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  2. A chilling look at a Chinese “thought transformation” camp June 24 2019 In the 1930s the Soviet government used to take Western visitors on carefully-staged tours of selected prisons. All too often the visitors came away impressed by these phony displays which disguised the brutal realities. (Snip) Jun 18, 2019 The BBC has been given rare access to the vast system of highly secure facilities thought to be holding more than a million Muslims in China’s western region of Xinjiang. Authorities there insist they are just training schools. But the BBC’s visit uncovers important evidence about the nature of the system and the conditions for the people inside it. The BBC's China Correspondent John Sudworth sent this report.
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  4. And More................ Breaking: New Google Document Leaked Describing Shapiro, Prager, as ‘nazis using the dogwhistles’ Staff Report June 25, 2019 New York) – Project Veritas has obtained a newly leaked document from Google that appears to show a Google employee and member of Google “transparency-and-ethics” group calling conservative and libertarian commentators, including Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro, “nazis.” Project Veritas received this document after the release of its investigation into Google through the “Be Brave” campaign at VeritasTips@protonmail.com. The email apparently was sent as part of the Google “transparency-and-ethics” group internal communications and suggests that content from PragerU, Jordan Peterson, and Ben Shapiro should be disabled from the “suggestion feature.” “…if we understand that PragerU, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro et al are nazis using the dog whistles…” (Snip)
  5. National Review A few activists succeed in demonizing Father Serra and removing a mission bell, but progressives still want the names ‘Stanford’ and ‘Yale’ on their résumés. My undergraduate alma mater, UC Santa Cruz, recently agreed to remove a mission bell donated years ago by a local women’s club. The university ceded to the wishes of one Valentin Lopez. He is the chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. So said Sarah Latham, vice chancellor for business and administrative services at UCSC. The triumphant Lopez added, “These bells are deeply painful symbols that celebrate the destruction, domination and erasure of our people. They are constant reminders of the disrespect our tribe faces to this day.” Latham offered no clarification about the definition of “students have also given voice,” in terms of numbers of students or votes. Neither the taxpayers of the state-funded institution nor the alumni were surveyed. Apparently, no one wondered, while considering the list of impediments to the progress of Native Americans, just how high an offending bell at UC Santa Cruz ranks.
  6. The Hill Acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner John Sanders will step down next week as the federal government’s primary border enforcement official. Sanders is slated to leave the agency on July 5, a CBP official told The Hill on Tuesday. A federal official told The New York Times earlier on Tuesday that it was not clear whether Sanders's resignation is connected to criticism of the agency's handling of the influx of migrants at the southern border. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. CNN obtained a copy of Sanders's message sent to employees confirming his departure. "Although I will leave it to you to determine whether I was successful, I can unequivocally say that helping support the amazing men and women of CBP has been the most fulfilling and satisfying opportunity of my career," Sanders wrote, according to the outlet.
  7. Breitbart First lady Melania Trump announced Tuesday that top aide Stephanie Grisham has been selected to replace outgoing White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Trump wrote on Twitter that Grisham will also assume the role as White House communications director, a position she served in under the first lady. I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse,” she said.
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  10. We will discuss the development of the modern style made popular by the artist Maynard Dixon between 1915 and 1946. His most famous masterpiece is "Cloud World".
  11. Strategy Page June 25, 2019: In 2019 American investigators found that international people smuggling syndicates had expanded into Central America and Mexico. The evidence was the appearance of hundreds of African and Middle Eastern illegal migrants into the United States. That turned the Mexican-Central American people smuggling operations into an even bigger business that was apparently now earning the local and international smuggling syndicates over two billion dollars a year. The Mexican connection was made possible by the power, and international connections, of Mexican drug cartels that control illegal operations along the U.S. border. Another assist came from American NGOs (non-government organizations) that support unrestricted migration into the United States. Similar NGOs in Europe had cooperated with smuggling gangs to get people into Europe. International criminal syndicates that specialize in smuggling people (who can pay) long distances are nothing new. This began in the 1990s with Chinese syndicates nicknamed “snakeheads” operating in East Asia and the North America to move the illegals in large numbers. Nearly three decades later the mechanics of these international people smuggling operations were well known and when the conditions were right the international angle showed up again, at least until local government became less cooperative and more aggressive in making the smuggling business less profitable and more dangerous (for the gangsters). In Mexico the illegals were, until the last few years, almost all Mexicans and others from Latin American nations. But now over a third of the illegals coming across the Mexican border are from much farther away and paying large fees to international criminal syndicates to travel long distances to reach Mexico and then across the border into the United States. Even before this Mexico had found itself unable to control the drug cartels that now are the real power on the Mexican side of the U.S. border. Anyone who wants to move illegal migrants across that border must pay the cartels for safe passage. The cartels can also arrange for easy entry into Mexico via airports or ship by bribing border and customs officials. The Mexican cartels make over $100 million a year from the fees the illegal migrants (via the groups moving them) pay to get across the border and that does not include the lucrative fees for helping get international illegals into Mexico. The cartels make far more moving drugs but the people smuggling fees are another income source and confirm which cartel controls which segment of the border. (Snip)
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  13. Herbert Meyer is one reason Why I say the things I say, and believe the things I believe. April 10 2019 n one of his last recorded speeches, Herbert E. Meyer spoke about his service at the CIA and some of the most important -- and under-reported -- trends in world affairs, including: • The differences between globalization and globalism; • The Islamic world's opportunity to join the West as a part of modernity; and • The emergence of a world-wide market with a global middle class of billions of people. It's a rational and passionate message of hope for the future. This presentation was to the National Association of Electrical Distributors' South Central Region Conference in San Diego in February 2018. Herb was seriously injured in a bicycle accident later that year. (Snip) __________________________________________________________ I like this talk. I Really Really hope/pray he's correct.....But one thing I have learned from history is...Something....Always....Happens. Just when things are going reasonably well Something Happens.
  14. Terrific Tuesday toon! T'anks Pookie, :-)
  15. Power Line Steven Hayward June 24 2019 Very sad news this evening of the passing of Herbert Meyer, one of the genuine heroes of the Cold War for his service in the CIA under President Reagan. It was Meyer who, in a famous memo to Reagan in November 1983 when things were very tense with our intermediate-range missile deployments in Europe, wrote: “if present trends continue, we are going to win the Cold War.” Over eight vivid and tightly argued pages, Herb laid out the reasons that subsequently came to pass over the next decade. I guess I can tell now something that Herb told me off the record about the famous memo. A number of senior people in the Reagan foreign policy establishment tried to keep the memo from reaching Reagan (Herb cleverly addressed it to his supremo boss, William Casey, knowing Casey would pass it on), and some of them subsequently tried to get Herb fired from the CIA for this heterodox assessment. I won’t say who (not just now anyway), but they are names you would recognize. Typically generous, Herb had nothing but good things to say about their abilities and dedication, but it’s an example of how institutional interests and personal reputations can lead to bad behavior. (Snip) I think it worth reposting the first segment of the video interview I did with Herb back in 2014, which I later turned into a full podcast.
  16. The College Fix An academic group that helped expose the reach of Chinese-funded propaganda in American universities has a message for academia: We told you so. The Department of Education’s new investigation into universities for allegedly hiding foreign funding “is sending a powerful signal to colleges and universities: They can no longer expect to ignore the law with impunity,” Rachelle Peterson, policy director of the National Association of Scholars, told The College Fix. The probes into Georgetown University and Texas A&M concern university assets from governments and companies in China, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, according to June 13 department letters to the universities obtained by the Associated Press. The nonprofit Qatar Foundation comprised nearly all the foreign funding reported by Georgetown ($33 million) and all reported by Texas A&M ($6.1 million) last year, according to the AP.
  17. Daily Caller Retired Brig. General Don Bolduc officially announced Monday that he’s running as a Republican against Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The general was motivated to run by what he described as a crisis of leadership in national politics, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview. “We are facing a leadership crisis. Our politicians are working for themselves, and if we don’t make a change in New Hampshire, nothing’s going to change in Washington, D.C.,” Bolduc said. He said his goal is to bring “servant leadership, personal responsibility and a dedication to our core values” to the Senate. Bolduc’s 36 years in the Army included 10 tours in Afghanistan, two awards for valor, five Bronze Star medals and two Purple Hearts. He’s a former Green Beret, and was the commander of Special Operations Command-Africa. The general’s announcement video highlighted his time as one of the legendary “horse soldiers” — U.S. special operations forces who invaded Afghanistan on horseback in a top-secret mission following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  18. Ladies if you have ever been sexually assaulted you think you might be able to put the date down to something closer than "The Fall of 1965 or the spring of 1996[/b]? She seems to remember many many many things in great detail......except The Date. "Early one evening, as I am about to go out Bergdorf’s revolving door on 58th Street, and one of New York’s most famous men comes in the revolving door, or it could have been a regular door at that time, I can’t recall, and he says: “Hey, you’re that advice lady!” And I say to No. 20 on the Most Hideous Men of My Life List: “Hey, you’re that real-estate tycoon!” I am surprised at how good-looking he is. We’ve met once before, and perhaps it is the dusky light but he looks prettier than ever. This has to be in the fall of 1995 or the spring of 1996 because he’s garbed in a faultless topcoat and I’m wearing my black wool Donna Karan coatdress and high heels but not a coat. “Come advise me,” says the man. “I gotta buy a present.” “Oh!” I say, charmed. “For whom?” “A girl,” he says."
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  21. Daily Caller Home Depot founders Bernie Marcus and Ken Langone had strong words for socialism and the politicians who espouse it, particularly 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, during a Monday interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto. The wide-ranging interview with the billionaire businessmen included topics like trade, the company’s history and philosophy, and even tax policy, but Cavuto hit a “red flag” for Marcus when he brought up the topic of Sanders and his socialist campaign proposals. “He is the enemy of every entrepreneur that’s ever going to be born in this country and has been born in the past,” Marcus said. “If he became president, what would you guys do?” Cavuto asked. “Probably move to Australia,” the Home Depot founder responded, laughing. “Well what could he do? I mean he can’t do anything to us. He’s going to affect my grandchildren.” ________ Not feeling the Bern.
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