German Intelligence Clears Russia Of Election Interference

After a multi-month, politically charged investigation, German intelligence agencies could find no good evidence of Moscow-directed cyber-attacks or a disinformation campaign aimed at subverting the democratic process in Germany. Undaunted, Chancellor Angela Merkel has commissioned a new investigation.

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Germany’s foreign intelligence service

Last year, Berlin’s two main intelligence agencies, the BND and BfV (counterparts of the CIA and FBI) launched a joint investigation to substantiate allegations that Russia was meddling in German political affairs and attempting to shape the outcome of Germany’s elections next September.

Like the vast majority of Americans malnourished on “mainstream media,” most Germans have been led to believe that, by hacking and “propaganda,” the Kremlin interfered in the recent U.S. election and helped Donald Trump become president.

German intelligence agencies rarely bite the hand that feeds them and realize that the most bountiful part of the trough is at the CIA station in Berlin with ultimate guidance coming from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. But this time, in an unusual departure from past practice, analysts at the BND and BfV decided to act like responsible adults.

Whereas former CIA Director John Brennan prevailed on his analysts to resort to anemic, evidence-light reasoning “assessing” that Russia tried to tip the U.S. election to Donald Trump, Berlin’s intelligence agencies found the evidence lacking and have now completed their investigation.

Better still, the conclusions have been reported in a mainstream German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, apparently because a patriotic insider thought the German people should also know. >> Continue Reading <<

Israel Burger King offers adults-only Valentine’s Day meal

Fast-food giant Burger King wants to make sure adults in Israel get to enjoy Happy Meals, too – but with a different kind of toy.

The hamburger chain will sell an ‘Adult’s Meal’ at its Israeli locations this Valentine’s Day that will come with a “romantic adult toy.”

“Kid’s Meal? That’s for kids,” the ad posted on YouTube says. “Burger King presents the Adults Meal with an adult toy inside.”

According to AdWeek, the adults-only combo meal will also include two Whoppers, two sets of fries and two beers.

The combo meal will only be offered on Tuesday at Burger King locations in Israel from  6 p.m. until closing time.

$1,084,840,000,000: Taxes Set Record Through January; $7,133 Per Worker; Feds Still Run Deficit of $156,939,000,000

We The People voted Donald Trump as President to reign in government spending. With this record amount of taxes taken in, we should have a balanced budget sooner than later.

The U.S. Treasury hauled in a record of approximately $1,084,840,000,000 in tax revenues in the first four months of fiscal 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement.

That is up about $5,616,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars from the approximately $1,079,224,000,000 in constant 2016 dollars that the Treasury collected in the first four months of fiscal 2016.

Tax revenues from previous years, as reported in the Monthly Treasury Statement for January of each year, were adjusted to 2016 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator. >> Continue Reading <<

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Federal Taxes set record through January