The Manchester bomber was enabled by the British government, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

Salman Abedi was responsible for what he did, but he could not have killed 22 people and maimed another 139 others, half of them children, if the British government had not acted as it did in Libya in 2011. And its responsibility goes well beyond its disastrous policy of joining the Libyan civil war, overthrowing Gaddafi and replacing him with warring tribes and militias.

Source: The Manchester bomber was enabled by the British government, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

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Some how the politicians and bureaucrats always seem to get off the hook!

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Exclusive — Barr: There’s No Reason Not to Harden Security at Schools

Even with all these security measures, tragedies such as befell the high school in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18th, still occur.

Source: Exclusive — Barr: There’s No Reason Not to Harden Security at Schools

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Maybe the problem is Government Schools?

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7 Ways Spy-in-Chief Barack Obama Spied on Donald Trump

We now know for a fact that Spy-in-Chief Barack Obama weaponized the various intelligence agencies at his command to do something unprecedented: spy on a rival presidential campaign, specifically Donald Trump’s.

Source: 7 Ways Spy-in-Chief Barack Obama Spied on Donald Trump

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Seven ways that we know about now.

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A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? | Martin Kettle | Opinion | The Guardian

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Estimates about its impact vary. But when you read that a third of the entire global population probably caught the Spanish flu and that it killed between 50 and 100 million people in all corners of the globe – up to 5% of all human beings on the planet at the time – you get an inkling of its scale.

Source: A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million? | Martin Kettle | Opinion | The Guardian

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Wow, hard to imagine the number of dead.  FIVE PERCENT of the population.

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Our American Pravda, by Ron Unz – The Unz Review

A photo showed the two individuals who negotiated that agreement. Britain was represented by John Maynard Keynes, a towering economic figure of that era. America’s representative was Harry Dexter White, assistant secretary of the Treasury and long a central architect of American economic policy, given that his nominal superior, Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., was a gentleman farmer with no background in finance. White was also a Communist agent.

Source: Our American Pravda, by Ron Unz – The Unz Review

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“American Pravda”  — how appropriate!

Makes you wonder how many Conspiracy Theories are essentially true?

I, for one, am beginning to learn that EVERYTHING I’ve been taught may be FALSE, at worst, and SPIN, at best.

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In heavy traffic, the preferred way to merge is to ‘wait until late’ | WTOP

Kansas created a video of two animated traffic cones discussing how early mergers back up traffic by creating one slower lane versus cars moving ahead with more efficient zipper merges.

Source: In heavy traffic, the preferred way to merge is to ‘wait until late’ | WTOP

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I get annoyed when some bozo uses the should to be first.  Karma would put a cop up at the merge point!

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Race-faker Rachel Dolezal is accused of welfare fraud | Daily Mail Online

Rachel Dolezal (pictured in 2017), the former NAACP leader who pretended she was black only to be unmasked as a white woman in 2015, has been accused of welfare fraud.

Source: Race-faker Rachel Dolezal is accused of welfare fraud | Daily Mail Online

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</joke> Leopards don’t change their stripes and tigers don’t change their spots. <joke/>

Why would anyone be surprised by a fraud perpetrating another fraud?

The problem is welfare aka gooferment charity.

Private charity works; Gooferment perpetuates waste, fraud, and abuse.

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One dead and more injured in mass shooting at Oklahoma City restaurant  | Daily Mail Online

One person is dead and three were injured in a shooting at a restaurant in Oklahoma City on Thursday night. When the shooter tried to walk out of the restaurant, he was shot dead by a civilian.

Source: One dead and more injured in mass shooting at Oklahoma City restaurant  | Daily Mail Online

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Score one for “the good guy with a gun” scenario!

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Fighting for solar power in a concrete jungle – CNET

From rooftops to reservoirs, Singapore is doing everything it can to maximize its unique living space for renewable energy.

Source: Fighting for solar power in a concrete jungle – CNET

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With land space a premium in Singapore, the government is looking to take advantage of its 17 sizable water reservoirs as an alternative location for solar panels. The Public Utilities Board (PUB) is currently trialing floating solar platforms, and results so far have been promising, with systems performing 5 percent to 15 percent better than a typical rooftop system due to the cooler temperatures of the reservoir environment.

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What a great idea.  Probably impacts evaporation too.

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Lava in Hawai’i is reaching the ocean, creating new land but also corrosive acid mist

A newly formed lava delta is an unstable beast, and it can collapse without warning. This can trap water within the hot rock, leading to violent steam-driven explosions that can hurl metre-sized blocks up to 250 metres. Explosions occur because when the water turns to steam it suddenly expands to around 1,700 times its original volume. Waves of scalding water can also injure people who are too close. People have died and been seriously injured during lava delta collapses

Source: Lava in Hawai’i is reaching the ocean, creating new land but also corrosive acid mist

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Sounds dangerous as Hades!

I sure wouldn’t be hang over edges to snap selfies.  Sounds like a sure way to win a Darwin Award!

News – Late May SNOW DAY for this province, jaw-dropping photos – The Weather Network

Although not completely unheard of, scenes like THIS are no doubt, tough on the psyche. Especially during the last full week of May. AND to add insult to injury, another round of snow is possible for parts of Newfoundland on Friday. More on that below.

Source: News – Late May SNOW DAY for this province, jaw-dropping photos – The Weather Network

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Global Warming?

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Leilani Estates family ‘heartbroken’ as huge crack swallows up their home

Noah Friend returned Monday to his home in Leilani Estates to find a 10-foot wide crack running 500 feet long through his backyard and beneath his house.

Source: Leilani Estates family ‘heartbroken’ as huge crack swallows up their home

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That’s tough luck.  Is there any insurance that would cover that?

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HEALTH: Viagra and Cancer – YouTube — and the FDA & AMA?

Sometimes it can take years for serious side-effects to be recognized, so rather than just covering up symptoms with drugs, we should treat the underlying cause with lifestyle changes whenever possible.

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A reason why the FDA should be an ADVISORY agency.  That is, award the FDA “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval to those drug candidates that follow their regime.

Other drugs, not following their process, would be “Doctor and Buyer Beware”.  But as we see from this example, and many others, ALL drugs are “Buyer Beware”.

Maybe the ability to sue should be differentiated by “FDA approved” and “non-FDA approved” in some way.

In any event, it’s time to have the separation of Gooferment and Medicine.

Maybe the AMA’s monopoly on Doctors should be eliminated also.

If we trust a “shade tree mechanic” with our cars, then maybe we can trust out lives to a “Nurse Practitioner”?  Wait a minute, wait a minute, when I go to the “Doctor’s Office” sometimes the only people I see are the receptionist, the Nurse, and the Nurse Practitioner. Is the doctor even in the building or out playing golf?

Hmmm, seems like there’s a lot of streamlining needed. No wonder costs are out of control.

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Glendale, AZ neighbor collects over 40 bikes for those in need

Have you used Nextdoor to help collect donation items before? Hillcrest Ranch resident Michelle hadn’t until recently when she was looking to donate bikes to St. Vincent de Paul, and was pleasantly surprised at the response! As part of National Bike Month, Michelle was looking to collect bikes to donate to the St.

Source: Glendale, AZ neighbor collects over 40 bikes for those in need

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What a great combination of technology and human needs!

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Password Formulas Don’t Fool Hackers

Every time we write about passwords on Lifehacker, a few readers share their secret formula for creating passwords. According to Ryan Merchant, senior manager at the password manager Dashlane , those formulas are easy to hack. Dashlane recently analyzed 61 million passwords from years of large data breaches—passwords that are available to many security researchers, hackers, and even the public.

Source: Password Formulas Don’t Fool Hackers

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Been saying that for years.  My favorite is LASTPASS.

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The Elephant in the Room: Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About the Link Between Psychiatric Medications and Mass Shootings?

The “March For Our Lives” gun-grabbers have convinced themselves that the only way to stop mass shootings in the United States is to prohibit law-abiding Americans from owning firearms. But what these brainwashed leftists fail (or willfully refuse) to acknowledge is the fact that almost every major shooting incident that’s occurred in recent years is directly tied to the perpetrators’ use of mind-altering pharmaceuticals.

Source: The Elephant in the Room: Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About the Link Between Psychiatric Medications and Mass Shootings?

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The NRA, GOA, and gun owners in general have been yelling about this for decades!

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Source: Thank you from AARP Feedback

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I really object to the far left liberal political agenda that you push for. I don’t think that you should advocate for things that will bankrupt the posterity of the USA. You should be advocating for a strong fiscal discipline in Congress, against the inflationary Federal Reserve policies, and programs like Obama/SCOTUS/Trump care. We can do so much better and seniors are not a homogeneous class of people. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme that transfers wealth from poor minority men to rich white women. As such, you should be championing reform into Individual Social Security Accounts just like a 401k. If Chile could do it in the 70’s, why can’t we do it now.

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TECHNOLOGY: “Don’t be evil” should be “Don’t be stupid”!

2018-May-23

FROM GOOGLE NEWS FEEDBACK

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SM Boyd via Google News Help Forum <news+APn2wQczRBc769E16bjrxQV_s5edMPsyvh1fprm8_RnbkdJmVLGZ-kp7ii-@googleproductforums.com>
3:14 AM (5 hours ago)
to Google

From these posts and many others I’ve seen, Google clearly has NO idea what people were doing with their Google News pages. Google News used to be my home page, but that will change as of tomorrow. I have no use for half of the topics Google THINKS I do, and I have not been able to understand Google’s need to change for the sake of changing over the past few years. It seems as though Google is screwing up their products because “NEW & IMPROVED!!!” is only coming from the GoogleBubble. From all the data I know Google collects, you would think they would know how users are using their products.

To screw up something as basic as a News webpage leaves me wondering if I shouldn’t move away from Google products altogether. Gmail, maps etc. There is never a warning that something fundamental is going to change, it just happens, and users are left wondering how to recover what they’ve set up. I notice Google has demoted the famous “Don’t Be Evil” motto, maybe it’s time for a new one to live by: “Don’t Be Stupid.” They keep shooting themselves in the foot, but the billions keep rolling in, so I guess the actual users don’t matter. Whatever. The internet is much more than Google.

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Maybe this isn’t the biggest tech blunder since IBM ceded the PC to Microsoft or “No one would want a computer in the home”?

But then again, maybe it is.

I was moving from the Apple ecosystem to Google’s.  Maybe like  other feedbackers, I have to completely rethink that?

Like the last election,  Which is the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral.” Google versus Apple? Gasp, maybe even Microsoft gets in the running?

Argh!

Google, don’t be stupid!

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The Next Welfare Program – The Daily Reckoning

UBI is an idea gaining traction among those given to believing impossible things — college professors.And politicians.The fellow with stars in his eyes… is often the fellow with rocks in his head.Under UBI, the government would guarantee every working-age American a basic standard of living.No string would come attached to this pretty peach… no proof of want… no questions whatsoever.Assume, for example, that a strong-backed fellow can find employment moving furniture.But the job demands an early rise… and he finds that dozing until noon better suits him.Would this layabout receive a check?Yes he would.

Source: The Next Welfare Program – The Daily Reckoning

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Subsidizing “welfare queens”?  Again!

The only way this flies if ALL other welfare programs are completely eliminated and all the bureaucrats are put on the street to look for work.  No unemployment insurance for 99 weeks  — that goes away with the Universal Basic Income.  No welfare  — no food stamps, no WIC, no retraining  — no nothing.

Some how I don’t the politicians and bureaucrats will make the trade.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

“Very few people know what the DFS is doing and can enter the building,” according to an active-duty official with knowledge of the directorate’s operations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The official agreed to share details about the directorate after The Intercept and NHK last year revealed that the spy agency had obtained a mass surveillance system called XKEYSCORE, which is used to sift through copies of people’s emails, online chats, internet browsing histories, and information about social media activity. The official said that they believed the directorate’s use of XKEYSCORE was “not permissible” under the Japanese Constitution, which protects people’s right to privacy.

Source: The Untold Story of Japan’s Secret Spy Agency

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Here’s an example of why no Gooferment’s Deep State can be trusted or contained by mere “constitution”.  Lysander Spooner had it right.

“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6

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Three high school seniors die in Oregon crash weeks before graduation | Daily Mail Online

High school seniors Luciana Tellez, Giselle Montano and Esmeralda Nava died Saturday night after their car was struck head-on on Interstate 5 in Yoncalla, Oregon.

Source: Three high school seniors die in Oregon crash weeks before graduation | Daily Mail Online

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Why can these types of crashes be prevented by good injineering (i.e., wrong way tire shredders at all entrances).  If we had private roads, I bet they’d be installed already!

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Honey Bees Dying? You Can Help By Starting Your Own Hive

We should all be concerned about honey bees dying. Honeybees pollinate more than 100 crops , from apples to zucchini. The world has watched honey bees dying in the millions since 2006. Though there have been news reports concerning this crisis fro the last 12 years, a majority of people still aren’t tuned in to the actual scope of the situation.

Source: Honey Bees Dying? You Can Help By Starting Your Own Hive

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Wondering about the idle green spots around and how hard would it be to establish colonies. Not for harvesting honey; just to create more bees.

Seems like a “johnny appleseed” type project.

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Google News updates – WikiTribune

The latest Google News update changes many features, including user categorizations; saved selections and easy access to sections

Source: Google News updates – WikiTribune

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And most folks are not very happy about it.

​(Got my first “story” into wikitribune.)

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Benefits of Blueberries for Artery Function | NutritionFacts.org

What is the optimum dose of wild blueberries to eat at a meal?

Source: Benefits of Blueberries for Artery Function | NutritionFacts.org

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Who knew that these blueberries are a natural probiotic with such powerful effects even a day later.

Blueberries all around.

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