President Declares Intent to Sign a National Emergency Over Border

From Reuters

“I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said from the Rose Garden of the White House.

“We have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable,” he said.

The president said he would sign the authorizing paperwork later in the day in the Oval Office…

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat, swiftly responded to Trump’s declaration.

“The president’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution,” they said in a statement. “The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.”

The president acknowledged that his order would face a lengthy legal challenge. “We’ll win in the Supreme Court,” Trump said…

Speaker Pelosi had previously threatened that the next Democrat President could declare gun violence a national emergency while Rep. Cleaver of Missouri said that such a President could declare climate change or income inequality as national emergencies.

“A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”

…”Let’s talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said. “That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.

“But a Democratic president can do that.”

 

Washington Strikes Back Event, Feb. 19, 2019 -Yakima

From the Washington Strikes Back Facebook page:

Do you believe in the constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Do you stand with Yakima County Sheriff Bob Udell’s position that I-1639 is unconstitutional? Do you believe that WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s endorsement and support of I-1639 was wrong, a violation of his oath, a violation of the US and WA Constitution(s), and that he overstepped the authority of his office?

If you wish to take action, join fellow patriotic Washington citizens, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 pm, for our concerned citizens’ event. (Yakima Convention Center)

MAKE a stand and hear how you can make a difference.

LEARN how you can stand with our constitutions.

HOLD AG Ferguson accountable.

Free admission. Coffee and water provided.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PST

Yakima Convention Center

10 N 8th St, Yakima, Washington 98901

Burning Platform: 2019 From a Fourth Turning Perspective

William Strauss and Neil Howe (both historians, among other things) wrote a book in 1997 called The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy — What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny — which introduced what is now called Strauss-Howe Generational Theory. According to that theory, there is a four stage cycles of eras, called turnings, which repeat in cycles of approximately 80-100 years, the fourth of which is the Crisis turning, an era of destruction and revolution. The theory has its critics as well as proponents, so, as with everything, use your think-thingy. The following is an excerpt from a lengthy article on The Burning Platform titled 2019 From a Fourth Turning Perspective, which gives some overview of the theory and applies it to world and US events.

“An impasse over the federal budget reaches a stalemate. The president and Congress both refuse to back down, triggering a near-total government shutdown. The president declares emergency powers. Congress rescinds his authority. Dollar and bond prices plummet. The president threatens to stop Social Security checks. Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. Default looms. Wall Street panics.” – The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe

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Strauss and Howe wrote their book in 1996. They were not trying to be prophets of doom, but observers of history able to connect events through human life cycles of 80 or so years. Using critical thinking skills and identifying the most likely triggers for crisis: debt, civic decay, and global disorder, they were able to anticipate scenarios which could drive the next crisis, which they warned would arrive in the mid-2000 decade. The scenario described above is fairly close to the current situation, driven by the showdown between Trump and the Democrats regarding the border wall.

It has not reached the stage where all hell breaks loose, but if it extends until the end of January and food stamp money is not distributed to 40 million people (mostly in urban ghettos) all bets are off. The likelihood of this scenario is small, but there are numerous potential triggers which could still make 2019 go down in history as a year to remember.

As we enter the eleventh year of this Fourth Turning, the fourth Crisis period in U.S. history, the mood of U.S. citizens and citizens around the globe continues to darken. Fourth Turnings are driven by generational configuration and the emotional reaction to events by the Prophet generation leaders, Nomad generation spearheads, and Hero generation cannon fodder.

As we close out this year, stock markets are gyrating wildly, central bankers are trying to reverse their nine years of interventionist strategies to sustain the establishment, civil chaos spreads across the European continent, saber rattling between the U.S., Russia and China increases, the animosity between political parties reaches new heights, the Deep State relentlessly pursues their Mueller led coup against Trump, mega-social media corporations tighten their grip on free speech by silencing conservatives, leftists push their socialist, open borders, normalizing degeneracy agenda, and global recession gains momentum as trade declines and global debt reaches unserviceable levels…

Click here to read the entire article at The Burning Platform.

Patriotman on American Partisan has his own take on the article, The Fourth Turning & The Future, As I See It:

…I think that the article was very closely aligned with my fears. The biggest threats we face as a country are all intertwined (thus, don’t consider this a ranked list) and are: civil unrest due to a growing divide between ideologies, economic slowdowns due to massive debt and employment trends, and outside challenge of the unipolar world by China and Russia.

I don’t think that any of these are the causation for the others, but if I was forced to choose it would be the differing of ideologies that is driving the other two. The urban and rural divide has always been present obviously, but the obvious disconnect between the coastal elites in their ivory towers and those in the hinterlands seems unsolvable at the moment. The problem mostly lies with the former as the latter would like nothing more than for everyone to be left alone by everyone else. It is the liberal elites who insist on forcing their culture, norms, and ideology on those conservatives in rural America and continually try to remake the system in their permanent favor. They attack our religion, our culture, and our lifestyle because they do not approve of it…

 

 

AIER: The Real Problem Is the Politicization of Everything

Kai Weiss at the American Institute for Economic Research has a nice, short article on the problems of over-politicization and the solution thereto – The Real Problem Is the Politicization of Everything. Unfortunately, at least one of the sides will reject the idea of a less-intrusive state.

…This is a problem the great C.S. Lewis also saw when he mused that we should focus on “a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him.” Meanwhile, “economies, politics, law, armies, and institutions, save insofar as they prolong and multiply such scenes, are a mere ploughing the sand and sowing the ocean, a meaningless vanity and vexation of the spirit. Collective activities are, of course, necessary, but this is the end to which they are necessary.”

So what is a possible way out of this conundrum? A multitude of proposals have been made to detoxicate today’s climate, and it would frankly be pretentious for me to claim to know the solution. Nonetheless, one surefire way, as friends of liberty will quickly point out, is to get politics out of our lives. As Kristian Niemietz notes, “The most obvious antidote to a dysfunctional, adversarial political culture is just to do less politics.”

What does that require? It necessitates a dramatic reduction in the size and scope of the state, the building of a wall between the state (so long as it exists) and the rest of our lives, and the restoration of the conviction that society works best when it is left alone. In other words, we need desperately to resurrect the vision of classical liberalism and draw lessons from its modern heirs in the libertarian tradition…

To regain civility in human interactions and finally treat other human beings as human beings again, we would do well to get politics out of human affairs.

Click here to read the entire article at AIER.org.

We the Governed: AG Ferguson’s Persecution of Tim Eyman

Glen Morgan at We the Governed has an interesting article up, detailing some of the vindictive strangeness of Attorney General Ferguson’s case against Washington state initiative backer Tim Eyman — AG Ferguson’s Persecution of Tim Eyman, Eyman’s Plea, and a Creepy AG Employee.

…Depending on how one views Eyman’s successful initiatives over the years, they have reduced the amount average citizens would have paid on their taxes by close to $40 billion over 20 years (see link here).  Since Eyman is so clearly a guy identified with depriving the state of this cash which they could have squandered by now, then the wrath and resources of the state is focused entirely against this one guy

…this current case is unique in almost every measure.  In THIS case, unlike every other campaign finance case filed by the AG in Washington State’s history, the state is uniquely concentrating the full force of the government to destroy one man over violations that are commonly made by many of AG Ferguson’s campaign donors and allies.  There is no proportionality in this lawsuit against Eyman compared to the violations that he may or may not have committed.

How many regular people would think the AG is being fair or honest in the Eyman case?

Here are just a few unique elements to the Eyman case:

  • State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has stated from the beginning that he would never settle this lawsuit with Tim Eyman.  For context, the State settled with the Green River killer, but they will “never settle” with Tim Eyman.
  • Ferguson has spent more on pleadings, staff costs, and investigative costs on this case than any other campaign finance case in state history. (See article for reference here)
  • The level of harassment against Eyman is unique in the AG’s history.  For example, tossing out Eyman’s attorney using the fact the AG is the only creditor in Eyman’s bankruptcy court hearing to force his attorneys to resign and the unique legal attacks targeting Eyman’s wife.
  • The AG (and PDC before them) did not even bother to meet or contact his treasurer (the guy legally responsible for the reporting) for the first few years of this investigation (normally this is the first person they would interview in this type of case), and this failure to meet with the treasurer was particularly tragic because the treasurer, Stan Long, died in a car accident two years after this case started.  There was plenty of time for the state to have interviewed the guy. They did not because they don’t care about the truth. Their focus is only on stopping Eyman.
  • The AG has planned 35 3rd party depositions on supporters of Eyman.  This has NEVER happened in any other campaign finance case.
  • When Eyman’s attorneys have tried to reach out to the AG to ask for a settlement demand (See here), the AG refused to respond and just went to the media.  See article here.
  • Unique in the history of campaign finance lawsuits, the AG wants to deny Tim his rights to participate in the political process with a lifetime ban for participating with initiatives – the only thing he has done for the past 20 years. (for more on this you can read an editorial published by a small paper in Washington State – the Leavenworth Echo (linked here). The AG tried to convince the paper to change their article, which, to the credit of this paper, they refused (linked here)…

…The AG has played pat-a- cake litigation with everyone from the Spokane County Democratic Committee to the Democrat Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (see partial list here for comparative examples) who also violated the campaign finance laws and the AG never bothered to harass these people in this way.  Not even close… Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson appears to be using his office to settle personal vendettas and to assist him with political payback for his friends… 

Click here to read the entire article at We the Governed.

Yakima Herald: Klickitat County Sheriff Won’t Enforce New Gun Law

Joining the growing chorus of Sheriffs and law enforcement chiefs against the laws passed in Initiative 1639, now Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer comes out to say he won’t enforce it, either. here an excerpt from the Yakima Herald’s article Drawing a line: Klickitat County sheriff says he won’t enforce Washington’s new gun law. While residents of Seattle and Olympia were only too happy to vote away the rights of others, most of the rest of the state voted against the initiative, giving yet more reason to separate into a new state.

Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer says he’s not enforcing the state’s new initiative that places stiff requirements on the sale and ownership of semiautomatic rifles such as AR-15s, calling it unconstitutional.

“I think it’s a bad law and I think it violates people’s rights,” he said. “This law will do nothing to stop crime or do anything to make our communities safer. But what it will do is make criminals out of our honest citizens.”…

Not all law enforcement agencies in the state are taking a stance as hard as Songer’s. But many are concerned about the constitutionality of the measure and the additional workload enhanced background checks will bring when the initiative takes effect in July, said Steven Strachan, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and Republic Police Chief Loren Culp announced shortly after the November general election that they wouldn’t enforce the new law…

In November, the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging the constitutionality of I-1639…

Click here to read the entire article at Yakima Herald.

Related:

Wahkiakum Sheriff, Citing Constitution, Says He Won’t Enforce I-1639

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Won’t Actively Enforce I-1639

Washington Sheriff [Ferry County] Vows to Not Enforce I-1639

Police Chief Instructs Officers Not to Enforce I-1639 Gun Regulations

 

WA GOAL Post 2019-3

From the Washington Gun Owners’ Action League:

GOAL Post 2019-3

Legislative Update from Olympia 28 January 2019

HEARINGS ON TV WASHINGTON

NEW GUN BILLS FILED

ACTION ON BILLS

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

MY TRAVEL SCHEDULE

If watching the hearings in Olympia didn’t bring the message home, in today’s world, feelings and emotions beat facts and logic every time. The
one with the most emotional testimony wins.I’ve been watching that for 24 years. The link below goes to last Monday’s Senate Law & Justice hearing: Senate Law & Justice hearing, Monday, 21 January: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2019011158

I know that everyone reading this message knows the difference between a democracy and a republic, but in case it slipped your mind…A democracy is mob rule: the issue or the side with the most votes wins. Five wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.A republic is governed by a constitution which places limits on the democracy, (i.e. the lamb has an
AR-15.) There are certain things where a simple democratic majority does NOT win.

Theoretically the Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, no matter what the democratic legislature votes.“Shall not be infringed.” (2A)“Shall not be impaired.” (1/24)That seems pretty clear, but many legislators are constitutionally illiterate. Read the dictionary definitions of “infringed” and “impaired.”

That’s where the Supreme Court (federal and state) step in to ensure the constitution is followed.Sometimes.

Is a 10-round magazine limit an infringement?An impairment? Try SEVEN rounds under current New York State law.Or FIVE, as is being proposed in Oregon right now. (I can see the look on all you smug revolver shooters’ faces.)

Only four new gun bills were filed last week, all in the House.HB 1319, by Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-49), prohibits firearms at all public meetings
of a city, county or other governing body. HB 1346 by Rep.Gerry Pollett (D-46), would ban the transfer of any lead-based or lead core ammunition to anyone under the age of 21 – there go your junior rifle programs (all to prevent lead contamination and protect the chilluns, of course). HB 1374 by Rep. Macri (D-43), repeals state preemption in its entirety.—stand by for every city to enact a multitude of gun laws including restrictions on where and when you can carry firearms – with or without a CPL. The cities have been fighting this since it passed 30+ years ago.Good luck making it from one corner of the state to another without violating SOMEONE’s gun law.  And HB 1381 BY Rep. Mike Pellicciotti (D-3), which prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs – drones) to deliver contraband to anyone in lawful detention – from guns to drugs to cellphones to anything they declare as contraband.

Several bills passed out of their original policy committee, generally with amended versions (substitutes) offered, and now sit in their respective Rules committees, awaiting a pull to the chamber floor for a full floor vote. These include:HB 1010 (destruction of forfeited firearms), SB 5027 (extreme risk protection orders – substitute passed), SB 5061 (undetectable firearms – substitute passed), SB 5062 (high capacity magazine ban – substitute passed), SB 5143 (firearm seizure in DV cases – substitute passed) and SB 5174 (CPL training requirement – substitute passed that allows NRA or similar courses to qualify). These bills all now await a floor vote.

Public hearings are also scheduled for several bills. The House Civil Rights & Justice Committee will conduct public hearings on HB 1315 (CPL training) on 29 January at 10:00 a.m. and on HBs 1319 (open carry/public meetings) and 1346 (lead ammo ban) on February 1^st at 10:00 a,m. Senate Higher Ed will conduct a public hearing on SB 5150 (college safety officers) at 1:30 p.m. on 31 January.Senate Law & Justice will hear SBs 5181 (firearm possession/mental health) and 5205 (incompetent to stand trial) at 10:00 a.m. on 29 January.

Action has yet to be taken on several more bills that have already had public hearings.Their time will come!It frequently means there is back-room negotiating going on to amend the bills after testimony.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP Senn (D-41) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1022Prohibiting handgun sale data base Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1024Prohibiting gun owner data base Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1038Authorizing armed school personnel Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1068 High capacity magazine ban Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1073 Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB1097 Repeals firearm confidentiality waivers Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB1098 Repeals penalties/unsafe storage of firearms Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1203 Reporting lost or stolen firearms Doglio (D-22) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB1225 Firearms/domestic violence Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1286 Assault weapon ban Peterson (D-21) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1315 CPL training requirement Lovick (D-44) H.CR&7J OPPOSE

HB 1319 Open carry prohibited at public meetings Wylie (D-49 ) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1346 Lead ammo ban for “youth” Pollett (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1381 Use of UAVs to deliver contraband Pellicciotti (D-30) H.PunSaf NEUTRAL

SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers Van De Wege S.L&J SUPPORT

SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18 Frockt (D-46) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL

SSB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE

SSB 5062 High capacity magazine ban Kuderer (D-48) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL

SB5099 Target shooting on DNR land Sheldon (D-35) S.Ag SUPPORT

SSB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5150 College safety/officers weapons Wilson (R-17) S.HiEd SUPPORT

SB 5172 Firearm training/gun bill sponsors Fortunato (R-39) S.StGov SUPPORT

SSB 5174 Training for CPL issue Palumbo (D-1) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health Kuderer (D-48) S.L&J OPPOSE

SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE

SB 5340 Assault weapons ban Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE

SB 5434 New gun free zones Wilson (D-30) S.L&J OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill.L&J = Law & Justice, CR&J = Civil Rights and Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means“S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

29 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg

10:00 a.m. HB 1315

29 Jan Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg

10:00 a.m. SBs 5181 and 5205

31 Jan Senate Higher Ed Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg

1:30 p.m. SB 5150

1 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg

10:00 a.m. HBs 1319 and 1346

21 Jan Senate Law & Justice Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg

10:00 a.m. SBs 5061, 5062, 5143, 5174

22 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, John L. Bldg

10:00a.m HBs 1024, 1068, 1203, 1225

24 Jan Senate Agriculture Committee, John A. Cherberg Bldg.

1:30 p.m. SB 5099

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE:You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993.Also toll free!!!

1-800-562-6000TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov <http://www.leg.wa.gov>”. Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format.You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com). You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573.Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/(you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at
the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill.The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line 24/7 , to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “goalwa@cox.net ” <mailto:goalwa@cox.net>. Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights. Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s). PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL.I can be reached at “joewaldron@cox.net” <mailto:joewaldron@cox.net>or by telephone at (425) 985-4867. Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals.Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Puyallup (Pavilion) 23-24 February

Puyallup 30-31 March

 

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

Article 1, Section 24

Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2019 Gun Owners Action League of WA

Technology and Avoiding Censorship

The world of news reporting has been metamorphosing since the Internet became easily available. Print journalism is dying. The newspaper and magazine news sources that have survived have moved onto the internet to some extent, though they may still have a print presence. But the Internet is a funny place, and it, and dwindling financials, have changed those venerable news dinosaurs. Making profits became dependent upon Internet advertising which was measured by ad views or ad clicks. It became more important to these institutions to have stories that received more views rather than stories of deep substance, not that the two are mutually exclusive. Inevitably, the businesses started catering to specific audiences or demographics, posting stories and headlines that would invite those users to click into the article to view the ads. Once proud institutions like the New York Times have become more of a television sitcom, where the stories are played to a captive audience with implied “applause” and “laughter” cue cards. CNN is more like People magazine than a news network.

Speaking of television, much the same has happened to news sources there. As viewers switched from advertising-supported television channels (or paid cable channels) to watching shows and reading news on the Internet, the financial support of the captive television audience dwindled. As that revenue dwindled, television companies had less money with which to subsidize their news. When once news was a point of pride of the stations that they gladly subsidized, the broadcasters now had to compete for advertising revenue for their news shows. These causes likewise led to a similar chasing after of sensational headlines as was occurring in the Internet space.

In short, the mainstream media news sources have turned into a wasteland as far as actual news goes. Instead they relay stories that will play well with their respective cash-cow herds. Or they run stories that are profitable for them to air, either because they are paid to do so or to ingratiate themselves with government agencies or corporations in order to have access or the personal prestige of being seen with later (for those persons high up enough in the pseudo-news organization). It is well documented, for instance, that the CIA has for decades worked with news organizations of all kinds in order to either relay or suppress the stories or propaganda that they want to shape public opinion. This is no less true for many large corporations and political parties who actively work with these organizations for their own propagandistic ends.

It should be no surprise to anyone, then, that people have turned to alternative news sources. This is a great danger to the power of all those organizations currently involved in mainstream news organizations – i.e. government agencies, political parties, corporations, foreign entities, etc. Controlling the media is a way to control the people. People cannot get angry over something that they never hear about, or better yet, they can’t believe anything that the media is portraying as laughable. Because people are, indeed, looking for real news, these interests are doing their best to prevent alternative news sources or at least people’s access to these sources.

In the past several months, we’ve seen many alternative news voices as well as individual users banned from various Internet social media platforms which they used to communicate with the people who followed them – a process called de-platforming. Because these social media platforms are owned by private corporations there is no first amendment violation, even when some of the corporations are counseled by advisory entities with close government ties. Little justification is given for these deplatformings other than vague mumblings from the corporations about hate speech, extremism, insults, Russian spies, and so forth. The corporations are under no obligation, currently, to provide any truth. They say something the content creator did violated their terms of use and that is the end.  So far these deplatforming actions have been overwhelming against conservative voices, though not entirely so.

Continue reading “Technology and Avoiding Censorship”

SHTFPlan: Gov’t Shutdown Proves Americans Unprepared

From Mac Slavo at SHTFplan.com, Brutal Reality: Government Shutdown Is Proving Americans Are NOT Prepared For A Recession.

The brutal reality is that most Americans are not prepared for the next economic downturn or recession. The government shutdown is highlighting just how much Americans rely on others as opposed to themselves, and how little they have saved for an emergency.

According to the newest op-ed article by Market Watch, the government shutdown is perfectly proving that Americans are not prepared for a financial disaster of any kind, let alone an economic recession. Many have long assumed that the government (which as we all know is almost $22 trillion in debt) will be using their money (stolen funds aka, taxation) to bail out those who get themselves into trouble. But the shutdown is proving just how little the government actually does and just how financially illiterate many Americans have allowed themselves to become.

Almost 60% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings for a rainy day fund or an immediate emergency. It’s been ten years since the Great Recession left many Americans jobless with no money, and it appears most have learned nothing. The government shutdown serves as a painful warning and preview for what will happen once unemployment rises from 50-year lows.  Americans are far too dependent on others, including the government, for their survival.

Within just a few weeks into the government shutdown, people are struggling to cope. We hear stories about people turning to food banks to feed their families. We hear stories about people who are in dire straits because they can’t get loans. We hear stories about people who can’t pay their mortgages. That’s not even one month into the shutdown. –Market Watch

Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, including those who work for the government…

Read the entire article at SHTF Plan.

Largest List of Hacked Email Addresses and Passwords Exposed – Jan. 2019

I’m reposting this here to make sure people see it. You can see if your email is on the list by going to http://haveibeenpwned.com and putting in your email address. It will tell you if your email is on this list or any others in the past. I went through the emails of a couple dozen friends and family and found a few on the list and let them know, so you probably all interact with someone whose email password may be floating out on the internet. From security researcher Troy Hunt:

Many people will land on this page after learning that their email address has appeared in a data breach I’ve called “Collection #1”. Most of them won’t have a tech background or be familiar with the concept of credential stuffing so I’m going to write this post for the masses and link out to more detailed material for those who want to go deeper.

Let’s start with the raw numbers because that’s the headline, then I’ll drill down into where it’s from and what it’s composed of. Collection #1 is a set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows. It’s made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources. (And yes, fellow techies, that’s a sizeable amount more than a 32-bit integer can hold.)

In total, there are 1,160,253,228 unique combinations of email addresses and passwords. This is when treating the password as case sensitive but the email address as not case sensitive. This also includes some junk because hackers being hackers, they don’t always neatly format their data dumps into an easily consumable fashion. (I found a combination of different delimiter types including colons, semicolons, spaces and indeed a combination of different file types such as delimited text files, files containing SQL statements and other compressed archives.)

The unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991. This is the headline you’re seeing as this is the volume of data that has now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). It’s after as much clean-up as I could reasonably do and per the previous paragraph, the source data was presented in a variety of different formats and levels of “cleanliness”. This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP…

Read the entire article at Troy Hunt.

China: 100 Christians Snatched in Raids on Underground Church

From South China Morning Post, 100 Christians snatched in overnight raids on underground Chinese church. China has begun harshly cracking down on churches this year, with an estimated 100,000 Christians arrested in 2018 compared to 3.700 in 2017. Churches are required to mount facial recognition cameras on the pulpit directed toward the congregation so that they can be monitored by the government.

About 100 worshippers at an unofficial church in southwestern China were snatched from their homes or from the streets in coordinated raids which began on Sunday evening.

Chinese authorities targeted members of the Early Rain Covenant Church across various districts of Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, in what appeared to be an effort to close down one of the country’s most prominent Protestant house churches…

“The police said our church is an illegal organisation and we cannot attend any more gatherings from now on.”

The Early Rain Covenant Church is one of China’s few unofficial house churches – Christian assemblies that operate without state sanction – and this is not the first time Wang and other members of the church have been detained.

While most of China’s Protestant house churches operate underground to avoid attracting official attention and control, the Early Rain congregation openly practises its faith, posting sermons online and evangelising on the streets.

Many house churches have been closed this year in China’s harshest religious suppression in decades…

 

 

California Wildfire Housing Crisis

In what could be a preview of they type of crisis that may be seen in the event of a CSZ earthquake in Washington or Oregon, California is facing a humanitarian crisis in the wake of recent wild fires. Tens of thousands have been evacuated from their homes and 26,000 Paradise residents are now homeless. Norovirus has broken out in three different evacuation shelters. Zero Hedge has consolidated information from several sources in “Situation Growing Worse With Every Passing Day”: Cali Wildfire Sparks New Housing Crisis.

Making things worse, norovirus has broken out in at least three evacuation shelters, requiring isolation tents to try and contain its spread.

As the Sacramento Bee notes – “the situation is growing worse with each passing day.”

Enafaye Nine-Rowe, a member of Chico California Conservation Corps, and California Air National Guard Sgt. Manghirmalani walk past an isolation tent at East Ave Church in Chico on Friday. Daniel Kim dkim@sacbee.com

This is on an order of magnitude beyond what we thought was one of the worst disaster recoveries we would be faced with,” said Kelly Huston, deputy director of governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Emergency Services.

After the Camp Fire erased most of the town of Paradise, destroying more than 9,800 residences, emergency services officials are dealing with what some say is an escalating humanitarian crisis with no quick solutions. Some evacuees will be able to return to unburned homes. Most, now hunkered in hotels, staying with family and friends, or stuck in evacuation centers or unauthorized camps, have no home to return to, and are left wondering where their future lies. –Sacramento Bee

“Wallywood”

Many residents have turned to makeshift communities where sanitation and safety are top concerns. In particular, hundreds of evacuees have been squatting at a camp in a Walmart parking lot, “a ramshackle village some inhabitants call Wallywood, a sardonic mash-up of their location and reduced circumstances,” reports the Bee.

Prepping for Brexit

Will Brexit (the British exit from the European Union) prove to be a learning event for preppers? Only time will tell if those stocking up for shortages post-Brexit will appear foolish when nothing happens, or if they will be sitting pretty while those around them scramble for the last can of sardines in the grocery. British food author Jack Monroe has written a piece on her blog about how she is preparing for Brexit by stockpiling food, and what and why she is storing. Here’s an excerpt from What (And Why) I’m Stockpiling For Brexit. She helpfully includes a limited amount of nutritional information for many of the items, though I am not familiar with the “grim” nutrient ascribed to dried cheese.

…I have just finished writing my next cookbook, Tin Can Cook, which I pitched to my publisher as ‘the post-Brexit apocalyptic cookbook’. I wasn’t joking. On news of its announcement a few weeks ago, it went straight into the Top Ten on Amazon. People emailed me asking what they should be stockpiling for Brexit. I filed their emails in a folder and put my head back in the sand.

And then yesterday, I cleared the shelves of my 20 foot outhouse in the garden. Today I went online to my Asda account, and ordered tins of food. Many, many tins of food. Because if you want to stockpile for Brexit, if you share my concerns about potential food shortages, lorries backed up on motorways, hold-ups at the borders, delays, rotting fruit and vegetables, and lesser availability of fresh food, you may have started stockpiling yourself. I have heard from many people who have been putting a tin or two to one side ‘just in case’.

I am writing this not to alarm anyone, and not to cause any kind of food crisis. To address some of the common criticisms of stockpiling; suddenly buying a lot of tinned tomatoes probably won’t make the price go up any more. Supermarkets are ridiculously competitive with one another about the prices on their basic items, and if you aren’t greedy, you should leave enough for everyone else. Supermarket ordering systems are reactive and reflective – I worked in a supermarket many years ago – and the stock adjusts according to buying patterns and popularity. Overstock is stored in a massive warehouse usually the size of the store itself. Stocking up now gives supermarkets time to replenish and recover their stock, so that come March, we won’t all be fighting over the same tin of tomatoes in the aisle. Hopefully.

In the event that all is fine and dandy and we were all just being cautious, well, hoorah for that. I’ll take the punch on the nose from the trolls who will crow that I was a paranoid leftwing remoaner – I’d rather be prepared than starving, after all. And if the stockpile isn’t needed, I’ll donate it to the Trussell Trust, and you can do the same. Or gradually munch your way through it and enjoy not having to spend any money on your food shop for a while! I mean, they’re tins, they’re hardly likely to go off…

Click here to read the entire piece at Cooking on a Bootstrap.

Forward Observer: Left Wing Outlets Push “Abolish the Senate” Message

From Forward Observer, Left wing outlets push “Abolish the Senate” message:

“Abolish the Senate.”

There’s growing sentiment in left wing circles that to achieve fairness in politics, the Senate should be abolished. (I’ll explain how in a moment…)

This opinion’s been published in left wing outlets like ThinkProgress, GQ, Washington Post, Jacobin, and others.

It was trending on social media and has been featured on left wing blogs.

Last month, Hillary Clinton called for abolishing the Electoral College. Now many progressives want to dismantle one part of the system of checks and balances.

I continually provide evidence that the United States is in a high grade culture war and that we’ve already entered into a low grade domestic conflict.

And every time I second guess or have doubts about my conclusions, I look at just how far left the Left wants to push our society, politics, and the U.S. Government.

A growing number of them want to end the American system of governance as as know it.

Here’s their argument against the Senate

Click here to read the entire article at Forward Observer.