NEW YORK (WeAreChange) — After some earlier confusion, it appears that President-elect Donald Trump has indeed selected Retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense under his administration.
The Associated Press (AP) tweeted out on Thursday evening:
Trump made the announcement of his choice at a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, calling General Mattis “the closest thing we have to Gen. George Patton of our time.”
Earlier it had been reported that Mr. Trump had selected Gen. Mattis as Secretary of Defense, although that report appeared to have jumped the gun.
Reuters also indicated late afternoon that the Secretary of Defense position was not yet confirmed.
PERU (WeAreChange) — A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck southern Peru on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The quake’s epicenter was located 28 miles (45 km) northwest of the town of Juliaca and was relatively shallow being 19.9 miles (32 km) below the Earth’s surface. The USGS originally reported it as a magnitude 6.2.
Mayor Nicolas Quispe said homes made of adobe in the province of Lampa completely collapsed in the quake,
Residents in the city of Juliaca ran into the streets in fear, according to RPP.
Civil defense institute Indeci said the quake had damaged homes and communication lines but said there were no immediate reports of death.
Peru’s geophysical institute measured the quake as a 5.5.
More to follow.
NEW YORK (WeAreChange) — In the latest insanely ridiculous blitz on so-called fake news and “hate speech”, Twitter has threatened to censor President-elect Donald J. Trump by banning his account from the social networking platform.
This week, the company told Slate it would consider banning key government officials, including the President, if its rules against “hate speech” were violated.
“The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies,” a spokesperson wrote.
Twitter confirmed with Quartz that everyone, including government officials, were subject to the policy: “The Twitter Rules apply to all accounts,” a spokesman wrote.
It seems Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has gotten too big a dose of “triggering” from Mr. Trump’s conservative viewpoints.
Mr. Trump has openly admitted his love for Twitter “I love Twitter…. it’s like owning your own newspaper— without the losses,” he tweeted in 2012.
The Soros controlled mainstream media giants are doing their utmost right now to smear Mr. Trump. With the advent of social media networks, one no longer has to rely on traditional news mediums such as newspaper, radio and TV to get their messages out. They could instead turn to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to post or upload whatever matters to them.
However, since the election, sore loser liberals have been so intent on getting even with conservatives that they’re launching an all-out, indiscriminate assault on any dissenting opinions that make it out into the the public sphere, labelling them as “hate speech” or “racism.”
As Mr. Trump is currently seen by many conservatives in the United States (and even the rest of the world) as the bastion of freedom and true progress, the establishment has made him a marked man.
Mr. Trump has used Twitter for the past 18 months as a megaphone for his views and rants. He’s attacked the lying mainstream media and generally used the platform as a place to announce his latest updates and thoughts of the moment.
It seems to me that elements of the mainstream liberal establishment are busy colluding to get Mr. Trump in between a rock and a hard place right now. Since being elected, Mr. Trump has chosen not to make key updates about the transition progress to the mainstream media and has instead bypassed them delivering his videos via YouTube.
Why? The answer is simple: the mainstream media flat out lies, fabricates news, discriminately censors and smears individuals everyday. In fact – get ready for this – the mainstream media (yes, that includes CNN, MSNBC, Fox News etc) are the biggest proponents of fake news on the planet.
And since Mr. Trump has boycotted the media in favour of social media and alternative news, the big two social media giants – Twitter and Facebook – are working to censor him leaving him with very few options to get his messages out.
Mr. Trump, it’s probably a good time to look for an alternative. I strongly suggest Gab – it’s a place where you will not be censored. Guaranteed.
AMSTERDAM (WeAreChange) — The Dutch ‘far-right’ Party for Freedom (PVV) led by the highly controversial Geert Wilders is leading in the polls according to new data released by the country’s most reputed pollster, Maurice de Hond.
The data suggests Mr. Wilders would become the Netherlands’ new prime minister, potentially spelling the end of the country’s membership in the European Union. The PVV is projected to take more than a fifth of the lower chamber with 33 seats out of the 150-seat chamber, eight more than prime minister Mark Rutte’s party would take if elections were called now.
The people of Netherlands are set to head to the polls in March 2017 to elect their new leader, and with Mr. Wilders soaring to popularity, he may well end up as their next leader thanks in a major part to growing frustration with the corruptness of the current coalition government.The so-called “far-right” party’s increase in popularity comes amid Wilders’ ongoing highly controversial court trial after he was charged with “discriminating” and “inciting hate speech” against the Dutch-Moroccan community. Last year, it is alleged that Mr. Wilders led a chant demanding fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands to which the crowd shouted “fewer”, he responded: “we’ll take care of it.”His manifesto received broad public attention after some of the legislation he plans to implement should he come to power was publicized. The PVV leader has repeatedly called for the closing of Islamic mosques, schools and a ban on the Koran, declaring he wants “no more immigrants from Islamic countries”.He has also announced his allegiance to a growing worldwide movement against the “politically correct doctrines of the elite and their subordinate media” and resolutely declared that he will “never be silenced” in his work.
NEW YORK (WeAreChange) — President-elect Donald Trump has been busy filling his cabinet positions with choice business elites after a carefully refined selection process. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump nominated Wilbur Ross, a prominent Wall Street executive for the position of Commerce Secretary.
In addition to Mr. Ross’ nomination, Mr. Trump announced his choice of Todd Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, to serve as Deputy Commerce Secretary.
“Todd Ricketts is an immensely successful businessman with unparalleled knowledge of the finance industry,” said Mr. Trump.
“As Deputy Commerce Secretary he will help us cut waste and streamline government so that it works for the people of America. The incredible job he and the Ricketts family did in the purchase and turnaround of the Chicago Cubs – one perfect step after another, leading to the World Championship, is what I want representing our people. I am very proud to have him on our team,” added Trump.
It appears Mr. Rickett has readily accepted the nomination, stating, “I am honored that President-elect Donald J. Trump has asked me to serve our country at this critical juncture in our history. Advancing practical policies that promote economic opportunity is critical to making America great again. I’m eager to begin this important work and serving with Wilbur Ross to implement President-elect Trump’s economic agenda, which will improve the lives of all Americans.”
In a media release on Mr. Trump’s official Facebook page, Trump said Mr. Ricketts is committed to “promoting the values of fiscal responsibility and educating taxpayers on wasteful and excessive government spending.”
Todd Ricketts, the son of Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts has years of hands-on experience in the finance industry and is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago. In 2016, Mr. Ricketts helped deliver a World Series Championship to the people of Chicago as a key member of the Cubs ownership group.
“Mr. Ricketts will use this knowledge to fix the broken Washington D.C. system, keep jobs in the United States and spur job growth,” added Trump in his media release.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WeAreChange) — The United States federal debt has topped a whopping 19,900,000,000,000 for the first time as of the close of business, Nov. 22, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, according to data released by the Treasury.
On that same day, it rose from $19,899,004,081,493.50 to $19,907,540,739,514.52.
Interestingly, on Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving, the debt dropped back to $19,897,994,347,700,50, according to the Treasury.
It should be noted that no Treasury business was conducted on Thanksgiving Day.
But by the close of business on Nov. 25th – Black Friday – the debt had climbed back above $19,900,000,000,000, hitting $19,928,118,193,162.55.
On Monday, according to the Treasury, the federal debt continued to climb, closing on Nov. 28 at $19,929,184,161,352.13.
Thanksgiving 2016 marked the first time since the United States declared independence on July 4, 1776 that the debt of the federal government exceeded $19,900,000,000,000.