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Feds charge former ABC News producer with transportation of child pornography

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James Gordon Meek at the premier of the documentary '3212 Un-Redacted'
November 9, 2021
Federal prosecutors have charged former ABC News producer James Gordon Meek with transportation of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in Eastern Virginia on Wednesday. Meek resigned abruptly from his job shortly after federal agents raided his Arlington, Virginia home in April 2022.

Federal prosecutors say their investigation into Meek first began after the cloud storage company Dropbox tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the presence of five suspected videos of child sexual exploitation material in a Dropbox account, according to the complaint. A subsequent investigation of the tip allegedly confirmed the videos depicted child pornography and were linked to Meek's account. That triggered an investigation which allegedly found Meek posing as a minor to solicit pornographic images of children.

After federal agents raided Meek's home, prosecutors say they found a trove of pornographic images on the producer's iPhone 8, iPhone 6, an external hard drive, and laptop depicting the abuse of children as young as a toddler.

Under the United States Code, 18 USC § 2252 and 18 USC § 2252A, "transportation" can be applied to both the physical and virtual realm; for example, under the law, sending images by hitting the "send" button on your computer or smartphone is just as illegal as going down to your neighborhood post office or UPS box to send images through the mail.

US Department of Justice notice


Kremlin supports cash rewards for burning NATO tanks

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German Army Leopard-2 tank
Cash bounties offered by Russian businesses and officials for the destruction of Western military equipment in Ukraine will inevitably lead to more enthusiasts willing to undertake the task, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov predicted on Wednesday.

He noted that although heavy Western tanks such as the Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams have yet to be delivered to Kiev's forces, such proposals demonstrated the "unity and the desire of all" to contribute to reaching the goals of Russia's ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

Last week, Berlin announced that it would supply Kiev with 14 Leopards and allow other European countries to export their own stocks to Ukraine, amounting to a total of 112 tanks. Washington, meanwhile, has pledged 31 Abrams tanks, but doesn't expect to deliver them until late 2023.

Following the West's decision, the governor of Russia's eastern Zabaikalsky Region, Alexander Osipov, signed an order declaring that local soldiers participating in the fighting in Ukraine could receive a monetary reward if they managed to seize or destroy a German or American tank.

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Under the radar economic indicators are flashing warning signs not seen since 2008

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The US economy is not nearly as close to the robust economy that the Mainstream Media wants you to believe it is.

The US Government came out with another very questionable estimate of US GDP in January. For some time, since the Obama years, we've questioned the accuracy of government measurements. It appeared to us that the Obama numbers always errored up while under Trump economic results were adjusted down.

But even with bogus reporting the government entities that create economic estimates and reports couldn't downplay President Trump's results enough to ignore the results of his policies.

In January the Bureau of Economic Analysis claimed that GDP was up by 2.9% in the 4th Quarter but this makes no sense.

Then looking closer at the numbers it was noted that Americans' disposable income decreased the most in 2022 since 1932 and the Great Depression.

Comment: The US economy is going out with the trash. Request: Save room in the bin for our leadership, legislators and banksters.

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Parent elected to school board leaks science curriculum that states biological sex isn't binary

Heather Rooks
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Heather Rooks is a newly-elected pro-parent school board member in Arizona's Peoria school district.
An Arizona pro-parent school board member, who was recently elected into office, leaked and alerted parents to a radical science curriculum that is currently being considered in the Peoria Unified School District.

The Arizona school board member, Heather Rooks, spoke with Fox News Digital about the power-switch from being a parent speaking out at the district's meetings to a member of the board.

"Now on the other side. I can go back and ask questions," she said.

Within a month of being at the school board, Rooks leaked a proposed textbook that would be used in the district's high school. She said she was alarmed that the science curriculum discounted the reality of biological sex.

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Bank of England raises interest rates for 10th time, highest since financial crash of 2008

Bank of England

The Bank of England has been raising rates for more than a year and analysts are looking for signs of when it will ease its hard stance.
The Bank of England raised interest rates for a 10th consecutive time on Thursday, by half a percentage point, as policymakers kept up their vigilant stance against inflationary pressures.

The bank's policymakers lifted the key rate to 4 percent, the highest since 2008. But after more than a year of rising interest rates, inflation in Britain and several other major economies appears to have peaked, and the bank's officials softened their tone on the future path of rate increases as the economy enters a contraction.

Comment: A recession.

In recent policy meetings, officials have said they would act "forcefully" against signs of persistent inflationary pressures. Crucially, the mention of "forceful" was no longer in the minutes of the bank's meeting this week.

Comment: Meanwhile over in France: France rocked by protests as 2 MILLION march against government reforms in 2nd wave of mass strikes to hit this month


Ex-ABC News reporter James Gordon Meek hit with child pornography charge

James Gordon Meek
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Former ABC News reporter James Gordon Meek was hit with child pornography charges by federal authorities in Virginia.
Former ABC News reporter James Gordon Meek was hit with a federal child pornography charge this week-almost ten months after the FBI raided his home and seized his laptop and other electronic devices.

Meek- who resigned abruptly from the network after the raid last spring- was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with one count of transportation of child pornography by federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia.

If convicted, he faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years, the Department of Justice said in a statement.

In an affidavit unsealed Wednesday, FBI Special Agent Tonya Sturgill Griffith explained that the investigation into Meek's online activities started in March 2021, when Dropbox alerted authorities to child porn stored in the veteran journalist's account.

A search warrant was executed at Meek's Arlington home on April 27, 2022, when investigators seized several devices including an iPhone 8.

Comment: It's worth noting this is Meek's last post on Twitter:

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See also:An ABC News investigative journalist disappeared six months ago. He seems to have known a lot about American aims in Ukraine

Bizarro Earth

It's the land of the freebies for NYC's 'entitled' migrants

Migrants NYC bus
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You can say this for the migrants demanding more free stuff from City Hall: They're fast learners about the new American ethos of endless entitlement.

Schooled and led by far-left activists, they arrive here within days of illegally crossing the southern border and claiming asylum, then start agitating for better accommodations in pricey neighborhoods.

Tents in the Bronx, barracks in Brooklyn or homeless shelters anywhere are not good enough. Only first-class Manhattan hotels, where the city pays upward of $500 a night per room, are acceptable.

The welcome wagon comes with free food, free cellphones, free transit passes, free school and free health care.

Comment: See also: Migrants turn NYC hotel into violent, drug-infested 'free-for-all': employee

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Migrants turn NYC hotel into violent, drug-infested 'free-for-all': employee

Row NYC Hotel
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Some migrants living for free in the Row NYC hotel have turned it into a frat house, a worker claims.
A once-trendy Manhattan hotel has become a wild "free-for-all" of sex, drugs and violence after the city began housing migrants there, an employee claimed Tuesday.

Row NYC worker Felipe Rodriguez — who told The Post earlier this month that migrants were throwing away "tons" of prepared food at the hotel — said the facility has now descended into anarchy.

"Chaos, total chaos," Rodriguez told "Fox & Friends" when asked to describe conditions at the hotel. "There's no accountability.

"There is no daily supervision to show these people that ... 'You don't destroy your hotel. You are only there temporarily. This is not your home.'

"[The employees] endure a lot of disrespect from the migrants, and there [are] some nice migrants, but there's too much alcohol, too much drugs and too much violence, and you have teenagers ... going into the staircases and making out like it's Lover's Lane," Rodriguez said. "This is a free-for-all.

Mr. Potato

'A serious threat' or just blowing smoke?: Politicians calls grow for urgent review of England's wood-burning stoves

wood stove
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The government wants to educate owners of log burners on cleaner use.
Politicians and campaigners have called for an urgent review of wood-burning stoves, which cause large amounts of pollution in urban areas.

The calls follow the admission by the environment secretary that the government had set weaker air pollution targets than it would like. The admission came as she announced a new environmental plan for England that held back from banning wood-burning stoves and settled instead for "educating" people on their use.

The Times subsequently reported that the government would encourage councils to use their powers to issue householders £300 on-the-spot fines for flouting air pollution rules by burning logs at home.

But the Green party co-leader Carla Denyer said the government should go further and potentially end the sale of log burners.

She said: "Local authorities have powers to create smoke control areas in cities under the Environment Act 2021. This goes some way to preventing homeowners and businesses releasing smoke from a chimney. However, there are exemptions for particular stoves and fuels which still mean dangerous particulates can be released into the atmosphere.

Comment: First they came for the gas stoves... and now the wood stoves...

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Florida pride event includes 'kids' zone' featuring drag queen

drag queens children
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A Florida pride festival featured a drag queen question and answer event in the "teen's zone" and a story hour in the "kids' zone," the Daily Caller reported.

The teen's portion consisted of a question and answer with a drag performer who goes by the name "Misty Eyez." The drag performer also took part in a drag queen story hour event in the kids' zone.

The festival, which was hosted by Hollywood, Florida, and Broward County, Florida, also included a "banned book nook" in the "kids' zone." The banned book area featured various controversial books and was hosted by the Broward County Hollywood Library and Safe Schools South Florida, a group working to embed gender theory in schools.

The organization explains that it hopes to mobilize students in service of leftist causes "through GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) leadership training and diversity conferences." The group also "works on policy advocacy initiatives with schools, school districts and government agencies."