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  3. Acton Institute Oct. 17 2019 Screenwriter and best-selling author Andrew Klavan delivers remarks to the audience at the Acton Institute's 29th Anniversary Dinner at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which took place on October 15, 2019.
  4. Fox News Oct. 192019 Subway service in Chile's capital was suspended Friday, trapping hundreds of thousands of commuters on their way home from work, after high school students flooded subway stations, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing stations as part of protests against a fare hike. By nightfall, the protests had extended throughout Santiago with students setting up barricades and fires at the entrances to subway stations. Television images showed students and others attacking police vehicles, throwing stones and burning at least one bus, along with scenes of destruction and shattered glass inside various metro stations. Police who had been trying to break up the protests with tear gas withdrew from some subway stations. As midnight passed, President Sebastián Piñera announced a state of emergency in affected areas, allowing authorities to restrict rights to assembly and movement. (Snip)
  5. Fox News Adam Shaw Oct. 19 2019 A crucial vote on U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was facing a last-ditch bid by anti-Brexit MPs to derail it hours before lawmakers were due to cast their votes -- as thousands protested outside Parliament. The rare Saturday session of Parliament was surrounded with both drama and a cloud of unknowns ahead of the vote expected late in the day, and comes just days after Johnson had secured a new withdrawal agreement with European leaders during the week, ahead of Britain’s scheduled departure from the bloc at the end of the month. Lawmakers on both sides of the issue had warned of the danger of leaving without a deal, and Johnson had hailed the agreement as one that would satisfy hardline Brexiteers while making sure that the U.K. did not crash out of the bloc. (Snip) As lawmakers debated the measure, thousands of mostly anti-Brexit protesters marched through the streets of London. Many of them were calling for a second referendum -- something that those opposed to Brexit have been calling for since shortly after the first referendum in 2016, where 52 percent of voters chose to leave. While polls show Johnson’s Conservative Party leading comfortably in the polls, there is a strong alliance of anti-Brexit parties in Parliament, and polls suggest that the public is still mostly split down the middle on Britain’s departure from the E.U. The vote, should it be held, is expected to be decided by just a handful of undecided MPs. However, it was facing yet another hurdle being put down by anti-Brexit MPs in the shape of an amendment that would force Johnson to still request a delay in Britain’s departure, even if the deal passed. (Snip)
  6. Hundreds gather in Lebanon for fresh protests Oct. 19 2019 BEIRUT: Hundreds gathered in Lebanon Saturday for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption after the security forces made dozens of arrests. Crowds began gathering in front of the seat of government in the capital Beirut around lunchtime, with many waving billowing Lebanese flags. Earlier, troops reopened blocked highways after security forces used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a huge crowd of protesters who had gathered in the heart of Beirut on Friday evening. The Internal Security Forces said 70 arrests were made. The protesters are demanding a sweeping overhaul of Lebanon’s political system, citing grievances ranging from austerity measures to poor infrastructure. (Snip)
  7. Heritage Foundation The alleys of Portland, Oregon, are strewn with piles of garbage and used drug needles, reflecting a growing problem of homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness. Mental illness is now more common among the homeless in Oregon than in any other state. According to a study from 2016, 35-40% of homeless adults in Oregon suffer from some form of mental illness. The problem is apparent along the Springwater Corridor, a popular biking trail on the east side of Portland that is cherished as peaceful slice of nature hidden from the urban sprawl. In 2016, a shantytown alongside a 2-mile stretch of the corridor was the largest homeless encampment in the nation. It contained nearly 200 tents and an estimated 500 homeless people.
  8. Facebook was censoring comments on Mark Zuckerberg’s “free speech” livestream Didi Rankovic October 18, 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's presentation about “the dangers of censorship” was accompanied by a practical demonstration of – the dangers of censorship. Zuckerberg's speech at Georgetown University, live-streamed on Facebook, received a deluge of overwhelmingly positive comments and reactions – so many, in fact, that it appears to have raised suspicions of foul play. The conspicuous absence of negative reactions to the speech in the comments to the live stream warranted reaching out to the company for clarification. And the answer is that Facebook uses “ranking signals” to derank content that it doesn't like – or, as the company's spokesperson Tucker Bonds said, content of “low quality.” This is not to say this content is blocked from being posted, or deleted – it is simply pushed into the digital hinterland at the bottom of a page containing tens of thousands of comments. (Snip) As for Zuckerberg's speech, he made repeated references to the US Constitution's First Amendment and pledged that the platform would “continue to stand for free expression” and would not risk stifling free speech. This has angered Democratic candidates in the US 2020 election who were hoping Zuckerberg would do their bidding. “Facebook is actively helping Trump spread lies and misinformation,” said Elizabeth Warren. But with a system in place that's able to rearrange, promote, or hide content in the way demonstrated today, there are other kinds of critics who will wonder if what Facebook wants to “stand for” here is free speech at all.
  9. National Review In the face of critics bent on suppression, he tells it as he sees it When Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Sticks & Stones came out in August, the overwhelming response from critics was that it was offensive, unacceptable garbage. Inkoo Kang of Slate declared that Chappelle’s “jokes make you wince.” Garrett Martin, in the online magazine Paste, maintained that the special was “thoughtless” and “terrible” — and that Chappelle was just “acting like an a**hole” and proving that he was “thoroughly out of touch with today.” In The Atlantic, Hannah Giorgis called it a “temper tantrum.” Melanie McFarland’s piece in Salon disparaged it for its “cruelty.”
  10. American Greatness All nine GOP members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) wrote a scathing letter to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Friday accusing him of concealing documents related to Democrats’ “highly irregular” impeachment inquisition and demanding that they rectify their behavior.
  11. CNS News ( -- Apparently because Hillary Clinton suggested today that she is being groomed by the Russians to mount a third party run, presidential contender Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) tweeted a sarcastic "thank you" to the former first lady and described her as the "queen of warmongers" and the "personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long." In a podcast interview earlier today, Clinton said, "I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve [Russia] got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and they’re grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far and that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up because she’s also a Russian asset.”
  12. Heritage Foundation “Do not upload adult porn.” That was the stomach-turning warning from one of the most heinous child pornography sites on the dark web. Thanks to the Department of Justice, that horrible corner of cyberspace was just the target of an international takedown—a victory months in the making. “According to the indictment we’re unsealing today,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu announced Wednesday, “the site hosted more than a quarter million videos, and users downloaded more than 1 million files.” Files, she explained, that included children, toddlers, and even infants in “sexually explicit conduct.” “As a parent,” Liu said, “this horrifies me. And it should horrify everyone.” Working with law enforcement in South Korea, the U.K., and Germany, U.S. officials have arrested 337 people connected to the ring—including 53 pedophiles in America. “The sexual exploitation of children,” Liu insisted, “is one of the worst forms of evil imaginable. Indeed, these crimes are so heinous, they are difficult even to speak about … Our message for those who produce, distribute, and receive child pornography is clear: You may try to hide behind technology, but we will find you, and we will arrest and prosecute you.”
  13. Mexicans Outraged After Cornered Son of ‘El Chapo’ Released Eric Martin and Lorena Rios, Bloomberg October 18, 2019 Bloomberg) -- The decision by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s security cabinet to release the captured son of the world’s most notorious drug lord left him struggling to contain the damage amid public outrage. AMLO, as the president is known, said the government took the decision after Mexican forces were overpowered Thursday as they attempted to take in Ovidio Guzman Lopez, son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The son is said to have taken over some criminal operations from his father. The confrontation, which left eight dead, occurred in Culiacan, the capital of the western state of Sinaloa. His public security minister, Alfonso Durazo, admitted that the operation to capture Guzman Lopez was a failure. Reporters peppered him with questions at a news conference in Culiacan, asking if he would resign. Durazo deflected, suggesting that he could do so if the moment arrives when he decides he no longer can contribute to securing peace in the nation. (Snip)
  14. OTOH Sometimes its not all that complacated Misvak
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  16. Because they have such a sterling record: Venezuela Returns to U.N. Human Rights Council It's all the same crap, isn't it? Report: North Koreans Fight over Each Other’s Excrement to Meet Human Fertilizer Quota
  17. And the downside of this is..................?
  18. 38 people cited for violations in Clinton email probe MATTHEW LEE and MARY CLARE JALONICK Oct 18th 2019 5:09PM WASHINGTON (AP) The State Department has completed its internal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of private email and found violations by 38 people, some of whom may face disciplinary action. The investigation, launched more than three years ago, determined that those 38 people were "culpable" in 91 cases of sending classified information that ended up in Clinton's personal email, according to a letter sent to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley this week. The 38 are current and former State Department officials but were not identified. The investigation covered 33,000 emails that Clinton turned over for review after her use of the private email account became public. The department said it found a total of 588 violations involving information then or now deemed to be classified, but could not assign fault in 497 cases. For current and former officials, culpability means the violations will be noted in their files and will be considered when they apply for or go to renew security clearances. For current officials, there could also be some kind of disciplinary action. But it wasn't immediately clear what that would be. (Snip) ______________________________________________________________________________ some kind of disciplinary action....Why do I believe nothing will happen to them?
  19. Washington Examiner Outraged by secretly taped anti-Trump comments attributed to CNN President Jeff Zucker and others at the cable network, President Trump’s campaign is vowing to sue the company for “a substantial payment of damages.” In a four-page letter to CNN, Zucker, and Executive Vice President David Vigilante, Trump attorney Charles J. Harder cited years of anti-Trump bias at the network and claimed the cable giant has broken its promise of “excellence in journalism.” Listing several examples from the just-released Project Veritas videotapes of CNN insiders describing Zucker’s demand for “impeachment above all else,” Harder wrote that they “are merely the tip of the iceberg of the evidence my clients have accumulated over recent years.” He added, “Never in the history of this country has a President been the subject of such a sustained barrage of unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks by so-called 'mainstream' news, as the current situation.” ________ Taking them to court?
  20. The Hill Outgoing Energy Sec. Rick Perry will not comply with a House subpoena to turn over documents tied to his involvement with Ukraine, the Department of Energy (DOE) wrote in a letter to Democratic lawmakers. The letter referred to the Democrats' "impeachment inquiry" in quotes, saying the look into President Trump's interactions with Ukraine was not valid. “As the Supreme Court has long recognized, a Congressional committee cannot exercise the investigative power of the full House of Representatives unless it has that power through proper delegation,” the letter said. Perry, alongside former special envoy Kurt Volker and U.S. ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, took over interactions with Ukraine, according to House Democrat Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) this week. Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry over his request that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 rival, and whether there was a "quid pro quo" that tied investigations with the disbursement of military aid. House Democrats wanted more information about Perry’s role in dealing with Ukraine. “Recently, public reports have raised questions about any role you may have played in conveying or reinforcing the President’s stark message to the Ukrainian President,” the chairmen of the three committees leading the House inquiry wrote to Perry earlier this month, giving him until Friday to comply. Perry denied any wrongdoing in an interview with Fox News Friday morning to discuss his departure from DOE. “There was no quid pro quo in the sense of what those folks out there would like for it to be,” Perry told Fox’s Bill Hemmer. “That we’re [not] going to give you this money unless you investigate Joe Biden and his son. I never heard that said, anywhere, anytime, in any conversation.” ________ Perry pushes back.
  21. CBS News Louisiana could become the first state not to have legal abortion access since the procedure was legalized in 1973. Depending on the outcome of an upcoming Supreme Court case next spring, the state could see abortion access effectively eliminated, even though Roe v. Wade — the case that legalized the procedure — would stay intact. Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act" is at the heart of the Supreme Court case. The law, not currently in effect, would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Supporters of the law say the regulation would assist with "continuity of care" in the event of an emergency. Only two abortion doctors in the state have been successful in gaining the special designation, despite multiple attempts, according to clinic administrators and court documents. Earlier this month, when the Supreme Court announced it would take up the case, it was believed that the two doctors would become the state's only legal providers and Louisiana would be down to one clinic. However, CBS News has learned that one of the two doctors with admitting privileges, who goes by Dr. John Doe 5 in court documents, stopped providing abortions about a year ago, according to sources familiar with the matter. The other, who goes by John Doe 3, has said he would retire if the Supreme Court holds up the law, making him what he has described as the "last man standing." That retirement would close Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, effectively ending legal abortion in Louisiana. The result would be what many pro-abortion rights advocates have long feared — that even without overturning Roe v Wade, abortion could be regulated out of existence. ________ State's right?
  22. Daily Caller State Department investigators probing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state discovered nearly 600 security incidents that violated agency policy, according to a report the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained. The investigation, conducted by the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, found 38 individuals were culpable for 91 security violations. Another 497 violations were found, but no individuals were found culpable in those incidents. The investigation concluded Sept. 6, and the report was issued Sept. 13. The investigation sought to determine if the exchange of emails on Clinton’s server “represented failure to properly safeguard classified information” and whether any individuals at State were culpable for any of the failures. (RELATED: State Department Reboots Hillary Clinton Email Probe) Clinton exchanged more than 60,000 emails on a private email account hosted on a server that she kept at her residence in New York. She emailed frequently with longtime aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and an outside adviser, Sidney Blumenthal. The FBI investigated whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using the server. Former FBI Director James Comey announced July 5, 2016, that he would not be recommending charges against Clinton over the server, though he did say she was “extremely careless” in using an off-the-books email system. ________ Everybody got mail...
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