Major retailers in the United States are shutting down hundreds of stores, and shoppers are reporting alarmingly bare shelves in many retail locations that are still open all over the country. It appears that the retail apocalypse that made so many headlines in 2015 has gone to an entirely new level as we enter 2016. As economic activity slows down and Internet retailers capture more of the market, brick and mortar retailers are cutting their losses. This is especially true in areas that are on the lower portion of the income scale. In impoverished urban centers all over the nation, it is not uncommon to find entire malls that have now been completely abandoned. It has been estimated that there is about a billion square feet of retail space sitting empty in this country, and this crisis is only going to get worse as the retail apocalypse accelerates.
We always get a wave of store closings after the holiday shopping season, but this year has been particularly active. The following are just a few of the big retailers that have already made major announcements…
-K-Mart is closing down more than two dozen stores over the next several months.
-The Gap is in the process of closing 175 stores in North America.
-Aeropostale is in the process of closing 84 stores all across America.
-Finish Line has announced that 150 stores will be shutting down over the next few years.
-Sears has shut down about 600 stores over the past year or so, but sales at the stores that remain open continue to fall precipitously.
But these store closings are only part of the story.
All over the country, shoppers are noticing bare shelves and alarmingly low inventory levels. This is happening even at the largest and most prominent retailers.
I want to share with you an excerpt from a recent article by Jeremiah Johnson. The anecdotes that he shares definitely set off alarm bells with me. Read them for yourself and see what you think…
I came across two excellent comments upon Steve Quayle’s website that bear reading, as these are two people with experience in retail marketing, inventory, ordering, and purchases. Take a look at these:
#1 (From DJ, January 24, 2016)
[Regarding the] alerts about the current state of the RR industry. This is in line with what I’ve been noticing as I visited our local/regional grocery store, Walmart, and Target this week in WI. I worked in big box retail for 20 years specializing in Inventory Management. These stores are all using computerized inventory management systems that monitor and automatically replenish inventory when levels/shelf stock get low. This prevents “out of stocks” and lost sales. These companies rely on the ability to replenish inventory quickly from regional warehouses.
As I shopped this week and looked at inventory levels I was shocked. There were numerous (above and beyond acceptable levels) out of stocks across category lines at all three retailers. And even where inventory was on the shelf, the overall levels were noticeably reduced. Based on my experience, working for two of these three organizations in store management, they have drastically/intentionally reduced their inventory levels. This is either due to financial stresses/poor sales effecting their ability to acquire new inventory, or it could be the result of what was mentioned earlier regarding the transporting of goods to these regional warehouses. Either way this doesn’t bode well for the what’s to come. Stock up now while you can!”
#2 (From a Commenter following up #1 who didn’t provide a name, January 26, 2016)
“I’d like to tailgate on the SQ Alert “based on my experience…” regarding stock levels in big box stores. This weekend we were in two such stores, each in fairly isolated communities which are easily the communities’ best source for acquiring grocery items in quantity.
I myself worked in retail (meat) for thirty years so I know exactly what a well-stocked store looks like, understand the key categories and category drivers, and how shelves are stocked and displays are built to drive sales and profits. I also understand supply chain and distribution methodologies quite well.
Each of the stores we were in were woefully under-stocked. This time of year-the few weeks following the holidays-is usually big business in groceries and low stock levels suggest either poor ordering at the store level, poor purchasing at the distribution level or a purposeful desire to be under-stocked.
Anyone familiar with the retail grocery industry is also familiar with how highly touted “the big box store’s” infrastructure is. They know exactly when demand is high and for what items and in what quantities. It is very unlikely that both stores somehow got “surprised” by unusually high demand. It is reasonable then to imagine that low stock levels in rural areas with few options is a purposed endeavor to assure that both the budget conscious and the folks in more remote areas are not fully able to load up their pantries.
Simply put I believe the major retailer in question is doing their part to limit the ability of rural America to be sufficiently prepared. Nevertheless, we are wise to do our best to keep ahead of the curve. God bless your efforts, Steve.”
Yes, this is just anecdotal evidence, but it lines up perfectly with hard numbers that I have been discussing on The Economic Collapse Blog.
Exports are plummeting all over the globe, and the Baltic Dry Index just plunged to another new all-time record low. The amount of stuff being shipped around by air, truck and rail inside this country has been dropping significantly, and this tells us that real economic activity is really slowing down.
If you currently work in the retail industry, your job is not secure, and you may want to start evaluating your options.
We have entered the initial phases of a major economic downturn, and it is going to be especially cruel to those on the low end of the income spectrum. Do what you can to get prepared now, because the economy is not going to be getting better any time soon.
In a collection of essays on criminal justice reform published last April, Ted Cruz criticized “draconian mandatory minimum sentences” and bragged about supporting a bill that would cut them in half for federal drug offenders. Six months later, the Texas senator warned his colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee against voting for a bill that would let drug offenders seek shorter sentences, saying “every one of us who votes to release violent criminals from prison prior to the expiration of their sentence can fully expect to be held accountable by our constituents.” In my latest Forbes column, I argue that Cruz’s presidential ambitions led him to abandon a cause he once championed:
A year ago, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley condemned a sentencing reform bill backed by Ted Cruz as “lenient” and “dangerous.” Eight months later, it was Cruz’s turn. Explaining his opposition to a sentencing reform bill backed by Grassley, Cruz described it as dangerously lenient.
When the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Grassley’s bill by a 3-to-1 margin in October, Cruz joined four other Republicans in voting no. The Texas senator—once a leading Republican critic of excessively harsh criminal penalties, especially for nonviolent drug offenders—had effectively traded places with Grassley, a law-and-order Iowa Republican who has long resisted efforts to reduce those penalties.
The switch was especially puzzling because the bill Cruz supported was more ambitious than the one he portrayed as unacceptably lax. Worse, Cruz’s explanation for his vote featured the sort of demagoguery that politicians like Grassley have long deployed against attempts to make our criminal justice system less mindlessly punitive. It is hard to escape the impression that Cruz, who is running second to Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and still has a shot at winning the Iowa caucus on Monday, decided to abandon a cause that might alienate conservative primary voters.
Source: Hillary is Transparent and Open
The perfect of the government stating, “who are you going to believe, the government or your lying eyes?”
Conservative Firing Line by Joe Newby
On Friday, an individual identifying himself as a former 23-year Indiana sheriff’s deputy told Steve Quayle that LaVoy Finicum was murdered by law enforcement authorities “for sure.”
The unidentified former deputy said Finicum appears to have been tased before being shot to death.
“If you look close, Lavoy Finicum was shot from the left by a policeman with a Tazer before he was shot with anything else,” the deputy said. “He was shot and killed laying on the ground after being rendered helpless on the ground from the wire fired Tazer”[…]
What A Cashless Society Would Look Like
Calls by various mainstreameconomists to ban cash transactions seem to be gettingever louder, while central bankers have unleashed negative interest rates on economies accounting for 25% of global GDP, with $5.5 trillion in government bonds yielding less than zero. The two policies are rapidly converging.
Bills and coins account for about 10% of M2 monetary aggregates(currency plus very liquid bank deposits) in the US andthe Eurozone. Presumably thegoal of this policy is to bring thispercentage down to zero. In other words, eliminateyour right to keep your purchasing power in paper currency.
By forcing people and companies to convert their paper money into bank deposits, the hope is that…
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The FBI negotiated with four armed occupants at a remote federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday while the holdouts in a video posted online expressed their mistrust of the government and reluctance to leave.
One of the four protesters remaining at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge said in a darkly lit video posted on Friday that he wanted to be assured he would not be arrested if he left. Others with him expressed similar sentiments.
Tensions in the standoff remained high four days after Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, 54, a spokesman for the group that seized buildings at the refuge on Jan. 2, was killed by police during the arrests of occupation leader Ammon Bundy and several other protesters as they traveled on a highway.
Supporters staged a rally in the nearby ranching community of Burns on Saturday night. About 30 pick-up trucks and other vehicles honked horns and…
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The reader of today’s Las Vegas newspaper can be excused for being a bit confused about the differences between a front page story and the paper’s editorial.
The front page outlines plans for financing a new $1.2 billion stadium near UNLV — with $780 million coming from tax money and $420 million from private investors, according to documentation from Las Vegas Sands Corp., which is owned largely by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who happens to also own the morning newspaper now.
On the editorial page — which has in the past urged extreme caution about plowing public funding into any stadium, whether for the minor league baseball team or for soccer downtown or for UNLV football — caution was thrown to the wind.
The editorial unabashedly declares, “Las Vegas desperately needs a new stadium.”
In print the editorial states that the “Adelson family would contribute an unspecified large portion of the financing for…
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As you all know by now, occasionally, a friend, colleague, or social media acquaintance slips me a note and asks me to look into a specific conspiracy that has been dificult to prove or disprove. Well, this week, that little note was a whopper. Although I have gone out of my way to debunk as many of Alex Jones’ theories as possible, I have never considered looking into the man himself. That very thing was requested of me.
ALEX JONES IS BILL HICKS
That is the conspiracy theory anyway. If you search those words in any web browser you will find a plethora of articles, photos, opinions, and videos from both sides of the argument. Some believe that…
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In its efforts to portray the people standing their ground in Oregon, as anarchists, as a violent anti-government movement for refusing to allow a uranium mine deal arranged by the Clinton’s to take their land from them, the FBI has once again been caught not only executing people as they did at Ruby Ridge and Waco, but falsifying the information shown to the public to explain how an unarmed man was shot dead in cold blood.
By Keith Rogers
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Defiant Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy a issued lengthy statement Saturday castigating federal agents for the shooting death of one of the anti-government protesters this week who had occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon with his sons.
“LaVoy Finicum was assassinated by wicked and evil men representing our US government. These men in local, state, and US government feared the truths that LaVoy Finicum was standing for and teaching to his fellowmen,” the Bundy patriarch wrote in statement released to the media.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing has said Finicum was shot Tuesday night as he reached for a pocket where a loaded gun was found after the car he was driving swerved into a snowbank trying to evade a road block.
“All is well in your government. There cannot be a cry go out for freedom, or for property rights, state sovereignty, local government close to the people – government by the people – for the people. No, we cannot allow policing power be in the hands of We the People’s elected county Sheriff,” Bundy’s statement reads.
Earlier in the week, Bundy told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Finicum’s death and the arrests of his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, with other self-styled militia and anti-government activists would be “a wake-up call to America.”
Video shows Oregon state troopers and federal agents setting up roadblocks and pulling over two vehicles along a mostly empty highway.
Skip to comments.Trump stages dramatic flyby in massive private jetDaily Mail ^ | 01/30/16 | David MartoskoPosted on 1/30/2016, 4:02:14 PM by Enlightened1Speaking on the frosted tundra of the Dubuque, Iowa regional airport, Donald Trump returned to Iowa to a hero’s welcome as his hulking Boeing 757 staged a dramatic flyby before landing on a tiny airstrip.Then he offered children the chance to run through the airplane.’This is now crunch time!’ he told screaming fans gathered at the mouth of a hangar. ‘This is what it’s all about. We have to get out there and caucus and do all the things we have to do, otherwise we’ve just wasted our time.’Then he said he had ‘a little bit of an idea,’ asking if there were kids under age 10 present.’Without their parents,’ Trump insisted, ‘we’ll let them run through the plane!'(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk …
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Skip to comments.The US Mosque Obama Has Chosen For His First Presidential Visit Has Deep Extremist TiesThe Daily Caller ^ | 30 Jan 2016 | Chuck RossPosted on 1/30/2016, 5:24:59 PM by amorphousThe Baltimore mosque President Obama has chosen as the first U.S.-based mosque to visit during his presidency has deep ties to extremist elements, including to the Muslim Brotherhood.The White House announced on Saturday that Obama will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) on Wednesday. He has visited several mosques overseas as president but has resisted visiting one in the homeland. The purpose of the trip, according to the White House, is to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.”But ISB is a curious choice for Obama’s first domestic visit.The mosque is a member of a network of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society…
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A couple of days ago Donald Trump was asked which members of the Congress he could work with if he was elected President and he named three people. Interesting enough is the fact that not only were the three people he named not Republicans, but in fact are three of the most partisan Democrats in the Congress–Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Chuck Schumer. (Oh, and by the way all three just happen to be members of the same establishment Donald Trump claims to oppose.)
Today Harry Reid was asked about Donald Trump’s comment and he said he was “kind of pulling for him.” He also recalled the fundraisers Donald Trump held for him. Here is more:
“Look, we’ve gotten along fine,” Reid said. “With that bunch of people running, I’m kind of pulling for him.”
Asked about Trump’s statement, Reid added, ‘Oh, I remember the good old days…
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now presides over all cases since Judge James C. Mahan recused in February 2916!
Richard Franklin Boulware II (born 1968) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and former assistant Federal Public Defender.
Boulware received an Artium Baccalaureus degree, cum laude, in 1993 from Harvard College and studied toward a PhD in Sociology from 1995–1998. He received a Juris Doctor in 2002 from Columbia Law School. From 2002 to 2003, he served as a law clerk to Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
From 2003 to 2007, he was a trial attorney in the Federal Public Defender’s Office in New York. He has served in the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas,Nevada since 2007, serving as the lead attorney for complex white-collar cases since 2010.
On January 16, 2014, President Obama nominated Boulware to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, to the seat vacated by Judge Philip Martin Pro, who took senior status on December 31, 2011.
On April 3, 2014 his nomination was reported out of committee by a vote of 11-7. On June 5, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on the nomination. On Monday, June 9, 2014 The United States Senate agreed on the motion to invoke cloture by a vote of 53-34. On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 The U.S. Senate voted 58-35 in favor of final confirmation. He received his judicial commission on June 10, 2014. He was sworn in on June 12, 2014.
On September 9, 2015 President Barack Obama nominated Boulware to a position on the United States Sentencing Commission. If confirmed he would replace former Commissioner Ketanji Brown Jackson and his term would expire October 31, 2019. His nomination is now pending before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
The letter comes pursuant to LR 7-6 and 7-5. Case number 3:13-cv-00438-RFB-VPC is now assigned to Judge Richard F. Boulware and has various motions that have been pending over 60 and 120 days including a motion for summary judgment, motion for PACER fee waiver and several ex parte 7-5 motions to void/vacate all orders issued by the former judge Miranda Du and Magistrate Valerie Cooke.
I have filed several Local Rule LR 7-6 and 7-5 letters and motions that are not on the record. I have resent these to Judge Richard F. Boulware and Judge James C. Mahan via email and called their chambers to verify hey received the emails that were also sent to the Defendants’ counsel Brian M. Brown.
Case 3:13-cv-00438-RFB-VPC has been sitting around over 1 1/2/ years on a summary judgment motion. I’ve argued that summary judgment is unconstitutional pursuant to the 7th Amendment in addition to opposing the motion. This motion is ripe and past the 120 day waiting for a decision. Additionally, the motion will exceed 6 months and need to be filed Every six months (October 1 and April 1) every judge must submit a report to Washington that becomes publicly available. Among other things, the judge must report on whether any motion has been under submission more than six months.
A Writ of Mandamus is Necessary to Compel the Court of Appeals to Decide the Emergency Motion for a Stay of Proceedings “Repeated decisions of this court have established the rule that this court has power to issue a mandamus, in the exercise of its appellate jurisdiction, and that the writ will lie in a proper case to direct a subordinate Federal court to decide a pending cause.” Knickerbocker Ins. Co. v. Comstock, 16 Wall. 258, 270 (1872). Where a lower court’s failure to act obstructs litigants from having their claims adjudicated and ultimately brought before a higher court, this Court and the courts of appeals have consistently issued writs of mandamus so that the legal process can proceed. In Ex parte Crane, 5 Pet. 190 (1831), this Court issued a writ of mandamus to compel a lower court to render its judgment, because failing to do so prevented the petitioner from pursuing an appeal.
Chief Justice Marshall, writing for the Court, held that “We cannot perceive a reason why the single case of a refusal by an inferior court to sign a bill of exceptions, and thus to place the law of the case on the record, should be withdrawn from that general power to issue writs of mandamus to inferior courts, which is conferred by statute.” Id. at 194; see also Ex parte United States, 287 U.S. 241 (1932) (writ issued to district judge instructing him to issue a bench warrant); Ex parte Bradstreet, 32 U.S. 634 (1833); Virginia v. Rives, 100 U. S. 313, 323 (1879) (extraordinary writs have “very much extended in modern times, and now it may be said to be an established remedy to oblige inferior courts and magistrates to do that justice which they are in duty, and by virtue of their office, bound to do.”). Likewise in Will v. Calvert Fire Ins. Co., 437 U.S. 655 (1978), this Court affirmed the Circuit Court’s issuance of the writ of mandamus to a district judge, who deferred the adjudication of the petitioner’s federal claims during the pendency of a state court action. This Court held that “There can be no doubt that, where a district court persistently and without reason refuses to adjudicate a case properly before it, the court of appeals may issue the writ ‘in order that [it] may exercise the jurisdiction of review given by law.’”
Id. at 661-62 (quoting Knickerbocker, 16 Wall. at 270). To hold otherwise, the Court has explained, would be to give the lower court a pocket-veto over the higher court’s supervisory jurisdiction and result in an indefinite obstruction of the appellate process. See Roche, 319 U.S. at 25 (“Otherwise the appellate jurisdiction could be defeated and the purpose of the statute authorizing the writ thwarted by unauthorized action of the district court obstructing the appeal”). Following this Court’s direction, the courts of appeal have issued writs of mandamus when the failure of a district court judge to rule on a dispositive motion prejudices the litigants’ ability to seek a timely appeal.5 In McClellan v. Young, 421 F.2d 690 (6th Cir. 1970), for example, a district court had allowed four months to elapse before ruling on a prisoner’s petition for habeas corpus. Citing La Buy v. Howes Leather Co., 352 U.S. 249 (1957), the Sixth Circuit issued the writ and ordered the district judge to render his decision within ten days of the mandate being issued. Id. at 691; see also In re Sharon Steel Corp., 918 F.2d 434, 437 (3d Cir. 1990) (writ issued to a district judge who declined to rule on a dispositive motion, where “the district court’s inaction [was] an unexplained abdication of judicial power” because the district judge “had a duty to dispose of that motion, a duty inherent in a judicial system which guarantees a conditional right to an appeal.”). Petitioner concedes that “[m]andamus, prohibition and injunction against judges are drastic and extraordinary remedies.” Ex parte Fahey, 332 U.S. at 259. Nevertheless, this Court’s issuance of the writ has become necessary to preserve its own appellate jurisdiction. In the circumstances presented here, “appeal is a clearly inadequate remedy,” id. at 260, insofar as it is the appeal itself that is obstructed by the Court of Appeals’ failure to rule.
Militia livestreaming entire event until batteries die
View video archive from early Wednesday morning onward HERE
Update 4:05 p.m: Authorities have offered members of the group an out. If they meet at the main gate they will be safely escorted out. If not, the window may be missed and who knows what will ensue.
Update: 11:43 a.m.: Helicopter flew in from the west and is making passes. Militia could be heard saying, “Take cover!” The chopper appears to be well equipped, “no call letters,” and has a “camera on the front.”
Update 9:24 a.m.: All media outlets have left under instruction of the FBI in preparation for an all out battle.
Update 9:01 a.m.: Shots fired at drone in the air. “Eyes in the sky.”
Update 8:55 a.m.: One militia member, the one who called his mom, has now called for all military and all patriots to “come get some” and “fight for your country.” The man said if law enforcement try to stop you from coming, “kill them.”
Update 8:15 a.m.: Older Navy SEALs are expected to parachute in to aid the patriots against a violent FBI siege. They are “30 minutes out.” The shit’s about to get real and the mainstream is in full media blackout. One militia member is on the phone with his mom and vows to die a free man. “I was born for this,” he said. “We have God on our side,” he told his mom.
“We are all willing to lay down our lives. I want you to know you son is a good boy. I want you to know that. But I got to go mom, ” the man said before hanging up the phone.
Update 8:10 a.m.: “There are some mad dog motherfuckers I know that are coming to get some.,” one militia member was overheard saying to the female, suggesting the FBI may be walking into a trap and will possibly be flanked later in the day.
Update 7:57 a.m.: FBI preparing for incursion.
Joe Biggs & David Knight call in from Oregon to give the latest on the refuge standoff. With one dead and key organizers arrested, what could happen next to those still at the refuge?
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Former Congressman Ron Paul joins the program to discuss his dire warning regarding SJ Res 29, which Sen. Chris Murphy has called a “declaration of international martial law.”
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Oregon State Police an the FBI stopped two vehicles heading north on U.S. 395. One of those vehicles, a white truck being driven by Oregon militiaman LaVoy Finicum speeds up after idling for a while. It is then that LaVoy Finicum and the other passengers ran into a road block. Finicum leaves the vehicle and raises his hands. When a man from behind him shoots Finicum for reasons that still remain unclear. Finicum’s daughter claims that her father was “murdered” execution-style with his hands in the air, an account backed up by an eyewitness to the incident. Did LaVoy’s arm movement legitimize excessive force? Was he covering a wound, getting his balance in deep snow, or reaching for a weapon? What brought us to this dark day of Liberty gone wrong?
The 4 remaining holdouts at the Masher National Wildlife refuge are now demanding pardons for everyone involved.
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Identify the government perps and kill them first or they will murder you.
What role can civil disobedience play in the struggle for social change? Peter explores this question with two guests: first, environmental organizer Tim DeChristopher recounts his experience interfering with a federal oil and gas lease auction, and how the legal doctrine of “necessity” can be used in environmental campaigns. Then Sunsara Taylor discusses the right-wing effort to supress womens’ option of abortion, and the counter campaign to protect reproductive choice.
Tim DeChristopher is a climate campaigner, and the founder of two climate-action organizations. He spent 21 months in prison for submitting a false bid at a federal oil and gas auction in Utah in 2008. www.timdechristopher.org
Sunsara Taylor is with StopPatriarchy.org, and also is a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party
In 2011, Hillary Clinton admitted that the US was losing the information war to alternative media outlets of all stripes. Yes, I can see that this would be a huge concern to persons of her caliber who rely on fake news stories that prop up the establishment with disinformation. But that was back in 2011.
As we enter into 2016 and the new world of alternative-Internet-media, (AiM), a more solid truth built upon credible facts and better sources becomes a huge threat to corrupt
governments and agendas, and also the mainstream media machine, (i.e., TV news, the morning papers, and some popular magazines.) These outlets, who are the gods of disinformation, are now scrambling for readership as millions of people are flocking to alternative news sources which have a fresh investigative journalistic approach and where more credibility rises to the surface, so that the truth becomes a…
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Source: The Las Vegas Raiders?
Business Insider – The Oakland Raiders may have their sights on a new home: Las Vegas.
A leaked memo from UNLV president Len Jessup revealed that Raiders owner Mark Davis has scheduled a tour of Las Vegas on Friday as part of a search for a new location for his football team.
Davis will meet with Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of casino giant Las Vegas Sands, according to the memo, which was first reported by Las Vegas politics reporter Jon Ralston.
The Sands Corp. announced on Thursday that it was supporting plans to build a $1 billion, 60-seat domed stadium on the 42 acres of land recently purchased by UNLV. The stadium is ostensibly for UNLV’s football team, but could be shared should Las Vegas court an NFL team.
Now I’m not a Pete Rose apologist, but why do sports try to distance themselves from gambling so much? Baseball acts like Pete Rose committed murder…
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Just as we warned, and she must have known, it appears at least 22 of the emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have been declared “top secret” by The FBI (but will not be releasing the contents) according to AP.
Clinton has insisted she never sent or received information on her personal email account that was classified at the time. No emails released so far were stamped “CLASSIFIED” or “TOP SECRET,” but reviewers previously had designated more than 1,000 messages at lower classification levels for public release. Friday’s will be the first at the top secret level.
The Obama administration is confirming for the first time that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained some closely guarded secrets, including material requiring one of the highest levels of classification.
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LaVoy Finicum Murder Video Footage
(NaturalNews) To all Natural News readers: I normally wouldn’t be posting this article on Natural News, as we’ve switched all politics and liberty coverage over toNewsTarget.com. But with all the rumors and speculation now circulating about Pete Santilli, I thought it important to chime in and issue our TalkNetwork.com joint statement from myself and the producers. It always disturbs me when citizen journalists get arrested and charged with serious crimes.
Before I get to that, let me disclose that TalkNetwork.com will be announcing a significant format change here shortly. It’s something we’ve been working on for a while that avoids the real-time limitations of only being able to carry a few dozen hosts and shows. We are wanting to greatly expand the number of different voices that can be heard on TalkNetwork.com, and we especially want to get more people involved who cover permaculture, natural medicine, home gardening, sustainable living and other similar topics. I have long wanted to expand the diversity of voices on TalkNetwork, so if you see some changes announced next week, they don’t have anything to do with Santilli. We’ve been working on this retooling idea for a couple of months.
Feds arrest citizen journalist and charge him with CONSPIRACY!
On the subject of Santilli, it’s totally true that he was arrested in Oregon and has been charged by the feds with a criminal conspiracy to “impede” federal law enforcement officials. You can read the criminal complaint here. We have a statement to share below, but the first red flag on this is that to my knowledge Santilli was primarily working as a citizen journalist and he wore a big “PRESS” vest.
Keep in mind that while Santilli has been charged with a “conspiracy,” the entire mainstream media tells us every single day that people who believe in conspiracies are loony whackos. Thus, according to the mainstream media’s own logic, conspiracies don’t exist which means the federal charges against Santilli are wholly fraudulent to begin with. Is the FBI now saying conspiracies are REAL? Somebody alert the New York Times… (BTW, the real conspiracy here is the BLM land grab and its attempt to take over valuable mining plots that can be leased to the Russians and other nations who pay kickbacks to powerful politicians, but that’s a REAL conspiracy which means the media isn’t interested in it…)
Nevertheless, the fact that he has now been arrested and charged with conspiracy is extremely worrisome to citizen journalists everywhere, especially given the news earlier this week that the Center for Medical Progress filmmakers who went undercover to ensnare Planned Parenthood were also charged with serious crimes. The pattern is unmistakable: Citizen journalists are being increasingly criminalized in America… but only when they are broadcasting content the government doesn’t like. I very much doubt Santilli actually “impeded” the feds in any way. More likely, he verbally berated them and gave them the finger (or similar actions along those lines).
The second point here is that, to my best knowledge, Santilli was serving as a very important citizen journalist from the point of view of the ranchers, constantly reminding the FBI that citizens were keeping an eye on them, too. He may have helped prevent this situation from worsening into a Waco-style slaughter by the feds.
I personally don’t know the details of what went on because Santilli stopped communicating with myself and other TalkNetwork producers almost two weeks ago. He was broadcasting his video streams on YouTube LIVE, not on TalkNetwork, so we had no opportunity to coordinate anything with him or to even know what was happening there. He basically was “lone wolfing” the whole thing, which is fundamentally how he runs his show anyway.
Personally, I’ve been out of the loop on the Oregon situation for quite a while. My own attention has been focused in laboratory preparation for a very large science announcement I’m making next week that has huge implications for public health. So I’ve spent the last two weeks in the lab running ICP-MS instrumentation, and I had no direct contact with anybody in Oregon (I was just skimming the headlines like all of you, checking my favorite sites from time to time to see what was happening.)
From what I can tell so far, Pete Santilli appears to be getting hit with wildly unfair blame in all this. He was opposed to the Malheur refuge takeover in the first place, and he was trying to keep a live camera going on site to broadcast the plight of the ranchers to the world and hopefully scrounge up some more public support or sympathy for their situation. His presence there probably helped prevent a massacre from taking place, which is why I’m concerned for the remaining ranchers who are still holed up there. What does the FBI have planned for them now?
Along those lines, the FBI has released this video footage showing their shooting of one of the ranchers. This is clearly the FBI’s effort to try to show, from their point of view, that the man they shot (LaVoy?) was reaching for something. I obviously wasn’t there, so I can’t really comment any more on what this video shows or doesn’t show. Lots of other websites have better analysis than I can offer on this. But you can see their helicopter footage for yourself and decide what you think went down…
But getting back to Santilli, to my best knowledge, Santilli worked tirelessly to help de-escalate the situation and share the plight of the ranchers by broadcasting his live streams on YouTube LIVE. Then again, I’ve been out of the loop on this for a while, so maybe there are developments in all this that I’m not aware of.
Like nearly all liberty lovers in America, I am extremely frustrated and disturbed by the way our federal government treats ranchers and land owners across our nation. As a rancher myself, I understand how crucial it is for families to be able to know they can protect their property from unjust land grabs and BLM intimidation attempts. And while I don’t promote threats of violence against anyone, I also realize that some land owners in America have been pushed around to their breaking point. Unless the feds revise their land grab policies, we are likely to see many more “sagebrush rebellion” activities in the future.
That’s the real lesson in all this. America doesn’t have a problem with “crazy ranchers” as they are made out in the media. In reality, America has a problem with an out of control federal land grabbing BLM that’s pushing some people to the edge. The most dangerous man in America is a man who has nothing else left to lose. And every day, the oppressive actions of the federal government are creating more and more people who have nothing left to lose…
Here’s the official statement on all this from TalkNetwork.com:
Statement on Pete Santilli from the producers of TalkNetwork.com
As rumors have been widely circulating about Pete Santilli’s role in the Oregon Malheur standoff, we here at TalkNetwork thought it was important to issue a public statement about what we know so far. The accusations against Santilli are nothing more than wild rumor and speculation at this point. In many ways, as we describe below, Santilli may have served to help protect the ranchers in Oregon by maintaining a “citizen journalism” eye on the ground, making sure the FBI knew they could not conduct an armed raid without it being caught on camera.
Those who are accusing Santilli of wrongful behavior are quick to forget that it was his camera and live streams on YouTube which likely helped prevent the situation from becoming a repeat of Waco, Texas.
BACKGROUND ON TALKNETWORK AND PETE SANTILLI:
TalkNetwork has syndicated the “Pete Santilli Show” for about three months, along with over two dozen other shows from various radio hosts and personalities that cover the gamut from Hollywood talk to relationships, nutrition and much more.
Santilli has been one of the more popular hosts on the network due to his very entertaining, confrontational delivery and his genuine interest in getting to the bottom of the real stories that matter for followers of liberty and freedom in America.
Immediately after the Bundy boys took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, Santilli told TalkNetwork producers that he was strongly opposed to that idea and had no prior knowledge of their plans. Nevertheless, he invited TalkNetwork producers to come to the site in Oregon and join in his broadcasts. We politely declined the invitation.
After a few days, Santilli cut off nearly all communication with TalkNetwork. We had almost zero success trying to reach Pete and he gave us almost no clue at all about his broadcasts, scheduling or otherwise. His live broadcasts were all carried on YouTube LIVE, not streamed on TalkNetwork, and they were all branded the “Pete Santilli Show.”
It’s clear that Santilli was broadcasting from Malheur in an effort to raise public awareness of the real issues, and to lend a human side to the ranchers there who were being demonized by the mainstream media. There’s no question that Santilli’s broadcasts from the scene forced the FBI to hold back, realizing that their own actions would be instantly broadcast on YouTube LIVE, and knowing that any aggressive actions by the FBI would be captured on live streaming video.
By frequently streaming from the Malheur property, Santilli helped remind the FBI that they could not pull off another Waco where the feds monopolized the public narrative. In this way, we believe Santilli helped de-escalate the situation and may have prevented far more bloodshed than what ultimately took place.
It should not be surprising to anyone that the FBI was obviously watching any and all social media they could find concerning the Malheur situation. This does not mean Santilli was working for the feds. That accusation is absurd. The FBI’s criminal complaint against Ammon Bundy, Jon Ritzheimer, Ryan Payne and Pete Santilli clearly states that Santilli is considered by the U.S. government to be an enemy of that same government. If he had been working for the feds, he would not have been arrested in the first place, but in truth Santilli is being charged with “impeding officers of the United States from discharging their official duties.” That means the U.S. government believes Santilli was getting in their way and preventing them from doing what they wanted to do (he was “impeding” their desire to conduct a raid and kill everybody so they could all go home).
We here at TalkNetwork strongly support the plight of rural ranchers against federal land grabbers, and we believe the federal government has stolen far too much land from the people of Oregon, Nevada and many other western states. We applaud the courage that it takes for any oppressed citizens of a police state society to take a peaceful stand against tyranny, especially when they do so at the risk of losing their freedoms or their lives. We also believe that the federal government’s charge of “arson / terrorism” against the Oregon ranchers is outrageous, unjust and a clear sign of just how lawless BLM has become.
Until we are shown hard evidence that proves otherwise, we genuinely believe Pete Santilli was working on behalf of helping protect and promote the interests of the ranchers. Those who are spreading rumors that blame Santilli for recent events are being played by the media. It’s frustrating to see the very same people who know the LA Times constantly lies about everything now pointing to the LA Times as a source that claims Santilli’s broadcasts provided the FBI the ability to listen and learn more. Hasn’t it occurred to anyone that the mainstream media is trying to destroy all these people, including the ranchers and patriot citizen journalists like Santilli, too? Why do patriots suddenly believe what the LA Times is telling them when they know the LA Times lies to them about everything else?
Blaming Pete Santilli for the arrest of Ammon Bundy is just as crazy as charging the Planned Parenthood undercover video makers with criminal conspiracies. The simple truth is that Pete Santilli was a citizen journalist who, to our best knowledge, cared deeply about the ranchers and their plight. The fact that he now faces federal charges of conspiracy should set off alarm bells everywhere about how the government is routinely criminalizing citizen journalists who broadcast a message they don’t like. Santilli clearly identified himself as a member of the press and even wore a “PRESS” vest as he was broadcasting from the refuge.
For our part here at TalkNetwork.com, we support freedom of speech, individual liberty and the returning of federal lands to their respective states. We pray for the continued safety of the ranchers and all those still present at Malheur, and we remind everyone that without citizen journalists prepared to broadcast live from the refuge site, the feds would have likely already slaughtered them all. Citizen journalism saves lives. Having independent media cameras on site in situations like this helps remind the feds that they can’t get away with Waco-style slaughters anymore.
Perhaps that’s why they really arrested Santilli… to remove him from the scene so they could make up whatever narrative they want for whatever they have planned next. Is there any independent journalist remaining on site who is broadcasting via YouTube?
If not, watch out for phase two of this operation… the “dark phase” where the feds make up whatever they want because nobody is telling the other side of the story anymore. Citizen journalists save lives all across the world, and especially in conflicts where governments are trying to silence citizens and control the media narrative. Where citizen journalists are not found, innocent citizens often end up getting slaughtered.
Let us hope there is no more bloodshed in Oregon. Let us also hope that independent media can continue to shine light on the activities of the federal government and thereby motivate them to act in accordance with the strictly limited powers granted to them by the People via the United States Constitution.
– TalkNetwork.com producers and founders
Originally posted on eighthjdcourt:
As a court employee, I often get the question, “how do I get out of jury duty?” Those who really have a hardship can get out of serving. But those who just don’t feel like serving…
Nothing but questions and missing information, leading to wild-ass speculation.
- The only witness from the occupiers side who backs up the authorities story of Finicum reaching for his waistband or charging was released without charges. I hear a lot of speculation that he’s a fed CI.
- The authorities claim there is video of the incident. They may not release it. Feel free to speculate on that.
- Unlike the usual fed practice of laying out the seized weapons held by the perps, to be photographed by a cooperative and complacent media, we have nothing. No weapons shown.
- No weapons charges either. Speculation: Did Bundy et al disarm themselves for the community meeting as a show of peaceful intent? If so, that would raise hell with the claim that Finicum was reaching for a weapon. About that video again…
- Two vehicles full of occupiers, supposedly armed and dangerous. No mention of shots…
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An Appellate Court needs to rule by the law
The idea of an Appellate Court is to lessen the case burden on the Supreme Court and at the same time make a decision on whether a judge in lower courts was able to conduct a fair trial lawfully.
We see one potential problem with that concept. The judges on the Appellate Court that was created just a year ago used to be co-workers with the same judge they now have to oversee. An Appellate Court needs to rule by the law.
The courts must rule by statutes that have been enacted by the legislators and thereby becoming public policies of Nevada. Judges must also follow all binding and mandatory precedents issued by the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest Court in the land.
A good example of what we are stating is the recent decision of the Nevada Appellate Court in existence for only twelve months in the case of Feeley v. Feeley has affirmed Judge Allan Earl’s order that violates the Fourteenth Amendment and is thereby unconstitutional. One can only wonder if the Appellate Court ignored the law to protect a
Former Nevada District Court Judge Allan Earl broke all rules and laws in the case of Feeley v. Feeley by exceeding his jurisdiction for the sole purpose of enriching attorneys in his court.
That ruling violated the Fourteen Amendment, therefore it must be considered unconstitutional and void, but now the 3-judge panel at the Appellate Court has failed to obey the Constitution of the United States and the State of Nevada by siding with Judge Allan Earl on his felonious ruling in the case of Feeley v. Feeley.
For the last six months the Las Vegas Tribune has been writing about the Feeley v. Feeley case and every week we have found more than one reason to keep exposing judicial misconduct and abuse of power by Judge Allan Earl.
The Appellate Court was created for the sole purpose to help the Supreme Court expedite results to correct errors that have taken place in the lower courts where just twelve months ago these appellate judges were fraternizing with the same judges they now have to judge, oversee, but may not be able to overrule.
Judges are supposed to rule by law and not be influenced by previous, present or future friendship — and in the case of Feeley v. Feeley, that seems to be the case where the 3-judge panel ignored all the evidence that shows their obvious intention to protect Judge Allan Earl’s inability to enforce or follow the law.
If inducing a bank to not honor a binding commitment, submitting a false document to a federal chartered bank, and dispersing illegally obtained funds are all considered felony crimes, which could place Judge Allan Earl in a federal penitentiary like anyone else who would have participated in those kinds of crimes, how is it that the newly created Appellate Court cannot see it and opted instead for siding with Judge Earl and ruled against the appellant?
Is it because at least two of the appointed Appellate Court judges, now up for election, have been co-workers of Judge Allan Earl a reason to wonder about the decision of the appellate court judges in the case of Feeley v. Feeley — or are we too narrow-minded to see it any other way?
If any future decision or ruling by this Appellate Court is going to be tainted by doubts and wondering about the motives on their ruling, and the way they are going to operate, why do we need an Appellate Court?
Many times we have stated that if the judges in the lower courts were doing their job correctly and by law the appellate would not be needed because there will be less needed to appeal but if the reason and motive of the ruling is going to be questioned that is even worse.
The Appellate Court was sold to the voters by saying that it would not be an extra expense to the voters but now the judiciary has decide that the housing of the appellate court sharing space with the Supreme Court is not big enough for the ego of both the justices and the appellate judges and they have to build a new building for them wondering who is paying for it and where the money comes from given the impression that they sold the constituents a bill of goods as it has been done in previous cases and other jurisdictions.
Another vivid example of why the voters, the constituents and the community as a whole, need to pay attention to whom they elect, why they vote for the particular candidate. This is a year when the candidates have to learn to answer to the voters.
This morning Federal Court Documents were unsealed revealing once and for all that Pete Santilli (host of a show on YouTube and a strong advocate for the militants occupying the refuge in Oregon) was actually AIDING THE FBI the entire time.
Los Angeles Times reveals unsealed Federal Court Documents Where was the FBI during the armed standoff in Oregon? Out of sight, but listening and watching
Federal Bureau of Investigation – Portland Division
9109 NE Cascades Pkwy
Portland, OR 97220
Oregon State Police
3004 Blue Mountain Dr
La Grande, OR 97850
To whom it may concern,
I write this letter as a concerned citizen of the United States. The events of January 26, 2016, in the vicinity of the Malheur Federal Wildlife Refuge, have sparked both heated debate and irrational rhetoric regarding the manner of death of one Robert “Lavoy” Finicum. I am sure you are aware of, and monitoring, said communications via social media so there is no need to mention specifics in this matter. The very moment news of Finicum’s death filtered out of Harney County, a problem was created that must be resolved immediately if more unfortunate bloodshed is to be avoided.
Supposed eye-witness accounts in the moments following Finicum’s death asserted that Finicum was shot and killed while…
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The link below will take you to the criminal complaint filed against Ammon Bundy and others. The complaint was filed by the FBI and is what led to the arrests of January 26, 2016. The complaint is 32 pages in length, sworn and subscribed by FBI Special Agent, Katherine Armstrong, of the FBI’s Portland Division.
CLICK HERE>>CRIMINAL COMPLAINT<<CLICK HERE
Link to the PDF below.
Page #1 or the 32 page complaint.
Thanks to Derek Gannon for sharing the document with me via social media.
Skip to comments.Oregon occupiers: What officials say happened at traffic stopCNN ^ | 1-28-2016 | Evan PerezPosted on 1/28/2016, 10:42:55 AM by azkathy(CNN)A high-speed getaway attempt and a reach for the waistband are said to have prompted police SWAT team members to open fire on a group of leaders of the Oregon armed occupiers
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By Lisa Haven
Alert! Things have just gone down in Oregon where Ammon Bundy, militia men and others, were holding up the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in order to protest the persistent government corruption that has spread like wildfire in the area as BLM repeatedly steals land from farmers in the community.
It’s been reported that shots were fired and one person, LaVoy Finicum, is now dead. While the mainstream media is reporting that the first shot came from the patriots, quite the opposite is being leaked by Victoria Sharp, a women who experienced the event first hand and reports that the FBI and police shot the first shots and shot multiple times (her entire report can be heard in the video below).
Thus far eight people have been arrested including: Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Bian Cavalier, Shawna Cox, Ryan W. Payne, Joseph O-Shaughnessy, Jon Ritzheimer, and talk show host…
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This video from the USA says about itself:
29 July 2015
Devils Hole pupfish are the world rarest fish Jennifer Mutz reports for UNLV’s Studio G.
From the BBC:
Death Valley fish a ‘recent arrival’
By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent
4 hours ago
One of the most extraordinary fish species in world may not be as old as once thought.
Previous studies suggested they could have become separated as a distinct population more than 10,000 years ago.
But the latest genetic analysis points to the pupfish being resident in their unique habitat for perhaps only a few hundred years at most.
Christopher Martin and colleagues tell a Royal Society journal that the revelation raises interesting questions as to how the animals got into their present location.
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By Megan Messerly, Las Vegas Sun
Advocates of gun control raked in $3.6 million over the last two years to place an initiative to tighten background checks for gun purchases and transfers in Nevada on the November ballot and ensure it passes.
The initiative is part of a broader national push to establish universal background check laws state by state after an effort to do so on the federal level failed in 2013. Mostly recently, Washington passed an expanded background check law through the ballot initiative process in 2014, and Oregon’s legislature approved a similar law last year.
In total, 18 states have enacted background check laws that go beyond what federal law requires. Nevada is poised to become the 19th.