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August 20, 2018

Aug 20 17:43

How Scientists Engineer Foods to Make Them Dangerously Addictive

It’s no secret that the standard American diet is having a terrible effect on human health. What’s is a secret, though, is how the food industry uses science and psychology to create processed food products that are devoid of nutrition, full of chemical additives and colorings, and incredibly addictive.

Aug 20 17:42

Censorship is the New Front in the War on Consciousness

At its core, consciousness is the awareness of being aware. Which is extraordinarily relevant to today’s conversation about the internet censorship being openly carried out by big tech and big government.

Aug 20 17:40

The List of Products and Foods that Have Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Carcinogenic Glyphosate

The following list of products that have tested positive for glyphosate is quite unsettling, and the retailers who sell these products would do well for themselves to take the lead in calling for an outright ban on glyphosate.

Aug 20 15:34

Enron versus TSLA

Aug 20 14:52

RNC Fundraising Smashes Another Record – Dems Panicking

The Republican fundraising streak continues.

In June, the RNC brought in $13.9 million, the most it had ever received in a non-presidential year. July’s numbers have just been released, and the money has kept pouring in. According to CBS: the RNC raised $14.2 million in July, again the most raised in a non-presidential year. That brings their total fundraising for this midterm cycle to $227.2 million.

Aug 20 14:52

Unhinged NY Times Columnist Makes Trump Claim So Extreme MSNBC Host Reprimands Her – ‘I Don’t Think You Can Say That’

“(Trump) is not rounding people up and murdering them without any due process,” host Katy Tur said.

Personally, I applaud Tur. She was giving Goldberg a soft way out. To her credit(?) Goldberg wasn’t having any face-saving condescension.

“He would certainly like to,” Goldberg said.

“I don’t think you can say that definitively,” Tur responded.

Oh. Come. On.

Aug 20 14:46

Is Social Media Facing a Near Extinction Level Event?



Aug 20 14:30

Social Media Censorship—Here Are The Deep Basics

The obvious answer staring us in the face is: Google and Facebook and You Tube, for example, the largest social media corporations, are not “free companies.” -- They’ve been in bed with the intelligence community for a long time, and they favor wall to wall surveillance of the population. They favor the “liberal” version of a policed State, where correct opinions are let in the door and incorrect opinions are shut down.

Aug 20 14:13

3 shot at peace picnic in Chicago



Aug 20 13:59

Response to BBC report of 16th August 2018

On 16th August 2018, BBC released a report that is based upon a misunderstanding of a sermon delivered at the Mosque by the use of exerts taken out of context and we are in the process of obtaining legal advice concerning this report.

Such sensationalist reporting is not helpful to the Muslim community or the wider community, and only further damages good community relations.

Aug 20 13:49

Don’t you find it astonishing that Mueller would comprise his team mainly of dyed in the wool Democrats?

17 Angry Democrats

Democrats who are donors to the party.

Democrats who backed BHO & HRC.

Aug 20 13:36

Trump says it's 'very dangerous' when Twitter, Facebook self-regulate content

Major social media firms have for months been answering to calls of conservative censorship.

Trump's latest comments come just two weeks after major tech firms suspended or banned conservative radio host Alex Jones.

Aug 20 13:14

Russia In Sharp Warning Over US Destroyer In Black Sea

The arrival of the USS destroyer Carney in the Black Sea on Sunday drew a sharp response from Moscow. Members of the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of Russia’s upper house said that Moscow’s response would not be off the cuff but carefully planned and take place “within the program of Russia’s security control of the Black Sea.” Washington challenges Moscow’s claim to exclusive security control of the Black Sea and defines it as an international water that should be accessible to the warships of all nations

Aug 20 13:07

Will the end of the US empire be a soft landing or a total collapse?



Aug 20 13:00

An American Nightmare in The Pacific

The pentagon regime is at it again. No. it’s not Iran. The warmongers are now targeting China and its imaginary threats to the Pacific region.

In its annual report to Congress, the Pentagon says China has upped its military spending to around $190bn (£150bn) a year amid a sweeping program of modernization. Pentagon further claims decades of increased investment in new technology by the Chinese Army means it will soon have the capabilities to strike US military installations in the Pacific by air.

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(*oh Christ , not another one that's Out To Get US !)

Aug 20 12:43

BEIJING OPPOSES WASHINGTON'S MILITARY REPORT

China has voiced strong opposition to a report by the US Defense Department on China's military and security developments, saying it misinterprets China's strategic intentions and hypes a so-called Chinese military threat.

The report, released on Thursday, distorts the relations and situation across the Taiwan Straits, said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, in a statement on Friday.

"The release of such reports year after year has harmed the mutual trust...">>>



Aug 20 12:40

‘Secret directive’ bans UN agencies from helping rebuild Syria until ‘political transition’ – Lavrov

Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political transition’ takes place, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said.
Washington’s “absolutely deconstructive” stance is hampering the rebuilding of Syria and constricts the UN in aiding the country until a so called ‘political transition’ takes place, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, said.

“We addressed UNESCO on how they plan to implement the longtime talks, the longtime understanding on attracting the potential of this organization to rebuilding Palmyra,” an ancient city, regarded by the agency as a World Heritage Site, Lavrov said. “From the explanations of why UNESCO has still been unable to get involved in this process actively, we took that there was some kind of a directive from the United Nations headquarters in New York.”

Aug 20 12:33

In memorium: Uri Avnery

Redress Information & Analysis joints the Israeli Peace Bloc Gush Shalom in mourning the death of Uri Avnery, founder-member of the bloc, founding-member of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, former publisher and editor-in-chief of Haolam Hazeh news magazine, and thrice member of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, who has died at the age of 94. >>

Aug 20 12:33

The Coming Global Slowdown...

Aug 20 12:29

WHAT MALAYSIA’S ‘MAHATHIR DOCTRINE’ MEANS FOR CHINA-US RIVALRY

The thinking of Malaysia’s new prime minister – ‘Mahathir 2.0’ – offers an insight into weaker states’ views of the evolving Asian order in the Trump-Xi era and suggest a firmer stance on the South China Sea

Since returning to power after his stunning election victory in May, 93-year-old Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has made a series of comments reflective of weaker states’ views of the evolving Asian order in the Trump-Xi era. These include a firmer stance on the South China Sea disputes, Malaysia’s relations with the Asian powers (especially concerning the controversial China-backed infrastructure projects and Japan’s regional role), as well as the future of multilateral trading arrangements.

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Aug 20 12:13

New Mexico Islamic Compound Update: Black Magic, Resurrection, and Immigration Violations

- Jany Leveille, the apparent spiritual leader of the compound which held 11 starving children and killed a small child, is an illegal alien from Haiti who overstayed her visa by over 20 years

Aug 20 12:12

Venezuela’s New Bolivar is Anchored to Cryptocurrency and It Just Went Into Effect

The new bills (2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500) are already in the hands of public and private banks. The Sovereign Bolivar will be anchored to the cryptocurrency Petro, which is backed by the oil reserves of the Caribbean country.



Aug 20 12:08

Iran Defends Eurasia Integration By Unveiling New Fighter Jet

Iran served as a critical bridge in the ancient Silk Road, connecting the East and the West. It also has enormous potential to play a significant role in the new Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

With the threat of hot war almost a monthly occurrence, the Trump administration has unleashed economic warfare on Iran, as it has become clear: Iran is a significant piece of the BRI.

The assault of sanctions, launched after Washington’s unilateral pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, “should be interpreted as an advance gambit in the New Great Game at whose center lies in China’s New Silk Road–arguably the most important infrastructure project of the 21st century—and overall Eurasia integration,” said Pepe Escobar, a Brazilian journalist with focus on Central Asia and the Middle East.

The Trump administration’s economic warfare on Iran is evidence of how China’s New Silk Road, or BRI, threatens the American global hegemony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, I am taking a peak at my calendar; it is 20 August, 2018.

The world (according to President Donald Trump), has only 75 days before his international and unilateral imposition of a ban against the buying of Iranian oil, which is Sunday, 4 November. Tuesday, 6 November, are the mid-term elections in the US.

Some countries, like China and Turkey, have already scoffed publicly at his threats of punitive sanctions, and other "or else!" language to which he turns his tongue, and are working their way around those threats.

I am seeing a major uptick in US articles demonizing Iran, claiming, for example, that it has "sleeper cells" in the US to wage the kind of mayhem which would make the horrors of 9/11 seem minor, in comparison.

Of course, when you trace those stories back to their origins, they generally have been concocted by none other than "Memri", a division of Mossad which is dedicated to mistranslations, or outright fantastical inventions, concerning what various Iranian leaders are allegedly supposed to have said.

I am deeply concerned about a potential US/Mossad "false flag" to be blamed upon Iran, as a justification for a major military action against it, right around that time, with a complete US Naval blockade of the Persian Gulf, preventing Iranian oil from getting shipped anywhere.Choke Points: Persian Gulf and East Asia, 2017

I understand that a quarter of the oil the world uses is shipped from this area.

I hope President Trump is cogent enough to realize that a war against Iran will most probably lead to wars with Russia and China as well, with them on Iran's side, and the US, NATO, Saudi Arabia, and Israel on the other.

This will be attempted to regime change Tehran (Israel and Saudi Arabia's alleged "existential threat"); to make sure Iran's oil is only sold for US dollars, and to insure that Belt and Road Initiative, so critical to Eurasian integration, and in which China has become so heavily invested, cannot take place.

I would like to quietly and politely suggest to President Trump, that the needs and desires of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel, are at times, not at all in sync of those of We the People; the potential costs, in blood and money, completely outweigh the alleged "benefits" of such a war.

Aug 20 12:08

Facebook: From "Skyrocket" to "Air Pocket"

Aug 20 12:03

American Television Audiences Don’t Care for Palestinian Lives – Just Ask the Networks

Not a single mainstream television network in the United States carried any mention of Israel’s barrage of 140 bombs and missiles directed at Gaza on Wednesday.

(*Even After The Presidents Press Secretary Laid Out All The Bleak Details ?)

Aug 20 11:55

Ukraine — Russian!

Ukraine was under Russian sovereignty for three centuries. Only the collapse of the USSR made it an independent state

Back from Kiev and Odessa, we can say that utter calm prevails in Ukraine, except for the bloody armed conflict in Donetsk. But beware of the water that sleeps.

Ukraine is bankrupt and its current corrupt rulers that came to power following the Maidan Square coup d’état — that the CIA was behind, as Putin said during his long interview with the famous American journalist Oliver Stone in 2017, and as brought out in a Mediapart forum also in 2017 — lead a disgruntled country where the majority of inhabitants are pro-Russian, in a geopolitical US-Polish impasse.

All Ukrainians without exception speak and understand Russian, which is the dominant language in major cities such as Kharkiv, Kiev, and Odessa. Until the Tartar-Mongol invasions of the thirteenth century, Russian, Belarussian and Ukrainian formed only one common language. Ukrainian, very close to Russian, is written with the same Cyrillic alphabet. In fact, only Galicia, for a long time Polish or Austro-Hungarian, looks further west than east.

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Aug 20 11:36

Stalin’s Order #0428 – a picture is worth a thousand words… is it really?

Many ask, “How can [so-called] ‘Holocaust Deniers’ and Revisionists, deny the photographic evidence of German Soldiers killing civilians?”
The so-called, proof in pictures.

What is Order #0428 – commonly known as?
“Torch-Men-Order”
[now confirmed by todays Russian Government]

Stalins Order #0428, commanded on the 17th November 1941, declared that Partisans wearing German uniforms, particularly those of the Waffen-SS, were to destroy all settlements within a swathe of about 40 – 60 km depth from the main battle lines and to ruthlessly kill the civilian population. With these tactics it was important to leave a few survivors, who would report the supposed “German Atrocities.”
This method of warfare was also confirmed by German soldiers who captured many Russian Partisans wearing German uniforms.

Aug 20 11:31

Power-Hungry Amazon Sticking Rural Americans With Tab For Data-Center Expansions

Amazon, through negotiated tax incentives and secret deals with power companies and politicians, has perfected the art of sticking rural Americans with the tab for their power-hungry data centers, reports Bloomberg.

Power companies, like politicians, actively pursue Amazon. In that way, the company fits into a long U.S. tradition of shifting costs from businesses to poor residents, who already pay about three times more of their income on utility bills than do wealthy households, according to a 2016 ACEEE study. The difference these days is that data-center operators, unlike manufacturing plants, can’t claim to be engines of job growth, says the ACEEE’s Elliott. -Bloomberg

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me unshocked at this revelation.



Aug 20 11:31

Quakes cut power, topple buildings on Indonesian island

A strong earthquake has cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok and destroyed buildings as the tourist hotspot tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.

The shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit just after 10 p.m. Sunday was one of multiple powerful earthquakes in the northeast of the island that also caused landslides. The nighttime quake was followed by strong aftershocks.

An Associated Press reporter in Sembalun subdistrict, on the island’s northeast in the shadow of Mount Rinjani, said the latest quake caused panic, but many people were already staying in tents following the deadly quake in early August and its hundreds of aftershocks.

There was no immediate official information about casualties.

Aug 20 11:27

Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy Linked To Autism In Children

Pregnant women with higher levels of a banned pesticide that’s still found in many foods today are more likely to have children diagnosed with autism, a new study finds.

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, is an insecticide widely used after its development in the 1940s. It’s particularly known to help prevent malaria, typhus, and other insect-borne diseases. Of course, it was also extremely useful for farmers and anyone else who found themselves frequently bugged by insects. The pesticide became commonly used across the world, but by the late 1950s, its dangerous effects on the environment and wildlife began to come into light; consequently in 1972, as it became clearer that it was unhealthy for human exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency banned its use in America.

Aug 20 11:21

"In Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals It's Also Lying Or Incompetent"

To say that George Papadopoulos’ lies (or inaccurate memory of the events, as his wife puts it) prevented the FBI from questioning, detaining, or arresting Joseph Mifsud is unbelievable.


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Aug 20 11:21

Torture and Abuse in America’s Global Gulag

Societies are best judged by how they treat children, the elderly, the infirm, their most disadvantaged and prisoners.

America and Israel are the only developed nations officially permitting the practice.

The Bush/Cheney regime “Torture Memo” discarded all legal restraints.

It authorized extreme interrogation methods amounting to torture, including infliction of “intense pain or suffering” short of what would cause “serious physical injury so severe that death, organ failure, (loss of significant body functions), or permanent damage.”

It swept away habeas rights, due process, and equal protection under law – core legal protections for everyone charged, detained or imprisoned.

The Obama regime continued illegal torture and abusive practices. So do hardliners in charge of Trump regime’s geopolitical policies.

America’s gulag prison system operates at home and abroad, including unknown numbers of global black sites in numerous countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A country which tortures, or outsources torture, has lost both its moral compass, and its very soul.

Aug 20 11:15

Dollar Hegemony, Financial Warfare: Russia, China and Turkey Build up their Gold Reserves

China: Largest Gold Producer

China is currently the World’s largest gold producer followed by Australia and Russia. “It has long been assumed that China is surreptitiously building up its gold reserves through buying local production”. But it is also investing in several gold producing countries.

Chinese companies are investing in gold mining in different regions of the World (including South Africa and Australia), largely with a view to establishing a global hegemony on the supply side. While China’s domestic production is high, its reserves are significantly lower than those of Australia, Russia and the U.S.

Major Chinese firms will ramp up investment in foreign gold mines, ….
Chinese firm Shandong Gold purchase of a 50% stake in the Veladero mine in Argentina from Barrick Gold for USD960mn. …

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why China and Russia are being targeted by the US economically; to date, there is no substitution for gold as a secure part of a country's portfolio, and economic future.

But what is terrifying in all this, is the way economic and currency wars can move in the direction of shooting wars, and with a staggering rapidity.

Aug 20 10:56

Hypocrisy ALERT - BREAKING: Leading voice in #MeToo movement Asia Argento has paid $380,000 in settlement with male actor

Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento accused of sexual assault

Aug 20 10:52

Pentagon Spokesman: US to Stay in Iraq as Long as Needed

Col Sean Ryan, a spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq, says that US troops are intending to remain in Iraq “as long as we think they’re needed.” He says this is vital to the stabilization efforts in post-ISIS Iraq.

This is in keeping with other comments out of the Pentagon, where officials more or less uniformly envision a permanent US military presence in Iraq, and have not been shy in saying so. President Trump, however, disagrees, and has said he’s keen to withdraw troops once ISIS is defeated.

It’s not unusual for President Trump not to see eye to eye with the military brass on long-term troop deployments. Iraq seems to be unusual, in that instead of openly disagreeing with the president, the Pentagon’s comments appear to totally discount his opinion, and present their own plans as a foregone conclusion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Col. Sean Ryan, a word, please: has anyone run this "We'll be in Iraq forever" memo past Iraq's current elected leader, Muqtada Al Sadr?!?

Aug 20 10:50

Congress, White House Reaching Breaking Point On Yemen?

Soon after a Saudi-led coalition strike on a bus killed 40 children on August 9, a CENTCOM spokesperson stated to Vox, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the U.S. sold to them.” This feigned ignorance is particularly fatiguing. CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel professed the same know-nothingness in March when he told Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that CENTCOM cannot track whether coalition missions burning US fuel and firing US munitions are responsible for strikes against civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war in Yemen is ANYTHING but a civil war; Saudi Arabia has attempted, with US enabling, to put down the Houthi rebellion for over 3 years now, with precious little success.

And the steerable bomb, used in this assassination of children, was supplied by the US. Jim Carrey got it right with his cartoon:

Jim Carrey Takes Aim at Yemen School Bus Bombing as Crime of US.

Here is the image of packaging for the bomb:

Bomb that killed 40 children in Yemen was supplied by the US

But you see, this isn't the first time children have been assassinated in Yemen, courtesy of US bombs, used by the Saudis in Yemen, using US "guidance", or mid-air refueling: and I warn you; the images are very graphic.

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs.

Congress should show some collective "male attributes" and repudiate the use of US forces or weaons for these actions; but chances are, President Trump being President Trump, that Congress will be over-ridden by an Executive Order, continuing these practices.

After all, Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East are the Butcher of Yemen (Saudi Arabia's Prince Bin Salman), and the Butcher of Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu. There is something about the sheer raw power necessary to order people assassinated which fascinates, and attracts, this President.

Aug 20 10:45

FDNY firefighters brawl ‘one of the most severe beatings seen on tape’: insider

just like many of their brothers in blue - they're crooked + thugs

Aug 20 10:25

Ongoing Purge Of Dissenting Voices Almost Claims Another Victim

Since Julian Assange was gagged earlier this year, state-sponsored censorship has attempted to snuff out the light of independent and alternative media voices from across the political spectrum. In the first half of August, this process appeared to escalate drastically. As Disobedient Media reported earlier this week, outlets from Infowars to Telesur have faced the wrath of technocratic social media giants.

The escalation of establishment censorship has been stunning. Just last week, former State Department official and whistleblower Peter Van Buren's Twitter account was suspended under dubious circumstances. Consortium News wrote of his suspension:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who are the corporate presstitutes other than "pushers" of the US Deep State agenda, which is generally a narrative preparatory to justifying some new war?!?

Van Buren simply stated the obvious, with his challenge, and was summarily punished for it.

And the reason for the timing of this purging has to be to subvert and silence as many anti-war independent voices as possible, in preparation for the coming war against Iran.

Aug 20 10:24

Dems in Vermont Make History With Who They Picked to Run For Governor



Taboola
Aug 20 10:23

Another Big Move Coming In Commodities?

Aug 20 10:20

WATCH: CITIZEN ANNOUNCES HE'S RUNNING AGAINST CORRUPT SHERIFF, HIS HOME IS RAIDED, WIFE KIDNAPPED

In the land of the free, practicing democracy is often futile and even more often, highly corrupt. Illustrating the corrupt nature of this process is a case out of Georgia in which a sheriff with a history of alleged criminal activity is accused of harassing, intimidating, and even arresting innocent people who challenge his authority.

On August 10, Robert Hawes, a former deputy with the Clayton County sheriff’s department, announced that he would be running against the incumbent Sheriff Victor Hill. Days later police would be in his home, kidnapping his wife.

“This sounds like an effort to intimidate a potential political opponent, which is in my mind, not an appropriate use of law enforcement powers,” Harvey Newman, professor emeritus at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University told AJC. “We want people to feel able to speak truth to power. But this appears to be an effort to, if not silence that, to at least intimidate it.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this kind of behaviour is amazingly common in this country, for those with any power to wield.

Aug 20 10:16

Hurricane Lane expected to take northwest turn; forecasters warn of heavy rain, flooding

The latest 5-day forecast map for Lane shows the storm weakening but moving northwest by midweek, placing Oahu and Kauai in the track’s so-called “cone of uncertainty.”

Aug 20 10:15

JUDGE IN BROWARD COUNTY DOCUMENTS CASE DECIDES THE FIRST AMENDMENT DOESN'T COVER THESE PUBLIC RECORDS

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer said the newspaper flouted her order that portions of a school district report about Cruz should remain shielded from the public. In the future, she declared, she will consider listing exactly what the newspaper can and cannot print.

What's worse is the judge stated in court the Sun Sentinel did something devious to expose the supposedly-redacted information, when it was actually the Broward County School Board that failed to do its job properly.

“You all manipulated that document so that it could be unredacted,” Scherer said. “That is no different than had they given it to you in an old-fashioned format, with black lines, and you found some type of a light that could view redacted portions and had printed that. It’s no different.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just what is this judge so keen about the public not knowing regarding this school shooter?!?

Would it be prior interactions on the part of the school with Cruz, or the possibility that he was on - and/or trying to quit - some form of SSRI medication?!?

Aug 20 10:10

Volcanoes National Park officials say it'll be a while until the park reopens

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed for nearly 100 days due to unsafe conditions from seismic and explosive activity from the summit of Kilauea but there's no telling when the park will reopen.

It's going to be a long and most likely expensive one according to national park officials.

They took local media to look at park roads, buildings and Halemaumau crater to show us why.

"The last 100 days have been grueling," Jessica Ferracane, National Park Service said.

All 130 staff members at the park still have jobs, some are working on clean up and recovery at the Hawaii Island Park, others transferred to national parks on neighbor islands. But the closure of this park continues to take its toll on staff and the surrounding community.

Aug 20 10:09

DEA MAKES SHOCKING MOVE, ORDERS INCREASE IN CANNABIS PRODUCTION BY 500% TO FIGHT OPIOID CRISIS

In an interesting turn of events, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a ruling which will greatly increase the amount of marijuana that can be grown legally for research purposes. In the same report, the DEA announced that they will be attempting to reduce the production of problematic opioid pharmaceuticals.

The amount of marijuana that can be grown previously had been roughly 1,000 pounds, but will be increasing to 5,400 pounds in 2019.

According to the filing, these numbers are quotas that “reflects the total amount of controlled substances necessary to meet the country’s medical, scientific, research, industrial, and export needs for the year and for the establishment and maintenance of reserve stocks,” DEA said.

Aug 20 10:07

FACEBOOK SUSPENDED A LATIN AMERICAN NEWS NETWORK AND GAVE THREE DIFFERENT REASONS WHY

it was unexpected when Telesur English blinked out of existence on the 13th, and even stranger when Facebook struggled to explain its own actions. At the time of its suspension, Telesur received this boilerplate message from Facebook:

Hello,

Your Page “teleSUR English” has been removed for violating our Terms of Use. A Facebook Page is a distinct presence used solely for business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorised individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of Facebook’s features could result in the permanent loss of your account.

The Facebook Team

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a two word remedy for this kind of behaviour from Facebook: abandon Facebook!!

There are media platforms which do not do this; find them, use them, and avoid Facebook as though it were the plague.

Aug 20 10:04

Big Island residents hopeful pause in Kilauea Volcano flow will last

Scientists at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Friday downgraded the threat from Kilauea Volcano from the highest level of a “warning” to a “watch” following three weeks of decreasing activity.

After Kilauea created panic and destruction when it began erupting May 3, destroying more than 700 homes in its path, there’s barely been a burp or rumble this month.

With a couple of exceptions, lava has stopped pouring into the ocean since Aug. 6. Since Aug. 2 the summit of Kilauea Volcano has not seen what’s called a “collapse event” in which an exodus of lava caused the walls of the summit to collapse, triggering seismic activity equal to 5.8-magnitude earthquakes.

And Kilauea’s notorious fissure 8 in the heart of the Leilani Estates subdivision, which unleashed a river of 2,000-degree lava that ran to the sea, “continues to calm down, cool down and quiet down,” said Tina Neal, scientist-in-charge of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Aug 20 10:03

MANCHESTER BOMBER ATTENDED ISLAMIST THIRD COLUMN MOSQUE

A BBC investigation has revealed that a mosque attended by the Islamist suicide bomber of a pop concert in Manchester is part of the Islamist Terror Third Column currently occupying parts of Britain.

Last year, Libyan refugee Salman Abedi slaughtered 22 men, women and children and injured 139 when he detonated a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb in the Manchester Arena.

The Manchester mosque Abedi attended – housed in an occupied Victorian church – has now been exposed as an Islamist terror base.

Footage of resident Islamist Hate Preacher, Immam Mustafa Graf, shows him calling for “Allah” to grant the “mujahideen” (Islamist militants) victory.

Aug 20 10:02

Judge Sides with NRA, 2nd Amendment Foundation, Disqualifies Washington Gun Control Initiative

A Thurston County Superior Court judge sided with the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation against a gun-control ballot initiative in the state of Washington.
On July 3, Breitbart News reported that the initiative, I-1639, was being presented as a simple attempt to raise the legal age for long gun purchases from 18 to 21. Although an attempt to disqualify 18- to 20-year-olds from exercising their Second Amendments is troubling enough, the reality of the matter is that I-1639 would have put in place a new system of background checks and myriad other guns controls as well.

The NRA-ILA listed a few of the controls I-1639 would have put in place:

[Created] a gun registry for any transfers of commonly owned semi-automatic rifles;
[Introduced] a 10-business day waiting period on the purchase of semi-automatic rifles;
[Imposed] criminal liability on otherwise law-abiding gun owners who fail to store their firearms to state standards;

Aug 20 10:02

APPLE REMOVES THOUSANDS OF APPS IN COMPLIANCE WITH CHINESE GOVERNMENT

Apple has removed around 25,000 apps from its service after the Chinese government criticized the company for not doing enough to monitor content.

As the company makes further commitments to China amidst the ongoing trade war, the stakes are getting higher.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal:

U.S. companies are paying close attention to the messages they get from the Chinese government and the state media in this sensitive trade environment, said Ben Cavender, a director at China Market Research Group who focuses on consumer technology and retail.

“They are going to move very quickly to try to rectify that problem, because this is a situation where there could be a lot more backlash in the government in terms of regulations,” Mr. Cavender said.

As big tech companies move across the globe, internet regulations in the EU and China are impacting users in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apple's deplatforming of individuals who may be opposed to certain actions of China's government, and the evaporation of views not specifically held by the Chinese government, will be quick and brutal, in Apple's desire to corner the Chinese market; even far worse than what is going on here in the US at this point in time.

Aug 20 10:01

NY TIMES EXPOSES ANOTHER PLANT – In Trump Administration

The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise, according to a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter.

In at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, Mr. McGahn described the president’s furor toward the Russia investigation and the ways in which he urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it. He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president’s most intimate moments with his lawyer.

Aug 20 10:01

State Sets Massive Precedent, Passes Law To Effectively Ban The NSA

Michigan has become the first state to ban the National Security Agency’s intrusive data collection practices by passing a law that prohibits law enforcement and state agencies from turning over personal data to the federal government without due process.

The Fourth Amendment Rights Protection Act, or HB4430, will go into effect next month after it passed the Michigan state legislature with overwhelming support and only one “no” vote.

The text of the bill states that its purpose is “to prohibit this state and certain other governmental agents, employees, and entities in this state from assisting a federal agency in obtaining certain forms of data without a warrant; and to prohibit certain uses of certain data collected without a warrant.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Enforcement may be a problem.

Aug 20 10:00

CNN and Other Leftist Outlets Accused of Planning to Smear Manafort Jury

“Publicly outing the names and home addresses of jurors is considered ethically questionable, as outlined in this guidance sheet on the topic from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press,” Bre Payton noted at The Federalist.

This is doubly troubling when you take into account the fact that the judge in the case says he’s received threats due to his role in adjudicating the matter.

In rejecting the motion put forth by the news organizations, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said that he’s currently being trailed by U.S. Marshals because of the threats made against him, according to Fox News.

“I can tell you there have been (threats), Ellis said, adding that “The Marshals go where I go.”

“I don’t feel right if I release (the jurors) names,” he concluded.

Aug 20 09:57

LAND SEIZURES BEGIN IN SOUTH AFRICA AFTER OWNERS REFUSE GOVT LOWBALL BUYOUT OFFER - REPORT

South African authorities have reportedly started seizing white-owned land after negotiations on buying out the properties stalled. The first seizures are targeting game farms in the Northern province of Limpopo.
The government had tried to buy the lands owned by Akkerland Boerdery Ventures for one-tenth of the land’s value, reports City Press, a Johannesburg-based news outlet. The company, which has been running a 3200 hectare (32 square kilometers) game farm, reportedly asked for 200 million rand ($18.7 million) for the land while the government was ready to offer them just 20 million rand.

“Notice is hereby given that a terrain inspection will be held on the farms on April 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. in order to conduct an audit of the assets and a handover of the farm’s keys to the state,” reads the letter received by Akkerland Boerdery earlier this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

South African farmers had to see this coming, and should have left 20 years ago; the Zimbabwification of South Africa has started in earnest now, and there is no escape, even for farmers whose families have been there for well over a century.

Investors will leave the country, immediately and outright, and food shortages are about to manifest here in earnest.

Aug 20 09:57

Putin to Europe: Help Rebuild Syria so all “Refugees” Can Go Home

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the European Union to contribute financially to the estimated $250 billion needed to rebuild Syria so that the millions of “refugees” elsewhere can go home—because they are “huge burden for Europe.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin has a good idea. It will cost Europe a lot less to rebuild Syria than to care for those Syrian refugees over the long term.

Aug 20 09:56

South Africa: First White Farms Ordered Seized this Week by ANC

Two farms in the Limpopo province in South Africa have become the first properties to be seized without any court process and in the past week, two more orders for final appropriation for other farms have been signed—the first wave of the promised land seizures in that country, the Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport has revealed.

Aug 20 09:55

Judicial Watch Sues CIA for Documents on Dossier Leak to Senator Harry Reid

Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for records of communications with former Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and his staff regarding the anti-Trump dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency (No. 1:18-cv-01502)).

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reportedly believed then-Obama CIA Director Brennan was feeding him information about alleged links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in order to make public accusations.

Aug 20 09:54

This Texas Doctor Raped A Patient Who Was Heavily Sedated & Won't Go To Jail For It

Although he lost his medical license and his job, a Texas doctor who raped a patient won't face jail time. A jury sentenced Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh to 10 years of probation and a $10,000 fine Friday after convicting him of raping an incapacitated patient at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston in 2013. As a result of his conviction 46-year-old Sheikh will also have to register as a sex offender.

A female patient being treated for an acute asthma attack at Ben Taub Hospital in November 2013 reported being raped in her hospital room while under heavy sedation and tethered to machines, according to a local ABC News affiliate. The then-27-year-old woman told hospital staff and police that an unknown physician had entered her room and touched her breasts inappropriately during a chest exam. That same physician later returned to her bedside and sexually assaulted her on two other occasions during the night.

Aug 20 09:53

Former NSA Contractor Faces “Longest Sentence” Ever Under Espionage Act

Former NSA Contractor Faces “Longest Sentence” Ever Under Espionage Act
A woman in Georgia is facing what some observers are calling “the longest sentence” ever imposed on someone convicted of leaking sensitive federal data to news outlets.

Perhaps the most famous of the whistleblowers was Edward Snowden. As mentioned earlier, he too was an NSA contract employee when he leaked thousands of documents to reporters. He fled to Russia for asylum, and has been living there since 2013.

Snowden sees the president’s prosecution of Reality Winner as an extension of the previous administration’s war on whistleblowers.

“The war on whistleblowers continues under a new White House: the first journalistic source prosecuted under Trump, Reality Winner, was denied a defense, jailed over 5 years. Her ‘crime’? Showing us @NSAGov suspected Russia of hacking an election vendor,” Snowden tweeted.

Aug 20 09:52

Clapper Turns On Brennan: "John And His Rhetoric Have Become An Issue" 

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper threw former CIA Director John Brennan under the bus on Sunday, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that "John and his rhetoric have become an issue in and of itself," adding "John is subtle like a freight train and he's gonna say what's on his mind."

Aug 20 09:52

Venezuela's Key Refineries At Risk Of Seizure

In 2007, following Venezuela’s expropriation of billions of dollars of assets from U.S. companies like ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, I suggested a potential remedy.

Since Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.) owns the Citgo refineries in the U.S., the companies that had lost billions of dollars of assets should target these refineries for seizure as compensation.

Aug 20 09:51

A Mind-Numbing Milestone In Afghanistan

Sometime late next year, possibly as early as September, news crews will gather in Afghanistan for a unique event: To interview an American serviceman or woman who was not born when the war they are fighting began. He or she will not remember 9/11, and will have grown up with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as background noise.

No doubt also a senior commander will be on hand to pronounce that the war against the Taliban is making progress, the same pronouncements the young recruit will have seen on TV all his or her life.

Aug 20 09:51

As Maersk Sounds Trade War Alarm, Walmart Tells Some Suppliers To Look Outside China For Sourcing

Despite reporting blockbuster earnings, the best sales growth in a decade and a stellar outlook which sent its stock soaring, there were some lagging concerns surrounding the latest Walmart results: will rising tariffs on Chinese imports lead to sharply higher prices at the "everyday low prices" retailer?

As if to validate fears, overnight Bloomberg reported that Walmart has asked its cosmetics suppliers to "consider sourcing their goods in countries outside of China," a sign that the world’s largest retailer is i) worried about escalating costs and ii) hopes to dilute the impact of the Trump administration’s looming tariffs by reorganizing its supply chains.

Aug 20 09:49

Is Britain Backing South Africa's Land Confiscations From White Farmers?

In a truly stunning report, Theresa May’s government appears to be backing the Soviet-style policy of “land expropriation without compensation” aimed at dispossessing South Africa’s white farmers.

Breitbart London has seen a letter written by Harriet Baldwin MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), to Sir Paul Beresford MP, who enquired what the government’s stance on the policy was on behalf of a concerned constituent.

“The British government understands the need for land reform in South Africa”, Baldwin asserted, adding that they “welcomed” promises from President Cyril Ramaphosa that “the process of land [re]distribution would be orderly within South African laws” and be carried out “without negatively affecting economic growth, agricultural production and food security”.

Aug 20 09:49

Omerosa Flip-Flops Again: "Not A Racist" Trump Is Now "Looking To Start A Race War"

During her time in Washington, Omerosa Manigault Newman (OMGMAN) appears to have mastered one of the most important attributes of being a politician: the ability to say something completely contradictory of something you have said before with utterly zero shame or cognition of ever having thought differently.

Having already been caught in a lie about whether she heard President Trump use the N-word - claiming in her new book that someone told her pollster Frank Luntz heard Trump say it, which Luntz denied, while later telling NPR that she personally heard Trump say it. Luntz has denied this, calling Omarosa's fact checking "Very shoddy work."

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