from H. A. Goodman:
The Economic Innovation Group’s (EIG) Distressed Communities Index (DCI) shows a significant economic transformation (from two distinct periods: 2007-2011 and 2012-2016) that occurred since the financial crisis. The shift of human capital, job creation, and business formation to metropolitan areas reveals that rural America is teetering on the edge of collapse.
Since the crisis, the number of people living in prosperous zip codes expanded by 10.2 million, to a total of 86.5 million, an increase that was much greater than any other social class. Meanwhile, the number of Americans living in distressed zip codes decreased to 3.4 million, to a total of 50 million, the smallest shift of any other social class. This indicates that the geography of economic pain is in rural America.
by Ryan Saavedra, Daily Wire:
In an explosive new memoir, former independent counsel Ken Starr revealed that he considered bringing perjury charges against Hillary Clinton after a 1995 deposition with investigators.
In Starr’s memoir, which was obtained in advance by Fox News, Starr recounts his investigation into the death of White House adviser Vince Foster and other matters related to the Whitewater investigation.
by Robert Parry, Consortium News:
By refusing to admit personal misjudgments on Iraq, George W. Bush instead is pushing the United States toward becoming what might be called a permanent “counter-terrorist” state, which uses torture, cross-border death squads and even collective punishments to defeat perceived enemies in Iraq and around the world.
Since securing a second term, Bush has pressed ahead with this hard-line strategy, in part by removing dissidents inside his administration while retaining or promoting his protégés. Bush also has started prepping his younger brother Jeb as a possible successor in 2008, which could help extend George W.’s war policies while keeping any damaging secrets under the Bush family’s control.
by Eric Zuesse, The Duran:
WikiLeaks contradicted Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony in a tweet, saying that founder Julian Assange never spoke on the phone with Trump adviser Roger Stone.
by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:
I went to go watch VICE – the story about how Dick Cheney took over the government with the aid of his wife – Lynne Cheney. Vice is a film that seeks to bring complicated information about the inner corruption in Washington and transform it into a digestible and entertaining format. There is no question that Christian Bale delivered a very impressive performance of how Dick Cheney really is – a secretive and distant man whose eyes were always filled with naked contempt. Amy Adams gave a fantastic performance as well and captured the real character of the former Second Lady Lynne Cheney who was very much like her husband – ambitious, and equally just as ruthless.
The real goal of eliminating the Second Amendment is to obliterate the First Amendment (and enslave us all)
Left-wing tyrants don’t merely want to strip away the Second Amendment for the sake of eliminating guns — which they stupidly think will stop violent crime. The real goal is to eliminate the First Amendment and silence all speech that opposes the dangerous agendas of the Left Cult: Open borders, endless expansion of corrupt government, the criminalization of Christianity, the elimination of all white males from positions of influence (across government, academia, finance and culture), the deliberate collapse of the middle class into poverty and government dependence, the perversion of the English language into LGBT-compliant gibberish, the mass confiscation of wealth from those who have earned it, and so on.
by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:
The control of water out West is a very big deal. It’s all part of a United Nations Agenda 21/Agenda 2030 plan and endgame by the Bureau of Land Management.
In one of the latest developments in the ongoing Bundy Ranch issue is the revelation that not only did the head of the BLM in the district at the time where the Bundys live know that they had water rights, but apparently perjured herself in the courtroom and a sought to eliminate them.
Previously, Mary Jo Rugwell, who simply confirmed the Bundy’s claims about what they owed while on the stand, also testified that she knew nothing about water rights at Gold Butte, which have been in the Bundy family for well over 100 years, and yet, she did know and sought to eliminate those rights.
First, let Shari Davole of Redoubtnews.com remind us of Ms. Rugwell’s testimony under oath.
The government called witness Mary Jo Rugwell, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) District Manager for Southern Nevada from April 2008 through August 2012, to the stand in November. The cross examination revealed several points:
First by Cliven Bundy’s attorney, Bret Whipple:
Whipple: You had a meeting with Mr. Tom Collins and others?
Whipple: Do you recall what Mr. Collins said about water rights?
Rugwell: He said he believed Mr. Bundy should have access to water rights.
Whipple: Who owns the water rights on Gold Butte:
Rugwell: I do not know.
Whipple : There were range improvements on each and every spring?
Rugwell: I don’t know. I can’t say that there are range improvements on every spring.
Then, Ammon Bundy attorney, Morgan Philpot followed up with:
Philpot: Did you do any research into stock watering rights.
Rugwell: I did not.
Philpot: Are you aware that Mr. Bundy had stock watering rights?
Rugwell: I’d heard that, but it was not relevant. This was a trespass issue. I never looked into any stock watering rights myself.
And there was redirect testimony by Prosecutor Daniel Schiess:
Schiess: You have been asked about stock watering rights. Do you have any information on who owns water rights?
Rugwell: No, I don’t.
Rugwell was very clear and concise in her testimony:
She knew absolutely nothing about water rights
She never investigated Bundy’s water rights
She did not know who owned the water rights.
Read More @ FreedomOutpost.com
by Jim Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:
Michael Avenatti revealed Brett Kavanaugh’s 3rd accuser Wednesday morning–A woman named Julie Swetnick who has brought forth allegations of gang rape.
Ms. Swetnick, in a sworn statement says she was a victim of one of these “gang” or “train” rapes where Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge were present. Swetnick also claims she was drugged with Qualuudes or “something similar.”
by Sayer Ji, Green Med Info:
In a shocking blow to both health and religious freedom, New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday to end religious exemptions to vaccines
In a disturbing turn of events, the NY House and Senate versions of the bill, A2371and S2994A, respectively, to strip religious exemptions, passed in rapid succession on Thursday, despite the fact that NY legislators took an oath to uphold the Constitution; namely, the NY Const Art. I, § 11 states that,
by Andre Vltchek, New Eastern Outlook:
The insanity and vileness of Western anti-Chinese propaganda used to make some of my Chinese friends cry late at night. But things are changing. The lunacy of what is said and written about China (and Russia, of course), in the US and Europe, is now clearly reflecting frustration and the bad manners of sore losers. One could almost be inclined to pity the Western empire, if only it wasn’t so violently murderous.
The Empire’s propagandists are pitying nobody – they are now shooting like maniacs, but without any coherent plan.
by Corey Lynn, CoreysDigs:
Twelve HUGE, damning bombshells dropped this week, spinning this storm into high gear. From the Lisa Page transcripts to McCain’s connection to the dossier, a grand jury investigation into Facebook, massive NXIVM updates, Jeffrey Epstein back on the chopping block, and Andrew Weisman leaving special counsel. And, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was preparing her audition for her role as a congresswoman for New York, Paul Ryan was sabotaging democrat subpoenas. Meanwhile, Hollywood’s being sliced and diced for paying off colleges and Ivy League Schools to get their children admitted. Of course, this is only the beginning of investigations into nefarious actions taking place in the upper echelons of colleges, and it’s safe to say, politicians will surely make the list.