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  1. FAISALABAD, Pakistan — The father of Imran Awan — an IT aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz who investigators concluded made “unauthorized access” to House servers — transferred a USB drive to a Pakistani senator and former head of a Pakistani intelligence agency, the father’s ex-business partner, Rashid Minhas, alleged.

    Minhas told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Imran Awan’s father, Haji Ashraf Awan, was giving data to Pakistani official Rehman Malik, and that Imran bragged he had the power to “change the U.S. president.”

    Asked for how he knew this, he said that on one occasion in 2008 when a “USB [was] given to Rehman Malik by Imran’s father, my brother Abdul Razzaq was with his father.”

    “After Imran’s father deliver (sic) USB to Rehman Malik, four Pakistani [government intelligence] agents were with his father 24-hour on duty to protect him,” he said. Minhas did not say what was on the USB.

    TheDCNF traveled to Pakistan for this story and interviewed numerous residents who interacted with Imran, and they confirmed that he does travel that country with a contingent of armed Pakistani government officials and routinely brags about mysterious political power.

  2. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining President Donald Trump’s personal legal team to help represent Trump in the special counsel’s investigation.

    White House lawyer Ty Cobb confirmed the move to CNBC.

    “I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the president and for Bob Mueller,” Giuliani told The Washington Post.

    Giuliani is a close ally of the president’s and was a top Trump supporter on the campaign trail.

    Last month, John Dowd resigned as the president’s top outside attorney representing himin the investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

    • the daily caller – Comey Memo: Pressure From CNN Prompted Dossier Briefing

      Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a newly released memo that pressure from news outlets — “CNN in particular” — convinced him to brief then-President-Elect Donald Trump on the infamous Steele dossier during a meeting at Trump Tower on Jan. 6, 2017.

      “I said media like CNN had [the dossier] and were looking for a news hook,” Comey wrote in a memo just after briefing Trump about the salacious allegations in the dossier.

      “I said it was inflammatory stuff that they would get killed for reporting straight up from the source reports,” he added.

      Four days after that meeting, CNN published a story revealing the existence of a salacious report alleging the Russian government had compromised Trump. The CNN story was referring to what’s now known as the dossier — an unverified 35-page report written by former British spy Christopher Steele.

      CNN found its news hook: the very same meeting Comey said was necessary because of pressure from CNN.

      CNN’s bombshell report created another news hook but for another news outlet. Hours after the CNN story went live, BuzzFeed News published the entire 35-page dossier, which was later revealed to be funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC.

      The report has cast a cloud over the Trump presidency ever since, even though Trump has vehemently denied its allegations.

      The Republican has reportedly fumed he believes Comey set him up. Comey’s briefing was used as a pretext to publish the dossier, which alleges the Russian government is blackmailing Trump with video of him using prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013, the president argued.

      The leaker of the Comey briefing to Trump has not been identified, though only a small number of government officials would have been aware of the meeting and of what Comey told Trump.

      Joining Comey were James Clapper, John Brennan and Adm. Mike Rogers, the directors of the Office of National Intelligence, the CIA and the National Security Agency, respectively.

      Clapper was in contact with CNN journalists at around the time of the briefing, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence found. Clapper is currently an analyst at CNN.

      “Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN,” a recent report from the Intelligence Committee states.

      Comey mentioned CNN’s efforts to report the dossier in another meeting with Trump held at the White House on Jan. 28, 2017.

      “I explained why I had thought it was important that he know about [the dossier],” Comey wrote in a memo he wrote shortly after his White House visit.

      “I also explained that one of the reasons we told him was that the media, CNN in particular, was telling us they were about to run with it.”
      Trump denied the dossier’s explosive claim, saying he did not need prostitutes, Comey wrote in his notes. Trump planned to sue Steele, the Republican also told Comey at one point.

      Trump also said he did not know Sergei Millian, a Belarus-born businessman who is alleged to be one of the sources for the prostitute claim.

      Comey doubts the Russian government has compromising material on Trump, the former FBI director has said in recent interviews.

      “It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can’t. It’s possible,” Comey said Sunday in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.

    • House Lawmakers Investigating Angela Merkel’s Meeting With Obama In Trump Probe

      WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are zeroing in on a meeting that German chancellor Angela Merkel held with President Obama at a key moment as one of the FISA warrants against Trump was set to expire. Lawmakers are aware of the role of foreign governments in collaborating with U.S. intelligence agencies in the Trump investigation as recently as 2017.

      Germany provided information beginning in 2015 to aide British spies and the Obama administration in compiling the Christopher Steele “dossier.”

      Obama had been called out by the Drudge Report for visiting foreign leaders in Europe in the spring of 2017 right before President Trump visited those leaders in Europe. It turns out that one of those Obama meetings is now under scrutiny on Capitol Hill.

      Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein gave a redacted document to Rep. Devin Nunes, showing two major redactions about the creation of the Trump “Dossier” and the launch of FISA warrants and Robert Mueller’s investigation during the 2016 campaign. The redactions were: “the name of a country and the name of a foreign agent who supplied information.”

      Now we know: the country is Germany and the foreign agent was either Angela Merkel or someone who worked for Angela Merkel in foreign intelligence.

      The redacted sections will be referencing one of the European countries and agents that share SIGINT (signal intelligence) to US Intelligence,” says Chuck Marler, a longtime agent of the FBI Special Surveillance Group under Robert Mueller, who is an official whistleblower in this case.

      SIGINT countries were involved in sharing information that helped the Christopher Steele dossier to come together. The Guardian reported in an amazingly under-covered article: “Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said. The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.”

      So Germany helped build the dossier. When does Merkel re-emerge in this picture?

      “Fast forward to April/May 2017, roughly the same time the fourth and final FISA warrant was running out (because the Carter Page story was determined false). Rosenstein and McCabe were in desperate need of renewed help from intelligence to keep the Russian Collusion narrative alive,” Marler reports.

      “Well they weren’t going to get help from the CIA because Pompeo was now CIA Director and wouldn’t help with a faux collusion narrative. In comes Obama to the rescue. He meets with Merkel in private (the US no longer monitored her communications because of the previous mishap) to beg for some more Sigint information to keep the collusion narrative alive. Conveniently he meets her hours prior to Trump’s meeting and his stay in her heavily monitored territory.”

      Here’s an article from The Independent describing how President Trump visited Brussels the same day Angela Merkel met with Obama in Berlin:

      “Barack Obama is to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on his first trip to Europe since leaving office.

      The former US President will travel to Germany for the launch of a summer of special events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant church.

      He will arrive in Germany on the same day as his successor Donald Trump is due in Brussels for a meeting with other NATO leaders – the first scheduled foreign visit for the President since taking office.

      Mr Obama is due to give a speech in the German capital and take part in a discussion on democracy with Ms Merkel, who he once called his “closest ally.’”

    • Nunes, Gowdy, Goodlatte Statement on Comey Memos

      Washington, D.C. – Today House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued the following statement:

      “We have long argued former Director Comey’s self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions. These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not.

      Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated. The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.

      The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened. While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts, he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.

      The memos also make certain what has become increasingly clear of late: former Director Comey has at least two different standards in his interactions with others. He chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump. It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations with former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the Department of Justice in July of 2016.

      These memos also lay bare the notion that former Director Comey is not motivated by animus. He was willing to work for someone he deemed morally unsuited for office, capable of lying, requiring of personal loyalty, worthy of impeachment, and sharing the traits of a mob boss. Former Director Comey was willing to overlook all of the aforementioned characteristics in order to keep his job. In his eyes, the real crime was his own firing.

      The memos show Comey was blind to biases within the FBI and had terrible judgment with respect to his deputy Andrew McCabe. On multiple occasions he, in his own words, defended the character of McCabe after President Trump questioned McCabe.

      Finally, former Director Comey leaked at least one of these memos for the stated purpose of spurring the appointment of Special Counsel, yet he took no steps to spur the appointment of Special Counsel when he had significant concerns about the objectivity of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

      As we have consistently said, rather than making a criminal case for obstruction or interference with an ongoing investigation, these memos would be Defense Exhibit A should such a charge be made.”

    • BBC News – James Comey on Donald Trump and the FBI –

      The former director of the FBI, James Comey, has accused Donald Trump of telling lies.

      “He has a habit of… telling lies, sometimes big, sometimes casual and insisting that the people around him repeat them and believe them and that stains any human,” he said.

      In a wide-ranging interview Mr Comey told Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis that he doesn’t believe the president has anyone around him to stop his impulsive behaviour.

    • Comey scheduled to speak at Amazon on Monday

      “The Next Revolution” host Steve Hilton on former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming speech at Amazon and President Trump’s attacks against Jeff Bezos.

    • CNN – WaPo: Sessions told White House he may quit if Rosenstein is fired

      Attorney General Jeff Sessions told White House counsel Donald McGahn he would have considered leaving if President Donald Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia probe, The Washington Post reported.

    • Judicial Watch sues DOJ for Comey-Mueller communications

      Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell on how the government watchdog group is suing the Department of Justice over documents concerning former FBI Director James Comey’s communications with special counsel Robert Mueller.

    • Spicer on the media’s obsession with salacious memo detail

      Members of the media focus on mentions of Russian prostitutes in James Comey’s memos; former White House press secretary Sean Spicer reacts on ‘Hannity.’

    • Judicial Watch sues DOJ for Mueller-Comey communications

      Watchdog group wants to know whether close friends James Comey and Robert Mueller have been coordinating with each other on interwoven Russia and Clinton investigations. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton gives insight

  3. Finland’s basic income experiment made headlines around the world when it launched in 2017, and is now in its second and final year.

    The project involves 2000 unemployed Finns, who receive roughly $690 every month – no strings attached. No official findings have yet been published, but some participants reported lower stress levels at an early stage.

    While the experiment is still attracting attention internationally, Finnish decision-makers have already made a silent U-turn, scrapping plans to extend the project.

    The Finnish government is now eyeing different social welfare solutions.–/

  4. TORONTO – A 39-year-old man is facing charges after allegedly sexually assaulting three women in separate incidents on Toronto subway trains.

    In the first incident on April 4, police say a man sat down, leaving one seat between himself and the woman, placed a coat between the two seats, and extended his arm to allegedly sexually assault the woman.

    On April 13, investigators allege the same man sexually assaulted another woman on a subway train.

  5. ‘We’re Taking a Stand’: Illinois County Declares Itself a Sanctuary for Gun Owners

    On “Fox & Friends First,” Effingham County board member David Campbell and Kibler joined Heather Childers to explain the thinking behind the resolution and what it means for the county.

    Campbell said they decided to “take a stand” because they’ve seen an increasing number of state House and Senate bills that attack the Second Amendment.

    “[We] decided it’s time for someone to take a hard stand,” Campbell said, explaining that he modeled the resolution after a similar one that was adopted by Iroquois County, Illinois.

    Kibler said the measure may be “mostly symbolic,” but they felt it was important to express that many residents in Effingham County are concerned about their Second Amendment rights slowly being stripped away.

  6. ? Breaking: Five James Comey Memos Released (Full pdf enclosed)…
    Devin Nunes, Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy Respond to Release of Comey Memos…
    Posted on April 19, 2018 by sundance
    Washington, D.C. – Today House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Ca.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) issued the following statement:

    “We have long argued former Director Comey’s self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions. These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not.

    Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated. The memos also made clear the ‘cloud’ President Trump wanted lifted was not the Russian interference in the 2016 election cloud, rather it was the salacious, unsubstantiated allegations related to personal conduct leveled in the dossier.

    The memos also show former Director Comey never wrote that he felt obstructed or threatened. While former Director Comey went to great lengths to set dining room scenes, discuss height requirements, describe the multiple times he felt complimented, and myriad other extraneous facts, he never once mentioned the most relevant fact of all, which was whether he felt obstructed in his investigation.

    The memos also make certain what has become increasingly clear of late: former Director Comey has at least two different standards in his interactions with others. He chose not to memorialize conversations with President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe or others, but he immediately began to memorialize conversations with President Trump. It is significant former Director Comey made no effort to memorialize conversations with former Attorney General Lynch despite concerns apparently significant enough to warrant his unprecedented appropriation of the charging decision away from her and the Department of Justice in July of 2016.

  7. We are officially possibly getting key intelligence tonight that Robert Mueller’s Russia/Trump Witch hunt/conspiracy is likely coming to an end, as reports are coming in that states Giuliani now on Trump’s legal team is looking to end it in 1-2 weeks. Finally we can officially possibly see one of the largest conspiracies against a sitting President come to an end, as it looks like Giuliani is planning to do everything to end it before the end of April. If Mueller’s Witch Hunt turns out to be nothing more than sedition against President Trump we could possibly see Mueller arrested for sedition, or resigning or being fired from the FBI. Looks like Rudy Giuliani may of found support to shut this illegal conspiracy against the United States known as Mueller’s Witch Hunt, which could possibly lead to criminal charges against those involved in Mueller’s Witch Hunt…If that is all Mueller’s Witch Hunt is truly about.

  8. Assange had ‘physical proof’ Russians didn’t hack DNC, GOP’s Rohrabacher says

    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, left a meeting with Julian Assange believing the WikiLeaks publisher had “physical proof” Russia didn’t supply his website with leaked Democratic National Committee emails it released during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
    Mr. Rohrabacher made the comment in a interview with Breitbart Radio published online Thursday in which he spoke about his August 2017 visit to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
    Mr. Assange took up refuge in the diplomatic compound in 2012, roughly a year after WikiLeaks began publishing sensitive DNC emails allegedly sourced by Russian state-sponsored hackers as part of n effort meant to help President Trump’s election campaign.
    “By now, everybody knows that this idea that Trump was colluding with the Russians in order to get them to do things like steal the DNC emails and then release them through WikiLeaks, the public knows that’s just total baloney [and] an excuse,” Mr. Rohrabacher said in the interview.
    “I knew the one man who could prove that it was all baloney was Assange. So I went to see him in London, and he confirmed for me that the Russians did not give him the DNC emails. He had physical proof of that, and he was going to let me see that and have that, but only once, I found an agreement so he wouldn’t get arrested when he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London,” Mr. Rohrabacher insisted.

    • Democratic Party files suit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 election

      – The Democratic National Committee sued the Trump campaign, the Russian government, Wikileaks on Friday, accusing them of conspiring to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.

      – President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner are among the defendants.

      – The DNC says Russia found a “willing and active partner” in the Trump campaign to attack American democracy and defeat Hillary Clinton.

      The Democratic Party on Friday sued President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the Russian government and the Wikileaks group, claiming a broad conspiracy to help Trump win the 2016 election.

      The multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court says that “In the Trump campaign, Russia found a willing and active partner in this effort” to mount “a brazen attack on American Democracy.”

      The suit says that “preexisting relationships with Russia and Russian oligarchs” with Trump and Trump associates “provided fertile ground for [the] Russia-Trump conspiracy.”

      The common purpose of the scheme, according to the Democratic National Committee, was to “bolster Trump and denigrate the Democratic Party nominee,” Hillary Clinton, while boosting the candidate of Trump, “whose policies would benefit the Kremlin.”

      The named defendants include Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, former campaign chief Paul Manafort and campaign official Richard Gates, and Trump ally Roger Stone.

      Also named is the Russian Federation, the general state of the Russian armed force, a Russian intelligence services hacker known as Guccifer 2.0., Wikileaks and its leader Julian Assange, and 10 unidentified people.

      “No one is above the law,” the suit says.

      “In the run-up to the 2016 election, Russia mounted a brazen attack on American Democracy. The opening salvo was an attack on the DNC, carried out on American soil.”

      “In 2015 and 2016, Russian intelligence services hacked into the DNC’s computers, penetrated its phone systems and exfiltrated tens of thousands of documents and emails,” the suit says.

      “Russia then used this stolen information to advance its own interests: destabilizing the U.S. political environment, denigrating Democratic presidential nominee, and supporting the campaign of Donald J. Trump … whose policies would benefit the Kremlin,” the suit charges.

      The suit alleges claims that include conspiracy, computer fraud and abuse, misappropriation of trade secrets, trespass, and other violations of the law.

      DNC court filling :

    • Donald Trump Announces Plan to Countersue Democrats for DNC Server

      President Donald Trump reacted to the news that the Democrats had decided to sue his presidential campaign for an illegal conspiracy with the Russians to win the 2016 election.
      “Just heard the Campaign was sued by the Obstructionist Democrats,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This can be good news in that we will now counter[sue] for the DNC Server that they refused to give to the FBI.”

      Despite the DNC claim that their emails were hacked by the Russians, they never turned over their server to the FBI for investigation.

      “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Russia launched an all-out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and active partner in Donald Trump’s campaign,” DNC chairman Tom Perez said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

      Trump added that he would like to sue for former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s server and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails.

      The lawsuit does not name the president, but rather his son Donald Trump Jr. and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. It also names his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates as well as George Papadopoulos and Roger Stone.

      Donald Trump Jr. also reacted to the lawsuit on Twitter.

      “How’s the saying go? If for 2 years you don’t succeed pedaling your garbage try try again?” he wrote with laughing emojis. “Also do I get to take discovery since I’m named?”

  9. Trump blasts OPEC, says cartel is keeping oil prices ‘artificially very high’ and that ‘will not be accepted’

    President Donald Trump blasted the oil-producing cartel OPEC on Twitter on Friday.

    “Looks like OPEC is at it again,” he wrote. “With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea, Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!”

  10. Bill Gates Backs Plan to Surveil the Entire Planet From Space

    EarthNow is a new company looking to provide satellite imagery and live video in virtually real-time. Its unsettling pitch describes a network of satellites that can see any corner of the globe and provide live video with a latency of about a second. And a look at the startup’s top investors gives a lot of confidence that this thing is happening.

    On Wednesday, EarthNow announced that it will emerge from the Intellectual Ventures ISF Incubator to become a full-scale commercial business. Its first round of investors is comprised of a small group of complimentary powerhouses: AirBus, the SoftBank Group, Bill Gates, and satellite-industry vet Greg Wyler.

  11. 2 Florida deputies fatally shot in Gilchrist County

    TRENTON, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) – Two young deputies in Gilchrist County, Florida were murdered in broad daylight on Thursday afternoon. Investigators are calling it a senseless act of violence.

    Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, were just sitting down for lunch at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton, Florida, when a lone gunman approached the window and fired two shots – killing them instantly.

  12. Popular Mechanics seems to think this is BS but since if is going to appear on a lot of sites I thought the debunking should come out first.

    Government Accidentally Releases Documents on “Psycho-Electric” Weapons

    They were mistakenly sent to a journalist.

    The government has all kinds of secrets, but only a true conspiracy theorist might suspect that “psycho-electric weapons” are one of them. So it’s odd that MuckRock, a news organization that specializes in filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with state and federal government bodies, received mysterious documents about mind control, seemingly by accident.

    Journalist Curtis Waltman was writing to the Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC), a joint operation between Washington State law enforcement and the federal government to request information about Antifa and white supremacist groups. He got responses to the questions he asked, but also a file titled “EM effects on human” Inside, where documents like this:

  13. Baltimore Police Commissioner Apologizes For Policing History, Gets Booed At Concert
    April 19, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s police commissioner addressed a crowd at a hip-hop concert alongside the mayor, but the audience didn’t seem interested in what he had to say.

    “I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years,” Commissioner Darryl De Sousa said at Wednesday’s Eric B. & Rakim concert at Baltimore Soundstage.

    A video posted by Baltimore Fishbowl shows De Sousa being met with a few applause but mostly boo’s — as well as several profanities.

    “Two hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights. All the way to the ’80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men. All the way to the ’90s. All the way to the 2000’s when we had zero tolerance,” De Sousa added.

  14. Justice Dept. watchdog sends McCabe findings to federal prosecutors for possible charges

    Washington (CNN)The Justice Department’s inspector general referred its findings on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the US attorney’s office in Washington for possible criminal charges associated with lying to internal investigators, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    When exactly the referral was made to the US attorney’s office was not immediately clear, and prosecutors there may decline to prosecute.
    Last week, the IG issued a report finding that McCabe “lacked candor” on four occasions with internal investigators when discussing a Wall Street Journal article about the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN.

  15. Pet cloning is already here – is human cloning next?

    People are copying pets to preserve a physical – and spiritual – connection to dead children

    Antonio Regalado, for MIT Technology Review

    Fri 20 Apr 2018 06.00 EDT

    Monni Must’s black labrador Billy Bean, right, and his clone Gunni, left.
    Monni Must’s black labrador Billy Bean, right, and his clone Gunni, left. Photograph: Monni Must

    When Barbra Streisand revealed to Variety magazine that she’d had her dog cloned for $50,000, many people learned for the first time that copying pets and other animals is a real business.

    That’s right: you can pay to clone a dog, a horse or a top beef bull and get a living copy back in a matter of months.

    The story that sent shivers up my spine, though, came out a few days later. It was about Monni Must, a Michigan portrait photographer who paid to clone Billy Bean, a Labrador retriever that had belonged to her oldest daughter, Miya.

    Miya had committed suicide 10 years earlier. To Must, cloning the elderly dog was a way to keep her daughter’s memory alive and, she says, to “protect” her grief.

    During the cloning procedure, Must received updates, including sonograms of the developing puppy. The timeline seemed full of profound coincidences. Veterinarians detected the clone’s heartbeat on Miya’s birthday, 11 October. The puppy was born in November, the same month Miya killed herself.

    “It’s a sign. For me, it’s a sign that Miya is involved and aware,” Must told me.

    Alarm bells went off in my head. Must wasn’t just cloning a pet. She was trying to preserve a lost child. It seemed awfully close to a real human cloning scenario, one in which a heartbroken parent tries to replace a son or daughter who dies early.

    • As the science improves human clones will be made, not just clones of dead children but clones of famous people, imagine what some people would pay for the clone of their favorite Singer or Movie Star.

  16. ISIS beheaders live among us while we deport Caribbean grannies – Andrew Neil NAILS IT! (express, Apr 20, 2018)

    “ANDREW NEIL delivered a passionate speech asking why “beheading” ISIS jihadis were being let into the country yet “Caribbean grannies who had lived and worked in the UK all their lives” were at risk of deportation…”

  17. ‘Mad camel disease’ – Fears deadly illness could be passed to HUMANS (express, Apr 20, 2018)

    “SCIENTISTS have found camels infected with a disease similar to what causes “mad cow disease” in cattle. The discovery raises fears that this deadly sickness could be passed on to humans and researchers have called for urgent action to be taken to keep humans safe…”

  18. Grooming gang treated victims as young as 13 ‘like trophies’ before being snared when one girl realised she had been abused while watching a sex education video (dailymail, Apr 20, 2018)

    “A sex gang who sexually abused vulnerable girls have been jailed and banned from using Snapchat after a court heard they treated their victims like ‘trophies’.

    Taiyab Hussain, Shaheem Ratyal and Sohail Ali, all aged 19, and 18-year-old Mohammed Rizwan, were arrested when a teenager realised she had been groomed after watching a sex education video.

    A judge took the unusual step of banning them from using the Snapchat messaging app for eight years as he jailed them for between four and five years each today…”

  19. ‘PM is Lying’: Norwegian TV Star Raising Money to See Syrian War With Own Eyes (sputniknews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “The Norwegian TV luminary intends to defy the Foreign Ministry’s recommendations against visiting the war-ravaged Middle Eastern country. By her own admission, she intends to create balance in the information flow she slammed as “one-sided.”

    Norwegian TV celebrity Kari Jaquesson has started raising money for a trip to conflict-stricken Syria. She has also slammed the Norwegian coverage of the war in Syria and accused Prime Minister Erna Solberg of lying, Norwegian daily Nettavisen reported.

    According to Jaquesson, by means of her journey she intends to try and balance what she refers to as “lop-sided” and “biased” news coverage of the Syrian conflict in the Norwegian and Western media.

    “What I want to do is differentiate the media picture that is one-sided and tendentious. Had I been a Norwegian editor, I would have been embarrassed about doing such a job,” Jaquesson told Nettavisen.

    Jaquesson also accused Norwegian media of largely relying on unverified claims from anonymous and dubious sources. She ventured that the news coverage was a little more nuanced at the outbreak of the Syrian war. Since 2014, however, there have been almost no Western journalists there, and the information is being communicated via compromised sources.

    “Both Norwegian and Western media in general convey information from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights led by Rami Abdurrahman, who hasn’t been in Syria for 15 years and bases his information on anonymous Syrian sources,” Jaquesson stressed.

    Jaquesson is a firm believer in that the alleged gas attacks in the Syrian city of Douma were fabricated. She pointed out that the so-called evidence mostly consists of videos manufactured and produced by Syria’s numerous terrorist organizations. According to Jaquesson, the alleged gas attack in Douma was simply used as a pretext for a pre-planned US-led missile strike…”

  20. US Lawmaker: Government ‘Provided Zero Real Evidence’ of Chemical Attack (sputniknews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “On Thursday, US Congressman Thomas Massie announced that the US director of national intelligence, the defense secretary and the secretary of state had “provided zero evidence” showing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against the Syrian people in Douma.

    “In briefing to Congress, DNI, SecDef, and SecState provided zero real evidence. Referenced info circulating online. Which means they either chose not to provide proof to Congress or they don’t have conclusive proof that Assad carried out gas attack,” Massie, a Republican representing northern Kentucky, said in a tweet.

    “Either way, not good,” the lawmaker concluded…”

  21. Finland Terror Trial: Attacker at ‘War Against Women’, Stabbed Them to ‘Strengthen the Islamic Kingdom’ (breitbart, Apr 20, 2018)

    “A rejected asylum seeker who targetted women in a stabbing attack said he was at “war against women” and committed the attack to “strengthen the Islamic kingdom”.

    Moroccan Abderrahman Bouanane, 23, told the district court on Wednesday that he had justified his attack because of Western nations’ military action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Helsingin Sanomat reports.

    The court heard that the defendant was inspired to attack the eight women and two men with a knife in the southwestern Finnish city of Turku on August 18th, 2017, by a 23-year-old Uzbek-based Turkish man he met at the mosque.

    The Turk, who is currently the subject of an international search, allegedly told Bouanane that Finland was guilty of causing the instability in Syria and sent 100 soldiers to fight there. Finland has sent 100 trainers to Iraq since 2015.

    “It gave me the position that I have the right to kill Finns,” he told the court in the ongoing trial…”

  22. Myanmar policeman describes ‘trap’ to arrest Reuters reporter

    YANGON (Reuters) – A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to “trap” a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him “secret documents”, prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday.

    Moe Yan Naing gave details to the court of the hours leading up to the Dec. 12 arrest of Wa Lone, 32, and Reuters colleague Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who had accompanied him to the meeting, and said the police had arranged a “set up”.

    The court in Yangon has been holding hearings since January to decide whether the pair will be charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

    They had been working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, during an army crackdown that United Nations agencies say has sent nearly 700,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.

  23. Swedish Schools Increase Security, Hire Guards After Rising Violence Towards Teachers (breitbart, Apr 20, 2018)

    “Schools across Sweden have increased security, including hiring security guards, after a rise in violence towards teachers.

    According to a new survey, 70 per cent of Swedish municipalities have installed security cameras and hired security guards as teachers are finding themselves increasingly threatened by both their students as well as parents, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

    Sabina Bellanius, a teacher at a school in the heavily migrant populated city of Malmö and the city’s Ombudsman’s Teachers’ Association head, said: “It’s abusive discrimination, psychological and physical violence. I have a colleague that tried to separate a brawl but got his knee knocked out and today lives on cortisone injections.”

    A survey of 700 teachers in Malmö showed that 13 per cent had been threatened and nine per cent had been on the receiving end of some form of physical violence.

    “It’s terrible. There are teachers who do not want to come back and teachers who have to continue to teach these children, though they have been exposed to threats and violence,” Bellanius said…”

  24. German official, lawyers probed in bribes-for-asylum case (abcnews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “German authorities are investigating an official and three lawyers on suspicion of corruption in the granting of asylum to people who weren’t eligible.

    Prosecutors in the northern city of Bremen say at least 1,200 asylum requests, mostly by members of Syria’s Yazidi minority, may have been wrongly approved.

    The official under investigation is the former head of the Bremen branch office of Germany’s Federal Office for Migration, which handles asylum decisions.

    Annegret Korff, a spokeswoman for the Interior Ministry that oversees the migrant office, said Friday that the official has been suspended but declined to comment further citing the ongoing investigation.”

  25. Islamic State group to give up last pocket in Syrian capital (abcnews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “Syrian state media says Islamic State group militants have agreed to give up their last pocket in Damascus.

    The SANA news agency says militants will be given the option to stay and reconcile with the government or leave on buses to IS-held territory in the eastern Syrian desert.

    The agreement announced Friday follows a day of intensive government airstrikes on the IS-held neighborhoods of Hajr al-Aswad and the Yarmouk Palestinian camp, in the Syrian capital.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported “relative calm” in the two neighborhoods after the announcement of the agreement.”

  26. Afghan official: Roadside bomb kills 5 in eastern province (abcnews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed five people in eastern Nangarhar province.

    Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, says the explosion struck a vehicle in the Aska Mina district on Friday, killing the five and also wounding 14 civilians.

    He says women and children are among the victims.

    No one immediately took responsibility for the bombing but Khogyani blamed the Taliban, saying they regularly plant roadside bombs targeting Afghan officials and security forces.

    Afghanistan has the highest number of mine victims in the world, which along with other roadside bombs kill or wound scores of civilians…”

  27. Indonesia’s Aceh canes couples for public shows of affection (abcnews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “Indonesia’s deeply conservative Aceh province on Friday caned several unmarried couples for showing affection in public and two women for prostitution before an enthusiastic audience of hundreds.

    The canings were possibly the last to be done before large crowds in Aceh after the province’s governor announced earlier this month that the punishments would be moved indoors…”

  28. David Hogg has a book coming out(!): Its title is problematic
    By Howard Portnoy April 19, 2018

    Consider it the logical next step in the life of a perfectly average high school student who happened to be there when the wheel came round. David Hogg had nothing to share on Day 1 of the disaster that catapulted him to national celebrity, beyond his self-professed aspiration to become a journalist, and he’s had little of import to say since.

    His mastery of English grammar, reflected in his tweets and speeches to date, suggests he has a ways to go before he is ready for prime time, but that hasn’t stopped a major publisher, Penguin Random House, from contracting with him and his sister, Lauren, to publish a book.

    The title of the book, which I’ll reveal presently, is where things get a little hairy. It speaks to another limitation of young Hogg: That is his cluelessness about icons and slogans that have a special place in world history. This shortcoming manifested itself back in March when he unveiled an armband he had designed for his anti-gun children’s crusade that called to mind the insignia worn by the Nazi party under Adolf Hitler. He doubled down on his Hitler emulation, perhaps inadvertently, with the now-infamous stiff-armed salute he delivered at the end of his speech during the so-called March for Our Lives.

    Now he’s done it again, this time with his publisher’s help. Here’s the cover of the book:

  29. From testimony before the House Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence on April 17, 2018.

    Examining Iran’s Global Terrorism Network

    The U.S. State Department considers Iran the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s direct mechanism for supporting and directing terrorist organizations like Lebanese Hizbullah, the Taliban, and countless anti-American Iraqi militias is the shadowy Qods Force.

    Its army of 200,000 organized, trained, armed, and motivated youth poses a significant threat to the American homeland and especially to U.S. forces stationed abroad. Furthermore, this threat is enduring and ideological, designed to outlast the Islamic Republic itself.

    • Posted in part yesterday:
      From testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee on April 17, 2018.

      State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network

      Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran.

      To this end, over nearly four decades, Tehran has built a network of mosques and cultural centers across the region. It aggressively expanded its base of supporters and sympathizers by dispatching itinerant preachers, who have successfully converted and radicalized thousands of Latin Americans to Iran’s version of Shi’a Islam.

      Iran has also helped Hizbullah establish itself as the dominant force among expatriate Shi’a Lebanese communities in the region.

  30. Avi Issacharoff:

    Israel and Iran Are Headed for a Collision in Syria

    The routing of ISIS and the reestablishment of Assad’s rule across much of Syria, alongside the lack of American interest in the country except after major chemical attacks, is facilitating the expansion of Iran’s de facto takeover in much of Syria. With each passing day the sensation in Israel of standing alone against the Iranian gambit to turn Syria into an Iranian forward base grows more intense.

    While Israel has stated clearly that it will not allow an Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, the Iranians are not showing any signs of curtailing their actions; on the contrary, they are exhibiting signs of escalation. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are establishing permanent bases in Syria, intended for Shiite militias that Iran funds, along with airbases and seaports. Tehran is meanwhile buying swaths of the Syrian economy (phosphates, mobile network operators, etc.)

    • Issacharoff is sorta lefty, but he’s among the best. Gets up close to Palestinians and Bedouins, tribe by tribe, meets with their chieftains.

      This article is important for a couple of reasons:
      • The Atlantic is left, served as 0’s mouthpiece. The editor is the one who wrote the “White House source calls Bibi chicken-sh!t.” He’s 0’s pet Jew, as Neturei Karta is to Iran.

      • The Atlantic was one of the top “echo chambers” in support of the Nuke Deal. Publishing this Issacharoff essay – April 12, when the fate of Deal is hanging by a thread – that’s a statement.

      Breaking precedent, Israel did not inform Russia ahead of time; the established hotline between the two militaries, despite the fact that there are Russian forces stationed at the base, was not used.

      Couldn’t be trusted. Can’t be trusted. Russia owns the sky across the region => HELLO: We have a PROBLEM.

      Israel has stated clearly that it will not allow an Iranian military entrenchment in Syria. That is a red line as far as Israel is concerned, and, rather unusually, the military brass and the political leadership are in lockstep about the need to robustly enforce it (in stark opposition to the disagreements about the Palestinian issue)

      HIGHLY unusual. Like 1973, maybe worse.

      Moscow is fueling the Iranian wildfire in Syria. This reality coincides with the recent Syrian decision…to move its own tanks and artillery into the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights, a clear violation of the separation agreement signed between the Israel and Syria in 1974 after the Yom Kippur War.

      Their tanks aren’t the problem; it’s the brazen violation of the ceasefire. Face-off.

      Russia has to decide:
      You’ve got a huge Russian-speaking population here in Israel. Frequent fliers, back and forth, buddies. You and Assad on our border with Syria, ok.
      But not Iran.
      Rein them in, or we will.
      Assad will fall.

      • The coming fight between Israel and Iran is probably the reason that Putin is letting Erdogan suck up and try to become number 2 in the region. Israel takes Iran down several rungs on the latter and that leaves Erdogan as the top Islamic leader in that portion of the Middle East. It will also leave Saudi and the Prince in a much better position.

        The question is how far down will Israel take Iran and will it include taking out their nuclear facilities? If they are trying to do the latter (They just about have to) are they including the underground “storage” facilities that North Korea has in Syria on the list of targets.

  31. White House works to fill its own vacuum in Syria with allied Arab forces

    Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates would be expected to take part.
    – Except they all stink as soldiers.
    – And hate each other, more fragged than downed by the enemy.
    – Their weapons will be sold to the enemy or simply abandoned in hasty retreat.

  32. ‘Terrorists’ arrested in Russian city close to England World Cup base (express, Apr 20, 2018)

    “SUSPECTED terrorists have been detained by Russian secret services in two cities hosting the World Cup including one playing host to England.

    In St Petersburg, close to where the England team will be based for the contest, a law enforcement video shows a dramatic raid on seven suspects accused of being in touch with a terrorist recruiter.

    Several were wearing just underwear when they were held by a team including a rapid reaction Interior Ministry force and FSB security service agents.

    Two 21-year-old men from central Asia were charged with preparations for participation in a terrorist organisation’s activity in St Petersburg, said law enforcement sources.

    Investigators will apply for the others to be held pending a probe…”

  33. Russian Military Finds Precursor to Chemical Weapons in Terrorists’ Lab in Douma (sputniknews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “Russian servicemen have found another evidence of manufacturing of military poisonous substances by Jaish al-Islam terrorists in the Syrian town of Douma, where on April 7 a false-flag attack took place, serving as a pretext for the US and allies to blame the government and strike the country.

    “During the examination of the chemical laboratory a lot of hexamin was discovered, which is yet more proof that militants had been producing chemical weapons,” a specialist of Russia’s radiological, chemical and biological defense corps, Alexander Rodionov, told journalists on April 20.

    He explained that the substance is used for making explosives, as well as sarin-type nerve agents…”

    • Syria: Chemical substance of hexamine found in Douma laboratory – Russian MoD

      Russian broadcaster VGTRK released video on Friday showing an alleged chemical laboratory in Douma, suspected of belonging to militant group Jaish al-Islam.

      According to Russian Defence Ministry’s military expert on radiation, chemical, and biological protection, Alexander Rodionov, “the specialists from radiation, chemical and biological protection’s corpses conducted extra examination in the chemical laboratory discovered in Douma.” He went on to say that “they discovered a lot of the chemical substance of hexamine that can be used for production of explosives as well as for synthesis of the poisonous substance sarin.”

      Several Western powers, led by the United States, claimed chemical substances were used by Syrian government forces on April 7. The claim has been denied by Damascus and Moscow, who called the allegations a “fabrication.”

      On April 14 the US, UK and France launched airstrikes against multiple government targets in Damascus as a response to the alleged chemical attack against Syrian civilians.

  34. Democrats File Lawsuit Against Russia, Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks (sputniknews, Apr 20, 2018)

    “The lawsuit also targets Donald Trump Jr, Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and others, according to the filing.

    The Democratic National Committee says Russia, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and other individuals and organizations including the Russian military intelligence service conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential election campaign.

    The complaint, filed on the DNC’s behalf in federal district court in Manhattan by the lawfirm of Cohen Milstein, accuses top Trump campaign officials and these other groups of conspiring to hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s electoral chances by hacking the Democratic Party’s servers and revealing the information found therein to the public. This, the filing says, amounts to an illegal conspiracy.

    The Democrats are seeking millions of dollars in compensation, along with an admission by defendents that they conspired to infiltrate the DNC’s private servers.

    The filing does not name President Trump himself as a defendant, but does allege that the president’s “personal professional and financial ties” to Russia going back to Soviet days helped foster the conspiracy. Instead, the case focuses on the president’s aides, and accuses the campaign of engaging in a conspiracy through its interaction with Russian agents and through publicly encouraging hacking. The lawsuit also targets WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.

    The party’s claim accuses Russia specifically of “trespass[ing]” on the DNC’s servers “to steal trade secrets and commit economic espionage,” and charges Moscow with a “brazen attack on US soil.” According to the Washington Post, suing a foreign country may prove challenging for the Democrats, since countries traditionally have sovereign immunity from US lawsuits. It also names the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.

    President Trump has repeatedly denied charges of collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign. Last month, a House of Representatives investigation concluded that they found no evidence of the president or his allies colluding with Russian officials. Moscow has also rejected any claims of interference in US politics, citing lack of evidence.”

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