Steve Hilton: China Is ‘Funding Biden Family Businesses’ with ‘Billions’

Steve Hilton said Joe Biden is “compromised by a foreign power,” drawing on Peter Schweizer’s investigation of Biden family ties to China.

Source: Steve Hilton: China Is ‘Funding Biden Family Businesses’ with ‘Billions”

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A most stunning acquisition????

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What Are They Thinking: Democrats and Duterte – The Daily Grind

Rents in California are notoriously high. The average price for an apartment in San Francisco is about $3,600 per month (that’s about twice as high as Miami and Chicago). But blocking that price from increasing won’t create more homes for people who need a place to live.Oregon in February passed a law which limits rent increases to 7% plus local inflation. Lawmakers in Colorado and New York are considering similar moves.The prospect of rent control comes during a time when the apartment business has been strong, and analysts expect the new bills to have a negative effect on the industry.“It has been proven time and again that rent control does not work,” argues Sid Lakireddy, president of the California Rental Housing Association. “We do not need more distractions and resources spent on failed policies but instead we need policies that encourage more affordable and accessible housing.”

Source: What Are They Thinking: Democrats and Duterte – The Daily Grind

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“Rent Control”, anohter great Socialist idea, is just stupid.

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TINFOILHAT: John Wilkes Booth ‘got away with assassinating Abraham Lincoln

2019-Apr-29

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6968307/John-Wilkes-Booth-got-away-killing-Abraham-Lincoln-evading-capture-living-aliases.html

John Wilkes Booth ‘got away with assassinating Abraham Lincoln’
 
John Wilkes Booth ‘got away with assassinating Abraham Lincoln by evading capture and living nearly four decades under assumed identities’

  • John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in April 1865 
  • It is widely believed that he was tracked down and killed days later in Virginia
  • But new facial recognition technology says he may have lived long after 
  • Software analyzed faces of Booth, John St. Helen, and David E. George
  • It found there is a strong likelihood that these three men are the same person 

Published: 01:31 EDT, 28 April 2019 | Updated: 01:31 EDT, 28 April 2019

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John Wilkes Booth may have gotten away with the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

New evidence uncovered by facial recognition technology appears to show that Booth lived for decades under an assumed identity after he shot Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865.

The conventional historiography holds that Booth was shot dead by Union soldiers five days after the assassination inside a barn on a farm in Virginia.

But an investigator with the Discovery Channel series Mummies Unwrapped says that modern-day face recognition technology shows that Booth’s face matched with that of two other men – John St. Helen and David E. George.

The researchers ran the images of St. Helen, George, and Booth through a computer and found that there was a strong possibility that these three individuals were the same man.

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Like all good Conspiracy Theories, it has a “feeling of credibility” about it.  Soldiers collecting a reward for some poor soul; not Booth.  The VP with his hand in it.  Deathbed confessions. 

And, the biggest reason to believe it is a compound reason:  (1) If the VP was in on it (i.e., the password), then the assassin needed to be “caught” and also unable to implicate anyone.  (2) The Gooferment couldn’t stand having the image that it couldn’t catch one lone assassin; people would begin to doubt the power of Big Gooferment. (3) Since it is easily disproved by an exhumation and DNA test, what it the motive for NOT disproving it.

#YACT

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Police Efforts Like This Will Undermine NZ’s Gun Control Attempt

AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File Following the horrific events in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country has lashed out at gun owners and changed its laws so that massive numbers of gun owners have to turn over their guns or become criminals.

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Yet has France, for example, stopped terrorists from using guns, despite the nation’s long history of gun control? No. France can try, but it’s a lost cause, and so too it will be in New Zealand.

Gun control won’t work.

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Source: Police Efforts Like This Will Undermine NZ’s Gun Control Attempt

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Pretty sad when guns are stolen from the police!

Gooferment — at all levels — is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

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Clip sharing with Overcast – Marco.org

Like Slopes and Castro, I’ve changed to a date-based version-numbering scheme — 2019.4 is the fourth update released in 2019, the next version will be 2019.5, and so on — partly because version numbers don’t really matter anymore, but mostly because I no longer wanted to delay completed features until a major-version change or worry that I didn’t do enough to justify a certain number.

Source: Clip sharing with Overcast – Marco.org

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Interesting observation imho.

Version numbers really have become brands to the extreme like Windows 7 or iPhoneX.

For my part, i like the simple sequence.  I use 2019-Apr-28 (YYYYMMMDD) or 2019-04Apr-28 (YYYYmmMMMDD) for dates because of it’s “global” simplicity.

We need to make ourselves more clear when we communicate.

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The Problems with Socialism

With socialism trending in America, it makes sense to once again feature this short clip where Murray Rothbard explains how Ludwig von Mises refuted the idea that socialism could be a success. This is Mises’ important book on socialism: -RW

Source: The Problems with Socialism

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A timeless classic!

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Viral video of chimpanzee scrolling through Instagram hides a sad truth – CNET

Noted primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, the world’s foremost chimp researcher, released a statement through her website Good For All News on Thursday, as the footage of the chimpanzee began to gather a lot of viral steam. Goodall said she is “very disappointed to see the inappropriate portrayal of a juvenile chimpanzee” and suggests that the footage helps to perpetuate the illegal pet trade of great apes.

This isn’t the behavior of a wild animal, rather a trained behavior that seems intended to elicit this exact response. That point can be lost amid the runaway virality <sic> of an online clip and the Jane Goodall Institute said this is “part of the larger issue of social media videos” that prompt trading in exotic animals.

Notably, this isn’t the first time that a chimpanzee video has gone viral — and it’s not even the first time the same organization has caused grief for primatologists. And posts and videos such as these highlight how social media influencers with large audiences can quickly spread content — for right or wrong. Once they’re online, there’s almost no way to stop their spread and, in this case, the funny exterior masks the sad hidden truth of animals living in captivity.

Source: Viral video of chimpanzee scrolling through Instagram hides a sad truth – CNET

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Don’t view any of the Great Apes being monetized and encourage bad behavior by human beings profiting off their captivity.

Animals belong in nature; not in captivity.

IMHO

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ADMINISTRIVIA: No longer a Yankees fan

Like anyone cares.

… … maybe the ghost of George will haunt the NYY organization.

… … maybe “We, The Sheeple” wont forget.

… … maybe the USA will return to its roots of freedom and liberty.

So now I’ve changed

… … no longer will watch the Yankees until Kate Smith returns to the Seventh Inning.

… … to remind any NYY fan about “Kate Smith”.

… … my bitmoji to remove the NYY logo.

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Chick-fil-A makes special Sunday delivery for boy with brain tumor

Chick-fil-A might usually be closed on Sundays, but that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to help out a child in need.

Source: Chick-fil-A makes special Sunday delivery for boy with brain tumor

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Kudos to that store manager and his team for making this happen.

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Millionaire Bernie Sanders Still Gets Mayoral Pension from 1980s Gig

CNBC reported that “double-dipping” is not illegal and that, “a National Journal study in 2013 found that nearly 20 percent of members have drawn government pensions while serving in the Senate or the House, for a total haul of more than $3.6 million in such pensions in the prior year.”

Source: Millionaire Bernie Sanders Still Gets Mayoral Pension from 1980s Gig

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Why do politicians get pensions?

Can’t they steal enough while in office to get by?

Argh!

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Chicago’s pension funds looking more like a collapsing Ponzi scheme | Wirepoints

A falling population means the city’s massive pension debts are falling on a smaller base of taxpayers. That’s bad news enough.

But another key demographic – the ratio of active government workers to pensioners – is even more concerning.That ratio, which equaled 1.4 actives for every pensioner in 2005, has collapsed to nearly 1.05. And if the trend continues, in just a year or two there will be more pensioners draining money from the pension funds than active workers putting money in.

Source: Chicago’s pension funds looking more like a collapsing Ponzi scheme | Wirepoints

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Can you spell “unfunded liabilities”?

Clearly, this is the USA’s problem writ large!

The current 121T+ national debt and the guesstimated 200T+ in unfunded liabilities is something that our posterity will have to deal with; not just the Chicago / Illinois taxpayers.

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The banishing of Kate Smith isn’t ‘sensitive’ — it’s ridiculous – The Boston Globe

Outside the Wells Fargo arena in Philadelphia is a nondescript, grit-strewn concrete slab. It is all that remains after the Flyers hockey organization last weekend hauled away the statue of an exuberant Kate Smith that had stood there for 32 years. Gone too is the plaque that explained Smith’s cherished place in Flyers history

:“Blessed with a voice and presence which led her to stardom on Broadway, radio, and television, Miss Smith came to symbolize joyous, homespun American patriotism. . . . Her live performance of ‘God Bless America’ helped inspire the Flyers to become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in 1974. This statue, honoring one of America’s greatest patriots, is a gift from the Philadelphia Flyers to the people of our great country.”

For decades, Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” was embraced by Flyers fans as a harbinger of luck; the team went 101-31-5 in games when the song was played. The New York Yankees had a Kate Smith ritual as well: Ever since 9/11, Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” was heard during every seventh inning at Yankee Stadium.

Source: The banishing of Kate Smith isn’t ‘sensitive’ — it’s ridiculous – The Boston Globe

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And, from what is coming out now, the song was a satire produced and sung with Paul Robeson, a famous black signer of her era. It was intended to be a protest against segregation.

How did that fact get “lost” by the media?

Perhaps because it didn’t fit the “narrative” that they push all the time — USA bad; historical figures bad; only ” “good” people should have statues! Argh! I think the media types, “celebrities”, politicians, and bureaucrats should be ranked below used car salesmen in any trustworthy ranking. Like anyone cares what I think.

Argh!

Argh

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Our bridges are failing. Here’s how we could fix them. | Popular Science

2. Too weakA new four-door in 1987 weighed 3,221 pounds; its 2016 equal topped 4,000. The extra tonnage per car means many passes can’t accommodate the autos that modern drivers increasingly prefer. The Brooklyn Bridge, for one, bans vehicles more than 3 tons; that’s lighter than many SUVs.

Source: Our bridges are failing. Here’s how we could fix them. | Popular Science

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Get the Gooferment out of the auto industry.  We don’t need them keeping us “safe” from our own choices.  That’s what liberty is all about.  The opportunity to make one’s own choices for good or for bad.  How else can people learn to “look both ways before they buy something”?

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[Ilya Somin] Will Connecticut Finally Enact Meaningful Eminent Domain Reform?

Susette Kelo’s famous “little pink house,”which became an iconic symbol of the Kelo case. Some fourteen years after a controversial Supreme Court decision upheld the use of eminent domain to seize homes for transfer to private developers, the state where the case originated may finally pass a law that curtails such abuses.

Source: [Ilya Somin] Will Connecticut Finally Enact Meaningful Eminent Domain Reform?

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Kelo is a national disgrace!

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Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka suicide bombings

The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a devastating series of suicide attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people. The claim, accompanied by a photo and video of the men the group said had unleashed the carnage, emerged more than two days

Source: Islamic State group claims Sri Lanka suicide bombings

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“Eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”?

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Professor Uncovers Scam At Arizona University And Gets Laid Off, So He Reveals It To Students Via Email

Ask any college student in the U.S all the ways in which college bleeds money from attendees and you will have a pretty substantial list. From outrageous textbook prices with baffling sell-back returns to the cost of tuition to the ways, they find to nickel and dime you after you have paid tuition (i.e parking passes, dorm costs).

Source: Professor Uncovers Scam At Arizona University And Gets Laid Off, So He Reveals It To Students Via Email

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Seems like corruption is rampant in “Big Education”.  Time for DOJ to get ramped up for prosecutions?

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New Roundup-Cancer Lawsuit Exposes Cozy Relationship Between Monsanto And EPA

Authored by Derrick Broze via The Mind Unleashed blog, A third lawsuit related to claims that Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer has revealed new details about the cozy relationship between the biotech giant and U.S. regulators. On Monday, Monsanto Co. corporate spokesman William Reeves admitted the corporation has regularly communicated with U.S. regulatory agencies regarding reviews of the controversial Roundup herbicide.

Source: New Roundup-Cancer Lawsuit Exposes Cozy Relationship Between Monsanto And EPA

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Can anyone spell “regulatory capture”?

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MLB: Bryce Harper’s ejection shows need for automated strike zone

After being called out on strikes in the fourth inning of the Phillies’ loss to the Mets on Monday, Bryce Harper barked at umpire Mark Carlson from the dugout, got ejected, and threw a whole fit. His hair looked fantastic, but the rest of him looked pretty childish.And I get it. In quiet, rational times, I maintain respect for the work done by referees and umpires to enforce the rules of their sports, but during the heat of competition — any competition, really — I become convinced officials are either grossly incompetent or, for whatever reason, punishing me personally with their calls. I am not someone anyone would ever call “sportsmanlike.”

Source: MLB: Bryce Harper’s ejection shows need for automated strike zone

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Interesting.  With so much money involved, it’s easier to “blame the refs” than improve yourself.

What happens then there is no umpire to blame?

Will he assault the RoboT Ref?

What’s next?  The safe / out call by drone?

It’s a kid’s game and supposed to be “fun”.  Leave it to adults to drain the “fun” out of everything.

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Free Lori Loughlin

Everybody knows that college admissions aren’t made only on academic merit and haven’t been for a long time. If you want your son or daughter to be admitted to college and you have enough money, all you have to do is donate a lot of money to the university and your child will have no trouble getting in.

Source: Free Lori Loughlin

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Another more “Libertarian” take on the recent “college admissions scandal”.

My question is why is the Gooferment involved in any phase of “education” at all?

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Letters to the Editor

Vladimir Putin’s speech – SHORTEST SPEECH EVER.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

“In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

“Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America , England, Holland and France , if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

“When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.”The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

Source: Letters to the Editor

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While I don’t want Nazi death camps for minorities, it is because, selfishly, aren’t by some measure we ALL minorities?

That being said, I don’t want to see “American Culture” changed by “celebrities”, “racial leaders”, politicians, or bureaucrats.  And, certainly not to accommodate ANY religion.

If we learn nothing from “sectarian violence” around the world, religions need to peacefully coexist.  Now every “religion” has its wacko cultists, but it’s up to us in a “civil society” to keep them in their place — examples of strange memes that should be “studied”.

As a pro-life little L libertarian, I just want to be left alone to “pursue happiness”.  That means don’t flaunt your choices in my face and expect me to cheer or cower in fear.  And, I certainly don’t want to pay for “your choices”.

I want the American Dream for all my fellow humans. I want the American “melting pot” to adopt the best from every culture and discard the worst.

As we learned from our POWs, “GBA”!

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The Student Debt Conundrum

Authored by Laurence Vance via The Future of Freedom Foundation, Using data from the Federal Reserve, Student Loan Hero — an organization that provides “resources, tools and information” to help “student loan borrowers understand their student loans and make intelligent repayment decisions” — reports that Among the Class of 2018, 69% of college students took out student loans, and they graduated with an average debt of $29,800, including both private and federal debt.

Source: The Student Debt Conundrum

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The first is that no proposed solution recognizes that the student-debt conundrum would never have arisen in the first place if the federal government had simply followed its own Constitution and had never had anything to do with education: no loans, no grants, no mandates, no subsidies, no funding, no school breakfast and lunch programs, no regulations, no standards, no vouchers, and no Department of Education.

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Sure, once the politicians and bureaucrats have “screwed the pooch”, now we recognize the wisdom of the DOWGs!

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How Much Do Vitamin D Supplements Affect Lifespan? | NutritionFacts.org

It would take 150 people taking vitamin D supplements for five years to save one life. If we were talking about a drug, we’d need to weigh that against the cost and side effects of dosing so many people. But when we’re talking about something as safe and cheap as vitamin D supplements, it seems like a bargain to me.

Source: How Much Do Vitamin D Supplements Affect Lifespan? | NutritionFacts.org

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Seems that way to me too.  What happens to Social Security if we all start taking D3 and live longer lives?  I’d like to find out.  But then, I’m try to “steal” back all that FICA that was stolen from me in the first place!

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