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      Voter Registration Data From 9 States Available For Sale On Dark Web

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          Nearly 10 million voter records sold for just $4 over last few days, according to LookingGlass Cyber Solutions.

          Threat intelligence company LookingGlass Cyber Solutions says it has discovered over 40 million voter records from nine different states being traded in an underground forum for stolen credit card data and login credentials.

          The voter records being offered for sale include the voter's full first, last and middle name, voter ID, birthdate, voter status, party affiliation, residential address and other details. The data belongs to voters in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma and Washington State.

          Over the last two days, voter databases from at least two of the states—Arkansas and Ohio—were sold for a mere $2 each, or a total of $4 for almost 10 million voter records. That suggests financial gain is not the primary reason for the activity, according to LookingGlass.

          'Logan,' the individual who has advertised the data and is selling it on a site called RaidForums, has hinted at possessing voter records for an additional 20 to 25 states, says Jonathan Tomek, director of threat research at LookingGlass Cyber Solutions.


          https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/voter...

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          Health Care Debate Vote Today: Call Your Senators (R Or D CALL THEM)

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              TODAY....Mitch McConnell will put a bill (no one seems to know which one) on the floor of the Senate and ask that 50 (0r more) members approve its being debated....how can they debate that which they have not seen in its entirety?

              How can they debate that which the voters have not seen?

              How can they debate that which is the result of secret, behind closed doors, meetings with only 1/4 of the GOP appointed to the committee being part of those negotiations?

              How can they debate that which has not been examined in the sunlight of open committee hearings and subject to the scrutiny of experts?

              HOW? Because they have the power to do so.......and here's the reasoning they offer to support a vote....

              Fundamentally

              anti-Democratic,

              anti-Republican

              and in opposition to the principles and standards in the Constitution.

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              Baby Boomer Arrests On The Rise

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                  "Consider arrest rates. From 2002 to 2012, the rate fell by 11 percent among those ages 18 to 64, according to federal data analyzed by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

                  But the arrest rate rose by 23 percent for people over 55. It rose even more markedly — by 28 percent — among those over 65, more than 106,000 of whom were arrested in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available."

                  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/health/older-am...

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                  IMF Downgrades Trump Economy

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                      IMF Downgrades Trump Economy

                      "The biggest downward revision of all major economies"

                      (only matched by Brazil & South Africa)

                      By Ray Cunneff

                      7-24-2017

                      The International Monetary Fund has sharply revised downward its forecast for US economic growth to 2.1% for both 2017 and 2018, even less than the 2.5% for 2018 estimates it predicted in April. The move is seen as an indictment of Donald Trump’s presidency and lack of action on promised policy changes.

                      On the campaign trail, Trump said the U.S. would quickly achieve 4% growth, almost twice the IMF’s estimates. Then when Trump got into office, the administration slightly downgraded that to just 3% growth.

                      The problem is that the Trump budget entirely depends upon an assumed 3% to 4% growth. Even with such optimistic, many economists say unrealistic, growth projections, the budget will be largely at the expense of the social safety net. But anything less spells massive cuts to programs that millions of Americans depend upon.

                      “The major factor behind the growth revision, especially for 2018, is the assumption that fiscal policy will be less expansionary than previously assumed, given the uncertainty about the timing and nature of U.S. fiscal policy changes. Market expectations of fiscal stimulus have also receded."

                      - statement by the International Monetary Fund

                      Especially alarming is that the downgrade matched cuts not seen anywhere in the world other than two major emerging economies facing deep political and economic crises — Brazil and South Africa.

                      Compass Point Research, an investment firm, had this brutal assessment:

                      "Six months into President Trump’s administration, there have been no signature legislative accomplishments, health care repeal appears stalled, tax reform has yet to show any public signs of progress, there is a seemingly constant barrage of investigation headlines, presidential pardoning power is a topic of conversation among real and imagined legal scholars, and the window for acting on the GOP’s legislative agenda is closing. With a quarter of the 115th Congress already elapsed, there has been no tangible evidence that the GOP is capable of legislating in a meaningful manner as nearly half of the bills signed into law thus far have either reversed Obama-era regulations or dealt with relatively minor matters (e.g., naming a courthouse , the illusive search for weather report accuracy )."

                      http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/23/news/economy/imf-u...

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                          Here we are with Trump doing what he always does on a Saturday morning tweeting, this time proclaiming he has the power to pardon. According to the Constitution that is a known fact. While I state the obvious, what Trump seems to be asserting is in his tiny mind, he believes he can even pardon himself. Since it was reported out by the Times just a few days ago, he was exploring the feasibility of forgiving his family, staff, and himself, it has resulted in a flurry of articles and calls placed to constitutional scholars.

                          As expected we now have competing opinions on the topic. Two articles in WaPo by respected legal scholars have taken opposite views. See here and here. Reading both these OpEd pieces, it is easy to see how folks can become confused. The Constitutional Framers give the power of the pardon to the president. However, it is doubtful they meant that this would be a get of jail free card for the president. Be that as it may, I beg you, dear reader, to ask yourself, why? Why would Trump have the desire to know this? Why would he assert he has the power to do so? We are aware – if he chooses – can pardon individuals convicted of crimes. But, why proclaim he can pardon himself? For the moment I request you suspend your thought on that for the moment, consider what is causing him to broach this question.

                          Robert Muller is putting together a crack team of lawyers with specialties fraud, criminal law, counter terrorism, and organized crime. One way of looking at this is Muller isn’t messing around, and he is stacking his team with the best of the best. While Trump is trying to cast dispersion on them by questioning their campaign donations to Democrats as if that is really a mitigating factor. Muller and his team are pressing forward, at a precise and steady pace to the anguish of Trump and his family. Let us not overlook the fact many on his team have hired their own lawyers in anticipation of the oncoming fallout from this investigation. An investigation that had Trump not fired Comey more than likely would have been avoided had he just stated he had nothing to hide and allowed things to take their ordinary course. But, this is Trump. The believer he is smarter than any lawyer.

                          Which brings us back to the question of Trump’s tweet, he has the power of the pardon and believes he can pardon himself. Does he feel he is guilty of a crime? Thus his desired to perform a preemptive pardon? Does Trump understand that instigating such an act, is essentially an admission of guilt not only for him but for all those who accept the pardon?

                          The very fact he brings this up, as a distraction perhaps, but I think not. It is clear he and his legal team are concerned with the team Muller has put together. They will be just as dogged as Muller, which means, they will find something, and what they find will not be at all good for Trump, his family and all those who have associated themselves with him. Which is sad.

                          It is sad because what Muller and his team finds out about Trump and what Trump has done will put a stain on the country. It is not that Muller is setting out to besmirch the US, for he is trying to determine if Trump obstructed justice. It is the fact that Trump with unmitigated egotism, his unquenchable desire to be an autocrat like his hero Putin, will shatter this fragile thing we call democracy. If you believe it is not possible for this to happen I encourage you to read or re-read any of your favorite dystopian books. Orwell’s 1984, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Suzanne Collins Hunger Games, or Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, or Marget Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Yes, they are fictional stories, yet there is a hint of realism to the level it does give one pause to ask the question, could it happen?

                          No! What I’d really like us to do would be to come out and tell the whole world: ‘Now you boys never mind about the moral side of this. We have power, and power is its own excuse!’ - Lewis, Sinclair. It Can't Happen Here

                          Words that were written eighty-two years ago, but, relevant today. Trump may or may not have read the book (my guess he had it read to him as a bedtime story) it sums up his view of his role. He clearly sees “power is its own excuse” for behaving as he does. Which is why it is important that we resist him and his ilk and get them out of power.

                          Resistance is not futile.


                          https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/...

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                          Praying In The Apocalypse

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                              I was raised on Christine doctrine, so I profess the Chistian faith, to a point. I believe creation was first and evolution occurs after creation.

                              http://www.dictionary.com/browse/evolve

                              Biology. to develop by a process of evolution to a different adaptive state or condition:

                              The human species evolved from an ancestor that was probably arboreal.

                              By definition, something has to exist before it can evolve. In the physical realm there has to be a beginning. Most Christians would probably question my faith, because I take the position that not everything in The Bible is from or of the Creator or God. I believe The Bible is more accurate as a history of the human race and the development of the Judeo/Christian faith, than of how the Creator interacted or interacts with the universe, including humans.

                              I am not a huge fan of religion, and Christianity is, of course, a religion. I don't believe religion, any religion, is from or of God, but rather from, of and about men. Although many tenets of religion have been used throughout history for good, many have also been used for evil. Additionally, no one can prove that the Creator either exist or does not exist.

                              I won't go into why I think the Creator exist. Just suffice it to say that most people in the USA, and the world believe in a supreme being. Many of these people are respected as very intelligent people. If my concept of the Creator actually does exist, I believe that being or energy does not need humans to do anything to assist it in doing whatever it does. So when any human professes to do something for God or at the instruction of God, although that person(s) may believe that with all of their heart, if one believes in an all powerful, all knowing, ever present God, one would also have to believe that God does not need humans to do anything.

                              Where am I going with this? Whether one believes religion is based on faith, with or without scientific support, or one believes religion is totally and completely a fantasy, most of the people in the world believe in some religion. Some governments operate as theocracies and run their societies based on religious doctrine. Although constitutionally the USA is a secular government, some Americans believe the government should make policies based on religious doctrine. IF that doctrine includes an apocalypse, should a secular society be concerned about that?

                              Case in point:

                              This entire story was Chuck Colson’s way of warning us that it would be extremely dangerous for an Evangelical with a prophetic, apocalyptic perspective on world events to be in the White House. While Donald Trump himself isn’t such a man, he is certainly surrounded by such, including the guy who actually seems to be running things, former Brietbart CEO Steve Bannon. The Christian “leaders” who met, “laid hands on,” and prayed with President Trump recently are generally of the same mind, as noted by Vox Magazine:

                              “By appealing not just to his evangelical base but to a theological, even apocalyptic reading of history, and Trump’s role in it, Trump is not merely legitimizing alternative facts but, more dangerously, writing alternative sacred history. He is cast a religious martyr, or someone who, though assailed on (in their view, bogus) legal or circumstantial grounds will be vindicated through divine favor.”

                              Colson’s 30-year old book is excellent, but that prologue is chilling, because we’re witnessing events in a highly right-wing Israel today that are eerily similar. It’s a time in history when we MUST pay close attention to everything and without the view that Israel can do no wrong. The U.S. provides the Netanyahu government with $10 million in aid every single day, and despite our wishes to the contrary, Israel continues forcing its aggressive settlement plans in the West Bank.

                              Meanwhile, we’re all busy with issues of cultural and personal morals, class warfare, Russian corruption, North Korean missiles, social media, violence in our streets and alleys, and a culture unable to work together for the common good. Let us not be so distracted that we lose our ability to grasp the greater danger.



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                                  Nancy Pelosi, from California, is House Democratic leader.

                                  Last week, our nation marked six months since President Trump’s inauguration.

                                  For the first time in a decade, the GOP had the White House, Congress and complete control of the legislative process to advance its agenda. But instead of creating good-paying jobs, or rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, or advancing tax reform, Republicans have spent six months trying to raise Americans’ health costs to fund tax breaks for billionaires.

                                  Democrats have a better approach — in fact, a better deal. On Monday, House and Senate Democrats are traveling to the town of Berryville, Va., to announce a fresh vision for “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”

                                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/americans-...

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                                  Adam Schiff Terrifies Trump By Laying Out How His Entire Family Could End Up In ....

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                                      Trump has become obsessed with Mueller and his investigation now that it extends into this business empire. We know only too well how Trump wants to hide his business dealings from the public and just tell people what a great businessman he is. What isn't Trump telling us about his oh so great business practices? Well, we certainly can't know because Trump flatly refuses to release his income tax returns.

                                      Just today the Guardian posted an exclusive story exposing Trump's son-in-law and his connection to a possible Russian money launderer.

                                      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/ja...

                                      "Jared secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being probed by members of Congress."

                                      Ut oh, this doesn't look good. Jared is going on the offensive saying he did not collude with the Russians. What Jared failed to mention is his financial dealings with the Russians which could have repercussions due to Jared's connection with this Russian oligarch loaning Jared millions of dollars. It seems to be all coming together for Mueller and this is what Trump dreads the most.


                                      http://www.politicususa.com/2017/07/23/adam-schiff...

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                                      Teenage Pregnancy Is OnThe Rise In Texas

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                                          In several major cities in Texas teen birthrates are 40% to 50% higher than the national average,said Gwen Daverth, CEO of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

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                                          Teen pregnancy, especially in low income areas, is on the rise in Texas, according to research carried out by Miami University economist Analisa Packham,

                                          This public health problem follows an all out war on reproductive care for women in the Lone Star State. The state has also implemented abstinence- only instruction in sex-education classes. Not surprisingly, there are more pregnant young women and more poor families who are unable to adequately provide for their children.

                                          Texas has developed a highly effective strategy for destroying s the state’s family-planning services through severe budget cuts and paralyzing regulations, according to the Nation Magazine. Women with means can afford to travel substantial distances for this care, but the poor teens cannot.

                                          "Another measure of the social cost of this trend is that Texas leads the country in public spending related to social costs of unintended pregnancy—actually outspending liberal California by about 50 percent. “ the Nation article states.

                                          In Texas every year, about 35,000 young women get pregnant before they turn 20. And while rates of teen pregnancy are on the decline nationwide, in Texas the rate is rising.

                                          Gwen Daverth, CEO of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says the high numbers in Texas reflect policy, not promiscuity, according to an article prepared by National Public Radio. In Texas, high risk teen are not able to find low cost contraceptive services. In several major cities in Texas teen birthrates are 40% to 50% higher than the national average.

                                          http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/0...


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