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Washington Post uses violent language ‘kill’ in diatribe against Fox & Friends

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Erik Wemple wants “Fox & Friends” killed. That’s some violent language from a newspaper that takes political violence so seriously.

Wemple is the media reporter at The Washington Post. His employer has dedicated vast resources over the last 18 months to oppose Donald Trump, first as a candidate, then as president.

Some of their reporting has been excellent, such as David Fahrenthold’s dig into Trump’s (un)charitable giving, which earned a Pulitzer. Some of it has been simple echoing of NY Times reports, or repetition of anonymously-sourced “within the administration” bits. Just about all of it fits a narrative of painting President Trump as a bad man, damaged goods, who stole the election.

Listen, I know, and most people know that “kill” is the word for cancel in the television and movie industry. To “kill a show” is commonly used. But bans on violent words in rhetoric should apply equally. WaPo can’t attack Sarah Palin’s use of a “target” graphic in a political presentation but then condone Wemple’s use of the word “kill” even when the context of both is clearly not violent.

Connecting violence only to conservatives who use certain terms or imagery while giving the left a pass is simply unjustified bias. WaPo is one of the worst.

In August 2016, a WaPo opinion piece ominously intoned, “Political violence is a terrible inherent risk to any free society.” It was especially hard on Trump, comparing him to Sen. Joe McCarthy.

But what to make of a candidate who directly appeals to violence, smears his opponents and publicly bullies a Gold Star family, a decorated prisoner of war and a reporter with a disability, among others? To borrow the words of Army Counsel Joseph Welch, directed at another dangerous demagogue: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”

On June 15 of this year, WaPo attempted to shift blame for the calamitous shooting of Republican lawmakers on a Virginia baseball field away from leftist rhetoric. They didn’t go as far as the NYT in connecting Sarah Palin’s “target” map to Rep. Gabby Giffords shooter, but they came close.

Even if Jared Lee Loughner had never picked up a gun and headed to the constituent meeting where he shot Giffords in 2011, that map would have had no place in reasonable American political discourse. No one needs to assert a totally unproven connection between a Facebook image and an assassination attempt to make that clear.

On the same day, Mike DeBonis opined in WaPo’s “PowerPost” blog that Democrats are “hardly ready to concede…that the issue is more prevalent on the left.”

But today, it’s okay for Wemple to headline a piece “Kill ‘Fox & Friends’ before it’s too late.” His complaint? That they’re too friendly to Trump.

Again, “Fox & Friends” and Trump prove what a noxious combination they’ve become. The former churns out questionable information or mere pro-Trump cheerleading, and the latter amplifies it. Thus far, this symbiosis has clarified just what “Fox & Friends” is — a propaganda mill — and the type of media coverage the president fancies — straight-up sycophancy.

After eight years of media sycophancy to President Obama, and all the virtue signaling done by the main stream media about using violent words, once again, WaPo and Wemple’s bias is showing.

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How Beto O’Rourke could solve the migrant crisis if he wanted to

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How Beto ORourke could solve the migrant crisis if he wanted to

This is a transcript of the video above.

Let’s look at the migrant caravan crisis from a different perspective. Currently, the positions are very polarized between the two dominant political philosophies. On one hand, you have the progressives who mostly want the migrants at the border to be let into the nation, granted asylum, and given opportunities to build a better life. On the other hand, you have conservatives who want them to go through the process legally or simply go home.

Both positions have their merits, but both sides are also missing important points. The death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant while in Border Patrol custody has sparked outrage from the left who blame the Trump administration’s policies for her death, while the right is equally outraged that the girl was forced to enter the country illegally when she could have received food, shelter, education, and healthcare in Mexico.

This girl’s horrible and avoidable death is now being politicized by both politicians and the media. Everyone’s pointing fingers. Nobody’s working on actual solutions.

As a sovereign nation, the government has a responsibility to its citizens to prevent foreign nationals from crossing the border illegally. As a nation that doesn’t turn its back on those who need help, the American people should have a sense of compassion for those who seek our help. We can accomplish both goals if the government does its job of defending the border while the people do our job of rendering assistance. It’s very important to note that the people, not the government, should be the ones rendering assistance to the migrants. The last thing we need is more intervention from Washington DC.

Private charities are fully capable of working with the Mexican government to provide better lives for the migrants. All Mexico has to do is continue to offer asylum to all the migrants and dramatically improve border security on their southern border. They’ve done what they can to mitigate the humanitarian crisis that is brewing even while their temporary facilities are being overrun. But combine Mexican asylum with good old fashioned American philanthropy and everyone can be happy.

It wouldn’t take much. Fundraising is easy for those who are willing to make it happen. With the funds that Democrat Beto O’Rourke accumulated during his failed Senate bid in Texas, every adult migrant can be paid the average Mexican household income for a full year. If one Senate candidate in a midterm election can raise those kinds of funds in a matter of months, surely the empathetic left and the industrious right could get together to raise even more in a much shorter period of time.

Instead of giving them food and a cot, philanthropic efforts could give these people real opportunities to succeed in Mexico. Those who still want to go through the process of entering the United States legally will have the resources to wait for it to happen in safety. Meanwhile, border patrol will be able to focus on the remaining illegal border crossings, the ones that aren’t at the border for an opportunity to earn American wages but who are trafficking illegal goods or nefarious people.

For this concept to work, both sides of the political aisle will have to abandon some of their false premises. Progressives will have to admit that our sovereignty is too important to encourage even more unlawful traffic than we already have at our southern border. They would also have to acknowledge that Mexico is offering asylum, so the notion that the migrants must be let in so they can escape their horrible situations in Central America is false.

On the other side of the aisle, conservatives have to understand that most of these people will not or cannot go back. We need to send the message to potential future migrants that they will not be able to circumvent our laws, but doing so does not require turning a blind eye because it’s not our problem. Don’t get me wrong. It’s definitely not our problem, which is why I would be opposed to taxpayer-funded solutions. However, a charitable solution would allow people to willingly pitch in without condemning our own sovereignty.

If a current or near future charity launched a massive drive to give the migrants more opportunity in Mexico, and this philanthropic drive coincided with efforts by the Mexican government to stop the flow of migrants crossing into their country, neither political side in America would be completely happy about it but both sides would have their concerns essentially eased.

This bears repeating. Beto O’Rourke raised enough money for his Senate campaign to pay every adult migrant at the border an average Mexican household income for a full year.

I invoked Beto O’Rourke for three reasons. First, he’s demonstrated an ability to raise money for something of minimal importance like a political campaign. Surely he could turn those efforts towards a philanthropic campaign and achieve even better results. The second reason I mentioned him is because he lost his race. Very soon, he’ll have nothing better to do. The third reason is that for something like this to work, a network of powerful people would need to get behind it. O’Rourke’s leftist buddies on the coasts plus his friends in Texas would be perfect for a scenario like this own.

Instead of the left calling for the President to relieve border restrictions or the right saying the only solution is for them to go back to the situation they chose to leave, we should be putting together the solution as a people. The only responsibility the government has in this whole mess is to prevent illegal border crossings and commit appropriate resources to work with those who are trying to enter legally.

I can already hear the complaints from both sides. The left will complain that helping them build lives in Mexico goes against their desire to achieve the American Dream. The right will say there are starving Americans who deserve our charity more than the migrants. Both sides are right, but this solution really doesn’t oppose either notion. To the left, I’d say if they choose to enter legally and work through the process we have in place, so be it. They’re welcome to pursue their version of the American dream as long as they do it within our laws. To the right, I’d say the charitable efforts put towards solving American problems would not be hampered by a campaign to help the migrants. If we’ve learned anything about American philanthropy, it’s that the vast charity of our citizens is driven by a diverse range of motivations. The money that would be given to help the migrants is not money that would have been given to help Americans. No domestic causes would be harmed by aiding the migrants.

If the left stops playing the open borders card and the right stops playing the not-our-problem card, we can make this solution happen. It may not be the solution either side wants, but it may be the only solution that can actually work.

I’m JD Rucker. Thank you for listening.

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Spate of drive-by shootings sparks concerns of copycat attacks, but defense officials believe phenomenon will not spread outside Samaria • As hunt for Givat Asaf killers continues, IDF official says it is “only a matter of time” before they are caught.

 Defense officials said over the weekend that the ‎latest wave of terrorist attacks can probably be ‎contained, and that while ‎copycat drive-by shooting attacks are a matter of ‎concern, it is unlikely they will spread outside ‎Samaria. ‎

Meanwhile, the hunt ‎for the terrorists who carried out ‎the shooting attack that killed two Israeli soldiers in Givat Asaf on Thursday continued ‎on Sunday.

”It’s only a matter of time before we get our hands ‎on the cell’s members,” one IDF officer said.‎

A source familiar with the operation told Israel ‎Hayom that military activity was focusing ‎on thwarting future terrorist attacks, protecting ‎Jewish settlements and roads in the region, and ‎conducting raids and arrests.‎

The recent spate of terrorist attacks has prompted ‎the IDF to increase deployment across Judea and ‎Samaria, setting up 120 roadblocks in the area. Dozens of Hamas members suspected of terrorist ‎activity were arrested across the West Bank over the ‎weekend, the IDF said. ‎

The Diplomatic-Security Cabinet was expected to ‎devote most of its meeting Sunday to the uptick in ‎Palestinian violence. ‎

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also currently the ‎acting defense minister, has ordered the IDF to ‎expedite the demolition of the homes of the ‎terrorists involved in last week’s ‎attacks, as well as step up military ‎counterterrorism activities across Judea and ‎Samaria.‎

Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud ‎Abbas is slated to visit Jordan on Monday, where he ‎will discuss “recent developments in the Palestinian ‎arena” with King Abdullah. ‎

An Israeli defense official told Israel Hayom that ‎Abbas has instructed Palestinian security forces to ‎crack down on the armed factions in the West Bank to avoid further escalations. ‎

As part of these measures, Abbas’ security forces ‎barred Hamas operatives in the West Bank from ‎marking the terrorist group’s 31st anniversary over ‎the weekend. ‎

In the Gaza Strip, which Hamas ‎rules, the event was marked with mass rallies.

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China is farming cockroaches by the billions

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China is farming cockroaches by the billions

It is a bit staggering to look at the history of China and see how many people have died as a result of disasters, famine, genocide, and war over the past two millennia. To be fair, death and suffering are common elements in every nation’s history. But, China’s perpetually massive population ensures that the scale of its tragedies dwarfs that of any other nation.

There are several tragic events throughout China’s history that have a death toll which exceeds the present-day population of most countries. Famine, in particular, has claimed the lives of countless people in China, and until fairly recently, were a regular occurrence there. Nearly two centuries of back-to-back famines in China ended in 1961 with the Great Chinese Famine, which caused more people to die of starvation than are currently alive in Canada.

Much of the blame for this tragedy can be placed on the astounding level of incompetence displayed by Mao Zedong’s Communist Party. However, in the decades since then the Party has put a lot of work into ensuring famines, especially of that magnitude, never happen again. The Party has actually been incredibly successful in that regard. For people living in China’s ever-growing urban areas even small-scale malnutrition is more or less unheard of, let alone famine.

To get an idea of how much the food security in China has improved, one need only look at how much food waste is currently being generated by Chinese urban areas. The amount of waste is so extreme that there aren’t enough landfills in the entire country to dump it all in. It was only a few decades ago that these urban areas were struggling to dispose of the corpses of the millions who had starved to death, yet now they struggle to dispose of the food waste created by millions of well-fed people who have more food than they can eat. The latter is definitely the better problem to have but a problem nonetheless, and it’s only going to get worse as the average income of Chinese citizens continues to grow.

The nauseating amount of food waste in the United States shows how wasteful a society can become when it’s so wealthy that food security is something most people don’t even think about. Fortunately, wherever there’s a problem there are entrepreneurs with clever (and profitable) solutions, and this is no exception.

Li Bingcai is one such entrepreneur, and he was so confident in his clever solution that he quit his job as a mobile phone vendor and invested equivalent to nearly $150,000 into what he believes will eventually become a large profitable enterprise. His belief is well-founded too, as his solution has proven to be incredibly successful.  According to Reuters, Li plans to increase the size of his operation tenfold in the near future.

So, what exactly is this seemingly incredible solution to China’s food waste problem? Has Li developed a method of turning food waste into an efficient biofuel? Has he found a way to recycle food waste into new food products, or created a system for distributing discarded food to under served communities? Not quite.

As with most entrepreneurial success stories, Li’s solution is simple – and just strange enough that most people wouldn’t have thought of it. The solution? Farm cockroaches, millions of them, and then feed them the waste. That’s it.

Li currently operates two farms in the province of Sichuan (the namesake of the heavily meme’d McDonald’s Mulan Szechuan Sauce) in southwest China where he raises 3.4 million cockroaches. But, he plans to eventually have twenty farms. He feeds his cockroaches the food waste generated by nearby cities. Once they’ve reached the end of their life, he then sells them as feed to fisheries and pig farms. He also sells them to pharmaceutical companies where they’re used as an ingredient in medicine, both real and fake.

I am sure many of us are unfortunately very familiar with how much cockroaches love to eat our leftover food – and how much of a nuisance they can be when they invade your home. However, it’s that voraciousness that makes these pests such an effective and efficient way to dispose of food waste, and Li isn’t the only person to discover this. In fact, his operation is minuscule compared to the likes of Gooddoctor, another Sichuan-based operation, which currently raises more than 6 billion cockroaches. Meanwhile, in the Shandong province on China’s east coast, Shandong Qiaobin Agricultural Technology Co. uses cockroaches to dispose of 50 tons of kitchen waste every day. The company is planning to open three more cockroach-powered, AI-assisted food waste processing plants next year with the intention of processing a third of the kitchen waste produced by the 7 million people living in Shandong’s capital, Jinan. Just like Li, both Gooddoctor and Shandong Qiaobin sell their cockroaches as feed and medical ingredients, but even more uses for cockroaches are currently being researched.

In other countries that generate a lot of food waste, such as the United States, solutions are more focused on reducing how much food is wasted rather than finding more efficient ways to dispose of it. The problem of food waste in these countries is less of a logistical problem caused by the amount of waste, like in China, and more of a moral problem caused by wasting so much food while nearly a billion people all over the world struggle to feed themselves. The United States alone throws out 133 BILLION pounds of food each year, worth about $161 billion according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

The Trump administration is making an effort with its “Winning on Reducing Food Waste”, but there’s more that can be done. That being said, the moral situation is even worse in China, unsurprisingly.

Food waste is different in the United States and other developed nations where the vast majority of people living there are well-fed. The moral question for these nations is, “We have more food than we could ever eat, so why aren’t we sharing it with less prosperous nations?” In China, however, this isn’t the case. While the quality of life for people living in China’s cities has improved immensely, especially when it comes to food security, the prosperity of Communist China hasn’t exactly been spread equally, and its rural population has been left behind. The numbers vary from province to province, but there are currently tens of millions of people in China who are struggling to feed their families, and malnutrition is fairly common in these areas.

So shouldn’t the moral question for China be, “Our fellow countrymen are starving, so why are we feeding our excess food to cockroaches?”

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