Barcelona Terrorism Suspect Named As Morocco-Born Driss Oukabir

According to NBC, Driss Oukabir Soprano has been identified in connection to rental of van used in deadly Barcelona attack, U. S. law enforcement says.
El Pais, reported that the suspect was identified by the Civil Guard in that country. The translated version of the article read, ‘The van used in the attack was rented by Driss Oukabir, in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, according to the identification made by the Civil Guard.’ It’s not yet clear the degree to which police believe that Driss Oukabir was allegedly involved in the attack – whether he was the driver, for example.
However, a report in La VanGuardia says that Driss Oukabir, after seeking his photos and name in the news media, claims it’s a case of stolen identity. If true, that makes the actual identity of the Barcelona terrorist unclear. El Nacional, a local Spanish publication, also reported that Oukabir had come into a local police precinct to say his identity was taken and he’s not the terrorist.
As The Telegraph adds, one of the vans used to carry out the murderous rampage at the heart of the city was rented by Driss Oukabir, said to have been a convicted criminal.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.

Decentralize the Gun Laws

With a Republican in the White House, the anti-gun-control lobby smells a bit of blood in the water. Now is the time, they suggest, to pass national gun-licensing reciprocity laws forcing gun-restrictive states to recognize permits issued by gun-permissive states.
Writing in The Hill, Tim Schmidt sums it up:
It is time for there to be national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, instead of the patchwork of laws governing reciprocity that vary by state. Virginia, where the [recent shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise] happened, has reciprocity for some states’ concealed carry permits, but if members would have brought their guns back and forth from D. C., they would have been breaking the law. It should never be a crime to be responsibly prepared to defend yourself in any possible situation.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N. C.) have introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders nationwide to responsibly arm themselves no matter where they are.

This post was published at Ludwig von Mises Institute on Aug 17, 2017.

The Economist Goes There (Again)

Economist publisher Lynn Forrester de Rothschild was part of team Clinton #PodestaEmails36
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 9, 2016

After a few months off from lambasting President Trump on the cover, Economist publisher, Lynn Forrester de Rothschild, has decided now is the time to go after him again…
As a reminder, it was just February when The Economist turned the fearmongery amplifier to ’11’ in its latest op-ed describing the ‘insurgency in The White House’.
Washington is in the grip of a revolution, The Economist begins…
The bleak cadence of last month’s inauguration was still in the air when Donald Trump lobbed the first Molotov cocktail of policies and executive orders against the capital’s brilliant-white porticos. He has not stopped…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.

Walmart Customers Blast CEO’s Criticism Of Trump: “You Want To Be A Political Pundit, Go On CNN”

Walmart shoppers love the everyday low prices (apparently too low judging by this morning’s earnings guidance) they get shopping at the largest big box retailer in the country, but they apparently don’t give a rip about the political beliefs of its executive management team.
In fact, Walmart shopper Ed Congdon of Indiana thinks “all CEO’s should keep their mouths shut” about political issues unless they want to be a political pundit, in which case they should “go on CNN.” Per the New York Times:

‘I think all C. E. O.s should keep their mouths shut,’ said Mr. Congdon, 63, who was listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio show while his wife shopped inside. ‘You want to be a political pundit, go on CNN.’ Mr. Congdon, who drives tractor-trailers for a living, said he agreed with President Trump’s hesitation to place the blame for the violence solely on the ‘conservative side.’
‘The biggest problem is that they’re not calling out the liberal side of things,’ he said, adding that the Virginia protesters should be ‘investigated’ as to who ‘paid them.’
Of course, these comments come as Walmart shoppers around the country are being asked to respond to CEO Doug McMillon’s statement released yesterday which, among other things, criticized President Trump for his response to the Charlottesville tragedy. Here is the full statement he made yesterday per CNBC:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.

Nazi Fears and ‘Hate Speech’ Hysteria are Being Amplified to Attack Civil Liberties

Two things corporate media consistently does.
1) Scare people
2) Convince them to give up liberties to fight the enemy du jour.
— Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) August 16, 2017

It doesn’t take courage to denounce Nazism. Moreover, it appears many of the people incessantly proclaiming how anti-Nazi they are, happen to be the same folks who have the most to answer for when it comes to all sorts of transgressions against the world over the past couple of decades. That said, I’ll give my my quick two cents on the Nazi, white supremacist hysteria currently being amplified by the corporate media.
The general proclivity to obsess about how one’s group, whether it be a nation, political tribe, or race/religion is superior to all others represents such a immature and unconscious way of seeing the world, it’s really is hard for me to believe so many people still see reality through such a lens. This type of thinking tends to attract very insecure people. People who cannot look at themselves individually and be proud of the person they see. As such, they scurry around looking for a group with an established superiority myth which they can then latch themselves onto in order to feel better about themselves.
The good news when it comes to Nazism/white supremacy, at least here in the U. S., is that most people appear to be at least conscious enough not to fall for the most basic and primal type of tribalism – i.e., finding a race-based superiority cult attractive. In contrast, the more nuanced superiority cults, such as those based on mindless nationalism or political identity, are far more entrenched here at home, and present a much greater danger to our future.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Aug 17, 2017.

“Eye Of The Storm” – Why Investors Are Still Too Complacent About North Korea

While the storm over North Korea may appear to have passed, Bloomberg FX strategist David Finnerty warns that it’s possible we’re only in its eye.
Investors may want to think twice before jumping back into risk assets…
The good news is that it appears North Korea has, at least temporarily, backed down from plans to fire missiles toward Guam.
But there hasn’t been any indication that the country plans to halt, let alone dismantle its nuclear program.
The trend is not your friend when it comes to this Asian country’s behavior. The firing in July of an intercontinental ballistic missile had Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling it a ‘new escalation of the threat’. And that comes after the other launches this year.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 17, 2017.


On more than one occasion of late, the US has hurled accusations against Syrian President Assad for the use of chemical weapons against his own people. Analyses of these gas attacks have raised profound questions about the genesis of the attacks as well as questions as to why the US is so very eager to pin these on Assad – eager enough, apparently, to ignore substantial evidence pointing to other perpetrators.
Now, evidence has come to light that the US may be deploying targeted chemical weapons against her own citizens.
In the wake of the recent report that the US was filing false and misleading reports to the UN 1540 (WMD) Committee, this reporter obtained surveillance videos from a political target in Los Angeles, California. The individual providing the videos is an attorney and was also interned in a US detention camp during WWII as a Japanese American. In the past several years, she incurred a number of legal difficulties during her mother’s adult guardianship proceedings. (Her mother was also a former US detainee.) She was falsely arrested (and let go without being charged), fired from her job as an attorney with the State of California and also experienced other legal challenges, such as inexplicable restraining orders. These restraining orders are used regularly against family members who try to protect their loved ones from the ravages of guardianship.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on ACTIVISTPOST.COM.