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Louisiana man charged in ‘Nigerian Prince’ Email Scam



December 31,2017
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

New Orleans LA, the Nigerian Prince has been found and he is a white guy from New Orleans . Police in New Orleans have arrested a 67-year-old man after he allegedly helped swindle people out of thousands of dollars as a middleman in a “Nigerian prince” Internet scam.

Michael Neu, 67, was a middle-man in a scam that involved co-conspirators in Nigeria, report says. (Slidell Police Department)

Michael Neu, of Slidell, is facing 269 counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

The “Nigerian Prince” phishing scam involves getting an email from a Nigerian official who claims the recipient has been named a beneficiary in a will and will inherit at least $1 million. The victim is then asked to send personal information which is used to con them out of their money.

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“Most people laugh at the thought of falling for such a fraud, but law enforcement officials report annual losses of millions of dollars to these schemes,” a police report said.

In Ridgewood variants of this scam seem to be rampant and many residents continue to fall for them.

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U.S. Department of State Releases Clinton Server Emails from Weiner’s Laptop!

Anthony Weiner

December 30,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Washington DC, the U.S. Department of State began releasing Huma Abedin’s work-related documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that were found on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s personal laptop.

This is a major victory. After years of hard work in federal court, Judicial Watch forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents. We have been following this case closely because from our past experience we know that Abedin’s emails include classified and other sensitive materials.
The document are still being posted, but our team has seen enough to confirm that classified information from Hillary Clinton’s email server has been found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman from New York who was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The fact that classified information has been found from Clinton and Abedin on Weiner’s laptop shows the urgent need for a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

Back in October, in accordance with a court ordered production of documents, the State Department announced: “The State Department identified approximately 2,800 work-related documents among the documents provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The State Department told the court it expected to complete its review and production of the FBI records by December 31, 2017.

The production of these documents is the result of a May 5, 2015, lawsuit we filed against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)). We sued after State failed to respond to a March 18, 2015, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking: “All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-‘’ email address.”

Abedin was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. Weiner is a disgraced former congressman and New York mayoral candidate who pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor. Abedin kept a email account that she used repeatedly for government business on Hillary Clinton’s notorious email server(s).

We previously released 20 productions of documents in this case that show examples of mishandling classified information and instances of pay to play between the Clinton State Department and the Clinton Foundation. Also, at least 627 emails were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over, and further contradict a statement by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to department.

Perhaps Clinton and Abedin were expecting all of this to just go away with Clinton’s election to the White House last year. Let’s hope the Justice Department finally gets it act together and proves that bet wrong.

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Trump’s Poke at the “Climate Change Cult ” sets off a Frenzy


December 30,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Washington DC, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that “we could use a little bit of that good old global warming” in response to the bitter cold hitting the East Coast this week. That tweet started a furor with many who’s lively hoods are dependent on perpetuated the myth of man made “climate change”.

Even Ridgewood Water uses the climate change myth to justify its gross incompetence and push acceptance by over taxes residents of third world water restrictions .  Simple logic sheds suspicion on the entire argument .

The “global warming ” charade has been popularized by the same guy Al Gore who proudly announced he discovered the internet . Clearly the argument is a money maker for many researchers and companies  ,and a source of revenue for the government .

Gore a divinity student pushed the “climate change religion” to further his political aspirations. The Pope recently jumped on the band wagon. Using terms like “climate change deniers” , and proposing trials for anyone who challenges the lucrative agenda harks back to the days of the “Inquisition”.

Funny how the same people in the Village of Ridgewood who support the climate cult also support clear cutting trees and building turf fields ?

The same evidence used in the 1950’s to support “global cooling” was used in the 1970s to support “global warming “.  People if the weather was stagnate and never changed the Dinosaurs would still be here .

No Evidence of Dangerous Global Warming

Posted on July 10, 2016
By Bryan Leyland

Many articles in the Herald over the past few years have emphasised the dangers of man-made global warming (aka “climate change”) and warned us that extreme measures are needed to save us from this imminent climatic disaster. Almost without exception, the authors of these articles have assumed that man-made carbon dioxide causes dangerous global warming, rapid sea level rise and more floods, droughts, cyclones and so on.
But what does the evidence tell us?

Regarding world temperatures, historical records from ice cores tell us that it was warmer during the Mediaeval Warm Period, the Roman Warm Period and the Bronze Age. The Mediaeval Warm Period was experienced all over the world including Australia and New Zealand.

The oldest set of recorded temperatures comes from central England and started in the mid 1600s. They show a temperature rise of a little more than 1°C – which is not surprising as the record started in the middle of the Little Ice Age. Since 1900 – which was fairly cold – most temperature records show that the world warmed quite rapidly up until the 1940s, then the temperature declined until 1975 when it rose again at the 1930s rate until about 2000.

Since the 1970s, satellite measured temperatures which, NASA says, are the most accurate, have been available and, if the two El Nino events are ignored, show no statistically significant temperature rise for the last 18 years. By contrast, the computer-based climate models predicted temperatures about 0.5° higher than they really are and the IPCC has admitted that 97% of its temperature predictions were much higher than actual temperatures. Should we believe the evidence or the models?

What will happen next? The climate models predict rapidly increasing temperatures but people who have studied past temperature cycles, sunspot cycles and the current dearth of sunspots predict that a substantial worldwide drop in temperature is highly probable. Who is right? Only time will tell – and quite soon. The present El Nino temperature peak will be followed by an equally dramatic drop in temperature as La Nina sets in. But no one really knows what will happen after that.

Sea level rise is reasonably well documented for the last hundred plus years from tide gauge records that show that it has been at a fairly steady rate in the region of 0.14 and 0.17 m per century. This is not unexpected given that we are still coming out of the Little Ice Age. Since the 1970s, sea levels have been measured by satellites that show a rate of rise of 0.32 m per century. No one is quite sure why the disparity exists. Some people believe it is because they are biased by mid-ocean sea level rise which does not affect the situation along shorelines. Neither record shows any sign of a recent and rapid increase in sea levels.

Sadly, this does not stop academics who specialise in computer models of the climate advising the Royal Society of New Zealand that sea levels are likely to rise rapidly and reach between 0.3 m and 1 m by 2100 – more than predicted by the U.N.Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Scientists with practical experience of sea level changes around New Zealand point out that the coastline is subsiding in some places and rising in others. The Royal Society advisers have ignored these movements and the slow rise in New Zealand sea levels over the last 100 years. Similar extreme predictions have been adopted by the Ministry of the Environment and are now being used by Councils to devalue coastal land and limit development near the sea. They have even predicted sea level rise in places where the land is rising from the sea!

A recent article in the Herald stated that sea levels in some Solomon Islands were rising rapidly because of global warming. It also said that the sea level at Tuvalu was rising and forcing people to flee. The reality is quite different: it is well-known that the islands in the Solomons are steadily sinking beneath the sea and the accurate tide gauges installed by the Australian government at Tuvalu in the 1990s show that there has been no significant increase in sea level.

A study by a New Zealand academic showed that the land area of Pacific atolls is increasing. If it didn’t, then all the atolls in the ocean would have been drowned when the sea level rose at 3 m per century coming out of the last ice age.

Regarding floods, droughts, cyclones and the like, there is no convincing evidence that these are increasing. The IPCC agrees. A recent scientific paper analysed the past history of these events and concluded that they were less frequent now than during most of the past 1000 years.

So, as is so often the case, the perception and reality are vastly different. In New Zealand this is not helped by a mainstream media that seldom publishes anything that examines the evidence and propounds a different view. Yet there is no doubt that the science is NOT settled and debate is needed.

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Peaceful Protests in Iran

Iran’s Supreme Leader

Washington DC, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert , “We are following reports of multiple peaceful protests by Iranian citizens in cities across the country. Iran’s leaders have turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. As President Trump has said, the longest-suffering victims of Iran’s leaders are Iran’s own people.

The United States strongly condemns the arrest of peaceful protesters. We urge all nations to publicly support the Iranian people and their demands for basic rights and an end to corruption.

On June 14, 2017, Secretary Tillerson testified to Congress that he supports “those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know.” The Secretary today repeats his deep support for the Iranian people.

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Polar Bear Plunge Postponed Due to Cold

Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

December 29,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ocean City NJ, how cold is it , its so cold that annual Polar bear plunges planned in two Jersey Shore towns on New Year’s Day have been cancelled because organizers think it will be just too cold outside.

“Err on the side of safety” , Ventnor officials have postponed the event and Ocean City officials announced Thursday that their plunge had also been canceled due to the bitter cold. It’s not clear if the annual fundraising events will be rescheduled.

If you are still determined Polar bear plunges are still being planned for Monday in the nearby towns of Brigantine and Margate.

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The Tax Cuts Act means less money taken out of Americans’ paychecks


December 21,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

TAX CUTS FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES: The Tax Cuts Act means less money taken out of Americans’ paychecks.
The Tax Cuts Act provides $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, $3.2 trillion, or nearly 60 percent, of which go to families.
The Tax Cuts Act nearly doubles the standard deduction.
For individuals, the standard deduction will be increased from $6,500 to $12,000.
For single parents, the standard deduction will be increased from $9,550 to $18,000.
For married couples, the standard deduction will be increased from $13,000 to $24,000.
The vast majority of American families will now be able to file their taxes on a single page because they lower taxes by claiming the standard deduction.
American families will see their Child Tax Credit doubled to $2,000 per child under age 17.
Families will receive a new $500 tax credit for dependents age 17 or older.
The full Child Tax Credit will now be available for families with incomes of up to $200,000 for single households and incomes of up to $400,000 for married households.
Lower and Middle-Income families will benefit from a 40 percent increase in the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit.
The Tax Cuts Act will repeal Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate.
The repeal of Obamacare’s individual mandate will provide relief to households with income below $50,000, which made up nearly 80 percent of the households that paid the mandate penalty in 2016.
The vast majority of family farms and businesses will be exempt from the estate tax.
Investments in education will be protected under the Tax Cuts Act.
Families will now be able to use up to $10,000 from 529 college savings accounts on primary and secondary education.
Tax-free stipends for graduate students will be maintained.
Student loan interest will continue to be deductible.
The Tax Cuts Act preserves tax benefits important to American families.
The Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income workers will be preserved.
The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit will be preserved.
The Adoption Expense Tax Credit will be preserved.
Retirement savings tax benefits will be preserved.

PRO-GROWTH REFORM FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES: The Tax Cuts Act enacts pro-growth reform, putting American businesses on a level playing field with foreign competitors.
America’s corporate tax rate will be lowered from the highest in the developed world to below the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average.
The corporate tax rate will be cut from 35 percent to 21 percent, below the OECD average of 22.5 percent.
Businesses will receive $1.8 trillion in total tax cuts, spurring economic growth and generating more revenue.
The Council of Economic Advisers estimates that these tax cuts will grow the economy an additional 3 percent.
This economic growth will generate even greater economic opportunity for all Americans.
The Tax Cuts Act provides $415 billion in additional tax cuts for S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietors.
More than 90 percent of all American businesses are organized as one of these “pass through” entities.
Owners of these businesses will be able to deduct 20 percent of their qualified business income.
Businesses will immediately be able to deduct 100 percent of the cost of their capital investments for the next five years.
The Tax Cuts Act will get rid of our outdated worldwide taxation system, which penalizes companies headquartered in the United States when they bring foreign profits back home.
Companies will be able to bring back future profits without paying additional taxes.
A one-time tax will be imposed on corporate earnings stashed overseas, ending the incentive for companies to keep their profits outside of the U.S.
A one-time tax of 15.5 percent on cash and cash equivalents will be imposed, as well as a one-time 8 percent tax on illiquid assets.

ELIMINATING SPECIAL INTEREST TAX BREAKS: The Tax Cuts Act will eliminate dozens of special interest tax breaks and loopholes.
The Tax Cuts Act will raise $4 trillion in revenue by getting rid of dozens of special interest tax breaks and closing loopholes for corporations and wealthy individuals.
The revenue generated by eliminating these tax breaks and loopholes will be used to help offset the tax cuts for American workers, families, and businesses.
Numerous tax breaks and loopholes exploited by special interests will be eliminated.
A 20 percent excise tax will be imposed on stock compensation when a company uses corporate inversion to avoid U.S. taxes.
The deduction for local lobbying expenses will be eliminated.
The loophole used to deduct executive compensation over $1 million will be eliminated.
A 21 percent excise tax will be imposed on compensation over $1 million paid to executives at tax-exempt organizations.
Members of Congress will no longer be able to deduct their living expenses.

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In the biggest overhaul of the US tax system in 30 years ,not one democrat voted for the middle-class tax cut !


December 21,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, according to the website Unbiased America author Kevin Ryan calls it the smoking gun in the tax cut. Rayan writes , ” If you want a smoking gun that the media and Democrats are actively spreading falsehoods about the tax cuts, this is it. Earlier this week, Congress’ bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation released an analysis on the proposed tax cuts which showed that $61 billion, or 23% of the total cuts on the individual side, would go to the middle class (which they define as families making between $20,000 and $100,000). Democrats pounced on the figure, and the media parroted their criticism that “only” 23% of the tax cuts were going to the middle class. Except they left out one important piece of information.

The middle class only accounts for 3.9% of total individual income tax payments.

In other words, the group that only contributes 3.9% of federal income tax was getting 23% of the benefit of these cuts. The media has the narrative backwards. Not only is the middle class benefiting from this reform, they are benefiting disproportionately relative to how much they pay into the income tax. ”

ABC News reports Republicans’ “first major legislative victory” under President Donald J. Trump is the “largest overhaul of the tax code in 30 years.” The bill simplifies the tax code by eliminating several special interest loopholes and doing away with Obamacare’s individual mandate. The President said Americans would start to see the bill’s effects beginning in February. “This bill means more take-home pay. It will be an incredible Christmas gift for hard-working Americans. I said I wanted it done before Christmas. We got it done,” President Trump said.

In the biggest overhaul of the US tax system in 30 years , its important to note that not one democrat voted for the middle-class tax cut .

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Thieves Go On Crime Spree With Stolen Trooper Car

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photo courtesy of NJ state police

December 19,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

North Brunswick NJ, as previously reported on the Ridgewood blog ,  in Weapons and Uniforms Stolen from a State Troopers Car May Have Been Used in an armed robbery in Middlesex County

The New Jersey State Police and North Brunswick Police Department are cooperatively investigating the theft of an unmarked troop car, which was stolen from a trooper’s residence in North Brunswick and then used during the commission of two robberies and a theft at a gas station.

On Sunday, December 17, a New Jersey State Trooper reported his troop car stolen at approximately 9:39 a.m. when he discovered it missing from his driveway. The troop car contained several uniforms, two issued weapons, and other issued equipment.

Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives determined that the suspect and troop car were involved with three incidents early Sunday morning. At 6:50 a.m., a truck driver reported a robbery to State Police after he was stopped by the suspect using the stolen troop car on the New Jersey Turnpike southbound at milepost 74.7 in South Brunswick. During the interaction, the suspect stole cash from the driver. At 7:19 a.m., the suspect fueled the troop car at a gas station on St. George Avenue in Colonia, N.J. and left without paying. At 7:30 a.m., the suspect stopped a cab at the Woodbridge Center Mall in Woodbridge, N.J. and stole cash from the driver. No weapons were brandished during any of the incidents.

This is an active investigation, and we continue to work cooperatively with North Brunswick Police Department and local law enforcement. There is no further information available at this time. Anyone concerned or suspicious about the validity of an officer’s identification should call 9-1-1 to report the information and seek confirmation of the officer’s credentials.

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Weapons and Uniforms Stolen from a State Troopers Car May Have Been Used in an armed robbery in Middlesex County

NJ state police

December 18,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

North Brunswick NJ, according to State police an unmarked trooper SUV was stolen overnight in Middlesex County.

NJ State Police report the white Chevrolet Tahoe vanished sometime Saturday evening or early Sunday morning in the area of North Brunswick.

The vehicle was found Sunday in North Brunswick, but two uniforms and two weapons that had been inside the car were gone.

Police say the stolen weapons and uniforms may have been used in an armed robbery in Middlesex County Sunday morning.

John Longo a retire police officer said ,” In 26 years on the job, I never left weapons and uniforms in a vehicle overnight….this adds to that whistle blower female trooper’s allegations about unqualified applicants going through their police academy and appointed on the job. This makes me question their integrity and their abilities. People could have been killed during this armed robbery due to someone’s stupidity ”

So the question remains, Why are troopers leaving weapons in an unattended vehicle?

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Sen. Cory Booker Receives Death Threats


file photo by Boyd Loving

December 18,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ, Newark police have deployed extra security to protect Sen. Cory Booker in response to a death threat against the former mayor, officials said Saturday.

In a statement, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said police were working with U.S. Capitol Police to protect the New Jersey Democrat.

“The Newark Police Division has been notified by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) regarding a threat on the life of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his family members,” Baraka said. Members of the police division’s executive protection unit were assigned to provide security.

NJ Senator Cory Booker had slammed the ‘repugnant’ call for killing of Jews by Imam of Jersey City Mosque. In his letter to Ahmed Shedeed — the president of the Islamic Center of Jersey City, Booker excoriated Elkasaby’s remarks as “repugnant,” “dangerous,” and “unconscionable.” Death threats followed, a fatwa in the opinion of some experts .

The media has speculated on everything from the Alabama special election , Net Neutrality to grandstanding .

Representatives for Booker’s office and the U.S. Capitol Police would not comment on the threat.

Officials did not disclose more details on the nature of the threat or say if there were any arrests.