Canadians pissed at Trudeau… World record truck convoy blocks traffic in Nisku and Edmonton Alberta
Wednesday’s afternoon rush hour in Edmonton slowed down to a crawl in parts of the city’s south side and outside city limits in the wake of a massive pro-pipeline convoy that got underway hours earlier.
Shortly after 5 p.m., trucks in the west lanes of northbound Anthony Henday Drive, were moving at a snail’s pace just north of Stony Plain Road. The reason the vehicles were moving so slowly was not clear. The vehicles were blocking all three lanes of the freeway as well as the shoulders of the road. Nobody could get by.
Global Edmonton traffic reporter Lauren Fink said the convoy was causing “huge backups.” The same situation was unfolding on the east leg of the Henday, northbound, which was backed up from about Highway 14 to Highway 2. Another convoy was headed south and approaching Highway 19, which backed up traffic from just south of 41 Avenue S.W. to the Henday.
“If you are travelling through these areas, you are going to need to expect major delays,” Fink said.
Police told Global News they were trying not to deploy officers to the area to avoid further congestion, however, police were trying to direct one of the convoys off the Henday and onto Highway 14.
A 22-kilometre-long truck convoy got underway at 11:30 a.m. and made its way through the Nisku industrial area, where many oil and gas companies have been affected by the low price of Alberta crude. The convoy was organized to draw attention to the province’s struggling energy sector.
READ MORE: Nisku truck convoy and pro-pipeline rally ‘way bigger than expected’: organizer
While the cause of the later traffic backups was not confirmed, some Edmontonians took to social media to say the drivers involved in the convoy were making them late for appointments.
“How’s contesting the traffic on the henday in Edmonton supposed to help get the pipeline built?” read one tweet from someone with the Twitter handle @pube_780. “We’re all in the same boat, so pissing off your neighbours doesn’t do anything for the cause.”
“We r for the pipeline but we have hit this traffic mess north and south today and it’s very frustrating,” read another Tweet from someone using the Twitter handle @HickeyCarol. “Appointments were missed and upsetting a lot of people for the pipeline. All for protesting but do it in front of Justin Trudeau not in front of the people supporting it.”
Mark Meadows: President Trump, Veto this Spending Bill, Fight for the Wall
The House Freedom Caucus and Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) delivered a series of fiery speeches Wednesday night, calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to fund his promised border wall; Meadows said they will back Trump if he vetoes the spending bill.
The House Freedom Caucus led a special order on the House floor on Wednesday night, urging Congress and the president to continue fighting for the border wall.
Meadows said, “I rise to encourage my colleagues to stay in the fight to have the president deliver on a promise.”
The House Freedom Caucus proposed an amendment to the proposed spending bill that would fund $5 billion in border wall funding and close asylum loopholes, ending “catch and release.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on Wednesday that he will sponsor a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through February 8, and kick the border wall funding fight to when Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) likely becomes the next Speaker of the House.
Meadows, along with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), have often been described as President Trump’s “pit bulls,” noting their strong will to fight for Trump’s America First agenda.
The North Carolina conservative noted that the president said that he would not sign another spending bill that does not include border wall funding.
Rep. Meadows charged:
The president many, many, months ago said that he would not sign another funding bill unless we gave him wall funding. So what did this House do? It passed a bill to fund the Department of Defense, a short-term CR, and they said you know what, we’re going to have that fight after the midterms.
Mr. Speaker, it is after the midterms and we are here with a number of my colleagues tonight to say that we’re ready to fight on behalf of all the freedom loving americans to make sure that we have secure borders and to make sure that never again do we have to worry about terrorists and drug traffickers coming across our southern borders.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) spoke after Meadows, saying, “Securing the border is a fundamental constitutional duty of the federal government.”
Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ), a doctor, spoke of the opioid crisis and how the lack of a border wall has only led to more American addiction and death through the opioid crisis.
“A study came out earlier this year that said that the opioid crisis is deadlier than the Vietnam war in 1968,” Gosar explained. “The study said that the opioid crisis cost more than 1.7 million years of life.”
Gosar said, “Securing the border is a matter of life and death.”
Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), said, “We are here to talk about the promise we made to the American people.”
Perry said that “this is our last chance, Nancy Pelosi will not do this.”
US and French troops withdraw from Manbij area in northern Syria: SDF
US and French forces began to abandon their positions near the city of Manbij in northern Syria, a source close to the Arab-Kurdish formations of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) told Sputnik on Wednesday.
“The US forces left Al-Qaziyah position in the town of Al-Shuyuh, east of Manbij, and from their position in the village of Al-Asheq near Tell Abiad, in the direction of the US base located in Ayn Issa in the Raqqa province, preparing complete withdrawal from Syria,” the source said.
According to the source, the French military also left a number of their positions in the Manbij area in the province of Aleppo and in Ayn Issa in the province of Raqqa
Brazil top prosecutor indicts President Temer for corruption
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge on Wednesday charged President Michel Temer with corruption and money laundering uncovered in an investigation into graft related to port concessions, according to a statement from her office.
Temer, who leaves office on Jan. 1, is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for issuing a decree in 2017 that allowed two port contracts to be extended for up to 70 years.
The president’s office said in a statement that he will prove that there were no irregularities and that no company illicitly benefited.
Temer can only be tried while president if Brazil’s lower house of Congress votes to allow a trial to proceed, which will not happen before he leaves office.
However, the charges and others previously lodged against Temer will remain, and he will likely have to face them early next year.
The House Judiciary will not release a transcript of Wednesday’s interview with Loretta Lynch. The panel will release a transcript of today’s interview as a part of its investigation report…alongside transcripts of 16 other interviews..by end of the year.
‘Organ traders, terrorists & looters’: Evidence against Syrian White Helmets presented at UN
The ‘White Helmets’ are not a rescue group but an extension of jihadist militants, and should be designated a terrorist organization, Russia’s envoy to the UN argued at the presentation of evidence into the group’s wrongdoing.
Praised in the West as humanitarian rescue volunteers, in reality the ‘White Helmets’ work with Islamist militants in Syria, harvest organs from the victims they pretend to be “rescuing,” stage false chemical weapons and other attacks for cameras, and loot the bodies and homes of Syrians killed and injured in the war, according to Maxim Grigoriev, director of the Russia-based Foundation for the Study of Democracy.
Grigoriev presented the results of the Foundation’s research into White Helmets at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday. Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said the evidence shows the group is dangerous.
“The White Helmets deserve to be on the United Nations’ designated terrorist list,” Nebenzia said.
Rather than volunteers, almost all the members of White Helmets were paid staff, Grigoriev explained. There is also “undeniable evidence” that the group has been taking written orders from Jaysh al‑Islam, an Islamist militant group most notorious for its occupation of Douma.
It was in this suburb of Damascus that the White Helmets staged the “chemical attack” that served as the pretext for French, UK and US missile strikes against the Syrian government in April this year.
Do you believe it's OUR goal? Putin says he knows ‘very well’ who seeks to rule the world
Russia does not aim to rule the world, and such assumptions are part of an “imposed mentality” used to distract people, Vladimir Putin told a WSJ reporter when asked about Russia's supposed ambitions for world domination.
Faced with a rather provocative question from the WSJ Moscow Bureau Chief, Ann Maria Simmons, Putin said that “when it comes to ruling the world we know very well where the headquarters [of those], who are trying to do exactly that,” is located. “And it’s not in Moscow,” the president added, speaking at an annual Q&A session in Moscow.
Although the Russian leader has never openly accused Washington of having some global ambitions, he still said that the ongoing contest of influence in the international arena is linked to “the US leading role in the world economy” and its enormous defense spending amounting to “more than $ 700 billion,” which Washington apparently seeks to translate into some political power.
Russia’s defense spending amounts to just $46 billion, the president said, noting that the total population of the NATO countries accounts for some 600 million people while Russia has just about 140 million.
“Do you really believe that it is our goal to rule the world?” Putin asked rhetorically.
All the speculation about Russia’s supposed aspirations for the world dominance are nothing but a “mentality imposed by some to achieve internal goals,” the president said.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has accused the UK and US political classes of "disrespecting" the public by questioning the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election.
"They don't want to recognise [President Trump's] victory. That's disrespect of voters," Mr Putin said.
"It's the same in Britain: Brexit happened, but nobody wants to implement it."
The president's comments came at his year-end press conference in Moscow.
Russia's leader also said British Prime Minister Theresa May has no choice but to follow through with Brexit, as failing to do so would undermine UK democracy.
"She must enact the will of the people, expressed during the referendum," he said. "Or otherwise it is not a referendum at all: doing it over and over again if someone did not like it [the result]. Is it a democracy?"
Mr Putin described relations with the UK as in "deadlock," saying it was in both countries' interests to improve matters.
"Are we interested in restoring full relations with Britain? Yes, we are interested," he said. "And we know that British [companies] work pretty actively here."
Russia's president also accused the US of having world domination on its mind.
On Wednesday, Mr Trump announced that he would withdraw US troops from Syria, saying Islamic State forces had been defeated there.
Mr Putin cautiously welcomed the move, but questioned whether it would actually happen.
"We don't see signs of a pullout," he said, adding that the US "has been in Afghanistan 17 years, and they always say they're withdrawing".
DHS to Return Illegal Aliens to Mexico in Effort to End ‘Catch and Release’
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will return illegal border crossers arriving from Mexico on the southern border to Mexico while they await their U.S. immigration hearings in an effort to end “Catch and Release.”
In an announcement Thursday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said her agency would immediately invoke Section 235(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. That will allow federal immigration officials to return illegal border crossers arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border back to Mexico while they await their immigration hearings in the U.S.
“Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court dates,” Nielsen said. “Instead, they will wait for an immigration court decision while they are in Mexico. ‘Catch and release’ will be replaced with ‘catch and return.’ In doing so, we will reduce illegal migration by removing one of the key incentives that encourages people from taking the dangerous journey to the United States in the first place.”
The new policy means that illegal aliens at the southern border claiming asylum will be processed by DHS and given a “Notice to Appear” for their immigration hearing. After, they will be returned to Mexico, which DHS officials say has agreed to provide border crossers with “humanitarian visas, work authorization, and other protections” as they await their hearings.
In the process, border crossers will have access to attorneys and to the U.S. only for their hearings. Only until an immigration judge clears border crossers of having credible asylum cases will they be allowed into the U.S.
For months, immigration experts requested DHS to implement the policy change which seeks to end the practice of border crossers being released into the interior of the U.S. where the vast majority never arrive in immigration court hearings and instead live throughout the country as illegal aliens.
As early as April, immigration experts like Jessica Vaughan told Breitbart News that DHS should implement such a policy in order to stop mass illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We can also tell people that they can apply for asylum in our consulate in Tijuana,” Vaughan said in April. “We have a branch of the U.S. embassy there and they could wait there while their claim is adjudicated. We can take a couple of weeks to hear their case from our consulate in Tijuana, or Mexico City or anywhere else in the country of Mexico; save them a long journey.”
BREAKING: GEORGIA STATE SENATOR AND GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE INDICTED ON FRAUD CHARGES
Georgia State Senator Michael Williams, a former Georgia governor candidate, has been indicted on fraud charges.
The indictment accused Williams of insurance fraud stemming from a report he made regarding stolen computer servers from his campaign office. He reportedly lied to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and made a false insurance claim on the servers.
His campaign manager has stated that the servers were used to mine for cryptocurrency, which was part of Williams’ business. The office was shared between his business and campaign.
Williams finished fifth in the Georgia GOP Governor primary this past year following a campaign that was mostly based around loyalty to President Trump and running various political stunts, including a “deportation bus.”
Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has settled yet another lawsuit — this time with a woman who claimed she was recruited by the renowned pedophile as a sex slave more than a decade ago.
The woman, Sarah Ransome, sued Epstein and alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell in Manhattan federal court last year for forcing her into sex acts in 2006 and 2007, when she was in her 20s.
She more recently claimed they directed her to have sex with Epstein’s powerful friends, including notable lawyer and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, the Miami Herald reported.
Ransome, who now lives in Barcelona, withdrew the lawsuit on Thursday due to the settlement, the terms of which were not disclosed.
“We are pleased with the settlement. It provides as much compensation as money can provide for the horrific damage done by sex trafficking,” said her lawyer, David Boies.
Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager, is a registered sex offender tied to his 2008 conviction for soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. Before his conviction and since, he has been accused of sexually abusing dozens of mostly underage girls at his mansion in Palm Beach.
Dershowitz represented Epstein in the 2008 plea deal with Florida federal prosecutors that resulted in 13 months in jail.
On Thursday, he denied Ransome’s allegations.
“Of course she didn’t have sex with me. I never had sex with anyone except my wife,” Dershowitz told The Post. “I’ve never met this woman, I don’t know her, I never heard of her. She just made it up completely.”
Ransome’s lawsuit said Epstein and Maxwell promised her paid tuition to the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan in exchange for her “continued sexual cooperation with Epstein,” the complaint said.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer used to smuggle his Russian-escort mistress into the luxury Upper East Side home he shared with his wife — by stuffing her inside a piece of luggage, she told The Post.
“He used to sneak me into his Fifth Avenue apartment in a black suitcase . . . when his wife was away,’’ Svetlana Travis Zakharova told The Post in an exclusive interview.
“My knees would be up by my face. When the doorman would ask if he could help, Eliot would say, ‘No, thanks.’ ”
Zakharova revealed the sleazeball sneak tactic — which she said the pair pulled off about 15 times at Eliot and Silda Spitzer’s home — as her lawyer prepared a new push to put the disgraced former pol behind bars.
The Russian sexpot first hit the headlines in early 2016 when she accused Spitzer of choking her during a sex-session-gone-awry at The Plaza hotel in Midtown.
Now, Zakharova’s Queens lawyer, Joseph Murray, is asking Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman to investigate Spitzer for alleged “improprieties” in his efforts to evade prosecution.
Zakharova recently told The Post that when she met the then-married multimillionaire in 2010, he was as cocky as ever — but still a bum underneath it all.
“When I first met him, he bragged how rich he was. But I didn’t believe him because he had holes in his underwear,’’ she said.
Zakharova, now 28, said Spitzer would whine about another girlfriend and his wife when they met up for their anything-goes romps.
“He told me about problems with his wife. She complained about his drinking. She bought a dog without telling him,” Zakharova said.
But Spitzer, 59, got back at his spouse by not only going outside their marriage for sex, but by breaking Silda’s cardinal rule for their upstate estate: No one but family allowed, the ex-lover said.
“He used to take me upstate to the farm,’’ Zakharova said. “He cooked for me, omelets, and he would put a potato in the microwave.
Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Statement Regarding the Administration's Agreement with Mexico
Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker today released the following statement:
"Because of loopholes in our laws, tens of thousands of illegal aliens have been able to enter this country, make meritless asylum claims, and then be released and disappear into the United States. But the Trump administration has been taking steps to close these loopholes and eliminate the incentives to come here illegally. Today the Trump Administration has taken an historic step that will reverse the trends and help restore the rule of law at the border. The Department of Justice will do its part and ensure that we make available the necessary and appropriate resources in light of this historic agreement. Thanks to this and other Trump Administration decisions, the days of our generosity being abused are coming to an end."
Kyrgyzstan to Switch to 100 Percent Organic Agriculture
Kyrgyzstan Parliament just announced its 10-year plan to phase out all non-organic farming and switch to 100 percent organic agriculture. The country that relies heavily on its agriculture has put the final nail in the coffin of Big GMO.
Dastanbek Djumabekov, the Chairman of the Jogorku Kenesh (Kyrgyzstan’s Parliament), has directed the government to implement the 100% organic agricultural plan over the next 10 years. The country plans to only use natural fertilizers in the future.
Kyrgyzstan is only the second country in the entire world to implement a 100% organic agriculture plan. Bhutan is the first, more on that in a second. Additionally, Kyrgyzstan virtually kicked all GMOs to the curb in 2014 – keep reading.
Living in an Organic Paradise
Remember when organic food wasn’t differentiated by the special term “organic”? Remember when it was just called “food”? That’s what Kyrgyzstan is trying to achieve. An organic farming paradise that is actually just a reprisal of traditional farming and nutritional food.
The Central Asian country, nestled in between China and Kazakhstan, is encased by mountainous terrain and is apart of the historic Silk Road. The agricultural sector is one of the largest economic sectors for Kyrgyzstan and makes up around 40% of its 6 million population.
In fact, a lot of the farms have already been growing fruits and vegetables without chemicals, so why not make it official?
Speaker of the Parliament Dastanbek Dzhumabekov sent a corresponding instruction to the government. It states that the production of agricultural products throughout the country should become organic within ten years.
Farmers should not use agrochemicals, pesticides (toxic chemicals), synthetic substances, hormones, growth regulators, feed additives, GMOs, antibiotics and additives other than biological preparations for plant protection and organic fertilizers.
Implementation of Krygyzstan’s 100% organic agriculture plan was entrusted to the Committee on Agrarian Policy, Water Resources, Ecology and Regional Development of the Parliament.
Earlier, MP Kenzhebek Bokoev said that the specialists of the Ministry of Agriculture should work better, and recommended to help farmers in Talas region with the sale of beans, to hold a campaign in the region about the benefits of this product.
The parliament members blamed the Ministry of Agriculture for the fact that there were still no so-called organic farms in the republic where fruit and vegetables were grown without chemicals.
News of the organic farming campaign could possibly be a sign of the government’s increased concern over health. Coincidentally, the government just announced a plan to put scary, graphic images on alcohol bottles in an effort to curb over-drinking.
Oprah Winfrey helped promote John of god , the Brazilian Witch-doctor who Raped at least 300 Women!
John of god is not of the True God of the Bible. He is of the false wanna-be god Diablo, Satan, Lucifer, and that is where his power is coming from!
Oprah Winfrey is a Practicing Witch. Like many of the Charlatans, False Prophets and Jezebels she promoted on her show, She is a Fake, she is NOT a Christian.
This Jezebel has led, and is STILL leading Millions of Silly Women and Very Stupid Men down the road to a burning Hell!
On the Atheist, now turned Catholic Steven Colbert show, Oprah went along with the Mocking and Blasphemy of the LORD!
Leo Zagami – On the 14th of December 2018, a Brazilian judge issued an arrest warrant for a famed Brazilian faith healer who has been accused of sexual abuse by more than 300 women. Three days later the police arrested the VIP psychic healer João Teixeira de Faria, 76, known as João de Deus (“John of God”), who became a worldwide celebrity when Oprah Winfrey reported his magical healing methods back in 2013.
Faria became a leading guru, on the American New Age/left-wing scene lead by Oprah Winfrey, when on November 17, 2010, Susan Casey wrote in O Magazine about her amazing trip to see him in Brazil, and the event was subsequently covered on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The article Cassey wrote was entitled “Leap of Faith: Meet John of God”. The show was entitled “Do You Believe in Miracles?”. In both, Susan Casey discusses her need to deal with the traumatic loss of her father. She wondered if Faria could help heal her grief. She met him twice and later stated: “Three hours went by like 20 minutes, and it was blissful–it was like I was floating.” Casey claims she was able to speak with her dead father. “It was very real,” she says. “More of a vision than I had ever had before. … I got this feeling like I shouldn’t be sad, that everything was okay.”
The show never provided any scientific or medical explanations for the procedures performed by the occultist and accepted blindly that science and medicine had no explanation for what happened, but the whole thing obviously captured the attention of Illuminati leader Oprah Winfrey. On March 17, 2013, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Season 2, Episode 116, a televised show aired entitled “John of God.” This time Oprah traveled to Brazil herself to meet and talk with Faria both privately and in front of the camera. However, in December 2018, “John of God” was finally accused of sexual abuse, rape, and pedophilia by more than 200 women. After the allegations became public, Oprah, a hero of the MeToo Movement, deleted all the interviews of “John of God” from her site and quickly released a note stating that she hopes justice will be served. Well, it seems too late for what Brazilian prosecutors say could be the worst serial sex crime case in the country’s history.
Since the Act of 1871 which established the District of Columbia, we have been living under the UNITED STATES CORPORATION which is owned by certain international bankers and aristocracy of Europe and Britain.
In 1871 the Congress changed the name of the original Constitution by changing ONE WORD — and that was very significant as you will read.
Some people do not understand that ONE WORD or TWO WORDS difference in any “legal” document DO make the critical difference. But, Congress has known, and does know, this.
1871, February 21: Congress Passes an Act to Provide a Government for the District of Columbia, also known as the Act of 1871.
With no constitutional authority to do so, Congress creates a separate form of government for the District of Columbia, a ten mile square parcel of land (see, Acts of the Forty-first Congress,” Section 34, Session III, chapters 61 and 62).
The act — passed when the country was weakened and financially depleted in the aftermath of the Civil War — was a strategic move by foreign interests (international bankers) who were intent upon gaining a stranglehold on the coffers and neck of America.
Congress cut a deal with the international bankers (specifically Rothschilds of London) to incur a DEBT to said bankers. Because the bankers were not about to lend money to a floundering nation without serious stipulations, they devised a way to get their foot in the door of the United States.
The Act of 1871 formed a corporation called THE UNITED STATES. The corporation, OWNED by foreign interests, moved in and shoved the original Constitution into a dustbin. With the Act of 1871, the organic Constitution was defaced — in effect vandalized and sabotage — when the title was capitalized and the word “for” was changed to “of” in the title.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is the constitution of the incorporated UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
It operates in an economic capacity and has been used to fool the People into thinking it governs the Republic. It does not!
Capitalization is NOT insignificant when one is referring to a legal document. This seemingly “minor” alteration has had a major impact on every subsequent generation of Americans.
What Congress did by passing the Act of 1871 was create an entirely new document, a constitution for the government of the District of Columbia, an INCORPORATED government.
This newly altered Constitution was not intended to benefit the Republic. It benefits only the corporation of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and operates entirely outside the original (organic) Constitution.
Instead of having absolute and unalienable rights guaranteed under the organic Constitution, we the people now have “relative” rights or privileges. One example is the Sovereign’s right to travel, which has now been transformed (under corporate government policy) into a “privilege” that requires citizens to be licensed.
By passing the Act of 1871, Congress committed TREASON against the People who were Sovereign under the grants and decrees of the Declaration of Independence and the organic Constitution.
The Act of 1871 became the FOUNDATION of all the treason since committed by government officials.
Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper — the sixth most powerful man in the music business, according to Billboard — was once involved in the notorious Nxivm organization, since revealed to be a sex-slave cult.
Nxivm ran professional development Executive Success Programs until it was exposed as a cult.
Cooper, now 72, was acting CEO of Enron in 2003, when he was reportedly listed as a Nxivm program attendee along with Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television; Antonia C. Novello, former US surgeon general; and Ana Cristina Fox, daughter of Vicente Fox, president of Mexico at that time.
Leader Keith Raniere, a k a Vanguard, was arrested earlier this year and charged with sex trafficking young women who were branded like cattle with his initials.
A Warner Music source said Cooper’s turnaround company Zolfo Cooper had one meeting with Nxivm about 20 years ago.
“This was well before any of the alarming accusations and, after this one meeting, Zolfo Cooper had no further contact with the firm,” the source said.
But Warner Music’s ties to Nxivm are much deeper. Edgar Bronfman Jr. owned Warner Music when he agreed to judge a Nxivm-sponsored “a cappella” singing competition in 2007, according to a source.
“The real goal was to recruit college students into the cult,” said Frank Parlato, Nxivm’s former publicist who has spent years exposing its dark side.
Bronfman’s half sisters Clare and Sara are said to have supported the cult with more than $150 million of the family’s Seagram’s fortune.
Clare — arrested in July and charged with money laundering — was released on $100 million bond and placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor.
Parlato expects Raniere and Bronfman and their four co-defendants to be re-charged with a superseding indictment that will push their trials to late 2019.
Microsoft and Mastercard create digital identities sparking fears of 'mass surveillance'
MICROSOFT and Mastercard have announced a plan to create “digital identities” which could be the forerunner to governments around the world keeping tabs on the population.
Mastercard announced a new partnership with Microsoft via Twitter about its plan.
It said: “Voting, driving, applying for a job, renting a home, getting married and boarding a plane: what do these all have in common? You need to prove your identity.
“In partnership with Microsoft, we are working to create a universally-recognised digital identity.”
While these intimate details may be useful for companies in order to market new products, there is concern the information could be misused.
Richard Skellett, a founder of Digital Anthropologist and an expert for Future of Work, said people’s intimate online data has become a sellable asset and warns people to be more careful about who they share their data with.
“Many governments around the world would like to have affordable ID tracking and some are implementing those today and who is funding it. It’s concerning that Microsoft and Mastercard could fund ID programmes on behalf of the UK government and others around the world on the basis of a secure ID sales pitch to consumers.”
The “digital identity” is essentially streamlined identification.
President Trump not going to change mind on Syria, even after resignations: Mulvaney
Incoming acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Trump is not going to change his mind about withdrawing troops from Syria, even after both his secretary of defense and top U.S. diplomat for the campaign to defeat ISIS resigned because of it.
"Is there any chance the president changes his mind about this and reverses course?" ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl asked Mulvaney in an interview on "This Week."
"No, I think the president has told people from the very beginning that he doesn't want us to stay in Syria forever. You're seeing the end result now of two years worth of work," he said. Mulvaney is replacing John Kelly as chief of staff in the new year. Mulvaney has previously served as the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
NYT Reporters Advocate Tracking Gun Purchases Made With Credit Cards
The New York Times published an article on Monday suggesting that credit card companies surveil cardholders who purchase firearms.
The NYT piece, authored by Andrew Ross Sorkin, noted that a number of mass shooters purchased their weapons and ammo using credit cards. Banks are required to alert federal authorities to purchases exceeding $10,000, but there are rules preventing them from seeing precisely what goods users are purchasing.
Nonetheless, NYT’s Sorkin suggests that banks track purchases at sporting goods stores and gun shops and prevent cardholders from purchasing multiple firearms “in a short period of time” and report unusual spending patterns.
Nick Confessore, another NYT reporter, insinuated that banks and credit card companies have some responsibility for mass shootings because they “financed” them.
“Banks already have to report suspicious transactions; it would be easy to also report aberrant gun purchases by a possible mass shooter,” Joe Nocera, a Bloomberg Opinion writer.
Sorkin expressed little concern about the privacy of consumers, instead leaving that to the credit card companies and banks he spoke to for the article.
“We do not believe Visa should be in the position of setting restrictions on the sale of lawful goods or services,” Amanda Pires, a Visa spokeswoman, told NYT. “Our role in commerce is to efficiently process, protect and settle all legal payments. Asking Visa or other payment networks to arbitrate what legal goods can be purchased sets a dangerous precedent.”
MasterCard similarly touted the “privacy of [cardholders’] purchasing decisions.”
The article does not confront the possibility that tracking credit card purchases could backfire by encouraging would-be mass shooters to use cash — thereby making their purchases even more discrete.
There are also no suggestions as to what constitutes an “abnormal” gun purchase, such as how many guns, how much ammo, what cost, or what frequency.
Sorkin brushed off some of the criticisms of his article on Twitter, insisting that tracking purchases is about “saving kids” and not infringing on the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase firearms.
Kevin Spacey faces felony sexual assault charge, releases bizarre video titled 'Let Me Be Frank'
The announcement of the charge coincided with a video posted on Spacey's Twitter account showing him in character as Frank Underwood of "House of Cards."
Kevin Spacey is facing a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting the teenage son of a former Boston TV news anchor at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in July 2016, authorities said Monday. Spacey is due to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery at Nantucket District Court on Jan. 7, according to court documents.
The announcement of the charge coincided with the first post on Spacey's official Twitter account in more than a year: A three-minute video titled "Let Me Be Frank," which features Spacey speaking as Frank Underwood, his character from Netflix's "House of Cards." Spacey's previous most recent post was an October 2017 statement in response to actor Anthony Rapp's accusation that Spacey had made a sexual advance decades earlier, when Rapp was 14.
In the video posted to his account on Monday, Spacey appears to hint at the allegations. “You trusted me even though you knew you shouldn’t,” Spacey says in the video, filmed as he stands in a kitchen wearing a Santa Claus print apron. He later adds, "Soon enough you will know the full truth." Spacey also appears to address the decision to kill off his character on “House of Cards." '“Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines, the impeachment without a trial. Despite everything," he says in the video. "Despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth.”'
The Nantucket sexual assault claim against Spacey surfaced last year. Heather Unruh, a former anchor for Boston WCVB-TV, held a press conference in November 2017 where she said that her son was groped by Spacey in July 2016 while working at The Club Car in Nantucket. Her son was 18 at the time of the alleged incident. "The complainant has shown a tremendous amount of courage in coming forward," Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney for the accuser, said in a statement Monday. "Let the facts be presented, the relevant law applied and a just and fair verdict rendered."
Spacey, 59, was fired by Netflix in November 2017 as sexual assault accusations surfaced. Spacey also lost a role in a Ridley Scott film. A representative for Spacey did not immediately return NBC News' request for comment. Netflix declined to comment on Spacey's video.
In a small win for gun owners, a New York court has ruled that owning an out of state gun permit is not enough “cause” for a New York cop to search a vehicle.
The incident that sparked the case was when a man who had recently moved to New York was pulled over by a Rye City, New York, police officer and when handing over his ID also handed the officer his Colorado concealed gun permit.
The permit spurred the officer to launch an all-out search of the man’s car because gun laws in New York pretty much eliminate anyone’s Second Amendment rights.
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But the man took the search and subsequent arrest on “illegal” gun charges to court. He said that the only reason his car was searched was because he had a Colorado gun permit. Now the state’s courts have agreed.
An out of state concealed carry permit does not establish sufficient cause to warrant a car search for firearms, a New York judge’s Decision and Order decided Wednesday. Further, the opinion concludes the sworn testimony of the officers involved is not borne out by police video camera and microphone evidence, and a recording from a defendant’s cell phone.
“The Court does not find that the search of the Defendant’s car was justified in any manner and accordingly grants the Defendant’s motion and suppresses any evidence obtained from the search of the Defendant’s car,” George E. Fufidio, Judge of the Westchester County Court wrote. That’s a significant opinion benefiting not just the defendant in the case of THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK -against- JONATHAN ROSE, Defendant, but for gun owners who find themselves in a similar situation.
Because of the illicit search, the defendant, Jonathan Rose, was charged with “class C violent felonies of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (two counts), Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (three counts), Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree (four counts) and a violation of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 402.”
Police also lied in the commission of this search and their subsequent attempts to justify it. Police said that Roselied to them about having a gun in the car and that “lie” caused the officer to search the car.
But an audio transcript of the traffic stop shows that the officer asked Rose “do you have a gun on you,” and Rose said “no.” Rose was telling the truth. He was not carrying a gun ON his person. There was one in his car, but the cop did not ask if Rose had a gun in his car. He asked if Rose had a gun “on” him.
Rose is not clear of the charges yet, though. He has set up a GoFundMe page to help with his legal expenses.
North Carolina affidavits released in alleged election fraud case
The North Carolina Board of Elections has released affidavits from voters who told investigators of fraud allegations that a Republican campaign worker collected their absentee ballots in a U.S. congressional race in which the Democrat lost. t is illegal in North Carolina for anyone except the voter or a near relative to deliver an absentee ballot in person.
Voters in Bladen County said McCrae Dowless, who worked for Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, collected their ballots and they did not know what he did with them, according to the affidavits, which were released on Sunday. Harris appeared to defeat Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in the Nov. 6 election. A total of 282,717 votes were cast in the race, according to Ballotpedia, an online encyclopedia of U.S. politics and elections.
Cynthia Adams Singletary, a lawyer for Dowless, could not be reached for comment on Monday. “He has not violated any state or federal campaign laws and current ongoing investigations will prove the same. All speculation is premature and wholly unwarranted,” Singletary said in a statement to local news media last week.
The Board of Elections voted last month to investigate claims of voter fraud and irregularities in Bladen County, declining to certify Harris as the winner in the race. Christopher Eason of Bladenboro, North Carolina, said in an affidavit that Dowless came to his house and asked for his absentee ballot, which he handed over signed and unsealed. “I signed the absentee ballot envelope but left the ballot completely blank. I did not make any selections in any of the contests on the ballot,” Eason wrote in the affidavit, provided to the Board of Elections by McCready’s lawyers. Attorneys Jonathan Berkron and Marc Elias, who represent McCready, did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Stephen Ansolabehere, a political science professor at Harvard University, found that voters in Bladen County were 2.5 times less likely to turn in their absentee ballots themselves than elsewhere in North Carolina, which he called a “statistical outlier” in his affidavit. “These deviations are extremely unlikely to have arisen by chance,” Ansolabehere said.