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September 23, 2018

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*SHOCK!

Ivy League Study- Illegal Population is 22 Million, Double Estb. Estimate:

The population of illegal migrants is roughly 22 million, or twice the establishment estimate of 11 million, say three professors from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The shocking estimate will force establishment politicians and pro-migration advocates to recalculate the estimated impact of the huge illegal population on wages and salaries, on crime rates, welfare consumption, rental and real-estate prices, productivity rates, and the distribution of job-creating investment funds to coastal vs. heartland states.

The higher illegal population estimate helps explain why Americans’ wages and salaries have risen so little amid apparently record-low unemployment rates, and it also undercuts companies’ loud demands for yet more immigration of foreign workers, consumers, and renters.

The population estimate also raises the political and economic stakes of any amnesty legislation. In 2014, public opposition blocked the bipartisan, establishment, media-boosted Gang of Eight bill, which claimed to offer an amnesty to just 11 million migrants. Currently, advocates for a ‘Dream Act’ amnesty claim it will provide green cards to roughly 3 million sons and daughters of illegal immigrants.

*Chicago police solved fewer than one in six homicides in the first half of 2018:
Chicago police solved fewer than one in six homicides committed in the city in the first half of 2018, continuing a troubling decline in the number of perpetrators being brought to justice in one of the nation’s most violent cities, data obtained by USA TODAY shows.

Chicago’s homicide clearance rate – the percentage of cases in which police arrest or identify a suspect – fell from 17.1 in 2017 to 15.4 during the first six months of 2018, the data shows. If that rate holds through the end of the year, it would be the sixth consecutive annual decline.

Police in the nation’s third-largest city are having even less success solving nonfatal shootings, according to the data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Police cleared 50 of 900 nonfatal shooting incidents in the first half of 2018, a rate of 5.6 percent.

*Nearly half in top 5 U.S. cities don’t speak English at home,
record 67 million:
Nearly half of the residents in the nation’s five biggest cities do not speak English at home, choosing instead their native language, according to the latest Census Bureau data that details the impact of a decade of soft immigration policies.

Overall, a record 67 million do not speak English at home, said the bureau. That is nearly double in 27 years.

In its just-released analysis of the Census data, As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home — roughly double the 11 percent in 1980.

In America’s five largest cities, 48 percent of residents now speak a language other than English at home. In New York City and Houston it is 49 percent; in Los Angeles it is 59 percent; in Chicago it is 36 percent; and in Phoenix it is 38 percent.”

The findings come as more and more reports emerge about both Americans and foreigners getting into heated debates over speaking English.

In one case in New York last May, a man threatened to call immigration police if employees and customers didn’t stop speaking English in a restaurant. Last week, in Florida, a Taco Bell patron was turned away because a worker said nobody spoke English and couldn’t take the order.

*Survey- American Approval of Pope Francis Down from 66% to 53%:
Pope Francis‘ approval among Americans has dropped considerably in the past month, according to a Gallup poll conducted Sept. 4-12.

Gallup said to respondents via telephone, “We’d like to get your overall opinion of some people in the news. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person – or if you have never heard of them. How about – Pope Francis?”

The results showed that American approval of the pope has decreased from 66% to 53%, a 13-point drop, and that 27% of Americans now hold an unfavorable view of the pope. Only 12% of respondents had no opinion, according to the survey.

*Ticketmaster Has Secretly Been Cheating You With Its Own Scalpers:
Music fans’ ire toward Ticketmaster for expensive concert tickets may be somewhat justified, according to a fiery investigation by CBC News and the Toronto Star detailing a secret scalping scheme run by the ticket sales company itself. The two outlets sent journalists undercover as scalpers to a live entertainment convention this summer, where Ticketmaster reportedly pitched them on its underground professional resale program, through which it takes a cut of profits.

Ticketmaster, which is owned by live entertainment juggernaut Live Nation, enlists resellers to grab batches of tickets from its site and then flip them for higher prices on a Ticketmaster-owned, invite-only platform called TradeDesk (touted by the company as “The most powerful ticket sales tool. Ever”), according to the report. Ticketmaster gets extra fees from the pricier resale tickets on top of its fees from selling the original ticket.

CBC and Toronto Star journalists were told that despite the existence of a Ticketmaster “buyer abuse” division that looks for suspicious online activity in ticket sales, the company turns a blind eye to its TradeDesk users. A sales representative told one of the undercover journalists that there are brokers with “literally a couple of hundred accounts” on TradeDesk, and that it’s “not something that we look at or report.”

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Transgender Kids in the UK
The number of children in the United Kingdom (UK) seeking to change gender has skyrocketed since 2009/10, and the UK government wants to find out why.

The UK’s Minister for Women and Equalities has called for a study of the root causes of the surge in transgender children,The Telegraph reports:

Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Women and Equalities, wants to understand the reasons behind a 4,400 per cent increase in girls being referred for transitioning treatment in the past decade.”

From 2009/10 to 2017/18:

1. The number of girls referred to doctors for gender treatment rose 4,415%, from 40 in 2009/10 to 1,806 in 2017/18

2. The number of boys referred increased 1,151%, from 57 in 2009/10 to 713 in 2017/18

3. In 2017, 800 children were given drugs to stall the onset of puberty, “including some aged 10, with some also given hormones to start the process of changing sex.”

4. In 2017, 45 children age six or under were referred to theUK’s National Health Service (NHS) for treatment, with at least one being only four years old.

5. Number of Girls Jumps 4,415%, Number of Boys Rises 1,151%

The UK’s Government Equalities Office suspects the influence of social media and teaching of transgender philosophy by the educational system have fueled the striking increase in transgender children.

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Here’s How Much Time You’ll Waste Commuting in Your Lifetime (by City)

Commuting is the most stressful part of the day for many people. The worst part? Commute times are only getting worse all across the country. Using their interactive map, you can see how many days of your life you can expect to spend to commuting in the city where you live.

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 (Acclaimed Action-Hero Star, Author & Director)

Any wonder why Fan Bingbing, China’s highest profile actress, vanished after allegations of tax avoidance? No surprise anyone can be ‘disappeared’ by a system rooted in control, no rule of law, slavery, and subversion of freedom.

Precisely why I refused when the Chinese government offered an entertainment teaching gig and film finance. Creators should turn their backs on loot from a spreading Orwellian nightmare. No amount of ‘Silk Roads‘ is worth perpetrating this storm – particularly as our President moves to arrest Beijing’s trade imbalance, South China Sea encroachment and intellectual theft.

Hollywood facilitates China’s totalitarianism – black ballingRichard Gere for support of Tibet, to appeasing miserly intro of films into Chinese markets, to cash for projects towing Party line. Apple, Google made hellish marriage on products and the internet at China’s bullying. Those involved will find such actions destined to deliver us to the jaws of the anaconda.

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I like to read nonfiction, or “ideas” books in the morning —Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit,” things like that. At night, I read fiction to calm down my brain and to expand my sense of what’s possible. What I look for most are elegantly composed sentences that pull me into a different world.
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Howie Mandel is pissed about the state of stand-up comedy … and he’s blaming political correctness for its demise. We got the comedian and “America’s Got Talent” judge leaving Craig‘s Thursday night in WeHo, and he launched into a tirade about why comedy sucks now … for comedians.

Howie harkened back to legends like Richard Pryor — who were revered for pushing the envelope — but said anyone who tries that today runs the risk of destroying their whole career. It’s gotten so bad, Howie says he’s actually afraid to crack jokes in public.

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September 19, 2018

*ENDLESS DEBT!-
Feds Collect Record Individual Income Taxes Through August; Still Run
$898B Deficit:

The federal government collected a record $1,521,589,000,000 in individual income taxes through the first eleven months of fiscal 2018 (October 2017 through August 2018), according to the Monthly Treasury Statementreleased today.

However, the federal government also ran a deficit of $898,112,000,000 for those eleven months, according to the statement.

Prior to this year, the record federal individual income tax collections for the first eleven months of the fiscal year occurred last year, when the Treasury collected $1,460,379,260,000 in individual income taxes in constant August 2018 dollars (adjusted using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator).

 *University announces-
“White Awake” safe space for
white students:
The University of Maryland at College Park announcedFriday a new diversity support group to create a “safe space” for white students to discuss their feelings about “interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

The support group, called “White Awake,” will help white students who may “sometimes feel uncomfortable and confused before, during, or after interactions with racial and ethnic minorities.”

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“This group offers a safe space for White students to explore their experiences, questions, reactions, and feelings,” the description explains. “Members will support and share feedback with each other as they learn more about themselves and how they can fit into a diverse world.”

*More Yale freshmen identify as LGBTQ than conservative, survey finds:

Yale Daily News survey of freshmen students at that university found that more students of the class of 2022 identify on the LGBTQ spectrum than as conservative, and that gay freshmen even outnumber other sizable demographics in the class, such as Protestants and Catholics.

The paper’s survey, the results of which are composed of 864 respondents, or just over one-half of the freshman class, found that only nine percent of respondents identified as “somewhat conservative,” with one percent identifying as “very conservative.”

LGBTQ respondents, on the other hand, greatly outnumbered conservatives in total: According to the survey, “nearly 5 percent [of respondents] identify as gay and just over 9 percent as bisexual or transsexual. Three percent opted not to answer, and the remaining 8 percent identified as asexual, ace spectrum or questioning their sexual orientation.”

This combined demographic outnumbers even Protestants and Catholics, whom the survey identified as 16 percent and 15 percent of the incoming class, respectively.

*Census Bureau- Hispanic Household Income Hits Record High:
The median household income for U.S. households in which the householder is Hispanic hit a record high of $50,486 in 2017, according to the Census Bureau’s annual income report, which was released last week.

“We can confirm that real median household income was higher in 2017 than in any prior year for which we have data,” the Census Bureau told CNSNews.com in specific reference to Hispanic household income.

The $50,486 Hispanic median household income in 2017 (as reported in Table A-1 of the Census Bureau report) was an increase of $1,786—or 3.7 percent–from the Hispanic median household income in 2016, which was $48,700 in constant 2017 dollars.

*Sessions- More Than 580 Convicted of Terrorism, Terrorism-Related Charges Since 9/11:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Justice has convicted more than 580 people for terrorism or terrorism-related charges since 9/11.

Speaking at a DOJ ceremony to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Sessions said he is “exceedingly proud of the relentless and effective work” of theDOJ’s National Security Division and the entire DOJ.

He said the DOJ “was at the center of much of the country’s” 9/11 response.

“The country faced unpresented security and legal challenges. At the time, we had no National Security Division. Much of the work was done by the Criminal Division.

Some of you here this morning were here on 9/11, too. You participated firsthand. We are grateful for the work that you did in the difficult days that followed. Today we are better equipped, better prepared and better organized. We have better laws, but there is more to be done as our adversaries have not abandoned their goals,” Sessions said.

*Franklin Graham Slams Jim Carrey For Advocating ‘Yes to Socialism’:

After the actor/comedian Jim Carrey, who has an estimated net worth of $150 million, encouraged Americans to “say yes to socialism,” Christian leader Franklin Graham criticized the remarks and explained that socialism is the “philosophy of failure,” that it has led to the persecution of millions of people, the destruction of religious freedom, and economic catastrophe.  Reverend Graham also encouraged Americans to “reject every politician and party” that espouses socialism.

During a discussion about the two major political parties onHBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher show, Sept. 7, Jim Carrey said, “We have to say yes to socialism — to the word and everything. We have to stop apologizing.”

Rev. Graham commented on those remarks in a Sep. 13 post on Facebook.  “Jim Carrey is urging Democrats to ‘say yes to socialism’ and stop apologizing,” he wrote.

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Suicide

1. The word “suicide” comes from two Latin roots, sui (“of oneself”) and cidium (“killing” or “slaying”).

2. People have committed suicide in an endless variety of ways, including swallowing poisonous spiders, power-drilling holes in their heads, sticking hot pokers down their throats, choking on underwear, injecting peanut butter into their veins, crushing their necks in vices, and hurling themselves into vats of beer.

3. In China, someone takes his or her own life on average every two minutes. China accounts for nearly a quarter of the global total of suicides with between 250,000 and 300,000 suicides a year.

4. Among famous figures who committed suicide: Sigmund Freud, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Brutus, Judas Iscariot, Hannibal, Nero, Virginia Wolf, Adolf Hitler, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, Vincent van Gogh, Jack London, Dylan Thomas, Judy Garland, Rudolph Hess, Pontius Pilate, Socrates, and possibly Tchaikovsky, Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe.

5. It is more likely someone will die from suicide than from homicide. For every two people killed by homicide, three people die of suicide.

6. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.

7. The most common types of suicide include copycat, euthanasia, familicide, forced, honor, Internet, martyrdom, ritual, attack, and cop suicides. Abuse in early childhood may change the genetic structure of the brain, leading to a greater susceptibility to suicide.

8. Experts believe that early exposure to child abuse may disrupt the proper development of communication pathways within the brain and, consequently, abuse victims are more likely than their peers to commit suicide.

9. The spring months of March, April, and May have consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate, 4-6% higher than the average for the rest of the year. Christmas season is actually below average. Some studies suggest greater seasonality in suicides in rural rather than urban areas.

10. The acne medication isotretinoin (Acutane) has been linked to a possible increase risk of suicide. The FDA requiresAcutane to include a label warning that the product may be linked to suicide, depression, and psychosis.

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Child safety seat manufacturers have begun to make bigger models after a recent study showed that over 250,000 U.S. children age 6 and under are too fat to use the standard models.

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Aspirin Late in Life

Should older people in good health start taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks, strokes, dementia and cancer?

No, according to a study of more than 19,000 people, including whites 70 and older, and blacks and Hispanics 65 and older. They took low-dose aspirin — 100 milligrams — or a placebo every day for a median of 4.7 years. Aspirin did not help them — and may have done harm.

Taking it did not lower their risks of cardiovascular disease, dementia or disability. And it increased the risk of significant bleeding in the digestive tract, brain or other sites that required transfusions or admission to the hospital.

The results were published on Sunday in three articles in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Walter Mischel, whose studies of delayed gratification in young children clarified the importance of self-control in human development, and whose work led to a broad reconsideration of how personality is understood, died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, his daughter Linda Mischel Eisner said. Dr. Mischel was probably best known for the marshmallow test, which challenged children to wait before eating a treat. That test and others like it grew in part out of Dr. Mischel’s deepening frustration with the predominant personality models of the mid-20th century.

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September 16, 2018

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*Dalai Lama-
‘Europe Belongs to Europeans,’ Refugees ‘Should Rebuild Their Own Country’
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, told an audience in Sweden that while Europeans should help refugees who are fleeing war or facing death, the refugees ultimately need to “rebuild their own country” because “Europe belongs to the Europeans.”

The Dalai Lama made his remarks on Sept. 12 in Malmo, Sweden, which has a large immigrant population, reported the AFP. Malmo also has a major crime problem, largely due to the massive influx of immigrants from Middle Eastern and African countries.  Malmo has been called the “rape capital of Europe.”

Speaking to the crowd, the Dalai Lama said of refugees, “Receive them, help them, educate them … but ultimately they should develop their own country.”

“I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,” he said, reported the AFP.

*Report- ‘Nearly All’ Computers Vulnerable to New Data-Theft Bug:
Almost all modern computers—even those with disk encryption—are possible targets of a new firmware bug that can steal all kinds of sensitive data within minutes, experts warn. Cybersecurity company F-Secure published finding that show no existing security measures are tough enough to prevent data being stolen.

“We are convinced that anybody tasked with stealing data off laptops would have already come to the same conclusions as us,” said security consultant Olle Segerdahl.

He warned that a successful attacker can steal “anything that happens to be in memory,” such as passwords and corporate network credentials. The flaw is a development of what is known as a “cold boot attack,” which hackers use to steal data from a shut-down computer, TechCrunch reports.

*U.S. Has Highest Share of Foreign-
Born Since 1910, With More
Coming From Asia:
The foreign-born population in the United States has reached its highest share since 1910, according to government data released Thursday, and the new arrivals are more likely to come from Asia and to have college degrees than those who arrived in past decades.

The Census Bureau’s figures for 2017 confirm a major shift in who is coming to the United States. For years newcomers tended to be from Latin America, but a Brookings Institutionanalysis of that data shows that 41 percent of the people who said they arrived since 2010 came from Asia. Just 39 percent were from Latin America. About 45 percent were college educated, the analysis found, compared with about 30 percent of those who came between 2000 and 2009.

“This is quite different from what we had thought,” said William H. Frey, the senior demographer at the Brookings Institution who conducted the analysis. “We think of immigrants as being low-skilled workers from Latin America, but for recent arrivals that’s much less the case. People from Asia have overtaken people from Latin America.”

*RACIST?
Taco Bell employee refuses to help client who doesn’t speak Spanish:

Taco Bell employee refuses to help client who doesn’t speak Spanish. The incident happened on Wednesday night, whenAlexandria Montgomery was trying to place an order — in English — at a Taco Bell drive thru window. The employee refused to take her order because she wasn’t speaking Spanish.

In the video, which was posted Thursday night, Montgomery asked the annoyed woman, “Do you have a manager here?”

“She is in her house sleeping,” the employee replied in Spanish in a dismissive tone. There was no one else to take the order, the employee claimed.

“Honey, I have a car behind you,” the employee says in Spanish and closes the window.

“Can you move please? I have an order behind you. There is no one who speaks English,” the woman tells Montgomery in the video and threatens to call the police.

“This is Hialeah, I’m sorry,” she said in Spanish.

Two other Taco Bell workers approached the drive thru window when they heard the altercation, but apparently they did not try to help the client.

A video of an argument with a Taco Bell employee in Hialeah, Florida has unleashed a wave of indignation on social media.-

VIDEO LINK – https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article218394605.html

*29.2% of U.S. Households Had Incomes of $100,000+ in 2017:

The percentage of U.S. households with annual incomes of at least $100,000 hit 29.2 percent in 2017, according to data published today by the Census Bureau.

That is up from 25.7 percent in 2013, which is the earliest year for which the Census Bureau has consistent data for household incomes.

In 2017, according to the Census Bureau’s Income Table A-1, there were 127,586,000 households in the United States. In the table, the bureau divided these households into nine different income brackets and published the percentage of the total households that fell into each bracket.

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Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that a vegan diet changed more than 500 genes in just 3 months. It activated genes that prevented disease and deactivated genes that caused various cancers and other illnesses.

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Graydon Carter is making his return to journalism — and it’s something of a defection. The former Vanity Fair editor’s latest piece, his first since leaving Condé Nast, will be published by rival house Hearst.

We’re told that Carter — who edited Condé’s Vanity Fair from 1992 until early 2018 — has filed a six-page article forEsquire’s 85th anniversary October issue, due on stands Sept. 18.

Insiders tell us that Carter was recruited for the gig by his sonAsh, a senior associate editor at the storied Hearst men’s title.

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Dreams

1. Egyptian pharaohs were considered children of Ra (Egyptian sun god) and, thus, their dreams were seen as being divine.

2. In the Chinese province of Fu-Kein, people called on their ancestors for dream revelation by sleeping on graves.

3. Scientists suggest that the dreams of fetuses are mostly composed of sound and touch sensations, given the lack of visual stimuli in the womb.

4. Among the six dreams reported in the New Testament are the dreams that communicate divine knowledge, instruction, and warning to Joseph, husband of Mary, mother of Jesus.

5. About 80% of neonatal and newborn sleep time is REM sleep, suggesting a tremendous amount of time dreaming.

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On Feb. 1, 1987, Steve Perry performed his final show withJourney. In October, he’s returning with a solo album, “Traces,” that breaks 20 years of radio silence.

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Women are more likely to be right-handed than men by about 4 percentage points.

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Since I am a slow reader, a book is a big commitment of time. I try to pick something packed with human lessons that will not tempt me to skim in detail. I hope Jason Matthews, who was aC.I.A. covert operations officer for 33 years, will follow his “Red Sparrow” series of spy novels with another brilliant study in espionage tradecraft.
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More and more, I wonder if the disgruntled senior Trumpadministration official who wrote the anonymous Op-Ed in The Times was actually representing a group — like a “Murder on the Orient Express” plotline where every senior Trump adviser was in on it.

Why? Because the article so perfectly captured the devil’s bargain they’ve all struck with this president: Donald Trump is amoral, dishonest and disturbed, a man totally unfit to be president, but, as the anonymous author self-servingly wrote, “There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.”

That’s the anonymous-G.O.P. credo today: We know Trump is a jerk, but you’ve gotta love the good stuff — you’ve got to admit that his tax cuts, deregulation, destruction of Obamacare and military buildup have fueled so much growth, defense spending and record stock market highs that we’re wealthier and more secure as a country, even if Trump is nuts. So our consciences are clear.

This view is not without foundation. Economic growth and employment have clearly been on a tear since Trump took office. I’m glad about that.

But what if Trump is actually heating up our economy by burning all the furniture in the house? It’s going to be nice and toasty for us — at least for a while — but where will our kids sleep?

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