BREAKING NEWS: Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with a Boeing 777 with 227 passengers and 12 crew aboard en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and the airline says it is working with authorities to locate the plane.
(by Joe Saunders, BizPacReview.com) -- Washington must have been getting boring already.
Not content with already setting a record for travels on the taxpayers’ credit card in 2013, Michelle Obama will be heading to the Far East for spring break with her two daughters and a boatload of Secret Service agents, aides and other publicly paid employees, The Associated Press reports.
While President Obamaheads in the other direction of the globe with a trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, the first lady will travel March 19-26 to the Chinese capital of Beijing as well as Xian in central China and Chengdu in the southwest, according to AP.
The spring break trip is being billed as partially diplomatic, with Obama scheduled to meet with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, but there’s no doubt going to be a fair amount of sight-seeing for the first lady, who’s probably felt cooped up in the White House ever since returning from that Hawaiian vacation all the way back in January.
In addition to her daughters, Michelle will be accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson, according to a White House statement.
The Chinese junket continues a pattern Mrs. Obama has followed since her husband’s election, with extravagant trips abroad or expensive vacations within the U.S. – like the girls’ spring break last year in Sun Valley, Idaho. Read more...
(Business Insider) -- It started with the Internet.
"One day," Jamie Edwards recalls, "I was looking on the Internet for radiation or other aspects of nuclear energy." (As one does.)
Through that search, he came across the story of Taylor Wilson, an American who, in 2008, had become the youngest person ever to build a nuclear-fusion reactor. Wilson was 14 at the time.
"I looked at it," Edwards says, and "thought 'that looks cool' and decided to have a go."
Edwards is 13. He is a student at the Priory Academy in Lancashire, in the U.K. He loves science—so much so that, as he told the Lancashire Evening Post, he used to try and steal his older brother Danny’s science homework. So that he could do that work himself. Read more via Business Insider...
(TheOtherMcCain.com) -- A Duke University freshman is offering the world a textbook lesson in what not to do if your college classmates find out you’re doing porn. Miriam Weeks attempted to “un-out” herself, giving an interview to theDuke Chronicle, which agreed to protect her anonymity despite the fact that word was out all over campus that she was getting boned on camera as “Belle Knox.” Then she wrote a confessional piece (as “Lauren A.”) for a feminist Web site that included this:
I am not ashamed of porn. On the contrary, doing pornography fulfills me. That said, I vehemently want to have my privacy respected — and I ask that anyone who knows my real name respect the fact that I am only discussing this publicly because it was made a public matter when I was confronted by a fraternity member who chose to tell hundreds of other men in the Greek scene.
Do you want to have your cake or eat it, Ms. Weeks? Because you cannot be “famous” as the Duke University porn star, claiming that you are unashamed to do what you do, and then demand that the world never mention your real name which — as you yourself say — is already known to hundreds of your fellow Duke University students, to say nothing of Google: Miriam Weeks is “Belle Knox.”
One cannot impose amnesia on the Internet by force of will.
The feminist sisterhood, however, has never cared much for facts or logic, and so Emily Shire at the Daily Beast stubbornly pretends that nobody knows who “Lauren” actually is:
Lauren’s challenge against her harassment as a porn actress reveals how pointless and shameful our stigmatization of adult film performers are. It hurts sex workers who love their careers and want to enjoy full lives outside of pornography. Worse, it may further hurt the sex workers who are subjugated and are too afraid to ask for help.
Lauren’s openness with her porn career raises many questions, but I fear people will only think to ask the wrong ones. We shouldn’t be wondering why a smart young woman with her whole life ahead of her would choose a career in porn. Instead, we should be wondering why it should preclude her from doing anything else she so chooses.
You see? It is not pornography which is “shameful,” Emily Shire tells us, rather it is “our stigmatization of adult film performers.” But what would Emily Shire (or, for that matter, Miriam Weeks) say about the “adult film” consumers? Shouldn’t we stigmatize guys who wank to porn? Does Emily Shire have any respect for those on the demand side of the porn industry’s supply-and-demand equation?
What about the commercial producers of pornography, who profit by commodifying sex on a worldwide scale?
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not advocating censorship, but I am advocatinghonesty about what manner of commerce is being transacted by Miriam Weeks. Legal though it may be, it is shameful from start to finish, and we ought not pretend otherwise.
You don’t see guys publicly declaring that they wank to porn. As shameless as he was, Anthony Weiner never claimed to be waging a courageous fight against the “stigmatization” of wanking. And you didn’t see anyone praise his “openness,” did you?
So, Duke University freshman Miriam Weeks from Spokane, Washington, is unashamed to be a “sex worker,” and evidently expects to be praised for this by her feminist comrades, because getting boned on camera is soempowering, you see:
I am a women’s studies major. I hope to be a lawyer — my dream is to be a women’s rights, civil rights lawyer. I’m really into writing, journalism. I’m kind of a creative person, which is a lot of the reason I like doing porn. I really am a person who values my family and my friends, and I am also really into spirituality. I like astrology, Zen, all of that.
(BetaBoston) -- Few notice the “spotter car” from Manny Sousa’s repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots, looking for vehicles whose owners have defaulted on their loans. Sousa’s unmarked car is part of a technological revolution that goes well beyond the repossession business, transforming any industry that wants to check on the whereabouts of ordinary people.
An automated reader attached to the spotter car takes a picture of every license plate it passes and sends it to a company in Texas that already has more than 1.8 billion plate scans from vehicles across the country.
These scans mean big money for Sousa — typically $200 to $400 every time the spotter finds a vehicle that’s stolen or in default — so he runs his spotter around the clock, typically adding 8,000 plate scans to the database in Texas each day.
“Honestly, we’ve found random apartment complexes and shopping plazas that are sweet spots” where the company can impound multiple vehicles, explains Sousa, the president of New England Associates Inc. in Bridgewater.
But the most significant impact of Sousa’s business is far bigger than locating cars whose owners have defaulted on loans: It is the growing database of snapshots showing where Americans were at specific times, information that everyone from private detectives to insurers are willing to pay for.
While public debate about the license reading technology has centered on how police should use it, business has eagerly adopted the $10,000 to $17,000 scanners with remarkably few limits.
At least 10 repossession companies in Massachusetts say they mount the scanners on spotter cars or tow trucks, and Digital Recognition Network of Fort Worth, Texas, claims to collect plate scans of 40 percent of all US vehicles annually. Read more...
A horrifying bus attack caught on tape shows two men shot by robbers trying to steal their money. They were reportedly on the bus after selling a van. The man and his son both died from the gunshot wounds.
(WND) -- Suppose you were a committed leftist revolutionary who somehow got elected president of center-right America.
Suppose you were great at making speeches, but little else. You masked your socialist agenda in the appealing rhetoric of fairness and justice, but secretly loathed the American system of constitutional government and free-market capitalism.
Suppose you were also an extreme narcissist with an absurdly grandiose view of yourself and almost no tolerance for criticism and disagreement. Your ego so fragile, your worldview so distorted, your mind so angry beneath your charismatic exterior, and your self-image of being a divinely gifted leader in danger of disintegrating in the light and heat of mounting geopolitical turmoil and your own stunning failures as president.
In short, suppose you were Barack Obama.
To “stay the course” you were on – of trampling the Constitution and forcing socialism on an unwilling America, despite plummeting disapproval and deafening calls for you to stop – you would need help. A very special and secret kind of help.
You would need Valerie Jarrett.
The March 2014 issue of WND’s acclaimed Whistleblower magazine, titled “THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN AMERICA,” tells the utterly astonishing story of the little-known woman in the White House the New York Times Magazine’s former editor-in-chief calls “in many ways the de facto president.”
Highlights of “THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN AMERICA” include:
- “The key to understanding Barack Obama” by Joseph Farah
- “The shadow president: Why top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett truly is ‘Obama’s Rasputin’” by David Kupelian
- “All in the (political) family: Obama’s Marxist mentor and Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod” by Paul Kengor
- “Who is Valerie Jarrett?” by Edward Klein, in which the former New York Times Magazine editor in chief says Jarrett “is in many ways the de facto president”
- “Bizarre czars in the White House” by Art Moore, on some of the most radical characters ever to populate the top level of executive branch, all recruited by Valerie Jarrett
- “Obama’s strange dependence on Valerie Jarrett” by Karin McQuillan, who explains, “When Obama looks at Jarrett, he sees himself as whole and good and real”
- “Valerie Jarrett’s radical roots” by John Perazzo, on why Obama picked someone with no diplomatic experience to secretly negotiate with Iran
- “Valerie Jarrett dating Muslim athlete”
- “The Benghazi scandal’s female factor” by By Frank J. Gaffney Jr., on the women that played big roles before and after the attack in Libya
- “Did Valerie Jarrett issue the order to stand down in Benghazi?”
- “White House planned the government shutdown” by Garth Kant, who reveals that
“Republicans walked into a trap set up by Valerie Jarrett and President Obama”
- “General blames ‘Night Stalker’ for military purge: Says mysterious adviser’s influence on Obama now negatively affecting U.S. armed forces” by F. Michael Maloof
- “The Jarrett File: What we know about Obama’s secretive adviser” by Andrew Stiles
- “Jarrett and Sebelius launch impassioned gay outreach” by Jerome R. Corsi, on the White House campaign to recruit LGBT people into Obamacare
- “Our bored president: ‘It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people’” by Ed Lasky
- “I agree with Valerie Jarrett” by Star Parker, who says “A woman’s health decisions ‘should be in her own hands’ – not Obama’s!”
“For those who thought they understood Obama, his agenda and his modus operandi,” said Whistleblower Editor David Kupelian, “all I can say is: Read ‘THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN AMERICA’ and your eyes shall be opened.” Read more via WND...
(ARIZONA REPUBLIC) Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are still refusing to disclose the names, criminal histories and whereabouts of more than 2,200 detainees the agency suddenly released a year ago.
Citing public-safety concerns, an array of public officials have demanded that ICE turn over details about the detainees, more than 300 of whom were set free in Arizona.
The officials include Gov. Jan Brewer; Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu; Arizona’s U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake; and several other members of Congress.
In this explosive interview, Alex talks to Tucker Carlson, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, on a multitude of topics concerning the current state of affairs both abroad and domestically.
Alex provides Carlson a hard-hitting crash course on the lies surrounding 9/11, covering everything from the stand-down of NORAD, the eyewitness accounts that run contrary to the official story and the bevy of evidence surrounding the implosion of Building 7:
Alex and Carlson also dive into the importance of the Second Amendment, Obama’s dictatorial power grab, the death of the mainstream media and the rising tide of libertarianism, as you can see with the complete interview here:
(Paul Joseph Watson) -- A senior lecturer at Indiana University was confronted by Department of Homeland Security officials after the federal agency obtained copies of her emails and began quizzing her about the details of her sex life.
The ACLU is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Christine Von Der Haar after she was detained by Customs and Border Patrol at at Indianapolis International Airport during an incident in 2012.
The sociology professor traveled to the airport merely to help her friend pick up some computer parts that had been shipped separately. Greek national Dimitris Papatheodoropoulos had already arrived in the country under a valid business visa which allowed him to enter and leave the United States for a period of 10 years.
Both Von Der Haar and Papatheodoropoulos were detained by DHS officers and bombarded with questions about their private lives, including whether they had shared sexual relations, with feds alleging that the two secretly conspired so that Papatheodoropoulos could stay in the country illegally.
“Given that Mr. Papatheodoropoulos had retained his hard drive that contained the emails, the only way that the Customs and Border Protection Agents could have reviewed the emails is for someone to have surreptitiously monitored the communications between Dr. Von Der Haar and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos and reported those communications to the agents questioning her,” states the lawsuit. “Defendant Lieba admitted that employees of the United States had read email communications between Dr. Von Der Haar and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos.”
Customs and Border Protection seized Papatheodoropoulos’ passport and commenced proceedings to remove him from the country, claiming he had misrepresented his intentions. After Papatheodoropoulos consulted with lawyers and the Greek Consulate in Chicago, the proceedings were halted and his passport was returned. Papatheodoropoulos left the country of his own volition in August 2012.
“CBP officers grossly exceeded their jurisdiction. Dr. Von Der Haar’s US citizenship was never questioned; she wasn’t trying to enter, leave, or ship and goods in or out of the country; and she was never accused of any crime. In general, immigration (as distinct from customs) offenses are handled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol, not CBP. We’re curious what basis CBP will claim for its officers’ authority to detain and interrogate Dr. Von Der Haar or obtain her email,” asks Papers Please.
Either the DHS is obtaining Americans’ emails via their own undeclared (and illegal) snoop program, or they are being aided by the National Security Agency or some other government entity.
This case is not the only example of the DHS harassing travelers over personal information that the feds have no business or legal justification to know. Read more via Infowars...
(ABC News) -- A family of four was hospitalized this week after eating meat contaminated with LSD, according to Tampa Police Department.
How the drug turned up in the family’s meal is under investigation, police said.
The family was hospitalized Monday evening with a unknown illness, police said. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office tested meat the family ate and found it laced with the drug. The family has been released from hospital care and is in good condition.
Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Health Department and the federal and Florida Department of Agriculture are investigating. Read more...
(CNS NEWS) -- Like a simple parlor trick, the networks are able to make skeptical scientists vanish, at least from the eyes of their viewers.
In some cases, the broadcast networks have failed to include such scientists for years, while including alarmist scientists within the past six months. ABC, CBS and NBC's lengthy omission of scientists critical of global warming alarmism propped up the myth of a scientific consensus, despite the fact that many scientists and thousands of peer-reviewed studies disagree.
Neither CBS nor ABC have included a skeptical scientists in their news shows within the past 1,300 days, but both networks included alarmists within the past 160 days -- CBS as recently as 22 days ago. When the networks did include other viewpoints, the experts were dismissed as "out of the scientific mainstream" or backed by "oil and coal companies."
The networks were able to promote the myth that there is a scientific consensus for man-made, catastrophic climate change by including climate alarmists much more often than skeptical scientists and by challenging the credentials of the skeptics that they did include.
(Fox News) -- Russia raised the stakes in its conflict with Crimea Friday, reportedly seizing a Ukrainian military base on the peninsula and beginning large-scale air defense drills.
Witnesses say Russian troops broke through the gate of a missile defense base with a military vehicle, trying to break into a command post, but no shots were fired, Interfax Ukraine reported Friday.
Initial Reuters reports said the truck had pushed through the gates of a post in the city of Sevastopol, but there were no signs of damage. There was conflicting information about the circumstances of the raid.
A Ukrainian military official, Vladislav Seleznyov, told Reuters the armed men took over the base without any shooting and no one appeared hurt. Another Ukrainian official told Reuters at the post that he was now mediating between Ukrainian forces and the armed group inside. Read more...
The millionaire attorney funding a ‘spoiled’ cheerleader’s lawsuit against her own parents let the teenager drink in his house, threw ‘alcoholic parties’ and apparently allowed her to have her first drop of booze, according to court documents.
When Rachel Canning was a 15-year-old freshman she got so drunk on vodka at Jon Inglesino’s home that she was sick all over the sidewalk and into a garbage can after her dad Sean picked her up for a basketball game.
And according to the Canning family, Inglesino’s wife Amy gave Rachel and her friends wine coolers in the back of a limo bound for New York on her daughter’s 15th birthday.
(by John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal) -- Former IRS official Lois Lerner testifying to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last May. She cited the Fifth Amendment at a congressional hearing yesterday.
A former Internal Revenue Service official who declined to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing the Fifth Amendment, gave a full interview to the Justice Department, her lawyer said.
That’s raising questions among Republican lawmakers, who wonder whether her choice to talk to Justice reflects a lack of concern about the DOJ probe. They also question the propriety of letting her avoid questions by lawmakers when she is answering DOJ’s.
The comments by Lois Lerner‘s attorney “cast further doubt on the seriousness of the Justice Department’s so-called investigation of IRS targeting, as well as the legal basis of Ms. Lerner’s refusal to testify before Congress,” said Frederick Hill, a spokesman for committee Republicans. “There is a clear contradiction between refusing to testify based on a supposed fear of prosecution and talking to the prosecutors.”
The Justice Department declined to comment.
(CTV News) -- [...] The soldiers who were participating in military exercises in Canada have been expelled from the country, as Ottawa continues to denounce Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, CTV News has learned. A government source confirmed that the soldiers were informed Thursday afternoon that they had 24 hours to leave Canada.
Six of the soldiers were in Saint-Jean, Que., where they were leaning English and French. Another two soldiers were participating in a training program at CFB Gagetown, and the ninth soldier was teaching Canadian soldiers Russian in Gatineau, Que. Lawmakers in Crimea voted unanimously Thursday to leave Ukraine and join Russia. They have scheduled a referendum for March 16 so voters can weigh in on the decision. The vote was denounced by the international community.
In his statement, Harper once again criticized Russia’s incursion into the Crimean peninsula as “an act of aggression, a clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, and of international law.
“Canada will not recognize a referendum held in a region currently under illegal military occupation. We will continue to view the situation in Ukraine with the gravest concern and will continue to cooperate closely with our G-7 partners and like-minded allies,” the prime minister said in a statement.
Later, after question period, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said “you can’t have a valid referendum in 10 days.” “It’s unacceptable and it’s wrong and we won’t recognize it,” he told reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons.
Read more: CTV
(by Paul Joseph Watson) -- Under the sweeping language of President Barack Obama’s executive order issued today, critics of the US-backed coup in Ukraine could find themselves being banned from entering the United States.
The executive order suspends “entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of such persons” who fulfil the following criteria;
“[A]ny person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:
(i) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, any of the following:
(A) actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine.
As CNS News’ Craig Bannister notes, this would effectively ban entry for anyone deemed to be a ‘Russian sympathizer’, or anyone who has expressed a view similar to Moscow, which was that the Kiev uprising was a violent coup d’état and not a democratic uprising, since that could easily be characterized as an indirect action or policy which undermines Ukraine’s post-coup government.
By extrapolation, this would mean anyone who has drawn attention to the mountain of evidence that the Kiev protest groups were funded by the U.S. State Department in concert with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US government-backed National Endowment for Democracy.
It would also ensnare anyone who has highlighted the leaked phone call in which US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland was caught red handed plotting with top diplomat Geoffrey Pyatt to pick Ukraine’s future puppet leaders. Nuland specifically approved Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who later became Prime Minister after the coup.
The executive order could also target critics of the fact that both Nuland and John McCain met with the leader of the neo-nazi affiliated Svoboda Party before the election, an organization that was subsequently handed three top positions within the newly formed Ukrainian government despite its clear links to fascism and anti-Semitism.
The irony of Washington targeting anyone who took actions to “undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine” is painful given that the Kiev revolt led directly to the overthrow of a democratically elected government.
The broad language of the executive order is also a chilling move towards discriminating against people for their political opinions. Obama is seemingly intent on mirroring the United Kingdom, where people like radio host Michael Savage are banned from entering the country and labeled “extremists” for daring to dissent from political correctness. Read more...
(by Kris Zane, WCJ) -- Iranian billionaire Pierre Omidyar has access to a staggering fifty thousand top secret NSA files that contain dossiers on world leaders and may even include files on U.S. politicians and judges.
How did Omidyar gain access to this information? Simple. He paid Glenn Greenwald, who holds the huge cache of Edward Snowden’s NSA documents, a staggering two hundred and fifty million dollars. On paper, Omidyar is funding Greenwald’s new media “empire”—which consists of one small website that churns out an article every few days—but it essentially looks like a quid pro quo for access to America’s secrets.
Omidyar is also up to other nefarious activities: financial documents obtained by Mark Ames of PandoDaily show Omidyar bankrolled the Ukrainian coup d’état, overthrowing democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych.
Because of Omidyar’s revolution, Russia has invaded the Ukraine, which has led to a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia and may lead to an actual war—even a nuclear war!
Why did Omidyar bankroll a revolution that he knew would strain relations between Russia and the United States? With his access to tens of thousands of documents containing top secret NSA files, is he in fact trying to destabilize the United States, blackmail the United States, or possibly even bring down the United States?
Perhaps it is time to open a congressional investigation into the activities of Pierre Omidyar.
Watch Western Center for Journalism’s exclusive video for all the details.
(Independent Women) -- The late actress’s former bodyguard and an active memorabilia collector William Castleberry claims that he has the only copy of the tape which features a sexual encounter between Marilyn Monroe, former US president John F Kennedy and his brother Robert F Kennedy.
Nobody has ever seen the tape but it was set to hit the auction block yesterday, Huffington Post reports.
Castleberry claims he has kept the footage private out of respect for his friend, Monroe’s ex-husband and baseball star Joe DiMaggio.
Castleberry's ownership of the tape was threatened recently as it was among the items seized and sent to auction as a means of helping him pay off a $200,000 court judgment against him. Read more...
A mother in Fort Mill, S.C., held a 23-year-old man at gunpoint until police arrived after she discovered he was having sex with her 15-year-old daughter.
Though it was only a BB rifle, the man is lucky she fought the urge to start shooting. The mom, whose identity is being withheld to protect her daughter, said she just might have started shooting if the man hadn’t lied to her and said he was only 17.
“If I knew he was 23 at the time, I probably would have pulled this BB gun and shot him,” she told WBTV.