Senators: Your Smart TV Might Be Spying On You

It has been almost 70 years since George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, but now, some of his forward-looking warnings are starting to be realized in 2018. Take this stunning letter from Senators Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who told the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simmons last Thursday that internet-connected smart TVs are spying and creating profiles on the American people.

“Televisions have entered a new era, but that does not mean that users’ sensitive information no longer deserves protection,” the senators wrote. ...read more

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Republican Rep. Urges America: “Do Not Repeat The Nightmare Of Socialism”

Authored by Keith J. Rothfus, the Republican representative for Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district, op-ed via The Daily Caller,

It was 1979.

I was 17 years old and I had the opportunity to visit the divided city of Berlin, Germany. ...read more

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Papa John Accuses PR Firm Of Blackmailing Him For $6 Million; Refused To Work With Kanye Over “N” Word

Papa John’s founder John Schnatter is punching back after resigning from his company’s board last week in disgrace over racially insensitive comments he made during a “diversity media training” conference call with marketing firm Laundry Service.

In a Saturday letter to the board of directors, Schnatter claims that Laundry Service tried to blackmail the pizza chain for $6 million to keep quiet about his use of the N-word during an answer to a question over whether he’s a racist. He also says that he refused to work with Kanye West over the artist’s use of the N-word.  ...read more

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Pepe Escobar: Russophobia Is A 24/7 Industry

Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Asia Times,

US President stirs up a hornet’s nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but it seems that no ‘grand bargain’ was struck on Syria, and on Iran they appear to strongly disagree

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Walmart Considers Streaming Service To Rival Netflix, Amazon

Walmart has been mulling a low-cost streaming video service to rival Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, according to a report by The Information.

The service would be priced below $8 per month, while Netflix now costs between $8 and $14 per month, and Amazon Prime Video at $8.99 per month (though it is included in an Amazon Prime membership).  ...read more

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Jim Rickards: Trump-Haters Don’t Get The “Art Of The Deal”

Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning,

I’m continually amazed at the legions of politicos, pundits and so-called ‘experts’ who don’t understand President Trump or how he conducts policy.

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Mexican President Gives Himself A 60% Pay Cut

Mexico’s leftist President-elect Andrews Manuel López Obrador announced plans to cut his salary from his predecessor Enrique Peña Nieto’s $171,000 per year (270,000 pesos) to $68,544 – about enough to survive in San Francisco with three roommates.

What we want is for the budget to reach everybody,” López Obrador told reporters on Sunday. The President-elect said that he would have reduced his salary further, however he doesn’t want to stoke resentment among future Cabinet members who are leaving private sector positions and academic posts that already pay more than the new ceiling for public officials.  ...read more

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Charting The ‘Victory’ Of The Deep State

Mission Accomplished?

While knowing the inner workings of the neocon, deep state is hidden to those unable to swallow the blue pill, waking up in their comfy ‘Murican-made bed, believing every word that is delivered to them from government and media as if it was writ on stone tablet from on high; there is a way to see behind the matrix.

Back in 1999 when Boris Yeltsin was still president and close to the end of his time in office, 46 percent of Americans considered Russia a friend or ally according to Gallup. ...read more

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China Plans Launch Of Blackwater-Style Agency For Offshore Security

Since formally launching in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been riddled with multiple unforeseen problems of a magnitude equaling the hugely ambitious infrastructural project spanning a continent and affecting 4.4 billion people, which will involve a total investment from Beijing that could surpass a trillion dollars.

Foremost among those problems has been security as China has brokered multi-billion dollar projects in less than stable political environments ranging from Pakistan to Iran to East Africa, and even includes plans for war-ravaged Afghanistan, South Sudan and Yemen, as key points along the ‘new silk road’. 

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Why Is Venezuela Still Sending Subsidized Oil To Cuba?

Authored by Haley Zaremba via Oilprice.com,

In the past, oil has accounted for 96 percent of Venezuela’s exports and over 40 percent of government revenues. Now, as the nation’s economy continues to crumble amid sanctions, political strife, and low oil prices, Venezuela’s all-important oil production is plummeting. In fact, last month’s production was the lowest in 30 years at 1.5 million barrels a day. In desperation, the struggling administration has even begun to shut downproduction proactively as their terminal storage meets maximum capacity and the government faces major bottlenecks at storage facilities and ports.

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