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Facebook CEO Pushes Freedom of Expression While Censoring Content

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facebook-nasdaq-board-1-200Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has made statements in support of free expression while dealing with the hypocrisy of censoring content on his own social media site.

Zuckerberg’s status update on 9 January promising “a service where you can speak freely without fear of violence” sparked a debate about Facebook’s own censorship, from breastfeeding photos to a post by Pakistani actor Hamza Ali Abbass that questioned the value of “insulting” speech.

 

Mark’s comments at a public comments event in January centered on how freedom of expression should be protected regardless of whom it might offend. Facebook’s CEO believes that a person should be able to express themselves and perhaps make a living saying and doing things that others may find offensive – like Hedbo’s cartoons.

He was asked why he had spoken out about the Charlie Hebdo attack, but not about other violent events around the world, including in Iraq and Palestine.
“It wasn’t just a terrorist attack about just trying to do some damage and make people afraid and hurt people. This was specifically about people’s freedom of expression and ability to say what they want,” said Zuckerberg.

Then again, this is the social media company that cowered from China instead of fighting for the Chinese people’s right to free expression.

Zuckerberg also prohibits businesses involved with firearms from purchasing ads on his network while allowing those that promote sex chat sites to advertise regularly. Psst, Mark, firearms ownership is protected by the same constitution that protects the speech you so readily pretend to defend.

It would appear that Mark Zuckerberg’s idea of standing for free expression ends when someone puts the tamest of controversies in front of him.

Belgian Anti-Terror Raid Leaves Two Dead

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Anti-terrorism attack in BelgiumJust a week after Islamist extremists murdered several of the Hebdo staff in France, anti-terrorism forces have killed two men and injured a third in a raid in Eastern Belgium.

The raid took place in the town of Verviers which is about 120km from Brussels.

The guns used in the Hebdo massacre were believed to have been purchased at a train station in Brussels.

A source in Vervier’s mayor’s office told an AFP reporter that the raid was “Jihadist-related.”

Hebdo to Print New Issue Featuring Mohammed Cartoons

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B7LgcHxIYAAforhThe first post-attack issue of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, will prominently feature cartoons including the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday.

After having been brutally attacked by Muslim Fundamentalists, the paper will print three million copies of this week’s issue. Normal circulation is 60,000 copies.

In defiance of the attempt to silence free speech Hebdo’s surviving staff is releasing an 8-page issue and drastically increasing printing citing a huge increase in demand from inside France and abroad.

Hebdo’s home facility is still declared a crime scene forcing the staff to work from offered facilities and equipment from other French papers.

The issue’s front page is expected to feature a caricature of Mohammed holding a “Je Suis Charlie” sign and headlined by the phrase “All is Forgiven.”

Dollar Strength Set to Continue

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alg-american-flag-money-jpgThe U.S. Dollar has been on a huge upside run for months, and depending on Friday’s jobs numbers, may continue to dominate the currency market.

Chinese PPI (Producer Price Index) grew at only 3.3% indicating a cooling in the Asian economy.

Chinese property developer Kaisa Group Holdings has defaulted on $52 Million dollars in U.S. Dollar denominated debt and indicated that they may not be able to pay on additional debt.

A singular default would not normally be newsworthy – except that NO Chinese company has EVER defaulted on a U.S.D. denominated loan.

Friday morning we see if the U.S. economy is continuing to create jobs or takes a step back.

If the jobs number comes in above 250,000, the dollar surge will continue as more investors flee Asian, European and new economy currencies for the security of the U.S. Dollar.

If the BLS numbers come in less than a quarter million, expect the dollar surge to slow as investors will cease to see the United States as a safe haven in a global slowdown.

 

Sen. Boxer to Call it Quits as Senate Goes Republican

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800px-Barbara_Boxer_2005Famed anti-gun and far-left extreme Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has decided that this term in the Senate will be her last.

In an interview with Hillary Clinton’s nephew, Zachary Rodham, Sen. Boxer says, “Zach, I am never going to retire. The work is too important. But I will not be running for the Senate in 2016,” Boxer said. “I have to make sure the Senate seat stays progressive. That is so critical. And I want to help our Democratic candidate for president make history.”

After decades of illogical attacks on the second amendment, Sen. Boxer is out of Congress, but intends to continue her relentless progressive attacks on the freedom and security of Americans.

Russian Currency Collapses Overnight

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Russian ruble valueThe Russian Ruble has taken a turn for the worst as an overnight move by the Russian central bank increased mistrust of the entity and the buying power of the Russian currency. America may feel the pinch before long.

At 1:00am in Moscow, the Russian Central Bank increased interest rates from 10.5% to 17% – a 650 basis point move in moments. That move sent the Ruble into free-fall.

Upon the banking move, the currency went from about $58 dollars per ruble to a low of $79.66 per Ruble.

The Ruble has been steadily declining in value since late summer due to the crude oil glut and ensuing price decreases engineered by OPEC.

Russia is not a heavy manufacturing or intellectual property production nation. It’s gross domestic product comes almost entirely from commodities – oil and precious metals making up a huge part.


As oil declines, so does the ability of the Russian economy to grow. For each $10 drop in the price of crude, Russia loses approximately .8% of GDP. The price of oil has dropped from a high of about $110 to a current value of about $56 which could equate to an almost 5% loss of GDP.

Adding to headwinds, Vladimir Putin’s incursions into Ukraine have brought on international sanctions that make it nearly impossible for Russian businesses to roll-over their Euro and Dollar-denominated debt which could cause a huge number of defaults over the next 12-18 months.

The effects on the American economy may be soon to follow.

Russian oil drillers earn dollars for the oil exports, but spend locally in the Russian currency. That hedges their production budgets against falling crude prices. Unlike America, where producers earn and pay in the same currency.

Because of the currency move, it could be advantageous for Russia to increase production to enhance revenues and tax receipts. This would increase the supply of cheap oil and push crude prices below $45. American shale oil producers will feel the brunt of cheap oil.

Can the United States Really Ever Pay Off Its Debt

Can the US Pay its debt

They could default on their creditors (other governments like China who loaned money to the US government). But this would spark a global financial and banking crisis.

 

They could default on the Federal Reserve, which owns trillions of dollars of US debt. But this would create an epic currency crisis for the US dollar.

 

They could also default on their obligations to their citizens—primarily to future beneficiaries of Social Security (who collectively own trillions of dollars of US debt).

 

Or they could choose to default on their obligations to every human being alive who holds US dollars… and engineer rampant inflation.

None of these is a good option. And simply put, the US government has reached a point of no return.

Parents Angry – Planned Parenthood Allowed to Teach Sex Ed at High School

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Parents of students at a Northern California high school are fuming over the content and presenters of the sex education class offered.

It is being reported that students at Acalanes High School were treated to messaging on sex presented not by their teachers – or any teachers from the school – but by the staff of a nearby Planned Parenthood – the leader in the abortion industry.

Genderbread personStudents at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.

Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a “genderbread” person for lessons in gender identity.

The idea that their children are being taught “responsible” sexual practices by an organization that generates significant revenue from performing abortions on promiscuous teens is angrying parents.

Acalanes Union School District officials told the institute the class was not taught by teachers but rather the staff from a local Planned Parenthood in nearby Walnut Creek.

 

Generation Opportunity Remarks On Administration’s “Summit on College Opportunity”

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Washington, DC – (12/4/14) – This morning, President Obama hosted a “Summit on College Opportunity” with the intention of “encourag[ing] college attendance,” focusing on “supporting colleges to work together to dramatically improve persistence and increase college completion, especially for first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students.” Part of the White House’s “College Opportunity Day of Action,” the event comes on the heels of an election in which young people directly contributed to the Republican sweep of Congress.

At the Summit, President Obama said “higher education increasingly feels out of reach.” That’s true – with a youth unemployment rate of almost 15% and the average student loan debt at $30,000, the President’s higher education policies are an obstacle to our generation’s ability to realize our potential through an affordable higher education.

Generation Opportunity President Evan Feinberg released the following statement:

“A ‘College Opportunity’ Summit hosted by this Administration is a sad irony. Instead of discussing positive solutions that would increase innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education, the event doubled down on the failed status quo.

“It may sound nice to continue to artificially lower student loan interest rates and give out more money to push for more college attendance. But this year was the first in decades in which fewer students attended college than the previous year. Without real reform, we’ll continue to see college costs go up and fewer students realizing their dreams.

“Politicians should stop pandering to our generation and instead work together with us to unleash the ingenuity of our generation. We can bring a high-quality, customized education to each and every young American. Lawmakers should start by supporting accreditation reform while pursuing a broader agenda that supports education innovation.”

2 Year Old Calls 911 – Police Response Unexpected [Video]

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What these two Boynton Beach police officers did after responding to a 911-hangup call:

Officers Ward & Paramore went to a local apartment Saturday following a 911 hangup. The little girl told them she was sad because they weren’t going to have a Christmas tree this year.

What the officers did was simply #amazing #bbpdpride #givingback #makingadifference

Report: Black Militants ‘Preparing to Shoot On-Duty Police Officers’

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The New York Daily News is reporting that a black militant group is planning to shoot New York police officers.

An undercover NYPD cop learned of the hit put out on officers Friday evening — three days after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death. Mullins confirmed late Saturday night that the gang was gunning for officers.

Union leaders ordered all officers, on duty and off, to take extra precautions.

“Please WEAR your VESTS and carry your firearm off-duty along with additional magazines,”  Mullins said in an alert. “Your priority is to go home at the end of your tour!”

Black militants preparing to shoot NYPD officers

It is unclear whether the threat is tied directly to the Garner verdict or due to rising hostility in the black community towards police.

During the Ferguson protests, Michael Brown’s step-father ratcheted up tensions when he told the crowd to “burn this bitch down!” Shortly afterward, several local businesses were looted and/or burned down.

The Black Guerrilla Family is a militant prison and street gang also known as Black Family and Black Vanguard. The group is an “ideological African-American Marxist revolutionary organization composed of prisoners.”[2] Which would indicate a propensity towards crime and violence.


Sources:
[1]New York Daily News - EXCLUSIVE: NYPD cops warned militant group Black Guerilla Family ‘preparing to shoot on-duty police officers’: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/exclusive-nypd-warned-militant-group-plans-shoot-cops-article-1.2036616
[2] Wikipedia - The Black Guerrilla Family: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Guerrilla_Family
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