Hawaii Unveiling Preparedness Plan for North Korean Missile Attack

The news media in Hawaii, including the Honolulu Star Advertiser, reported on July 20 that the state is formulating a preparedness plan for what the paper describes as “the unlikely event that North Korea launches an intercontinental ballistic missile at the Aloha State.”

Source: Hawaii Unveiling Preparedness Plan for North Korean Missile Attack

Voter Fraud Database Tops 1,000 Proven Cases | The Heritage Foundation

KEY TAKEAWAYS One of the left’s main arguments against reform is that voter fraud simply does not occur. How liberals arrive at this conclusion, we cannot say. Heritage is releasing a new edition of its Voter Fraud Database. Featuring well over 100 new cases, the database documents 1,071 instances of voter fraud. Voter fraud is real, and we ignore it at our own peril.

Source: Voter Fraud Database Tops 1,000 Proven Cases | The Heritage Foundation

US Urges All Nationals In North Korea To “Depart Immediately”, Bans Tourists From Visiting | Zero Hedge

Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. “After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.” The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

Source: US Urges All Nationals In North Korea To “Depart Immediately”, Bans Tourists From Visiting | Zero Hedge

Trump picks climate change doubter for USDA science job | TheHill

The nomination, which had been expected, was announced in a statement by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Sam Clovis, an early campaign adviser to Trump, will serve as undersecretary for research, education and economics. “Dr. Clovis was one of the first people through the door at USDA in January and has become a trusted advisor and steady hand as we continue to work for the people of agriculture,” Perdue said. “He looks at every problem with a critical eye, relying on sound science and data, and will be the facilitator and integrator we need.”

Source: Trump picks climate change doubter for USDA science job | TheHill

Three Killed, Over 200 Wounded As Muslim Rioters Rage Over Temple Mount

Three Palestinians were reported killed and over 200 were wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank as Palestinian leaders urged a day of protest purportedly against Israel’s decision to put metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount.

Source: Three Killed, Over 200 Wounded As Muslim Rioters Rage Over Temple Mount

Reports: Trump Team Looks to Fight Back Against Mueller’s Overreach in Russia Probe

President Trump’s team is reportedly looking at ways to push back against an apparently overzealous FBI special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election — putting together a case of Mueller’s team’s alleged conflicts of interest.

Source: Reports: Trump Team Looks to Fight Back Against Mueller’s Overreach in Russia Probe

Tea party wins 8-year battle with IRS

It took eight years of frustration, court battles and waiting. It took the complete change of a presidential administration. And it took the persistent fighting of a top-level team of lawyers. But the Albuquerque Tea Party now is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)4 organization, even though it was one of the hundreds of conservative groups obstructed by the agency under Barack Obama. The American Center for Law and Justice, which has represented dozens of those groups in court fights, said the Albuquerque Tea Party now has its exempt status nearly eight years after originally filing its application. “This is a major victor for free speech,” ACLJ said. The legal team the Obama administration had “orchestrated a complex scheme to dump conservative and tea party nonprofit applicants into a bureaucratic ‘black hole.’”

Source: Tea party wins 8-year battle with IRS

Cashless Society Alert: Visa Will Be Giving Up To $500,000 To Restaurants That Go ‘100% Cashless’

The push toward a cashless society is becoming more of a shove.  Before today I had never heard of “The Visa Cashless Challenge”, but after reading about it I have to say that I am quite alarmed.  Visa is trying to “encourage” businesses to go cashless, and one of the ways that they will be doing this is by “awarding up to $500,000 to 50 eligible US-based small business food service owners who commit to joining the 100% cashless quest”.  The food industry is still one of the last bastions where cash is used very heavily, and so it makes sense that Visa would want to target that segment.  Of course the more people that use cards to pay for meals, the more money that Visa will make.

Source: Cashless Society Alert: Visa Will Be Giving Up To $500,000 To Restaurants That Go ‘100% Cashless’

10 Things You Never Knew About Orwell’s 1984 | Zero Hedge

George Orwell’s novel 1984 was incredibly popular at the time it was published, and it remains incredibly popular to this day. With multiple stars citing the book as one of their favorites – including Stephen King, David Bowie, Mel Gibson, and Kit Harrington – 1984 has been growing in popularity in recent years. The book reappeared on best-seller lists in early 2017, as some argued Orwell’s dystopian vision had finally arrived. Below are 10 facts you might not know about Orwell’s dark novel.

Source: 10 Things You Never Knew About Orwell’s 1984 | Zero Hedge

Donald Trump: Republicans Shouldn’t Leave for August Recess Until They Act on Obamacare – Breitbart

“Inaction is not an option, and frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great health care,” Trump said after meeting Senate Republicans for lunch at the White House.

Source: Donald Trump: Republicans Shouldn’t Leave for August Recess Until They Act on Obamacare – Breitbart

Trump: ‘I Would Have Picked Somebody Else’ If I Knew Sessions Would Recuse Himself from Russia Probe – Breitbart

During an interview with the New York Times released on Wednesday, President Trump stated that if he knew Attorney General Jeff Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia probe, he never would have nominated Sessions to be AG in the first place. Trump said, “Sessions, gets the job. Right after he gets the job, he recuses himself.”

Source: Trump: ‘I Would Have Picked Somebody Else’ If I Knew Sessions Would Recuse Himself from Russia Probe – Breitbart

‘Game of Thrones’ creators to next tackle civil war in alternative America

The creators of HBO’s hit medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones” have their next show lined for the premium cable network, but this one has no dragons or an undead army of white walkers. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who adapted “Game of Thrones” from George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, will write and direct original series “Confederate,” HBO said on Wednesday.

Source: ‘Game of Thrones’ creators to next tackle civil war in alternative America

Elon Musk Calls for Moon Base

“To really get the public real fired up, I think we’ve got to have a base on the moon,” the billionaire founder and CEO of SpaceX said today (July 19) at the 2017 International Space Station Research and Development (ISSR&D) conference in Washington, D.C. “Having some permanent presence on another heavenly body, which would be the kind of moon base, and then getting people to Mars and beyond — that’s the continuance of the dream of Apollo that I think people are really looking for,

Source: Elon Musk Calls for Moon Base

Musk Says First Passengers on SpaceX Rockets Must Be ‘Brave’ – Bloomberg

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy, a rocket with two extra boosters attached and a total of 27 engines that must fire simultaneously, will have enormous stresses and has been difficult to test on the ground, Musk said Wednesday in Washington. He jokingly urged attendees of a conference on the International Space Station to watch the first attempted launch.

Source: Musk Says First Passengers on SpaceX Rockets Must Be ‘Brave’ – Bloomberg