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11 March 2019 - Lunch News

STARS AND STRIPES (Mideast edition) ^ | March 9, 2019, p. 6 | John Vandiver

President Donald Trump is pushing a plan that demands allies pick up the full cost of hosting U.S. troops in their countries, plus a 50 percent premium for the privilege of American protection, according to a news report.  Called “Cost Plus 50,” the plan would cost five or six times more for countries like Germany, Japan and South Korea, Bloomberg news reported Friday. 

Trump has been championing the idea for months, Bloomberg reported, citing about a dozen unnamed administration officials. Trump even tested the idea during recent negotiations over a cost sharing agreement with South Korea, which was on the brink of collapse before a deal was finally reached in February. 

“We want cost plus 50,” Trump demanded at one point during the talks, as quoted by the media organization.  While the U.S. eventually backed off the demand, the idea hasn’t gone away and could be used to pressure allies to increase their own defense budgets. For two years, Trump has railed against allies, especially in Europe, who Trump has described as security free riders unwilling to pay for their own defense.

The left have spent the last 2 years screaming about foreign election meddling and now they are desperate to allow foreigners the ability to vote?

Are they OK with international corporations like Google and Facebook meddling?

Blatant Bias at Google against Trump and their funding for RINOs.

A manager at Google allegedly cautioned a lower-level employee for questioning the company’s stance on “fake news,” telling him that the company had to stop fake news and “hate speech,” because “that’s how Trump won,” according to a post aired publicly by another Google employee on social media.

Mike Wacker, a software engineer at Google, published on social media a redacted email he claims he received from a fellow employee in 2017, which alleged political bias at the company. According to Wacker’s post, his colleague at Google wrote:

Also, I posted a comment on a meme regarding fake news on Search and someone reported it to [Human Resources]. I didn’t say I was in favor or against, just cautioned that we need to be car[e]ful. My manager brought it up in our 1:1 last week. Made me feel very uncomfortable for having an opposing view. He said we need to stop hate [speech] and fake news because that’s how Trump won the election. [emphasis ours]I obviously didn’t say anything and just wanted it to end. I [redacted] would like to see all managers be required to take political bias training.

The employee also alleged the existence of official training courses at Google dedicated to “bashing conservatives and Trump supporters.”

Also, have you taken the bias busting course lately? The entire thing is bashing conservatives and Trump supporters. So many false accusations and sob stories. My friend took the course and said he was told he didn’t know how it felt to be a minority because he was a male. This came from the speaker themselves!

Wacker published the email on Twitter, stating that “multiple incidents, multiple concerns, and many conversations have driven my decision to publish this email.”“This incident serves as a good representative example. It is certainly not an isolated incident, and others have had similar experiences.”Other Google employees have told Breitbart News that the company frequently caters to the far-left fringe in its policies. This allegedly includes keeping tampons in men’s restrooms because “some men menstruate,” a presentation by an employee who “identifies” as a “yellow-scaled wingless dragonkin,”  and official handouts warning managers that values like “individual achievement” and “objectivity” are examples of “white dominant culture.” Breitbart News exclusively published a leaked video recorded shortly after the 2016 election in which Google’s leadership team professed outrage at the election of Trump, as well as their determination to make the worldwide populist movement a “blip” or a “hiccup” in history.More recent stories have revealed how the stated aims of Google’s leaders are playing out in practice, including what the tech giant’s own researchers describe as a “shift toward censorship,” the deliberate suppression of conservative content in search results on YouTube and elsewhere (something one Google employee described as a “smoking gun” proving political bias), and the funding of establishment conservatives to shift the movement away from so-called “incendiary nationalism.”Despite the mounting evidence of political bias at Google, company spokespeople have maintained to Breitbart News that the company does not let political bias affect its products. A spokesperson told Breitbart in January that “Google has never manipulated or modified the search results or content in any of its products to promote a particular political ideology.”

According to Google:

Some excellent humor at Google’s Expense: Google executive and 911:

2 and a half minutes in length

Trump Tweet:

I hope the grandstanding Governor of California is able to spend his very highly taxed citizens money on asylum holds more efficiently than money has been spent on the so-called Fast Train, which is $Billions over budget & in total disarray. Time to reduce taxes in California!

Dagny: These sanctuary cities and states have only been made possible by the co-dependence of the federal government tax money.  Time for some tough love and drying out!:

According to the state, Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to reimburse California for only $333 million of the cost, instead of the $639 million sought by California.

The Trump administration is refusing to pay more than $300 million in federal funds California sought to repair the Oroville Dam, which suffered a spillway crisis in 2017 after heavy rains that led to nearly 200,000 residents getting evacuated downstream from the nation’s tallest earthen dam.

State officials worked to plug a hole in the flood-control spillway and put the estimate to repair the dam at about $1.1 billion back in 2018. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to reimburse California for only $333 million of the cost, instead of the $639 million sought by the state.

The administration’s rejection of $306 million in costs for the Oroville Dam means the federal government would pay less than one third of the total cost the state was forced to spend on the emergency repairs.

According to the California Department of Water Resources, FEMA notified the state this week that “it does not consider some spillway construction to be eligible for reimbursement based on information submitted by DWR to date. DWR will work with FEMA to provide further information to support the department’s assertion that all reconstruction work should be eligible for reimbursement.”

China.  This is what Socialists Do:

A detailed horrific description from an intern in China who was compelled to be part of a seizure of organs from a live prisoner.  Not for tender folks to read but an important part of the modern reality:

The researchers said China’s organ transplant industry grew exponentially after 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party began its campaign of persecution against adherents of Falun Dafa, traditional spiritual practice also called Falun Gong.

The researchers found that while transplant abuse exists in many countries, the difference in China is that it’s sanctioned by the state and the state is profiting from it.

China is not the only country with organ-transplant abuse,” said Matas. “What’s different about China is it’s institutionalized, it’s state-run, it’s party-directed. It’s not a few criminals in back alleys trying to make a fast buck.

The damning evidence they uncovered suggests that tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed on demand to supply an ongoing illegal organ transplant industry. How these two Nobel Peace Prize nominees pieced together the evidence and continue to fight against this unimaginable horror is told in the program. 

The pair have spent years investigating organ trafficking in China, and it's claimed that political prisoners are being used as live organ donors.

They believe the organs come from members of the Falun Gong movement – a quasi-religious group with millions of followers, which is banned by the Chinese Government. 

‘I can testify that this hospital forcibly removed organs, such as livers and corneas,’ says former worker Annie of allegations that members of the banned Falun Gong movement were killed for their organs.

'Some practitioners were still breathing after their organs were removed, but they were thrown into the hospital’s incinerator anyway.'  

‘The story seemed too incredible to believe. Several months later, David Matas and David Kilgour published their investigation report Bloody Harvest,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

The China organ trade is now worth a staggering US$1 billion a year, Mr Lee claims.

From 1980 onwards, China began withdrawing government funds from the health sector, expecting hospitals to start charging people for their services. According to Chinese doctors, state funding is often not even enough to cover staff salaries for one month.

‘Transplants range from about US$60,000 to over US$170, 000 depending on the operation, so there is a lot of money to be made there. Sadly the sale of organs has become a source of funding,’ Mr Lee told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Orient Organ Transplant Centre in Tianjin reported revenue of at least 100 million yuan (approximately US$16 million) on liver transplant alone in 2007.

‘That's the number in one hospital, for one kind of transplant in one year only. Now imagine the whole of China.’

Socialists also do this:

The flood of information has begun…. Trump is quoting/retweeting the real journalists and investigators Paul Sperry and Judicial Watch: ·2h“There’s not one shred of evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong.” @GrahamLedger One America News. So true, a total Witch Hunt - All started illegally by Crooked Hillary Clinton, the DNC and others!

·Mar 9If Schiff wasn't coaching Cohen on how to go after Trump before his testimony and was just going over procedural issues, why didn't he invite GOP staff to sit in on these secret meetings? Schiff must be recused from future hearings while Ethics investigates his witness tampering

·6hThe real collusion scandal... why haven't Hillary Clinton and her lawyers been questioned about their collusion with Fusion GPS/Russia/DOJ/FBI to get @realDonaldTrump. Great interview with @MariaBartiromo this am. (link:

·Mar 9BREAKING: Even Mueller's case against Russia itself, for interfering in the 2016 election, is breaking down

CIA contractors keep trying to damage the North Korea talks with disinformation:

Intelligence Contractors Make SECOND Attempt In One Week To Provoke Tensions With North Korea

A March 8, 2019 report from National Public Radio (NPR) follows another by NBC News with sensational and misleading claims that satellite imagery released by private corporations with contractual ties to government defense and intelligence agencies show imminent preparations by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to engage in missile testing or the launch of a satellite from their facilities in Sanumdong, North Korea.  An examination of the photos provided shows absolutely no indication of such activity. Trump Tweets and Retweets: ·13hMore people are working today in the United States, 158,000,000, than at any time in our Country’s history. That is a Big Deal!

·Mar 9BREAKING: US Border Patrol says that after physical barriers were erected in San Diego and El Paso sectors, as well as Yuma and Tucson, they saw reductions in illegal border crossings of 95-99%, but that those barriers need to be expanded and extended to really secure the border

Wacky Nut Job @AnnCoulter, who still hasn’t figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border. Major sections of Wall are being built.......and renovated, with MUCH MORE to follow shortly. Tens of thousands of illegals are being apprehended (captured) at the Border and NOT allowed into our Country. With another President, millions would be pouring in. I am stopping an invasion as the Wall gets built. #MAGA Despite the most hostile and corrupt media in the history of American politics, the Trump Administration has accomplished more in its first two years than any other Administration. Judges, biggest Tax & Regulation Cuts, V.A. Choice, Best Economy, Lowest Unemployment & much more! ·Mar 7Is there anything that the Democrats stand for that aligns with American values anymore? Now that they’ve gone all-in on anti-Semitism, infanticide, socialism, open borders, & police-state spying, what’s left of this shell of a party?

·Mar 8Before Michael Cohen's testimony last week, he and Adam Schiff met for TEN hours. But last Sunday, Schiff told CBS his only contact with Cohen was to "invite him to testify" and "allay concerns." Really? That took 10 hours? We need answers. Did Democrats lead the witness? ·Mar 8Today I offered a motion to recommit #HR1 reaffirming that only US citizens should have the right to vote. Dems rejected it. Next time you go to the ballot box, keep that in mind. The future of their party is in cities like San Fran, where illegals can vote. Let that sink in.

Schrödinger's Supreme Court Justice

If she was there for 'public' session, wouldn't there be SOME mention of that in social media? How come NO ONE in the gallery has said BOO about any of it.

I guess she is alive unless she is observed dead, but at which point is she dead or alive in the normal sense of the word?

There MUST be SOMEONE with reliable bona-fides who was AT THE COURT those days.

Not a peep from the other justices.

No lording over us by the MSM that she is alive, with photos and interviews…

Something very odd is going on.

Just plain funny!:

A man threatened to sue a technology magazine for using his image in a story about why all hipsters look the same, only to find out the picture was of a completely different guy.

The story in the MIT Technology Review detailed a study about the so-called hipster effect — “the counterintuitive phenomenon in which people who oppose mainstream culture all end up looking the same.”

The inclusion of a version of a Getty Images photo of a bearded, flannel-wearing man, tinted with a blue and orange hue, prompted one reader to write to the magazine: “Your lack of basic journalistic ethics in both the manner in which you ‘reported’ this uncredited nonsense, and the slanderous, unnecessary use of my picture without permission demands a response, and I am, of course, pursuing legal action.”

But it wasn’t actually him.

The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same

Complexity science explains why efforts to reject the mainstream merely result in a new conformity.

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