Monday, July 24, 2017


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North Korea
How do you solve a problem like (North) Korea?

The twenty-two year old student passed away on Monday, in Ohio; only five days after he had returned from North Korea, after being detained there for seventeen months in total.

It was noted by the doctors that Warmbier had experienced brain damage due to “awful torturous mistreatment, while he was detained in North Korea.

In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Gary and his wife, Cindy, said:

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m. It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched — Wyoming, Ohio, and the University of Virginia to name just two — that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.

We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University Of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.

When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.

We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.”

Warbier was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for supposedly attempting to remove a propaganda banner from the hotel that he was staying at. The North Korean media reports that it was due to “hostile act” against their leader Kim Jon UN that Warbier was held hostage and later fell into coma.

President Trump made complete use of Warbier’s death, as an opportunity; to blame former President Barack Obama for being responsible for the death of an American college student. During his news conference at the Oval Office, this Tuesday, Trump has stated that the student “should have been brought home a long time ago.”

“Frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the results would have been a lot different,” Trump said

On the other hand, Obama spokesman Ned Price said:

“During the course of the Obama Administration, we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas. Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from North Korean custody during the course of the Obama administration.

It is painful that Mr. Warmbier was not among them, but our efforts on his behalf never ceased, even in the waning days of the administration. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Warmbier’s family and all who had the blessing of knowing him.”

Whereas, Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, wrote, “Asked about the death of Otto Wambler [sic], @POTUS can’t resist turning it into a not-so-veiled attack on @BarackObama. It truly IS sad!”

To this, Trump tweeted, “The U.S. once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

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Everyone scrolls down their Facebook newsfeed and read your friend’s latest posts, but is Facebook controlling what posts you see?

In countries like Russia and Pakistan, Facebook has built a way to keep certain restricted information from landing in people’s news feed.

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook has designed software to keep people from seeing content based on geographic areas.

The social media giant even deletes or blocks some content to Americans at the request of our government.

During a six-month period in 2015, Facebook blocked about 55,000 pieces of content.

People go to Facebook to read and respond to friends, family and businesses they trust. People trust that they are seeing a balanced slice of what their friends are posting.

In reality, it is possible that Facebook could suppress positive Trump posts during the campaign and push the negative ones onto people’s newsfeeds. A claim that many conservatives said was happening.

All of the censorship changes at Facebook could be the result of a dream the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has to be in China.

There is a rumor online that Obama turned over the power of the Internet in October to help Facebook get access into China. The rumors of not confirmed, but Facebook and it’s employees support the Democratic Party passionately.

Mark Zuckerberg has been learning Mandarin and has met with President Xi Jinping on several occasions.

There are over a billion people in China and the tightly controlled Internet could be a gold mine for Zuckerberg.

In order to be in China, the social media king will need censor a great deal of content that the government doesn’t allow its people to see.

Currently censorship is a big deal with Facebook and the government. Both want to ban “fake and misleading” content from the platform and the Internet as a whole.

Controlling the media Americans can consume sounds a lot like China and it is scary to think who is actually picking the “trustworthy” news.

Have you ever questioned how a story ended up on your newsfeed on Facebook? If so, let us know in the comments below.

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dog festival

Everyone knows of a fish fry or a pig roast, but have you ever been to a dog meat festival?

Man’s best friend in America is the next big food festival main course coming to southern China.

Over a thousand dogs will be eaten during the festival and pulled out off cages and bid on by the canine food fans.

It is reported that ten to twenty million dogs are killed and eaten each year in China. Defenders of the festival say it is the same as eating a steak or chicken.

Protestors though are starting to really fight the status quo of dog eating in China. Animal rights groups say the animals are beaten and abused before they are killed and eaten.

Local protests have sprung up because they are saying the festival vendors are just stealing dogs that are pets and cooking them.

China is a massive county with 1.3 billion people and changing tradition is going to be hard. The animal right activists are trying to take away a form of meat in a country that has tremendous poverty, not to mention it’s communist.

If you want to see the horror for yourself, watch the below video to see what last year’s festival looked like. CAUTION – DISTURBING IMAGES OF ANIMAL CRURELTY

What do you think? Do you think this is right? Let us know in the comments below.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has taken another unique turn that is putting Hillary’s chances of indictment much higher.

When Hillary Clinton took office as Secretary of State in January of 2009, she already had the server up and running. She started using the home server on day one.

The breaking news is that she did not have the necessary certificate on the server to even have the ability to encrypt anything. To put it simply, anyone with any remedial hacking skills could have read her email during that time.

A couple of months later in March of 2009 she realized that she needed to make sure that her home server was encrypted. The real question is why did she wait two months to do this? What made her think of it while she was busy in her new job as Secretary of State?

Well, the two-month lapse looks to be enough time to have people from one or several of the countries she visited break into her server and read all her emails. She visited Japan, China, South Korea and Indonesia from February 16-21 of 2009.

Again, why did she realize she needed to encrypt it? Simple, because someone in the intelligence community told Hillary that her server had been compromised and need to encrypt it immediately.

Secretary Eric Boswell from the State Department wrote a memo to Clinton. In reference to Hillary Clinton’s and her staff publicly fighting to keep their Blackberries during this time, Secretary Boswell said “her attention was drawn to a sentence that indicates we have intelligence concerning this vulnerability during her recent trip to Asia.”

The looks like Hillary allowed a breech in 2009 and it’s possible that China was reading all of her emails.

This news comes out as Hillary is planning on sitting down with the FBI Director for an official interview into his agency’s yearlong investigation into her criminal actions regarding her emails.

Never in our nation’s history has a presidential front-runner been under criminal investigation by the FBI during the elections. Hillary doesn’t think it is a big issue, but the FBI disagrees. What do you think?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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It started with Bush and Cruz, then the Pope and now China wants American voters to say no to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

Thankfully, China’s Politburo has little sway in the United States unless your last name is Bush.

In speaking to reporters, China’s spokeswoman who represents the Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying preempted her comments by saying that they do not target a specific candidate but continued with the threat, “I want to stress that China and the U.S., as world’s largest developing and developed countries, shoulder major responsibilities in safeguarding world peace, stability and security and driving development.”

Chunying, not to be confused with a Chinese take-out dish, continued, “We stand ready to preserve and advance China-U.S. relations together with the U.S. side.”

Secretary of State John Kerry weighed in of course with a limp-wristed get along response, “We want there to be halt in the expansion of militarization of occupied features. Everyone benefits by true demilitarization, non-militarization.”

So China uses the words “stand ready,” “security” and threats to “world peace” and our government, led by a man who refuses to use the words “Islamic terrorism” responds by essentially saying, “we’ll weaken our military if you do.”

Frontrunner Donald Trump has vowed to implement a 45% tariff on Chinese imports to balance the trade deficit with the country that makes McDonalds’ Happy Meal toys, iPhones and any cheap good they can knock off.

The United States is held hostage by a $365 billion trade deficit with China, along with owning $1.3 trillion of the nation’s debt.

China is also North Korea’s largest trade partner, swapping close to $6 billion in goods.

If China fears the election of Donald Trump, that’s a good sign for the American economy. If the militant nation gets aggressive about it, they should look at the quarter million graves of Chinese soldiers and the half million North Korean graves dug during the Korean War.

America will choose its own president.

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China is such a polluted mess that the wealthy are actually buying bottles of fresh air from Canada.

If it seems almost too ridiculous to believe, it’s because it happened first in a slapstick comedy: the 1987 Mel Brooks film, Spaceballs, featured a similar concept, where the villain planet, running out of oxygen, was reduced to sniffing air out of cans.

But Vitality Air, a startup based out of Edmonton, Canada, has made a business doing just that—and they’re making a fortune.

“Our first shipment of 500 bottles of fresh air were sold in four days,” said Vitality Air’s co-founder, Moses Lam, to the Telegraph.

His next shipment of fresh Canadian air contains 4,000 additional bottles—and, according to Lam, almost all of those have already been sold via pre-order.

Vitality Air’s bottles of air are all filled by hand–think about a couple Canadians waving bottles on a mountaintop, which he says makes the process “labor intensive” but is key to making their luxury air a “very unique and fun product.”

Considering a two gallon jug of Vitality Air’s Canadian Rocky Mountain air sells for about $15, that means this next shipment alone will bring Lam and his business $60,000 in revenue. Not bad for a few hours of waving around a bottle outside your house.

Fresh air is, ludicrously, considered a luxury item in fast-industrializing Chinese cities, like Beijing. It’s a common sight to see people walking around with surgical masks, so they don’t breathe the toxic air—and, often, the city’s skyline is shrouded in what looks like a dense fog, but is actually just visible pollution from the massive city’s cars and factories.

And somehow, things are getting worse, not better: Beijing has recently issued its first “red alert” for pollution—meaning that pollution has just about as bad as its ever been—and banned half the cars from using the roads until the situation’s under control.

Until China literally cleans up its act, it may be up to enterprising Westerners like Vitality Air to supply a lifeline to China’s wealthy.

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China’s ruling Communist Party announced it would radically drop its infamous “one-child policy,” in a last-ditch effort to boost a shrinking workforce and aging population.

Since 1979, China has made it illegal for its citizens to have more than one child, in an effort to shrink it’s huge population. Over time, many exceptions to the rule were developed—minorities are allowed more than one child, as are people outside of cities—but it’s estimated to have prevented about 400 million births.

Incidentally, the one-child policy was a result of liberal environmental thinking: there were just too many Chinese people to be “environmentally responsible,” so the Communist Party decided to shrink the population over the next century, to about 800 million.

But, as seems to often be the case, good environmental intentions ran headlong into real world economic and social concerns.

China’s once-explosive economy—which has been slowing rapidly in recent years—now has to contend with a country where nearly 30% of the population is over 50, and aging fast due to fewer children being born. That means a considerable strain on Chinese old-age programs in coming years.

Worse, due to a cultural preference for boys—and the fact that, until recently, families could only have one child—there’s nearly 130 men for every 100 women being born. Female babies are often aborted or killed secretly as newborns.

The gender gap means that it’s harder for men to find a woman to marry, and settle down with. In a slowing economy, single men with no jobs and no family life could be an explosive source of revolution against the autocratic government.

China’s begun slowing the policy in recent years to combat these problems. Since 2013, if one parent was an only child, they could have two children. And since 2014, parents could have a second child if the first child was a daughter.

However, despite rolling back the one-child policy, it’s not clear it’ll make a difference: one-child families, over the last several decades, have become the norm.

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The End Will Happen In September. The end of what… we don’t quite yet know. The Internet is abuzz with doomsday prophecies and all of them point to September 2015! Some of them are just flat out crazy, but some experts are coming out and saying there is at least some truth pointing to disaster in September.

There hasn’t been this much hype about the world ending since the Mayans were wrong in December of 2012. This time around, current events are fueling the fire. Here is just a brief list of what the Internet is saying about “the end!”

* The Pope is the Antichrist and CERN scientists plan on running tests in September

* CERN will open Pandora’s box.

* The warnings must be true. Look on the back of this guy’s car.

* Then you have the solar and astrological events causing the end as well!

Some of the talk about the end is ridiculous, but then there is this side that not– as many people are tweeting about.

China has been in an economic boom for many years, buying the worlds oil, metals and commodities, but the Chinese stock market crashed last week to the tune of a $4 Trillion (yes Trillion!) loss.

Now all of those companies and international corporations that worked in developing countries to feed China’s demand lost their biggest client overnight.

Many of those companies are American, and many are overvalued, so there will have to be a sell-off. Combine that with the overall trepidation for investors right now, a crash of some type, or at least a major sell off, does seem very likely in September.

How bad the crash is depends on the blood moons I guess.

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The global economy has gone through whirlwinds of bad news lately, culminating in Wednesday’s barrage of negative and strange happenings.

The world is still abuzz about Sunday’s Greferendum, in which the Greek electorate rejected terms from their European creditors. In the wake of that momentous vote, Germany hardened its stance toward Greece, while the US and France, in concert with the IMF, pushed for debt relief for the struggling Mediterranean nation.

Pundits and financial analysts from influential journals and banking institutions are split on whether the OXI vote means an imminent departure from the Euro Zone for Greece. The Obama administration has expressed a strong desire to see the EU remain together.

Continued Greek default endangers the economies of Spain, Italy, France, and Germany, and nations that have bitten the austerity bullet and come through stronger like Iceland and Ireland are not in favor of granting further concessions.

Turmoil and uncertainty in Greece and the EU at large has dominated headlines, but Monday the markets didn’t show much of a reaction.

Thousands of miles away, though, the Chinese markets are enduring an extended collapse. Since mid-June, stock markets in China are down over 30%, losing in total more than $3 trillion and counting. That’s more than a quarter of the Chinese GDP.

The Chinese central bank, the PBoC, took the unprecedented move of injecting $19 billion of capital directly into the market, but only barely slowed the flood. On Wednesday the markets were down another 6%.

Analysts estimate that about 85% of the Chinese stock investments are from the working class, which means the average Chinese worker has been forced to watch their life savings evaporate. Even worse, over the last year China has seen a 900% increase in buying on margin – in other words, borrowing the money to buy stocks. The indebtedness of the general population combined with the rapidly disappearing value in their investments could lead to a major Chinese recession, or even depression.

Meanwhile, a recent study by the Mercatus Institute shows that only a handful of states in the US – specifically, those currently flush with natural resources like oil – are in anything resembling good financial shape. The rest are slashing spending on education, and raiding pension funds to pay bills.

Overall the US is still struggling to overcome the crash of 2008, with the Labor Force Participation rate staying at or near historic lows all year so far. Recent studies indicate that younger folks are increasingly having difficulty finding jobs, and older people are increasingly hanging on to them. In fact, since 2000, the 55 and over demographic is the only one (by age) that has seen an increase in jobs.

Against this troubling back drop came a cascade of news Wednesday.

Everything seemed to be happening at once, but, in some order, the Chinese declared a moratorium on large traders selling, United Airlines had to delay or cancel over 800 flights, several leading websites devoted to economic news were shut down, Microsoft announced the second largest layoff in its history (7,800), the minutes of last month’s FOMC meeting were released and suggested a looming US Fed rate hike, and the New York Stock Exchange shut down for four hours. Markets worldwide took a tumble in response to the craziness.

China, as previously noted, saw a 6% decline overall. The Chinese government has suspended sell-offs by all large stock holders for a six month period in a desperate bid to halt the freefall. Like the capital investment on Monday, it seems destined to be too little, too late.

Microsoft opened the news cycle in the USA with its announcement of 7,800 layoffs, primarily from its phone operations. The tech giant also announced a $7.6 billion write off from its acquisition of phone maker Nokia.

United Airlines had “degraded network connectivity” from a router leading to its problems. Flights were grounded for about two hours, and there were continued delays throughout the day.

In seemingly unrelated events, the New York Times, CNBC, Zero Hedge, the Wall Street Journal, and other websites and blogs that report on the global economy all went down for varying periods of time in the morning hours Wednesday. They were all back online by about 11:30, just in time for…

The New York Stock Exchange stopped processing most trades, and formally shut down around 11:35 EDT. The Exchange blamed “software updates” for the malfunctions, and remained closed for four hours. That is the longest closure for the NYSE since Super Storm Sandy in 2012. The Dow Jones fell 1.47% on low volume.

The various computer problems were generally deemed as unrelated, and not malicious. However, the hacker group Anonymous tweeted a message Tuesday speculating that the stock market would have a rough Wednesday.

“Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street….” read the tweet. “We can only hope.” The DHS, the NYSE, and the Obama administration all made official statements to the effect that there was no indication of hacking. A glance at the huge array of computer problems all striking at the same time, though, coupled with the warning from Anon, strains the limits of credulity in these statements.

Anonymous has previously hacked several government and political party websites and e-mails, including Sarah Palin’s e-mail, and ISIS operations accounts.

Minutes of the Fed meeting indicating a rate hike later this year were released in the early afternoon, while the market was still closed. Bonds, T-Bills, and the dollar all fell following the news.

With so much bad news packed into one day, it seems some good ought to be right around the corner. Unfortunately, given the nature of these tidings, things are likely to get worse before they get better.


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China Aid

Having eclipsed the United States as the world’s largest economy, made territorial claims against Japan, asserted hegemony over the South China Sea and rattled sabers over the country of Taiwan that they regard as a “renegade province”, Red China has another reason to pick up the phone when Obama calls – a generous foreign aid package that they receive each year.

That’s right.

China is wealthy enough to amass $1.3 trillion in U.S. treasury bonds making the U.S. China’s biggest debtor nation but that hasn’t stopped the flow of U.S. dollars to support the communist government in Beijing.

According to, China received $12.3 million from the U.S. State Department and the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2014 with another $6.8 million so far in the pipeline for 2015.

The aid, which taxpayers are told will be used to fight pollution and promote democracy in China, has been dismissed as a drop in the bucket against the backdrop of the more than $50 billion the U.S. gives away each year.

Speaking on behalf of taxpayers, Ian Vasquez, Director of the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity at the Cato Institute, said:

“The idea that China needs this foreign aid, and that it can make any difference in China, is laughable . . . what we’re doing is borrowing from China and giving some of that money back to China, so it’s a loan with interest. This is an expensive way to do business.”

Aside from being China’s biggest debtor nation, the United States is also a great source of stolen intellectual property from private companies and the wholesale theft of technologies from the U.S government.

Using its’ cyber warfare capabilities, China has and continues to save billions of dollars in research and development costs – particularly in the military and space technology sectors.

Stolen technology has allowed China to leap frog their capabilities forward by years as they grind down U.S. leadership in the projection of power, military countermeasures, computer technology and industrial materials and processes.

To make matters worse, China keeps U.S. access to Chinese markets on a short leash blocking U.S. exports to the country until domestically made knockoffs are ready for sale.

For those who say $12.3 million is a trivial amount to spend on China, they should consider that $12.3 million could:

• Buy 769 Track Chairs for disabled veterans through The Independence Fund

• Provide private school scholarships to 724 children for a year according to Great And,

• Fully vaccinate 5,600 Americans from birth to 18 years according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Environmental Disaster

The feds believe that spending $200,000 on a video game that focuses on the importance of clean water can be a total game changer...