Mandalay Bay Admits Staff Visited Paddock’s Room 10 TIMES Before Shooting—Noticed Nothing

(That’s because the weapons were not in that room until during or just after the shooting. Why do you think it took so long to breech the door?)

by Rachel Blevins, The Free Thought Project

Three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, yet another crucial change in the narrative has occurred as MGM Resorts International is now claiming that the hotel staff at Mandalay Bay had at least 10 interactions with suspect Stephen Paddock in the days before the shooting.

At least two of those interactions occurred on Oct. 1, the day that Paddock is alleged to have killed 58 people and injured more than 500 by launching a shooting spree out of his hotel room window on the 32nd floor. A spokesperson for MGM told The Las Vegas Review-Journal that the interactions on that fatal day consisted of a room service delivery and a visit from housekeeping:

Mandalay Bay staff, room service and housekeeping had contact with Paddock or entered his suite more than 10 times over the course of his stay, including the three days leading up to October 1. There were numerous interactions with Stephen Paddock every day at the resort, including a room service delivery and a call with housekeeping on October 1, all of which were normal in nature.

Following the shooting, reports claimed that Paddock’s arsenal consisted of 47 guns—23 of which were found in his hotel room—along with more than 50 pounds of exploding targets and 1,600 rounds of ammunition.

While the hotel’s surveillance footage from the days leading up to the shooting has yet to be released, one of the most pressing questions surrounding the massacre is how Paddock was able to transport all of the weapons and supplies to his hotel room without raising any red flags…

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Neoliberal News of the Week: Protests Edition

Lots of protests to look at in the first week of 2018. Some legitimate, others… not so much. Some failed and some continue successfully but under the complicit media’s radar. All are noteworthy for one reason or another.

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Kim Urges Korean Reconciliation as North-South Talks Loom

from TeleSUR

“It is not worth stirring up the past and recalling the specifics of relations with Seoul … North and South must be improved,” Pyongyang said.

In merely a week, the governments of North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and South Korea (the Republic of Korea) have made unexpectedly rapid progress toward re-establishing diplomatic contact. The question of whether the talks will lead to a breakthrough will face a crucial test Tuesday when the divided Koreas hold talks at the truce village of Panmunjom, located on the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two governments’ regions of control.

According to the DPRK’s official Korea Central News Agency, leader Kim Jong Un has stated his firm commitment to the reunification of North and South, expressing the need for conditions to be created that would allow for normalized relations between capitals that haven’t spoken directly to one another in over two years.

“The head of the nation clearly stated that our country needs to stick to the policy, which will lead to the breakthrough of the all-sufficient unification,” KCNA said, according to Russian news agency TASS. “It is not worth stirring up the past and recalling the specifics of relations with Seoul. Instead of this, relations between the North and South must be improved.”

“It is not only about the normalization of the inter-Korean relations, but about the reconciliation of the nation and its free-will unification,” the agency added.

The warm message comes after Seoul offered to send a luxury cruise ship to the North for the purpose of ferrying athletes and providing accommodation for a DPRK delegation to the Winter Olympics that will be held February in Pyeongchang…

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Hondurans Hold Mass Protests ‘Until the Corrupt Are Removed’

from TeleSUR

“The people won’t stand for this dictatorship,” said former Opposition Alliance presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla.

Despite heavy rains, an estimated 80,000 Honduran opposition supporters marched in San Pedro Sula on Saturday to protest what they call a “fradulent” presidential election.

Surrounded by his supporters, former presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance Salvador Nasralla told the crowds, “The people want Salvador Nasralla as the President of Honduras.”

“The people won’t stand for this dictatorship,” he said, adding, “we won’t stop until we’ve removed the corrupt from power.”

Nasralla does not recognize the results of the Nov. 26 Honduran presidential election, which was riddled with accusations of fraud and corruption. He maintains that he won the polls, but would be willing to repeat them…

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North, South Koreas set to hold talks on Winter Olympics, family reunification

from Press TV

The two Koreas are preparing to hold their first round of formal talks in almost two years at a border village on next month’s Winter Olympics, among other issues of bilateral interest.

Delegates from both sides are scheduled to meet at the truce village of Panmunjom at 10:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday days after Pyongyang expressed its willingness to take part in the winter games.

The talks will primarily focus on North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics, which will be held in South Korea’s PyeongChang County.

Pyongyang agreed to the negotiations on Friday hours after South Korea and the US delayed a military exercise amid tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

According to the South’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon, Seoul will also “prepare for discussions on the issue of separated families and ways to ease military tensions” on the Korean Peninsula.

The neighbors have been separated by a heavily militarized border since the three-year-long Korean War came to an end in 1953. The conflict ended with an armistice rather than a formal peace treaty, leaving many families separated at the two sides.

South Korean government officials, however, said they do not know what Pyongyang would pursue in the negotiations, but analysts suggest North Korea — under harsh UN sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs– would likely try to discuss humanitarian aid and economic cooperation…

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