US Senators Pushing for 20 Years in Prison for Citizens Who Support Boycotting Israel

US Senators Pushing for 20 Years in  Prison for Citizens Who Support Boycotting Israel:

United States senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties are pushing to implement a bill that would make it a felony to support boycotting Israel, punishable by up to twenty years in prison. On Monday, the ACLU issued a letter to the Senate opposing the proposed legislation, which was introduced in March by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)It was “drafted with the assistance of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee [AIPAC],” according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720), which has a total of 43 sponsors in the Senate (14 Democrats and 29 Republicans), seeks to broaden the the Export Administration Act of 1979 “to include in the prohibitions on boycotts against allies of the United States boycotts fostered by international governmental organizations against Israel and to direct the Export-Import Bank of the United States to oppose boycotts against Israel, and for other purposes.” 

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Washington D.C. Is Essentially Just A Gigantic Money Machine

Washington D.C. Is Essentially Just A Gigantic Money Machine:

If you have ever wondered why our leaders in Washington D.C. seem to act so strangely, the truth is that it almost always comes down to just one thing.  It has been said that “money makes the world go round”, and that is definitely true in Washington.  This year the federal government will spend more than 4 trillion dollars, and that represents well over one-fifth of our national GDP.  With so much money coming in and so much money going out, the stakes are incredibly high, and that is why so much money is poured into political campaigns on the national level.

And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that those that live the closest to this gigantic money machine have benefited greatly.  Forbes just released their brand new rankings for 2017, and they found that five out of the top 10 wealthiest counties in the entire country are suburbs of Washington D.C.

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Feds Shut Down AlphaBay; Sessions Warns Criminals “You Cannot Hide” On Dark Web

Feds Shut Down AlphaBay; Sessions Warns Criminals “You Cannot Hide” On Dark Web:

More than three years after the FBI shut down the Silk Road, the pioneering dark-web marketplace for drugs and illegal goods, the FBI and DEA – working with international law-enforcement agencies – have busted two more dark-web marketplaces that facilitated the sales of illicit items like drugs, weapons and stolen data, according to the Department of Justice.

AlphaBay and Hansa, two of the largest illegal marketplaces on the dark web, have been shut down and their operators arrested during a collaboration between US and European police agencies, according to the BBC. Investigations were led by the FBI and DEA in partnership with Europol.

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Greek President Blasts Erdogan After Turkish Harassment: “Provocations Are Sign Of Weakness, Come & Get It!”

Greek President Blasts Erdogan After Turkish Harassment: “Provocations Are Sign Of Weakness, Come & Get It!”: 

KeepTalkingGreece.com reports that Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos sent a sharp worded message to his Turkish counter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a series of provocations accompanying his tour to the islands of the eastern Aegean Sea.

“The brave do not provoke,” President Pavlopoulos told Greek soldiers safeguarding the remote island of Ai Stratis. “Provocations, especially provocations without a reason, are characteristic signs of  weakness and insecurity.”

“What history and our ancestors taught us is “Molon Labe”, Pavlopoulos added citing the famous quote of Spartan King Leonidas I.

Molon labe (Greek: ????? ???? mol?n lavé), meaning “come and take [them]”, is a classical expression of defiance. According to Plutarch, Xerxes, king of Persia, demanded that the Spartans surrender their weapons and King Leonidas I responded with this phrase.

This occurred after, as KeepTalkingGreece reports, two times in two consecutive days, Turks harassed the helicopter carrying Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on a tour visiting several remote islands and islets in the eastern Aegean Sea.

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Bitcoin Surges Above $2500 Following Goldman’s Bullish Note As ‘Civil War’ Ends

Bitcoin Surges Above $2500 Following Goldman’s Bullish Note As ‘Civil War’ Ends:

Bitcoin is up 40% from its weekend lows as the combination of a bullish Goldman Sachs note on the virtual currency and a major sigh of relief that the potential ‘civil war’ over cryptocurrency’s scaling solutions appears to be over (with over 80% of the hashrate currently voting for the protocol upgrade).

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Crazy Fed Cartoons From 1912 Versus Today

Crazy Fed Cartoons From 1912 Versus Today:

Inquiring minds may be wondering what economic cartoons from 1912 looked like. I can help.

Flash Forward to Today

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Sessions: “I Will Continue Serving As Attorney General As Long As That Is Appropriate”

Sessions: “I Will Continue Serving As Attorney General As Long As That Is Appropriate”:

Following his scathing NYT interview published on Wednesday, in which Trump said he regretted appointing the Attorney General, and said would not have chosen Sessions to serve as attorney general had known Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation into Russian election meddling, on Thursday AG Sessions said he plans to continue to serve in his post “as long as that is appropriate.”

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Greece Brain Drain: 33% Of Unemployed Looking For Jobs Abroad Vs 11% In 2015

Greece Brain Drain: 33% Of Unemployed Looking For Jobs Abroad Vs 11% In 2015:

Despite the falling unemployment rate, the percentage of those unemployed seeking jobs abroad has risen from 11% in 2015 to 33% this year. The message seems to be “get me the hell out of here”.

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Germany Warns Its Citizens: They Risk Arrest If Traveling To Turkey

Germany Warns Its Citizens: They Risk Arrest If Traveling To Turkey:

Escalation of the diplomatic row between Berlin and Ankara ended in a clear message. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned German citizens that they risk arrest if they travel to Turkey.

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Seismic Shift In Syria: Trump Ends Covert Obama-era CIA Program Which Sent Arms To Jihadists

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Seismic Shift In Syria: Trump Ends Covert Obama-era CIA Program Which Sent Arms To Jihadists:

In what may be one of the most significant foreign policy decisions of his first year in office, Trump is shutting down the CIA’s covert program to arm rebels fighting the Syrian government. This would constitute a monumental shift in terms of US priorities in Syria which throughout most of the 6-year long war have focused on removing Bashar al-Assad.

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Cashless Society Alert: Visa Will Be Giving Up To $500,000 To Restaurants That Go ‘100% Cashless’

Cashless Society Alert: Visa Will Be Giving Up To $500,000 To Restaurants That Go ‘100% Cashless’:

The push toward a cashless society is becoming more of a shove.  Before today I had never heard of “The Visa Cashless Challenge”, but after reading about it I have to say that I am quite alarmed.  Visa is trying to “encourage” businesses to go cashless, and one of the ways that they will be doing this is by “awarding up to $500,000 to 50 eligible US-based small business food service owners who commit to joining the 100% cashless quest”.  The food industry is still one of the last bastions where cash is used very heavily, and so it makes sense that Visa would want to target that segment.  Of course the more people that use cards to pay for meals, the more money that Visa will make.

When I go to restaurants, I almost always use cash, and I know a lot of other people that very much prefer to use cash in those situations as well.  But if Visa has their way, soon all of us will be forced to use some form of digital payment instead.  The following is an excerpt from the press release that Visa issued about this new “challenge”…

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Canada: Not just Omar Khadr, but three other Muslims received massive payments and government apologies

Canada: Not just Omar Khadr, but three other Muslims received massive payments and government apologies:

There is a terrifying pattern in Canada now. In addition to rewarding jihadist Omar Khadr $10,500,000, leaving Canadians stunned, this message ended up in my inbox from a concerned Canadian citizen: “I can’t believe this was from March and no one remembers ever hearing about it. This would have caused quite the uproar, but somehow we missed it”: Federal government reaches settlement with 3 Canadian men tortured in Syria and Egypt.”

Well, here is an excerpt from that article, which many Canadians may have missed:

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AND NOW: Sweden’s Libraries Destroying Pippi Longstocking Children’s Books Because of Racist Phrases

Sweden’s Libraries Destroying Pippi Longstocking Children’s Books Because of Racist Phrases:

A Swedish council has admitted that local libraries have been throwing out copies of a popular children’s book because it contains racist expressions, with one local journalist even claiming the books are being burnt.

Older versions of the Pippi Langstrumpf [Pippi Longstocking] book entitled ‘Pippi in the South Seas,’ have been discarded by libraries in the Botkyrka municipality.

The Botkyrka council has denied claims by Swedish investigative journalist Janne Josefsson that libraries are specifically targeting Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Langstrumpf books, explaining that getting rid of books is a necessary process ‘in order for the space in the shelves to be sufficient.’

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Outrage as BBC Forced to Reveal Salaries of Highest Paid ‘Stars’

Outrage as BBC Forced to Reveal Salaries of Highest Paid ‘Stars’:

The BBC has been forced to reveal the salaries of nearly 100 high-paid media personalities after fighting “tooth and nail” against the list’s publication, but has deflected criticism over the bill by focusing on their own gender pay gap instead.

Top Gear presenter Chris Evans was paid at least £2.2m by the BBC last year while Gary Lineker received more than £1.75m, according to figures published by the corporation after a government order to disclose the figures.

H/t reader kevin a.

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