The Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), and why it should scare you

Welcome to your re-education America

The Obama administration quietly hired 20 social and behavioral research experts to help expand the use of government programs at dozens of agencies by, among other things, simplifying federal forms, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. The controversial group of experts is collectively known as the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) and it functions under the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

In 2015 Obama signed an executive order directing federal agencies to use behavioral science to sell their programs to the public, the records obtained by Judicial Watch reveal. By then the government had contracted “20 leading social and behavioral research experts” that at that point had already been involved in “more than 75 agency collaborations,” the records state. A memo sent from SBST chair Maya Shankar, a neuroscientist, to OSTP Director John Holdren offers agencies guidance and information about available government support for using behavioral insights to improve federal forms. Sent electronically, the memo is titled “Behavioral Science Insights and Federal Forms.”

The records, obtained from the OSTP under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), also include a delivery by Holdren in which he insists that the social and behavioral sciences “are real science, with immensely valuable practical applications—the views of a few members of Congress to the contrary notwithstanding—and that these sciences abundantly warrant continuing support in the Federal science and technology budget.” Holdren, a Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate is a peculiar character who worked as an environmental professor at Harvard and the University of California Berkeley before becoming Obama’s science advisor. In the late 70s he co-authored a book with doomsayer Paul Ehrlichadvocating for mandatory sterilization of the American people and forced abortions in order to depopulate the country. A head of the OSTP Holdren technically oversees the SBST.

Information about this absurd behavioral team remains sketchy because the administration, which claims to be the most transparent in history, withheld nearly 100 pages of records that could have shed light on the taxpayer-funded group’s secret operations. The Obama administration cited an exemption—officially known as B5—that applies to deliberative process, which allows government officials to discuss policy without the discussions being made public, or attorney client privilege. In this case it appears that the administration used the deliberative process exemption to withhold the records since it’s unlikely that attorney client privilege applies. B5 is the most abused of the FOIA exemptions and is regularly used to hide material that may embarrass the government.

Hey, what could possibly go wrong? Just move along, nothing to see……..

And the destruction of our education system rolls on

Just another way to make our schools into re-education camps that will turn out good little Leftist non-thinkers!

The coming dark age: The Baltimore school system this week revealed that it is ordering its teachers to ignore student behavior and not count homework in determining school grades. And what could be worse?

The school system also now recommends that teachers do not factor homework into overall grades or give students marks below 50%. Community Superintendent for Zone 2 George Roberts says low marks can damage a student’s feeling of self-potential. “The power of the zero is extremely powerful and frankly hurtful to a student,” Roberts said. “If a child gets a zero on an assignment, it’s that much harder for the child to come out of.”

The truth is, of course, that competition always has, and always will breed greatness. Even those who do not finish at the top scholastically, will be smarter and better educated if their natural desire to compete is encouraged. The efforts to eradicate our inherent desire to compete are designed to create people who are incapable of critical thought, and who ultimately see themselves as wards of the state. This has been the goal of the Left since our federal government became so involved in education. 

University of Chicago to perpetually offended whiners, Suck it up Buttercup!

Finally! Via Moonbattery

Finally, a respite from collegiate moonbattery:

The University of Chicago, one of America’s most prestigious and selective universities, is warning incoming students starting this fall not to expect safe spaces and a trigger-free existence during their four-year journey through academia.

In a letter sent to the class of 2020, Dean of Students John (Jay) Ellison said one of the defining characteristics of the school was its unwavering commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Civility and mutual respect are vital to the campus culture, the letter states, but not at the expense of shielding students from unpopular opinions or ideas.

“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called “trigger warnings,” we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual “safe spaces” where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own,” the letter states.

BRAVO! A win for sanity. This fellow has done what every single college dean should have been doing for the last few years. That is standing up to these bullies and their calls for hypersensitivity, safe spaces and their incessant carping about “trigger warnings”. sadly, most college deans have caved in to these miscreants, or simply coddled these overgrown brats. Enough of that foolish strategy. It is well past time all of us realized that students like this do not want to get along, or be understood, or respected. they want to bully, intimidate and silence anyone who dares express differing views. That cannot be tolerated. Being a Liberal, and being outspoken on college campuses is fine, as is being Conservative, Libertarian, etc. Bullying, however, and preventing an open discourse on issues and ideals is not!

Angela Rye, a case study in Racial Obsession Syndrome

First the story

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday’s CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, liberal CNN political commentator Angela Rye hyperbolically asserted that Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan reminds her of slavery and the days when black Americans were assaulted with dogs and water hoses.

Even though the Republican presidential candidate has stated that the 1980s is an era that he believes America was “great,” and has focused on jobs lost by what he believes are unfair trade deals as factors in America not being as “great” as in the past, the CNN commentator linked his slogan to the days of extreme racism against the black population: “I also think when you start your campaign with a slogan like ‘Make America Great Again,’ when some of us hear shackles in our minds or we hear dogs and see fire hoses, that’s not an era we want to go back to.”

Now, Rye’s response, no matter how idiotic, should be no surprise. After all, anyone who has ever listened to her understands she would find something racist in ordering a hot dog at a baseball game. For Angela Rye, and people like her everything involves race, everything. Thus my term Racial Obsession Syndrome. If she hears something she disagrees with, RAAAAACISM! If a police officer shoots an armed Black criminal, RAAAAACISM! If someone says that the absence of fathers in inner city communities is a massive cause of the disproportionate rate of Black crime, RAAAAACISM! America, itself? RAAAAACIST!

This comes as a sad result of two things. First is the growth of racial grievance mongering as a source of income. The monetary success of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and other race pimps has led many others, from politicians like the member of the Congressional Black caucus, to news commentators like Rye, to columnists like Charles Blow to go full race baiting all the time. It has also led some newcomers like Shaun King and Deray McKesson to emulate these race baiters. Racism sells well and the media, is all too happy to help carry the often false narrative of racist police, racist America, racist Republicans, racist everything.

The other factor in the growth of Racial Obsession Syndrome is identity politics. The Left is responsible for the brainwashing and embittering of Black Americans. Through education, which teaches that America is a hotbed of racism and bigotry, and through the media which again re-enforces this largely false narrative. The fact is many Black kids grow up hearing, from parents, “community” leaders, the media, and of course self-serving politicians that anything and everything in their life is centered on their skin color. Blacks are told they must vote a certain, way, and support certain issues or they are “traitors” “Uncle Toms” or “not really Black”. 

Of course there is nothing more racist than pigeon holing people based solely on their skin color, but the Left wants power, and they get it by dividing Americans. They do it by convincing s many people as possible that they are completely defined by their “identity” be it race, gender, their income, sexual orientation, or their religion. Once the Left has labelled everyone, then they continue the indoctrination by telling these groups they are victims, and their only hope to overcome discrimination is to vote for Leftist candidates. The focus is to segregate groups by “identity”, then to “victimize” them, and of course to release any member of any victim group of any responsibility for any choices they make or actions they take. After all, these are victims, and everything that goes wrong for them is because of America, and bigotry, and Conservatives.

All of these factors have made race relations worse, not better, and it will continue to be this way as long as the narrative of victimhood can continue unchallenged. This is why anyone who dares to push back against this narrative is savaged as racist/Homophobic/anti-women/anti-immigrant/Islamophobic, etc. Taking on the Left is dangerous because the Left does not value the truth. They value winning, and yes, by any means necessary. To the Left destroying someone’s career, or reputation by falsely calling them a racist is not morally objectionable in any way. This is why we see so many college students fighting to not allow Conservative speakers on campus, or the formation of clubs that deviate from the Leftist narrative. Free speech, open dialogues, and debate?, No, they are not allowed. You either agree and march in lock step with the Left or you will be intimidated into silence, or see your good name ruined.

Naturally, this is why we will see, should Hillary Clinton win in November renewed assaults on speech that dares challenge the Left’s lies. The Fairness Doctrine, and renewed calls for the FCC, and FEC to clamp down on blogs will be on top of the Left’s agenda. After all, free speech gets in the way of the re-education of America, and that cannot be allowed to happen if we are to build a Collectivist Utopia now can it?

Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Wednesday 05/25/16


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Hacker Who Claims He Breached Clinton Server Pleads Guilty, Strikes Deal With Feds – Fox News
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The Romanian hacker who claimed he easily breached Hillary Clinton’s email server pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to two counts of computer hacking charges, as part of a deal with the Justice Department.

In exchange for a reduced sentence, Marcel Lehel Lazar – also known as Guccifer – has agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in the future.

Lazar pleaded guilty to the unauthorized access of a protected computer and aggravated identity theft, counts tied to his illegal intrusion into systems belonging to former U.S. government officials, including former Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal and former Secretary of State Colin Powell…

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Fish-Keeping Father-Of-One Is Told To Demolish His Garden Pond Because Burglars Could Fall In It And Drown – Daily Mail

A fish fanatic has been told to get rid of the pond in his back garden because it could potentially be a hazard for burglars.

Sovereign Housing have told Kevin Sheehan to demolish the water features at his home in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

When he asked why, the 62-year-old claims they told him the measure had to be adopted because ‘if someone breaks in they could fall in’.

Mr Sheehan, who lives with his partner and their one-year-old daughter Olivia, has slammed the ruling as ‘ridiculous’.

He told the Oxford Mail: ‘It’s my home, I am going to fight it as much as I can – there is no rule in the tenancy about fish ponds.

‘The reason they gave was if someone breaks into the back garden they can fall in the pond because there’s a six-foot fence all round and they can’t see it.

‘I said: “Well they shouldn’t be breaking in.”‘

‘I’ve got about 80 fish in the pond, where can I put these fish if I’ve not got a pond? I can’t put them in the river, I’d get into trouble. They can’t die because of this.’…

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VA Admits To Wrongly Declaring Over 4,000 Veterans Dead – Washington Free Beacon
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The Department of Veterans Affairs admitted it wrongly declared more than 4,000 veterans dead over the past five years, cutting off benefits for them and their dependents.

The agency disclosed that it wrongly terminated benefits for 4,201 veterans between 2011 and 2015 in a letter to Rep. David Jolly (R., Fla.) this month. The admission came more than six months after Jolly initially requested information on veterans whose VA benefits had been erroneously cut off following a series of mistaken death cases by the VA in the Tampa Bay area.

More than 1,000 veterans had their benefits disrupted in 2015 alone when the VA erroneously declared them deceased…

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State Department Sets New Single-Day Record For Syrian Refugee Approvals – Washington Times

The State Department admitted 80 Syrian refugees on Tuesday and 225 on Monday, setting a single-day record, as President Obama tries to meet his target of 10,000 approvals this year – renewing fears among security analysts who say the administration is cutting corners to meet a political goal.

Officials insist they are moving faster because of improvements in screening and say they are still running all the traps on applicants.

But the spike is stunning, with more people accepted Monday alone than in the entire months of January or February.

“The Obama administration is on full throttle to admit as many people as possible before the time clock runs out on them,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies. “This is the classic scenario when political expediency trumps prudence, and someone slips through who shouldn’t have, and tragedy ensues.”

Powerless to stop the civil war in Syria, Mr. Obama has instead offered the U.S. as a haven for some of those fleeing the conflict.

He promised to accept 10,000 refugees from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30. As of Tuesday evening, the administration had approved 2,540 – an average of about 10 applications a day…

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Protests Turn Violent Outside Trump Rally In New Mexico – Chicago Tribune
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In one of the presidential campaign year’s more grisly spectacles, demonstrators at a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades. Authorities labeled it a “riot.”

Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.

During the rally, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was interrupted repeatedly by protesters, who shouted, held up banners and resisted removal by security officers.

The banners included the messages “Trump is Fascist” and “We’ve heard enough.”…

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DNC Chair’s PAC Has Paid More In Salaries Than It Has Given To Democrats – Washington Free Beacon

The leadership PAC of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) has paid out nearly $100,000 more in salaries than it has given to Democratic candidates during the 2016 election cycle, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.

The Democrats Win Seats PAC, or DWS PAC, has a stated mission of directing “resources to help elect Democrats around the country.” However, records show the PAC has spent more on staff than helping campaigns.

Between Jan. 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016, the PAC paid $153,453 to Lindsey Schulte, the committee’s highest-paid employee, according to a review of the DWS PAC’s finances.

Jason O’Malley, the second highest-paid employee at the PAC, collected $69,112 in salary and an additional $20,000 for “fundraising consulting fees.”

Meredith Swan made $37,463 and Anna Stolitzka made $3,164 since January 2015, bringing the PAC’s payroll to $283,282.

The DWS PAC contributed just $186,000 to the committees of Democratic politicians, with the largest donation of $15,000 going to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The PAC disbursed $97,282 less to candidates than it paid to the people running the committee.

The four individuals collecting paychecks from Wasserman Schultz’s leadership PAC were simultaneously being paid by her official campaign…

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Army Officer Dealing With Terror Threats Denied Concealed Carry Permit In N.J. – Washington Times
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The state of New Jersey told an Army officer dealing with terror threats at Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton that there is no “justifiable need” for him to have a concealed carry permit.

Lt. Col. Terry S. Russell, the product manager for the Army’s Individual Weapons and Small Arms program, requires a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance for his job. The base where he works was chosen as a terrorist “dry run” for a a Vehicle Borne Improved Explosive Device, and hackers have tried to obtain information on personnel.

Regardless, Oceanport Police Chief Daniel W. Barcus still denied the solider a permit, a decision ultimately backed last month by Superior Court Judge Joseph Oxley…

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Oberlin Progressives Want Low Grades Thrown Out, Conversations Instead Of Written Exams – Truth Revolt

The list of demands from social justice college students around the country is growing daily. Most of them demand bully-proof safe spaces just to escape from any and all perceived oppression. Now, some at Oberlin College are asking for a bit more from administration: throw out all grades below ‘C’ and convert written exams to conversations.

With having to juggle protests, general activism, and avoiding contrary ideas written in chalk, these students are finding little time left to study and need someone to throw them a lifeline, and fast. What’s worse, as Reason points out, the stress, mental anguish, and living in a “toxic” atmosphere, is leading many students to drop out altogether.

The latest in desperate pleas on campus were discovered in a piece for The New Yorker that introduced several student activists at Oberlin who are asking the impossible.

One of them is Megan Bautista, a self-described “Afro-Latinx.” She expressed frustration at having to drive back and forth to attend the protests for cop shooting victim Tamir Rice forty minutes away and keep up school work back in 2014.

“A lot of us started suffering academically,” Bautista noted.

She had hoped that Oberline would see the needs of the Black Lives Matter movement and once again follow its previous grade modifications offered during the Vietnam War protests and the Kent State shooting in 1970. She signed her name along with over 1,300 other students to a petition asking for the elimination of average grades and below. However, the administration didn’t oblige…

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Google Offices Raided In Paris As Prosecutors Announce Fraud Probe – The Guardian
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French investigators have raided Google’s Paris headquarters, saying the company is now under investigation for aggravated financial fraud and organised money laundering.

In a major escalation of France’s long-running enquiry into Google’s tax affairs, magistrates revealed on Tuesday that the software giant is suspected of evading taxes by failing to declare the full extent of its activities in the country.

Prosecutors said they want to establish whether the Irish company through which Google funnels the majority of its European revenues does in fact control a “permanent establishment” in France…

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‘An Abuse Of Power:’ IRS To Face Lawmakers After Thousands Seized From Small Business Owners – Daily Signal

For more than four years, Maryland dairy farmer Randy Sowers has been fighting the federal government, asking it to right what many say was a wrong.

In Feb. 2012, two federal agents told Sowers, who owns South Mountain Creamery in Frederick, Md. that the Internal Revenue Service was seizing more than $60,000 from his farm’s bank account under a subset of civil forfeiture laws governing cash transactions.

According to the IRS, Sowers had committed structuring violations. Structuring is the act of making consistent cash deposits or withdrawals of under $10,000 to avoid government reporting requirements.

But the dairy farmer didn’t know he was doing anything wrong, and because Sowers and his wife sold milk at local farmer’s markets – where customers paid primarily in cash – they frequently made cash deposits into the business’s bank account.

Sowers and his wife tried to fight to the government to get their money back, but ultimately decided to settle.

The IRS returned $33,436 to the Sowers and kept $29,500…

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Milo Mayhem: Activists Storm Stage, Threaten Milo At DePaul Event – Breitbart
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Milo Yiannopoulos’ event at DePaul University had to be cut short Tuesday night after protesters stormed the stage, blew whistles, grabbed the microphone out of the interviewer’s hand, and threatened to punch Yiannopoulos in the face.

Yiannopoulos attempted to continue the event, but protesters refused to leave the stage and the group of security guards (which DePaul forced both the organisers and Breitbart to pay for) refused to intervene.

The male ringleader continued to pace along the stage with his whistle, refusing to let Yiannopoulos speak for extended amounts of time, while the female ringleader forcibly snatched the microphone from the interviewer’s hand and shouted at Yiannopoulos just inches away from his face…

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Kasich Joins Cruz, Rubio In Keeping Delegates As Campaign Leverage – Fox News

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has become the latest Donald Trump rival to take a clenched-fist approach to the delegates he won during the primary season, moving this week to keep those delegates as bargaining chips going into the party’s July nominating convention.

A former top aide to the Kasich presidential campaign confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that he is instructing his delegates to stay bound to him through the convention.

Kasich joins Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in keeping delegates on lockdown despite suspending his presidential primary campaign weeks ago. Though Trump is expected to formally clinch the nomination during the final June 7 primaries, his ex-rivals are thought to be holding onto delegates as a means of leverage.

Kasich thinks that holding onto them will force or at least persuade Trump to run a more positive general election campaign and try harder to unify the party, a Kasich aide told The Washington Post, which first reported the story.

According to The Washington Post, Kasich on Monday told party officials that the 161 delegates he won in state primaries and caucuses should keep their allegiance to him through the Cleveland convention…

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Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Wednesday 05/11/16


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Newt Gingrich Tops Trump’s VP List – NewsMax
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is now the leading candidate to be tapped by Donald Trump as his running mate, a close confidante of Trump tells Newsmax.

On Tuesday, Trump told the AP that he has whittled down his choices to 5 or 6 names.

“I have a list of people that I would like,” Trump revealed in his interview Tuesday.

But the name that keeps cropping up as his favorite is Gingrich, a Trump confidante tells Newsmax…

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Chelsea’s Husband’s Hedge Fund A Total Disaster, Closes After Losing 90% Of Its Value – TruthFeed

Hillary Clinton’s son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky is finally shutting down the Greece-focused fund, after losing nearly 90% of its value. Investors were told last month that Eaglevale Hellenic Opportunity would finally be put out of its misery and would shutter.

The closure comes as the worst possible time: we are confident that Donald Trump will be quick to work it into his political attack routine.

Mr. Chelsea Clinton and his partners began raising money in 2011 from investors for the firm’s flagship fund. Since then, that portfolio has posted uneven performance. A Stanford University graduate, Mr. Mezvinsky worked at Goldman for eight years before leaving to join a private equity firm. He left that job to form Eaglevale with two longtime Goldman partners, Bennett Grau and Mark Mallon. The hedge fund firm is named after a bridge in Central Park.

As noted above, some of the firm’s earliest investors were Goldman partners, including Lloyd C. Blankfein, Goldman’s chief executive officer, who let Eaglevale use his name in marketing the flagship fund. Ironically this is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Goldman paid to Marc’s mother-in-law…

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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Doubles Down On Trump Criticism, Calls Him ‘Hated Gringo’ – Fox News
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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox doubled down on his criticism of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in a recent interview, comparing him to Latin American dictators and calling him a “hated gringo” while also giving him the middle finger.

Fox made the obscene gesture to Trump after appearing on the Kickass Politics podcast with host Ben Mathis. The interview was pre-recorded and released Tuesday.

“He is the ugly American,” he told Mathis. “He is the hated gringo because he’s attacking all of us. He’s offending all of us.”…

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An Out-Of-Control EPA Loses Yet Another Court Case – Investor’s Business Daily

When Wyoming rancher Andy Johnson decided to create a stock pond for horses and cattle on his 8-acre property, he did what any conscientious landowner would do. He got permits from both the state and local government before moving any dirt.

What he didn’t count on was a power-mad Environmental Protection Agency, which in January 2014 said Johnson’s pond violated the Clean Water Act – even though the CWA exempts stock ponds – told him to get rid of it, and threatened him with a $37,500 fine for every day he delayed.

Rather than cave to federal thuggery, Johnson refused the order, and then sued the EPA with the help of the invaluable Pacific Legal Foundation. Environmental experts he commissioned said the pond was exempt, and served as a habitat for migratory birds, fish and wildlife.

More than two years later, Johnson won. In a settlement reached with the EPA, he gets to keep his pond, he won’t need to get a federal permit, the EPA fines have been removed, and all Johnson agreed to do was plant some willow trees and limit access to a portion of his pond for a while…

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UK Home Office Gives Up Trying To Deport Six Al-Qaeda Suspects – Clarion Project
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The UK’s Home Office admitted defeat in a 10-year legal battle to deport six al-Qaeda linked terrorism suspects to Algeria.

The Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) ruled in April that to deport the terror suspects would violate their human rights. This week the Home Office decided not to appeal, giving up on the case and effectively granting the men the right to stay in the UK.

“It is not inconceivable that these Appellants, if returned to Algeria, would be subject to ill-treatment infringing Article 3 [prohibition of torture under the European Convention on Human Rights],” the court ruled in April. “There is a real risk of such a breach.”…

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Dry Rot In Academia – Thomas Sowell

Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited – and then disinvited – to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech.

Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and, perhaps most relevantly, author of a very insightful book titled Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

In short, Jason Riley’s views on race are different from the views that prevail on most college campuses. At one time, 50 years ago or earlier, exposing students to a different viewpoint was considered to be a valuable part of their education. But that was before academia – and the education system in general – became virtually a monopoly of the political left.

Today one can literally go from kindergarten to becoming a graduate student seeking a Ph.D., without ever hearing a vision of the world that conflicts with the vision of the left.

Conservative critics who object on grounds that the views of the left are wrong miss the point. Regardless of whose views become a monopoly, education suffers. John Stuart Mill understood this back in the middle of the 19th century…

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Hillary’s Emails Hacked By Russia, Kremlin Deciding Whether To Release 20,000 Stolen Emails – Gateway Pundit
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The Kremlin is debating whether to release the 20,000 emails they have hacked off of Hillary Clinton’s server.

According to a report from four days ago, beginning in 2011, the Russians began monitoring Romanian computer hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer) after he attempted, unsuccessfully, to break into the computer system of the Russian funded RT television network.

After monitoring Guccifer, the Russians were reportedly able to record (both physically and electronically) his actions which allowed the Russian intelligence analysts, in 2013, to not only detect his breaking into the private computer of Secretary Clinton, but also break in and copy all of its contents as well…

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Police Chief Apologises After ‘Suicide Bomber’ Shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ During Trafford Centre Training Exercise – Manchester Evening News

Greater Manchester Police came under fire on social media following the staged training exercise with people demanding to know why it had been linked to Islam.

Police chiefs have apologised after a ‘suicide bomber’ shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ just before a fake terrorist attack at the Trafford Centre .

GMP came under fire on social media following the staged training exercise with people demanding to know why it had been linked to Islam.

‘Allahu Akbar’ is Arabic for ‘God is Greater.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan responded personally to the complaints on Twitter, saying the use of the phrase was unacceptable and apologised to anyone who was offended.

He then released a statement repeating the apology and saying it was ‘unacceptable’ to use the phrase…

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Astoria Residents Meet De Blasio’s “Foolish” $2.5 Billion Streetcar – Gothamist
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Astoria residents packed into the Variety Boys & Girls Club on Monday night to voice their concerns about Mayor de Blasio’s proposed $2.5 billion Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX). Many argued that the streetcar, which the mayor has called a “noble experiment” in outer-borough transit, would burden low and middle-income taxpayers while serving real estate interests and high-rise residents along the Queens waterfront.

“If this is going to alleviate some of the subway crowding, that’s good,” said Mary McClary, 70. “If the fare is going to be compatible with subway, that’s even better – provided that the streetcar is not just for the people who live on the waterfront, who can afford to pay $3,000 in rent.”…

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Wealthy Ted Cruz Mega-Donor Starts Pouring Millions Into Hillary’s Campaign – BizPac Review

Well-connected donors are doing anything they can to stop Donald Trump.

That includes funding Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, even if you’re a conservative mega-donor. Take for instance, billionaire James Simons who founded the hedge fund Renaissance Technologies.

Simons, through Renaissance Technologies, donated over $13 million to Sen. Ted Cruz’s failed presidential run and is now pouring in millions to Clinton’s campaign, according to the Observer.

Already, Renaissance Technologies has donated $2 million to Clinton’s campaign. And Simons’ other company, Euclidean Capital, has given Clinton $7 million thus far.

But, Simons is not the only wealthy donor making a switch in order to keep Trump from the White House…

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Hungry Venezuelans Hunt Dogs, Cats, Pigeons As Food Runs Out – Panam Post
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Ramón Muchacho, Mayor of Chacao in Caracas, said the streets of the capital of Venezuela are filled with people killing animals for food.

Through Twitter, Muchacho reported that in Venezuela, it is a “painful reality” that people “hunt cats, dogs and pigeons” to ease their hunger.

People are also reportedly gathering vegetables from the ground and trash to eat as well.

The crisis in Venezuela is worsening everyday due in part to shortages reaching 70 percent. This to go along with the world’s highest level of inflation…

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State Department “Unable To Find” Hillary Emails To IT Aide, Apologizes For Incompetence – Zero Hedge

To say the least, it’s going to be an interesting couple of months for Hillary Clinton. As the FBI probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information makes its way to Clinton herself, the Clinton camp will also need be focused on trying to stave off attacks by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

More on the FBI probe in a moment, but first, one of the key areas that Trump will inevitably be focused on is trying to frame Hillary Clinton as just another typical insider who despite the rhetoric, is as cozy with Wall Street as any other bought and paid for politician. To that end, the Republicans are not letting go of the fact that Hillary has yet to release any transcripts of her speeches given to Wall Street.

As The Hill reports, Republican operatives are scouring the country for transcripts, notes, or secret recordings of those Wall Street speeches that the Clinton camp refuses to discuss in any great detail – probably because Goldman Sachs alone paid Clinton $675,000 to speak. We’re going to go out on a limb here, but Clinton probably was not brought in to speak multiple times by Wall Street firms just so they could hear how bad they were, which is precisely why the GOP wants to get its hands on anything they can related to those speeches (recall: The Real Reason Hillary Clinton Refuses To Release Her Wall Street Transcripts)…

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