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Former Obama WH adviser pleads guilty to wire fraud

Seth Andrew

Former Obama White House Advisor, Seth Andrew
A former White House adviser to former President Obama pled guilty to wire fraud on Friday in connection to an alleged scheme to steal $218,000 from a school network that he helped create.

"Seth Andrew, a former White House advisor, admitted today to devising a scheme to steal from the very same schools he helped create," Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. "Andrew now faces time in federal prison for abusing his position and robbing those he promised to help."

The 42-year-old founded Democracy Prep Public Schools in New York City in 2005, and left the position to work for the Department of Education (DOE) in 2013.

Following his time at the DOE, he worked in the Obama White House as a senior adviser in the Office of Educational Technology, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Following his work at the White House in 2017, he officially severed his ties with the charter school system he had helped to create.

According to the DOJ, Democracy Prep Public Schools each had to maintain "escrow accounts" that were only meant to be accessed if the school dissolved. Andrew, according to the statement, had access to these accounts, and closed them out when he left the school system. He then placed the money in different accounts that the department labeled "fraud" accounts.

Telescope

Drone seen flying over Forsmark nuclear plant in Sweden, police deploy helicopter patrol

Forsmark nuclear power plant

FILE PHOTO: General view of nuclear power plant in Forsmark
Police in Sweden deployed patrols and helicopters to the Forsmark nuclear plant to hunt for a large drone seen flying over the site late on Friday, but were unable to catch the unmanned vehicle, they said on Saturday.

The incident came a day after Sweden's military started patrolling the main town on the Baltic Sea island of Gotland amid increased tensions between NATO and Russia and a recent deployment of Russian landing craft in the Baltic.

Forsmark, which is Sweden's biggest electricity producer, lies on the Baltic coast about 150 km (93 miles) north of the capital, Stockholm.

Comment: This brings to mind a number of other events that may be linked, and occurred in just the last few months: In addition, these unexplained drone sightings near sensitive sites has been ongoing for years now:


Pistol

Texas synagogue accused hostage taker identified as British national

police synagogue attack texas
© AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Law enforcement officials talk to each other after a news conference where they announced that all hostages at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue were safe and the hostage taker was dead on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas.
The man who allegedly held Jewish worshippers hostage at a Texas synagogue was a British citizen.

The suspect who died at the scene after allegedly taking hostages at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, near Fort Worth, Saturday was a British national, according to the U.K. government's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

"We are aware of the death of a British man in Texas and are in contact with the local authorities," a spokesperson for the office said in an emailed statement to Fox News Digital.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the State Department, Justice Department, the FBI Dallas Division and the Colleyville Police Department early Sunday seeking additional comment.

It's unclear how the individual entered the U.S. or if he had a criminal background.

Comment: President Houseplant was trotted out to say something profound:
President Joe Biden said Saturday's hostage situation at a Texas synogogue was an "act of terror." He added they were still learning about the now-deceased suspect's motives.

The president made his comments while at an event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Sunday.

The president said he has been briefed on the situation by Attorney General Merrick Garland and they are working to address "these types of acts." He added that he has spoken to the rabbi who was among the captives.

Biden also addressed gun control on Sunday, calling background checks on weapons purchases "essential."

"The idea of background checks are critical, but you can't stop something like this if someone's on the streets buying something from somebody else on the streets," he said, alleging it had been too easy for the suspect to arm himself.
The attacker has since been identified:
The FBI has identified the man who took four people hostage at a Texas synagogue on Saturday as Malik Faisal Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen.

In a Sunday statement, authorities said they are continuing to investigate but do not believe other individuals beyond Akram were involved. The hostage situation ended with the death of Akram after police entered the synagogue following hours of negotiations.

Multiple US media outlets speculated on Saturday that Akram was the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist charged in 2010 with attempting to murder US soldiers and FBI agents overseas. Siddiqui is currently serving an 86-year sentence in the US, and Akram was reportedly negotiating for her release, referring to her as his "sister."

However, a lawyer for Siddiqui's biological brother confirmed that they are not related to the now-deceased suspect. The imprisoned woman, who many argue is an innocent political prisoner, also condemned the actions of Akram.
Some of the background on Dr. Aaifa Siddiqui that Fox News skated over. Her situation is more complex and disturbing than they let on:


NPC

Lunatic Florida Dem Gov. candidate compares Ron DeSantis to Hitler

Nikki Fried florida governor candidate democrat
© AP Photo/Lynne Sladky
Nikki Fried said DeSantis has done "everything possible to take power away from local governments."
Florida Agricultural Commissioner and 2022 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried compared Gov. Ron DeSantis to Adolf Hitler in a recent interview.

In an appearance on NPR's Friday Roundup Podcast, Fried was asked about having previously referred to the Republican governor an "authoritarian dictator" by co-host Melissa Ross, a reporter at WJCT in Jacksonville.

"He is doing everything possible to take power away from local governments, taking away people's abilities to protest, making it harder to vote, talking about, you know, banning books," Fried responded.

"That's what dictators do. Instead of listening and trying to govern with the people, he is trying to govern over the people, and, you know, that, I'm sorry, I'm a student of history, too. I saw the rise of Hitler."

Comment: Awfully rich, as Fried stands there maskless at her podium, free to live her life with virtually none of the vaccine mandate coercion suffered by less well-governed states.


Yellow Vest

Dutch cafes & bars defy lockdown in protest against nonsensical restrictions

Cafes
© Remco de Waal ANP
Cafes in Groningen were open.
Saturday's protests by dozens of bar and cafe owners, who opened in defiance of the government's closure orders, passed off without problems Dirk Beljaarts, director of hospitality industry lobby group KHN, told television talk show Nieuwsuur that there will be 'more protests in the days to come'.

Beljaarts described the public support for Saturday's protests as 'heartwarming', adding that if opening cafes was 'so life-threatening', mayors would have acted to close them down.

On Friday, the government said shops, universities and fitness centres could reopen, but that bars, cafes and the cultural sector must remain shut because of the surge in coronavirus cases.


Comment: Citizens everywhere should be extremely concerned that people in positions of power endorse the enforcement of nonsensical rules such as that above: Political Ponerology And The Rise Of Totalitarianism In The West


Comment: What with the propaganda media now admitting that the last 21+ months were based on lies, many more people are now readily pushing back against the restrictions and coercion, however, some of these same people that waited to be told it was OK to question the official narrative will likely just as easily revert back to following orders when governments move in lockstep onto the next stage of the nefarious agenda: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: New Year, Same 'New Normal': Mass Formation Psychosis & Crowd Psychology




Arrow Down

Democrat group hides comments accusing Nike of slave labor after praising company

Nike
© Getty Images / Budrul Chukrut; SOPA Images; LightRocket
American multinational sport clothing brand Nike store in Hong Kong, 13 January, 2022
Occupy Democrats, a popular left-wing political advocacy group which supports the US Democratic Party, was caught hiding comments expressing concern about slave labor after it praised sportswear company Nike.

The group praised Nike on social media after the multi-billion-dollar company threatened to fire employees who remained unvaccinated against Covid-19.

"Nike sends a defiant letter to its remaining unvaccinated employees that they will be FIRED by January 15 if they fail to get vaccinated against Covid. Republicans attacked Nike's mandate, but the company held its ground," the group tweeted, before calling on its supporters to "thank Nike for standing strong."

Attention

Seniors to be fined for violating vaccine mandate

Covid-19 vaccination station
© Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP
A Covid-19 vaccination station in Thessaloniki, Greece, 2021.
The Greek prime minister has made a final appeal to the country's senior citizens to get inoculated before monthly punishments for violating the country's vaccination mandate kick in next week.

"Our fellow citizens who are over 60 and still unvaccinated - I encourage them today: take this step," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said during a visit to a health center in Megara, near Athens, on Saturday.

"Protect your life and the lives of those you love, and understand that the vaccine is safe and saves lives."

NPC

CDC encourages more Americans to consider N95 masks

N95 masks
© Reuters / Mike Segar
FILE PHOTO: Boxes of N95 protective masks seen at a New York State emergency center in New Rochelle, New York, March 17, 2020
U.S. health officials on Friday encouraged more Americans to wear the kind of N95 or KN95 masks used by health-care workers to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Those kinds of masks are considered better at filtering virus from the air. But they previously were in short supply, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials had said they should be prioritized for health care workers.

In updated guidance posted late Friday afternoon, CDC officials removed concerns related to supply shortages and more clearly said that properly fitted N95 and KN95 masks provide the most protection.

Comment: Surely, the N95 masks will offer the protection that the vaccines cannot.


Bad Guys

Singapore workers who refuse vaccination risk losing their jobs

Singapore
© Bloomberg
Workers in Singapore who are not inoculated against Covid-19 may risk losing their jobs as new restrictions on office access take effect.

From Saturday, a prior concession that allowed unvaccinated employees who test negative to go to workplaces will be removed, according to a government advisory. Employers can redeploy those with no jabs to suitable jobs that can be done from home, place them on no-pay leave, or as a last resort, fire them if they can't perform their contracted work outside the office.

Singapore's inoculation rate is among the world's highest and it has adopted a strict nationwide approach against the unvaccinated. The nation bars them from restaurants and shopping malls in a push to prevent the risks of the virus spreading and over-burdening its healthcare system. At the same time, the country has stuck to a gradual reopening path, dropping its default work-from-home stance this month.

Fire

Fire breaks out at New Jersey chemical plant, nearby residents evacuated

fire passaic
© Ameer via Twitter
A massive fire broke out at a chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey Friday evening.
About 200 New Jersey firefighters were on the scene in Passaic on Friday night as a massive fire broke out at a factory where products for swimming pools and spas are made, according to reports.

The fire at the Qualco facility reached 11 alarms by midnight Saturday, and forced officials to begin evacuating nearby residents, FOX 5 of New York City reported.

"By no means are we under control," Passaic fire Chief Patrick Trentacost told NJ.com shortly before 11 p.m. ET, "but we are doing everything we can to contain it." He added that firefighters were aware of chemicals at the site and were "watching very closely where this fire is going."

The building where the blaze began collapsed in on itself, the chief told NorthJersey.com. It was vacant but was being used to store plastics and chemicals, the report said.

Comment: See also: CCTV shows Brooklyn apartment building explode after neighbor reported smelling gas leak, fire engulfs building injuring 6