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Avis Car Rental Bars Israeli Executive From Renting

Berserk Jew hatred in NY

On Saturday evening, Dov Bergwerk arrived at the Avis branch on West 76th Street and Broadway. Accompanied by his wife Ruth, the Bergwerks were planning to join friends for dinner in Westchester. Mr. Bergwerk, a senior vice president and general corporate counsel at the Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva, got out his driver’s license, reservation number and “Wizard” loyalty card – he’s rented from Avis dozens of times before – and anticipated the usual smooth transition into a nondescript mid-sized sedan.

That’s when the trouble started.

A reservation agent named Angelline declined to honor Mr. Bergwerk’s reservation, saying that it was company policy not to recognize Israeli documents. Stunned, Mr. Bergwerk explained that he had rented from Avis many times, including a car from that very same office on Thursday, November 19 – only two days earlier.

Mr. Bergwerk asked Angelline to access the profile attached to his Wizard card, which shows that he is an executive at a giant multinational company who has no regulatory issues and has rented from Avis, including at that very branch, many times without incident. She refused. They argued.

Eventually, a manager was called. Shamoura took the side of her reservation agent, also refusing to honor Mr. Bergwerk’s reservation or recognize his documents. Stunned and stranded on a Saturday night in New York, Mr. Bergwerk called the Avis main number and got through to customer service. The representative confirmed to him that the Israeli license was an acceptable form of ID and also mentioned that he could show his passport to ameliorate any ID concerns the on-site employees had. Mr. Bergwerk put the customer service representative on the phone with Shamoura, the branch manager, and at this point the story evolved. She now claimed that she was declining to rent the Bergwerks a car not because of the insufficient documents but because Mr. Bergwerk had “argued about the way I was being treated in front of other customers,” according to Mr. Bergwerk.

The Observer asked Mr. Bergwerk if he felt that, in the heart of Manhattan’s progressive activist community, he was being singled out for being an Israeli.

“While no direct reference was made to being anti Israel, that was my impression almost from the initial moment I presented my license and credit card as I have done over 15 years of business and leisure travel without ever being challenged. The agent stated that the Israeli license did not have the required info in English. I tried to demonstrate that the license had all the required info but she and the manager had no interest. Similarly, the fact that I have had many rentals at Avis and at this location was dismissed as having been ‘done by new employees.’”

New Jersey based Avis, owned by the Avis Budget Group (which also owns Budget Rent a Car and Zipcar), is one of the largest car rental companies in the world, with almost 5500 locations in 165 countries. The company has yet to respond to the Observer’s request for comment; this story will be updated to include an Avis response should it be forthcoming.

Ruth Bergwerk confirmed her husband’s version of events, telling the Observer, “Of course it was embarrassing. They wouldn’t even open our reservation and see that we have an Avis wizard number or that we had rented a car from the same location 2 days before. There was no way they would rent a car with that license. There was no way to reason with them.” According to both Mr. and Ms. Bergwerk, Angelline and Shamoura would not even provide their last names or employee ID numbers. Observer reporting confirmed that the manager is Shamoura Welch-Robinson, who has worked for Avis since April 2014, according to her LinkedIn page.

Mr. Bergwerk said, “I felt that something very ugly was going on. Discriminated against. When you deny someone a service and they present the ability to pay for that service and they dismiss you like your money isn’t good here, It’s very demeaning.”

The Israeli government provides a list of countries that recognize an Israel Driving License; as a close ally, the US has among the most generous policies and even Turkey and Singapore do so. Meanwhile, the Bergwerks never made it to Westchester last night. In something short of a tragedy—but with ominous overtones for those carrying Israeli documents—according to Ms. Bergwerk, “Our plans for the evening were ruined.”

It wasn’t just dinner. According to Mr. Bergwerk, “I was also planning a very personal visit this morning out of New York to a cemetery but [now] will not go.”

Avis, Budget and Zipcar need to be boycotted. It is easy to avoid both Avis and Budget; people who use Zipcar can just as easily use Uber. I will personally avoid all three companies everywhere I travel. I will also write to Avis, letting them know that antisemitism will cost them business.

– Aggie

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No. Wait. What? I Thought California Stabber-Boy Was NOT A Terrorist.

Huh. Why were we kept in the dark about this for so long?

I realize that we covered the beheading manifesto, but did we know that he also sported an ISIS flag?

The California college student who stabbed four people last week was carrying an image of the black flag of ISIS according to a report Tuesday, as well as a handwritten manifesto with instructions to behead a student and multiple reminders to pray to Allah, yet authorities continued to insist Faisal Mohammad’s motives had nothing to do with radical Islam.

The 18-year-old, who was killed by a campus police officer to end the Wednesday morning attack, was a loner who was incensed at being booted from a study group, according to Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke. But the extreme way Mohammad dealt with his rage, the presence of the printout of Islamic State’s black flag and the deadly plans spelled out in the two-page document he carried could indicate there was more to the attack than simple rejection.

“This fits exactly with what ISIS is looking for, individuals to go and do an act of terrorism unilaterally,” said Patrick Dunleavy, former deputy inspector general of the New York State Police Criminal Intelligence Unit and author of the 2011 book “The Fertile Soil of Jihad: Terrorism’s Prison Connection. “The fact that he may have been kicked out of a study group does not preclude this being a lone wolf act. It only needs some sort of trigger, which could be totally unrelated to Islam, that causes him to act on his rage and attribute it to Allah.”

“ISIS is not looking for a few good men; one crazy will do.”

And the government still denies is it terrorism. I stand by my first call. He copied Palestinian Arab terrorists with the knife; he was a terrorist.

– Aggie

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University Of Missouri President Is Forced To Resign Over Racial Climate On Campus

We live in extraordinary times.

Before we begin, let’s all remember the attacks on Jews, Jewish students, and Israel, which have been ubiquitous on college campuses since the beginning of the 21st century. Jewish students and speakers have been attacked and beaten. They have received death threats. They have received handouts telling them to move out their dormitories. Canned goods with pictures of “dead Palestinian babies” have been produced and distributed. They have been denied letters of recommendation if they openly support Israel, and they have seen their grades suffer. No college President was ever forced out.

Jews could learn a lot from African Americans:

The president of the University of Missouri system resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over his handling of racial tensions at the school.

President Tim Wolfe, a former business executive with no previous experience in academic leadership, took “full responsibility for the frustration” students expressed and said their complaints were “clear” and “real.”

He made the announcement at the start of what had been expected to be a lengthy closed-door meeting of the school’s governing board.

For months, black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white flagship campus of the state’s four-college system. The complaints came to a head two days ago, when at least 30 black football players announced that they would not play until the president was gone. One student went on a weeklong hunger strike.

The football team also refused to play and some of the faculty walked out (refused to teach).

Here is a list of demands circulated by the aggrieved students:

I. We demand that the University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1-­9-­5-0 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1-9-5-­0 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admit to his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators, consenting to the physical violence of bystanders, and lastly refusing to intervene when Columbia Police Department used excessive force with demonstrators.

II. We demand the immediate removal of Tim Wolfe as UM system president. After his removal a new amendment to UM system policies must be established to have all future UM system president and Chancellor positions be selected by a collective of students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds.

III. We demand that the University of Missouri meets the Legion of Black Collegians’ demands that were presented in 1969 for the betterment of the black community.

IV. We demand that the University of Missouri creates and enforces comprehensive racial awareness and inclusion curriculum throughout all campus departments and units, mandatory for all students, faculty, staff, and administration. This curriculum must be vetted, maintained, and overseen by a board comprised of students, staff, and faculty of color.

V. We demand that by the academic year 2017-2018, the University of Missouri increases the percentage of black faculty and staff campus-wide to 10%.

VI. We demand that the University of Missouri composes a strategic 10 year plan by May 1, 2016 that will increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus.

VII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding and resources for the University of Missouri Counseling Center for the purpose of hiring additional mental health professionals — particularly those of color, boosting mental health outreach and programming across campus, increasing campus-­wide awareness and visibility of the counseling center, and reducing lengthy wait times for prospective clients.

VIII. We demand that the University of Missouri increases funding, resources, and personnel for the social justices centers on campus for the purpose of hiring additional professionals, particularly those of color, boosting outreach and programming across campus, and increasing campus-­wide awareness and visibility.

And it worked.

– Aggie


Get Out! The UC Merced Campus Stabber Was Named Faisal Mohammad!

Or, as a Muslim friend likes to say: Not another Mohammad…

Hmm, BTL, have you noticed that it takes less time nowadays for Palestinian terrorism to make it to the United States? Only a few weeks have passed since they started stabbing Israeli civilians, willy nilly. And yesterday we had our very own stabbing incident:

The UC Merced student who wounded four people in a stabbing spree at the campus has been identified as Faisal Mohammad, a freshman student from Santa Clara.

Merced Couty Sheriff Vern Warnke confirmed the identity of the 18-year-old Computer Science and Engineering major to the Sun-Star early Thursday.

Mohammad was shot and killed by UC Merced police just after 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning as he ran from the two-story classroom building where investigators said his violent spree began.

Warnke said investigators, including the FBI, were still trying to determine the motive for Mohammad’s attack, which wounded two students, a female student advisor and a construction worker who was on campus for a remodeling project. The four suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Off-hand, I can think of two reasons: 1. He was a wannabe jihadi or 2. He was psychotic, but identified, wished to join with, the very sexy jihadi culture. Do you recall that not long after September 11, 2001, a 15 year old boy flew a small plane into an office building in Florida? Was dear, departed Faisal like that kid or was he more like Marin County’s own John Walker Lindh, who fought with the Taliban against the US in Afghanistan?

Who knows, who cares. Because whatever the “motive,” we have the Palestinians to thank for the method.

– Aggie

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Is it Me or the Pope?

Every time I decide to give Pope Francis a good leaving-alone, he drags me back in:

In Philadelphia, Pope Francis challenges Americans to live up to nation’s ideals

Goldang it, Francis! Who says we aren’t?

If you read on, the answer would appear to be the headline writers at the WaPo. Not His Holiness:

At Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed, the 78-year-old pontiff reminded Americans, “it was here, that the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed.”

Introduced by Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” the pope stood at a wooden lectern used by Abraham Lincoln for the Gettysburg Address in November 1863, and told the crowd assembled on Independence Mall that “history also shows that these or any truths must constantly be reaffirmed, re-appropriated and defended.”

No argument there. As the Declaration declares, people’s rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” are “endowed by their Creator”. Governments are instituted merely to “secure” these rights. The rights outrank any government. Good job, Francis. (If I may call him Francis. He can call me Blood.)

And the Argentine-born son of immigrants from Italy told Hispanics living in the United States: “Never be ashamed of your traditions. Do not forget the lessons you learned from your elders, which are something you can bring to enrich the life of this American land.”

Agreed, though in English, please. Your traditions enrich nothing if we can’t understand you. But thanks for pizza and burritos, if we haven’t said so already.

Then he threw out his scripted remarks and extolled the virtues of traditional families in an animated address that continued until 9:30 p.m.

He did? Why didn’t that make it into the headline? Pope Extolls Virtues of Traditional Families Echoes Dan Quayle, Other Conservative Christians

So far, I haven’t read a single “challenge” to live up to our “ideals”.

This time he stressed the importance of freedom of religion, enshrined in the Constitution’s First Amendment. He spoke alongside U.S. Catholic bishops deeply concerned about the way court rulings on gay rights and federal health-care expansion are affecting Catholic hospitals, schools and nonprofit entities.

“In a world where various forms of modern tyranny seek to suppress religious freedom, or try to reduce it to a subculture without right to a voice in the public square, or to use religion as a pretext for hatred and brutality, it is imperative that the followers of the various religions join their voices in calling for peace, tolerance and respect for the dignity and rights of others,” Francis said.

Now, that’s what I call a challenge! Give ’em…heck, Francis!

“Various forms of modern tyranny”: such as? Perhaps the tyranny to provide abortions, to bake or cater or provide flowers for a “nontraditional” wedding, or to end up in a prison cell for declining to license those same weddings? “Without right to a voice in the public square”. Amen.

“One of the great challenges facing the church in this generation is to foster in all the faithful a sense of personal responsibility for the church’s mission,’’ he said.

Personal responsibility. What a quaint old concept. Like “traditional” marriages.

While the Pope said one thing, others heard what they wanted to hear:

Carlos Huertas, a native of Guatemala who lives on Long Island, arrived about 2:30 a.m. Saturday with 100 fellow pilgrims.

“He knows our culture. He speaks our language. There is new hope for all immigrants. He said he was an immigrant, too. What he will do for immigrants is a big question. We’re here and want the papers to stay,” said Huertas, 48, a handyman and landscaper.

Every word the press prints is a lie, including and and the. Mr. Huertas, may live on Long Island, just as oriental bittersweet lives in my back yard. But both are invasive species. If he has no “papers”, he is not an “immigrant”, but an illegal alien. Not even the Pope can help him. But that’s okay. The “Vicar of Christ” has nothing on Obama.

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Jewish Neighborhood In San Antonio Threatened Overnight

This happened overnight, August 12. I wonder where the news coverage is?

car graffiti

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says they have identified at least one person they believe is responsible for terrorizing a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio.

Dozens of homes and cars were vandalized August 12 with anti-Semitic graffiti and rocks. Swastikas were spray-painted on Jewish memorials, the letters “KKK” and other racially charged language. The word “Jew” was plastered across an SUV.

The attack has been classified as a hate crime but so far no formal charges have been filed, police said.

“An attack on the Jewish community should be considered an attack on the Christian community,” Hagee told me. “I came immediately to the rabbi’s office to stand with him expressing my solidarity with his congregation and the Jewish community of San Antonio.”

“This is not just graffiti, this is an orchestrated effort to try to intimidate an entire community of people based on their religious beliefs and we cannot stand for it,” State Sen. Jose Menedez said in a prepared statement to

The attack targeted members of Congregation Rodfei Sholom, an Orthodox synagogue which serves some 300 families. Rabbi Arieh Scheinberg tells me that many of the families live nearby so they can walk to synagogue on the Sabbath.

“We are very openly Jewish in that community,” he said – stunned that someone would desecrate a Jewish neighborhood. “We’ve never had any problems in the past.”

The attack prompted swift action from two of the nation’s most prominent supporters of Israel – Christians United for Israel and John Hagee — the pastor of San Antonio’s Cornerstone Church.

Hey, anyone hear about this on NPR? Read it in the NY Times? I thought not…

– Aggie


Progressives, You’ve Been Dead To Me For 15 Years And Counting

Here’s how they treat one of their own

Senator Chuck Schumer came out against the moronic Iran deal and the Left immediately decided to tear him to shreds.

Activists and former top officials within the Obama administration are openly contemplating whether Schumer’s stance disqualifies him from serving as the next Senate Democratic leader — which he is primed to do — and seeking to temporarily cut off money to Democrats in the upper chamber.
It’s unclear whether Schumer’s announcement will have a devastating effect on the White House’s efforts to prevent Democrats from killing the deal when it comes up for a vote in Congress next month.

But it’s clear that he will be Public Enemy No. 1 for liberal activists throughout the August recess, as they aim to rally support from Democrats on the agreement.

“This is a real and serious backlash, one that comes from deep within the Democratic Party’s base, and I think we’re only going to see it grow,” said Becky Bond, the political director for Credo Action.

Late on Thursday evening, Schumer upended the congressional debate over the Iran agreement by announcing in a lengthy statement that he “must oppose the agreement” and “will vote yes on a motion of disapproval” when it comes up for a vote in September.

He also will vote to override President Obama’s veto of legislation to kill the deal, Schumer’s office confirmed.

The move puts Schumer at odds on the most significant foreign policy issue of the year with both Obama and Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.

That left many liberals furious, and stunned at how the presumptive next Senate Democratic leader could break with virtually every other leader of their party.

“No real Democratic leader does this,” political action executive director Ilya Sheyman declared less than 30 minutes after Schumer’s statement was posted online. “If this is what counts as ‘leadership’ among Democrats in the Senate, Senate Democrats should be prepared to find a new leader or few followers.”

In retaliation, Sheyman called for’s 8 million supporters to cease donating money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and any Democratic candidate who opposes the deal.

Bloggers at the liberal website Daily Kos called Schumer a “warmonger” who would “be a disaster” as the top Senate Democrat.

Ex-Obama aides including Dan Pfeiffer, Tommy Vietor and Ben LaBolt similarly condemned the stance, questioning whether Schumer would be able to lead Democrats in the upper chamber after so publicly breaking with the leader of their party.

“Chuck Schumer, who said it was a mistake to pass Obamacare, now comes out again the Iran Deal,” tweeted former White House speechwriter Jon Favreau. “This is our next Senate leader?”

James Fallows, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, who is liberal, said on Twitter that he “can understand” why Schumer would oppose the deal.

“But if he lifts a finger” to convince other Democrats to oppose the agreement, the “party should oppose him as Senate leader,” Fallow tweeted.

Obama and Hillary Clinton, he added, “should join in.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz retweeted a part of Fallows’s message, seemingly endorsing the message.

On Thursday, Schumer confirmed that he will “try to persuade [fellow lawmakers] that the vote to disapprove is the right one,” but rejected the idea that he would be able to force any Democrats to follow his lead.

“You can imagine a scenario where, let’s say Republicans win the presidency and Democrats are not only in the minority but there’s a Republican in the White House, and who will the Democratic Party want to lead them?” asked Bond, the Credo Action political director. “The guy that said ObamaCare was a mistake? A guy that championed the first Iraq war? A guy that helped Republicans take us into, if successful, a new war of choice in the Middle East? That’s not going to be the guy the Democrats need to lead.”

“There’s a lot of time between now and that vote, and the progressive base is pushing back hard,” she told The Hill.

While nominally directed at Schumer, the anger could also be read as a thinly veiled message to other Democrats who are currently on the fence about the deal, including Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

That message: Schumer doesn’t give you cover.

Schumer’s Thursday evening bombshell flipped the script on the congressional narrative surrounding the deal, which has been gaining support from voices such as Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) and Schumer’s own New York colleague, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Opponents still have a steep hill to climb to tear away the 44 Democrats in the House and 13 in the Senate needed to not only advance legislation to kill the Iran deal but also override Obama’s veto.

“We’re going to get the Iran deal done with or without Sen. Schumer or anyone else who insists on being trapped in the past when it comes to conflict resolution in the Middle East,” said Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy for America, in a statement to The Hill.

“Senator Schumer was wrong when he voted to back the war with Iraq and he’s wrong to work with Republicans to kill this nuclear deal with Iran, period,” he added.

Schumer was a big win for opponents, but they appear to still be far from the magic number.

“I think the impact is that now the hope of killing a resolution of disapproval on an initial vote with 41 Democratic votes against is now gone,” added another person who is following the vote.

“But I still think 34 Democratic votes upholding the presidential veto is more likely than not.”

And the comments sections is filled with the usual Jew hatred. And so, Gentle Reader, if you happen to live anywhere in the United States, please consider calling your legislators and telling them that you support Charles Schumer’s stand on the Iran deal. We almost always disagree with him here at BTL, but when he’s right, he’s right.

– Aggie

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Lutherans Up To No Good

Bag left in Minnesota airport tests positive for explosives

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reopened Saturday after part of the airport had to be evacuated when an unattended bag tested positive for explosives.

Officials ordered the evacuation around 2:30 p.m. The evacuated area was reopened after an hour.

“A portion of T1 ticketing evacuated. Airlines affected: American, US Airways, Spirit, Frontier, United. Contact airline for flight status,” the airport said on Twitter

A short time later the airport reported “an unattended bag tested positive for explosives near the United ticket counter.”

Airport Police was investigating with the Bloomington Police Department Bomb Squad.

About an hour later the airport resumed normal activity.

Who would do such a thing?

– Aggie

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Four Dead In Domestic Terror Attack In Chattanooga

The Unitarians need to knock it off..

t least one gunman unleashed a barrage of gunfire at two military facilities Thursday in Tennessee, sending troops scrambling for safety in an Army recruiting office, officials said.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said “lives have been lost from some faithful people who are serving our country,” though he did not say how many people were killed or wounded.

CNN has the number at four dead, although I won’t link because if you click on it, it makes noise. Let’s check Fox.

Much better. Quiet, professional. CNN is so tacky.

Four Marines were reportedly killed Thursday at a Chattanooga, Tenn., Navy training center, in what authorities were treating as an “act of domestic terrorism” that consisted of two attacks carried out by a lone gunman at military facilities just seven miles apart, officials said.

The Marines were killed by a gunman who shot up a recruiting center before driving to the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center and killing four Marines before he was shot, authorities said. on Amnicola Highway, The official said the sole gunman was also killed.

“We are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism,” said Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The names of the Marines who were reportedly shot were not immediately released pending notification of their families. The Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center lies along a bend in the Tennessee River, northeast of downtown Chattanooga.

Despite Killian’s statement, an FBI Special Agent Ed Reinjold told reporters that it may have been a criminal act. The gunman was killed, but authorities did not comment on his identity, motivation or the circumstances of his death. Authorities said the gunman did not work at either military facility.

Sounds like ISIS to me, assuming it wasn’t a crazed Unitarian.

– Aggie

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Peace-y Son Of Boston Cop Arrested In Terror Sting

So proud to be from Massachusetts!

The estranged son of a respected Boston police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists, federal officials told ABC News today.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, Mass., was taken into custody on gun charges after buying two pistols and two rifles from an undercover FBI confidential informant, federal officials said. In a search of his apartment, officials reported they found it loaded with possible bomb-making equipment including a pressure cooker, a variety of chemicals, an alarm clock, along with “attack planning papers” and “jihad” paperwork. FBI agents said he used the name Abu Ali al-Amriki and neighbors said he was a recent convert to Islam.

“This is a very bad person arrested before he could do very bad things,” one senior federal official briefed on the arrest told ABC News.

cop son
Alexander Ciccolo participated in a Peace Walk 2012
In 2015 he wanted to spread Peaces of Civilians all over the road!

– Aggie


Scapegoating Or Hacked?

Hat tip to Buck for supplying this info on the Chinese stock market

China begins market manipulation hunt
Jul 12 2015, 06:09 ET | By: Yoel Minkoff, SA News Editor Contact this editor with comments or a news tip
Chinese security forces have stepped up the hunt for shadowy market manipulators and short sellers in the wake of the stock plunge of the past month, part of an effort by Beijing to revive its volatile equity market.

I know nothing about the Chinese market, but if it wasn’t extremely overvalued, did a foreign government somehow manipulate it? A big government could really squeeze their shorts, right? I think that we are blaming them for stealing more that 20 million social security numbers, are we not? Is this payback? Or was it just a day trader’s market, like the US tech bubble of the late 1990s?

– Aggie


They Identify As An Islamic Terrorists

You probably thought they were just a NYC college student with an interest in cooking

Question: Why am I reading this in the Israeli press? Did the US press cover it? Did I miss something?

US authorities have accused a New York City college student of plotting to set off a pressure cooker bomb in the city in support of the militant group Islamic State, according to court documents made public on Tuesday.

Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was arrested early on Saturday morning after he and another man got out of their car and ran toward a surveillance vehicle that had been tracking their movements, according to documents filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

A defense lawyer for Saleh could not be identified on Tuesday. The other man, who was also arrested, was not named in the court documents and could not immediately be identified.

US authorities have charged a number of so-called “lone wolf” plotters in recent months who have apparently been inspired by Islamic State, and authorities have said they are pursuing similar cases in all 50 states.

A federal agent said in court papers that Saleh, a resident of the New York City borough of Queens, spent hours online researching how to build a pressure cooker bomb and reading accounts of the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Hey, I wonder which neighborhood in Bill DeBlasio’s NY they planned to terrorize?

– Aggie


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