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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Russian submarines have dramatically stepped up activity around undersea data cables in the North Atlantic, part of a more aggressive naval posture that has driven NATO to revive a Cold War-era command, according to senior military officials. The apparent Russian focus on the cables, which provide Internet and other communications connections to North America and Europe, could give the Kremlin the power to sever or tap into vital data lines, the officials said. Russian submarine activity has increased to levels unseen since the Cold War, they said, sparking hunts in recent months for the elusive watercraft. "We are now seeing Russian underwater activity in the vicinity of undersea cables that I don't believe we have ever seen," said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Andrew Lennon, the commander of NATO's submarine forces. "Russia is clearly taking an interest in NATO and NATO nations' undersea infrastructure."

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A former marine has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of planning a terror attack in San Francisco over Christmas. Everitt Aaron Jameson, 25, was held after allegedly discussing the plot with undercover FBI agents. Criminal documents allege he planned to target the Pier 39 area, popular with tourists in the city. Authorities say firearms, a will and a letter claiming the attack were found during a search of his home. The FBI criminal complaint says that Jameson's letter made reference to Donald Trump's decision to designate Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. read more

If you were to ask your Republican congressmen or women what exactly was in the tax bill, they would tell you "tax cuts." But what they won't talk about are the other little items they slipped into the legislation. A provision of the tax bill mandates that the federal government hold lease sales in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). This would open the area up to oil drilling and other energy development, something that has not been allowed for over 30 years. Needless to say, while environmentalists are outraged over this, energy industry advocates are thrilled, reports Fortune.com. read more

I'm probably going to be away more than I am here for the next few days.

To everyone here at drudge.com, have a most merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

"Based on the passage of tax reform and the FCC's action on broadband, Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast NBCUniversal, announced that the Company would award special $1,000 bonuses to more than one hundred thousand eligible frontline and non-executive employees," Comcast said in a statement.

"Roberts also announced that the Company expects to spend well in excess of $50 billion over the next five years investing in infrastructure to radically improve and extend our broadband plant and capacity, and our television, film and theme park offerings," the company added....

But those that take a closer look at Comcast's finances will find that's something that would have occurred anyway. read more


So regulations that were passed in response to safety violations that resulted in 11 dead people and the resulting largest oil spill in US history results in untold damage to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico ( usatoday30.usatoday.com ), Pres Trump is just going to say, ~Never mind.~

Doesn't the populist Pres Trump have the slightest bit of concern for the people who make their livelihood from the shores of the Gulf?

Or is Pres trump more concerned about saving the oil companies 200 million dollars since they will no longer need to follow any safety regulations?

$200 mmillion vs. 11 human lives.

I wonder what the anti-abortion people who put Pres Trump in office think about that.

A lot more detail...

'Ready to die': Modesto man suspect in planned Christmas attack in San Francisco

...Jameson told an undercover FBI agent he "had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area," according to the complaint.

Jameson also met with the agent whom he believed to be associated with the senior leadership of the foreign terrorist organization, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL). During his interactions with this undercover agent, Jameson offered to carry out violent acts and to provide financial support for the terrorist organization....

According to the court document, Jameson was inspired by the Oct. 31 New York terror attack that left eight people dead when a man drove onto a crowded bike path. He also was inspired by the 2015 deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino....

OK, I was curious ...

Nothing particularly frightening.

Let's try this one...

Well, that one's downright scary.

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