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California Dems Flood Colorado With Cash Ahead of National Popular Vote Referendum

California Democrats have been cutting six-figure checks to promote the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV) in Colorado ahead of a referendum vote in the state next November. The NPV would change how the Electoral College operates without amending the Constitution. It pledges a state’s Electoral College votes to the candidate receiving the most votes nationwide in a presidential election. Recent Stories in Politics Stefanik Owns Schiff and the Dems California Dems Flood Colorado With Cash Ahead of National Popular Vote Referendum Cocaine-Carrying Texas Dem Turns Himself In The Colorado political committee Yes on National Popular Vote has collected just under $750,000 since its creation in late July. Over 98 percent of that money is from California donors, most of which is courtesy of a $500,000 donation from Stephen Silberstein, a board member of the National Popular Vote nonprofit that has driven the movement for more than a decade. Craig Barratt, a technology executive and longtime Democratic donor, gave $100,000. John Koza, chair of the National Popular Vote, contributed an additional $55,000. Democratic calls for changes to the Electoral College gained traction following the 2000 presidential contest in which George W. Bush narrowly won the Electoral College but received fewer votes nationally than his opponent Al Gore. Enthusiasm surged again in 2016 after Donald Trump also won the Electoral College without garnering the most votes nationwide. Democratic presidential candidates...

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Everything You Need To Know About Trump (But Were Afraid To Admit You Wondered)

Everything You Need To Know About Trump (But Were Afraid To Admit You Wondered) Authored by Sylvain LaForest via Oriental Review, The timing is right for everyone to understand what Donald Trump is doing, and try to decrypt the ambiguity of how he is is doing it. The controversial President has a much clearer agenda than anyone can imagine on both foreign policy and internal affairs, but since he has to stay in power or even stay alive to achieve his objectives, his strategy is so refined and subtle that next to no one can see it. His overall objective is so ambitious that he has to follow random elliptic courses to get from point A to point B, using patterns that throw people off on their comprehension of the man. That includes most independent journalists and so-called alternative analysts, as much as Western mainstream fake-news publishers and a large majority of the population. About his strategy, I could make a quick and accurate analogy with medication: most pills are designed to cure a problem, but come with an array of secondary after-effects. Well, Trump is using medication solely for their after-effects, while the first intent of the pill is what’s keeping him in power and alive. By the end of this article, you’ll see that this metaphor applies for just about every decision, move or declaration he’s made....

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Even With Better Education, Millennials Earn 20% Less Than Baby Boomers, Study Finds

Even With Better Education, Millennials Earn 20% Less Than Baby Boomers, Study Finds The generational wealth gap has widened to historic levels, according to a recent study comparing millennial earnings to older generations’, according to CNBC. When adjusted for inflation, millennials earn 20% less than baby boomers did at the same stage in their careers, according to the study, entitled “the Emerging Millennial Wealth Gap”. Median incomes for workers aged 18 to 34 are way down from their levels in the 1980s. The disparity is nothing new: Other studies have arrived at a similar conclusion. Despite being the most well-educated generation of all time (aside from Gen Z, probably), millennials earn comparatively less than their older peers did during similar periods. Nearly 40% of millennials have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 25% of baby boomers, and 30% of Gen Xers during the same period. The lower wages will likely lead to long-term problems for millennials, the experts said. Already, many millennials are struggling with jobs that are either inconsistent, like contract or freelance work (which doesn’t offer benefits), or don’t pay enough. This is already having a serious impact on their ability to build wealth, since most millennials still can’t afford basics like their own home. For prior generations, homes were important tools for building wealth, in addition to providing a place to live. Among young families,...

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‘War On Terror’ Has Killed Over 801,000 People & Cost $6.4 Trillion: New Study

‘War On Terror’ Has Killed Over 801,000 People & Cost $6.4 Trillion: New Study Authored by Jessica Corbett via CommonDreams.org, The so-called War on Terror launched by the United States government in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has cost at least 801,000 lives and $6.4 trillion according to a pair of reports published Wednesday by the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. “The numbers continue to accelerate, not only because many wars continue to be waged, but also because wars don’t end when soldiers come home,” said Costs of War co-director and Brown professor Catherine Lutz, who co-authored the project’s report on deaths. A U.S. Army soldier fires an M4 carbine rifle during partnered live fire range training at Tactical Base Gamberi, Afghanistan on May 29, 2015. (Photo: Capt. Charlie Emmons/U.S. Army/Flickr/cc) “These reports provide a reminder that even if fewer soldiers are dying and the U.S. is spending a little less on the immediate costs of war today, the financial impact is still as bad as, or worse than, it was 10 years ago,” Lutz added. “We will still be paying the bill for these wars on terror into the 22nd century.” The new Human Cost of Post-9/11 Wars report (pdf) tallies “direct deaths” in major war zones, grouping people by civilians; humanitarian and NGO workers; journalists and media workers; U.S. military members, Department of...

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Apple Is Now Bigger Than The Entire US Energy Sector; Disney Is Bigger Than Europe’s Top 5 Banks

Apple Is Now Bigger Than The Entire US Energy Sector; Disney Is Bigger Than Europe’s Top 5 Banks Something fascinating took place on January 3: on that day AAPL slashed its revenue guidance, blamed China, and triggered a cascade of flash crashes across various carry currency pairs. More importantly, that day also saw the lowest stock print for AAPL since the summer of 2017, and triggered an unprecedented ramp in AAPL stock which since then is up a mindblowing 86%… … largely as a by-product of its gargantuan stock buyback program, which started in Q3 2013, and which has seen a third of AAPL’s total stock repurchased in the past 6 years. If one extrapolates the current trend, AAPL will fully LBO itself, i.e., have no public shares outstanding some time in 2030. And while a record buyback in an abysmally illiquid market can do miracles to give the impression that there is a natural buyer, there is only so much that Tim Cook can do to offset the inevitable selloff that will follow the collapse of the US-China trade talks which will also drag down any company that has exposure to the Chinese market, not to mention the next recession which will see consumer spending on AAPL service grind to a halt, until that moment comes, Bank of America’s Michael Hartnett has made a stunning observation: with a...

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Artificial Intelligence Will Enable The Future, Blockchain Will Secure It

Artificial Intelligence Will Enable The Future, Blockchain Will Secure It Authored by Kristina Lucrezia Cornèr via CoinTelegraph.com, Speaking at BlockShow Asia 2019, Todalarity CEO Toufi Saliba posed a hypothetical question to the audience: “How many people would take a pill that made you smarter, knowing they can be controlled by a social entity?” No one raised their hand, and he was unsurprised. “That’s the response that I get, zero percent of you,” he continued. “Now imagine at the same time the pill has autonomous decentralized governance so that no one can control or repurpose that pill but the host – yourself.”  This time hands were raised in abundance. Decentralized governance represents a necessary step for the tech community to build up a trust in digital developments related to securely managing big data. “Economics and ethics can go together thanks to decentralization,” commented SingularityNET CEO Ben Goertzel. But does the decentralized governance represent a step forward from centralization, or it is just an illusion of evolution? image courtesy of CoinTelegraph Cole Sirucek, co-founder of DocDoc, shared his vision:  “It is when we are at a point of centralizing data that you can begin to think about decentralization. For example, electronic medical records: in five years the data will be centralized. After that, you can decentralize it.” Goertzal didn’t fully agree: “I don’t think it is intrinsic. The reason centralized systems...

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For Sale: Gently-Used ICBM Silo In Arizona Desert

For Sale: Gently-Used ICBM Silo In Arizona Desert Looking for a fixer-upper to kick back, relax and survive a nuclear apocalypse? Look no further! Located 20 minutes outside of Tucson, Arizona underneath 12 acres of land, potential buyers are looking at a “BOLD opportunity to owned a decommissioned Titan II missile complex” of their own – for just $395,000! According to the listing: This property was once one of the most top secret of government assets and is now ready to fulfill a new mission. That mission is for you to define amongst the limitless scenarios. Secure storage facility? Underground bunker? Remarkable residence – literally living down under? The property is situated on a 12 + acre parcel with boundless views. Private yet not too remote. The new owner will enter their ‘quaint’ complex via a ladder which descends into the missile Launch Control Complex (LCC) – where “three Titan II crewmen, the Missile Combat Crew Commander, the Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, Ballistic Missile Analyst Technician, and the Missile Facilities Technician lived in shifts,” according to Popular Mechanics. Some background on Titan II missile facilities: The Titan II missile entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 1963. Titan II was an intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of being launched from the U.S. and striking targets across the Northern Hemisphere, particularly the Soviet Union and China. The Titan II...

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New Legislation Will Throw People In Jail For Disrespecting Cops

New Legislation Will Throw People In Jail For Disrespecting Cops Authored by Matt Agorist via TheFreeThoughtProject.com, In the land of the free, the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution explicitly prohibits the government from abridging the freedom of speech. However, we’ve seen citizens pepper-sprayed, assaulted, and arrested for there acts of free speech, showing just how little law enforcement cares about upholding the oaths they swore to this very Constitution. Now, a new piece of legislation that is quickly passing through the legal process in New York goes one step further. If you annoy a police officer in upstate New York, you could find yourself facing massive fines and even jail time. Seriously. In a vote this week, lawmakers in the Monroe County Legislature passed a proposal in a 17-10 vote to fine and/or jail a person who annoys, alarms or threatens the personal safety of an officer. The jail sentence is up to one year and the fine is up to $5,000. According to the legislation, the anti-disrespecting applies to all first responders, not just cops. Naturally, those who have respect for the constitution and freedom of speech in general, are up in arms over the passage of such a tyrannical piece of legislation. As PIX 11 reports, “Iman Abid with the New York Civil Liberties Union said it will have a chilling effect on complaints against police. Abid said she is...

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Trump’s $50 Billion Farm Deal Is Fantasy After Trade War Market Shifts

Trump’s $50 Billion Farm Deal Is Fantasy After Trade War Market Shifts Industry insiders have told South China Morning Post (SCMP) that President Trump’s alleged $50 billion agriculture deal with China is merely a fantasy, used to stimulate his Farm Belt supporters ahead of an election year, and even used as a communication tool to drive the stock market to new highs. Still, the likelihood of it actually happening is very low. SCMP notes that China has never confirmed the $50 to $60 billion agriculture deal that President Trump consistently tweets about and touts in headlines. The deal I just made with China is, by far, the greatest and biggest deal ever made for our Great Patriot Farmers in the history of our Country. In fact, there is a question as to whether or not this much product can be produced? Our farmers will figure it out. Thank you China! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2019 Agricultural analysts said even if China agreed to purchase additional US agriculture products, the numbers that the Trump administration uses are incorrect. Darin Friedrichs, senior Asia commodity analyst at trading house INTL FCStone in Shanghai, told SCMP that since the African swine fever wiped out 50% of the pigs in China, demand for soybean and corn has disappeared. “With the African swine fever, there’s just not much demand for the stuff...

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