Walmart Pay Threatens to Surpass Apple in U.S. Mobile Payments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s app is close to surpassing Apple Pay in usage for mobile payments in the U.S., giving the world’s largest retailer even more clout as a growing number of people shop with their smartphones.

Available in 4,774 stores, Walmart Pay is enrolling tens of thousands of new users a day, up from thousands four or five months ago, said Daniel Eckert, who runs the business. Two-thirds of the customers who try it also use it a second time within 21 days, he said, giving him confidence Walmart Pay will surpass Apple Pay in the U.S. in terms of use by shoppers in stores where they’re accepted.

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Former CIA agent to do community service for cleric kidnap

A former CIA agent will do community service near Rome to complete her three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago.

Sabrina De Sousa’s lawyer said that a court in Milan on Monday approved community service for his client to teach English to minors in Rome province.

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FOIA Documents: FBI Scrambles To Preserve Records In Clinton ‘Uranium One’ Scandal

New FOIA documents are showing proof that the FBI was investigating the “Uranium One” scandal back in 2015. Now, internet sleuths are doing the job of the mainstream media, and have discovered Hillary Clinton’s IT guy trying to strip the former presidential candidate’s name from emails – and that isn’t all.

Months after the Peter Schweizer book Clinton Cash exposed the Russian collusion scheme, along with an article in the New York Times which laid out allegations of criminal malfeasance by the Clintons, their charitable foundation, and several associates, new FOIA documents are shedding light on the scandal being ignored by the mainstream media.

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House begins reviewing GOP’s major tax overhaul plan

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Monday began reviewing Republicans’ sweeping overhaul of the tax code, in a markup process that will will last for days on Capitol Hill this week.

The committee convened at noon Monday and Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said he expects a panel vote on the reform by Thursday.

“Four days of open, full-throated debate, with all these amendments in the tax code, I think will let the American people see something they haven’t seen in a long time, which is real debate on a real tax-reform plan,” Brady described the markup process after the 429-page Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was revealed.

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Head of U.S. government financial agency to resign

The head of a U.S. government agency created to monitor financial markets after the 2007-2009 financial crisis will resign from the post at the end of this year.

Richard Berner, director of the Office of Financial Research, will be leaving that agency on Dec. 31, the Treasury Department announced on Monday. Berner helped create the agency as a Treasury official under President Barack Obama, and has led it since its creation in 2013.

The Treasury did not say who would replace Berner, but his exit gives President Donald Trump another opportunity to shift government watchdogs in a more industry-friendly direction.

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Biggest tech deal ever expected to be huge takeover battle

Chip maker Broadcom (the company that ‘makes’ that Raspberry Pi) on Monday announced an unsolicited bid to buy peer Qualcomm for $103 billion as it looks to boost its presence in the wireless market, setting the stage for what could be one of the biggest takeover battles.

Qualcomm said it would review the proposal and act in the best interests of its shareholders. The company is inclined to reject the bid as too low and fraught with risk that regulators would reject it or take too long to approve it, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

A tie-up would combine two of the largest makers of wireless communications chips for mobile phones and raise the stakes for Intel, which has been diversifying into smartphone technology from its stronghold in computers.

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I would love to have a Raspberry Pi 4 with a Snapdragon processor in it. Why is this happening? Until fairly recently all of Apple’s portable products used Qualcomm’s technology. But with ARM being a mostly open technology they engineered their own custom processors.

Emboldened by Modi’s ascent, India’s cow vigilantes deny Muslims their livelihood

Hindu nationalists are beating up Muslim farmers and seizing their cows on the grounds that the animals are headed for the slaughterhouse. But there’s another side to the religiously tinged violence: The stolen cows are being given to Hindu farmers.

The beating that ended Pehlu Khan’s life was televised nationwide. Cell phone video captured a group of men punching and slinging Khan around the middle of a road in north India, stomping on him and then slamming the 55-year-old farmer down on concrete as he begged for mercy.


Anti-Establishment Picture of Texas gunman

The Daily Mail UK has started putting together a profile of who Devin Patrick Kelley was in high school. Quoting from the article:

Former classmates say Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who stormed First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas and opened fire on Sunday, was ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and ‘weird’.

‘He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why.

As I said in an earlier posting before I found this article, this man was empty. He was godless, his family disowned him for his violence, and his country removed him from service because of his lack of control. He had nothing and struct out at what threatened him: people who found happiness he could find. People with a loving God and system he rejected.

I personally believe that the romanticization by ISIS and ANTIFA in the main stream media and social network made something click in him. He had to strike out. These people were his unfortunate targets. He made a cold and calculated choice. Also look at what anti-depressants he was on. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) are know to reduce self-control in extreme cases. If he was on a high enough dose or had been taking them long enough he may no longer had control of his facilities at that time.

Update 1: More details about Devin Patrick Kelley. His religion became that of a social justice warrior with possible ANTFA ties.

‘Perennial Problem’: Why is Paris Adopting Its New Anti-Terror Law

New rules for combatting terrorism have come into force in France, replacing the state of emergency which had been in effect in the country for almost two years. Speaking to Sputnik, French commentators slammed the new legislation, saying it will be unable to effectively resolve the ever-present threat of terrorism.

Amnesty International representative Dominique Curis recalled that the French government had offered to adopt a new anti-terror law, which they said was a condition for putting an end to the state of emergency.

“But yesterday, the [French] Interior Minister declared that, if necessary, the state of emergency may be introduced once again. As we see, the government’s understanding of a state of emergency’s goals is contradictory and inconsistent,” Curis said.

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Its easier to say that we’ll put our country into a continual states of emergency instead of dealing with bad immigration policies and no-go zones. We would have to admit we were wrong and look mean. Looking mean looses votes. So don’t deal with problem, deal with the symptoms.

Cancer will kill a patient if you just give them a treatment to make the pain less. Surgery and chemotherapy will hurt and scar the patient but will cure the sickness. How is this any different?