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VIDEO: Irma Rips Roof Off Building In Downtown Miami

As downtown Miami does its best impression of Venice, Italy, The Gateway Pundit has been sent eyewitness video of Hurricane #Irma ripping the roof off of a building in West Brickell, Miami. A man can be heard shouting as the roof flies away.

Meanwhile…

 

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Looters Already Hard At Work In Ft. Lauderdale

The inevitable looting in the wake of Hurricane #Irma has begun. Footage has emerged of 8-9 looters ransacking a Simon’s shoe store in Ft. Lauderdale through a gaping hole smashed out of the window.

Ft. Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman said “Looting is not acceptable in Ft. Lauderdale. Even during the height of IRMA2017 we will arrest…”

Arrests have been made: 

Meanwhile, 43 arrests were made in Palm Beach County for breaking curfew:

Miami police are driving around looking for looters:

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#Irma Update: Projected To Hit South Of Tampa As Cat-4

It looks like #Irma is scraping along Cuba, slowing it down and pitching it up the west coast of Florida for an early Monday hit just south of Tampa.

Meanwhile, you can check out a (currently) live cam from Duval street in Key West. It’s interesting to watch the random interloper walking or biking around in the jaws of death.

 

More live cams HERE

Check out what a ghost town Miami is…

A few clips / pictures of #Irma’s wrath

 

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Simulation of Miami Flooding If Hurricane #Irma Is A Direct Hit

Right now, category 4 Hurricane Irma is brushing up against Cuba, which should slow it down somewhat. While it’s still forecast to hit FL as a Cat5, a straight shot missing Cuba into the 90 degree waters south of Florida would be a worst case scenario.

And while current forecasts have Irma hitting the southwest region of Florida, continuing up into the Tampa region, the folks at Climate Central have put together a simulation of what Miami would look like on Sunday morning, according to Friday AM storm surge forecasts.

Update: Climate Central has offered this update. Apparently they #FakeNews’d us with an ‘incorrect tidal point reference.’ Still a very interesting simulation.

Wherever Irma hits, it’s not going to be pretty.

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Fox Fires Eric Bolling For Pervin’ On Female Colleagues With Lewd Texts

Fox has shitcanned host Eric Bolling and cancelled his show, “The Specialists,” after 10 years with the network.

Bolling was suspended last month, after Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali published a bombshell article was published accusing the host and former commodities trader of sending unsolicited dick pics to at least three female colleagues at Fox several years ago – according to a dozen sources. Bolling filed a lawsuit against Ali and the Huffington Post over the article.

The women did not solicit the messages, which they told colleagues were deeply upsetting and offensive. One of the recipients said that when she replied to Bolling via text, telling him never to send her such photos again, he did not respond. Four people, outside of the recipients, confirmed to HuffPost they’d seen the photo, and eight others said the recipients had spoken to them about it. -HuffPo

Hours after Bolling was suspended, another woman stepped forward to claim Bolling sexually harassed her. Frequent Fox guest Caroline Heldman claims that Bolling “wanted to fly me out to New York for in-studio hits and to have ‘fun.’ He asked me to have meals with him on several occasions, but I found excuses not to go,” adding “Once, he took me up to his office in New York, showed me his baseball jerseeys, and in the brief time I was there, let me know that his office was his favorite place to have sex.” –Philly.com

Bolling’s ouster is the second high-profile Fox employee to get canned over allegations of inappropriate behavior. In April, hos Bill O’Reilly was fired after it was revealed that the network paid millions of dollars in settlements to a string of women who accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

And a year before that, the late Fox co-founder Roger Ailes was given his walking papers amid a slew of sexual harassment charges.

Come on Fox, sort yourselves out.

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650,000 Ordered To Leave Florida In Largest Evacuation In Miami History, Latest #Irma Projection Is Dire

Miami-Dade county has expanded their mandatory evacuation orders to ‘zone C,’ which has brought the total number of residents required to leave up to 650,000 – which county spokesman Michael Hernandez described as “the biggest evacuation in history.

Evacuation zones (click to enlarge)

Cat-5 Irma’s intensity is no joke. After obliterating the Virgin Islands – including Richard Branson’s house, the latest projections have the Texas-sized hurricane right up the center of Florida.

Look at what it did to the Dutch island of St Maarten:

No joke, if you’re in Florida – GET THE FUCK OUT NOW.

Gasoline, orange juice and trailer hitch testicle prices are set to spike.

Orange Juice (click to enlarge)

Join the crowd or die…

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Hackers Steal Up To 143 Million Social Security Numbers In Massive Equifax Breach

Credit agency Equifax announced late Thursday that approximately 143 million Americans had their personal data stolen in a massive hack between May and July of this year. The hackers gained access to names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases – driver’s license numbers.

Via ZeroHedge

The company, which in delightful irony offers credit-monitoring and identity-theft protection products to “guard consumers’ personal information”, said that it had learned of the incident on July 29, 2017, at which point it reported the intrusion to law enforcement and contracted a cybersecurity firm to conduct a forensic review: based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. Oddly enough, it took shareholders and over a third of America, more than a month longer to learn that all their personal data may have been compromised.

As if 143 million leaked social security numbers wasn’t enough, Equifax said that criminals also accessed credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers. But wait, there’s more: the company also identified unauthorized access to limited personal information for certain UK and Canadian residents.

The best part? 

Equifax decided to hold off on announcing the hacking news until after three executives sold nearly $1.8 million in shares days after the breach was discovered. (Bloomberg)

The credit-reporting service said late Thursday in a statement that it discovered the intrusion on July 29. Regulatory filings show that three days later, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth $946,374 and Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. information solutions, exercised options to dispose of stock worth $584,099. Rodolfo Ploder, president of workforce solutions, sold $250,458 of stock on Aug. 2. None of the filings lists the transactions as being part of 10b5-1 pre-scheduled trading plans.

“This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do,” Equifax Chief Executive Richard Smith said in prepared remarks. “I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes.”

Equifax ($EFX) cascaded lower as much as 19% after hours

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Louise “Hard Drugs” Mensch Fires Lawyer Over Twitter For Criticizing Evan McMullin

Louise Mensch, the anti-Trump neocon provocateur and former Conservative MP from England, whose mind is ‘messed up after taking hard drugs,’ has fired attorney Mark S. Zaid after he got in a twitter battle with CIA lackey and former Presidential candidate Evan McMullin.

McMullin, commenting on a recent story that Facebook sold $100,000 worth of political advertising to a “Russian bot farm,” said “This is direct evidence that our adversaries try to turn us against each other. They know we’re weak when divided.”

To which Mensch’s now-former attorney Mark Zaid replied:

“Of course, USGOVT undertakes similar actions overseas. At least #Russians financially contributed to our economy!”

McMullin played the Red Dawn card in response – accusing Zaid of using a “Kremlin talking point.” After a brief back-and-forth, Louise Mensch fired Zaid over Twitter. Zaid, in response, seemed relieved – responding “Thank you Louise! Notice of withdrawal will be filed with court tonight. You’re on your own.

See the exchange here:

Recently, Mensch falsely alleged that president Trump’s inactive fashion model agency is under investigation by New York authorities for sex trafficking – a claim which Mensch’s co-author Claude Taylor retracted and apologized for after it was revealed their source was a hoaxer.

Mensch, on the other hand, continued pushing the story over Twitter – using the hashtag #PIMPOTUS.

Other tall tales include that a FISA court issued “sealed indictments” against Trump in advance of an impeachment, Orrin Hatch secretly replaced Trump as president in May, Vladimir Putin murdered Andrew Breitbart so that Trump and Bannon would end up in the White House, Putin funded the Ferguson riots, and hundreds of Americans are under Russian control.

Don’t do hard drugs kids.

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Send In The Worm: Dennis Rodman Offers To ‘Straighten Out’ The N. Korea Kerfuffle

After threats, sanctions, and saber rattling hasn’t worked against a petulant, nuke-testing, ICBM launching Kim Jong Un, only one thing stands between peace and fiery annihilation; Dennis Rodman – who has offered to ‘straighten things out’ between the United States and North Korea, on an interview with Good Morning Britain.

The Basketball hall-of-famer is notoriously good friends with Un, who Rodman calls a “friend for life,” after several sleep-overs which included karaoke, skiing, riding horses, and other fun activities. ‘The Worm’ has even held Un’s daughter.

“I am just trying to straighten things out for everyone to get along,” Rodman stated.

Kim’s going to have one hell of a job on his hands… North Korea’s been all excited to use their nuclear-capable Hwasong-14 ICBM to strike targets across the United States, just ready to deliver a reported 60 nukes in their possession.

Rodman thinks the U.S. simply needs to sit down with North Korea.

“If the president tries to reach out to Kim, I think there would be a great possibility that things would happen,” Rodman said, adding, “If they could sit down and have some kind of mutual conversation and try and start some dialogue, that could open the door just a little bit.”

Trump, on the other hand, isn’t really into that idea – who says ‘talking is not the answer’ when it comes to the regime.

Rodman, who fancies himself a sports-themed ambassador, has called on both Washington and Pyongyang to try and find a “happy medium.”

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$1.2 Billion of Florida Crops At Risk Of Destruction From Hurricane Irma

Florida, America’s flaccid penis, stands to lose $1.2 billion in crop production as Hurricane #Irma barrels down on the state. Accounting for nearly 10 percent of growing land in the U.S., Florida is the top grower of tomatoes, oranges, green beans, cucumbers, squash and sugarcane.

Orange juice futures and domestic sugar prices have already spiked this week in response to the threat.

Via Bloomberg

The storm threat has pushed orange-juice futures and domestic-sugar prices higher this week.

For farmers such as Andy McDonald, who grows strawberries near Plant City, Florida, there’s only so much that can be done to prepare for the damage. His fields are ready for planting his winter crop next week. But if punishing rains and overpowering winds tear away the sheeting already laid down over 500 acres that protects the plants from pests in the fall and keeps them warm in the winter, “we won’t have a crop,” he said. The custom-made cover takes months to manufacture, ship, and lay down.

“It’s not something that has a quick turnaround,” said McDonald, 40, who’s the manager of Sweet Life Farms. Multiply his situation by the thousands of farmers in Florida, and Irma “will cripple a lot of communities,” he said.

Irma stands to be the most expensive storm in U.S. history if it devastates Florida farming. As a top producer of winter fruits and vegetables, damage to croplands could send food prices soaring in the weeks, months, and even years to come.

Better now than later

Bloomberg points out that a hurricane in September is less likely to damage immature oranges, for example, than in late October or November when the heavy, ripe fruit is most vulnerable.

Oranges may be able to better withstand winds now than later in the season because they’re not yet full-size, and lighter fruit could be spared from being blown off trees, said Dean Mixon, president of Mixon Fruit Farms in Bradenton. –Bloomberg

That said, “The vast majority of central and southern Florida fruits and vegetables are vulnerable to losses,” said Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association based in Maitland. “Wind and excessive rain will case major damage.”

Insurance

When it comes time for the bill, farmers may have to dig into their own pockets to clean up. While a 2014 federal farm bill created a disaster program for livestock farmers, produce farmers rely on a murky federally subsidized crop-insurance program.

About 300,000 of Florida’s 367,500 acres of oranges are insured this year, according to government data. But only about half of the state’s fresh-market tomatoes are covered, and policies tailored to strawberries simply don’t exist outside of California.

Smaller crops simply don’t have the acreage to support policies, and hurricanes, though devastating, are relatively rare and unpredictable, said John-Walt Boatright, spokesman for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation.

Between #Harvey, #Irma, and whatever else is to come – one can only wonder if insurance companies will kick off the next round of federal bailouts sure to come.

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