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A new poll shows a big split among Iowa Democrats — and among Iowans overall

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/25/a-new-poll-shows-a-big-split-among-iowa-democrats-and-among-iowans-overall/


Happy news for the Clinton family as they prepare to sit down for a nice private Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, just Hillary and Bill and Chelsea and her husband and their daughter and each family member's communications lead and assistants tasked with tracking each of the main dishes and sides and pollsters who can kibosh things that don't test well in New Hampshire and the film crews looking to capture normal, everyday Hillary Clinton. Oh, and the Secret Service agents. Cozy family meal.

That good news? Clinton's lead in Iowa has held steady in Quinnipiac University polling over the last month. The school's new survey of the Democratic race shows that Clinton's lead over Bernie Sanders is about what it was when they polled in October -- a marked improvement over the month before that.

That's one pollster, mind you. The Real Clear Politics polling average shows the sort of positive trend that Clinton doesn't want to see.
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Wed Nov 25, 2015, 11:54 AM (0 replies)

Are Open Carry Protestors Fueling Fear Outside a Texas Mosque?


http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/1122/Are-open-carry-protesters-fueling-fear-outside-a-Texas-mosque

Are open carry protesters fueling fear outside a Texas mosque?


The arrest of 14-yar-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a handmade clock to school brought attention to Irving, Texas, but tensions between the Muslim community and Texans who fear 'Islamization' had simmered for months.


Gun-toting anti-Muslim activists held a protest outside the Islamic Center of Irving, Texas, on Saturday, raising tensions in the former town of "clock kid" Ahmed Mohamed, where rifts between a Sharia-fearing public and a growing Muslim community have been highlighted by Mayor Beth Van Duyne's calls to ban the mosque's mediation panels.

Police were on hand in the Center's parking lot, with SWAT teams on standby, to allay worshippers' fears as roughly a dozen armed activists, some in face masks, lined the sidewalk. One carried a sign reading "Stop the Islamization of America."

Organizer David Wright, who cited the Paris attacks and rumors of Syrian refugees coming to Texas as reasons for the protest, said he had brought his 12-gauge shotgun because "We do want to show force," according to the Dallas Morning News. "It would be ridiculous to protest Islam without defending ourselves," he said.




Imagine if a group of armed Muslims were protesting outside a Christian church in the U.S.A.



http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/1122/Are-open-carry-protesters-fueling-fear-outside-a-Texas-mosque
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Wed Nov 25, 2015, 11:29 AM (6 replies)

Why are all these conservative publications promoting Hillary on ISIS?

Brooks' column is a few days old, but the trend in today's push is clearly pro Hillary from an MSM that generally is 100% anti-Democratic anything and everything.

First NY Times' David Brooks, the top of the heap in conservative punditry, praises Hillary for an entire column.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/opinion/hillary-clinton-takes-on-isis.html?_r=1


Politico: so conservative they ran an ugly hit piece on Rubio is promoting Hillary as best choice in polling for combating ISIS,

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/poll-fight-terrorism-2016-candidates-216145

Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/11/23/poll-as-republicans-ratchet-up-the-rhetoric-clinton-is-most-trusted-on-terrorism/?tid=sm_tw


CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/23/politics/hillary-clinton-tops-donald-trump-terror-poll/index.html


Today's hot topic from our conservative Democratic hating media seems to elevate Hillary as the choice for promoting the "war on terrorism"

If we are to be known by our supporters.....



Posted by Todays_Illusion | Mon Nov 23, 2015, 12:01 PM (3 replies)

One Man's Plan to Expand Cheap Housing and Make Money Doing it. (Converting tax money to profit)

But remember we used to have public tax paid housing and didn't have to provide a profit for an already wealthy individual.
Undoubtedly these are same tribe of men who spent the poverty program funds distributed as "block grants," for their own "urban renewal" tax money for profit only schemes during the seventies and eighties.

While many of the earlier public housing funds were used to create segregated areas in the largest cities, there were for a time in the late fifties and sixties very low cost housing in even small rural communities in nearly every county in this nation.
Those have mostly vanished since the voucher for public housing and nothing has replaced the quantity of housing once provided but the spending has increased to provide profits for the usual few and no housing for the many.



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-19/one-man-s-plan-to-expand-cheap-housing-and-make-money-doing-it


On a recent afternoon in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a bleak economic trend met a tantalizing investment thesis.

Inside the community center at the Regency Pointe Apartments, a complex of 599 units set in low-slung buildings about 20 minutes from Washington, nurses from a nearby medical clinic were screening residents for cholesterol and high blood pressure. Just outside, a Zumba instructor was leading two dozen neighborhood children in an exercise class. A uniformed Sheriff’s Department officer looked on, chatting with residents and tracking police radio reports that a suspect wielding an AR-15 assault rifle was wandering nearby streets.

It's part of an effort by Turner Impact Capital, which acquired the property in June, to make money for investors while keeping rents stable for low-income residents. At Regency Pointe, the typical renter earns less than 80 percent of the area median income, and the average two-bedroom costs less than $1,200 a month.

Since launching the Santa Monica (Calif.) investment firm last year, Bobby Turner has used a two-pronged appeal as he seeks to raise $300 million to sink into affordable housing, from investors that include the University of Michigan endowment fund and Citi Community Capital, which invests in community development for Citigroup.

The pitch: The fund will help fill a pressing need to preserve affordable apartments in places such as Prince George’s County, where four out of 10 renters spend more than 35 percent of their income on rent. At the same time, it will target returns of 10 percent to 12 percent.
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Sat Nov 21, 2015, 09:49 PM (0 replies)

New Technique Can Identify Gender From a Fingerprint

I posted because criminal justice reform is part of the current political dialog.

More from here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/24/science/new-technique-can-identify-gender-from-a-fingerprint.html?contentCollection=weekendreads



“Fingerprints have really been treated as pictures for more than a hundred years,” said Jan Halamek, a forensic scientist at the State University of New York at Albany and one of the study’s authors. “The only major improvements in recent years have been due to software and databases that make it faster to match fingerprints.”

Mr. Halamek and his colleagues tested fingerprints on a doorknob, a laminate desktop, a composite bench top and a computer screen. Regardless of the surface type, they found it was possible to tell whether the fingerprint belonged to a woman by testing levels of residual amino acids.
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The report was published in the journal Analytical Chemistry. The study involved only a few fingerprints, however, and a larger sample is required to ensure the results are statistically significant, Dr. Halamek said.
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Sat Nov 21, 2015, 12:17 PM (2 replies)

France seeks U.S.-Russia unity in coalition against Islamic State

Source: Los Angeles Times

President Obama publicly vowed to "redouble" U.S. efforts against Islamic State hours after the terrorist masscres in Paris, but officials offered few details as to what he meant.

That could change when French President Francois Hollande visits the White House on Tuesday as part of a trip to create what Hollande called a "grand and single coalition" that links the United States, France and Russia against the militants.

Obama said this week he would support military cooperation with Moscow if it focuses on defeating Islamic State, and not on propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad. He said he personally gave that message to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Turkey.

For his part, Putin sent Russian bombers and cruise missiles to pound Raqqa, the militants' self-declared capital in Syria, after authorities in Moscow confirmed that a bomb had destroyed a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, killing 224 people.


Whether the confluence of interests and events will help Obama and Putin forge a tactical alliance, despite their deep divide over Ukraine and other issues, is unknown.

The French seem to be groping for a course that would increase pressure on Islamic State, while stopping short of the major military escalation that Obama has firmly ruled out.



Read more: http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-obama-isis-20151121-story.html
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Sat Nov 21, 2015, 12:00 PM (0 replies)

U.S. Proposes Obamacare Changes to Ease Shopping, Lower Bills

Source: Bloomberg.com


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-20/u-s-proposes-obamacare-changes-to-ease-shopping-lower-bills


The U.S. proposed new Obamacare rules Friday that it says will make it easier for people to shop for health insurance, protect them from some out-of-pocket costs, and help states run the marketplaces where plans are sold.

The changes would apply to insurance plans sold on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces for 2017, the law’s fourth year of coverage. Consumers will buy those policies starting on Nov. 1, 2016. The rules are still in proposal form and will have to be finalized after a period of public comment.

The proposal “seeks to improve the consumer experience, both when individuals shop for health insurance and when they use it,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees many aspects of the law, said Friday in a statement.

One proposal would cut down on what the government called “surprise bills” when a patient goes to an in-network hospital and gets care from a provider who isn’t in their insurance plan. That can result in paying higher, out-of-network rates that don’t count toward the maximum amount patients are supposed to have to spend out of pocket. The proposal would count some of those services toward the patient’s out-of-pocket maximums.

“The question for exchanges over time is how they would evolve,” said Elizabeth Carpenter, a vice president at Avalere Health. “What we’re seeing in this rule is a move toward additional consumerization and transparency.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-20/u-s-proposes-obamacare-changes-to-ease-shopping-lower-bills



I wondered if this why United Health is threatening to drop out

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/11/19/unitedhealth-group-earnings-downgrade-obamacare-affordable-care-act/76040322/
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Sat Nov 21, 2015, 11:45 AM (11 replies)

From zerohedge.com: Paris Attacks: Another False Flag? Sifting Through The Evidence

I am only surprised that that wasn't part of the dialog right away, some of us are so skeptical of everything and this one was immediately elevated partisan political status in an election year.

Edit: I think this is very speculative.


Paris Attacks: Another False Flag? Sifting Through The Evidence

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-20/paris-attacks-another-false-flag-sifting-through-evidence


What do the globalists do when they want to create, reignite and keep their war on terror fought indefinitely? They simply carry out a series of false flag attacks using Muslim terrorist stooges as their hired guns to do their damage. That’s what 9/11 was all about in the US, 7/7 in UK, the 3/11 train attack in Spain, the Hebdo Paris attack last January, and now this latest Paris encore reenactment part two.

In any unsolved crime the first question asked is who benefits by motive with an actual means to execute the crime?

In all of these tragic false flag events the global elite benefits in multiple ways. And it most definitely has the means by issuing marching orders to its owned and operated national governments, its favorite being the militaristic, brutal American Empire.

The elite’s agenda to polarize and destabilize the world politically and militarily manifests through the US foreign policy of regime change, nonstop war through divide and conquer methodology (i.e., Shiites vs. Sunnis, Euro-nationals vs. foreign migrants, Christians vs. Muslims, light skins vs. dark skins) and economic austerity through unpayable high interest from predatory IMF bank loans to debtor nations from both the developing and developed world. Through global theft and destruction, the ruling elite reigns supreme in absolute power.

There is more at the link, I haven't read beyond this.
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Sat Nov 21, 2015, 04:37 AM (12 replies)

ECONOMIST: 'Jobs market is literally on fire in most states in the union'

Source: Business Insider

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its monthly estimates of unemployment rates in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia, and things are looking pretty good.

The bureau noted that unemployment rates fell in 32 states and Washington, DC, went up in just three states, and stayed the same as September in 15 states. Unemployment in every state and DC was below 7%, indicating increasingly healthy labor markets across the nation.

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi's chief financial economist, Chris Rupkey, circulated an email after the report with the title "Jobs market is literally on fire in most states in the union." The email maintains that optimistic tone and suggests that the geographically broad strength of the labor market could spur the Fed to tighten monetary policy at its December meeting:

This regional breakdown is just the latest evidence that the economy has reached full employment. Coast to coast from sea to shining sea, the labor market has fully healed. At full employment the Fed can be confident that inflation will eventually move up to their 2% target ... Once again, another day, another report from Washington showing us the economy is better than many think. The state-by-state employment trend is just the evidence the Fed needs to assure them that it is time to lift rates.

Here's the map showing the unemployment rates in each state and DC:

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/october-2015-state-unemployment-rates-map-2015-11



The link has a great graph, funny thing it is red.

I think this good news is being buried by the ugly discussion about refugees.
Posted by Todays_Illusion | Sat Nov 21, 2015, 04:24 AM (36 replies)

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