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6/15/17 #1350

Lynch v. California Coastal Commission on expiration of seawall permits after 20 years.

AB1129 in CA Assembly would prevent seawall construction to protect any structure built after 1977.

SB 1263 in CA Senate would ban developments that rely on use of hauled water.

Banning Ranch v. Newport Beach, the CA Coastal Commission is further delaying a permitting process for residential development that has already been delayed for eight years.

Goldman Sachs buys Venezuelan bonds in the secondary market.

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6/1/17 #1349

Worries about robotization of work destroying jobs; return of the Luddites?

As biotech and artificial intelligence merge are we transforming humans into immortal God-like beings? Luval Harari, author of "A Brief History of Tomorrow" wonders.

In 1961 during the John F Kennedy administration, per capita federal taxes were $4,121 in 2016 dollars. And JFK, a Democrat, wanted to cut taxes. In 2016 federal per capita taxes were $10,114 a 145% increase. Are we getting 145% more for our money?

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5/18/17 #1347

Now the Democrats are finding Russians under the Trump bed. Former FBI head Robert Mueller has been appointed special prosecutor to find them. Ladbrokes of London is now laying 11-10 odds of Trump being impeached during his first term.

China's One Belt-One Road infrastructure buildout. In cooperation with Pakistan, Russia and other countries they are reincarnating the Silk Road from Beijing to Brussels. Making overland trade throughout Asia and Europe much easier. Sign of the American Empire being supplanted by a Eurasian Empire?

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Trump flip flops on five core issues in one week:

1. Chinese currency manipulation.

2. Fed bubble finance and not reappointing Yellen. 3.Export-Import Bank subsidies to Boeing and GE.

4. NATO’s obsolescence.

5. Intervening on both sides of Syrian and Afghanistan civil wars.

Bill O'Reilly finally fired.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of LA's Assembly bill to raise standard of proof in cops lying cases

from "more likely than not" to "clear and convincing".

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Puerto Rico declares bankruptcy. $123 billion in debt compared to Detroit's $18 billion. $74 billion in bond debt and $49 billion in pension debt. First territory to declare bankruptcy and largest government bankruptcy in history of U.S.

Rand Paul: "Budget deal should be renamed Status Quo Protection Act."

FBI Director James Comey calls Wikileaks intelligence porn...echoes CIA Director Mike Pompeo's attacks on Julian Assange.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduces Federal cannabis decriminalization bill.

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Susan Rice allegedly "unmasked" Trump mentions in intelligence surveillance records.

The Gorsuch nomination and the Democratic filibuster.

Real border wall losers - ranchers, homeowners and taxpayers through exercise of eminent domain.

DHS Secretary John Kelly says airport searches of cell phones will continue.

Yale School of Medicine Professor Gordon Shepard says drinking wine gives brain a workout, engaging brain more than music or solving math equations. But you must swallow.

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John McCain says Rand Paul is a Putin operative for objecting to Montenegro NATO membership.

Trump's taxes - at 25% in year leaked, more that Bernie's. Media's focus is on whether Trump was the leaker.

Political operative Roger Stone victim of hit and run, he thinks it may have been an assassination attempt especially after he was recently poisoned also.

LA County Sheriff's Department spending $300,000 to switch from silver to gold colored belt buckles. Both are actually brass.