Three Things You Need to Know - October 19, 2017

Someone is covering their asset in Vegas.

I didn’t think this was possible, but the Las Vegas attack investigation continues to get even more strange.

It’s been nearly three weeks and neither the FBI nor the Las Vegas Police have given us a possible motive. We haven’t seen a single surveillance video or photo.

On top of that, not only do we not know what’s going on, but the police seem to not know either. They’ve released three different timelines for the attack. All three seem to revolve around, and conflict with, the time hotel security guard Jesus Campos encountered the shooter on the 32nd floor.

Campos is the most significant eyewitness to the attack, so naturally, everyone’s been trying to get him to tell his story. He was set to do just that last Thursday.

All the major news outlets gathered in a Vegas Hotel. Minutes before the interviews were set to kick off, Jesus Campos vanished. The security union rep was told Campos was taken to a minor emergency clinic for a health reason, but that was the last time anyone saw him. Not even his neighbors knew where he was. Until yesterday. Jesus Campos was found on the set of the Ellen DeGeneres show.

So, hang on just a second. Campos is the key witness to the worst crime in modern history. The investigation is being questioned, and the timelines for the attack conflict. And the man that could clear all of this up is interviewed on a comedian’s talk show? Are you kidding me? I mean, was this to ensure that no hard follow up questions would be asked? Because that’s exactly how the interview played out.

Campos told his story and it was compelling. His account of the events seems to confirm the third timeline police released last Friday. Campos was dispatched to the 32nd floor at 9:59, he was shot in the leg by Paddock around 10:04, and the massacre began at 10:05. He was also quick to add that he radioed for backup as soon as he was shot.

Not to knock Ellen, but had this been - say - Anderson Cooper, he might have asked why it took officers a full thirteen minutes, after Paddock shot Campos, to reach the 32nd floor. It was also two minutes after Paddock had stopped firing on the crowd. An investigative journalist could

have asked why it took so long. Did the hotel take their time informing the police?

Ellen made sure to mention that this was the only interview Campos would give. Are we ever going to get the full story on this? We may never know, and this is getting stranger by the day.

Hillary's Russian hypocrisy.

Hillary Clinton might want to stop talking so much about Russian collusion. Here’s why. In 2010, the Obama administration and the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment approved a deal that allowed the Russian atomic energy agency, called Rosatom, to buy a majority stake in Uranium One.

Uranium One was a Canadian company with significant uranium mining rights in the U.S. The Committee on Foreign Investment reviews all deals that could result in foreign control of an American business with national security importance. This deal gave Moscow control of 20% of the U.S. uranium supply.

Then, in 2013, Rosatom bought the rest of Uranium One, meaning Vladimir Putin now controls one of the largest uranium producing operations in the world. Most of these facts were known before now, and even reported, but for some reason, the story never gained media traction. The new bombshell twist to this story was reported by The Hill this week – that starting in 2009, the FBI investigated Russia’s efforts to infiltrate the U.S. nuclear materials industry.

With the help of a secret U.S. informant working with the Russians, the FBI compiled evidence of bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering in the U.S. by Rosatom officials. The FBI also has evidence that Rosatom and Uranium One officials donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, even while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State and while she was on the Committee on Foreign Investment, which approved Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One.

Hillary did not disclose those donors to the Obama administration even though she had agreed to do so. Shocking. Why would the Obama administration sign off on those deals, when the FBI had several years of corruption evidence against Rosatom? Why was Congress never briefed about this FBI probe and its findings? And why did Congress never look into the link between Hillary, the Clinton Foundation, and the sale of Uranium One, even after the New York Times reported it in 2015? Hillary, What Happened?

I think you need a follow-up book just to address this shady chapter in your political career. We deserve answers.

The humanity in the horror.

Flying embers and smoke swarmed them from all sides. Mike and his roommate knew they had only seconds to make a last-ditch escape from their home in Yuba County, California. As fire singed their hair and burned their eyes, they ran to their SUV, praying to God that they would make it out in time.

Two men barely escape wildfires in California

We’re not dead yet. Mike and his roommate survived. But others have not been so lucky. The Northern California wildfires have claimed at least 42 people so far with that number is expected to rise as search and rescue teams continue to comb through gutted homes looking for bodies.

5,700 homes and businesses have been reduced to ashes. To put things in perspective, the wildfires have consumed an area larger than New York City.

This has been the deadliest wildfire epidemic in California’s history. But out of the wreckage and debris comes a story of hope. Loren Jade Smith lost the most precious thing in the world to the Santa Rosa wildfires. His Oakland A’s collection. All his baseball cards dating back to 2000.

17 jerseys. 10 hats. And 2 baseballs. One of them signed by the whole team. Loren wrote to the baseball team about his plight. “To the Oakland A’s: I love watching your A’s games. I want to be an A’s player and I play at Mark West Little League in Santa Rosa. I played baseball in my backyard all day loving the A’s and making up my own game. In my backyard, they won six World Series in a row. But my house burned down in the Santa Rosa fire and my saddest things were my A’s collection…”

The president of the A’s was so moved by Loren’s letter that he promised to completely outfit the nine-year-old and his family in new Athletics gear. And people from all over the country are now sending Loren their Oakland A’s memorabilia in an effort to help him restore his collection. Never underestimate the generosity of humanity. Ask and you shall receive.

As the wildfires in Northern California become contained, remember that the fire in man’s heart to do good will never be extinguished.

MORE 3 THINGS

Somebody might want to check the temperature in hell, it might be just a tad chillier than normal.

If you missed Friday's episode of The Glenn Beck Program, you missed something you probably never thought you'd see in this timeline or any other. Glenn actually donned President Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" hat and laid out the case for why he thinks Trump will win in a landslide in 2020.

RELATED: The media's derangement over Trump has me wearing a new hat and predicting THIS for 2020

Bottom line: Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media may have pushed Glenn to this point, but believe it or not, Trump's record will make this next election a walk in the park for number 45. At this point, the sitting president has done enough to earn even Glenn's vote.

Glenn broke down what he thought were the 10 biggest campaign promises that — unlike those made by most politicians — Trump actually kept.

10. Impose a 10% repatriation tax to bring jobs back to America

Not all of Trump's promises were good ones, but regardless of what the consequences may be — he did keep this one.

"Now, I think this one is dangerous," Glenn said on radio Friday. "He did it. Ten percent. Bring all of your money back into the United States. It will create jobs. Yes. It will also create inflation. But it's creating jobs."

9. Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

This has been one of Trump's most passionate issues.

"The stop the TPP. Uh-huh. Right. Sure you are. Uh-huh. Yes. He did," Glenn admitted.

8. Withdraw from the disastrous Paris Climate Accord

Glenn found himself eating crow on this.

"I'm on record saying he will never do that because his daughter is a huge global warming person and he only listens to the family. Eh. Wrong," Glenn said with a puff of crow feathers coming from his mouth.

7. Bring North Korea to the table and rein them in

This looked impossible. Not so.

"'I'm going to bring North Korea to the table.' Are you? Everybody has tried to do that," Glenn said. "Now, they're at the table. We don't know what's going to happen. So the result of that is unknown. But has anybody else done that?"

6. Stop over-regulation and jump-start the economy

It's the economy, stupid.

"Does anybody feel like America is beginning to get on track somewhat economically? You know why? Because he fulfilled another promise," Glenn said. "Stop over-regulating the American people. Give them their money. Give the companies the opportunity to expand and bring their money back into the country, and maybe they'll build buildings. Maybe they'll build offices. Maybe they'll build new products. Maybe they'll build new factories. Maybe they'll hire a bunch of people."

Glenn went on.

"Now, I know Seattle is trying to do everything they can to make sure everybody in their city is homeless and unemployed, but the rest of the country is enjoying the feeling of, wow, maybe things are going to be okay."

5. Reverse Obama's executive orders

If you're like Glenn, you've gotten used to politicians promising "no new taxes," but you can really tell they're lying if their lips are moving. Guess what? That's apparently not Trump.

"The executive orders? Yeah. He's reversed a lot of Obama's executive orders," Glenn said. "These are outrageous promises."

4. Pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

No big deal...

"'I'm going to cancel the Iran Deal.' Yep. None of these are small. You know, I've got maybe ten minutes. I think we can get that done in the first term. And they did," Glenn said.

3. Give tax cuts to middle-class Americans

Maybe this could have been better, but we'll take it.

"I don't like the tax cut. I think he could go a lot further," Glenn said. "But that's not even his job. His job is to sign things that Congress puts in front of him. Not to design it. You Republicans in Congress, you disgust me. You disgust me. 'Imagine what we could do if we had the House and the Senate and the White House.' I can imagine what you'll do — nothing. You'll do nothing."

2. Change strategy and defeat ISIS

The mainstream media have been radio silent on this.

"How about the president's — well, I know I can defeat ISIS. I know I can do it. I'll defeat ISIS. He did," Glenn said. "And did you notice no one in the press even talked about it? All of a sudden, we're not talking about ISIS anymore. How come? Oh, I know. President Trump. That's why."

1. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy

This one is a true game-changer.

"Now, every president will say to you, when he's running, 'I'm going to make Jerusalem the home.' Well, really? The home of the embassy. Really, are you? Because everybody says that, nobody does it. He did it," Glenn said. "And I think that's going to go down as the biggest game-changer possibly in my lifetime. This is going — it already is — it is changing the game in Iran."

Glenn continued.

"And when it does, this president is going to come out and say something directly to those people, that we support them," he said. "And that's going to add fuel to the fire. And you might see a regime change and a collapse of the Islamic regime in Iran. And it will be 100 percent Donald Trump that made that responsible. One hundred percent. You're going to see changes because of this. He kept that promise. A promise I said, he's not going to do that. Nobody is going to do that. He did."

One chapter of ISIS has ended, but another may be starting

AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

For the most part, ISIS has fallen in Syria and Iraq. But before we celebrate the demise of this awful terrorist group, before we let our guard down, we should zoom out a bit, because ISIS is spreading. ISIS has largely just scattered out of the region as if someone turned on the kitchen lights and they scrambled.

RELATED: It IS About Islam: This Is a War Against Evil

The Wall Street Journal spoke with Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang University in Singapore. “Although Islamic State's ideology has suffered, it still has a huge potential," he told them. “Islamic State has entered a phase of global expansion, very much the same way al Qaeda extended globally in late 2001."

ISIS has spread into West Africa, and throughout much of Southeast Asia, and, as is typical of ISIS, they have done it violently, with a sick venom.

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

Again, from the Wall Street Journal: “One chapter of ISIS has finished and another is beginning," said Hassan Hassan, a specialist on Islamic State at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington. “Their resurgence is coming sooner than expected."

The world is their potential rubble, and their fight is endless.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

RELATED: Christian privilege is the new white privilege

The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.

Science did it again. It only took 270 million years, but this week, scientists finally solved the mystery that has kept the world up at night. We finally know where octopuses come from: outer space. That explains why they look like the aliens in just about every alien movie ever made.

RELATED: Changes in technology can be cause for concern, but THIS is amazing

It turns out octopuses were aliens that evolved on another planet. Scientists haven't determined which one yet, but they've definitely narrowed it down to one of the planets in one of the galaxies. Hundreds of millions of years ago (give or take a hundred), these evolved octopus aliens arrived on Earth in the form of cryopreserved eggs. Now, this part is just speculation, but it's possible their alien planet was on the verge of destruction, so Mom and Dad Octopus self-sacrificially placed Junior in one of these cryopreserved eggs and blasted him off the planet to save their kind.

This alien-octopus research, co-authored by a group of 33 scientists, was published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal. I'm sure you keep that on your nightstand like I do.

Anyway, these scientists say octopuses evolved very rapidly over 270 million years. Which sounds slow, but in evolutionary terms, 270 million years is like light speed. And the only explanation for their breakneck evolution is that they're aliens. The report says, “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes — more than is present in Homo sapiens."

Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

They mention that the octopus' large brain, sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to change color and shape all point to its alien nature. Octopuses developed those capabilities rather suddenly in evolution, whereas we're still trying to figure out the TV remote.

These biological enhancements are so far ahead of regular evolution that the octopuses must have either time-traveled from the future, or “more realistically" according to scientists, crash-landed on earth in those cryopreserved egg thingies. The report says the eggs arrived here in “icy bolides." I had to look up what a “bolide" is, and turns out it's a fancy word for a meteor.

So, to recap: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race of octopuses packed their sperm-bank samples in some meteors and shot them toward Earth. Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.