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If Donald Trump is impeached his supporters will lose faith in the political system and all hell will likely break loose in America

the capitol
Most Americans don't realize it yet, but in just a few weeks we will witness one of the most critical moments in American history. Right now the Democrats in the House of Representatives are drafting articles of impeachment, and it is expected that there will be a vote by the end of this year. If President Trump is impeached by the House, that will set off a chain of events that nobody is going to be able to control, and if the U.S. Senate ultimately decides to remove Trump from office, all hell will break loose in America. There are tens of millions of very loyal Trump supporters in this country, and many of them are extremely passionate. Simply impeaching Trump would represent a "breaking point" for many of them, and if Trump is actually removed from office by a Republican-controlled Senate it is inevitable that we would see a very frightening explosion of righteous anger, and at that point there wouldn't be much of anything that could be done to calm them down. A large percentage of the population would instantly lose all the faith they ever had in our political system, and unfortunately there would be widespread civil unrest in the streets.

Comment: Even if Congress does, somehow, sensibly back down from this particular battle - there are yet other groups and interests that will continue to try and destroy Trump. If such a thing should occur, the warning given in the article would then be proven to have been absolutely valid.


Stock Down

Are we 'sleepwalking' into the next financial crisis? RT's Boom Bust explores fiat v crypto

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© Reuters / Gary Cameron
Bitcoin proponents have been lately voicing alarms after the US Federal Reserve printed more money in a single month than bitcoin's entire market cap of nearly $149 billion.

Since mid-September, the Fed has injected $210 billion into the economy, insisting the move is not a return to quantitative easing.

Meanwhile, the former Bank of England governor Mervyn King said at an IMF meeting that by "sticking to the new orthodoxy of monetary policy and pretending that we have made the banking system safe, we are sleepwalking towards that crisis." He has also warned of devastating consequences.

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Megaphone

Farmers roll out hundreds of tractors in German cities protesting new eco-rules

Farmers
© Thilo Schmuelgen / Reuters
Farmers arrive to protest against the German agriculture policy in Bonn, Germany, October 22, 2019.
Disgruntled farmers blocked traffic by driving tractors through German cities in protest of new environmental regulations aimed at protecting birds and insects.

The protests took place in 17 cities across Germany, with the largest rally held in the western city of Bonn, where the Agriculture Ministry HQ is located. Angry farmers rolled out around 1,000 tractors onto the streets, blocking several major roads and bridges.

Tractors drove through other cities as well. Around 200 of them rolled past the iconic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Comment: Rather than abdicate all responsibility and punish farmers - who are already suffering due to big business and global competition - perhaps the German government could instead commission research into less harmful and optimal methods? Because if they can't provide a viable alternative, how do they expect farmers to comply?


Arrow Up

Justice prevails! Jessica Yanic loses case against women who refused to 'wax her balls'

transgender jessica yaniv
© Maggie MacPherson/CBC
Jessica "Jonathan" Yaniv, who infamously brought human rights complaints against multiple British Columbia estheticians for declining to perform services on her male genitals has lost her cases.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms today issued a news release declaring victory on behalf of their clients, as an early ruling in favour of the mostly home-based salon workers was announced just one day after the Canadian federal elections.

According to the news release, The decision noted, "human rights legislation does not require a service provider to wax a type of genitals they are not trained for and have not consented to wax." The decision further found that Yaniv "engaged in improper conduct," "filed complaints for improper purposes," and concluded Yaniv's testimony was "disingenuous and self-serving." Finally, noted the Tribunal, Yaniv was "evasive and argumentative and contradicted herself" while giving evidence.

Rocket

Russia breaks ground on new cutting-edge rocket-shaped National Space Center in Moscow

russia space program rockets
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov
Russia's space industry is growing by leaps and bounds
Russia's Roscomos space agency and the Moscow authorities have agreed upon the design of a new national space center. The futuristic-looking project of a giant facility revives the dreams about distant space exploration.

Roscosmos has a truly ambitious space and Moon exploration program, which involves building a permanent base on the Earth's natural satellite making use of the "local resources" and featuring "avatar robots." Now, the space agency is about to get a symbol of its sky-high ambitions - a futuristic headquarters looking like a colossal space station, albeit still on earth - not far from the Russian capital's city center.

Black Magic

The elite machine running the Greta Thunberg climate show

Greta Thunberg
© Liv Oeian / Shutterstock
Greta Thunberg
In the matter of a few months, Greta Thunberg went from a lone girl protesting in front of the Swedish parliament to an international phenomenon. Although mass media is making it seem as if this meteoric rise to prominence happened organically, this is simply not true.

Behind Greta is a major machine, one that is controlled by major international actors and backed by major funds. This PR machine has allowed Greta to make the covers of magazines, become the subject of thousands of news articles while being photographed with world leaders and giving speeches at elite organizations such as the United Nations.

Although Greta might very well be genuinely concerned with the fate of the planet, her message is carefully crafted by those who control her to generate a specific response from the youth. In short, Greta is the face of a major marketing scheme - a tightly coordinated international effort to sell global warming through a specific lens: Fear, panic, and urgency.

Comment: Clearly Greta Thunberg is scripted to the bone. Just watch her try to deal with an open press conference. Putting a child (yes, she's 16, but developmentally, no) in a situation she can't deal with mentally or emotionally is abuse.




Gear

Civilizing the world, 10 countries at a time: Kenya opens $1.5bn railway line funded & built entirely by China

railway kenya
© Reuters / Njeri Mwangi
Yes, that's the savannah in Africa
China has been developing Kenya's rail service as part of the Belt and Road Initiative to connect Asia, Europe and Africa. The railway is Kenya's largest infrastructure project since its independence.

The so-called Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project was launched in 2017. Trains operating on a daily schedule between the port city of Mombasa to Nairobi have already moved up to two million passengers.
railway kenya
© AFP / Simon Maina
'Hello, we're here to colonize you with civilization!' Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng, waves during the official launch of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) passenger train in Nairobi
The second section (a 120km line) of the China-funded railway connecting Kenya's capital Nairobi to Naivasha, a town in the Central Rift Valley, opened last week. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was on board for the maiden journey.


Pills

Southern California: 18 pounds of fentanyl seized, equals 4M lethal doses

Fentanyl dose
© DEA
Lethal dose of fentanyl compared to a US penny
Authorities in Southern California say they seized 18 pounds of fentanyl last week — enough to make four million lethal doses.

Officials shared a photo of the seizure on Twitter, explaining:
"The threat of fentanyl is increasing exponentially. So far in 2019, teams have seized more than 100 pounds of the deadly drug, setting the pace to more than double fentanyl seizures for the third year."
The image included more than 18 pounds of fentanyl, along with 5 pounds of heroin, half a pound of methamphetamine, and a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

In a statement, Sheriff's spokeswoman Carrie Braun said the street value of the synthetic opioid is estimated to be at $1.25 million and warned that the drug is becoming a substantial public threat.

Arrow Up

Kenya opens $1.5B rail project, linking Rift Valley town to Nairobi, built by China

Railway Kenya
© 1 Second phase of Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway Project, Kanze Dena/Office of The Kenyan
Second phase of Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway Project
Kenya's opened a $1.5 billion Chinese-built railway line linking Nairobi to Naivasha on Wednesday, despite delays in building an industrial park in the Rift Valley town to encourage freight.

The extension links to another Chinese funded and built $3.2 billion line between the port of Mombasa and Nairobi that opened in 2017 but is so far underutilized for cargo services. Upgrading Kenyan railways has been part of Beijing's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects aimed at improving land and maritime trade routes between China and Europe, Asia and Africa.

Kenya had planned to open an industrial park in Naivasha, offering companies tax breaks for investing in manufacturing, and preferential tariffs for electricity generated in the nearby geothermal fields. But that has been delayed.

The railway was a pet project of President Uhuru Kenyatta who opened the extension on Wednesday. Kenyatta was re-elected for a five-year term in 2017 after promising to develop the East African nation's infrastructure, but it has been dogged by problems.


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Attention

British police allowing convicted rapists to be classified as 'female', if they no longer want to identify as men

British police
© AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
Police forces across Britain are now allowing convicted male rapists to be recorded as being female if they no longer want to identify with their sex at birth.

Six forces, including South Yorkshire and Thames Valley constabularies, were revealed to have adopted the practice, which allocated sexual offenders with a different gender identity on their official database which is used by the Home Office.

The information was revealed in a Freedom of Information request by women's rights group Fair Play for Women into how police compile official records.

In the request Durham, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk police forces, as well as British Transport Police, also hinted that they do record gender in line with the offender's wishes.

'You can't get much more of a male crime than rape,' Nicola Williams, director of FPW told the Sunday Times.

'It would be highly offensive to a woman who was raped to have it written down that her attacker was a female when clearly that was a male with a penis.'

Comment: Stunning victory for progress, eh? See also: