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February 14, 2018

Criminologist Says Italian Teen Butchered by Nigerian Migrant Could Have Been Eaten

February 13 - An 18-year-old Italian girl who was murdered and dismembered by a Nigerian migrant who was living in Italy on an expired visa could have also been the victim of cannibalism, according to a top criminologist. Pamela Mastropietro was found chopped up and dumped on a street with parts of her body stuffed in suitcases last month in the Italian commune of Pollenza. Police later arrested 29-year-old Innocent Oseghale in connection with the murder after studying surveillance...

Swedish Whistleblower Cop Put on Notice for Claiming Gang Rape ‘Cultural Phenomenon’ Linked to Mass Migration

February 14 - Swedish police officer Peter Springare has been reported to police and will likely be investigated after he said the country’s gang rape problem is linked to migration and was a “cultural phenomenon”. Springare, who gained global attention after blowing the whistle on the extent of migrant crime in Sweden last year commented on the issue of gang rapes earlier this month claiming such attacks were “new” and were a consequence of the last 10 to 15 years of migration policy...

Swedish Bishop Welcomes Muslim Call to Prayer as “Good” For Society

February 14 - A Swedish Bishop has responded to an application to have the Muslim call to prayer broadcast in the migrant suburb of Araby, Växjö by welcoming the move as a positive sign of multiculturalism. “Muslims are not visitors in Växjö, we live here,” said Imam Ismail Abu Helal, asserting that, “The Islamic community should be proud of their culture, and not feel like they have to hide.” Fredrik Modéus, the Bishop of Växjö, endorsed the proposal.

Thrice Deported Illegal Alien Pleads Guilty in DEA Sting

February 14 - A Mexican national who was deported three times in the past three months pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from an undercover DEA sting. On January 18, triple deportee Saul Bustos-Bustos, 38, and Irepan-Juanchi-Salgado, also from Mexico pleaded guilty to federal drug charges after a sting on November 28, 2017. According to a recent release from the United States Department of Justice, Bustos-Bustos and Juanchi-Salgado pled guilty in January for conspiring...

North Carolina Toddler Killed Riding in Ambulance Hit by Illegal Alien

February 13 - A North Carolina toddler was killed while riding in an ambulance after an illegal alien allegedly smashed his car into the emergency vehicle on February 11. Jose Martin Duran Romero, 27, allegedly crashed his car into the side of an ambulance in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, early on Sunday. Inside was a three-year-old boy and his mother, Lyndsay Ann Oakes, who were being transported to a local hospital for an undisclosed medical emergency, according to the Daily Mail.

High school bans ‘outdated and racially offensive’ national anthem from rallies

February 13 - Student leaders at a high school in the San Francisco Bay Area have decided that the national anthem is racist and outdated and have banned it from school rallies. According to multiple area news outlets, the Associated Student Body at California High School in San Ramon made that decision based on a phrase in the rarely-played third verse. “It was brought to our attention that the national anthem’s third verse is outdated and racially offensive...

Real reason Trump rolled back Obama's bathroom policy

February 13 - Barack Obama expanded a four-decade-old congressionally approved ban on discrimination based on “sex” to include discrimination based on “gender identity.” Through an executive order, his reinterpretation of the law effectively forced America’s public schools to allow a high-school boy who declares himself to be female to shower with girls. When Donald Trump took office, his advisers reviewed the 1972 Title IX law, which clearly didn’t address “gender identity,” and reversed...

France looking at tax to subsidize mosques

February 13 - French President Emmanuel Macron already has signed into law anti-terror legislation that gives security services the authority to shut down places of worship if they are fostering extremism. And French police can search terrorist suspects’ homes and demand identity documents of suspects at borders. The moves were prompted by the 2015 terrorist attacks by Muslims that killed 130 in Paris. Now Macron wants to move much further down a road that wouldn’t be permitted...

Americans mock Obama portrait with side-splitting memes

February 13 - A day after the unveiling of the official portrait of former President Obama, who is depicted sitting in a chair positioned amid a wall of bushes, Twitter is having an amusing laugh at the expense of the 44th president’s portrayal. The social-networking site exploded Tuesday with humorous memes inspired by the portrait that’s set to be displayed at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. In one popular meme depicting the portraits of a dozen U.S. presidents, Twitter users noted that...

Dozens of refugee resettlement offices to close as Trump downsizes program

February 14 - Refugee resettlement agencies are preparing to shutter more than 20 offices across the United States and cut back operations in more than 40 others after the State Department told them to pare their operations, according to plans seen by Reuters. The slated closures, which are being reviewed by the State Department for final approval, follow President Donald Trump’s decision to dramatically reduce the number of refugees that will be allowed into the United States in 2018.

[Nanny State] New Hampshire Bill Targets Soda on Kids Menus

February 14 - New Hampshire restaurants would no longer be allowed to offer soda as a beverage choice for children's meals under a bill before a state House committee. The bill would apply to restaurants that serve children's meals that include food and a beverage for one price. Such meals would only be allowed to include milk, 100 percent juice or juice combined with water, plain water or flavored water with no sweeteners. A report released in July by the Center for Science in the Public Interest...

Illegal Alien faces deportation after calling police for help

February 13 - A father-of-three in Washington state who called 911 simply to report a trespasser was “hand-delivered” by local police into the custody of federal immigration officials, his lawyer charged on Tuesday. Wilson Rodriguez, 32, called police early last Thursday morning after he saw someone trespassing on his property and looking into his car and house in Tukwila, Washington, attorney Luis Cortes told NBC News. “He became very nervous for the safety of himself...

Former CIA Officer Will Teach You How to Spot a Lie

February 10 - A person lies an average of 10 times a day, according to Susan Carnicero — and she’s one to know. As a former CIA officer who spent more than 20 years interrogating, interviewing and polygraphing suspects, she’s learned a thing or two about how to spot a liar. In fact, Carnicero has also developed behavioral screening programs used by the U.S. government and co-written the book “Spy the Lie,” which teaches you how to detect deception. She’s also a co-founder of QVerity...

February 7, 2018

Macy's to launch a clothing line geared toward Muslims

February 7 - Macy's is launching a women's clothing line aimed at Muslim shoppers. The department store chain says it teamed up with a boutique called Verona Collection and plans to sell the collection of modest dresses, tops, cardigans and hijabs online. The clothing will launch on Macy's website on Feb. 15. The brand was developed by Lisa Vogl, a graduate of Macy's minority- and women-owned business development program, which aims to offer more fashion diversity.

'It's a Problem With the Mind, Not the Body': Increasing Number of Teens Identifying as Transgender

February 6 - New research out of Minnesota suggests that more teenagers than previously thought are using "non-traditional gender terms" to self-identify. The American Academy of Pediatrics published the findings on Monday. The study looked at approximately 81,000 ninth and eleventh grade students in Minnesota. It found that nearly three-percent are transgender or gender nonconforming, meaning they choose not to self-identify with the gender they were born with.

Obama’s Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS Scandals All Connected to DOJ, FBI Corruption in Trump Probe

February 7 - Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), a leading conservative member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told Breitbart News Daily on Wednesday that he believes that there is an interconnectivity between various high-profile Barack Obama-era scandals and the latest revelations about corruption at the Department of Justice and FBI. Gosar was asked during the interview on the SiriusXM 125 Patriot Channel show about the corruption on display in the release...

'Media ignoring Obama's role' in Trump dossier scandal

February 7 - Democrats and the establishment media are engaged in a “frenzied” effort to undermine the memo released by the House Intelligence Committee alleging FBI and Justice Department intelligence abuses, because they are trying to protect former President Barack Obama as well as Hillary Clinton, who “paid for a warrant,” contends constitutional lawyer and talk host Mark Levin. In the debate over the abuse of the top-secret FISA court highlighted in the Republican memo released Friday...

Thousands of African migrants protest Israeli deportations

February 7 - Thousands of African asylum seekers gathered at the Rwandan Embassy in Israel on Wednesday to protest the country's plan to deport the migrants or lock them up. The Israeli government's offer gives the migrants 60 days to accept one of two options: leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket or be incarcerated indefinitely. The destination is believed to be the East African country of Rwanda, the Jerusalem Post reported.

At least seven killed, 67 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

February 6 - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, in a search for 67 people missing after a strong earthquake which killed at least seven near Taiwan’s popular tourist city of Hualien. The magnitude 6.4 quake, which hit near the coastal city just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, injured 260 people and caused four buildings to collapse, officials said. Hualien Mayor Fu Kun-chi said the number of people missing was now close to 60...

[Symbolism over Substance] Las Vegas hotel re-numbers floor where gunman opened fire on music festival

February 6 - The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where a gunman converted a suite to a sniper’s nest in October and opened fire on an outdoor country music concert, killing 58 people, will rename several floors of the guest tower, the company said. Floors 31, 32, 33 and 34 of the hotel will be renumbered 56, 57, 58 and 59, said Brian Ahern, a spokesman for MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree, fired on the Route 91 Harvest festival...

Oil World Turned Upside Down as America Sells Oil in Middle East

February 7 - The United Arab Emirates, a model Persian Gulf petro-state where endless billions from crude exports feed a giant sovereign wealth fund, isn’t the most obvious customer for Texan oil. Yet, in a trade that illustrates how the rise of the American shale industry is upending energy markets across the globe, the U.A.E. bought oil directly from the U.S. in December, according to data from the federal government. A tanker sailed from Houston and arrived in the Persian Gulf last month.

Israel Moves Closer to Silencing Muslim Call to Prayer

February 5 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition partners are again pushing a bill that would prohibit mosques from broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers. Known as the Muezzin Law, two versions of the bill passed their first readings in the Knesset last March. However, fearing a local and international backlash, the government put the breaks on the legislation by introducing restrictions, primarily that the two versions of the bill be combined and be submitted...

January 31, 2018

A modern land run? Trump move opens Utah to mining claims under 1872 law

January 31 - U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of Utah wilderness will reopen much of the iconic terrain to gold, silver, copper, and uranium land claims under a Wild West-era mining law, according to federal officials. Starting at 6 a.m. on Feb. 2 – the moment Trump’s proclamation reducing the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments takes effect – private citizens and companies will be allowed...

Trump Prepared to Kick Palestinians Out of Washington

January 30 - US President Donald Trump won't stop merely as cutting financial aid if the Palestinian Authority doesn't change its belligerent tune, and soon. According to sources that spoke to Israel's Channel 2 News, Trump told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos last week that he might soon shutter the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) offices in Washington. Those offices serve as a de facto embassy for the Palestinian Authority, despite the fact that under...

Pelosi Melts Down Over #ReleaseTheMemo On CNN

January 30 - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) melted down on CNN following the House Intelligence Committee’s vote to release the secret FISA memo allegedly detailing abuses by the Justice Department and Obama administration. Pelosi nervously stuttered and stammered her way through an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo hours after ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced the House voted to declassify the memo which will be reviewed by President Trump...

Germany 'cooking books' to mask trade surplus, as Trump issues threat

January 30 - Germany is greatly understating the true size of its current account surplus in order to deflect mounting global criticism, according to an exposé by German economists. The annual surplus in ‘real’ terms – the figure that matters in trade relations – may be as much as €80bn (£70bn) higher than the sum declared by the statistics office and submitted to international bodies. “They’re cooking the books so that the surplus does not look as if it is increasing.

January 25, 2018

Man Fired by UK Government Body For Saying There Are “Only Two Genders”

January 25 - A UK government department has fired an employee for a Facebook post in which he said there are “only two genders,” according to the man at the center of the controversy. 20-year-old Adam Crawford contacted Infowars to say he had lost his job after a single person complained about his comments. “Lgbt? What about lgbtqqiiaapxyz?” Crawford sardonically asked in his opening post, before following it up with, “Only two genders, snowflakes”.

Anti-Trump Secret Society Using Burner Phones to Stay Under the Radar

January 24 - The “secret society” that is attempting to bring down President Trump includes federal judges, former Attorneys General and one sitting Attorney General of a large U.S. state and its members are using burner phones to evade detection, according to a new report. On Monday, Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) revealed that congressional investigators learned from a new batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that a “secret society” within...

‘Build The Wall’ Sign at Stanford University Declared “Hate Speech”

January 25 - A handwritten sign that read “#BuildTheWall” posted in a dorm at Stanford University caused a complete meltdown amongst snowflake students and staff members, with one declaring it an act of “hate speech”. The controversy began when signs started to appear across the university encouraging students to “report ICE activity” in the hopes of preventing immigration officials from enforcing the law. However, when one of these signs was torn down, university officials immediately declared...

California Considers $1,000 Fine for Waiters Offering Unsolicited Plastic Straws

January 25 - Ian Calderon wants restaurateurs to think long and hard before giving you a straw. Calderon, the Democrat majority leader in California's lower house, has introduced a bill to stop sit-down restaurants from offering customers straws with their beverages unless they specifically request one. Under Calderon's law, a waiter who serves a drink with an unrequested straw in it would face up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. "We need to create awareness around the issue...

Last Remaining Fragments of Dead Sea Scroll Deciphered - Here's What It Revealed

January 23 - More than 60 years after their discovery, Israeli experts have finally figured out the contents of one of the last two undeciphered fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Scientists at Haifa University reconstructed 60 tiny fragments that were part of six different scrolls. What they discovered after they put it all together was a unique 364-day calendar used by a Jewish sect living during the Second Temple time. "Most Jews used a calendar that is similar to the one used today...

Veterans Group Accuses NFL of 'Censorship'

January 24 - The National Football League has declined to sell advertising space in its Super Bowl program to a veterans group asking Americans to #PleaseStand for the national anthem. AMVETS is calling it "corporate censorship." The NFL says the two organizations were unable to agree on language in time to meet production deadlines. NFL Spokesman Brian McCarthy said a separate ad from the Veterans of Foreign Wars group with the words "We Stand for Veterans" was approved.

Uber Driver, Illegally in USA, Charged with 4 California Rapes

January 24 - San Luis Obispo County prosecutors say a Mexican national who was living in the U.S. illegally, used his job as an Uber driver to target and prey on intoxicated young women. He was charged Monday with raping, assaulting and robbing four victims. Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez, 39, faces 10 criminal charges, including include forcible rape, first-degree burglary, and rape of an intoxicated victim. Prosecutors allege the crimes occurred between...

‘Mohammed’ on Course to be Most Popular Baby Name in Germany

January 25 - The name Mohammed and its many spelling variations are on course to become one of the most popular names in Germany going from 97th to 26th most popular in less than a decade. According to the Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache (Society for German Language, GfdS), often labelled as the most important language society in Germany, the name Mohammed has seen a rapid rise in popularity, though the name could be even more popular than their figures suggest, Die Welt reports.

UK Violent Crime Wave Grows Even Faster, London Knife Attacks up 40 Percent

January 25 - The UK’s surge in recorded violent and sexual crime, including knife attacks, has accelerated at a faster rate than previously thought over the past year, new police statistics reveal. Sadiq Khan’s London saw the largest increase in recorded knife crime – rocketing by a massive 38 percent in just one year. In England and Wales, around 5.3 million violent crimes were recorded in the 12 months to September 2017, up 14 percent on the year before, the Office for National Statistics...

Home Depot to give one-time bonus of up to $1,000

January 25 - Home Depot is paying out one-time bonuses of up to $1,000 in cash to its hourly workers in the U.S., citing the recent tax overhaul. The home improvement retailer follows others doing the same, including Disney, Starbucks and Walmart. Home Depot Inc. said Thursday that the one-time bonus will be distributed in the current quarter. Existing bonuses will be paid out as well. The Atlanta company anticipates an approximately $150 million fourth-quarter charge mostly...

France to ease cannabis laws

January 25 - The French government announced a new approach to cannabis users on Thursday, scrapping potential prison sentences and heavy fines in favour of on-the-spot penalties for smokers in a bid to save police time. France is one of the biggest consumers of cannabis in Europe, with around 700,000 people estimated to use the drug every day. An EU report in 2015 on alcohol and drug use among 15- and 16-year-olds showed French teens were among Europe's biggest dope smokers.

NSA Deletes “Honesty” and “Openness” From Core Values

January 24 - The National Security Agency maintains a page on its website that outlines its mission statement. But earlier this month, the agency made a discreet change: It removed “honesty” as its top priority. Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured honesty as the first of four “core values” listed on NSA.gov, alongside “respect for the law,” “integrity,” and “transparency.” The agency vowed on the site to “be truthful with each other.”

Campbell Soup to close Toronto plant, move production to U.S.

January 24 - The Campbell Soup Company announced Wednesday that it will shut down its Toronto plant and move operations to its three U.S. factories. The move will result in nearly 400 lost manufacturing jobs at the plant, which has been in operation since 1931. The Toronto plant will be closed in phases over the next 18 months and production moved to Maxton, N.C.; Napolean, Ohio; and Paris, Texas. Mark Alexander, the president of Americas Simple Meals and Beverages...

NAACP sues Homeland Security for ending Haitians' protected status

January 25 - The NAACP is suing the Department of Homeland Security after a temporary residency program was cancelled that allowed more than 58,000 Haitians to live and work in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on Wednesday, accuses the agency of discriminating on the basis of race and/or ethnicity. The Caribbean nation has been in a state of devastation since a 2010 earthquake, one of the deadliest in history...

Trump administration presses 'sanctuary cities' for documents

January 24 - President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday escalated its battle with so-called sanctuary cities that protect illegal aliens from deportation, demanding documents on whether local law enforcement agencies are illegally withholding information from U.S. immigration authorities. The Justice Department said it was seeking records from 23 jurisdictions -- including America’s three largest cities, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as three states...

Eliminate Google From Your Life

January 24 - Google, by far one of the greatest monopolies that ever existed, poses a unique threat to anyone concerned about health, supplements, food and your ability to obtain truthful information about these and other issues. And, while not the sole threat to privacy, Google is definitely one of the greatest. Over time, Google has positioned itself in such a way that it’s become deeply embedded and involved in your day-to-day life. It’s important to realize that Google catches every single thing you do...

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California to register illegal aliens to vote – automatically

January 22 - California will take the next step in blurring the lines between citizens and non-citizens beginning April Fool’s Day when the state complies with a court order to begin automatically registering to vote all those who are granted driver’s licenses. The state has long provided driver’s licenses to all who simply claimed, without proof, that they were citizens of in the country legally. There were no checks made or documentation required. But beginning April 1 every person who gets...

January 18, 2018

Arabic Classes Overtakes English and French in Sweden

January 17 - Arabic language classes for adults are becoming increasingly popular in Sweden with a major adult education federation saying more students are now studying Arabic than English or French. The Swedish educational association Folkuniversitetet, which focuses on language courses for adults and projects with an “international emphasis”, has seen a surge in the number of adults interested in learning Arabic, Sveriges Radio reports. Anas Idlibi, who teaches Arabic...

Mass Migration Now Sole Cause of Population Growth in Germany

January 17 - Newly released statistics have revealed that the German population grew by 346,000 in 2016 due to mass migration, in a year where the number of births in the country did not exceed the number of deaths. The statistics from the German Federal Statistical Office show that despite the very low birthrate in Germany, the population has continued to grow through mass migration. While the population grew by 346,000 in 2016, the numbers are still well below the growth...

Attendance Hits 24 Year Low: America Falls Out of Love with Movies

January 18 - With movie attendance dropping to a 24-year low, there was no good news for the film business in 2017. For two decades, the movie business has not been a growth business. This year might be remembered as the year the film business finally began to contract. Hollywood will try and hide behind the fact that this is the third year in a row that ticket sales have grossed $11 billion in North America, but that is all glitter. To begin with, ticket prices had to increase...

Outkick the Coverage: NFL Playoffs Have Lost 23 Million Viewers from 2016

January 18 - The NFL has 23 million fewer viewers for this year’s playoff action, a new report says. With the first round of this year’s NFL playoffs in the rear-view mirror, Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis took a look at the TV ratings and found that every game was down by millions of viewers and ratings fell to a ten-year low. Each of this year’s playoff games has lost over a million plus viewers, Travis said, with the biggest loser being the Saint-Vikings game which lost an incredible 13 million.

UN alarmed as US cuts aid to Palestinian refugee agency

January 17 - The UN has expressed serious concern at the US decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for the agency supporting Palestinian refugees. Washington will hand over $60m (£43m) of a planned payment to the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), but keep back $65m until it carries out "reforms". UN Secretary General António Guterres said it could be forced to cut health care, education and social services. Millions of refugees' dignity and human security were at stake...

Israel unveils details of new underground wall along Gaza Strip

January 18 - The Israeli army on Thursday revealed details of a massive underground barrier being built along the border with the Gaza Strip in a bid to neutralize the threat of Palestinian attack tunnels. Eventually stretching some 65 kilometers (41 miles), the concrete wall will be accompanied by motion sensors designed to detect tunnel digging and is expected to be completed by mid-2019. The project had been previously announced, but details of its construction had been kept secret...

Trump Is About to Protect Doctors Who Won't Perform Abortions or Treat Transgender Patients

January 17 - President Donald Trump’s administration is set to wade into its next health care policy controversy—new federal guidelines that would add protections for doctors and health care workers who have moral or religious objections to certain procedures, such as performing abortions and treating transgender Americans or those with different gender identities, Politico reports. Such rules would make it easier for health workers to opt out of services, and medical organizations...

UMass Amherst restricts free speech to 1 hour during lunch. New lawsuit aims to change that.

January 17 - Restricting free speech to an hour during the lunch break and to one side of a building is not what the First Amendment is about’. A conservative legal group representing UMass Amherst’s chapter of Young Americans for Liberty has filed a lawsuit against the school over what they claim is a highly restrictive speech policy. The school restricts speeches and rallies to one hour per day — noon to 1 p.m. — in a limited area in front of the Student Union Building that represents...

Turning Soybeans Into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

January 16 - This year, trucks and other heavy-duty motors in America will burn some 3 billion gallons of diesel fuel that was made from soybean oil. They're doing it, though, not because it's cheaper or better, but because they're required to, by law. The law is the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS. For some, especially Midwestern farmers, it's the key to creating clean energy from American soil and sun. For others — like many economists — it's a wasteful misuse of resources.

U.S. Border Patrol accused of destroying water left for illegal migrants

January 18 - A humanitarian group has accused U.S. Border Patrol agents of destroying thousands of water jugs left out for illegal migrants in an 800-square-mile desert corridor near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona. The group, No More Deaths, published a report, "Interference with Humanitarian Aid: Death and Disappearance on the US-Mexico Border," with La Coalición de Derechos Humanos, which implicates the U.S. Border Patrol in vandalizing most of more than 3,000 gallons of the water...

Trump announces ‘Fake News Awards,’ crashing GOP website

January 17 - President Donald Trump — via the Republican National Committee — on Wednesday released the winners of the his much-hyped "Fake News Awards." Long advertised by the president as a celebration of — as he called it — “the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media,” the awards named 11 articles published since Trump took office. Almost as soon as he tweeted the link to the "awards" on a GOP.com page it crashed, presumably due to high traffic volume...

Al-Qaeda Bomb Instructions are a Free Download at Barnes & Noble

January 17 - Key propaganda texts from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are posted for free download on the Barnes & Noble website, including the inaugural issue of a magazine linked to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Reviews posted on the e-books indicate that they've remained on the bookseller's website for years, despite clearly indicating in the titles that al-Qaeda materials are being offered. There are two listings for "Al-Malahem Media Foundation presents A Special Gift...

Seven Questions for Young Socialists

January 11 - In the past several years it seems that socialism (the ever-increasing control of a strong central government over the means of production and distribution) has become much more appealing to younger people in the United States. Many now proudly call themselves socialists. Self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders had no trouble at all gathering huge crowds of young people during his presidential campaign. And of course, at Antifa riots, there are plenty of red flags...

Soda Tax Sticker Shock Grips Seattle

January 15 - The sign at Costco explaining the jacked-up price of a case of Gatorade has gone viral. On January 1, Seattle had several new progressive laws go into effect. Along with mandatory paid sick leave, mandates for employers to post work schedules 14 days in advance, and severe restrictions on short-term rental platforms (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.), Seattle imposed a massive new soda tax — 1.75 cents per OUNCE on sugary drinks. In response, at least one major retailer advertised...

January 11, 2018

'Mommy, I Don't Want to Be a Boy!' Little Girl's Reaction to Radical Sex Ed Program Says It All

January 11 - In Canada, the fight is on over a radical sex education curriculum being pushed in public schools by LGBTQ advocates. Many parents fear their children will become confused and even brainwashed, while supporters claim the program is about allowing students to be their "true selves." It's called Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification, or SOGI, a curriculum that teaches public school students across Canada to celebrate the homosexual lifestyle and that gender is fluid.

Dolly Parton’s Dinner Show Drops ‘Dixie’ from Its Name

January 10 - Dolly Parton’s dinner show is dropping a word from its name in a rebranding effort that the show’s owners said was due to “changing attitudes.” World Choice Investments, the company that operates “Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede,” along with country music icon Dolly Parton, announced Monday that it would drop the word “dixie” from the show’s title, renaming it “Dolly Parton’s Stampede, WCVB reports. Parton, 71, said the change was necessary to expand the shows...

Project Veritas Video Shows Former Twitter Employees Discussing ‘Shadow Banning’ Users

January 11 - The latest video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas shows Twitter employees appearing to admit that the platform has “shadow banned” users in the past, and applies its rules and censorship algorithms unevenly in an effort to rid the platform of Trump supporters and conservatives. In the video, which corroborates previous Breitbart Tech reporting, a former content review agent for Twitter, Mo Norai, appears to admit to banning accounts for political reasons.

DACA Amnesty Is ‘Critical Component of Democrat Party’s Future Electoral Success’

January 11 - A leaked memo from the left-wing organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, admits that passing an amnesty for the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is “a critical component of the Democrat Party’s future electoral success.” According to the memo sent to Democrats, which is co-authored by former Hillary Clinton official Jennifer Palmieri...

Entire class punished for 'microaggressive' comments

January 9 - A Columbia University professor recently described how an entire class was punished after some students used “microaggressive” language in an online chat. Matthea Marquart, who teaches online classes for graduate students studying social work, noticed that some students used unspecified “racially microaggressive” language during the live chat of a recent online class. “Directly after class, the instructional team met to debrief and plan a response...

Canadian pub fights complaint after it gives pay-gap discount to women

January 11 - A lot of jokes start with the line “a man walks into a bar.” But in Canada, it’s a case of “a bar runs into a man.” Only this is no joke. The bar Morrissey House in London, Ontario, has become the center of a gender discrimination complaint from an area man. The man — who has not been named — complained to Morrissey House owner Mark Serre after the pub launched a new promotion. The promotion offers a 13% discount on food to women on Monday nights.

[Illegal] Migrants risk death crossing Alps to reach France

January 11 - It took Abdullhai almost three years to get from his home in Guinea to a rocky, snow-covered Alpine mountain pass in the dead of winter, for what he hopes will be the final stage of his journey into France. The terrain is steep and dangerous and he and a group of five other migrants face risks ranging from losing their footing on steep drops, being struck by falling rocks or succumbing to the -9C (15°F) temperatures in clothing ill-suited to the terrain. Abdullhai, 38, is one of hundreds...

European powers urge Trump to preserve Iran nuclear deal

January 11 - Britain, France and Germany called on Donald Trump on Thursday to uphold a pact curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions on the eve of a sanctions ruling by the U.S. president they fear could torpedo an accord he has relentlessly criticized. Hailed by its admirers as key to stopping Iran from building a nuclear bomb, the deal lifted economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program. It was also signed by China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and the European Union.

Brexiteers back second EU referendum to stop 'soft' departure from bloc

January 11 - Two of Britain’s most prominent Brexit campaigners endorsed a second referendum on leaving the European Union on Thursday as the best way to stop EU supporters from trying to water down, or even halt, the country’s departure from the bloc. Britons shocked the political establishment in June 2016 by voting 52 to 48 percent in favor of ending more than four decades of political, economic and legal ties with the EU. But, with the nation still deeply polarized, disillusion over...

Attorney General Sessions sets up Hezbollah investigation team

January 11 - The U.S. Justice Department has set up a team to investigate individuals and organizations providing support to Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Islamist group in Lebanon that the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday. Republicans have criticized former President Barack Obama following a December Politico report that the Obama administration hindered a Drug Enforcement Administration program targeting Hezbollah’s trafficking...

Vermont senate passes bill to legalize marijuana use

January 10 - Vermont’s senate on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, which would make the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative. Republican Governor Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Democrat-controlled Senate by a voice vote. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed the measure last week. Although Vermont is one of the most politically liberal states...

Lockheed enhances capability of its Aegis missile-defense system

January 11 - Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday it had connected key components of its new long-range discrimination radar (LRDR) with its Aegis Ashore missile-defense system to enhance Aegis’s capabilities. With this technology, the Aegis missile-defense system - a collection of radar stations and interceptors - will be simultaneously able to detect threats from longer distances and combat targets with reduced reaction time, the U.S. weapons maker said.

Economist Peter Morici: Governments Shouldn't Set Minimum Wages

January 10 - Having governments set minimum wages is bad for the economy but varying them by state at least makes some sense, economist Peter Morici told Newsmax TV. During an appearance on "Newsmax Now," Morici told host Bill Tucker he is no fan of the federal or state governments telling employers how much they must pay their workers. "I think it's a bad thing for the federal or the state governments to be involved in setting minimum wages," Morici said. "However, if we're going...

Immigration Agents Sweep 7-Eleven Stores

January 10 - U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York's Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores' hiring practices.

Walmart Raises Starting Wages, Handing Out Bonuses

January 11 - Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. The retailer said Thursday that changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the U.S., with the wage increase effective next month. The company is also creating a new benefit to assist employees with adoption expenses.

Canada Said Convinced Trump Will Soon Pull Plug on NAFTA

January 11 - Canada is increasingly convinced that President Donald Trump will soon announce the United States intends to pull out of NAFTA, two government sources said on Wednesday, sending the Canadian and Mexican currencies lower and hurting stocks. The comments cast further doubt on prospects for talks to modernize the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Trump has repeatedly threatened to abandon unless major changes are made.

Joe Arpaio: 'Deport' Dreamers

January 11 - Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now running for Senate in Arizona, said Thursday that those protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should be deported. "Deport them," the former sheriff said in an interview with NPR's "Morning Edition." "When we come across these kids, or some are older than just kids," Arpaio said, "then deport them. You deport them back to the country they came from." He added: "They can do a lot of good in those countries.

'Sheriff Joe' rockets up poll in bid for Senate seat

January 10 - It took only a few hours after self-described “America’s toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio announced his bid for the U.S. Senate to move into a statistical tie with the front-runner. During more than two decades as the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, he established his reputation by setting up chain gangs for inmates to contribute thousands of dollars of free labor to communities, painting over graffiti and cleaning streets. He banned smoking, coffee, movies, pornographic magazines...

PLO moves to withdraw recognition of, cut ties to Israel

January 11 - The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the umbrella organization that is internationally-recognized as the representative of the Palestinian people, will push to withdraw formal recognition of Israel and end Washington's longstanding role as mediator of the peace process. Instead, the PLO will pursue an "international formula" for achieving statehood. The developments were outlined in a report that aims to redefine not only the parameters...

Iran-Hamas reconciliation in the works, Amit Center says

January 11 - There are growing signs of a rapprochement between Tehran and Hamas after approximately three years of difficulties caused by Hamas’s reservations regarding the Islamic Republic’s support for the Assad regime, the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center says. This “rapprochement has been manifested by an increasing number of visits by Hamas delegations to Iran and by public statements from senior Hamas figures about” the importance of Iranian military support...

[Global Warming] Sahara Desert covered in 15 inches of SNOW as freak weather blankets sand dunes

January 10 - More than 15 inches has blanketed sand dunes across the small town of Ain Sefra, Algeria. It is the second time snow has hit in nearly 40 years, with a dusting also recorded in December 2016. But this snowfall which hit on Sunday, is much deeper than the fleeting shower little more than a year ago. Locals, who endure temperatures of 99°F in summer, were stunned as dense snow settled on the town, known as ‘the gateway to the desert’.