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Monday, November 30, 2015

Clicks Defeat Bricks During U.S. Retailers' Black Friday Weekend


By Lauren Coleman-Lochner, Nov 29, 2015 Bloomberg

Online shoppers outnumbered their brick-and-mortar counterparts during U.S. retailers’ pivotal Black Friday weekend, underscoring the challenges facing American malls this holiday season as Amazon.com Inc. exerts more pressure.

More than 103 million people shopped online over the four-day weekend, which started Thursday on Thanksgiving and continued with Black Friday, according to an annual survey commissioned by the National Retail Federation. That compares with fewer than 102 million who ventured into traditional stores, the trade group said.

 
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Advocates Shine Light On Facebook, Twitter Takedowns


By David McCabe, Nov 29, 2015 The Hill

Two organizations are asking people around the world to help them understand how social networks like Facebook and Instagram police their users.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Visualizing Impact are behind a website where users can report when a social network takes down their content or otherwise blocks activity on the platform.

An online form allows users to submit reports about six different websites, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Users can tell the project when their accounts are suspended, for instance, or when everything from a Facebook event to a Twitter ad is deleted.

 
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Skeptical Climate Documentary Set To Rock UN Climate Summit--Film To Have Red Carpet Premiere In Paris


By Marc Morano, Nov 29, 2015 Climate Depot

(Sorbonne, Paris) CFACT will hold the world premiere of its long-awaited Climate Hustle skeptical documentary film at an invitation-only red carpet event in Paris during the UN’s COP 21 international summit on climate change.

Featuring interviews and comments from more than 30 renowned scientists and climate experts, Climate Hustle lays out compelling evidence that devastates the global warming scare.  Film host Marc Morano, founder and publisher of CFACT’s award-winning Climate Depot news and information service, leads viewers on a fact-finding and often times hilarious journey through the propaganda-laced world of “climate change” claims.

 
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Page Six: Bill Clinton ‘Tried To Seduce’ Jackie Kennedy


By Page Six Team, Nov 29, 2015 Page Six

In their new book “Bill & Hillary: So This Is That Thing Called Love,” from Blood Moon Productions, Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince claim that due to Bill Clinton’s reputed prolific philandering, Hillary once demanded that he be tested for HIV, since “he favored unprotected sex.”

The book claims both Clintons were relieved that the results were negative.

Among other bizarre allegations in the exhaustive and highly unauthorized examination of the Clintons’ political lives, from their Arkansas days to today, is that Bill had the hots for former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

The authors claim Bill “tried to seduce her” in her Fifth Avenue apartment.

 
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Why Ben Carson Is Visiting Jordan


By Lucy Schouten, Nov 28, 2015 CS Monitor

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson doesn't have a lot of foreign policy experience, and he is responding with a post-Thanksgiving trip to the Middle East.

Mr. Carson's foreign policy views have at times appeared underdeveloped or insensitive. Last week Carson compared ISIS to "rabid dogs" and that the US needed to balance national security threats from ISIS and compassion when it comes to allowing Syrian refugees into the country, according to Politico.

"For instance, you know, if there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you’re probably gonna put your children out of the way," Carson said, according to Politico. "Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs by any stretch of the imagination."

 
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WaPo: For Democrats, It’s Not Just ‘Demographics As Destiny’


By Dan Balz, Nov 28, 2015 Washington Post

Democrats who happily think Donald Trump is helping to lead the Republican Party over the cliff could be looking at the state of American politics through too narrow a lens. Whatever problems the GOP could be facing in the coming months and beyond, Democrats ought not underestimate their own future challenges.

Demography as destiny underpins much of the Democrats’ optimism these days. That confidence is built on a foundation of census data and other trends that show a country that is becoming increasingly diverse and more culturally tolerant. The more Trump insults one group or another in this new America, the more Democrats assume the future will be theirs.

 
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Donald Trump Says He'd Bring Back Waterboarding


By Press Chronicle, Nov 29, 2015 

These claims have been widely debunked. And then Lewandowski accused the media of denying and suppressing these materials and, by doing so, proving their bias against Trump.

[Trump has] provided many opportunities for them to go and see it but they have their own agenda, the media has their own agenda, Lewandowski said. "There were thousands of people that were cheering, on the other side of the river" and continuing Trump said, I know it may not be politically correct to talk about, but there were people cheering as those buildings came down.

Right Wing Watch posted the audio of Lewandowski's comments, in which he pretends fiction is fact.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told CNN that if Republican donors backing different presidential candidates come together for an anti-Trump advertising campaign, it would be a "bad, bad decision". Trump says if bin Laden was taken out at that point, the attacks on the World Trade Center would not have happened. "I know many Muslims who were just as angry and saddened as we were".

 
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Lawsuit Challenges Immigration Jail Policy


By Nick Watson, Nov 29, 2015 Gaines Ville Times

A Gainesville attorney claims his client, a legal, permanent U.S. resident, faced an immigration hold for months in the Hall County Jail.

Attorney Arturo Corso filed a habeas corpus petition Sept. 22 in the names of Nicolas Montalvan Ceballos and Jose Santos Delgado, two men charged with misdemeanors and facing 287(g) immigration holds.

A habeas corpus petition challenges the incarceration of an inmate or prisoner.

The 287(g) program is a federal initiative that trains local law enforcement officers in identifying undocumented persons. The Hall County Detention Center entered the program in 2007. 

 
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Heated Rhetoric Unnerves Muslim Republicans

By Courtney Weaver, Nov 28, 2015 CNBC

Facing off against one of America's leading conservative radio hosts recently, Saba Ahmed, the head of the Republican Muslim Coalition, tried to keep her cool.

No, the Koran did not advise Muslims to kidnap people or condone the murder of women and children, Ms Ahmed calmly told Sean Hannity. No, most Muslims did not support Isis. Yes, the recent events in Mali and Paris had been "absolutely horrifying".

After the interview Ms Ahmed hung up the phone and sighed. "They purposely set you up to boil you and to show just another angry Muslim. Any normal person would get angry and react emotionally so I try to stay as calm as I can."


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Islamic Terror Attacks On American Soil

By The Religion Of Peace, Nov 29, 2015

You might not know it from the grand pity party that vocal Muslims seem to have thrown for themselves in the years since 9/11, but only one Muslim in America was killed in a vigilante "revenge" attack following the horrific slaughter of thousands in the name of Allah.  That would be Waqar Hasan, a Muslim convenience storeowner who was gunned down by Mark Anthony Stroman in Texas.  Hardly an average American, Stroman was a white supremacist with a felony criminal record who went on to shoot two more people in the following weeks.  However, he did claim to be motivated by anger after having watched the twin towers fall.

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BIG LIST Of Muslim Terror Attacks In U.S. Since 9/11

By WND, Nov 29, 2015

Sept. 11, 2001 – Nineteen al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four American passenger planes in a coordinated attack on U.S. soil. Nearly 200 Americans were murdered by the terrorists who hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 and flew it into the Pentagon, collapsing its western side. Meanwhile, two other planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were flown into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Both 110-story towers collapsed, killing 2,752 people. A fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was flown by terrorists diverting the flight to Washington, D.C. However, passengers fought the hijackers, and the plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing 40 passengers.

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Watch Cop-Hating Quentin Tarantino Lie About Being A Tough Guy In Jail


By Maureen Callahan, Nov 29, 2015 NY Post

It’s “Pulp Fiction,” all right.

Quentin Tarantino — under fire for recent comments about police violence — has claimed for decades that, as a young man, he served time in a Los Angeles County jail.

One problem: The LA County Sheriff’s Department has no record of the filmmaker ever being in its system. At The Post’s request, the department searched its files back through the 1980s, when, according to Tarantino, he would have been incarcerated.

“A check of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail records revealed no evidence that Mr. Tarantino was ever incarcerated in our jail system,” said Capt. Christopher Reed of the Sheriff’s Office.

Tarantino used to tell the story as evidence of his outlaw bona fides. But on a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Tarantino, now 52, recounted it again to claim solidarity with police protesters — that he understands what it means to be frightened of cops.

 
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GOP Donors Wrestle With Possibility Of Trump Nomination


By Jonathan Swan, Nov 29, 2015 The Hill

When asked who he would vote for if the presidential race comes down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the former mayor of Los Angeles and a longtime Republican establishment figure, Dick Riordan, says: "I would probably go find a deserted island."

"I think Hillary is disgusting," said Riordan, a wealthy investor who has exceeded $500,000 in political donations throughout his career.

"And I think Trump is crazy," Riordan added in a telephone interview Monday. 

 
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Sinead O'Connor 'Safe' After Taking Alleged Overdose, Says Source


By Joe Lynch, Nov 29, 2015 Billboard

After posting a Facebook status that read like a possible suicide note on Sunday (Nov. 29), Sinead O'Connor has reportedly been found and is receiving medical assistance after taking an alleged overdose in a hotel room in Ireland. A source close to the situation told Billboard that O'Connor "has been located and is safe." Dublin police had no comment on the situation.

O'Connor's Facebook post -- which seems to have been written by the Irish singer-songwriter -- detailed her struggle with Donal Lunny over their son, Shane, whom O'Connor says she's not allowed to see even though he is "unwell."

 
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Anti-Ageing Drug Could Let You Live To 120 In Good Health


By Sarah Knapton, Nov 30, 2015 NZ Herald

The world's first anti-ageing drug will be tested on humans next year in trials which could result in people being able to live healthily well into their 120s.

Scientists now believe it is possible to stop people growing old and consign diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's to history.

Although it might seem like science fiction, researchers have already proven that the diabetes drug metformin extends the life of animals, and the Food and Drug Administration in the US has now given the go-ahead for a trial to see if the same effects can be replicated in humans.

If successful it will mean that a person in their 70s would be as biologically healthy as a 50-year-old.

Ageing expert Prof Gordon Lithgow, of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, is one of the study advisers. He said: "If you target an ageing process and you slow down ageing then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of ageing as well.

 
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Why Iowa Clings To The Top Of The Campaign Calendar, Despite A Spotty Record Of Picking Candidates


By Mark Z. Barabak, Nov 24, 2015 LA Times

Ted Cruz discussed the pain of his parents’ divorce. Ben Carson recalled losing a young patient in surgery. Mike Huckabee described the anguish of administering the death penalty.

“If that doesn’t sober you up to reality,” the former Arkansas governor said to pin-drop silence from a crowd of hundreds of Christian conservatives, “nothing will.”

It’s hard to imagine such a raw, confessional conversation taking place almost anywhere but Iowa, where every four years White House hopefuls descend to bare their ambitions, present their visions and reveal a bit of their souls in pursuit of the nation’s highest office.

They come and endure the relentless scrutiny, even though Iowans have — at best — a middling record when it comes to picking presidents, especially on the Republican side.

 
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GOP Candidates Hunker Down As Primary Race Escalates


By Robert Costa, Nov 29, 2015 Washington Post

The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination enters a new and urgent phase this week after an already brutish stretch in which the dominance of Donald Trump and Ben Carson has exasperated rivals and the party’s political class.

Less than 10 weeks before Iowa’s caucuses and just weeks before the holidays pause the campaign season, many of the candidates in a field that still numbers more than a dozen are camping out in a single state as they try to build up their support and survive the winter.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will return to the campaign trail in Iowa on Monday, gripping a cane after knee surgery. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in New Hampshire, where he is hoping for a revival, headlining a lunchtime business roundtable and a “Tell It Like It Is” town hall meeting at the Loudon Fire Department.

 
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GLOBAL COOLING: Decade Long Ice Age Predicted As Sun 'Hibernates'


By Jon Austin, Nov 30, 2015 Express

A team of European researchers have unveiled a scientific model showing that the Earth is likely to experience a “mini ice age” from 2030 to 2040 as a result of decreased solar activity.

Their findings will infuriate environmental campaigners who argue by 2030 we could be facing increased sea levels and flooding due to glacial melt at the poles.

The researchers have now developed a "double dynamo "model that can better predict when the next freeze will be.

 
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The Fiddling With Temperature Data Is the Biggest Science Scandal Ever

By Christopher Booker, Feb 07, 2015 Telegraph

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a cooling trend was changed to one that showed a marked warming.


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Poll: Growing Doubts Over Climate Change Causes

By Thomas Moore, Nov 30, 2015 Sky News

Almost one in five people believes that natural processes rather than man-made carbon dioxide emissions are causing global warming, according to the survey by Sky Data.

In a similar poll by YouGov two years ago, just one in 14 people said humans were not responsible for the problem.

The Sky News poll comes ahead of the United Nations summit in Paris that is likely to result in big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Prime Minister David Cameron will be among almost 150 world leaders attending the talks.


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Hillary Clinton’s Million Little Lies

By Michael Walsh, Nov 28, 2015 NY Post

To hear Hillary Clinton tell it, she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest — even though she was already 6 years old when he made his famous ascent.

On a visit to war-torn Bosnia in 1996, she claimed she and her entourage landed under sniper fire and had to run “with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base” — although videos of her arrival show her waltzing serenely across the tarmac, waving to the crowd.

She blamed the 2012 attack on American diplomatic and intelligence-gathering installations in Benghazi on “a disgusting video” when she knew almost from the first moment that it was a jihadist assault that took the lives of four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.
Vern Warnke told FoxNews.com


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

ISIS Fighter Cries In Video After Being Captured By Kurdish Forces In Iraq


By Tom Wyke, Nov 28, 2015 Daily Mail

Dramatic footage has emerged online showing a suspected ISIS fighter crying after he was taken prisoner by Kurdish forces in Iraq.

The prisoner does not appear to have any noticeable injuries as he seats in the back of the armoured truck.

Much to the amusement of the Kurdish forces, the prisoner cries and moans loudly as he waits to be taken away.

Dressed in civilian clothing, the prisoner appears to have had his hands bound behind his back and his eyes covered with a makeshift blindfold.

 
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Army Poised To Cover For Striking NHS Doctors


By Laura Donnelly, Nov 28, 2015 Telegraph

Army medical staff are expected to be drafted into NHS hospitals as cover for striking junior doctors, according to a document uncovered by The Telegraph.
The first of three strikes by junior doctors is due to begin on Tuesday Dec 1, when they can only provide emergency care, with full stoppages on Dec 8 and Dec 16.

In official guidance on industrial action issued by the British Medical Association (BMA), it said it expects medics from the Armed Forces will be used to help plug the gap on strike days.

The BMA advises striking doctors manning picket lines to be friendly to Army doctors – not least because as military employees, they have no right to strike.

 
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Chicago Police Union Stands By Cop Charged With Murdering Teen


By Fiona Ortiz, Nov 28, 2015 Yahoo

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The main Chicago police union is standing behind the white officer who was charged this week with first-degree murder for gunning down a black teenager. It is facing a backlash from leaders of the city’s black community as a result.

On its website, the Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), has posted a bail fund appeal for the officer, Jason Van Dyke, who is accused of shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times just six seconds after emerging from his patrol car on a street in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. An earlier link on the FOP's front page to a GoFundMe campaign was removed after the fundraising site said it violated a policy against its use by criminal defendants.

 
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Karl Rove Opens His Rolodex For Ben Carson


By Kevin Cirilli, Nov 29, 2015 Bomberg


Republican strategist Karl Rove helped set up a meeting between top fundraisers for Ben Carson and casino mogul Steve Wynn.

Rove confirmed to Bloomberg Politics that he acted as the go-between for the Carson camp and Wynn, a sometimes business competitor of Donald Trump, the rival Carson has been batting all fall for the Republican nomination.

"I introduced them but I don't know anything further about that," said Rove, who added that he did not attend the meeting.

 
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