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Customs Agents Make “Largest Of Its Kind” Discovery After Seizing North Korean Ship

“… highlights the way that licit North Korean businesses are being used …”

In August, a cargo ship flying Cambodian colors sailed from North Korea with unknown cargo until it was intercepted in Egyptian waters and its contents sparked an international investigation.

Upon entering Egyptian waters, the “Jie Shun” was seized by customs agents who discovered a cache of nearly 24,000 rocket launchers and components for 6,000 more weapons hidden beneath bins of iron ore.

A United Nations report later called the interception the “largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

According to a report in The Washington Post, Egyptian customs agents were informed about the suspicious bulk freighter by the United States.

An investigation by the U.N. revealed that the Egyptians were actually the buyers of the weapons, an arrangement in which Egyptian business executives ordered millions of dollars of North Korean rockets for Egypt’s military while keeping the transaction secret.

 Washington has accused Egypt of attempting to conceal the transaction, contending that the Egyptians failed to act until U.S. intelligence officials alerted Egyptian authorities to the Jie Shun.

Despite Egypt’s attempt to conceal the deal, a spokesman for the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., focused on Cairo’s “transparency” and cooperation with U.N. officials in finding and destroying the weaponry.

According to the spokesman, “Egypt will continue to abide by all Security Council resolutions and will always be in conformity with these resolutions as they restrain military purchases from North Korea.”

David Thompson, a senior analyst and investigator for the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, D.C., reported that North Korea has been utilizing similar undercover weapon shipments to finance Kim Jong Un’s attempts to build a nuclear missile.

 “These cover materials not only act to obfuscate shipments, but really highlights the way that licit North Korean businesses are being used to facilitate North Korean illicit activity,” Thompson said.

U.S. officials confirmed that the discovery of the weapons shipment was among the factors leading to the Trump administration’s decision in July to freeze or delay $290 million in military aid to Egypt.

MEDIA COVER-UP OF ANTIFA ANTICS

After WH Petition to Declare George Soros a Terrorist Is Launched, This Happens IMMEDIATELY

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Trump Takes Bold Action to Save U.S. From Europe’s Tragic Fate

Approximately 104,460 asylum seekers arrived in Germany during the month of August, setting a new record. That makes 413,535 registered refugees and migrants coming to Germany in 2015 so far. The country expects a total of around 800,000 people to seek asylum in Germany this year. And that’s just Germany. The entire continent of Europe is being inundated with refugees at a rate unprecedented in world history. This is no longer just a “refugee crisis.” This is a hijrah.

Hijrah, or jihad by emigration, is, according to Islamic tradition, the migration or journey of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Yathrib, later renamed by him to Medina, in the year 622 CE. It was after the hijrah that Muhammad for the first time became not just a preacher of religious ideas, but a political and military leader. That was what occasioned his new “revelations” exhorting his followers to commit violence against unbelievers. Significantly, the Islamic calendar counts the hijrah, not Muhammad’s birth or the occasion of his first “revelation,” as the beginning of Islam, implying that Islam is not fully itself without a political and military component.

To emigrate in the cause of Allah – that is, to move to a new land in order to bring Islam there, is considered in Islam to be a highly meritorious act. “And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance,” says the Qur’an. “And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant to Allah and His Messenger and then death overtakes him, his reward has already become incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.” (4:100) The exalted status of such emigrants led a British jihad group that won notoriety (and a shutdown by the government) a few years ago for celebrating 9/11 to call itself Al-Muhajiroun: The Emigrants.

And now a hijrah of a much greater magnitude is upon us. Evidence that this is a hijrah, not simply a humanitarian crisis, came last February, but was little noted at the time and almost immediately forgotten. The Islamic State published a document entitled, “Libya: The Strategic Gateway for the Islamic State.” Gateway into Europe, that is: the document exhorted Muslims to go to Libya and cross from there as refugees into Europe. This document tells would-be jihadis that weapons from Gaddafi’s arsenal are plentiful and easy to obtain in Libya – and that the country “has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat.”

The Islamic State did not have in mind just a few jihadis crossing from Libya: it also emerged last February that the jihadis planned to flood Europe with as many as 500,000 refugees. Now the number is shooting well beyond that in Germany alone. Of course, not all of these refugees are Islamic jihadis. Not all are even Muslims, although most are. However, no effort whatsoever is being made to determine the refugees’ adherence to Sharia and desire to bring it to their new land. Any such effort would be “Islamophobic.” Yet there are already hints that the Islamic State is putting its plan into effect: jihadis have already been found among the refugees trying to enter Europe. There will be many more such discoveries.

Eight hundred thousand Muslim refugees in one year alone. This will transform Germany, and Europe, forever, overtaxing the welfare economies of its wealthiest nations and altering the cultural landscape beyond recognition. Yet the serious public discussion that needs to be had about this crisis is shouted down by the usual nonsense: the Washington Post Wednesday published an inflammatory and irresponsible piece likening those concerned about this massive Muslim influx into Europe to 1930s Nazis ready to incinerate Jews by the millions. Hollywood star Emma Thompson accused British authorities of racism for not taking in more refugees – as if British authorities haven’t already done enough to destroy their nation.

And so it goes. If you don’t accept the brave new world that is sure to bring more jihad and more Sharia to Europe, you’re a Nazi and a racist. Meanwhile, no one is bothering even to ask, much less answer, one central question: why is it incumbent upon Europe have to absorb all these refugees? Why not Saudi Arabia or the other Muslim countries that are oil-rich and have plenty of space? The answer is unspoken because non-Muslim authorities refuse to believe it and Muslims don’t want it stated or known: these refugees have to go to Europe because this is a hijrah.

This is also Europe’s death knell.

A paradigm shift in illegal border crossings-those aren’t Latinos coming across.

Feds Spend $686,350 Paying Fat Kids Not to Eat

REEDLEY, CA – OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Mary Healy, Makayla Smith, Marissa Hamilton and Elizabeth Fedorchalk react as a classmate surprises them as they sit in the girls dorm at Wellspring Academy October 21, 2009 in Reedley, California. Struggling with her weight, seventeen year-old Marissa Hamilton enrolled at the Wellspring Academy, a special school that helps teens and college level students lose weight along with academic courses. When Marissa first started her semester at Wellspring she weighed in at 340 pounds and has since dropped over 40 pounds of weight in the first two months of the program. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children in the US ages 6-19 years are overweight or obese, three times the amount since 1980. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

BY: Elizabeth Harrington
September 22, 2017 5:00 am

The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $700,000 for a study that will pay obese teenagers to not eat as much.

A University of Minnesota study that began earlier this year is analyzing whether teens who receive financial incentives for replacing meals with liquid shakes is an effective anti-obesity tool.

“Severe obesity is the fastest growing category of pediatric obesity, with a reported prevalence near 6 [percent] in the United States,” according to the grant for the project. “Unfortunately, conventional treatment approaches rarely result in sufficient weight loss in adolescents with severe obesity; therefore, innovative and effective strategies are desperately needed.”

“The financial incentive model has been used successfully in adult obesity trials to address suboptimal adherence to lifestyle modification therapy and improves weight loss outcomes,” the grant continues. “Although yet to be investigated as a weight loss intervention among adolescents, financial incentives have been shown to improve many health-related behaviors in teenagers.”

The study will involve a yearlong trial with 142 obese teens. A grant worth $686,350 was awarded in April, and research will continue through March 2022.

Researchers believe paying obese teenagers will be a more effective weight loss method if it is paired with “meal replacement therapy,” or substituting liquid shakes such as Slim Fast for regular meals.

“This research targets a significant public health problem, will utilize an innovative treatment concept and approach, and will generate new knowledge to guide selection of treatment type and intensification, ultimately exerting a powerful and sustained influence on the field of pediatric obesity,” the grant states.

A 2012 Canadian study details several obesity payment programs used by other countries. The paper cites the United Kingdom’s “nudge unit,” which started a program called “Pounds for Pounds.”

The program rewarded obese Brits with up to £425, roughly $577, if they maintained weight loss for 6 to 12 months.

“Six hundred obese participants, with an average starting weight of 218 pounds, lost an average of 14 pounds in six months and 29 pounds over 12 months,” according to the paper. The payments amounted to between $19 and $41 for every pound lost.

The 2012 study concluded that short-term payment incentive programs are not as effective as those that continue to pay people for losing weight for a long period of time.

The NIH has funded several similar studies involving paying patients to be healthier. One study that has cost taxpayers $3,639,417 since 2013 is paying low-income pregnant women not to smoke.

Another UCLA study, which has cost $1,432,544, is giving financial incentives for obese adults to shed pounds.

A third study, costing $1,560,895, is analyzing the difference between paying obese adults directly for losing weight versus randomly selecting a lottery winner for individuals enrolled in its weight-loss program.

Aaron Kelly, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota who is leading the project, declined to comment on the specific details of the payment because the study is using a “deception design.”

“This means that participants randomized to the control group will not know they are in a trial of financial incentives until after they are done,” he said. “This is [Institutional Review Board] IRB approved but we don’t want to highlight the true nature of the study too much for risk of contaminating the design.”

Update 11:15 a.m.: This post has been updated with comment from Aaron Kelly.

Geraldo Rivera calls BS on San Juan mayor’s false Trump blame: ‘I’m here. Who is dying?’

You called down the thunder. Well, now you’ve got it!

The mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, may have bitten off more than she can chew in politicizing the Trump administration’s relief efforts following Hurricane Maria now that Geraldo Rivera is on the case.

When not busy cranking out nifty custom T-shirts and hats by candlelight, Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has made a name for herself complaining about the people who have come to her island to help with recovery efforts.

And while Cruz has been throwing President Donald Trump under the bus at every opportunity, other mayors are confused about her reasoning.

Rivera too saw things differently.

“On the ground I see the suffering-but feel deeply that attacking @realDonaldTrump for the ravages of nature &neglect is politicizing tragedy,” he tweeted.

The Fox News correspondent-at-large did find a “bankrupt criminally incompetent” culprit closer to home:

 Rivera caught up with Mayor Cruz, sans her custom-made T-shirt, and said she was “being partisan in her sharp unfair attacks,” although he did not agree with President Trump’s most recent assessment of her criticism.

“I’ve been traveling around, I don’t see people dying,” Rivera informed the mayor.

Rex Tillerson Just Stood Up And RUINED The United Nations Today With One Brilliant Move

 

The United Nations was a GREAT idea in concept. A coming together of nations to work together and prevent wars. Now, it’s become a place for Israel hating America bashers to help themselves at our expense. NO MORE!The United Nations was a GREAT idea in concept. A coming together of nations to work together and prevent wars. Now, it’s become a place for Israel hating America bashers to help themselves at our expense. NO MORE!

A lot of people have been wondering what Rex Tillerson was good for as Secretary of State. Well, today he showed us his worth by doing the one thing the UN has been begging America not to…He left UNESCO.
Tillerson made the decision to leave United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after he got sick and tired of all their Anti-Semitic Israel bashing.

AdvertisementMost Shocking Women on Earth [Viewer Discretion Advised]PoplyftAds by RevcontentFind Out More > 93,029UNESCO has made their stance on Jews very clear by constantly denying Jews, not Muslims, connection to holy sites, referring to Israel as the “occupying power” and letting Palestine become a permanent member in 2011.

Of course, the folks at UNESCO are desperate to gloss over the issue, saying it’s a loss for the world in our ability to conquer extremism. Oh, really? Why not start by looking at the member states of your own group?!?!

Look, the United States has a lot of allies in the world but not many true friends. Israel is one of those actual FRIENDS of our nation and we Americans always keep our friends’ backs.

Help Tillerson and Trump stand up to the Jew Haters at the United Nations by sharing this around and letting the world know we’re not gonna take it, anymore!

THE SODA TAX: A SINGLE VICTORY, OR A BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE?

 

By John F. Di Leo – 

In November, 2016, the Cook County Board of Confiscators created a new tax on most non-alcoholic beverages – punitive, astronomical, and unconstitutional.

Virtually everything that could be wrong with a government policy was wrong with this one, and the community reacted with unexpected force. County commissioners reported receiving more complaints about this issue than on any other issue in their careers. Despite a united front held by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle through the summer 2017 implementation, the resolve of her members soon withered as the real effects of the hated tax began to be felt.  In the end, it was repealed after less than three months of actual collection, and will be gone completely when the clock strikes midnight on December 1.

The question for us is therefore, do we pat ourselves on the backs and enjoy the victory, or do we double down, and put the lessons of the beverage tax to work in other areas of public policy?

Problems Galore

The beverage tax suffered from a number of key flaws, and all were so tangible that they became visible to every onlooker. For example:

 

  1.  With a range of anywhere from 30% to 80%, and with a peculiar target list of products, no cash register system could be designed to accurately collect it, so the tax is an administrative nightmare for businesses.
  2. The cost being so high ($2.88 on a six-dollar 24-pack of pop, for example), it drove people out of the county. Hundreds of thousands of shoppers, particularly those on the geographic periphery, switched not just their beverage purchases, but often all their grocery purchases, to stores in neighboring counties.
  3.  This massive loss in business caused grocery stores, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and every other business that depends on beverage sales to cut employees’ hours, cut employees, and even begin consideration of shutting down entirely (Philadelphia’s nearly identical experiment has resulted in hundreds of such stores going out of business).
  4.  The tax was likely to eventually fail in the courts anyway, because it’s unconstitutional; the Illinois Constitution requires that taxation of like products be identical, and the demarcations between taxed and untaxed in this experiment were utterly capricious.
  5.  Since federal rules don’t allow such a tax to be applied on food stamp purchases, the tax drove a huge class wedge between those paying with SNAP cards and those not. The relationship between people on relief and people struggling to make it without aid has never been so tested.
  6. Most taxes don’t bring in the revenue projected, but the differences are rarely this stark. The county had projected $18 million from this tax in August, and when the numbers were in, it brought in less than $300,000. Even for the normally economically illiterate, this proved how much the county was losing in sales taxes due to shopping fleeing the county. This wasn’t due to an error in calculation; it was due to an error in behavior; the county simply never believed that shoppers would vote with their feet. We did.

 

This is a victory. For one short period of time, really, barely over a quarter, the vast majority of Cook County residents started paying attention to economics.  Voters who have usually shrugged their shoulders and taken taxes as part of the unavoidable realities of life actually picked up a phone and complained to their representatives. Grocery stores and fast food places posted signs sharing the phone numbers of the county commissioners.  An alliance of businesses took the county to court on the constitutionality grounds.  And people made huge changes in their behavior, as they started shopping in different tax jurisdictions.

This must not stand as a brief blip in American history. This should be a clarion call:  to all who want America to again be the nation our Founding Fathers intended for us, we now have a blueprint for what works!

Constant action, constant flooding of the airwaves and news, punishing districts that take the wrong position, rewarding districts that choose right. Activism.

Nobody dumped soda pop in Lake Michigan as part of a “Boston Tea Party” action; nobody held violent rallies or attacked elected officials.   There was no need.

The opponents just kept the pressure on, and focused on the facts… in a way that everyone – every voter, every shopper, every parent, every consumer, every politician – could understand.

This isn’t the way to address every issue, but perhaps this is a template for some issues. Consider:

The Minimum Wage

The right has always quoted economists, cited statistics, written columns, and testified before committees, proving that the minimum wage destroys jobs, destroys opportunities, freezes out whole groups of people from any chance at the American dream… but we get nowhere. We even see politicians like California’s Governor Moonbeam make idiotic statements like “It may not make economic sense, but it makes moral sense. It’s the right thing to do.”

The destruction caused by the minimum wage – particularly by one jurisdiction setting a higher one than neighboring jurisdictions – is at least as clear and powerful as the beverage tax. Employers flee when the minimum wage is hiked, not only eliminating the starting jobs that locals need when just starting out, but also the permanent full time jobs that the same companies employ.

When we talk about entry level jobs, we often forget that the same companies also employ managers, buyers, salesmen, engineers, executives, and all sorts of other good full time positions. When you drive that company away, you drive away both kinds of jobs – both that critical first step on the bottom rung of the ladder, and every other rung on that ladder as well.

Catch and Release Criminal Justice

Just as the beverage tax made Cook County a hostile environment for a certain class of employment – grocery stores, fast food places, Walmarts and Costcos, convenience stores – our catch-and-release criminal justice system creates a hostile environment for more narrowly-defined neighborhoods.

Throughout the region, there are suburbs or neighborhoods of the city where people simply dare not go. Employers, shoppers, tourists, everyone avoids the areas that are known for high crime.

And we know exactly WHY they have the high crime: It’s not that we don’t catch criminals; we catch them all.  It’s not that we can’t prosecute and convict them; we certainly do.  The problem is that we let them go.  Our sentencing is too soft; when they get out, the return right back to the same community they terrorized before.

When we talk about fixing the big cities, particularly the Chicago metro area, we must remind people of the effect of high crime on their neighborhood, on their employment options, on their cost of living. Auto insurance costs more, safe housing costs more, jobs are harder to find, people who need second jobs can’t take them because the dangers of being out at night… The catch-and-release system does at least as much damage to every citizen’s life as the beverage tax did.

Corruption

One of the hardest issues to tackle in big cities like Chicago has always been political and bureaucratic corruption. Many people tolerate it, because they just think it’s the way it is…  but what if the corruption was ended?  Think of the investors, the startups, the developers who would love to shower their investment on a place like Chicagoland if only it managed to solve these issues?

The news of the week – this week – is on the pressure brought to bear on a Wicker Park building owner by aldermen and bureaucrats, in an effort to force the landlord to approve a politically connected tenant, using the threat of municipal zoning powers to bend him to their will.

Every year, every month – sometimes every week – there is another such story, going back decades. One year it was Operation Greylord, another it was Silver Shovel… sometimes the focus was on an individual, sometimes on whole rings.  Sometimes the pressure was brought by the press, sometimes by the feds.  For all their differences, the one constant in Chicagoland has been that there’s always a corruption case, and it never seems to end.

But what if it did? What if we could end the corruption, by identifying the practitioners and defeating their protectors at the ballot box?

Think of Foxconn, building a massive new complex just north of the Wisconsin line. They never considered Illinois.  But they could have… if only we’d remove the deal-breakers that drive wise investors away.

 

So much that’s wrong with Chicagoland is fixable. Just remove the barriers – the big, systemic barriers that act as “Keep Out!” signs to any possibility of economic expansion – and we could be on our path to prosperity again, as we once were.

Thanks to the ill-fated beverage tax, we now see what works:

  • Make the economic case CLEAR.
  • Show how the problem affects YOU, personally, and your children, your spouse, your friends.
  • Publicize which specific politicians need to be called, lobbied, educated… or replaced.
  • Put the signs EVERYWHERE – on social media, on billboards, on store shelves, on the drive-through windows.
  • And don’t let up until you succeed.

This is our state. We have seen how it’s done.

Now let’s do it.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

John F. Di Leo is a Chicagoland-based trade compliance trainer, writer, and actor. Though born in Chicago, he moved to the suburbs at the age of one and never looked back.

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