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SWIFT discloses more cyber thefts, pressures banks on security...

August 31, 2016
SWIFT, the global financial messaging system, on Tuesday disclosed new hacking attacks on its member banks as it pressured them to comply with security procedures instituted after February’s high-profile $81 million heist at Bangladesh Bank.
In a private letter to clients, SWIFT said that new cyber-theft attempts – some of them successful – have surfaced since June, when it last updated customers on a string of attacks discovered after the attack on the Bangladesh central bank.
“Customers’ environments have been compromised, and subsequent attempts (were) made to send fraudulent payment instructions,” according to a copy of the letter reviewed by Reuters. “The threat is persistent, adaptive and sophisticated – and it is here to stay.”
The disclosure suggests that cyber thieves may have ramped up their efforts following the Bangladesh Bank heist, and that they specifically targeted banks with lax security procedures for SWIFT-enabled transfers.

IRS doesn’t tell 1M taxpayers that illegals stole their Social Security numbers...

Washington Times
August 31, 2016
The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency’s inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.
Investigators first alerted the IRS to the problem five years ago, but it’s still not fixed, the inspector general said, and a pilot program meant to test a solution was canceled — and fell woefully short anyway.
As a result, most taxpayers don’t learn that their identities have been stolen and their Social Security files may be screwed up.
“Taxpayers identified as victims of employment-related identity theft are not notified,” the inspector general said.
The report alarmed lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who were shocked that the IRS had gone for so long without fixing the issue.

Finland Unleashes Helicopter Money In “Greatest Societal Transformation Of Our Time”...

Zero Hedge
August 31, 2016
Finland is about to launch an experiment in which a randomly selected group of 2,000–3,000 citizens already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros (approx. $600). That basic income will replace their existing benefits. The amount is the same as the current guaranteed minimum level of Finnish social security support. The pilot study, running for two years in 2017-2018, aims to assess whether basic income can help reduce poverty, social exclusion, and bureaucracy, while increasing the employment rate.
The Finnish government introduced its legislative bill for the experiment on 25 August. Originally, the scope of the basic income experiment was much more ambitious. Many experts have criticized the government’s experiment for its small sample size and for the setup of the trial, which will be performed within just one experimental condition. This implies that the experiment can provide insights on only one issue, namely whether the removal of the disincentives embedded in social security will encourage those now unemployed to return to the workforce or not.
Still, the world’s largest national basic income experiment represents a big leap towards experimental governance, a transformation that has been given strong emphasis in the current government program of the Finnish state. Additionally, the Finnish trial sets the agenda for the future of universal basic income at large. Its results will be closely followed by governments worldwide. The basic income experiment may thus well lead to the greatest societal transformation of our time.
There are few important things one should understand when following the headlines on  the Finnish basic income experiment:
1.Basic income is the most comprehensive political reform of our century so far.
There is no other reform in sight that would a) potentially impact the majority of citizens in any given nation and b) be of such great importance in as many countries as basic income is today. Take the global interest in the Finnish experiment as evidence: why such attention for a trial in a country of just 5 million inhabitants? Probably because basic income seems to address challenges faced by all societies across borders. Currently, basic income is being discussed in earnest in Switzerland (where a basic income reform was rejected in a referendum in June 2016), in the US (where Y Combinator, an organization known for its highly successful start-up accelerator, has announced a pilot experiment for basic income to take place in Oakland, California) and in the Netherlands (where a basic income experiment will begin in the city of Utrecht in January 2017).

2. The Finnish basic income experiment is officially referred to as an incremental reform of the welfare model, not as an indicator of a complete paradigm shift.
Looming explosion of robotics and automatisation is estimated to take over various jobs in short period of time, resulting in major changes in the structure of work.
At present, citizens in Finland are entitled to a minimum level of social security support that is the same as the amount of its suggested basic income (560€ a month). In official statements, the basic income experiment is said to aim to reduce bureaucracy, to unravel disincentives and to decrease poverty in society. Government documents do not mention changes in the structure of work and income, nor do they offer comments on looming technology-induced unemployment. Hence, basic income is seen as an additional element to the Finnish universal social security system. Elsewhere, basic income has been envisioned as a solution for rising inequality, exacerbated by the explosion of robotics and the automatisation of routine work. Top politicians in Finland, however, have not explicitly made these connections.
3. The basic income trial is a part of a larger shift in policy-making.
Over the last two years, Finland has explored possibilities on how to reform its policy-making functions. As Forbes put it, Finland, through the Prime Minister’s Office, has “been pioneering a form of deciding upon public policy where people actually think through the problems at issue, think about them, consider solutions, test a few of them, then implement the best.”
Fruits of experimental culture: due to an innovative interpretation of traffic law, the book of law doesn’t oblige the driver to be inside the vehicle. Thus, Finland can test driverless vehicles in real urban environment.
This new form of policy-making has come to be known as “co-design” or “co-creation” of policy. In short, the term refers to the engaging of relevant stakeholders and citizens in the policy-making process from its early phases onwards. As further described in this article, which looks at the policy-making model that was created by Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki, more human-centered and experimental governmental steering can encourage trust and make policy more user-oriented, targeted and efficient.
The basic income trial will pave the way for about 20 other large-scale experiments in Finland that have been launched or will be launched by the country’s ministries in the coming months. With the preparation work for the basic income trial, the Finns have spotted a handful of legislative problems that will need to be tackled in order to foster further experimentation. Experimental culture in general has encouraged civil servants to take a permissive attitude to legislation and thus enabled further innovative experimentation (well demonstrated by this case, where traffic law was reinterpreted so that it allowed Finland to become the first country in the world to test driverless vehicles in real urban environments). Lastly, preparing the large experiment has already forced the country to open up the discussion on and solve important issues in relation to the ethics and practices of experimenting. All this lays as a solid groundwork for building a forerunner governance system in the country.
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On Zero Hedge’s behalf, we are not so sure this will end well: policy designed by the masses, for the masses? Free money to do nothing whatsoever will what? Guilt the unemployed into working? Perhaps, but don’t work too hard – because welfare cliffs loom everywhere,

Poll: Record High Number Of Voters Can’t Stand Hillary...

Hillary is the most unpopular Democratic nominee EVER
Steve Watson
Prison Planet.com
August 31, 2016
Washington Post/ABC News poll reveals that Hillary Clinton’s unavailability rating is at its highest point ever.
Clinton is more despised by Americans than at any point during her 25+ year career in politics, the survey found.
Fifty-six percent of respondents said that they view the Democratic presidential nominee unfavorably, with only 41 percent saying they at least somewhat view Clinton in a good light.
The poll also notes that among registered voters Hillary is even more unpopular, with 59 percent viewing her unfavorably.

The Washington Post notes that “if it weren’t for Trump, in fact, Clinton would be the most unpopular major-party presidential nominee in modern American history.”
Trump, ever a polarizing figure, has similar figures with a 60 percent unfavorable rating.
The poll also reveals that Clinton’s image is in the midst of a downward spiral.
Just one month ago, following the Democratic convention, the figures showed an almost even split with 50 percent giving an unfavorable rating for Hillary.
The continuing questions over Hillary’s health, the revelations over her abuse of her position in the State Department to benefit the Clinton Foundation, and the never ending saga of her private email server have had a massive negative impact on her popularity among voters.
The poll finds that in just one month Clinton’s favorable rating among women dropped a full NINE points from 54 percent to just 45 percent.
Among Hispanics, favorability tumbled from 71 percent to 55 percent, and among self identifying liberals, the rating dropped from 76 percent to 63 percent.
Hillary is in free fall.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com

Trump: Democrats Are ‘Jim Crow Party Of Slavery’...

‘GOP is the party of freedom, equality and opportunity.’
Steve Watson
Prison Planet.com
August 31, 2016
In an effort to attract black votes, GOP nominee Donald Trump referred to the history of the Democratic Party in contrast to that of the GOP Tuesday in a speech in Seattle.
“The Republican Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln. Not bad,” said Trump, adding “It’s also the party of freedom, equality and opportunity.”
“Nothing makes me more honored and proud than to be the nominee of Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party,” Trump said.
“It is the Democratic Party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow, and the party of opposition,” Trump said, prompting the mainly white crowd of supporters to into boos directed at Democrats.
Trump was referring to the fact that Democrats in the south fiercely campaigned to continue the practice of slavery during the 19th century and were largely proponents of segregation laws.
Democrats oversaw the implementation of laws that overturned Republican-supported legislation after the Civil War intended to protect freed slaves from unjust treatment.
Indeed, no Democrats ever voted for the 14th Amendment, assuring equal protection for former slaves. In Kentucky, Democrats did not ratify the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, freeing slaves, granting civil rights and the right to vote, until 1976.
“I will not accept, and neither will you, a future in which children of color –any color– in this country are not fully included in the American Dream.” Trump urged.
“Tonight, I am asking for the vote of every African American and Hispanic citizen in this country who wants to see a better future, who wants to see real, positive change,” said Trump.
“The inner cities of our country have been run by the Democratic regime for so long.” the GOP nominee added.
“These Democratic policies – the policies of Hillary Clinton – have produced only poverty, joblessness, failing schools, broken homes, and rising crime,” he continued. “And it’s only getting worse. They don’t care about you.”
“Our party will fight to bring hope to every forgotten stretch of this country. Once again, we will be One American Nation,” he also said.
Trump’s comments dovetail with increased media scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s past relationship with Robert Byrd – a KKK leader who once called black people “mongrels,”
Clinton has described Byrd as her “friend and mentor”.
Trump last week called out Clinton on the issue, as Hillary gave a speech essentially calling Trump and his supporters outright racists.
"@DiamondandSilk: Crooked Hillary getting desperate. On TV bashing Trump. @CNN, she forgot how she said a KKK member was her mentor.

Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com

Trump To Visit Mexican President...

August 31, 2016
LifeZette has confirmed that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will travel to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Sources including Mexican officials involved in the planning of the visit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, stated the meeting would cover a broad variety of topics ranging from trade to security to immigration and the contentious issue of border enforcement.
It is expected that Trump adviser and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, along with high-ranking Mexican officials, will attend the meeting.
The meeting will occur despite concerns from both Mexican security services and the U.S. Secret Service.
Officials expect the two leaders to make some statement following the meeting, but do not expect a full press conference.
The trip is particularly historic for Trump in that no previous non-incumbent presidential nominee of a major party has ever traveled to Mexico as part of his campaign.

President Obama’s Doctor: Hillary Needs to Undergo a Neurological Examination...

Dr. David Scheiner suggests Clinton could have lost “cognitive ability”
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
August 31, 2016
According to Dr. David Scheiner, who was President Obama’s personal physician from 1987 to 2008, Hillary Clinton should undergo a neurological examination to prove that she is fit for office.
The majority of the CNN interview with Scheiner, who personally assessed Obama to be in “excellent health” before he entered the White House, dwelled on Donald Trump’s health, but the discussion of Hillary’s medical condition threw up the most interesting comments.
Asked if a note from Hillary’s personal physician saying she was in good health and had recovered from her 2012 concussion was good enough, Scheiner disagreed.
“She’s also 68 years old. While I think that medical letter was well written…it’s not enough,” he said.
Scheiner highlighted the fact that Hillary is taking Coumadin, a medication to prevent blood clots, remarking, “You have to monitor that, I’d like to know how well she is being controlled – that’s a difficult drug to use.”
“Also I think she should have had a neurological examination, a thorough neurological examination in 2016 – we know what happens to football players who have had concussions – how they begin to lose some of their cognitive ability – I think both of them should release their records,” added Dr. Scheiner, who said he would be voting for Clinton.
Dr. Scheiner joins a growing list of doctors and medical experts who have all questioned Hillary Clinton’s health, including Rutgers University Professor of Medicine Bob Lahita and board-certified medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky.
However, the media has almost completely ignored these prominent voices, instead continuing to insist that anyone who talks about the issue is a “conspiracy theorist,” despite the fact that the press obsessed about John McCain’s health back in 2008.
In a related development, Hillary Clinton’s VP Tim Kaine said yesterday that voters deserve to know if candidates are “in good enough health to perform their duties.”

Reuters: Donald Trump Closes 12-Point Gap with Hillary Clinton, Now Tied...

August 31, 2016
Donald Trump closed a 12-point polling gap with Hillary Clinton in five days, leaving them half a percent apart during the next two-day period, according to new polling data from Reuters. 
On August 22, Clinton led Trump by 12 points, 44.8 percent to 32.8 percent. By Aug. 27, the two candidates were neck and neck, according to Reuters
By Aug. 29, Trump had nudged up again to 39.1 percent, while she was at 39.7 percent. He gained 6.7 points, while she lost 5.1 points during the entire seven-day period.
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Twenty percent of the respondents declined to pick either of the two leaders in the poll of 1,397 likely voters, which was concluded Aug .29. 
Trump’s support among Republicans climbed from 71 percent up to 78.3 percent. Clinton’s support among Democrats dipped slightly from 81.6 percent to 78.5 percent.

A Candidate’s Death Could Delay or Eliminate the Presidential Election...

US News
August 31, 2016
The presidential election could be delayed or scrapped altogether if conspiracy theories become predictive and a candidate dies or drops out before Nov. 8. The perhaps equally startling alternative, if there’s enough time: Small groups of people hand-picking a replacement pursuant to obscure party rules.
The scenarios have been seriously considered by few outside of the legal community and likely are too morbid for polite discussion in politically mixed company. But prominent law professors have pondered the effects and possible ways to address a late-date vacancy.
“There’s nothing in the Constitution which requires a popular election for the electors serving in the Electoral College,” says John Nagle, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, meaning the body that officially elects presidents could convene without the general public voting.
“It’s up to each state legislature to decide how they want to choose the state’s electors,” Nagle says. “It may be a situation in which the fact that we have an Electoral College, rather than direct voting for presidential candidates, may prove to be helpful.”

Winds Of War: Is Russia Conducting A Massive Mobilization Of Troops For An Invasion Of Ukraine?...

Michael Snyder
The Economic Collapse
August 31, 2016
The drumbeats of war are growing louder. 
Fighting in eastern Ukraine between separatists and pro-government forces has risen to an intensity not seen in well over a year, and the Russians claim that they recently foiled a “Ukrainian plot” to conduct terror attacks in Crimea.  As tensions in the region have increased, the Russians have used the cover of “military drills” to move massive amounts of troops and military equipment up to the border with Ukraine.  This is something that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, but things have intensified since then, and a huge military exercise is planned for September.  Needless to say, the Ukrainians are quite alarmed by this, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is warning that a full scale mobilization of the Ukrainian military may be needed.  If something is going to happen, it is likely to happen soon.  As you will see below, once we get into October it will become much less likely that we would see a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
We aren’t hearing much about this conflict in the U.S. media, but over in Europe this is a very big deal.  Just consider the following excerpt from an article in the Independent entitled “Russia is teetering on the brink of ‘all out war’ with Ukraine“…
Ukraine is holding a major military parade in Kiev today to mark its 25th anniversary as an independent state. But, at a time that should otherwise be a moment of national celebration, a serious crisis with Moscow is flaring up. So serious, in fact, that on Tuesday the Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande were forced to hold a three-way phone call to try to de-escalate the situation.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has even warned that there is growing risk of a “full scale Russian invasion along all fronts,” ratcheting up what is already the bloodiest European conflict since the wars over the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
And the truth is that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has some very good reasons to be concerned.  As the Washington Post has pointed out, the Russians have used military exercises as an excuse to stage forces for military action in the past…
As violence in the east heats up, Ukrainian officials have suggested that Russia may use the upcoming military drills, called Kavkaz (Caucasus) 2016, as cover for military action against Ukraine. The drills are the first to integrate the Crimean Peninsula, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, into the country’s military planning, and thousands of Russian troops will be brought in for air, land and sea exercises.
Ukrainian government analysts have recalled that exercises served as staging grounds for troop incursions in 2014, as did Russian military exercises held shortly before the Georgian war of 2008. Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations suggested that Russia may have “bad intentions,” while the West has also said it would like observers to be present.
If there is going to be a Russian invasion of Ukraine in September, Kavkaz 2016 will likely be used as cover for invasion preparations.  It is a yearly exercise, but in 2016 it looks like it will be much bigger than ever before, and some analysts have pointed out that the Russians have not conducted a mobilization on this scale since the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.  Here is more on Kavkaz 2016 from the Daily Signal
In September, Russia has plans for a large-scale strategic military exercise called Kavkaz-2016. The exercise, which is an annual event, will include units deployed near the borders of Ukraine, Georgia, and Azerbaijan—including two Russian military districts in the Southern and Northern Caucasus, the Russian Black Sea Fleet (headquartered in occupied Crimea), and the Caspian Flotilla.
It is not immediately clear the exact size of this year’s exercise, but last year it comprised 95,000 troops, 7,000 vehicles, and 150 aircraft, according to a report by IHS Markit, a U.K.-based intelligence and analysis firm.
If the Russians are going to do something, they need to do it soon, because the weather turns very bad during the month of October.  Here is one how one analyst assessed the situation
“But will there be a war – we’ll see, no much time for guessing left… In this situation, the main thing for Russia is to achieve strategic and tactical surprise. And if she does not start now – then it will be too late. One would need to turn off full-scale operations in October because of the rains and the next draft to Russian army (it would mean the demobilization of current wave of conscripts and training the new ones – UT).”
A Russian invasion of Ukraine would mean that Russian relations with the U.S. and with Europe would immediately plunge to Cold War levels.  Of course some would argue that we are already there.  In any event, a Russian invasion would force the U.S. and NATO to make some very uncomfortable decisions.
Would the U.S. and NATO just stand by and do nothing while Ukraine is overrun by the Russians?
But if the U.S. and NATO responded with military force, that would risk a full scale nuclear confrontation with Russia.
Right now, a war with Russia is about the last thing that most Americans are thinking about, but the truth is that we are not that far away from such a scenario.
Over in Russia, the mindset is totally different.  The following is from a Newsweek article entitled “In Europe and Russia, There’s Talk of War“…
Recently, I grabbed a taxi in Moscow. When the driver asked me where I was from, I told him the United States. “I went there once,” he said, “to Chicago. I really liked it.”
“But tell me something,” he added. “When are we going to war?”
The question, put so starkly, so honestly, shocked me. “Well, I hope never,” I replied. “No one wants war.”
At the office, I ask a Russian employee about the mood in his working class Moscow neighborhood. The old people are buying salt, matches and gretchka [buckwheat], he tells me—the time-worn refuge for Russians stocking up on essentials in case of war.
In the past two months, I’ve traveled to the Baltic region, to Georgia, and to Russia. Talk of war is everywhere.
Most Americans don’t realize that Russians already view the United States more negatively than they did even during the height of the Cold War.  On Russian television they openly talk about the inevitability of a war between the United States and Russia, and the Russian military has feverishly been preparing for such a future conflict.
If we can get to October, we can probably breathe a bit of a sigh of relief because the Russians are not likely to conduct an invasion once the weather turns bad.
But for now there are very good reasons to be concerned, and we shall see what happens over the coming weeks…

‘Homeland’ Elections Czar Picks Sides: Trump Policies ‘Un-American’, ‘Irresponsible’...

American Mirror
August 31, 2016
If the Department of Homeland Security attempts to seize oversight of American elections from states in the name of national security, Hillary Clinton will have the new “Elections Czar” in her corner.
The Washington Examiner reported on Tuesday:
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
“There’s a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure,” he said at media conference earlier this month hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
“We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process, is critical infrastructure like the financial sector, like the power grid,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
“There’s a vital national interest in our election process, so I do think we need to consider whether it should be considered by my department and others critical infrastructure,” he said at media conference earlier this month hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
It would be difficult to view Johnson merely as a keeper of election integrity, given his negative comments about Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Johnson tore into Trump during an appearance on MSNBC in December, deeming his policies “irresponsible,” “unconstitutional,” and even “un-American.”
Johnson said:
“As the secretary of Homeland Security, I have avoided responding to the political season and what candidates have said running for president. However, I believe that it’s the responsibility of those of us in national security and homeland security when a leading candidate for office proposes something that is irresponsible, probably illegal, unconstitutional and contrary to international law, un-American, and will actually hurt our efforts at homeland security and national security, we have to speak out.
“So we’re in an age right now that involves terrorists-inspired as well as terrorists-directed attack. The Islamic state has targeted the Muslim community. So it is all the more important that we reach out and build bridges to American Muslims, and American Muslim communities. 
“We’ve been doing a lot of this lately. And it’s important that we continue to do that working with the Muslim community, not driving them away, not vilifying them, not driving them into the shadows is absolutely critical to our national security efforts. 
“So, those of us in government have to speak out about this proposal, this idea.”
Johnson was objecting to Trump’s idea to closely scrutinize Islamists in America for potential radical tendencies.
So does Johnson want to preserve the integrity of elections, or or want to ensure his candidate wins?

Nigel Farage Rallies Planet Against Tyrannical World Government...

August 31, 2016
BREXIT architect Nigel Farage talks to the American public about how America can throw off the chains of globalism and once more become the leader of the free world.

Prominent District Attorney Blames Vaccines for His Children’s Autism...

“I know this is not a politically correct opinion”
Adan Salazar
Prison Planet.com
August 30, 2016
The San Antonio area district attorney says he’s prepared to take on criticism over his comments in a recent video, in which he blames his children’s autism on vaccine injections.
Sworn into office last year, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney Nico LaHood and his wife expressed critical thoughts about vaccines in an excerpt posted to the Vaxxed film’s official Youtube channel.
“I’m here to tell you that vaccines can and do cause autism,” he says in the video uploaded Tuesday.
LaHood and his wife tell the story of how their infant daughter Maya suffered an auto-immune reaction shortly after receiving her scheduled immunizations while at the hospital.

The mother and father also recounted their son Michael’s physical and mental changes shortly after getting vaccinated.
“It was really bad. It was bad to where I had to tie her down to sleep because she would scratch herself and start bleeding,” Davida LaHood said describing her daughter’s eczema-like symptoms.
“He was a very alert baby. He was very talkative. He was very happy. He would smile a lot. He would love for you to look him in the eyes,” she described.
“It was like 18 months, it was after a round of vaccines and he just started doing this [winces]. Like a tick,” LaHood described, saying they at first thought it was cute.
“But fairly quickly I think both of us came to the conclusion that that’s not cute anymore,” LaHood said, with Davida adding she was concerned after Michael stopped making eye contact.
“There’s a big change right here,” Davida says. “He stopped completely looking at you. He stopped responding to his name completely. And then we started just seeing a lot of other – just motor skills not developing the way they had been.”
LaHood says at the time he spoke to a friend who worked as a scientist for the Merck pharmaceutical company, who told him he never vaccinated any of his four children.
“I seek truth. I’m a prosecutor for a living. So I look for truth. I have to follow evidence wherever it leads me. I don’t have a bias. So I took that same approach in looking at this issue,” LaHood says.
“At the core of my spirit I hate deception,” he says. “And what has been promulgated on us is a community – even by our own damn government – is deceptive. Whether it’s intentional, or not the result is the same.”
Now the prosecutor is standing up to scrutiny from the media and people on Facebook, declaring he has the First Amendment right to express his opinion.
“Some are upset that LaHood, an elected official, was recorded making the statement from his desk in the county office,” reports KENS5 News.
LaHood argues he’s entitled to offer his opinion while in office as other elected officials such as President Obama and former Governor Rick Perry made parallel statements supporting childhood vaccination.
“I’m not forcing my opinion on you. I’m giving you my opinion and I think I’m entitled to it,” he told ABC affiliate KSAT.
The Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff, backed up LaHood and his right to discuss the issue.
“He’s a terrific father. He’s concerned. He has a son with autism. I have a nephew with autism. I know what it’s like,” Wolff stated to KSAT.
Despite the criticism, LaHood says he will continue asking questions and looking for answers, and encouraging parents to do their own research before vaccinating.
“My opinions are just my opinions as a daddy, as a husband, who happens to be the district attorney. People are allowed to have a First Amendment right to an opinion. I know this is not a politically correct opinion,” he said.

Sick Hillary Identified With a Poem That Was Literally Called “Sick”...

But questioning whether Hillary is sick is a debunked conspiracy theory, according to the mainstream media
Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
August 30, 2016
Despite the mainstream media insisting that suspicions over Hillary Clinton being sick are conspiracy theories, her own hacked emails prove that she identified with a poem that mentioned “coughing and gasping” which is literally called “Sick”.
The email, which was revealed as part of the Wikileaks data dump, was sent to Hillary by Margaret Williams, her 2008 presidential campaign manager, on December 30, 2012 during the time when Hillary was in hospital being treated for a blood clot as a result of her fall and concussion.
The Sick” poem includes the lines, “I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke, I’m sure that my left leg is broke,” and, “My neck is stiff, my voice is weak, I hardly whisper when I speak.”
“Here’s hoping you and Peggy Ann McKay (referenced below) do not share any of the same ailments,” wrote Williams.
Hillary’s response to the poem was “pls print,” indicating she almost certainly must have identified with the symptoms it describes.
As we previously reported, other Wikileaks emails show that Hillary and her aides communicated about her health problems.
Other emails show that Hillary Clinton looked into a drug used to treat sleepiness and Parkinson’s disease after she apparently began suffering from “decision fatigue” back in 2011.
The mainstream media has attempted to dismiss all questions about Hillary’s health as “conspiracy theories” despite intense media scrutiny of John McCain’s medical history back in 2008.