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Here's why my fellow millennials are seduced by socialism
2019-08-18
[NYP] Socialism is taking my generation by storm. But just like a hurricane, socialism didn’t gain traction overnight.

It’s important to look at the typical millennial trajectory, and why unprecedented government intervention into our daily lives is now widely seen as the only solution to the problems that bedevil us as a generation.

Millennials grew up in an age of college-prep academics, where the only choice was to go to a college or university. We took this journey on the faith that a college education would give us the necessary skills to kick-start our careers.

After graduation, we quickly found out that our alma maters did little to prepare us to be job-ready. Millions of young Americans are now trapped in underemployment or unemployment in their industry of choice.

Just as we get our first student-loan bill, we find ourselves navigating unpaid and low-paid internships that are often a dead end professionally.

Moving to a large metro area becomes a necessity; most of the jobs created since the Great Recession are in a handful of urban areas. Trouble is, these areas are wildly unaffordable.

The next predictable step is working a service-industry job that doesn’t require a degree while trying to get set up in a city with job openings in our fields. Yet a booming job market often also means a housing horror show. Misguided housing policies in places like New York, Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco have created such a tight market that it is often financially impossible for a young person to move there.

Still, we persist, often with parental help and significant struggle. Eventually, we get a job that previous generations probably wouldn’t envy. We pay through the nose for health insurance, have zero job security and pray we advance as soon as possible. Most of us, contrary to popular belief, try to fight our latte-obsessed, avocado-toast-addled, entitled-youngster image.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
'Ball Of Collusion'....Hillary Ruins the Plan
2019-08-18
[National Review] Plan A was to exonerate her and get her elected. Plan B, the failsafe, was an ’insurance policy’ meant to destroy Trump.

There really was a collusion plot. It really did target our election system. It absolutely sought to usurp our capacity for self-determination. It was just not the collusion you’ve been told about for nearly three years. It was not "Donald Trump’s collusion with Russia."

Here is the real collusion scheme: In 2016, the incumbent Democratic administration of President Barack Obama put the awesome powers of the United States government’s law-enforcement and intelligence apparatus in the service of the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, the Democratic party, and the progressive Beltway establishment. This scheme had two parts: Plan A, the objective; and Plan B, a fail-safe strategy in case Plan A imploded ‐ which all the smartest people were supremely confident would never, ever happen . . . which is why you could bet the ranch that it would.

Plan A was to get Mrs. Clinton elected president of the United States. This required exonerating her, at least ostensibly, from well-founded allegations of her felonious and politically disqualifying actions.

Plan B was the insurance policy: an investigation that Donald Trump, in the highly unlikely event he was elected, would be powerless to shut down. An investigation that would simultaneously monitor and taint him. An investigation that internalized Clinton-campaign-generated opposition research, limning Trump and his campaign as complicit in Russian espionage. An investigation that would hunt for a crime under the guise of counterintelligence, build an impeachment case under the guise of hunting for a crime, and seek to make Trump un-reelectable under the guise of building an impeachment case.

Upon becoming President Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton improperly set up a private, non-secure system for email communications. It featured her own personal server, stored in her home and, later, maintained by a private contractor. Secretary Clinton used this private email system for all of her official State Department communications, notwithstanding that doing so (a) violated government regulations (which, as the department head, she was responsible for enforcing); (b) violated governmental record-keeping and record-production obligations imposed by federal law; and (c) made it inevitable ‐ due to the nature of her responsibilities ‐ that streams of classified information would flow through and be stored in the non-secure system.
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Home Front: Politix
MN AG Keith Ellison hiring attorneys on active payroll of leftist NGO
2019-08-15
[StarTribune] Attorney General Keith Ellison
(formerly Representative Ellison D-MN, aka, Keith Mohammud, Keith X Muhammud, apologist for CAIR)
is being sued by a group with ties to the fossil fuel industry
(that's the StarTrib way of imputing evil)
in a case related to Ellison's office hiring an environmental lawyer paid for by a nonprofit group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg, a major donor to Democratic candidates around the country and a strong advocate for gun control and reversing climate change, established the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center in 2017. It is housed at NYU School of Law to "support state attorneys general in defending and promoting clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies," according to its website.

Doug Seaton, a local lawyer for conservative causes who is representing Energy Policy Advocates in the case, likened Ellison hiring a lawyer with Bloomberg's money to the Department of Human Services installing an insurance executive in its management suite.

"Attorney General Ellison knows Minnesotans would be appalled if they found out a billionaire with a political agenda was able to purchase the AG's office by hiring and paying its lawyers," Seaton said.
some Minnesotans, who believe in good government would be appalled, others who believe in dictatorship of the left would applaud
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Jeffrey Epstein kept ‘meticulously detailed’ diaries which could come back to haunt his powerful pals
2019-08-13
[THESUN.CO.UK] Jeffrey Want Some Candy, Little Girl? Epstein
...A high class pimp financier who was alleged to maintain a stable of underage whores sex slaves who were paid big bucks to entertain the rich and/or famous. He is a registered sex offender and made att least 17 out-of-court settlements with former members of his stable, with some cases still ongoing. 2011 court docs reveal that 21 email addresses and phone numbers for Bill Clinton and an aide were found in Epstein's electronic black book, and that Clinton frequently flew with Epstein on his private plane between 2002 to 2005. But really, they were probably just discussing finance or politix or something. While getting massaged. Then things got serious, Jeff was tossed in the slammer in New York and then he killed himself. Really. That's what happened...
kept "meticulously detailed" diaries of his friendships which could come back to haunt his powerful pals, reports claim.
Anybody gonna be surprised when they're "lost?"
The billionaire paedo, who died from an apparent suicide on Saturday, was once friends with Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton
...former Democratic president of the U.S. Bill was the second U.S. president to be impeached, the first to deny that oral sex was sex, the first to have difficulty with the definition of the word is...
and Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
He is understood to have kept a secret diary detailing his friendships with the rich and famous as an "insurance policy", according to the Mirror.

Former financier Epstein, 66, is believed to have killed himself in jail - days after being taken off suicide watch.

His death came hours after a Manhattan court released a 1,200-page dossier detailing lurid abuse allegations against him.

The explosive papers also named some of the world’s elite leaders and politicians.

They were unsealed in a legal tangle between Brit socialite Ghislaine Maxwell ‐ Epstein’s ex-lover ‐ and Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Giuffre has alleged that she was procured by "madame" Maxwell, 57, the daughter of disgraced tycoon Robert Maxwell, as a teenage "sex slave" for Epstein.

In previous court claims, she alleged she had sex Prince Andrew when she was a teen.

Related:
Ghislaine Maxwell: 2019-08-11 WAPO's Carol Leonnig: ‘People Close to Epstein Fear He Was Murdered'
Ghislaine Maxwell: 2019-07-28 Feds probe socialite's mysterious ocean ‘charity' over links to Jeffrey Epstein
Ghislaine Maxwell: 2019-07-07 Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein arrested and charged with sex trafficking
Related:
Virginia Giuffre: 2019-08-12 Bill Clinton Wanted To Appoint A Lawmaker Caught In The Epstein Scandal To The Supreme Court
Virginia Giuffre: 2019-08-12 There’s no video of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide, prison guards skipped mandatory checks, 2 Dems named by Ep’s girl
Virginia Giuffre: 2019-03-21 Mystery parties seek secrecy in Jeffrey Epstein-related suit
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-Land of the Free
California city denies Straight Pride rally permit
2019-08-12
[WASHINGTONTIMES] A Northern Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park.

Modesto city officials on Friday denied an application by the National Straight Pride Coalition for an Aug. 24 event at Graceada Park.

Organizer Don Grundmann had estimated 500 people would attend. The group says it supports heterosexuality, Christianity and white contributions to Western civilization.

Opponents argued the rally would promote hatred of LGBTQ people and minorities.

City front man Thomas Reeves says the permit request was denied over safety concerns, because the group lost its liability insurance and the parks department determined the event wasn’t consistent with park use.
Related:
Modesto: 2018-08-23 Immigrant Watch: MS-13 gang member, in US illegally, pleads guilty in brutal quadruple killing
Modesto: 2018-04-14 The De-Policing of America
Modesto: 2017-12-23 Escaped inmate with a skull tattooed on his face arrested
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Home Front: Culture Wars
NY regulators probing NRA for illegal gun insurance kickbacks
2019-08-11
Am I the only one who sees the disconnect in logic here?
[NYPost] Carry Guard insurance provided gun owners as much as $150,000 for their legal bills if they were arrested for a shooting and claimed it was done in self-defense. New York state prohibits insurance that protects potential criminal activity.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Man goes on knife rampage in southern California; 4 dead
2019-08-08
There are many people who get triggered and react in violent ways to the news. In this case it was in southern California. The Perp was Hispanic and all the victims were Hispanic. That’s not unlikely in southern California. The perp drove a silver Mercedes. That’s unusual in these mass killing sprees. The common thread between the most recent mass murders and others is anger and insanity. Regardless that the weapons used were knives in theses crimes, look for a call for gun control in the left and MSM.
[DailyMail] A man killed four people and wounded two in a string of robberies and stabbings in California's Orange County before he was arrested, police said Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Garden Grove man was taken into custody after he came out of a 7-Eleven store and dropped a knife and a gun that he had taken from a security guard before fatally stabbing him, police said. His name wasn't immediately released.

The violence appeared to be random and the only known motives appear to be 'robbery, hate, homicide,' Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said at a news conference.

'We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight,' he said.

The attacks took place over about two hours in Garden Grove and neighboring Santa Ana, southeast of Los Angeles.
Whitney said police first answered a burglary report at an apartment, where no one was hurt, he said.

Whitney said a bakery was robbed; an insurance business was robbed and a woman was stabbed several times in the back. She is expected to survive.

The 'random' two-hour crime spree across Orange County and Santa Ana left four people dead and two injured
A caller reported watching the stabbing from closed-circuit television, Whitney said.

Police were called back to the same apartment complex, where two men had been stabbed. One died on a balcony and another died at a hospital, Whitney said.

A check-cashing business also was robbed, as well as a gas station where a man was slashed so badly that his nose was nearly severed, Whitney said.

The suspect's silver Mercedes was tracked to the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store in Santa Ana where the security guard was disarmed and fatally stabbed, Whitney said. An employee of a nearby Subway store was also killed.

The suspect and all the victims were Hispanic, Whitney said.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
4 DEAD, more critically wounded in series of stabbings in California
2019-08-08
I’m shocked — no scary black assault weapon gun shooting bullets was used in creating six casualties.
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) -- Four people are dead, two others are injured, and a suspect is in custody after a series of stabbings and robberies in Orange County Wednesday afternoon, police say.

The Garden Grove Police Department said it started when the suspect, a 33-year-old Garden Grove resident, attempted to rob a bakery on Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove.

He then traveled to an apartment complex in the 12000 block of Jentges Avenue, where one person was stabbed to death. A second person with multiple stab wounds was taken to a hospital and later succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Two more robberies occurred at local businesses in the area. One woman was stabbed at an insurance businesses in Garden Grove. She is expected to survive.

Police then responded to reports from a Chevron gas station on Harbor Boulevard. Police said a man was pumping gas when the suspect approached him. He suffered lacerations to his face, and his nose was almost severed off, but he is expected to survive.

The suspect then made his way over to nearby Santa Ana, where another person was fatally stabbed at a Subway parking lot on 1st Street.
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Economy
Manhattan Institute - Private Health Insurance Saves Americans Money
2019-08-04
[Manhattan Institute]

The Narrative

"The insurance companies last year alone sucked $23 billion in profits out of the health care system."[1]
‐ Elizabeth Warren

"[P]rivate insurance companies in this country spend between 12 and 18 percent on administration costs.... We can save approximately $500 billion a year just in administration costs."[2]
‐ Bernie Sanders

"It is inhumane to make people go through a system where they cannot literally receive the benefit of what medical science can offer because some insurance company has decided it doesn’t meet their bottom line in terms of their profit motivation."[3]
‐ Kamala Harris

Reality

Health insurance is expensive because spending on hospital and physician services is high. Insurers are unpopular because they bear the main responsibility for controlling this spending‐but their doing so saves consumers money and focuses resources toward better care. A comparison of plan options under Medicare can quantify the value added by private insurance management. Private plans reduce costs by about 10%, allowing them to provide over $1,000 in extra health-care coverage to each Medicare enrollee every year.
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Afghanistan
Kunar: 2 Pak jacket wallahs tied up, more Talibs self-kaboom in car
2019-08-01


Pakistanis among 3 arrested for plotting suicide attack in Kunar province

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops arrested three individuals including two Paks for plotting a suicide kaboom in Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said the NDS Special Forces arrested the three individuals during a raid in Asadabad city.

The statement further added that Ahmad son of Ayoub Khan who is originally a resident of Dir district was planning to facilitate a suicide attack with his Afghan counter-part Sadam son of Habib.

Furthermore, the National Directorate of Security said the duo was accompanying Delwar son of Abdullah, originally a resident of Bajaur Agency, aka Turban Central
...Smallest of the agencies in FATA. The Agency administration is located in Khar. Bajaur is inhabited almost exclusively by Tarkani Pashtuns, which are divided into multiple bickering subtribes. Its 52 km border border with Afghanistan's Kunar Province makes it of strategic importance to Pakistain's strategic depth...
, who was looking to carry out the suicide attack against a security official.

The National Directorate of Security also added that the security forces also confiscated a suicide kaboom vest a pistol from the detained individuals.

Meanwhile,
...back at the bunker, his Excellency called the chief of staff and complained that the artillery was keeping him awake...
the National Directorate of Security said Qazi, one of the leaders of Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group had appointed the group to facilitate and conduct the suicide attack.

IED goes inside a vehicle carrying Taliban militants in Kunar province
Oops!
[KhaamaPress] An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off inside a vehicle which was carrying a group of Talibs in eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the incident took place in the vicinity of Chapa Dara district of Kunar.

The statement further added that the Death Eaters were travelling in a vehicle and were transporting an IED when it went it off prematurely.

Furthermore, the 201st Silab Corps said the earth-shattering kaboom killed a Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
hard boy and maimed 4 others.
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Home Front: Politix
Buttigieg says Obamacare saved his mother in law, who blames her skin cancer on tanning beds
2019-07-31
[Washington Examiner] Pete Buttigieg said during the Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night that Obamacare saved his mother in law's life.

He said his healthcare plan was "the right answer for people like my mother-in-law whose life was saved by [Obamacare], but who is still far too vulnerable by the fact that the insurance industry does not care about her," he said, referring to the mother of his husband, Chasten Buttigieg.

Pete Buttigieg supports a healthcare system that allows people the option to buy into a government plan, which he has dubbed "Medicare for all who want it."

His mother-in-law, Sherri Glezman, has undergone treatment for skin cancer, including through surgery and several rounds of chemotherapy.

"Today was rough, after a 3-hour surgery and over 100 stitches we continue to battle the beast," Glezman wrote on Facebook May 29.

Glezman and her husband, Rhyan, live in Traverse City, Michigan, and were in the audience during the debate in Detroit. The couple owns a small business called Outdoor Dynamics Landscaping, which also sells decorations during Christmastime, according to Buttigieg's memoir Shortest Way Home.

Buttigieg didn't expand on which coverage his mother-in-law had received or what difficulties she had faced dealing with private insurers.

But Obamacare was intended to help families such as the Glezmans, who owned their own business and therefore don't receive coverage through a large company or a government program and are left to buy coverage on their own. Before Obamacare passed, health insurance companies were allowed to turn away people with preexisting conditions, such as cancer, or charge them more in premiums.

In March, Glezman spoke to UpNorthLive about her diagnosis, warning others not to use tanning beds as she did because it can cause skin cancer. She told the publication that she still gets spots surgically removed, and that during the last decade she has seen multiple doctors and used multiple treatments.

"The longer I struggle with the skin cancer, the more I want to get the word out there," she said. She encouraged others to use sunscreen and supported a bill in the Michigan legislature that would prohibit minors from using tanning salons.
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Britain
Johnson tells EU: ditch the backstop or there will be no-deal Brexit
2019-07-28
[AlAhram] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union on Saturday that the Irish backstop, which he said was undemocratic, needed to be ditched if they were to strike a Brexit divorce deal.
Johnson, since taking office on Wednesday, has repeatedly warned that if the EU continues to refuse to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by his predecessor, Theresa May, then he will take Britannia out on Oct. 31 without a deal.

His biggest demand is that the most hotly contested element of the Brexit divorce agreement - the Irish border backstop - be struck out of the Withdrawal Agreement, a demand that has angered Ireland and perturbed other EU capitals.

"If we get rid of the backstop, whole and entire, then we are making a lot of progress," Johnson said, when asked if it is was only the Irish border backstop that he wanted changed.

Speaking before a Stephenson's Rocket, a 19th century steam locomotive, in the northern England city of Manchester, Johnson dedicated most of his speech to improving public services, transport and the internet and driving up economic growth.

European leaders are prepared to talk with Britannia's new leader over Brexit but have so far insisted they will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement. Many EU diplomats think the United Kingdom will hold a snap election soon.

Johnson said he did not want a no-deal Brexit, which investors fear will send shock waves through global markets and hurt the world's economy, but that the United Kingdom had to prepare for a no-deal.

Ireland is crucial to any Brexit solution, or any Brexit meltdown.

The backstop is an insurance policy designed to prevent the return of border controls along the 500 km (300 mile) land border between Ireland and Britannia's province of Northern Ireland that were ended by the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the question of the unification of Ireland and Northern Ireland will inevitably arise if Britannia leaves the EU without a divorce deal on Oct. 31.

"The approach of the UK government is not going to be disengaged or aloof or waiting for them to come to us: we are going to try to solve this problem and we are going to do it in a spirit of friendship and cooperation," Johnson said.

"But we can't do it as long as that anti-democratic backstop, that backstop that seeks to divide our country, divide the UK, remains in place," he said. "We need to get it out and then we can make progress, I think."

The Withdrawal Agreement that May struck in November with the EU says the United Kingdom will remain in a customs union "unless and until" alternative arrangements are found to avoid a hard border.

Many British politicians oppose the prospect of being bound to EU rules and customs duties that would prevent Britannia doing its own trade deals and leave it overseen by EU judges.
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