COMMUNITY

On this post Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I thought it would be interesting to revisit some of the last words he spoke. The day before he died, April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King called for a boycott of several products in Memphis; Coca-Cola & Wonder bread among them. He said "We don't need no molotov cocktails. We just need to go back to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say 'God sent us by here. To say to you that you're not treating His children right." 

Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality — primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke — in a large prospective study.  I suggest you use Cheyenne pepper as opposed to hot sauce black people!

A team of researchers found that opiorphin, a peptide naturally produced by our body, avoids the most feared side-effect of morphine - respiratory failure due to a lack of stimulation to breathe, which can be fatal.  Experts said Opiorphin has already been proved to help people avoid dependence and constipation. Unlike morphine – which is fixed to multiple receptors in the body and multiplies the risks of side effects – opiorphin only acts where there’s a painful stimulus. The molecule even prevents the degradation of the body’s natural pain relief, enkephalins.

One year after President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in Flint, Michigan, over the lead poisoning crisis, experts say the city’s water system has significantly improved ? but residents still can’t drink the water from their taps, and there’s no clear end in sight.  On Wednesday, researchers and public officials hosted a town hall meeting in Flint to share the latest water quality data, following a private U.S. Environmental Protection Agency summit in Chicago the previous day. They focused on progress: lead levels in water samples are easily below the threshold to comply with the federal safe drinking water standard, and have been for several rounds of testing.  Other issues with water quality have improved, officials said, citing the ongoing replacement of lead pipe service lines and maintenance of chlorine residuals, a disinfectant used to kill bacteria and other pathogens.

A report by Elizabeth Mack, an assistant geography professor at Michigan State University, says that a third of Americans can’t afford public water. It goes on to predict that within 30 years, 36% of Americans will be unable to afford to pay for public water to be piped to their homes. Mack analyzed water consumption, pricing, demographic and socioeconomic data for the study.  Water rates have increased 41% since 2010 and if they continue at that pace over the next five years the number of households that cannot afford water and wastewater services could soar to an estimated 40.9 million or 35.6% of all households.  Furth shrinking populations in major cities such as Detroit and Killadelphia means fewer people to pay for the large fixed cost of water service.  Some 227,000 customers in Killadelphia , or 4 out of 10 water accounts, are past due, while 50,000 delinquent customers in Detroit have ahd their water service terminated since the start of 2014, the study says.  Households in Atlanta and Seattle are paying more than $300 a month for water and wastewater services (based on a family of four)

Speaking of “welfare”  The Obama administration claims it’s the government’s responsibility to provide “healthy food choices” to food stamp users, and Amazon is already selling groceries through “Prime Pantry,” which offers cookies, baked goods, Kool-Aid and more.  Therefore, food stamp users can order products through Amazon.

Chicago public schools is forcing staffers to take four unpaid furlough days.

President Elect Trump sounds as if he is against the CDC and vaccines.  Thus he appointed Robert Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy states that President Trump has appointed him to head up a task force investigating vaccine safety and is reported to have said the following “All the things that I do are bent on forcing this [vaccine] debate out into the open—because once the science is in the open, the CDC’s position is so fragile, it’s an edifice of fraud, fraud stacked upon fraud, so high and so wobbly, that even a slight breeze of public scrutiny will topple it.”

 

DOMESTIC

The hate against President Elect Trump is so strong that a source claiming to work for NBC has contacted Infowars to warn of a CNN/Buzzfeed plot to release a damaging video tape of Donald Trump just 48 hours before he is inaugurated as president.  According to the source, who wishes to remain anonymous, a two minute clip has been cut from out-takes of Trump’s appearances on The Apprentice which is “very damaging” and “nuclear in impact”.  The tape has been circulating for a while in an effort to attract rich backers such as Mark Cuban or Larry Flynt who would be prepared to take the substantial legal risk of releasing the video.  However, with Trump’s inauguration looming, “the plan is to leak it to CNN and Buzzfeed (as the ultimate f**k you) on Wednesday at 3pm,” claims the source.  The source added that he had the names of the people who were set to leak the tape and would be getting in touch with Trump’s Senior Counselor Steve Bannon to pass on the information.  Previous reports containing the existence of such a tape circulated before the election and resurfaced again on December 16 when comedian Tom Arnold claimed he had seen the footage and that it contained Trump saying, “every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children.”

In addition to that hate above, a San Francisco-based company is running ads in two dozen major cities offering $2,500 a month for agitators to “Get paid fighting against Trump!” at this week’s inauguration events.

Lastly, The World Economic Forum’s annual gathering of globalist political, financial and cultural elitists is underway in Davos, Switzerland, but the organization’s founder is planning an emergency Washington, D.C., meeting in 2017 for worried elites worldwide to discuss how to deal with President-elect Donald J. Trump.  “The World Economic Forum is listening to Donald Trump,” Bloomberg’s Stephen Morris and Erik Schatzker wrote on Sunday. “The organization will convene a special meeting in Washington this year to discuss issues raised during the president-elect’s campaign and the populist wave that swept him to victory, WEF founder Klaus Schwab told Bloomberg Television on Sunday. The gathering will explore U.S. investment and job-creation opportunities for companies that participate in the forum, he said.”  More on WEF in the economic section below.

President-elect Donald Trump doesn’t plan to stop using his personal Twitter account in favor of POTUS profile.  So we hopefully will still get to read his thoughts before the media censors them on their networks.

The incoming president, Donald J. Trump, has warned German car companies they should start producing more vehicles in the United States. If not, they will face a 35% import tariff.   Mr. Trump criticized BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen in remarks in the German newspaper Bild saying: “If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35% tax.”  He continued: “I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the USA, without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that.”  Reuters reports: “Volkswagen (VW) shares closed down 2.2%, while BMW and Daimler’s shares ended 1.5% lower.  Under pressure to deliver on campaign promises to revive U.S. industrial jobs, Trump has turned his fire on carmakers that use low-cost Mexican plants to serve the U.S. market. He has also warned Japan’s Toyota (7203.T) it could be subject to a “big border tax” if it builds its Corolla cars for the U.S. market at a planned factory in Mexico.  All three German carmakers have invested heavily in Mexico, but also pointed out on Monday that they manufacturer in the United States as well.

General Motors is set to announce a massive billion-dollar boost to investment in the US that will create more than 1,000 new jobs.  The car giant is gearing up to pump $1 billion into several factories across the country, the Wall Street Journal reports.  Company insiders told the newspaper the move is designed to reaffirm its commitment to manufacturing in the US, and that an official announcement could come as early as Tuesday

The Hyundai Motor Group says it plans to lift U.S. investment by 50 percent in the next five years to $3.1 billion and may build a new U.S. plant. That makes it the latest in a line of auto makers announcing new spending under President-elect Donald Trump's threat to tax imports, as Reuters' Hyunjoo Jin reports.

A recent report from the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee claims that dozens of colleges and universities have procured aborted fetal tissue.  The report was compiled by a Select Investigative Panel established in October of 2015 after House members called for an investigation in response to viral undercover videos exposing the fetal tissue industry, and while the panel’s investigation was intended to focus primarily on abortion clinics, it also reveals that at least 60 American universities have received aborted fetal tissue, mostly between 2011 and 2015.  The report identifies three main ways that schools obtain aborted fetal tissue: they can develop a relationship with a local abortion clinic, purchase it from a company, or receive it from another university’s tissue bank.

INTERNATIONAL

The United States has released 10 more inmates from its military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transferred them to Oman, a last-ditch effort by the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama to deliver on a years-old pledge to shutter the controversial facility

On Jan. 12, Moscow and Beijing said they will take joint action against the U.S. missile defense system to be deployed on the Korean Peninsula. Experts say this ABM system may be easily transformed from defensive into offensive, and that Washington is basically pushing Russia and China towards cooperation in missile defense...

The prospects for rebuilding national unity in Palestine, were discussed on Saturday in Moscow, when Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with a delegation of the Palestinian Fatah movement, headed by a member of its Central Committee, Azzam Ahmed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in an official press release yesterday. "The focus of the talks was the tasks of overcoming intra-divisions and restoring national unity. Bogdanov reaffirmed the principled position of Russia in support of the unity of Palestinian ranks on the platform of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is indispensable to the practical realization of the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people to establish their own independent state ", the Russian Federation's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement published on its website

FINANCE

If options traders are correct, stocks are in for a wild ride in February.  Demand for one-month call options tied to the CBOE Volatility Index, a popular gauge of stock-market volatility, has spiked in the past week. The increased demand suggests that some investors are bracing for selloff following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.The World Economic Forum (WEF) while citing a $1,000 monthly government payment as ‘freedom,’ the WEF says that eight people from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg own as much wealth as 3.6 billion people.  These eight are Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, and Michael Bloomberg.

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