Posted on Blog For 03/12/2019: Morning Edition

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  1. Today’s White House Tweets: President TrumpDwMZEHrV4AEvW9d.jpg
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    While you may never personally become addicted, the chances of knowing someone who struggles with it are high. If you, or someone you know needs help, please be brave enough to ask, or strong enough to stand with them as they fight through the disease.

  2. ….needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!

  3. Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better. Split second decisions are….

  4. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.” Wow!

  5. “Jewish people are leaving the Democratic Party. We saw a lot of anti Israel policies start under the Obama Administration, and it got worsts & worse. There is anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party. They don’t care about Israel or the Jewish people.” Elizabeth Pipko, Jexodus.



2…………> College Exams Cheats: Chinese Nationals


Federal authorities arrested five defendants linked to a scheme that helped Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring individuals who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students.

This is following a 26-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury charging the defendants with conspiring to use false passports, using false passports, and aggravated identity theft as part of the scheme to impersonate Chinese nationals who were required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to obtain a student visa.

The defendants are identified as follows:

Liu Cai, 23, of Woodland Hills, who allegedly facilitated the scheme, took at least five TOEFL exams himself and is residing in the United States on a student visa;

Quang Cao, 24, of San Francisco, who allegedly took at least four TOEFL exams with false identification, and who was arrested today in Stockton, California;

Elric Zhang, 24, of Los Angeles, who allegedly took at least five TOEFL exams as part of the scheme;

Mohan Zhang, 24, of Cerritos, who allegedly took at least two TOEFL exams under the names of foreign nationals;

Samantha Wang, 24, of Corona, who allegedly took at least two TOEFL exams.


3…………>Drugs For Terror: Dutch Money Launderer


A Dutch narcotics trafficker and money launderer was returned to his home country March 11 by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers, following an international investigation which led to a conviction and expulsion on multiple charges tied to an drug trafficking scheme of Jeroen Van Den Elshout, 39, to Amsterdam, and into the custody of Dutch law enforcement authorities

According to reports, in 2015, Elshout was arrested in Turnhout, Belgium, by Belgian law enforcement authorities and alleged to have been involved in a scheme with Netherlands based drug traffickers and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (“the FARC”), a foreign terrorist organization, to smuggle large quantities of cocaine from South America to the Netherlands.

In March 2017, Elshout was extradited to the US following his indictment in US District Court-Southern District of New York (SDNY) on drug trafficking, narco-terrorism, and providing material support to a terrorist organization charges.



4…………>US College Exams Cheaters: Famous Americans


Test administrators took bribes to allow clients to cheat, including correcting wrong test answers, and in some cases, the faces of children were “Photoshopped” onto images of athletes to exaggerate athletic credentials, with prosecutors now naming 33 parents and 13 coaches so far, but more could be charged.

The largest college admissions fraud scam unearthed in US history was run out of a small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California, that relied on bribes, phony test takers and even doctored photos depicting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to land college slots for the offspring of rich parents, prosecutors said.

Federal authorities have arrested dozens of people over a $US25 million scheme to help wealthy Americans, including Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House actress Lori Loughlin, cheat their children’s way into elite universities, such as Yale and Stanford.


5…………>Polishing PLA Brass: Mr.Xi


President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, stressed fulfilling the set targets and tasks of national defense and military development as scheduled, while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and armed police force at the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress, China’s national legislature.

He said that this year is the key year for completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and the entire armed forces must clearly understand the importance and urgency of implementing the 13th Five-Year Plan for military development, firm up their resolve, intensify the sense of mission, forge ahead with a pioneering spirit, and go all out to carry out the plan so as to ensure that the set targets and tasks are fulfilled as scheduled, he said.

Xi called on the whole army to adhere to the guidance of the thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, fully implement the Party’s thinking on strengthening the military for the new era and the military strategy for new conditions, concentrate on war preparedness, and intensify reform and innovation. (Xinhua)



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