Heather Clark – September 17, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas — At least 74 mothers have responded to an offer from a chain of abortion facilities in Texas, which announced that it would provide free abortions to those affected by Hurricane Harvey during the month of September to “help” pregnant mothers who wanted to terminate their pregnancy but could not do so because of the storm.
According to reports, Whole Woman’s Health, which has locations in Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio and McAllen, has also raised $15,000 through the Lilith Fund to pay for the travel of mothers who will be coming from long distances to kill their children.
“Texas doesn’t have a safety net, so we have to help people raise money for services,” president Amy Hagstrom Miller told the Dallas Morning News. “Many of these women are traveling for two days and need support for travel and child care.”
Miller’s organization had posted its free abortion offer to its website earlier this month following the hurricane.
DW – September 14, 2017
The German Interior Ministry has officially opened ZITiS, a surveillance agency independent of both the police and the secret service. Critics say anyone with a smartphone is now vulnerable to state snooping.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere opened a new cybersecurity agency in Munich on Thursday as part of a centralized attempt to tackle cybercrime and digital espionage via mass telecommunication surveillance, data encryption and mass data collection.
However, the German government’s own data protection commissioner has complained publicly that she was not consulted as promised about the new “central office for information technology in the security sphere” (ZITiS).
Data protection commissioner Andrea Vosshoff told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper that she was unable to offer a “serious or valid assessment or evaluation of this project” even though the government had promised “official participation” last summer.
Fox News – September 14, 2017
A longtime Washington socialite is raising eyebrows with her new book on spirituality as she claims the hexes she put on three people in the past may have led to their deaths.
Sally Quinn – a journalist who was famously married to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee – admits to being an Occultist in her new “spiritual memoir” titled Finding Magic.
Quinn says she feels guilty about her hexes and won’t do them anymore. She also says she refuses to cast a spell on President Trump as some of her friends have asked.
“Believe me, since Trump was elected, and since the election, I can’t tell you how many friends have asked me to put a hex on Donald Trump, and I won’t do it,” Quinn said in a book interview with USA Today. “I just said no. I don’t do that anymore.”
DW – September 15, 2017
British police embarked on a wide manhunt on Friday following a terrorist attack on a London subway train.
An improvised device hidden inside a plastic bucket and a supermarket freezer bag exploded inside a packed train carriage, injuring 29 people, mostly with burns.
“Clearly, this was a device that was intended to cause significant harm,” Prime Minister Theresa May said after calling a meeting of the government’s COBRA emergency committee.
Later on Friday, May said the country’s threat level had been raised from severe to the highest possible level of critical, which means an attack is expected imminently.
“The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets providing extra protection,” May said.
Liam Deacon – September 15, 2017
The European Parliament has been accused of trying to “criminalise” pro-life views after passing a report which describes reducing access to abortion as “violence against women and girls”.
The MEPs who authored the document denied the paper was an attack on “Christian values” or promoting a “liberal agenda”, but appeared to conflate a rise in violence against women with the election of President Trump in the U.S.
The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) produced the interim report, which calls on all EU member-states to “urgently” ratify a new convention on violence against women, and “recommends”:
“The EU strongly affirms that the denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, including safe and legal abortion, is a form of violence against women and girls.”
All member-states must also “guarantee comprehensive sexuality education, ready access for women to family planning, and the full range of reproductive and sexual health services, including modern contraceptive methods and safe and legal abortion”.
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D – September 13, 2017
Missouri has reportedly doubled its abortion capacity this year “thanks to the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood,” who have worked in tandem to fight the state’s restrictions on abortion.
With some of the most clearly defined regulations on abortion in the nation, Missouri had managed to lower the number of abortion facilities to a single clinic, but a second Missouri clinic opened its doors recently and two others plan on following soon.
Planned Parenthood has battled against state regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same surgical center standards as full hospitals and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, and in April a federal court sided with the abortion giant.
U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs granted a preliminary injunction invalidating requirements for the state’s abortion clinics to meet standards for surgical centers and for their doctors to have hospital privileges, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down similar restrictions in Texas, which deemed those laws unnecessary and unconstitutional.
Art Moore – September 12, 2017
SEATTLE – Hours after the Seattle Times reported a fifth man has come forward with an accusation of child rape, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced his resignation.
The Times reported Tuesday morning the allegations by Murray’s cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54, who claimed he was 13 when Murray forced him into sex. The two shared a bedroom at Dyer’s mother’s home in Medford, New York, in the mid-1970s.
Murray, a Democrat who has made much of his status as a “gay” man in a same-sex marriage, continues to deny the charges, insisting they were part of a political takedown effort because of his progressive politics and record as a gay-rights champion. But he announced in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Vijeta Uniyal – September 12, 2017
Instead of putting these Islamist criminals — who beheaded their victims and kept sex slaves — before a war crimes tribunal, the EU official wondered aloud, “How can we help the national security agencies with the evaluation of streaming data? How can we integrate these ISIS-returnees again into the society? These are the important questions.”
EU counter-terrorism czar Kerchove made these statements in an interview given to Die Welt:
Around 5,000 Europeans had gone to fight for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, out of which 1,500 persons have come back and nearly 1,000 fighters have died. Many of the estimated 2,500 European fighters who are still in Iraq and Syria are going to die while fighting or be killed by ISIS, because the group does not tolerate deserters. Others will move to conflict zones such as Somalia, Libya and Yemen. […]
I think the returning [ISIS fighters] from Iraq and Syria will be taking various routes to enter Europe. For instance, they will travel through different countries employing a “broken travel” [tactic] and some will try to infiltrate the refugees entering Europe without papers. [Translation by author]
Terence P. Jeffrey – September 11, 2017
(CNSNews.com) – The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day–following President Donald Trump’s signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8.
At the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 7, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for Friday, the total debt of the federal government was $19,844,587,000,000 and the portion of it subject to the legal limit set by Congress was $19,808,747,000. After President Trump signed the legislation suspending the debt limit, the total debt immediately jumped to $20,162,177,000,000 and the portion of it subject to the limit jumped to $20,126,392,000,000, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for Sept. 8
2017.That means the total debt jumped $317,590,000,000 on the day it officially topped $20 trillion for the first time and that the part of the debt subject to the legal limit jumped $317,645,000,000 on that day.
Jay Syrmopoulos – July 16, 2017
The formation of a BRICS gold marketplace, which could bypass the U.S. Petrodollar in bilateral trade, continues to take shape as Russia’s largest bank, state-owned Sberbank, announced this week that its Swiss subsidiary had begun trading in gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.
Russian officials have repeatedly signaled that they plan to conduct transactions with China using gold as a means of marginalizing the power of the dollar in bilateral trade between the geopolitically powerful nations. This latest movement is quite simply the manifestation of a larger geopolitical game afoot between great powers.
According to a report published by Reuters:
Sberbank was granted international membership of the Shanghai exchange in September last year and in July completed a pilot transaction with 200 kg of gold kilobars sold to local financial institutions, the bank said.