New Direction for News In Context

16 Feb 2017

I have been on and off with this site for years.  Hopefully I can do something more permanent.

I will be changing how I display the news.  With so much false information floating around, there needs to be some way to find out the truth in its proper context.  I have an idea on how to do the news differently, but just need to work out some details.

Much of the news out there today is not really news – but just speculation or opinion.  I like to get at the root of issues to obtain the truth of what is going on.  On thing Jesus Christ said is that the truth can set you free.  So it’s important to find truth.  What’s also true is that if the truth sets you free, then lies can put people into bondage through deception… not necessarily physical bondage, but emotional, spiritual, etc.

Anyway the site will be changing… also considering a move to the pay side.

Thanks for reading.

H-1B Visa Program May Be On Trump’s Chopping Block

9 Jan 2017

Trump and Sessions plan to restrict highly skilled foreign workers. Hyderabad says to bring it on.

The visas bring nearly 100,000 “highly skilled” contract workers, mostly in tech and mostly from India, to the United States every year. Most stay for multiple years, and some eventually get green cards. According to federal guidelines, H-1Bs are intended to fill positions for which American workers with the requisite skills can’t be found. Whether the program always does that is intensely debated by industry lobbyists and politicians, and companies are not legally required to ensure that result.

Trump has described H-1Bs as a “cheap labor program” subject to “widespread, rampant” abuse. Sessions co-sponsored legislation last year with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to effectively gut the program; Issa, a congressman with Trump’s ear, released a statement Wednesday saying he was reintroducing similar legislation called the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act.

Hopefully, there will be an opportunity for the people who possess visas and expedited offer of citizenship.

India says it’s an opportunity to keep their good people home. Understandable.

In Context – Claim… Russian Hacks DNC

29 Dec 2016

Haven’t done one of these in a while – below is a list of source articles regarding the the claim that Russia hacked and affected the outcome of the election.

12/29/2016 – President Obama just took unprecedented steps to punish Russia for its cyberattacks – Vox

12/29/2016 – Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment – White House

12/29/2016 – Executive Order — Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities – White House

12/28/2016 – Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on new threats of sanctions from the United States – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

12/15/2016 – Russia’s attempts to hack the Republican Party reportedly failed because of a spam filter – Business Insider

10/19/2016 – Russian man accused of hacking U.S. targets arrested in Prague – CNN

10/7/2016 – U.S. Says Russia Directed Hacks to Influence Elections – NY Times

9/14/2016 – Hackers steal medical data of US Olympic stars – CNN

7/26/2016 – Spy Agency Consensus Grows That Russia Hacked D.N.C. – NY Times

7/25/2016 – Experts: Hard to prove Russians behind DNC hack – USA Today

6/15/2016 – DNC Hacker Releases Trump Oppo Report – The Smoking Gun

6/15/2016 – Donald Trump claims DNC itself, not Russians, masterminded hack – The Guardian

6/15/2016 – Russia denies DNC hack and says maybe someone ‘forgot the password’ – Washington Post

6/15/2016 – Bears in the Midst: Intrusion into the Democratic National Committee – Crowdstrike

6/14/2016 – Russian government hackers steal DNC files on Donald Trump – The Guardian

6/14/2016 – Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump – Washington Post

NY Judge Benefits From Unlimited Sick Time

29 Dec 2016

Manhattan judge reaps benefits of unlimited sick time policy for three years, collects $193G salary

No-show Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel McCullough disappeared with an unspecified illness in April 2014.

“Don’t tell them anything!” McCullough snapped at a friend who tried to put him on the phone this week with a Daily News reporter.

McCullough, 65, has instead reaped the benefits of New York’s unlimited sick time policy for its judges across the last 32 months to the lucrative tune of $482,500.

McCullough’s appointment runs for nine years. He was appointed to the bench by ex-Gov. David Paterson in 2010.

His colleagues are now left to pick up the judicial slack as McCullough collects his full compensation — roughly $50,000-a-year over what he would receive if he retired now.

This is the kind of behavior that puts municipalities in deep debt.

14 Year Old With Sack Full of Bombs Seized in Belgium

29 Dec 2016

Belgium terror fears: Boy, 14, found with rucksack full of bombs marked ‘Allah Akbar’

Four teenagers were discovered inside, one of whom was allegedly carrying a deadly cargo of homemade bombs in his back pack.

The 14-year-old was also in possession of a bottle with the words “Allah Akbar” engraved into it, according to police.

He allegedly told police that he wanted to make a bomb because he is interested in video games and chemistry.

Does anyone think the games and chemistry line will work?

Budget Cuts for the SEIU

29 Dec 2016

SEIU plans 30 percent budget cut during Trump admin

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is planning to cut 30 percent of its budget by Jan. 1, 2018, the end of President-elect Donald Trump’s first year in office.

“Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” President Mary Kay Henry wrote in an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The SEIU will begin with a 10 percent budget cut immediately at the start of 2017. The union’s current annual budget is $300 million.

It is simply amazing the shock waves resulting from the election.

US Tops Global Arms Market in 2015

27 Dec 2016

US Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Tops Global Arms Market

With decades of imperialist meddling around the world and a culture defined by hyper-militarism, it’s no surprise the United States yet again topped the list of global weapons sales last year, signing deals worth about US$40 billion, according to a new congressional study.

The largest buyers of arms in 2015, the report found, were largely U.S. allies in the Gulf region, with Qatar buying more than US$17 billion in weapons last year, followed by Egypt, which bought almost US$12 billion in arms, and Saudi Arabia, with over US$8 billion in weapons purchases.

Nothing like war and conflict to prop up the economy.

Here’s the moral dilemma – Is it OK to feed ourselves through the sales of weapons, assuming that some of these weapons could be used in random acts of terror or war against ourselves?

The Congressional report is here.

Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2008-2015