In Latest Shocking Twist, Trump To Meet Mexican President Ahead Of Key Immigration Speech

In his latest striking and unorthodox move, Trump announced last night via Twitter that he had accepted an invitation from Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto for a meeting in Mexico today. The meeting, set to take place just hours before he sets out proposals to crack down on illegal immigration that have stirred up widespread anger among Mexicans, is expected to cover a broad variety of topics including NAFTA, immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.
The meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto looked to be the type of dramatic, Trump-style event to ensure he dominates the headlines as he tries to close a gap in national opinion polls that now favors his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
According to LifeZette, Trump will include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions in the meetings. Trump and Nieto are expected to make brief statements to the press after the meeting though a full press conference is not anticipated.
The trip is completely unprecedented as no previous non-incumbent presidential nominee of a major party has ever traveled to Mexico as part of his campaign. According to the Wall Street Journal, the announcement comes after Nieto sent an invitation to both Trump and Hillary last Friday. Nieto’s office has said the invitation was well received by both campaigns but so far Trump is the only one to accept.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 31, 2016.

U.K. must pay for Brexit or E.U. is in “deep trouble“, says German minister

German economy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said that Britain must not be allowed to ‘keep the nice things’ that come with E.U. membership without taking responsibility for the fallout from Brexit.
As Theresa May called a cabinet meeting to discuss the U.K. government’s Brexit strategy on Wednesday, Gabriel warned if the issue was badly handled and other member countries followed Britain’s lead, Europe would go ‘down the drain’.
‘Brexit is bad but it won’t hurt us as much economically as some fear – it’s more of a psychological problem and it’s a huge problem politically,’ he told a news conference.

This post was published at The Guardian

China Bans Low Income ‘Terrorists’ From Guangzhou; Those Willing To Buy Fancy Hotels Still Welcome

Apparently China is taking a play from the Trump playbook by banning hotels from accepting guests from five, predominantly Muslim countries, including Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Afghanistan. The ban was allegedly implemented by local police in the southern city of Guangzhou and coincided with a development forum being held there. The ban is expected to remain in place until after the G20 Summit to be held in Hangzhou (620 miles away) in early September.
That said, apparently the cops are only worried about “low income” terrorists as the ban has only been implemented at Guangzhou’s low-end hotels charging an average of around $25 per night. Per the Independent:
Budget hotels in the southern city of Guangzhou said they had received notices from police beginning in March, ordering them to turn away guests from Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Afghanistan.
The rule coincided with a development forum held in Guangzhou on 25 and 26 August, and will extend until after the G20 summit set to take place in Hangzhou, 620 miles away from Guangzhou, on 4 and 5 September.
A hotel worker told the South China Morning Post that local police had told staff they must turn away guests from the five countries until September 10, but had not explained why.
‘I’m not clear of the reason. We just can’t take them,’ a worker in another hotel told Reuters.
The ban has not been extended to upmarket hotels, or to budget hotels that belong to international or domestic chains. Three hotels identified by Reuters were all independent and charged around $23 a night.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 30, 2016.

NO, IT’S REALLY MASS SURVEILLANCE: WHAT THE NSA MEANS BY ‘TARGETED’ SURVEILLANCE UNDER SECTION 702

We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like ‘collect,’ ‘conversations,’ ‘communications,’ and even ‘surveillance’ have suffered tortured definitions that create confusion rather than clarity.
There’s another one to watch: ‘targeted’ v. ‘mass’ surveillance.
Since 2008, the NSA has seized tens of billions of Internet communications. It uses the Upstream and PRISM programs – which the government claims are authorized under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act – to collect hundreds of millions of those communications each year. The scope is breathtaking, including the ongoing seizure and searching of communications flowing through key Internet backbone junctures,[1]the searching of communications held by service providers like Google and Facebook, and, according to the government’s own investigators, the retention of significantly more than 250 million Internet communications per year.[2] Yet somehow, the NSA and its defenders still try to pass 702 surveillance off as ‘targeted surveillance,’ asserting that it is incorrect when EFF and many others call it ‘mass surveillance.’
Our answer: if ‘mass surveillance’ includes the collection of the content of hundreds of millions of communications annually and the real-time search of billions more, then the PRISM and Upstream programs under Section 702 fully satisfy that definition.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 30, 2016.

The FDA is Partly to Blame for Mylan’s EpiPen Price Gouging

The new head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) selected by President Barack Obama has very close ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Robert Califf, an FDA deputy commissioner and cardiologist at Duke University, has had considerable dealings, including financial ones, with drug manufacturers, whose products must be approved by the agency he’s been tabbed to lead.
‘No one who knows him thinks he wants to weaken the regulatory agency he has been chosen to lead,’ The New York Times reported. ‘But he has deeper ties to the pharmaceutical industry than any FDA commissioner in recent memory, and some public health advocates question whether his background could tilt him in the direction of an industry he would be in charge of supervising.’
Daniel Carpenter, a Harvard political science professor, told the Times: ‘In a sense, he’s the ultimate industry insider.’
– From last year’s post: Obama’s Nominee to Head the FDA Has Very Deep Ties to the Pharmaceutical Industry
In the past 24 hours, I’ve read two very interesting articles detailing how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is partly to blame when it comes to not just EpiPen price gouging, but drug price gouging in general.
The first piece is by someone whose work I’ve highlighted multiple times in the past, David Dayen. Let’s take a look at some of his observations in a recent piece titled, Here’s How to Stop Price Gouging by Drugmakers Like Mylan:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 30, 2016.

GET READY: DEFENSE CONTRACTORS TELL INVESTORS WORLD WAR III IS A ‘HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY’ AND ‘GREAT FOR BUSINESS’

They see it as a ‘historic opportunity.’
The mainstream media has been working overtime to position Putin’s Russia as our newest and most pressing international threat, and now even the most absurd events in media are linked to Russian interference. The reason why media is working so hard to create the impression that Russia is actively conspiring against is because conflict with the former Soviet Union is good for business.
If you had any remaining doubts that the world is being forced into perpetual military conflict so that a morally corrupt world elite can garner huge profits, then consider recent comments by members of the military industrial complex about the benefits of escalating tensions between Russia and the west.
Former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Richard Cody retired as four-star army general and is now Senior Vice President of L-3 Communications, the seventh largest defense contractor in America, as noted by Business Insider. In 2015, L-3 was awarded 7,622 government contracts for an obligated amount of some $5 billion putting them in a key position to influence government and take advantage of any escalation of global military conflict.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 30, 2016.

Real Courage & Standing Up Against Sitting Down

It always amazes me when people seem to confuse the right to make a statement with the right to be insulated from the reaction to their actions. Take for example, 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who recently sat down during the playing of our National Anthem. There is no question, he has every right to do it. But Newton’s third law of physics applies here:
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Americans, in response, have the right to sit at home when asked to stand in line to support him or the 49ers. Just as Colin has a right to make his statement, Americans have a right to disagree with him, to loathe his actions and to use their pocket books to complete their statement of disagreement.
I will stand up for that.
Colin has every right to sit down. Just as he has the right make up some lame excuse for his gesture. Colin seems to believe that America is a land of oppression and police abuse. Unfortunately for Colin, the facts contradict his statement.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 30, 2016.

STUDY SHOWS THAT IPADS HAVE DRUG-LIKE EFFECTS IN CHILDREN

There’s a reason why mobile devices have been likened to a drug in recent years. We’ve all seen the addictive and stupefying effects that these devices have on people, especially children. But now the medical community is saying that they quite literally have a drug-like effect on patients.
A study conducted by World Congress of Anaesthesiologists found that iPads work just as well at reducing pre-surgery anxiety in children, as a commonly prescribed sedative known as midazolam. One group of young patients was given the sedative for a surgery, while the other was allowed to play games on an iPad for 20 minutes.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 30, 2016.

Another Donor Email Seeking Another Favor; Huma Worries The “Problem Is She Keeps Emailing HRC Directly”

Last week we noted Trey Gowdy’s interview on Fox News where he divulged that Clinton had used a software called “BleachBit” to permanently delete emails in a way to “prevent their recovery” and “hide traces” of their deletion (see “FBI Admits Clinton Used Software Designed To “Prevent Recovery” And “Hide Traces Of” Deleted Emails“). What got less attention in that post, however, was Gowdy’s question of whether Clinton considered email correspondence with the Clinton Foundation and its donors to be “work related” or “personal”.
There is increasing evidence that Clinton Foundation related email traffic was specifically omitted from disclosures to the FBI. Recent emails received under various FOIA requests have uncovered numerous Clinton emails, related to the Clinton Foundation, that were “mysteriously” absent from the “30,000 work-related emails” that were previously turned over to the FBI. That omission obviously begs the question of how Hillary could possibly consider correspondence with the Clinton Foundation and/or its donors to be “personal”. Certainly Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, thinks ‘It would be a difficult argument’ for Clinton to suggest that Clinton Foundation emails were “personal.”
The latest example comes from McClatchy DC and involves another email exchange between then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and a large Clinton Foundation donor, Abigail Disney, who was looking for a favor. The email exchange in question was revealed by Citizens United and was among the emails received after winning a lawsuit related to their previously unanswered FOIA request. Oddly enough, this email exchange, and many others like it, were excluded from the “30,000 work-related emails” that Clinton originally disclosed to the FBI.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 30, 2016.

DAS VOLK ‘PREPPER’: Is Germany Really Preparing for War?

21st Century Wire says…
Many people will have missed this story last week, buried under a number of other major international headlines. Details of new government-directed ‘Civil Defense’ measures were leaked to the German press. Western Europe has not seen such news since the height of the Cold War, some half a century ago. Is Berlin just being extra careful, or is there more to this story?
It’s important to note here, that this story does not emanate from the prepper-alt-media-complex, or the lunatic fringe per say – this was a mainstream story, broadcast across many international media outlets.
The London Telegraph reported early on that Angela Merkel’s government was set to discuss these new emergency preparedness measures last Wednesday at a cabinet meeting. Plans included notifying all German citizens, ‘to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe for the first time since the end of the Cold War,’ and that somehow it would be necessary to ‘prepare for the worst.’
The Telegraph also added other details which allude to biological warfare:
‘The authorities are to boost stocks of smallpox vaccine and antibiotics in case of biological attack, and set up reserves of petrol and oil at 140 locations around the country to ensure a supply for 90 days.’
Officially speaking, these proposals have not yet been made public yet.
Last week, Global Research also reported on the fall-out from this story:

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on AUGUST 30, 2016.

U.S. SUBSIDIARY AZTECA AMERICA TV SPENT THREE MINUTES AIRING THIS ANTI-TRUMP MUSIC VIDEO

As previously reported, election propaganda this cycle has already hit an historic new sewer sludge level low.
Now Azteca America, the U. S. subsidiary of the Mexican television conglomerate, devoted three minutes in its nightly national news broadcast to this anti-Trump song by Mexican singer-songwriter Serralde.

In this world of unfair and unbalanced news, it isn’t surprising that there was no anti-Hillary song to follow it up.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 30, 2016.

Facebook Just Got a Whole Lot Creepier

I’ve been creeped out by Facebook for a long time now. The following story takes it to another level.
From Fusion:
While some of these incredibly accurate friend suggestions are amusing, others are alarming, such as this story from Lisa*, a psychiatrist who is an infrequent Facebook user, mostly signing in to RSVP for events. Last summer, she noticed that the social network had started recommending her patients as friends – and she had no idea why.
‘I haven’t shared my email or phone contacts with Facebook,’ she told me over the phone.
The next week, things got weirder.
Most of her patients are senior citizens or people with serious health or developmental issues, but she has one outlier: a 30-something snowboarder. Usually, Facebook would recommend he friend people his own age, who snowboard and jump out of planes. But Lisa told me that he had started seeing older and infirm people, such as a 70-year-old gentleman with a walker and someone with cerebral palsy.
‘He laughed and said, ‘I don’t know any of these people who showed up on my list – I’m guessing they see you,” recounted Lisa. ‘He showed me the list of friend recommendations, and I recognized some of my patients.’
She sat there awkwardly and silently. To let him know that his suspicion was correct would violate her duty to protect her patients’ privacy.
Another one of her female patients had a friend recommendation pop up for a fellow patient she recognized from the office’s elevator. Suddenly, she knew the other patient’s full name along with all their Facebook profile information.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 30, 2016.

Obama Admits 10,000 Syrian Refugees: This Is Where They Are Headed

Yesterday, the White House announced that the US had met President Obama’s goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country; it did so ahead of schedule.
One year ago Obama had sought a sixfold increase in the number of Syrian refugees provided safe haven in the United States. After a slow start, the administration was able to hit the goal about a month early and just a few weeks before Obama convenes a summit on refugees during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. He would have been hard-pressed to make the case for other countries to do more with the U. S. failing to reach a goal that amounts to about 2% of the 480,000 Syrian refugees in need of resettlement. Millions more Syrians have fled to neighboring states such as Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon and to countries in Europe since the civil war broke out in 2011.
Over 1 million Syrian refugees made their way to Germany, where the resultant social shock, and surge in violent terrorist attacks, have led to a plunge in Angela Merkel’s approval rating. That, however, has not deterred the US from seeking to admit thousands of refugees.
‘On behalf of the president and his administration, I extend the warmest of welcomes to each and every one of our Syrian arrivals, as well as the many other refugees resettled this year from all over the world,’ National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a statement. More from the statement:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 30, 2016.

MEXICAN OFFICIAL PLEADS WITH CONGRESS TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS

Mexico is the ultimate debate fodder for American gun rights activists. That’s because you probably couldn’t come up with a better example of what happens when a country restricts gun ownership for law-abiding citizens, while failing to disarm and imprison violent criminals. The results of that are predictable. On one side of the border, there is relative peace and prosperity. On the other side, drug cartels practically own the government and act against a mostly unarmed population with impunity.
Granted, Mexico isn’t entirely void of legally owned firearms. It isn’t nearly as bad as most countries. However, buying a gun legally is difficult, the calibers you can buy are highly restricted (you can’t even own a rifle that’s stronger than a .22), and the weapon can’t leave your house for any reason without a permit. That’s an incredibly stark contrast with the United States. On this issue, it’s like night and day on either side of the border.
So what is a government official to do, when his or her country has highly restrictive gun laws, and out of control crime? They blame the guns of course, and by association, their gun-toting neighbors to the north. Mexico has long asserted that America’s loose gun laws have made it easy for criminals to smuggle powerful firearms over the border, and into the hands of drug cartels. That’s why Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, called on Congress to restrict the sale of so called ‘assault weapons.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 30, 2016.

FAKEBOOK? FACEBOOK FIRES HUMAN EDITORS AND LETS ALGORITHM TAKE OVER; IMMEDIATELY POSTS COMPLETELY FAKE NEWS STORIES

There are over 1.65 BILLION users on Facebook, and while some of us recognize that the construct is not to be trusted, a lot of people do trust it and think they are really getting their ‘news’ from there… Thus Facebook is informing a large swatch of humanity’s reality and views on the world.
Those views are easily being manipulated.
When it came out earlier this year that Facebook ordered its trending news editors (which the company ever-so-sweetly referred to as ‘news curators’) to deliberately suppress conservative stories while pushing news about Black Lives Matter as if they were ‘trending’ when they weren’t, Facebook responded by firing all of its human editors entirely.
They were promptly replaced by an algorithm.
The algorithm promptly trended completely fake news stories like this one about Fox’s Megyn Kelly:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on AUGUST 30, 2016.

FBI Recovers 30 Benghazi Emails Deleted By Hillary

With Hillary Clinton continuing her run of days without a press conference, the nation is growing increasingly concerned as day after day more headlines – from even the mainstream media – cast shadows over her actions as Secretary of State. With more records reported to be released tomorrow, AP reports another nail in the coffin of Clinton honesty today as The State Department is forced to admit that The FBI has discovered dozens of emails related to Benghazi that Clinton failed to hand over.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 30, 2016.