Franken’s ‘Funny’ Photo Could Have Ruined Him In 2008 Senate Race

Imagine if LeeAnn Tweeden’s picture of Al Franken groping her breasts for laughs while she slept on a 2006 military plane flight had come out during his 2008 Senate campaign. The election result was so disputed that Franken wasn’t seated in the Senate until July of 2009. Add that picture, and the Senate wouldn’t have an Al Franken harassment problem today.

In the thick of that fight, the Republicans pushed to the Minnesota media a New York magazine description of a Saturday Night Live script meeting in which a comedian playing CBS commentator Andy Rooney finds an empty pill bottle on his desk: “when Lesley [Stahl] is passed out, I take her to the closet and rape her. Or ‘That’s why you never see Lesley until February.” Then there was this: “when she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her.”

In his new book Giant of the Senate, Franken has a chapter called “Franni Saves the Campaign.” To take the rough edges from his rape (and other extreme sex) jokes back then, Franken’s wife made a 60-second ad about how she became an alcoholic, and “How could a mother of two fabulous, healthy children be an alcoholic?” But “Al stood right by my side” during her recovery and he “made two beautiful movies…used in rehabs all over the country.”

Franken wrote it “still makes me cry whenever I see it. In fact, when Chuck Schumer saw it, he called me to say that he had cried. And he also thought it would win me the election.” [Italics his.] Two days later, he boasted, when Mrs. Franken entered the room for a debate he was having, “she got a standing ovation.”

So how will he explain Tweeden’s photo and testimony to Mrs. Franken now? 

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Planned Parenthood could face federal charges for trafficking baby body parts

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Republican Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step up and take action in prosecuting the nation’s largest abortion mill, Planned Parenthood, for illegally selling murdered baby body parts as part of a massive, underground criminal operation.

During a recent hearing, Rep. Franks pointed out that Congress has compiled more than enough evidence to indict Planned Parenthood for its illicit body part trafficking scheme, which has garnered obscene profits for the abortion provider. Much of this evidence comes from a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that depict top Planned Parenthood executives cutting deals with agents pretending to be baby body part buyers while wining and dining.

Such activity is not only amoral and grotesque in every sense of the word, but it’s also illegal under federal law, which means it’s a highly prosecutable offense. But thus far, Sessions has done nothing to go after Planned Parenthood, as his primary focus since being sworn in seems to be to spread Reefer Madness paranoia as part of his personal vendetta against legal cannabis.

Sessions has also taken a reticent approach in going after high-level criminals in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere who are being accused of treason, human trafficking, and pedophilia. Many are wondering what, exactly, Sessions has been doing for the past 10 months other than bemoan states’ rights on issues with which he personally disagrees.

“If the FBI has requested what is now several thousand pages of testimony and findings the Senate has gathered through their investigation of Planned Parenthood, that may mean that they could be readying indictments against individuals who have committed the sale of these little body parts for profit,” Franks stated directly to Sessions during a recent hearing.

“Generally speaking, are findings made by any Senate investigation, any subsequent referral, sufficient evidence for the Justice Department to bring charges upon any party guilty of violating federal law?” he then asked.

Senator Grassley led charge in investigation determining that Planned Parenthood had violated federal law

In his response, Sessions stated that it all depends “on the substance of those congressional findings, but they certainly can provide a basis for starting an investigation.” He added that “verifying the findings of the Congress could provide a basis for charges,” which seems to imply that Donald Trump’s Justice Department (DOJ) might just take action against the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Last December, the Senate Judiciary Committee had referred Planned Parenthood to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for further investigation. The committee’s head, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, had referred not only Planned Parenthood but also several other abortion providers to the FBI after a lengthy investigation into all of the evidence compiled by CMP.

The committee had found, as per the words of Grassley in a letter he wrote, “substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law.” He added that “that evidence is contained entirely in those entities’ own records, which were voluntarily provided to the Committee and are detailed in the report.” Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

As per federal law, no company or persons can legally profit from the exchange of fetal tissue, except in cases whereby “reasonable payments” are offered. But in the case of Planned Parenthood, company executives were seen trying to profit as much as possible in order to buy expensive goods like Lamborghini cars.

To keep up with the latest on Planned Parenthood and the highly corrupt abortion industry, be sure to visit Abortion.news.

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Robot-controlled vehicles could soon be restocking military front lines with ammo, food, fuel

Image: Robot-controlled vehicles could soon be restocking military front lines with ammo, food, fuel

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The British Army has conducted an initial test of its new line of robotic vehicles during a scheduled exercise in Michigan in the United States.

Driverless robotic all-terrain 4x4s were run by unseen British soldiers using Xbox controllers as the Ministry of Defence told the public on Tuesday, November 14 that it will join the United States to trial an improved method of transporting ammunition, food, and fuel to the front lines.

Footage from the exercise, which has been three years in the making, shows a robotic convoy of the trucks rampage across the big landscape led by the six-ton British Army MAN SV. The truck and the U.S. Light Medium Tactical Vehicles that immediately follow after the behemoth utilize integrated robotics to decide speed and steering, among other functions.

They have also made use of Hoverbike drones to simulate delivering supplies in the most dangerous “last mile” up to the battlefield, which is part of a technology called Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR).

One hundred years ago we pioneered tank warfare with our U.S. allies, and today we remain right at the forefront of military technology together. This exercise has proven the success of our ongoing investment in science and technology as we see concepts becoming reality,” Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin said.

This particular project is spearheading solutions to the notoriously dangerous operation of supplying our frontline on the battlefield. Delivering crucial food, fuel, and ammo remotely will help save soldiers’ lives,” Baldwin added. (Related: DARPA developing mechanically augmented ‘super soldiers’ uisng motorized exoskeletons.)

For his part, Pete Stockel from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, said: “This is the first time that we have created a U.K.-U.S. coalition semi-autonomous leader-follower convoy to bring to life concepts which will provide solutions to de-risk the Last Mile of logistics support to the front line. We are enormously excited to be working with our U.S. colleagues on this project, delivering on the commitment announced at the Farnborough Airshow in 2016. It has been an exciting challenge to drive this forward at pace. This could be a step-change in how operational risk could be managed, costs could be reduced, and – ultimately – lives could be saved, as a result of harnessing this rapidly evolving technology.”

Among the new Hoverbikes are the Polaris MZR, which is geared with lidar, a form of radar, to help it navigate bumpy roads. Lidar (light detection and ranging) scanning is characterized by one or more lasers transmitting short pulses, which bounce back when they encounter an encumbrance, such as clouds, leaves, or rocks. It can travel at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

In autonomous vehicles, these sensors routinely watch over the surrounding areas, sense the vibe of the area, and act as the “eyes” of the car.

What this exercise aims is to develop driverless vehicles so that physical harm that befalls soldier drivers of tanks can be avoided. Thus, the two armies plan on making autonomous resupply the norm.

To find out more about how countries prepare against issues of national security and acts of terrorism, visit Terrorism.news today.

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Oil prices could double if Middle East conflict escalates

Scarcity doesn’t really justify the upward price movement. There isn’t a shortage of oil in the world. But there could be, in the worst case, if missiles start flying between two of the world’s largest oil players: Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Maybe it won’t happen. But maybe it will. And that’s what the “geopolitical risk premium” is all about. It’s an anxiety surcharge that’s tacked onto every barrel of oil, in fear of supply disruption on a moment’s notice. And the fear is back.

After three years of naivety we’re back to acknowledging the known unknowns of the Middle East, the uncertainties that strap a 10-to-20 percent premium on the price of a barrel.

Paying a risk premium for oil is nothing new. It’s been around for decades and has gone up and down with the hostility thermometer of the Middle East.

Unusually, the pricing of risk dropped to zero around 2015. Three main reasons prompted a sense of world peace: the promise of the Iranian nuclear deal; a feeling that booming oilfields in Texas could offset any disruption; and a growing surplus of oil inventories in storage tanks around the world.

Of late, the notion of oil obsolescence has also perpetuated a feeling of nonchalance. “Who cares about the Middle East and their oil?” has been a question driven by the utopian narrative: “I’m not worried, everyone will be driving electric cars in a few years anyway.”

But it’s all been a false sense of security.

Electric cars are still rare. Oil remains vital to the world economy. Its geographic concentration is such that a large proportion of the world’s needs is produced from underneath layers of geopolitics, religious antagonism, authoritarianism, civil strife and corruption.

When I reflect on the extremes of oily politics, I pull out my old copy of Life Magazine from 1973, the year of the Arab oil embargo. Back then, in a rare moment of unity, Arabs came together to curtail oil shipments to the west, demanding that Israel cede lands it captured in the 1967 war.

I’m struck by the two-page spread showing a Dutch freeway that’s completely empty, not a car on the road due to widespread gasoline and diesel shortages. The disruption was less than three percent of world supply and lasted only a few months, but it was enough to momentarily paralyze transportation in affected countries—and change attitudes about energy security too. The fallout led to big changes in personal mobility—smaller cars, greater fuel economy and alternate modes of transport like high-speed rail—especially in Europe and Japan.

Juxtaposed on the fuel-starved image is a photo inset of a meeting between various leaders of the embargo. The snapshot is taken at a moment with lots of laughter, suggesting the not-so-subtle message that they were pleased with their destabilizing accomplishment. Maybe.

But no one is laughing now. Regional animosity is elevated, the weaponry is lethal and it’s hard to figure out allegiances and regional political ambitions. And the scale of consequence is bigger too: In 1973 oil consumption was almost 56 million barrels a day. Today it’s pushing 100 million bpd, with a quarter flowing through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow, strategic chokepoint between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The geopolitical premium is likely to increase over the next year. Oil markets are slowly heading back towards what OPEC calls “balance” and global inventories are gradually draining. The calculus is pretty simple: Progressively thinner margins for error, plus greater risk of disruption, equals more volatile prices to the upside.

If oil supply is pinched again, for whatever machination or military operation, the price of a barrel could easily double (prices quadrupled as a result of the 1973 embargo). And 20 years from now we may look back at a magazine spread of a freeway, this time showing a handful of cars—only the electric variety.

Higher oil prices are generally welcomed by petroleum producers and their upstream stakeholders. Yet amplified volatility and the potential of another oil crisis is a greater friend to purveyors of electric vehicles; they are the natural beneficiaries to their rival’s instability.

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com

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Divorcing parents could lose children if they try to turn them against partner

Divorcing parents could be denied contact with their children if they try to turn them against their former partner, under a “groundbreaking” process being trialled by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).

The phenomenon where one parent poisons their child against the other is known as parental alienation, the ultimate aim of which is to persuade the child to permanently exclude that parent from their life.

Cafcass said it had recently realised parental alienation occured in significant numbers of the 125,000 cases it dealt with each year.

Sarah Parsons, the assistant director of Cafcass, said: “We are increasingly recognising that parental alienation is a feature in many of our cases and have realised that it’s absolutely vital that we take the initiative. Our new approach is groundbreaking.”

The new approach will initially give parents the chance to change their behaviour with the help of intense therapy. Alienating parents who do not respond will not be allowed to have their children live with them.

In addition, contact between the parent and child could be restricted or refused for a number of months. In the most extreme cases, the alienating parent will be permanently banned from any contact with their child.

Parental alienation is estimated to be present in 11%-15% of divorces involving children, a figure thought to be increasing. Other research has found that about 1% of children and adolescents in North America experience parental alienation.


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Scientists sound alarm as PLAGUE mutation could become resistant to all known conventional medicine

Image: Scientists sound alarm as PLAGUE mutation could become resistant to all known conventional medicine

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Although it might sound like a disease of yesteryear to many Americans, plague is not uncommon in Madagascar. However, this year’s outbreak, which has already killed nearly 170 people there, is markedly different from the strain that usually emerges in the country, and it has some experts seriously concerned about what’s in store.

This year, two-thirds of the plague cases reported in the country have been pneumonic, the deadliest type, and it is being called the worst outbreak in half a century. The country, which normally sees an average of 400 cases of plague per year, has already had 2,000 cases of the illness and the plague season is just getting started.

The illness is easily spread via sneezing, spitting, coughing, or otherwise coming into contact with bodily fluids of infected people. It’s related to the famous Black Death that killed 200 million people across Asia and Europe in the 1300s.

University of East Anglia health protection lecturer Professor Paul Hunter believes the disease could reach Europe and even North America, much like what happened with Ebola following the outbreak in West Africa three years ago. He said that the possibility of it mutating and becoming untreatable is a real one.

The World Health Organization’s Dr. Charlotte Ndiaye said: “WHO is concerned that plague could spread further because it is already present in several cities and this is the start of the epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April.”

Pneumonic plague is nearly always fatal if left untreated, but antibiotics can treat it if it is detected early. In the current outbreak, fatalities jumped by 15 percent in just three days, prompting concerns it is reaching crisis levels.

Ten countries are now on high alert because of the outbreak, with South Africa, Malawi, Seychelles, Reunion, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Comoros and Mauritius joining Madagascar. Experts say that if it spreads from the island to mainland Africa, it could be difficult to control.

Making matters worse is the fact that unlike in previous years when the disease has largely been confined to remote areas, this year’s outbreak is mostly concentrated in the country’s two biggest cities, Toamasina and Antananarivo.

Plague season just beginning

A WHO spokesperson said that it is impossible to rule out the possibility of more cases as the plague season isn’t slated to end until April, and they’re encouraging people to remain vigilant. They say the risk of further spread at the national level in Madagascar remains high.

There are frequent flights and ferries going between the island and the African mainland, prompting concerns about travelers introducing it to other areas, but the short incubation period of the pneumonic variety means many sufferers would become too ill too quickly to travel far and spread it. In addition, exit screening measures have been implemented in Madagascar, and nearby countries are also taking precautions.

Schools and universities have been closed to try to contain the illness as it tends to spread faster among children. The buildings are also being sprayed to eliminate any fleas that could be carrying the plague.

Many locals are hesitant to seek treatment because they are scared of hospitals, and they often have to walk for more than a day to receive treatment. This means there could be many more cases going unreported as patients fail to get a proper diagnosis.

Health officials aren’t sure exactly how this year’s outbreak started, but it is believed that forest fires could have driven the rats that carry the Yersinia pestis bacteria toward rural communities. These rats and their fleas bite people and infect them, and when left untreated, the bubonic strain spreads to the lungs and becomes the pneumonic form that can kill people within 24 hours.

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Strangers could be speaking to your child through smart toys, watchdog warns

Popular Christmas gifts including the I-Que Intelligent Robot, Furby Connect, Toy-fi Teddy and CloudPets cuddly toy had “worrying security failures” when investigated. Which? has now called on retailers to stop selling the toys with “proven issues.”

Which? found there was no authentication required between the toys and the devices they could link with via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The lack of authentication means that, in theory, any device within physical range could link to the toy and take control or send messages, the watchdog said.

“In each of the toys, the Bluetooth connection had not been secured, meaning during the tests the hacker didn’t need a password, PIN code or any other authentication to get access,” the report read. “In addition, very little technical know-how was needed to gain access to the toys to start sharing messages with a child.”

In collaboration with German consumer group Stiftung Warentet, Which? tested connected toys on sale at major retailers. The investigation found that people could use a toy to communicate with a child in four out of the seven devices tested.

Furby Connect, sold by Argos, Amazon, Smyths and Toys ‘R’ Us, was found to be connectable by anyone within a 10-30 meter (33-98ft) Bluetooth range when it’s switched on, with no physical interaction required. It does not use any security features when pairing. The connection can be made through a laptop, opening up more opportunities to control the toy. “Our security experts were able to upload and play a custom audio file on the Furby,” the report said.

The I-Que Intelligent Robot, which has featured on the Hamleys top toys Christmas list, uses Bluetooth to pair with a phone or tablet through an app, with an unsecured connection. Anyone can download the app, find one of the talking robots within Bluetooth range, and start chatting using the robot’s voice by typing into a text field, the Which? investigation found.

READ MORE: Buyer beware! Internet-connected toys ‘expose children to online predators’

CloudPets is a stuffed animal and enables friends to send messages to a child, which are played back on a built-in speaker. Which? found someone could hack the toy via its unsecured Bluetooth connection and make it play their own voice messages.

Toy-fi Teddy allows a child to send and receive personal recorded messages over Bluetooth via a smartphone or tablet app. The Bluetooth feature lacks any authentication protection, however, meaning hackers can send voice messages to a child and receive answers back.

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Why America’s Retail Apocalypse Could Accelerate Even More In 2018

Is the retail apocalypse in the United States about to go to a whole new level?  That is a frightening thing to consider, because the truth is that things are already quite bad.  We have already shattered the all-time record for store closings in a single year and we still have the rest of November and December to go.  Unfortunately, it truly does appear that things will get even worse in 2018, because a tremendous amount of high-yield retail debt is coming due next year.  In fact, Bloomberg is reporting that the amount of high-yield retail debt that will mature next year is approximately 19 times larger than the amount that matured this year…

Just $100 million of high-yield retail borrowings were set to mature this year, but that will increase to $1.9 billion in 2018, according to Fitch Ratings Inc. And from 2019 to 2025, it will balloon to an annual average of almost $5 billion. The amount of retail debt considered risky is also rising. Over the past year, high-yield bonds outstanding gained 20 percent, to $35 billion, and the industry’s leveraged loans are up 15 percent, to $152 billion, according to Bloomberg data.

Even worse, this will hit as a record $1 trillion in high-yield debt for all industries comes due over the next five years, according to Moody’s.

Can you say “debt bomb”?

For those of you that are not familiar with these concepts, high-yield debt is considered to be the riskiest form of debt.  Retailers all over the nation went on a tremendous debt binge for years, and many of those loans never should have been made.  Now that debt is going to start to come due, and many of these retailers simply will not be able to pay.

So how does that concern the rest of us?

Well, just like with the subprime mortgage meltdown, the “spillover” could potentially be enormous.  Here is more from Bloomberg

The debt coming due, along with America’s over-stored suburbs and the continued gains of online shopping, has all the makings of a disaster. The spillover will likely flow far and wide across the U.S. economy. There will be displaced low-income workers, shrinking local tax bases and investor losses on stocks, bonds and real estate. If today is considered a retail apocalypse, then what’s coming next could truly be scary.

I have written extensively about Sears and other troubled retailers that definitely appear to be headed for zero.  But one major retailer that is flying below the radar a little bit that you should keep an eye on is Target.  For over a year, conservatives have been boycotting the retailer, and this boycott is really starting to take a toll

Target has been desperately grasping at ideas to recover lost business, including remodeling existing stores and opening smaller stores, lowering prices, hiring more holiday staff and introducing a new home line from Chip and Joanna Gaines. But Target stock remains relatively stagnant, opening at 61.50 today—certainly nowhere near the mid-80s of April 2016, when the AFA boycott began.

In the past, retailers could always count on the middle class to bail them out, but the middle class is steadily shrinking these days.  In fact, at this point one out of every five U.S. households has a net worth of zero or less.

And we must also keep in mind that we do not actually deserve the debt-fueled standard of living that we are currently enjoying.  We are consuming far more wealth than we are producing, and the only way we are able to do that is by going into unprecedented amounts of debt.  The following comes from Egon von Greyerz

Total US debt in 1913 was $39 billion. Today it is $70 trillion, up 1,800X. But that only tells part of the story. There were virtually no unfunded liabilities in 1913. Today they are $130 trillion. So adding the $70 trillion debt to the unfunded liabilities gives a total liability of $200 trillion.

In 1913 US debt to GDP was 150%. Today, including unfunded liabilities, the figure becomes almost 1,000%. This is the burden that ordinary Americans are responsible for, a burden that will break the US people and the US economy as well as the dollar.

The only possible way that the game can go on is to continue to grow our debt much faster than the overall economy is growing.

Of course that is completely unsustainable, and when this debt bubble finally bursts everything is going to collapse.

We don’t know exactly when the next great financial crisis is coming, but we do know that conditions are absolutely perfect for one to erupt.  According to John Hussman, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see stock prices fall more than 60 percent from current levels…

At the root of Hussman’s pessimistic market view are stock valuations that look historically stretched by a handful of measures. According to his preferred valuation metric — the ratio of non-financial market cap to corporate gross value-added (Market Cap/GVA) — stocks are more expensive than they were in 1929 and 2000, periods that immediately preceded major market selloffs.

“US equity market valuations at the most offensive levels in history,” he wrote in his November monthly note. “We expect that more extreme valuations will only be met by more severe losses.”

Those losses won’t just include the 63% plunge referenced above — it’ll also be accompanied by a longer 10 to 12 year period over which the S&P 500 will fall, says Hussman.

A financial system that is based on a pyramid of debt will never be sustainable.  As I discuss in my new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters”, the design of our current debt-based system is fundamentally flawed, and it needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.

The borrower is the servant of the lender, and our current system is designed to create as much debt as possible.  When it inevitably fails, we need to be ready to offer an alternative, because patching together our current system and trying to re-inflate the bubble is not a real solution.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

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