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US federal agents raid warehouse seizing crucial electric equipment hoarded by Puerto Rico Power Authority

Puerto Rico power authority hoarding parts
© Xavier Araujo/GDA/AP
Employees of Crowley and FEMA revise electrical posts from Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority at dock 16 in San Juan , Puerto Rico on Nov. 30, 2017.
On Saturday, a day after becoming aware of a massive store of rebuilding materials being held by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the U.S. federal government - the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with their security detail - entered a Palo Seco warehouse owned by the public utility to claim and distribute the equipment, according to a spokesperson for the Corps.

Rumors of a tense standoff had been circulating on the island, but the encounter was confirmed to The Intercept in a statement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Asked if the federal officers were armed when they entered the warehouse, USACE spokesperson Luciano Vera said they were indeed accompanied by security detail and quickly began distributing the material after seizing it. Vera declined to say whether there was a confrontation at the entrance, saying only that PREPA officials ultimately toured the warehouse along with the feds:
Leadership responsible for restoring the Puerto Rico power grid and their security detail toured the warehouse in cooperation with PREPA. USACE conducted a full inventory and immediately sent out critical materials to contractors at work sites. USACE will continue to distribute critical materials from the site to contractors. The hope is to strengthen the partnership between PREPA and its restoration partners, while increasing visibility of the inventory of all materials on the island. PREPA has invited FEMA and the Corps to visit its warehouses anytime and to distribute material as needed.
The federal government "began distributing [supplies] to contractors," Vera said, including hard-to-find full-tension steel sleeves, critical to rebuilding. "We obtained several hundred of these sleeves on Saturday," Vera added.

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Blue Planet

Christian German family flees 'degenerate' Germany For Russia

german family who emigrated to russia
"The father was put under arrest, fined, and was advised to leave the country."

The Martens family was going through severe persecution in the "genderless and infertile West". So they made the best decision that any Christian family could possibly make.

The family are part of a wave of Russian ethnic Germans who emigrated to Germany under a program begun in the 1980s.

Emigration to Russia! This clip taken from Russian news with transcript below details the warm reception they have received in their new Christian homeland.

Comment: With pretty much all of the western world rotting with hyper-sexualization and more gender pronouns than one can shake a stick at, it's no wonder that people are emigrating to the east.


Control Panel

Chairman of Americans for Peace Now says Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals

Jim Klutznick
Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals.

Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the "major driver" for Palestinian youth today is "democracy and equal rights," not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a), a delusion, and b), just another "corrupt inefficient authoritarian state," so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state.

Klutznick dismissed the idea:
You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation... particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinian democracy. Because I don't believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

USA

Is there really such a thing as a "sh**hole country"?

ghetto graffiti
The question should be rephrased to whether there's such a thing as a "shithole" period, and yes, there is, but the stereotypical "Third World" socio-economic and physical conditions that the word often embodies are also widely present in parts of the US.

Another day, another Trump controversy, and this time it's the Mainstream Media going bonkers because of the President supposedly referring to some countries as "shitholes" and questioning why the government has allowed so many of their people to immigrate to America. Knowing Trump's personality and speaking style, it's believable that he did in fact say this, though what's less believable is the insincere virtue signaling that's sprung up all over social media ever since.

Rocket

Flat-Earther gets rocket launch approval from US government and new lift off date

Mad Mike Hughes flat earther
© Mad Mike Hughes / Facebook
Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes has set a new date to launch himself into orbit in a homemade rocket after his previous attempt was thwarted by a US federal agency.

The rocket jump is intended to promote Hughes' much more ambitious venture of traveling to the edge of space in a bid to prove the Earth is actually flat.

The limousine driver and self described daredevil revealed on his Facebook page that he will carry out the vertical rocket launch on February 3 from the originally intended location of Amboy, California.


Comment: Hard to tell if Hughes is sincere about believing in - and trying to prove that - a flat Earth exists. Or, if he's just using this cockamamie theory to promote himself and have a bit of fun.


Bomb

China demolishes megachurch for permit violations

Golden Lampstand Church
© AP
The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shaanxi province, pictured in 2009
Chinese authorities have demolished a well-known Christian megachurch, inflaming long-standing tensions between religious groups and the Communist Party.

Witnesses and overseas activists said the paramilitary People's Armed Police used dynamite and excavators to destroy the Golden Lampstand Church, which has a congregation of more than 50,000, in the city of Linfen in Shaanxi province.

ChinaAid, a US-based Christian advocacy group, said local authorities planted explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building following, constructed with nearly $2.6m (£1.9m) in contributions from local worshippers in one of China's poorest regions.

The church had faced "repeated persecution" by the Chinese government, said ChinaAid. Hundreds of police and hired thugs smashed the building and seized Bibles in an earlier crackdown in 2009 that ended with the arrest of church leaders.


Comment: We assume ChinaAid must have had access to their pay-stubs.


Comment: More from that Global Times piece linked to above:
"The local housing department stopped the building of the church, named Jindengtai Christian Church, in 2009, when the church was almost finished, as the land owner did not apply for the necessary approval," he said. The church was rarely used, the official said.
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The founder of the association never registered the church, the Linfen official said.

Religious groups above county-level must register churches with their local civil affairs bureaus, according to a regulation on the registration of religious groups in China.
Given that the demolition brought out 100 protesters, there may be some truth to the claim that the church wasn't even that popular. 100 protesters out of an alleged congregation of 50,000?


2 + 2 = 4

Confronting feminists and 'fatherphobia'

father and child
When liberals know they do not have a real argument to give on an issue, they overcome that gap in logic by tacking the suffix "phobia" on a word and turning it into an insult. If you want America to control her borders, you have xenophobia. If you believe traditional marriage is the foundation of society, you have homophobia. If you want America to use common sense to combat terrorism, you have islamophobia. Like the trigger words racist and sexist, these "phobias" do not create a dialogue. Rather, their only purpose is to shut down any chance of a real dialogue. However, Phyllis Schlafly was clever enough to turn their own talking points around. In that spirit, the June 2008 Phyllis Schlafly Report created the term "fatherphobia" to describe inordinate aversion to fatherhood by feminists.

One of the biggest attacks on the family today is the near-omnipotent power of family courts. When divorce cases come up, judges have unilateral authority to place a child with only one parent and to exact large child support payments from the other parent. The biggest problem with this arrangement is that so many of these judges are afflicted with "fatherphobia," which is the presumption that fathers are not important in the life of their children. So often, these family courts will ignore almost any attempt at equal shared custody. If the presumption of equal shared custody were adopted over the assumption of single-parent custody (for the mother) and the other parent making payments but getting little or no visitation rights (for the father,) the child would win in almost every situation.

Colosseum

French media: It's "beautiful" to be invaded by migrants

african migrants
© AP/Sima Diab
Sicily has borne much of the brunt of the large wave of migrants coming into Italy. But despite this, the mayor of Palermo has declared his love for migrants saying that the future of Italy is "Google and Ali the immigrant".

Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando declared his love for newly arrived migrants from Africa, most of them coming into the country illegally claiming to be asylum seekers, in a largely pro-migrant article published by French centre-left newspaper Libération.

"If you ask me how many immigrants there are in Palermo, I do not answer 60, 70, or 80,000. Anyone who arrives in Palermo is a Palermo," Orlando said.

"The future has two names: Google and Ali the immigrant. Google expresses the virtual connection and Palermo is today the best wired and computerised city in the entire Mediterranean. Ali the migrant represents the human connection. We want to be a welcoming and modern city," he added.

Around a million people have arrived in Italy in the last three years from Africa. Although the number arriving has considerably declined after the Italian government enacted stricter rules of conduct on pro-migrant NGO ships, many migrants remain in Italy.

Comment: Try as they might, this kind of propaganda on the part of the European establishment will do little to convince Europeans that opening the gates to uncontrolled immigration is a good thing. Optimistic words cannot prevent the culture clash that comes with millions of migrants.


2 + 2 = 4

Managing perception: Don't call drug users 'junkies' or 'crackheads,' Soros & Branson-backed campaign urges

Soros
© Global Look Press / Reuters
Drug users shouldn't be labelled "junkies" or "addicts," George Soros' Global Commission on Drug Policy has said, amid complaints that drug users are stigmatized. Instead, they should be called a "person who uses drugs."

The commission, backed by Virgin tycoon Richard Branson and former Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, says drug users are victims of discrimination. It called for an end to negative language around their habits, to ensure that their human rights are respected.

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Chart Pie

Russians think their biggest enemies are US, Ukraine, EU

Orzysz poland nato
© Kacper Pempe / Reuters
U.S. soldiers attend welcoming ceremony for U.S.-led NATO troops at polygon near Orzysz, Poland, April 13, 2017.
Two thirds of Russians believe their country has enemies in the international arena, with the US, Ukraine and the EU topping the list, a fresh survey by independent pollster Levada Center has revealed.

According to research conducted in early December, 66 percent of respondents considered that Russia has enemies, while 21 percent believed that the country exists in a peaceful international environment. Levada Center has been carrying out similar surveys for the last 23 years. The highest result in response to this question was recorded at the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict in 2014, when 84 percent of those surveyed said that Russia had enemies.

When asked to specifically name Russia's foreign enemies, the majority of respondents - 68 percent - singled out the US, which is no surprise as relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest in decades over accusations of election meddling, the imposition of sanctions, and other issues.

Second-placed Ukraine was far behind the US on the enemy list on 29 percent, followed by the European Union on 14 percent. Poland, the Baltic states and other former Soviet republics, Germany and the UK were also among the answers.

Comment: Russians seem very clued in. The U.S. and NATO are bigger threats than ISIS.