China’s 2017 GDP growth accelerates for first time in seven years

China’s economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, as an export recovery helped the country post its first annual acceleration in growth in seven years, defying concerns that intensifying curbs on industry and credit would hurt expansion.

The official growth figures released on Thursday are welcome news for Beijing policymakers who are looking to cut debt and pollution in older industries without stunting growth in the world’s second-largest economy.

China’s gross domestic product grew 6.8 percent in the October to December period from a year earlier. That was better than the 6.7 percent growth forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll and unchanged from the previous quarter.

The headline numbers and signs of property market resilience support economist views that fundamentals will remain intact in 2018, although some see headwinds from tighter regulations, U.S. trade protectionism and a softer consumer sector.

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GREAT AGAIN: Jobless Claims in U.S. Plunge to Lowest Weekly Tally Since 1973

U.S. filings for unemployment benefits plummeted to the lowest level in almost 45 years in a sign the job market will tighten further in 2018, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.

The drop in claims shows that companies are increasingly holding on to their employees amid a shortage of skilled labor. Businesses are struggling to find workers to fill positions, particularly in manufacturing and construction, as cited in some anecdotes for the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book released Wednesday.

The figures suggest the unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, already the lowest since 2000, could be poised to decline further. The latest week for claims includes the 12th of the month, which is the reference period for the Labor Department’s monthly employment surveys.

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Davos 2018: What You Need to Know About the Globalist Confab

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum will see the rich and famous flying in on private jets to Davos, Switzerland, from January 23rd-26th.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, actress Cate Blanchett and musicians and Elton John are on the list as are the leaders of some 1,900 companies.

But of course they are all likely to be upstaged by Donald Trump – the first sitting US president to attend the meeting since Bill Clinton in 2000 – whose presence on the bill has already sparked demonstrations in Switzerland.

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Trump Announces 2017 Fake News Award Winners

President Trump tweeted winners of the 2017 Fake News awards Wednesday.

And without further ado… here are the winners, as provided by

2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.

Below are the winners of the 2017 Fake News Awards.

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

2. ABC News’ Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.


3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

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4. TIME FALSELY reported that President Trump removed a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Oval Office.

5. Washington Post FALSELY reported the President’s massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty. Dishonest reporter showed picture of empty arena HOURS before crowd started pouring in.


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6. CNN FALSELY edited a video to make it appear President Trump defiantly overfed fish during a visit with the Japanese prime minister. Japanese prime minister actually led the way with the feeding.

7. CNN FALSELY reported about Anthony Scaramucci’s meeting with a Russian, but retracted it due to a “significant breakdown in process.”

8. Newsweek FALSELY reported that Polish First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda did not shake President Trump’s hand.

9. CNN FALSELY reported that former FBI Director James Comey would dispute President Trump’s claim that he was told he is not under investigation.


10. The New York Times FALSELY claimed on the front page that the Trump administration had hidden a climate report.


11. And last, but not least: “RUSSIA COLLUSION!” Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!

While the media spent 90% of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news, the President has been getting results:

1. The economy has created nearly 2 million jobs and gained over $8 trillion in wealth since the President’s inauguration.

2. African Americans and Hispanics are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in recorded history.

3. The President signed historic tax cuts and relief for hardworking Americans not seen since President Reagan.

4. President Trump’s plan to cut regulations has exceeded “2 out for every 1 in” mandate, issuing 22 deregulatory actions for every one new regulatory action.

5. The President has unleashed an American energy boom by ending Obama-era regulations, approving the Keystone pipeline, auctioning off millions of new acres for energy exploration, and opening up ANWR.

6. ISIS is in retreat, having been crushed in Iraq and Syria.

7. President Trump followed through on his promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and instructed the State Department to begin to relocate the Embassy.

8. With President Trump’s encouragement, more member nations are paying their fair share for the common defense in the NATO alliance.

9. Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the VA to fire failing employees and establishes safeguards to protect whistleblowers.

10. President Trump kept his promise and appointed Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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North & South Korea to Form 1st Joint Olympic Team, March Together Under Unified Flag

North and South Korea have agreed to form a unified women’s hockey team for the upcoming Winter Olympics, and will march under a unified flag at the opening ceremony, according to a joint statement.

North Korea is due to send a delegation which will consist of around 550 members including 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo fighters, to South Korea on January 25.

The agreement on Wednesday means this will be the first time a joint Korean sports team has been put together in 27 years, since the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships and FIFA World Youth Championship, and the first ever in Olympics history.

“Athletes from both Koreas marched together at international sports events about nine times so far,” South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-whan said on Monday, as quoted by the Chosun Ilbo. “Peace on the Korean Peninsula through sports is a value that the Olympics are pursuing.”

Despite the agreement between Pyongyang and Seoul, the final decision about the team rests with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will hold a meeting on in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss the possible joint Korean team and other matters relating to North Korea.

In his New Year’s address, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he was considering sending an athletic delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics, while a few days later, a border hotline operating across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) resumed operation for the first time in two years.

As a result of the easing of tensions, the first intra-Korean peace talks in two years kicked off between officials in the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone earlier in January. The two Koreas remain technically at war despite the de-facto end of hostilities in 1953.

Fossilized “Eyeball” Survived 120 Million Years

Scientists have discovered a surprisingly “visionary” detail about a dinosaur-age bird that had a tooth-filled beak: It could likely see in color.

An analysis of the 120-million-year-old bird revealed that the creature’s eye tissues — more specially, its rods and cones — had fossilized in remarkable condition. (Whereas rods sense grey tones, cones detect colors.)

“We discovered a fossilized bird eye with soft tissue for the first time in the world,” said study co-researcher Baochun Zhou, an associate professor of paleontology at the Shanghai Natural History Museum, in China. [Avian Ancestors: Images of Dinosaurs That Learned to Fly]

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WATCH LIVE: The 2017 Fake News Awards Hosted by President Trump

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Bitcoin Crashes Below $10,000, Losing Over Half Its Value Since Last Month’s Record

The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency, bitcoin, has lost over half its value since it smashed the $20,000 barrier in mid-December. The price of the cryptocurrency dropped to $9,555 at 15:00 GMT on Wednesday.

“The cryptocurrency market is experiencing a serious attack from speculators,” Gleb Zadoya, head of analytics at Analitika Online said in email comments to RT.

“The reason for the sell-off are reports on the strengthening of regulation by the Chinese and South Korean authorities. After that, the exchange rate of many cryptocurrencies fell below important psychological levels.”

On Tuesday, an official from the People’s Bank of China said the country’s centralized virtual currency trade needs to end, Reuters reported.

National and local authorities should ban venues that provide centralized trading of virtual currencies, including the largest one, bitcoin, PBOC Vice Governor Pan Gongsheng was quoted as saying.

“The financial work conference clearly called for limiting ‘innovations’ that deviate from the need of the real economy and escape regulation,” Pan said, according to a memo quoted by Reuters.

There have been reports that an increasing number of people were taking out mortgages to invest in bitcoin when it peaked at $20,000.

The collective market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has dropped by more than $200 billion since Tuesday.

Trump Admin Attempting to Resolve Deportation Threat to 100 Iranian Christians in Vienna

The Trump administration is trying to prevent 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Vienna for more than a year from being deported back to Iran where they would undoubtedly face severe persecution amid a government crackdown on dissidents.

Human rights activists and U.S. government officials told the Washington Free BeaconTrump administration officials are trying to negotiate a resolution that would prevent Austria from deporting the 100 Iranians back to their home country where they warned they likely would be jailed and tortured for trying to emigrate to the United States.

The State Department is still denying the Iranians entry into the United States, even though the U.S. government invited them to spend their own funds—some their life savings—to come to the Vienna more than a year ago, the sources said. Many in the group are now living in shelters in Austria after running out of money for other accommodations during their yearlong layover there, according to the human rights activists.

The group of Iranians were seeking asylum in the U.S. under a 27-year-old law known as the Lautenberg amendment, which grants persecuted religious minorities in Iran and other countries special refugee status as persecuted religious minorities. While mostly Christians, the group of 100 in limbo in Vienna includes members of the Baha’i faith, who have faced arrest, torture, beatings, and other forms of sever punishment in Iran for decades.

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Bitcoin slumps to $10,000, half its peak price, as regulatory fears grow

Bitcoin skidded a further 12 percent on Wednesday, marking an almost halving in value from its peak price, with investors spooked by fears regulators could clamp down on the volatile cryptocurrency that skyrocketed last year.

The price of bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best known cryptocurrency, fell to as low as $10,0000 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, the lowest since Dec. 1.

Bitcoin touched a peak of almost $20,000 in December – and indeed crossed over that threshold on some exchanges – but has since been roiled by several large sell-offs.

Other cryptocurrencies plunged as well. Ethereum and Ripple were both down heavily after reports South Korea and China could ban cryptocurrency trading, sparking worries of a wider regulatory crackdown.

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“New California” Conservative Movement Declares Independence As First Step Towards 51st State

A group called “New California” has taken its first step towards carving the Golden State in two – issuing a “declaration of independence” which would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties – while coastal counties from the northern San Francisco Bay Area to the southern tip of Los Angeles would remain part of the existing state. 

Quoted by CBS,  founder Paul Preston said “Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California.”

“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.

The group is serious about this effort – printing pamphlets (here and here and here) citing authority granted in the U.S. Constitution “to provide a republican form of government as guaranteed by Article IV, Section 4,” which co-founder Robert Paul Preston says has not been the case in California for a long time. “There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.

“when a long train of abuses and acts to seize and hold the people’s power without legal authority and pursuing invariably the same Object that clearly demonstrates a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security” –New California Declaration of Independence, Jan. 15, 2018

One of New California’s pamphlets reads:

“The current state of California has become governed by a tyranny, which rivals those stated above. It is time to take action. The Duty of the People who are suffering the long train of abuses and usurpations at the hands of a tyrannical government is to abolish and make new a government by the People and for the people under GOD. State Splitting Process of California The process begins when a state’s legislature first votes to split the state. Once the measure, in the form of a resolution, passes both the California Assembly and Senate, it is submitted to Congress.”

New California State is being developed as the 51st State of the Union as a state ‘split’ from California following Article IV Section 3 and Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. –

The group also recognizes the need to start out with training wheels. Co-founder Tom Reed admits “Yes. We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern.”

The group is organized with committees and a council of county representatives, but say it will take 10 to 18 months before they are ready to fully engage with the state legislature, according to CBS 13

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See the New California Declaration of Independence Below:

Affirmation of Allegiance to the United
States of America and Justification for the Formation of the
State of New California
January 15, 2018 

With faith, diligence, and our sacred honor, we do hereby declare our Unity with Natural Law and the United States of America’s Constitution.  We stand firm in our pledge to maintain and support the freedoms of the people of our Nation and New California at all times, at home and abroad.  With God as our witness, honoring the foundational principles, we take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, to stand together as free citizens of New California, to be a sovereign state of that nation which we hold dear, the United States of America.

As we seek to remain a member of our Union, in order to form a more perfect Union we resolve to create the Free, Sovereign and Independent State of New California due to the past and current government of California having failed in their oath of office, obligations, and responsibilities as representatives of “We the People” to provide a republican form of government as guaranteed by Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution.

Declaration of Independence
Intention to form the
State of New California
January 15, 2018 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, Property and the pursuit of happiness.

To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them they should declare the causes which cause them to separate.

Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such design that is most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown mankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

However when a long train of abuses and acts to seize and hold the people’s power without legal authority and pursuing invariably the same
Object that clearly demonstrates a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The history of the present Governor and Government of California is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a Tyranny over the Counties of New California and the State of California.

Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to seek a constitutional remedy to the abuse of powers.
We the people of the Counties of New California solemnly publish and declare these counties are, and of Right ought to be, a free and Independent State, that we strive to be free from the State of California, and that as a Free and Independent State, have full power to establish and maintain law and order, to promote general prosperity, and to do all other acts and things, which an Independent New California State may rightfully do.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the Counties of New California, appeal to the California Legislature and the Federal Congress to pass resolutions to create the State of New California.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor.

12 Key Races Decide Control of Senate

While the Democratic Party hopes to capitalize on its victory in the Alabama special election to win back control of the Senate, the sheer number of seats they must defend, especially in states won by President Trump in 2016, makes the prospect of wresting back control of the Senate a significant challenge at best.

Heading into the 2018 midterms, Republicans hold a slim 51-47 majority, with the remaining two seats held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. Democrats are poised to defend 25 seats (including both independents), while Republicans must defend eight.

While the lopsided number of contested seats held by Democrats compared to those held by Republicans is a tough obstacle for Democrats to overcome, they are further burdened by having to defend 10 seats in states won by President Trump in 2016.

In sharp contrast, Republicans are defending only one seat in a state won by Hillary Clinton. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $41.5 million in 2017 – the most it’s ever raised during a non-election year.

It is likely control of the Senate will be decided by 12 key races.

Arizona (Toss-Up, Retiring Republican Incumbent)

Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a staunch opponent of President Trump, has announced he will not seek re-election. While no Democrat has represented Arizona in the Senate for over 20 years, shifting demographics make the state one of the Democrats’ best opportunities for a pickup.

Democrats are rallying behind Representative Kyrsten Sinema, who is openly bisexual and a self-described atheist.

The Republican primary is set to be a bruising battle between the party establishment’s preferred candidate, Representative Martha McSally, and populist outsiders, including former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former State Senator Kelli Ward, who unsuccessfully challenged Senator John McCain in the 2016 Republican primary.

While Trump won Arizona by nearly 3.5 percent, it was a sizable decline from Mitt Romney’s 9 percent margin of victory over Obama in 2012, demonstrating the state’s shift towards the Democratic Party in the face of a rapidly growing Hispanic population.

Florida (Toss-Up, Democratic Incumbent Seeking Re-Election)

Incumbent Senator Bill Nelson is one of ten Democrats seeking re-election in a state won by President Trump. While Nelson handily won re-election in 2012, he is now the only Democrat to hold statewide office.

While numerous Republicans have already declared their candidacies, most are holding out hope that term-limited Governor Rick Scott will enter the race. Early polls already show Scott tied with Nelson, or leading outright.

Indiana (Toss-Up, Democratic Incumbent Seeking Re-Election)

Senator Joe Donnelly is another Democrat unfortunate enough to be running for re-election in a state handily won by President Trump, making Indiana one of the Republican Party’s best opportunities to flip a seat.

The two top candidates vying for the Republican nomination are Representatives Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.

Maine (Leans Independent, Incumbent Independent Seeking Re-Election)

Senator Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, is running for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton carried by around three percent. Due to Maine’s unique process (one shared with Nebraska) that awards electoral votes based on which candidate wins each of the state’s congressional districts, President Trump received one electoral vote from the state’s 2nd Congressional District – becoming the first Republican to do so since 1988.

While the only declared Republican candidate thus far is State Senator Eric Brakey, who has been endorsed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Texas Representative Ron Paul, President Trump has reportedly urged outgoing Governor Paul LePage to challenge King.

Missouri (Toss-Up, Democratic Incumbent Seeking Re-Election)

President Trump carried Missouri by over 18 percent in 2016, leaving incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill incredibly vulnerable as she seeks re-election. McCaskill’s re-election campaign in 2012 was the last time a Democrat won statewide office in Missouri.

Republicans are rallying around State Attorney General Josh Hawley, who will face numerous candidates in the party’s primary, including Austin Petersen- a failed candidate for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president in 2016.

Montana (Lean Democratic, Incumbent Democrat Seeking Re-Election)

Democratic Senator Jon Tester is running for re-election in a state President Trump carried by over 20 percent, making Montana a prime target for Republicans.

Tester, who won his first term by one percent and his second term in 2012 by less than four percent, has already attracted a large field of Republican challengers, including State Auditor Matt Rosendale, businessman Troy Downing, and State Senator Albert Olszewski.

Nevada (Toss-Up, Incumbent Republican Seeking Re-Election)

Republican Senator Dean Heller has the dubious distinction of being the only Republican Senator running for re-election in a state carried by Hillary Clinton. Shifting demographics has turned the once purplish-red state blue, making Nevada one of the Democratic Party’s most prime opportunities for a pick-up.

First-term Representative Jacky Rosen and attorney Jesse Sbaih are the two most likely Democratic challengers.

Heller, who won his first term in 2012 by less than one percent, must first get through his party’s primary, where he faces insurgent populist candidate Danny Tarkanian.

North Dakota (Leans Democratic, Incumbent Democrat Seeking Re-Election)

President Trump won North Dakota by a staggering 35.7 percent, leaving Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp vulnerable as she seeks re-election. Despite her vulnerability, however, no high-profile Republican has declared their candidacy.

State Senator Tom Campbell is the only declared candidate thus far after the state’s at-large Representative Kevin Cramer announced he will not enter the race. Former Representative Rick Berg, who lost to Heitkamp by less than one percent in 2012, could also enter the race.

Ohio (Leans Democratic, Incumbent Democrat Seeking Re-Election)

After being labeled a toss-up throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump went on to handedly carry the Buckeye State by over eight percent. The state’s incumbent Senator, Sherrod Brown, is now Ohio’s sole Democrat elected to statewide office.

The previous Republican front runner, State Treasurer Josh Mandel, recently dropped out of the race citing issues related to his wife’s health, leaving the party without a high-profile candidate until Representative Jim Renacci entered the race.

Renacci had previously declared his intention to run for Governor to replace term-limited Republican John Kasich.

Pennsylvania (Leans Democratic, Incumbent Democrat Seeking Re-Election)

President Trump pulled off an upset when he defeated Hillary Clinton and became the first Republican presidential candidate to carry Pennsylvania since 1988, leaving incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey vulnerable.

Representative Lou Barletta is the font-runner for the Republican nomination.

Tennessee (Leans Republican, Incumbent Republican Retiring)

Senator Bob Corker, who transitioned from an ally of President Trump to one of his harshest critics, announced he will not seek re-election. Democrats, using their special election victory in Alabama as justification, believe they can flip Tennessee with the candidacy of former Governor Phil Bredesen.

Representative Marsha Blackburn is the likely Republican candidate.

West Virginia (Toss-Up, Democratic Incumbent Seeking Re-Election)

West Virginia gave President Trump his largest margin of victory over Hillary Clinton (42.2 percent), leaving Senator Joe Manchin incredibly vulnerable.

The Republican primary will feature another campaign between the party establishment, represented by Representative Evan Jenkins, and the populist wing, represented by State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.

US military members receive biggest pay bump since 2010

Military members will see their paychecks rise by the largest percent increase since 2010 this week.

At the end of December, President Donald Trump, by way of executive order, mandated a 2.4% pay hike for uniformed service members and a 1.9% raise for federal workers. The Trump administration’s initial budget blueprint called for a 2.1% pay increase, while the House and Senate suggested the 2.4% figure, which was eventually adopted by the president.

In 2017, the Obama administration issued a 2.1% increase. This year’s raise will be the largest for the military since 2010, when wages jumped 3.4% under the previous administration.

The new pay increase went into effect on Jan. 1, however, this is the first full week that paychecks will reflect the higher amounts. The raise is in line with private sector wage growth, according to

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Bitcoin slides 18 percent on crackdown fears; crypto rivals also plunge

Bitcoin tumbled 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week trough close to $11,000, after reports that a ban on trading of cryptocurrencies in South Korea was still an option drove fears grew of a wider regulatory crackdown.

Bitcoin’s slide triggered a massive selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day, according to trade website Coinmarketcap, and the next-biggest, Ripple, plunging 33 percent.

South Korean news website Yonhap reported that Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon had told a local radio station that the government would be coming up with a set of measures to clamp down on the “irrational” cryptocurrency investment craze.

South Korea had said on Monday that its plans to ban virtual coin exchanges had not yet been finalised, as government agencies were still in talks to decide how to regulate the market.

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BREAKING: Parents Arrested as Their 13 Emaciated Children Found Chained, Shackled

Two parents have been arrested after 13 of their children were found shackled to beds inside their home in California.

The victims, all siblings aged between two and 29 years old, were being held captive in a home in Perris, California, police said.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department began investigating after a 17-year-old girl managed to free herself and escape the home, before alerting cops.

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Professor: German Migrant Bill To Top 1 Trillion Euros

About 1.5 million refugees have arrived in Germany since 2015, prompting local authorities to allocate huge sums for migration-related issues. Speaking to Sputnik, Professor Bernd Raffelhuschen from the University of Freiburg specifically focused on the long-term costs of pensions and sickness insurance for migrants.

Sputnik: Mr. Raffelhyushen, can you name the approximate state expenditures caused by the inflow of migrants starting in 2015?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: We have yet to define the exact number of refugees who arrived in Germany between 2016 and 2017. But if you just imagine that these people are not highly skilled workers and that some of them are not young, you can clearly understand that during their lifetime, they will pay out far less than they expect to get in the form of social benefits. And the gap between this ranges from 350,000 euros to 450,000 euros per refugee throughout his life.

Sputnik: From 350,000 to 450,000 euros per refugee or migrant – how would you estimate this sum in terms of the entire state?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: The actual cost will stand at almost a trillion euros. But it will be distributed for many years, namely, until the moment when, to put it bluntly, the last migrant dies, turning into a hundred-year old man who will need social care. Each year, 20 billion euro will be spent on migrants [in Germany].

Sputnik: Are we talking about a temporary increase in expenses caused by an influx of migrants? Or will it be a permanent item of expenditure in the state budget given that all this pertains to pensions, health insurance and other migration-related issues?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: This is the very topic which is constantly hushed up during discussions. We have always talked about the cost of accommodating migrants and their short-term admission. But we did not say that if an average migrant at the age of 30 is engaged in low-skilled work for the rest of his life and if he needs five to six years to integrate, then he will definitely have to work till he turns 80 to receive a pension that will be larger than a social allowance.

Also, we failed to mention the fact that these people will be able to independently pay 20-25 percent of their health care expenses, while the rest will be paid by others. This is not due to the fact that they are foreigners or migrants, but because of the fact that they are engaged in low-skilled work.

Sputnik: It means that a decline in public debt may also be under threat in the long run?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: It depends on how we will react to it. We can refinance expenses on poor low-skilled migrants who will not have a real chance to become rich by reducing other expenses.

Or, of course, we can make new debts. The future – and above all the politicians of the future – will tell us how they are going to cope with this. They will not get out of the trap of debts or expenses because we have an absolutely and disproportionately generous social state in Germany. We cannot afford it – even for ourselves but we distribute it among a large part of immigrants. It is just not particularly sensible.

Sputnik: The economy has a partial argument – Germany needs manpower. Will the costs of immigration be compensated by acquisitions in the labor market someday?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: Definitely no, but a possibility remains. Immigration is not something that is bad; it is actually a positive moment. We earn a living by receiving qualified migrants and we really should try to intensify this process. We are a country of immigration, and we should keep it so. But we had to comply with an immigration rule which reads “do ut des” (that is, I give it so that you also give it), namely, we should give and take.

We need to keep an eye on the situation so that [only] qualified young migrants of childbearing age arrive in Germany.

Immigration on a random basis – just because the situation in Libya is almost identical to war, and the relevant people from southern Sahara have the opportunity to come – is a random migration that will not help us.

First and foremost, it is because these people are so low-skilled, that we simply cannot provide them with employment here. In addition, we do not have jobs for our own low-skilled workers.

Sputnik: And what about the humanistic idea mentioned by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: The humanistic idea stipulates that political asylum is granted to those who are persecuted for political reasons. But these people are not persecuted for political reasons.

The humanistic idea envisages that one should try to help poor countries get back on their feet without trying to provide people who live there with an acceptable life in Germany because it is a utopia. In Germany, these people will for a long time be among those who do not enjoy benefits.

Sputnik: In the state apparatus, all immigration creates new jobs. At the moment, the problem is simply that the state is unable to deal with each and every asylum request. How do you think the problem should be tackled?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: In Germany, the problem, of course, is that the only reason for immigration is providing asylum. The “green card” did not become the same phenomenon as the “blue card.”

But we have migration experience which – now we cannot but see it – was positive. That is, immigrants of the 1990s were integrated very well. This, in principle, was also the result of the situation in which the war was taking place. And this also sometimes added to creating jobs in the state apparatus.

Sputnik: You mean, first of all, migrants from former Yugoslavia and the former USSR?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: Yes. Those migrants were, in principle, integrated very easy. Migration from Poland also went very well and comfortably. Among other things, we have close cultural circles which are easily integrated, something that should be clearly understood.

Sputnik: Once again, let’s get down to the state apparatus – how one should resolve the problem pertaining to a lack of public servants? Should authorities hire them for a short time or train employees from other areas?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: It is clear that in the past three years, the state apparatus has increased as a result of an inflow of migrants. We need much more social workers and policemen and we should show a different approach to organizing public places in Germany.

Although all this was clear from the very beginning, it was quickly postponed because it requires huge expenses. The important thing is that there should be no recruitment for long terms because thinking that we will allow such events to happen again is an illusion. Even Chancellor Merkel says so.

Sputnik: Don’t you think that there we will see the same numbers again? Do you think that they will decrease?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: These figures will certainly be reduced. They shrink after each major wave [of migrants], and now they are also decreasing. But one thing is quite clear: a wave of migrants is followed by another one, and we must be ready for this. Because once again, it is not about isolating Europe. Germany or Europe is not rich enough to save the whole world again. When we earlier tried to do so, we often came to a standstill.

Sputnik: Can you briefly elaborate on how a possible new German government should tackle the refugee issue in the future?

Bernd Raffelhuschen: I expect the new government to try to intelligently grapple with the issue. I hope they will tell low-skilled workers: we have nothing to offer you, we cannot really integrate you and you will not be happy here. Also I hope that it will be absolutely clearly indicated that we are paying earnest attention to the external borders of Europe as well.

Trump Was Right 1st Time — FISA Was Used Against Him

Trump was right when he tweeted that surveillance abuse targeted him. As Michael Hayden has said, they’re “not interested in BAD people, they’re interested in INTERESTING people” — like Trump. But Trump changed his tune as Paul Ryan and the House reauthorized surveillance. Rand Paul, however, understands what’s going on and has promised to filibuster any re-authorization without more protection.

12,000 Flee As Philippines Volcano Crater Glows Red Hot

The Philippines’ most active volcano has awoken again. On Sunday, lava pooled to the surface of the volcano’s crater showing a glowing red hot core just below.

By Monday, the crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red. Coupled with vulcanologists’ warnings it could erupt within days, the glowing crater caused thousands of residents to flee from their homes in search of safety. The volcano lies in the coconut-growing Albay province about 210 miles southeast of Manila.

More than 12,000 people have been ordered to leave a four mile (seven-kilometer) evacuation zone as scientists fear the eruption of the Mayon volcano, and there are warnings of destructive mudflows and toxic clouds. Volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls have also violently shaken the summit of Mayon over the last 24 hours, after a number of steam-driven eruptions, scientists said. Lava flowed just less than half a mile down a gulley from the crater and on Monday morning, ash clouds appeared mid-slope, said Renato Solidum, head of the volcano institute.

“It is dangerous for families to stay in that radius and inhale ash,” Claudio Yucot, head of the region’s office of civil defense, told AFP. “Because of continuous rains in past weeks, debris deposited in the slopes of Mayon could lead to lahar flows. If rain does not stop it could be hazardous.”

Three steam-explosions since Saturday have spewed ash into nearby villages and may have breached solidified lava at the crater and caused lava to start flowing, Solidum said. With its near-perfect cone, Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently.

Experts are concerned about a major eruption which could trigger pyroclastic flows (superheated gas and volcanic debris that race down the slopes of volcanoes at high speeds) that would be capable of incinerating or vaporizing everything in their path. More extensive explosions of ash could drift toward nearby towns and cities, including Legazpi city, the provincial capital, about 9 miles away.

More Than 100 Are Dead As The Worst Flu Epidemic In Years Sweeps Across The United States

This flu season is already off to a record-setting beginning, and many believe that it could ultimately be the worst that we have seen in decades. 

In fact, it has been reported that if we stay on this current pace that this could truly be the worst flu season in more than 50 years.  As you will see below, the CDC is reporting widespread flu activity from coast to coast, and the death toll has already crossed 100.  Here in the United States, flu season usually begins in October and ends in May, and so we still have a long way to go before it is over.

Normally the mainstream media tries very hard to keep the public calm about these things, but even the Washington Post admits that we are having “a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season”…

The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season.

Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died of the infectious disease.

Usually a flu outbreak is centered in one portion of the country, but this one is different.  According to the CDC, this outbreak is affecting the entire nation, and the number of cases climbed another 5.8 percent within the past week…

“Flu is everywhere in the US right now,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC’s influenza branch. “This is the first year we’ve had the entire continental US at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time.” It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increase in laboratory-confirmed cases this week over last.

Most people that get the flu don’t die, but it is very important for all of us to understand that this is a very serious outbreak.

In California, things have already gotten so bad that some hospitals have started to run out of Tamiflu

California has been particularly hard hit, with at least 27 deaths of people under 65 attributed to the flu, according to reports. As the number of cases continues to climb there, hospitals are beginning to run out of Tamiflu, the anti-viral medication used to treat the illness.

If you live in an area where the flu is running rampant, it may be wise to avoid public areas for a while.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of us cannot do that.  Most Americans have work or school commitments that cannot be avoided, and the flu can often spread very rapidly in those environments.

Back during the bird flu scare a few years ago, some schools actually closed for a time, and we are starting to see that happen again.  For example, one school down in Texas had a “flu day” on Friday…

A school in San Antonio will be closed Friday for a “flu day” amid an outbreak of influenza.

“While closed, our school will be launching a Super Clean of each classroom for the health of our faculty, staff and students,” San Antonio Christian School posted on Facebook.

Texas has been especially hard-hit by the flu this season, topping Walgreens’ Flu Index, which compiles data from prescriptions used to treat the virus’ symptoms.

Every year the authorities relentlessly promote the flu shot, but large numbers of people that got the flu shot this year are getting sick anyway.

Sadly, the flu shot is not likely to protect you from the very powerful strains of the flu that are dominant this flu season.  In fact, the experts are telling us that the flu shot was only “around 10 percent” effective during the flu season in Australia this year…

U.S. flu specialists say they won’t completely know how powerful this present season’s antibody is until the point that the season is finished. In any case, Australia’s experience recommends viability was just around 10 percent. In the United States, it is 40 to 60 percent powerful in a normal season. Immunizations are less defensive if strains are not the same as anticipated and if sudden transformations happen.

Hopefully everyone out there is stocking up on Vitamin C and echinacea.  We still have more than two months of winter left, and the spread of the flu appears to be accelerating.

If you do get sick, please stay home and don’t expose others.  Many of us like to try to battle through an illness, and in the process we can inadvertently share it with others.

Eventually this flu epidemic will pass, but for now we need to be smart as we weather this storm.

Video: Chelsea Manning Confirms 2018 Senate Bid

Chelsea Manning, one of the most well-known US whistleblowers – jailed for leaking military documents on abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan – confirmed her bid for the US Senate, releasing a campaign video and calling for donations.

The whistleblower has shared her campaign vid on Twitter, captioned “yup, we’re running for senate”.

The video shows scenes of violence during several protests and meetings with US officials. “We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, of hate,” the voiceover says.

“We don’t need more – or better leader, we need someone willing to fight. We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. They won’t support us. They won’t compromise. We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves.”

Manning will challenge incumbent two-term Senator Ben Cardin in the primary, who has held the seat since 2007. Cardin has an approval rating of 54 percent, according to the latest statistics by Morning Consult survey company.

Manning received world-wide renown following her arrest in 2010 after an internal US Army investigation. The whistleblower, known then as Bradley Manning, leaked over 700,000 government documents and videos to WikiLeaks and news outlets across the world. The materials exposed abuses committed by the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The whistleblower was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013. The day after the sentencing, Manning came out as a transgender woman. Her sentence was commuted in the last days of Barack Obama’s presidency and she was released from a military prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas in May 2017.

Pentagon to Send “1,000 New Troops & Drones” to Afghanistan

The Pentagon intends to deploy an estimated 1,000 new combat advisers to Afghanistan as part of the Trump administration’s planned troop surge, according to reports.

As early as February, members of an Army security-force assistance brigade from Fort Benning, Georgia, will be sent to work as combat advisers to Afghan National Security Forces. Their deployment will bring the number of American personnel in the country to about 14,000.

US military officials told the Wall Street Journal the Pentagon hopes to dramatically increase the American military presence in Afghanistan in time for spring, when the “fighting season” begins.
With operations against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) winding down in Syria and Iraq, the US military also plans to send more helicopters, ground vehicles, artillery and other equipment to Afghanistan.

A large fleet of armed and unarmed drones will also be sent to the country, which will provide the US advisers with air support, as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
President Trump announced in August that 3,000 to 4,000 more troops would be sent to Afghanistan in an attempt to finally score a decisive victory in a war that has dragged on for more than fifteen years.

As part of Trump’s strategy, the White House has delegated substantial decision-making authority to his generals. The new management style has been coupled with a penchant for secrecy regarding troop deployment numbers.

General John Nicholson, the head of US forces in Afghanistan, told reporters last month there would be more US boots on the ground in the coming months, but did not provide specifics.
There are “well over 1,000 advisers out at any given time,” Nicholson said, but in 2018 “this [number] will increase dramatically.”

In December, the White House omitted the number of troops stationed in Afghanistan from a semi-annual report meant to bring greater accountability to the executive branch on military matters.

Fiat Chrysler to invest $1 billion in Michigan plant, add 2.5K jobs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Thursday it will shift production of Ram heavy-duty pickup trucks from Mexico to Michigan in 2020, a move that lowers the risk to the automaker’s profit should President Donald Trump pull the United States out of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Fiat Chrysler said it would create 2,500 jobs at a factory in Warren, Michigan, near Detroit and invest $1 billion in the facility.

The Mexican plant will be “repurposed to produce future commercial vehicles” for sale global markets.

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Immigration Agents Descend On 7-Eleven Stores In 17 States

Seven immigration agents filed into a 7-Eleven store before dawn Wednesday, waited for people to go through the checkout line and told arriving customers and a driver delivering beer to wait outside. A federal inspection was underway, they said.

Within 20 minutes, they verified that the cashier had a valid green card and served notice on the owner to produce hiring records in three days that deal with employees’ immigration status.

The well-rehearsed scene, executed with quiet efficiency in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, played out at about 100 7-Eleven stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia, a rolling operation that officials called the largest immigration action against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Death Toll from Slides Rises to 15 with Air Rescues Set to Begin in Montecito

The death toll from a massive debris flow that buried homes and cars under a torrent of mud and boulders has risen to 15 in Montecito, where local personnel and the U.S. Coast Guard are planning to continue rescue operations Wednesday morning.

About 300 people remained stuck in their homes in Montecito’s Romero Canyon neighborhood and throughout the debris field, where authorities planned to launch helicopter rescues at daybreak.

The mudslides began around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when intense rains dislodged boulders and caused heavy mudflow along hillsides that were scarred by the sprawling Thomas fire late last year. A number of homes were ripped from their foundations, with some pulled more than a half-mile by water and mud before they broke apart.

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Population Control: Ibuprofen Is Tool Of Agenda 21

A study published Monday detailed the effects of the drug Ibuprofen on male fertility. The drug was shown to cause a hormonal condition in young men that is linked to infertility.

According to CNN, a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that when taking ibuprofen in doses commonly used by athletes, a small sample of young men developed a hormonal condition that typically begins, if at all, during middle age. This condition is linked to reduced fertility, which some say makes ibuprofen perfect for Agenda 21’s population control.

Joe Joseph of The Daily Sheeple says he’s been vindicated. “I feel vindicated today! A couple months back I put out a video about how ibuprofen could be a tool for Agenda 21,” said Joseph.

Joseph’s take on Agenda 21 is accurate. According to the United Nations website, Agenda 21 is meant to be “sustainable development.” But of course, it’s dictated by the elites, and one goal is to concentrate the population into megacities. People crammed together in tight quarters are easier to control and manipulate than those living more rurally.

“We’ve seen a lot of issues with this class of drugs known as NSAIDs,” says Joseph. “Sold under brands such as Advil or Motrin to help reduce swelling; to help reduce pain in people, you know, an over the counter drug. And the Consumer Health Product Association, a trade group that represents manufacturers of over the counter medications, says that [they] ‘support and encourage continued research and promotes ongoing consumer education to help safe use of over the counter medicines.’ And they say the safety of active ingredients in these products has been well documented and supported for decades by scientific studies and real-world use.”

But what about all of those who die using NSAIDs? Is that the “real-world use” that is being referred to? NSAIDs were actually responsible for more deaths in 2012 than opioid overdoses, according to numbers gathered on Practical Pain Management’s website.

It’s also concerning that this research is simply a continuation of that which began with pregnant women. “A team of French and Danish researchers began exploring the health effects when a mother-to-be took any one of three mild pain reliever found in medicine chests. And that was Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen,” said Joseph. “What they found was that…all three drugs are anti-androgenic. Meaning they disrupt male hormones and the three drugs even increase the likelihood that male babies would be born with congenital malformation [when a woman who is pregnant with a male baby takes the drugs.]” This lead to the study on adult males who have taken these three drugs, and it was discovered that ibuprofen had the strongest infertility effects.

This is not to say one shouldn’t take ibuprofen. But perhaps look into these side effects a little further and evaluate for yourself how harmful a drug could be on the body before taking it.

Petition Demanding Oprah Disavow Harvey Weinstein Passes 15,000 Signatures

A petition demanding Oprah Winfrey disavow serial sex predator Harvey Weinstein is building momentum, having passed 15,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

The petition calls on the talk show host, who is rumored to be considering a run for president in 2020, to publicly distance herself from the disgraced director.

Winfrey was pictured with Weinstein at numerous events over the last five years and had a close professional relationship with him stretching back two decades.

She reportedly called Weinstein to offer her support even after the revelations about his mass sexual assault of women exploded into the public eye last year.

Questions are swirling as to the credibility of Oprah presenting herself as an advocate for the #MeToo movement against the sexual abuse of women during her Golden Globes speech given how close she is to the biggest pervert in Hollywood.

Weinstein’s notorious behavior was an open secret within Hollywood circles for decades, casting doubt on the notion that Oprah was completely unaware of his reputation.

British actress Kadian Noble said she met Weinstein at a 2014 event in London and that Oprah was “swinging off his arm”. She said that Weinstein used Oprah to lure her in with the promise of boosting her career.

More people are beginning to ask ‘what did Oprah know and when did she know it?’

Sign the petition here and demand that Oprah disavow Harvey Weinstein.


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Toyota, Mazda to Build $1.6 billion Plant in Alabama

Alabama will be the site of a new $1.6 billion Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp auto plant, a victory for President Donald Trump who had prodded manufacturers to build new U.S. facilities and threatened tariffs on foreign production, sources said on Tuesday.

The plant, which will employ up to 4,000 people and produce about 300,000 vehicles a year, will be located in Huntsville, Alabama, and is a boon for the state, where Toyota has a large engine plant and an existing network of automotive suppliers.

A formal announcement by company and state officials is expected on Wednesday in Montgomery, sources briefed on the matter said.

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100 Iranian Christians Waiting to Enter U.S. Could Be Sent Back to Iran This Week

U.S. government action could send 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Vienna back to Iran this week, where their return during the harsh government crackdown on dissidents could target them for further persecution, human rights activists warn.

The deportation threat looms despite the Trump administration’s and Congress’s vocal support for protesters in Iran, who are waging the strongest nationwide uprising against the government in Tehran in eight years.

“These deportations, during a human-rights crackdown in Iran no less, could be a death sentence for these persecuted Christians and other minorities,” Nina Shea, an international humans rights lawyer who directs the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, told the Washington Free Beacon. “They would undermine the important statements against Iran’s repression by President Trump, Vice President Pence and U.N. Ambassador [Nikki Haley].”

“The administration needs to act fast to stop this travesty,” she said, noting that the U.S. government could give the refugees notices denying them entry to the U.S. as early as this week. This would leave the Austrians with little choice but to send them back to Iran.

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MS-13 Female Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Teenager 13 Times

An 18-year-old MS-13 member was convicted Monday of brutally stabbing a teenage girl 13 times in a case that brought forth concerns about a comeback of MS-13 activity in the Washington, D.C. area.

Venus Romero Iraheta was charged as an adult and pled guilty to her charges in court Monday, reports The Washington Post.

Iraheta, who was 17 when she stabbed the victim in January 2017, is one of 10 MS-13 gang members charged for the murder of 15-year-old Damaris A. Reyes Rivas. The group went after Rivas because they believed she was the main culprit behind the murder of Cristian Sosa Rivas, Iraheta’s boyfriend.

Wanting to take revenge because Rivas had reportedly gotten Cristian into the spot where he was murdered, the gang lured Rivas to under the guise of smoking weed. When Rivas arrived there, 11 MS-13 gang members taunted the young teen, warned her that she could lose a finger and forced her to remove her clothes in the cold so she could experience what Christian did when he was dumped into the Potomac River.

Iraheta eventually stabbed the girl 13 times and cut off one of her tattoos, telling the victim “I’ll see you in hell.”

“She told the victim she would never forgive her,” FBI Agent Fernando Uribe said. “She would see her in hell. She would never forget her name.”

Iraheta faces up to 20 years in prison when she goes for sentencing in May.

Trump to Counterattack Deep State in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chief Washington correspondent for, Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., began playing a more central role over the weekend working directly with the moderators managing the internet bulletin board 8chan, The Storm, on which QAnon has been posting.

“I am convinced QAnon is an intelligence source closely coordinating with President Trump to develop a counterattack to the Deep State forces that are planning to remove President Trump from office,” Dr. Corsi explained.

“I am planning to continue working with the QAnon group,” Corsi continued, “reporting on a regular basis with Alex Jones, David Knight of news, and Owen Shroyer of the War Room.”

Dr. Corsi’s involvement with the QAnon moderators has developed over a series of “DECODE” essays that Dr. Corsi began writing to explain QAnon posts to the general public. The first being a QAnon post #151134 on Dec. 22, 2017, in which QAnon discussed the crumbling of the Russian collusion narrative against President Trump.

Dr. Corsi’s DECODE also detailed QAnon’s role in developing counterintelligence that suggests the Russian collusion narrative was developed to derail Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, or to be the basis of his removal from office should he get elected; by CIA Director John Brennan, and funded by Eric Schmidt of Google fame.

Over the weekend, Dr. Corsi posted on his “DECODE” of a series of messages QAnon posted on 8chan “The Storm,” messages that included a photograph of President Trump’s pen resting on the conference table at Camp David taken as the meetings were in progress.

One of the key players in the QAnon phenomenon, Tracy Beanz @tracybeanz conducted a 45 minute YouTube video interviewing Dr. Corsi over his increasing role working directly with the QAnon moderators.

Germany expects return of over 100 children of Islamist fighters

German security officials are preparing for the arrival of over 100 infants and children of people who left the country to fight for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, amid concerns about the radicalization of minors.

Nearly a thousand people are believed to have left Germany to join up with the Islamist militants. As the group’s presence in the Middle East crumbles, some are returning with family members, while German authorities are trying to secure the release of children whose parents have been detained.

In a document addressed to a lawmaker and seen by Reuters on Monday, Interior Ministry State Secretary Emily Haber said it was difficult to estimate the exact number of children set to arrive since it was unclear how many babies were born while their parents were in Iraq or Syria.

But security officials had information indicating that “a low three-digit number of minors is expected,” with the majority believed to be babies or toddlers, Haber said in a reply to a formal parliamentary query by Greens lawmaker Irene Mihalic.

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Jordan says it arrests 17 in foiled Islamic State attack plot: state media

Jordan said on Monday it had foiled an Islamic State plot that included plans for a series of attacks last November on security installations, shopping malls and moderate religious figures, state media reported.

State news agency Petra said the country’s intelligence department had arrested 17 members of the cell and confiscated weapons and explosives that the militant group had planned to use in the operation.

The statement said the cell had waged a series of bank robberies and car thefts to get financing, and manufactured homemade explosives from material bought from local markets.

King Abdullah, a Middle East ally of Western powers against Islamist militancy who has also safeguarded Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel, has been among the most vocal leaders in the region in warning of threats posed by radical groups.

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A VERY ‘big, beautiful wall’! Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall by 316 miles over 10 years

The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico, providing one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign pledge.

The proposal by Customs and Border Protection calls for 316 miles (505 kilometers) of additional barrier by September 2027, bringing total coverage to 970 miles (1,552 kilometers), or nearly half the border, according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the matter.

It also calls for 407 miles (651 kilometers) of replacement or secondary fencing, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.

Trump has promised ‘a big, beautiful wall’ with Mexico as a centerpiece of his presidency but offered few details of where it would be built, when and at what cost.

His administration asked for $1.6 billion this year to build or replace 74 miles (118 kilometers) of fencing in Texas and California, and officials have said they also will seek $1.6 billion next year.

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Lakenheath F-15s intercept Russian fighters in new video

The Air Force on Friday released a video showing two recent instances in which F-15s deployed to Šiauliai Air Base, Lithuania, intercepted Russian Navy Su-30 Flankers near the Baltics.

The video compilation shows one encounter on Nov. 23 and another on Dec. 13. According to descriptions posted by the military, both incidents involved two Russian fighters in international airspace near the Baltics. In both encounters, the F-15s were scrambled because the Russians did not broadcast the codes required by air traffic control, and did not file a flight plan, the Air Force said.

The F-15s were from the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, which belongs to the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, and were participating in the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa said. Those airmen and fighters were deployed to the Lithuanian base for about four months.

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