[1/31/17]  After years of enjoying a close relationship with the Obama administration and other Democratic leaders, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is showing signs that it’s cozying up to Republicans as it adapts to new leadership in Washington.

But Alphabet also finds itself in a bit of a tricky position, trying to curry favor with a White House that has already put forth policies counter to the company’s culture and business interests, like the executive order signed on Friday that barred people from seven predominately Muslim countries.

On Monday, about 2,000 Google and Alphabet employees from around the world walked out to protest the immigration ban, and company leaders like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, cofounder Sergey Brin, and other execs spoke to those gathered.

It was the biggest anti-Trump demonstration from a tech company, following the flood of statements from practically every major CEO or leader in the industry.

For all the public displays of discontent, Alphabet is hardly shunning the new Republican-controlled government. As a for-profit public company with vast business interests tied to US policy, Alphabet can’t afford to disengage with the government. And as a result, the company is taking a more pragmatic approach behind the scenes, ramping up lobbying efforts in Washington and looking for ways to get closer to Donald Trump’s administration.

Getting closer to Republicans

At the end of last year, Alphabet parted ways with the Podesta Group, a Democratic-leaning lobbying firm led by Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, Bloomberg reported.

Alphabet had worked with the Podesta Group for 12 years, and Bloomberg noted that the timing coincided with a job posting at Google for someone to spearhead “conservative outreach.” However, a person familiar with Alphabet’s relationship with the Podesta Group told Business Insider that the lobbying firm was the one that cut ties because it was asked to do so by Oracle, another big tech client that competes with Google.

The Podesta Group did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

This month, The New York Times reported that Google financed a swanky party in Washington in a partnership with the right-wing news outlet The Independent Journal Review. The party was the day after the new Congress’ first day, and most of the lawmakers in attendance were Republicans, The Times reported.

In December, Alphabet CEO Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt attended the so-called tech summit at Trump Tower with Trump, along with other notable tech leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

But that meeting wasn’t the end. Schmidt was spotted in Trump Tower about a month after the tech summit, though it’s unclear what he and Trump discussed.

Schmidt also met with Republican Sen. John Thune, who chairs the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy before visiting Trump Tower, according to The Times.

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[1/31/17]  Most of the world is in an uproar right now over the travel ban that Donald Trump hastily imposed late last week on citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.

But there was another ban that was quietly proposed last week, and this one has far wider implications: a ban on cash.

The European Union’s primary executive authority, known as the European Commission, issued a “Road Map” last week to initiate continent-wide legislation against cash.

There are already a number of anti-cash legislative measures that have been passed in individual European member states.

In France, for example, it’s illegal to make purchases of more than 1,000 euros in cash.

And any cash deposit or withdrawal to/from a French bank account exceeding 10,000 euros within a single month must be reported to the authorities.

Italy banned cash payments above 1,000 euros back in 2011; Spain has banned cash payments in excess of 2,500 euros.

And the European Central Bank announced last year that it would stop production of 500-euro notes, which will eventually phase them out altogether.

But apparently these disparate rules don’t go far enough.

According to the Commission, the presence of cash controls in some EU countries, coupled with the lack of cash controls in other EU countries, creates loopholes for criminals and terrorists.

So that’s why the European Commission is now working to standardize a ban on cash, or at least implement severe restrictions and reporting, across the entire EU.

The Commission’s roadmap indicates that forthcoming legislation, likely to be enacted next year.

This is happening. And it may serve as the perfect case study for the rest of the world.

A growing bandwagon of academics and policy makers in other countries, including the United States, UK, Australia, etc. has been calling for prohibitions against cash.

It’s always the same song: cash is a tool for criminals and terrorists.

Harvard economist Ken Rogoff is a leading voice in the War on Cash; his new book The Curse of Cash claims that physical currency makes the world less safe.

Rogoff further states “all that cash” is being used for “tax evasion, corruption, terrorism, the drug trade, human trafficking. . .”

Wow. Sounds pretty grim.

Apparently pulling out a $5 bill to tip your valet makes you a member of ISIS now.

Of course, this is total nonsense.

A recent Gallup poll from last year shows that a healthy 24% of Americans still use cash to make all or most of their purchases, compared to the other options like debit cards, credit cards, checks, bank transfers, PayPal, etc.

And the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco released a ton of data late last year showing that:

– 52% of grocery purchases, along with personal care products, are made in cash

– 62% of purchases up to $10 are made in cash

– But even at much higher amounts over $100, nearly 1 in 5 purchases are still made using physical cash

This doesn’t sound life nefarious criminal activity to me.

It seems that perfectly normal, law-abiding citizens still use cash on a regular basis.

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[1/31/17]  A tri-college coalition in Pennsylvania has published a resource guide on “allyship and anti-oppression” that brazenly affirms people of color cannot be racist towards white people.

The guide, made available for students attending Haverford, Swarthmore, and Bryn Mawr Colleges, provides a seemingly-exhaustive list of terms on the topic, including “reverse racism,” which, it then contests, is not actually existent.

“Reverse racism does not actually exist, because racism is a structure, and people of color do not structurally oppress white people,” the guide argues, making a fine distinction between “racism” and “discrimination,” the latter of which can be directed at white people.

“Most social justice activists agree that ‘reverse racism’ doesn’t make sense. Many think the idea of reverse racism is invalid because the term ‘racism,’ especially in academic and social justice circles, has a specific meaning that relates to institutionalized oppression,” the guide states.

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[1/31/17]  In one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump effectively halted nearly $200 billion worth of regulations, according to a new analysis.

President Trump has taken aggressive action to curb regulations in his first week, promising to cut 75 percent or “maybe more,” and signing an executive order Monday to cut two regulations from the books when every new rule is introduced.

The first move came in the form of a memo to all federal agencies from Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, freezing all recently finalized and pending regulations. The American Action Forum, a center-right policy institute, found the action resulted in stopping rules that would cost the economy $181 billion.

“On day one in office, President Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, signed a memo to all executive agencies imposing a regulatory moratorium,” wrote Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy for the American Action Forum. “This may sound like an extraordinary action, but President Obama’s then-Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, penned an almost identical memo eight years ago.”

“According to American Action Forum (AAF) research, this memo put a hold on $181 billion in total regulatory costs, including $17 billion in annual costs, and 5.5 million hours of paperwork,” Batkins wrote. “This moratorium freezes 22 rulemakings with annual costs above $100 million and 16 measures with more than $1 billion in long-term costs.”

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[1/31/17]  Sears is using everything in its power to keep the company from drowning, but in the latest turn of events the retailer laid off an unspecified number of full-time Kmart employees.

According to Business Insider, the layoffs were confirmed, noting that the employees let go were full-time managers or department heads in charge of driving, backrooms and customer-facing services at Kmart stores across the country.

Business Insider said a spokesman for the company declined to say how many people were affected by the cuts, but that not all Kmart stores were affected or witness employees being laid off.

“Eliminating positions is never an easy decision to make, and we don’t take it lightly as we recognize the valuable contributions affected associates make to the company,” spokesman Howard Riefs said to Business Insider.

According to two anonymous Kmart workers, Business Insider said that nearly 800 stores were affected by the cuts. On message boards, employees of the retailer say the stores now have “skeletal” staff and that the company has executed the layoffs as a way to keep the stores simple.

With the laying off process, employees say the retailer will most likely cease using backrooms and instead place items on the shelves.

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‘The Young Pope’ Asserts That No Priests Respect the Vow of Chastity

The sixth episode of HBO’s The Young Pope made another blanket, heretical statement about Catholic priests. Additionally, the episode, which aired January 30, contains two power-hungry speeches given by the Pope (Jude Law) aimed at destroying the Italian Prime Minister and an order of monks.

At the start of the episode, Cardinal Andrew Dussolier, the Pope’s childhood friend and newly appointed Prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, is shown in an incredibly graphic, drawn-out sex scene with another man and a woman. (Recall that the prevous Prefect was fired for being homosexual.)

Later in the episode, the Pope lays out his orders for how Dussolier should handle candidates for the priesthood, including luring aspiring priests into “compromising sexual situations” and invasively investigating their pasts. The Pope argues, “Every candidate for priesthood takes a vow of chastity and none of them respect it, that’s the truth.” Obviously, Cardinal Dussolier, previously seen in the raunchy threesome, protests (not to the statement that all priests defy the vow of chastity, but that priest backgrounds should be checked thoroughly).

In one scene, the Pope gives a list of demands to the Italian Prime Minister, which, among banning abortions and gay marriages, includes “restriction on the religious freedom of Muslims and Hindus.” When the Prime Minister touts his 41 percent election win as a threat to not only disobey the Pope’s demand, but instead work against the Church, the Pope responds, “I, as the vicar of Christ, would be happy to help God eradicate that 41 percent.”

The Pope continues his tirade, proclaiming, “God and I are simply dripping with imagination.” He muses how the Prime Minister could defeat “a Pope as handsome and reassuring as Christ.” At the end of his rant, he ties all of his over-the-top menaces together by threatening to use his papal supremacy to re-decree the Non Expedit, which states that “it is unacceptable for Catholics to vote in the Italian elections.” 

Not too long after, the Pope makes similar threats to an order of monks asking the Pope to resign. “I’ll strip you of all you have,” he avows.

Pope Pius XIII- Just try it. I’ll strip you of all you have. Everything. Your beds, your tunics, your underpants, all those wonderful monasteries you have in the most wonderful, loveliest places on Earth, because all that belongs to me. Are you ready to live on the streets like Saint Francis of Assisi? Are you ready to sleep on the ground, kicked and spat upon by junkies and homeless people and drunks? I’m ready to wage a war without end against you. Are you ready to wage that war, armed with nothing but bottomless poverty? I didn’t think so. In that case, stop talking bullshit and get yourselves some shoes, because the air in here is un-breathable. 

Also similar to the previous episode, the show manages to get in a few more absurd jabs at the Catholic Church. In one scene where a Cardinal dies and someone asks how, another Cardinal gives the classic liberal answer: “The same thing the Church is going to die of. Old age.” Additionally, in response to the Catholic Church’s decline in popularity due to the new pope, Cardinal Voiello informs him, “Small but dangerous enclaves of Catholic fundamentalism are starting to spring up, just like Islam.”

So is the Catholic Church on the verge of militant conservatism or is it full of sex-crazed priests? Even HBO doesn’t know. 

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Same Associated Press caught pushing fake news about Donald Trump now pushing fake science about vaccines

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The medical establishment, in collusion with the establishment media, has for decades pushed the narrative that vaccines are all good, never bad, and absolutely vital to keeping disease and pestilence at bay. No dissenting opinions are allowed, even when they are based on sound, duplicable research.

Now, the stranglehold of the medical/media/government cabal may be about to be broken, and the establishment is up in arms trying to discredit the man who is leading the charge for medical honesty and truth: President Donald J. Trump.

Though our new leader has said nothing about getting rid of vaccines altogether, the cabal is nevertheless in panic mode. In recent days, the poster child for pushing the medical establishment’s viewpoint while working to de-legitimize counter-viewpoints, The Associated Press, breathlessly reported that Trump had asked a “vaccine skeptic” to “probe” their “safety,” which is “alarming doctors.” (RELATED: See the latest news and information on vaccines at

The AP noted:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday, and told reporters that he had agreed to lead the effort, whatever form it takes.

“President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,” Kennedy said, adding that “we ought to be debating the science.”

To pediatricians, there’s nothing left to debate.

That’s the standard view doctors are taught in medical school: Everything surrounding vaccines is “settled;” there is nothing new at all under the sun to learn about them.

It’s a good thing Christopher Columbus never believed the “flat earth” theory, isn’t it? Had he believed it, the “new world” may not have been discovered for a few more centuries (actually, some people still believe it is flat).

If science is anything, it is never settled. With the exception of a few constants (the Earth is round; the sun is a star; etc.), any scientist worth his or her salt will tell you that, especially when it comes to human/drug interaction, there is always something new to learn. (RELATED: What’s new on the science front? Discover it now at

So, why isn’t that the case when it comes to vaccines? Who can honestly say that we’ve learned all we can possibly learn on the subject?

In fact, the medical/media/government cabal isn’t as interested in “learning” more about vaccines as it is in maintaining some secrets about them. One such secret is the inclusion of a mercury-laced neurotoxin, thimerosal, in many vaccines – something Natural News founder Mike Adams, the Health Ranger and citizen-scientist, discovered for himself just a few years ago.

As for Kennedy, he has conducted massive amounts of research about vaccine injury and safety, even authoring a well-researched book.

Neil Z. Miller, author of Millers Review of Critical Vaccine Studies – 400 Important Scientific Papersfound this:

“From 1991 to 1999, the number of children requiring special education services for autism increased by 500%. This study investigated the link between developmental disability in children 1-9 years of age and prior infant vaccination with 3 doses of the newly recommended mercury-containing hepatitis B vaccine. Boys who received 3 doses of the mercury-containing hepatitis B vaccine during infancy were nearly 9 times more likely (OR=8.63) than unvaccinated boys to need early intervention services, a proxy for developmental disability. This study provides strong evidence toward answering the Institute of Medicine’s open question about whether there is a link between mercury-containing vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders.”

Clearly, as Trump has indicated, vaccine science is far from settled, as is the issue of vaccine safety. Stay up to date on the fake science lies of the mainstream media at the Media Fact Watch website.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for Natural News and News Target, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.




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Wacky liberals blame Trump for their weight gain

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It is incredibly ironic that leftists — who have spent the past eight years saying, “Thanks, Obama,” as a way to poke fun at those who blame the president for things that he has no control over — are now blaming President Donald J. Trump for things that are completely out of his control. Just when you thought the Regressive Left couldn’t get any more ridiculous, they one up themselves once again by blaming their unflattering weight gain on the election of Donald Trump.

No, this isn’t satire. People are actually trying to blame the fact that Middle America elected Trump as the next president of the United States for their poor eating and exercising habits. While it is hilarious that anyone is silly enough to think that they are fat because a certain politician was elected, it’s also extremely frustrating that liberals once again are refusing to take responsibility for their actions.

That has been the entire story of the 2016 presidential election, though. The Regressive Left hasn’t accepted responsibility for anything — which is precisely why there is a very good chance that Trump will be a two-term president. Instead of learning from their mistakes, realizing that ignoring the heartland of America is a terrible political move and doing everything they can to resolve the issue, the leftists just continue to pass the buck and make ridiculous excuses.

And that’s exactly what these excuses are — ridiculous. Beth Teitell of The Boston Globe reports, “In the diet world, the effect of Trump’s victory can be seen clearly in the data — not from famed statistician Nate Silver, but from the Lose It! diet app, which claims 2 million active users. The weight loss app always sees a drop-off in users from Tuesday to Wednesday — resolve weakens as the week progresses — but the Wednesday following Election Day saw a fall-off four times as large as usual.” (RELATED: Discover more hilarious examples of fake science reporting at

It’s no surprise that these people are not concerned with their health. They are the same people that convince themselves that being grossly overweight has no effect on one’s physical well-being. They are the same people that believe that doctors are “body-shaming” by telling patients that they need to lose weight in order to reach an optimal level of fitness. Now, instead of admitting that they are addicted to eating junk, have no self-control and are excessively lazy, the leftists are trying to blame the fear of Donald Trump’s presidency for their weight gain. (See more examples of the incredible stupidity of the Left at

America is currently going through a lot of changes and two of the things that need to change in regards to our culture are the lack of personal responsibility and the unbelievably poor eating habits. We need to be much healthier in both mental and physical regards and that’s why we have to clean up our collective behavior.

2017 needs to be the year of fixing the cultural and societal issues that have plagued our country for the past few decades — and we cannot begin that process if Donald Trump continues to be the exploited as the cause for all of the world’s problems, whether they be personal or not.




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The one simple message every crybaby snowflake needs to hear: NO, you are not special by default

About the author: Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger“) is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on, an environmental scientist, publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science to current events. Follow his videos, podcasts, websites and science projects at:

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Mike Adams serves as the founding editor of and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose descendants include Africans and American Indians. He is of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his “Health Ranger” passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world’s first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed “strange fibers” found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health “gurus,” dangerous “detox” products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over fifteen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at

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State of Massachusetts caught using falsified lab tests in convictions; thousands exonerated after fake science exposed

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Recently, the state’s highest court ordered prosecutors to drop a significant portion of the more than 24,000 drug convictions to resolve a scandal – where thousands of people were wrongfully convicted on drug charges in Massachusetts – that has plagued the legal system since 2012.

For years, a state-employed chemist named Annie Dookhan has falsified drug lab tests to jail innocent people on the basis of fake science. Superiors systematically ignored several red flags on Dookhan. In 2012, she finally admitted to falsifying drug test results during her nine years at the Massachusetts state lab and was imprisoned in 2013. During her career, she marked tens of thousands of reports as ‘positive’ for illegal substances without testing them. She even added cocaine to sample results when no cocaine was present, The Free Thought Project reported. (RELATED: See more news about police state tyranny at

“Innocent persons were incarcerated, guilty persons have been released to further endanger the public, millions and millions of public dollars are being expended to deal with the chaos Ms. Dookhan created, and the integrity of the criminal justice system has been shaken to the core,” Judge Carol S. Ball stated at sentencing.

Fake science run by bad government has ruined thousands of lives

Since the shocking revelations in 2012, roughly 1,500 of the ‘Dookhan’ convictions were overturned. But over 24,000 people affected by the fake science lab results remained on parole or in prison, and many more were denied jobs and housing due to their criminal records.

Some were even exiled from the U.S. based on the falsified results – including Jose Aguasvivas who was stopped by customs officials at the airport in San Juan, P.R, in 2009. After spending nine months in detention centers, he was deported to the Dominican Republic. Years later, in 2012, he found out that his conviction was invalid and hoped to be reunited with his wife Honelia, who stayed behind in the U.S. Unfortunately, they still had a three-year legal battle ahead of them. (See more news of bizarre but true events at

Meanwhile, Aguasvivas was forced to remain in his hometown as a deportee. He missed the birth of his grandchildren, couldn’t find a job since everyone in the town assumed he was a dangerous criminal, and his wife had to move out of the apartment and take credit cards to be able to visit her husband. In May 2016, after charges for possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute were dismissed, he could finally return to his family in the U.S.

In the wake of a laboratory scandal of unprecedented magnitude

Despite Justice saying these cases involved “egregious government misconduct,” state prosecutors were fighting to keep the convictions in place. They sent cryptic, confusing letters to the defendants to inform them of their right to appeal their case individually. Most of these people, however, were poor and could not afford a lawyer to defend their case. And if they could afford to go to court, the case-by-case approach was moving at an unacceptable crawl.

Aguasvivas’ lawyer, Jennifer Klein of the Immigration Impact Unit, said that in Jose’s case it took three years, three attorneys, and an incredibly bright and aggressive wife to remove Jose’s conviction. This is an enormous amount of man-hours and resources that most people can’t muster, she added.

The confusion and injustice prompted the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to get involved.

“It’s as though the state is almost addicted to prosecuting its way out of the problem of drug abuse,” said Mathew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “The addiction is so strong that the state won’t even walk away from convictions tainted by fraud. And they could walk away. Prosecutors could walk away from these cases right now.”

Nonetheless, it took the state’s high court four years to finally put an end to most of the injustice caused by Annie Dookhan. Thousands of people, however, already served their time in jail for a non-crime, but at least now they can move on with their life without a conviction on their name.

The problem is not only limited to Massachusetts. Similar scandals and fraudulent test results emerge in other states, including New Jersey and Texas. (RELATED: See more examples of corruption in science and medicine at




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