DEFICIT BOOMS

Trump Hits A New High-Water Mark: The Biggest Federal Deficit In 6 Years

The federal deficit has soared 17 percent in the president’s first fiscal year.

President Donald Trump likes to boast that he’s breaking records with the latest low unemployment figures. Here’s another record for his administration: The 2018 federal deficit hit the highest level of the last six years.

The deficit jumped 17 percent (or by $113 billion) to $779 billion at the end of Trump’s first fiscal year, according to final figures released Monday by the Treasury Department. That’s mostly due to the massive corporate tax cut that slashed rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, choking revenue for spending, which climbed 3 percent. Much of that was a hike in defense spending and money to pay interest on the climbing federal debt, CNN reported.

The U.S. government’s $523 billion in interest payments to service its debt in 2018 — the highest ever — was more than the entire economic output of Belgium this year, Bloomberg reported.

Corporate tax collections in the U.S. fell 22 percent, or $76 billion, in the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30.

The total federal debt — which combines annual deficits — was 78 percent of the nation’s entire gross domestic product in June. It hasn’t been that large a percentage since World War II.

Trump promised the tax cuts would pay for themselves by boosting business, which would produce more taxes. But that hasn’t yet happened. The Trump administration estimates that the deficit will increase to $1.09 trillion in the next fiscal year.

The federal government usually increases spending — and deficits — to boost a faltering economy — such as during the 2008 recession triggered by the subprime mortgage and banking crisis. But the economy was already in a strong recovery when Trump moved into the White House, and he still boosted the deficit.

“By cutting taxes in 2017 when the economy was already quite strong, Congress and the administration not only missed a golden opportunity to begin to address the fiscal problem, they actually made the problem worse,” William Gale, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told CBS News.

The GOP had traditionally been the party that battled for a balanced federal budget.

Shocking moment worker at game farm grabs pheasant and slams it against a cage

  • GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING:
  • Disturbing short clip recorded by investigators at Bonson Wood Game
  • The investigators visited the farm over the summer to probe working practices  
  • Footage shows thousands of pheasants crammed into hundreds of tiny cages.

This is the shocking moment a game farm worker slams a pheasant’s head into a metal cage.

In the disturbing short clip the male worker is seen reaching into one of the cages, pulling out a bird before casually carrying out his disgusting attack as he chats to a colleague.

The footage, which was recorded by investigators on a visit to Bonson Wood Game Farm, near Bridgwater in Somerset, then shows the worker hitting its head again as it flaps its wings, desperate to get free.

Allegedly, this year many birds allegedly died prematurely at the farm and their bodies were tossed into wheelie bins like discarded rubbish.

 

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Investigators took this picture which shows pheasants with covers over their beaks to stop them pecking others to death

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A still from the footage which shows the farm worker holding the pheasant over his head before carrying out the sickening assault

The investigators visited the farm on several occasions over the summer in order to probe working practices and the animals’ living conditions.

Pheasants at the farm – which breeds tens of thousands of game birds for shoots across the country – were found to be living in cramped conditions.

Footage shows thousands of pheasants crammed into hundreds of tiny cages that housed as many as eight birds and were encouraged to mate continually.

Females, unable to escape the attention of the lone male in their cage, have to wear ‘saddles’ as the repetitive mating rips the feathers from their backs, according to the Hunt Saboteurs’ Association, which obtained the film.

The animals are also fitted with plastic devices known as ‘bits’ on their beaks to prevent them from attacking each other out of frustration due to the close quarters living.

In one of the farm’s rearing sheds – which is said to house more than 21,000 pheasant chicks – nearly 2,000 of those allegedly died within seven weeks of hatching.

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Footage also shows thousands of pheasants like these ones crammed into a countless number of tiny cages

In another, 689 of the 16,400 pheasants housed there were said to have died within seven weeks.

These disturbing figures, collected by independent investigators, came from just two of the farm’s eight rearing sheds.

Animal rights groups slammed the farm after seeing the footage.

Lee Moon, from the Hunt Saboteurs Association, which received the clandestine footage, said: ‘The shooting industry relies on factory farms such as Bonson Wood to supply the 50 million pheasants and partridges it releases to be shot each year.

‘The routine cruelty seen at Bonson Wood is the norm among game farms in the UK, and our previous exposé of Knowle Game Farm in Kent last year again highlights this.

‘Feather pecking, cannibalism and appallingly high mortality rates are the standard on pheasant farms, no matter how much the industry attempts to say otherwise.’

A People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spokeswoman said: ‘This footage confirms that pheasant shooting should be stamped out.

‘The birds used and abused in these shoots are raised in such intensive confinement that they’re fitted with masks to stop them pecking each other to death from stress.

‘Then, they’re released so that some pathetic, unfeeling soul can blast them to death with a shotgun. Those birds who aren’t killed outright are often left to bleed slowly to death.

‘Hunting of any kind has no place in modern society and should have ended years ago – along with cockfighting, bear-baiting, and dogfighting.’

A spokeswoman for the British Game Alliance said: ‘The British Game Alliance regulates its own members to the BGA standards. It has no authority beyond that.

‘Any credible allegations made against a BGA member under those standards will be fully investigated under the proper protocols and dealt with accordingly.’

Bonson Wood was repeatedly contacted for comment and the allegations put to them, but they declined to comment.

 

Pizza delivery boy faces 18 YEARS in jail for spitting on a customer’s food in Turkey

  • CCTV footage shows the 18-year-old, named as Burak S, opening up a pizza box
  • The boy then walked up to customer Huseyin Alyuz’s fifth-floor flat in Turkey 
  • He said he was only checking the man’s pizza for damage but has been sacked
  • Charged with ‘endangering the lives of persons’ with poison or by other means 

A pizza delivery boy faces 18 years in jail after he was caught on camera apparently spitting on a customer’s food in Turkey.

CCTV footage shows the 18-year-old, named as Burak S, opening up a pizza box outside a customer’s home and leaning over it as he filmed himself on his phone.

The boy then walked up to customer Huseyin Alyuz’s fifth-floor flat, in the city of Eskisehir in north-west Turkey, to deliver the meal.

 

Mr Alyuz’s nephew, Cagatay Ehe, saw the CCTV footage and told his uncle who complained to the police and the pizza company.

Burak S. said he was only checking the pizza for damage but has been sacked and is now on trial.

He is charged with ‘endangering the lives of persons by putting poison or spoiling the food with other means’ which carries a sentence of two to 15 years in prison.

He also faces a consumer court charge of ‘damaging goods and endangering customer’s health’ which carries a sentence of between four months and three years behind bars.

Burak S. told the court that he did not spit on the pizza and had only opened the box to ensure it was not damaged as he had been in an accident en route.

He said: ‘I found out that the person who ordered the pizza had cursed my colleague Aylin. I knew he was a problem customer.

‘I opened the box of the pizza to check for any problems, to check whether the pizza was still intact.

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Pizza delivery boy faces 18 YEARS in jail for spitting on a customer’s food in Turkey

‘I took a picture of the pizza with my mobile phone and sent it to my friend Aylin. I absolutely did not spit when I opened the box.’

Mr Alyuz told the court: ‘I called the pizza shop and ordered a pizza. It was a two-minute conversation and I did not curse anybody.

‘The suspect delivered the pizza to me. I opened the box and took two slices of pizza. Cagatay Efe who lives in the same building, send me a text message saying ‘do not eat the pizza’.

‘I called Cagatay, he told me the delivery boy had spat on the pizza. When I checked the security camera footage I realised the suspect had spat on my pizza.’

The criminal court has adjourned the case until next February while forensic experts assess the risk of disease from the pizza. The consumer court case is still pending.

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Pizza delivery boy faces 18 YEARS in jail for spitting on a customer’s food in Turkey

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Carrie Underwood Proudly Shows Off Her Scar From Her Accident

Carrie Underwood is showing fans that she is proud of her famous scar.

On Friday, the singer posted a throwback selfie on her Instagram page featuring an up close and personal view of her famous scar from a terrifying fall last November.

In the photo, the 35-year-old shows off her colorful face makeup from her “Love Wins” music video shoot.

For months after the star’s famous fall, which resulted in the singer needing 40-50 stitches in her face and surgery on her broken wrist, Underwood was reluctant to show her face in public and even avoided head-on photos on her social media.

Finally in April, the star showed the first image of her face after the accident – a black-and-white profile image of the singer in the studio. She finally stepped back into the spotlight at the ACM Awards where she performed for the first time since her fall.

Underwood opened about life post-injury in a August interview with Redbook Magazine and addressed the rumors that she had plastic surgery and used her nasty fall as a cover up for the change in her face.

“I’m on some magazine every other week for something crazy,” she told the publication. “It’s a little sad because the truth is just as interesting. I wish I’d gotten some awesome plastic surgery to make this [scar] look better. But I try not to worry too much about it.

“Any time someone gets injured, it looks pretty bad in the beginning, and you’re like, ‘What is this going to wind up like?’ You just don’t know,” she continued. “It was also a perception thing, because I look at myself [now] and I see it quite a bit, but other people are like, ‘I wouldn’t have even noticed.’”

She continued, “Nobody else looks at you as much as you think they do. Nobody notices as much as you think they will, so that’s been nice to learn.”

Underwood has come a long way since last November. In September, the singer released her new album “Cry Pretty,” and a month prior, the mother of 3-year-old son Isaiah revealed to fans that she and her husband, Eric Fisher, were expecting their second child.

Since the announcement of her second pregnancy, Underwood has shown off her budding baby bump on several occasions, everywhere from the Grand Old Opry to Disneyland.

check this video Above her lips, you can see a scar, the result of her accident.

Who killed Mufasa? Lion named after Disney character has its FACE and paws hacked off

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
  • Five lions were killed at Akwaaba Predator Park near Rustenburg, South Africa
  • Poachers broke in to the park and poisoned lions with a yet-to-be-identified drug
  • Cut off face and front paws of a lion named after The Lion King’s Mufasa
  • The body parts of the lions are likely to be sold for black magic rituals

Poachers poisoned five lions and brutally mutilated one at a South African predator park this week.

The horrific incident occurred on Monday night at Akwaaba Predator Park near Rustenburg, some 80 miles west of Johannesburg in the northeast of the country.

The poachers broke into the park and had begun to mutilate a male lion called Mufasa, named after the famous Disney character, when they they were disturbed by staff and fled the scene.

Images show the remains of Mufasa, lying in his own blood, and the other four lions which the poachers had not yet mutilated. It is believed Mufasa’s body parts will be used for black magic rituals or sold to a trophy collector.

Heartbreaking: Mufasa the lion was poisoned along with four others, and later mutilated, after poachers broke into Akwaaba Predator Park near Rustenburg, South Africa

‘It’s heartbreaking,’ said park manager, Bronwyn Moss. ‘All the lions were hand reared from when they were cubs so it’s like losing five children.

‘They were close to our hearts. My only hope is that the lions were already dead by the time the poachers started chopping off parts.’

After breaching the park’s security, poachers poisoned the lions with a fast acting drug that is still being identified.

They then hacked off the front paws of one and part of its face before being disturbed and fleeing.

The carnage was discovered at around 11.30pm by patrolling security guards who contacted the farm manager. ‘

Help: The predator park has offered f 100,000 rand (about £5,550) to any person with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poachers

When he arrived he discovered the dead lions,’ explained Ms Moss. ‘He saw a lot of blood in the one enclosure and found that the one lion’s two front feet and face were chopped off.

‘We suspect that the lions were all poisoned at the same time and that the poachers were disturbed by the security guards before they could hack parts off the other lions,’ said Ms Moss..

Police and wildlife authorities were alerted and an investigation is being conducted.

Akwaaba is also offering a reward of 100,000 rand (about £5,550) to any person with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the poachers.

‘We are devastated that this could happen on our doorstep and that our babies were killed for nothing. The poachers murdered five and only got parts from one. What an absolute waste of life.’

Ms Moss said that they could only speculate at this stage about motive.

 

Murdered: Two of the other lions who were killed using an unknown fast acting drug

‘The poachers could have been after the parts to make traditional medicine or they could have been harvesting them for a trophy collector. We hope to get to the bottom of it soon.’

Akwaaba is a 72-hectare game farm which is refuge to a variety of wild animals including big cats that have been abandoned or abused.

Because many of the animals have been hand reared from a very young age visiting tourists are allowed to pet them.

This comes three months after a similar attack at a park just miles away, where another six lions were killed and mutilated for black magic parts.

Two white lions and four brown lions were poisoned and mutilated at the Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park, just north of Pretoria, in July.

Poachers hacked the heads and paws off four fully grown lions and also killed two cubs.

 

Kanye West Jumps on Table at Detroit College to Rant About Leaving Elon Musk Alone

Kanye West took a tour of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies yesterday afternoon, posting videos of himself touring various student projects. And then he apparently hopped up on a table and started ranting about Elon Musk’s troubles over alleged stock fraud, telling his audience to “leave that man the fuck alone.”

In a video posted by one of the students in attendance, Kanye West can be seen standing on a table, where he mentions the need for new innovations, seemingly regarding companies like Musk’s Tesla and SpaceX, before saying “I don’t care who’s over at his house, leave that man the fuck alone.”

 

Kanye is clearly referencing the recent Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against Musk for alleged securities fraud concerning a tweet the Tesla CEO posted back in August that claimed he had secured funding to take the company private. The SEC claims that and other public comments from Musk were either false or misleading, and Tesla and Musk settled with the feds, forcing Musk to step down as Tesla chairman but remain as CEO.

The scandal was only proliferated by a series of claims on social media from artist Azealia Banks, who was in the Musk household while all of this was going on for a failed collaboration with artist Grimes, who was dating Musk at the time. Banks is likely who Kanye is referencing when he says he doesn’t care who was at the Musk’s house, though it’s unclear how much impact, if any, Banks’ statements had on the SEC investigation.

Clearly this has Kanye upset, as he sees it interrupts Musk’s vision for innovation. Back in 2015, Musk wrote about Kanye West for Time’s 100 Most Influential People list.

As the Detroit Free Press points out, Kanye was visiting the design college with StockX CEO Josh Luber, who is headquartered there, and Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert, who also has an office at the college. In the videos from the tour posted to Kanye’s accounts, you can see various projects including automotive designs, an interactive 3D model of Detroit, a giant iPhone, and more.

 

 

The College for Creative Studies is a private arts school and is home of the Henry Ford Academy. Its alumni include Ralph Gilles, Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler and Joel Piaskowski, director of design at Ford, among others. Kanye also tweeted out seemingly asking Gilbert where the “flying car department” is at the school.

Kanye’s visit to the college follows a weekend of controversy, with the rapper delaying the release of his new album, posting a photo of himself in a custom red “Make America Great Again” hat, tweeting about abolishing the 13th Amendment, and performed on Saturday Night Live, where he reportedly went on a rant off-air about the SNL producers and audience bullying him over his support of Donald Trump.

Regardless, Kanye may get his wish of people leaving Musk alone in his new reduced capacity at Tesla, but the biggest help would be convincing Musk to just stop tweeting so much.

Mother of missing girl, 14, says she is ‘out of her mind with worry’

Mother of missing schoolgirl, 14, makes desperate plea for help to find her daughter who was last seen five days ago

  • Mother of missing schoolgirl Alisha Watkins has appealed for her to return home
  • Alisha has been missing five days, last seen in Cardington, Beds, on Sept 29 
  • Police described Alisha as being around 5ft 4ins tall, slim, with blonde hair
  • Was last seen wearing black leggings, a navy puffa jacket and black trainers

The family of a teenage girl who has been missing for five days say they are ‘beside themselves’ with worry.

Schoolgirl Alisha Watkins, 14, was last seen in Cardington, Bedfordshire, on Saturday, September 29.

Her mother, Claire Watkins, has now posted an emotional appeal on social media, and said: ‘I feel she’s in trouble or something’s happened.’

Schoolgirl Alisha Watkins, 14, (pictured) was last seen in Cardington, Bedfordshire, on Saturday, September 29

‘It’s unlike her to go this long without contact.’

Posting a picture of Alisha on Facebook, Ms Watkins also wrote: ‘This is a cry for help… the family are besides ourselves with worry.

‘Has anyone of Alisha’s friends heard from her since Saturday afternoon???                                                      Has anybody seen her??’

Bedfordshire Police described Alisha as being around 5ft 4ins tall, slim and having blonde hair.

She was last seen wearing black leggings, a navy puffa jacket and black trainers.

Anyone with information about Alisha is encouraged to call 101 quoting reference number MPC/4087/18.

Bedfordshire Police described Alisha as being around 5ft 4ins tall, slim and having blonde hair

Hallmark Hotels Welcome Armed Forces For Free In Commemoration Of Armistice Day Centenary

Whether you’re currently working for the armed forces or used to serve, Hallmark Hotels are offering to put you up for the night to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in a bid to ‘make the day easier’.

The free overnight stay is valid on Sunday November 11 (Remembrance Sunday), to mark 100 years since World War One ended.

But there is a catch, just like there was with the NHS offer, you will have to spend £50 on food and drink in the hotel’s bar and restaurant. Regardless of the slight snag, it’s still a thoughtful offer.

The aim is to offer a comfortable night’s stay to people travelling to areas significant to their military career or Remembrance Sunday services.

Debbie Neate, head of marketing said: “This year marks a significant anniversary that commemorates the agreement to end fighting during the First World War in 1918 and Hallmark Hotels want to offer ease to members of the armed forces travelling up and down the country to pay their respects.

“We look forward to welcoming former and serving members of the forces to enjoy a relaxing stay at one of our UK hotels.”

The overnight stay can be redeemed at 20 hotels across the UK, which include many features such as golf courses, spas and restaurants.

Your stay will be for a classic double or twin bedroom for you and your partner, friend or fellow colleague. Take yer pick.

The website makes clear that Hallmark Hotels will not insist on proof of past/present military service to redeem the complimentary bedrooms but ask that their customers respect those who risked their lives and wish to mark Remembrance Sunday by only booking rooms if you are eligible to.

So, what they’re trying to say is – don’t be a scum bag.

Back in July, Hallmark Hotels offered a free night’s stay to any NHS staff for the remainder or 2018 after the health service passed it’s 70 year milestone.

The overnight stay is available every Sunday evening when NHS staff spend £50 on food and drink in the bars and restaurants within the hotel.

Well just think of the fun you’ll be having if you work for the NHS and used to serve in the army.

A fresh graduate dressed as a Spider-Man to accept his degree in law

University graduation ceremonies are obviously lovely events – they are a celebration of hard work paying off, of knowledge gained, all of that.

However, anyone who has ever been to one knows that they are also deathly boring. A lot of speeches, uncomfortable gowns, and then a long and tedious wait whilst every single person’s name is called out. Sure, it’s for a good reason, but they aren’t half dull.

Well, one low student decided to liven up his ceremony by dressing as Spider-Man.

The student is 22-year-old Hiram Yahir Salas Romero, and he’s a recent law graduate from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico.

Romero thought that he’d liven proceedings up a bit by dressing as the web-slinging superhero for his big day. You can’t argue with that logic.

The graduation ceremony had a dress code that required students to wear formal suits and ties, but he snuck off to change into his alternative outfit.

It wasn’t for everyone. Romero claims that there was some booing as he walked up to get his diploma, and the master of ceremonies reminded everyone of the ‘solemnity’ of the event.

Romero said: “None of the authorities said anything. They just looked at me unhappily. I don’t remember if the Rector said anything, but I think I got a smile out of him.”

That’s fine then. He also displayed a sign that read: “For the love of my life, my mother.”

Romero said that not only had his dear old mum supported him through university, but also paid for his lovely Spider-Man costume.

That’s a devoted mum, there. My mam once made me a Thunderbird’s costume out of cereal packets, but I was three and had not yet graduated from nursery, let alone picked up a law degree.

Romero says that Spider-Man is an inspiration to him because he is a “human with problems but also with the desire to help people with his special powers and intellect.”

Well, needless to say his little stunt has divided opinion – there are some who think he detracted from the solemnity of the event, there are others who think it’s great.

If it’s anything like most graduation ceremonies, there is another much larger group that were simply asleep throughout the whole affair.

Inmates ‘used a drone to deliver Chinese takeaway to Wheatfield Prison after staff discover containers in bin’

Prison officers believe inmates are using drones to get takeaways, and other items, delivered into the facility.

At a prison in Dublin, staff found fast food containers from a well-known restaurant in a bin in the yard of Wheatfield Prison, leading them to believe the food was delivered by a drone.

Drones are reportedly used regularly to make drop-offs over the prison walls, with bosses now investigating new ways to prevent it happening.

Jail staff discovered containers from a fast food outlet in a bin in the yard of Wheatfield jail, leading them to believe it had been delivered by a drone.

A source said: “There’s no other conceivable way a Chinese takeaway could get into the prison other than by a drone.

“That’s what the staff in the jail believe anyway. The food containers were found about six weeks ago”.

“Prison staff were left scratching their heads as to how it got there and a drone was the only possible explanation”.

“It goes to show inmates will go to great lengths to get what they want.”

A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said last night: “I have not heard of any such delivery/incident”.

“I won’t for obvious reasons go into details about the size of the holes in the nets but I can tell you they cover all the yard.”

As well as the hi-tech devices being used for the unusual request, they are increasingly dropping drugs into the facility.

And although the entire exercise yard is covered, prisoners are using “human pyramids” to collect contraband.

The unmanned aerial vehicles are said to be making drop-offs over the jail on a regular basis with the prison bosses now looking at even more effective ways to combat them.

A source said inmates get a message to dealers on the outside with an order of what drugs they want and the shipment is then delivered to them.

They added it’s such a regular occurrence staff and inmates have begun to name it after a popular food takeaway ordering service.

The source added: “It would appear drones are being used a lot more than they ever were, it’s a regular occurrence now”.

“A lot of the drugs appear to be getting in that way. There’s a running joke it’s like dial-a-drug service as you just get word of what you want, cocaine, spice or whatever, and it’s delivered in by a drone”.

“Not all shipments get through but the vast majority of those looking for the drugs are willing to take the chance”.

“The use of drones to try and drop drugs into the jail yard has many staff questioning if it’s possible to get a no-fly zone about the prison”.

“The drug spice appears to be the drug of choice as it’s cheap and is extremely strong.”

Drones are becoming increasingly popular among civilians and are available at a relatively cheap cost.

A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said all measures are in place to stop them from dropping contraband into the yard.

He explained: “Existing measures include regular patrols by staff, monitoring of cameras, exercise yards have netting fitted to prevent contraband being dropped or thrown into that area”.

“Most areas in Wheatfield are fitted with specially designed windows which cannot be opened like a traditional window”.

“This assists in the prevention of contraband entering the prison, the remaining areas will be fitted with this style of window shortly.

“In addition the installation of infrared and motion sensor cameras will commence shortly.

“The Irish Prison Service is also exploring a number of technology options to deal with the problem.”