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Registered sex offender and disgraced ex-Congressman Weiner moves back in with his wife Huma Abedin and 7-year-old son

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner moving his things
Anthony Weiner has been a free man for a few months now, ever since he left a Bronx halfway house, and now it appears he's moving back in with his wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and their seven-year-old son Jordan.

The Daily Mail reported that the 54-year-old ex-Congressman and former mayoral candidate was seen rolling boxes and designer garment bags into Abedin's home over the weekend. Weiner has never lived in the lower Manhattan apartment where Huma moved with their seven-year-old son Jordan soon after the disgraced politician went to prison. Abedin had filed for divorce, but has since withdrawn her petition, after the two parties decided to settle the issue privately. Abedin initially filed for divorce on the day Weiner entered his guilty plea for sexting a 15-year-old girl.


It's now law: Hawaii decriminalizes marijuana possession and expunges some criminal records

Earlier this month, a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession and expunge the records of certain marijuana offenders became law without the governor's signature. The new law takes another step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state.

Twenty Democratic representatives sponsored House Bill 1383 (HB1383). The new law decriminalizes possession of three grams or less of marijuana making it similar to a traffic violation punishable by a fine of $130. The bill also creates a process allowing individuals convicted of possession of three grams of marijuana or less to have those convictions expunged from their criminal records. Finally, HB1383 establishes a marijuana evaluation task force to make recommendations on changing marijuana use penalties and outcomes in the state.

The House passed HB1383 by a 35-16 vote. The Senate approved the measure 22-3. Gov. David Ige didn't sign or veto the bill within his allotted timeframe and it became law on July 10 without his signature. It will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

Enactment of HB1383 not only loosens marijuana laws and will help those with some prior marijuana convictions on their record get a new start; it will also further undermine federal marijuana prohibition. As marijuana becomes more accepted and more states simply ignore the feds, the federal government is less able to enforce its unconstitutional laws.


Syrian town where Christians and Muslims once lived side-by-side is now being rebuilt in region previously infested with terrorists

Maaloula Syria

Before the Syrian war, Greek Orthodox and Melkite Greek Catholic Christians and Muslims lived side-by-side in the town, with the area home to ancient monasteries and an ancient mosque.
In 2013, when al-Qaeda linked jihadist militants captured the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, scores of its residents were murdered, with others forced to flee, turning the mountainous community into a ghost town.

The Syrian Arab News Agency has released a report about the effort to restore the square in the town of Maaloula, with workers seen laying paving bricks in the city center among the partially ruined buildings.

The town, situated about 50 km northeast of Damascus, is one of only three remaining villages in the world where the Western Neo-Aramaic language is spoken. Aramaic was known to be the language of Jesus.


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Divorce is destroying the finances of Americans over 50

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In one sense, Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are nothing special.

By finalizing their divorce this month, they join the millions of Americans now splitting up in middle age. The rate of divorce after age 50 has doubled in the U.S. since 1990.

The billionaire exes are unique, though, in escaping divorce with their finances relatively unscathed. He's still the world's richest person, worth $123.1 billion, and she has a $39.7 billion fortune, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Amazon shares climbed 19% since they announced the end of their 25-year marriage in January.

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Jeffrey Epstein pitched a new narrative. These sites published it

Jeffrey Epstein
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Jeffrey Epstein in 2004, four years before his plea deal in Florida that has been widely criticized.
After Jeffrey Epstein got out of the Palm Beach County jail in 2009, having served 13 months of an 18-month sentence resulting from a plea deal that has been widely criticized, he began a media campaign to remake his public image.

The effort led to the publication of articles describing him as a selfless and forward-thinking philanthropist with an interest in science on websites like Forbes, National Review and HuffPost.

The Forbes.com article, posted in 2013, praised him as "one of the largest backers of cutting-edge science around the world" while making no mention of his criminal past. The National Review piece, from the same year, called him "a smart businessman" with a "passion for cutting-edge science." The HuffPost article, from 2017, credited Mr. Epstein for "taking action to help a number of scientists thrive during the 'Trump Era'," a time of "anti-science policies and budget cuts."

Comment: Now that Epstein has been thrown to the wolves, it seems publications are furiously working to scrub their old content showing him in a positive light. The only reasonable response for a true news site would be to do what The Next Web did - add an editorial note that points out the oversight. But instead these news sites try to change history in a desperate attempt to disassociate themselves from the pervert, as if the simple click of a button can erase the past.

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Rugged individualism won't save us, but enlightened collectivism can

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Individualism cannot save humanity from the crises it faces. It's not the right tool.

There is a widespread belief that if we just eliminated all collectivist impulses within our society, we could eliminate all our problems. That the government which causes so much bloodshed and oppression wouldn't be harmful if we can shrink it down to a minor role, or even to nonexistence, and the corporate powers which attach themselves to governments would thereby lose power over individuals. Let individuals take care of themselves however they see fit, with no collectivist power interfering in their affairs, and the world will sort itself out in a harmonious way.

This will never happen.

The most common argument for why this will never happen is that the world is full of awful people, and if you place the will of the individual over the will of the collective, the awful people will be able to do a lot more awful things. The people who are sociopathic enough to destroy the environment and exploit others for profit will be able to exert more influence over the total wellbeing of the world than those who aren't, and there'll be no safety nets in place protecting those who are born into under-privileged situations. Individuals like mothers who aren't as capable of earning money would frequently find themselves dependent on the kindness of a man who may or may not be kind. Such a society would claim to be just, since it makes the same demands of everybody, but due to real circumstances could only ever be gravely unjust.

This argument is of course true, but it's not the primary reason that individualism cannot save us.


APA advocates 'nonjudgmental posture' to nonmonogamy

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According to the American Psychological Association, open marriages are the tolerant approach to intimacy.
Just when you think you've heard it all, the American Psychological Association decides this: Monogamy is the new bigotry.

That's right. According to the supposed "mental health experts," open marriages are the tolerant approach to intimacy. And they've launched a task force to prove it to the world.

According to the APA's official description of this initiative, "Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people's life experience. However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all."

Comment: The APA went off the rails long ago, as noted recently by their push for the ideological leftist position on 'toxic masculinity'. Now they're fighting for the rights of swingers (and since when are swingers an oppressed group?). They don't realize that they're playing to the views of a vocal minority and that they're coming across to the rest of us as clowns.

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Jeffrey Epstein's company paid a Florida sheriff's office $128,000 during incarceration for prostitution charges

Jeffrey Epstein accuser
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One of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers is urging victims to speak out against the wealthy financier as authorities prosecute him on sex trafficking charges.
A recently released financial record shows a money trail between convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office.

The record, released to Contact 5 through a records request, shows Epstein's company, Florida Science Foundation paid PBSO $128,136 during his incarceration between 2008 and 2009.

Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges in 2008, including solicitation of a minor. The guilty plea was part of the secret non-prosecution agreement which kept Epstein out of federal prison on numerous accusations that the part-time Palm Beacher allegedly ran a sex-trafficking ring out of his Palm Beach mansion.

The agreement also kept Epstein out of prison, and instead, allowed him to serve his sentence out at the local county jail, run by PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.

While there, the convicted sex offender was granted work-release benefits, and allowed to leave his cell six days a week, 12 hours a day to work at his Florida Science Foundation, located in a high-rise off Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach.

That foundation appears to be the same Epstein foundation which paid PBSO nearly $130,000 between October 2008 and May 2009. It's unclear if Epstein wrote off the payments, as financial records for the so-called non-profit were not immediately available.

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Report: Gulf Cartel leader 'El Diablo' arrested sneaking across Texas border

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Federal authorities arrested a leading lieutenant with Mexico's Gulf Cartel in Texas after he illegally snuck across the Rio Grande to enter the United States. Law enforcement agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had their sights on the cartel cell leader for some time in connection with multiple drug shipments allegedly linked to him.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Rene "El Diablo" Garcia Cantu near La Paloma, Texas, after he illegally entered the country in a remote rural area. During a background check, agents determined that Garcia Cantu is the target of an ongoing DEA investigation into the Gulf Cartel and their marijuana smuggling operation.

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Deutsch Bank is exposed to 49 trillion dollars in derivatives - and is melting down right in front of our eyes

Deutsch Bank
Could it be possible that we are on the verge of the next "Lehman Brothers moment"? Deutsche Bank is the most important bank in all of Europe, it has 49 trillion dollars in exposure to derivatives, and most of the largest "too big to fail banks" in the United States have very deep financial connections to the bank. In other words, the global financial system simply cannot afford for Deutsche Bank to fail, and right now it is literally melting down right in front of our eyes. For years I have been warning that this day would come, and even though it has been hit by scandal after scandal, somehow Deutsche Bank was able to survive until now. But after what we have witnessed in recent days, many now believe that the end is near for Deutsche Bank. On July 7th, they really shook up investors all over the globe when they laid off 18,000 employees and announced that they would be completely exiting their global equities trading business...
It takes a lot to rattle Wall Street.

But Deutsche Bank managed to. The beleaguered German giant announced on July 7 that it is laying off 18,000 employees — roughly one-fifth of its global workforce — and pursuing a vast restructuring plan that most notably includes shutting down its global equities trading business.

Though Deutsche's Bloody Sunday seemed to come out of the blue, it's actually the culmination of a years-long — some would say decades-long — descent into unprofitability and scandal for the bank, which in the early 1990s set out to make itself into a universal banking powerhouse to rival the behemoths of Wall Street.