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Leftist California Congressman Eric Swalwell Tweeted that the Government Could Use Nuclear Weapons Against Citizens


US representative Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, suggested that the US government could use nuclear weapons on its own citizens if they fight back against firearm confiscation in a Twitter debate with right-wing internet personality Joe Biggs.

Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell suggested on Friday that the U.S. government could use nuclear weapons on its own citizens if they fight back against firearm confiscation. (RELATED: Eric Swalwell Unloads Gun Platform Liberals Really Want)

Right-wing internet personality Joe Biggs tweeted at Swalwell in response to a May report that Swalwell wants to ban “military-style semiautomatic assault weapons” and prosecute gun owners who did not turn in their newly-banned weapons.

Biggs promised any such legislation would provoke a “war” between gun owners and the government, writing, “You’re outta your f*****g mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov [sic] all the power.”

Swalwell replied to Biggs that any such war between the government and gun owners would be “short” because the government has “nukes,” implying that the government would use nuclear weapons against its own citizens.

Swalwell accused Biggs of being “dramatic” for recoiling at the notion that the government would destroy its own citizens and denied that he was “nuking anyone or threatening that.”

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Venezuela Building a ‘Social Credit’ Tracking System Based on Chinese Model

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recruited a ZTE telecom company, which has ties to the Chinese government, to implement a social credit system through its ration cards as a way to deal with his country’s poverty due to bad socialist policies.  Venezuela’s new system will be based on the Chinese model that tracks, rates and punishes citizens’ behavior.  Venezuelans have needed a card for access to subsidized food, healthcare, and gasoline since 2014, and the new cards will also monitor users’ social, political, and economic behavior.

Chinese telecom giant ZTE is helping the socialist dictatorship in Venezuela implement a social credit system similar to Beijing’s through its ration cards, Reuters revealed Thursday.

According to Reuters, Nicolás Maduro regime’s recent release of the “Carnet de la Patria,” or “Fatherland Card,” to all citizens forms part of a plan to develop widespread control over the population. Venezuelans have needed a card for access to subsidized food, healthcare, and gasoline since 2014. The Maduro regime has recruited China to help the cards expand their use not just to track what citizens eat, but their social, political, and economic behavior.

Last year, the report claims, the Venezuelan regime spent $70 million on hiring ZTE to help develop their project in a supposed effort to bolster “national security.” Now, a team of ZTE engineers is reportedly working in Caracas at a special unit within the Venezuelan state telecommunications company Cantv to help build a more sophisticated database.

Some of the information already stored on the database reportedly includes “birthdays, family information, employment and income, property owned, medical history, state benefits received, presence on social media, membership of a political party and whether a person voted.”

Maduro first announced that the “Fatherland card” was replacing standard rations a year ago, declaring it essential to “build the new Venezuela” while encouraging people to sign up. An estimated 18 million Venezuelans already have the card. Those still loyal to the regime reportedly benefit from meager cash rewards given to those who best perform their civil duties.

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Mexico: Women and Child Migrants Go Missing from Caravan, Witness Says They Have Been Sold!

Two trucks from the caravan disappeared in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. A witness who escaped told officials that about “65 children and seven women were sold” by the driver to a group of armed men. Yet the migrants keep coming despite the threats of violence and a high rate of sexual attacks. Honduras is the poorest country in Latin America, with the world’s second-highest homicide rate, trailing El Salvador.
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Author and researcher Ann Coulter calls out leftists and the NGO Pueblos Sins Fronteras (Countries Without Borders) who organized the caravans of Hondurans to flood the US border just before the midterm election in order to show that the US that President Trump cannot stop the migrants. She says the caravan was planned as a stunt to impact American political opinion. As a side effect, women and children are being set up to be kidnapped, raped, and sold.  She says the leftists behind this stunt should be prosecuted for complicity in human smuggling. -GEG

 

The Hondurans who banded together last month to travel northward to the United States, fleeing gangs, corruption and poverty, were joined by other Central Americans hoping to find safety in numbers on this perilous journey.

But group travel couldn’t save everyone.

Earlier this month, two trucks from the caravan disappeared in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. One person who escaped told officials that about “65 children and seven women were sold” by the driver to a group of armed men.

Mexican authorities are searching for the migrants, but history shows that people missing for more than 24 hours are rarely found in Mexico – alive or at all.

An average of 12 people disappear each day in Mexico. Most are victims of a raging three-way war among the Mexican armed forces, organized crime and drug cartels.

The military crackdown on criminal activity has actually escalated violence in Mexico since operations began in 2006, my research and other security studies show.

Nearly 22,000 people were murdered in Mexico in the first eight months of this year, a dismal record in one of the world’s deadliest places.

Central Americans fleeing similarly rampant violence back home confront those risks and others on their journey to the United States. Doctors Without Borders found that over two-thirds of migrants surveyed in Mexico in 2014 experienced violence en route. One-third of women had been sexually abused.

Mexico’s security crisis may explain why so few caravan members want to stay there.

In response to President Donald Trump’s demands that Mexico “stop this onslaught,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that migrants who applied for asylum at Mexico’s southern border would be given shelter, medical attention, schooling and jobs.

About 1,700 of the estimated 5,000 caravan members took him up on the offer.

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PayPal Bans BitChute, the Free Speech Competitor to Youtube, Illustrating How Tech Giants Keep Their Monopolies

BitChute, a new start up video hosting company that is politically neutral but pro free-speech, is a growing competitor to Youtube, owned by Google.  BitChute’s popularity is largely a result of Google’s hostility to conservatives and banning them from its platform.  BitChute uses peer-to-peer WebTorrent technology to diffuse and ease bandwidth for video streaming.  Last week, PayPal banned the new company, preventing it from receiving payments.  The tech giants share the same politicized agenda and protect each other from competition.  This is the hallmark of a cartel. -GEG

PayPal has reportedly banned the free-speech focused startup BitChute for unspecified violations of their terms of service.

BitChute broke the news Wednesday in a press release:

A few hours ago BitChute received a notice that our PayPal account has been permanently limited, with immediate effect, and that we will no longer be able to accept or send payments.

The notice included the following information: “The User Agreement for PayPal Service states that PayPal, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to limit an account for any violation of the User Agreement, including the Acceptable Use Policy.” This decision seems to be final although we will try to appeal.

PayPal’s acceptable use policy can be found here.

BitChute has had a Paypal account since 2016, we have used it to settle payments and to receive subscription payments from supporters along with other discretionary payments. It’s our belief that it is our stand against the current trend in censorship that has resulted in this action.

BitChute is politically neutral and we have a diverse community in interests and backgrounds. We require that users only upload legal content that complies with our terms and community guidelines. We carry out moderation to remove all content that breaches our terms and community guidelines, including but not limited to videos from terrorists, child abuse or pirated video.

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Northern California: Consumers May Be Forced to Bail Out PG&E Utility If It Caused the Fire that Killed 71 People, with 1,000 Still Missing

Evidence is gathering that PG&E utility power lines were the source of Camp fire in northern California that has left 71 people dead and more than 1,000 unaccounted, in addition to the destruction of more than 12,000 structures.  The California state utility regulator has indicated that PG&E will be able pass its losses onto its customers.  High rates could chase away business.  Critics oppose a bail out for PG&E, which has a tarnished safety record.

Summary by JW Williams

Northern California: The ‘Camp’ fire is considered the most deadly and destructive wildfire in the state of California, with 71 people declared dead and 1,011 still missing.  Camp fire has spread to an estimated 146,000 acres and more than 12,000 buildings have been destroyed.  The cause of Camp fire has yet to be officially determined, but  there is speculation that PG&E is the source of the fire as the company reported an outage around the time and place the fire ignited.
Poor maintenance of power poles and failure to trim vegetation around power lines is a major cause of fires. On a walking tour last spring in San Jose, a former state regulator showed overloaded poles bending under the weight of wires and cables, as well as power lines running through tree foliage.
Stock for PG&E, an investor-owned utility, fell by 60%, losing $15 billion in valuation days after the fire began.  It had a short recovery after California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael Picker said his agency will soon implement a provision in a new state law that makes it easier for utilities to pass costs for past wildfires to their customers.
Senate Bill 901 allows investor-owned utilities to pass the expense on to ratepayers, but is written to only cover fires beginning in 2019.  The new law law allows utilities to sell bonds to cover their liability costs and pay them off over time through higher rates. PG&E estimates that the cost to the average consumer could be $5 a year for every $1 billion in bonds issued.
If the rates are raised too high, manufacturing companies could relocate their businesses, and may even move out of state, leaving residential customers to bankroll the costs.  Should utilities even be allowed to recover all the cost, if they cut corners for profit and ignored safety standards?
From the NY Times:

As wildfires ravage large swaths of California for a second year, one of the state’s biggest utilities has declared that it faces billions of dollars in potential liability — far more than its insurance would cover.

The potential losses could leave the company’s customers on the hook to pay the bill, exposing businesses and consumers to higher costs. The utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, could even face bankruptcy, putting pressure on the state for a bailout.

With its financial liabilities mounting, the company’s shares dropped by more than 20 percent on Wednesday. More than half of its market value has been wiped out since late last week as the fires have spread.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the deadliest of the current blazes, known as the Camp Fire, which has killed at least 56 people and destroyed virtually the entire town of Paradise, about 90 miles north of Sacramento. PG&E disclosed in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that an outage and damage to a transmission tower were reported in the area shortly before the fire started last week.

Many fires in recent years have been caused by downed power lines serving California’s utilities. State officials have determined that electrical equipment owned by PG&E, including power lines and poles, was responsible for at least 17 of 21 major fires in Northern California last fall. In eight of those cases, they referred the findings to prosecutors over possible violations of state law.

Citigroup estimates that PG&E’s exposure to liability for those fires is $15 billion — and that it could face another $15 billion in claims if it is found responsible for the Camp Fire, a number that could rise because the fire is only a third contained.

“The damages, if you add 2017 and 2018, obviously are going to be really significant,” said Praful Mehta, a Citigroup analyst.

Crews for Pacific Gas and Electric Company worked last week to restore power lines in Paradise, Calif.CreditRich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

The compounding costs of the year-after-year wildfires are making it increasingly difficult for any party to absorb the expenses, said Mark Cooper, senior research fellow for economic analysis at the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School.

If the utility is forced to increase rates sharply, the costs may take an economic toll. Manufacturing companies could choose to move their businesses out of the service area or even the state. Residential customers within the utility’s territory then could be left to cover the costs.

“This becomes a humongous challenge,” Mr. Cooper said. “If they try and raise the prices, they may not be able to get them. Should they even be allowed to recover all the cost, if they were guilty of imprudent behavior?”

PG&E said its liability insurance for the year that began Aug. 1 amounted to $1.4 billion.

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