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    Melania Trump slams Ivana for calling herself first lady   

    First lady Melania Trump's office fired back at President Trump's ex-wife Ivana on Monday after she boasted of her access to the White House and even referred to herself as the real "first lady." 

    In an interview with “Good Morning America” to promote her new book “Raising Trump,” Ivana Trump said she and the president speak “about once every 14 days.”

    “I have the direct number to White House, but I no really want to call him there because Melania is there,” she said. “I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife.”

    She added with a laugh: “I’m first lady, okay?”

    But Melania Trump’s office said there “is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex.”

    “This is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise,” the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to Fox News.

    “Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington, D.C. and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States,” Grisham said, slamming Ivana’s book-promotion. “She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books.”

    In the interview, Ivana went on to share some of the advice she apparently shares with her ex-husband:

    “Sometimes I tell him to just not to speak that much, okay?”  

    When asked about the president’s tweeting habits, and how she would feel if her children -- Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. -- used that “language” to describe people, she noted that they were always “very good” and that she never needed to discipline them.

    When asked how she would feel if they used the word “loser” to describe someone, she said, “I think they sometimes call people losers. If they are losers, they are losers, okay?” 

        


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    Big W's controversial decision to "ban" Christmas 

    Retail giant Big W has made a controversial call on Christmas products, in a move that’s been described by shoppers as “political correctness gone mad”.

    The department store has removed all reference of Christmas from their range of seasonal tree products, with boxes and signage scrubbed of any mention to the holiday.

    The traditional Christmas tree product is now being sold as a “Grand Pine Tree”, while the snow-covered version is being spruiked as a “White Forest Tree”.

    Christmas Tree Farm owner Fabian Iuele told News Limited the decision from the department store to ignore the origin of the holiday products was disheartening.

     “That’s really sad. It ignores the religious element and history of the holiday which is still important to people,” he said.

    “People have been traditionally calling these types of tree Christmas trees for years.

    “Those store trees are made of plastic anyway so they don’t have an alternative scientific name like the ones we grow.

    “We get people from other religions purchasing our trees regularly but they always know that they’re called Christmas trees like everybody else does.”

    Cameron Harrison, of Williamstown, a regular customer at his local Big W outlet in Highpoint said removing the word “Christmas” was a pointless exercise.

    “It seems like an over-reaction to a problem that’s not really there,” he said.

    “Christmas did have a religious meaning but we are not a religious country. I think it’s more of a tradition these days.”

    A Big W spokeswoman hit back at these claims in a statement.

    “We know that many of our customers get really excited about Christmas and a number of customers like to co-ordinate their home Christmas decorations,” she said.

    “In order to assist our customers co-ordinate their Christmas trees and decorations, we label packaging with key Christmas themes.”

    What are your thoughts? Are Big W doing the right thing by making their products inclusive to all Australians, or is it a case of political correctness gone mad?

       


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    Cleveland Browns Sign RB O.J. Simpson To 2-Year Deal Worth 14 Million

     

    BEREA, OH – The Cleveland Browns are looking to be anything more than an embarrassment this season, and with Brock Osweiler at quarterback, the team is looking for someone they can hand the ball of too.

    They may have found their guy.

    According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns and O.J. Simpson have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract worth 14 million, with 5 million of that money guaranteed.

    “We thought he was the type of player worth taking a stab at,” new Browns GM Sashi Brown told reporters after news broke. “We’ve gone over the film and the guy is obviously talented.”

    The veteran Simspon will join a backfield that includes Isiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, who will likely take most of the first or second down snaps.

    “He’s not to good when it comes to first or seconds chances, so we think he’ll be a crucial third down back for us,” Brown added. “He doesn’t use firepower, but can really knife through the defense to get those short-yard pickups”

    According to Schefter, Simpson’s contract has numerous incentives including Pro-Bowl appearances, Super Bowl appearances (LOL), any runs longer than the one he had in his white Bronco, and the ability to not murder anyone during the length of his contract..

    After the announcement, Simpson, now 70, spoke with reporters saying, “I may be old, but no defense scares me. I’ve been a part of the best defense in history, this is child’s play.”

    Simpson was also asked if he was excited to play in Cleveland, which he jokingly responded with, “I thought they said I was leaving prison?”


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    This Is Why Everyone’s Talking About California’s “Revenge Porn” Law Right Now

    Yesterday, Rob Kardashian got himself removed from Instagram after going on an explicit rant which included posting a photo (multiple times) of a nude woman he claimed was his ex-girlfriend, Blac Chyna. While there is no confirmation on whether the photo was real or Photoshopped, or who it depicted, it did bring up conversations surrounding the pair’s home state of California and its “revenge porn” law.

    We don’t know yet if Kardashian broke any law. That said, it’s definitely worthwhile to fully understand why people would assume that posting explicit photos of a person might get someone in trouble.

    Both California and New York State have laws known as “revenge porn” laws. Cali’s Bill 255 was enacted into law in 2013, and states (in simple terms), that if a person shares an intimate image of you publicly without your express consent and with the intent to cause emotional harm, they can be convicted of this crime. The biggest revenge porn case to date came in 2015, when the operator of a revenge porn website was convicted of multiple felonies and had to pay over $25,000 in damages.

    While, again, we have no proof that Kardashian broke this law, social media sites like Instagram have it in their best interest to act fast whenever the possibility of a violation arises on their platform.

    In response to the event, an Instagram spokesperson said, “At Instagram we value maintaining a safe and supportive space for our community and we work to remove reported content that violates our guidelines.”

    As for Kardashian and Blac Chyna, no one can make assumptions as to what will happen with this latest feud, although Chyna’s lawyer has released a statement of intent to protect Chyna’s rights (whatever that may mean).

    If you feel that you need help dealing with an abusive situation, you can contact The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

    Thank you!


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    ‘Power’ Season 4, Episode 1 Recap: ‘Grown Folks’ Problems’

    Spoilers ahead:

    Season 4 starts out right where we left off a whole year ago. James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) has been arrested for the murder of FBI agent Greg Knox. (Andy Bean) Ironically, with all the BS Ghost HAS done, this is a murder he didn’t commit. But ex-girlfriend Angela Valdez (Lela Loren) doesn’t care – she’s been betrayed and believes that Ghost did the deed.

    Sandoval, (David Fumero) Angela’s boss, who actually did kill Knox is throwing away the gun when his deputy Cooper calls to tell him Ghost has been arrested. Whew! Sandoval holds onto the weapon. Sure, how that go wrong?

    Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.) is still missing – in the clutches of Kanan (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose). It doesn’t look good for Tarik but now that Ghost has been arrested, Dre has an idea where Tariq might be. Of course, Dre (Rotimi Akinosho) also knows Kanan is alive and hanging with Tarik. How does neither Ghost nor Tommy (Joseph Sikora) have their ears to the street and don’t know Kanan is alive?

    Yay! Keisha (La La Anthony) is also alive after her mysterious disappearance last season. Tommy hid her from Milan and then killed him, so Keisha is free to go back to her salon, despite the fact that Tasha and Tommy are washing money there. But hey, she lives, so that’s a good thing. Tasha (Naturi Naughton) finds out that Ghost has been arrested from Proctor (Jerry Ferrara) who has his own problems – his ex/baby mama is on drugs again so he’s gotta take his daughter and get Ghost out of jail. Problems.

    Tommy’s running the drug operation and Dre’s running the club. Julio (J. R. Ramirez) is the new distro and he’s already pulling rank by getting his booty call Sue a job at the club. Meantime, Dre’s gotta keep the club going, get Tariq back from Kanan and deal with this BS. Problems.

    Dre does extract Tariq from Kanan by promising him and jukebox 50K a week of drug money. Hope that’s coming out of Dre’s cut, ’cause otherwise how could that go wrong? Dre immediately heads to the top of the list of characters unlikely to survive this season along with Angela and Tarik. We wish to hell it could be Kanan, but not sure if 50’s ego will let that happen.

    Tariq tells Tasha the ransom demand was a joke when he fell asleep hanging with some new friend. Tommy wants to know who this ‘Slim’ is but Dre plays it off. Tommy assures Tasha that Kanan is dead. Ha!

    Tasha’s gotta bail out Ghost, but guess what? There’s no money. Ghost sold the stocks and took the emergency fund likely when he was running away with Angela. Oh, boy does he regret that now. He thought he could put it back – says everyone when they take money they shouldn’t.

    Angela has the gall to appear at Tasha and Ghost’s apartment to execute a federal warrant. She should know they won’t find anything there, but it’s a little revenge. Tasha and Keisha are disgusted as is Raina (Donshea Hopkins) who confronts Angela about the betrayal.

    Meanwhile, back at the office, Angela arresting Ghost isn’t doing her career much good. Since she was ‘f-ing’ the murder suspect and the defendant, she’s pretty much burnt career wise. But so is the entire office. John Mak (Sung Kang), the new prosecutor guy this season, has already set up an OG jail informant, Terry Terasi (badass actor William Sadler, so you know it’s real) to snitch on a case but it looks like he’s going to get involved with Ghost in some way. Also, Mak moved the investigation to his office where Sandoval will be the second chair. John tells Angela he needs her help, but she’ll be no chair at all. Ouch. Angela better figure out her next play because after Ghost’s trial, it doesn’t look like she’ll have a job at all.

    Tommy has to win Petar’s (Aleksandar Popovic) confidence since the Serbs already know about Ghost’s arrest. Petar told them, so he’s gotta stay around to keep tables on the operation. Petar tells Tommy he’s gotta be transparent otherwise we know how the Serbs get down. Tommy calms the troops – it’s business as usual. He also lets Dre know to toe the line. Poor Dre. He’s gotta jump through a lot of hoops this season.

    At jail, Tasha comes through. She needs clean bail money and Ghost tells her where to get it. He doesn’t tell her that he’s being targeted by a sadistic marshal, Williams (Charlie Murphy, in sadly, his last role) who doesn’t like cop killers.

    Ghost is losing all around. In his bail hearing, Proctor looks like he’s going to get bail. They’ve got the clean money. But John takes care of that and convinces the judge the alleged murdered of a federal agent deserves no such mercy. Bail denied.

    In the closing scene, Ghost gets his ass kicked by Williams and another marshal. This looks like a long season for Ghost.

    QUOTABLE: Tasha to Angela when Angela questions why Ghost was sleeping in the den: “I didn’t want any bedbugs to transfer from your place.”

    KILL LIST: 1. Dre. 2. Angela 3. Tarik 4. Kanan (we’ll update the order as the season goes on.

     


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    Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Heads To Jail

     

     Former “Dance Moms” reality TV star Abby Lee Miller was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for hiding $775,000 worth of income and bringing $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the U.S. without reporting it.

    U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti also fined Miller $40,000 — on top of the $120,000 in currency she’s forfeiting as part of guilty pleas entered last year — and ordered her to spend two years on probation after prison.

    Miller, 51, filed for bankruptcy, just as her star was rising in late 2010, after defaulting on a $245,000 Florida condominium mortgage and a $96,000 mortgage on her Abby Lee Dance Company studio in Penn Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Melucci told the judge that Miller went from being a “dance mom in the bankruptcy case to dance con” by hiding her income.

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti nearly approved a plan to let Miller repay her creditors at lower interest rates and longer terms before he saw her on TV one night and figured she must be making far more than the $8,899 in monthly income she initially declared. It’s a crime to deceive a bankruptcy judge about one’s income and assets because that information is used to determine how much and how soon creditors will receive in the court-ordered repayment plan.

    Miller eventually coughed up $288,000 in TV income she didn’t initially report in 2012, then federal investigators found she’d hidden nearly $550,000 more from personal appearances, dance sessions and merchandise sales.

    Defense attorney Robert Ridge asked the judge to not hold Miller’s celebrity against her, saying Miller “was ill-equipped to deal with the brand that she became.”

    The “Dance Moms” star was known for her brash behavior and pursuit of perfectionism from her dance students. The show followed a class of Miller’s elite students and the perilous relationship she has with the girls’ mothers. Critics of “Dance Moms” accused Miller of being emotionally abusive toward the girls, and many episodes show her students dissolving into tears after a harsh critique.

    Miller announced in March that she was leaving the show. She’s now working out of a dance studio near Los Angeles, and Conti agreed to recommend that federal prison officials let her serve her sentence as close to her new business base of operations as possible. Miller must report to prison in a few weeks.

    Ridge told the judge that Miller accidentally became famous when she let TV producers use her studio for a show about young dancers, only to have the producers center the show on Miller after her fiery encounter with an angry parent.

    Conti told Miller that the prison sentence and other punishments are “not about the fame. It’s really about what anyone who’s going to commit bankruptcy fraud” will face. “There’s going to be serious consequences,” Conti said.

    Miller told the judge that she opened a bank account not authorized by the court so she could pay bills and otherwise run her business affairs while he bankruptcy proceedings ground on. Melucci contends Miller was “extremely arrogant” and opened the account so she could receive and spend income away from Judge Agresti’s prying eyes to “satisfy her enormous greed.”

    “‘Dance Moms’ became a hit and I became a laughingstock of reality TV,” Miller told the judge, referring both to her on-camera persona and her later legal troubles. “Why didn’t I hold myself to the same standard I hold my dancers to? Had I done that, I wouldn’t be here today.”


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    Holding  Your Child Hostage for Money - Really?

    I woke up at 6am this morning with this on my mind.  Having prior conversation with a friend last night upset me.  This article is coming from my observations, experiences, marriage, and divorce.   First off let's begin with your child or children are a gift from God.  Secondly they did not ask YOU to be here.  So  state or vicissitude of life or fortune, here is a baby.  Now the baby is here what kind of Mother are you going to be?

    You love this child nuture this child, education, growth, strength, courage, family, understanding human differences.  Now as you go thru life marriage, separated, single parent what legacy will you leave your child or children.  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY?

    I get so perterb with you Mothers that hold your child or children hostage for the money.  Here are a few examples I have observed.  1. Don't pay child support, he don't see his child.  (so now your child has become a commodity)  2.  I need all that support check to pay my bills.  (in the meantime where is the child's clothes, shoes, hair done, after school activities)  3.  You can't keep a budget so your always using the child or children's money to make up for your mistakes!   4.  Your child or children are at the age to work and help.  (your oppportunity to teach them financial education.  Instead you take most of their money earn, and then make them feel guility for wanting to keep any for themselves)  5.  You make the child or children feel like a burden on you.  (You made the choice to open your legs and become pregnant).

    AGAIN, A CHILD OR CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD!  PERIOD!

    So this is how you handle your gifts?  What are you like on your Birthdays or Christmas time?  You sit back and take a pause about all the mental anquish in this country today, and forget it begins at home, the root of the source.

    Who doesn't want or need money?  Using your children to get it, is a sad commentary for a Parent(s).   Some folks will use their kids just to get a Welfare check or a SSI check.  Use their names for bills or credit.  (when they are grown wonder why they have no credit, it has already been burned by your Parent.)   Karma is a bitch, and know one but God knows when pay day is coming OK!!!!!

    SOLUTION:

    Teach your child or children the value of money and how to use it.   Not hold them hostage for your own benefits.  Look at yourself, how are you living.  Are you living above your means?  Then take a course in basic economics help yourself, and family.  We are not always taught about money when we grow up.  We see Parent(s) paying the bills, but don't understand the process of why.  If your receive child support or not the main rememberance is the gift that God has place in your hands to grown and nuture.  Money will not give you that love a child has for you total and unconditional.   Not understanding what money is gives them fear of not having enough.  If know one has told you today that they love you, well I do!

    Thank you,  Lennis


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    Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public

     

    Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political and special interest sources in order to covertly sway public opinion. Blatant lies are often televised regarding terrorism, food, war, health, etc. They are fashioned to sway public opinion and condition viewers to accept what have become destructive societal norms.

    The practice of manipulating and controlling public opinion with distorted media messages has become so common that there is a whole industry formed around this. The entire role of this brainwashing industry is to figure out how to spin information to journalists, similar to the lobbying of government. It is never really clear just how much truth the journalists receive because the news industry has become complacent. The messages that it presents are shaped by corporate powers who often spend millions on advertising with the six conglomerates that own 90% of the media:  General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. Yet, these corporations function under many different brands, such as Fox, ABC, CNN, Comcast, Wall Street Journal, etc, giving people the perception of choice.

     

    “As Tavistock’s researchers showed, it was important that the victims of mass brainwashing not be aware that their environment was being controlled; there should thus be a vast number of sources for information, whose messages could be varied slightly, so as to mask the sense of external control.” ~ Specialist of mass brainwashing, L. Wolfe

    New Brainwashing Tactics Called Astroturf

    With alternative media on the rise, the propaganda machine continues to expand. Below is a video of Sharyl Attkisson, investigative reporter with CBS, during which she explains how “astroturf,” or fake grassroots movements, are used to spin information not only to influence journalists but to sway public opinion.

    “Astroturf is a perversion of grassroots. Astroturf is when political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start facebook and twitter accounts, publish ads, letters to the editor, or simply post comments online, to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking.” ~ Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Reporter

    How do you separate fact from fiction? Sharyl Attkisson finishes her talk with some insights on how to identify signs of propaganda and astroturf.

    Here is a summary of astroturf tactics. Once you’re aware of them, you will notice just how popular they have truly become:

    • Creating of Wikipedia pages, monitored by corporations.
    • Creating a social media presence, including Facebook and Twitter accounts, run by paid professionals.
    • Secretly funding non-profit organizations to create third-party support and web presence.
    • Search engine optimizing web pages such as blogs and third-party sites that support a specific agenda.
    • Financing industry research that is deceitfully presented as independent opinion.
    • Funding experts working on unrelated projects, while in reality creating paid consultants.

    These methods are used to give people the impression that there is widespread support for an agenda, when, in reality, one may not exist. Astroturf tactics are also used to discredit or criticize those that disagree with certain agendas, using stereotypical names such as conspiracy theorist or quack. When in fact when someone dares to reveal the truth or questions the ‘official’ story, it should spark a deeper curiosity and encourage further scrutiny of the information.
     

    This article (Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Vic Bishop and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement. Please contact WakingTimes@gmail.com for more info. 



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