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South Africa Economy Stumbles into Recession
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Aug 25, 2014, 09:39 PM

Nationwide labor strikes, rising crime rates and protectionist sentiments are pushing the South Africa economy into a tailspin.

According to the BBC News, "Investors in South Africa are preparing for the release of the latest economic figures, which could show that Africa's second largest economy has tipped into a recession."

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CNN to Replace Hard News with Gossip News
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Aug 25, 2014, 08:23 PM

CNN President Jeff Zucker is seeking to fire most hard news reporters and replace them with Hollywood tabloid journalists.

The Daily Caller reports that, "In mid-June Variety‘s senior TV editor Brian Steinberg wrote that several ad buyers were bristling from CNN’s new emphasis on entertainment reporting and straying from the hard news for which it has always been known."

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Pelosi Vineyards 'State of Emergency' after Earthquake
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 24, 2014, 11:51 PM

 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Ca.) is counting on President Barry Obama to declare a "state of emergency" after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa Valley over the weekend, so that the multi-millionaire grapes tycoon with a vineyard in the region can receive big bucks in federal subsidies. 

NewsMax reports that, "The San Francisco Bay Area's strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California's wine country early Sunday, igniting gas-fed fires, damaging some of the region's famed wineries and historic buildings, and sending more than 120 people to hospitals."

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Are 'Terror Cells' Operating in Fargo?
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 24, 2014, 10:19 PM

Homeland Security believes that jihadist "terror cells" are operating in Fargo, North Dakota and has given local police officers an $8 million grant to search for them.

According to NewsMax, "Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who has been openly critical of the militarization of local police forces by the federal government that has come to light during the tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, wants to know why Homeland Security has spent $8 million in Fargo, North Dakota to fight terrorism."

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Sen. Harry Reid Goes 'Wong' on Racist Asian Jokes
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 24, 2014, 09:44 PM

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, (D.-Nv.) gave a speech at the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce and shocked the audience by telling racist jokes.

The Daily Caller reports that, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a couple of Asian jokes Thursday at an event for the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce."

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Tax Refunds at Risk due to ObamaCare
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 24, 2014, 09:10 PM

 ObamaCare regulations could mean lower or no tax refunds for U.S. citizens.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you're one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Barack Obama's law, it's not too early."

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PR Guru in China Blames 'Bush for ISIS'
by Tom McGregor    Sun, Aug 24, 2014, 08:01 PM

BEIJING:  Joshua Campbell is considered to be one of the leading public relations gurus and trainers based in China. Nevertheless, he attempted to promote Oreo cookies on Linkedin, a social media public forum, but instead engaged in a "Blame Bush for ISIS, an Islamist jihad organization," rant. He is a former employee of the P.R. firm, Burston-Marstettler, which has a contract with Oreos. His Linkedin profile states that he is currently a "director" for Ketchum, a public relations and marketing firm.

A Linkedin deleted posting, but sent by email to the Dallas Blog, quotes Campbell as saying that, "I have not and do not work on Oreos, but it's a smart campaign. Your decision to write about ISIS in the LinkedIn forum because of oil prices is a tired argument linked to George W. Bush many moons ago. There is nothing new or insightful there. But you keep on doing what you do."

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Montana Dems Nominate 'Anarchist Punk' for Senate
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Aug 22, 2014, 03:01 AM

 Montana Democrats have nominated State Rep. Amanda Curtis to run for Senate. What are her qualifications? She's an anarchist punk seeking to launch a violent revolution if she fails to win at the ballot box. 

The Washington Free Beacon reports that, "Montana Democrats are banking on a long-shot liberal Senate candidate to replace the disgraced John Walsh, but their choice might be too radical even for the increasingly extreme party."

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Al Gore Study: Global Warming Causes Global Cooling
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Aug 22, 2014, 02:04 AM

Former Vice President Al Gore has hired a team of climate change scientists to uncover why global temperatures have been dropping in recent years. They claim that global cooling is caused by global warming, because allegedly warmer oceans boost more frigid air temperatures. 

According to Xinhua News, "Researchers from the United States and China on Thursday explained why the rapid global warming in the late 20th century has been slowing down over the last 15 years."

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New Zealand Wine Industry Enjoys Bumper Growth
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Aug 22, 2014, 01:29 AM

New Zealand's wine industry has enjoyed remarkable prosperity this year with a bumper harvest of grapes.

Xinihua News reports that, "Exports of New Zealand wines hit a new record in the year to the end of June, as wineries saw a bumper grape harvest, the New Zealand Winegrowers industry group announced Thursday. Both export volumes and values rose by 10 percent, with overseas sales reaping a record 1.33 billion NZ dollars (1.11 billion U.S. dollars), according to the group's annual report."

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