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Sound money: Tennessee Legal Tender Law would treat gold and silver as money and form the foundation to undermine the Fed

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Bills introduced in the Tennessee legislature would define gold and silver specie as legal tender and eliminate sales taxes levied on it. Passage of these bills would pave the way for Tennessee residents to use gold and silver in everyday transactions, a foundational step for the people to undermine the Federal Reserve's monopoly on money.

Sen. Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) introduced Senate Bill 978 (SB978) on Feb. 6. Rep. Rick Eldridge (R-Morristown) introduced the House companion bill (HB1323) the same day. Titled the Tennessee Legal Tender Act, the legislation would make gold and silver legal tender in the state, meaning it would be recognized as a medium of exchange for the payment of debts and taxes. Practically speaking, gold and silver specie would be treated as money, putting it on par with Federal Reserve notes in Tennessee.

Comment: There are other reasons to purchase silver and gold coins: Hyperinflation, Nails in the Coffin and Silver Bullets


20-year-old aspiring rapper shot & killed by California police

Willie McCoy
© David Harrison
Willie McCoy was startled awake and fatally shot by Vallejo police at Taco Bell, prompting family to allege racial profiling
California police officers fatally shot a 20-year-old rapper who was sleeping in his car outside a Taco Bell, authorities said.

Six Vallejo officers fired "multiple rounds" at the man, identified by family as Willie McCoy, police said. McCoy had a handgun on him when the officers fired out of "fear for their own safety" on Saturday night, according to the department. The family of McCoy, whose rapper name was Willie Bo, said Tuesday that police had racially profiled the young black man and that there was no justification for using deadly force against someone who was sleeping and not a threat.

"There was no attempt to try to work out a peaceful solution," Marc McCoy, Willie's older brother, told the Guardian. "The police's job is to arrest people who are breaking the law - not take the law into your own hands. You're not judge, jury and executioner ... We're never going to get over this."

Comment: The New York Post reports more details of the incident:
Cops were called to the fast-food eatery Saturday at around 10:36 p.m. to check on a driver slumped over inside a silver Mercedes-Benz.

They said that the car was locked and the transmission was somehow in drive.

More officers arrived at the scene and police tried unsuccessfully to open the driver's-side door.

They also moved a patrol car in front of the Mercedes and tried to move another cop vehicle behind it.

That's when McCoy began to stir.

"The driver began to suddenly move and looked at the uniformed patrol officers," police said in a statement.

"Officers gave the driver several commands to put his hands up. The driver did not comply and instead moved his hands downward toward the firearm."

Six officers fired "multiple rounds" at McCoy for about four seconds, police said.

Police didn't release the identity of the victim but a man named David Harrison confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that McCoy, his cousin and an aspiring rapper, was the person shot. [...]

A .40-caliber handgun loaded with an extra magazine that had been reported stolen from Oregon was recovered from the car after the shooting, police said.


Investigation finds no proof of 'racist or offensive statements' by Covington Catholic students

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A student from Covington Catholic High School stands in front of Native American Nathan Phillips in Washington, U.S., in this still image from a Jan. 18, 2019.
An investigation into the viral encounter between students from Covington Catholic High School and a Native American man found the students' accounts to be largely accurate, according to findings released Wednesday.

Greater Cincinnati Investigations issued a report dated Feb. 11 that found no evidence that students from Covington Catholic made "offensive or racist" statements to either Black Hebrew Israelites or Native American tribe members gathered on the National Mall.

"The statements we obtained from students and chaperones are remarkably consistent," the investigators said. "And, the statements are consistent with the videos we reviewed."

Comment: The Sandmann family attorney Todd McMurty summed up the hysteria in an interview:
"By ignoring the truth that was immediately available to nearly everyone, they made false statements against my client that have damaged his reputation," McCurtry argued.

He invited Starnes' audience to put themselves in Nick Sandmann's shoes and imagine what it would be like to have to endure what the boy has been going through.

"Imagine being the person subject to all of this hatred at age 16 and imagine when you apply to college, grad school.... Imagine when you go to a party. Imagine when you seek a new job or want to move to a new city. People are going to know who you are. I don't think people are going to forget this for years to come," he said, adding that the people who pushed the false narrative should "pay a high price."

"What they did to him is completely inexcusable. It's a travesty and they all need to be punished and they need to pay a high price for what they did," he declared.
Also see: Nick Sandmann's lawyer: 'Nathan Phillips will be sued' for defamation

Wall Street

Lawsuit alleges that CBS executives engineered stock dump prior to damning disclosures

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Leslie "Les" Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corp., listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York City, Oct. 14, 2015.
Former CBS chief Les Moonves tried to profit before his ouster by selling CBS stock before the company publicly disclosed the sexual harassment allegations he faces, a new lawsuit alleged.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, also named several other current and former CBS executives who, collectively, are alleged to have sold more than $200 million dollars' worth of CBS stock "before the disclosures about the company's sexual harassment and hostile work environment problems were revealed to the market," the lawsuit said.

Yet in a statement, a CBS spokeswoman said that the "vast majority" of stock sales outlined in the complaint were "part of pre-planned selling arrangements designed to comply with applicable securities law."


Oxford University's Classics degree to be overhauled in bid to boost number of female students getting top grades

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One of Oxford University's oldest degrees is to be overhauled.
One of Oxford University's oldest degrees is to be overhauled in bid to boost number of female students getting top grades.

Classics dons who marked last year's exam papers said the gender gap is "very troubling", adding that it must be addressed as a matter of "urgency".

More than double the number of men were awarded first class honours in their Finals last year than women, with 46.8 per cent of men achieving the top grade compared to 12.5 per cent of their female peers.

Comment: What a silly idea. Because you don't see the diversity you want in the final grades you change the entire syllabus? They think they're leveling the playing field, but all they're doing is moving the goal posts. The discipline should stand as is - if certain students don't do as well in the course as others, maybe the discipline isn't for them. Changing the syllabus to get better outcomes for certain groups simply makes for an overall poorer education.

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Texas children found starved, locked in dog cage, smeared with excrement

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Andrew Joseph Fabila and Paige Isabow Harkings
Four malnourished siblings, all aged 5 or younger, have been placed in foster care after authorities found them hungry and thirsty in a North Texas barn, two locked in a dog cage and the others smeared with excrement, authorities said Wednesday.

Law enforcement found the children Tuesday morning while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a property near Rhome, about 20 milc

s (32 kilometers) north of Fort Worth.

The three boys and girl were released from a hospital Tuesday evening and placed into foster care, a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said. The agency did not say if the children have been placed together or split up.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said deputies found the oldest two kids locked in a 3-by-3 foot (90-by-90 centimeter) cage and the other two were filthy and only partially clothed. Akin called it the worst case of child abuse he has seen in his 44-year career.

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67 percent of those who file for bankruptcy cite illness and medical bills as major contributors to financial ruin

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Researchers found no evidence that the ACA reduced the proportion of bankruptcies driven by medical problems; insurance offered little protection to middle-class Americans

Medical problems contributed to 66.5% of all bankruptcies, a figure that is virtually unchanged since before the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a study published yesterday as an editorial in the American Journal of Public Health. The findings indicate that 530,000 families suffer bankruptcies each year that are linked to illness or medical bills.

The study, carried out by a team of two doctors, two lawyers, and a sociologist from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project (CBP), surveyed a random sample of 910 Americans who filed for personal bankruptcy between 2013 and 2016, and abstracted the court records of their bankruptcy filings. The study, which is one component of the CBP's ongoing bankruptcy research, provides the only national data on medical contributors to bankruptcy since the 2010 passage of the ACA. Bankruptcy debtors reported that medical bills contributed to 58.5% of bankruptcies, while illness-related income loss contributed to 44.3%; many debtors cited both of these medical issues.

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11 Deaths, Limbs Blown Off, And Lengthy Prison Sentences - Human Toll of The Yellow Vest Insurrection Mounts

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Violent clashes between the police and yellow vests since the start of the movement have caused many injuries including the loss of eyes and hands and led to claims of police violence.

Comment: Why does the media always frame things that way?

There are no "violent clashes between the police and yellow vests..."

There are state security forces violently brutalizing the yellow vest protesters - even after they've formally applied for, and been granted, permission to protest in certain places at certain times.

The only time the protesters hurt those state instigators is when they defend themselves.

Here are the latest statistics. Less than three months since it kicked off, the Yellow Vests movement has turned into one of the longest and most violent social protests in modern France. Hundreds of protestors and police alike have been injured since the start of the protests with claims of police violence over the controversial use of rubber-bullets and stun grenades by French security forces have been gaining ground. Here's a look at the numbers.

1,700 people

According to government figures, 1,700 people have been injured and 1,000 policemen or gendarmes have been hurt in the 11 weeks of conflict. Out of those injured, 100 have been seriously hurt and 11 people have now died.

Comment: That's "seriously hurt" as in they've had a hand or foot blown off by police grenades. Or, when shot in the face, an eye.

Most of those casualties resulted from road accidents at blockades in the early days of the protest. The government stress that no protester has dies as a result of police action. One protester died of a heart attack during Saturday's demo in Paris that turned violent. Out of those injured, 15 people are thought to have sustained serious eye injuries, including a police officer who lost an eye. One of the many who have lost the use of an eye include one of the leaders of the yellow vests, Jérôme Rodrigues, who was badly wounded in his right eye at the weekend.

Other sources claim different numbers however. The French left-wing newspaper Libération puts the numbers of yellow vests (and some journalists) hurt severely in the protests at 109, while the charity against state violence 'Désarmons-les' has estimated the number of badly to severely injured to be 124. According to the same charity, the total number of injured is also much higher than the government statistics, at between 2,000 to 3,000 people.

Comment: Christophe Dettinger, the boxer who landed a couple of punches against riot police attacking women, just today received two years' imprisonment. Many less high-profile cases than his have seen people sent down for up to a year for posting messages on social media about organizing rallies.

This is one revolution that certainly is not being televised.


The media's Russia collusion hoax and Trump obsession has demolished public trust in journalists

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Polling proves that public trust in the establishment media has collapsed in every imaginable way during Trump's presidency.

There is no doubt anymore that corporate media's ongoing assault against President Trump has backfired in a way that journalists will never recover from.

An IBD/TIPP poll asked about "the public's perception of the mainstream news media" and found that "fully half the country says its trust in the media decreased over the past two years," while only eight percent say they have more trust in the media.

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Serial complainer about anti-Semitic graffiti left on and near his home in Paris... caught daubing cars with anti-Semitic graffiti


'Jew' was painted on some 20 vehicles before the man was apprehended
A 73 year old man was caught Monday trying to tag the word "Jew" on vehicles in the upmarket 16th district of Paris. The man and his wife, who is Jewish, had previously filed complaints in July and August when anti-semitic graffiti was "discovered in their building."

On Monday around 4pm, a man was caught writing the word "Jew" on vehicles parked on Avenue du General-Clavery and Avenue Dode de la Brunerie in the 16th district. Some twenty cars were tagged. "The police handcuffed him, then arrested him. He's completely crazy to be doing something like this. An official at the scene told me that the guy acknowledged what he was doing," said one witness to MetroNews.

The suspect was immediately taken into custody. The man was born in April 1941 and is named 'Pierre B.' He was already known to police - not as a suspect but as a victim. Last summer, he twice visited the police station in the 16th district to denounce anti-Semitic remarks left near his property.