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Determined to raze California to the ground, Governor Newsom signs order banning new gas-fueled cars by 2035

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an order on Wednesday that aims to end the sale of new internal combustion engine cars in the state by 2035.

The order, which directs the California Air Resources Board to craft a phase-out plan that would ultimately require 100 percent zero-emissions personal use and dryage vehicles in the next 15 years, is an attempt to push consumers in the nation's largest car market toward electric vehicles in hopes of reducing emissions that most scientists say contribute to climate change.

Other agencies will be directed to help create zero-emission vehicle charging stations, and the order will also mandate medium- and heavy-duty trucks to be zero-emission by 2045 where feasible.

Comment: Let's just ignore that California already has one of the most unreliable power grids in the US, with green energy policies making matters worse.

Piggy Bank

Leaked docs show US branches of Deutsche Bank funneled funds to ISIS

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Leaked reports revealed that the US branches of Deutsche Bank are suspected of facilitating money transfer to ISIS in Iraq at the height of the group's terror campaign. The ISIS terrorist group launched a campaign of bloodshed and destruction against Iraq in 2014, seizing more than 121 bank branches, before its expulsion in late 2017, PressTV reported. Despite the terrorists' control over some financial institutions, some banks, including Deutsche Bank and particularly its US branches, continued to allow money transfers to be sent to the Arab country.

Classified financial reports submitted by banks all over the world to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the US Treasury Department (FinCen), which were leaked to the Buzzfeed news site and in turn shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, revealed suspicious money transfers of at least $4 billion flagged by Deutsche Bank's US branches and Bank of America, to a number of Iraqi banks between June 15, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

Comment: Deutsche Bank is no stranger to money laundering - and a whole host of crimes that epitomize the mass corruption of the banking industry as a whole.

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Eye 1

UK's Tory gov greenlight 'up to 55,000' evictions as country reimposes regional lockdowns

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Prior to the lockdown, seven percent of the UK population were in deep poverty.
Tory peers today voted down a last-minute bid to stop an estimated 55,000 struggling private renters from being evicted.

Since Monday, tenants who were handed notices by landlords from March to August have been at risk of being turfed out of their homes.

Housing campaigners fear that it will mean a rise in homelessness and more pressure on cash strapped councils just as the UK braces for a second wave.

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Pentagon says STILL no evidence for NYT's 'Russian bounties' story as US envoy hails Moscow's support for Afghan peace talks

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© Reuters / Shamil Zhumatov
FILE PHOTO: US Army soldiers secure an area in southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2012.
The Pentagon has still seen no proof for reports that Russia paid the Taliban to kill US troops in Afghanistan, a defense official said, while a senior US diplomat noted Moscow has instead supported the country's peace process.

While the military is "always looking at threats," it has yet to uncover evidence for the "bounties" allegation reported by the New York Times in June, David Helvey, the Pentagon's deputy assistant secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, told the House Oversight Committee during a hearing on Tuesday.

"Since those reports have come out regarding Russian programs, we've been looking specifically to identify corroborating information. We've not yet found it, but we continue to look for that," Helvey said, answering a question from Rep. Harley Rouda (D-California) about the Times story and "outside actors" operating in Afghanistan.

Snakes in Suits

Democrats propose sweeping bill to curb 'presidential abuses', or so they claim

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House Democrats on Wednesday proposed a bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority.

The legislation, a wide-ranging package of new and revised bills, would limit the president's pardon power, strengthen laws to ban presidents from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments, better protect independent agency watchdogs and whistleblowers from firing or retribution and require better reporting by campaigns of foreign election interference.

Each of the bill's provisions is a response to actions by Trump or his administration that Democrats see as abuses of presidential power. It builds on an elections and ethics reform package the House passed soon after Democrats reclaimed the majority in 2019.


ICE slams 'willfully uncooperative' NYPD for releasing wanted felon 10 TIMES before he's nabbed on federal firearms charges

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Blasting New York's "sanctuary city" policies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced a felon released by NYPD on 10 separate occasions was finally arrested on federal charges and may face deportation.

ICE has filed 10 immigration detainers for Jhonny Alejandro Soto-Ubaldo over the past two years, only to see him released as police refused to honor them, the agency announced on Tuesday. Soto-Ubaldo is a Dominican national allegedly in the US illegally.

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Eye 2

Biden says Cindy McCain will endorse him

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Tuesday that Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), will endorse him for president.

Biden made the announcement during a virtual fundraiser, saying Cindy McCain made the decision because of President Trump's reported comments about fallen service members detailed in The Atlantic earlier this month.

"Maybe I shouldn't say it, but I'm about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain's wife, who is, first time ever, is endorsing me because of what he talks about with my son and John's who are heroes, who served their country, you know he said they're losers, they're suckers," Biden said during the fundraiser, according to a pool report of his comments.

Comment: Trump, as could be imagined, is devastated. From Sputnik:
'Cindy Can Have Sleepy Joe': Trump Shrugs Off Late Senator McCain Widow's Support for Biden

Late Arizona Republican senator John McCain's widow Cindy endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, saying she was putting her 'country first'. She added that Biden knew what it was to send his child to war, since his son had served as an army lawyer in Iraq for a year.

US President Donald Trump has dismissed the endorsement of his Democratic rival Joe Biden by late Republican senator John McCain's widow.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Trump said he was "never a fan of John" and that "Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!"

Cindy McCain endorsed Biden in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

"My husband John lived by a code: country first," she wrote. "We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden."


Biden's campaign has received the blessing of several Republican establishment figures, including former secretary of state Colin Powell, who argued the case for the Iraq War at the UN in 2003 by insisting Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction - a claim that was later proved false.

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Revealed: Sir Patrick Vallance has £600,000 shareholding in firm contracted to develop vaccines

Sir Patrick Vallance
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Sir Patrick Vallance, UK’s chief scientific adviser, has already cashed in more than £5 million worth of shares he received from GSK during his tenure from 2012 until March 2018.
Government denies claims of potential conflict of interest, maintaining he is not involved in commercial decisions on coronavirus vaccines.

The UK's chief scientific adviser has a £600,000 shareholding in a drugs giant contracted to develop a Covid-19 vaccine for the Government, prompting claims of a potential conflict of interest.

Sir Patrick Vallance, who also chairs the Government's expert advisory panel on vaccines, holds a deferred bonus of 43,111 shares in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) worth £600,000 from his time as president of the multinational drug company, The Telegraph can reveal.

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Russia wants to ban latest encryption technology to prevent internet users bypassing state-imposed blocks & filters

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© Sputnik / Pavel Lisitsyn
Server in the machine room in the regional reference data processing center of Rostelecom in Yekaterinburg.
The Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media plans to prohibit websites from using encryption, enabling the country to more efficiently and successfully block access to banned online resources.

On Monday, the ministry submitted a draft bill to stop the use of encryption protocols in Russia, including DoH (DNS over HTTPS) and DoT (DNS over TLS), both of which aim to increase privacy and prevent eavesdropping on users.

According to officials, these modern encryption technologies enable the bypassing of website blocks, allowing people to access federally banned resources, reducing the effectiveness of internet filters for children.

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Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote (Update)

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly raised more than $16 million in an effort to help convicted felons in Florida register to vote.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition estimated Bloomberg's fundraising push has already paid off monetary obligations for 32,000 felons, Axios reported.

"The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right," a Bloomberg spokesperson told the news outlet. "Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it."

Comment: The Gateway Pundit has reported the Attorney General of Florida has ordered an investigation into Bloomberg for pledging $16 million to help convicted felons vote in the upcoming election.
Legal analyst J. Christian Adams argued last night on Fox News that Michael Bloomberg is breaking federal and likely Florida state law by buying votes from felons.

Federal law makes it illegal to pay for or receive money for voting.

And J. Christian Adams also argued that Bloomberg is putting the felons in legal and financial jeopardy by paying off their debts for votes.

Florida Gov DeSantis and Florida AG Ashley Moody agree!

The letter from Attorney General Ashley Moody was addressed to both the Florida Department of Law Enforcement AND the FBI!