U.K. May Begin Taxing Sugary Drinks Such As Soda…


Naturally, anything that tastes good.

Via WallStreet Journal:

A panel of British lawmakers called for the introduction of a 20% tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, adding to mounting pressure on the U.K. government to introduce a levy on high sugar-content foods to help stop the spread of childhood obesity.

The cross-party panel made the recommendation in a report published on Monday. It comes after Public Health England, the state body tasked with improving health in the country, issued a similar recommendation last month based on the impact of such measures in other countries.

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Nanny State: NYC Now First U.S. City To Require Salt Content On Restaurant Menus…

Bloomberg’s dream come true.

Via Reuters:

A tiny salt shaker symbol that warns certain meals are high in sodium will appear, starting Tuesday, on menus in chain restaurants in New York City, the first U.S. city to take the step in an effort to combat heart disease and stroke.

Any menu item containing more than 2,300 milligrams (0.08 oz) of sodium, the daily limit many nutritionists recommend and which equals about one teaspoon of salt, must display the emblem of a salt shaker in a black triangle.

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Why The Paris Climate Deal Is Meaningless…

India also says it is too poor to go green.

Via Politico:

Negotiators from around the world gather in Paris this week to finalize an international climate change agreement, capping a years-long process on which hopes have been riding for global action to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.

When those demanding U.S. action speak of the need to show “leadership” and foster international progress, they speak of building momentum toward Paris.

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Obama Waterboy Chuck Todd Calls Out Donald Trump…


I hope Chuck brings his adult diapers with him.

Via Telegraph Voice:

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump cancelled a campaign event Monday where he planned to announce endorsements by black pastors, after a group of black leaders protested the endorsement and some of the attendees claimed they never promised to back the candidate.

Trump sent out word to media outlets last week that he would hold an early afternoon news conference Monday to announce the endorsement of his campaign by “100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders…after a private meeting”.

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Sheldon Silver Found Guilty On All Counts In Corruption Trial


Another Democrat goes to jail.

Via NY Post:

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted ​on ​all ​seven criminal ​counts Monday in a corruption scheme that traded taxpayer cash and political favors for nearly $4 million in payoffs.

A Manhattan federal jury deliberated less than three days before finding the veteran lawmaker guilty of seven charges of honest-services fraud, extortion and money laundering.

Silver, 71, faces a maximum 1​​30 years in ​prison for the long-running scam.

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Amtrak Police Double As George Soros’ Bodyguards…


Catering to the devil.

Via Daily Caller:

Never let it be said that hard left plutocrat George Soros is anti-cop.

Sure, Soros’s Open Society Foundations funded anti-police protestors in Ferguson, Missouri and supported the Black Lives Matter hooligans.

But, lo and behold, Soros was spotted on a recent Friday night in Union Station being all warm and fuzzy with the fuzz. Two white Amtrak police officers escorted Soros out of private waiting room and onto an Amtrak golf cart. One officer then chauffeured Soros down the tracks, presumably to a waiting train.

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U.S Supplying Ukrainian Army With ‘Second Rate Stuff’

The first ten U.S. armored Humvees for the Ukrainian Army arrive and are unloaded from the U.S. military cargo aircraft in Boryspil Airport, Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The U.S. aid for Ukraine's army will include 30 heavily armored Humvees and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as small drones, radios, counter-mortar radars and other equipment. All of the aid is nonlethal, and the drones are not armed. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

This is how we treat our friends

Via FreeBeacon:

The non-lethal military aid that the U.S. government has supplied to Ukraine is “secondhand stuff,” a Ukrainian special forces commander said recently.

In notably poor condition are several Humvees made in the 1980s and 1990s that the United States sent to the country in July to help the Ukrainian government fight Russia-backed separatists.

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George Lucas Says He Has Avoided The Internet For 15 Years…


Via Entertainment Weekly:

Deep inside a compelling Washington Post profile of George Lucas is the Star Wars creator defending perhaps his most infamous bit of Special Edition tinkering: having Greedo shoot Han Solo first rather than the scruffy-looking smuggler taking a pre-emptive action.

Lucas says Han shooting first in the Mos Eisley cantina — which is what happened in the original edit of 1977’s debut Star Wars film — ran against the character’s principles. “Han Solo was going to marry Leia, and you look back and say, ‘Should he be a cold-blooded killer?’” Lucas asks.

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Obama To Turkey: Seal Off The Border To Syria, Turkey To Obama: Handle Mexico First


Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama wants Turkey to close its 60-mile-long border with Syria to end the influx of new Islamic State fighters pouring into Syria and Iraq.

If Turkey acquiesces to Obama’s demands, no entry points will remain between the two countries. The entire border is 550 miles long, The Wall Street Journal reports.

But a Turkish official quickly pointed out to The Wall Street Journal the irony in Washington’s call to close off the border, given the U.S. is completely unable to stop flows in and out of Mexico.

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Bad Santa: Man In Santa Costume Taking Money From Children…


Via NY Post:

A bad Santa was bagging cash right and left from kiddies and their parents while panhandling in a prime spot outside Macy’s in Herald Square on Sunday — hitting them up for $5 a pop to take a single photo with him.

The fake fat man held a Christmas choir bell in one hand — and a red knapsack full of cash and clothes in the other — as he asked for “tips’’ and “donations.’’

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Shot Dead…



Via Al Jazeera:

A Venezuelan opposition politician was shot dead during a public meeting days before a legislative election that has raised tensions around the politically polarised nation.

Gunmen in a vehicle shot Luis Diaz, head of the Democratic Action party in the town of Altagracia de Orituco in central Venezuela, while he was meeting with locals on Wednesday, the national opposition leader said.

“He’s just been assassinated by gunshot,” Henry Ramos said in a tweet, adding Diaz was sharing the stage at the time with Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuela’s best-known jailed opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez.

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How To Slow Climate Change: Use A Fake Volcano…


Via Bloomberg:

No, that’s not the title of the next L. Ron Hubbard book. This is a serious idea.

There’s a cheap, quick, dirty, and controversial way to combat global warming that isn’t on the agenda of the United Nations climate summit in Paris, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. It involves replicating the planet-cooling effect of a volcanic eruption.

When Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines blew in 1991, its emissions briefly reversed most of the global warming that had occurred since the start of the Industrial Revolution. The idea is to mimic Pinatubo by using a fleet of modified business jets to inject fine droplets of sulfuric acid into the stratosphere, where they would combine with water vapor to form fine sulfate particles that reflect sunlight away from the earth.

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Russia Claims It Has Proof That Turkey Is Allowing ISIS To Route Oil Through Their Country…


Woah if true…

Via RT:

Russia has received additional intelligence confirming that oil from deposits controlled by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) goes through Turkey on an industrial scale, President Vladimir Putin said speaking on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris.

Moscow has grounds to suspect that the Su-24 was downed by Turkish jets on November 24 to secure illegal oil deliveries from Syria to Turkey, he said.

“At the moment we have received additional information confirming that that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on industrial scale,” he said.

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Google To Document Climate Change With Street View…



Via Google:

From polar bears in the Canadian Arctic, to communities in the Brazilian Amazon, to blue oak trees in Central California, the impacts of climate change is being felt by plants, animals and people across the planet.

As world leaders gather for the COP21 conference in Paris this week to discuss our changing climate, we want to take this opportunity to show you how to explore its impact yourself.

With Street View, you can get a window into some of our world’s changing ecosystems, and learn how nonprofit and other organizations are working to keep our planet healthy.

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India, World’s Most Polluted Country Refuses To Agree To Obama’s World Saving Climate Change Plan…


India reaffirms its commitment to staying the world’s largest garbage dumpster.

Via FT:

India probably has more at stake in the struggle against global warming than any other large economy represented at this week’s climate summit in Paris.

As temperatures rise — boosted by the global emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — India becomes more prone to droughts, floods, crop failures and cyclones. Scientists predict that average temperatures on the densely populated plains of north India will rise by a startling 2.9-5C by 2080.

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State Dept To Release 7,800 New Hillary Emails…

Hail Hillary

Damn emails.

Via Washington Examiner:

State Department officials are set to release roughly 7,800 pages of Hillary Clinton’s private emails Monday amid new speculation about the former secretary of state’s official meeting schedule.

The email production Monday afternoon will kick off a countdown to the final two Clinton email releases, which will take place at the end of December and January respectively.

Hundreds of the official emails Clinton hosted on a private server in her home have been published in batches since May of this year.
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Lib Economist Blames “Income Inequality” For Rise of ISIS…


The left with blame anything except for the obvious, ISIS’ religion.

Via WaPo:

A year after his 700-page opus “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” stormed to the top of America’s best-seller lists, Thomas Piketty is out with a new argument about income inequality. It may prove more controversial than his book, which continues to generate debate in political and economic circles.

The new argument, which Piketty spelled out recently in the French newspaper Le Monde, is this: Inequality is a major driver of Middle Eastern terrorism, including the Islamic State attacks on Paris earlier this month — and Western nations have themselves largely to blame for that inequality.

Piketty writes that the Middle East’s political and social system has been made fragile by the high concentration of oil wealth into a few countries with relatively little population. If you look at the region between Egypt and Iran — which includes Syria — you find several oil monarchies controlling between 60 and 70 percent of wealth, while housing just a bit more than 10 percent of the 300 million people living in that area. (Piketty does not specify which countries he’s talking about, but judging from a study he co-authored last year on Middle East inequality, it appears he means Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudia Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. By his numbers, they accounted for 16 percent of the region’s population in 2012 and almost 60 percent of its gross domestic product.)

This concentration of so much wealth in countries with so small a share of the population, he says, makes the region “the most unequal on the planet.”

Within those monarchies, he continues, a small slice of people controls most of the wealth, while a large — including women and refugees — are kept in a state of “semi-slavery.” Those economic conditions, he says, have become justifications for jihadists, along with the casualties of a series of wars in the region perpetuated by Western powers.

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Oh Boy: Word “Taser” Declared “Racist”….

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At least that’s what the US edition of the British rag Guardian wants us to believe.

Via Guardian:

Most people, asked to identify the most universal shift in law enforcement over the past 15 years, would likely think of militarization, calls for community policing or perhaps the slow decline of “broken windows”.

But from the turn of the millennium to to date, arguably no development has been more widespread in law enforcement than the adoption of so called “less-lethal” Electric Control Devices (ECD), which many people know by the name of their most prolific manufacturer: Taser International. The company currently supplies their weapons to 17,800 of the United States’ roughly 18,000 law enforcement agencies.

The brand name Taser has become as synonymous with these devices as Kleenex or Xerox have to photocopies and tissues – a quirk of language known as a “proprietary eponym”. The word has even become a verb, as people commonly speak of being “tased” or “tasered”.

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The word Taser, though, didn’t start with the company: it’s actually a loose acronym of the book Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Jack Cover, the inventor of the modern ECW, named his prototype after the young adult Sci-Fi novel he loved, and the very idea for a less-lethal electric gun was largely inspired by the fictional one described in the book.

And while this quirky history is known among some in law enforcement and engineering circles, the innocence with which it’s told – a curious inventor culling inspiration from the literature of his youth – belies a more sinister truth: the book itself is boldly racist.

Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle, published in New York in 1911 under the pen name Victor Appleton, is typical of the literature of its time: an imperialist adventure tale set against the backdrop of a wild and dark African continent. In it, the protagonist, Tom Swift, develops an electric rifle – a totally novel idea in 1911 – and decides to test it in Africa in the hunt for ivory.

Report: ISIS Preparing Mediterranean Port City Of Sirte In Libya As Its Capital In Case Raqqa Falls…


Not that Raqqa is an any imminent danger of falling.

Via Business Insider:

As western countries ramp up strikes against ISIS’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, the terrorist group is looking to Libya as a potential back-up option
at which to base its operations, according to The New York Times.

While ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has other affiliates throughout Africa and the Middle East that have pledged their allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s branch in Sirte is the only one that ISIS central leadership directly controls.

The Wall Street Journal reports that ISIS leaders in Libya have reportedly adopted a slogan that reflects Sirte’s heightened profile within the jihadist organization: “Sirte will be no less than Raqqa.”

The Sirte affiliate is also much closer to western Europe than ISIS’s territory in Syria and Iraq:

ISIS’s influence in Sirte has been growing over the past year, as it has evolved into what The Times describes as an “actively managed colony” of the central group.

The growth has been swift — the Libya affiliate has gone from 200 fighters to about 5,000 since ISIS announced its branch there, The Journal reports. (The Times reports that Western put that estimate at 2,000 fighters.)

And Libya might be an ideal location for ISIS’ fallback capital. The country lacks a functioning government and is rich in oil resources, which ISIS uses to finance its operations in Syria and Iraq, where it holds most of its territory.

Paris Climate Change Conference Organizers Frantically Hit Buzzer To Try And Get Obama To Stop Speaking After His Speech Goes 11 Minutes Over….

Obama’s raging narcissism on full display in Paris.

HT: Free Beacon