take On Me' By a-ha Will Bring A Tear To Your Eye - Digg
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:29
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You know that gimmick where you take an energetic pop hit and slow it down to make it wistful? Well, this is proof that you should let the band do it themselves.
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VIDEO - Terry Crews: Hollywood executive groped me
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:42
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Angie Everhart Details Extremely Disturbing Story Of Harvey Weinstein Masturbating In Front Of Her On A Yacht '-- She Told 'Everyone' & No One Was Surprised! | PerezHilton.com
Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:52
This is seriously so disturbing.
Actress Angie Everhart spoke out to TMZ Live on Friday, detailing a gross encounter she had with Harvey Weinstein over ten years ago while staying on a yacht for Cannes.
Related: This Harvey Weinstein Babysitter Interview Story Is SO CREEPY!
According to her account, the filmmaker entered Angie's room on the boat (with another female who later left), blocked the doorway, and began masturbating in front of her before ejaculating onto the floor.
Despite the Hollywood exec telling her to keep quiet, Angie said she "told everyone" '-- but no one was surprised. In fact, the behavior was played off as Harvey just being Harvey.
She also went on to assert that anyone in the same circle as Harvey 100% knows about his mistreatment of women.
Watch her shocking interview HERE.
[Image via FayesVision/WENN .]
Tags: angie everhart, cannes, controversy, harvey weinstein, sex
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